Whiskey Tangent

Whiskey wit and wisdom from two guys who like to put it in their mouths and talk about it

Join us as we taste samples of two new recently released and award-winning whiskeys from our friends at Barrell Craft Spirits, get intensely nerdy about nosing and tasting profiles, mourn the passing of DMX, sing a few songs (crickets), and suffer the belligerence of Shavonne and Anders. You know, the usual whiskey nonsense.

Also, be sure to go watch our unboxing video for these bottles on YouTube! We have faces! https://youtu.be/XGxjzKhmByU

Music Credits: Freedom courtesy of Choc Mic McNeil | Link: https://soundcloud.com/chocmic/freedom • Fig Leaf Rag by Kevin MacLeod | Link: https://incompetech.filmmusic.io | License: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/

Whiskeys: Bulleit Bourbon Barrel Strength • Redemption High Rye Bourbon Barrel Select Small Batch • Bulleit Bourbon 10 Year • Redemption 9 Year Barrel Proof Bourbon • Greenspot • Weller Antique 107 Bourbon • Nikka Coffey Malt • Journeyman Last Feather Rye • Old Forester 1920 Prohibition • Four Roses Single Barrel • Baker's 7 Year Single Barrel Bourbon • Blanton's Gold/Straight from the Barrel • Willet Family Estate Rye • Corsair Dark Rye • Midwinter Night's Dram • Barrell Dovetail • Angel’s Envy Rye • Aberlour A’bunadh Single Malt Scotch • Little Book Chapter 3

Tangents: 102 is actually 100 • Bulleit History (old and new) • Bulleit is still selling Four Roses whiskey (even though they cut them off in 2015) • Redemption History (only new) • Ed’s wide middle whiskey marketplace • Why high-proof cocktails are better • We’ve gotten alot better at tasting notes in 2 years • Scott gets salty with a Bulleit 10 year review by some rando named Eric • Ed gets salty with Gabe hating bacon and meatloaf • #meatmuffins • Scott and His Magic Oranges • Our Top 15 Whiskeys of the Podcast (so far) • Ed tricked Scott into drinking Maker’s 46 again • Ed and Shavonne's fantasy threesome with Steve Vai • Apparently “gorgeous” is a tasting note now • Our Instagram is finally up! @whiskeytangentpodcast

Music Credits: Whiskey on the Mississippi by Kevin MacLeod | Link: https://incompetech.filmmusic.io/song/4624-whiskey-on-the-mississippiLicense: https://filmmusic.io/standard-licensePorch Blues by Kevin MacLeod | Link: https://incompetech.filmmusic.io/song/4232-porch-blues | License: https://filmmusic.io/standard-licenseTwisted by Kevin MacLeod | Link: https://incompetech.filmmusic.io/song/4552-twisted | License: https://filmmusic.io/standard-license

Six months ago we tasted the Weller Special Reserve and, well, we had some reservations. This time we got an older and more expensive (and yet also less expensive) variety. Will the new Weller fare well and be good? Or will we say farewell to Weller for good? Tune in and find out!

Music Credits: Freedom courtesy of Choc Mic McNeil | Link: https://soundcloud.com/chocmic/freedom

Whiskeys: Westward American Single Malt • Santa Fe Spirits Colkegan Single Malt • F.E.W Single Malt • Stranahan’s Colorado Single Malt • Barrell American Vatted Single Malt • TrainWreck’s Blue Comet Single Malt • McCarthy’s Pot Still Single Malt • Hillrock Peated Single Malt • Corsair Triple Smoke American Single Malt • Lost Lantern No. 1 Vatted American Single Malt • Lagavulin 8 Year Single Malt Scotch • Glenmorangie 10 Year Single Malt Scotch • Bushmills 10 Year Single Malt Irish Whiskey • Aberlour A’bunadh Single Malt Scotch • Brenne French Single Malt • Amrut Indian Single Malt

Tangents: Jeff joins us for a not-so-surprising foray into American Single Malts! • Malt v. Single Malt v. American Single Malt • The sirens around Scott’s apartment are obnoxious • Jeff might be allergic to walnuts • Oh wooden eye? • Apparently mushrooms are a tasting note now • Scott and Ed think they’re better than the dumb jokes they make • Jeff gets his 5-timer jacket! • Sue joins the recording! • Why American Single Malts are finally a thing • Apparently brittle is a nosing note now • The All-Lowes Tasting Complex! • It would take all night for Sue to lick Ed’s jacket • Scott consults the Heavy Metal Thesaurus • We’re totally getting a cease-and-desist letter from Stranahan’s • The Tale of the Boomerang Cigarette • Ed’s stalking Barrell Sprits in their bushes • Jeff is so Jeffy and full of Jeffness • Scott and Ed have Skedness (ew)

Music Credits: Whiskey on the Mississippi by Kevin MacLeod | Link: https://incompetech.filmmusic.io/song/4624-whiskey-on-the-mississippi • License: https://filmmusic.io/standard-licensePorch Blues by Kevin MacLeod | Link: https://incompetech.filmmusic.io/song/4232-porch-blues | License: https://filmmusic.io/standard-licenseCool Rock by Kevin MacLeod | Link: https://incompetech.filmmusic.io/song/3552-cool-rock | License: https://filmmusic.io/standard-license

 

Twice Barreled, Double Barreled, Double Oaked, or whatever you call it, lots of brands are experimenting with re-barreling already finished whiskeys. So, join us to see what happens when we compare an already decent Bourbon expression to itself after it's had a long soak in fresh new toasted wood. Also, Scott makes a cocktail with it that Ed should hate. But will he actually hate it? Press play and find out!

Music Credits: Freedom courtesy of Choc Mic McNeil | Link: https://soundcloud.com/chocmic/freedom

Well, it’s been another half a year with COVID, but hey at least Winter is finally over, and we’ve got one last thing to talk about. Ok, SEVERAL last things. So, please join us for a look back as we revisit the past 6 months, give some shout-outs, recap all the Episodes and Sho(r)ts, and generally just try not to brag too much <sly-face emoji>.

Last Things: We’re taking a break from all the drinking and mayhem (riiiiiight) • Shout-outs: Gabe is a national treasure • Steve from Tampa Bay sent us whiskey! • Christian is the Hemingway of insults • Whiskey Advocate needs a centerfold • Listener Demographics: 45 Countries! • 49 States! • 10,000 Downloads! • Nebraska is just farmland and sadness • Wyoming only has 4 computers • Scott’s California kindergarten friends aren’t listening (and his cousins aren’t either) • Texas and New York are kinda like divas • Episode Recaps: Ed is a whiskey hoarder • Jeff is the Knight Who Says Neat • The Ladies decide Scott’s the prettiest (but he yelled at them anyway) • Shavonne wants a whiskey daddy • Ed confuses Bob Dylan’s whiskey with a death cult, AGAIN • We hope Steve has a guest room • Eating at Taco Bell doesn’t make you Mexican • Shavonne wins the Random Belligerence of the Year award • Take a lobe off, Annie! • The Christmas tales we lost • Scott wins the Whiskey Freak Out of the Year award • All the Blanton’s you can’t get (but we got anyway) • Coming Soon: American Single Malts • Toasted Elijah Craig QuickTaste • Our 100th Podcast • Antique Weller 107 QuickTaste • Barreled Spirits • Cocktail Kombat II • Scotch Whiskies II • Japanese Whiskies II • Bottled Cocktails • Whiskey Madness Double-Blind Low-End Invitational • Whiskey Wormhole II • More Quiskies and Top 10s • And as always, thanks so much for listening everyone!

Music Credits: Octoblues by Kevin MacLeod | Link: https://incompetech.filmmusic.io/song/4152-octoblues | License: https://filmmusic.io/standard-license

Whiskeys: Col. E.H. Taylor Small Batch Bottled-in-Bond Bourbon • Evan Williams Bottled-in-Bond Bourbon • Heaven Hill Bottled-in-Bond Bourbon • George Dickel Bottled-in-Bond Tennessee Whiskey • Knob Creek Rye • Corsair Dark Malted Rye • Journeyman Last Feather Rye • WhistlePig Piggyback Rye • Glenmorangie 10 Year Single Malt Scotch • The Sexton Irish Whiskey • Teeling Small Batch Irish Whiskey • Monkey Shoulder Blended Scotch • Nikka Coffey Grain Japanese Whiskey • Amrut Indian Single Malt Whiskey • Crown Royal XO Cognac Finish • Brenne French Single Malt Whiskey

Madness: Recap of the final four participants and how they got here • Gabe gets in a carte blanche attack against Ed (because Ed’s mouth was full of whiskey, of course) • Scott and Anders are accused of having tossing salads • Bonnie Tyler now sings like ass-phalt • Ed casts some “Tennessee” shade on Shavonne • Ed’s soft palate doesn’t get hard for him • Let the beat drop! • The strange connection between Portugal and Japan • Anders offers a reward and reviews the final whiskeys in Swedish! • F**k like an American: slow and sloppy • Canada is the master of the rye blend (but most are kinda just ok) • COVID forced 15% capacity in the arena but fans can watch the big screens outside • Please don’t eat horse shit

Music Credits: Fight Back and Got This courtesy of Neffex | Link: https://www.youtube.com/user/neffexmusicEnigma by Kevin MacLeod | Link: https://incompetech.filmmusic.io/song/3711-enigma | License: https://filmmusic.io/standard-licenseClub Seamus by Kevin MacLeod | Link: https://incompetech.filmmusic.io/song/3520-club-seamus | License: https://filmmusic.io/standard-licenseOn a Mission courtesy of Choc Mic McNeil | Link: https://soundcloud.com/chocmic/on-a-mission-the-soular-systemHall of the Mountain King by Kevin MacLeod | Link: https://incompetech.filmmusic.io/song/3845-hall-of-the-mountain-king | License: https://filmmusic.io/standard-license

Whiskeys: Col. E.H. Taylor Small Batch Bottled-in-Bond Bourbon • Evan Williams Bottled-in-Bond Bourbon • Heaven Hill Bottled-in-Bond Bourbon • George Dickel Bottled-in-Bond Tennessee Whiskey • Knob Creek Rye • Corsair Dark Malted Rye • Journeyman Last Feather Rye • WhistlePig Piggyback Rye • Glenmorangie 10 Year Single Malt Scotch • The Sexton Irish Whiskey • Teeling Small Batch Irish Whiskey • Monkey Shoulder Blended Scotch • Nikka Coffey Grain Japanese Whiskey • Amrut Indian Single Malt Whiskey • Crown Royal XO Cognac Finish • Brenne French Single Malt Whiskey • Nikka Coffey Malt Japanese Whiskey

Madness: We do this for the upsets (so people can get upset) • The misleading pageantry of the E.H. Taylor • This is the greatest idea that Scott’s ever had in his entire life • NJ’s archaic rules about serving 2 drinks simultaneously • Mixing Amrut with Crown Royal is fire • Apparently diluted cherry ICEE is a tasting note now • Gabe can literally put water in his whiskey whenever he wants (little bitch) •  So. Many. Sherries. • Scott f's up the glasses • Ed never has 3 whiskeys at home (because he usually has 5) • The weird connection between Mark Twain and Rick & Morty • Anders may have been ordering avocado toast on his phone • If we pick Evan Williams, we’ll be sobbing in the shower like in The Crying Game • Circumcision jokes! • Anders makes good on his Bourbon wager from Week 1

Music Credits: Fight Back, Party Like the 80s, and Got This courtesy of Neffex | Link: https://www.youtube.com/user/neffexmusicReturn of the Mummy by Kevin MacLeod | Link: https://incompetech.filmmusic.io/song/4281-return-of-the-mummy | License: https://filmmusic.io/standard-licenseEnigma by Kevin MacLeod | Link: https://incompetech.filmmusic.io/song/3711-enigma | License: https://filmmusic.io/standard-license • Club Seamus by Kevin MacLeod | Link: https://incompetech.filmmusic.io/song/3520-club-seamus | License: https://filmmusic.io/standard-license • Exciting Trailer by Kevin MacLeod | Link: https://incompetech.filmmusic.io/song/3726-exciting-trailer | License: https://filmmusic.io/standard-license

Whiskeys: Glenmorangie 10 Year Single Malt Scotch • The Sexton Irish Whiskey • Teeling Small Batch Irish Whiskey • Monkey Shoulder Blended Scotch • Nikka Coffey Grain Japanese Whiskey • Amrut Indian Single Malt Whiskey • Crown Royal XO Cognac Finish • Brenne French Single Malt Whiskey

Madness: Gabe takes over for Anders who may or may not be on a secret cocktail-related mission to Mars • Scott likes what Scots like • Banana Nut Muffin is apparently a tasting note now • Gabe provides (funny then annoying then funny) running commentary • Wait, Louis Vuitton owns Glenmorangie?! • Ed has a tantrum about his contract • Wait, a New Jersey company owns Bushmills?! • Canadian whiskey is kind of a shit show • Wait, France drinks how much whiskey?! • Sometimes you just have to stop and sniff the anise • Quebec has a chance to be its own country in the English Channel! • Indian Whiskey gives a lot to the angels • There is definitely an “r” in “marzipan” • Phenol is apparently a tasting note now (and it’s bullshit) • Amrut tastes like Garfield’s dog (and it's delicious)

Music Credits: Fight Back courtesy of Neffex | Link: https://www.youtube.com/user/neffexmusicClub Seamus by Kevin MacLeod | Link: https://incompetech.filmmusic.io/song/3520-club-seamus | License: https://filmmusic.io/standard-license • Reign Supreme by Kevin MacLeod | Link: https://incompetech.filmmusic.io/song/4271-reign-supreme | License: https://filmmusic.io/standard-licenseFiddle-De-Dee by SilvermanSound and promoted by BreakingCopyright | Link https://youtu.be/o6Y1vqxTgOA | License: https://www.youtube.com/t/creative_commonsOn Hold For You by Kevin MacLeod | Link: https://incompetech.filmmusic.io/song/6928-on-hold-for-you | License: https://filmmusic.io/standard-license • Enigma by Kevin MacLeod | Link: https://incompetech.filmmusic.io/song/3711-enigma | License: https://filmmusic.io/standard-licenseParisian by Kevin MacLeod | Link: https://incompetech.filmmusic.io/song/4194-parisian | License: https://filmmusic.io/standard-licenseReturn of the Mummy by Kevin MacLeod | Link: https://incompetech.filmmusic.io/song/4281-return-of-the-mummy | License: https://filmmusic.io/standard-license

Whiskeys: Col. E.H. Taylor Small Batch Bottled-in-Bond Bourbon • Evan Williams Bottled-in-Bond Bourbon • Heaven Hill Bottled-in-Bond Bourbon • George Dickel Bottled-in-Bond Tennessee Whiskey • Knob Creek Rye • Corsair Dark Malted Rye • Journeyman Last Feather Rye • WhistlePig Piggyback Rye • Bulleit Rye • Garrison Brothers

Madness: Anders hopes Ed and Scott disagree cuz he's thirsty • The Heaven Hill owners are in the stands! • Buttered Italian bread is apparently a tasting note now • Super Bowl LV sucked • Mike Tyson will eat your children • Anders makes a wager (Bourbon edition) • Buying whiskey from Buffalo Trace is like buying cheese from Monty Python • English major comedy! • Nostril science! • The Evan Williams BiB bottle will turn your hand black and white • A speak-easy looks like a library threw up on a brothel • Last year’s winner wasn’t invited back and they went through some stuff • Anders makes a wager (Rye edition) • The Whiskey Madness selection committee is made up of intelligent, talented, and handsome men • Anders: teddy bear face, super villain laugh

Music Credits: Fight Back, Got This, The Show, Dangerous, and Party Like the ‘80s courtesy of Neffex | Link: https://www.youtube.com/user/neffexmusicReign Supreme by Kevin MacLeod | Link: https://incompetech.filmmusic.io/song/4271-reign-supreme | License: https://filmmusic.io/standard-licenseExciting Trailer by Kevin MacLeod | Link: https://incompetech.filmmusic.io/song/3726-exciting-trailer | License: https://filmmusic.io/standard-license

Tune in for a quick run down of the 4 major categories in next month's premiere blind-tasting whiskey bracket tournament, in which 16 whiskeys from 7 countries will battle to see who makes it to The Final Pour!

Music Credits: Freedom courtesy of Choc Mic McNeil | Link: https://soundcloud.com/chocmic/freedomFight Back by Neffex | Link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CYDP_8UTAus | License: https://www.youtube.com/t/creative_commons

Last Spring, on our Blanton's QuickTaste Sho(r)t, we told you about all the Blanton's expressions sold in Japan that aren't available anywhere else. (See https://whiskeytangent.podbean.com/e/whiskey-short-blantons-quicktaste%e2%84%a2/). But by a stroke of luck, a lounge-mate of ours ended up getting his hands on 4 of them and generously offered to taste them all on air with us.

He also claims to have a sex dungeon, so I think we're going to adopt him.

Whiskeys: Old Forester 1897 Bottled-in-Bond Bourbon • Four Roses Single Barrel Bourbon • Old Forester 100 Bourbon • Early Times • Woodford Reserve • J.T.S. Brown Bourbon • Jack Daniel’s Tennessee Whiskey • Old Forester Birthday Bourbon • Old Forester 1870 Original Batch Bourbon • Old Forester 1910 Old Fine Whiskey • Old Forester 1920 Prohibition Style Bourbon • Four Roses Yellow Label Bourbon • Four Roses Small Batch Bourbon • Four Roses Small Batch Select Bourbon

Tangents: Anders joins us on a non-cocktail episode as we get back to our Bourbon roots! • Old Forester History • The Hustler is the Unforgiven of pool • Frank Sinatra’s dead (too soon?) • Wait, did Woodford Reserve originally source their Old Forester?! • Cubby Broccoli is the greatest Bond villain of all time • Scott gets tongue tied about his tongue (which Anders says is talented) • Anders is cheating on us with another podcast • If you find Old Forester dry, you might have attacked the Capitol • The Master Mixologist gets his 5-timer jacket! • Four Roses History • Seagram’s New-Coked Four Roses in the ‘90s • Four Roses Math: 2 mash bills x 5 yeast strains = 10 recipes • Scott has a visceral reaction to the single barrel • Anders has more oranges, it’ll be ok • The three non-descript fruits you can’t really taste in whiskey • Ed has a thong with a hard on it • Anders floats the idea of a cocktail subscription service • Please support your local watering holes

Music Credits: Whiskey on the Mississippi by Kevin MacLeod | Link: https://incompetech.filmmusic.io/song/3513-classic-horror-3 | License: https://filmmusic.io/standard-licenseSovereign by Kevin MacLeod | Link: https://incompetech.filmmusic.io/song/4397-sovereign | License: https://filmmusic.io/standard-licenseCantina Blues by Kevin MacLeod | Link: https://incompetech.filmmusic.io/song/3474-cantina-blues | License: https://filmmusic.io/standard-license

Piggybacking on our just completed Whiskumentary on souring, here we try the newest expression from Blood Oath, which is a sourced blend of three Bourbons finished in ex-Cognac barrels for a truly unique taste experience. Then we tangent into the crazy history of what blood oaths actually are. So, go ahead and slice your hand open with a sword, drip some blood into your whiskey, and press play to get into all the deliciously gory details.

Legal Disclosures: By taking the above actions, you'll be bonded to us for life, and will no longer derive any joy when listening to any other whiskey podcasts but ours. No take-backsies.

Music Credits: Freedom courtesy of Choc Mic McNeil | Link: https://soundcloud.com/chocmic/freedomClassic Horror 3 by Kevin MacLeod | Link: https://incompetech.filmmusic.io/song/3513-classic-horror-3 | License: https://filmmusic.io/standard-license

Whiskeys: Angel’s Envy Rye • Big Ass Bourbon • Big Bottom Bourbon • Bulleit Rye • Coney Island Carlo Bourbon • Henderson Rye • Pritchard’s Rye • Rebel Yell Rye • Sagamore Spirit Rye • Sagamore Spirit Rye Double Oaked • Sagamore Spirit Rye Cognac Finished • Tin Cup Whiskey • W.H. Harrison Rye • WhistlePig Old World Rye • Willet Rye • Smooth Ambler Old Scout Bourbon • Smooth Ambler Contradiction Bourbon • W.R. Wheater Barrel #3 • High West Double Rye! • High West Midwinter Night’s Dram • L.H. Sandy Rye • Elijah Craig • Parker’s Heritage • Lost Lantern American Vatted Single Malt Edition No. 1

Topics: An extensive list of who’s sourcing what? • The distilleries who source and produce their own whiskeys simultaneously • Labeling laws and the TTB • Three solutions to fix sourcing’s transparency problem • Alcohol creates HOW much tax revenue?! • Why don’t distillers want people to know they provide sourced whiskey? • Interview with the owner of the South Jersey liquor store Banash • How liquor stores create their “barrel picks” • How Banash created their own sourced whiskey • Heaven Hill has the best bottom shelf in the industry • Interview with the founders of Lost Lantern Whiskey • Sourcing from local distilleries • Being transparent is a great way to get great barrels • Lost Lantern’s innovative approach to blending • Lost Lantern Tasting • Our Top 10 Most Surprising Sourced Whiskeys

Music Credits: Slow Burn by Kevin McLeod | Link: https://incompetech.filmmusic.io/song/4372-slow-burn | License: https://filmmusic.io/standard-license • Midnight Tale by Kevin MacLeod | Link: https://incompetech.filmmusic.io/song/4710-midnight-tale | License: https://filmmusic.io/standard-license

Whiskeys: Redemption Barrel Strength High-Rye Bourbon • Bullet Rye • Redemption Rye • Barrell • Jefferson • High West • Belle Meade • Hirsch • Calumet • James E. Pepper • Cyrus Noble • Seagram’s 7 • Templeton Rye • Widow Jane Bourbon • Bulleit Bourbon • W.R. Wheater • Four Roses • George Remus Bourbon • George Remus Repeal Reserve Bourbon • Remus Volstead Reserve Bourbon

Topics: MGP’s Mission Statement • We’ve been loving MGP since Episode #1 • What MGP is and does • “Distilled in Indiana” = Distilled by MGP • We’re media professionals (right?) • The History of MGP • Why does limestone make a difference? • The surprising tale of Seagram’s 7 • Ed was kind of a terrible child • The weird connection between sourcing and steroids • Gabe arrives and triggers belligerence (of course) • Sourcing’s undeserved bad reputation • MGP has how many fermentation tanks?! • Interview with MGP’s Justin King • All the services that MGP provides customers big and small • How yeast affects the taste of whiskey • Wait, we could make a Whiskey Tangent Whiskey?! • Scott votes for a 100% rye • George Remus: King of the Bootleggers • George Remus Bourbon History and Tasting • Zagnut v. Butterfinger v. Clark Bar • Anything MGP wants us to drink we will

Music Credits: Slow Burn by Kevin McLeod | Link: https://incompetech.filmmusic.io/song/4372-slow-burn | License: https://filmmusic.io/standard-license • Folk Round by Kevin MacLeod | Link: https://incompetech.filmmusic.io/song/3770-folk-round | License: https://filmmusic.io/standard-license • Porch Blues by Kevin McLeod | Link: https://incompetech.filmmusic.io/song/4232-porch-blues | License: https://filmmusic.io/standard-license

Whiskeys: Woodford Reserve • Hillrock • Crown Royal • High West • Templeton • Belle Meade • Bulleit Rye • Angel’s Envy Rye • Old Overholt • J.W. Dant • Yellowstone • James E. Pepper • Old Crow • Ancient Age • Jim Beam • Early Times • Henry McKenna • Wild Turkey • Pappy Van Winkle • Willet • George Dickel • Heaven Hill • Four Roses • I.W. Harper • Mellow Yellow Corn Whiskey • Heaven Hill Bottled-in-Bond • Evan Williams Bottled-in-Bold

Topics: What the hell is sourcing anyway? • The types of sourcing and the companies doing it (hint: everyone) • The history of sourcing whiskey in America • Farmers started it all in Jamestown, Virginia, in 1607 • Nomadic tribes that crossed the Bering Strait drank penguin milk (probably) • The first instance of sourcing (before George Washington ruined everything!) • Some wholesalers and rectifiers were total whiskey whores • The connection between oranges and Buffalo Trace • I.W. Harper History • Why we have no sponsors • Ed reveals why he drinks Scott's high-rye Bourbons • I.W. Harper QuickTaste • Scott and Ed have a whiskey disagreement • Happy New Year everyone!

Music Credits: Slow Burn by Kevin McLeod | Link: https://incompetech.filmmusic.io/song/4372-slow-burn | License: https://filmmusic.io/standard-license • Folk Round by Kevin MacLeod | Link: https://incompetech.filmmusic.io/song/3770-folk-round | License: https://filmmusic.io/standard-license • Porch Blues by Kevin McLeod | Link: https://incompetech.filmmusic.io/song/4232-porch-blues | License: https://filmmusic.io/standard-license

Join us as we taste a whiskey Christmas gift that actually tastes like Christmas—one that Forbes magazine voted their 2020 whiskey of the year. Plus! Scott tells the little-known tale of the “West Point Egg Nog Riot" and then Ed puts a whiskey spin on a classic Christmas Eve poem.

Also, on a serious note, we’d like to extend a special thanks to everyone who listened to us in 2020, learning and laughing along the way, as we all did our best to make it through this terrible year together. And guess what? We made it, folks! Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

Music Credits: Freedom courtesy of Choc Mic McNeil | Link: https://soundcloud.com/chocmic/freedom • Greensleeves to a Ground by Paul Arden-Taylor, Carol Holt (Public Domain) • Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairies and We Wish You a Merry Christmas by Kevin MacLeod | Link: https://incompetech.filmmusic.io | License: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/

Round 1: Maple Old Fashioned – Bulleit Rye, maple syrup, bitters, cinnamon sugar rim, cinnamon stick garnish

Round 2: Bourbon Alexander – Eagle Rare Bourbon, Crème de Cacao, half-and-half, nutmeg

Round 2B: Bourbon Alexander à La Mode – Eagle Rare Bourbon, Crème de Cacao, Schwan’s vanilla ice cream, nutmeg

Round 3: Wassail – Elijah Craig Bourbon, spiced apple cider, cranberry juice, ginger, lemon, vanilla extract, cinnamon sticks

Tangents: Sue and Shavonne join us for some holiday cocktails! • It’s now called “Ed-coholism” • A quick rehash of the history of the Old Fashioned • Scott gave the glasses a rim job • Shavonne doesn’t know who Mr. Ed is • Big Ed gum • The Mayor gets her five-time host jacket! • We finally reveal what Jackie’s Crossing actually is • Sue would be an Extra Large in Asia • The history of the Brandy Alexander • Shavonne sez: "Always put your nuts on top" • Scott has a problem with McCormick’s—the Pappy Van Winkle of cinnamon sticks • Shavonne’s dad thinks Ed’s name is Zack • John Lennon’s favorite drink was cunty • We’re fartin’ the night away! • The (false) fire at Jackie’s Crossing • Little-known Abbey Road track: “Madison Vomits in Threes” • Scott’s REALLY excited about the third drink • Sue laughs like Mutley • The history of Wassail • You know, we just don’t say “whilst” enough anymore • Wassail might just be a cure for Covid • Kumquat is French for “cums four times”

Music Credits: Whiskey on the Mississippi, Holiday Weasel, and We Wish You a Merry Christmas by Kevin McLeod | Link: https://incompetech.filmmusic.io | License: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0

Gabe joins us for our third journey through the wonderful world of infinity bottles. Not only do we taste our third Bourbon/Rye expression, we also go through Gabe's 2nd Bourbon/Rye attempt, as well as his first Irish Whiskey mix! Also, there are so many crickets in this one, we're gonna need an exterminator. Or maybe we could just stop singing so much? Nahhhhh.

Music Credits: Freedom courtesy of Choc Mic McNeil | Link: https://soundcloud.com/chocmic/freedomBeauty Flow by Kevin MacLeod | Link: https://incompetech.filmmusic.io | License: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/

Beers: Round 1 - Dragon's Milk White Bourbon Barrel Aged American Stout (6%) • Round 2 - Innis & Gunn “The Original” Scotch Barrel Aged Golden Ale (6.6%) • Round 3 - Kentucky Bourbon Barrel Aged Strong Ale (8.2%) • Round 4 - Some People Are Immune to Good Advice Maple Bourbon Barrel Aged American Imperial Stout (10.7%) • Round 5 - Old Rasputin XXII Bourbon Barrel Aged Russian Imperial Stout (11.3%) • Round 6 - KBS Highly Acclaimed Espresso American Imperial Stout (12%) • Round 7 - Call Me Old Fashioned Brewer's Reserve Brandy, Bourbon, and Orange Curacao Barrel Aged Imperial Red Ale (12%) • Round 8 - Jack’s Abby “Eis Maker” Lager Wine Bourbon Barrel Aged Eisbock (13%)

Tangents: Callum, co-owner of the Local Lounge, and Ed’s son Mike join us for some tasty brews! • We flash back and forward to past and future episodes • Callum does some over-the-top British accents (but he’s from England, so it’s cool) • Scott is an actual Scottish Lord! • The Queen of England has four drinks a day • Ed’s a Traveling Man, Part 1: Mexico • Some of these beers are as dark as Mike (but he said it, so it's cool) • Boulder, Colorado has at least one beer-loving homeless guy • Mike does some over-the-top Mexican accents (but his fiancée's stepfather is Mexican, so it's cool) • The new album from our fictional band Lords of Chaos: “You’re Seeing a Different Sodomy” • Scott does some over-the-top Morrissey impressions (but Morrissey would be sad anyway, so it's cool) • Ed’s a Traveling Man, Part 2: Russia • The Old Rasputin tastes like you might hit a deer on the way home • Canadian Bacon: How f**king dare you • The highly specific logistics of four dudes taking a nap together

Music Credits: Whiskey on the Mississippi by Kevin MacLeod | Link: https://incompetech.filmmusic.io | License: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/

So, we've been very lucky to receive a bunch of free bottles of whiskey from various distilleries looking to market their product. And we've been happy to comply, with the caveat that if we hate it, we're going to say so. And, honestly? So far, they've all been various degrees of great.

This time, though, a listener sent us a bottle from a local distiller with which he has no affiliation.  He just likes the stuff.  So... did we like it, too?  Well, you're just going to have to listen to find that out.  But we talk about sodomy, so, you know, that's the "Bonus" part.

Happy Thanksgiving everyone!

Music Credits: Freedom courtesy of Choc Mic McNeil | Link: https://soundcloud.com/chocmic/freedom • Laid Back Guitars by Kevin MacLeod | Link: https://incompetech.filmmusic.io | License: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/

Coming just once a year, the Thomas H. Handy Sazerac Rye is an uptick expression of the regular Sazerac Rye that's expensive and hard to get. We got a small swallow of it for free because we have nice friends. But whatever way you end up wrapping your hands around one, everyone loves a Handy. Amiright? ;-)

Music Credits: Freedom courtesy of Choc Mic McNeil | Link: https://soundcloud.com/chocmic/freedom • Fig Leaf Rag by Kevin MacLeod | Link: https://incompetech.filmmusic.io | License: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/

Round 1: Cooper & Thief Bourbon Barrel Red Blend 2017 • Barrelhouse Bourbon Barrel Red Blend 2018

Round 2: Ménage à Trois Bourbon Barrel Cabernet Sauvignon 2018 • Robert Mondavi Private Selection Bourbon Barrel  Chardonnay 2018

Round 3: 1924 Scotch Barrel Chardonnay 2018 • Robert Mondavi Private Selection Rye Barrel Red Blend 2018

Tangents: “The Ladies” are back! Chelbi, Drea, and Nari • The History of Whiskey-Barreled Wines • Barrelhouse tastes like regret • The Ladies are too fast at the Quiskey buzzer (but not in a “ho” way) • Chelbi helps out with saying French words (mmm) • The History of Cabernet Sauvignon (mmm) • Wait, dust is a flavor now? • Nari has the best words but Chelbi and Drea are just bullshitting • The History of Chardonnay • Ed casts shade on Denver (and Topeka) • The Mondavi Chardonnay isn’t bad… for a funeral • The origin of the word “Snatch” • Quiskey causes the ladies turn on each other (but they agree Scott’s the prettiest) • We celebrate Drea's and Chelbi's birthdays! • Um, poisonberry? • Shavonne arrives! • Scott and Shavonne had a scary Uber ride last NYE • Wow Chelbi’s a harder scorer than Jeff! • Drea makes her own wine blend

Music Credits: Whiskey on the Mississippi and Night in Venice by Kevin MacLeod | Link: https://incompetech.filmmusic.io | License: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/

Join us as we taste the somewhat controversial reissuing of a very old brand from Heaven Hill, one of the most prolific distillers out there. So, does it taste like Heaven or Hill? Hah! See what I did there?! I'll see myself out.

Music Credits: Freedom courtesy of Choc Mic McNeil | Link: https://soundcloud.com/chocmic/freedom

Whiskeys: George Dickel 8 Tennessee Whiskey • George Dickel 12 Tennessee Whiskey • George Dickel 11 Year Bottled-in-Bond Tennessee Whiskey • Uncle Nearest 1884 Small Batch Tennessee Whiskey • Knob Creek • Woodford Reserve • Buffalo Trace • Bulleit Bourbon • Heaven Hill • Bulleit 10 Year Bourbon • Basil Hayden’s • Uncle Nearest 1856 • Uncle Nearest 1820 Cask Strength • George Dickel 13 Year Bottled-in-Bond • Corsair Dark Rye American Rye Malt • Corsair Triple Smoke American Single Malt • Woodford Reserve Master Collection Chocolate Malted Rye • Willet Estate Family Rye

Tangents: Shavonne joins us for our first road trip to the smaller distilleries of the United States! • Ed’s had a rough week • Uncle Nearest history and tasting • The uncle nearest Scott is an asshole • Ed gets interrupted • The former slave Nathan "Nearest" Green taught Jack Daniel how to make whiskey (!) • Shavonne has so many titles and jobs (and may just depose Ed out of the podcast) • Ed gets interrupted again • George Dickel history and tasting • Twizzlers! • Kit Kats! • Corsair history and tastings • There are officially too many flavors in the Dark Rye • "Triple Smoke" would be a really bad WWE wrestler name • Tennessee Fun Facts! • The Tale of the Four-Legged Lady

Music Credits: Whiskey on the Mississippi, Still Pickin, Hillbilly Swing, Porch Blues, and Corncob by Kevin MacLeod | Link: https://incompetech.filmmusic.io | License: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/

When it comes to whiskey, there's a lot of folklore, misconceptions, misleading information, and just so many hard-to-recall details that it's easy to get things wrong. And maybe you have that one friend who thinks he knows everything about whiskey but you don't know enough to correct him. (Or maybe that friend is you.) Well, we're here to help. In just 18 minutes, we'll turn you into a bona fide Bourbon expert, so you can lord your newly minted whiskey knowledge all over that misinformed blowhard. (Or make you even more insufferable than you were before.) You're welcome.

Music Credits: Freedom courtesy of Choc Mic McNeil | Link: https://soundcloud.com/chocmic/freedom

Whiskeys: Barrell Private Release AH10 Ruby Port • Barrell Private Release AH08 Malmsey Madeira • Barrell Private Release AH02 Tokaji • Barrell Private Release AH05 Sicilian Amaro • Barrell Dovetail • Barrel Bourbon Batch 004 • James E. Pepper 1776 Bourbon • Elijah Craig • Woodford Reserve • Knob Creek • Barrel Bourbon Batch 005

Tangents: Our buddy Jeff joins us again! • How Jeff got Barrell to send us some whiskey • The recent history and non-traditional concept of Barrell • Wait they have HOW many expressions?! • Jeff chases 120-proof whiskey with 100-proof whiskey • Jeff is the Che Guevara of Bourbon • Ed hides whiskey like it’s porn • The Barrell founders and practices • The 2020 awards Barrell has won with other distillers’ whiskeys • We’re still hating on James E. Pepper • Ed is “amaro” about his love life • Ocean City v. Wildwood #jerseyjokes • Jeff gives good whiskey presents • Full Disclosure: We wanted to hate on Barrell when they came out • Ed wants to live at MGP when he retires • The double-edged sword of making so many expressions • We are the Knights Who Say Meat! • Jeff threatens to throw out all his Woodford Reserve

Music Credits: Whiskey on the Mississippi and Wah Game Loop by Kevin MacLeod | Link: https://incompetech.filmmusic.io | License: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/

Ed bought Scott some Weller for his birthday, and Ed's super salty about what he paid for it. In fact, he's not only salty about how expensive and rare Weller is, but also about how expensive and rare ALL the spirits from Buffalo Trace seem to be nowadays—everything from Pappy to Blanton's to Eagle Rare. And, well, he's not wrong. The secondary market may not be killing whiskey, but it sure is frustrating if you like a particular brand, can't find it in your area, and are forced to pay an outrageous price online for something you're just going to piss out tomorrow. Do better, Buffalo Trace.

Music Credits: Freedom courtesy of Choc Mic McNeil | Link: https://soundcloud.com/chocmic/freedom

Well, the slow-motion disaster that was Summer 2020 is finally over, but we’ve still got one thing to say. Ok, SEVERAL last things. So, won’t you join us for a look back as we revisit the past 6 months, give some shout-outs, recap all the Epsiodes and Sho(r)ts, and try really really hard not to talk about the apocalypse.

Last Things: Everything sucks and we all know it, but we’re gonna focus on the good • We have a Whiskey Safety Deposit Box of Love at the Local Lounge • Shout-outs: Marty and Rachel (procurers Blood Oath) • Anders (bartender and cohost extraordinaire) • Gabe (the Yellow Stain to Ed’s Mantress) • Shavonne (our new Director of Social Media, Marketing, and HR) • Jeff & Sue (we're breaking them up!) • Whiskey Advocate (put us on their list of 2020 whiskey podcasts!) • Sexton Irish Whiskey (gave us a free bottle!), Fistful of Bourbon (gave us a free bottle too!) • Legent Bourbon (gave us TWO free bottles!) • Adam Harris (Beam Suntory Brand Ambassador) • Kevin MacLeod (provided 90% of our music) • Listener Demographics: 38 countries! 47 states! 6000 downloads! Afghanistan still has our 3rd most downloads (thanks Brian!) • Spain and Italy are now on the board (thanks Bill!) • Episode and Sho(r)t Recaps: Ed doesn’t need smoky peat shoved up his anus • Gabe got belligerent when Ed was trying to be nice for once • We got plied with free whiskey at the liquor store • Hipsters hate Blanton’s • Scott throws down Death Magnetic as best Metallica album • We make cocktails by ourselves for the first time and accidentally stumble upon the brilliance of The Scofflaw • Ed mercilessly mocks Gabe (again) • Wow we really hated the James E. Pepper 1776 Bourbon • Our parents drank such sad liquor • Why we have Episodes and Sho(r)ts • Anders and Gabe should be listening to all of our damn podcasts dammit! • The Next 6 Months: Barrell Bourbon • Infinty Bottle 3 • The United States of Whiskey • Blood Oath 6 • Bourbon-Barrel Wine • Little Book 4 • Bourbon-Barrel Beer 2 • Ladies Night 2 • Whiskumentary 2 (Topic TBD) • Four Roses vs. Old Forrester • Whiskey Madness 2021

Music Credits: Whiskey on the Mississippi by Kevin MacLeod | Link: https://incompetech.filmmusic.io | License: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/Titanic Blues by Virginia Liston (1924, Public Domain)

Join us and a couple of friends as we taste the latest release from Beam Suntory, their first new brand in almost 30 years. (That's not a typo!) It's a blended bourbon, yes, but with an interesting twist. It's all the same famous Kentucky mashbill spirit, but a portion of it was finished in ex-wine barrels and another portion was finished in ex-sherry barrels, after which it was all blended together with some good ol' Japanese know-how.

Plus, we were lucky enough to score an interview with Senior Brand Ambassador, Adam Harris, and things got downright belligerent! Lol we're kidding. Adam's a great guy, and we had a great chat about some great whiskey. (Now if only Ed and Gabe could get along so well.)

Music Credits: Freedom courtesy of Choc Mic McNeil | Link: https://soundcloud.com/chocmic/freedomPorch Blues, Temple of the Manes, and Corncob by Kevin MacLeod | Link: https://incompetech.filmmusic.io | License: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/

Round 1: Original Manhattan – Bulleit Rye, Cocchi Tornio Italian sweet vermouth, simple syrup, Angostura bitters, atomizer spray of absinthe, served in a coupe glass

Round 2: Original Mint Julep – Smith & Ross Jamaican Rum, mint simple syrup, Angostura bitters, served in a silver cup with Sonic pebble ice and a sprig of mint

Round 2B: Traditional Mint Julep – Buffalo Trace Bourbon, mint simple syrup, Angostura bitters, served in a silver cup with Sonic pebble ice and a sprig of mint

Round 3: Traditional Sazerac – Sazerac Rye, simple syrup, Peychaud’s bitters, atomizer spray of absinthe, served in a rocks glass

Tangents: Anders and Gabe join us for an in-depth tasting, history, and discussion of three classic cocktails! • Scott and Anders both separately went to New Orleans and neither had a Sazerac #epicfail • Can the original recipe for the Manhattan be found on the Rosetta Stone? • The coupe glass was modeled after Marie Antoinette’s breasts? • Manhattan history and tasting • Anders would have gotten a lot of action on the Love Boat (but not from Scott Baio) • How to serve absinthe • Mint Julep history and tasting • Muddling mint can release chlorophyll and make it too bitter • Ernest Hemmingway once got belligerent about the terrible Mint Juleps in Paris • Tornadoes make another appearance on a cocktail episode! • Sazerac history and tasting (and maybe some porn) • Ed wants to make an anise/anus joke SO badly right now • Wow the Sazerac is delicious • Anders gets belligerent and a little cocky

Music Credits: Whiskey on the Mississippi and Five Card Shuffle by Kevin MacLeod | Link: https://incompetech.filmmusic.io | License: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/

So if you've been listening for awhile, you know that Ed is 0-3 in Quiskeys. He lost once to Anders and twice to Gabe. But now he has a chance to get his revenge on both of them at the same time in our first threeway! Wait, no, that came out wrong. It's our first threeway competition, featuring... New questions! New buzz-in system! New scoring penalties! New sound effects! And a new winner? Well, there's just one way to find out! (Um, by clicking "Play" if that wasn't already clear. Oh sure fine, go get a sandwich first. Sheesh. God forbid you wait 18 minutes to eat again.)

Music Credits: Freedom courtesy of Choc Mic McNeil | Link: https://soundcloud.com/chocmic/freedom

Whiskeys: Basil Hayden’s • Knob Creek • Booker’s • Baker’s Small Batch • Baker’s Single Barrel • Old Ezra No. 7 • Little Book Chapter 3

Tangents: Baker’s is like the lesser known members of The Supremes and Destiny’s Child • Baker Beam’s Backstory • Baker’s Small Batch Tasting • How small does a small batch have to be? • Why Baker’s changed from Small Batch to Single Barrel • Baker’s Single Barrel Tasting • Baker’s v. Baker’s blind tasting (as in a Whiskey Madness 2020 bracket) • Scott’s weekend: Fresh brownies and leather • All the Single Barrels! All the Single Barrels! Uh oh oh! • Ed likes 6-oz pours • Infinity Bottle III Pouring Ceremony • We make a high-proof Manhattan with the Single Barrel (as in Episode #25) • Baker’s v. Little Book side-by-side tasting • We really need a yearly expression of Little Book Chapter 3 • Top 10 Cookies! (because Bakers make cookies, get it?) • Wow Scott get belligerent about cookies (as in Episode #4) • Seriously, don’t sleep on the Baker’s

Music Credits: Whiskey on the Mississippi, Porch Blues, Corncob, and Cantina Blues by Kevin MacLeod | Link: https://incompetech.filmmusic.io | License: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/Fight Back by Neffex | Link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CYDP_8UTAus | License: https://www.youtube.com/t/creative_commons Deep Sea Blues by Clara Smith (1923, Public Domain)

Take one venerable Scotch company, add two talented whiskey blenders, give them five completely different tasting bourbons, and what do you get? Well, you get another fine expression in the continuing trend of blending American whiskeys, something once considered to be just about the worst thing you can do. But, really, that's because "a blend" used to be just a cover for truly terrible whiskey. Today, we use Fireball for that. #sorrynotsorry

Music Credits: Freedom courtesy of Choc Mic McNeil | Link: https://soundcloud.com/chocmic/freedom

Whiskeys: Sazerac Rye • WhistlePig 12 Year: Old World Style Rye • Sazerac 18 Year Rye • Thomas H. Handy Sazerac Rye • James E. Pepper 1776 Rye • James E. Pepper 1776 Bourbon • Barton’s 1792 • Blanton’s • Buffalo Trace • Eagle Rare • Col. E. H. Taylor • Elmer T. Lee •  George T. Stagg • Pappy Van Winkle • W.L. Weller • Whistle 6 Year: Piggyback • WhistlePig 10 Year Rye • WhistlePig 15 Year: Estate Oak Rye • WhistlePig 18 Year: Double Malt Rye • WhistlePig Boss Hog VI: The Samurai Scientist • WhistlePig Boss Hog V: The Spirit of Mauve • Willet Family Estate Rye

Tangents: Shavonne and Gabe join us again! • Kinda hard not to get laid at a Luther Vandross/Vanessa Williams concert • Rye History Recap • We get the yips • Sazerac Tasting • Ed wants to get a $600 (Thomas H.) Handy • Gabe has anger issues • What are the ingredients in a “Tonya Harding” cocktail? • Ed hates on the 1776 whiskeys again • Sazerac History (company, cognac, cocktail, whiskey) • Gabe gets belligerent about cheesecake • We get the yips again • Ed confuses Antoine Peychaud with Jean Luc Picard • The ridiculously long list of Sazerac-owned distilleries and brands • WhistlePig History - Part 1 • We try to get some free Ben & Jerry’s • WhistlePig 12 Tasting • WhistlePig History - Part 2 • Ed gets interrupted (a lot) • WhistlePig actually has pigs! • Vermont oak has tightly packed rings • MGP has tightly packed barrels • Wow there really are just way too many anise/anus jokes right now

Music Credits: Whiskey on the Mississippi, Corncob, Fireflies & Stardust, Porch Blues, and Wah Game Loop by Kevin MacLeod | Link: https://incompetech.filmmusic.io | License: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/

Having been big fans of Irish whiskey for awhile now, we're excited to see the many new distilleries and expressions coming out of Ireland after decades of languishing behind the other countries enjoying the benefits of a resurgent whiskey industry. And The Sexton is one of these new expressions. Not only is the bottle cool as hell (just look at it!), it also has an interesting backstory.  But none of that truly matters unless the whiskey itself is actually any good.  So... is it?  Tune in and find out!

Music Credits: Freedom courtesy of Choc Mic McNeil | Link: https://soundcloud.com/chocmic/freedom • Skye Cuillin by Kevin MacLeod | Link: https://incompetech.filmmusic.io/song/4371-skye-cuillin | License: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/

Whiskeys: Halley’s Comet 1986 Blended Scotch • Macallan • Port Ellen • Chivas Regal • Johnnie Walker • Monkey Shoulder

Wormholes: Jeff and Sue join us in the Wormhole! • Sue’s our little WhiskeyPixie™ • Jeff describes how he got ahold of a Scotch from 1986 • Why did our parents drink such sad liquor? • Halley’s Comet History (the whiskey) • We were children when this was bottled • Halley’s Comet History (the comet) • Halley’s Comet Tasting (and a small emergency) • Why Scotch tastes so different from Bourbon • Who doesn’t like a little cork in their mouth? • We drink a tribute to Jeff’s late father • Fun Facts About 1986 • Scott had a handful of Stiff Stuff • Ed paid way too much for a Tandy computer • The Challenger, Chernobyl, and Mad Cow Disease all explode • Poor Bill Buckner • The Top 10 Movies (and Songs) of 1986 • Jeff gets belligerent about Top Gun • Scott gets crap for refusing to watch It’s a Wonderful Life • Ed Murphy was really living it up in ’86!

Music Credits: Political Action Ad, Ouroboros, and The Pyre by Kevin MacLeod | Link: https://incompetech.filmmusic.io | License: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0

Whiskeys: James E. Pepper 1776 Bourbon • James E. Pepper 1776 Rye • Old Oscar Pepper • Old Crow • Woodford Reserve • Bulleit Rye • Angel’s Envy Rye • WhistlePig 10 Year Rye • Redemption Rye • Sagamore Spirit Cognac Finish Rye • High West Double Rye!

Tangents: Sue and Jeff are back again! • James E. Pepper History (Part 1) • Whiskey is an incestuous business • Marketing was important to whiskey, then as now • James E. Pepper changed whiskey laws, owned racehorses, hung out with captains of industry in Manhattan, and popularized the Old Fashioned • 1776 Bourbon tasting • The menthol in the bourbon makes Ed want to start smoking again • Jeff puts us in the Whiskey Wormhole™ • James E. Pepper History (Part 2) • Ed creates a new word! • 1776 Rye tasting • Is copper on the nose like a penny in your mouth? • Sue compares whiskey to vegetable dip • Scott sings Donna Summer • Is this episode a complete failure? • Bulleit Rye comparison • James E. Pepper Rye is well-named • Sue’s mother ruined spicy ryes for her forever • Scott & Ed tell some podcast-saving whiskey jokes

Music Credits: Whiskey on the Mississippi, Corncob, and Fireflies & Stardust by Kevin MacLeod | Link: https://incompetech.filmmusic.io | License: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/

Yes, yes, another Top 10 list. But THIS time it's actually TWO lists! Anders is back to help us with ranking the Top 10 Ryes that we like, and then we check Ranker.com's Top 10 Ryes to see how we match up against the masses. Fun right? RIGHT?! *crickets* Sigh.

Music Credits: Freedom courtesy of Choc Mic McNeil | Link: https://soundcloud.com/chocmic/freedom

Whiskeys: Suntory Whiskey Toki • Nikka Coffey Malt Whiskey • Suntory White Label • Suntory Kakubin • Suntory Single Malt • Yamazaki 12 Year • Yamazaki 18 Year • Yamazaki 25 Year • Hibiki Harmony • Hibiki 17 Year • Hibiki 21 Year • Bushmills • Green Spot • Four Roses • Pappy Van Winkle 12 Year • Evan Williams 23 Year

Tangents: Our friend Anders joins us for a virtual trip to the Far East • Crazy-flavored Japanese snacks! • Suntory Distillery history • Toki tasting • Japanese spots in Philly’s Chinatown • We all want to travel to Tokyo • Ed’s come a long way in liking Scotch (which is all Anders’ fault) • We almost outbid Suntory when they bought Jim Beam (we were only $15.999999 billion short) • Coffey Still v. Pot Still • Nikka Distillery history • Nikka Coffey tasting • Korean fire-breathing squirrels! • Cambodian sniper monkeys! • How Japan saved the Bourbon industry (no, seriously) • How Ed talked Scott down off the Whiskey Madness ledge • Anders bought his way onto the podcast (but not really) • Anders defends Gabe against Ed • Star Blazers and naked anime • What do Japanese people call Easter Eggs? • Anders really misses the Lounge (and so do we)

Music Credits: Whiskey on the Mississippi, Shenyang, Ishikari Lore, Living Voyage, and Temple of the Manes by Kevin MacLeod | Link: https://incompetech.filmmusic.io | License: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/Saikai no Yakusoku by Kuyuri | Link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sBW7nDmFM2Y | License: https://www.tandess.com/en/music/free-material/material.html

Pop quiz, Whiskey Peeps! What does maple syrup, the Brooklyn Bridge, 10-year-old whiskey, and the Magna Carta all have in common? If you need a hint, it has to do with some old abandoned limestone mines located in Upstate New York, but seriously, that's all you're getting. You can find out in just 14 minutes if you just press play. I mean, if we reveal everything in the description, then there's no reason to listen at all. Hmm... maybe we should just do a blog. It would probably be a whole lot easier than dragging out all the equipment, recording an hour of material, editing out our dumb crap, publishing it on our podcast site, etc., etc. Hell, we had to come up with this description, why not just write the entire damn thing out in an article and be done with it?! #randombelligerence

Music Credits: Freedom courtesy of Choc Mic McNeil | Link: https://soundcloud.com/chocmic/freedom

Round 1: Maker’s Sour – Maker’s Mark Cask Strength Bourbon (109.6), simple syrup, lemon juice, cherry, lemon peel

Round 1B: Bulleit Sour – Bulleit Bourbon Barrel Strength (125.4), less simple syrup, more lemon juice

Round 2: The Scofflaw – Knob Creek Cask Strength Rye (127), dry vermouth, grenadine, lemon juice, orange bitters, lemon peel

Round 3: Bourbon 76 – Old Ezra 7 Year Bourbon (117), Champagne, honey, lemon juice

Tangents: The history of the traditional Whiskey Sour • The ubiquitous and terrible Whiskey Sours everyone made in the 1970s • Ed’s Aunt Scottie: The Last of the Classy Dames • Dry vermouth is terrible by itself • Scott’s Aunt Oceana: Vodka Martini Aficionado • The history of the Scofflaw (the word and the drink) • Old Ezra’s distillery also produces Blood Oath • Murder hornets do not make honey • Bee is for belligerence • Scott stole his ex’s Champagne flutes (shhh) • New name for the Bourbon 76: The French Foreplay! • The history of the French 75 (the drink and the war cannon) • The terrible conditions of World War I • Spoiler Alert: We just had the first and last Bourbon 75s in our lives

Music Credits: Whiskey on the Mississippi by Kevin MacLeod | Link: https://incompetech.filmmusic.io | License: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/ • One Dime Blues by Blind Lemon Jefferson (1927, Public Domain) • Ragtime Annie by Charlie Poole and the North Carolina Ramblers Group (1926, Public Domain) • Deep Sea Blues by Clara Smith (1923, Public Domain) • Titanic Blues by Virginia Liston (1924, Public Domain)

Finally! At long last we scored a bottle of Blanton's! And naturally we wanted to share it with you. So join us for a tasting of the Grandaddy of Single Barrel Bourbons and discover all the rich Japanese history of this seemingly singular American spirit. Yeah, that's right, Japan. As in the country where you can find several Blanton's expressions you can't get anywhere else. #notjealousatallohmygodyesweare

Producer's Note: We have a later Blanton's Sho(r)t in which we taste 4 of the Japanese versions we talked about in this Sho(r)t: https://whiskeytangent.podbean.com/e/whiskey-short-japanese-blantons-quicktaste

Music Credits: Freedom courtesy of Choc Mic McNeil | Link: https://soundcloud.com/chocmic/freedom • Fireflies & Stardust and Senbazaru by Kevin MacLeod | Link: https://incompetech.filmmusic.io | License: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/

Whiskeys: Maker’s Mark Cask Strength Bourbon • WR Wheater Single Barrel Cask Strength Straight Bourbon • Larceny • W.L. Weller • Henry McKenna • Blanton’s • Kinsey Zinfandel Finish • Journeyman Last Feather Rye • Angel’s Envy Rye • Knob Creek • Hillrock • Jefferson • Larceny Barrel Proof • Maker’s Mark • Maker’s Mark 46

Tangents: Local v. national wheated Bourbon brands go head to head! • We interview one of the owners of Banash Liquors in Cherry Hill, NJ • How does a liquor store create its own whiskey? • How many delicious local whiskeys are we missing? • WR Wheater Barrel #1 tasting • WR Wheater Barrel #2 tasting • Scott makes an Infinity Glencairn! • Whiskey industry innovation • Ed could survive on whiskey and toilet paper • The real reason why there still isn’t any toilet paper on the shelves • Uncle Ed’s toilet paper tips • How wet wipes create Fatbergs (seriously, stop using those) • Maker’s Mark 46 is the Newman to our Seinfeld • Take a chance on your local liquor store’s selections

Music Credits: Whiskey on the Mississippi, Corncob, and Fireflies & Stardust by Kevin MacLeod | Link: https://incompetech.filmmusic.io | License: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/

Ok, so we lied. Whiskey Madness 2020's The Final Pour was not, in fact, the final pour. But here we switch up the guest taster, remove the under-$60 restriction, allow ourselves more whiskey to taste, and taste them double-blinded so that nobody knows which whiskey is which. So what does all that mean? It means we drank too much, got a little belligerent with each other, and it all nearly spiraled out of control. Enjoy!

Music Credits: Freedom courtesy of Choc Mic McNeil | Link: https://soundcloud.com/chocmic/freedomFight Back by Neffex | Link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CYDP_8UTAus | License: https://www.youtube.com/t/creative_commons

This is a special announcement regarding a change in our schedule for the forseeable future, which brings to mind that time Beavis & Butthead were watching TV and the video of Culture Club's 80s hit "Karma Chameleon" came on...

Butthead: "Hey Beavis, is this supposed to be, like, in the future?"

Beavis: "Yeah, the future sucks. Change it."

Butthead: "I'm pretty cool, Beavis. But I can't change the future."

But we can, Beavis. We can.

Music Credits: Freedom courtesy of Choc Mic McNeil | Link: https://soundcloud.com/chocmic/freedom

Whiskeys: Ardbeg Scotch • Auchentoshan American Oak Scotch • Lagavulin 8 Year Single Malt Scotch • Monkey Shoulder Blended Malt Scotch • Glenmorangie 10 Year Single Malt Scotch • Glenmorangie Signet Single Malt Scotch • Glenfiddich • Balvenie • Kininvie • Chivas Regal • Stranahan’s American Single Malt • McCarthy’s American Single Malt • Hillrock American Single Malt • Woodford Reserve Malt Whiskey • Woodford Reserve Chocolate Malted Rye • McKenna 10 Year Single Barrel Bottled-in-Bond Bourbon • Henry McKenna Bourbon • Woodford Reserve Bourbon • Basil Hayden’s Bourbon • Knob Creek Bourbon

Tangents: Finally a Scotch episode! • Scotches for Bourbon and Rye drinkers • Ed doesn’t want smoky peat shoved up his anus • Monkey Shoulder history and tasting • Is 15 times a day too much? • Scott has an issue with Ed saying “my” locker • Stop hating on blends, people • What is “monkey shoulder”? • Glenmorangie history and tasting • We’re on a journey into Scotch • “Modicum” = 20 minutes • The NJ & PA Coronavirus Lockdown • Extroverts v. Introverts v. Isolation • Our word of the day is “wonderful” • Top 10 Scots! • Scott is supposedly Scottish (and possibly admits to some light crossdressing) • McKenna v. Glenmorangie tasting • 50 Shades of Brown • #letgabeout • We have a surprising amount of knowledge about corn • Cat food fish tacos • Expand your horizons with whiskey (not anal beads)

Music Credits: Whiskey on the MississippiFiddles McGinty, Hidden Past, and Moorland by Kevin MacLeod | Link: https://incompetech.filmmusic.io | License: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/

Join us as we open and taste our second attempt at building an Infinity Bottle. (And if you don't know what one of those is, please do go back and listen to our previous Sho(r)t on "How to Build an Infinity Bottle" from early October 2019). But that's not all! We actually saved some of our first bottle to compare! AND we have a guest who made their own! Hilarity ensues! You know the drill by now. ;-)

Music Credits: Freedom courtesy of Choc Mic McNeil | Link: https://soundcloud.com/chocmic/freedom

Winter 2020 may be officially over, but we’ve still got one thing to say. Ok, SEVERAL last things. So, won’t you join us for a look back as we revisit the past 6 months, give some shout-outs, recap all the epsiodes, and generally try not to talk too much about the #coronapocalypse.

Last Things: We got this recorded *just* before the NJ coronavirus shutdown • It’s our 1-year podcast-release anniversary! • Listener Shout-Outs: Derek, Callum & Anders (Local Lounge managers), Marty & Rachel (Local Lounge patrons), Nancy (Ed’s Cousin), Rich & Bill (Banash Liquors managers), Bill (Johnny Appleseed), Gabe (The Sherpa), Shavonne (The Mayor), Chelbi, Nari, and Drea (The Ladies) Christian & Jay (Beer Bros), and Sue & Jeff (Comrades-in-Drunks) • Listener Demographics: 6 Continents! 24 Countries! 38 States! • Episode Recaps: Ed has a problem with Utah • Pucker: The reason we have a podcast • There’s no pitcher and there’s no catcher • Ed has a problem with Everest climbers • Ed has a problem with glassware • Scott has a problem with Pluto lovers • The men smoked the women in our Battle of the Sexes • Ken Burns needs Scott as his editor • Ed’s son has a problem with his delayed podcast appearance • Gabe gets a jacket, a cake, and maybe a handy? • We spoil the Whiskey Madness bracket finals • Anders validates our tasting methodology • Coming Soon: Infinity Bottle 2 • Double-blind tastings • Scotch for Bourbon lovers Japanese whiskey • More cocktails • Blanton’s QuickTaste™ • Bourbon-barrel-aged wine • And of course, many, many tangents ;-)

Music Credits: Whiskey on the Mississippi by Kevin MacLeod | Link: https://incompetech.filmmusic.io | License: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/

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