Here’s an article from not too long ago that is still very relative today! Happy Thanksgiving WGUBers!!!
There are many things that need to be considered when dealing with family, friends & +1’s during the Holidays. Does Aunt Carl have a date this year, who will have the honor of carving Mr. Gobble-gobble bestowed upon them, do we put sexy cousin Amber next to crazy aunt Margaret at the table and (most importantly) what will be on the drink menu? If you’re still undecided about which liquor bottle would best adorn your liquor cabinet, we recommend perusing our list of Tasty Libations of the Week. However… if you, like your buddies at camp WGUB, are big fans of the many Contradistinct (word of the day usage… BOOM!) types of whiskey out there… then we have something fun for you.
We’ve been dabbling (hard) in the world of American craft whiskey over the past few months. For those of you who aren’t necessarily familiar with the term, American craft whiskey distillers are redefining how they make whiskey by creating unique, small batch, variations of the nation’s most popular spirit… and reaching a new generation of drinkers. In essence, whiskey is getting the same micro-distillery treatment that beer got in the 90’s when little breweries started popping up all over the country.
Now that everyone is up to speed… we’ve been “testing” (which is why all of the pics are of empty bottles) our way through a number of very good whiskey’s and have come up with our favorite 3. 3 brands we now like to refer to as the “Kings of Craft Whiskey“!!!
First up… Bowen’s Whiskey ($39.99). Brewed and Bottled in the Country Music Capital of the West Coast, Bakersfield Ca… Bowen’s won over our hearts with its very unique style of Buttery, Caramel-infused Oak flavors and a one-of-a-kind campfire aroma. It’s strong enough to knock any raging beast on its arse, but smooth enough to make the most sensitive pallet take notice.
Bowen’s is no stranger to the halls of White Glossy Central. In fact we first reviewed them back in August of 2012 and have been fans ever since. Since then we’ve tried many (many, many, many, many) other whiskeys and continue to find Bowen’s sitting front and center on the bar at our happy place. It’s definitely more in the realm of Scotch Whiskeys (opposed to Bourbon or Rye), and something we always have on hand. Hats off to the peeps at Bowen’s Whiskey.
Next in line… Buffalo Trace Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey ($24). Made in the heart of Whiskey country… Kentucky, Buffalo Trace is not just a damn fine whiskey, it’s also the oldest whiskey distillery in America. (The distillery was even allowed to remain operational, to make whiskey for “medicinal purposes”) Okay, okay… is this considered a “craft whiskey”? I don’t really think so. But come on, it’s just so good and I love to talk about it. So let’s just keep moving along shall we?
If you’re looking for that one shining example of what Bourbon Whiskey should taste like… I’d say that BT has GOT to be the ultimate benchmark. It’s almost as if they perfected the recipe and all other Bourbons have been lining up to try and replicate the process. Pop the cork, pour a glass and take a big whiff… right away you’ll notice molasses, melted brown sugar and a tad of toasted oak. It’s as fragrant as it is good! Now take a slow sip. You’ll be scared at first because whiskey burns… and this does for just a split moment, then warmth… flavor… joy. Spicy vanilla Nirvana. I have to say that this whiskey, especially for the price, is another must-have for your liquor collection.
Number 3 on our list of amazing whiskey… Few Bourbon Whiskey ($50). So yes, you may be thinking to yourself right now “Jeez White Glossy, after the way you wrote about Buffalo Trace how can you bring another Bourbon Whiskey to the table?”. Well, let me tell you… they may have the same name, but definitely belong in different categories all together. Few may be a simple 3-grain Bourbon recipe but there is truly nothing simple about it. A molasses-esque sweetness gives in to interesting aromas like toffee, caramel and the very lightest hint of orange… but lacking in the traditional oak sent. It “feels” a little more sophisticated than your traditional Bourbon Whiskey, and the lack of smoked wood may be the secret sauce.
I think the masterful edge that Few Whiskey has over others in its likeness is the refined sweetness mixed with a somewhat dry (not in a bad way) and interestingly spicy flavor. It’s almost as if this magic brew constantly evolves in your mouth while you’re drinking. It’s like it creates a neural tap to your brain and changes the taste to exactly what you needed at any given moment to achieve perfect mouth-happieness. Is it magic? Is it a trick? Or is it just the most perfectly engineered “simple” whiskey ever? Why don’t you try it and tell us!
So… that pretty much wraps it up. What are your thoughts on the state of whiskey in America? I did a little research and found that distilleries in our county have gone from 50 in 2005 to over 250 today. Things are changing friends, and it’s a good idea to find your favorites and support them now… while you can!!!
Sidenote: Each of these whiskey was tested and sampled either straight (with whiskey stones) or with a splash of carbonated water. What you add to your glass may change things a little bit, but we can almost guarantee that these drinks will still shine!!!
Because you’re seeing it here I think it’s pretty much understood… but just in case, this is a head-phones-only-at-the-office NSF video (unless you work at a bad-ass place like theWGUB… in which case you can play it loud and proud for all to hear!!!)
Raise your hand if you love Guardians Of The Galaxy. Keep them up if you also love that dope-ass soundtrack. Okay… and keep them up even longer if you want that soundtrack for FREE!!!That’s exactly what we thought (because our hands are still up too). The peeps at Google play are offering up all 12 songs of the Guardians Of The Galaxy (Awesome Mix Vol. 1) completely free (seriously, no catch) for your listening pleasure. If you don’t already have a Google Play account… get one, it’s also free (again, no catch).
If you happen to be an iDevicer and don’t often play nice with Google stuff, it’s totally cool. You can download the songs to your computer and sync it with your iTunes account. Wha-lah… now it’s part of your Apple fueled life soundtrack.
Simply click on the link HERE or the image below to get your free copy today.
To honor the fact the we all just a. finally remembered our g’damn login info; b. were just released from a Mexican prison; or c. will never never never never do peyote again… it really got us thinking. What if we just woke up from a coma. BUT, not just any coma… a 10 year coma!!! How strange would the world appear to be.
Well, if that’s you then here are a few helpful tips to catch you up to speed:
- The Rock is now called Dewayne Johnson… and he’s an “actor”
- Kanye is still relevant, but now as a Kardashian with a Reality TV show
- MJ, Whitney Houston and Corey Haim (no, the other Corey) are all dead
- There is this thing called the iPhone, there have been 6 of them. They are cool.
- Hannah Montana is really Miley Cyrus. And she’s a whore.
There’s this thing called the Selfie… don’t
NKOTB came back… but they’re gone again.
Black president. Boom.
Alf is still on cable television.
O.J.’s in prison. Not for that murder.
Lance Armstrong has one testicle.
Men are marrying men and women are marrying women. But not the women you’re visualizing marrying other women.
Blockbuster’s gone man, it’s really gone. Now from your couch you have to press “Rent Napoleon Dynamite” on your remote control.
Britney Spears’ hair grew back.
Cher still looks the same.
- We still haven’t found out what that one thing is Meatloaf won’t do for love.
Dr Dre gave up rap and makes adorable headphones now.
Blossom sings and calls herself Lady Gaga
- Sinbad still ain’t funny.
- Zombies are cool. Not scary…Just undead bitches most self-respecting men know how to handle.
That just about covers it. If we forgot something, feel free to add it in the comments. Otherwise… welcome to 2014!