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Good bourbon is not corn juice!

Sometimes I feel that bourbon is the Rodney Dangerfield of whiskey. Scotch drinker (and I'm one of them) sometimes turn their noses up at the thought of tasting "corn juice"

A good single barrel bourbon can match many of the single malt scotches in terms of flavor and richness. I believe that much of bourbon's "bad rep" comes from college kids mixing cheap bourbon with coke and drinking until they get sick. Well... they could have done the same with cheap scotch, so I'm not letting that get in the way...

For example, let's take an excellent single barrel bourbon - Elijah Craig 18 year old is a fine example of what makes bourbon an excellent drink. Well worth the money, a simple taste will convince even the most exclusive scotch drinkers that a bourbon can also be enjoyable.

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Hangover free alcohol



good to see the research money is being wisely spent

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1 Tequila, 2 Tequila, 3 Tequila, Floor

1 Tequila, 2 Tequila, 3 Tequila, Floor

I'm fascinated by the increase in tequila consumption and the ever expanding market. The past several years has shown a change in tequila drinking culture. Years before the association was for me either isolated, lonely, hardened men drinking away life's sorrows or a cheap, high-proof liquor whose taste could be covered if you put enough fruit and sugar in it, blended with some ice and froze the brain of the consumer so they couldn't think how awful the thing actually was. Now however, consumption is not so much drinking as tasting and indeed a  more of a refined social past time than the years before. The imbibing of is something much like the tastings of the wine connoisseur.

Admittedly, my tequila experience is nil. Prior to this recent foray into the tequila culture, my experience has been limited to losing a game of bar dice and being forced to take a shot of something akin to rubbing alcohol or drinking massive frozen drinks that gave me the aforementioned brain freeze along with a toothache from its cloying sweetness. Needless to say, a friend of mine (quite the aficionado) has for ages been carrying on now about how good a proper tequila is. I can’t say that I readily jumped on the band wagon. My stomach even as I began to write started to do a flip-flop at the mere thought of the noxious stuff. Pavlovian response to what I guess is a learned response from all the unsuitable tequila based drinks before. Said friend has even gone so far as to suggest I join her for a tequila tasting. She said the name of the place is Mayahuel. I heard that and my stomach didn’t flop, it dropped. All I could think of is “Beware of Maya”. Maya is the Hindu goddess of Illusion. Yes, I know different cultures, Hindu goddess, Mexican liquor, but the idea was palnted and I would not let illusion get in the way of reason and logic, logic being stay away. Further, I began to think this lady must have drank the worm and she was hallucinating . Honestly, tequila tasting? Okay, I can do a quick shot as long as I have salt lime, and a chaser. Quick and dirty. Still feel the  burn. This friend is one of my gourmand friends. One who supposedly has a refined palette. The suggestion certainly didn't sound fun, it soudned massochistic.  The “facts” as I knew them made me more then a bit dubious about her rhetoric. Nevertheless, there was something about her raving Perhaps what she said was that of a mad woman, but  she managaed to picque my interest and I’ve decided to venture into the uncharted Tequila terrain.

As a dilettante this foray is a bit scary. The little experience I do have (hangover flashbacks) makes me want to run screaming far, far away and curl up into a fetal position w/ my bottle, my lovely tried and true bottle of vodka. However, I realize that the facts as I know them are subjective and I should give tequila another go from a more objective standpoint. In order to do this, I knew I needed to learn some information about tequila.

I’ve stated  that in the past tequila and I don’t agree, the old adage is 1 tequila, 2 tequila, 3 tequila floor… I’m more 1 tequila, floor. It’s over for me, I’m done but those with a stronger consitution than I can last a bit longer. After doing a bit of research I came up w/what I felt were 4 major fundamental bits that prove useful to anyone wanting to "taste" and appreciate tequila in its true, pure form. The amount of 4seemed reasonable I thought this was a useful analogy in giving you, the reader, an overview without endlessly drawing out my own rhetoric, boring you  and by the 4th paragraph, casuing you to  fall asleep , out of the chair and on the floor.

1 Tequila: Blue Agave... The varieties of tequila have nothing to do with what tequila is made of. All types stem (pardon the pun) from the Blue Agave plant grown indigenous to Mexico and found in high-altitude, mountainous area northwest of Guadalajara called Jalisco… The name is derived from a town in the region, aptly named Tequila. The Blue Agave is a species called a succulent, growing long stems instead of leaves. These leaves retain large amounts of water thereby allowing it thrive in arid areas. The liquid that becomes what we know as tequila comes from the sap in the heart of the Blue Agave plant.

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Importance of drinking wine, beer, whiskey and other alcoholic drinks

To paraphrase W.C.. Fields, 
I don't drink water, because fish shit in it..

To my friends who enjoy a glass of wine... and those who don't. 
As Ben Franklin said:
In wine there is wisdom, 
in beer there is freedom, 
in water there is bacteria. 
In a number of carefully controlled trials,
 scientists have demonstrated that if we drink 1 liter of water each day, at the end of the year we would have absorbed more than 1 kilo of Escherichia coli, (E. coli) - bacteria   found in feces. In other words, we are consuming 1 kilo of poop.
 we do NOT run that risk when drinking wine & beer (or tequila, rum, whiskey or other liquor) because alcohol has to go through a purification process of boiling, filtering and/or fermenting..

Water = Poop, 
 Wine  = Health.
Therefore, it's better to drink wine and talk stupid, than to drink water and be full of crap!

There is no need to thank me for this valuable information:
I'm doing it as a public service!

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Whisky Tasting at Norma Jean

I started with Royal Lochnagar, this is the base of Johnny Walker black and blue label. A relatively closed nose. Planed wood, light toffee, boat varnish. Linseed oil behind, even putty, and later a lychee-like acidity. With water the acidity comes up (acid drops), and the nose sweetens. Still a pleasant fresh woodiness or leatheriness, the varnish now supported by artists turpentine. Warm sand. After a while, coffee dregs with brown sugar. Not an obvious nose, however. (ok, I copied all this off a site that "knows" what it's talking about, but I liked it so much I can't type straight ...)

Next I went with a Whisky that is aged in Israel by the Israel Whisky Society. This was a surprisingly good cask strength whisky (59.8%), really pale non chill filtered. Definitely get a bottle if you can come by one - I had a bottle from cask no. 5, bottle 91 out of a total of 236.

After these the Speyside Singleton went down easily (but then anything would by now). This is a smooth, easy going whisky, less complex than the other two, but very drinkable.

Joining me this evening at Norma Jean's is DrinkedIn's CBO (Haim), but he's drinking this corn juice called Elijah Craig - he's enjoying it - each to their own.

Not sure what I'll have next, but I'll update later (might be late tomorrow morning ...)

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Why DrinkedIn will save the world...

LinkedIn is a perfect example of a high-stress website. There are people on LinkedIn who's entire existence is accumulating contacts (friends, connections, followers, etc). I saw one who claimed that he has > 15,000 contacts. Really - does anyone really know that many people? It's hard enough to know oneself and even have good relationships with a handful of people. Being simply acquainted with a couple of hundred people is really difficult... >15,000? Give me a break...

On the other hand, DrinkedIn (http://drinkedin.net) is all about stress relief. It's about kicking back and saying "the hell with all this networking..." - not that DrinkedIn doesn't have networking features - but the point is not finding the next job or business deal - it's all about finding a good beer or discussing why you like Highland region Scotch over Islay malts (as per my own opinion).

Think of DrinkedIn as LinkedIn's Happy Hour...

So... save the world... invite all your friends to DrinkedIn - not for business dealings, not for job advancement or any other stress related activity. Just for fun and enjoying life.

Haim Barad
CBO of DrinkedIn.net ("Cheif Bartending Officer")

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Go Saints!!!

On the eve of the NFC Championship game, you can see that the city is gearing up for some big-ass bonfire once the Saints are victorious and heading to the Super Bowl.

There's gonna be some drinking on Bourbon St. tonight!!!


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Had a new scotch today - Bruichladdich (pronounced brook laddie)

Don't you just love it when you get to try a new scotch and it's really good. Hasn't happen to me for a while, but after getting my first dram of bruichladdich (14 year old french oak cask non chill filtered 46%)  I can definitely recommend it and will be looking out for it next time I'm in duty free (time to find an excuse for a business trip methinks ...)

I just checked out their website and they've webcams all over the distillery, they've even got the times up as to what happens when. neat - like how I drink my scotch ...


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Research confirms that drinking gives you the same benefits yoga does !!!

Many thanks to a friend who sent me this interesting research.


Position that brings the sensation of peace and calm.

Setu Bandha Sarvangasana

This position calms the brain and heals tired legs.


Position stimulates the midirift area and the spinal comumn.


Excellent for back pain and insomnia.


Excellent for the shoulder area, thorax, legs, and arms.


Great exercise to stimulate the lumbar area, legs, and arms.

Ananda Balasana

This position is great for massaging the hip area.


This position, for ankles and back muscles.


Tones the body, and builds flexibility and helps get rid of 'stress'. So, let's start drinking ...........( i.e. if not already begun!)

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