March Madness

And so it begins. Not only is it the first day of spring, it is also the start of March Madness 2014. Many people have filled out their brackets. It’s just that some are not basketball brackets, but brew or booze brackets.

I’m too busy watching some good basketball, and drinking some great bourbons to fill out any kind of bracket. I hope if you are the type to fill out a bracket, you take the time to enjoy the games, beer and bourbon!

In honor of spring, this post is inspired by Willett Straight Rye.

Cheers to a wonderful Spring!

Bourbon Love

I moved from Maine to Kentucky 14 years ago.   It has taken me nearly all of those 14 years to go from I-sort-of-like bourbon to I-love!-bourbon.  It was a steep learning curve. But recently, Doc Crow’s Southern Smokehouse and Raw Bar sped up that process.  This past fall, they hosted nearly a dozen Bourbon Flight Nights.  I attended all but one.  After those events, I was smitten with the brown liquid.

The bourbon tastings were held each Tuesday night.  Only one distillery was represented each Tuesday.  That distillery offered four different tastes.  After trying all four, you selected your favorite bourbon, and the bartenders would make an Old Fashioned with that bourbon.  This helped me to learn quite a few things:

  • Four tastes, plus one Old Fashioned is a lot to drink in one night.
  • I’m a big fan of the higher proof bourbons (100 proof +).
  • I like the spice from a higher rye content.
  • This was a convenient way to learn which bourbons come from which distilleries.

While these events might have been a one-time thing (I hope not!), you can replicate the process, at a bar near you, to find your own bourbon wheelhouse.  If you think this liquid gold is just so-so, using this process just might change your mind.

Cheers!

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Today’s spirited post is inspired by George T. Stagg Jr. bourbon from the Buffalo Trace Distillery.  This particular bottle is 134.4 proof.  Here are the tasting notes (provided by Doc Crow’s & Buffalo Trace):

Nose: Heavy spice backbone with burned sugar and sturdy vanilla barrel char

Palate: Rich, sweet chocolate and brown sugar, bold rye spice

Finish: Lengthy with intense clove, cherries

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Step 1: Just write.

The first step is always the hardest, “they” say.  So, I’m taking the plunge, taking the first step, and creating my first blog post.  It’s not about me, but about a motivating girlfriend in my life.

My friend, Christy, and I have vastly different lives.  However, we have some common interests that bring us together, and I believe they elevate us to be better, more creative people.  We get together on occasion with plans to work on our blogs, and nearly every time get distracted with talk of dogs, bourbons, cameras, photography, food, shopping, her wedding plans, and more.  The blogs get put on hold, time and time again. But I always leave our discussions feeling vastly inspired –  to be more, to do more, and to create a legacy.

I recently read some of Christy’s writings for a writing program through MTSU.  I was amazed by her apparent ease to put you in a situation with her details.  It made me want to write.  So, at long last I am going to begin this blog.  It will allow me a productive outlet where I can practice my writing (and photography), and get feedback from others who have started a similar journey.

This first post is dedicated to one super cool chick.  Thanks Christy, for being a strong, empowering, and very spirited friend!

Cheers!

CDJC