Monday, May 23, 2011

Poker points have been updated

I've updated the poker points, and even though I wasn't there, I still seem to be in the top 3 :)

DeeBakes is our new leader with British Tony now holding down second place. Were there 3 new guys? We have one more sheet in the official poker points note pad. Anyone got a spare? Could I continue to ask stupid questions until the next scheduled rapture?

I believe I could.

Something cool to start your day

Saw this on Twitter today...Buffalo Trace has a distillery webcam page. Kinda cool actually. (Hat tip to Mattazuma)

Thursday, May 19, 2011

First Tastes - Laphroaig

John shared this on the Bourbonators Facebook page. Too good not share with everyone, everywhere! Next time we have, let's bring the making of S'mores.


Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Meeting scheduled, poker points and horse races

If I understand Zack's chicken scratching performed with a pen on a little legal pad, poker points are updated. Looks like DeeBakes and myself are a top of the leader board until a week from Friday. We will be meeting May 20th.

Darrin's post about the Single Oak Project has me intrigued and incredibly thirsty. Not to mention, I still have a post to do about last month's tasty beverage. The Highland Park 15 year needs some attention. Anyone else care to do a review? Tony?

The horse race comes from the fact that our poker points leader board is jam packed at the top. Right now it's anyone's game. Of course, DeeBakes is really the guy to beat. I'd focus on taking him out.

I'm game for any suggestions for whiskeys to try. I'm sure I'll take a trip to Apollo, HyVee and Andys in the next few days doing "research".

In the mean time, I highly recommend reading this article from the Huffington Post entitled "Poker Players Are Nearly As Skilled As Baseball Players, Freakonomics Economist Finds". I've enjoyed reading the other stuff from the Freakonomics guys, their take on stats and research is really quite fascinating. There's some flaws in this one too but you should still find it interesting.

Let me know what you think!

The Single Oak Project

Came across this link to a story about an interesting project from the Buffalo Trace distillery, called the Single Oak Project, where they selected 96 trees from the same forest and had barrels made from them, and then treated the wood in various controlled ways to determine how it would affect the bourbon aged in them. The first batch was released this month, with the rest scheduled to be released every quarter over the next 4 years. Every bottle is labeled with the barrel it came from and you can log on to their website,, and give your critique of each bottle you try.