Showing posts from November, 2015

A Couple of Whiskeys for Thanksgiving

It is not to late to add a few items to your bar for  your Thanksgiving get together. If you family get gatherings are anything like some I know you may need it.

Here are a couple of Whiskeys I have had the pleasure of trying as of late.

Woodford Reserve Double Oaked

The whiskey starts with standard Woodford, which is distilled in both copper pot and column stills before aging in heavily charred white oak barrels. Double Oaked starts off with standard Woodford Reserve before undergoing an inventive finishing process.

Once the standard Woodford is dumped, it’s then placed in a second barrel for an additional 9 months of aging. These barrels have been toasted twice as long, and charred far more lightly, than the first barrels. The result is a different type of “seasoning” to the wood that is designed to provide a dramatic impact on the flavor of the finished whiskey.

However when all is said and done this is one very, very smooth Whiskey. Priced at about 50+ USD it may not be the cheapes…

The Gift of Whiskey

As the holiday party time of year is now upon us I thought a question by a loyal reader would be good to address at this time.

The reader made a statement about a recent gift he was given by some friends. This particular reader is a Jamisen Drinker and his friends gave  him, well a bottle of Jamesons. His question was should the friends (who know he drinks lots of Whiskey) give him his standby or go outside the box and try a different type.

I pondered the question for a couple of minutes and said that he was asking a question that really had not correct or wrong answers.

From my point of view as a Four Roses Drinker I can never have enough Four Roses in my rolling stock. Also you never know what type of Whiskey I have tried so it would be difficult to try and surprise me. (although any Whiskey gift is a good gift)

On the other hand if you know the person drinks a particular brand you might consider giving a gift of a different type of that brand.

It also would not matter if you  did t…

The Key West Cocktail Challenge

Recently we were on the road with MySideOfTheBar in Key West with a couple of "Unusual Suspect" friends of ours. As you might expect we were in a bar when A.S. found a brochure for the Key West Cocktail Challenge.

Also as you might expect we took up the challenge. The premise was easy, visit 6 participating bars, enjoy their signature cocktail and you get a T-Shirt. You can visit them in any order and take as long as you need to. (you could even do it in 6 days, but...) I am not going to try to describe each bar as you can follow the links to see and learn more.

The first stop was The Green Parrot Bar. The Green Parrot is an open air old school bar that I absolutely loved. Their signature drink was Root Beer Barrel and at least two of us liked it ;)

Stop two took us to Charlie Mac's and beside the great Signature Drink, it is also a BBQ joint. We only had the chicken wings, however they were awesome. The drink here was the Huckleberry Lemonade and I have to say I was stu…