Somebody mentioned in the Seattle restaurants thread that there was no alcohol exchange thread yet, and so this year I'm starting it. There'll be no foolish beer guzzling or silly decoctions in this thread. As such, I don't expect many of you to appreciate the subtle science and exact art that is true alcohol appreciation; however, for those select few who possess the predisposition, I can teach you how to bewitch the mind and ensnare the senses.
Anyway, for this to work, those who are interested should post where they are coming from, what they're looking for, and what they are likely to bring to trade. Arrangements for the physical handoff can then be made here or via private message.REALLY USEFUL EDIT
Because WA is really backward about booze, the state is the only entity allowed to sell hard liquor, but that also allows people to easily find what they can get via the state's search engine for things stocked
and list of unstocked special order stuff
It should be fairly well known already that I hail from the Seattle area, and I am desirous of meads (except from Eastern Europe), nihonshu (more commonly known as sake, and specifically nigori, kimoto, or taru with bonus points for genshu), and white wines (especially German and Greek).
Details are expansive, so I'm spoilering them:
Where mead is concerned the selection around here is woefully limited, not to mention it's not a widely produced or distributed category to begin with. In addition to Sky River, I'm well acquainted and fond enough of Lurgashall (except their metheglin, which I hated
), and have that in stock. I've heard a lot of good things about meads from Colorado and New Mexico, and would appreciate their acquistion. I had a Polish mead the name of which I've forgotten that was so abhorrent that I've written off Eastern European mead entirely. Also, I find mead and/or honey mixed with other juices or wines to be disgusting. These things are usually marketed as 'meade' or 'honeyed wine' and the sight of such may bring me to break the bottle over your head.
I don't have much to add on the subject of sake, except that I've yet to have a good namazake and would be especially grateful to be introduced to one that somebody thinks is at least above average. (If anybody really cares, I ramble about my sake experience and recommendations here
Riesling is overexported, so I'd really like to get my hands on some good examples of more minor German whites, like Elbling, Freisamer, Huxelrebe, and Reichensteiner. I wouldn't pass on a good Gewürztraminer, ever.
Most of my Greek focus has been on Retsina, though all I've discovered is that I only like Kourtaki, which luckily is easy to find. If I never see another Malamatina it will be too soon. I've had some bottles of Mavrodaphne and Muscats from Samos and Limnos, all of them good. Believe it or not, I've yet to have an Asyrtico and would welcome a good one.
Although my appreciation of Italian whites isn't very broad, my wife got me hooked on Moscato d'Asti and I haven't met a vintage I didn't like of that apellation.
I am making a tradition of buying a case of Sky River Mead each PAX, as everybody seems to like it, with good reason. It's probably the best mead in the state. I pick it up in person directly from the brewer way the hell up in Sultan, WA. If somebody is looking for a good sake Seattle is one of the few places that carry wide selections. Let me know if you're looking for something specific and I'll try to leverage Sake Nomi or Uwajimaya, or I can make recommendations.
Now proceed with your ramblings about different proof values for Everclear if you must.
Numquam magnum ingenium sine mixtura dementiae fuit.
There has never been a great spirit without a touch of insanity.
(Seneca Philosophus, De tranquillitate animis)