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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.

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Kicking Off 2016 With Bookers

When you kick off a new year, you have two choices..  You can either ease into the new year or hit the ground running into some positive actions..  Well, our wheels are turning in 2016 with a lot of positive momentum.   We have a lot of great things lined up over the next couple of months but our fuel to start this year would be another Jim Beam product, we are going with the biggest brother whiskey of Beam that we have had on the show..  The one, the only..  Bookers, Small Batch Bourbon..  High proof, high octane and high goals to kick off 2016.  Enjoy this new podcast and enjoy the ride…  Train…   Train….

As we have done before, we leave a ton of the details of the podcast in the podcast but give some different thoughts in our blog.    Well in this one, we were drinking Bookers and really started to reflect on our pure enjoyment for Jim Beam products.   It is funny that we can enjoy anything from the white label, to the single barrel to the small batches and every thing in-between.   This Bookers was certainly the highest proof that we have not only enjoyed from Jim Beam but have reviewed in general for a podcast review.

Coming in at 128 proof, we both indicated that this is going to be a great whiskey to have while we are up north in Wisconsin on our first road trip.    Ice Fishing and Whiskey, that goes hand in hand..    It is cold and what warms you up better than a quick nip of whiskey.   Well, we both agreed that this whiskey would be a great whiskey to drink on the entire day..   Well that theory lasted about 6 minutes because if we drank this whiskey the entire day, we would have a huge problem because we couldn’t leave the ice let alone find our cabin.    It is by far one of the smoothest high proof whiskeys that we have sampled and can really change your plans for the day if you choose to drink it the entire day.

Now we will leave a lot of the descriptions in the podcast because we extremely enjoyed this whiskey.    However you might be surprised which was the best way for us to enjoy it and what was the best way to enjoy it from Bookers..    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.

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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/