A delightful holiday reflection on bourbon.

Once I was an avowed Maker’s man, then the neighborhood liquor store introduced me to Buffalo Trace. My life was changed, eyes opened. Virginia tobacco, Louisiana perique, Kentucky burley and straight bourbon, these are the very things that form the essence of American manliness.



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11 responses to “Bourbon

  1. Lotar,

    Off topic but, if there are two authors on this blog it would be neat to know which of the two is writing each post, unless it is your intention to keep it all anonymous – thanks.

    I’ve spent a couple years trying to make bourbon my regular drink, but in the end I had to go back to the islands of my ancestry. I love to have a glass of bourbon now and again, but I just lack the drive to make a workaday drink out of it. And I’ve been to KY many times and done the tour thing and all that. I’m not sure what it is.

  2. I’m going to have to figure out how to do that. I didn’t notice until your comment that the authorship was not noted. So far both posts are by me.

    Jameson 12 year or more is another favorite of mine – I read most of Dostoevsky’s novels whilst enjoying a glass or two. I don’t know what exactly it is, but I’ve never had a Scotch that made me want to own a bottle.

  3. Richard Barrett

    I wooed my wife with Makers Mark manhattans (as well as Bombay Sapphire martinis). I like Buffalo Trace; I also like Makers 46. We’re also both scotch lovers, and when my wife finishes her dissertation I intend to get her a bottle of Macallan 21.

  4. My wife did not begin to truly appreciate the libatious fruits of Saccharomyces until after the birth of our second child. I am still looking forward to the day we can share a drink other than a bottle of wine or Duchesse De Bourgogne. Yet, despite her dislike of the water of life sans mixer, she gave me a quite amazing small production bottle of bourbon for Christmas.

    I suspect my apathy toward Scotch is largely a result of not spending enough money to try something of quality.

  5. Now I’m not saying that good bourbon isn’t a wonderful thing or even one of the more wonderful things. Really, it’s the time of year for amassing bottles of decent-ish bourbon as the can’t go wrong Christmas present. But in a way for me, bourbon is like pizza, in that it’s inevitably satisfying no matter what the quality. I mean, given the choice, I prefer a homemade pizza over Little Ceasar’s. But there’s still some kind of basic pizza-satisfaction to be had from anything with cardboard, ketchup, and cheese. The same goes for a bottle of Evan Williams… But, tomorrow the hope is that a pile of illegal fireworks and a bottle of woodford reserve doesn’t cost me any of my more important digits.

    I say this as someone who is quite happy with almost any Irish whiskey, but finds Scotch to be questionable at best. I’ve also always wanted to be a rum connoisseur, but might be too lazy.

  6. Kevin Burt

    My favorite has long been Four Roses Single Barrel. A bit pricey for me, though, until a friend pointed out that they also distill Bulleit Bourbon. The latter is very good, and more reasonable. Give it a try if you haven’t; I believe it runs 20-25 bucks for a fifth.

    • Thomas

      Four Roses Single Barrel might be a bit higher on my list than Buffalo Trace. Seriously, just like beer, price and smaller production often produces a much more flavorful beverage. Which, can be considered quite yuppy. The only thing I notice when I buy “more expensive products” is that I consume them far less and probably break about even. Plus, it’s kind of awesome that you can know the faces and the people that work for these smaller operations and know that their employees are being taken care of.

  7. The best, and the worst, Kentucky whiskey I’ve ever had was Van Winkle’s Family Reserve Rye. The first bottle I got was heaven on the tongue – better than any scotch I’ve ever had and the second best bottle of whiskey of any sort I’ve ever had. The second bottle of the Rye was the most horrendous thing ever to touch my lips, at least among things I’ve paid money for. The third and fourth bottles were better than so so but not knock your socks off. Apparently that first bottle was from an exceptionally good batch. I did have a long phone chat about the variances in quality with Julian Van Winkle, the current owner of the label, and I met him once when visiting Frankfort doing the tours thing and had a drink with him. He’s one of the very few members of the bourgeoisie I’ve ever unreservedly liked.

    • Thomas

      Pappy Van Winkle is quite yummy. Although, I don’t think I’ve had their Rye. I also don’t think I like Rye Whiskey very much, since I’m not a huge fan of the spiciness rye has.

  8. Agabus

    Perhaps in line with what Samn said, I’ve found that even middle-to-bottom shelf Bourbon can be satisfying, but cheap Scotch is a curse against whiskey.

  9. I am a Maker’s man myself, though my sentiments are much like those of Samn! Thanks for the tip on Buffalo Trace–may give it a try the next trip to the liquor store.

    I never acquired a taste for Scotch. My brother drank the stuff. He’s been gone since ’84 and I still have an unopened bottle of his. Wonder if it’s any good?

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