Log Date

A whiskey adventure for you and me.

  1. Still frame

    The “Pure Kentucky” - the bourbon/beerback special at Bloodhound in SF.

    The “Pure Kentucky” - the bourbon/beerback special at Bloodhound in SF.

    (Source: thebolditalic.com)

  2. Writing on the coaster

    Fact of Bourbon

    In Kentucky, Bourbon gains proof as it ages. In Scotland, whiskey loses proof as it ages.

    (Source: twitter.com)

  3. Still frame

    (Source: thewitchwife)

  4. Old-fashioned Hyperlink

    Booker’s bourbon comes in a bottle that looks as if you might put wine in it. I had three glasses of it one evening on shaved ice and wondered why I was having such a good time. Then I checked the label and found that it was 126 proof. I had been fooled. Good bourbon will fool you. But then, if you need to erase the rough spots in an evening, there’s nothing better.

    Start a party out with bourbon instead of wine, and it’s a party sooner. I never go into a bar anymore or sit down at a restaurant without asking what bourbon they have.

    I’ve been to Kentucky; I know how beautiful the land is there, and I can taste the countryside in its bourbons. A beaker full of the warm South, indeed. Attempts to make bourbon outside of Kentucky rarely succeeded. “You’re allowed to make bourbon anywhere in the country, but if you want to sell it, you’d better make it in Kentucky,” says Ed O’Daniel, president of the Kentucky Distillers Association.

  5. Moving pictures


    Buffalo Trace, son.  They bottle Pappy here, and I love them for it  (Also Blanton’s, Eagle Rare (eh), and Sazerac Rye, just to name a few).

    Frankfort, KY.  2011.

    Holga/120 (unedited).

  6. Writing on the coaster

    Gift a Whiskey Drinker: a Maker’s Mark cigar

    [Start with an excellent bottle of bourbon, sure, but make it worthwhile. HERE you’ll find some clever tsotchkes & knickknacks that will become indispensable to the whiskey enthusiast.]


    Back in ’69, some refined cigar aficionados put several bourbons to the task of pairing well with a fine  cigar. Of Maker’s Mark, the editor wrote: “The solidly medium-bodied Maker’s shows orange, vanilla and caramel flavor, with a sweetness informed by molasses and maple sugar. The woody finish is zesty and effervescent. The light Macanudo faltered next to the bourbon, but the other three cigars made a very impressive pairing with Maker’s. The Padrón tasted even sweeter in that context, the Monty balanced well, and the Fuente seemed more leathery and full-bodied.” 

    Nearly half a century later, that experience has been condensed into one single unit: the Maker’s Mark cigar. The long-leaf tobacco hails from the Dominican Republic, where I then believe it is infused with a late summer Kentucky breeze on a hillside.