Category Archives: Booze

Blood Runs Free

If I could drink but one cocktail for the rest of my life, it would be the Old Fashioned.  In part because I love it, but also because an Old Fashioned can be made 1,000 different ways (and no, that’s not cheating).  The Old Fashioned is beautiful in its simplicity, elegant in its flexibility.  Just three ingredients—spirits, sweet,… Read More »

After-Dinner Old Fashioned

The Old Fashioned is, without a doubt, my absolute favorite cocktail.  In the drink’s purest form, whiskey, bitters, and sugar combine to create something utterly sublime.  The whole is decidedly greater than the sum of the parts. But even better than a pure, old-fashioned Old Fashioned cocktail is the construct of the Old Fashioned.  Broaden the range of… Read More »

My Thoughts: Barrell Bourbon Batch 006

Barrell Craft Spirits is a non-distiller producer (i.e., a bottler) of sourced whiskeys and bourbons.  Their first release, the aptly named Batch 001, didn’t legally qualify as bourbon, but this one does.   Barrell Bourbon Batch 006 | 8 years, 6 months | 122.9 proof | $79.99 The nose is typical bourbon; no particular aroma stands out, but… Read More »

On reviewing whiskey

If you’ve read this blog for a while (there must be one of you, right?), you may have noticed the conspicuous absence of whisk(e)y reviews.  Pretty much every whiskey-oriented blog you’ll come across (see, e.g., here, here, and here) is replete with them.  For some, it’s pretty much all they do.  And yet I’ve held off. My reasoning… Read More »