Out And Drinking On The North Forty Creek

It is never a bad time when you find a spirit you haven’t seen in years..  Even better when you get to have that experience all over again with some George Thorogood..  One Bourbon, One Scotch and One Beer with some awesome Forty Creek Barrel Select Canadian Whisky..  Yes, for the second time in the past few episodes, we brought in a Canadian Whisky for our review and drinking pleasure..  How did this turn out?   Did we declare a winner OR do we need to keep drinking??   We all know that answer but check out this podcast…  Train..  Train…

This blog won’t be as long as our blogs usually are when we are talking about our whiskey experience.  However this blog is going to be just a friendly word of advice..   When you are walking through cities and people want to invite you to try out something new, just say yes.   Whether it would be new food, new movies or new spirits..  You never know what you are going to get..   Well this whiskey was originally experienced about six years ago while we were attending a tradeshow in Dallas.   Forty Creek was doing a sampling for some local bars and distributors so get their spirits into the stores and bars.  Well we weren’t either of those but a simple yes, got us into the event to try the whiskey.  Granted the question was are we here for the whiskey sampling and your answer should ways be YES… Yes Ma’am, we are certainly here for that event..

What is the worst that can happen?    Now we aren’t going to discuss that during the podcast and on the blog.   I signed a Non-Disclosure Agreement that doesn’t expire until 2020 but that doesn’t mean I didn’t enjoy the whiskey and still have the t-shirt…  With that being said, if you can get yourself a bottle of Forty Creek, do yourself justice and get it!!!   You will certainly enjoy this bottle…

Now, we have said it before and we will keep saying it again.   We are so very greatly with the awesome line up of companies we are working with during this podcast.    We like to think of each of our sponsors / partners as part of our extended Whiskey On The Rails family.   When you get to pair up such great products, it is really fun to come out and record every week because we stand behind everything we talk about and enjoy each of the products we get to use during the show.      Even Eric and Rob get along during the podcast because of these great products and that right there is a miracle..

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Hotel Tango Celebrates Its 2nd Year With Whiskey

When you have great company to drink with, you will never have a bad day..     That phrase doesn’t even begin to explain how much we enjoy drinking with our great sponsors…   On a beautiful fall morning, we invaded Hotel Tango Artisan Distillery in beautiful downtown Indianapolis.  Travis and Maggie opened their doors and bottles of whiskey for our discussion on the great things happening at their location.  If you are downtown on the 11th of November, stop by their location for their 2nd Anniversary extravaganza and grab a bottle of their newest whiskey!!!   Enjoy this great podcast and check out their awesome spirts..   Train..  Train…

Our blog is very special for this podcast because we got to go down and hang out with our friends down at Hotel Tango Artisan Distillery..   Hotel Tango was our original partner on Whiskey On The Rails partner line up and we have enjoyed a great deal of their whiskey.   Now we have had their whiskey before our recordings, while we have been bartending, while we have been playing golf, while we have been sailing, while we have been arguing and heck while I am typing out this blog.    We talk specifically about their whiskey (because we are a whiskey podcast) but they have a lot of award winning spirts across the board.

What makes them great is the people..   We haven’t met one person that we haven’t walked away saying hope to never talk with them again..   Everybody has a great story..  From the owners, to the distillers and to the mixologists.   Everybody has a great piece of this company and a great story to tell and that makes the place even that much more special.     Now you can come in and grab a bottle and leave and that right there would be a mistake..    Stay a while..  Get a drink..  Sit infront of the fireplace..  Enjoy the atmosphere..  Find Fletcher and know that Eric is honestly terrified of their bobcat..  Well terrified might not be the right word but he gets heckled by Fletcher…

End of the day..  We plan to be down there a lot more for recordings..   We plan to hit them up for more bottles of spirits..   Drinking their seasonal spirits and drinks..  Getting fueled before we head down to Pacers games and watch the misery..    More importantly, drinking some awesome whiskey and waiting to see what is next??   Find out what is next by coming into Hotel Tango and finding out more..

Now, we have said it before and we will keep saying it again.   We are so very greatly with the awesome line up of companies we are working with during this podcast.    We like to think of each of our sponsors / partners as part of our extended Whiskey On The Rails family.   When you get to pair up such great products, it is really fun to come out and record every week because we stand behind everything we talk about and enjoy each of the products we get to use during the show.      Even Eric and Rob get along during the podcast because of these great products and that right there is a miracle..

You can find our sponsors at the following sites:

Monkey Shoulder Could Be A Great Holiday Gem

It is always special when we get to have some returning guests to the rails.   It is even easier when the trio of individuals are bartending and this is a great way to fuel the day.   As we were recording just before Halloween, we saw some promotional advertising for Monkey Shoulder.  It was labeled as Halloween’s Dracula Blood and we figured tis the season to scare and drink..   Lets bring it into the rails.    Did we scare anybody during this episode?    Are we still alive following the ghosts in the bar?   Did Uncle Bob make it through another episode?   All of these questions will be answered during this podcast..  Train..  Train…

With the guys not overly being Scotch guys, we had only brought in our second Scotch in the past 71 episodes.    So that is what made it a special return to the rails because this was completely an impulse purchase while at the liquor store..  Yes, while we enjoy plenty of donated bottles, we always enjoy something that catches our eyes and we need to buy..   Now the guy behind the bar thought that he used the monkey mind trick for me to buy it because they put it at the right level behind the cashier so people would see it and be intrigued.    Honestly, as I told him, I saw a facebook advertisement as it was the Halloween’s Blood for the season..  Which honestly, he told me I was wrong..

We did bring back our buddy Uncle Bob for this episode..   We brought him in for Uncle Bob Root Beer, so we felt bad after that recording.      He didn’t have a choice during that podcast but we let him choose his flavor of the day.    We did break out something during this episode which we hadn’t done during the 70 prior episodes and what we plan to do in the future.    We talked sports..  Yes, we talked a lot about this scotch but we did have a great little sports run during the end of this podcast.   As a teaser for the future, we will have him back for our super bowl episode where we talk shop and drink some whiskey.

Now, we have said it before and we will keep saying it again.   We are so very greatly with the awesome line up of companies we are working with during this podcast.    We like to think of each of our sponsors / partners as part of our extended Whiskey On The Rails family.   When you get to pair up such great products, it is really fun to come out and record every week because we stand behind everything we talk about and enjoy each of the products we get to use during the show.      Even Eric and Rob get along during the podcast because of these great products and that right there is a miracle..

You can find our sponsors at the following sites:

Crown Royal Has Officially Traveled On The Rails

When you sit down at a bar, there are always common bottles that are staples for drinkers..  One of those bottles is a beautifully designed bottle of Crown Royal.   The crown jewel of our brothers to the north and one of the most popular Canadian whiskey’s across the world.   Well we hadn’t brought this bottle into the rails and it was not overly received by one of the hosts.    What did we think?   How did it end up?   Where did we get those Cuban cigars?   All of those questions will be answered during our podcast..   Train..  Train…

Alright, as we said in the introduction, this is a staple whiskey that you will find in almost every bar around the world.    Crown Royal has became a staple when it comes to Canadian Whiskey’s and most whiskey drinkers would stay whiskey in general.   However, neither of the hosts have been really big fans of the spirit and almost found it a chore to review this whiskey.   The game must go on and we wanted to bring another spirit onto the rails.

So where do we go from here in this blog?    Hmmmmm..   Because we want to save a bunch of a positive and mostly negative comments for the podcast.   However the one thing we can say during this blog is something we discussed during the podcast.    How do you see most people enjoying Crown Royal?    With the exception of a select few, we are bartenders rarely see people coming up to the bar and asking for a shot of Crown..  Granted, we see plenty doing it with Jim and Jack but you rarely see people taking a shot of crown..   The bulk of people will order a Crown and Coke, a Crown and Diet or Crown and something else..  You rarely see Crown Royal standing on its own for people’s drinking enjoyment.

Now with that being said, we aren’t slamming Crown Royal as a shooter because we do know people who order them straight up.   Which again, we don’t see most people shoot them but sipping on them like a fine bourbon or scotch.    Which again, we are still scratching our heads..   Then you do see people ordering buttery crown and shooting those (or maybe even in a Duck Fart shot) but again you don’t see people taking shots of them..   So we again have to ask ourselves, is Crown Royal really a mixing beverage vs being something people would drink straight up?     At the end of the podcast, we gave our thoughts but that might have been a longer conversation to answer one question..  To Mix or Not To Mix..  That is the Crown Royal question…

Now, we have said it before and we will keep saying it again.   We are so very greatly with the awesome line up of companies we are working with during this podcast.    We like to think of each of our sponsors / partners as part of our extended Whiskey On The Rails family.   When you get to pair up such great products, it is really fun to come out and record every week because we stand behind everything we talk about and enjoy each of the products we get to use during the show.      Even Eric and Rob get along during the podcast because of these great products and that right there is a miracle..

You can find our sponsors at the following sites:

Taking A Tour In Door County With A Single Malt Whisky

The guys are back from their Caribbean hiatus and are thirsty for something to drink.    Well in this week’s episode, we are still drinking some whisky that Rob brought back from the great state of Wisconsin.   Thanks to the Mars Cheese Castle (yes it is a magical place) we were able to pick up some Door County Single Malt Whisky for our drinking pleasure while we were getting back behind the mics.   We have some great stories, we got to enjoy new whisky and finally we are back drinking again..  Check out this podcast and get you some Door County Whisky..   Train..  Train..

Alright, in this podcast we had a slight change from our usual program agenda and didn’t’ include a cigar into our discussion.    No major reason why but we felt that it was a great time to just sit down, circle the wagons from our past vacation and enjoy some new whisky.   This week, we introduced Door County onto the rails for our drinking pleasure.    We say that because this was an impulse purchase while leaving the state of Wisconsin.   Rob wanted another local bottle of whiskey (or in this case whisky) and the bottle from Door County caught his attention.

Now this Single Malt Whisky certainly surprised both hosts when we opened it.    Now we are going to save a bunch of the reviews for the podcast but the one thing we will discuss in this blog is how smooth this whisky was during our review.     We say that because a lot of spirits that we get from local distilleries, we find they are white lightening when it comes to the burn of that spirit..  Now we aren’t complaining, we do enjoy the burn but that burn never even showed up for this review.  This has to be one of the smoothest whisky’s we have tried in quite a while.     Granted the 3-5 times distilled process of this single malt really plays into that smooth taste.      We did have some variance in the taste and ways to enjoy this whisky, which we talk more about during the podcast..   You know what, just stay tuned for the podcast coming out on Whiskey Wednesday..

Now, we have said it before and we will keep saying it again.   We are so very greatly with the awesome line up of companies we are working with during this podcast.    We like to think of each of our sponsors / partners as part of our extended Whiskey On The Rails family.   When you get to pair up such great products, it is really fun to come out and record every week because we stand behind everything we talk about and enjoy each of the products we get to use during the show.      Even Eric and Rob get along during the podcast because of these great products and that right there is a miracle..

You can find our sponsors at the following sites:

Come Sail Away With The Boss

We have been talking about it for a few episodes but both Eric and Rob are out sailing in the Caribbean Seas..    We got our flippie floppies, we got our Bugatti Cigars and we certainly have a whiskey in our hands.   Well this episode, we are dedicating our conversations all about cigars..   We busted out The Boss, which we got from Bugatti Cigars and completed our Bugatti discussion on the cigars they provided to our fine hosts.  So enjoy this cigar cast, which yes were did have a whiskey we will be reviewing in the future to fuel our discussion..   Train..  Train…

The over-all joy of this blog is centered around our cigar discussion.   Since we had a full whiskey review in our last podcast, we wanted to follow up that discussion with our final cigar that was sent to us in our Bugatti Cigars sampler.    Now this was a cigar that we were certainly looking forward in our review discussion process because it was an inter-changeable cigar for our overall top spot.   What I mean by that, both of our hosts had labeled The Ambassador and The Boss 1 and 1A, which at either time we could swap out the top spot..

Yes, we talk all about this during our podcast review of this cigar and make a few comparisons.   Now this is the section we want to talk about some of the cigar that we had both agreed upon when we were first introduced to the sampler and what ultimately drove us to make the box purchase so we had plenty of cigars to enjoy on our 1st Annual Whiskey On The Rails Caribbean Cruise / Birthday Extravaganza.

The Boss cigar (when you purchase the box) gives you a feeling that you have just won a major prize or gotten the best gift under the Christmas tree when you were a kid.  It is the adult version of adding that perfect piece to your man cave so your friends have to ask, what in the beil is that?     Well let me show you, it is THE BOSS..   So presentation alone, it stands out in my book..   Now, I will say the box is sitting in my man cave right next to my Ditka box because I am a Bears Fan..  Sorry, both of the hosts are Bears fans..  Yes, we drink a lot and yes Jay Cutler sucks..  We can move on, we know..    We drink for a reason..

Now the cigar itself is a very bold cigar in my honest opinion.   However I say that with the ultimately disclaimer because when I think of bold cigars, I label them as “the right time” cigars.  What I mean by that, I usually love a bold cigar right after a great steak with either a smooth bourbon or rye.     When I am just sitting around drinking any random beverage, I won’t always go and pull out a bold cigar..  Now let me be fair, what Bugatti Cigars and what we read on Cigars International indicated this cigar is right in the middle of that “Mild” to “Full” scale but I completely disagree.   It smokes like a very bold cigar but don’t create a “situational smoke” for me because of the overall ease of smoke, the burn of the tobacco and the flavor palette of the cigar.

When we recorded our first podcast of the day, we lit up these cigars and smoked them for about two hours.  Now during that time, we recorded two podcasts (second on the cigar review) and had a few ADD breaks / interruptions during that time.   The one thing that was completely consistent was the amount of times we had to touch up these cigars.  Granted one of the hosts had a few meetings he had to take with our bar patrons so his breaks were a little bit longer but over two hours we had to touch up the cigars once (for Rob) and twice (for Eric because he is more popular with the people).   That right there is saying a lot on the overall burn of this cigar.   Granted, we tried not to ash that much during our recording and funny enough that ash stayed together.    Solid across the board in both hosts opinion..  Now we will let you hear the podcast for more information but this is our quite blog on the podcast.

Now, we have said it before and we will keep saying it again.   We are so very greatly with the awesome line up of companies we are working with during this podcast.    We like to think of each of our sponsors / partners as part of our extended Whiskey On The Rails family.   When you get to pair up such great products, it is really fun to come out and record every week because we stand behind everything we talk about and enjoy each of the products we get to use during the show.      Even Eric and Rob get along during the podcast because of these great products and that right there is a miracle..

You can find our sponsors at the following sites:

Sipping On Some Bakers While Vacation Daydreaming

Our hosts are all geared up for an upcoming cruise and we had a serious case of day dreaming while drinking whiskey.    We were fueled with some 107 proof Bakers Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey while we were sitting in our “construction project studio”..    We were smoking a cigar during this episode but we decided to give that Bugatti Cigar its own podcast for a review because 107 proof really gets you going when you are running on empty.    Enjoy some whiskey banter and hop on board for this whiskey train..  Train..  Train..

This podcast really had something for everybody..  Pain, misery, laughing, crying and general whiskey hooligans.   We really tried to have a combined cigar and whiskey podcast but this one, we felt that we needed to drink some Bakers and just have a great time.   Now here is our disclaimer, we were completely smoking a Bugatti Cigar but when we took a break to cool down our whiskey with our whisky stones, we just decided to give The Boss its own Cigar podcast so we could talk more about that cigar and the four others we received in our care package.

Here is something we did discuss during our break and something that we haven’t done a bunch when it comes to our podcast.  Usually we stay pretty focused with a slight ADD derail during each podcast.   This one, it was two buddies just shooting the breeze and getting fueled with our 107 proof whiskey.   We did review it, repeatedly, however nothing is more fun than just hanging out with your buddy and drinking..   Shiny objects were everywhere and it shows at time but then again you gotta have off the cuff humor when you can..   Stay tuned for our Whiskey Wednesday podcast release for more information.

Now, we have said it before and we will keep saying it again.   We are so very greatly with the awesome line up of companies we are working with during this podcast.    We like to think of each of our sponsors / partners as part of our extended Whiskey On The Rails family.   When you get to pair up such great products, it is really fun to come out and record every week because we stand behind everything we talk about and enjoy each of the products we get to use during the show.      Even Eric and Rob get along during the podcast because of these great products and that right there is a miracle..

You can find our sponsors at the following sites:

Drinking Rebel Reserve With Jax On Route 66

Eric had so much pain the first time we tried some Rebel Yell, Rob only felt it was time to double his pain with some Rebel Reserve for our featured whiskey of the week..  So if the first round was a drink from the rails, where does this rank?    Well on the first-third, sponsored by Cigars International, we were smoking some Sons Of Anarchy Clubhouse Edition cigars, which took us out on Route 66 with Jax and Ron Pearlman.   Yeah, ADD was in full effect on this show and there was even a temper-tantrum.   Stay tuned for this entertaining podcast..  Train.. Train..

I hate to say it but when one of the hosts bring in a whiskey that really bothers the other host, it turns out to be a really good time.   Well this time, we did bring back that rebel yell only in its reserve style for our whiskey review.   I want to say this was a strong whiskey review but will completely save the meat and potatoes for our podcast coming out on Whiskey Wednedsay..

Now let me ask a question. . If you had heard a story about something and really hated the story, would that effect the way you felt about that product?  It might be a type of food, or a type of car or maybe it was a type of whiskey.   Well I almost have to believe the Billy Idol story has left a bad taste in Eric’s mouth when it comes to any sort of Rebel Yell review..  Because, that story is hiding in the attic, waiting to be brought back into Whiskey On The Rails…  When that happens, all hell breaks loose..  So maybe it isn’t the whiskey that Eric hates but maybe it is the story or story-telling of Rob when it comes to his stories..

Wow..  I might have really thought of something that has legs when it comes to Eric and his style of reviews.   Things that make you go hmmmmmmmmm…  Well check out the podcast for more information on our review..

Now, we have said it before and we will keep saying it again.   We are so very greatly with the awesome line up of companies we are working with during this podcast.    We like to think of each of our sponsors / partners as part of our extended Whiskey On The Rails family.   When you get to pair up such great products, it is really fun to come out and record every week because we stand behind everything we talk about and enjoy each of the products we get to use during the show.      Even Eric and Rob get along during the podcast because of these great products and that right there is a miracle..

You can find our sponsors at the following sites:

James Weston And Daniel Kemish Choose Your Own Adventure

When your host make the statement..  Dude..  I gotta a guy who wants to come on the show, drink whiskey and play some music..   You have to trust him..  Well in this episode, we welcomed James Weston and Daniel Kemish on to the rails for some whiskey, wings and music.    Opposed to having a whiskey review, we opened our whiskey selection to our guests and let them choose their own whiskey adventure..   Check out this awesome podcast and make sure you check out these guys since they are fresh off the lower Scandinavian tour.   Train..  Train..

This podcast recording was a first for both Rob and Eric.   While we have spent every single podcast reviewing a variety of whiskeys, we decided to open our whiskey cabinet for our guests and let them choose their own whiskey adventure.    James Weston and Daniel Kemish took time out of their US tour and played a special engagement at our local establishment.      James has known Eric for a great number of years and saw this as a perfect time to bring in a long-time friend and have a small intimate engagement with a bunch of family and friends.

Well that was the ultimate goal however James had made a comment on a goal he would like to achieve..  He wanted to sit down and drink whiskey and sing some music..    Let’s see, we have a full selection of whiskey and we have a stage for bands to play music..   Wait, we could easily complete that dream, drink some great whiskey and hear some awesome music.    At the end of our podcast, you do get to hear a live cut from Daniel Kemish for our listeners.

We want to save a lot of the conversation for the podcast but we are very grateful that James and Daniel sat down for podcast and played a hell of a show for those who attended.     If you get the opportunity James Weston And Daniel Kemishto see them in a city near you, go and check them out..    If you say you are a whiskey drinker and want to share a drink with them.   Be ready, we are seasoned drinkers when it comes to whiskey and even we were impressed with no only their knowledge of the whiskey but their repeat drinking experience.

Now, we have said it before and we will keep saying it again.   We are so very greatly with the awesome line up of companies we are working with during this podcast.    We like to think of each of our sponsors / partners as part of our extended Whiskey On The Rails family.   When you get to pair up such great products, it is really fun to come out and record every week because we stand behind everything we talk about and enjoy each of the products we get to use during the show.      Even Eric and Rob get along during the podcast because of these great products and that right there is a miracle..

You can find our sponsors at the following sites:

Bugatti Can’t Save Eric From Evan Williams 1783

Well the Wild Hogs couldn’t take it easy on the road and the gentlemen from Whiskey On The Rails can’t take it easy when it comes to our whiskey reviews.  Well today, we broke out another bottle of Evan Williams for Eric’s tasting enjoyment.  We snagged a bottle of Even Williams 1783 and paired it up with another Bugatti Cigar.  This week, we are trying out some Bugatti Signatures, which we picked up from Cigars International.    Is this another week where the hosts are saved from the whiskeys thanks to the cigars or vice versa?   Well check out the podcast and find out..  Train..  Train..

While we have said that our cigar has saved our whiskey in the past, this episode we did have a split panel since Eric can never say a bad thing against Evan Williams.   Well in this blog, we wanted to talk about our Bugatti Signature that we snagged from Cigars International.    Bugatti has been extremely awesome at not only the cigars for our reviews but the information upfront on what we are smoking.   It is a good thing and a bad thing because we both go into an expectation of certain flavors but then we are surprised because we find sometime completely different..  That is the beauty of having different palate, you never know what you are going to get..

Now this week, we did go out and snag a Bugatti Signature to go with our whiskey review.   We had the entire line up that was provided initially and we wanted more..  We wanted to try something new..   We had the Maduro..  We had the Ambassador..  We have had the Boss (which that is in a future podcast / blog review) but didn’t have an opportunity to try the Signature.   Which we know that we can’t snag that cigar at our local brick and mortar establishment, so we jumped on that inter-webs thing and went to Cigars international.    When you can pick up a five pack with expedited delivery, the only thing you have to worry about it who is going to smoke the extra cigar among the two hosts..

With all of that being said, lets fire up the cigar and enjoy the first-third of this Bugatti Signature.    The information that was provided from Bugatti Cigars said this line is adorned with a lush Ecuadorian wrapper and a complex blend of tobaccos from Dominican Republic, Nicaragua, Brazil and Pennsylvania..  Yes, you read that correctly, Pennsylvania..   That is what threw both hosts for a quick loop when we read that because you don’t think of tobacco coming from Pennsylvania..      Steel production sure, you think of that all day but don’t picture cigars coming from the lush land of PA.

This cigar immediately lived up on the full body smoke when we fired it up to go with our whiskey.   As a side note, it continued being a full body smoke from the first smoke until the last puff.   We smoked on this entire Signature for about two hours.   The flavors changed from start to end because as we discussed during the podcast, we should have had notes of cocoa and spice but only the spice was coming out during our recording session.   As the smoke continued, we started to notice that cocoa flavor and at times smell as we pushed through the cigar enjoyment.   Smooth from front to end is an understatement when we talked about this cigar later in the day.

Now we do have to give this disclaimer because it was said repeatedly towards the end of the podcast.  While we did enjoy smoking this Signature, one of the hosts couldn’t get the Ambassador out of his mind.    It isn’t overly fair to rank these from 1-4 (since that is how many we have tried from Bugatti), so a lot of the time 1A, 1B is coming into play.    With this Signature, we certainly would be saying it is right behind that Ambassador as far as favorite and even with The Boss sitting in the wings, we might slide it within the “1” identification but doesn’t change our overall opinion of this cigar..  Hit up Cigars International, get yourself a 5 pack and try out this cigar.   You will find yourself a new way of luxury with Bugatti Cigars.

Now, we have said it before and we will keep saying it again.   We are so very greatly with the awesome line up of companies we are working with during this podcast.    We like to think of each of our sponsors / partners as part of our extended Whiskey On The Rails family.   When you get to pair up such great products, it is really fun to come out and record every week because we stand behind everything we talk about and enjoy each of the products we get to use during the show.      Even Eric and Rob get along during the podcast because of these great products and that right there is a miracle..

You can find our sponsors at the following sites: