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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…

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

Elijah Craig With The River On Fire

Well we are back enjoying some aged small batch bourbon on Whiskey On The Rails.   We enjoy suggestions from our followers and this was a suggestion we received more than once, so we had to bring it into the mix.    In our podcast, we were enjoying the 12 year old, small batch bourbon from Elijah Craig.   We certainly found a winner with this bourbon from three different aspects of enjoyment.   What are they?   Find out in our podcast..

Alright, so in this blog we are going to be keeping the fun in the podcast but pulling out a great story that we talked about..  That story was the time people had to call the fire department to put out the river thanks to some barrels of fire.    When you think of barrels of fire, you think of Donkey Kong and jumping over those barrels.   Not a big deal, you jump over them, climb up some ladders and boom..  There is the princess..  Just think if those barrels were flying your way full of whiskey,    What would the prize be now?

Well Eric brought up an outstanding write up on the podcast and we had to talk about it.  In early 1997, there was a great fire that almost took a lot of great distilleries off of the map in Heaven Hill.   It was said that almost 90k barrels, yes you read that correctly, 90,000 barrels of whiskey burned out of control and the weather only helped the situation to cause havoc in the region.     Now we say this fire was a great fire because of the whiskey and bourbon that was on fire but thanks to some brave firemen they quickly got the fire under-control and they were still able to save a few bottles of whiskey.   Now this is really only a brief write up but we certainly talked about it in detail during the podcast.

Now our 12 year will sit proudly on our bar and we will enjoy not only the taste but a great ring of fire story with Elijah Craig..  As always, we gotta thank our sponsors because without them we would be two guys with nothing to drink, nothing to drink out of and more importantly nothing to keep our drinks cold.   If you want to learn more about them, please click on the individual links below or feel free to click on the sponsor’s link at the top right corner of our webpage.  You can find each of their website, facebook and twitter links.

Sponsors Information:

Hotel Tango – http://hoteltangowhiskey.com/

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

Whiskey Stones –  http://whiskystones.com/

Out On The Range With Bird Dog Whiskey

We are taking in another week, another whiskey with some Bird Dog Whiskey in the realm of Whiskey On The Rails.   It was odd, while out on a hunting trip for whiskey, we ran across this bottle at a local liquor store in the great state of Wisconsin.   If you are out on the range and looking for something to celebrate that great day of hunting, this might be the whiskey for you.    Well sit back and enjoy this blog while we throw back some Bird Dog Whiskey.   Train..  Train..

To be consistent with our prior blogs, we are going to give a lot more information about the whiskey during our podcast.   How we tried it, how we enjoyed it and more importantly suggestions on how you can make the perfect drink.    In this quick blog, we are going to talk about one quick item..  Promotion of Bird Dog Whiskey.

As I said in the introduction, we were out hunting for whiskey in the great state of Wisconsin.    We were originally looking for some smaller bottles for a fun game between friends (find out more about that during the podcast) but thanks to the wonder of technology (errrrrr facebook) we saw a sponsored video about this whiskey.   So right there, they got a point in our book because it was fresh in our mind.   However the story continues there because we still had to check out with this whiskey.

The display of this whiskey made you feel like you were going to be out hunting or fishing and toasting this whiskey after a long day outside.    Well we were in Wisconsin and a good portion of the community does in fact like to hunt and fish during the entire year.    So whether you were talking about your day chasing ducks or out on the ice fishing, this whiskey is what you would want to either keep you warm during the day or sitting around the fire late in the evening.

If you want to have flavored versions of this whiskey, we do talk about it during the podcast and you can hear about the variety of tastes they provide.   However if you want to get that warmth after being outside on the range all day, this is certainly going to be something to warm you up.   Again, we talk in good detail about the whiskey during our podcast and we do encourage you to check out our podcast.

At the end of the day, we put another whiskey on the shelves and had another great day of recording among friends.  We did enjoy having a lot of viewers on our periscope line (sponsored by Hotel Tango).   We do love our sponsors and want you to learn more about them..   If you want to learn more about them, please click on the individual links below or feel free to click on the sponsor’s link at the top right corner of our webpage.  You can find each of their website, facebook and twitter links.

Sponsors Information:

Hotel Tango – http://hoteltangowhiskey.com/

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

Whiskey Stones –  http://whiskystones.com/