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WHISKEY DREAMS – Thre Dead Rabbit Irish Whiskey

While The Dead Rabbit says its based on five year old whiskey on the bottle, the whiskey itself doesn’t carry an age statement, which means that the blend may have some 5 year old whiskey in it, but we don’t know how much, and the rest of the bottle is a mixture of much more shortly aged alcohol.

What The Dead Rabbit does have is an epic backstory:

The Dead Rabbits were a notorious Irish immigrant street gang whose sworn enemies were the nativist anti-immigrant Bowery Boys. Their antagonism came to a head in a notorious riot that raged for days in 1857. Up to a thousand gang members were involved before order was finally restored. The leader of the Dead Rabbits was John Morrissey, a notorious figure who would later go on to become a Democratic congressman and senator.

https://deadrabbitirishwhiskey.com/story/

The nose sweet vanilla that competes with the ethanol. The nose is subtle and not complex.

The palate is clean but there is too much Bourbon Cask to really appreciate what I like about Irish Whiskey. There is just a hint of sweet that might have some malt in it, but it is so overpowered by the time in the Bourbon and New Oak that it leaves me wanting more of the Irish, and less of the American influences.

I’m giving The Dead Rabbit a69/100, making it just a point into Mixed Drinks Only territory. Save it for your coffee!

Pros

  • Awesome backstory that taught me a bit about my Irish roots.
  • If you love Bourbon with a hint of Irish this might be the bottle for you.

Cons:

  • At $35 there are better options out there.
  • If you like Irish Whiskey and butter cookies, don’t come looking to The Dead Rabbit to fulfill your desires.
BottleScorePrice
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
Bib & Tucker91$75 / 750ml
Angels Envy90$65 / 750ml
Tyrconnel 16 Year88$95 / 750ml
Powers Three Swallow87$38 / 750ml
Tyrconnel Single Malt87$49 / 750ml
Knappognue Castle 12 Year87$55 / 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
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
Jameson80$40 / 750ml
Don Julio 194280$160 / 750ml
Old Forester 187080$55 / 750ml
Monkey Shoulder79$35 / 750ml
Michters US 1 Small Batch79$45 / 750ml
Old Forester 189779$55 / 750ml
Yellowstone78$35 / 750ml
West Cork77$30 / 750ml
Chestnut Farms Bourbon77$45 / 750ml
Eagle Rare 10 Year Old Bourbon75$35 / 750ml
Basil Hayden's75$35 / 750ml
Old Forester Statesman75$65 / 750ml
Slane74$33 / 750ml
Hirsch Small Batch74$35 / 750ml
Glendalough Double Barrel Irish Whiskey74$45 / 750ml
Tullamore D.E.W 12 Year73$50 / 750ml
Bushmills 10 Year72$50 / 750ml
Clyde May's Original Alabama Style Whiskey72$33 / 750ml
Legent72$35 / 750ml
Proper Twelve71$30 / 750ml
Redbreast Lustau 12 Year Old70$80/ 750ml
Mr. Whidkey70$22 / 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
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
Beer Barrel Bourbon66$35 / 750ml
Paddy’s Irish Whiskey66$33 / 750ml
Kavanagh 16 Year Single Malt Irish Whiskey66$50 / 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
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
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
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
Busker Single Malt4$34 / 750ml
Kavanagh Single Malt Irish Whiskey3$35 / 750ml
Balvenie Caribbean Cask2$90 / 750ml
American XXX Born - Bourbon Whiskey1$26 / 750ml

WHISKEY DREAMS – Tito’s Vodka

One of my older boys asked me to get Vodka and sugar free Ginger Beer to make some Moscow Mules for a long delayed game night. (Before he moved out we would play board games once or twice a month with him and his girlfriend.)

So I figured if I was going to make some mixers, I’d try this Titos Vodka and see how it sips.

The nose is clean and simple alcohol.

The mouth feel is light and crisp, and benefits from its corn case as the first thing you notice is sweet. The finish is black pepper and alcohol heat. This is a fairly simple flavor profile, but I’d also describe it as clean.

Titos Vodka scores a 69/100, making it Sip Worthy. The simple taste profile costs it points, but it is crisp and clean enough to sip if your looking for something without a lot of depth – or if you just like that corn sweetness this Titos opens with.

Pros

  • Crisp and clean.
  • Sweet opening and a nice crisp pepper finish.

Cons:

  • A little pricey at $30 bucks for what is essentially corn alcohol.
  • Fairly simple taste profile. There is not a lot of complexity here.
BottleScorePrice
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
Bib & Tucker91$75 / 750ml
Angels Envy90$65 / 750ml
Tyrconnel 16 Year88$95 / 750ml
Powers Three Swallow87$38 / 750ml
Tyrconnel Single Malt87$49 / 750ml
Knappognue Castle 12 Year87$55 / 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
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
Jameson80$40 / 750ml
Don Julio 194280$160 / 750ml
Old Forester 187080$55 / 750ml
Monkey Shoulder79$35 / 750ml
Michters US 1 Small Batch79$45 / 750ml
Old Forester 189779$55 / 750ml
Yellowstone78$35 / 750ml
West Cork77$30 / 750ml
Chestnut Farms Bourbon77$45 / 750ml
Eagle Rare 10 Year Old Bourbon75$35 / 750ml
Basil Hayden's75$35 / 750ml
Old Forester Statesman75$65 / 750ml
Slane74$33 / 750ml
Hirsch Small Batch74$35 / 750ml
Glendalough Double Barrel Irish Whiskey74$45 / 750ml
Tullamore D.E.W 12 Year73$50 / 750ml
Bushmills 10 Year72$50 / 750ml
Clyde May's Original Alabama Style Whiskey72$33 / 750ml
Legent72$35 / 750ml
Proper Twelve71$30 / 750ml
Redbreast Lustau 12 Year Old70$80/ 750ml
Mr. Whidkey70$22 / 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
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
Beer Barrel Bourbon66$35 / 750ml
Paddy’s Irish Whiskey66$33 / 750ml
Kavanagh 16 Year Single Malt Irish Whiskey66$50 / 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
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
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
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
Busker Single Malt4$34 / 750ml
Kavanagh Single Malt Irish Whiskey3$35 / 750ml
Balvenie Caribbean Cask2$90 / 750ml
American XXX Born - Bourbon Whiskey1$26 / 750ml

ZOMBIE SERIES – Z NATION, SEASON 2, EPISODE 9, Rozwell

Rozwell takes place in Roswell New Mexico, the home of the Roswell UFO incident in the summer of 1947. Some things never change.

Rozwell starts with a bang. A pretty young lady is being chased by a zombie until she’s saved by a mysterious flying object we don’t quite see, but we do see its capabilities. The flying object takes care of the Zombie while leaving the young lady unharmed.

UFO Taking Out A Zombie

Team Murphy isn’t far off and they have there own experience with the UFO before it disappears in a flash. A little ways down the road Team Murphy finds a diner full of survivors who are UFO believers. Hard core believers. Our blond friend from the first few moments of Rozwell is their leader, and after a bit of discussion and prompting from 10K, she agrees to take Team Murphy to the nearby military based.

On the way to the base the team sees the remnants of Zombies, as well as the “Triangle Zombie”. Something other than normal is definitely going on.

Triangle Zombie

Once at the base the team is treated to a fun elevator ride as they descend into the secret subterranean military base. The team encounters technology that shouldn’t exist, as well as armored beings that are nearly bullet proof. Nearly, but not quite.

In the end we find out that twisted love is to blame for a lot what is going on in Rozwell. Team Murphy moves on while our blond friend in charge of the UFO worshipers decides to continue her journey, regardless of the truth.

Rozwell  scored a 69/100, putting it just 4 points into Worth Your Time territory. The UFO stuff was fun, but I do like me a little more classic Zombie killing as well.

SeasonEpisodeEpisode NameScore
11Puppies and Kittens95
12Fracking Zombies80
13Philly Feast80
14Full Metal Zombie81
15Home Sweet Zombie75
16Resurrection Z81
17Welcome to the Fu-Bar83
18Zunami64
19Die Zombie Die… Again29
110Going Nuclear79
111Sisters Of Mercy82
112Murphy's Law80
113Doctor of the Dead91
21The Murphy90
22White Light81
23Zombie Road90
24Batch 4760
25Zombaby85
26Zombie Baby Daddy86
27Down The Mississippi87
28The Collector63
29Rozwell69
210We Were Nowhere Near the Grand Canyon72
211Corporate Retreat85
212Party with the Zeros64
213Adiós, Muchachos69
214Day 190
215All Good Things Must Come to an End 94
31No Mercy90
32A New Mission77
33Murphy's Miracle80
34Escorpion and the Red Hand70
35Little Red and the Wolfz79
36Doc Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest73
37Welcome to Murphytown 67
38Election Day80
39Heart of Darkness70
310They Grow Up So Quickly85
311Doc’s Angels70
312The Siege of Murphytown70
313Duel90
314Everybody Dies in the End70

WHISKEY DREAMS – TULLAMORE DEW CROCK

This Tullamore Dew Crock is manufactured by William Grant & Sons and according to the internet, it is the second largest selling brand of Irish whiskey.

Tullamore Dew Crock is triple distilled and aged in ex-bourbon and sherry casks. It is a blended whiskey that is well made to accent its positives while minimizing some of its downsides.

The nose has a light sweetness and a stronger alcohol burn. The pattern repeats itself when we get to the palate. The first sip is overwhelmed with alcohol which slowly subsides so you can appreciate the vanilla, butter cookies, and black licorice that I think comes from the time spent in the bourbon barrels.

I found that an ice cube or some water does this Tullamore Dew Crock wonders. It blunts that first sip burn and lets the sipper enjoy the vanilla sweetness and taste the subtle butter cookies before the swallow bring out that black licorice.

Overall I did enjoy drinking this Tullamore Dew Crock, but it needed a bit of water or ice to open up the flavors so I could really appreciate them. Then there is the cost factor. For $10 bucks more I can land me a single malt Knappognue Castle 12 Year, and that makes me feel like I should be getting more for the $40 bucks I spent on this Tullamore Dew Crock. Granted, I picked this up at my local store, and that price may not reflect the price where you are – but each sip of this Tullamore made me think about what I could have been sipping for an extra few bucks.

Take all that into consideration and this scores just well enough to be considered Sip Worthy, at 69/100 points.

Pros

  • Subtle flavors, good for someone learning what they like.
  • With a bit of water to soften the alcohol burn the sipper can really appreciate the vanilla, butter cookies, and black licorice this whisky picked up from the bourbon barrels.
  • Sip Worthy, but its on the edge of falling into “Mixed Drinks Only”.

Cons:

  • For $10 dollars more you can buy yourself a bottle of Knappognue Castle 12 Year Single Malt, and that makes this a little harder to justify. If this were a $30 bottle it would be a no brainer to always have this on the shelf.
  • The subtle flavors are hidden by the opening alcohol burn when your sipping it straight.
BottleScorePrice
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
Bib & Tucker91$75 / 750ml
Angels Envy90$65 / 750ml
Tyrconnel 16 Year88$95 / 750ml
Powers Three Swallow87$38 / 750ml
Tyrconnel Single Malt87$49 / 750ml
Knappognue Castle 12 Year87$55 / 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
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
Jameson80$40 / 750ml
Don Julio 194280$160 / 750ml
Old Forester 187080$55 / 750ml
Monkey Shoulder79$35 / 750ml
Michters US 1 Small Batch79$45 / 750ml
Old Forester 189779$55 / 750ml
Yellowstone78$35 / 750ml
West Cork77$30 / 750ml
Chestnut Farms Bourbon77$45 / 750ml
Eagle Rare 10 Year Old Bourbon75$35 / 750ml
Basil Hayden's75$35 / 750ml
Old Forester Statesman75$65 / 750ml
Slane74$33 / 750ml
Hirsch Small Batch74$35 / 750ml
Glendalough Double Barrel Irish Whiskey74$45 / 750ml
Tullamore D.E.W 12 Year73$50 / 750ml
Bushmills 10 Year72$50 / 750ml
Clyde May's Original Alabama Style Whiskey72$33 / 750ml
Legent72$35 / 750ml
Proper Twelve71$30 / 750ml
Redbreast Lustau 12 Year Old70$80/ 750ml
Mr. Whidkey70$22 / 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
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
Beer Barrel Bourbon66$35 / 750ml
Paddy’s Irish Whiskey66$33 / 750ml
Kavanagh 16 Year Single Malt Irish Whiskey66$50 / 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
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
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
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
Busker Single Malt4$34 / 750ml
Kavanagh Single Malt Irish Whiskey3$35 / 750ml
Balvenie Caribbean Cask2$90 / 750ml
American XXX Born - Bourbon Whiskey1$26 / 750ml

WHISKEY DREAMS – Bulleit Bourbon MANHATTAN

I ranked this Bulleit Bourbon a 56/100, but even then, I had a suspicion it would make a good Manhattan. There is something about rye bourbons that make for a good Manhattan, and this as no different.

Shaken with some ice, and using the standard two to one mixture, this gained 13 points, and ranks at a 69/100. If you like a sweet Manhattan, this is just what the doctor ordered.

Pros

  • Makes a nice Manhattan at an affordable price.
  • Tastes like a dessert.

Cons:

  • Maybe just a little too sweet to drink more than one or two.
BottleScorePriceType
Manhattan - Blade And Bow90$55 / 750mlManhattan
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-Death's Door74$40 / 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 –DOGFISH HEAD ALTERNATE TAKES Manhattan

This bottle of Dogfish Head Alternate Takes scored a 41/100 as a sipping whiskey. It had sharp edges and just wasn’t smooth enough for me to consider it a sipping whiskey – but I can’t just throw a whole bottle of whiskey away right? The good news is that I’ve found making a Manhattan with whiskey’s that may not be sip worthy, actually make a very good whiskey for mixers.

Which is exactly what this Dogfish Head Alternate Takes needed. I make my Manhattan. I use the classic recipe:

The addition of the Sweet Vermouth is exactly what this Dogfish Head Alternate Takes needed to smooth out the edges. Making a mixed drink like a Manhattan from this Dogfish Bourbon gave this whisky new life, as well as 18 points, bringing it to a 69/100 as a Manhattan.

Pros

  • Takes a whiskey that is a little rough and makes a very nice Manhattan.

Cons:

  • Dogfish Head Alternate Takes is an expensive bottle to make mixed drinks from.
BottleScorePriceType
Manhattan - Blade And Bow90$55 / 750mlManhattan
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-Death's Door74$40 / 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

ZOMBIE MOVIES – Exit Humanity (2011)

I love the premise of Exit Humanity, Malcolm Young is reading his ancestors diary, and when you hear his voice you will immediately recognize Brian Cox’s voice from any of a number of movies (Red, Red 2, Bourne Identity, Super Troopers etc). It is just after the civil war, and the undead have ravaged the land.

Edward Young returns from the war to find his family has already been eaten. Edward decides he must take his son’s ashes to a waterfall he had told the boy about before the war, it is a place of peace for Edward.

On the way, he meets another survivor, only to find out that the war isn’t quite over yet. Isaac’s sister has been taken, and he needs Edward’s help to rescue her from a General trying to use the Undead to continue the fight against the north.

The filming and action is top notch. The zombies are well done and die with appropriate levels of gore. So why did Exit Humanity earn a 69/100? First of all let me say the movie is enjoyable to watch, but there were a few things which could have made it even better.

There are potential spoilers below, so stop reading here until you watch the movie…

  1. The first 30 minutes could have been condensed down to 5. I know its character development – but its a zombie movie for god’s sake, lets get to the zombies.
  2. The suicide scene was a little over the top. I get it, his wife and child were bitten and turned. Again, its a zombie movie, so we don’t need agonizing emotional development.
  3. Too much story development at times, the movie could have been cut down and focused on the zombies, which I think would have made it a better movie in the long run.
  4. Concentrate more on the zombies!!!!
ReviewYearScoreType
Zombieland2010100Comedy / Action
Dawn Of The Dead1978100Action / Horror / Classics
Night Of The Living Dead1968100Action / Horror / Classics
Train To Busan2016100Action / Infection
World War Z2013100Action / Infection
28 Days Later2002100Action / Infection
#Alive2020100Action / Infection
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
Cooties201489Comedy / Action
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
It Stains The Sands Red201679Action / Infection
Infection201979Action / Infection
Overlord201879Action / Horror
Plan Z201678Action / Infection
Day of the Dead198577Action / Horror / Classics
Dead Rising: Endgame201677Action / Infection
The Dead201076Action / Infection
Freaks of Nature201576Comedy / Action
Here Alone201675Suspense / Infection
Cockneys Vs. Zombies201275Comedy / Action
Shed of the Dead 201974Comedy / Action
Alone202073Action / Infection
Survival Of The Dead200973Action / Horror
State of Emergency201173Action / Infection
The Rezort201572Action / Infection
Remains201172Action / Infection
Dance of the Dead 200872Comedy / Action
Dawning of the Dead201772Action / Infection
Daylight's End201671Action / Infection
Witness Infection202171Comedy / Action
For A Few Zombies More201570Action / Infection
The Dead 2: India201570Action / Infection
Zombie Hunter201370Action / Infection
Night of the Living Deb201570Comedy / Romance
Dead Rising: Watchtower 201570Action / Infection
Resident Evil: Afterlife201070Action / Infection
Zombie Night201370Action / Infection
Exit Humanity201169Action / Infection
Bird Box201869Action / Horror / Possession
Blood Quantum201968Action / Infection
Ravenous201768Action / Infection
The Night Eats The World201867Suspense / Infection
Scouts Guide to the Zombie Apocalypse201567Comedy / Action
Trench 11201766Action / Horror
Cargo201766Suspense / Infection
Zombie Town200765Action / Horror
Zoombies201665Awesomely Bad
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Resident Evil: The Final Chapter201660Action / Infection
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Diary Of The Dead200758Action / Horror
Revelation Trail201357Action / Horror
My Mates vs. The Zombie Apocalypse201556Comedy / Action
Deadsight201855Suspense / Infection
Anna And The Apocalypse201755Musical / 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
Road Wars201550Action / Infection
Disaster L.A.201450Action
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I Am Alone201548Action / Infection
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Savageland201546Horror / Drama
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Hostile201740Action / Infection
Zombie Undead201040Action / Infection
Dead Before Down201239Horror / Supernatural
Gangs Of The Dead200638Action / Infection
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Dead Trigger201735Action / Infection
Zombie Diaries 2201135Action / Infection
Another World201435Action / Infection
Deadlocked202035Action / Infection
KL24: Zombies201734Action / Infection
Antisocial 2201533Action / Infection
Antisocial201332Action / Infection
Dead 7201631Action / Infection
By Day's End202031Suspense / Infection
Pandemic201630Action / Infection
Attack of the Southern Fried Zombies201729Comedy / Action
Zombie Hood201328Action / Infection
The Dustwalker201927Action / Parasite
Day of the Dead 2: Contagium200526Action / Infection
Anger Of The Dead201525Action / Infection
The Last Hope201724Action / Infection
Zombie Road201822Shorts
Zombie Wars200721Action / Infection
Last Rites Of The Dead201920Drama / Thriller
The Mad200719Comedy / Infection
The Living Dead202018Horror / Drama
Zone of the Dead200917Action / Infection
Killer Weekend201816Comedy / Not Zombies
G Zombie202115Drama / Infection
Quarantine L.A.201314Action / Infection
Driven202013Drama / Suspense
The Hive201412Demonic Possession / Horror
The Horde201611Action / Gore
The Last Starship201710Action / Infection
Rise of the Zombie20139Drama / Action
Flu20138Infection / Not Zombies
Red Days20167Action / Infection
The Returned20136Drama / Romance
Apocalypse Nerds20125Comedy / Action
Zombie with a Shotgun20194 Infection / Drama
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Pandemic20091Drama / Action
Broadcast Dead 20180Horror / Thriller
Dead End20030Horror / Thriller

Bird Box (2018)

My brother turned us on to the Bird Box yesterday and my son, his girlfriend, my wife, my brother, and myself ended up spread out over my living room, hissing at whomever dared to open their mouth and distract everyone else from the movie.

Sandra Bullock plays a pregnant woman who is forced to survive as madness grips the world. The story keeps you on the edge of your seat throughout, but still falls prey to some of the classic horror movie tropes. Be forewarned, if you keep reading, there are spoilers below.

I know that the group of survivors doesn’t really understand what is going on, but they know whatever it is, can kill you. So what do they do when they want to test Greg’s theory about using the security cameras? They tie him to a chair and leave him there.

What do they do with the car keys? They apparently left them where anyone could grab them.

What did they do when they let a newcomer into the group? They leave him along to work whatever mischief he wants.

Are they huge issues? Not really, the story moves fast and is edgy enough that you don’t notice, at least not until later. It is just one of those things that bothers me about survival movies. Don’t be stupid when people are dying all around you.

Is this a classic zombie movie? No. But whatever is possessing the people does cause them to turn violent and deadly. So this is a “zombie” movie of the possession type, very similar to Ghosts of Mars.

Do you ever get to see the monsters? Just through a madman’s drawings. Anyone who goes outside without a blindfolded gets taken over. It is a basic premise, but creates a massive amount of anxiety and suspense.

So what are the monsters possessing people? One of the frustrating things is that you never find out. Charlie goes on a rant very early in the movie, and it is pretty much the only time they address what is going on. The monsters appear as swirling bits of wind. The birds seem to be sensitive to their presence and give some early warning when they are close. Without much to go on I have to go with the little bit that Charlie gave us. It is the end of the world, and demons are cleansing the world. The things doing the possession were demons, and those who were truly bad in life were taken over completely.

It might sound corny, but it was really well done and the fact that they don’t spend a lot of time trying to explain it was actually good for the plot, if frustrating for those of us still digesting the movie a day later.

Overall, it was a good movie and kept us all on the edge of our seats and scores a solid 69/100. If you haven’t watched Bird Box yet, it is well worth watching.

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Zombie Hunter201370Action / Infection
Night of the Living Deb201570Comedy / Romance
Dead Rising: Watchtower 201570Action / Infection
Resident Evil: Afterlife201070Action / Infection
Zombie Night201370Action / Infection
Exit Humanity201169Action / Infection
Bird Box201869Action / Horror / Possession
Blood Quantum201968Action / Infection
Ravenous201768Action / Infection
The Night Eats The World201867Suspense / Infection
Scouts Guide to the Zombie Apocalypse201567Comedy / Action
Trench 11201766Action / Horror
Cargo201766Suspense / Infection
Zombie Town200765Action / Horror
Zoombies201665Awesomely Bad
Zombie Apocalypse201164Action / Infection
Red Spring201763Action / Infection
Resident Evil: Extinction200762Action / Infection
Resident Evil Retribution201261Action / Infection
Resident Evil: The Final Chapter201660Action / Infection
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Diary Of The Dead200758Action / Horror
Revelation Trail201357Action / Horror
My Mates vs. The Zombie Apocalypse201556Comedy / Action
Deadsight201855Suspense / Infection
Anna And The Apocalypse201755Musical / 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
Road Wars201550Action / Infection
Disaster L.A.201450Action
Within the Woods of Undead County201649Action / Infection
I Am Alone201548Action / Infection
Valentine DayZ201847Action / Infection / Awesomely Bad
Savageland201546Horror / Drama
Infected201945Shorts
Block Z202044Action / Infection
The Dead Don't Die201943Spoof / Drama
Strain 100202042Action / Infection
Before Dawn201341Drama / Action
When the Fever Breaks201941Suspense / Infection
Hostile201740Action / Infection
Zombie Undead201040Action / Infection
Dead Before Down201239Horror / Supernatural
Gangs Of The Dead200638Action / Infection
Zombies201737Action / Infection
American Zombieland202036Comedy / Infection
Dead Trigger201735Action / Infection
Zombie Diaries 2201135Action / Infection
Another World201435Action / Infection
Deadlocked202035Action / Infection
KL24: Zombies201734Action / Infection
Antisocial 2201533Action / Infection
Antisocial201332Action / Infection
Dead 7201631Action / Infection
By Day's End202031Suspense / Infection
Pandemic201630Action / Infection
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The Mad200719Comedy / Infection
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