Drinking the good stuff on a budget

Good whiskey ain’t cheap.  Let’s face it, whiskey can be expensive.  Damned expensive.  If you’re on a budget of Moon Pies and RC Cola, you probably aren’t heading down to the liquor store to buy top-shelf brown liquor.  And now that I’ve mentioned RC and Moon Pies, it is time to hit the convenience store….

Yes, I’m way behind…

I know, I know, you’ve been waiting for a while now on a new blog post and I sincerely apologize!  I’ve landed a new full-time gig and have been staying very busy during the onboarding time.  You can expect a new post in the next couple of weeks, that is, when I can wrap my…

Look, smell, swig, hold, roll, swallow, breathe, repeat

I wanted to title this something quick, along the lines of “stop, drop, and roll”, but I’m fresh out of witty headers today.  It’s 1:58pm Central Standard Time on a Friday and I don’t have a drink in my hand as I’m writing this researching day-job related thingies.  You see, that’s one of the reasons…

Drinking behind the proverbial pews

Growing up in Texas, in very conservative church surroundings followed by attending a very conservative religious college, booze was the last thing I should be caught with.  Alcohol was essentially forbidden.  It lead to loose skirts, alcoholism, cheating, back alley gambling, rebellion, marrying your dog, all culminating in Satan’s minions prodding you with burning sticks…

Whiskey Hollow — stick with me, you’re gonna LOVE this stuff

Valley View, TX.  Population 759.  Sitting on I-35 in North Texas, not far from the Oklahoma border, there’s not much around.  A Dairy Queen, feed mill, and Subway sammiches round out the notable businesses seen from the interstate.  From the highway, there is nothing drawing you in to stop other than a bathroom break.  Living…

Talisker 10 review – Screw Islay for a moment

Under $80, this is a whisky from the Isle of Skye that crams a bounty of bad-assedness into a single bottle.  Dark in taste, rich in feel, continuously flowing in aromas and tastes.  Talisker 10 is, per their website, the classic stalwart of the family.  It’s rather fitting to be sipping this dram in my…

A pub in the house? Hell yes.

Notice there are no full liquor bottles in this room to imbibe from, folks.  Gotta keep some sense of business decorum.

New rodeo event – Nessie bronc riding

I’m still trying to come up with logos and themes for this blog.  Brainstorming comes up with crazy ideas, way too mundane ideas, and random crap not fit to share.  I had this idea of a girl riding the Loch Ness Monster in a rodeo for a profile pic and this is as close as…

Whiskey tasting glasses – a comparison

Image, left to right: Norlan, classic Glencairn, NEAT, Copita Why are there so many different whiskey glasses?  They come in all shapes, sizes, weights, and decorative cuts serving different purposes.  Some for nosing and assessing, some for casual drinking, some for sheer whimsy.   Trust me, there’s a glass out there for you and your…

I’m a neat freak

Don’t let anyone tell you that the way you prefer to drink your whiskey is wrong or that you’re ruining your pour – unless you just poured Coke in to your 25+ year glass of perfection and in that case, yes, you’re wrong.  I can’t even talk to you at that point.  But I seriously…

Five Peated Whiskey’s to Get You Started

In the blog post OMFG there’s asphalt in my glass, I chatted with you (ok, a one-sided chat as I can’t hear you) about the abominable peat monster.  As mentioned in that post, the longer a peated malt matures in the cask the less the peat monster attacks as it loses its hostility, so to…

OMFG there’s asphalt in my glass

THE ABOMINABLE PEAT MONSTER… kind of…. Asphalt, house fire, burning tar, medicine, scorched earth, morning breath, Lysol, pasture dirt.  These are only a handful of terms used to describe peated whiskey by those who don’t like it.  It’s partially decomposed plant matter that took thousands of years to produce.  A piece of dried sod that…