Mark’s Blog

been a busy week, but will have time for a post and review tomorrow.
just wanted to take a minute though to wish my lovely wife happy anniversary, it has been a wonderful 10 years.
and AEIOU all over again.
yes i know this is shameless personal use of the blog, but it is mine after all.

things going on at the Pub:
In the last week we have been doing some improvements here at the pub. We had installed a new 96 inch, four bottom sink (no more drips). Installing (literally right now, quite noisy) new liqour/bookshelving across the entire far end of the Pub. We really need to stop buying new scotch and bourbon, we all know that won’t happen though. And, most important to the craft/import beer drinkers, we have added eight more taps bringing us to a total of 48 delicious beers on tap, well 47 delicious beers and bud light. BZ and i have been discussing the possibility of getting a Crowler (canning machine for beer to go), does anyone of input, good or bad.

Housekeeping; don’t forget about the fantasy (beer) brackets tomorrow night. Bryan put this together and it’s a great idea, sounds like it will be a ton of fun. there will be prizes and give aways. have not heard from anybody on the 4th of July picnic and ribs, let me know your feelings.

SCOTCH
Just got in the Exclusive Malts for the year.
Camorenbridge ’84, 30 year
Highland Park ’92, 35 year
Clynelish ’95, 21 year
Glen Elgin ’95, 25 year
Invergordon ’72, 43 year
Benrinnes ’95, 20 year
Balmenach ’03, 13 year
The only on of these that i have had a chance to taste so for is the Glen Elgin ’95. i will do a coplete review at another time, suffice it to say at this point the it was very very good, fruit and spice, cask strength, so once watered a bit the baked apple pie was wonderful.

one last thing for this post, you see the strangest things in a pub parking lot ….

It’s Friday … and?

As it is the weekend, thought i would talk about a couple wiskeys (this is america, whiskey has an e) one new one and one a faithful standby. But First a shout out to Jason Gomez, happy birthday Gomezzzzz, many more, the parties are great.
Scotch — Just got in a bottle of Glenmorange Grand Vintage Malt 1990. Glenmo has ceased bottling the 25 year, and are replacing it with the Grand Vintage Malt Series. these Grand Vintage Malt bottlings will, will be released once a year at a 25year age and each will be slightly Different. the 1990 Vintage has been aged in ex-Bourbon Oak and ex- Sherry casks. As you would assume from Glenmo, this expression is unpeated, with just a slight hint of smoke. anyway, as a review;
Nose: pear, apple, orange blossom.
Palate: Orange, raw honey, fruit blossom
Finish: Apple pie, brown sugar, a bit of clove
Conclusion: Great, incredibly balanced, enjoyed it immensely. but it should be as it is pretty pricey, worth a glass but the bottle purchase would be for collectors only. Only three bottles came into nebraska.

Bourbon — Four roses small batch. a true value bourbon, a must in a liquor cabinet. I keep coming back to this juice because it is always a solid choice at a bargain price.
Nose — oak (obviously) toffee cinnamon, slight fruit
Palate — vanilla, cinnamon, berries and honey
Finish — long, with perfect amount of bourbon bight, with the palate flavers lingering throughout.
Conclusion — I think i have made it clear my feelings on this bourbon, if you do not have a bottle at home, get one, or better yet, come in and have some.

A little lonely at the pub today, handsome burly boy dog (aka Mr. arthur buttons) not here today. his toys are staring at me accusingly.

Mark’s Blog

Bryan has threatened to beat me severely if I did not start posting to this blog. So…. here we go. we are thinking of doing BBQ ribs by my friend Bob. some of you have had bob’s BBQ before so you know the quality. Ribs will come in around 20 a rack let me know if interested.

Bourbon — Rhetoric 23 just came in, this is the new Orphan Barrel and the fourth of the Rhetoric series. I have not had an opportunity to try it yet, stay tuned for a review.

Scotch — The New Glenmorangie wooded series will be in the next couple weeks. I am very much looking forward to this release. It has been dubbed Bacalta and is fished in a Malmsey Mederia which should give it a very sweet fruit finish.

Artie is rocking a blue mohawk this week (i am sure you needed to know that).

wed. first post

i have been coaxed, cajoled, and have finally been convinced that i should do a Pub blog.  i am not sure what this will turn into in the long run, but we shall all find out. I thought, at least for now, that 3 or 4 times a week i would do a whiskey post, either on new whiskey at the pub or talking about some old favorites. so for those of you that know me some things you will have heard before. I will also do some posting on whats on tap and my feelings on it (keep in mind that because i like, or dislike, something does not make it good or bad, its just my tastes). Also if you have any question or would like me to talk about any whiskey in particular, we will be adding a tab at the top of the home page for questions or comments.

i will be doing my first real post this evening. and yes you guessed it …. it will be on a scotch (i even know which one, but i’m not telling yet.