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:
… on whiskies related endeavours. You can read about my recent and continued experience with aging my own whiskey here. Not only that, but I am also working on another interesting project which may keep me just as focused on whiskies for a while.
As part of the 3DC, we’re continually searching for opportunities and getting crazy ideas in our heads. This year has been no different as we follow down paths of thought in an exploratory realm, determine that something isn’t feasible, then adjust and move on. But I’ll tell you now, if we can nail down some requirements and specs, then get funding, we may actually have a mobile 3DC app on the market. I’m not going to tell you what we intend to do with it, as it is still in early EARLY stages of requirements gathering… but if we can pull it off, it is going to be brilliant.
Then again, I’m also investigating other realms of the whiskies world. Who knows what, if anything, will come of this all…. but I’ll tell ya, I’m having a great time learning about all aspects of the world beyond the consumer level!
Until then, you’ll have to be content with my blog posts over on the 3DC site with aging my own whiskey and other random whiskies related topics as we come across them. If you’re dying for even MORE whiskies related content, you can also check out the 3DC’s “Whiskies News & Reviews Daily” over on paper.li: http://bit.ly/k3XNbj It is a GREAT way to stay abreast of all the cool things going on in the world of whiskies!