Quarantine Bottle Kill #1: Heaven Hill 7 Year Bottled In Bond Bourbon

Sheltering in place has led to a massive spike in booze sales across the United States a the days are now divided into “Coffee Hours” and “Alcohol Hours.” Being forcefully unemployed by the pandemic I’m unable to contribute to that spike and have had to reexamine my hoarding tendencies. My reluctance to open bottles, letContinue reading “Quarantine Bottle Kill #1: Heaven Hill 7 Year Bottled In Bond Bourbon”

Whiskey Wednesday: Heaven Hill 27 Year Old Barrel Strength

Reinvention is the key to longevity.  No matter how often you hear something being touted as “Old Fashioned” chances are it’s actually an update on an old technique or just straight up marketing. We are constant victims of nostalgia, even the term “Old Fashioned” implies a dissatisfaction with the modern. Yet as much as weContinue reading “Whiskey Wednesday: Heaven Hill 27 Year Old Barrel Strength”

Whiskey Wednesday: Elijah Craig: NoMad Edition

I sat down and did this almost exactly a year ago and it’s time again for the annual arrival of a privately selected Elijah Craig Barrel. This one, like all of them, is special because it is a 100% unique bottling but it’s also the culmination of an insane year. Elijah Craig is the whiskeyContinue reading “Whiskey Wednesday: Elijah Craig: NoMad Edition”

Whiskey Wednesday: Decanting Old Fitzgerald Bottled In Bond

Growing old is an interesting proposition. It’s right there in our language. We GET older, we GROW up whether we like it or not. But these phrases imply a gift. The imply that it is a privilege to age and that we are constantly changing and growing. Contrast that with the utter fear of agingContinue reading “Whiskey Wednesday: Decanting Old Fitzgerald Bottled In Bond”

Whiskey Wednesday: Elijah Craig Check In

Another year and another barrel of Elijah Craig. The very first single barrel I ever picked out for a bar was a barrel of Elijah Craig for Areal a good five years ago. I’ve been fortunate enough to select an Elijah Craig barrel every year since so its arrival is usually a great touchstone forContinue reading “Whiskey Wednesday: Elijah Craig Check In”

Drinking Poetic: The Ship of Theseus

  I compete in a lot of bartender competitions. Not only is it a great tool for advancing my career I also just find it fun. Like really fun. I love the whole shebang. I have a background in theater so I spend a lot of time crafting the oration and spectacle of the presentationContinue reading “Drinking Poetic: The Ship of Theseus”

Whiskey Wednesday: McKenna’s Patience

Bourbon is full of history, tradition, and ancient family recipes. Except when it’s not. (which is pretty much all the time.) This call back to the golden days of our frontier forbearers is meant to impart some sort of permanence, stability, and a patriotic appeal to what is actually a relatively new spirit. Bourbon wasn’tContinue reading “Whiskey Wednesday: McKenna’s Patience”

Whiskey Wednesday: The Preacher Just Keeps Getting Younger

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 ofContinue reading “Whiskey Wednesday: The Preacher Just Keeps Getting Younger”

Son of a Preacher Man: Elijah Craig 18 Year Single Barrel

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 childContinue reading “Son of a Preacher Man: Elijah Craig 18 Year Single Barrel”