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Central Standard Bourbon Driving With Bugatti

Kicking off the recording rust is never easy to do following a vacation.  Well in this episode, we certainly had some rust since we hadn’t recorded in a week however thanks to a venture through Wisconsin we picked up some new great whiskeys and bourbons.   We are drinking some youthful bourbon from the Central Standard Distillery in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.    We paired the bourbon with a Bugatti San Andres Claro Cigar, which you can pick up at Cigars International.   It took us a minute or two to get going in this episode however we had two great products to get us up and going.   Train..  Train..

Alright, so we want to apologize upfront with this podcast and blog because we were kicking off some serious rust and getting our recording out for this week.   We try to stay within a few days of recording (usually about three days) however we recorded and put out this podcast within 24 hours of our normal podcast release time.   Given that information and one that we were a little rusty thanks to some vacation time, we came out slow in this recording.    While this isn’t a normal occurrence,  we did have a great combination of both bourbon and cigars in this podcast.   Each has it own story..

While we were cutting through Milwaukee, on our way up north for vacation, we stopped in to Central Standard Distillery to snag some of their bourbon they released back in October.   We knew that because we went to their Year 1 party back in 2015 and wouldn’t you know it, we hit the same location again for their 2nd Annual extravaganza.    To make sure we had the whiskey and it wasn’t forgotten during the celebration, we tried to stop in right when they opened to pick up a bottle..  Wouldn’t you know it, they were closed for another hour while they were prepping.   Now to some, that might have just been a sign to turn around and find a bar and wait an hour.   Well not for this host, I happened to notice somebody going into a back door and I was more than happy to hold the door.  Now since I have bartended for years, I always hate it when people come in before we are officially opened (especially on a big celebration day) but when you say I just want to buy a bottle and leave, people seem very happy to help you..  Heck, they even upsold me on another whiskey..  I mean seriously, why get one whiskey when you can get two different kinds and review them later.    So more of this story will be saved for the podcast but we do appreciate the folks from Central Standard Distillery hooking me up with my whiskey and for a great event..   Congrats for year two!!!

Now Bugatti, well this has been a discussion we have been having for about two months.   It all started around a sample question..  Would you care to sample and review some of our cigars?   Ummmmmm, yes!!!    Now we aren’t talking about a small sample, I am talking enough cigars for both hosts to enjoy and a variety that seemed to fit almost every situation.     We are talking, cigars that burn extremely slow, have a great flavor profile and live up to the Bugatti name..     Now this section will be a little bit shorter than the one above because we plan to do something different in the next few blogs.  When we have a Bugatti cigar as part of the whiskey review, we are going to give that cigar a bit more love in the blog.   We want to throw out a few more cigars reviews on the Bugatti cigars and give you some insights on what we like and might not like on the cigars.   Which is great about all of these cigars, you can pick them up at our friendly Cigars International sponsor..   How great is that?

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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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/

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..

You can find our sponsors at the following sites:

 

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..

You can find our sponsors at the following sites:

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..

You can find our sponsors at the following sites:

The Dude Calls Out Colonel Taylor

Our local liquor guy, which he refers to himself as “The Dude”, gave us this recommendation for our newest whiskey to join the rails.   We broke out some Colonel E.H. Taylor, Bottled in Bond, 100 proof Kentucky Bourbon.    We got to enjoy this bourbon in our Whisky Stone shot glass which gave us a new way to use our Whisky Stones to chill down this bourbon.   The advice we got on this bourbon was completely different than what we have heard in the past.   What is it?  Well find out in this podcast.   Train..  Train…

As we do every week with the blog, we gotta tell a little story about our recording that we may or may not have shared during the podcast.   This blog is going to talk about “The Dude”.   The Dude, is our local liquor store guy who has given us recommendations recently on some of his favorite whiskey’s and ways to try them.   So far, he is 3 for 3 for recommendations and almost spot on for the best way to enjoy them.   When I asked if he would like some love for his recommendations on our podcast, he said just refer to me as “The Dude”.

Now, Rob didn’t get the name when he first said it and it was only Eric’s good nature to mock Rob on not picking up the name from the movie, The Big Lebowski.    Rob just assumed he wanted that nickname because he still uses the word “Dude” from time to time and basically almost every time when he has been drinking.   So he just thought, it was a compliment.    Well we all know that the cheese has slid off Rob’s cracker at times and maybe he isn’t hip and cool when it comes to his movie selection however that means nothing in this story.    Apparently if you haven’t seen The Big Lebowski, you are missing out on life, per Eric.   I am not sure if Colonel Taylor is paired up with this movie in general but The Dude certainly gave us a great recommendation on this whiskey.    So check out the podcast and learn more about The Colonel with the recommendation of The Dude…

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/

A Walkabout With Hotel Tango

When it comes to drinking for our episodes, we are usually priming with a bottle of Hotel Tango Whiskey.  What we realized, we haven’t brought in the whiskey in 2016 for a quick review and discussion.   Well that primer Whiskey took the main stage in this podcast.   We gave a quick review, we talked about some of the great spirits at the distillery and more importantly we got to talk about one of our sponsors.   Stay tuned for our next venture down to drink and record with our friends.   Train.. Train..

We have had plenty of empty bottles sitting around our studio and outdoor activities.     Whether it has been us stopping down at Hotel Tango before events, having friends bring us a bottle of spirits or picking up great spirits at our local stores.   These guys have put together a great business model and one that both Eric and Rob can easily get behind.    What we really enjoy is bringing together people for an awesome relationship opportunity.    What really made both of our hosts happy was a trip down to Hotel Tango to snag some Whiskey and Rum.     We had made the introduction between GlenCairn and Hotel Tango because Hotel Tango was having their whiskey release party and David at GlenCairn wanted to see if there was a place for their beautiful glasses.   Well that relationship was an easy sell because we saw GlenCairn whisky glasses sitting around the tasting area at Hotel Tango.

So you might ask, why does that make us happy?    Well it is simple, Eric and Rob aren’t doing this podcast for fame and fortune.    We both have normal jobs and this is an outlet for each of us to sit back, have some drinks with friends and find new and great whiskey’s.   All we have wanted to do is make a connection between people, companies or great spirits and bring those great moments together for whiskey enthusiasts.     When we saw some outstanding Hotel Tango Whiskey inside an awesome GlenCairn Whisky Glass, we were proud because we nailed one of our mission statements that we put together for Whiskey On The Rails.   It is great moments that come together and we are so grateful for our friends and sponsors.

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/

Four Roses Small Batch

The traditional drinking logic says, “If you know what you like, then you will drink it.  If you mistake what you know then you avoid.” Well, our two hosts had made a wrong assumption in the past about Four Roses and confused them with somebody else.   We were hood-winked, bamboozled and lead astray.  Well today, we brought back in our mistake and lined up Four Roses Small Batch for our three phased approach.   Did we like it?  Did we admit our mistake?   Who can that be knocking at my door?   Well all of those answers can be answered in this great review.   Train..  Train…

Well in this blog, we wanted to talk about something that really caught our attention during the podcast and we talked about it a good half hour after we stopped recording..   The simple phrase, around the world comes into play..   That would describe the history of history of Four Roses and their ticket around the world and second chance at a first impression.

When you think of whiskey, you immediately think of Kentucky.   Where the rivers flow with whiskey and there is a bottle on every corner and a “stills” waiting for that next batch of booze in the barn or back country..  Alright, maybe I confused that with the Dukes of Hazzard (based in Georgia) but would be good to have it available in hundreds of different styles.   Well Four Roses has been around since the late 1880’s and while has been extremely popular during the early to mid 1900’s it seemed like they were a game of hot potato and eventually hide and go seek..

What we meant by hot potato was that new owners really seemed to be part of their mid-aged history.   There was some talented names who steered the ship for Four Roses but with change, somebody else would either take over or move to another distributor..   This is really where the hide and seek analogy comes into play.    Up until 2000, they weren’t extremely popular and didn’t have a high demand so really they went and hid to wait for their return to the major market.   Well their return to the market and visibility was fueled by a distributor across the pond in Japan.    They brought back the Four Roses name to the US market and really kick-started their bourbon dream again to the drinkers.   Now, this is where our conversation kept going after our recording.

People have always said, if you are going to re-invent the wheel, why don’t you create a stronger wheel so you can capitalize on a new market of individuals.   If people had a bad taste before (or might have confused it with another product) they weren’t going to run out and re-invest in their drinking ways and besides you are looking at a new generation of drinkers who might not even heard of the old name.   So launch with a splash and re-invest something new and create a new active movement for your whiskey / bourbon.    That we what we discussed when we were off-air and then one of our local bar patrons reminded us, society is what really drives demand.   That is a valid statement..  Very valid however in the same breathe, if they had a re-energized whiskey / bourbon that has been gone for years, a fresh new paint, name and marketing effort what might have changed..   Well who knows??  We are just two guys drinking whiskey..  However go out and find yourself a bottle and tell us what you think..

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/

Knob Creek Single at 120

When you are bringing in whiskey that is set at 120 proof, you know you are going to be in for a good time by the end of a recording.   We proved that statement to be true at the end of our recording with Knob Creek Single Barrel Reserve coming in hot at 120 proof.    If we needed a pick me up whiskey to give us the “wooooooooooos” this was certainly the whiskey of choice.    The taste, the burn and the enjoyment is truly shown in the review of Knob Creek.    If you are ready for a great fueled podcast, this is certainly going to be the whiskey for you..

You will certainly hear about our reviews of the whiskey during the podcast and really how atleast one of the hosts got a case of the “woooooooooos” very early in the podcast but what we are going to talk about in this blog is a night and day enjoyment of Knob Creek’s higher proof whiskeys (100+) that we reviewed in a past podcast and this podcast.   More or less a night and day of Single Barrel Reserve vs Straight Rye from Knob Creek.

When we choose the straight rye from Knob Creek for a past episode we figured it was a no brainer.   We have had rye’s on the show in the past and both were huge fans of our past tasting pleasures.   Incase you missed it, it would be Podcast 10 – Our Differences With Knob Creek Rye.   When we started our testing, it was immediately a split opinion on the taste and enjoyment of this Rye.    One of the hosts enjoyed it but one really couldn’t come back with a positive vote on this rye.    It might have been the consistency of rye within the whiskey, it could have been the barrel or it could have just been an off day with this rye.    A fair assessment when we were done, we might want to put Knob Creek on the shelf for a while and hold off on its stronger single barrel brother.

Well that day came for our 21st podcast with Knob Creek Single Barrel Reserve.   As we said before in this blog, it came in with some heat, awesome flavor and really brought out the “wooooooos” at 120 proof.   It was night and day from the get go on this review because the host who wasn’t a fan of the rye was immediately on board with this single barrel.   The heat that both of the hosts enjoy stood out and stayed with the whiskey review from start to finish.   The awesome vanilla oaky taste was a refreshing change from the rye we had tried almost 11 reviews in the past.    It completely changed the opinion on Knob Creek’s 100+ proof collection while at the same time gave us the case of the 5 minute stupids during our reviews because this was smooth and strong.

Now, that is really just a brief write up on this podcast but we really had a great time reviewing this whiskey.  What was more enjoyable was those that were on the periscope line really giving both of the hosts a great laugh during the recording and when we were also off the mic.   Thanks to one of the individuals who was heckling one of the hosts, it really made for a fun time recording..   We gotta thank Hotel Tango for sponsoring the periscope line.  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/