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WHISKEY DREAMS – PADDY’S IRISH WHISKEY

Paddy’s Irish Whiskey is distilled by Irish Distillers, at the Midleton distillery in County Cork. It is a blended offering that is just about as affordable as Irish Whiskey should get. If you find a sub $20 bottle I’d really question what went into it.

The nose is really subtle. It’s a little malty, a little sweet that blends with a little alcohol.

The sip is just about as subtle. This is a thin whiskey. The mouth feel is watery, but its also beautifully simple. I’d say this is perfect for those times when the friends or the food is the focus, and the whiskey is going to flow freely, which is perfect as this Paddy’s Irish Whiskey is just about as affordable as it gets.

The finish is a little spice that overpowers the malt, but not in a bad way.

Paddy’s Irish Whiskey scored a 66/100, making it Sip Worthy, if event only by a point. Don’t let that score scare you off however. At this price, that score is really impressive.

Pros

  • For $20 bucks this is a great buy.
  • Great budget whiskey.
  • Affordable whiskey for new drinkers.

Cons:

  • Not a lot of complexity. Will underwhelm a more appreciative pallet.
  • Not a lot of anything on the nose.
  • If you drink a good bit of this, you might have a hangover. I’ve noticed that some bottles give me a headache the morning after, and this is one of them.
BottleScorePrice
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
Bib & Tucker91$75 / 750ml
Angels Envy90$65 / 750ml
Tyrconnel 16 Year88$95 / 750ml
Knappognue Castle 12 Year87$55 / 750ml
Powers Three Swallow87$38 / 750ml
Tyrconnel Single Malt87$49 / 750ml
Green Spot86$75/ 750ml
Jameson Triple Triple85$45 / 750ml
Tin Cup85$30 / 750ml
Uncle Nearest 185684$55 / 750ml
Kilbeggan Traditional Irish Whiskey84$30 / 750ml
Smooth Ambler Old Scout Whiskey84$40 / 750ml
Lambay Cognac Finish83$65 / 750ml
Jameson Caskmates Stout Edition83$50 / 750ml
Jameson Blender's Dog82$67 / 750ml
Glenmorangie The Original 10 Year82$50 / 750ml
Jameson Black Barrel81$39 / 750ml
Redwood Empire Pipe Dream Bourbon81$45 / 750ml
Old Forester 187080$55 / 750ml
Jameson80$40 / 750ml
Don Julio 194280$160 / 750ml
Michters US 1 Small Batch79$45 / 750ml
Monkey Shoulder79$35 / 750ml
Old Forester 189779$55 / 750ml
Yellowstone78$35 / 750ml
Chestnut Farms Bourbon77$45 / 750ml
West Cork77$30 / 750ml
Basil Hayden's75$35 / 750ml
Eagle Rare 10 Year Old Bourbon75$35 / 750ml
Old Forester Statesman75$65 / 750ml
Hirsch Small Batch74$35 / 750ml
Glendalough Double Barrel Irish Whiskey74$45 / 750ml
Stillhouse Black Bourbon73$20 / 750ml
Tullamore D.E.W 12 Year73$50 / 750ml
Bushmills 10 Year72$50 / 750ml
Legent72$35 / 750ml
Clyde May's Original Alabama Style Whiskey72$33 / 750ml
Proper Twelve71$30 / 750ml
Teeling Whiskey70$50 / 750ml
Redbreast Lustau 12 Year Old70$80/ 750ml
Tullamore Dew Crock69$40 / 750ml
Bird Dog Kentucky Bourbon68$22 / 750ml
Death's Door68$40 / 750ml
Appleton Reserve Blend Jamaican Rum67$30 / 750ml
Cruzan No. 9 Spiced Rum67$20 / 750ml
McConnell’s Irish Whisky66$25 / 750ml
Four Roses Small Batch66$30 / 750ml
Kavanagh 16 Year Single Malt Irish Whiskey66$50 / 750ml
Beer Barrel Bourbon66$35 / 750ml
Quiet Man Traditional65$40 / 750ml
Gentleman Jack65$35 / 750ml
Powers Gold Label Irish Whiskey65$35 / 750ml
Kraken Rum64$25 / 750ml
Tullamore Dew63$25 / 750ml
Wild Turkey63$35 / 750ml
Bushmills Irish Whiskey62$31 / 750ml
Writers Tears61$35 / 750ml
Jefferson60$25/ 750ml
Maker's Mark60$25 / 750ml
Old Grand-Dad 11459$30 / 750ml
Fighting Cock58$18 / 750ml
Elijah Craig57$27 / 750ml
Bulleit Bourbon56$28 / 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
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
Woodford Reserve30$13 / 50ml
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
Kavanagh Single Malt Irish Whiskey3$35 / 750ml
Balvenie Caribbean Cask2$90 / 750ml
American XXX Born - Bourbon Whiskey1$26 / 750ml

Shadow in the Cloud (2021)

Today was the last day of holiday for me and I wanted to get drunk and watch a movie, and generally be lazy all day. The alcohol was easy, the movie was a bit harder to find. After a few months of quarantine, there isn’t a whole lot of unwatched media out there, know what I mean?

So I was really excited when I saw this new movie, Shadow in the Cloud. Chloë Grace Moretz plays Maude Garrett, a woman trying to escape her past, any way she can. This ends up with Maude on a WW2 bomber, which just so happens to be the target of both Japanese fighters, and a gremlin.

The acting was top notch, Chloë Grace Moretz is an A Lister after all, but the overall story was fairly standard. This felt a lot like a really well done episode of the Twilight Zone. There was plenty of action, just not a whole lot of plot, but even so, it was really well done, so why a 66/100?

The main reason is the price. I paid $25 bucks for this, and that was just too much. At $10 bucks this would have been an 80/100 based on value for the buck. Even so, this is still Worth Your Time, even if its only by a single point. My honest feedback is to wait a few weeks until the price drops a bit though.

ZOMBIE SERIES – IZOMBIE , SEASON 1, EPISODE 8, Dead Air

Dead Air opens with Liv making some very suggestive noises, but don’t worry, its just Lowell giving her a foot rub. The funny thing is this took me back a few decades (wish I was kidding). I think the first time I heard the phrase Le Petit Mort was while reading The Joy of Sex as a teen. Unfortunately for Liv, she’s just getting a foot rub, no matter how good she fakes the vocal.

Le Petit Mort

As Liv is sitting in her car we find out that even if this episode opened with a foot rub, Liv is definitely getting some. You go girl!

While Liv is getting foot rubs Ravi is waiting at the police station to pick up Major. Fortunately for Major, Peyton has his back and gets Major out on some paperwork technicalities. Unfortunately for Major, he’s also had the snot beat out of him.

Majorly Beat Up

With Major sprung from jail, Ravi has to tell him that the missing bodies of his street kids have been found at the house owned by the animal control officer in Maternity Liv.

When we get back from the commercial break Clive, Liv, and Ravi have caught a body. A popular talk radio show host has been electrocuted, and her last call was from a woman who claims she’d been cheated on.

Back at the ME’s office Ravi goes into check on his Zombie Rat experiment only to find that all but one of his test subjects has been eaten. Thankfully for Ravi, Liv is there to pick up the one remaining, Zombie rat and thus saves humanity.

Based on the victim’s job, and her on air feud with a rival radio station host, Clive and Liv end up interviewing Mr. Burd, but he genuinely doesn’t seem like a killer, but his wife does. Mr. Burd’s wife is a Russian mail order bride, and for the moment Mr. Burd and his wife don’t seem like the most likely murderers.

Back at Ravi’s house, Major’s girlfriend shows up and breaks up with him, while Lieutenant Suzuki confronts Blaine. There are too many bodies, and Suzuki can’t hide them anymore.

Back at Liv’s, she gets a vision. The victim and her assistant are in a fight, but when Clive and Liv interview her, the assistant doesn’t seem like the key suspect.

After a brief discussion between Ravi and Liv, Liv’s self help improvement brain makes her go visit Major. Corrine has just broken up with him, and Liv’s brains compel her to try and help. This leads to one of the best lines from the episode when Major tries to explain his wounds.

I Can’t Talk About Fight Club

Once inside, Major hands Liv a paper, he made the police blotter. Unfortunately for Major, it cost him his job. This leads Major to explaining to Liv how he’s been hunting the Candy Man and how he found brains in Julian’s car.

Did You Say Brains?

This leads Liv to claim that it must have been cow brains, but Major doesn’t believe her. As Liv leads Major agrees to let it go, but as soon as she’s gone he’s looking at brains again online.

Once Liv leaves Major’s she goes to Lowell’s, her relationship focused brain driving her to seek some form of concrete explanation for what’s going on between her and Lowell. Lowell distracts her energy into sex, but its interrupted by a vision of the victim in bed.

The next morning Peyton wants to know who Liv’s been with which leads to Liv asking Peyton if she’s been dating, and how big his boat is.

Who Big Is His Boat?

Sadly, this always reminds me of a girl I knew when I was younger. How big is his boat would have always had two meanings. The innuendo meaning is obvious. The second was an allusion to money. She was always after what I called the BBD, the Bigger, Better, Deal, and it meant that me, who was poor, was never going to have a chance. Three decades later and it still hurts like hell.

Even after Peyton tells Liv that she’s single, Liv doesn’t think that Ravi has a chance, and Liv is a complete mean b*tch when she shares the bit of data she just learned with Ravi. Ravi doesn’t take it well, and let’s Liv know he doesn’t agree.

Back on the murder front, Liv has heard a similar voice between the the “Cheated on In Chattanooga” caller and an ad, which leads Clive and Liv to one of the victims subordinates. As they continue to interview the suspect, they realize some of the facts don’t quite line up, which leads them back to the victim’s right hand.

While Liv is solving murders, Ravi is trying to find a cure for the Zombie Virus, and while he thinks his cut resistant gloves are going to save him, Mr. Zombie Rat still gets a nibble in.

Zombie Rat Bite

Dead Air ends with Liv eating some brains and eggs at Lowell’s apartment. As she’s leaving in the elevator she sees Blaine walking towards the building and has a Zombie Vision of Blaine killing her meal. The episode ends, leaving us to wait to see what happens.

Dead Air was another fun episode with a nice twist as an ending, but it wasn’t really about Zombies, so I’m going to give it a 66/100, making it Worth Your Time. If you like murder mystery, this was likely a 80/100, but I’m ranking it on a Zombie Scale.

SeasonEpisodeEpisode NameScore
11Pilot90
12Brother, Can You Spare a Brain?70
13The Exterminator71
14Liv and Let Clive75
15Flight of the Living Dead71
16Virtual Reality Bites76
17Maternity Liv75
18Dead Air66
19Patriot Brains74
110Mr. Berserk77
111 Astroburger72
112Dead Rat, Live Rat, Brown Rat, White Rat73
113Blaine's World80

WHISKEY DREAMS – McConnell’s Irish Whisky

McConnell’s Irish Whisky was apparently very popular before I was born. Up until 1958 it was known world wide as a solid Irish Whiskey choice. The dram that is available now in 2020 may not be what’s available in a few years. Why? Conecuh Brands is working with Great Northern Distillery until a new, dedicated facility is built, which will be the future source of McConnell’s Irish Whisky.

The current dram is a blend of 5 year and younger whiskeys, or if you want to be true to the McConnell’s branding, whisky.

The nose is pleasant. It’s light and full of cereal and malt and is quite enjoyable on the nose.

The first note on the pallet is sweet and malty but its quickly overpowered with a bit of alcohol burn that really shows this whiskeys rough edges on the finish.

Overall this is Sip Worthy, but only barely. McConnell’s Irish Whisky scored a 66/100.

Pros

  • Dirt cheap. I picked up this bottle for $25.
  • Great budget bottle if you want quantity over quality.
  • There are some sweet butter cookies under the rougher edges of the dram.

Cons:

  • The first note on the tongue is sweet followed by butter cookies, but instead of lingering, its quickly overpowered.
  • The aftertaste is rough and jagged.
BottleScorePrice
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
Bib & Tucker91$75 / 750ml
Angels Envy90$65 / 750ml
Tyrconnel 16 Year88$95 / 750ml
Knappognue Castle 12 Year87$55 / 750ml
Powers Three Swallow87$38 / 750ml
Tyrconnel Single Malt87$49 / 750ml
Green Spot86$75/ 750ml
Jameson Triple Triple85$45 / 750ml
Tin Cup85$30 / 750ml
Uncle Nearest 185684$55 / 750ml
Kilbeggan Traditional Irish Whiskey84$30 / 750ml
Smooth Ambler Old Scout Whiskey84$40 / 750ml
Lambay Cognac Finish83$65 / 750ml
Jameson Caskmates Stout Edition83$50 / 750ml
Jameson Blender's Dog82$67 / 750ml
Glenmorangie The Original 10 Year82$50 / 750ml
Jameson Black Barrel81$39 / 750ml
Redwood Empire Pipe Dream Bourbon81$45 / 750ml
Old Forester 187080$55 / 750ml
Jameson80$40 / 750ml
Don Julio 194280$160 / 750ml
Michters US 1 Small Batch79$45 / 750ml
Monkey Shoulder79$35 / 750ml
Old Forester 189779$55 / 750ml
Yellowstone78$35 / 750ml
Chestnut Farms Bourbon77$45 / 750ml
West Cork77$30 / 750ml
Basil Hayden's75$35 / 750ml
Eagle Rare 10 Year Old Bourbon75$35 / 750ml
Old Forester Statesman75$65 / 750ml
Hirsch Small Batch74$35 / 750ml
Glendalough Double Barrel Irish Whiskey74$45 / 750ml
Stillhouse Black Bourbon73$20 / 750ml
Tullamore D.E.W 12 Year73$50 / 750ml
Bushmills 10 Year72$50 / 750ml
Legent72$35 / 750ml
Clyde May's Original Alabama Style Whiskey72$33 / 750ml
Proper Twelve71$30 / 750ml
Teeling Whiskey70$50 / 750ml
Redbreast Lustau 12 Year Old70$80/ 750ml
Tullamore Dew Crock69$40 / 750ml
Bird Dog Kentucky Bourbon68$22 / 750ml
Death's Door68$40 / 750ml
Appleton Reserve Blend Jamaican Rum67$30 / 750ml
Cruzan No. 9 Spiced Rum67$20 / 750ml
McConnell’s Irish Whisky66$25 / 750ml
Four Roses Small Batch66$30 / 750ml
Kavanagh 16 Year Single Malt Irish Whiskey66$50 / 750ml
Beer Barrel Bourbon66$35 / 750ml
Quiet Man Traditional65$40 / 750ml
Gentleman Jack65$35 / 750ml
Powers Gold Label Irish Whiskey65$35 / 750ml
Kraken Rum64$25 / 750ml
Tullamore Dew63$25 / 750ml
Wild Turkey63$35 / 750ml
Bushmills Irish Whiskey62$31 / 750ml
Writers Tears61$35 / 750ml
Jefferson60$25/ 750ml
Maker's Mark60$25 / 750ml
Old Grand-Dad 11459$30 / 750ml
Fighting Cock58$18 / 750ml
Elijah Craig57$27 / 750ml
Bulleit Bourbon56$28 / 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
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
Woodford Reserve30$13 / 50ml
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
Kavanagh Single Malt Irish Whiskey3$35 / 750ml
Balvenie Caribbean Cask2$90 / 750ml
American XXX Born - Bourbon Whiskey1$26 / 750ml

WHISKEY DREAMS – KAVANAGH 16 Year IRISH WHISKEY

I was honestly a little nervous about this Kavanagh 16 Year Old Irish Whiskey after having to pour out a bottle of regular Kavanagh Whiskey. At the same time I was interested to see what 16 years of additional aging would do for this whiskey.

So how did it hold up?

I have to be honest and say that this is a budget whiskey and the 16 year age statement is very deceiving. Why? I feel like these are the rejected barrels for something else they are selling. Sure it has a 16 year age statement, but its still not as good as Tyrconnel Single Malt which is the same price (for me) and no where near being even close to Redbreast 12 Year.

I did finish the bottle, but I kept finding myself licking my lips and kind of “puckering up” against the strange aftertaste. I am ranking this at a 66/100, but there are much better options for the price, and this is not a bottle that I will be buying again.

Pros

  • Budget 16 Year Old Irish Whiskey. Where are are you going to get a 16 year old bottle for $50 bucks.
  • Nice honey and butter cookie notes. (At least until the funky aftertaste hits.)

Cons:

  • Doesn’t really hold up to other bottles at the same price points that don’t even have an age statement.
  • Better options available at the $50 mark.
  • Strange burn and chemically aftertaste.
BottleScorePrice
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
Bib & Tucker91$75 / 750ml
Angels Envy90$65 / 750ml
Tyrconnel 16 Year88$95 / 750ml
Knappognue Castle 12 Year87$55 / 750ml
Powers Three Swallow87$38 / 750ml
Tyrconnel Single Malt87$49 / 750ml
Green Spot86$75/ 750ml
Jameson Triple Triple85$45 / 750ml
Tin Cup85$30 / 750ml
Uncle Nearest 185684$55 / 750ml
Kilbeggan Traditional Irish Whiskey84$30 / 750ml
Smooth Ambler Old Scout Whiskey84$40 / 750ml
Lambay Cognac Finish83$65 / 750ml
Jameson Caskmates Stout Edition83$50 / 750ml
Jameson Blender's Dog82$67 / 750ml
Glenmorangie The Original 10 Year82$50 / 750ml
Jameson Black Barrel81$39 / 750ml
Redwood Empire Pipe Dream Bourbon81$45 / 750ml
Old Forester 187080$55 / 750ml
Jameson80$40 / 750ml
Don Julio 194280$160 / 750ml
Michters US 1 Small Batch79$45 / 750ml
Monkey Shoulder79$35 / 750ml
Old Forester 189779$55 / 750ml
Yellowstone78$35 / 750ml
Chestnut Farms Bourbon77$45 / 750ml
West Cork77$30 / 750ml
Basil Hayden's75$35 / 750ml
Eagle Rare 10 Year Old Bourbon75$35 / 750ml
Old Forester Statesman75$65 / 750ml
Hirsch Small Batch74$35 / 750ml
Glendalough Double Barrel Irish Whiskey74$45 / 750ml
Stillhouse Black Bourbon73$20 / 750ml
Tullamore D.E.W 12 Year73$50 / 750ml
Bushmills 10 Year72$50 / 750ml
Legent72$35 / 750ml
Clyde May's Original Alabama Style Whiskey72$33 / 750ml
Proper Twelve71$30 / 750ml
Teeling Whiskey70$50 / 750ml
Redbreast Lustau 12 Year Old70$80/ 750ml
Tullamore Dew Crock69$40 / 750ml
Bird Dog Kentucky Bourbon68$22 / 750ml
Death's Door68$40 / 750ml
Appleton Reserve Blend Jamaican Rum67$30 / 750ml
Cruzan No. 9 Spiced Rum67$20 / 750ml
McConnell’s Irish Whisky66$25 / 750ml
Four Roses Small Batch66$30 / 750ml
Kavanagh 16 Year Single Malt Irish Whiskey66$50 / 750ml
Beer Barrel Bourbon66$35 / 750ml
Quiet Man Traditional65$40 / 750ml
Gentleman Jack65$35 / 750ml
Powers Gold Label Irish Whiskey65$35 / 750ml
Kraken Rum64$25 / 750ml
Tullamore Dew63$25 / 750ml
Wild Turkey63$35 / 750ml
Bushmills Irish Whiskey62$31 / 750ml
Writers Tears61$35 / 750ml
Jefferson60$25/ 750ml
Maker's Mark60$25 / 750ml
Old Grand-Dad 11459$30 / 750ml
Fighting Cock58$18 / 750ml
Elijah Craig57$27 / 750ml
Bulleit Bourbon56$28 / 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
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
Woodford Reserve30$13 / 50ml
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
Kavanagh Single Malt Irish Whiskey3$35 / 750ml
Balvenie Caribbean Cask2$90 / 750ml
American XXX Born - Bourbon Whiskey1$26 / 750ml

ZOMBIE MOVIES – Cargo (2017)

I’m a huge fan of Martin Freeman. He was amazing as Bilbo Baggins and added humanity and reasonability to the Sherlock series. Without him Cargo wouldn’t have been the movie it is. He’s just an amazing actor.

Cargo tells the story of Andy, played by Freeman, as he, his wife, and his infant daughter travel down an Australian River after the Zombie Apocalypse has decimated the country.

I really liked the look and feel of the beginning of the movie. The world has come crashing down around the survivors, and you can feel their fear and anxiety.

Be warned, if you haven’t watched the movie, I’m about to give a few spoilers here, because I wanted to explain why I gave this movie a 66/100, putting it at the lower end of the Worth Your Time Scale, just one point away from being a Rainy Day Movie.

So what cost it points?

The world is clearly overrun and the survivors know just how bad it is. There are actual kits and instructions about how to spike your brain if your infected…

And yet Andy and his wife both make the mistake of going to investigate on their own. I get it, they have a kid, so it kinda, sorta makes sense that Andy scavenges alone, but for her to do it just make no sense at all. Her main focus should have been on her daughter.

The other thing that cost this movie points was the Australian Redneck who basically keeps his young woman hostage. I get it, they needed something to flesh out the movie, but it defocused off the zombies, which should be the main “bad guy” in any zombie movie, at least as far as I am concerned.

Overall, the movie was good, and it is worth your time, it just could have been better with a few changes to the plot.

ReviewYearScoreType
Zombieland2010100Comedy / Action
#Alive2020100Action / Infection
World War Z2013100Action / Infection
Train To Busan2016100Action / Infection
Dawn Of The Dead1978100Action / Horror / Classics
28 Days Later2002100Action / Infection
Night Of The Living Dead1968100Action / Horror / Classics
Flesh And Blood201899Shorts
Serenity200599Action / Sci-Fi
The Girl With All The Gifts201695Action / Infection
Land Of The Dead200594Action / Horror
Resident Evil: Apocalypse200493Action / Infection
Resident Evil200292Action / Infection
Rampant201891Action / Infection / Mid Evil
Day of the Dead200890Action / Infection
Night of the Comet198485Comedy / Action
The Return of the Living Dead198585Comedy / Action
Train to Busan Presents: Peninsula 202084Action / Infection
Zombieland: Double Tap201983Comedy / Action
Fido200682Comedy / Action
Shaun Of The Dead200481Comedy / Action
I Am Legend (2007)200780Action / Infection
28 Weeks Later200780Action / Infection
The Evil Dead198180Classic / Action
Overlord201879Action / Horror
Infection201979Action / Infection
It Stains The Sands Red201679Action / Infection
Plan Z201678Action / Infection
Day of the Dead198577Action / Horror / Classics
Dead Rising: Endgame201677Action / Infection
The Dead201076Action / Infection
Freaks of Nature201576Comedy / Action
Cockneys Vs. Zombies201275Comedy / Action
Here Alone201675Suspense / Infection
Shed of the Dead 201974Comedy / Action
Survival Of The Dead200973Action / Horror
State of Emergency201173Action / Infection
Alone202073Action / Infection
Dawning of the Dead201772Action / Infection
Dance of the Dead 200872Comedy / Action
The Rezort201572Action / Infection
Remains201172Action / Infection
Daylight's End201671Action / Infection
The Dead 2: India201570Action / Infection
Night of the Living Deb201570Comedy / Romance
Resident Evil: Afterlife201070Action / Infection
Zombie Night201370Action / Infection
Dead Rising: Watchtower 201570Action / Infection
Zombie Hunter201370Action / Infection
For A Few Zombies More201570Action / Infection
Exit Humanity201169Action / Infection
Bird Box201869Action / Horror / Possession
Ravenous201768Action / Infection
Blood Quantum201968Action / Infection
The Night Eats The World201867Suspense / Infection
Scouts Guide to the Zombie Apocalypse201567Comedy / Action
Trench 11201766Action / Horror
Cargo201766Suspense / Infection
Zoombies201665Awesomely Bad
Zombie Town200765Action / Horror
Zombie Apocalypse201164Action / Infection
Red Spring201763Action / Infection
Resident Evil: Extinction200762Action / Infection
Resident Evil Retribution201261Action / Infection
Resident Evil: The Final Chapter201660Action / Infection
Life After Beth201459Comedy / Action
Diary Of The Dead200758Action / Horror
Revelation Trail201357Action / Horror
My Mates vs. The Zombie Apocalypse201556Comedy / Action
Anna And The Apocalypse201755Musical / Infection
Deadsight201855Suspense / Infection
Bong of the Living Dead201754Action / Infection
The Dead Undead201053Action / Infection
Deadheads201152Comedy / Romance
Day of the Dead: Bloodline201851Action / Infection
Dead Don't Die in Dallas201951Action / Infection / LGBTQ
Disaster L.A.201450Action
Road Wars201550Action / Infection
Within the Woods of Undead County201649Action / Infection
I Am Alone201548Action / Infection
Valentine DayZ201847Action / Infection / Awesomely Bad
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WHISKEY DREAMS – ELIJAH CRAIG Manhattan

Times are getting tougher here. I’m having to go back and make Manhattan’s with bottles that didn’t quite make it as sipping whiskey, which is exactly how I ended up picking up this bottle of Elija Craig. The bottle earned a 57/100 when I reviewed it as a sipping drink, so I was curious to see how it did when mixed into a Manhattan.

I used my standard mix of 2 parts whiskey to 1 part vermouth.

The sweet and spice of the Elijah Craig pairs well with the super sweetness of the vermouth, hiding some, but not all of the alcohol burn and sharp edges the straight whiskey has.

Those sharp edges don’t get covered up by the vermouth enough however, which resulted in just a 9 point increase from the straight whiskey, giving this Elija Craig Small Batch Manhattan a score of 66/00.

Elija Craig Small Batch Manhattan

Pros

  • The sweet and spice in the whiskey combines well with the sweetness in the vermouth, turning this almost into a dessert cocktail.

Cons:

  • Even with the vermouth, still has the burn of a cheaper whiskey.
  • The vermouth hides a lot of the sharp edges the straight whiskey has, but not quite enough.
BottleScorePriceType
On The Rocks Knob Creek Old Fashioned83$13 / 750mlOld Fashioned
Manhattan - Fistful of Bourbon80$40 / 750mlManhattan
Manhattan - Four Roses Small Batch76$30 / 750mlManhattan
Manhattan - Legent75$35 / 750mlManhattan
Manhattan - Wild Turkey73$35 / 750mlManhattan
Manhattan - Bulleit Bourbon69$28 / 750mlManhattan
Manhattan - Dogfish Head Alternate Takes69$55/ 750mlManhattan
Manhattan - Knob Creek Small Batch69$30 / 750mlManhattan
Manhattan - Elija Craig Small Batch66$27 / 750mlManhattan
Manhattan - Redemption Bourbon53$30 / 750mlManhattan
Agitator Manhattan49$30 / 750mlManhattan
Manhattan - American XXX Born35$26 / 750mlManhattan

Whiskey Dreams – Four Roses Small Batch

Four Roses Small Batch bourbon was actually one of the first bourbons I tried, and back then I was drinking Jack. Four Roses opened my eyes to a totally different level of quality, so I will always think of it fondly.

Now that my bourbon horizons have expanded, I still think of Four Roses fondly, but I also have some other bottles to compare it to. Four Roses earns a score of 66/100, putting it firmly ahead of two thirds of other other bourbons. I’m also calling it an “Everyday Whiskey” because its affordable enough to drink whenever you want.

Pros

  • Light and spicy on the tongue.
  • Great starter bottle for new drinkers and an everyday sip alike.

Cons:

  • Can have a little edge on the first sip. I find a little water or an ice cube opens up the whiskey and takes that burn away.
BottleScorePrice
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
Bib & Tucker91$75 / 750ml
Angels Envy90$65 / 750ml
Tyrconnel 16 Year88$95 / 750ml
Knappognue Castle 12 Year87$55 / 750ml
Powers Three Swallow87$38 / 750ml
Tyrconnel Single Malt87$49 / 750ml
Green Spot86$75/ 750ml
Jameson Triple Triple85$45 / 750ml
Tin Cup85$30 / 750ml
Uncle Nearest 185684$55 / 750ml
Kilbeggan Traditional Irish Whiskey84$30 / 750ml
Smooth Ambler Old Scout Whiskey84$40 / 750ml
Lambay Cognac Finish83$65 / 750ml
Jameson Caskmates Stout Edition83$50 / 750ml
Jameson Blender's Dog82$67 / 750ml
Glenmorangie The Original 10 Year82$50 / 750ml
Jameson Black Barrel81$39 / 750ml
Redwood Empire Pipe Dream Bourbon81$45 / 750ml
Old Forester 187080$55 / 750ml
Jameson80$40 / 750ml
Don Julio 194280$160 / 750ml
Michters US 1 Small Batch79$45 / 750ml
Monkey Shoulder79$35 / 750ml
Old Forester 189779$55 / 750ml
Yellowstone78$35 / 750ml
Chestnut Farms Bourbon77$45 / 750ml
West Cork77$30 / 750ml
Basil Hayden's75$35 / 750ml
Eagle Rare 10 Year Old Bourbon75$35 / 750ml
Old Forester Statesman75$65 / 750ml
Hirsch Small Batch74$35 / 750ml
Glendalough Double Barrel Irish Whiskey74$45 / 750ml
Stillhouse Black Bourbon73$20 / 750ml
Tullamore D.E.W 12 Year73$50 / 750ml
Bushmills 10 Year72$50 / 750ml
Legent72$35 / 750ml
Clyde May's Original Alabama Style Whiskey72$33 / 750ml
Proper Twelve71$30 / 750ml
Teeling Whiskey70$50 / 750ml
Redbreast Lustau 12 Year Old70$80/ 750ml
Tullamore Dew Crock69$40 / 750ml
Bird Dog Kentucky Bourbon68$22 / 750ml
Death's Door68$40 / 750ml
Appleton Reserve Blend Jamaican Rum67$30 / 750ml
Cruzan No. 9 Spiced Rum67$20 / 750ml
McConnell’s Irish Whisky66$25 / 750ml
Four Roses Small Batch66$30 / 750ml
Kavanagh 16 Year Single Malt Irish Whiskey66$50 / 750ml
Beer Barrel Bourbon66$35 / 750ml
Quiet Man Traditional65$40 / 750ml
Gentleman Jack65$35 / 750ml
Powers Gold Label Irish Whiskey65$35 / 750ml
Kraken Rum64$25 / 750ml
Tullamore Dew63$25 / 750ml
Wild Turkey63$35 / 750ml
Bushmills Irish Whiskey62$31 / 750ml
Writers Tears61$35 / 750ml
Jefferson60$25/ 750ml
Maker's Mark60$25 / 750ml
Old Grand-Dad 11459$30 / 750ml
Fighting Cock58$18 / 750ml
Elijah Craig57$27 / 750ml
Bulleit Bourbon56$28 / 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
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
Woodford Reserve30$13 / 50ml
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
Kavanagh Single Malt Irish Whiskey3$35 / 750ml
Balvenie Caribbean Cask2$90 / 750ml
American XXX Born - Bourbon Whiskey1$26 / 750ml

Whiskey Dreams – Beer Barrel Bourbon

I always look for new bourbons to try and I saw this on the shelf while picking up some libations for the holiday season. Which of course is how I ended up bringing this bottle of Beer Barrel Bourbon home.

Needless to say, once I had it home, I had to try it.

I am always hopeful when I try a new whiskey that it is going to do that magical thing in my mouth that makes me fall in love with. So how did Beer Barrel Bourbon do?

The first neat sip was a bit rough and let me down. I then poured it over ice and those rough edges softened up. There is still a little harsh edge on the edges of my tongue, but the ice opened up the caramel and roasted grains.

After finishing a tumbler, I was left with a better impression than the first sip gave me. I will drink the rest of this bottle, and I would buy another, but it won’t be a go to whiskey for me. It will be reserved for those times when I just want something different, or quite frankly, just need a drink after a hard day at work.

Overall this is a decent whiskey when on the rocks, but it doesn’t hold up to some other $35 dollar options. This $30 to $35 dollar segment is a very competitive segment, and Beer Barrel Bourbon is going to need to step up if it wants to do better than a 66/100.

Pros

  • Affordable.
  • Decent bottle to share with whiskey newcomers.

Cons:

  • A little rough around the edges.
  • Better options at this price point if you are paying $35 for this bottle. See Basil Hayden’s 
BottleScorePrice
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
Bib & Tucker91$75 / 750ml
Angels Envy90$65 / 750ml
Tyrconnel 16 Year88$95 / 750ml
Knappognue Castle 12 Year87$55 / 750ml
Powers Three Swallow87$38 / 750ml
Tyrconnel Single Malt87$49 / 750ml
Green Spot86$75/ 750ml
Jameson Triple Triple85$45 / 750ml
Tin Cup85$30 / 750ml
Uncle Nearest 185684$55 / 750ml
Kilbeggan Traditional Irish Whiskey84$30 / 750ml
Smooth Ambler Old Scout Whiskey84$40 / 750ml
Lambay Cognac Finish83$65 / 750ml
Jameson Caskmates Stout Edition83$50 / 750ml
Jameson Blender's Dog82$67 / 750ml
Glenmorangie The Original 10 Year82$50 / 750ml
Jameson Black Barrel81$39 / 750ml
Redwood Empire Pipe Dream Bourbon81$45 / 750ml
Old Forester 187080$55 / 750ml
Jameson80$40 / 750ml
Don Julio 194280$160 / 750ml
Michters US 1 Small Batch79$45 / 750ml
Monkey Shoulder79$35 / 750ml
Old Forester 189779$55 / 750ml
Yellowstone78$35 / 750ml
Chestnut Farms Bourbon77$45 / 750ml
West Cork77$30 / 750ml
Basil Hayden's75$35 / 750ml
Eagle Rare 10 Year Old Bourbon75$35 / 750ml
Old Forester Statesman75$65 / 750ml
Hirsch Small Batch74$35 / 750ml
Glendalough Double Barrel Irish Whiskey74$45 / 750ml
Stillhouse Black Bourbon73$20 / 750ml
Tullamore D.E.W 12 Year73$50 / 750ml
Bushmills 10 Year72$50 / 750ml
Legent72$35 / 750ml
Clyde May's Original Alabama Style Whiskey72$33 / 750ml
Proper Twelve71$30 / 750ml
Teeling Whiskey70$50 / 750ml
Redbreast Lustau 12 Year Old70$80/ 750ml
Tullamore Dew Crock69$40 / 750ml
Bird Dog Kentucky Bourbon68$22 / 750ml
Death's Door68$40 / 750ml
Appleton Reserve Blend Jamaican Rum67$30 / 750ml
Cruzan No. 9 Spiced Rum67$20 / 750ml
McConnell’s Irish Whisky66$25 / 750ml
Four Roses Small Batch66$30 / 750ml
Kavanagh 16 Year Single Malt Irish Whiskey66$50 / 750ml
Beer Barrel Bourbon66$35 / 750ml
Quiet Man Traditional65$40 / 750ml
Gentleman Jack65$35 / 750ml
Powers Gold Label Irish Whiskey65$35 / 750ml
Kraken Rum64$25 / 750ml
Tullamore Dew63$25 / 750ml
Wild Turkey63$35 / 750ml
Bushmills Irish Whiskey62$31 / 750ml
Writers Tears61$35 / 750ml
Jefferson60$25/ 750ml
Maker's Mark60$25 / 750ml
Old Grand-Dad 11459$30 / 750ml
Fighting Cock58$18 / 750ml
Elijah Craig57$27 / 750ml
Bulleit Bourbon56$28 / 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
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
Woodford Reserve30$13 / 50ml
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
Kavanagh Single Malt Irish Whiskey3$35 / 750ml
Balvenie Caribbean Cask2$90 / 750ml
American XXX Born - Bourbon Whiskey1$26 / 750ml