If you’re flush enough, and not a tight-fisted misanthrope like me, you CAN, absolutely give a genuinely magnificent bottle o’ hooch without straying into Bankruptcy Territory.
I’m making this a two-fer of bottles that each richly deserve their own mega-watt spotlight. By comparison, this is like making Anthony Hopkins and Meryl Streep share one car headlight: doesn’t do justice to either but, at least, you can see ’em.
These are American Whiskies that offer insane QPR (Quality to Price Ratio)…which is what you need to at least create the illusion that self-quarantine is not the vast suckhole you think it is.
As someone who was so repelled by the South’s heinous record of discrimination and savagery against blacks that I moved all the way to Seattle to get out of the virulent remnants of that culture, it is grimly satisfying to me to see parts of the South, however slowly and painfully, begin the process of accepting and honoring the enormous cultural contribution of its early African American settlers.
Just in time for your Holiday gifting and also just in time to keep you happily semi-sedated for your lock-down, here are some very drinkable Ryes that will make great, budget-savvy gifts and let you grab an extra for yourself without major guilt spasms.
Ginquila is, dare I say it, kinda elegant, as if Mozart had suddenly decided to try his hand at atonal jazz.
As we head into our virus-riddled holidays, Headwinds Vodka is a circus-grade party on our palates, with as little hemorrhaging as possible in the area of our bank accounts.
Nightside is a perfect example of the current American ingenuity and a really great little distillery, run by nice folks who WORK at being better, every single day they’re open.