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Three Different Whiskey Drinkers

While on a recent flight at 30k feet, three random whiskey drinkers ordered three separate whiskey’s beverages from our flight attendant who was so eager to sling out a few drinks.   Each of these travelers have never met outside of the chance flight but since we all ordered a type of whiskey, we found it funny and a good time to start chatting..  Let me be honest, when I am on a flight I usually have my head phones on with some variety of music but got caught into this conversation.

I ordered a double gentleman jack, the gentleman next to me ordered a double beam and coke and the third gentleman ordered a makers mark with club soda.   So right there, you have some variety when it comes to the drinking because one was drinking pretty much straight up and the other two were mixing their whiskey selection with either leaded or unleaded soda.

The two gentleman who ordered their mixed drink asked me why I ordered my beverage on the rocks vs mixing it with some general beverage?   Of course, I had to say I have a whiskey podcast and I believe it is a sin to mix your whiskey.   Which I wish I really had said that but inside it came out as you don’t mix your whiskey and slapped them both across the face.   ALRIGHT, I said I have found it is better to not mix my whiskey because I want to the pure alcohol versus a diluted flavor..  Crap!!  I said nothing but smiled and said what?  I didn’t hear you..

Well the two other gentleman claimed to be whiskey drinkers for a great many of years.   Each of them were in their mid-30’s so I could relate to their time on the whiskey train.   However one of the guys made a odd comment when it came to his drinking habit.   He said, he loves the taste of whiskey with club soda but hates the taste of whiskey without it?    The guy next to me nodded like it made sense..  I was confused..   I said, you like the taste of mixed whiskey but you don’t like whiskey?   Which I couldn’t stop by myself by saying you must have loved Zima with a jolly rancher?    That makes zero sense to me.. How can you love something but not like it unless something else is there to make it better?   Well if you put it like that it makes sense.   Makes as much sense as humping a cactus in the middle of desert.   But to each, their own..  Right?

The second gentleman in this discussion had the middle seat and was pretty much watching a tennis match of comments going back and forth and laughing like he was in pain.   The only comment he could make, he likes Diet Coke with some action fuel in it.   Now, I had to laugh at that one because I never heard whiskey being called action fuel in my prior drinking experiences.   That just got added to the 10 drinking comments I am going to make in the future..

Either way, after a short 90 minute flight it is great to have a whiskey discussion when normally I would be out in my own world and like Tom Petty..  Be Running Down A Dream….

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Traveling Whiskey in Minneapolis

Alright, so the luxury of traveling for a job, you have the opportunity to try spirits from all over this glorious United States and the countries across the pond.   You get to get feedback from those gunslingers behind the bar who claim they know what you need based upon your palate, your mannerisms or basically how much you have had to drink.   Well this time, I wanted to throw some dirty laundry on the field because I couldn’t believe what I was first seeing then what I was hearing.

So, to paint the picture, sitting in Minneapolis, MN Airport as I puddle jump over to Las Vegas for a weeks’ worth of gambling, errrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr working.   I stumbled upon a local airport bar with an exceptional selection and I saw a glorious bottle of High West Double Rye Whiskey.   Immediately I knew exactly what I was getting but I was sort of confused.  My confusion was that it was on the basic row of whiskey’s.  Sitting next to the Rebel Yell’s, Jim Beam (white label) and Jameson.   I made a snide comment to the bartender that did he mistake the location of the High West?   It should certainly be higher in the line of spirts then on the first level.  That is almost “The Rails” when you think about its location.   He quickly corrected me by saying it is an entry level whiskey that they were trying out but it certainly isn’t a high seller within their airport.   So, me being the traveler who loves a great deal was screaming hell yeah on the inside but feeling calm and cool and ordering a double on the rocks.

See this is where the fairy tale turns a bit south because TWO LEVELS UP was Slow & Low – Rock and Rye.  If you heard a few of our episodes in the past, we reviewed both of these whiskey’s during separate podcasts.   I told the bartender, is that a mistake that Slow & Low is more in demand than the High West Rye?    To my surprise, Slow & Low is as popular as Jack Daniels in that airport because that rock and feel whiskey is popular to those airport customers who are traveling through the land of 1000 lakes…  It really took me two separate whiskeys to take all of that in and believe that was a valid statement?    My next question left the bartender almost dumbfounded.   When I said, I am getting ready to order my third High West Double Rye (for $5.50 AT AN AIRPORT!!!!), how many folks order a second round of Slow & Low?   His response, not many.  They find it is unique in flavor, they don’t need anymore.   What I heard what he said, folks hated me for letting them order that whiskey.

Now, I am just a single traveler on a global podcast series with one of my best friends.    I think he would completely agree with this statement.  Friends don’t let friends drink Slow & Low when High West Double Rye is $5.50 at an airport.    Enough said, time to catch my next flight…

V2 Rebooted With Russell’s Reserve 10 Year

We have kicked the rust off the wheels and are out of the gate running in 2017.   With each week, we are bringing in a new whiskey for our tasting and review sessions.   Well this week, we have the 10 year Russell’s Reserve Bourbon sitting in our great GlenCairn Whisky Glasses ready for our review.   This was a cliff hanger choice after our week 1 selection of 2017..  How is the best way to you enjoy it?  Well you are 30 minutes away from that answer..   Train.. Train…

It is tough when you already start 2017 and Pappy Van Winkle is moving down the list on the best tasting Bourbon’s of 2017..  Yes, you read that correctly..  We got a new number one but that isn’t overly suprising if you listened to our last podcast.    That is all we are going to say in this blog..   Not that we are disappointed with Russell’s Reserve at all, just that Pappy Van Winkle didn’t measure up..

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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2017 Begins With Pappy Van Winkle

Aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaand..  We back!!!   After our holiday break to re-charge some batteries, we kicked off 2017 with a unicorn..   We kicked it off with a bottle of Pappy Van Winkle (12 year) thanks to the outstanding efforts of Eric..   Not only did he win a bottle at Pappyfest (or Bourbonfest) in Indianapolis but he gave it as a house-warming gift as we officially opened our new studio.   How did 2017 start?   How will it end?   You know what, we are so excited to be back behind the mics..  Check out the podcast and find out how the Pappy went..  Train..  Train..

We don’t know how long this blog is going to be today.  The reason being, we were completely blown away by the mystery and unicorn nature of Pappy Van Winkle.   As a podcast and a couple of buddies, we had tried to get our hands on this for the past couple of years.    Well lets face it, for longer than that but since we were part of the podcast, we just put the two year guarantee on that search.   We didn’t really care what year we got, the 10 year or the 23 year, we just wanted a bottle of Pappy Van Winkle.

When you got that allusive bottle, you don’t know what to do with it..  If it is the 23 year bottle, you know exactly what you are going to do with it..  Not a blooming thing but find a great display case of it and have it on your bar..  But when it is a drinkable bottle, you know you gotta try it..  And that is the case for the hosts with our 12 yr bottle..   Now, we are going to save both our excitement and disappointment for the podcast.   However it is nice to have a bottle of Pappy Van Winkle sitting on our trophy case at Whiskey On The Rails..   Our new bar is already more classy with this new 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..

You can find our sponsors at the following sites:

Bugatti Cigars – http://bugatticigars.com

Christmas Branch Toasting Rowans Creek

It is that magical time of the year when the alcohol tastes just that much better when you are stuck with mixed company.    That magical time of the year when the whiskey make everybody just that much more tolerable or entertaining.   Well as the guys are gearing up for Christmas, we are drinking some 100.1 proof Rowans Creek whiskey.   Because we didn’t want to only have 100 proof whiskey, we needed that .1 one to really kickstart our holiday season.   How did this review go?   How will we end 2016?      We only know that next week, we will have another whiskey..   Train.. Train..

When you think of holiday’s, most family gatherings have some sort of alcohol mixed into the equation..   It is a tradition to sit around, have a few drinks and play some games as friends and family.   Well it is the perfect time of the year because people usually make treks out to visit those who they only see a couple of times a year.    While both of the hosts have family both local and down the road, we know the importance of family.    Well we both act like a couple of “Step Brothers”, we understand that this time of the year is geared towards the Christmas spirit and enjoying how our families enjoy the holiday..

So this blog won’t really talk about anything in the podcast, we hope that everybody has a great Christmas and enjoys the holiday season.  That is what is important, now being fueled with the right whiskey is another great way to make it through the day.

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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Rails and Tails With Kentucky Tavern

As we start to close out 2017, we had a complete first when it came to our whiskey selection.   When you were in college, you might have choose cheap over quality..   Well you always laughed when you picked up a bottle of alcohol and it was in a plastic bottle..   Well this week, we brought in that plastic bottle of whiskey and we brought back our buddy Patrick..   Patrick might be on the short end of our selections because in this episode, we were drinking some Kentucky Tavern.   Don’t worry, we weren’t going to leave the light on for this episode when you fine this tavern..   Check out more in this entertaining podcast..  Train..  Train..

In our most recent podcast, we brought back our old buddy Patrick.    We sort of feel bad for him because we don’t pull off the best of the best or our top shelf when he comes in and records with us.   Granted, we do get him fueled with some Hotel Tango whiskey but that is where the story tends to change directions for our good friend.   If we take a moment and look back these are a couple of whiskeys that we gave to Patrick while sitting in the hot seat..

He has sat through Coldcock, Two Gingers and Wild Turkey 101.   Now we will give Wild Turkey 101 its due, it was a great Thanksgiving whiskey and ultimately Patrick’s choice for that holiday episode.   So really he is 1 for 3 when it comes to a good whiskey for his drinking pleasure.  Now this episode, we are going to throw the plastic bottle at him and let him try this whiskey.    Funny enough, we did throw the bottle at him before we recorded to get him to yell..   It was entertaining..

Now what should we do for a friend that really he has gone 1 for 4 on good whiskey selections?   Should we break out some high end whiskey and let him try that?   Should we find some fusion whiskey for him to try out?    Or should we just keep him coming back and hopefully one day we pick out a winner for Patrick?   Well while they are all good ideas, we will just keep Patrick coming back because not only is he a great guy but he can make anybody laugh with his joyful laugh.    Yes, it helps when you have had a few drinks…   Never-the-less, we will keep trying to find something good for our buddy..

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:

Basil Would Be Happy With Old Grand Dad

One of our favorite bottles of whiskey would be a delightful bottle of Basil Hayden.   That is certainly our go-to-whiskey when we are just sitting around at the bar and grabbing one off the shelf.   What both hosts learned, Basil was honored with a bottle of whiskey that was created by his grand-son   I guess it does make sense that Hayden created Old Grand Dad in honor of his grandfather.  So this week, we are drinking Bottled In Bond, Old Grand Dad, 100 Proof Whiskey..  It is certainly a throat catcher with the spice and taste which really split both hosts on our enjoyment of this whiskey.   Train..  Train..

Again, this is another week where we don’t think we are going to have a very long blog when it came to our whiskey review.    This certainly was another week of don’t judge a bottle by its label because you might miss out on something.   Well that and it was certainly another week to learn something about one of our favorite bottles of whiskey.

This week, we were drinking bottled in bond, 100 proof Old Grand Dad whiskey.   Which we just assumed that it might be in the rank of Evan Williams and Heaven Hill, not that we are saying those are low end bottles but just one end of the spectrum.   What we didn’t realize that Old Grand Dad is actually a whiskey that a grandson created in memory of his grandfather.   Yeah, great story right?   Well not just a random whiskey when that grandfather is Basil Hayden..  That is right, Basil Hayden..  That Basil Hayden..  One of our favorite whiskey that we have not only reviewed but had enjoyed well before that podcast entry.

Now this whiskey was really one that the hosts had a split decision during their entire review.   Now with that being said, we had a complete derail on this review because we weren’t sure whether or not this would be a great whiskey to give friends when they come over to visit, what is the best way to try the whiskey and again another week of judging the book by its cover.   We will leave plenty of the details in the podcast but this is a great teaser to get the blood flowing.

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:

Party With Canadian Club Across The River

Who knew that prohibition could cause somebody to cross a river and become extremely successful in Canada?    This week’s spirit was successful in the United States, got pushed out of the country because somebody thought prohibition was a good idea so got successful in Canada and now is successful all over the world.    We had some 12 year Canadian Club Small Batch Whisky in this weeks episode.   This episode can prove one point to one of the hosts, a name doesn’t mean the whisky is going to be bad..  Try it, you might like it..   So check out this great podcast..  Train..  Train…

As bartenders, we both tend to have a different idea on Canadian Club when it comes to mixed drinks.    We reviewed Crown Royal and we got exactly what we thought we would get with Crown Royal.  So Eric was extremely leery about getting another Canadian whisky for our review and Rob poked Eric by saying he was going to get some Canadian Club.   Well in this case, I didn’t get the regular bottle but I got the more upscale and better tasting Canadian Club with the 12 year Small Batch Canadian Club whisky.   So what does this do for the story?

Well this is going to be our shortest blog because the entire answer to that one simple question, did Eric like this whisky is going to be answered during this podcast.   Over and Over and Over..   Trust me, he judged a whisky by its cover and it is time to figure out if he was right or wrong?

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:

Thanksgiving Whiskey Feast With Wild Turkey 101

We are some hosts when it comes to Thanksgiving.   We aren’t only lining our tables with some great Turkey and fixing but quenching our thirst with some Wild Turkey 101.   Our GlenCairn Glasses were filled with Whiskey and we were entertained by our original guest sitting in the Hotel Tango Guest Seat, Patrick.   Patrick made his return after a day of waiting over night for his spot on the show, so really this was his attempt at getting ready for Black Friday.   Well what happens when you mix 101 proof whiskey with guys who were ready to drink?   Pure magic..   Train..  Train…

It is really that perfect time of the year when some awesome family holidays are lined up back to back.   Each of the hosts have a list of family traditions that really make the holidays.   While we were discussing this across each of the hosts, we found that we both have a completely different approach to our holiday festivities during Thanksgiving.    The biggest seems to be around a simple game..  Football..  While our pre-game seems to be the same:   food, whiskey and family..  The end of the story really seems to be completely different..  An American result depending upon how you look at it..

Most people will sit down with their Thanksgiving lunches (or dinners) and catch a days worth of football.  When you have three NFL games and a handful of College Football games, there is plenty of opportunities to watch some pigskin.    Well that is where Rob lives during his Thanksgiving experience with his friends and family..   Eric has a unique spin that seems like it should be replicated during the 4th of July timeframe.   As he describes it, they are the post office of Cornhole players..  No matter rain, sleet, snow or shine, they are playing Cornhole as a family..   Which again, traditions are great things when you are spending them with family.

Now we will say this during the podcast.   We had a great time bring back our buddy Patrick.   Everybody should have a friend like Patrick.   He always makes you laugh, he would do anything to help you out and he almost never says no to a whiskey drink.    Perfect guest for this holiday episode.   We hope that everybody enjoys their holidays with friends and family..

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 Cigars – http://bugatticigars.com

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..

You can find our sponsors at the following sites: