Monday, November 3, 2014

I don’t always drink small batch, artisanal whiskys

But when I do, I head out to Long Island’s north fork.

Truth be told, this was supposed to be a bus-chauffeured,
 wine tasting tour.

If you’re gonna drink wine on a cold rainy day, 
might as well sleep it off in a bus!


The first stop was Jason’s Vineyards. 
About 2 hours east of Manhattan.

Beautiful landscape but it was just okay, and kinda felt like a money machine.

Probably had no choice considering the investment.

I pressed on, to Duckwalk Vineyards.

This place was huge, another tourist trap.

Again, the wine was just so-so but I enjoyed a young and enthusiastic host.

Plus I was pleasantly buzzed by now. :-D 

Time to go!

But then things took a turn for the worse.

The rain grew harder, the winds went crazy and the next place we rode to, incredibly, was a tent.


Cold, wet, windy, I was outta there.

The bus driver told me about a whisky place just down the road and I found it!
Long Island Spirits, in Baiting Hollow, New York.

Homemade liquor! 
In copper stills and charred oak barrels.

Their Pine Barrens single malt is made in small batches, then aged for about a year to 18 months.

Very tasty.

I bought a bottle from batch #12...

...then rode quietly home, back to the city in a warm and dry, alcoholic haze.

Kudos to our driver on wet highways.

Stay thirsty, my friends.

Happy Monday!

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