Clarke’s bourbon   10 comments

Winston Churchill was travelling by train with Harry Truman. The president suggested having a whiskey and Sir Winston was delighted. Upon his first taste, he exclaimed, “This isn’t whiskey, its bourbon!”

We settled into the hotel for the night and then realised we were dry.  I had remembered to pack the travel shot glass but no beverages; this would not do.  So, I put my shoes back on (checking first that I was still wearing trousers, of course…don’t need another one of THOSE incidents, do we?) and headed out to find an off license nearby.  Instead, I popped into an Aldi Supermarket and found this little gem, some Clarke’s bourbon, which apparently is only sold in Germany and Austria (and German stores like Aldi) although it is truly bourbon, made in Lawrence, KY.

I have stopped drinking bourbon for the most part because if you ask for it in a bar they tend to pour Jack Daniels (vile swill and NOT bourbon).  All you can usually find on the shelves in Offies is Jim Beam or Four Roses, bland tipples at best and yet they tend to be £20 for a 700 mL bottle.  Clarke’s is smooth but with a strong oakieness that I really like; it reminds me a bit of Evan Williams without the medicinal edge.  And, at £10 a bottle, I think we have found a winner.

Here are some whiskey quotes to make this an interesting read despite my ramblings (W.C. Fields may be a little heavily represented):

“Never eat on an empty stomach.”
W.C. Fields

“No married man is genuinely happy if he has to drink worse whiskey than he used to drink when he was single.”
H. L. Mencken

“I was brought up to believe that Scotch whiskey would need a tax preference to survive in competition with Kentucky bourbon.”
Hugo L. Black

“A woman drove me to drink and I didn’t have the decency to thank her.”
W.C. Fields

“I’m a simple man. All I want is enough sleep for two normal men, enough whiskey for three, and enough women for four.”
Joel Rosenberg

“What contemptible scoundrel stole the cork from my lunch?”
W.C. Fields

“What whiskey will not cure, there is no cure for.”
Irish Proverb

“Yes, honey…Just squeeze your rage up into a bitter little ball and release it at an appropriate time, like that day I hit the referee with the whiskey bottle.”
Homer Simpson

“A man should always carry a small bottle of whiskey in case of a snake bite. A man should also carry a snake.”
W.C. Fields

“Too much of anything is bad, but too much of good whiskey is barely enough.”
Mark Twain

“So long as the presence of death lurks with anyone who goes through the simple act of swallowing, I will make mine whiskey.”
W. C. Fields

“Let’s drink to California, way out by the sea, Where a woman’s ass, and a whiskey glass, Made a horse’s ass of me”
Anonymous Toast

“Drown in a cold vat of whiskey? Death, where is thy sting?”
W. C. Fields

“The melancholy days are come, the saddest of the year; Not cold enough for whiskey but too damn cold for beer”
Anonymous Toast

“The advantages of whiskey over dogs are legion. Whiskey does not need to be periodically wormed, it does not need to be fed, it never requires a special kennel, it has no toenails to be clipped or coat to be stripped. Whiskey sits quietly in its special nook until you want it. True, whiskey has a nasty habit of running out, but then so does a dog.”
W. C. Fields

“Listen. If we can’t break the ice, how ’bout we drown it?”
Paul Bettany’s character in ‘A Beautiful Mind’

“If you can’t drink a lobbyist’s whiskey, take his money, sleep with his women and still vote against him in the morning, you don’t belong in politics.”
Molly Ivins

“When it’s third and ten, you can take the milk drinkers and I’ll take the whiskey drinkers every time.”
Max McGee

Posted 2011/07/14 by 1pumplane in booze

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