Fermented Musings: Sometimes You Get What You Pay For

As anyone who reads this column will know, I am a fan of The Macallan scotch. The 12-year has become my go-to imbibe not only for the flavors but affordability. At an average little over $50 a bottle, it isn’t necessarily cheap, but it’s not prohibitive at this stage of my life either. I have…

Photo of the Day: November 19, 2017

My friend Walter and I (who I semi-profiled here) hanging out at the Strauss Mansion Museum during our monthly Jazz concert series. He’s drinking his usual white wine while I have Buffalo Trace bourbon and Pepsi 1893 cola. September 2017.

“Photo of the Day” on Break Until November

October is my busiest month of the year. I volunteer at a museum that is haunted, and we do events all month long. I also lecture on the subject of paranormal activity and hauntings at historic sites for Brookdale Community College. All of that and I try to watch and review as many horror movies…

Vat 69 Gold and the Perfect Scotch Sour

Every year on my birthday, my parents would try to find me a bottle of whiskey that I had never heard of before. Sometimes, it is random. Other times, there is significance. Last year, it was the Quiet Man Irish Whiskey, named after the classic film starring John Wayne. This year on a spring trip…

Restaurant Review: The Globe Hotel (Red Bank, NJ)

The Globe Hotel has been serving up drinks since 1840. At that time, there was actual lodging. Today, it’s just a bar and restaurant. I had been there for the first time two or three years ago. My friend had something famous in these parts—the Globe Burger—which is just like any other burger except for…

Fermented Musings: A Year Older Me; A Six Year Older Scotch

I came to appreciate a good scotch somewhat late in life. My experiences as a younger man tended to be with brands and styles heavy in smokey, peaty flavors, of which I am not a fan. So I avoided scotch, preferring instead a good Irish whiskey (Bushmills remains a favorite). It was only later that…

Product Review: Cask & Crew Ginger Spice Whiskey

This is going to be a short post because there really is not much to say. We have another damn good spirit on our hands (and in our glasses). After reviewing Cask & Crew’s walnut toffee whiskey a few weeks ago, I had inquired with them to see if I could try their ginger spice…

Photo of the Day: August 30, 2017

With the summer coming to an end, I’m looking back to a 4th of July party which I bartended at for the second year in a row. It’s a great gig. My friend who is a chef does the cooking, his wife who is also a close friend of mine does the singing, and another…

Photo of the Day: August 29, 2017

A 1969 J.W Dant bourbon decanter picturing the battle of the Alamo from 1836. I’ve had a lifelong fascination and interest in the battle, so when I saw this in an antique shop in Keyport, New Jersey, I had to have it. Whatever the cost. Surprisingly enough, the cork was perfectly intact, meaning this becomes…

Photo of the Day: August 22, 2017

Sometimes you can indeed have too much of a good thing. This shop below the Steamboat Inn in Mystic, Connecticut offered more than 150 different kinds of whiskey…but I could not decide on one, and ended up buying nothing. What a tragedy! June 2017.