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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….

Bugatti Quattro Maduro With A Bulleit Straight To Number One

When we have produced our past blogs, we have always given a bit of a teaser on our podcast or given some non-aired entertainment value that we enjoyed but just hit the editing room floor.  This blog is going to be a little bit different, since we have some awesome partnerships with Bugatti Cigars and Cigars International, we want to provide some cigar reviews of the cigars we enjoyed during our podcast recordings.   While we do talk about the pairing during the podcast, here is some more specific information on our review.

During this podcast, we decided to break out the bourbon brother of a favorite rye we had in the past.   We are huge fan of Bulleit Rye and really use that as our “compare against” flavor when it comes to almost any rye we review on our podcast.  Well in this podcast, we brought out Bulleit Bourbon Frontier Whiskey and paired it up with a Bugatti Quattro San Andres Maduro cigar for a complete flavor experience.    Of course, we only have 30 minutes during our podcast so lets talk about the “First-Third” cigar experience during our blog today.

We fired up our Bugatti Quattro San Andres Maduro cigar and got to experience this full flavor cigar in all its glory.   When you think of Bugatti, you are thinking of speed, excellence and over all car driving excitement.   Well why should that experience only end with your driving experience?    That experience is rolled into our whiskey experience because we had this full flavor Maduro punched and ready to light up..   Our cigar has a beautiful chocolate appearance with a black and gold wrapper with the Bugatti Quattro branding blazing out and just needing a lit on the cigar to begin our experience.

As we indicated, we punched our cigar because that is our usual course of smoking them based upon our Jet Lighter.   While we find it gives a better draw on the cigars, especially when you fire it up, it has become our choice for the cut.     The four channel burners give a straight and consistent burn when you are firing it up and with this cigar, it certainly does it justice on ignite.   With the blend of seeds (per Bugatti, Dominican and Nicaraguan Cuban seed) it only gives a few strong seconds of burning and your day is immediately getting better…    Because mine is with this cigar fired up and bellowing savoring flavor coming off this Maduro.

The flavor profile of this cigar is quite flavorful on the first-third of this cigar.   Now I am basing this off of the bourbon profiles I am mixing it with but up front it has a great pepper profile on each draw.   My bourbon has a lot of sweet profiles and this cigar has a lot of spice in each draw.   When we are saying spicy, we aren’t talking like you are having a mouth full of habanero peppers which makes you want to drive yourself into your next drink to save your palate.   It is completely a masterful mixture of ying-yang now here is a bit of a twist we want to say with this cigar.    While we were recording we were smoking the cigars but had to take a break since we needed to get a bar open and start bartending so I got half way through my first-third of this Bugatti Cigar and left it sitting in my ashtray.

A few hours after letting my cigar settle, we fired it back up since we had some down time and friends who were smoking their own cigars and drinking their variety of spirits.   What we immediately learned, we were picking right back up in our cigar experience because the flavor profile, the burn and more importantly the enjoyment haven’t been replaced with this cigar.   While the spice was still there, we had a refreshing hint of sweetness that joined the cigar as we were burning through the first third of the cigar.    It is very apparent in the smell with our bellowing smoke that we have a cigar that isn’t one that people want to avoid or move away from but ask one simple question..  What are you smoking?    You want to know?   Well that is easy..  We are smoking a Bugatti Quattro San Andres Maduro which you can quickly purchase at Cigars International…

Uncle Bob Mishap Saved By A Diesel Rage

Whoever said that flavored whiskey is a good idea?   Yes, we have all had fireball and yes we admit after a certain amount that is a bad idea.   Well we topped it in this podcast.  Thanks to a suggestion on our Hotel Tango periscope line, we brought a root beer flavored whiskey on the rails.   Uncle Bob’s Root Beer Flavored Whiskey has both joined and officially departed Whiskey On The Rails.   We brought in Uncle Bob (not the real one but our buddy Bob) for the first time so he could try the whiskey and enjoy watched Rob and Eric smoking a Diesel Rage Cigar from Cigars International.   How did this experiment end?  Will check out the podcast and find out..  Train..  Train…

There are times when we do have friends who come in and join us for a drink while we are recording.   This time we had a few people (only Paul was mentioned) who came in and out of our recording area during this podcast.   It was sort of odd, we wanted to get all of their feedback of this week’s root beer flavor whiskey.   It is almost too painful to keep writing root beer flavored whiskey but gotta do it for this people..  Just gotta remember that..  Doing it for the good of the whiskey drinking community and those 22 somethings who are wanting another shot during their mid-night drinking adventure.

So after we got done recording, the three of us were bartending a charity event with a bunch of drinkers and people wanting to give money to the greater good of the community.  We decided we would introduce Uncle Bob’s whiskey to the people, of course giving those free samples to help get rid of this bottle of whiskey.   We learned something real quick.   There was a couple who was there first and got the skinny on the bottle of Uncle Bob’s and majorly choose to avoid any tasting of it but certainly enjoyed the faces of people who took a shot of it..  Some good..  Some bad..  Some root beer lovers who were looking for a chaser of beer, whiskey or a cold glass of water.

Now here is what we learned, if you have a group of ladies who were already doing shots with people, they are the perfect customers for this whiskey.    After doing a round of fireballs and cinnamon toast crunches, a shot of root beer whiskey was almost perfect for these ladies.   After they all took a round of shots, they immediately became the WOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO people..   That means, they were turning into Ric Flair and became wooooo people because they enjoyed the shots..   Now if you take the time to listen to the podcast, you will learn that this whiskey wasn’t our cup of tea..   Even Uncle Bob didn’t overly enjoy Uncle Bob’s Root Beer Flavored 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..

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Jim Beam Bottled In Bond With An Unholy Cocktail Diesel Cigar

When you have a cigar named “Unholy Cocktail” you really need to step up what you are drinking to make it a party.   Well for this week, we are breaking out some Jim Beam 100 proof Bottled In Bond whiskey for our review.     This whiskey certainly isn’t for the faint of heart and the mixture of Jim Beam and Diesel can’t certainly start your drinking day.    We certainly welcome you to enjoy this podcast but make sure you pour a strong drink and enjoy what Bottled In Bond and Unholy Cocktail can do for your day.   Train..  Train…

When we started this podcast about a year ago, we had a certain amount of goals we wanted to achieve in the first year.   We wanted to find some great whiskeys (and honestly some bad ones as well) and give our opinions on the best way to enjoy those whiskeys.   Our opinions have been fueled by rye whiskeys, sour mash whiskey, bottled in bond whiskeys, bourbons, scotches, whisky’s and general rail whiskeys.   We wanted to make sure we were covering all ends of the budget and trying to find spirits from around the world.

What we enjoyed while we were recording this podcast was our diversity when it has come to our reviews.    Simple logic, not everything is the same.    What I mean by that, we might try a $30 Bottled In Bond whiskey and compare it to a $8 Bottled In Bond whiskey and the results wouldn’t be cost driven.   Flavors and tastes, heat and spice and pure whiskey fuel is what keeps us on our toes and having a great conversation each and every week.   Personally, a couple of buddies sitting down drinking is what we both enjoy about this podcast.    What makes this episode a little better, we got to try another Jim Beam product..

Now who is to say we both agreed on the profiles of this whiskey?   Who is to say we didn’t have fun at the other hosts expense..   Who is to say, we didn’t have some great social media video captured during this recording..    Now you have read the teaser, stay tuned for the podcast coming out tomorrow.

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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Toasting A Years Worth Of Podcasts With A Rye And A Cigar

When we started this journey, we hoping that we could fuel our fun with an array of new whiskeys.   We started our initial podcast with a rye and only felt it was fitting to finish out a years worth of podcasts with a rye.   We took down our bottle of Pikesville Rye and fired up another 5 Vegas cigar from Cigars International and we took off.     When we mixed “The Brick” and “The Rye”, did we have a winning combination?   Check out our podcast and find out..  Train..  Train..

This would be our 52nd podcast that we have released on Whiskey On The Rails.    So it is a years worth of fun, years worth of whiskeys and more importantly a years worth of toasts between friends.   Our entire goal within this podcast was to have fun and try new whiskey’s on the way.      Our first whiskey we reviewed in this podcast series was an Alberta Rye.   It was the first of a few rye’s that we have tasted but it was the first rye that Eric had got to experience.    It was one that Rob had enjoyed during a local whiskey dinner at one of our favorite establishments.

Alberta Rye might have started our rye experience but we set our own bar with Bulleit Rye that we had within our first 15 podcasts.    This rye had really set the bar when we measured it against other rye’s that we have tasted.   Sure we put it up against the original Alberta Rye and Knob Creek Rye and they couldn’t hold a glass to Bulleit Rye.   Yes, we want to put out that disclaimer that everybody has their own drinking enjoyment and might think different which is totally cool..      We kept Bulleit on the top until we brought in this Pikesville Rye.

Are you curious why?    Well we can easily say, listen to the podcast.  Actually I think we are going to say that but don’t take our word on it..    Go out and find yourself some of this and give us your response.   We aren’t experts by any means and if you think there is a better Rye out there, let us know.   We will gladly try out that whiskey and give you our two cents.    I mean, we are willing to drink one for the great good of our community.

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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Jack Daniels Rolling With A 5 Vegas

As we moved into a new month, it is another week, another whiskey and also a new cigar theme this month.  As we were gearing up in Indianapolis for Carb Day (which is just before the Indianapolis 500), we broke out a bottle of Jack Daniels for this review.   We paired it up with a 5 Vegas cigar from Cigars International for our review of the First-Third in this episode.     We had been getting fueled up for this podcast with our Hotel Tango whiskey so we have to apologize upfront for the ADD breaks we were having because we were ready to go down to the track and continue our drinking experience.    Stay tuned for this ADD drinking experience..  Train..  Train….

In this blog, we will certainly talk about what we lacked upon in the podcast..  Our Whiskey..   It is sort of tough to talk about a whiskey that is known world-wide as a popular base-line whiskey for any situation..  Neat, Rock or as normally served, Whiskey and coke.     Both of the hosts in this podcast had been drinking our partners whiskey (Hotel Tango) like we usually do to fuel our podcast but we were extremely excited to get down to the Indianapolis Motor Speedway for a pre-race event.   So while we were enjoying Jack Daniels, we were really focused on our 5 Vegas this week.

We used the phrased repeatedly, it is Jack..  Everybody knows Jack..   Even though we are both Jim guys, we can’t lie with that Jack statement.    So it was sort of hard to stay on track for us for this whiskey review.   For that alone, we do apologize but we don’t apologize for the great combination of cigars and whiskey and general derails during our recording..  If you haven’t checked out a periscope recording (sponsored by Hotel Tango), you can certainly see a lot of items that didn’t make the podcast itself.

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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Taking The Road With Larceny And Ruination

Our latest whiskey that we brought onto the rails was introduced to one of the hosts during last years Indianapolis Pappy Fest..   Yes, that Pappy Fest which brought together a ton of awesome whiskeys and wines for the low price of $10.   Every time a new bottle of Larceny was opened, we were there to make sure it was tasted and tasted and tasted again.   We are willing to do that homework for our friends and listeners..   Since the other host hadn’t tried it, it was the perfect time to bring it in and pair it up with our last installment of Man O’War Ruination from Cigars International.   How did these two pair up?    Did Eric find his contractual Green M&M’s?   Find out during this podcast…  Train..  Train..

Well this blog again is talking about some of the items that we experienced while we weren’t recording during this podcast.   Apparently our technical member of the team didn’t expect to have a computer update before we were recording..  It took about 2 full hours for the update to get done on the computer, which immediately caused one of the hosts to go full tourette’s because the other host wasn’t paying attention to his requests on switching the computers so we could record..    After about an hour, the other host suggested to flip computers so we could record, which caused the other host to completely lose it..    If you were watching on our Hotel Tango periscope line, you got to experience true magic…  MAGIC!!!!

The joy of having that sort of a delay, we got a lot of time to enjoy multiple samples of our whiskey and went past the “first-third” of the cigar and made it at least half way through..     It is a good thing across the board because it gave us more time to get our thoughts together and enjoy what we were sampling..  Really it gave more of a complete review in our opinion..   So stay with us during this 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..

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Our Blood Oath Taken With Virtue

A few months ago we announced a new whiskey from Luxco called Blood Oath, Pact #2.   Well our day has finally come where we get to review this awesome mixture of whiskey.     Oddly enough, we recorded this on Friday the 13th, which not only was the whiskey flowing but some strange spirits were in the room..  In this case, we weren’t talking about the hosts.   We brought in the Man O’ War Virtue for our portion during the “first-third” from Cigar International.    At the end of the day, we survived the night but did we survive the Blood Oath with a side of Virtue?   Check out the podcast and find out..  Train..  Train…

We mention this during the podcast but we got to review this Blood Oath on Friday the 13th.   Late night recording, our recording area was dark with the spread of cigar smoke in the room while thunderstorms were on the way AND there was a full moon.    We couldn’t have created a better setting for this recording with this whiskey, which arrived in its own wooden coffin.     If you were on our Hotel Tango periscope line, you saw a bit of magic in Rob freaking out for no apparent reason.

At one point during our recording, there was a power surge on our dimmed lights and they started to come on brighter.   At that point, you can see Rob looking around like some crazed idiot trying to explain that the lights were coming on for no real reason..  This caused Eric to immediately start laughing at Rob’s expense and saying that our eyes adjust to the darkness and there is no real concern.    We left that apparent derail in the podcast so you can judge for yourself..   Was it a case where ones eyes were adjusting to the darkness or was there some spirit in the room that wanted some whiskey??   You make the call….

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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Makers 46 Lined Up With Man O War

We love it when good things come together at the right time.   Apparently since we were hitting up our 46th episode, it was time to pull our Makers 46 off the shelves and into the rails.   We got the bigger, stronger brother of Makers and paired it up with a Man O War (robusto) cigar.   In this episode, we got to introduce our new piece called the “first-third” of the cigar to give a review paired up with our whiskey of the week.   This episode has a little bit of everything for everybody.   So enjoy this podcast and enjoy some great recommendations from our hosts..  Train.. Train..

As we kick off our newest addition in our podcast review, the “first-third” is a great introduction to the first-third of your cigar experience.   With each of our whiskey reviews going forward, we are going to be spending about 5-7 minutes talking about the first-third of the cigar.   This was a great additional because if you had been viewing our Hotel Tango periscope line or not, you have seen that we have been enjoying cigars since almost the first inclusion of our periscope line.

Now a little bit of insight into our recordings and how we originally line up our choices for each week.   We have had Makers 46 sitting patiently on our shelves for about a month, since we knew when we wanted to put it into the mix.    While we were putting together our partnership information with Cigars International, we actually had to move up that announcement by a week so we could not only include our Makers 46 (for episode 46) but also include our review on Man O War.    We were both sort of leery on how the two would pair up against each other before we had recorded but you will certainly hear our review during the podcast on how they mixed and matched during the recording.

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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Episode 45 – Cigars International Is Welcomed To The Rails

Today, a dream has come true for both Eric and Rob on Whiskey On The Rails.   We have been talking since the beginning, we want to partner with an outstanding cigar company.   After numerous cigars and a lot of discussions, we are proud to announce our official partnership.   Today, we have officially partnered with Cigars International to be our official cigar partner of Whiskey On The Rails.   We are looking forward to promoting and pushing a great deal of great cigars.   So in this podcast, we are talking some great things about CI, some awesome opportunities for our listeners and our best new addition to Whiskey On The Rails.   Check out this new podcast.   Train..  Train…

If you care to check out the press release, please click here..

Click here to listen to Podcast 45.

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