Back to Basics: The Irish Workhorse

Seeing that it's the holiday movie-watching season, when the weather is cold and rainy and nothing feels better than the comfort of my warm couch, I've been getting my Daniel Day-Lewis on. With a last name like Driscoll (O'Driscoll, really), it's a given that I'm going to get all sappy for flicks like My Left Foot and In the Name of the Father. When I watch this amazing actor portray characters like Christy Brown and Gerry Conlon—two guys who liked starting some shit—I realize how Irish I really am. I am a total shit-starter; especially at work. Sometimes I'll drop prices on items or buy things just to fuck with other retailers that I know monitor our site like hawks. I can't help it. There's just something innate inside of me that enjoys whipping other people into a frenzy.

As I was watching the cerebral palsy-stricken Brown drink Irish whisky through a straw, it made me want to hit the bottle myself. I dug deep into the bar and pulled out an old bottle of Bushmills 10 and got to work. Nothing is more fun than pairing cinema with booze, in my book. The more I drank, the more sentimental I became, and the more I wanted to promote the Irish boys who make this stuff. We don't really have all that much inexpensive Irish whiskey at K&L these days, which is a shame because it's such a blue collar product. It seems ridiculous to price everything in the $40-$70 range when you're talking about such basic, working-man's whiskey. Bushmill's 10 is a delicious, drinkable, quality single malt, but I can't be drinking bottles of it like water when it costs $40, for goodness sake!

I've got that itch in my belly. Let's start some shit.

Bushmills 10 Year Old Irish Single Malt Whisky (Elsewhere $40) NEW PRICE $26.99 - Go and get your Daniel Day-Lewis on this weekend. Watch There Will Be Blood and have a glass of Bushmills. I just drank a bunch of retailer milkshakes with this hot price. Aged in Bourbon and finished in Oloroso sherry. What's not to love, especially for 26 bucks?

And since I'm at it, why not just go all the way?

Bushmills 21 Year Old Irish Single Malt Whisky (Elsewhere $120) NEW PRICE $79.99 - This is just plain stupid. There is a fine line between having fun and just being a fucking idiot. I've never been very good about straddling that line, however.

If you need me I'll be sitting here on my ass, drinking Bushmills, screening Gangs of New York, and watching the drama unfold in my inbox.

-David Driscoll

David Driscoll