Fall...The Redux Version

Happy November, Friends!!  Holiday menu planning, Christmas lists, fire pits, and hot toddies are sure signs that winter moves ever closer.  That and the fact that the best bourbons in the world have been unveiled again much to our delight. Woo Hoo!! 

October is always the release month for the oldest and most lovingly aged bourbons the distilleries have to offer and the jockeying for bottles began months ago.  There will be a hand full of bottles released here in the state of the rarest bourbons (and more shipped out of the state unfortunately.  I have an easier time getting a 17 year old Eagle Rare out of South Carolina than here in Kentucky) that have been aged a minimum of 17 years and some as old as 25.  I managed to get my hands on a 20 year old Pappy Van Winkle this year (after being on a waiting list for several months now.  My supplier only received 6 bottles) from my favorite distiller in the state, Buffalo Trace. Their collector's bottles will include, but not be limited to, a 17 year old Eagle Rare, an 18 year old George T. Stagg, several reserves of Blantons (none of which are sold stateside), and a 20 and 23 year old Pappy Van Winkle.  One of my very favorite parts of fall, indeed.  Many of their other bourbons are bottled now as well and the originals are all wonderful on their own.  I am a firm believer that one should have a bottle of something fantastic on your shelf for the year.  You just never know what might need to be toasted.

Last week was Halloween and the madness was back at the Halloween Street that my sis loves on.  Chili and trick or treaters (I think the numbers were down to 7000 this year.  Literally) were on the agenda and we had a great time.  Halloween on a Monday is just annoying though.  It will be good to see it move later in the week.  A couple of pictures of the event are below.

Ninjas abounded.

All shapes and sizes.

                 What's better than chili and ninjas?

Its been an amazing month of parties, fall festivals, and celebrations.  A fantastic way to spend fall if you ask me.

Til next time, go get yourself a fire pit,
 open a bottle of anything and talk about something great with friends.  It's a perfect season for it.  And not going to last much longer.  


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