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Sunday, November 8, 2015

Whiskey or whisky: What's the difference? What's the big deal?!

All right, this came up again with a new friend so I thought I'd document it here.

Whiskey or whisky? Does it matter? Can't I just use either one? (If you are writing about whiskey, yes, it matters)

No! Dammit, NO! Ha! jk jk jk

Yes, it does matter. So pay attention. It's real simple.

If you are talking about Scotch (ESPECIALLY if you are in Scotland), do yourself a favor and lose the "e." (see an article)

If you are in Ireland and/or drinking Irish whiskey, use the "e."

OK. Here is where it can get tricky for the slow and weak. In the U.S., generally whiskey has an "e" but not always (Isn't that just like us?). So, if you are in America, home of the brave - land of the free, feel free to go either way. Your choice. We go both ways in the U.S. God bless us all.

My Choice? Well now, I have chosen to drink whiskey with my "e" intact. It is what makes me uniquely American. My grandfather and his brothers were a moonshiners and they darned tootin' had there "e's" intact!

Whatever you choose, please be consistent. Nothing is worse than having no "e" one day then deciding you found a cute t-shirt with an "e" so you are going to go that way for a while. Make a choice dammit, then stick to your guns!

God bless you!


Sunday, November 1, 2015

So what did you drink on Halloween?

Even though it was Halloween (does that call for beer, blue tequila shots, or green concoctions?) and even though I was pirating it up as Jack Sparrow (this definitely calls for rum!), I was once again diving down the whiskey barrel.

Wild Turkey 101, my go to bar whiskey! I know that when a bar has a small selection and no imagination, they will come through with this favorite.

What’s that you say? Why not Jack or Beam, let me tell you friend, the Wild Turkey products from top to bottom are solid bourbons, full of full flavors and subtle undertones that always please.

Nope, this isn’t a commercial. I challenge you to conduct a taste test. Try out these bar standards and let me know what you think.

Happy Halloween!