Saturday, November 19, 2011

Millar's Irish whiskey

Life is full of difficult choices.  Do I pay 25 dollars for Millar's special reserve or 30 dollars for Millar's 8 year old?  Well since they are both a blend of grain and single malt whiskies who is to say that the special reserve isn't about 8 years also?

So I went with the special reserve.  The taste is somewhere between Irish Manor and Michael Collins.  It has the warm malty finish of Irish Manor.  Only minor caramel notes like Michael Collins.  I like this one.  I think I like Michael Collins the best, but they are all very similar.  In terms of boozenomics I think I'd rank Michael Collins on top and Millars on the bottom, but that said I think Millars is a fine whiskey.

Also, I know that this is another Cooley blend.  Typical Cooley bottling (bottle shaped like Dewar's bottle).  Familiar Cooley taste.  I know that Cooley is trying to make Irish whiskey that competes with Scottish whisky.  And I appreciate that.  Blended Scotch whisky is still the biggest seller around.  It has cache.  I'm usually not a fan because I am not into the peaty flavor usually found in Scotch.

Having said that, I am sometimes at a loss with these Cooley blends.  The bottle says "Adam Millar and Co."  And, "Since 1843".  Well there probably was an Adam Millar & Co. making whiskey in 1843.  And they probably went out of business by 1920.  So a whiskey made by the Cooley distillery and distributed by a company in Des Plaines Illinois is marketed as an old brand.

I sometimes think that their strategy is to try and trick a blended Scotch drinkers into buying their Irish equivalent.  The bottle looks like blended Scotch.  The labeling is as old as any Scotch blend.  I like the stuff inside the bottle, but I have to wonder if a Scotch drinker does.

Do you remember the Cycle Sluts from Hell?

Did you grow up watching Beavis and Butthead?  Did you see that episode where they saw this video?

I do.

I think I owned the album at one time.  The liner notes were confusing at first.  Wait there are four chick singers, but the musicians that write all the music and play all the instruments are all dudes?  But hey that sounds about right doesn't it?  Behind every good woman is a guy doing all the work.  Correction from the comments, the girls wrote the music mostly with the guitarist.

The intro of this song reminded me of the intro to Call of Ktulu.  What do you think?

Dark Ships was an ok song too.

Their other "big" song was By the Balls, and you can find clips of them playing it live.
Kind of a shitty song, though.

Too repetitive.  Playing live in 2003. Hey, no one got fat. Congratulations!

Decent riff here.

So was I the only person outside of the New York metropolitan area to remember this band anymore than a Beavis and Butthead clip?

Sunday, November 13, 2011

A moveable library

Good news folks, Stanza has an update.  It is now compatible with iOS 5 and the Godmachine.  So you can download all those public domain books at will.

Speaking of reading, I do not have the time or will for much writing on this blog, so my apologies.  I don't even get much good drinking in these days.  Still trying to find the right wine to pair with Taco Bell.

But this is my blog and I do what I want.  You can run your blog your own way.