Tag Archives: rye whiskey

What our doctors have to say about our current state of mind.

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“American literature floats on whiskey.”

That’s what a college English professor once said to me. Now that I’m older, and well-read, I can see the truth in that statement. Here are quotes from some personal favorites to prove it:   HUNTER S. THOMPSON [1937-2005] “I hate to advocate drugs, alcohol, violence, or insanity to anyone, but they’ve always worked for me.” ERNEST […]

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Happiness made easy.

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Whiskey Wisdom

Whoever controls the whiskey, controls the bliss. Nothing starts the work day better than a good whiskey. Except for maybe a promotion. When drinking whiskey, never charge into it looking for a buzz. Take it slow, let the buzz find you. Sliding a drink down the length of the bar is not as easy as […]

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You could make bourbon in an oak box – but it would be hard to move around.

There’s a lot about making bourbon that we don’t understand, but we do know that the barrels are a big deal. The unique flavors of bourbon come from the barrels. Without aging the liquor in a charred oak barrel, all you have is a clear liquid spirit – fermented grain that is distilled. The barrel, how the barrel is […]

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Burn Baby Burn

Charring Barrels – getting Vanilla out of Oak. It’s long been believed that vanilla has hidden powers: as early as the 1700s, physicians recommended it to male patients to ensure potency. We here at Hammerstone’s Whiskey Disks – makers of the world’s best whiskey stones – have always thought that the sweet welcoming odor has a mildly […]

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A Trifecta of New American Whiskey

3 New American Whiskeys The country’s greatest spirits aren’t all from Kentucky and Tennessee anymore. Here are three to try from Oregon, Virginia and Vermont. Whipper Snapper Oregon Spirit Whiskey A blend of distilled malted barley and clear corn whiskey that spends, on average, a year in a variety of casks, including Pinot Noir barrels. […]

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The Moonshine Renaissance.

Corsair Artisan Distillery A change in the law has led to the rapid rise in micro-distilleries in Tennessee. Corsair Artisan Distillery is one such operation which has “reclaimed” its whiskey-making heritage. However, the firm and other artisan whiskey manufacturers are still waiting for one last piece of permitting so it can hold tours and tastings and sell bottles […]

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The best drinks are the oldest drinks.

The Sazerac Cocktail In New Orleans, around 1850, a guy named Sewell T. Taylor sold his bar. Taylor had decided to go into the imported liquor business. He began to import a brand of cognac named Sazerac-de-Forge et Fils. At the same time, a gentleman by the name of Aaron Bird took over Taylor’s old […]

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“No officer, I haven’t been drinking. Just some personal grooming, that’s all.”

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