YouTube has completely replaced cable TV for me when it comes to randomly flipping through channels to find something to watch, and I check in every evening to catch up on my subscriptions and scroll through the seemingly endless recommendations the algorithm has picked for me. I generally avoid unfamiliar channels unless I’m exploring a new topic or have exhausted my known sources, and constantly block shitty and shitty-adjacent channels to avoid slipping into the wrong rabbit holes
I’m not exactly sure how Bourbon Junkies found its way into my feed a week ago but I’m glad it did because the two hosts are entertaining and have great chemistry, and—burying the lede—I like Bourbon a lot, so discovering #whiskeytube exists has opened a whole new rabbit hole for me!
This video tackles a Reddit challenge to identify 5 whiskeys you need to have open for specific purposes. I had trouble with a couple of them because I don’t purposefully buy any cheap stuff, but am also too cheap to splurge on the fancy stuff I’d only drink on special occasions.
My current top 5 is pretty flexible, though. Maker’s 46 has been my daily lately but can also impress some guests, while Uncle Nearest has the best story and is good for any guests or Friday nights. The other three (Buffalo Trace, Bulleit Rye, Jim Beam Double Oak) have all taken turns as dailies and I wouldn’t hesitate to share any of them… when that becomes a thing again.
If I could find another Barrell Batch 004, though, it’d definitely be my Friday night and special occasions pick!