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Bourbon vs Scotch

Having just cracked open a long anticipated bottle of Yellowstone I have bourbon on my mind — and this coincides with Julia Reed’s discussion taking wing from Walker Percy’s famous essay. Sociological musings aside, I’m of the view that the pitching of Bourbon vs Scotch is a false dichotomy: there is no legitimate comparison. If I had…

Yo ho ho and a bottle of rum

Having recently sampled seven rums, the Diplomatico Single Vintage 2000 really does stand out by a long shot but I do also like the Matusalem 15 Year Solera Gran Reserva. As much as I like my single malts, I sense that rum is going to be my primary winter tipple which, by the way, goes especially well with…

Why Writers Drink

Three very warm reviews of Olivia Laing’s The Trip to Echo Spring: Why Writers Drink. Olivia Laing’s . . . book takes its title from a line in Tennessee Williams’s play Cat on a Hot Tin Roof. It’s an apt phrase for a book about writers and alcoholism, with its combined dose of the sublime…

New Orleans Bar Guide

Well, here is that vital resource that one needs: where to get your drink, organized by neighborhood. alcoholalcoholic drinksbarsBourbon StreetBywater New OrleansFaubourg MarignyFrench QuarterMississippi Rivernew orleansnew orleans barsSaint Louis Cemetery

Beer and Philosophy or Drinking and Thinking

Here’s an article from the Huffington Post. Of course, we all know that booze and the philosopher are close friends. Regarding the relationship between the two, there are two schools of thought. 1. that the qualic experience (and alcohol) are part and parcel of creative thought processes. 2. Alcohol is needed to numb the philosopher’s…