Shooting The Breeze: Booze

Last week I did a Shooting the Breeze video to try and kill some time while Stogie Review was down. During that video I asked for some suggestions for discussion topics. One of the questions that came in was about what I stock in my liquor cabinet.

I turned on the camera and just started talking about what I have and what I think about it. Video runs about thirty-minutes long and covers a couple of Bourbons, couple of Scotches, and a Canadian Whiskey.



4 comments On Shooting The Breeze: Booze

  • Like you, my smoking room is in the basement and I have only 2 windows down here. After spending one summer, sweating my ass of down here, I decided to buy a portable a/c unit. My room is about 13×13 and I went with a 10,000 btu model. Like most portable a/c units, the a/c is vented through a window using a flexible hose. The a/c was pretty much like a window unit when it came to the controls. 3 different speeds, fan on mode and the vent on the a/c itself oscillated. The a/c worked wonderfully and it really kept the room cool while I was down there smoking.

    The only word of advice I have is make sure the unit you get will only be used down in that room where you smoke. The reason I say this is because since I’ve had central air installed in my house, I gave the portable a/c to my dad. We hooked it up, turned it on and the stench of old stale cigar smoke came flying out. It took my dad a few days to take the a/c apart and wash down whatever parts he could. Nonetheless, he was able to get the smell out.

    Also, some portable a/c units double as a heater which would be great if you don’t have any heat down in the basement.

  • Chris (aka BeaverC32)

    Thanks for taking the idea from my previous comment and running with it, I enjoyed this video very much. I’ve tried all the whiskey/bourbon you went over, but I’ve never been much of a scotch drinker.

    I recommend you try Courvoisier vsop cognac if you’ve never had it, it’s one of my favorites with cigars. Also Jameson Irish whiskey on the rocks is very smooth.

  • Mike - KnightRid

    how about a Makers Mark cigar with the Makers Mark whiskey?

    That cigar doesnt seem to be keeping your attention – keep having to relight it 😉

    Mix the Jack with Coke – younger days I would just drink it straight, but it does have that, hmmm, lts cal it the “mashed” taste.

    I actually never had any Scotch at all. Maybe i should start drinking again 🙂

    Ok, as for the portable AC unit. We have one up in the part of the attic that is finished because the kid wanted her bedroom up there and it gets SUPER hot! I think we got a 10,000btu unit and it makes it a little better, but does not cool it down like the window units in the rest of the house! I think in a basement you would probably be fine. The one we bought also have a dehumidifier setting on it, but we never need to use it. You do have to run the vent hose out a window and I also ran a piece of hose from the drain plug out the window also, or else you will have to empty the tray, just like a dehumidifier. Portable units are not cheap and if you have a big enough window to put a regular one in, I would suggest going that route. We are actually looking at putting an in-the-wall unit up there, since she will be 21 this summer and with around 2 or 3 more years of nursing school to go, she wont be moving out any time soon – lol.

    Mike

    Oh, I believe we got ours at Wal-Mart for around $400..i think.

  • Mike & Carlos,
    Thanks for the info on the portable AC units. While doing some poking around I saw that they tended to be much more than a typical window unit.

    The vent is kind of a concern. The windows in this room are the old style that tilt open (tall window that is hinged along one side), so it makes it tough to run a vent without hot air getting in.

    Replacement vinyl windows are on my to-do list, perhaps they will be moved up and replaced sooner than later so that I can just install a window unit.

    Chris,
    I’ve never had Courvoisier, I think I’ll have to give it a shot the next time I have the chance.

    Thanks for the comments
    -Walt

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