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2016 Year In Review

When you look down the line of whiskey’s you have sampled over the past year, it is really difficult to find those who would be the best of the best.    Granted, it doesn’t take as much effort to remember those that didn’t make the cut during our podcast reviews.   Some we loved, some we hated, some we wouldn’t even share with our buddies when we wanted to mess with them..    Which ones made the cut to be labeled our favorite of 2016?   Check out our year end podcast to find out!!!   Train..  Train..

Now while we are recording all of these podcast, we have our gut reviews on all of the whiskeys that come onto the rails.    What we have learned, we don’t always dislike the whiskeys we have lower on the list when we give it a second or third try down the road.   Anything could have affected our tasting palate during the sessions…   Multiple tastings, multiple flavors, multiple spices or even just the way we were feeling on that specific day, anything can change our taste buds for that review.

Now, one whiskey that Rob wants to give credit back was one that we really bashed on earlier in the year.   In Episode 43, we brought in a Dickel 10 year whiskey for our review and this whiskey was blasted by both hosts.   It was a sour mash whiskey from Tennessee and we couldn’t find a way to enjoy it from neat, on rocks and using whiskey stones.    Just didn’t cut the mustard when we were reviewing it.    Now that same day, we reviewed Colonel E.H. Taylor first (because lets be honest, we usually record two episodes when we get together) and it was one of our top 5 whiskeys in 2016.   One that had a great flavor profile and built up our expectations for that day of recording.    So when we got into our recording session with Dickel, we had already been jaded for that day..

Now, take 2 of Dickel..   I won’t say that my second or third time of Dickel dramatically changed my opinion of the whiskey..  It didn’t..  However at Bourbon Fest and down at a tradeshow, I had the opportunity to try it again..  Not because I ordered it but because it was free for sampling and honestly, I don’t know if I was overly thirsty or just wanted whiskey but it wasn’t as bad as a remember from the podcast recording.    Granted, the best way to enjoy it at the end of the day was mixing it in a Coke but still straight, it wasn’t all that bad..    It goes to show you, first impressions aren’t always the best impression when it comes to whiskey tasting..  Give it another try and it might change your mind..   Then again, it might not

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:

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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:

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: