Tag Archives: whiskey

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..

You can find our sponsors at the following sites:

Jack Daniels Single Barrel Rye To Take The Lead

Thanks to a visit during Bourbon Fest in Indianapolis, one of the hosts had the opportunity to not only test but purchase a bottle of whiskey from Jack Daniels.    Alright, so that isn’t that big of a deal but for $15, we certainly stumbled upon some high price whiskey to sample the entire day and then buy it at a reduced cost.   Does that sound like a bigger deal?   Well if it does, then you should go and try a bottle of Jack Daniels Single Barrel Rye, at full price or free if you have a friend who purchased a bottle.   That is what we did this week since Eric purchased the bottle.   Where does it rank in 2017?   Maybe the name gives a hint..  Maybe not..  Find out during this podcast..   Train..  Train..

After a month of travel, illness and general medicated hangover and took us a few weeks to get back on schedule.    If you can’t self-medicate with whiskey, then that certainly won’t be a high point of the week.   So we kicked off what was left over from our general illnesses, jumped into the studio and got back on track with our recording schedule.

As we said in the introduction, this was a bottle that we initially sampled during our trip to Bourbon Fest in Indianapolis in mid-December.   $15, all you can drink.. No Proof is too high..  No sample is too small..   That was the motto of the day and sure enough, we found plenty of whiskeys that we are going to be reviewing this year.   This bottle was one that Eric purchased for his own stache because lets face it, he loves a great Rye.     Let me tell you, this Rye did not disappoint and for coming out of the box at 94 proof, it certainly didn’t stop the woooooooooo’s from being yelled at both Bourbon Fest and also behind the mic..

Sure during the podcast, we did try this Rye three ways but lets face it..   One way was the winner..  What was it?   Can’t give you all of the details..  Listen to the podcast and find out…

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:

V2 Rebooted With Russell’s Reserve 10 Year

We have kicked the rust off the wheels and are out of the gate running in 2017.   With each week, we are bringing in a new whiskey for our tasting and review sessions.   Well this week, we have the 10 year Russell’s Reserve Bourbon sitting in our great GlenCairn Whisky Glasses ready for our review.   This was a cliff hanger choice after our week 1 selection of 2017..  How is the best way to you enjoy it?  Well you are 30 minutes away from that answer..   Train.. Train…

It is tough when you already start 2017 and Pappy Van Winkle is moving down the list on the best tasting Bourbon’s of 2017..  Yes, you read that correctly..  We got a new number one but that isn’t overly suprising if you listened to our last podcast.    That is all we are going to say in this blog..   Not that we are disappointed with Russell’s Reserve at all, just that Pappy Van Winkle didn’t measure up..

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:

2017 Begins With Pappy Van Winkle

Aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaand..  We back!!!   After our holiday break to re-charge some batteries, we kicked off 2017 with a unicorn..   We kicked it off with a bottle of Pappy Van Winkle (12 year) thanks to the outstanding efforts of Eric..   Not only did he win a bottle at Pappyfest (or Bourbonfest) in Indianapolis but he gave it as a house-warming gift as we officially opened our new studio.   How did 2017 start?   How will it end?   You know what, we are so excited to be back behind the mics..  Check out the podcast and find out how the Pappy went..  Train..  Train..

We don’t know how long this blog is going to be today.  The reason being, we were completely blown away by the mystery and unicorn nature of Pappy Van Winkle.   As a podcast and a couple of buddies, we had tried to get our hands on this for the past couple of years.    Well lets face it, for longer than that but since we were part of the podcast, we just put the two year guarantee on that search.   We didn’t really care what year we got, the 10 year or the 23 year, we just wanted a bottle of Pappy Van Winkle.

When you got that allusive bottle, you don’t know what to do with it..  If it is the 23 year bottle, you know exactly what you are going to do with it..  Not a blooming thing but find a great display case of it and have it on your bar..  But when it is a drinkable bottle, you know you gotta try it..  And that is the case for the hosts with our 12 yr bottle..   Now, we are going to save both our excitement and disappointment for the podcast.   However it is nice to have a bottle of Pappy Van Winkle sitting on our trophy case at Whiskey On The Rails..   Our new bar is already more classy with this new bottle..

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:

Bugatti Cigars – http://bugatticigars.com

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:

Christmas Branch Toasting Rowans Creek

It is that magical time of the year when the alcohol tastes just that much better when you are stuck with mixed company.    That magical time of the year when the whiskey make everybody just that much more tolerable or entertaining.   Well as the guys are gearing up for Christmas, we are drinking some 100.1 proof Rowans Creek whiskey.   Because we didn’t want to only have 100 proof whiskey, we needed that .1 one to really kickstart our holiday season.   How did this review go?   How will we end 2016?      We only know that next week, we will have another whiskey..   Train.. Train..

When you think of holiday’s, most family gatherings have some sort of alcohol mixed into the equation..   It is a tradition to sit around, have a few drinks and play some games as friends and family.   Well it is the perfect time of the year because people usually make treks out to visit those who they only see a couple of times a year.    While both of the hosts have family both local and down the road, we know the importance of family.    Well we both act like a couple of “Step Brothers”, we understand that this time of the year is geared towards the Christmas spirit and enjoying how our families enjoy the holiday..

So this blog won’t really talk about anything in the podcast, we hope that everybody has a great Christmas and enjoys the holiday season.  That is what is important, now being fueled with the right whiskey is another great way to make it through the day.

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:

Rails and Tails With Kentucky Tavern

As we start to close out 2017, we had a complete first when it came to our whiskey selection.   When you were in college, you might have choose cheap over quality..   Well you always laughed when you picked up a bottle of alcohol and it was in a plastic bottle..   Well this week, we brought in that plastic bottle of whiskey and we brought back our buddy Patrick..   Patrick might be on the short end of our selections because in this episode, we were drinking some Kentucky Tavern.   Don’t worry, we weren’t going to leave the light on for this episode when you fine this tavern..   Check out more in this entertaining podcast..  Train..  Train..

In our most recent podcast, we brought back our old buddy Patrick.    We sort of feel bad for him because we don’t pull off the best of the best or our top shelf when he comes in and records with us.   Granted, we do get him fueled with some Hotel Tango whiskey but that is where the story tends to change directions for our good friend.   If we take a moment and look back these are a couple of whiskeys that we gave to Patrick while sitting in the hot seat..

He has sat through Coldcock, Two Gingers and Wild Turkey 101.   Now we will give Wild Turkey 101 its due, it was a great Thanksgiving whiskey and ultimately Patrick’s choice for that holiday episode.   So really he is 1 for 3 when it comes to a good whiskey for his drinking pleasure.  Now this episode, we are going to throw the plastic bottle at him and let him try this whiskey.    Funny enough, we did throw the bottle at him before we recorded to get him to yell..   It was entertaining..

Now what should we do for a friend that really he has gone 1 for 4 on good whiskey selections?   Should we break out some high end whiskey and let him try that?   Should we find some fusion whiskey for him to try out?    Or should we just keep him coming back and hopefully one day we pick out a winner for Patrick?   Well while they are all good ideas, we will just keep Patrick coming back because not only is he a great guy but he can make anybody laugh with his joyful laugh.    Yes, it helps when you have had a few drinks…   Never-the-less, we will keep trying to find something good for our buddy..

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:

Basil Would Be Happy With Old Grand Dad

One of our favorite bottles of whiskey would be a delightful bottle of Basil Hayden.   That is certainly our go-to-whiskey when we are just sitting around at the bar and grabbing one off the shelf.   What both hosts learned, Basil was honored with a bottle of whiskey that was created by his grand-son   I guess it does make sense that Hayden created Old Grand Dad in honor of his grandfather.  So this week, we are drinking Bottled In Bond, Old Grand Dad, 100 Proof Whiskey..  It is certainly a throat catcher with the spice and taste which really split both hosts on our enjoyment of this whiskey.   Train..  Train..

Again, this is another week where we don’t think we are going to have a very long blog when it came to our whiskey review.    This certainly was another week of don’t judge a bottle by its label because you might miss out on something.   Well that and it was certainly another week to learn something about one of our favorite bottles of whiskey.

This week, we were drinking bottled in bond, 100 proof Old Grand Dad whiskey.   Which we just assumed that it might be in the rank of Evan Williams and Heaven Hill, not that we are saying those are low end bottles but just one end of the spectrum.   What we didn’t realize that Old Grand Dad is actually a whiskey that a grandson created in memory of his grandfather.   Yeah, great story right?   Well not just a random whiskey when that grandfather is Basil Hayden..  That is right, Basil Hayden..  That Basil Hayden..  One of our favorite whiskey that we have not only reviewed but had enjoyed well before that podcast entry.

Now this whiskey was really one that the hosts had a split decision during their entire review.   Now with that being said, we had a complete derail on this review because we weren’t sure whether or not this would be a great whiskey to give friends when they come over to visit, what is the best way to try the whiskey and again another week of judging the book by its cover.   We will leave plenty of the details in the podcast but this is a great teaser to get the blood flowing.

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:

Thanksgiving Whiskey Feast With Wild Turkey 101

We are some hosts when it comes to Thanksgiving.   We aren’t only lining our tables with some great Turkey and fixing but quenching our thirst with some Wild Turkey 101.   Our GlenCairn Glasses were filled with Whiskey and we were entertained by our original guest sitting in the Hotel Tango Guest Seat, Patrick.   Patrick made his return after a day of waiting over night for his spot on the show, so really this was his attempt at getting ready for Black Friday.   Well what happens when you mix 101 proof whiskey with guys who were ready to drink?   Pure magic..   Train..  Train…

It is really that perfect time of the year when some awesome family holidays are lined up back to back.   Each of the hosts have a list of family traditions that really make the holidays.   While we were discussing this across each of the hosts, we found that we both have a completely different approach to our holiday festivities during Thanksgiving.    The biggest seems to be around a simple game..  Football..  While our pre-game seems to be the same:   food, whiskey and family..  The end of the story really seems to be completely different..  An American result depending upon how you look at it..

Most people will sit down with their Thanksgiving lunches (or dinners) and catch a days worth of football.  When you have three NFL games and a handful of College Football games, there is plenty of opportunities to watch some pigskin.    Well that is where Rob lives during his Thanksgiving experience with his friends and family..   Eric has a unique spin that seems like it should be replicated during the 4th of July timeframe.   As he describes it, they are the post office of Cornhole players..  No matter rain, sleet, snow or shine, they are playing Cornhole as a family..   Which again, traditions are great things when you are spending them with family.

Now we will say this during the podcast.   We had a great time bring back our buddy Patrick.   Everybody should have a friend like Patrick.   He always makes you laugh, he would do anything to help you out and he almost never says no to a whiskey drink.    Perfect guest for this holiday episode.   We hope that everybody enjoys their holidays with friends and family..

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:

Bugatti Cigars – http://bugatticigars.com

Out And Drinking On The North Forty Creek

It is never a bad time when you find a spirit you haven’t seen in years..  Even better when you get to have that experience all over again with some George Thorogood..  One Bourbon, One Scotch and One Beer with some awesome Forty Creek Barrel Select Canadian Whisky..  Yes, for the second time in the past few episodes, we brought in a Canadian Whisky for our review and drinking pleasure..  How did this turn out?   Did we declare a winner OR do we need to keep drinking??   We all know that answer but check out this podcast…  Train..  Train…

This blog won’t be as long as our blogs usually are when we are talking about our whiskey experience.  However this blog is going to be just a friendly word of advice..   When you are walking through cities and people want to invite you to try out something new, just say yes.   Whether it would be new food, new movies or new spirits..  You never know what you are going to get..   Well this whiskey was originally experienced about six years ago while we were attending a tradeshow in Dallas.   Forty Creek was doing a sampling for some local bars and distributors so get their spirits into the stores and bars.  Well we weren’t either of those but a simple yes, got us into the event to try the whiskey.  Granted the question was are we here for the whiskey sampling and your answer should ways be YES… Yes Ma’am, we are certainly here for that event..

What is the worst that can happen?    Now we aren’t going to discuss that during the podcast and on the blog.   I signed a Non-Disclosure Agreement that doesn’t expire until 2020 but that doesn’t mean I didn’t enjoy the whiskey and still have the t-shirt…  With that being said, if you can get yourself a bottle of Forty Creek, do yourself justice and get it!!!   You will certainly enjoy this bottle…

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: