Thursday, December 29, 2011

Power Rye: The Whole James Harrison Thing

I've been stewing on this topic for 3 weeks now.  I've thought about making many of the following points/rants.  It's going to be a rant.

  • The NFL is getting too pussed up, but I'm hooked on it like crack and can't give up my first love.
  • Dear Colt McCoy, next time, do what Manning did for 12 years and duck.
  • Screw Roger the Clown.
  • Screw Mike Greenberg and everyone else at ESPN.
  • Dear James, I'm with you, but feel free to start popping spleens and puncturing lungs instead of ringing bells.  The man has beat us down.
I'm going to vent the last of my frustration against ESPN and the whole LOL tweet debacle.  First of all, they cherry picked the scariest image that they could find to put next to hist tweet, but why not use his actual twitter image?  Because it doesn't fit the story that they want to sell!

What a monster.

Friday, December 16, 2011

Woodford Reserve Rare Rye

This year's Woodford Reserve's Masters Collection brings you not one, but two Rye whiskeys.  One aged in a new barrel, and another aged in a used rye barrel.  (Technically the used barrel is not legally a rye whiskey, but who gives a shit.)  Both are loved by frakking cylons?

This is the second time that I've tried one of the masters collections.  The other was the sweet mash, which I was so annoyed with, due to price and suckiness, I have not taken the time to review it.  Yet.  You're times coming.  The point is, yes there is a point, these rye's has a bit of the same leathery flavor that comes through in that bourbon.  I'm not sure if the other collections share this trait.

These both must be pretty good.  When I took my first sips earlier this evening, I really liked the New Cask and thought that the Aged Cask tasted like a thin scotch. Now, I've flipped and find the aged to be quite nice.  The new cask has spice and citrus notes.  The aged cask is vanilla and dates.  All in all, good stuff.

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Colonel E.H. Taylor Single Barrel

If you actually care about the history, link.  This whiskey is bottled in bond, which means that it has met certain government standards about how it was made and aged and it is bottled at 100 proof.  Most people don't know that there are also very specific standards in the actual work force.  Below is an image of your typical "bottled in bond" plant worker.

Much more effective than a hair net.  Fittingly, this is a rough tasting bourbon.  Very oaky and smokey.  And the high proof kind of kills your taste buds.  I had thoughts on the flavor at the beginning of the glass (not too shabby), but now it's all alcohol.  There is not really much point in recommending it or not recommending it because it's one of those limited runs that you either lucked into by now or it's too late.

Monday, December 5, 2011

The Power Wry 12-5-11 BS Ranking: Rematches suck

The Power Rye, or Power Wry, depending on my mood and state of sobriety, is the most accurate ranking of college football available.  Each week, I feed all of the facts, figures, stats, scores and a pint of rye whiskey into the Power Rye ranking matrix.  Two days later, I pinch off a post.
  1. LSU (13-0) Defeated Georgia 42-10.  Duh.
  2. Oklahoma State (11-1) Defeated Oklahoma 44-10.  The BS Championship game will be in my back yard on January 9th at 7:00 EST, so folks can actually watch the game and still get up for work the next day.  If you guys do decide to show up, please send an e-mail or tweet so I can let my wife know that we are expecting company.
  3. Alabama (12-1) Did not play.  Not well played.  -1.
  4. Stanford (11-1) Did not play.  Pass.
  5. Oregon (11-2) Defeated UCLA 49-31.  They had to beat the ugly friend since USC was grounded.
  6. Wisconsin (11-2) Defeated Michigan State 42-39.  Winning the inaugural Big 10 (12) conference championship game and earning an Oscar nomination for best supporting not-really-a-football-player (punter).
  7. South Carolina (9-2) Did not play. +1.  That's how you do it 'Bama.  The old ball coach still gots it.
  8. USC (9-2) Grounded. -3.
  9. Clemson (9-3) Any team that exposes (i.e. opens a can of whoop ass) Va. Tech twice in one year is alright with me.
  10. Michigan (10-2)  I've had it with fucking bullshit conference pride.  We have Urban now.  Fuck you Michigan.  I'm going back to the good old days when I hated all other 9(10(11)) teams in the Big 10(11(12)). Go Hokies!  (You suck too)  Don't think that I forgot you Fucky.  Stanford by 20.