Bourbon and Sense

...because with Bourbon comes good Sense

June's Bourbon and this week's Talking Sense.

Larceny Bourbon Whiskey

Larceny Bourbon

Aroma: Larceny has a very strong alcohol effect - at least to me it does. I think that probably means it is better drunk with something like Coca-Cola or other cocktail ingredients to tamp down the vapors.

Taste: The alcohol bite continues to the palate and reinforces the need to mix Larceny with something. Once mixed, it is quite good and the strong taste is a benefit. Addendum: Last night I had another glass over ice. All in the name of science. I was surprised by the maple syrup sweetness as I swallowed it.

Appearance: The rich color of Larceny compliments and amplifies the taste and all the senses.

Finish: Little bit of a burn here. I can imagine drinking Larceny during the days of the old West when climate was local, women were strong, men were sensitive, and children above-average.

Story of: John E. Fitzgerald Larceny. Distilled and bottled by Heaven Hill Distillery in Bardstown, Kentucky; 46% Alc./Vol. It was Whiskey Advocate 2020 Whiskey of the Year. It is distinguished by being a wheated mash and first to ever win this award.

Talking Sense

Vaccine Hesitancy

Is it my imagination that the red States are behind in their vaccination rates as compared to the blue States? This tracker gives rates for at least one dose: U.S. COVID-19 vaccine tracker: See your state’s progress - Mayo Clinic and it seems that the southern states of Louisiana, Mississippi, and Alabama are in the mid-thirties with Georgia, Carolinas, and Florida in the forties and fifty percentile; Idaho and Wyoming are in there with them. The blue States are pretty much in the 50’s and 60’s with the country fully vaccinated at 41%. Even former President Trump received two doses of vaccine so why the reluctance to protect oneself and one’s family? I think there is suspicion that the vaccines are a conspiracy by the Democrats to take control of people’s minds (freedom). Or maybe it is to render infertile all the Republicans. But when I received my shots, I was not asked what party affiliation I had so how do they target one side or the other? An understandable fear that the vaccines were rushed to development and therefore possibly dangerous may be the reason for the hesitancy. The vaccines were finalized during the Trump administration with the preponderous of research done during the previous administration. Plus, the shots went through the same safety checks all vaccines go through. We can be confident that the vaccines are safe. The upside to this reluctance to receive the vaccines is that the red States will turn blue as the Republicans die from Covid in greater numbers than the Democrats. In all fairness, we don’t want that, do we?

More Talking Sense

Immigration Fears

I watched this morning Sheriff Lamb from Arizona on Newsmax: Save the Nation. He spoke about his constituents’ anger with the Biden Administration on their policy allowing illegal immigrants to flood our borders (my words – I don’t remember exactly what he said). My reaction to his interview was that he made sense, did not seem racist or white supremacist, just concerned. I admit, I am too, concerned. We do not seem to be able to take care of all the people who want to come here. Thousands of children appear to be in camps under awful conditions: overcrowding, unsafe, not humane. Would it have been better to keep the borders closed until this new administration understood the problem? Explain why it is better to have an open border than a sealed one, wall and all. Then lay out the plan and why it is better than the previous plan. I think President Biden looks at his seven million voter lead as a mandate for whatever he feels is best for the country. It is obvious he has been thinking about what is best for a long, long time. However, that seven million lead can evaporate in a moment and the States’ are working to do just that. Better to bring us along with his thinking than merely dictate.