Category Archives: Consume

A Tale of 3 Razors, part 3: The High End Shave Club

Chisel Shave Club wasn’t originally on my list for this series, but they should have been. While their competitors Dollar Shave Club and Harry’s have been focusing on undercutting expensive shaving cartridges you’ll find in the store, Chisel is carving out its place as a monthly box for wet-shaving, double-edge safety razor novices.
Continue reading A Tale of 3 Razors, part 3: The High End Shave Club

A Tale of 3 Razors Part 2: Harry’s Shave Company

Try this: Go over to my Twitter page. After you’ve followed me, type “Harrys Shave” into the search bar. If you are in the same demographic as me, a promoted tweet from Gillette will launch, probably because Gillette is terrified of what companies like Harry’s are doing: Offering a better product cheaper and more conveniently. Rather than innovate or compete on pricing, they are investing in a campaign aimed at getting you to think yo udon’t spend much on razors so that you won’t consider a (potentially better) alternative. Just how good are these alternative brands? That’s what I decided out to find out in this three part series. a few weeks ago, I reviewed another company’s product and service that was designed to slash your razor budget, and now we’re back with part two: Harry’s Shave

Continue reading A Tale of 3 Razors Part 2: Harry’s Shave Company

A Tale of 3 Razors Part 1: Dollar Shave Club

You’ve probably heard this pitch before: “You’re spending way to much on razor blades.” It’s probably true: Target carries my current razor blades, the Gillette Mach 3, at a price no better than $3 a cartridge. Costco carries bulk packs that bring that figure closer to $2 a cartridge.  No doubt, Gillette (and competitor Schick, for that matter) are making money hand over fist with their blades. Can we get a better deal? That’s what I set out to find out in this three part series. First up, the ever popular Dollar Shave Club. Continue reading A Tale of 3 Razors Part 1: Dollar Shave Club

Now here’s to you.

Willett Straight Rye Whiskey, Jury Duty
From Wefty’s First Post

Ten thousand nine hundred fifty eight. The the number of days you, my brother, have been alive. For those keeping track, that’s thirty years. When you started this blog, you set out to create a tribute to things that get better with time. And on this day, I wish I could be in Portland Oregon celebrating it with you.

To celebrate, Wefty will be drinking Willet’s Family Estate Straight Rye Whiskey. A 95% rye 5% barley, this high-rye aged 4 years by Kentucky Bourbon Distillery is among my favorites, and hopefully will be among his soon. With a vanilla nose, complex palate and long spiced finish, it’s a fine example of Rye Whiskey. And I hope that my brother enjoys it tonight– I will have to sip a bit alongside you on this side of the country. Perhaps it will take the sting off being summoned for Jury Duty.

So to my brother. To paraphrase Harper Lee, it’s not idealism to believe in the integrity of our courts and in the jury system– that is no ideal to me, it is a living, working reality. A court is no better than each person sitting on a jury.  A court is only as sound as its jury, and a jury is only as sound as the people who make it up. So my advice to my brother: Drink more Willet, show up drunk, and turn the courthouse into a party.

Cheers,
Mash

PS: It’s not much yet… But Wefty + Mash may soon adopt a trademark.  In honor of Wefty’s birthday, Here’s a rough sketch of the most current version.

Colonel E.H. Taylor Barrel Proof– Not a Review.

I haven’t posted in a while. A few weeks ago, I got a call from the ABC store: They had drawn my name in their rare-whiskey lottery, the prize for which this time was the opportunity to purchase a bottle of E.H. Taylor Barrel Proof. If ever there was a call saying “get your ass back to blogging,” there it was.

After researching a bit about it, I went to the store to purchase it. Being my lucky day, they also had a bottle of Sazerac I reviewed last. While both are excellent, I felt that the E.H. Taylor needed a more thorough review before I could share it. In fact, I still haven’t had a chance to write it. This is just an announcement: Right now, it is available over at Caskers, and it is absolutely worth the ~$70 price tag.

If you see this for a reasonable price, my recommendation is buy it– It never stays around long.

-Mash

White Sangria: For Parties or Romantic Evenings

My girlfriend and I threw a party yesterday. We made way too much of everything, and have quite a bit of leftovers. But so far, this drink has held up and is still drinking well now. This was a big hit, and we are glad to have leftovers that hold up!

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup Cognac (110 mL)
  • 1/2 cup Peach Schnapps (110 mL)
  • 1 Mango
  • 2 Oranges
  • 1/4 cup Sugar (55 mL)
  • 2-750 mL White Wine
  • Gingerale or Soda, up to 1 L according to taste.

To make this Sangria, I started with a half cup of Cognac and a half cup of Peach Schnapps. I added one mango, skinned and cubed, as well as two oranges sliced thin. After adding a quarter cup of sugar, we stuck it in the fridge for an hour, and then added two bottles of cheap, dry white wine. Immediately before the party, we added about 750mL gingerale, and blackberries.

Light, fruity and sweet, this refreshing drink is sure to please. But it certainly isn’t the only great Sangria recipe out there. If you have one to share, we’d love to hear it!

-Mash

Eagle Rare 10 Single Barrel Kentucky Straight Bourbon

There’s nothing like a nice drink after a long Saturday. My girlfriend and I recently purchased a house, and while she is at the beach I have been assembling new toys like a Lawn Mower, and installing blinds. I also went into work, so it has been a long day. Unwinding with a glass of Eagle Rare really hits the spot.

I can’t possibly write a review of this fine bourbon without acknowledging the giant who made it possible: Elmer T. Lee. Lee began working at the George T. Stagg Distillery in 1949 after serving the Air Force during World War II, and rose through the ranks to become the plant manager in 1969. In 1984, he introduced Blanton’s to the world, the first Single Barrel Bourbon in history. He continued to advise the distillery, which was renamed years later to Buffalo Trace. He passed away last week. If not for his innovations, single barrel bourbons like this might never have become popular as they are today.

Buffalo Trace is a great distillery. Owned by Sazerac, they churn out products including everything from Ancient Age to Blanton’s. They are also the producers of the highly sought after Pappy Van Winkle Family Reserve. Eagle Rare is one of their more commonly available offerings.

Tasting Notes
Proof– 90, although not stated on bottle.
Aroma– Alcohol, Oak, and Honey.
Color– Light Amber.
Taste and Finish– One thing to keep in mind with Single Barrel Bourbons is that the taste may change substantially from one bottle to the next. Wefty also has a bottle of Eagle Rare 10 he will be reviewing, and I look forward to see how our bottles and tastes differ.

Neat, there is an Oaky burn and not much else to start. A bit of sour oak on the finish. As I continue to sip, it opens up more with of a honey note, but the burn doesn’t seem to go away. Now, to drop a ball of ice into the glass. Sourness grows, honey fades with the first sip. The burn subsides, but a solid bite remains. After some more ice melts, the sour oak turns to sweet oak, and ultimately leaves a finish of red berries. The fruity finish when the bourbon was fairly diluted caught me by surprise, and was quite pleasant. I find myself wanting to pour myself another glass, but I also intend to write another review tonight.

Verdict

Neat, it has a decent bite that is not overpowered by burn. This is a good whiskey to drink neat. Throwing some ice into it, this bottle gave a very interesting oak progression, from sour oak to sweet oak to sweet oak with a fruit finish. Very enjoyable, very tasty.  For the price point, I wouldn’t feel bad about mixing Eagle Rare with a soda, coke, or gingerale, although another less expensive one may fit the bill better. And at a decently high 90 proof, it should hold up against sodas pretty well.

In terms of strong-mixed drinks,  I thought I would try a a new cocktail. Three blackberries muddled in equal parts Lemonade and Bourbon. This drink brought out the sourness of the oak, while the whiskey really masked the sweetness of the berries and lemonade. While I wouldn’t necessarily recommend this specific cocktail, I am thoroughly impressed with the potential to use Eagle Rare as a mixer for a strong drink like a Whiskey Sour or Julep.

Overall: Eagle Rare 10 is a solid bourbon worth having in any collection. It would also be interesting to compare several bottles side by side, as the single-barrel approach can produce a fair amount of variation. Things as simple as the positioning of the barrel in the barrel house can affect the final flavor, as minute temperature differences over 10 years can result in a very different result. But overall, I am quite impressed with Eagle Rare 10, and consider it to be a good buy for any bourbon fan.

For a second opinion, I recommend reading Josh Zollweg’s reviw.

Cheers,
-Mash

PS- If you can’t find it locally, it is available from at least one online retailer.

Never drink alone, but remember: Pets only count as company when your partner is out of town!