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The Whiskey Goldmine One Year In: Random Thoughts from Our First Anniversary

Logo WG 1500 white 300x293 The Whiskey Goldmine One Year In: Random Thoughts from Our First AnniversaryThe Whiskey Goldmine: Like Catching Lighting in a Haystack

By Matt Goldstein

From whiskey to vodka, cuisine and history, Boardwalk Empire, top 10 lists and pop culture, the Whiskey Goldmine has covered a lot of subjects over the past year.  Craft beer, wine and bubbly, serial killers, dictators, cigars, movies and music, we have created a web site with no boundaries, no rules.  The only thing that we really try to do is bring our readers new information that they won’t find anywhere else.  We want to bring our readers original content, make them think, laugh and enjoy a drink with friends.  After all, what’s better than enjoying a drink with friends?

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The Whiskey Goldmine Logo

As you can see, our logo is a glass of whiskey with ice in it.  Awesome right?  Well, does the Pope shit in the woods?

The funny thing is that we never put our whiskey on ice.  Never!  Always drink whiskey neat.  First, the ice waters down the whiskey which ruins the flavor.  A middle shelf single malt is aged for 12 years in order to get a specific flavor, why change or ruin that perfectly painstakingly unique flavor?  A drop or two of water to open up the single malt is all that’s needed.  Second, cold temperature also masks the true flavor of a whiskey, be it bourbon, rye, Scotch whiskey, Irish whiskey, whatever.  Just get rid of the ice and man up.

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bushmills 21 yo single malt 111111 300x300 The Whiskey Goldmine One Year In: Random Thoughts from Our First AnniversarySmooth is Not Always Better

After trying every whiskey, vodka, tequila, cognac and spirit we could get our hands on, it’s blatantly obvious that smooth is not always better.  In fact, the smoother the whiskey or vodka, the less good it is.  Many flavors of the spirit are in the finish and the bite, especially with vodka.  Since vodka is so thin, most of the flavor is in the finish.  The smoother the vodka, the less character there is.

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Our Top 10 Lists are Scientific Fact!

Listen, don’t try to argue with our top 10 lists.  They’re amazing, correct and scientific.  Shut your mouth.

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Founders Imperial Stout 300x218 The Whiskey Goldmine One Year In: Random Thoughts from Our First AnniversaryThe Original Mission of Whiskey Goldmine

The idea behind the website was to promote American spirits, wines and craft beers.  When the economy tanked, I started to feel guilty that I had never bought an American car so I thought, what better way to promote America than our craft beer, wines, whiskeys and vodka’s.  The more and more we began to actually create the web site the more I thought that American products would be too narrow of a subject matter.  So I did what any logical person would do, I just bought a Cadillac.  Problem solved.  Now we can discuss German Beers, Scotch whiskey, Irish whiskey, Russian Vodkas and Sake.

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egg pizza 207x300 The Whiskey Goldmine One Year In: Random Thoughts from Our First AnniversaryNot an Expert…

When I was recently speaking to a friend/family member in some random setting that involved a lot of alcohol, I stated that “I had no idea what I was doing.”  This random unnamed person told me to always act like I know what I’m doing, no matter what.  This was bad advice.  Sometimes the beauty in the truth is the evident flaws in our selves.  Although I am a badass at making drinks, I don’t always know what I’m doing.  I’m not actually an expert in whiskey.  Even though I started a web site called Whiskey Goldmine, it’s not even actually about whiskey.  I’m not an expert in any of these subjects, but I’m going to bring the experts to you.  From chefs to sommeliers, brewers, historians, master distillers and grill masters, the Whiskey Goldmine does its best to bring you information that will create connoisseurs one click at a time.

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Craft Beer Makes You Fat!

Sorry beer geeks, but the truth is the truth, craft beer makes you fat.  I love all crafts from IPA’s to barleywines, dopplebock’s, porters and stoudts, but since starting this web site I blew up like a fattie from tasting all of the craft beer I could get my hands on.  Recently, I’ve found myself sucking down Miller Lite’s, Amstell Lights and Yuengling Lights.  Sacrilege I know, but it’s not your beer gut you need to worry about.  Plus, I’m not giving up potato chips.

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carlos the jackal movie ilich ramirez sanchez terrorist 212x300 The Whiskey Goldmine One Year In: Random Thoughts from Our First AnniversaryOur Most Popular Articles

One would be surprised at our most popular articles because their certainly not about whiskey.  Well, one Jack Daniels article is very popular but that’s more because of the pictures than anything.  Our most popular articles are about Boardwalk Empire and prohibition history, gangster timelines, crazy drinking stories about Henry the 8th, Napoleon, Stalin, serial killers and Huey P. Newton.  Why you ask?  Well, more people Google historical figures than vodkas.  Trust us!  There is no doubt about it.  We’re going to bring our viewers more historical articles but it takes time to create.  Tasting notes on beer and whiskey is easy work.  “This tastes is good, this is bad,” blah blah blah.  Nothing original or impessive there eh?  Actually, both the drinking studies and the historical studies took me all my life to get here and I still have no idea what I’m doing.

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Part 2 of Random Thoughts coming soon, for now I’d like to think my team.

Special thanks to all of those who helped start and contribute to Whiskey Goldmine.  Webmasters Doug Walters and Carolynn Chapman, Senior Editor Tim Rodgers, Senior Foodie Pat Smith, Sommelier Tom Pittakas, Craft Beer specialist Jeremy Thomson, Chef Joe Bombartito, Grill Master Larry Kay, Cigar Afficianado Haroon Mhitar, Kevin Hussey, Eric Duncan, Paul Reiter and my dad, Howard Goldstein.  And a special thanks to all of the distilleries who sent me bottles of liquor.  Keep it coming…  We’re just getting started so here’s to another year.

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11 comments to The Whiskey Goldmine One Year In: Random Thoughts from Our First Anniversary

  • Tim Rodgers

    If you’re still drinking Miller Lite its not showing. I’d rather be fat and taste my beer.

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    Matt Goldstein Reply:

    MF’er! I just lost 17 lbs. LOL (minimal amount of craft beer.) Forget you and your hoity toity pale ales. Thinkin your all better than us lite beer drinkers.

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  • BOOMER

    Congrats on the year— I have to say, your peice on the beer shower was riveting and captured the escence elegantly…

    Keep up the good work.

    Boomer

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    Matt Goldstein Reply:

    Boomer, I almost pee’d myself reading the shower beer piece. All time classic.

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  • BERNIE SMITH

    KEEP UP THE GOOD WORK. VERY ENTERTAAINING

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    Matt Goldstein Reply:

    Thanks Bernie! Keep coming back… I promise to get BJ really drunk off of all the extra whiskey and vodka that I have. :)

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    BERNIE SMITH Reply:

    DON’T FORGET ME

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  • Susan

    Congratulation! Keep up the great writing.

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  • Kevin

    Congrats bro! Can’t believe you’ve been at it for 1 year already! At least you’ll always be able to remind me when my wedding anniversary is too lol! I recognize that Bushmills bottle, but I never got to see it with the whiskey in it!

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    Matt Goldstein Reply:

    You didn’t get to taste the Bushmills? WHAT??? I’m officially blaming Eric Duncan. Freakin jerk.

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  • Matt Goldstein

    350 articles later… Hard work baby.

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