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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..

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:

Monkey Shoulder Could Be A Great Holiday Gem

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

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

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

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

You can find our sponsors at the following sites:

Crown Royal Has Officially Traveled On The Rails

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

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

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

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

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

You can find our sponsors at the following sites:

Taking A Tour In Door County With A Single Malt Whisky

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

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

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

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

You can find our sponsors at the following sites:

Come Sail Away With The Boss

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

You can find our sponsors at the following sites:

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..

You can find our sponsors at the following sites:

Being Hungover With A Eagle Rare And Cask-Strength To Save The Day

When you break out a year celebration of podcasts, you gotta believe there is going to be a hangover episode.  Well, guess what happened??   Dr. Jägermeister showed up the night before and made the morning sort of rough.  Well not rough enough where we couldn’t grab a bottle of Eagle Rare Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey and fire it up for a whiskey review.   We paired it up with a 5 Vegas Cask-Strength cigar.   We found something quite interesting in this episode when we did the review..  What was it?  No, it wasn’t the people watching us, which did happen but it was a strange brew of a combination..   Check out our podcast..  Train..  Train..

We found the night prior to this recording a great night to hang out with some friends and smoke some cigars.   Yeah, that sounds like a great idea until that one guy shows up..  We all know him..  He shows up quietly and then comes in with a boom..   We shall call him Mr. Jägermeister.     While he is a friendly gentlemen, he can sneak up on you and then really reminds you the next day why he shouldn’t be invited to the party..      In this case, both of the hosts shared a moment with this guy and when the evening starts out, he is just a little voice on your shoulder saying this is a great idea.   Granted by the end of the night, he is making the drinks and giving you some bad advice..   So choose wisely..

Never-the-less, we both fired up the equipment for this episode with a great deal of people looking into our podcast studio trying to figure out what is going on..   The scene would look like this, two guys sitting in a dimly lite room, smoking cigars with ball caps pulled down low to keep out the light..   Our headsets were on but weren’t the same volume that we were used to having during the recordings..   The smoke was in the room and we were hidden behind two microphones.    We wouldn’t say this was Hollywood attention that we were getting from our recording but one that you might expect from two guys trying to avoid all aspects of the light.

Regardless, we had our own fun recording this episode.   We took a lot of breaks, talked with a lot of people and at the end of the day, we got to review another whiskey and another cigar.   Can’t say that is a bad day by any means because when you get to drink with one of your buddies, it is never a bad day.  Just our advice to you, avoid Dr. Jägermeister at your next event.

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:

Whisky Stones – http://whiskystones.com/

The Dickel Caused A Train Wreck

It has been a minute since Eric and Rob really had a full train wreck of a podcast.    Well when you bring some George Dickel into the rails, you never know how the hosts are going to act and respond.   Well after listening to this podcast, I am sure you are going to hear every single joke they told in middle school..   The Dickel caused a train wreck but the hosts had a great time while out of control   Check out this podcast from your hosts.   Train..  Train..

We have had this podcast banked for quite a while and weren’t really sure when was the right time to release it.    We both had really a hard time trying not to make every single joke we could based upon the name of the whisky.    Now while you can hear the edited version during the podcast, we forgot to turn on our Hotel Tango periscope camera and I gotta believe we did our followers a favor…     Which looking back, we both realized that was completely a mistake.

We have such good interaction during our periscope recordings, I am sure we could have added about another hundred one-liners and jokes from those who take the time to hang out with us while we record.   Since we record at odd times, we make it so we can be part of your breakfast, lunch, dinner or even that winding down time in bed.    Sure Eric’s voice could sooth your thoughts however our jokes, probably not so much.     This week, we enjoyed going off the rail..    Check out the podcast on Whiskey Wednesday…

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/

Taking It To The Big House

Well with every episode we get an opportunity for something new, usually it is whiskey however this episode we got some improvements to our studio.   With that update, you got to hear better audio as we took this whiskey to The Big House.   Most sports fans would think we are drinking in Michigan, however we are still drinking south of the state with some awesome ingredients from Indiana.   There is more than corn in Indiana and we enjoyed this new review.   Check out this podcast and find out more about The Big House.   Train..  Train…

During the podcast, you will get to hear all of our thoughts and recommendations on this whiskey.   However in the blog, we are going to tell a little story about our pre-recording for this episode.  In an effort to keep up with our audience, we wanted to make sure our equipment is current.   Having the best audio equipment is key when you are doing a podcast because you want to make sure the audio is clear.   Well thanks to Eric, we got some new updated microphones into our studio.   Let me tell you, the microphones are not only cool but they sound awesome.

However before we get to the sound quality, we gotta tell you a quick story on the problems we had with the microphones which almost led to them going back to the store.   When you have two guys who do the podcast, one is obviously the sound and editing tech and one is clearly the talent.   Well if you haven’t guessed, Eric is the talent of this podcast.   He has the voice that microphones love and reasons why we got a lot of fan mail, which oddly enough from this podcast series none have been from the FCC.    Anyways, Eric took the liberty of hooking up his microphone because he was excited about his purchase.  Lets face it, if you saw what he purchased, you would be as well.    If you haven’t guessed who is writing this blog, even Rob was excited to kick the tires on the microphones.

Eric took the time to set up his microphone and Rob did the same thing with his microphone.   We did a sound check and one of the two microphones was perfectly fine.    It would be Rob’s microphone (the sound guy) but we wanted to take the time to figure out Eric’s microphone.   First of all, these microphones need power and thanks to our soundboard, we got the phantom power to make the microphones work.   What Eric didn’t realize (when Rob might have said, it could be a problem with the cord, maybe we should replace it) is there is power going through that cord from the board to the microphone and we probably should turn off the board.   Well that information might have been helpful before Eric pulled on the cord to unplug it from the microphone.   That information lead to a wonderful electrocution (nothing harmful at all) but one where Rob was on the floor laughing.   Again, Eric was not amused.

After about 30 minutes of sound check and tuning in the microphones, Eric was ready to give up and go back to our old-faithful microphones.    That is when the lightbulb went off, turn the microphone up-right and talk into the microphone..    Yeah, that did it..      Microphone sounded great when we did that and it was a learning experience..   One where we learned that if a microphone is quiet, turn it upright..  And if it has power, don’t unplug it or you might have a shocking experience.     All in all, a good day of recording..   It was a learning experience.

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/