Christmas with the Drop Kick Murphys

Christmas with the Drop Kick Murphys

I love the Christmas season. I love the opportunity to share with the ones I love and pour a glass of good whiskey with my family. The carols and Christmas songs come in all forms, and most modern Christmas ballads leave much to be desired… Then there’s the Drop Kick Murphys. They always have a way with words. This may not be the most gentle or nurturing song for the spirit of Christmas but it always makes me smile to hear it. So without further ado…The Drop Kick Murphy’s “The Season’s Upon Us…” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gxYZRAowdzc The season’s upon us, it’s that time of year Brandy and eggnog, there’s plenty of cheer There’s lights on the trees and there’s wreaths to be hung...

Christmas Egg Nog

Christmas Egg Nog

6 days until Christmas…Time to make the EGG NOG! Egg nog’s origins are a bit fuzzy. It may be that it originated in England, but many believe modern egg nog is derived from a medieval recipe for posset. Posset was a drink made of hot milk curdled with ale, wine, or other alcoholic liquor and typically flavored with spices, drunk as a delicacy or as a remedy for colds. The word “nog” comes from the word noggin, a Middle English term for a small, carved wooden mug used toserve alcohol. Egg nog should be aged, not only because the flavor will enhance over time, but because any bacteria will not survive after the aging process. I always recommend making your own egg nog. It’s always tastes better and you know where it’s been and what’s in it! This recipe needs...

Gift Ideas for the Whiskey Lover

Gift Ideas for the Whiskey Lover

Christmas is only a week away and the clock is ticking for those last minute gifts. Buying whiskey for your loved ones is never easy because everyone’s tastes are so different.  People often make the mistake of buying what they think is good for someone, only to find that it sits untouched.  Unless you’re buying whiskey for your friend or loved one because you want something to drink when you visit them, just avoid the drama and go for the whiskey drinker’s accessory instead. Many distilleries sell mini-barrels or t-shirts with their logos on them.  If you’re looking to share an experience, you could buy tickets to tour a local distillery or pick up tickets for a whiskey tasting/pairing. Glassware is always a good choice because it is part of the drinking...

Frank Sinatra and Jack Daniel’s

Frank Sinatra and Jack Daniel’s

A few days ago, on December 12th, Frank Sinatra (if he were still alive) would have turned 100 years old. Sinatra was an icon. He was a man that broke through stereotypes and changed how Americans viewed musical performances. He also changed the whiskey industry as we know it. It may seem like a stretch to say that Frank Sinatra kicked off the whiskey boom, but it is not far from the truth! It’s hard to imagine today, but the behemoth that is Jack Daniels was only producing about 150,000 cases in 1955. (In comparison Beam was producing about that amount of Knob Creek in 2011) That is no small amount of whiskey, but by the following year, that number doubled. Today, Jack Daniels is ranked fourth globally in wine and spirit sales, but that had to start somewhere....

Which Rye Whiskey Should I Try?

Which Rye Whiskey Should I Try?

What ryes are out there and how are they different? I know I’ve talked about this in the past, but I got into a conversation with some folks yesterday about what ryes they should be trying. Many distilleries steer clear of making their own rye because of the production difficulties that rye grain can pose. Rye can be notoriously difficult to work with. Bruce Joseph, head distiller at Anchor Distilling, said, “Rye is a sticky, viscous, mess-a brewer’s nightmare.” It may be a bear to distill, but it makes a delicious whiskey and is only continuing to grow in popularity in the U.S. The original American ryes had high rye mashbills. Farmers in Pennsylvania in the late 18th and early 19th centuries were making their surplus harvested grains into whiskey. Though the...