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Welcome to Po'Nutrition Fax! This blog is about alcohol - it has nothing to do with health or wellness, and the only relationship between this and Edgar Allen Poe is that he was an alcoholic.

I used to work in a liquor store and developed a taste for all different types of booze. As my collection grew, I felt the need to share my knowledge of, interest in, and experiences with my purchases - from the standards (e.g. whisk(e)y, gin) to the less-than-standard (e.g. kirschwasser, raki). You'll also find a lot on beer (another love of mine).

This is not about how much I can drink nor do I promote over-excess of alcohol. As with most blogs, there is some self-reflection included with most of the reviews. The point is to encourage everyone to reflect on what they drink.

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Cheers!
Mike

Monday, January 5, 2015

Henry McKenna Single Barrel Bourbon

Miso (the cat) is judging my drinking
I'm going to keep this simple because I feel as though no one actually cares about what they drink anymore.

Who gives a shit if it's got caramel coloring? Will I get drunk?

Is this altered in some other way? Who cares?! I just want to get drunk!

Can't you just let the marketing fool me? I just want to wake up tomorrow and feel as though my life is now better because I acted like an idiot for a few hours and can blame it on something else! However, I also want to feel good about myself because it said "small batch" or "single barrel" on the label because the marketing of that product made me think as though I'm special because the thing I just drank said one of those two magic statements!

So here's my review of Barrel # 1234 of Henry McKenna 10-yr:

Nose: Caramel corn, vanillin, pepper, citronella
Flavor: Pepper, Tobacco, "smoke and oak," alcohol (suggest watering down a bit), dry-finish. Insipid.
Overall: Not bad on its own - makes a great Old Fashioned. Use as a higher-end mixer since the spicy/earthy notes compliment "sweeter" whiskey-based drinks (e.g. Old Fashioned, Manhattan)

There. Now drink yourself stupid but feel better about yourself because it says "single barrel" on the label.