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smokinjoe
09-21-2012, 15:45
I was just out back doing a little reading about bourbon, when something struck me from what I was reading. Each of the following guys has something in common. Know what it is?


Besides being Master Distillers.........;)



Elmer T. Lee, Gary Gayheart, Jerry Dalton, Booker Noe, Ed Foote, Lincoln Henderson, Jim Rutledge, Ova Haney, Parker Beam, Craig Beam, Earl Beam, Bill Samuels, Joe Dangler, Jimmy Russell, Jimmy Bedford, and Ralph Dupps.

Bourbon Boiler
09-21-2012, 18:05
Illuminati? :shocked:

darylld911
09-22-2012, 05:38
All from Scottish or German descent?

Phil T
09-22-2012, 05:46
All Kentucky born?

smokinjoe
09-22-2012, 07:53
No, but when I read this it was very illuminating. :D

the Duff
09-22-2012, 08:11
Millionaires?

10char

darylld911
09-22-2012, 08:23
They all have an "e" in either their first or last name (well - except Ralph Dupps, but hey - they can't ALL be special, right?)

T Comp
09-22-2012, 08:47
They all withdrew their applications to the GBS once they learned y'all are serious about the goat :eek: :grin:...No clue Joe but you did get me rereading my latest and now collector's edition of Bourbon, Straight last night.

callmeox
09-22-2012, 09:02
They are 16 people who have never been in my kitchen.

Bourbon Boiler
09-22-2012, 09:51
They are 16 people who have never been in my kitchen.

Winner. ^ ,

smokinjoe
09-22-2012, 10:11
They all withdrew their applications to the GBS once they learned y'all are serious about the goat :eek: :grin:...No clue Joe but you did get me rereading my latest and now collector's edition of Bourbon, Straight last night.

Well, I do know half of them have restraining orders on me, because they (especially Mr. Beam) tired of me hugging them every time I saw them.

You're on the right path, Thad. Different authors.

fishnbowljoe
09-22-2012, 10:21
Hall Of Famers ???????? :grin:

Phil T
09-22-2012, 10:29
No, but when I read this it was very illuminating. :D

All went to school for electrical engineering? ?

Phil T
09-22-2012, 10:37
No, but when I read this it was very illuminating. :D

All are a son of a master distiller, or have a son who is a master distiller? ?

callmeox
09-22-2012, 10:53
Louisville grads?

smokinjoe
09-22-2012, 11:30
The answer lies in the Regan's book...

tmckenzie
09-23-2012, 08:07
Nope, Joe is from New Jersey.
All Kentucky born?

callmeox
09-23-2012, 08:55
Winner. ^ ,

Thank you for getting the reference. :grin:

smokinjoe
09-24-2012, 08:21
Well, I gave y'all the weekend. While reading the Regan's book, "The Book of Bourbon and Other Fine American Whiskeys", I noticed a pattern in certain information contained in Chapter 5. This chapter was "Distilleries: An A to Z Guide to American Whiskey-Makers", where they wrote up a short description of each distillery. It contained info like Address, directions, whiskey brands produced, mashbills, master distiller, and....and...

How does each Master Distiller drink his whiskey?

Well according to the Regan's book, all of these guys drink their whiskey "on the rocks", and some will add water. Only Jimmy Russell responded that he drink his "neat, OR on the rocks". Considering the lengths that I read some folks here go in preparation of drinking their whiskey, I was mildly amused at the simplistic, and, I guess according to many presumptuous "armchair experts", the non-"connoisseurish" :D way in which they enjoy the fruits of their own creations.

jcg9779
09-24-2012, 08:57
Well, I gave y'all the weekend. While reading the Regan's book, "The Book of Bourbon and Other Fine American Whiskeys", I noticed a pattern in certain information contained in Chapter 5. This chapter was "Distilleries: An A to Z Guide to American Whiskey-Makers", where they wrote up a short description of each distillery. It contained info like Address, directions, whiskey brands produced, mashbills, master distiller, and....and...

How does each Master Distiller drink his whiskey?

Well according to the Regan's book, all of these guys drink their whiskey "on the rocks", and some will add water. Only Jimmy Russell responded that he drink his "neat, OR on the rocks". Considering the lengths that I read some folks here go in preparation of drinking their whiskey, I was mildly amused at the simplistic, and, I guess according to many presumptuous "armchair experts", the non-"connoisseurish" :D way in which they enjoy the fruits of their own creations.

Very interesting, Joe. I'll bring a 20 lb. bag to the next GBS meeting. We can all drink Pappy on the rocks while watching Jimmy conduct his Michael Flynn pyro show! :lol:

Gillman
09-24-2012, 11:08
Joe, it is a practice which is surely strongly influenced by the climates of the distilling States - mainly Kentucky but Ed Foote worked in Indiana for a time and it can be devilish hot there too.

Also, these gents are (mostly) of a certain age and in their youth, A/C was not invariable. Apart from all this, all distilleries are hot steamy places.

This is why IMO the trait you identified is typical. This is why I believe Randy B drinks his bourbon the same way - Texas is still hot A/C or no A/C, right Randy? :)

Gary

Bourbon Boiler
09-24-2012, 16:12
Thank you for getting the reference. :grin:


For those who didn't ...


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=botdmsQilnU

Young Blacksmith
09-24-2012, 16:22
Looks like I am in good company, thanks Joe!

I usually drink my bourbon on the rock, or rocks. It's just how I prefer it in the heat. Even in winter I drink it on the rocks though, as that is how I have gotten used to it. I will consume neat if trying something new, but the standard, every day pour is cooled by ice.

Flyfish
09-24-2012, 16:49
How does each Master Distiller drink his whiskey?

Well according to the Regan's book, all of these guys drink their whiskey "on the rocks", and some will add water. Only Jimmy Russell responded that he drink his "neat, OR on the rocks". Considering the lengths that I read some folks here go in preparation of drinking their whiskey, I was mildly amused at the simplistic, and, I guess according to many presumptuous "armchair experts", the non-"connoisseurish" :D way in which they enjoy the fruits of their own creations.
Thanks, Joe. This is an example why SB is more than worth the price of membership. My practice is to taste bourbon neat, then with just a drop of water to see how it opens up, then to see how it stands up to the rocks. There is a difference between "tasting" and "drinking." I think if I had unlimited access, like these guys, to the best bourbon on the planet, I would be less concerned about "wasting" it by adding ice. Somehow, Stagg on the rocks just seems wrong. And we'll not even talk about Coke and/or ginger ale.

callmeox
09-24-2012, 18:49
For those who didn't ...



That never gets old.

smokinjoe
09-24-2012, 18:56
That never gets old.

I do remember that one, but didn't get the reference. That's some funny schtuff. :lol: Well done. Reminds me of those SNL skits with Farrell doing Trebek, and Hammonds playing Sean Connery. The one with Sharon Osborne may be the funniest 6 minutes in television. :lol:

doubleblank
09-25-2012, 11:49
Joe, it is a practice which is surely strongly influenced by the climates of the distilling States - mainly Kentucky but Ed Foote worked in Indiana for a time and it can be devilish hot there too.

Also, these gents are (mostly) of a certain age and in their youth, A/C was not invariable. Apart from all this, all distilleries are hot steamy places.

This is why IMO the trait you identified is typical. This is why I believe Randy B drinks his bourbon the same way - Texas is still hot A/C or no A/C, right Randy? :)

Gary

Texas is hot during the summer with or without A/C. I have always added a cube and let it melt to cool the drink. Once you drink it like this, you find enjoyment in the drink whatever the temperature is.

And the doctors will tell you that those with acid reflux/indigestion can tolerate alcoholic drinks better if they are cooled and watered down, so to speak.

Gillman
09-25-2012, 16:51
Indeed I have learned this Randy, the hard way. :)

Gary

Restaurant man
09-27-2012, 12:06
Well according to the Regan's book, all of these guys drink their whiskey "on the rocks", and some will add water. Only Jimmy Russell responded that he drink his "neat, OR on the rocks". Considering the lengths that I read some folks here go in preparation of drinking their whiskey, I was mildly amused at the simplistic, and, I guess according to many presumptuous "armchair experts", the non-"connoisseurish" :D way in which they enjoy the fruits of their own creations.

Damn! I can't believe ive been doing it wrong all these years! :smiley_acbt:I have been wasting all that whiskey by drinking it neat. Now i just have to figure out how to cram those cubes into my Glencairn.

OscarV
09-27-2012, 13:18
They are 16 people who have never been in my kitchen.


Dude!!!!
You stole that line from Ciff Clavin of "Cheers" when he was on the TV show Jepordy and he couldn't answer a question,...(good job)