“Tennessee Whiskey”

“Tennessee Whiskey”

I heard a song this morning called “Tennessee Whiskey”. The artist’s name is Chris Stapleton. He records out of Nashville, Tennessee. (Makes sense…) Nashville is home to two of Corsair’s locations. Corsair has a few locations -the Corsair Artisan Distillery is located in Bowling Green, KY. The Nashville locations are in the Marathon building (They happen to share this building with the American Pickers!) and their new Corsair Distillery WeHo location just outside of town. Their slogan is “Hand crafted small batch ultra premium booze for badasses.” Damn right! Nashville is also home to Nelson’s Green Briar Distillery and Windy Hill Distillery. Tennessee whiskey is growing and we’re all excited to see how it...

Texas and Its Whiskey

Texas and Its Whiskey

Yesterday, Dec 29th 1845, Texas became the 28th state in the union. Texan citizens have always been fiercely loyal to their state and to the products produced there. There are now about 25 different distilleries producing whiskey in Texas. Though Texans are promoting these products, their popularity throughout the country has put Texas distilleries at the forefront of the American whiskey industry. Here is a list of their distilleries to date (research by Sku’s Recent Eats blog) 1. Alamo Premium Distillery, San Antonio, TX. This distillery makes Texas Moonshine Corn Whiskey and is working on Texas Craft Whiskey.2. Balcones Distillery , Waco, TX. This distillery released the first run of their Baby Blue blue corn whiskey in September 2009. They also make Brimstone...

Whiskey and the Season

Whiskey and the Season

Christmas may be over, but the season certainly isn’t!   Christmas has certain flavors that most people can relate to.  I’m sure you’ve heard someone say,” This tastes just like Christmas!” Most of those Christmas flavors (like cinnamon, nutmeg, vanilla, mint, figs, raisin, fruitcake-or Christmas cake, gingerbread, chocolate, sugar cookie, etc.) are found in whiskey!  It’s no coincidence that whiskey is such a popular drink during the holidays.  It just pairs so well with all the foods we eat during the season. I opened a bottle of High West’s “A Midwinternight’s Dram” with my family on Christmas Eve and it was the perfect complement to the evening.  The blended rye whiskey was full of spices and fruit.  We paired the whiskey with Diamond Crown’s Julius Caesar...

Who Was Old Rip Van Winkle?

Who Was Old Rip Van Winkle?

Who was Old Rip Van Winkle anyway? I mentioned in yesterday’s post that much of what we imagine to be old Christmas traditions were reimagined and made beautifully nostalgic by writers like Charles Dickens and Washington Irving.  Washington Irving was an American author, historian and diplomat from the early 19th century.  He wrote some of our culture’s favorite stories like “The Legend of Sleepy Hollow” and “Rip Van Winkle.”  It is the Rip Van Winkle story that I find so compelling- especially with that famous whiskey brand being so coveted… The story of Rip Van Winkle is about a man that lived in the Hudson Valley near the Catskill Mountains of New York.  Van Winkle lived in America while the British were still running the show.  He lived in a small town and...

Here We Come A-Wassailing!

Here We Come A-Wassailing!

I was singing a Christmas carol to myself and realized- Hey, this has whiskey in it! Or, at least, it CAN have whiskey in it… Here we come a-wassailing Among the leaves so green; Here we come a-wand’ring So fair to be seen. REFRAIN: Love and joy come to you, And to you your wassail too; And God bless you and send you a Happy New Year And God send you a Happy New Year. Wassail (Old Norse “ves heil”, Old English was hál, literally ‘be you healthy’) was a hot mulled apple cider drink that has origins in medieval England. It was drunk ritually during the Yule season (midwinter) to ensure a good apple harvest. The Norse and Germanic people celebrated the midwinter festival of Yule, which predated Christianity. (The Yule-tide season lasted...