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Time for another rant. Special packaging, limited editions and the use of 'exotic' materials to beef up the price like cases made out of submarine skin (unable to verify this).

Panerai uses pear wood for its cases and Omega milks every last drop from its Speedmaster line up. The watch that I have on order is promoted by a movie showing a guy on a motorcycle, misty distant views and other [email protected] I absolutely don't care for any of those things! It won't make any difference in my decision making. In the same category fall watches that pay tribute to certain aeroplanes like jet fighters. Really? Just a cheap way to use a well known name to your own benefit.

But there's another side to this coin of course. Who will buy a Patek if it comes in a cheap cardboard box? One expects more to come with a 50K plus watch. Time for a Woodford Reserve Double Oaked to calm my nerves :D
Ever heard of the legendary "Pappy Van Winkle" American whiskey?

Small batch produced, and long waiting lists to get a bottle of it, cheapest you can purchase it at is about $600 a bottle and the 23-year-old goes for $3,500.

I happened to be in a bar that specialized in boutique whiskey and they had Pappy in stock, so just to say I tried it I paid $40 for a shot.

It wasn't bad, but for $40 a shot, I will never drink it again. I had in the past been able to purchase a case of "Bottled in Bond" pint bottles of pre-second world war (1939) Old Fitzgerald.

The finest bourbon I have ever tasted. I gave a couple of bottles of it to my Grandfather who at one time was a liquor salesman and sold the first bottle of Jim Beam in Chicago. I gave him a blind taste test of the Old Fitz compared to his standard Early Times which he drank regularly.

His eyes lit up upon the first sip of the Old Fitz and he immediately said, "this is pre-war whiskey, real whiskey"!

Unfortunately, I went through the entire case I short order, and the closest I have come to matching the flavor is Booker's, which is one of the Jim Beam distillery's higher line products.

Problem with Bookers is, it's 128 proof and will knock you on your ass!
 

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Ever heard of the legendary "Pappy Van Winkle" American whiskey?

Small batch produced, and long waiting lists to get a bottle of it, cheapest you can purchase it at is about $600 a bottle and the 23-year-old goes for $3,500.

I happened to be in a bar that specialized in boutique whiskey and they had Pappy in stock, so just to say I tried it I paid $40 for a shot.

It wasn't bad, but for $40 a shot, I will never drink it again. I had in the past been able to purchase a case of "Bottled in Bond" pint bottles of pre-second world war (1939) Old Fitzgerald.

The finest bourbon I have ever tasted. I gave a couple of bottles of it to my Grandfather who at one time was a liquor salesman and sold the first bottle of Jim Beam in Chicago. I gave him a blind taste test of the Old Fitz compared to his standard Early Times which he drank regularly.

His eyes lit up upon the first sip of the Old Fitz and he immediately said, "this is pre-war whiskey, real whiskey"!

Unfortunately, I went through the entire case I short order, and the closest I have come to matching the flavor is Booker's, which is one of the Jim Beam distillery's higher line products.

Problem with Bookers is, it's 128 proof and will knock you on your ass!

Thanks for the elaborate reply and I do know Pappy. (By Name). I just searched for it at a Dutch on-line liquor store, the 15 year old is 1495 Euro, the 20 year old 1750 Euro and the 23 year old not available.

Now I do like my Bourbon because there's a lot to like and I find it more accessible compared to some of the more peat heavy single Malts. But I also must admit that I'm not a connoisseur. I watch some Bourbon and Whisky channels on YouTube and the descriptions some of those guys give are completely beyond me (just like the wine brigade). "I taste barley sugar, roasted plumbs and wait... unicorn tear infused vanilla pods!". :D

Just joking, I'm just a peasant. So those ultra high end wines, Bourbons and Single Malts are a bit wasted on me. And this is not false modesty or anything. I know how to spot cork in wine and sometimes a drink from a bottle that has been opened too long ago but that's about it.

One of my favourites is the considered entry level Woodford Reserve Double Oaked. Rye Whiskey also goes down very well with me :D Cheers mate!


P.S. Van Winkle sound like the Anglicised version of the Dutch "Van Winkel". (Winkel = shop).
 

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The following rant is my personal opinion and not intended to insult. Consider it satire.

In a couple of months I will turn 60. An age that is considered by many as over 'middle aged'. Yes, I'm becoming an old geezer :D And with such a ripe old age comes wisdom and the ability to judge ones station in life. And that's what the foundation of this rant is built upon.

Some men of my age seem to lack that judgement. And that lack of judgement materialises in a ponytail. And not a ponytail constructed from a lush, full head of shiny hair but a ponytail constructed from the yellowish grey remnants of hair still present on the back of the head. Hippies escaped from a Seventies colony on Ibiza and Karl Lagerfeld (although the latter is becoming very questionable as well) can get away with this but pot bellied, ageing 60-year olds cannot! What the hell are you thinking?! Every time I see such a guy sporting a ponytail I want to cut it off on the spot. Pathetic!
 

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I wish I had enough hair for a ponytail or just a comb over! I’m a few years behind you sir, and I am on the fast track to being cue ball



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Thanks for the elaborate reply and I do know Pappy. (By Name). I just searched for it at a Dutch on-line liquor store, the 15 year old is 1495 Euro, the 20 year old 1750 Euro and the 23 year old not available.

Now I do like my Bourbon because there's a lot to like and I find it more accessible compared to some of the more peat heavy single Malts. But I also must admit that I'm not a connoisseur. I watch some Bourbon and Whisky channels on YouTube and the descriptions some of those guys give are completely beyond me (just like the wine brigade). "I taste barley sugar, roasted plumbs and wait... unicorn tear infused vanilla pods!". :D

Just joking, I'm just a peasant. So those ultra high end wines, Bourbons and Single Malts are a bit wasted on me. And this is not false modesty or anything. I know how to spot cork in wine and sometimes a drink from a bottle that has been opened too long ago but that's about it.

One of my favourites is the considered entry level Woodford Reserve Double Oaked. Rye Whiskey also goes down very well with me :D Cheers mate!


P.S. Van Winkle sound like the Anglicised version of the Dutch "Van Winkel". (Winkel = shop).

I think it's a take of on "Rip Van Winkle". Anyways if you are into whiskey there is another that is very unique, made solely from toasted barley, it's "Stranahan's Colorado Whiskey" it's a keeper as well!
 

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The following rant is my personal opinion and not intended to insult. Consider it satire.

In a couple of months I will turn 60. An age that is considered by many as over 'middle aged'. Yes, I'm becoming an old geezer :D And with such a ripe old age comes wisdom and the ability to judge ones station in life. And that's what the foundation of this rant is built upon.

Some men of my age seem to lack that judgement. And that lack of judgement materialises in a ponytail. And not a ponytail constructed from a lush, full head of shiny hair but a ponytail constructed from the yellowish grey remnants of hair still present on the back of the head. Hippies escaped from a Seventies colony on Ibiza and Karl Lagerfeld (although the latter is becoming very questionable as well) can get away with this but pot bellied, ageing 60-year olds cannot! What the hell are you thinking?! Every time I see such a guy sporting a ponytail I want to cut it off on the spot. Pathetic!
Earrings on old gropers like me (soon to be 74) look absurd as well, if I want to look rebellious in my golden years I will wear a Muscle "T" shirt and show off my faded "Harley Davidson" tattoo!
 
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Ever heard of the legendary "Pappy Van Winkle" American whiskey?

Small batch produced, and long waiting lists to get a bottle of it, cheapest you can purchase it at is about $600 a bottle and the 23-year-old goes for $3,500.

I happened to be in a bar that specialized in boutique whiskey and they had Pappy in stock, so just to say I tried it I paid $40 for a shot.

It wasn't bad, but for $40 a shot, I will never drink it again. I had in the past been able to purchase a case of "Bottled in Bond" pint bottles of pre-second world war (1939) Old Fitzgerald.

The finest bourbon I have ever tasted. I gave a couple of bottles of it to my Grandfather who at one time was a liquor salesman and sold the first bottle of Jim Beam in Chicago. I gave him a blind taste test of the Old Fitz compared to his standard Early Times which he drank regularly.

His eyes lit up upon the first sip of the Old Fitz and he immediately said, "this is pre-war whiskey, real whiskey"!

Unfortunately, I went through the entire case I short order, and the closest I have come to matching the flavor is Booker's, which is one of the Jim Beam distillery's higher line products.

Problem with Bookers is, it's 128 proof and will knock you on your ass!
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At the same time, I am developing a palate for locally produced wine. I tend to like the fresher and more subtle flavors, and the amazing, ever-changing nature of the natural winemakers' harvest.
 

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The lost art of turn signal use.

This one is really starting to annoy me lately because it's also dangerous. More and more motorists find it way too much trouble to use turn signals although it is mandatory. This, combined with a yank on the steering wheel to change lanes, is becoming epidemic. Driving behind them has become a form of Russian roulette. Especially in urban areas. Someone is nearing a corner, does not use a turn signal but instead hits the brakes and suddenly turns right (or worse, left). WTF? And not a patrol car in sight of course :mad:
This really bugs me. I keep thinking I should mount a camera on my dashboard, and turn it into the local police when I see one of their police officers casually making non-emergency turns and lane changes without using their turn signal.
 

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So I just found this thread and read pretty much all ten pages.

I agree with pretty much all the rants. IPA's uggh. I started homebrewing over 25 years ago and liked making the occasional IPA, but I would always have some other brews to consume. Now, when I go into a "craft" or "micro" or "nano" brewery and they have 10 beers on tap, 8 of them are usually IPAs. Where are the porters, red ales, pilsners, weizens, brown ales...? Belgian beers are truly one of God's gifts to this planet.

Now for a rant I haven't seen here yet: the over use of the phrase "Breaking News" on the 24 hour news channels. Newsflash: It's not breaking news if you are just repeating the same story you've been telling us for the past three days.
 

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Wow, I see I haven't ranted for 15 months exactly to this date! Although there's much (too much) to rant about I'll keep it within the intention of this thread. Lightly salted so to speak :) Our IPA craze is not over yet, aux contraire! Micro or 'city' breweries are sprouting like mushrooms. And they all produce some version of IPA (most people know by now what IPA stands for, but not why that beer was invented). The other craze, 'salted caramel' has past its summit (I hope). Boy, it was everywhere! I was almost expecting a salter caramel flavoured IPA ;)

If you ever get the chance, try Kölsch. We visited Cologne a couple of times some years ago and there I had my first taste of this beer. It is not very strong or outspoken like some Belgian beers but I like it very much. I bought a crate (Reissdorf) when we came back from Cologne the first time but now it's harder to come by.
 
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I’ve brewed some Kolsch and some altbier. Great stuff
 
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Mmmm, time for some more rants :)

People walking on public streets, not talking IN their telephone but talking TO their telephone because the have set it to 'speaker phone'. So that anyone can enjoy the conversation. It has become a plague.

Men (always men) driving either Mercedes B-types or some Audi S-series that have received both a 'pop and bang' engine (ECU) tuning and a 'sports exhaust'. The racket is overwhelming and as I happen to live nearby a road that has become very popular with these fine gentlemen, I can enjoy roaring engines to deep into the evening. It's like living near a racetrack. And because it's very hot lately I have to leave my balcony door open..... Rats!

Parking a car at the most insane spots like bang on a side walk or a parking space for the disabled! Yes, I have witnessed this on quite a few occasions. Some people just live by their own rules. Where are the police when you need them?

The label on a bottle of mineral water stating that it is gluten free. WTF? Or, even worse, the label on a jar of peanut butter warning that it contains peanuts! I'm just a simple soul and perhaps I'm missing something but WTF?
 

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I’m used to hearing ridiculous extended exhaust blapping from modern Mustangs, Camaros, and various Dodge Hellcat offerings. They sound like an amplified revved chainsaw and yet very little forward movement is seen from the vehicle. It’s almost laughable that this is cool to anyone.

There used to be an aggressive bass-like throaty tone with some open roaring at higher RPM that sounded like a tuned engine, at least in “muscle cars”. And an M series or AMG sounded even slicker. Tighter. Like you could hear the more exacting tolerances of their engines.

Now they all sound like an unmuffled Husqvarna when they stomp on the throttle. I hope it’s merely a fad.
 

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Some great ones Frans, and Eric !!

I’ll join you in saying dittos on all of those there guys. It’s funny because
it sounds like we live in the same areas. Yet are in totally different parts
of the world. ..It’s a small world as the say right?! ;) With some of the
same things to rant about.

Let me throw one into the mix about a sport called pickleball. My rant
isn’t about the sport itself, or those who play it. But the towns, or the
cities that are pushing it so much that tennis no longer seems to matter.
I mean in our town they just redid our tennis courts after about 20+
years. And we always had four tennis courts.

However, they just finished the courts a couple weeks ago, and wouldn’t
you know it, they made only two tennis courts. While the other two tennis
courts were erased, and the area transformed into four pickleball courts.

😮

So we have two tennis courts now, and four pickleball courts. It’s so
strange to see honestly.

Oh, and then if we go to play at tennis courts somewhere else in
the area. There are actually full size tennis courts, but with smaller
pickleball court lines which have been painted right on to the tennis
courts. 😕 Often the lines are even in yellow, and totally play with
your eyes when trying to play tennis. ..So in short, you can’t win no
matter where you want to play. The bias the towns have for one
sport over the other is plain to see. And it almost seems like they
are trying to brainwash everyone into liking one sport over the
other.

I just want to see some fairness. So that is my rant, and I’m sticking
to it. 😄
 

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This has been sticking in my craw for quite some time, and it's been exacerbated by covid; tipping. It wasn't long ago that a tip of 20% was the norm (or maybe the higher end of normal) for good wait service from your server at a nice restaurant. You know, if they kept your drinks filled, asked if you'd like more bread, chips and salsa, whatever. They'd generally keep tabs on your satisfaction and when figuring the gratuity you'd factor that in. This figure has remained about the same.

But when picking up an online or call-in order, where other than the cook staff, no one has provided me a service, I'm expected to tip. A touch screen with three options, 10%, 15%, 25% is presented to me. Sometimes those percentages are even are higher. And it's everywhere of course, from Starbucks to some fast food chains.

During covid we ordered in a lot and the delivery guy is pre-tipped a similar % for the delivery and often as much or more as dining in at a restaurant. To be honest, it's an insult to the restaurant servers who are actually serving customers.

Anyway, tipping is getting out of hand imo. Let's not all be "tip-shamed" into overpaying those who haven't even earned it.
 

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This has been sticking in my craw for quite some time, and it's been exacerbated by covid; tipping. It wasn't long ago that a tip of 20% was the norm (or maybe the higher end of normal) for good wait service from your server at a nice restaurant. You know, if they kept your drinks filled, asked if you'd like more bread, chips and salsa, whatever. They'd generally keep tabs on your satisfaction and when figuring the gratuity you'd factor that in. This figure has remained about the same.

But when picking up an online or call-in order, where other than the cook staff, no one has provided me a service, I'm expected to tip. A touch screen with three options, 10%, 15%, 25% is presented to me. Sometimes those percentages are even are higher. And it's everywhere of course, from Starbucks to some fast food chains.

During covid we ordered in a lot and the delivery guy is pre-tipped a similar % for the delivery and often as much or more as dining in at a restaurant. To be honest, it's an insult to the restaurant servers who are actually serving customers.

Anyway, tipping is getting out of hand imo. Let's not all be "tip-shamed" into overpaying those who haven't even earned it.
Somewhere in the sixties, ‘drinkgeld’ (tip) was abolished in my country and the wages for those in a waiting job were increased by a fixed percentage. So we’re not expected to tip. The wages are still not to write home about and the reason there’s a huge shortage in staff. We too have the ‘tip buttons‘ but it is in euro. 1, 2 or 5. But I always give a tip in hand because I don’t trust the system.
 
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