Brown Bagging It With Heaven Hill Bottled In Bond

As we continued our Brown Bag series,  we are bringing in some Heaven Hill Bottled In Bond, 100 proof whiskey.   Yes, our expectations were very low after last episode but we wanted to see if this whiskey would make the cut for “The Rails” at any bar.   Did it measure up?   Did we shutter like last week?   Do we officially owe you an apology after our last podcast?   All of these questions, AND MORE, will be addressed during this podcast..   Train..  Train..

So we were trying to prove our wives wrong by saying you can’t get a good bottle of whiskey for under $30 bucks when we put together the thought for our last two podcasts.   Well combined (with Indiana state tax) the whiskeys were under $30.   In most bars, they are immediately a “rails” whiskey and we want to bring in all shapes and sizes of whiskeys for our review.

In this case, we have drank a ton of Heaven Hill’s products so why not go out and get a bottle of their Bottled In Bond whiskey..   If you haven’t listened to a past podcast, you know that Even Williams is one of Eric’s favorite whiskeys and one that he always keeps in reserve for when he is in a pinch.   However this bottle is cheaper than even and certainly carries a punch with the 100 proof.     We will keep the review within the podcast.  All we really want to say, don’t always judge a whiskey by its cost..  Some live up to it..  Some really surprise you..  And again, some really give you a solid punch..

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The Dickel Caused A Train Wreck

It has been a minute since Eric and Rob really had a full train wreck of a podcast.    Well when you bring some George Dickel into the rails, you never know how the hosts are going to act and respond.   Well after listening to this podcast, I am sure you are going to hear every single joke they told in middle school..   The Dickel caused a train wreck but the hosts had a great time while out of control   Check out this podcast from your hosts.   Train..  Train..

We have had this podcast banked for quite a while and weren’t really sure when was the right time to release it.    We both had really a hard time trying not to make every single joke we could based upon the name of the whisky.    Now while you can hear the edited version during the podcast, we forgot to turn on our Hotel Tango periscope camera and I gotta believe we did our followers a favor…     Which looking back, we both realized that was completely a mistake.

We have such good interaction during our periscope recordings, I am sure we could have added about another hundred one-liners and jokes from those who take the time to hang out with us while we record.   Since we record at odd times, we make it so we can be part of your breakfast, lunch, dinner or even that winding down time in bed.    Sure Eric’s voice could sooth your thoughts however our jokes, probably not so much.     This week, we enjoyed going off the rail..    Check out the podcast on Whiskey Wednesday…

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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The Dude Calls Out Colonel Taylor

Our local liquor guy, which he refers to himself as “The Dude”, gave us this recommendation for our newest whiskey to join the rails.   We broke out some Colonel E.H. Taylor, Bottled in Bond, 100 proof Kentucky Bourbon.    We got to enjoy this bourbon in our Whisky Stone shot glass which gave us a new way to use our Whisky Stones to chill down this bourbon.   The advice we got on this bourbon was completely different than what we have heard in the past.   What is it?  Well find out in this podcast.   Train..  Train…

As we do every week with the blog, we gotta tell a little story about our recording that we may or may not have shared during the podcast.   This blog is going to talk about “The Dude”.   The Dude, is our local liquor store guy who has given us recommendations recently on some of his favorite whiskey’s and ways to try them.   So far, he is 3 for 3 for recommendations and almost spot on for the best way to enjoy them.   When I asked if he would like some love for his recommendations on our podcast, he said just refer to me as “The Dude”.

Now, Rob didn’t get the name when he first said it and it was only Eric’s good nature to mock Rob on not picking up the name from the movie, The Big Lebowski.    Rob just assumed he wanted that nickname because he still uses the word “Dude” from time to time and basically almost every time when he has been drinking.   So he just thought, it was a compliment.    Well we all know that the cheese has slid off Rob’s cracker at times and maybe he isn’t hip and cool when it comes to his movie selection however that means nothing in this story.    Apparently if you haven’t seen The Big Lebowski, you are missing out on life, per Eric.   I am not sure if Colonel Taylor is paired up with this movie in general but The Dude certainly gave us a great recommendation on this whiskey.    So check out the podcast and learn more about The Colonel with the recommendation of The Dude…

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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Hotel Tango – http://hoteltangowhiskey.com/

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

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Episode 41 – Taking It To The Big House

Well with every episode we get an opportunity for something new, usually it is whiskey however this episode we got some improvements to our studio.   With that update, you got to hear better audio as we took this whiskey to The Big House.   Most sports fans would think we are drinking in Michigan, however we are still drinking south of the state with some awesome ingredients from Indiana.   There is more than corn in Indiana and we enjoyed this new review.   Check out this podcast and find out more about The Big House.   Train..  Train…

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Taking It To The Big House

Well with every episode we get an opportunity for something new, usually it is whiskey however this episode we got some improvements to our studio.   With that update, you got to hear better audio as we took this whiskey to The Big House.   Most sports fans would think we are drinking in Michigan, however we are still drinking south of the state with some awesome ingredients from Indiana.   There is more than corn in Indiana and we enjoyed this new review.   Check out this podcast and find out more about The Big House.   Train..  Train…

During the podcast, you will get to hear all of our thoughts and recommendations on this whiskey.   However in the blog, we are going to tell a little story about our pre-recording for this episode.  In an effort to keep up with our audience, we wanted to make sure our equipment is current.   Having the best audio equipment is key when you are doing a podcast because you want to make sure the audio is clear.   Well thanks to Eric, we got some new updated microphones into our studio.   Let me tell you, the microphones are not only cool but they sound awesome.

However before we get to the sound quality, we gotta tell you a quick story on the problems we had with the microphones which almost led to them going back to the store.   When you have two guys who do the podcast, one is obviously the sound and editing tech and one is clearly the talent.   Well if you haven’t guessed, Eric is the talent of this podcast.   He has the voice that microphones love and reasons why we got a lot of fan mail, which oddly enough from this podcast series none have been from the FCC.    Anyways, Eric took the liberty of hooking up his microphone because he was excited about his purchase.  Lets face it, if you saw what he purchased, you would be as well.    If you haven’t guessed who is writing this blog, even Rob was excited to kick the tires on the microphones.

Eric took the time to set up his microphone and Rob did the same thing with his microphone.   We did a sound check and one of the two microphones was perfectly fine.    It would be Rob’s microphone (the sound guy) but we wanted to take the time to figure out Eric’s microphone.   First of all, these microphones need power and thanks to our soundboard, we got the phantom power to make the microphones work.   What Eric didn’t realize (when Rob might have said, it could be a problem with the cord, maybe we should replace it) is there is power going through that cord from the board to the microphone and we probably should turn off the board.   Well that information might have been helpful before Eric pulled on the cord to unplug it from the microphone.   That information lead to a wonderful electrocution (nothing harmful at all) but one where Rob was on the floor laughing.   Again, Eric was not amused.

After about 30 minutes of sound check and tuning in the microphones, Eric was ready to give up and go back to our old-faithful microphones.    That is when the lightbulb went off, turn the microphone up-right and talk into the microphone..    Yeah, that did it..      Microphone sounded great when we did that and it was a learning experience..   One where we learned that if a microphone is quiet, turn it upright..  And if it has power, don’t unplug it or you might have a shocking experience.     All in all, a good day of recording..   It was a learning experience.

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.

Sponsors Information:

Hotel Tango – http://hoteltangowhiskey.com/

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

Whiskey Stones –  http://whiskystones.com/

Luxco Announces Plans for Bardstown Distillery

COMPANY TO BUILD DISTILLERY ON THE KENTUCKY BOURBON TRAIL

(St. Louis) April 4, 2016 – Luxco announced today the company has finalized plans to build a distillery, located in Nelson County, Kentucky. Luxco has chosen to build the distillery on a 70-acre site off state highway KY-245 in the heart of Bardstown and Bourbon Capital of the World. The company announced preliminary plans for the distillery in late 2015, and the distillery is expected to be fully operational by late 2017.

Construction on the project will begin in the summer of 2016. Buzick Construction has been awarded the contract for the project. When finished, the distillery will be approximately 18,000 square feet, have six barrel warehouses and will employ an estimated 34 people. In addition, the distillery will feature a tasting room and event space and will offer visitors a new stop on the Kentucky Bourbon Trail.

“We are looking forward to building the distillery on this scenic property and in such a central location in Bardstown,” says David Bratcher, President and COO of Luxco. “We intend the distillery to be a welcoming stop for those visiting the Kentucky Bourbon Trail and we are excited to bring our bourbon experience and brands to Nelson County.”

The distillery will be built alongside an existing house on the property, which is registered as a National Historic Place and will remain. Architect renderings of the new distillery, created by Joseph & Joseph Architects out of Louisville, are available upon request.

With the rapid growth of Luxco’s bourbon brands, such as Rebel Yell, Blood Oath and Ezra Brooks, the company decided to build this new distillery in order to meet its increasing whiskey demand.

“At Luxco, we are always looking to be innovative,” says Bratcher. “Building this distillery will allow us to control our own production as well as offer us the ability to experiment with new and innovative mash bills, barrel types and aging techniques.”

Luxco has received support for the distillery from various entities within Kentucky.

“We are pleased with the support we have received from the Kentucky Economic Development Cabinet, the Nelson County Economic Development Agency and City and County government officials,” said Donn Lux, Chairman of Luxco.

The Kentucky Economic Development Finance Authority (KEDFA) preliminarily approved the company for $1.3 million in tax incentives for the project. The Joint City-County Planning Commission also approved rezoning of the land for this project. Luxco also owns 50 percent interest in the Limestone Branch Distillery in Lebanon, Kentucky – which produces Yellowstone Kentucky Straight Bourbon.

“We are excited to have Luxco become a part of our community,” says Dean Watts, Nelson County Judge Executive. “Their history and success in the liquor industry will greatly enhance our County.”

For more information, please contact:

Pia Reinhold at preinhold@commongroundpr.com

About Luxco

Luxco, Inc. is a leading producer, importer and marketer of beverage alcohol products. Our mission is to meet the needs and exceed the expectations of our consumers, associates and business partners. Founded in St. Louis in 1958, where it is headquartered, it is owned and operated by the Lux family. Its portfolio of brands include: Juarez Tequila & Triple Sec, Pearl Vodka, Everclear Grain Alcohol, Arrow Cordials, El Mayor Tequila, Ezra Brooks & Rebel Yell Bourbons, Lord Calvert Canadian Whisky, St. Brendan’s Irish Cream, Salvador’s Cocktails, Yago Sant’ gria and other well-recognized brands. For more information about the company, visit www.luxco.com.