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Three Items That Every Whiskey Lover Must Have in Their Arsenal

February 24, 2016
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In the words of the infamous, charming and always classic Austin Powers… Allow myself to introduce… Myself.

I’m Colton. 11219531_10208414238096082_3226370210843491459_n

I’m married to this hot red-headed blogger chick that is WAY out of my league. I’m an internet marketer for a real estate consulting company by day, and a wedding photographer by night/weekend. I’m a simple man with simple pleasures: photography, music (playing it, listening to it, etc), vinyl records, YouTube videos of Siberian Huskies saying “I Love You”, graphic design, building things, whiskey, gummy bears and anything with Seth Rogen, Tom Hardy or Emma Stone.

Somehow, Jess got me to agree to a monthly “takeover” style post where I talk about things I like or show people how to do something. So, since I have a seemingly unhealthy love affair with my facial hair and I’ll be discussing how to do things, I’m calling it:

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(I Mustache You)

For my first post:

I’d like to discuss three things that any Whiskey lover needs to have in their arsenal at all times.

We’ve all seen circular ice cube molds, whiskey stones, oddly shaped flasks and crazy whiskey glasses that every Urban Outfitters seems to have an abundance of. My goal is to show you three things you may not know about yet… Even Buzzfeed doesn’t know about these.

 

1. Bittermilk No.1 Bourbon Barrel Aged Old Fashioned Cocktail Mixer

I’ll start off by directly handing you my man-card and saying that most of the time, I don’t like to drink whiskey by itself. To those of you who do, I applaud and envy you greatly. There are very few affordable bourbons, scotches or Irish Whiskeys that I can just pour a glass of and sip on without making some really painful faces.

I do, however, love a good old fashioned… And they can be a pain to make. With all of the muddling of the sugar and dashing of bitters (I don’t remember learning about a “dash” as a scientific measurement in school, by the way), I always seem to muddle to little or dash too much and I can never get it to taste quite like they can at the bar.

Enter Bittermilk.

The folks over at Bittermilk know what they’re doing. They’ve taken everything that normally goes into an Old Fashioned, and bottled it up and done all of the hard work for us (aging, bittering, etc). The best part… It tastes just as good, if not better than something I would pay $15 for at some trendy bar off of Lower Greenville.

Ingredients: Burnt Organic Cane Sugar, Demerara Sugar Water, Orange Oleo Saccharum (Organic Orange Peel, Organic Cane Sugar), Spices, Organic Gentian Root, Cinchona Bark, Tartaric Acid

Directions:

Mix 1 part Bittermilk No. 1 to 4 parts Bourbon or Rye.

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Pour over ice & enjoy.

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Done!

2. Whiskey Aging Oak Sticks by Time & Oak.

Jessica and I were walking around an art fair in Portland, OR this summer when I saw people at a booth across the way handing out free whiskey. Naturally, I had to further examine this phenomenon because, well… Whiskey.

They handed me 2 different samples, and asked which I thought was smoother to take down. I took the first shot of Jack Daniels, which any whiskey drinker will tell you is a tough one to take down without a mixer or chaser, and then the second, which was MUCH easier to take down with a WAY smoother finish.

I found out that the second sample of Jack Daniels had just spent the previous night with a Time & Oak Whiskey Elements stick in the bottle.

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Basically, you drop one of these sticks in a bottle of Bourbon, Rye, Scotch or Irish whiskey, and it ages the whiskey. The longer the stick stays in the bottle, the longer the whiskey is aged.

See… The main reason aged whiskey is so much tastier and smoother than well whiskey is that it has had time to filter through the cedar and absorb all of the flavor and color.

Time & Oak has cut down on this process with what they call “accelerated transpiration through capillary action”, which is basically just a fancy way of saying “they cut the wood in a bunch of places so that the whiskey can absorb the flavor quicker”.

Game. Changer.

3. A Portable Breathalyzer

Yep. I’m gonna be that guy that tells you not to be that guy.

Seriously, these things are like $30 now and they’ll fit in your glovebox. There’s no reason to chance driving drunk.

Here’s a pointer though, from someone who used to work in a jail running REAL breathalyzer tests all of the time. The real breathalyzers they use in jails don’t even always pull a 100% accurate reading of your blood alcohol level, and they cost $5k + and almost that much per year just to maintain. That means these portable things are way less accurate. If you get a .04 reading or higher, it’s safe to assume you could actually be .08.

Don’t chance it.

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You’re welcome,

Colton

 

26 Comments

  • Reply Kim M February 24, 2016 at 9:52 am

    Oh man the though of a jack and coke has me almost drooling. Can’t drink anymore, but maybe yall can knock one back for me!

    • Reply Jessica February 24, 2016 at 11:22 am

      I have never been a whiskey girl, but I am sure Colton will be more than happy to. 😉 Thanks for stopping by!

  • Reply Kelly @theinspiredparent February 24, 2016 at 1:11 pm

    Now I’m curious about whiskey… 🙂

    • Reply Jessica February 24, 2016 at 1:18 pm

      Haha! I don’t like whiskey, myself, but the Bittermilk mix with it is actually pretty good. 😉

  • Reply Melanie Messerli February 24, 2016 at 4:29 pm

    My boyfriend loves whiskey. I am going to have to show him this post! He will love it!

    • Reply Jessica February 24, 2016 at 6:17 pm

      Yes! Save it for yourself. It’s a good idea for birthday/Christmas, etc. 🙂

  • Reply Neely (@Neelykins) February 24, 2016 at 5:09 pm

    My husband is a huge whisky lover so I bookmarked this for ideas 🙂

    • Reply Jessica February 24, 2016 at 6:19 pm

      Thanks, girl! It makes great Christmas/birthday/just because gifts too. I got Colton the bittermilk for Christmas just this past year because I heard about it and thought he would enjoy!

  • Reply Maggie Unzueta February 24, 2016 at 7:24 pm

    I will have to remember all this for Christmas. My brother is a big whiskey fan.

    • Reply Jessica February 24, 2016 at 9:35 pm

      These make great Christmas gifts. Best sister ever.

  • Reply Jennifer L. } Modern Chic February 24, 2016 at 11:54 pm

    These would make a great Father’s Day gift idea. Fantastic!

    • Reply Jessica February 25, 2016 at 6:51 am

      Absolutely! Glad you find them helpful.

  • Reply Mimi Rose February 25, 2016 at 12:14 am

    Wow, can I just get all of these items now, please!? I just got into whiskey drinking in the last few years and my boyfriend and I love a good tasting now. I’ve heard about those whisky aging oak sticks, such a great idea!

    • Reply Jessica February 25, 2016 at 6:53 am

      I wish I could get in to whiskey since Colton loves it so much. I’m glad y’all both enjoy. They will make good anniversary/birthday/Christmas/Father’s Day gifts.

  • Reply Bethany February 25, 2016 at 9:24 am

    Great post lol! Good gift ideas for my man which I’m always looking for!

    • Reply Jessica February 25, 2016 at 9:27 am

      Thanks, girl. He’s a goof. I am always looking for gift ideas for him too. Boys are the hardest to shop for!

  • Reply Nicole February 25, 2016 at 9:51 am

    Those aging sticks look amazing! Stocking stuffers for next Christmas? Or a birthday present to myself if I can’t wait that long? Definitely!

    • Reply Jessica February 25, 2016 at 11:01 am

      Ooooo… great idea for stocking stuffers…. or just buy it now. lol. Doesn’t hurt to “test it out” before you get it as a gift for someone else, right?

  • Reply Maya February 25, 2016 at 10:12 am

    Oh my gosh this is awesome… My husband is so hard to buy gifts for (usually I end up buying him some fancy Whiskey)… now I can expand (just slightly!).

    • Reply Jessica February 25, 2016 at 11:00 am

      Colton is too!! I found him the Bittermilk this year, and that was a win. I don’t know why guys are so hard to shop for.

  • Reply Betsy February 25, 2016 at 3:17 pm

    Keeping those sticks in mind for my friend who LOVES whiskey, thanks!

    • Reply Jessica February 25, 2016 at 3:25 pm

      Of course!! They will not be disappointed and you will forever be the best gift giver. 😉

  • Reply Chrisy @ Homemade Hooplah February 26, 2016 at 11:35 am

    Gotta admit I’m a weakling when it comes to scotch and whiskey, but my husband LOVES it. I’m totally going go to through this list and see which he likes best!

    • Reply Jessica February 26, 2016 at 1:20 pm

      Me too! I don’t like it at all, but Colton loves it. These make great gift ideas for the hubby. 🙂

  • Reply Jia February 27, 2016 at 10:23 pm

    Whiskey is my go to drink! Thanks for this post, it’ll definitely come in handy 😉

    • Reply Jessica February 28, 2016 at 9:22 am

      Of course! Glad you enjoyed!

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