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OAUSA Net – February 18, 2021 – Enjoying Spirits In Outdoors

Posted: Wed Feb 17, 2021 10:16 am
by toms
The 6 Types of Distilled Spirit you can enjoy in the outdoors

Whiskey, Brandy, Gin, Rum, Tequila, and Vodka.

There are many distilled spirits available today, though there are just six base liquors that form the foundation of the majority of cocktails and liqueurs. Brandy, gin, rum, tequila, vodka, and whiskey are each unique and have distinct styles within themselves

Tonight, we will explore the basic characteristics of each of these liquors to give you an understanding of what makes each special and how to use them in drinks.

Jack KK6WXQ will led our discussion for this net. Please post up your favorite drink when camping.

Re: OAUSA Net – February 18, 2021 – Enjoying Spirits In Outdoors

Posted: Wed Feb 17, 2021 12:02 pm
by NotAMog
Product Spotlight

VSSL Survival Flask

I saw this product at the Overland Expo several years ago. It had just been introduced by VSSL.
VSSL makes a line of survival products based on a storage cylinder system. Their more serious survival products include a Camp kit and a First Aid kit. Items in these kits are held in round individual containers that neatly stack within an aluminum tube with a compass at one end and a flashlight at the other. The Camp kit contains a little of everything you might need if caught outdoors with the exception of a shelter.

You can check out their products here -

The Survival Flask packs together into a single tube and looks like a flashlight except that it contains storage for 10 oz of your favorite survival beverage, 2 collapsible shot glasses, and a bottle opener.

It's $95 which isn't cheap but it is a cool and rather unique outdoors product.

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Below are the contents spread out. The compass is the top of the liquid compartment and is sealed with a fine threads and replaceable O ring. The bottom compartment containing the collapsible shot glasses and bottle opener is accesses by unscrewing the flashlight section. It is also sealed with an O ring.

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Here is a picture with the parts laid out and shot glasses opened up. The shot glasses are stainless steel and very well made. A slight tug seats the sections firmly with no leakage or fear of collapse while imbibing the contents of the flask. The flask has a micro thin glass coating on the inside so the aluminum tube does not impart any off flavors. I've kept my survival drink of choice in it for as long as 2 weeks with no ill effects although the directions recommend not storing any liquid for longer than 1 week.

The flashlight has 2 brightness levels of white light, a red light setting, and a setting to automatically flash SOS. One thing to remember is that you need to press the power button for approximately 2 full seconds before the flashlight turns on. This minimizes the chances of the butting getting bumped and turning on the flashlight but it can be confusing if you push the button and expect the flashlight to come on immediately.

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I like the saying on the bottle opener. It's very appropriate. Perhaps the contents of the flask will help you maintain a positive attitude or at least get you to the point where you don't care. :lol:

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VSSL has also gotten into the camp coffee craze with a new hand crank coffee grinder. It looks very well made but is rather pricey at $145 -


Re: OAUSA Net – February 18, 2021 – Enjoying Spirits In Outdoors

Posted: Wed Feb 17, 2021 2:45 pm
by JackM-KK6WXQ
I am listing the six basic types of distilled spirits here to help with the discussion.


Distilled From: Fruit. Primarily grapes, though apple, apricot, cherry, peach, and other fruits are also used.
Flavor Profile: Fruity burnt wine.
Aged: Typically aged in oak, varies by style. Often blended.
Produced In: Worldwide. Certain regions of the world produce specific styles of brandy such as Cognac and Armagnac.
Styles: Cognac, Armagnac, Spanish Brandy, Pisco, American Brandy, Grappa, Eau-de-vie, Flavored Brandies.
Alcohol Content: Typically 40 percent alcohol/volume (80 proof).
Regulations: No distinct worldwide regulations. Some of the styles must be produced in certain regions.
(There is also a system for indicating the age of brandies.)
Cocktail Profile: Brandy was used in a number of classic cocktails and tends to be used in more sophisticated drinks that include just a few ingredients. Many modern brandy recipes are breaking this mold, however, and experimenting with brandy in some very unique flavor combinations.


Distilled From: Neutral grains such as barley, corn, rye, and wheat. Flavored with a variety of botanicals, which vary by brand.
Flavor Profile: Herbal, dry. The primary flavor that defines gin comes from juniper berries, thus the 'piney' aroma and taste.
Aged: Typically not aged.
Produced In: Worldwide
Styles: London Dry Gin, Plymouth Gin, Old Tom Gin, New American Gin etc.
Alcohol Content: Typically 40 to 47 percent alcohol/volume (80 to 94 proof)
Regulations: No distinct worldwide regulations. Juniper is the 'accepted' defining quality.
Cocktail Profile: Gin's dry profile makes it a perfect candidate for dry (non-sweet) cocktails, including many classics and martinis. It is a nice base for cocktails with just a few ingredients and pairs well with some of the lighter fruits and, naturally, works well with herbs.

Distilled From: Sugar. Either molasses or pure sugar cane.
Flavor Profile: Sweet. Toasted sugar. Varies by style and region.
Aged: Light rum is typically un-aged and other rums are often aged in oak barrels to some extent. Due to climate, aging times vary greatly with warm climate rum requiring less barrel time than those in colder climates. Often blended.
Produced In: Worldwide
Styles: Light Rum, Gold Rum, Dark Rum, Over-Proof Rum, Spiced Rum, Cachaca, Flavored Rum
Alcohol Content: Typically 40 percent alcohol/volume (80 proof). Overproof rums can reach 150 proof.
Regulations: No distinct worldwide regulations.
Cocktail Profile: Rum's sweeter flavor makes it one of the more versatile spirits. It was one of the first liquors to be mixed into drinks, so there are some nice classic rum cocktails to choose from. It is the obvious base for tropical drinks. On the other side of the spectrum, it also appears in a number of warm cocktails.


Distilled From: Agave
Flavor Profile: Vegetal, earthy with semi-sweet and spicy tones.
Aged: Blanco tequila is un-aged. Other tequilas are aged, often in used whiskey (bourbon) oak barrels. Gold tequila is blended.
Produced In: Mexico. Agave spirits produced outside of Mexico cannot be labeled 'tequila.'
Styles: Blanco, Reposado, Anejo, Extra-Anejo, Gold.
Alcohol Content: Typically 40 to 50 percent alcohol/volume (80 to 100 proof).
Regulations: Tightly regulated by the Tequila Regulatory Council (CRT) under the Appellation of Origin, first adapted in 1978.
Cocktail Profile: Tequila has a great flavor profile for mixing into a variety of cocktails. There are, of course, the margaritas and frozen cocktails in which tequila is mixed with any fruit imaginable. It also makes a perfect base for spicy cocktails and is very popular for party shots.


Distilled From: Neutral grain (rye, corn, wheat, etc.) or potato. Some are distilled from beets, grapes, and other bases. Vodka can be the 'catch-all' category for white spirits that fit nowhere else.
Flavor Profile: Neutral alcohol/ethanol. Varies greatly depending on the base and added flavorings.
Aged: Typically un-aged.
Produced In: Worldwide
Styles: Clear vodka is typically distinguished by the base it was distilled from and/or the region it was produced. Flavored vodkas are a popular category.
Alcohol Content: Typically 40 to 50 percent alcohol/volume (80 to 100 proof).
Regulations: No distinct worldwide regulations.
Cocktail Profile: Vodka's neutral taste makes it the most versatile spirit available today. Vodka cocktails can be found on almost every imaginable flavor profile from sweet to savory, fruits to herbs and spices. Martinis and shooters are popular vodka drinks as well.


Distilled From: Malted grains which vary by style. Can include a mixture of corn, rye, wheat, barley, etc.
Flavor Profile: Roasted, malted grain with oak undertones. There are distinct characteristics in each style.
Aged: Typically aged in charred oak. Some styles, such as bourbon, require new barrels while others use a mixture of new and previously used whiskey or wine barrels. Moonshine is the primary exception to aging. Some whiskeys are blended while others are single malt or straight.
Produced In: Worldwide
Styles: Irish Whiskey, Scotch, Bourbon, Rye Whiskey, Tennessee Whiskey, Canadian Whisky, Blended Whiskey, Flavored Whiskey, other emerging styles based on location (e.g., Japanese Whisky)
Alcohol Content: Typically 40 to 50 percent alcohol/volume (80 to 100 proof). Some are higher.
Regulations: Most styles have their own distinct regulations governed by the country of origin. Some, such as those labeled 'blended whiskey' alone, is not prone to tight regulations (that is not to say they are not regulated).
Cocktail Profile: Whiskey is another of the more versatile cocktail bases available and with so many styles, there is the opportunity for great diversity in flavor profiles. It mixes well with other liquors to create complex drinks and it pairs well with a number of fruits, particularly the darker fruits. Warm drinks are also very popular with whiskey.

Re: OAUSA Net – February 18, 2021 – Enjoying Spirits In Outdoors

Posted: Wed Feb 17, 2021 2:52 pm
by JackM-KK6WXQ

• Produced in the United States
• Made from a grain mixture that is at least 51% corn
• Aged in new, charred oak containers
• Distilled to no more than 160 (U.S.) proof (80% alcohol by volume)
• Entered into the container for aging at no more than 125 proof (62.5% alcohol by volume)
• Bottled (like other whiskeys) at 80 proof or more (40% alcohol by volume)

Bourbon has no minimum specified duration for its aging period. Products aged for as little as three months are sold as bourbon. The exception is straight bourbon, which has a minimum aging requirement of two years. In addition, any bourbon aged less than four years must include an age statement on its label.

Bourbon that meets the above requirements, has been aged for a minimum of two years, and does not have added coloring, flavoring, or other spirits may be – but is not required to be – called straight bourbon.

• Bourbon that is labeled as straight that has been aged under four years must be labeled with the duration of its aging.
• Bourbon that has an age stated on its label must be labeled with the age of the youngest whiskey in the bottle

"Bottled-in-bond" bourbon is a sub-category of straight bourbon and must be aged at least four years.
Bourbon that is labeled blended (or as a blend) may contain added coloring, flavoring, and other spirits, such as un-aged neutral grain spirits, but at least 51% of the product must be straight bourbon.
"High rye bourbon" is not a legally defined term but usually means a bourbon with 20–35% rye. High wheat bourbons are described as more mild and subdued compared to high-rye varieties.
Bourbon that has been aged for fewer than three years cannot legally be referred to as whiskey (or whisky) in the EU.
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The bourbon distilleries that produce Buffalo Trace, Maker's Mark, and Woodford Reserve, are National Historic Landmarks in Kentucky.

Although some Tennessee whiskey makers maintain that a state-mandated pre-aging filtration through chunks of maple charcoal, known as the Lincoln County Process, make its flavor distinct from bourbon, U.S. regulations defining bourbon neither require nor prohibit its use. Prior to 2013, the Lincoln County Process was not legally required for products identified as Tennessee whiskey.

One of my favorite Bourbons is Blanton's

It is not too expensive but very hard to find.
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Since Blanton's is hard to find, I have done a little research ( and maybe some taste testing) and here is a great stand in.
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Re: OAUSA Net – February 18, 2021 – Enjoying Spirits In Outdoors

Posted: Thu Feb 18, 2021 12:54 pm
by toms
Warm Up

On a cool night around the camp fire, I like to make a large cup of hot chocolate (or tea).

Then I find where the cook has stashed his bottle of tequila and add a shot in my hot chocolate (or tea).

On those (few) days we plan to stay in our winter camp for the day cooking up a Dutch Oven quad chocolate cake for the pot luck dinner,
I like to have my morning coffee sitting around the breakfast fire with a nice shot of Baileys Irish cream in the coffee.
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Once opened Baileys does not need to be refrigerated. That makes it idea for camping trips where refrigeration is at a premium.
It is guarantees good for 2 years from the date it is bottled - opened or unopened by the manufacture.

Re: OAUSA Net – February 18, 2021 – Enjoying Spirits In Outdoors

Posted: Thu Feb 18, 2021 5:01 pm
by NotAMog
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Re: OAUSA Net – February 18, 2021 – Enjoying Spirits In Outdoors

Posted: Thu Feb 18, 2021 6:02 pm
by Jeff-OAUSA
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Posted: Thu Feb 18, 2021 6:49 pm
by Diesel4x
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Re: OAUSA Net – February 18, 2021 – Enjoying Spirits In Outdoors

Posted: Thu Feb 18, 2021 7:09 pm
by H380
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