I hope everyone had a great Christmas break. But I’m back now and we are going to get right down to business. The business of talking about my businesses if you know what I mean.
As a dude who works out of his house, I have many jobs. I make the biggest portion of my money as a freelance graphic designer. I also make things in my garage and sell them (some of the easy to ship ones on BourbonGuyGifts.com). But by far the most fun (and time consuming) of my jobs is as a dog sitter on Rover.com. This year, I had ten dogs in my house on Christmas Day and eight on New Years Eve. It was fabulous.
One of the things I find fascinating about the difference between being a freelancer and being a dog sitter is what happens at Christmas. As a freelancer if there is going to be a holiday gift given, it is usually from me to my clients. Kind of a “thank you for giving me work” sort of thing. I tend to give bottles of bourbon to those that drink. But as a dog sitter, the clients are giving me the gifts. Most of the time it is money. Sometimes it’s supplies such as toys or poop bags or, even once, a dog bed. All of these are greatly appreciated. But by far the nicest gift I got was from the family of the pup that I’ve watched every Thursday since he was six months old. They knew that I like Whiskey and got me the bottle you see above. It wasn’t something that I would have bought for myself. And in my mind, that makes it an even better present.
Purchase info: A lovely Christmas gift from one of my dog sitting clients. This retails in this market in the $50 to $65 range.
Details: 40% ABV.
Nose: Apple, delicate wintergreen, fresh flowers.
Mouth: Nice mouthfeel with green apple, vanilla, and gentle clove-forward backing spices.
Finish: Gentle with lingering spice, toasted coconut, wintergreen and hints of apple.
Thoughts: My goodness, this was a nice gift! She didn’t remember what kind of whiskey I drank and since she is a Jameson drinker, she went Irish. And while I probably wouldn’t have taken the leap to buy this for myself due to Bourbon-centric biases, I am so very happy to have it on my shelf. This fills the same niche for me that many Canadian whiskies do. It is a great change of pace for when I want something a little lighter and more delicate than bourbon. I really like this one.
It has inspired me to actually make a New Year’s Resolution this year. I resolve to be more open to other types of spirits this year, even beyond Whiskey. That means the “My Wandering Eye” series will probably be coming back as well. Here’s to a fun, and tasty, 2019.