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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…


James Weston And Daniel Kemish Choose Your Own Adventure

When your host make the statement..  Dude..  I gotta a guy who wants to come on the show, drink whiskey and play some music..   You have to trust him..  Well in this episode, we welcomed James Weston and Daniel Kemish on to the rails for some whiskey, wings and music.    Opposed to having a whiskey review, we opened our whiskey selection to our guests and let them choose their own whiskey adventure..   Check out this awesome podcast and make sure you check out these guys since they are fresh off the lower Scandinavian tour.   Train..  Train..

This podcast recording was a first for both Rob and Eric.   While we have spent every single podcast reviewing a variety of whiskeys, we decided to open our whiskey cabinet for our guests and let them choose their own whiskey adventure.    James Weston and Daniel Kemish took time out of their US tour and played a special engagement at our local establishment.      James has known Eric for a great number of years and saw this as a perfect time to bring in a long-time friend and have a small intimate engagement with a bunch of family and friends.

Well that was the ultimate goal however James had made a comment on a goal he would like to achieve..  He wanted to sit down and drink whiskey and sing some music..    Let’s see, we have a full selection of whiskey and we have a stage for bands to play music..   Wait, we could easily complete that dream, drink some great whiskey and hear some awesome music.    At the end of our podcast, you do get to hear a live cut from Daniel Kemish for our listeners.

We want to save a lot of the conversation for the podcast but we are very grateful that James and Daniel sat down for podcast and played a hell of a show for those who attended.     If you get the opportunity James Weston And Daniel Kemishto see them in a city near you, go and check them out..    If you say you are a whiskey drinker and want to share a drink with them.   Be ready, we are seasoned drinkers when it comes to whiskey and even we were impressed with no only their knowledge of the whiskey but their repeat drinking experience.

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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All Things Are Possible With Rye Whiskey and an Excellent Cigar

Recording days are always fun and for the most part very similar for the Whiskey On The Rails gentlemen.  Regardless of the brand or flavor, there is one thing that Rob and Eric know, that they will taste a whiskey of some sort and will be smoking a cigar of some variety.  They sit down, banter back and forth, rarely agreeing on the review, turn off the mics and go back to their well-adjusted middle class lives.  While they absolutely love this, they rarely have such a life changing episode!

Since Rob’s return from a summer get away to the land of beer, cheese and Brett Favre loving circus freaks, Eric has been eyeballing the bounty of new whiskey bottles he smuggled back for their tasting enjoyment.  While all of the new goodies are intriguing, one bottle really stood out and the boys couldn’t wait to fill their Glencairn Whisky Glasses with the amber colored nectar.  The time had arrived and they uncorked this bottle of High West Double Rye!

High West Double Rye:  This wine bottle filled with a light to medium amber eyed whiskey gets its name “Double Rye” by marrying two straight rye whiskies.  The first, a 2 year old rye with a mashbill of 95% rye and 5% barley malt, the other being a 16 rye with a mashbill of 53% rye and 37% corn.  High West is Utah’s first distillery dating back to 1870 and the world’s only ski in distillery (which makes perfect sense why Rob brought this back from Wisconsin).  The nose of this Double Rye tickled the sinuses with tones of honey, clove spice,  backed up with apple.  The first taste is amazing!  Cinnamon and apple are very pronounced in the taste of this rye and makes for a smooth start with a slight burn midway.  The finish lingers with familiar rye qualities, immediately whisking you away to your special place and setting your mind at ease.

The boys paired this up with what would soon become Eric’s new favorite stick.  Enter the Bugatti Ambassador.  The Ambassador is available in 4 sizes, Churchill (7X52) Toro (6X54) Half Corona (3.5X46) and the Robusto (5X52), the Robusto being the choice of the day.  This perfectly balanced, medium bodied beauty has an Ecuador wrapper a Dominican binder and Nicaraguan filler.  The first third of this cigar is slightly peppery on the back of the tongue, naturally sweet but smoother than silk!   The evenness of this burn is unrivaled, a perfect circle that never had to be touched up during the entire smoke.  Eric likes to put every new cigar through a “structural integrity” test, which equates to normal puffing and seeing how long the ash grows before falling off naturally.  The Bugatti Ambassador is in the lead over many, many brands HANDS DOWN making about 3.5 inches of white ash out of the 5 inches available.  A pure enjoyment and quality smoke from start to finish.  If you are somebody who enjoys the finer things in life without breaking the bank, make sure your humidor always has a Bugatti Ambassador ready to be torched.

Bottom line…The pairing between High West Double Rye and the Bugatti Ambassador is nothing less than stellar.  Price point on the bottle is in the $35.00 range and the cigar can be found in the $10.00 range, which is a great deal to make you feel like you should be landing your helicopter atop of your yacht while waiting for your private jet to be fuelled up.  If you have the chance to sample either of these fine products, jump at the opportunity!