Whiskey Wednesday: Repeal Day

With all the excitement, food, and celebrations that are crammed into the space between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Day you can be excused for not noticing that noted scoundrel and always bartender Jeffrey Morgenthaler managed to squeeze a completely new holiday in there: December 5th, Repeal Day. Repeal Day is the Hallmark Card Holiday ofContinue reading “Whiskey Wednesday: Repeal Day”

Drinking Poetic: The Old Fashioned

“I prefer things the Old Fashioned Way!” said every generation ever as things changed around them. The Old Fashioned is my favorite cocktail. It appeals to me on such a deeply intellectual level that it rivals the psychic imprint that Lord of the Rings had on me in the third grade. And the imprint thisContinue reading “Drinking Poetic: The Old Fashioned”

Whiskey Wednesday: Overholt’s Bond

Bottled in Bond has jumped the shark. Before what’s sure to be Jack Daniel’s latest premium priced bottled in bond hits Duty Free shelves worldwide let’s look back to a much more innocent time when a BiB release truly excited me. A time known as six months ago… Before we jump in the Short WayContinue reading “Whiskey Wednesday: Overholt’s Bond”

Whiskey Wednesday: Willett Of The Past

Age adds value. That doesn’t just mean a dollar value, I personally own dozens of books, papers, and social media accounts that only still exist because they’ve essentially become a time capsule. They’re important simply because they’ve survived. Before NDP, Non-Distilling Producer, was short hand for overblown marketing these producers were some of the mostContinue reading “Whiskey Wednesday: Willett Of The Past”

Drinking Poetic: The Hemingway Daquiri

I feel a certain kinship with Hemingway. I’d like to think it’ because we both have an affinity with words but there’s no denying that the legend of Hemingway has been at least as influential as the man himself. And just like the man himself the truth is always more complicated. Hemingway was, like mostContinue reading “Drinking Poetic: The Hemingway Daquiri”

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: The Old Forester’s New Clothes

It’s time for the same old song and dance but with a brand new look. The first entry in a new chapter of house single barrels with the first Faith and Flower edition single barrel of Old Forester. Old forester is an old brand, introduced by Gavin Brown in 1870 as the first bourbon brandContinue reading “Whiskey Wednesday: The Old Forester’s New Clothes”

Open Bottle: Chartreuse V.E.P and #1605

If you haven’t noticed America is a little odd. We like doing a lot of things backwards. Like our current administration- or how in most of the world writes the date as day/month/year, which helps explain why May 16, or 16.05, is world Chartreuse Day. If you’re unfamiliar, Chartreuse is a liqueur made by theContinue reading “Open Bottle: Chartreuse V.E.P and #1605”

Whiskey Wednesday: Shooting Turkey Rye in a Single Barrel

I don’t like to repeat myself, but the conversation about the Wild Turkey Kentucky Spirit Barrel a few weeks ago got me thinking. While I might not be a Wild Turkey Bourbon man at heart the rye has always tickled my fancy. I’d like to say that it’s simply because it’s damn good whiskey butContinue reading “Whiskey Wednesday: Shooting Turkey Rye in a Single Barrel”

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”