Bourbon and Sense

...because with Bourbon comes good Sense

September 2023 Bourbon and this week's Talking Sense.

Jim Beam Double Oak Bourbon

Jim Beam Double Oak Bourbon

Aroma: little bit harsh at first whiff.

Taste: Somewhat metallic taste.

Appearance: darker to black, more like a Scotch Whiskey.

Finish: Peppery, not unpleasant.

Story of: twice barreled in oak.

Latest News


Cassie Hutchinson, the aide to Mark Meadows who was Trump’s last Chief of Staff at the end of his term; has written a book titled Enough. She rose to fame in her testimony to the January 6 Committee and the book provides more details to her testimony. She was interviewed by CNN – the source of my comments.

What surprised me was her frankness in admitting she wasn’t exactly forthcoming in the early days of her testimony to the committee. Her first set of lawyers told her to reply, “I can’t recall” or “I don’t recall” to the many questions concerning the days before, during and after the insurrection. She had a crisis of the spirit (my words) and realized that the path the Trump people and her were taking was wrong for the country. Cassie changed lawyers and began to relate everything, remembering everything but careful in her choice of words. This took a lot of courage because the social media trolls immediately began their threats to her and the others testifying. She could have shut up and protected the guilty but chose better. Let’s hope other more senior members of Trump’s gang do the same.

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Federal Battles


It’s not just Republicans being indicted for crimes; Democratic Senator Bob Menendez has been charged for corruption: accepting bribes to use the power of his office for three New Jersey businessmen and a lobbyist from Egypt. A search of his house turned up $400k in cash stuffed in envelopes, hidden in clothing pockets, and 13 gold bars. This is the second time that he and his wife were caught, the first time they were acquitted because of a hung jury (somebody check their bank accounts, please). The Senator will probably take a page out of Trump’s playbook and call these charges fake news, a witch hunt, a weaponized DOJ. It’s embarrassing.

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More Conspiracy


Supposedly, on social media, among those who practice the dark arts, the conspiracy theory is shared and believed, that the fires in Maui were set by a secret weapon that the US Government was testing in the hills above Lahaina. Chinese or Russian hackers are credited as the source of the theory. The shock is that people are believing the story. It’s like the Sandy Hook Conspiracy that the mass shooting was fake, or the US Government is hiding aliens in Roswell, or the Twin Towers were attacked by our own people, or that US Government doctors tested Syphilis on Black Americans. Why are people so gullible? These examples stretch credulity. Except for the fact that the last example is real and there are many more that can be cited: Hoover, Nixon, etc.

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State Battles


The Republicans are doing it to themselves. The Texas House voted in May to impeach Kevin Paxton, Texas DA, meaning that a trial would occur in the Texas Senate. Mr. Paxton was accused of bribery and abuse of office: he arranged for his mistress to get a job in Austin so that they would be close together! The trial recently concluded, and the State Senate acquitted Mr. Paxton of all charges even though the charges were brought forward by moderate Republicans and there was a litany of complaints about him. It turns out the real battle was moderate Republicans of the House wanting Paxton out against extreme right senate leaders who were behind the DA. The far right won.

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No Conspiracy Here


The Republicans are taking a page out of the Democrat’s playbook. They are pushing to impeach a Wisconsin State Supreme Court Judge who was recently elected to the bench. An avowed Democrat: against abortion rules, against legislative map gerrymandering, Judge Janet Protasiewicz changed the balance of power in the court and she was transparent about her intentions with respect to rulings from the court. She was elected so the Republican state legislature wants to impeach her as a means of getting her out of the court. Their reasoning is that she should recuse herself in any cases where she has made clear her beliefs and intentions. They seem to have no qualms with another justice who ‘once compared homosexuality to bestiality, called Planned Parenthood a wicked organization, and wrote that "Christianity is the correct religion”.’ (The New York Times, Thursday, September 7, 2023).

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Why the Difference?

Wine vs Bourbon

Try as I might, I just don’t find much difference in taste from Bourbon to Bourbon (They’re all good!). That is after trying out 30 bottles in past 30 months. This last one, Jim Beam Double Oak, had a difference in that it was peppery at the finish. It may be I was able to find a description for the finish that I hadn’t thought of before. Wine is different: every bottle has a different aroma, appearance and taste. I guess the terroir, climate, grapes make the wines different. Why doesn’t the bourbon mash bill do the same? Also the aging, the kind of barrel, etc.?

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