Guitar Built With Wood From Irish Whiskey Barrels

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Jul 122017

This Guitar Was Built with Wood from Bushmills Irish Whiskey Barrels

Guitar Built With Wood From Irish Whiskey Barrels

And it sounds pretty good, too.

Plenty of great guitar-driven songs are “soaked in whiskey” – a polite way of saying that the artist behind it was a bit of a drunk. But as for the guitars themselves, unless said artist was a touch too tipsy to find his mouth while performing, the instruments typically stay dry. However, for musicians looking to truly intertwine their booze with their six-string, Lowden Guitars and Bushmills Irish Whiskey have teamed up to release a guitar made in part from Bushmills whiskey barrels.

Granted, these limited-edition, hand-crafted guitars are far from being entirely made of old whiskey barrels. The bulk of the instrument is made from ancient bog oak and reclaimed sinker redwood: The former is used for the back and sides; the latter for the soundboard (basically the front part of the guitar). Instead, Bushmills barrels are used for the “appointments” – which are essentially the decorative elements of the instrument: the back inlay, soundbox bevel, bindings, rosette, head facings, and a special Bushmills 12th fret inlay. Sadly, as a result, you can’t brag to your friends that the entire guitar reverberates with the sound of whiskey-soaked wood, but it’s not like the guitars your friends have were made with any whiskey barrel wood so why do you have to impress them?!

“We scour the world for the best tonewoods which are the real ‘stars’ of our guitars, determining how they sound, feel, and play, so my sons and I relished the opportunity to work with the Coopers to select the best Bushmills Irish Whiskey barrel wood for the guitar,” said George Lowden in a statement. “It was a great opportunity to see up close how the barrels are formed and how they give the whiskey its colour and flavour.”

Only eight of these Bushmills x Lowden F-50 guitars have been produced, and as would probably be expected, the price is steep: £8,500 (over US$10,000). Assuming, you’d like to listen before you buy, Bushmills released an “Acoustic Session” video featuring Northern Irish singer-songwriter Ciaran Lavery with the guitar’s sound supporting Lavery’s delightfully world-weary voice.

For the record, this isn’t the first time a guitar has been made using whiskey barrel wood. In fact, it’s not even the first time a guitar has been made from Bushmills barrels. Back in 2012, Bon Iver’s Justin Vernon and guitar maker Gordy Bischoff built a one-of-a-kind electric baritone guitar almost entirely out of a Bushmills whiskey barrel that was auctioned off for charity. That sold for $9,400. But, you know, inflation and all.


How To Of The Day: How To Cook A Turkey

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Nov 242016

fatmanwithturkey-800pxHow To Cook A Turkey:

Step 1: Go buy a turkey
Step 2: Take a drink of whiskey
Step 3: Put turkey in the oven
Step 4: Take another 2 drinks of whiskey
Step 5: Set the degree at 375 ovens
Step 6: Take 3 more whiskeys of drink
Step 7: Turk the bastey
Step 8: Whiskey another bottle of get
Step 9: Ponder the meat thermometer
Step 10: Glass yourself a pour of whiskey
Step 11: Bake the whiskey for 4 hours
Step 12: Take the oven out of the turkey
Step 13: Floor the turkey up off of the pick
Step 14: Turk the carvey
Step 15: Get yourself another scottle of botch
Step 16: Tet the sable and pour yourself a glass of turkey
Step 17: Bless the dinner and pass out


The Chemistry of Whisky

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Feb 262016

The chemistry involved in the crafting of Whisky.

The Chemistry of Whisky

Compound Interest has created an interesting and informative graphic that explains the chemistry involved in the crafting of different types of whisky and the various compounds and esters that result from the fermenting process, phenols from the distilling process, and the whisky lactones that develop during the ageing processes.

A large number of compounds get into the whisky during the ageing process. Amongst these are two compounds that have actually taken on whisky’s name: the whisky lactones. These are, in fact, just isomers of each other, and chemically are named cis- and trans-3-methyl-4-octanolide. Both of these isomers originate from the oak barrels in which the whisky is aged, and both offer a coconut flavour. The cis isomer is the dominant of the two, and has a stronger, spicier flavour.


Foods The Oldest People In The World Swear By

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Dec 192015

Foods The Oldest People In The World Swear By

Live long and prosper… thanks to bacon!

This morning, we read that the oldest woman in the world, Susannah Mushatt Jones, age 116, eats four strips of bacon every morning. This, coupled with a June report that supercentenarian Agnes Fenton, age 110, credits her age to three bottles of Miller Light everyday made us realize thatwe might consider changing some things up. Maybe we should be eating less kale and quinoa and more whiskey and ice cream.

Here is what to eat and drink for longevity, according to the oldest people in the world:

Four strips of bacon every morning, and Doublemint gum throughout the day — Suannah Mushatt Jones, Age 116

Three bottles of Miller High Life and a shot of Johnnie Walker whiskey everyday — Agnes Fenton, Age 110

One tablespoon of whiskey in morning coffee — Richard Overton, Age 108

Crispy bacon, fried chicken, and ice cream — Gertrude Baines, Age 115

Three raw eggs every morning — Emma Morano, Age 115 (who added that staying single is good for one’s health)

Chewing on chocolate — Leandra Becerra Lumbreras, Age 127—the oldest person to ever live (she also swears by never marrying)



Whiskey Bottle Push Ups

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Apr 222015

A performance artist demonstrates his daily practice of balancing on Whiskey bottles to do his Push-Ups.


Performance artist and fitness expert Adrian Quihuis demonstrates his daily practice of “Whiskey Bottle Pushups“, an exercise in which he balances himself on three identical whiskey bottles and then repeatedly lowers and raises himself in a controlled and impressive manner.


Whiskey Bottle Push Ups

Joke Of The Day: Parkinson’s or Alzheimer’s?

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Dec 262012

Rubber ChickenAn old man was asked, “At your ripe age, what you prefer to get – Parkinson’s or Alzheimer’s?”

The wise one answered, “Definitely Parkinson’s. Better to spill half an ounce of Crown Royal whiskey, than to forget where you keep the bottle!”



The Spirit of Mount Vernon: The Return of George Washington’s Whiskey

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Feb 192011

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Many know George Washington as a general and statesman, but few think of America’s first president as a preeminent entrepreneur, operating the most successful whiskey distillery in the late 18th century. At its height, Washington’s distillery produced over 11,000 gallons of liquor a year, supplying the surrounding area and becoming one of his most lucrative business ventures.

At Washington’s former plantation, Mount Vernon, a group of historic interpreters are looking to bring this story to a wider audience. Thanks to a fully functioning replica of Washington’s distillery (and special dispensation from the Virginia General Assembly), George Washington’s rye whiskey is once again being made and sold to the public.

In November, followed the entire process as Dave Pickerell, Master Distiller and former Vice President of Operations for Maker’s Mark, and Steve Bashore, Mount Vernon Distillery Manager, oversaw a two week production run while adhering as strictly as possible to 18th century means and methods. The result is an 80-proof reminder of the nation’s first president and the entrepreneurial ideals of colonial America.