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 whiskey … Continue reading Whiskey Wednesday: Elijah Craig: NoMad Edition
“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 this … Continue reading Drinking Poetic: The Old Fashioned
Today I’m either turning 33 or 37, depending on whether you believe my birth certificate or my girlfriend’s mathematical skills. I’ve been in the service industry since I was 16, been bartending since I was 20, and have been a “craft bartender” and bar manager since I was 25. In a lot of ways my … Continue reading Open Bottle: Rittenhouse Very Rare 25 Year Straight Rye Whiskey
I’ve talked about it before but I’m really into traveling. Travel opens our eyes to new things, it also shines a new light on the familiar and common place. While most people filter this experience through art or culture being a bartender and a boozehound I end up seeing it through the glass at the … Continue reading Whiskey Wednesday: Early Times Proof of Concept
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 Way … Continue reading Whiskey Wednesday: Overholt’s Bond
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 most … Continue reading Whiskey Wednesday: Willett Of The Past
“We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness. — That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the … Continue reading Whiskey Wednesday: The Declaration of Jim Beam’s 200th Anniversary.