Episode 22 – Where The Buffalo Trace Shall Roam

Well there is always a whiskey that a friend says, you gotta try this..   Well this whiskey is certainly one of those whiskey’s.    Our hosts brought in a familiar name to most whiskey drinkers in the southern US, Buffalo Trace.   While each of us had “tried” it once in the past, we wanted to bring it in for a second chance at a first impression.    We talked good whiskey, we talked bad whiskey and we talked certain ways to mix this whiskey.    So if you are ready to find out where the buffalo roamed in our glasses, this is certainly the podcast for you.   Train..  Train..

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Where The Buffalo Trace Shall Roam

Well there is always a whiskey that a friend says, you gotta try this..   Well this whiskey is certainly one of those whiskey’s.    Our hosts brought in a familiar name to most whiskey drinkers in the southern US, Buffalo Trace.   While each of us had “tried” it once in the past, we wanted to bring it in for a second chance at a first impression.    We talked good whiskey, we talked bad whiskey and we talked certain ways to mix this whiskey.    So if you are ready to find out where the buffalo roamed in our glasses, this is certainly the podcast for you.

As we have started to do with our blogs, we do leave the content of our review in the podcast but pull a something from it and include it on our blog.   Well again, we are talking about a shot that we have done and it was mentioned on their site for a way you can mix this whiskey..    It has many different names and many different whiskey’s you can mix it with but we are going to talk about Buffalo Sweat (or also commonly known as Prairie Fire with 151 rum).

When you put a mixture of “fire” into a shot of “whiskey” you can either step up your whiskey experience or you can cash in a painful “exit plan” of that said whiskey.   I have plenty of friends who enjoy some fire with their foods with including anything from tabasco to a more painful ghost pepper in their sauces, cheeses and general cooking.    Well a time in the past, we decided to mix up a habanero / jalapeno sauce for our wings and keep it bottled in the fridge for those perfect times when it was needed.   Well an opportunity for a buffalo sweat came up and we knew this would be the perfect addition to the shot.

So we fire up some shot glasses, we filled them with some great whiskey and opposed to just 2-3 dashes of the hot stuff, we gave each of the glasses a generous pour.   While this seemed like a great idea from testing our man-hood, our inner responsible person probably should have spoked up and said this isn’t a good idea.    Well down the hatch the shots go and the misery started at that point..    Holy crap, that mixture of this whiskey (which honestly wasn’t the best) and pure fire gave a burn that isn’t very pleasant when you enjoy whiskey’s that have that awesome burn..  It was more of a melt your throat, stomach and where-ever the rest of the beverage went in your body.     You certainly had the “wooooooooooooo’s” but it wasn’t one that you enjoyed and wanted to do again..     A little time later, you certainly got the “woooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooow’s” when that lovely beverage officially checked out in its long run from originally being a shot suggestion.

While that type of enjoyment used to be great when people were younger, I think both hosts learned it is better to sit back and enjoy some whiskey’s opposed to doing shots..   Awwww, who are we kidding..  If somebody is buying, we might be shooting…   As always, we gotta thank our sponsors because without them we would be two guys with nothing to drink, nothing to drink out of and more importantly nothing to keep our drinks cold.   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.

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Crown Royal Northern Harvest Rye is the 2016 World Whisky of the Year

Thanks to our friends at Taylor Strategy, we are sharing some of their great news via this press release.    Click here to view their press release in full detail.

NORWALK, Conn., Nov. 19, 2015 /PRNewswire/ — Renowned whisky writer Jim Murray today announced Crown Royal Northern Harvest Rye as the 2016 World Whisky of the Year, marking the first time a Canadian Whisky has received the honor. The recognition comes at a time when both the Canadian and Rye whisky categories continue to gain popularity amongst whisky aficionados and consumers alike.

“Crown Royal Northern Harvest pops up out of nowhere and changes the game,” said Murray of the whisky, which he awarded a record-tying 97.5 out of 100 points. “It certainly puts the rye into Canadian Rye. To say this is a masterpiece is barely doing it justice.”

Crown Royal Northern Harvest Rye was first released in the U.S. in early 2015. The variant showcases the distinctly Canadian rye whiskey featured in the traditional Crown Royal Deluxe Blend that consumers have grown to love throughout the last 75-plus years. The latest variant to be introduced by Crown Royal, Northern Harvest Rye (90 proof, 45% ABV) is the brand’s first ever blended, 90% rye whisky and embodies a smooth and spicy flavor profile that can be mixed into traditional rye cocktails or enjoyed neat or on the rocks.

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Episode 21 – Knob Creek Single At 120

When you are bringing in whiskey that is set at 120 proof, you know you are going to be in for a good time by the end of a recording.   We proved that statement to be true at the end of our recording with Knob Creek Single Barrel Reserve coming in hot at 120 proof.    If we needed a pick me up whiskey to give us the “wooooooooooos” this was certainly the whiskey of choice.    The taste, the burn and the enjoyment is truly shown in the review of Knob Creek.    If you are ready for a great fueled podcast, this is certainly going to be the whiskey for you..   Train..  Train..

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Knob Creek Single at 120

When you are bringing in whiskey that is set at 120 proof, you know you are going to be in for a good time by the end of a recording.   We proved that statement to be true at the end of our recording with Knob Creek Single Barrel Reserve coming in hot at 120 proof.    If we needed a pick me up whiskey to give us the “wooooooooooos” this was certainly the whiskey of choice.    The taste, the burn and the enjoyment is truly shown in the review of Knob Creek.    If you are ready for a great fueled podcast, this is certainly going to be the whiskey for you..

You will certainly hear about our reviews of the whiskey during the podcast and really how atleast one of the hosts got a case of the “woooooooooos” very early in the podcast but what we are going to talk about in this blog is a night and day enjoyment of Knob Creek’s higher proof whiskeys (100+) that we reviewed in a past podcast and this podcast.   More or less a night and day of Single Barrel Reserve vs Straight Rye from Knob Creek.

When we choose the straight rye from Knob Creek for a past episode we figured it was a no brainer.   We have had rye’s on the show in the past and both were huge fans of our past tasting pleasures.   Incase you missed it, it would be Podcast 10 – Our Differences With Knob Creek Rye.   When we started our testing, it was immediately a split opinion on the taste and enjoyment of this Rye.    One of the hosts enjoyed it but one really couldn’t come back with a positive vote on this rye.    It might have been the consistency of rye within the whiskey, it could have been the barrel or it could have just been an off day with this rye.    A fair assessment when we were done, we might want to put Knob Creek on the shelf for a while and hold off on its stronger single barrel brother.

Well that day came for our 21st podcast with Knob Creek Single Barrel Reserve.   As we said before in this blog, it came in with some heat, awesome flavor and really brought out the “wooooooos” at 120 proof.   It was night and day from the get go on this review because the host who wasn’t a fan of the rye was immediately on board with this single barrel.   The heat that both of the hosts enjoy stood out and stayed with the whiskey review from start to finish.   The awesome vanilla oaky taste was a refreshing change from the rye we had tried almost 11 reviews in the past.    It completely changed the opinion on Knob Creek’s 100+ proof collection while at the same time gave us the case of the 5 minute stupids during our reviews because this was smooth and strong.

Now, that is really just a brief write up on this podcast but we really had a great time reviewing this whiskey.  What was more enjoyable was those that were on the periscope line really giving both of the hosts a great laugh during the recording and when we were also off the mic.   Thanks to one of the individuals who was heckling one of the hosts, it really made for a fun time recording..   We gotta thank Hotel Tango for sponsoring the periscope line.  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.

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Episode 20 – Billy Idol Is A Fan Of Rebel Yell

Alright, so the story of Billy Idol and Rebel Yell has been mentioned in our very first podcast.  When that story was first told by Rob, Eric immediately gave his two cents and mentioned this story could never be told again because it was just that bad of a story by Rob.   When we decided to go back to our roots and bring in a true “Rails” whiskey, it was decided that Rebel Yell needed to come into the mix for two major reasons.   The first, would be to really annoy Eric and that is a valid reason right there..   However the second would be to officially retire the story and never speak of it again.   Well if you are ready for a round of “rails whiskey”, then this episode is for you.    Train..  Train..

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Billy Idol Is A Fan Of Rebel Yell

Alright, so the story of Billy Idol and Rebel Yell has been mentioned in our very first podcast.  When that story was first told by Rob, Eric immediately gave his two cents and mentioned this story could never be told again because it was just that bad of a story by Rob.   When we decided to go back to our roots and bring in a true “Rails” whiskey, it was decided that Rebel Yell needed to come into the mix for two major reasons.   The first, would be to really annoy Eric and that is a valid reason right there..   However the second would be to officially retire the story and never speak of it again.   Well if you are ready for a round of “rails whiskey”, then this episode is for you.

The guys from Whiskey On The Rails have really been getting some great bottles of whiskey under the belt at a cost that most people wouldn’t traditionally spend for a bottle.   Well in this blog, we are going to talk about two items..  Number 1, the simple cost of this bottle makes it very easy to purchase when you are just looking for a mixing whiskey.   Number 2, we might mention this story that is so painful to one of the hosts.

Well lets start with this whiskey and let us both be quite honest with this statement.    We believe that Rebel Yell is not a perfect whiskey to order neat, on the rocks or with whisky stones.   Our disclaimer, yes we know a few people who order this whiskey quite often and do enjoy it straight up but it isn’t our cup of whiskey to handle it this way.     We look at this whiskey as one that is great to be part of a mixture.   Whiskey and Coke, Whiskey and Diet Coke or Whiskey and Ginger Ale, is completely perfect for Rebel Yell.    It is great to have with something opposed to be the stand alone winner and what makes it great is a bottle of it is $10.   Yes, you read that correctly, $10.    You have a whiskey that for $12 (figuring in tax and a 2-liter of some soda) can really stretch your dollar and maximize your “rails” whiskey for the weekend tailgating, activities or general boredom.    So the plus of number 1, if you can roll quarters, you can get yourself a bottle of Rebel Yell.

Now the second item, the story.   Yeah, I might have changed my mind in putting it into the blog.   I feel that I can’t convey the pain that was caused by telling it to one of the hosts in writing.   The pain and horror and true disappointment can be felt during the podcast.    Which, it is a great things we are buddy’s and can enjoy each others pain but I think waiting until the 20th episode was almost worth it.

Now, we have a shelf full of great whiskeys in our studio from episodes of the past.  Now, we can officially add to the “rails” where some of our mixtures are located where they would be great with “something else”…    We did have some participation with our viewers on our periscope line (sponsored by Hotel Tango) and they heard a lot of the un-edited content of the podcast.   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.

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Episode 19 – Jameson With A Round Of Picklebacks

Well since we broke out a spirit from across the pond in a prior podcast, we felt it was time to jump back across the pond and talk about some Irish Whiskey.   We brought in the always infamous but never changed Irish Whiskey, Jameson.    With this weeks spirit, we got to know a lot of great ways to enjoy Jameson, some firsts by one of the hosts and a new hipster way to enjoy Jameson as a shot.    However, how you order your Irish Whiskey is completely up to you, for our hosts, we proved that anything is possible when you start you day with a shot of Jameson.  Train..  Train..

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Jameson With A Round Of Picklebacks

Well since we broke out a spirit from across the pond in a prior podcast, we felt it was time to jump back across the pond and talk about some Irish Whiskey.   We brought in the always infamous but never changed Irish Whiskey, Jameson.    With this weeks spirit, we got to know a lot of great ways to enjoy Jameson, some firsts by one of the hosts and a new hipster way to enjoy Jameson as a shot.    However, how you order your Irish Whiskey is completely up to you, for our hosts, we proved that anything is possible when you start you day with a shot of Jameson.

You will hear about some great ways to enjoy this whiskey during the podcast but we are going to talk about one of the new ways to enjoy Jameson as a shot.    A trend that has become popular is enjoying a shot of Jameson with a shot of pickle juice.    Yes, we are talking about a pickleback.    As bartenders, we have seen this shot growing more popular around St. Patrick’s day but it is still ordered during the normal drinking days (364 of them outside of St. Patrick’s day).    As I said above, a pickleback is a shot of Jameson, chased with a shot, a sip or just a taste of pickle juice.   Now the second part, completely goes towards your enjoyment of pickle juice in general.   I am sure there isn’t a high demand for it as a beverage but I have known some people in the past to enjoy the taste so much, they made popsicles out of pickle juice.    Yes, that is a true story.

However for our last round of tasting, we brought this shot into Whiskey On The Rails with a very special guest.   While we shall keep the guest a secret until the podcast comes out, we proved that if you sit around a listen to a recording, we gotta bring you into the mix at somepoint during the podcast.   Our guest, not only stepped up to the plate and did the shot but “she” actually enjoyed it.   It was identified that she wasn’t a whiskey girl by anymeans but the extra addition of pickle juice really helped her palette of enjoyment with doing it and really out of the three people who did the shot, it was approved by two of the three..   Stay tuned for the podcast to find out who was the “biggest loser”…

Now, at the end of the day, we added another whiskey to the shelves of whiskey reviewed on Whiskey On The Rails.    A very common Irish Whiskey which everybody should have in their stock of spirits.   We did have some participation with our viewers on our periscope line (sponsored by Hotel Tango).   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/