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Hi all,

You may noticed I haven’t posted since my “holiday” break began. I’m going to extend that break for an indefinite amount of time. I just haven’t had the time I’d like to devote to this blog.  So, I’m pulling a Bill Watterson and taking a sabbatical.

I do have a number of topics in coffee, whisky(ey), shaving, and watches that I’m working on, but I don’t want to this blog  to become inconsistent.

When this blog is active, I strive to deliver decent content on a regular schedule. It will return to that in the future.

Until then,

“Weekends don’t count unless you spend them doing something completely pointless.”

-Old Man Kal

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Tasting Notes – Bushmill’s Black Bush Irish Whiskey

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So, I saw a Black Bush gift set for sale and thought I’d indulge. I have a Bushmill’s triple distilled bottle at home which I find uninspired and wasn’t blown away when I had a glass of Black Bush one night. But this is one of those whiskies that everyone raves about.

Since this came with those giant ice cube molds I thought I’d give it a taste with the giant ice ball, especially since when I had neat before I found it a bit too rough.

Bushmills Black Bush

Nose- Woody, maybe an oak smell?

Taste – At first noting, and then like peppery water. Some faint butterscotch notes.

Finish – A strong hint of cinnamon. Peppery taste remains, the butterscotch then dissolves into a butter taste?

I just don’t know. It’s a very bizarre whiskey, almost schizophrenic.

Holiday Drinks!

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So, it’s officially Christmas season now and that had me thinking about my favorite Winter Holiday drinks. So here’s what I love to drink to relax and unwind at the holiday parties.

Fireball Cider

I don’t know what the recipe is, but at some parties I’ve add some amazing Hot Apple Fireball Cinnamon Cider. If you can find a good recipe I suggest you try it.

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Eggnog and Whiskey

The old holiday standby. Makers Mark is my preferred bourbon to go with my eggnog, but other bourbons and even other types of whiskies will do in a pinch.

The Dalmore Scotch

Is is the taste, the nose, or simply the color of this Scotch and the Stag emblem on the bottle? Whatever it is, I’ve always regarded it as the most Christmas-y of all Scotches.

Guest Post: Top 5 Must Have Gifts for Beardsman This Christmas

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Hey there. Vince here, from BeardLifestyle.com. I reached out to Old Man Kal about writing a guest post for you all –and here it is. The top five must have gifts for a beardsman this Christmas.

These gift ideas range anywhere from just a few dollars to going all out. I hope you find them interesting. Regardless of if you’re looking for gift ideas for your bearded brother or significant other, these are sure to please.

#1 Tea Tree beard oil from BeardBrand.

Tea Tree oilBeard oils offer several benefits for a beardsman. Being rich in essential oils it replenishes your beard and helps ease the itchiness. Another huge bonus is that it helps with decreasing beard dandruff. Gross.

Don’t just buy any old beard oil though. Go premium for a few dollars more with BeardBrand products. The Tea Tree scent can be described as “Imagine living on a Swiss mountaintop and taking a step outside into the brisk morning air.”.

#2 KONA French Press Coffee Tea & Espresso Maker

frenchpressA french press coffee maker is the perfect gift for a beardsman that enjoys a nice cup of coffee.  The KONA has received rave reviews on Amazon.

Using a french press gives the coffee a more rich and less acidic taste by better extracting the oils from coffee beans. This is a unique gift that can not only be used over and over; it  also looks incredible.

#3 Orvis Black Sheep Irish Fisherman’s Sweater

orvisI wouldn’t normally suggest buying your guy a sweater for Christmas. So cliche. But the Irish fisherman’s sweater isn’t your average sweater. This sweater looks fantastic when pair with jeans. This traditional Irish crewneck is cableknit and will be perfect gift for the upcoming cold months.

#4 Horween Leather Timex Weekender

weekenderThe modern beardsman lifestyle actually is a return to a more timeless look. A nice leather watch fits that look perfectly.

Don’t just go buy any watch though. Pick quality without breaking the bank with the leather Weekender. The Horween leather Timex Weekender is the way to go. This watch has a classy look with the leather band and black Timex watch face. An added benefit is he will have less excuse to be late to family gatherings.

#5 Samuel Adams Boston Brewery Tour

breweryI saved the biggest gift for last as it is more of an epic adventure. Take him on a tour of the Samuel Adams brewery in Boston, MA.

Now this would take some planning on your part; but if your beardsman likes brew than this would be one of the most memorable gifts you could get. This is going all-out.

The tour itself lasts about an hour. Best part? The tour itself is actually free.

Thank you!

I hope you found this top 5 list of Christmas gifts for a beardsman inspirational. It’s not too late to order online and have the gift in time for the holidays or plan a trip.

Johnnie Walker Gold Label Reserve Tasting Notes

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I finally found Gold Label Reserve! How does it compare to the original gold label?

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Nose- Faint hints of grass and something I can’t identify. Stronger nose than original gold label.

Taste –  Almost pure water at first, so smooth.

Finish – That familiar, Johnnie Walker peppery aftertaste comes on strong. But it lingers on the tongue as a nice cinnamon flavor. In the original Gold Label, there was more cinnamon in the initial burn and more pepper that lingered on the tongue.

I can’t believe I’m going to say this but I think I like the reserve better. Its so smooth and pure tasting. The cinnamon aftertaste is so pleasant.

Janis Trade Company – Lew & Huey and NTH thoughts

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So Lew & Huey is now Janis Trade Company with two brands – Lew & Huey and NTH. I’m very unimpressed. Janis Trade Company and NTH could describe anything in the world.

What I loved about Lew & Huey was the originality. The watch designs may have been inspired by other watches, but they had their own personal flair. Every watch design since the change to Janis Trade Company has been uninspired. They could belong to any micro-brand. It may be more profitable, but it’s shame that an iconoclast brand has become jut another micro-brand.

Tasting Notes -Glemorangie 18 Yr Highland Single Malt Scotch

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So, I got this as a gift, but I was excited try since I do enjoy the Nectar D’Or.

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Nose – Faint hints of fresh cut grass.

Taste – Creamy, buttery, and watery – almost sweet.

Finish –  It comes fast with a peppery aftertaste in the back of the throat. A slightly cinnamon note lingers the center of the tongue. The finish mellows as the drink goes on and whole experience becomes pleasanter.

Like nearly all whiskies, I wish the finish didn’t come on so quickly. But I am impressed.  I think I need to start adding a few droplets of water to my whiskies to open them up when tasting.

 

Tasting Notes – Blanton’s Original Single Barrel

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So, I took an impromptu break because I got busy with other things, but I’m back!

I had Blanton’s at a friend’s house once and loved it. The fanciest Blanton’s was sold-out so I had to settle for just the normal single barrel.

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Nose – Fresh-cut Grass, slight citrus smell.

Taste-  It tickles my tongue at first with a clear and watery but also rich and creamy taste. Then the finish comes strong.

Finish – Strong peppery alcohol burn. Slight nuttiness. Warm in the center and sides of my tongue. The peppery taste lingers on the side.

So, this wasn’t quite as good as I remember, the finish comes on strong and fast and overpowers the great taste. But maybe a dash of water, or serving is over the rocks would fix that.

Tasting Notes – Tullamore Dew Irish Whiskey -12 Year Special Reserve

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So, I wanted to round out my Irish Whiskey collection since it’s rather small.  I want it hit on some of the top-rated Irish whiskies. I don’t have any Tullamore Dew, so it was on my list of Irish Whiskeys to check out. I picked up this Special Reserve bottle since it was on-sale.

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Nose– Not much in the smell. Some slight hints of lemon and peppermint?

Taste – Smooth as water at first with slight hints of butterscotch; but the finish comes on strong and fast.

Finish –  An overwhelming peppery taste right on the sides and center of my tongue. Tried taking smaller and faster sips. Peppery taste in the back of my throat and tongue and the taste evaporates quickly.

I’m unimpressed. This isn’t a sipping whiskey at all. I was expecting more based on it being triple distilled, its age statement, and the “special reserve” part.