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Whiskey Basics | Being With Babish Double Feature

Whiskey Basics | Being With Babish Double Feature
this is the fist of everlasting

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and I'm sorry every time I go by the fist of everlasting

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I have become emotional because I'm reminded of all the sacrifices so many people have died hey what's up guys and welcome back to

being

with

babish

the show where I travel cook and eat my way around the city and the globe and take you along for the ride this episode is sponsored by audible and right now Amazon Prime members can get audible for 495 a month for the first three months that's three months for the price of one after that it's only fourteen ninety-five a month go to audible.com slash

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to five hundred five hundred to get started this offer ends July 31st 2019 today we're celebrating the struggle and recovery of one of my viewers Greg Johnson he wrote us an email telling his survival story

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diagnosed with testicular cancer it's spread to his lymph nodes repeated surgeries and the weeks of chemo one session of which fell on his 28th birthday in his own words it sucked the chemo proved ineffective and this past New Year's Eve he went under the knife again to have his lymph node removed with that final blow dealt the desperately diseased Greg was cancer-free and he was rightfully in the mood to celebrate he concluded his email with an invitation to visit him in Kentucky to share a toast to his newfound health as he shared my fondness for bourbon I had never visited the Bourbon trail so I figured we could do...
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him one better and with that the boys were headed to Kentucky from Jim Beam to Angels env2 will its peerless we rampantly ticked off the boxes of my bourbon bucket list in the heat of the Bible Belt everywhere we went he told the distilleries about Greg's struggle at a survival and they wanted to help us celebrate barrel heads autographed casks and the bottles upon bottles were gifted up to fortify Greg's

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collection and what started as a surprise toast was quickly turning into a bourbon lover's dream and thanks to some friendly conspiracy with his girlfriend Billy he had no idea any of it was coming so here we are Louisville Kentucky we've been hitting the Bourbon trail all day I'm starting to feel it and our last stop is the rabbit-hole distillery where we're gonna meet up with Greg and surprise him with the Bourbon selection of a lifetime come with us won't you go go we arrived at the final stop on the tour rabbit-hole distillery where we had to quickly figure out a way to surprise Greg I figured I'd posed as a tour guide hide behind the front desk and wait for them to I'm not sure why I thought this was a good idea I had had some bourbon at this point so the door is right there behind me so he's gonna plainly see me when he walks in the door so I'm just gonna be working on these bags 1 2 3 oh you want to do a tour right now hey what's up guys how you doing hi Andrew hey done not even in my disguise it was supposed to...
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be perfect surprise you and say hi I heard you're a big fan of bourbon mainly cuz you wrote in and and and said hi to us and we got in touch with Billy here thank you very much for talking with us and we thought we'd go through and have a little tasting there you the coolest cucumber we've ever had in the show just like just oh hey there's a romance in people who make alcohol they know they're making an indulgence for some advice for others and a luxury for all a thing of time patience and skill whose reward is something no one really needs but everyone really wants that romance can be felt especially at rabbit hole the veritable New Kids on the Block a slab of modernity on a joyful warpath to show that innovation and tradition can walk hand in hand it's no secret that learning the story behind the things you love deepens your appreciation for them but I had no idea the effect that dipping my finger and the very bubbling cauldrons of Auburn Nashville would have on me before I spiraled too far down into a bourbon interior monologue we got to put the cherry on top of this Kentucky sundae and sample a bit of high wine white dog white lightnin moonshine do me a favor don't drink directly out of this you're gonna regret this protip don't spell it straight on you'll just blow your nose right now that's blowing off to the side it'll smell you'll feel your boots off you break your finger in there to the taste oh yeah yeah that's...
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below fermentation on climate that's what heats a nice and with that it was finally time to taste some of this stuff Adam gave us a walkthrough of what to expect from each of the distilleries offerings I got confused I forgot we're seeing where we're going seconds it gives you a lot of sentiment it gives you a lot of allspice a little bit of a green apple they think the me when you get farther down into the glass it's falling like criminal light it's all bird sugar and vanilla and that is the bearable that is how important the variables are the line gets blurred where you start telling things like that and I wonder if I'm actually smelling them or if I'm if you're just telling me that it isn't part of it no that is a huge part of it that happens a lot on the leather side too when I do these tastings I'll have somebody that looks at me and goes oh it smells like cake batter completely right absolutely it does smell like sugar cookies like no there are no right answers now I'm getting sugar cookies for sure yeah just different tell you don't ever let anybody tell you how to drink your damn

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sir you drink your

whiskey

however you want to drink it if you want to take your $300 bottle of

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and put it in a bottle of coke it's your bottle of

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and so you can do whatever you want with it y'all hear that take that home with you that's free advice so Gregg is this what you're expecting no not at all okay...
well I thought I was gonna have drinks and dinner with people I didn't know well I guess that's really what's happening well that dinner I'm sorry we don't have dinner for you I understand if you want leave you can convince me I'm area chairs thank you you shot us an email basically I had asked any fans of the show that inspired someone or made them happy or was going through a particularly tough time yeah yeah to reach out go through a tough time yeah so to be clear you're in remission yes well that's what we really wanted to come here to do was to cheers and congratulate you Cheers thank you congratulations thank you for surviving yeah yes happy to I've had a lot of personal experiences cancer I haven't personally have not had cancer myself but I've been surrounded by it so you know I was particularly touched when I got your email and you told me about your situation and he said something that really resonated with me which was that's a you said you had no shortage of love in your life your family your girl two rooms they were looking after you yeah um chemo it there's you're you're just getting stuck with needles all day long you sit there in a chair for eight hours hooked up to a machine but during the whole process you know of course every family and family member and friend was like let me come sit with you for a while let me come bring you lunch every every nurse in the office you know went out of their way to...
make it as comfortable as an uncomfortable situation could be so even though I was not feeling great I was you know it makes you feel like garbage but after the whole thing you know going home I'm getting picked up by family or by Billy it was it was not so bad I'll come home and sit on the couch pop on a binging Efes owed my cat comes and sat right up on my lap it was kind of great well I've been really honored to be part of people's lives to ventolin and I'm really happy that I could play that really really it's just something to watch the end of the crappy day yeah so what we've been trying to do with

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is meet up the folks like you go yeah gone through some stuff or deserve you know a drink or a good time and drink on a patio si Cheers and we have a slightly larger way that we want to say cheers we want to take you downstairs to do that so let's roll downstairs real quick let's go side chairs up here - Cheers it's always been amazing to me that they can make wood watertight like that without using any kind of sealant they just can't shatter in there that it's like molecular Li will not let water out though so like I said we wanted to say cheers in a bigger way home and we know you're a big bourbon enthusiast so this is the Bourbon trail as a whole saying we're behind you damn congratulations right thank you so much Jeff Cheers so a bunch of cool rare stuff here we went to my personal favorite angels that means my...
my favorites bottle of American

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and we got to bottle our own bottles here so this one is bourbon by

babish

but it's been signed by the owner of the distillery West Henderson and he wishes you the absolute best and says congratulations as well that's awesome that will sit atop the bar with pride yeah and this has a thing to make it literally sit the top of the bar it's literally to just like jack it up so it's a little higher yes it shouldn't be that this is not only the Bourbon trail standing behind you it's also my audience standing mind you because they're the ones responsible for making this show happen people like you are responsible for why I get to do what I do so this is my little way of saying thank you and congratulations well I'll drink it with Brian and fresh out so you should be set for the next few months I hope okay oh all right very good everything in moderation yes I think Greg's cool calm demeanor suits him well he seems unflappable an attribute that undoubtedly came in handy when he was fighting for his life this time last year like all those around me that have been affected by cancer he's a walking tribute to the impermanence of suffering and the resilience of the human spirit and after spending a breezy afternoon with him I was more ready than ever to propose a toast but like I mentioned earlier

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tastes all the sweeter when you learn a bit more about it so in that spirit so to speak I'd like to...
walk through a few of my favorites and talk about what they have to offer for any newcomers looking to get into the brown stuff first up we got to talk glassware a wide and heavy bottomed tumbler is the rule of thumb for classy sipping but for tasting the heads go for a fluted little snifter like this one the tapered rim allows for two things easy swirling and nose insertion but like Adam suggested drink your

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however you like now about we drink some first up is my personal favorite American

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angels envy straight bourbon it's moderately priced at forty dollars and worth every penny versatile enough for cocktails but complex enough for sipping it's rich and slightly fruity with notes of brown sugar leather and spice it's finished in pork barrels giving it some hints of berry orange and caramel overall it's extremely easy to drink accessible and has a well-earned place on my shelf the idea behind swirling

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tipping it and sniffing it swishing it around in one's mouth is to try and take it in as fully and and with as many senses as possible adding a drop or two of ice water can open up subtle new smells and flavors as it cuts through the harshness of the alcohol and allows its flavor compounds to flow to the surface so don't ever let someone make you feel bad for watering down your

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next up is the other major iteration of bourbon rye made with at least 51% rye grain it's typically spicier and drier than straight bourbon...
especially in the case of angels and beer I which is aged in Caribbean rum barrels giving it even more spice on both the nose and the palate adding a bit of ice water cuts through the rise slightly harsher bite and lets these flavors come even more clearly to the surface now let's talk scotch the is the Scotch that got me in disgust Glenfiddich 15 it's light sweet nutty fruity and slightly spicy the great example of what the space I region has to offer Scotch varies wildly in flavor based on a number of factors not least of which is its origin it's expensive but it's twelve year old little brother is lovely to drink in a fraction of the price which is how I'll now seamlessly transition into a discussion of a whiskies aged from the Isle a regent land of peat and smoke comes Ron Swanson's favorite Lagavulin or as I call it a tire fire in a bottle it's an excellent example of what happens to

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as it ages and softens round zap becomes more complex and less harsh it also becomes more and more expensive the luggable and eight clocks in at around $65 and punches you in the face with smoke cigars and iodine yielding to some floral and honeyed characteristics on the finish the 16 adds eight years and thirty dollars to the price tag and with its age comes experience more time in the barrel allows the

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's complexity to shine through the harshness then there's Irish

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which is typically more fruit and cereal forward in its nose and...
palate Bushmills black bush comes in at a reasonable $30 it makes for an easy comforting sip during a cold blustery day with fruit cinnamon tea and raisins on the palate Japanese

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made its biggest splash in 2014 when the yamazaki sherry cask won best

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in the world and its availability variety and prices of all sorts since then Nica makes a wide range of delicate sweet and complex offerings my favorite of which is the coffee malts overflowing with syrup oak fruits and honey its dessert in the glass and the one with which I want to toast and Greg here's to you bud and thanks also for the advice that he asked me to pass on to you all get your balls checked regularly and perform self examinations every month or so the Bourbon trail while fun is exhausting with the long drive to Nashville in front of us I've relaxed to the dulcet tones of Nick Offerman narrating The Adventures of Tom Sawyer thanks to audible for by this time she was bending down and punching under the bed with the broom and so she needed breath to punctuate the punches with but audible isn't just good for relaxation it can stimulate your mind with a massive library of exclusive audio titles from renowned storytellers in journalism literature and more audible originals give you the experiences you can't get anywhere else for instance the audible original our Harlem by Marcus Samuelsson explores my old neighborhood through food culture and the people who have made it so iconic Amazon...
Prime members can get audible for four ninety-five a month for the first three months that's three months for the price of one after that it's only 1495 a month go to audible.com slash

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to five hundred five hundred to get started this offer ends July 31st 2019 so don't delay hi Ella how are you hey come on over here well I heard that you watch my show you like it I'm wondering if you want to be on an episode of my show sound good all right cool