"How can a $10 whiskey be this good?" That was my first thought upon taking a sip of this golden nectar, which was quickly followed by a second: "Why have I never tried this before?" Dipping below $17 with any liquor is always a little questionable, whether it's whiskey, vodka, tequila or something else, but occasionally you find a gem. And Rebel Yell bourbon is in that category.
It's June, and cold and flu season should theoretically be over. But the sky is gloomy in Southern California, so to match the winterish weather outside, my body decided (without consulting me, of course) to come down with a cold. What kind of cold? Not the kind with light sniffles and the occasional cough, but a real, honest-to-goodness cold, complete with blocked sinuses, achy muscles and a searingly painful throat.
In dire circumstances like this, there's nothing to do but make the best of it. And that means hot toddies all around. For the uninitiated, a hot toddy is a homeopathic cold remedy that harkens back to auld Ireland itself, where it is also known as hot whiskey.
I've always enjoyed trying new things, whether it's a new type of food, a different wine, or just a place I've never visited before.