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Your Thanksgiving tipple?

November 22nd, 2011

I’m not sure exactly what I’m going to enjoy this Thanksgiving (I’m still sorting it out), but I can say with a high degree of confidence that it will include wine, beer, and some great American whiskey.

How about you? What will you be enjoying?

And before I forget, Happy Thanksgiving everyone! I’m thankful for so many things in life, including all of you reading this post.

77 Responses to “Your Thanksgiving tipple?”

  1. Red_Arremer says:

    You know, I don’t have any American whiskey right now. I’ll definitely be getting some for the family get together, though. Maybe Wathens Single Barrel?

  2. ps says:

    some beer, some wine with dinner(s), El Dorado 15 rum, and a few bottles from the Buffalo Trace Antique Collection I’ve been waiting to open. always a fun time of year!

  3. Josh West says:

    Last year I brought/opened a bottle of the Maker’s 46, which was a big hit among both novice and long time whiskey drinkers. This year I’ll be reaching for the 2011 Sazerac 18.

  4. Matt Brown says:

    They’re not usually my favorite, but for Thanksgiving it seems so appropriate to enjoy something from the Wild Turkey family.

  5. Morgan Steele says:

    Alaskan Smoked Porter with dinner and an Islay (probably Ardbeg’s Corryvreckan) with a cigar later.

  6. howardf says:

    Goose Island’s Sofie with dinner. If you’ve never had a Saison with Thanksgiving dinner, you’re missing a truly perfect pairing. After dinner will probably be Parker’s Heritage, both 3rd and 4th releases.

    • OudErnest says:

      I agree. Saison is the perfect beer to match with Thanksgiving dinner. I’ll be having a Dupont Foret Saison and some wine and a few of the BTAC after dinner along with an Ardbeg

  7. Bob Siddoway says:

    I’m thinking the 2011 Stagg and red wine (malbec, pinot noir, chianti). All of it should go well with the massive amounts of pie I’ll be having…

  8. Joe Hyman says:

    I’m sticking with malt whisky all day. Probably start off with something American, ‘Stimulus’, produced at the Noshoba Valley Winery, in the suburbs of Boston. Then, switch over to my latest curiosity: Muirhead’s Silver Seal 21 year old Speyside, lots turkey with gravy.

    • Josh West says:

      That Nashoba Valley Winery Stimulus single malt was pretty cool! I take it you went to the winery/distillery to pick it up, or have they started selling to distributors?

      • Red_Arremer says:

        They don’t have a distributor yet Josh. It was very nice for a 5 yo (5?), but the price was a little steep for me.

        • Joe Hyman says:

          No distributor yet, but I did see it at Julio’s in Westboro, MA, after I got it at the winery.
          Red, I don’t mind spending $60-70 ONCE for something unique/interesting AND support a local craft distiller as well. How much absolute crap is out there for a lot more $? At least Stimulus is pleasant to drink.

  9. Greg says:

    I’ll probably mix it up. I’ll end up bringing over the beer which may include some Green Flash Trippel, Founders Backwoods Bastard and maybe an Allagash Black. For whiskey, Jameson 18, Bowman 18 and something from the “dusty” shelf like a ’79 Early Times KSBW or ’81 Old Taylor 86. In the end, I’m sure it will all be good.

  10. Louis says:

    We’ll be at my wife’s parents, and that side of the family is very spirit-ually challenged. Nothing over there other than vodka and Dewars White Label. So I am bringing along Woodford Reserve and Bulleit Rye, as well as the Balvenie 14 Carribean Cask and Lagavulin 16. The peat does a great job of washing down the turkey and stuffing, IMHO.

  11. MrTH says:

    On this most American of holidays, I try to keep it all-American. There’s a Washington state riesling in the fridge, and Clear Creek pear brandy to go with dessert. Sierra Nevada Celebration Ale to go with the football. (It’s just not the same without Barry Sanders rushing for 275 yards and losing.) The problem is whiskey…the only two American whiskeys I have open right now are a Wild Turkey single barrel, and a Stranahan’s, and I don’t like either one. I’m going to have to poke around and see what might be buried here in the Midden Heap.

    • John Hansell says:

      I enjoyed a Celebration Ale last night with my pizza. It’s one of two holiday beers I buy every year.Sounds like you need to beef up your American whiskey stash, though…

      • OudErnest says:

        What’s the other one John? @MrTH: the Celebration debate is one that seems to go on every year with my friends. I personally think it’s pretty much the same from year to year; which is great imo. I think however that there are an increasing amount of super hoppy beers released every year so I think that affects our palates.

    • MrTH says:

      I have a Four Roses Small batch, an Elijah Craig 18, and a couple of Hudsons around here somewhere…think it will be the Four Roses.

      Is it just me, or is the Celebration Ale a little bit subdued this year?

    • Jason Beatty says:

      @MRTH the pear brandy will mix well with Angel’s Envy… 2 oz Angel’s Envy, 1/2 oz pear brandy, 1/2 oz port, 1/4 oz Fernat Branca or a bitter aperitif, and 2 dashes of bitters… One of my cocktails: “Pair of Wings.” I am going with regular distribution… First: Elijah Craig 18 year (Turkey) Second: Willett (Stuffing) Third: Angel’s Envy (Pecan Pie and thereafter)

      • MrTH says:

        Thanks, Jason. I drink the pear brandy neat, chilled, to accompany dessert. Will open the Four Roses a little later, and may look for a suitable single malt later on–nothing wrong with a nod to one’s heritage on this day.

  12. NC Nelz says:

    Because of lastest issue of W.A. about Campbeltown , we’re going to try Springbank 10, ……..Ardbeg Corryvreckan (one of my favorites) and could only locate Eagle Rare 17 out of the Antiques, but that’s not a problem ! And maybe glass of Bitch’s Brew and or Burton Baton (blended in oak tanks) from Dogfish Head

  13. JSJ says:

    I’ll be introducing my family to bourbon via Weller 12. They’re all recovering teetotalers.

  14. Sweetlou says:

    I like to start the festivities with a little sparkling wine, such as Gruet (from New Mexico). With the turkey, cranberry sauce etc, I prefer a crisp white wine with a touch of sweetness, usualluy a reisling spatlese or auslese, or if a red wine is preferred, a pinot noir. However, for those who enjoy beer, maybe a Sierra Nevada 30th Anniversary (or maybe break out a Pliny the Elder). Afterwards, a Parkers Heritage Golden Anniversary with a nice cigar (the cigar outdoors, of course)

  15. Hal Raleigh says:

    Starting with Angels Envy, then the new Parkers Heritage. After dinner, celebrating my sons homecoming from Afghanistan with the US Army with Pappy 20! Gonna be a marvelous day!!

  16. David G says:

    Celebrating Thanksgiving with anything but Bourbon is like celebrating Burns Day with Bourbon. I think I’ll bring along a bottle of Makers 46 or perhaps the Jefferson 17 year.

  17. Dennis Skrade says:

    Before dinner we will have some Redbreast 12 year and Bunnahabhain 18 year old with appetizers. With dinner we will be drinking Cantillion Lou Pepe Kriek, New Glarus Raspberry and Cherry Belgian style beer and some Fitger’s Cherry Ale made with Door County cherries. For dessert we will have some cranberry dry mead or port to complement the fine desserts.

  18. Mendy B says:

    Going to finish the last bits of my bottle of High West 21yr Rye over dinner and have some of the excellent Jefferson’s Presidential 18yr from Park Ave for dessert.

    • NC Nelz says:

      Tell me your impression of the Jefferson , John gave it a 96 and i been meaning to get some

      • John Hansell says:

        Easily one of the best Jefferson Reserve Presidential Select offerings. (Assuming it’s the same cask as the one I reviewed…)

        • NC Nelz says:

          if I remember correctly You like d the younger offering as well if ( presidential reserve , but as i recall it was hard to tell which year it was because the bottles were the same ) there is one in the local store ….but i have no idea if its the one you rated high or another year) I guess I should just go for it

      • Mendy B says:

        John’s review was spot on. This is one of the better Bourbons I’ve tasted. While it isn’t the same it holds its own with some of the Parker’s Heritage collection bottlings.

  19. Vinny Lynch says:

    I think a KCSB for Thanksgiving, need the extra proof for the extra family, and High West Double Rye for evacuation day (26th) to celebrate those Limey red coats leaving NY (I’m from a part of NY with a lot of revolution heritage) 🙂

  20. D Henley says:

    Hey All. New kid on the site…want to thank Mr. Hansell and everyone who posts here for contributing to my education. Think I’ll be bringing the WLW to our feast – was able to grab both that and the George T. Stagg in Phoenix a couple weeks back.

  21. J C says:

    Pappy 15 all week…

  22. Ben says:

    For me, it’s all about the Packers-Lions game. So perhaps the Tomatin 15 (which I rather like) during the first half and then the Laphroiag 10 or the Ardbeg 10 during the second. These will serve the dual purpose of celebrating a Packers victory if they win and providing consolation if (God forbid) they don’t. Scotch and football — a no lose proposition either way!

    • Ben says:

      After reading here that so many were going with American whiskeys on an American holiday, I abandoned the Scotch idea and opted for Eagle Rare 10 yr Single Barrel Select, Maker’s 46, and Wild Turkey Rare Breed. (And I decided to wait on these until the second football game. Somehow, bourbon with that first game starting at 11:30 a.m. CST just wasn’t that appetizing.)

      Thanks for the good suggestion, fellow readers.

  23. Vince says:

    I will be opening the Elijah Craig 20 year old. Will also have Eagle Rare 17 yr old (2011) and Handy rye. And I always have to pour a Wild Turkey! I think Kentucky Spirit is calling my name! Great time of year!

  24. Angel’s Envy Movember bottling, and a bit of Black Maple Hill.

  25. John Parker says:

    Happy Thanksgiving to all. I’m thankful to be able to drink Pappy 15 and 20, along with WLW 09, 10, and 11. Glad I can share it with my family and friends. Plus going to Ravens game at 8, one brother has to win and it’s the Ravens.

  26. lawschooldrunk says:

    I’m saving two bottles to open: Four Roses small batch and Rittenhouse Rye %50abv. (Never had either, yet, so I’m really looking forward to it.) I’ll also have some angels envy, and George T Stagg 2009.

    Happy Thanksgiving, John!

  27. Marc says:

    I miss the days of having a good turkey feast in the States for Thanksgiving! I will however, be with you in spirit from South Africa with some W.L.Weller 12, Buffalo Trace and Eagle Rare single barrel. Happy thanksgiving folks! 🙂

  28. H.Diaz says:

    Rebecca Creek Texas Whiskey, Batch 1, San Antonio

    Great King Street, Compass Box

    … both under $40

  29. SnowPyramid says:

    I have a bottle of Russel Reserve small batch rye that I’m breaking out.

  30. JeffH says:

    McCarthy’s Oregon Single Malt for the main course. For the game, a good seasonal beer.

  31. Eric says:

    Not much of a wine guy, so I’ll stick to beer (Great Lakes Christmas) and whiskey. Neither will be consumed during dinner, as requested by my dining companions.

    The whiskey selection for the weekend will include:

    -William Larue Weller (2010 Antique)
    -Crown Royal Cask 16
    -Balvenie 15
    -Bulleit Rye
    -Redbreast 12

    I’m trying to teach some of my friends the wonders (and variety) of the whiskey world. Hopefully this is a good start!

  32. Sam S. says:

    Some Pappy 15 and must try the Highland Park 1994 my wife scored for me an a recent trip.

  33. Mr. G says:

    First and foremost, a safe and happy Thanksgiving to everyone. A Sam Adams before/during/ and after the meal (Turkey and ALL the fixins). Decorum would suggest Wild Turkey 🙂 but I’m thinking one of two recent aquisitions, both bourbons, a Pappy 15 and/or a 2010 Weller BATC.

  34. Tinker says:

    I’m a bit disappointed this year, because no one in Columbus, OH seems to be carrying Avery Old Jubilation. I might have to pull one of last year’s bottles out from the cellar, or I could substitute a Southern Tier Old Man. I’ll be happy as long as I’m drinking a proper winter warmer and not a spiced holiday beer. I also bought some Knob Creek Single Barrel. Hopefully, it’ll go well with the apple-cranberry pie my wife is baking right now.

  35. Greg Adams says:

    In honor of Turkey Day the bar will be set up with Wild Turkey 101, 81, and Kentucky Spirit. After everyone has gone home I will relax with a pour of George T. Stagg 2011 and a good cigar.

    May everyone have a safe and happy Thanksgiving.

    • Mr. G says:

      What is your impression of the 2011? I was going to pick one up but decided to go with the Sazerac instead. Enjoy the cigar.

  36. B.J. Reed says:

    1967 Glen Keith – thanks G+M!

  37. Jazz Lover says:

    Bruichladdich 32 yr. 1977 DNA
    Bruichladdich 31 yr. 1970 44.2%
    Springbank 21 yr. 70cl.
    Lagavulin 21 yr.
    Highland Park 25 yr. 53.5%

  38. D. Houston says:

    Happy Thanksgiving John and to all your fellow Americans from Canada. I think I will open my new bottle of Old Pulteney 21 in your honour tonight.

  39. Luke says:

    Slightly off-topic but given the date that was in it…

    The Irish Whiskey Society met last night and enjoyed, among others:

    Jameson Millenium (15 Year old)
    Dungourney 1964 (30 Year old)
    Old Comber (30 Year old)
    William Jameson/National 1934(!) “Irish American Whiskey” (25% 20 Year old Irish Pot Still/75% 3Year Old Straight Rye)

    Thanks were indeed given!

  40. Scribe says:

    Stranahan’s Colorado Whiskey and a first edition Dalmore Cigar Malt…topped the day off just fine!

  41. JD1 says:

    I had a couple of things over the long weekend but the highlights were the BTAC 2010 Stagg and the Goose Island Sophie with Thanksgiving turkey dinner–a pairing suggestion I borrowed from Howardf upstream (thanks for the recommendation–it was a big hit at our table!). I also tried McKinzie Rye from the Finger Lakes Distillery in NY and I liked it quite a bit–the nose is youthful, like many micros, but it tastes very good indeed.

    Flying home from New Hampshire afterwards I passed through the airport in Manchester, NH. They now have a state store right in the airport, inside security, so you can buy wine & spirits to carry on your flight. Selection was decent, nothing particualrly rare, but well representing American, Scotch, Irish, and Canadian whiskies. And because NH charges no sales taxes the prices are excellent–it’s duty-free for domestic US fliers! They even threw in a nice bottle carrier bag. The salesperson told me they’ve only been open 3 weeks. Excellent idea, NH! If only it could work in other states…

  42. Ms Whisky says:

    Living in the UK, it is a bit more difficult to find American whiskies, so we enjoyed the Glenfarclas 30 with Thanksgiving dessert:

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