Went to the Texas Whiskey Festival last week. The distilleries’ tasting tables had thick lines branching out in every direction.
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Friday, March 13th,2020
Went to the Texas Whiskey Festival last week. The distilleries’ tasting tables had thick lines branching out in every direction. I wish the average wait was a bit shorter, but that’s probably just THE CRAVING getting the better of me. Good on them for showing off their juice.

With plenty of pours and a legion of Magnificent Bastards - good times were had.

As the evening progressed, the temperature dropped and the Tribe’s old-timey church played a strategic role.

Find a line.
Grab your whiskey.
Hustle back to the church to enjoy it in a warm room.

Now, I should warn you... this next part is all hearsay and conjecture. Bringing outside whiskey to a festival is clearly against the rules. What I'm about to say is really more of an unfounded rumor than an actual event. But hypothetically, as the festival was wrapping up - I may have been invited to sample a special bottle tucked away in an MB’s car.

Words weren’t necessary. An understood nod sent us shuffling into the frigid night, towards the parking lot. After some twists and turns, three of us arrive at a hatchback. Like a treasure chest, the door opens and this MB produces a truly ancient scotch.

Again, if this was anything more than a baseless theory of events, I would name the distillery and the age statement - but I don’t trade in gossip. Understanding that none of this really happened, not only was this whisky old enough to drink - it could have had a kid at tail end of elementary school.

After unwrapping and uncorking the virgin bottle, he produced some glencairns, and we proceeded with a ceremony of sniffs, clinks and sips.

It was perfect.

The setting couldn’t have been more drab. A dirt parking lot on a cold, dark night is hardly ideal. But as we explored the whisky and tried not to shiver it out of our glasses, the moment was nothing less than Magnificent.

Good people are funny like that… allegedly.

~ The Magnificent Bastard

Let's Face it - You're A Bastard.
I Know It, You Know It.

But are you a Magnificent Bastard?

In this video, Rex and Daniel talk about The Whiskey Tribe - a big, salty and ridiculous community of whisk(e)y loving MB's. They've raised a whiskey freak-flag...

Is your inner bastard Magnificent enough to salute?

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Crowded Barrel Glencairn

A glistening new weapon enters the fray!

This Crowded Barrel glencairn offers 2 unique battle forms. First, your whisk(e)y spirit bear swirls up and perches atop the glass as it’s filled with a delicious offering.

Once lifted and tilted back, the stakes are quickly raised on this crystalline battleground. In a flash, your whisk(e)y spirit eagle takes the high ground, and the hard won whisk(e)y is poured into your moochy face hole.

Steel yourself, MB. The battle is eternal, and this glass is prepared to slay many whisk(e)ys.
Ian Piggott is our unofficial whiskey article curator. Basically he posts a bunch of great whiskey article links in the Facebook group, and we go steal them and post them in the newsletter. Thanks Ian :-)

[+] Watch Out Scotland—England is Now Making Whisky!

It’s hard to sell," the importer told me, "not because of its quality but…well…it’s English and people here can’t get their heads around that."

That conversation about English whisky took place close to a decade ago. Since then drinkers have embraced whiskies made around the world (care for a dram of the Swedish Mackmyra or the Indian Amrut?). Maybe Scotland casts too big of a shadow but come on… England? That has always seemed a step too far…


[+] First Look: The Scotch Malt Whisky Society On Bath Street

The Scotch Malt Whisky Society new Members Room has now opened on Bath Street. Local comedians and musicians took to the stage to host an evening of whisky and warm welcomes to launch the venue…


[+] A New Breed Of Whiskey Distiller

As 2019 drew to a close and 2020 loomed on the horizon, the future of distilling has never looked brighter, with Scotland’s first rye whisk(e)y being produced near Arbroath and an explosion of Scottish distilleries appearing across the land.

What 2020 holds for the Scottish industry is a question on everyone’s mind. With Scotch whisky established as a global product, the opening of the Johnny Walker centre in Edinburgh could be seen as ‘big whisky’ making sure it isn’t forgotten…

Where We're Going
+ How We'll Get There

There's a Magnificent Future being prepared for your Whiskey Tribe. We're aiming for piles of glory, meetups, quests, and a... sshh...


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