I’m leaving first thing in morning for a KY trip. I made my first trip there in 2003 or maybe 2004; can’t recall exactly. And since then most years I’ve been once or twice a year. This trip I’m going as representative from local Houston Bourbon group and helping select a couple of barrels for the group to enjoy. Our first stop will be at Four Roses. I’m lucky enough to have done this more than once. It’s a fantastic experience. Last time I was there picking a barrel, one of the best in the industry, Jim Rutledge, was there. Jim would walk you through the process, hand pulling samples from the barrels.
We will also be making trip over to MB Roland. I visited them once before about 4 years ago when they were just getting going. They were doing some stuff I thought was fascinating; distilling to only 100 proof and placing that straight into barrel. Nobody has done that in 50 years. I have not tried any of their whiskey since that visit, so looking forward to seeing how that turned out.
Even more important for me is who I will be making trip with. Along are a couple of longtime whiskey friends and a couple of newer ones. Really looking forward to just hanging out with these guys for a few days. Also, will get a chance to see a couple of good friends that live in KY. It’s going to be freezing, but so worth it.
This is my blog to discuss all kinds of whiskey tater behavior. I’m Wade Woodard, a long time whiskey geek, certified specialist of spirits, whiskey consumer advocate and even sometimes a tater. I worked shortly in the industry as a Bourbon Evangelist, aka salesperson, for a Texas craft distiller, Garrison Brothers. I’m currently involved with the Texas Whiskey Association as their Compliance Officer. I have been a seminar speaker at Tales of the Cocktail as well as at other Whiskey festival events. At least one company with improperly labeled whiskey proclaimed me public enemy #1 and banned me from their facility. I have been on forefront of a grassroots effort to educate all on the US federal labeling laws regarding spirits. This blog will cover topics ranging from: blind tasting reviews, spirit experiments/projects, spirit labeling issues, food/cooking or just about anything else I feel like discussing. It will avoid all politics and religions.
If I post any type of spirit review, it will be from a product bought in normal retail channel. I will not review any samples provided for free from the producers or the media companies. I will not be riding the free sample whiskey blogger circuit. Therefore I will be free to give independent reviews without worrying reviewing a honey sample or being cut off for negative reviews.
What exactly is a whiskey tater? It just a term to describe whiskey as their hobby and the silly things they do in pursuit of bottles of whiskey; mostly driven by fear of missing out, lack of knowledge or the need to post ‘impressive’ unopened bottles on social media. While not relegated to those new to whiskey drinking and collecting, “tater” activity tends to be strongest with that group.. The term’s origins mysterious but rumor is a secret Facebook whiskey group was involved. Some whose opinions I don’t entirely distrust pointed out that the original person that coined the term Potato, later shortened to tater, was Patrick Luebbers. The list has evolved over time with much input from the whiskey community. And it’s a long list which will be discussed in future posts.
The complete list: Whiskey Tater Reasons
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