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Tuesday
Dec212010

K&L Best of 2010 Awards: Irish

This is a much smaller category so the choices are slimmer, but yet no less of an accomplishment!  Our irish whiskies of the year are:

David D picks: Slieve Foy 8 Year Old Irish Whiskey - This is such a fantastic whiskey and is definitely in my running for the best overall whiskey of the year.  Reasonably priced at the $40 mark, this is so much more than just light and easy.  Stone fruits, white wine aromas, malty richness, sweet grains, and long lasting finish.  Made and distilled by Cooley, this is just another notch in the belt of an already accomplished distillery.  A great recommendation as well for just about any one who likes brown booze.  I can't see how someone wouldn't like this, and I mean really like it.

David OG picks: Redbreast 15 Year Old Irish Whiskey - Redbreast 12 was already taking over the world when the 15 decided to show up and create a little friendly competition.  I've seen customers really struggle over which bottle to choose when faced with both options.  The 15 does up the anty with more richness, an extra dose of oil, and a fatter texture on the palate.  Once everyone realized the 15 was out there, the sales started coming in and now both expressions really move.  A fantastic credit to the ability of Irish agebility.

-David Driscoll

Tuesday
Dec212010

K&L Best of 2010 Awards: Rye

 

 

So I ran out of Whistle Pig and Rittenhouse Rye and I couldn't take a fancy picture on my new camera, so the professional images from the fancy K&L webpage will have to do.  In any case, our prestigious year end award for rye goes to:

David D picks: Whistle Pig 10 Year Old Rye Whiskey - Dave Pickerell, the former master distiller for Maker's mark, decided to open a distillery in Vermont.  The situation he was presented with was not unlike High West's David Perkins - sell gin and vodka, or go out and find some aged whiskey to sell in the meantime.  Pickerell went to Canada and located some pretty outstanding rye. Big, rich, mouthfilling rye that seemed to impress just about everyone who tasted it.  We're selling a case every two days right now, which should be an indication about how much people like this stuff.  This is fantastic whiskey that bourbon lovers will appreciate as well.

David OG picks: Rittenhouse 25 Year Old Rye - Truly the grandaddy of American rye whiskies.  This ancient beast from Heaven Hill is so rich and complex that it goes beyond any other aged option out there on the market.  Sazerac 18 is comparable, but really doesn't hit the level that the extra 7 years adds to this bottle.  This baby starts lingering into coffee, toffee, and nougat flavors all while keeping that classic rye spice.  Very much the Holy Grail of rye whiskey for the time being.

-David Driscoll

Monday
Dec202010

Pavlov's Blog

I'm getting a bit tired of reading blogs that require me the reader to comment in order to make the article interesting.  Guess what blog writers - it's your job to entertain me! However, more and more of my bookmarked pages are supplying me with fewer and fewer interesting stories to read.  I used to look forward to checking them like clockwork every morning, but now it's just "What are you drinking tomorrow?" or "What would you pair with this meal?" or some other question that allows the author to get away with another workless day. 

Blogs take work to keep people interested and these quick comment-seeking posts are NOT work, but they do seem to get people to interact more.  If they're in a hurry, then I'd rather they post nothing.  The question you have to ask yourself is: what is the motivation for these authors to write a blog to begin with?  Me, it's simple.  I run a liquor department, I like to interact with my customers and keep them satisfied, and this in turn results in good business.  Plain and simple. Keep people informed about what's going on and bring in more interested parties. Too many blogs these days, however, constitute little more than pure egoism (including this one from time to time!) because, let's face it, you have to be a bit full of yourself to believe that people actually care about what you have to say. 

Anyone who tells you they're just serving the people or some other sanctimonious horse crap is lying.  If the goal is to educate or entertain the public then there would be some informative prose rather than a short paragraph asking me "What do you think?  Please use the comment field."  I get the feeling that comment fields are becoming tools for authors to stroke their ego, a personal sign that what they have to say is important or perhaps a better way to grasp how many people are actually reading their blog. Provocative statements provoke encouraging comments from readers - "Right on!" "Way to tell 'em!" etc.  It's like ringing a dinner bell for self-esteem.

Personally, I don't want to read comments unless they continue an already interesting discussion or provide filler for originally broad details.  I think sometimes that blogs are measuring their success by how many comments their articles are getting and this results in more articles that are geared towards getting them.  Just like TV networks that attempt to grab a target audience rather than actually program quality shows, the outcome is boring and stale.  Let's get back to good journalism please! I need more interesting stuff to read when I wake up and lay in bed!  Besides, the best articles should be the ones that get zero comments because there's nothing more to add!

-David Driscoll

P.S. Comments disabled for this one!

Friday
Dec172010

Making Rye @ Old World Spirits

Just a heads up before you watch these videos: I thought that my vertical (or sideways view) on my new Canon camera would remain level on screen, but apparently that is not the case.  Therefore, when I turn the camera sideways, you have to took at it sideways.  There was no way to flip it around.  Next time I'll know.  In the meantime, watch these awesome hi-def videos of Davorin in action! Oh, and by the way, we got a bit tipsy making cocktails with his walnut liqueur - it is THE great mixer with brown spirits! Who knew?  I'm going to re-up big next week.  EVERYONE needs to get a bottle to mix with.

Friday
Dec172010

A/V - Week In Review #1