2016 Whisky Wind-down, 27: Actually, We Have Tried Turning It Off And On Again


Today’s dram: Jack Daniel’s Special Edition White Rabbit Saloon Tennessee Sour Mash Whiskey

Today’s tasting notes: Near as I can tell — the bottle description is not helpful — this is just the regular Jack Daniel’s whiskey, only bottled at 86 proof rather than the usual 80. It’s been a decade or so since I’ve had the regular stuff, and I never much cared for it. This? It’s not bad. Drinks pretty light to me. Still has that signature almost-cloying sweetness of Tennessee whiskey.

Oh, it’s a limited bottling, only available at the distillery or select locations in Tennessee. The name refers to the saloon where Mr. Daniel first sold the old No. 7.

Today’s thoughts: So, here in the States it’s Repeal Day, which marks the anniversary of the end of Prohibition. Yes, once upon a time (1919) a majority of the country thought it was a good idea to ban the consumption of alcohol, to the point of enshrining said ban into the U.S. Constitution. It only took a little more than a decade to admit that wasn’t working and then go through the constitutional shenanigans necessary to reverse course.

On December 5, 1933, the booze started (legally) flowing again.

And then …

You know, what? I’m not going to get into it. Suffice to say the nation remains a patchwork of varying legalities on the matter of booze, as it does on any number of other issues.

Since I’m drinking Tennessee whiskey, I should probably mention that prohibition there was even longer (1910-1938). Also, Jack Daniel’s distillery is located in a county that is still a dry county today. The “land of freedom” is weird, man.

Some other day I may post the thousand words I just wrote (and chopped) on the subject of constitutionally guaranteed freedoms beyond legal inebriation, but that’s a more serious topic than I want to dash off just now.


Today’s note on valuing what’s legal while it is legal: Drink ’em if you got ’em. Who knows what tomorrow brings.

Today’s toast: To the United States Constitution: It mostly works. Mostly.

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