You know, I can’t remember if any bourbons other than Jim Beam (white) are available in Taiwan.
Anyway, something or other got me looking at bourbons the other day. Since here in middle America we’re in our meteorlogical tweener season – and thus stouts don’t seem right yet but neither do other ales or even lagers – I’m in the market for booze to tide me over until it snows.
So here’s the bourbon that will likely change my drinking habits here on out.
The bottom line: astonishingly delicious (caveat: I rarely drink spirits but when I do it’s straight up, neat and with no ice, ever. Ever!). Holy shit, batman. Un-ing-believable how cloistered I am sometimes, this bourbon has been available here since at least 2002. Woodford Reserve Kentucky bourbon is an outstanding American beverage, world class, ing unreal. Vanilla, butter, fruit (pears and apricots), and the alcohol is just right. Great American history, too.
Maybe there’s hope for American cuisine yet. Certainly bourbon has come a long, long way from the summer of 1978, when Carleton Spencer and I stole 2 fifths of Old Granddad and a quart of Kentucky Gentleman from his neighbor’s garage and proceeded to drink ourselves comatose that night at the local drive-in movie. That night the idiot Spencer ended up driving over the forms his dad built to pour the concrete for his family’s driveway the next morning, while I ended up rising from the dead only to piss in my closet and having to throw out my new clothes for high school (thank God a friend thought to check on me during the night, turning me over on my belly and thus directing my unconscious vomiting away from my lungs). Ever since that night there’s just never been enough olfactory distance between the liquor of sour corn mash and the detritus of its partial digestion.
Until now, that is. If you ever find this available for sale or for the taking – if you ever see Woodford Reserve Kentucky bourbon whiskey available for sale in the duty-free shop you happen to be in – buy it, and drink up.
So, have you ever had this bourbon? Or another that you think particularly remarkable? How about any other local alcoholic beverage from your home that you miss particularly?