I just posted a review of Big Bottom Whiskey’s Zinfandel Finish Bourbon and warehouse series single cask verticals over on the 3 Drunken Celt’s site. If you enjoy bourbon, or whiskeys in general, go check it out…
You’ll also see that I added four images to that post; rather than share the whole gallery over there, I thought I may just share out the rest of the images here on my personal site. These were shot off the cuff with an intent for use with the review, not as fine art images, but if you enjoy any of these and think I should add one to my portfolio, let me know! I adore the feedback!
Some of you know I was out for the past week, riding down to Taft, Ca. for our annual 3DC whiskies tasting held at the SCA’s Great Western War. This time around was a bit more rough than most, as my last 250 miles of the ride saw temperatures between 100 and 105, though I was told when I arrived it was more like 107/108 degrees. In full ride gear, even at speed, this made for a convection oven like setting which through me into a deeper dehydration than even I had expected. Because of that, and the continued heat throughout the week, recovery was far slower than expected and prevented me from doing much around war as I had intended to this year. Ah, best laid plans of mice and men….
While I had toyed with the idea of bringing my photography equipment with me on the ride with the intent of getting some fine shots of the event, I opted to leave most of it at home. I have realized through the years that there are times when I want to capture images of events and sights, and other times when I want to be part of the event or simply engrossed in the sights. As such, I now make very conscious choices to be either an observer with my camera, or a participant without it. For me, the two can not mix and in this case I needed and desired the participation and inclusion that photographing doesn’t allow.
That said, in spite of the heat we had a great event. As in years past I was able to reconnect with old friends and make new ones. While the event and whiskies are always fun, it is truly the people who make it worthwhile coming down every year, and the only reason Raz, Fergus, and I continue to host our little tasting. Plus, it gives me great laughs when I meet people in person, only to realize as we are walking away that we’ve been friends in social spaces for years now!
Though I didn’t bring my gear, I did get one shot on my way home using my little Canon Digital Elph SD100; my trusty compact snapshot camera which I can use while on my bike when speeds and straight roads allow. I think this shot really encompasses the tone and mood of the ride home from my point of view and perspective as the rider, shot somewhere north of Sacramento late Sunday afternoon:
I’ve been busy lately, with whiskies on my mind!
First up are two posts on the 3DC site covering my results from round one of aging distillate on my own, followed closely by my notes from the in-progress round two tastes:
Then, of course, in between are my notes on the latest PDXWhisky tasting I was at last weekend:
And coming up this weekend is Stuart Ramsay’s Whisky Academy class on American whiskies being held at the Bull Run distillery in Portland… looking forward to learning more about American whiskies and what is an admittedly very new undertaking for me.
Then… as if I haven’t spent enough time around whiskies this month….
The weekend after is the annual Oregon Distiller’s Guild TOAST event where I’ll be enjoying some local drams, as well as craft distillers from around the nation. Always a fun event to discover new and exciting stuff going on… after all, it’s where I met Ted of Big Bottom Whiskey last year who just last month is able to boast a gold medal from the San Francisco World Spirits Competition! Great stuff to be found at TOAST indeed!
Rest assured, all of this activity means more whiskies related blog posts for the 3DC site, and likely more links over there from this blog 😉