For me, the first on the list is my great granddads shine. I was raised in the mountains of North Idaho and he had a still that he operated with my grandpop. After the shine was taken down the hill and properly flavored, I was offerred a taste. It was only a taste but . . . . I have never forgotten. Damn! Those that maintain that whiskey is an acquired taste have not had pop’s whiskey.
The second best on the list was a bottle of Macallan 30. I got this as a gift from my boss after opening an office and warehouse on the Gold Coast. He gave it to me and I put it on the shelf in my office. Things got busy and I hadn’t thought about it much. One day my boss, knowing it is on the bookshelf, asks if he can see it. Well, of course he could. He sat down in my office and cracked the bottle. We sat there until the bottle was empty.
Damn good stuff. I wish I could buy some more. DAMN!
Number three on my list is simply cold water. I was in Mexico, looking at some properties that I wanted to buy. I had looked at it one a month before with the owner and thought I could find it again on my own. Bad Mistake. I rented a Toyota and headed out. Ultimately the road turned to loose sand. I kept going thinking that I would soon find a good place to turn around. I ended up stuck in the sand, totally unprepared for the desert. I walked in shorts, t-shirt and sandals for hours (with no water) until I finally got to a hacienda. I was so parched and tired, all I could do was beg for water. Pure bliss. But, still number 3.
Number 4 was my dads beer (that he had left outside in the cold air of Idaho.) Me and a bud were going to see our girlfriends and after leaving the back door, noticed pop’s 6 pack of beer on the porch where he had left it (away from mom and to keep cold until things with family quieted down) Well, we needed it worse than he did so . . . well, you know where this is going. All four of us enjoyed it, got tipsey and had some innocent fun. Got whipped big time over that. Not because of pop, hell he would have bought us some if he had known, but mom found out and all got in deep shit.
Number 5, and last on this list, is a simple bottle of whiskey of unknown brand. I was involved in negotiations with another firm. An arbitrator had been called in. We met in the arbitrator’s office. The outcome was VERY VERY large. At the beginnining of negotiations, the arbitrator pulled out a bottle, of unknown vintage). He proclaimed, “Gentlemen, one of two things will happen here today. First, and hopefully so, we will reach an agreement. The second, and less attractive alternative is that this bottle will be empty and you both will be here to argue your case at 9:00 am tomorrow. Do I have your attention?” Of course he did. Well, we started and finsished with about one drink each left in the bottle. Keep in mind that this was not just a fifth. It was a Texas fifth which is about 3 liters. We all took taxis home with our notes. Glad I had notes beciause I had not much of a clue what I had agreed to until the next day. As it turned out, I got what I wanted and he got what he wanted. As for the arbitrator, I guess he got what he wanted too.
That’s my list. How about yours?