Wednesday, 6 December 2017

The Whisky Lover's Holiday Gift Guide: A to G

The holidays aren't so bad. Get your shopping done early and then you can enjoy National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation, Bing Crosby's "Mele Kaliki Maka", cousin Eddie and his R.V. Everyone loves gift-giving, but what do you do if you're a whisky-lover's secret Santa?

Get these guys a Pupper's
Well, you could buy a bottle of Gus N Bru or  a random bottle of whatever. You could look to the whiskies that scored well in Jim Murray's Whisky Bible  (although I wouldn't if I were you). Or you could ask the gift recipient what they like, but that would ruin the secret and the fun. So you should read this guide and find the right bottle for your gift recipient. I'll break this gift-buyer's guide down somewhat like an Advent calendar. Rather than days, though, I'll take a page out of the Letterkenny handbook go through letters of the alphabet with a great choice (some might surprise you) for each letter. Get after it, then.

A: Alberta Premium Dark Horse


This is an incredibly good whisky at a very holiday-friendly price. I reviewed it here and my assessment of subsequent bottles stands. In fact, I might add an extra half moustache if I were rating the last bottle I had. This is a real workhorse (forgive the pun) whisky. It would make a solid Old Fashioned, it's good neat, and at under $35, you don't have to cringe if people mix it with Coke or Ginger ale.
LCBO Price: $31.95  


B: Bunnahabhain 18 Year Old Single Malt


It's a bonnie dram !!
Need to impress someone this Holiday season? This whisky will do the trick. Bunnahabhain keeps its natural colour (no fake E150 tan here), it is non-chill filtered and its taste is deep and rich. Bunnahabhain is a bit briny, it's far less smoky (barely any smoke at all) than most Islay malts, and it has notes of gingerbread, wood spices (cinnamon, nutmeg) and salted caramel. There's nuttiness, dark fruits, oranges, and oak. The finish features some lingering vanilla toffee notes. Bunnahabhain is a winner, any way you look at it. Sticker shock? Yes, but when nothing but the best will do, Bunnahabhain 18 outperforms many higher-priced whiskies. Alternately, Bunnahabhain 12 is about half the price, and is still an excellent choice.
LCBO Price: $179.95

C: Compass Box Great King Street Glasgow Blend


Great Scot !!
This is a blended scotch for scotch nerds. Compass Box isn't a distillery, they blend other distilleries' malt and grain whiskies to create some amazing whiskies. The Glasgow Blend is 33% high quality grain whisky and 67% malt whisky from the Highlands, Speyside and Islay, aged in a combination of first-fill and refill ex-bourbon barrels and first-fill Sherry casks, with a small portion being finished in new French oak. Compass Box is a great company. Company founder John Glaser is really showing the world how great blended scotch can be.
LCBO Price: $69.95

D: Diplomatico Reserva Exclusiva Rum


Why is the rum always gone?
Pump the brakes. What's this? A rum??? Yes, a rum. It's Christmas time, and come on, who doesn't love rum? It's a key ingredient in egg nog. In fact, rum is the only ingredient in my egg nog, as I can't abide creamy booze. This Venezuelan beauty is bold, fruity and sweet. Diplomatico is a dark golden rum, distilled from molasses in a copper pot still before 12 years of ageing in whisky barrels. Diplomatico Reserva Exclusiva is one of the most awarded rums, with more than 20 Awards to its name. If you've never had a good sipping rum, this is a great place to start. Ideal if your gift recipient is a pirate, or a lover of all things nautical. Diplomatico will have you asking "Why is the rum always gone?" sooner rather than later, savvy?
LCBO Price: $58.75

E: Eagle Rare 10 Year Old Bourbon


Eagle Rare uses the same low rye mash bill as Buffalo Trace, George T. Stagg, and others. This means Buffalo Trace and Eagle Rare 10 are essentially the same distillate, aged in different barrels, for different lengths of time. You can think of Eagle Rare as a more mature Buffalo Trace. It's a Buffalo Trace that's a bit more selective with its choice of barrels. A Buffalo Trace that drives a Cadillac instead of a pickup truck. Not bad for an extra $14. You get toffee, cherries, orange and some corn sweetness. If rye isn't your husband/wife/brother/sister/father/mother's thing, this may be the bourbon for them.
LCBO Price: $57.15


F: Forty Creek Double Barrel Reserve


Double your pleasure
The grains used in the whisky (rye, barley, and corn) are distilled individually in a copper pot still rather than making a mash-bill with the three grains. They are then  aged separately in white oak barrels. The whiskies are then married and aged again once they have reached the proper ageing. Double barrel, then, refers to the process of individually ageing the whiskies in oak and then aging again in bourbon barrels. Forty Creek Double Barrel Reserve gives you lots of butterscotch and sweet citrus with a bit of wood spices and a buttery finish. If you find this one a bit too pricy, there are plenty of other whiskies from Forty Creek that will please any whisky drinker. Barrel Select and Copper Pot Reseerve are less money, and are fantastic choices for the holidays. In 2007, Forty Creek founder John K. Hall was recognized by Malt Advocate Magazine as “Pioneer of the Year”, and was the first and only Canadian whisky maker to receive such a prestigious award. In 2017, Hall  was inducted into the Whisky Hall of Fame by Whisky Magazine, an honour he shares with other whisky luminaries such as Irish whiskey savant Barry Crockett and the "Buddha of Bourbon", Jimmy Russell. John K. Hall helped put Canadian whisky back on the map when he founded Forty Creek. Believe me when I say: ALL of their offerings are gift-worthy.
LCBO Price: $59.95

G: Green Spot Irish Whiskey



From the Emerald Isle comes a whiskey sure to make those not receiving it green with envy. Green Spot is produced at the Midleton Distillery in Cork, Ireland. The distillery, owned by Irish Distillers Limited, produces most of Ireland's Single Pot Still Whiskey. Green Spot is a "bonded" whiskey, meaning it is produced exclusively for Mitchell and Son. Green Spot is rich, mouth-coating with lots of toffee sweetness, pear and green apple fruitiness and a pleasant malt note. A great pre-dinner whiskey.
LCBO Price: $86.05


Conclusion



There you have it, the first installment in my Advent Alphabet is complete. Tune in next time for letters G through L. Dirty f***in' dangles, boys ! Forecheck, backcheck, paycheque ! Wheel, snipe, celly, boys !! These are some certified beauticians, boys ! Seriously, if you haven't seen Letterkenny, you need to binge-watch it now !








Slainte !!





Wednesday, 29 November 2017

It's Complicated- A review of Canadian Whisky: the New Portable Expert

Canadian history is nothing if not complicated. My home province has been called Nouvelle-France (at least, parts of it were), Upper Canada, and Canada-West before becoming Ontario or "the reason Canadians say 'sorry' so much". Our history is also more interesting than most people think. For example, back in 1855, a company of Toronto firemen got into a fight with a company of circus performers for the right to avail themselves of the opportunity to employ a brothel's services for the night. Long before former mayor Mel Lastman's head-scratching pronouncements, before the late Rob Ford's antics, there were shenanigans afoot in "the six". Canadian whisky suffers from the same distorted perception. People think it's uninteresting: it's too simple. It's too bland. It's too Canadian. But our resident whisky expert, Davin de Kergommeaux, is on a mission to change those perceptions. His recently released Canadian Whisky: the New Portable Expert is a guided tour through the history of Canadian Whisky that touches on landmark moments of Canadian history itself. According to the author, the book "is not intended to set the 'official record' straight; however, it does challenge many dearly held beliefs."

Really? A whole book about Canadian whisky?


Yes. A whole book indeed. M. de Kergommeaux isn't content with putting out a book comprised of naught but tasting notes and distillery details. Not that there's anything wrong with that. If you don't know who Davin de Kergommeaux is, do yourself a favour and head over to www.canadianwhisky.org and have a look around. Go ahead, I'll wait. I won't go anywhere until you get back, I promise. There, how was that? There's a lot of information isn't there? That is Davin de Kergommeaux's website.
This book dissects the entire process of whisky-making, from grain to glass, and the contribution of each component is given a full and thorough examination. The author discusses corn, rye, wheat, and barley varieties as well as their contributions to Canadian whisky's flavour. He discusses water sources. He describes the preparation of the wood staves used in cask-making, the charring of the casks (or barrels, if you prefer), as well as the development of organic compounds in the wood and their importance to the whisky's final flavour.  The New Portable Expert dispells some pervasive myths about Canadian whisky. De Kergommeaux is the first author I've encountered who discusses the oft-overlooked importance of yeast strains and their contribution to a whisky's final flavour. There is a full exposition on the types of stills and how they contribute to the character of the final spirit. No stone is left unturned in this tome.

But it's Canadian whisky. How interesting could it be?


A heck of a lot more interesting than many people think. Whisky experts' views of Canadian whisky are changing. Canadian whisky is experiencing unprecedented growth, especially in the premium category. Our standard mixers like Wiser's Deluxe, Canadian Club and Crown Royal have been huge international sellers for a very long time, and for good reason. But the recent international success of whiskies like Crown Royal Northern Harvest Rye, WhistlePig (an American company that sourced Canadian rye from Alberta Distillers to start up their company) and Lot No.40 Rye has people all over the world re-evaluating our whisky's place on the top shelf. Canadian distillers are affirming themselves as producers of fine sipping whiskies, thank you very much. Our distilleries still produce the best whiskies for your backyard party and your wedding reception's mixing needs, but they're just as capable of producing whiskies to be pondered over as you smoke a pipe in your study whislt sitting in a leather armchair, reading Proust.
Now THAT looks like enjoyable work !
Yet many other books discuss grains, water, wood, fermentation and distillation. What Davin de Kergommeaux has provided his readers with is something more important. The most important ingredient in whisky, according to the author "is not the water, nor is it the grain. No - the most important ingredient is the story." And what a story The New Portable Expert tells! Davin de Kergommeaux goes further than simple tasting notes and overviews by providing his readers with the stories of those who made Canadian whisky what it is today. You'll find biographies of pioneers and innovators like John Philip Wiser, Henry Corby, Hiram Walker, Sam Bronfman, John K. Hall and others. Not content to simply talk about the spirit (forgive the split infinitive) de Kergommeaux includes histories of the distilleries themselves as well. Canadian Club and Wiser's Deluxe might divide folks when it comes to deciding which makes a better rye and ginger, but they're made in the same facility. It wasn't always so. Corby, Wiser's, Gooderham & Worts and Hiram Walker all started as separate brands with separate distilleries, yet they now share a large, multipurpose distillery in Windsor, Ontario. It may seem complicated, but our author's knowledge is sharp enough to cut this Gordian knot.

Conclusion


In this book, Davin de Kergommeaux sets out to tell the story of Canadian whisky. He tells us that our whisky, much like the history of our country (the European perspective of it), is "a story of Canadians finding creative ways to adapt largely European practices to a new and often hostile environment". And much like our country's history, our whisky history is not without its problems and ugly moments. The New Portable Expert deftly weaves these varied legacies and notable episodes into a larger, cohesive narrative that is ultimately triumphant. You don't have to be a whisky enthusiast to enjoy this book. Its presence would be just as welcome in an historian's library as it would be in a home bar. It is well-researched and well-written, yet it remains accessible to the general reader. I cannot praise this book enough. Davin de Kergommeaux has given this country's whisky industry a true magnum opus in 300 pages. Very highly recommended.


Rating: 5/5 moustaches



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Wednesday, 22 November 2017

If You Build It, Part Deux: Canadian Whisky

In the first installment of this series, I examined how one might build a collection of scotch whiskies. The overwhelming majority of those whiskies were intended for drinking, not investing, but I can't prevent anyone from buying stuff just to look at it. The second installment, Canadian whisky, will not really feature many collectibles since Canadian whisky doesn't have the clout to attract serious investors, for better or worse. I feel it's good for Canadian whisky enthusiasts. Canadian whisky is a broad category and there are a lot of different flavour profiles to be discovered. Rather than stick to the beginner, intermediate, advanced and elite classification, I'll play right into the stereotype and use a more Canadian frame of reference: hockey. Note that Canadian whisky and Canadian rye whisky are interchangeable. There is no legal requirement for Canadian rye whisky to contain any actual rye. Call it an oddity of Canadian law. A quirky pairing if you will. Like Don Cherry and Ron MacLean.
As always, if you find my disquisitions tiresome, the TL;DR version is at the end. You should also note that when evaluating Canadian whisky, much like evaluating hockey players, price and quality are not always related.

Grinders


These whiskies are mainly mixers. They aren't created to be sipped neat (though some can be) in a Glencairn whilst you smoke your pipe and listen to Vivaldi. Much like grinders are on a hockey team to mix it up, to go into the corners and other tough areas like the front of the net, grinder whiskies (or mixers if you prefer) are there for mixing and cocktail making. The standby mixers in my neck of the woods are J.P. Wiser's Deluxe and Canadian Club.
What you probably think Canadian whisky looks like
These whiskies aren't afraid of a long session with Ginger Ale, Cola or even in a Manhattan if need be. Don't be afraid to branch out, though. Alberta Premium makes a wallet-friendly mixer that is 100% rye whisky, making it ideal if your drink of choice is the Don Draper-approved Old Fashioned.Gibson's Finest Bold 8 Year Old is bottled at 45% ABV, so it's got a bit more bite than your standard mixer. It's a grinder that isn't afraid to drop the mitts if need be. The whiskies in this category are much like Chris Neil; they may not be your favourite, but they bring a lot to the table and you'd rather have them in your cabinet (or on your team) than go without them.

Two-way Players


These whiskies can do double-duty. They offer an upgrade in a cocktail, but work well on their own too. They aren't necessarily superstars, but they're not total pheasants either. Think of whiskies like Forty Creek Copper Pot Reserve (very much like a whisky-infused Werther's Caramel) and Alberta Premium Dark Horse (with its mix of spicy rye notes and sweet sherry notes) as the Guy Carbonneau or Michael Peca of whisky. A whisky like Alberta Springs 10 Year Old, with its toffee sweetness and gingery-peppery spiciness, can serve in several roles, even though many don't see it as a star in its own right. Your opinion may vary. Some two-way players (and two-way whiskies) may be more valuable than others, like Marion Gaborik or Anze Kopitar, Crown Royal Northern Harvest Rye (with its ample oak, oranges and spices profile) or Pike Creek 10 Year Old Rum Finish.
Number 99 is the greatest offensive player to ever lace up the skates. Gretzky's 92 goals in one season will never be surpassed. Nor will any surpass his 215 points in one season. Yet his Wayne Gretzky No. 99 Red Cask whisky is less Gretzky and more Mike Krushelnyski. Red Cask is more of a versatile workhorse dram with notes of caramel, spices and red grapes.  Like building a fantasy hockey team, building your Canadian whisky cabinet will require some tough decisions.

Top Liners



These are the top six forwards and top defense pairing on any hockey team. Though they're not necessarily mega-superstars, they'd be welcome on almost any team. Think of players like Ryan Getzlaf, Wayne Simmonds, Claude Giroux and Marc-AndrĂ© Vlasic. Excellent players, but not ones known immediately by their numbers, like 87, 66 or 99. So what's a top-line whisky? Lot no.40 Rye comes to mind, with its lovely cinnamon, nutmeg, oak and apple profile. Stalk & Barrel Rye sticks out from the crowd too. J.P Wiser's Legacy, discontinued though still available as of this writing, is a top-liner in my books. Gooderham & Worts Four Grain is wonderfully complex, with fruit and floral notes balancing out the oakiness, as are some of the higher-end offerings from Forty Creek, such as the Forty Creek Double Barrel Reserve. J.P. Wiser's 18 Year Old, with its complex flavours of vanilla, butterscotch, light citrus fruit and oak spices deserves a spot on the top line, though it doesn't always get the respect it deserves.
It's the Blake Wheeler of the Canadian whisky world. Or the Tyson Barrie of the Canadian whisky world, if you favour defensemen. On the flipside, Highwood Ninety 20 Year Old, with its balance of buttery sweet and spicy flavours, is a perennial favourite of the Canadian whisky crowd. It may not be THE greatest in the world, but you'd love to have this player on your team. It's the Patrice Bergeron or the Jonathan Toews of Canadian whisky.

Superstars and Game-Breakers


You know who these players are. Wayne Gretzky. Bobby Orr. Mario Lemieux. Sidney Crosby. Guy Lafleur. Steve Yzerman. Connor McDavid. These are the players (and corresponding whiskies) you dream of acquiring. These are the Canadian whiskies that can convince all but the most stubborn that Canadian whisky can be great. Not "pretty good, for Canadian whisky". No, these whiskies, even if tasted blind, would make anyone go "WOW" !!! The downside is that, like the Great One, Super Mario or Sid the Kid, they may be hard to come by. Alberta Premium 30 Year Old or even Alberta Premium 25 Year Old are, to my mind, the Wayne Gretzky and Bobby Orr of Canadian whisky. We may never see their equal again. They are limited edition and there are few out there to be had. J.P. Wiser's Dissertation may be headed for that type of legendary status, though only time will tell. It may well be the Connor McDavid of Canadian whisky.
If Dissertation played hockey, this is how it would play
Anyone who has seen McDavid (or tasted Dissertation) can't help but be impressed, though it's too soon to declare either "the greatest" just yet. Mixing it up and keeping things interesting is WhistlePig 10 Year Old Straight Rye. Wait, isn't WhistlePig an American whisk(e)y? Not really. Much like super-sniper Brett Hull, WhistlePig Rye was born in Canada, but grew up in the U.S.A. So I consider WhistlePig a Canadian Rye Whisky. It is, after all, the product of the renowned Alberta Distillers (makers of Alberta Premium, Dark Horse and Alberta Springs). The aging of WhistlePig, however, gives it a much more bourbon-like profile, with lots of vanilla and toffee. Great stuff. No talk of superstars would be complete without the overall greatness of the 1976-1977 MontrĂ©al Canadiens; arguably the greatest NHL team of all time.They set an NHL record for most points in a season by a team with 132 points.They outscored opponents by 216 goals in 80 games. They finished the season with 60 wins, 8 losses and 12 ties. They won the Stanley Cup that year (obviously). So what is the Canadian whisky equivalent of the 1976-1977 Habs? Why Corby's Northern Border Collection Rare Releases of course. What are these whiskies and why should you seek them out? (I only have 2 of them, btw) Here, from the guru of Canadian whisky himself (that's Davin de Kergommeaux in case you didn't know) are the descriptions (from www.canadianwhisky.org). The links lead to M. de Kergommeaux's brilliant reviews. I encourage you to read them. He's much more knowledgeable than I.

  • Lot No. 40 Cask Strength is a 12 year old, 100% rye whisky right from the cask. It sits at 55.0% abv, which emphasizes the spicy rye notes and complementing new white oak. 750ml bottle priced at $69.95.
  • Gooderham & Worts Little Trinity is a 17 year old whisky which is a blend of three grains – corn, rye, and wheat. A nice sipping whisky where each grain will linger across the palate delivering a pleasant finish. This whisky celebrates the story of Little Trinity Church, a church that William Gooderham established in 1842 for his mill and distillery employees who couldn’t afford the high pew fees in the area. 750ml bottle priced at $79.95
  • Pike Creek 21 Year Old is a unique offering in the Canadian whisky category where it is finished in a Speyside Malt cask. This rare release demonstrates how whiskies from Scotland and Canada can complement one another to give a smooth and round sipping whisky. 750ml bottle priced at $89.95.
  • J.P. Wiser’s 35 Year Old is one of the oldest Canadian Whiskies ever produced. It represents a traditional blended rye whisky that has experienced the harsh Canadian winters and warm summers over 35 years in our ageing warehouse.” 750ml bottle priced at $164.95.
The Northern Border Collection of hockey


Free Agents



Here are some other beauties you may be able to get your hands on. Some you may dream of finding on your team, like the possible return of Ilya Kovalchuk to North American shores. Others, like John Tavares, might be available sooner rather than later for the right price. These are whiskies such as Canadian Club 40 Year Old. As far as I know, this is the oldest Canadian whisky ever sold. I've never tasted it, but according to the aforementioned M. de Kergommeaux:



The Canadian Club trademark dark fruits announce an elegant, beautifully balanced whisky with tremendous complexity and breadth of flavour. Hints of butter tarts, gentle cloves, nutmeg and other baking spices, and ripe purple plums are interlaced with the warming glow of real black pepper. After 40 years in barrels, the most refined oaky tones bring silky structure to the whisky, while avoiding the woodiness so common in long-aged whisky. Black pepper notes remain brisk and invigorating yet carefully constrained, from the middle right into the long elegant finish.


Sounds like a dream. But not all free agents are outrageously priced. I'd also put J.P. Wiser's Last Barrels, and Masterson's 10 Year Old Rye on this list.

Building Your Canadian Whisky Collection (TL;DR version)


Here's what a Canadian whisky collection might look like. Your mileage may differ.
  1. Gibson's Finest Bold 8 Year Old
  2. Crown Royal Northern Harvest Rye
  3. Wayne Gretzky No. 99 Red Cask
  4. Forty Creek Copper Pot Reserve
  5. Lot No. 40 Rye
  6. J.P. Wiser's 18 Year Old
  7. Highwood Ninety 20 Year Old
  8. Alberta Premium 30 Year Old
  9. Gooderham & Worts Little Trinity
  10. Masterson's 10 Year Old Rye
  11. J.P. Wiser's 35 Year Old
  12. Canadian Club 40 Year Old
Another candidate for the greatest team ever ? Hard to argue.

Conclusion


Canadian whisky may not get the respect it deserves, but things are starting to change. People are realizing just how good our whiskies can be. Our distilleries are also stepping up and producing a wider range of whiskies that are good enough to be sipped neat. As much as I hate to admit it, Canadian whisky is like the Toronto Maple Leafs; they've both been the butt of jokes for so long that we're surprised that things are finally turning around. If you haven't given Canadian whisky a chance, you really owe it to yourself to try it.



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Friday, 17 November 2017

Judging a Book by Its Cover: Wild Turkey 101

Look at this picture. What do you see? A smiling woman and a chess board? Do you know who she is? Your neighbour maybe? Your tenth grade science teacher perhaps? This is Judit Polgar; the strongest female chess player in history. Polgar became the youngest Grandmaster ever at 15 years, 5 months. Various sources place her IQ between 170 and 180. For comparison's sake, Stephen Hawking is rumoured to have an IQ of about 160. So much for the notion that women are somehow weaker or inferior when it comes to logic and math. Oh, and she has also beat champions such as Garry Kasparov and Boris Spassky. Well played, Ms. Polgar. Assumptions often lead us astray. In another lifetime, Judit may not have had the chance to learn chess, much less master it to the point where she could kick the proverbial ass of those who think of women as "the weaker sex". I'm no chess master, but I know better than to make assumptions. How does the saying go? When you assume, you make an "ass" out of "u" and "me"...This brings me to this week's dram: Wild Turkey 101. Bear with me. I know, you probably thinking "Wild Turkey, isn't that the drink of choice for toothless banjo-playing hillbillies like Cletus Spuckler from  The Simpsons?" I certainly thought so. The name sounds like something you want to avoid. To be fair, we should never judge a book by its cover.

Talking Turkey


Wild Turkey takes its name from Wild Turkey Hill in Lawrenceburg, Kentucky whence the Ripy brothers opened their family distillery in 1869. Wild Turkey Bourbon got its name after a distillery executive shared his bourbon with friends on an annual hunting trip — of course, they were after wild turkey. Master Distiller Jimmy Russell joined Wild Turkey in 1954; his son Eddie Russell joined the company in 1981. Jimmy Russell is the world's longest-tenured active master distiller. Eddie was named master distiller after 35 years with Wild Turkey. This is not your cousin Zeke's barnyard bourbon. Wild Turkey uses the deepest barrel char (no.4 "alligator" char) which is, according to them, responsible for their bourbon having more character than others. I'm really not an expert on the relationship between char levels and their effect on flavour, so I don't know if this is true. How does it taste though?

Tasting notes







Let's talk turkey
Nose (undiluted): an initial hit of white glue, settling to a deep floral vanilla and some oak spice.


Palate (undiluted): hot arrival, medium-bodied, sweet candy corn, toffee, developing to a sour cherry candy flavour. Yummy.


Finish: medium length, vanilla returns but develops a slight coconut note at the end. Interesting.





Adding water brings much more oak and vanilla forward on the nose. The fruitiness is dialed back on the palate. Much better neat, to my tastes. This is a medium-ish rye mashbill, though I still don't get much in the way of traditional rye spices from this turkey. Not that I'm complaining. I LOVE rye, but this is a really nice, fruity bourbon.




Conclusion



If you're anything like I was, you probably think Wild Turkey is redneck mouthwash. But you're wrong. The name may lead you to think this is the libation of choice of folks like Cletus Spuckler, but don't forget that Cletus had a well-hidden talent for calligraphy. You may think Wild Turkey is this


But in reality, the taste of Wild Turkey 101 is much closer to this



I highly recommend you get a bottle of this relatively inexpensive bourbon and experience it for yourself. It runs about $36 here in Ontario; about $4 more than Jack Daniel's Old No.7. Wild Turkey is, to my palate, much, much better than JD.

Rating: 3.5/5 moustaches






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