While on a recent flight at 30k feet, three random whiskey drinkers ordered three separate whiskey’s beverages from our flight attendant who was so eager to sling out a few drinks. Each of these travelers have never met outside of the chance flight but since we all ordered a type of whiskey, we found it funny and a good time to start chatting.. Let me be honest, when I am on a flight I usually have my head phones on with some variety of music but got caught into this conversation.
I ordered a double gentleman jack, the gentleman next to me ordered a double beam and coke and the third gentleman ordered a makers mark with club soda. So right there, you have some variety when it comes to the drinking because one was drinking pretty much straight up and the other two were mixing their whiskey selection with either leaded or unleaded soda.
The two gentleman who ordered their mixed drink asked me why I ordered my beverage on the rocks vs mixing it with some general beverage? Of course, I had to say I have a whiskey podcast and I believe it is a sin to mix your whiskey. Which I wish I really had said that but inside it came out as you don’t mix your whiskey and slapped them both across the face. ALRIGHT, I said I have found it is better to not mix my whiskey because I want to the pure alcohol versus a diluted flavor.. Crap!! I said nothing but smiled and said what? I didn’t hear you..
Well the two other gentleman claimed to be whiskey drinkers for a great many of years. Each of them were in their mid-30’s so I could relate to their time on the whiskey train. However one of the guys made a odd comment when it came to his drinking habit. He said, he loves the taste of whiskey with club soda but hates the taste of whiskey without it? The guy next to me nodded like it made sense.. I was confused.. I said, you like the taste of mixed whiskey but you don’t like whiskey? Which I couldn’t stop by myself by saying you must have loved Zima with a jolly rancher? That makes zero sense to me.. How can you love something but not like it unless something else is there to make it better? Well if you put it like that it makes sense. Makes as much sense as humping a cactus in the middle of desert. But to each, their own.. Right?
The second gentleman in this discussion had the middle seat and was pretty much watching a tennis match of comments going back and forth and laughing like he was in pain. The only comment he could make, he likes Diet Coke with some action fuel in it. Now, I had to laugh at that one because I never heard whiskey being called action fuel in my prior drinking experiences. That just got added to the 10 drinking comments I am going to make in the future..
Either way, after a short 90 minute flight it is great to have a whiskey discussion when normally I would be out in my own world and like Tom Petty.. Be Running Down A Dream….