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Double-Barrel To Kick Start Your Weekend

When we get a single charred barrel bourbon, you know you got a great opportunity for something good..  Regardless of the name, it could rock but then again it could suck..   Well, we skipped the single barrel and went with a Double-Barrel Whiskey from Jim Beam.   It was Jack last week, so we needed to step up with some Jim this week.   The bottle is open, the review is on..  What happened?   Did we talk whiskey?   Yes, we did..  Find out what we thought of it..   Train..  Train..

In this episode we were talking a little bit of Double-Barrel whiskey from Jim Beam.    This was our first chance to try out a Double-Barrel whiskey from Jim Beam, which we had double barred whiskey in the past (with a Makers 46).   We have learned a lot of people are starting to chase these types of whiskies like beer drinkers would chase hop tastes.

It gives a unique taste that can’t overly be replicated to get the same flavor.  Yes, that is a bold flavor but our batch would certainly be different with other batches..   Now, while we aren’t long on our blogs, we are always searching for great flavor..  Check out the podcast and learn more about our Double-Barrel 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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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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So close, yet so far away!

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In this blog, Rob and I sit down with two bottles of what would seem complete opposites, but they both make the favorite list for the same reason…Pure drinking enjoyment!

The first bottle we cracked open was Evan Williams black label Kentucky Bourbon.  Starting with the exterior, the first thing that one will notice is the distinct similarities to everybody’s old friend Jack Daniels, although Mr. Williams has been tickling folks pallets for a staggering 92 years before JD, it is safe to safe to say he has earned his right to the black label .  A straight to the point black wrap with bold white letters to let you know exactly what you are in store for, while leaving the gimmicks behind. Although bottled in Bardstown, the product is distilled along the beautiful Kentucky Bourbon Trail at Heaven Hill distillery in Louisville, which is responsible for a couple of whiskey’s that will be sampled on our show, including the coveted Elijah Craig Single Barrel.

Evan black label is an 86 proof, 5-7 year aged, medium amber bourbon with a nose that is advertised as “Light, with deep vanilla and mint”.  While Rob was able to pick up on the mint after a couple of sniff tests, it is something that I never experienced. While I have had a longstanding relationship with Evan, the main pickups for me are a light “oakiness” backed up with an even lighter scent of vanilla.  With most of our reviews, we try to test each whiskey 2 or 3 different ways, neat, rocks and when needed, add a mixer.  My personal feeling is that the black label is not a sipping whiskey.  I feel while it makes for an excellent Whiskey and Soda, it is a bit harsher than I prefer for a shot on the rocks.  I understand that a lot of people may disagree with my assessment, but nonetheless, I still have a huge place in my heart for Evan Williams!

Rob and I decided to take a go at this Kentucky favorite with a Cherry Soda mixer.  This flavored Coke was actually grabbed by mistake out the fridge, but fate was on our side that night as this turned out to be the perfect concoction!  The light vanilla and deep hidden caramel notes were really accentuated by this fine mixer, leaving us with a sweet, cherry vanilla glass of goodness.  Note:  Your friends here at Whiskey on the Rails pour very generous drinks and don’t believe in skimping on the good stuff, so with that being said, the harshness that I spoke of earlier still poked its head through the mixer ever so slightly.  By no means is this a bad thing when mixed with Cherry Coke, as it really enhances the flavor and is more of Evan’s little way of reminding you that he will not be buried!

Evan Williams is one of my all-time favorites and will continue to be for many reasons.  The price ranges on a fifth of the black label across the US between $11.29(yes, you read that correctly) and $18.99.  We were able to find this gem in the $12.00 price range, solidifying why it took the crown for “Best Buy Whiskey of the Year” in 2011 at the Annual Malt Advocate Whisky Awards.  Don’t let the price fool you, fact is, Evan Williams a great mixing whiskey made by a great company, the price should just be more of a reason to make this a key piece of your at home bar puzzle.  Having the boys over for poker on a Friday night is not going to affect your bankroll when you start mixing up Evans and Cherry!

Our next stop was another Kentucky Bourbon Trail product, Jim Beams “Pride of the Rack house” Single Barrel Bourbon.  Being the Beam guys we are we couldn’t wait to review this 4-7 year aged, 95 proof bourbon.  The exterior of this bottle screams class and pride from its sleek lines, to the sticker informing you on batch and barrel information, all the way to nicely wrapped cap which has been upgraded from twist off, to cork plug.  With drool forming, we cracked open this beauty and dove in head first.

Upon the initial sniff test, we picked up strong oak and vanilla tones.  The aroma this bourbon puts off should be captured and pumped into every DMV, grocery store and office cubicle; as the world would be a better place!   My booze hound experience has taught me many lessons, and one of them is generally the higher proof a bottle is, usually results with me wincing and gasping for air after drinking it.  This single barrel proved my life’s work entirely wrong.  Like I mentioned before, JBSB comes in at a whopping 95 proof but feels like silk when consumed.

When this hit my lips, I heard angels singing and my mind was at ease.  I have to admit the first sip was purely an oak taste and finish which was enjoyable, but the following drinks were all about the caramel background.  This bourbon deserves the respect of you trying at least one shot neat and then moving to some rocks if needed.  I am sure if I dig in the Kentucky law books I will find that mixing this sweet nectar with anything but good friends and a cigar will result in public shaming and jail time.  Now along with the caramel you are going to pick up the signature Jim Beam corn flavor as well.  The only thing lacking is the “throat hit”.  If you have followed Whiskey on the Rails, you know that I like my whiskey to give me a little burn, not too much, just enough to let me know she cares.  This bourbon is far too smooth and is missing that enjoyable part of whiskey drinking.

This bottle comes in around the $35.00 mark and to me is money well spent.  I mean come on, my only complaint about this bottle was that it was “too smooth”….Who am I kidding, this stuff is amazing!  I have heard other folks say that they don’t feel Jim Beam Single Barrel compares to the complexity and depths of other single barrels on the market, I totally disagree.  Dollar for dollar Beam Single Barrel holds its own, making it the 2015 Gold Medal Winner by the Beverage Testing Institute.    This is a special occasion bottle that is going to please any whiskey drinker.  If you haven’t given this a shot (pun intended) please, make it a point to do so!

Alberta Rye Whisky – Our Starting Point

Every journey has a starting point.   Whether you are taking your first step in a marathon, getting your first set of car keys or trying your first bottle of whiskey, it all begins with that first step.   We have two guys which are driving the train in our blogs and podcasts…   We have two separate paths with our preferences in drinking… However we found we have the same enjoyment for Jim Beam products.

Since this is going to be the “Beam” guy giving his first blog in this series, I want to talk about one of the recent whiskey’s I was introduced to at a recent “whiskey tasting” event.   Now I am sure this is going to get my first strike against fellow whiskey drinkers but I haven’t always been a fan of knocking a few ice cubes into glass and sipping away… I have always been let’s fire up some coke or diet coke and enjoy a mixed cocktail with whiskey…   Yes, I know that isn’t the best way to drink it but after talking with the host of the whiskey tasting, he said it doesn’t matter how you drink it but drinking the way you like it…   However he still gave me the stink eye I was mixing my whiskey but we moved on and started tasting his samples.

One of the six whiskey’s we tried tonight was a whiskey from north of the boarder.   It was a rye entry (which is a Jim Beam product) called Alberta Rye Whiskey.   I haven’t been a huge “rye” fan over the years however with each whiskey I was sampling, I made sure to have a chaser close by so I could finish off all of the samples.    I heard the same thing from the prior four samples from my buddies, oh man this is great, and you won’t need that chaser… By the fourth sample of hearing it, you sort of lose faith in your friends.   However I guess fifth time is the charm because I finally had to agree with them.

I found a whiskey that I could taste and not have every single hair on my arm pop up.   A whiskey that I could slip on and not feel any bite from it.   A whiskey that I could enjoy in the middle of winter or on the lake in the summer… A whiskey that I have no problem tipping my cigar in and enjoying the evening.

Thanks to the wonder of technology, I could quickly check out the details on this Rye… According to their website, a simple bottle of Alberta Rye Whisky – Dark Batch runs with a simple 91 / 8 / 1… What that means it is 91% Rye Whisky, 8% Bourbon and 1% Sherry.   Now that is too many numbers as far as I am concerned, I went with 100%.   100% sure I am going to pick up a bottle of this whiskey on the way home from this event.   100% sure this is going to be ice cold in my freezer so it is ready for any drinking opportunity… 100% sure, I have found a new great gem from Canada.

I started this blog that every journey starts with that first step.   Well this way my first step in writing a blog about my favorite bottle of whiskey in my freezer.   Stay tuned for more blogs because we are willing to take one for the drinking community and find that next gem…

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