Friday, December 26, 2014

Yes... It Was a Merry Christmas

Is this over the top?   I don't think this is over the top...



DrWho said she wanted a "Mommy Doom Buggie".  I decided that what she meant was... she wanted a Polaris RZR 570.

And what did I get?



Oh... only 6 different bottles of the rarest bourbons and whiskeys imaginable...  from Wild Turkey Diamond Anniversary to Sazerac Rye (2 bottles of that!).

I may have to fire the ATF Show back up for some reviews.

23 comments:

Susan said...

With the size of your property, and all the maintenance tied into it, she is going to put that sucker to great use.

She looks great in that Doom Buggie by the way.

Raggededge said...

Sweet, I got the kids a Polaris RZR 170.

jmyron said...

Can't go wrong with a Polaris.

Nate said...

NICE! I was eyeing those 170s man! they look freakin' cool!

ben said...

jmyron you're just biased cause you work for them.

Raggededge said...

They are cool, but now I want a 570 for myself.

thimscool said...

Merry Christmas bloggerblasteroids.

Happy and prosperous new year to all!

patrick kelly said...

Maker's Mark....mmmmmmm....

Cheddarman said...

Where is the Confederate battle flag, machine guns and grenade launchers?

Res Ipsa said...

Merry Christmas Nate and Family.

Russ said...

Razer.... sweet.

Toothy said...

Very nice, Nate.

I am truly jealous regarding the bourbon.

Wow. Just wow.

Please sip one or two for me...

Guitar Man said...

Merry Christmas, Nate. We all got the flu, but we're making it. New gift comes mid-January. That'll make it number 5 in our clan.

cheddarman said...

I wonder how the "aged at sea" effect is supposed to make a superior bourbon. You could certainly replicate the rocking of the barrel, temperature and humidity conditions on land. Oh well, I hope you enjoy it.

sincerely

cheddarman

cheddarman said...

would it be considered heresy to come up with a way to age bourbon more quickly than the traditional methods? I know a few things about flavor chemistry and wonder what the "Nate confederacy" might say.

sincerely

cheddarman

Susan said...

Cheds

I googled the name of this whiskey and came up with some interesting results.

First off I would like to say to Nate that his wife is an even better huntress than he is a hunter. Jefferson's only puts out about 250 bottles TOTAL when they release their latest batch for sale. For her to snag you a bottle is indicative of high talent indeed.

Your question Cheds got me to thinking about this a lot actually. Turns out my answer of the ocean air adding a bit of tang to the brew is very close to on target.

Supposedly ocean aging can make the brew being aged taste older than it really is. Ocean aging speeds up the process from what I was able to gather. Plus the movement of the ocean currents on the ship help keep everything moving in the barrels.

Enjoy your gift Nate. She got you a very good one. Will be anxious to hear your review. I would like to know if you can taste the "tang of the ocean" in your glass.

cheddarman said...

I would enjoy an ATF show or three on bourbon.

there are a number of factors that will effect the character of a bourbon

1) Mash fermentation time and temperature, changes in pH
2) the cultured yeast, wild yeast yeast and wild lactic acid bacteria that grow grow up and die off in the mash, changes in oxygen content during fermentation
3) the material used to hold the mash while it ferments - glass, wood, plastic, stainless steel, copper, each one would have a different effect.
3) the materials used in the still for the distillation part - again, glass, stainless steel, or copper?
4) distillation process (heat, time, temperature)
5) charring conditions for the barrel, temperature, depth of char, length of heating, moisture content of wood, lignin content versus cellulose in the wood, mineral content of the wood, especially nearer to the surface,
5) chemical reactions that occur during aging of the bourbon, governed by storage temperature, oxygen content in the barrel, pH, chemicals leached from the wood, chemicals absorbed into the wood, minerals present in the wood
6) evaporation from the barrel during aging, which depends on temperature of the barrel and relative humidity in the air surrounding it.
7) rocking the barrel as on a ship may change the rates of oxygen moving into the barrel, evaporation from the barrel, and chemical reactions taking place in the wood that form flavors, and the rate of flavor leaching from the wood, and absorption of undesirable flavors by the barrel wood and char?

Russell Jones said...

cheddarman said...

would it be considered heresy to come up with a way to age bourbon more quickly than the traditional methods?

http://www.forbes.com/sites/alexknapp/2013/05/29/cleveland-whiskey-ages-bourbon-in-one-week/

There is this article about Cleveland Whiskey that ages 100 proof bourbon in a week. Never tried it, but it seems to get mixed reviews. Someone in the article says it tastes like an Irish Whiskey. Doesn't sound promising.

Stilicho said...

Cheddarman:

Add it to the list with bourbon flavored pigs. Shall we open a micro-distillery?

Susan said...

Congrats to Cheddarman!! Now we get to see Nate wearing an Ohio hat. Looking forward to it.

Nate, you know you will rock the hat. Nobody styles something like you do.

cheddarman said...

Miss Susan,

We all know Nate is honorable, I would rather have him preach a sermon than wear a hat. Thats all.


sincerely

cheddarman

Toothy said...

ATF Friday and Nate has six bottles of ultra-premium Christmas hooch?

Let's get it on, Nate! Review time!!

A: WT Kentucky Spirit and Long Hammer IPA

T: Acid Kuba Kuba - I know, I know. But it's like having an umbrella drink instead of a straight glass of bourbon occasionally. And if you are going to have a cigar umbrella drink equivalent, this is a damn good one...

F: Smith 617 SS 6 shot, scoped - nuff said.

Hope one and all had a great Christmas, and a super new year.



Toothy said...

Acid Kuba Kuba - I know, I know. But it's like having an umbrella drink instead of a straight glass of bourbon occasionally.

Fag.

Thought I would save you the trouble, Nate.