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The Ice Storm
There are many things I miss about wintery climes. But treading gingerly on miniature balls of ice along a busy highway while gripping plastic bags full of provisions in my gloveless hands, the tips of my fingers stinging with cold, because my conference has been cancelled for today and my rental car is covered with a sheet of ice and, even were I to defrost the windows, too dangerous to deploy under these conditions, is definitely not one of them. It's not even going to be a pretty ice storm, I'm afraid. And tonight's key party has been cancelled, since everyone is being advised to stay off the roads. On the other hand, I did cross the Preston Highway to the liquor store -- this is a place where you can't buy your alcohol just anywhere -- and picked up a pint of Kentucky-made Jim Beam with which I can give myself the sensory illusion of warmth tonight, should the heater in my room once again struggle to operate as its creator intended. In other words, I'm still having a blast here in Louisville. Wish you were here.

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johnny9fingers From: johnny9fingers Date: February 21st, 2008 07:40 pm (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
Whiskey good. Ice bad. Whiskey good.
cbertsch From: cbertsch Date: February 21st, 2008 07:42 pm (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
Whiskey on the rocks?
johnny9fingers From: johnny9fingers Date: February 21st, 2008 07:55 pm (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
A synthetic position, I fear, but only plausible with American Whiskey or a blended Scotch. For a good single malt however.....ice is heresy.
cbertsch From: cbertsch Date: February 21st, 2008 08:08 pm (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
Is water also heresy?

I don't know if the news has traveled across the Atlantic, but they're making a lot of small-batch whiskeyish liquors here these days. Some are pretty darned good. Apparently, it's all the limestone that improves the local water supply. Kentucky is the land of caves.
hollsterhambone From: hollsterhambone Date: February 21st, 2008 08:43 pm (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
Oh, no! You should be drinking Eagle Rare! arsemuffin swears by it and it's hard to get (for a reasonable price) outside of KY.

Mmmmmm...bourbon. Just the thing on a cold day.

I'm going to have to go home and make myself a Manhattan when I get home!
cbertsch From: cbertsch Date: February 21st, 2008 09:43 pm (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
Ahh. I'll have to give that one a go. Assuming, that is, that I ever leave this room. The fact that my rental car is still covered in an inch of ice suggests that it may be a while.

Great to hear from you, as always. I wish I were in Jacksonville, if only for today.
e_compass_rosa From: e_compass_rosa Date: February 21st, 2008 09:02 pm (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
I think I'll be buying myself some bourbon to make a hot toddy tonight. No snow or ice here, but lots of rain.
cbertsch From: cbertsch Date: February 21st, 2008 09:44 pm (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
See the comments above and below for recommendations by those who know more than I do. If I had a burner, I could make a hot toddy here. But no dice.
From: (Anonymous) Date: February 21st, 2008 09:19 pm (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)

Jim Beam

First, in response to an above comment, Jim Beam is bourbon. Jack Daniels is whiskey. This is an important distinction in the "mid-south." ;)

Second, if you get a chance I'd eschew the Beam for something a little less sweet, say Knob Creek, or Maker's: the old standby. One of the best things about being in Lullvull, though, is that you'll have a plethora of weird, small-batch stuff to sample from. Ask around and the bar (or liquor store) and have them steer you straight. --jm
cbertsch From: cbertsch Date: February 21st, 2008 09:41 pm (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)

Re: Jim Beam

Great to hear from you (although I dreaded the coming of this comment, realizing that I had been guilty of terrible conflation where the liquorish products of these parts are concerned).

I do prefer Maker's Mark. And I've had some of the small-batch bourbons, which can be even better. But I didn't want to buy a full bottle, so my choices, at the small place I stopped, were confined to Jim Beam, Jack Daniels and Evan Williams. I figured I'd go with Jim Beam, which sits better in my stomach than Jack does.
From: babyiwasshot Date: February 21st, 2008 10:38 pm (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)

Re: Jim Beam

Don't wuss out; MEN drink black velvet, proving that the masculinity of a brand is in inverse proportion to its quality & price.
cbertsch From: cbertsch Date: February 22nd, 2008 02:29 am (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)

Re: Jim Beam

What about fortified wine?
From: babyiwasshot Date: February 22nd, 2008 12:34 pm (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)

Re: Jim Beam



xxxpunkxgrrlxxx From: xxxpunkxgrrlxxx Date: February 21st, 2008 10:35 pm (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
key party... ice storm... reminds me of that movie. great movie.
cbertsch From: cbertsch Date: February 22nd, 2008 02:28 am (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
There wasn't really a key party planned for tonight. . .

So, yes, I was thinking of the Ang Lee film too. I like it a lot.
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