Author: Chris Kelley

Comics on the Rocks: Tokyo Ghost #1 & Eagle Rare Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey

The Drink: Eagle Rare Straight Bourbon Whiskey The Comic: Tokyo Ghost #1 published by Image Comics That’s right folks, I’M BACK! Real life got in the way for a while, but I’ve returned and I’m ready to share more Comics on the Rocks with you! Enjoy! The Drink Master distiller Charles L. Beam created Eagle Rare Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey at the Four Roses Distillery in Lawrenceburg, Kentucky in 1975, which at the time was owned by The Seagrams Company. They eventually sold the brand to the Sazerac Company in 1989 and began distilling it at the George T. Stagg Distillery known today as the Buffalo Trace Distillery. It was originally released as a 101-proof ten-year old expression which was discontinued in 2005 and replaced with a 90-proof 10-year single barrel. Today, there are two basic expressions available: The 10-year and the 17 year which is a part of the Buffalo Trace Antique Collection. In 2014 the single barrel designation was removed from the 10-year bottle due to new production practices. They felt it was not truthful and would violate the company’s own definition of what a single barrel whiskey is. Along with this change, they moved the age statement from the front of the bottle to the back. There was a lot of controversy surrounding these decisions, but it all came down to a higher demand for Eagle...

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Comics on the Rocks: Animal Man #29 & Knob Creek Rye

The Drink: Knob Creek Rye The Comic: Animal Man #29 published by DC Comics The Drink Whiskey distilling within the Beam family can be traced all the way back to before the Civil War with what they called “Old Tub.” In 1892, the distillery was given to Jim Beam and his brother-in-law. Just like many other distilleries, Prohibition shut down all production of whiskey. Just before Prohibition, bourbon had reached it’s all time high of quality and popularity. After it’s repeal, it was difficult for some distilleries to reopen. Those that did had to be very financially responsible. They had to either age their whiskeys for shorter periods of time or resourcefully blend their different whiskeys. This resulted in Americans developing a taste for softer, easier to drink whiskeys. In 1933, the distillery was rebuilt in Clermont, Kentucky and shortly after the James B. Beam Distilling Co was born. This is also the time in which the whiskey became known as Jim Beam. In 1954, a second distillery was opened in Boston, Kentucky. Jim Beams grandson, Booker Noe was appointed the Master Distiller. With his passion for bourbon and his larger than life personality, Booker quickly became a legend. Booker’s expertise in the craft led him to another bold innovation for the company. Booker Noe wanted something different. He didn’t want your run of the mill bourbon. He began...

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Comics on the Rocks: Avengers Undercover #1 & The Glenrothes Select Reserve Speyside Single Malt Scotch

The Drink: The Glenrothes Select Reserve Speyside Single Malt Scotch Whiskey The Comic: Avengers Undercover #1 published by Marvel Comics The Drink The Glenrothes Distillery is located in the Speyside region in Rothes, Scotland. It was built in 1878 by James Stuart who had partnered with bankers John Cruickshank, William Grant and Robert Dick. Not long after, Stuart left the distillery due to financial problems, but the rest of them carried on and opened the distillery on December 28th, 1879. Word of the whiskey’s quality soon spread throughout the whiskey industry and became highly sought after by Master Blenders. Due to it’s rich flavor, it was a perfect choice to use in blended scotches. It can be found in Cutty Sark and The Famous Grouse among other blended scotches. In 1897 they began to expand from two stills to four stills when a massive fire broke out. Some say it was due to over-proof whiskey which is extremely flammable, but no one knows for sure. They seized this as an opportunity to rebuild and expand to the desired four stills. After the rebuild, their capacity grew from 80,000 gallons a year to 300,000 gallons a year. Tragedy struck in 1903 when the distillery suffered a massive explosion. This was the start of a series of events that would see the production of whiskey eventually stop altogether. World War I,...

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Comics on the Rocks: Stray Bullets #1 & The Macallan 12 Year Single Malt Scotch

The Drink: The Macallan 12 Year Single Malt Scotch The Comic: Stay Bullets #1 published by El Capitan Books The Drink Barley Farmer and school teacher Alexander Reid founded The Macallan Distillery, originally known as The Elchies Distillery, in 1824. Located in Moray, Scotland in the Speyside region, it is one of the largest and most famous distilleries in Scotland. It was also one of the first distilleries in Scotland to be legally licensed. In those days, it was common practice for farmers in this region to use the surplus barely they amassed to distill whiskey during the cold, slow winter months. The Macallan Farm was no different. Thus, Macallan was born. The Macallan is driven by what they call The Six Pillars: Spiritual Home, Curiously Small Stills, Finest Cut, Exceptional Oak Casks, Natural Colour and The Macallan itself. These are the foundation stones for the character and fame of the distillery. The Easter Eliches House from which the distillery was originally named, was built in 1700 and lies at the heart of the Macallan estate. The estate covers 390 acres with 90 of those acres being used to grow their own barely. They are one of the last remaining distilleries to use a strain of barely known as Golden Promise. It is said to be the perfect barely to use to distill whiskey. They use 14 very small...

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Comics on the Rocks: Pariah #1 & Basil Hayden’s Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey

The Drink: Basil Hayden’s Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey The Comic: Pariah #1 published by Dark Horse Comics The Drink In 1785, Basil Hayden Sr. lead a group of 25 Catholic families out of Maryland and headed towards Kentucky. They settled in what is now known as Nelson County Kentucky near Bardstown. There goal was to settle together as one large community. Economics were most certainly a reason for the journey due to the scarcity of land in Maryland as well as the after-effects of the constant pillaging by the British during the Revolutionary War. Religious freedom also played a major role. After nearly a century of anti-Catholic bias in Maryland, many were seeking the freedom to openly practice their religion. To this day, this area of central Kentucky is known as the Kentucky Holy Lands. Basil Hayden was also a master distiller and in 1796 created the recipe for this eponymous bourbon. His recipe was unlike any other and was not well received to the traditionalists in the area. He started with a traditional corn base then mixed small grains into the mash. He also used twice as much rye than anyone else at the time. The idea behind it was to use the spicy flavor of the rye to complement the sweet smoothness of the corn. Much to the dismay of his critics, it worked very well. Now,...

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