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Feb 21, 2007 06:23 PM

Rogue/Anchor Spirits

I just found out that both Rogue and Anchor had branched out into making spirits. Has anyone tried the Anchor Whiskys or Rogue Rums?

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  1. I've had the Anchor Old Potrero Single Malt Rye (the no-age statement original bottling). I really enjoyed it. It has a big, spicy flavor. They have several versions (18th century style, 19th century style, etc.) Anchor is also making a gin, but I've never tried it.

    1. Anchor Junipero is excellent. Not available in GA, so I pick up a bottle out of state whenever I get a chance.

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      1. re: ted

        Being in your neighboring state of SC where there are no distributors for Junipero where do you get it. I have gone to the largerest ABC store in Charlotte and they do not have it.

        1. re: 1 wiener hound

          THey should be able to get it for you. It is in most of the stores in Winston

      2. Anchor Junipero gin is a nice, but uncomplex, juniper forward gin. Their Old Potrero Rye is excellent.

        Rogue started distilling in 2003 but the spirits aren't available nationwide yet. They have won over a dozen awards so far, including Americas best gin at the World Spirits Competition last fall.

        Dogfish Head Brewery also branched out with a distillery making vodka, gin, several rums, and a tequilla.

        Craft distilling is on the rise in the US and there are many other premium, small batch, craft distillers out there.

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        1. re: JMF

          The craft distilling trend is interesting. There are a number of new scotch-style whiskies being made in the US. McCarthy's in Oregon, St. George in California, Stranahan's in Colorado and several others.

          1. re: sku

            St. George is made by the same people who make Hangar One vodkas. I like their infused vodkas, they seem a few years away from getting the hang of Whiskey.

            1. re: sku

              Anyone tried the McCarthy's Oregon "scotch" yet? It's been rated well, so I'm curious.

          2. When you think about it, Anchor Foghorn Barleywine is real close to a "spirit"... and just a phenomenal barleywine... a benchmark.

            1. Anchor's beers are among my favorites. I thought Old Potrero was worthy of cleaning my toilet. As far as a rye, I did not hold a candle to and outpriced many others. Not a fan, staying away.

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              1. re: Captain

                Which Old Potrero did you try? I have heard mixed reviews on the 18th century but raves about most others (and I enjoyed the standard bottling). What ryes do you prefer?

                1. re: Captain

                  As a novice rye drinker, what would you suggest instead? I would be annoyed to spend $60 for toilet cleaner. Especially if it meant I actually had to do chores...
                  I am a big fan of Irish Whiskey, particularly Black Bush, and like scotch, but find many to be a little to strong tasting for me so that I wind up putting in too much ice to really get the flavor. I also like bourbon, particularly Maker's Mark.

                  1. re: JRSD

                    Rittenhouse 100 proof bonded is an inexpensive but tasty rye.

                    1. re: JMF

                      Rittenhouse is a good inexpensive choice. If I werfe spending more, I would and have spent it on Van Winkle.

                      I think I tried the whole Old Potrero product line at WhiskeyFest. It may be my taste, but none of them came close to putting a glove on a Van Winkle. They seemed harsh.

                      1. re: Captain

                        thanks for the recs, I will be in need of several good, stiff drinks on friday, and know what to head for.

                  2. re: Captain

                    A very talented and experienced bartender told me he couldn't stand the Old Potrero rye. Said it tasted like gasoline.