Lost in Imitation. There is an idea that new adaptations of old work, work that inspired countless imitators, will tend to resemble the imitators more than the original. Think of how the Frankenstein Monster has become a shambling, mute zombie thanks to the 1930s movies despite the original character being verbose, intelligent, and vicious. Booker’s … Continue reading Booker’s: Lost In Imitation
Inertia can have its benefits. I’ve been running the bar at Areal for 4 years now which means that these days the bar is essentially an extension of my personal tastes over the years. It also means that I am spoiled. On average I get to taste 3-6 new spirits a week. Which honestly isn’t … Continue reading A FEW Good (Rye) Barrels
Hey it’s time to talk about two of my favorite things again. Privately selected single barrels and, less enthusiastically, change! Let’s take this arrival of a brand new 10 year old single barrel of Elijah Craig to look at just how much things have, or haven’t changed. First things that clearly haven’t. A bit of … Continue reading Whiskey Wednesday: The Preacher Just Keeps Getting Younger
The craft distillery and spirits movement wasn’t born yesterday but it sure feels like it. In 2011 there were a mere 200 “craft” distilleries running spirit off their stills. By 2014 that number had literally tripled to over 600 and now there are estimated to be over 1200. That’s a massive jump in in 5 years. … Continue reading Back In The Alley 6
Maybe it’s like becoming one with the cigar. You lose yourself in it; everything fades away: your worries, your problems, your thoughts. They fade into the smoke, and the cigar and you are at peace. Raul Julia Smoke is indelibly linked to water for me. Years of camping with my family have sealed the sound … Continue reading Give Me More of that Octomore
Rhetoric: -language designed to have a persuasive or impressive effect on its audience but often regarded as lacking sincerity or meaningful content. Let’s say you’re a major spirits company. Let’s even say you’re the largest in the world in fact, and in the late 90’s you divest yourself of all of you major American whiskey … Continue reading Orphans. Orphans as far as the eye can see.
People always ask, “What is your favorite whiskey?” and I always respond, “That’s like asking a parent to pick their favorite child.” It’s flippant but also kind of true. A parent will tell you they love all their children, but there’s always one that the spend more time with. In the bourbon world that child … Continue reading Son of a Preacher Man: Elijah Craig 18 Year Single Barrel