Episode 14 – Blanton’s Original Single-Barrel Bourbon

When you got your inner “insert Rick Flair’s” woooooo channeled, it makes for a great opportunity to start drinking some awesome whiskey..  Especially when you bounce back from a challenging evening of people buying you drinks.  Hey, it is a problem and one that we don’t mind having.   Well our fuel today was our second bottle (because we finished off the first bottle after a football draft) of Blanton’s Original Single-Barrel Bourbon.    Your hosts took this bourbon and went through our traditional three ways of trying the bourbon, via neat, rocks and our whisky stones.   Sit back and enjoy another great beverage compliments of Whiskey On The Rails..   Train…  Train….

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Blanton’s Original Single-Barrel Bourbon

When you got your inner “insert Rick Flair’s” woooooo channeled, it makes for a great opportunity to start drinking some awesome whiskey..  Especially when you bounce back from a challenging evening of people buying you drinks.  Hey, it is a problem and one that we don’t mind having.   Well our fuel today was our second bottle (because we finished off the first bottle after a football draft) of Blanton’s Original Single-Barrel Bourbon.    Your hosts took this bourbon and went through our traditional three ways of trying the bourbon, via neat, rocks and our whisky stones.   While we won’t go into a lot of detail on our tasting results (in this blog), we will speak to some of the great pieces of this bottle of bourbon..

When you first get the bottle, it almost feels like you have won a major award!!   The bottle has an awesome crystal type of design and gives you very specific information about your whiskey.    Meaning, when it was bottled, what wear-house it was from and the rick is was housed.     The second piece that runs with this bottle is the cork-topper for the bottle.  Since some great things come out of Kentucky, we gotta believe the crown jewel would be the Kentucky Derby.    They use a beautiful horse medallion to top the cork on this bottle which really sets off an outstanding presentation before you even purchase the product.  There is no doubt where this bourbon is from just by looking at the bottle.    Now the taste, we will save that for the podcast..  Stay tuned..

One item that we touched upon in our podcast was the recommendation we received from our local liquor store.   While I was originally looking for a completely separate whiskey, the representative from the store showed me what I was looking for but wanted to offer his suggestion for a slightly cheaper option (granted this bottle was $60, so cheaper was better than the $100 I was originally introduced to for a future podcast).   He said that certain bottles they hand pick to bring into the store based upon taste, style and name recognition.  Each has a stamped copper medallion (or copper sticker in a cool design), which identifies these bottles and each of the workers can tell you more about the products and why they choose it..   I will be honest, I had never tasted Blanton’s before I went into the store and honestly before he even recommended it to me the bottle had already caught my attention..   I guess this place is an awesome place for my whiskey signature selections for future podcasts.  Gotta keep it a secret for a little while..

At the end of the day, we got another great bourbon on the shelves and another great recording.    We did enjoy having a lot of viewers on our periscope line (sponsored by Hotel Tango) and giving some great suggestions while we were recording..  We do love our sponsors and want you to learn more about them..   If you want to learn more about them, please click on the individual links below or feel free to click on the sponsor’s link at the top right corner of our webpage.  You can find each of their website, facebook and twitter links.

Sponsors Information:

Hotel Tango – http://hoteltangowhiskey.com/

Glencairn Whisky Glass – http://www.glencairnwhiskyglass.com/

Whiskey Stones –  http://whiskystones.com/

Episode 13 – Keeping It Classy With Gentleman Jack

Has there been a time when you said you were ready for a challenge but weren’t quite feeling it?   Well welcome to this week’s dilemma for the guys of Whiskey On The Rails..   We brought in a completely new whiskey for our podcast and one from a company that hasn’t been reviewed yet, Jack Daniels.  We tried to classy up our recording area with some awesome Gentleman Jack.   While one host was fueled up with excitement, the other was ready to use the mic has a pillow..   How did it start, how did it end, did we both make it?   Find out and listen to the podcast. . Train…  Train….

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Keeping It Classy With Gentleman Jack

Has there been a time when you said you were ready for a challenge but weren’t quite feeling it?   Well welcome to this week’s dilemma for the guys of Whiskey On The Rails..   We brought in a completely new whiskey for our podcast and one from a company that hasn’t been reviewed yet, Jack Daniels.  We tried to classy up our recording area with some awesome Gentleman Jack.   While one host was fueled up with excitement, the other was ready to use the mic has a pillow..   Enough of a teaser, stay tuned for the podcast for more information.

As we said, we haven’t brought in a single bottle of Jack Daniels whiskey into our recording of podcasts and blogs.  Honestly, it isn’t overly surprising since both of the hosts are Jim Beam guys and we have brought in what we have enjoyed.   Not to say there is anything wrong with Jack, not at all, it has just been our preference to drink Jim.   What we both agree on is enjoying great whiskey and this batch of Gentleman Jack is certainly some great whiskey.

When we officially started off our drinking adventure, it was slightly difficult since one of the hosts was slightly under the weather for the recording..  Just to be safe, we recorded in the afternoon (well afternoon if you were in Europe) so the effects from the prior night were still being a great topic of conversation.    However we will let that conversation come out in the podcast vs giving that teaser during the blog.

We tried the whiskey (and when we say we it was mostly me and if you can figure out who is me then you know who is writing this blog) across our traditional three ways..  Neat, Rocks and Whisky Stones.  We poured the whiskey into our beautiful Glencairn Whisky Glass and started our overall drinking process of this whiskey.   It was a beautiful caramel color of whiskey that almost shined in our Glencairn glass.      When you spin the whiskey, you can really catch a good deal of the smell of the whiskey..   From one that gets its flavor from its barrel, you don’t really pick up that oak smell at all in the smell of this whiskey..  It is a vanilla and caramel smell from this whiskey, unless you spent the evening smoking cigars and aren’t feeling it, then it might be one or the other…

The flavor taste proved to be a great taste test because one of the hosts proved that the “hair of the dog” is real and it does work because the other host cheered him on during the recording..  Yes, I do enjoy my host and we both pick on each other quite a bit..   He got his revenge later but hey, that is another story for another time when it comes to drinking between two friends.   Back to the taste, we had it at room temperature and the flavor wasn’t something I was expecting..  It was…  Well I guess I did cover that in the podcast, so check out the recording and see if you agree..

It was time to break out some Whisky Stones and chill down our whiskey to a delightful cold temperature.    We learned that three whisky stones can chill down your glass of whiskey and we also learned that three whisky stones one somebody’s forehead can also help them out when they are under the weather.    What we did find from the stones, it did not break up the taste of this whiskey.   In my opinion, it really showcased the true taste of the whiskey without diluting down and taking away from the overall flavor of the barrel and taste of the whiskey.    So in my mind, whisky stones were awesome and my host appreciated the temperature of the stones but was looking forward to some rocks.

The reason he wanted some rocks was to see if the flavor would be opened up with some water and he wasn’t disappointed in the results.   Well he thought the flavor was not only taken down but the overall effects was taken away.      I don’t want to give away too much information but again, I am proud that he was still drinking with me during this podcast recording, so again check out the recording.

At the end of the day, we got another great whiskey on the shelves and another great recording.    We had to apologize to those who missed out on the periscope line (sponsored by Hotel Tango) but one of the hosts wasn’t feeling it..   If you listen to about 3 minutes of the podcast, you will completely understand..  We do love our sponsors and want you to learn more about them..   If you want to learn more about them, please click on the individual links below or feel free to click on the sponsor’s link at the top right corner of our webpage.  You can find each of their website, facebook and twitter links.

Sponsors Information:

Hotel Tango – http://hoteltangowhiskey.com/

Glencairn Whisky Glass – http://www.glencairnwhiskyglass.com/

Whiskey Stones –  http://whiskystones.com/

Podcast 12 – 2 Gingers For The Ladies

We have mentioned during some of our podcasts that we have had a whiskey that really made us strutter..  I am not talking like rocking out to Kiss “strutter” but I am talking that feeling where you want to clean yourself with a chicken strutter..  Alright, maybe that is the wrong visual as well but we brought back our friend and featured guest of the show (compliments of Hotel Tango) Patrick onto the rails for a repeat whiskey experience with 2 Gingers Irish Whiskey out of beautiful Minneapolis, MN.    We promise the wheels falls off the rails on this review.  So check out this podcast and see how we do with our first official “rails” whiskey review.   Train..  Train…

We would like it noted, we hadn’t finalized some of our sponsors with this podcast and blog since it was recorded early in our recordings.   However we do love our sponsors and want you to learn more about them..   If you want to learn more about them, please click on the individual links below or feel free to click on the sponsors link at the top right corner of our webpage.  You can find each of their website, facebook and twitter links.

You can find our sponsors at the following sites:

·         Hotel Tango – http://hoteltangowhiskey.com/

·         Glencairn Whisky Glass – http://www.glencairnwhiskyglass.com/

·         Whisky Stones – http://whiskystones.com/

Check out this episode!

2 Gingers For The Ladies

We have mentioned during some of our podcasts that we have had a whiskey that really made us strutter..  I am not talking like rocking out to Kiss “strutter” but I am talking that feeling where you want to clean yourself with a chicken strutter..  Alright, maybe that is the wrong visual as well but we can say that your two hosts and our featured guest (sitting in on the Hotel Tango guest chair) weren’t huge fans of this whiskey.   The adventure continues in this podcast so stay tuned for its release and enjoy our blog on the episode.

We brought back our friend and featured guest of the show (compliments of Hotel Tango) Patrick onto the rails for a repeat whiskey experience.    Our featured whiskey of the week would be a 2 Gingers Irish Whiskey out of beautiful Minneapolis, MN.    If you haven’t read about this whiskey, we have good news and bad news..  The good news, the guys from Whiskey On The Rails are going to give our review of this whiskey..   The bad news, well we took one for the team..  We have now set a new Mendoza Line for when it comes to our whiskey enjoyment / lack of enjoyment..  Well stay tuned for our podcast but we give some of our thoughts in this blog.

Let us jump into this whiskey and this might be a very short blog in comparison to some of our others blogs because we really want to keep some of our thoughts and emotions for your enjoyment on the podcast.   The reoccurring message we kept hearing about this Irish Whiskey was it was made for the ladies..   A lot of companies are making certain types of spirits that are more geared towards the ladies who enjoy spirts but want a little taken off of top..  Yeah, that might be a better way to say it vs how we did in the podcast but it is certainly a whiskey geared towards the ladies.

When you bring three guys who had just finished a delightful Bulleit Rye and then jumped into this 2 Gingers recording, we might have had a jaded opinion right off the bat because we completely enjoyed that whiskey and our emotions were running extremely high.    Yes, incase you missed that episode, the same Patrick was back recording with us and we were waiting for him to drop a “T-Bone” and walk out.    Did that happen, who knows..  Check out the podcast..

Oh yeah, so the whiskey.   We did try it three ways of neat, rocks and mixture.   We have to apologize to Whisky Stones because we didn’t have their product in house yet when this was recorded we couldn’t test it out as a way to try the whiskey.    Personally, we don’t feel that cooling down the whiskey would have been a great review because diluting the whiskey and mixing did some great wonders with this whiskey because none of us were huge fans of this whiskey neat.  However you will get those great thoughts and strutters during our podcast.

Now, let us say something as a general rule.   If we purchase a whiskey and on the label is great drink suggestions to enjoy it..   Put the whiskey back on the shelf and walk away.   There is one great way to enjoy the whiskey, neat, rocks or with some whisky stones..   If you need to have a mixture, please enjoy it in a fine Manhattan or just buy a cheaper whiskey and enjoy it with some cherry coke (which yes Rob and Eric both enjoy that mixture thanks to our second podcast.

One of the hosts had this whiskey during a Irish Whiskey dinner at Claude & Annie’s (friend of show) and they did some excellent marketing during the event.   This was the first whiskey we tried during the evening but the host was a delightful lady straight off the boat from Ireland.   So with her brogue accent, she made everything look, sound and taste better.   She told the story on the company, she sold the taste of the whiskey and more importantly every guy at the dinner loved this whiskey..  However now I am starting to think it was a ruse and I was bamboozled.   Whoa, well played sir.   Well played, oh yeah I believe that story was in the podcast as well.

Well end of the day, you can start to see how we felt about this whiskey.   It might not officially land in our top ten but it was our first official “Rail” whiskey that we did review.    So check out the podcast and hear more about 2 Gingers and more from our featured guest Patrick.    He is a man of few words but what he says is awesome.

We would like it noted, we hadn’t finalized some of our sponsors with this podcast and blog since it was recorded early in our recordings.   However we do love our sponsors and want you to learn more about them..   If you want to learn more about them, please click on the individual links below or feel free to click on the sponsor’s link at the top right corner of our webpage.  You can find each of their website, facebook and twitter links.

Sponsors Information:

Hotel Tango – http://hoteltangowhiskey.com/

Glencairn Whisky Glass – http://www.glencairnwhiskyglass.com/

Whiskey Stones –  http://whiskystones.com/

 

Podcast 11 – Take A Walk With New Zealand Single Malt

Our joy when it comes to whiskey is trying new flavors and distilleries which we haven’t tried in the past.  We take advice on new items to try, places to go and what is trending as a must have whiskey.  Well thanks to the suggestion of Brendan over at Blind Pig Confessions, we ran into a bottle of New Zealand Single Malt Whisky compliments of Journeyman Distillery.   Something bold, something strong and yet something so very delightful sitting in our beautiful Glencairn Whisky Glass.   What was cool about this whisky, it was batch one and bottle 2825 (out of 3000) that were produced for this limited edition production.  So check out this podcast and figure out where we agree to disagree on this straight rye whiskey.   Train..  Train…

We mentioned our sponsors during the podcast and blog..  If you want to learn more about them, please click on the individual links below or feel free to click on the sponsors link at the top right corner of our webpage.  You can find each of their website, facebook and twitter links.

You can find our sponsors at the following sites:

·         Hotel Tango – http://hoteltangowhiskey.com/

·         Glencairn Whisky Glass – http://www.glencairnwhiskyglass.com/

·         Whisky Stones – http://whiskystones.com/

Check out this episode!

Take A Walk With New Zealand Single Malt

Our joy when it comes to whiskey is trying new flavors and distilleries which we haven’t tried in the past.  We take advice on new items to try, places to go and what is trending as a must have whiskey.  Well thanks to the suggestion of Brendan over at Blind Pig Confessions, we ran into a bottle of New Zealand Single Malt Whisky compliments of Journeyman Distillery.   Something bold, something strong and yet something so very delightful sitting in our beautiful Glencairn Whisky Glass.   What was cool about this whisky, it was batch one and bottle 2825 (out of 3000) that were produced for this limited edition production.

As we started out our podcast, we fired up our periscope recording (sponsored by Hotel Tango) and apparently one of the hosts wanted to set mood lighting for the recording.   It was either that or he was too lazy to walk back over and turn up the light levels so our viewers could easily see the hosts opposed to catching a faint glare from the computer monitors.   So again, we have a great whiskey so opposed to bringing in a mixture, we kept it simple with a three-way recording.   That would be neat, rock (ice) and over Whisky Stones, because they are made of stone!!!!

So the first step in every single podcast is going to be neat.   What we do share during the podcast, we always try the whiskey this way because we will get the best view of our whiskey.   That is always an important piece of the recording because the color and tone really sets the picture for our whiskey tasting.  More importantly, we get to check out the whiskey in our beautiful Glencairn Whisky Glass.    The color is a beautiful caramel color however it isn’t a clear whiskey on the surface.    It has a little fog in the glass which makes it better because one of the hosts can’t see the other and really he was completely fine with that..    That is where our story gets better because the smell on this whisky wasn’t what either of us were expecting with our first test of neat.

You expect a bunch of flavors like vanilla, oak and oddly enough for Eric last week he was smelling liquorish.   This week, you would get zero of those traditional flavors.   Well okay that isn’t true because we smelled oak but the overwhelming smell during our test was a wine flavor.   It had a very strong port smell opposed to some of the overall normal whiskey characteristics.   Which don’t get us wrong, we enjoy some wine because our wives enjoy it but we aren’t wine guys who know the ins and out..  We know what we gotta pay when the wives want it but that is where we draw the line.

The flavor continued the process of a review and sure enough when we tasted the whisky it gave us some of the same characteristics of having a red wine..   There was zero burn with this whisky when we were drinking this however we got that wine tones that when with this whisky.   Which oddly enough, one of the wives attended our post production event and she wouldn’t agree with this being a wine whisky considering she isn’t a fan of whiskey BUT loves wine..   So the battle continues because there is a lot more information waiting for you in the podcast.

We took it to our second step which was adding our Whisky Stones.  As I said in the past podcast and blog, one of the hosts really enjoys cold whiskey.   This bottle was kept in his freezer until the day of the recording and gave it time to come back to room temperature.    Since one of the hosts hadn’t had the opportunity to try it first (which yes, that is discussed early in the podcast), we wanted the other host to have the full spectrum of trying this whisky.    Well we gave the Whisky Stones to sit in the Glencairn Whisky Glass and that was enough time for the whiskey to get down to a chilled temperature.   Honestly getting this whiskey did exactly what one of the hosts were saying all along, it makes it even smoother.  You get zero burn from the whisky to begin with, now you are getting a chilled down beverage that would go great with a beautiful cigar..  Hmmm, an opportunity for a cigar sponsor here?  Well stay tuned, we might have something for that in the near to late future.     The stones add that specific characteristic of not taking out any of the flavors and deluding down the taste.   One of the hosts indicated this was his favorite way but he was jaded before they event started recording.  Again, more details in the podcast for our taste testing.

Now the final way, time to break out the ice and water..  One of the reviews that we read on this whisky flavor profile was it had a taste of brown sugar.   We both agreed in the first two testing methods, there wasn’t any brown sugar profiles during our tasting process.   However, when you add in some ice and water, yup……  There is that brown sugar profile and it really opens up the taste of the whisky to bring in some additional flavors.   While we go into a lot more detail in the podcast we do make sure to talk through how the water quickly changes the profile.   A lot of sites we have read for this whisky said a cube of ice and a drop of water really opens up this whisky.   We gotta agree with that however it doesn’t win our overall preference for the day.

While we try to keep our blogs as a teaser for our podcast, we do talk through this whisky from start to end.  However this was one of the podcasts where we both got back on the horse and really enjoyed our suggested whisky from Brendan at the Bling Pig Confessions.    We do have a few more podcasts coming down the pipeline, which were suggestions from our followers.  If you want to suggest something, please send us a line and we will do our best to find it.    Our buddy Dabber is going to be added to the mix with his awesome whiskey suggestion, just has to come and join us and bring the whiskey.   Just a friendly plug for him..

We mentioned our sponsors during the podcast and blog..  If you want to learn more about them, please click on the individual links below or feel free to click on the sponsor’s link at the top right corner of our webpage.  You can find each of their website, facebook and twitter links.

Sponsors Information:

Hotel Tango – http://hoteltangowhiskey.com/

Glencairn Whisky Glass – http://www.glencairnwhiskyglass.com/

Whiskey Stones –  http://whiskystones.com/

 

Episode 10 – Our Differences With Knob Creek Rye

The beauty of having two hosts is they don’t always agree on what they are drinking.   If we both loved each and every whiskey it would make for a boring conversation and a boring review of each of the whiskey’s we bring to the table.   Well today we got to bring out a great rye from Knob Creek which one of us was a fan and another needed a bottle of tums to get through the recording.   We aren’t saying that this rye is bad but it certainly wasn’t somebody’s glass of whiskey.  So check out this podcast and figure out where we agree to disagree on this straight rye whiskey.   Train..  Train…

We mentioned our sponsors during the podcast and blog..  If you want to learn more about them, please click on the individual links below or feel free to click on the sponsors link at the top right corner of our webpage.  You can find each of their website, facebook and twitter links.

You can find our sponsors at the following sites:

·         Hotel Tango – http://hoteltangowhiskey.com/

·         Glencairn Whisky Glass – http://www.glencairnwhiskyglass.com/

·         Whisky Stones – http://whiskystones.com/

Check out this episode!

Our Differences With Knob Creek Rye

The beauty of having two hosts is they don’t always agree on what they are drinking.   If we both loved each and every whiskey it would make for a boring conversation and a boring review of each of the whiskey’s we bring to the table.   Well today we got to bring out a great rye from Knob Creek which one of us was a fan and another needed a bottle of tums to get through the recording.   We aren’t saying that this rye is bad but it certainly wasn’t somebody’s glass of whiskey.

As we started out our podcast, we fired up our periscope recording (sponsored by Hotel Tango) and decided that we are going to do our testing three ways across the board.   That would be neat, rock (ice) and over Whisky Stones (our awesome new stones sponsor).    With this testing, we didn’t feel that we should ruin this rye with mixing it with something because when you got a name like Knob Creek, you are expecting some awesome whiskey.

Step One, Neat..   As we start ever episode, well after the priming we take before the episode begins, is trying our whiskey of the week, neat in our outstanding Glencairn Whisky Glass.   At this point, both of the hosts are on the same page.  We are both looking forward to trying out this great rye from Knob Creek, we both are ready to roll with our podcast and we are both tip our whisky glasses to try out a new whiskey.   Well that is pretty much where that story ends and a tale of two differences begin with our Knob Creek Rye.     Check out the podcast and hear what our periscope (compliments of Hotel Tango) viewers saw in shaking off an apparent bad taste by one of the hosts.

Step Two, Whisky Stones.   If you haven’t listen to our podcasts in the past, it is very evident that one of our hosts really enjoy cold whiskey.   In his fridge, he will keep his whiskey at near freezing temperatures so he can enjoy a neat whiskey without having it watered down.   Since we got the whiskey warm, Whisky Stones were going to be a perfect addition to this step.    We placed three whisky stones into our glencairn whisky glass and gave it about 10 minutes to chill the whiskey down to a cold level.  Ten minutes later we were ready to jump into our second round of tasting our whiskey which really one of the hosts enjoyed rather nicely.  It was a cold rye whiskey which really gave you that pepped spice burn as you tried each taste of Knob Creek.    While I will save the pleasant review of the cold whiskey for the podcast, I will certainly start the notion that one of the hosts really dislike the whiskey during this process.  As he repeatedly claims during the podcast, he tastes cloves and cinnamon through each of the samples of whiskey and is really looking for the third step in our review process because that ice / water might really cut out some of the taste in our review.    You could tell the pure disappointment from this whiskey which we both thought would be solid since it comes from the Jim Beam family of whiskey’s (which we are both huge fans).

Step Three, Rocks / Ice..   Well we got to the stage that our other host was looking forward to during this podcast because he was hoping that some rocks and water would really cut down this rye to a point where he could really enjoy it.    Well not to ruin a good story but lets just say that adding rocks didn’t turn this isn’t a Christmas miracle.    Not only did the change of whiskey with the dilution of water not have a positive effect on the whiskey but he became even grumpier in the review process.   I gotta believe, as we say it on the podcast, that the percentage of rye that is included in this particular rye whiskey was the core reason why the host had such a problem with enjoying this whiskey.

While we try to keep our blogs as a teaser for our podcast, it is quickly known which one of the hosts enjoyed the whiskey and which one had a huge problem.   Honestly, it is a great thing that we both have completely different opinions on what we drink so we can provide our honest feedback and help the whiskey fuel some great conversations.  If you can’t sit around and enjoy beverages with your friends over some great conversations then you are missing out.    Well in this one, each of the hosts had an opportunity to give their feedback, their own thoughts and more importantly got a shot or two in on the other host.   At the end of the day, we might agree to disagree but you gotta listen to the podcast for more information and our reviews.

We mentioned our sponsors during the podcast and blog..  If you want to learn more about them, please click on the individual links below or feel free to click on the sponsors link at the top right corner of our webpage.  You can find each of their website, facebook and twitter links.

Sponsors Information:

Hotel Tango – http://hoteltangowhiskey.com/

Glencairn Whisky Glass – http://www.glencairnwhiskyglass.com/

Whiskey Stones –  http://whiskystones.com/