Whiskey Dreams – Kraken Rum

Kraken Rum was launched in the UK in 2010, and were lucky enough to get it in the states shortly after. My brother and my wife both love Kraken, although for different reasons. My brother drinks it with root beer and my wife likes the more traditional Kraken and ginger beer. They are actually the two that drank most of the bottle I polished off tonight.

I don’t do mixers. So whenever I score anything, I score it neat or over ice, and find that many alcohols open up nicely when poured over a chunk of ice. This is important because I think Kraken would easily score an 80/100 as a mixer, but as a sipper, it scores a bit lower at a 64/100.

Pros

  • Great mixer.
  • Full, rich flavor.

Cons:

  • For me, this is a better mixer than a straight sipper.
  • A little too much burn and overpowering spice for straight sipping.
BottleScorePrice
Redbreast 12 Cask Strength97$99 / 750ml
Old Forester 1920 Prohibition Style Bourbon96$65 / 750ml
Redbreast 12 Year96$80 / 750ml
Jameson Distiller's Safe95$65 / 750ml
Colonel E.H. Taylor Small Batch Bourbon94$45 / 750ml
Booker's "Sip Awhile" 2017-493$80 / 750ml
Knappogue Castle 14 Year92$68 / 750ml
Redbreast 1591$99 / 750ml
Bib & Tucker91$75 / 750ml
Dublin Liberties Copper Alley Irish Whiskey90$75 / 750ml
Angels Envy90$65 / 750ml
Tyrconnel 16 Year88$95 / 750ml
Powers Three Swallow87$38 / 750ml
Knappognue Castle 12 Year87$55 / 750ml
Tyrconnel Single Malt87$49 / 750ml
Fighting 69th86$30 / 750ml
Green Spot86$75/ 750ml
Jameson Triple Triple85$45 / 750ml
Tin Cup85$30 / 750ml
Uncle Nearest 185684$55 / 750ml
Smooth Ambler Old Scout Whiskey84$40 / 750ml
Kilbeggan Traditional Irish Whiskey84$30 / 750ml
Lambay Cognac Finish83$65 / 750ml
Jameson Caskmates Stout Edition83$50 / 750ml
Glenmorangie The Original 10 Year82$50 / 750ml
Jameson Blender's Dog82$67 / 750ml
Tullamore D.E.W. 1481$75 / 750ml
Redwood Empire Pipe Dream Bourbon81$45 / 750ml
Jameson Black Barrel81$39 / 750ml
Jameson IPA Edition80$30 / 750ml
This Dubliner80$35 / 750ml
Jameson80$40 / 750ml
Don Julio 194280$160 / 750ml
Old Forester 187080$55 / 750ml
Monkey Shoulder79$35 / 750ml
Old Forester 189779$55 / 750ml
Michters US 1 Small Batch79$45 / 750ml
Yellowstone78$35 / 750ml
Chestnut Farms Bourbon77$45 / 750ml
West Cork77$30 / 750ml
Old Forester Statesman75$65 / 750ml
Basil Hayden's75$35 / 750ml
Eagle Rare 10 Year Old Bourbon75$35 / 750ml
Slane74$33 / 750ml
Glendalough Double Barrel Irish Whiskey74$45 / 750ml
Hirsch Small Batch74$35 / 750ml
Tullamore D.E.W 12 Year73$50 / 750ml
Tullamore Dew Rum Cask Finish72$35 / 750ml
John L. Sullivan Irish Whiskey72$25 / 750ml
Clyde May's Original Alabama Style Whiskey72$33 / 750ml
Bushmills 10 Year72$50 / 750ml
Legent72$35 / 750ml
Proper Twelve71$30 / 750ml
Mr. Whidkey70$22 / 750ml
Redbreast Lustau 12 Year Old70$80/ 750ml
Teeling Whiskey70$50 / 750ml
Tito's Vodka69$30 / 750ml
Tullamore Dew Crock69$40 / 750ml
Death's Door68$40 / 750ml
Bird Dog Kentucky Bourbon68$22 / 750ml
Teeling Pot Still Irish Whiskey67$70 / 750ml
Appleton Reserve Blend Jamaican Rum67$30 / 750ml
Cruzan No. 9 Spiced Rum67$20 / 750ml
Paddy’s Irish Whiskey66$33 / 750ml
McConnell’s Irish Whisky66$25 / 750ml
Kavanagh 16 Year Single Malt Irish Whiskey66$50 / 750ml
Four Roses Small Batch66$30 / 750ml
Beer Barrel Bourbon66$35 / 750ml
Wellsley Farms Irish Whiskey65$28 / 750ml
Kirkland Irish Whiskey65$18 / 1750ml
Quiet Man Traditional65$40 / 750ml
Powers Gold Label Irish Whiskey65$35 / 750ml
Gentleman Jack65$35 / 750ml
Kraken Rum64$25 / 750ml
Wild Turkey63$35 / 750ml
Tullamore Dew63$25 / 750ml
Bushmills Irish Whiskey62$31 / 750ml
Writers Tears61$35 / 750ml
Stillhouse Black Bourbon61$20 / 750ml
Maker's Mark60$25 / 750ml
Jefferson60$25/ 750ml
Old Grand-Dad 11459$30 / 750ml
Fighting Cock58$18 / 750ml
Elijah Craig57$27 / 750ml
Bulleit Bourbon56$28 / 750ml
Jameson Orange55$30 / 750ml
Buffalo Trace55$25 / 750ml
The Sexton54$40 / 750ml
Fistful of Bourbon53$40 / 750ml
Kilbrin 10 Year Single Malt52$55 / 750ml
Jack Daniels`51$25 / 750ml
Howler Head50$25 / 750ml
Agitator Kentucky Bourbon50$30 / 750ml
Knob Creek Small Batch49$30 / 750ml
Blade and Bow48$50 / 750ml
Widow Jane45$70 / 750ml
Teeling Single Malt43$65 / 750ml
GlenGoyne 12 Year42$75/ 750ml
Dogfish Head Alternate Takes41$55/ 750ml
Redemption40$30 / 750ml
Rowan's Creek39$30 / 750ml
Hudson Whiskey Baby Bourbon38$50 / 750ml
Natterjack Irish Whiskey35$30 / 750ml
Woodford Reserve30$13 / 50ml
Pops McCann29$35 / 750ml
Breaker29$60 / 750ml
Pure Kentucky28$40 / 750ml
Stranahan's Single Malt27$65 / 750ml
Egan’s Fortitude Irish Whiskey26$50 / 750ml
Winchester Extra Smooth15$23 / 750ml
Jack Daniels Tennessee Honey10$20 / 750ml
Hill Billy9$20 / 750ml
Fireball5$18 / 750ml
Busker Single Malt4$34 / 750ml
Kavanagh Single Malt Irish Whiskey3$35 / 750ml
Balvenie Caribbean Cask2$90 / 750ml
American XXX Born - Bourbon Whiskey1$26 / 750ml
Silkie Irish Whiskey0$30 / 750ml

Survival Day 31 (Solar Security Lights)

There are reasons that we are afraid of the dark. In our primal memories, we remember the things that hunted us at night. How do you fight that? You put Solar Security Lights in strategic locations so you can see what’s coming up the path, or remove those little dark pockets in the corners where your garage meets your house.

  • As the leader of the solar light industry, LITOM focuses on the innovation of design and technology to provide the best lighting experience to customer from all over the world. LITOM has sold more than 5,000,000 solar lights and been favorably reviewed by more than 4,000,000 customers
  • Equipped with 24 upgraded high power LEDs and newest energy management chip, LITOM’S 24 LED solar powered light is the first light with wide range design in the world, which increases the angle and area of illumination by 50%. The illumination range of one light can reach 200 square feet and 800 square feet for 4 lights to be used simultaneously
  • LITOM LED light absorbs and converts sunlight into electricity and stores in daytime and light up for 20 seconds when motion detected at night. It will prolong lighting time if motion detected once again during lighting, which meets your need to for all night use
  • Compare with other single-mode solar lights, LITOM Solar Lights Outdoor bring 3 working modes to cope with different usage scenarios. Perfect for using on front door, back yard, garage, driveway, deck, pathway, and porch
  • LITOM Solar powered light is IP65 waterproof that it completely protects circuit and battery and makes its life span 2 times than others. LED lights have passed the FCC certification, may be the most reliable solar light you ever get
DaySurvival GearCategoryEstimated Cost
Survival Day 31Solar Security LightsSecurity$40 X 4 = $160
Total = $4,153
Survival Day 30Solar Water Heater/CollectorTechnology$22 X 3 = $66
Total = $3,993
Survival Day 29Wrecking Bar - 36 InchTools$22 X 3 = $66
Total = $3,238
Survival Day 28Stanley Classic Vacuum BottleSurvival Food$35 X 2 = $70
Total = $3,172
Survival Day 27Handyman Tool Belt SetSurvival Clothing$35 X 2 = $70
Total = $3,102
Survival Day 26The Woods White Camouflage Bedding SetBasic Supplies$85
Total = $3,032
Survival Day 25VIPERTEK VTS-T03 - Stun Gun FlashlightWeapons$13 X 3 = $39
Total = $2,947
Survival Day 24Door Stop AlarmSecurity$14 X 6 = $84
Total = $2,908
Survival Day 23SUAOKI Crank Lantern/FlashlightTechnology$14 X 6 = $84
Total = $2824
Survival Day 22Tire ChainsTools$72 X 2 = $144
Total = $2740
Survival Day 21Emergency 3600 Calorie Food BarSurvival Food$10 X 10 = $10
Total = $2596
Survival Day 20Watch HatSurvival Clothing$12 X 3 = $36
Total = $2496
Survival Day 19Winter Camo Bib OverallSurvival Clothing$33 X 3 = $100
Total = $2460
Survival Day 18Bear SprayWeapons$33 X 3 = $100
Total = $2360
Survival Day 17Window LockSecurity$12 X 5 = $60
Total = $2260
Survival Day 16Rechargeable 520 Lumen Lithium Ion Waterproof LED SpotlightTechnology$25 X 2 = $50
Total = $2200
Survival Day 15Vehicle Snow ShovelTools$25 X 2 = $50
Total = $2150
Survival Day 14Salt BucketSurvival Food$50 X 4 = $200
Total = $2100
Survival Day 13Cold Weather Performance SocksSurvival Clothing$25 X 4 = $100
Total = $1900
Survival Day 12Bulk Toilette PaperBasic Supplies$50 X 6 = $300
Total = $1800
Survival Day 11Entrenching ShovelWeapons$40 X 3 = $120
Total = $1500
Survival Day 10Personal 130 dB Emergency Protection AlarmSecurity$15 X 10 = $150
Total = $1380
Survival Day 9Solar Charger 25000mAh With 4 Solar PanelsTechnology$50 X 2 = $100
Total = $1230
Survival Day 8Mechanics Tool SetTools$115 X 2 = $130
Total = $1130
Survival Day 7Trooper Ear Flap Bomber HatSurvival Clothing$25 X 2 = $50
Total = $1000
Survival Day 630-Day Emergency Food PailSurvival Food$100 X 4 = $400
Total = $950
Survival Day 5Travel/Camping UtensilsBasic Supplies$12 X 5 = $60
Total = $550
Survival Day 4Elk Ridge Fixed Blade MacheteWeapons$25 X 2 = $50
Total = $490
Survival Day 3Drop Bar Door BracketsSecurity$40 X 6 = $240
Total = $440
Survival Day 2Kaito KA500 Crank Emergency RadioTechnology$50 X 2 = $100
Total = $200
Survival Day 1Spyderco Tenacious Plain Edge Folding KnifeBasic Supplies$50 X 2 = $100
Total = $100

Whiskey Or Student Loans

One of my older boys moves out this Saturday. He is used to drinking my good bourbon (he’s 24) and I’ve been teasing him about having to cut back on the luxuries now that he’ll be paying rent. He sent me this in reply…

Survival Day 30 (Solar Water Heater/Collector)

There are so many ways this Solar Water Heater/Collector can make your life better. As long as you don’t live in a frigid environment, this Solar Water Heater/Collector can help you reduce costs and improve the quality of your life year round.

Let’s think about how:

Number 1 – You can use the Solar Water Heater/Collector instead of other fuels to heat your water for everyday use. Even in moderate climates, you can use the Solar to left the temperature of your water and reduce the cost to get it to your final use temp.

Number 2 – If you have a pool you can use your Solar to keep the temp warmer at a very low cost, especially compared to other electric or fossil fuel options.

Let me know other things I may have missed.

  • Hailstone Resistance: up to φmm (1″), Max Operating Pressure: 87psi, Max Flow Rate: 5.25 gpm
  • 14mm TU1 Copper Heat Pipes, Manifold insulation: 45mm 93 Kg/m^3 Rockwool, Rated Best Heat Retention
  • φ58mm x 1800mm Three-Target Cu/SS-ALN(H)/SS-ALN(L)/ALN Vacuum Tubes, High Boron Silicon 3.3 Glass
  • Sun Absorption Efficiency: 93-96%, Vacuum Rating: Less than 5.0 x 10^3 Pa, Lifespan:70% @ 15 Years
DaySurvival GearCategoryEstimated Cost
Survival Day 30Solar Water Heater/CollectorTechnology$22 X 3 = $66
Total = $3,993
Survival Day 29Wrecking Bar - 36 InchTools$22 X 3 = $66
Total = $3,238
Survival Day 28Stanley Classic Vacuum BottleSurvival Food$35 X 2 = $70
Total = $3,172
Survival Day 27Handyman Tool Belt SetSurvival Clothing$35 X 2 = $70
Total = $3,102
Survival Day 26The Woods White Camouflage Bedding SetBasic Supplies$85
Total = $3,032
Survival Day 25VIPERTEK VTS-T03 - Stun Gun FlashlightWeapons$13 X 3 = $39
Total = $2,947
Survival Day 24Door Stop AlarmSecurity$14 X 6 = $84
Total = $2,908
Survival Day 23SUAOKI Crank Lantern/FlashlightTechnology$14 X 6 = $84
Total = $2824
Survival Day 22Tire ChainsTools$72 X 2 = $144
Total = $2740
Survival Day 21Emergency 3600 Calorie Food BarSurvival Food$10 X 10 = $10
Total = $2596
Survival Day 20Watch HatSurvival Clothing$12 X 3 = $36
Total = $2496
Survival Day 19Winter Camo Bib OverallSurvival Clothing$33 X 3 = $100
Total = $2460
Survival Day 18Bear SprayWeapons$33 X 3 = $100
Total = $2360
Survival Day 17Window LockSecurity$12 X 5 = $60
Total = $2260
Survival Day 16Rechargeable 520 Lumen Lithium Ion Waterproof LED SpotlightTechnology$25 X 2 = $50
Total = $2200
Survival Day 15Vehicle Snow ShovelTools$25 X 2 = $50
Total = $2150
Survival Day 14Salt BucketSurvival Food$50 X 4 = $200
Total = $2100
Survival Day 13Cold Weather Performance SocksSurvival Clothing$25 X 4 = $100
Total = $1900
Survival Day 12Bulk Toilette PaperBasic Supplies$50 X 6 = $300
Total = $1800
Survival Day 11Entrenching ShovelWeapons$40 X 3 = $120
Total = $1500
Survival Day 10Personal 130 dB Emergency Protection AlarmSecurity$15 X 10 = $150
Total = $1380
Survival Day 9Solar Charger 25000mAh With 4 Solar PanelsTechnology$50 X 2 = $100
Total = $1230
Survival Day 8Mechanics Tool SetTools$115 X 2 = $130
Total = $1130
Survival Day 7Trooper Ear Flap Bomber HatSurvival Clothing$25 X 2 = $50
Total = $1000
Survival Day 630-Day Emergency Food PailSurvival Food$100 X 4 = $400
Total = $950
Survival Day 5Travel/Camping UtensilsBasic Supplies$12 X 5 = $60
Total = $550
Survival Day 4Elk Ridge Fixed Blade MacheteWeapons$25 X 2 = $50
Total = $490
Survival Day 3Drop Bar Door BracketsSecurity$40 X 6 = $240
Total = $440
Survival Day 2Kaito KA500 Crank Emergency RadioTechnology$50 X 2 = $100
Total = $200
Survival Day 1Spyderco Tenacious Plain Edge Folding KnifeBasic Supplies$50 X 2 = $100
Total = $100

Bad Gun Handling – Kids & Guns

There are some basic rules about firearms.

One of fundamental rules is to treat every weapon like its loaded.

My concern here is that this kid might walk away thinking its okay to shoulder that weapon if she sees it on a table or otherwise and look down that scope.

I’m hoping the kid was part of a long gun safety talk. Fingers crossed…