A Little Warmth for a Chilly November

Bottle Warmth

Signing myself up for NaBloPoMo, I half hoped and half dreaded that the prospect of forced recommended daily posting may devolve into me reaching Scotch Watch XXXV in no time flat (I'm sure my wife would, how do you say, intervene sooner or later). That said, I was happy to see this article in the local newspaper, indicating that fall is the time for the comforting warmth of single malt whisky.

But in this temperate climate, there are about two weeks out of the year that one couldn't justify the use of a little warmth-from-a-bottle at night. But I'm getting away from the point. Sean Wood (an apparent wine judge) tastes Compass Box Peat Monster (among others) and gives it a pretty good review, indicating that it is a "particularly good value." Compass Box gets good reviews from the Scotch Blog, but as I mentioned earlier, the label Peat Monster did not have me sold. Apparently the Peat Monster is less peaty than either Laphroiag or Lagavulin, so maybe it's worth giving it a shot?

And so, since most of you aren't doing the NaBloPoMo thing, you should all weigh-in at this point: What's your cool fall/winter night cocktail? And, more importantly, how many of you will show up if I spring for the bottle of Peat Monster? (Note my not so subtle attempt at getting friends)

Budget Warmth: The Ghetto Latte

Here's something that came up a few months back (though I can't remember where) -- consumer ingenuity leads to inventive ways of saving at least half the price of seemingly overpriced beverages at high-end coffee chains. I present: The Ghetto Latte.

The trick: Instead of buying your $5.00 latte from Starbucks, just get an americano, iced, in a tall cup. You pay a measly $2.60 and, if you can put up with the snarky look from the Barista, you waltz over to the condiments bar, fill 'er up with half and half, take it home or to your place of work, and nuke the bugger until you've got a latte!

You can read more about it here: Most commenters think that either Starbucks has too much money to begin with, or that customers are just plain morons anyway.

Frankly, I think Starbucks should employ the services of one of those automatic, pre-measured cream dispensers (like the Hockey Player Coffee Shop has) and force customers to fill the remainder of their Venti Ghetto Latte in 1/2 ounce intervals, while the machine emanates a nice, long industrial belch every two seconds. Gonna be cheap? May as well come clean about it.


This just in(box) from the Uncle in Law:

Mike , my local LCBO has a nice sounding Macallan 50 year old for $8,799 - yes, $8,799. Maybe next time you are up this way you and 100 of our best friends could chip in for a sip.

At a slightly more accessible level - 30 year old Macallan - $ 899.95 - maybe you could try that at one of your tastings.

Mmm, yeah. Nothing like a single bottle of scotch that could wipe out my retirement funds.

Oh, hell. Anyone interested?

Day 2

Posted bythemikestand at 7:31 AM  

6 stepped up to the mike:

Sassy said... 11:31 AM, November 02, 2006  

I definitely love the Starbucks cheat-sheet idea...I may have to do that some time. Although, with Dunkin' Donuts right across the street, what's the point, really? (one may ask) Only 28 days to go!

sween said... 11:45 AM, November 02, 2006  

Also, have you heard about the "short cappucinno" at Starbucks?

Brianna said... 3:28 PM, November 02, 2006  

FYI Starbucks came out about a month ago saying that their customers are free to use the condiment bar however they like. apparently they won't be cracking down on the ghetto latte.

themikestand said... 3:31 PM, November 02, 2006  

Oh, fine. Why don't you all just mock my inability to research a topic?

Go ahead.


canadian sadie said... 6:34 PM, November 02, 2006  

I'm *so* in for the attack of the Peat Monster.

I had to forcibly restrain myself from purchasing a bottle of Oban yesteday. I yearned for it, lusted after it, even...and yet...I refrained.

The co-working animals that are soon to attend my fest would NOT appreciate it, and would drink it in the same manner as a $4 bottle of Listerine. Likely in shot fashion. So yeah...perhaps in another couple of weeks :)

Christine said... 7:19 PM, November 02, 2006  


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