Above is the cell phone history for my wife and me.  The pictures have an embedded link that take you to a mobile phone timeline website that is nifty for phone nerds.

I started out the journey with a Nokia 5165 “candy bar” style phone in college and it did the job (I think it even had that cool Snake game).  I picked up the LG VX6000 in 2003, which was around the time I finished school – it was a cool flip phone with a great screen and good battery life.  My wife was using an LG VX3200 when I met her in 2007.  The VX6000 lasted me 3 years, and then I picked up the VX8300 in 2006, which was a a much-improved version of the VX6000.  The VX8300 looked better and had decent EV-DO 3G speeds along with external music control buttons.  My wife liked my VX8300 and picked up the VX8350 for herself after she met me.


By 2008 I wanted to try a touchscreen phone but I wasn’t quite ready to jump up to a smart phone.  The LG Dare (VX9700) did the trick at the time, with a fast EV-DO Rev. A speeds and a touchscreen.  The Dare had a decent camera and fun design, but the lack of true apps and the resistive screen eventually pushed me to a real smartphone platform.


In 2010 I made the smartphone jump and I went with the Palm Pre Plus.  The minimalistic and intuitive design of webOS coupled with the great keyboard sold me over the iPhone, BlackBerry and Android.  I still appreciate the multi-tasking capability and fun UI of webOS – it was ahead of its time and only recently have Microsoft and Apple caught up with some of the features.  I’ve held onto my HP TouchPad with webOS 3 and still use it even though I’ve loaded Android KitKat on it.  My wife also enjoyed my webOS phone, and I found her a Palm Pixi Plus, which was somewhat slower and had a smaller screen, but had an even better keyboard than my Pre Plus.  My wife stuck with webOS longer than me, and I bought her the Palm Pre 2 in 2012 – that phone was really what the Palm Pre Plus should have been.  It’s fast, has a great screen and keyboard, and webOS 2 was even more intuitive than the original version.


I wanted to try the new Android Ice Cream Sandwich OS, as I had experience with Froyo and Gingerbread via a hacked Nook Color.  I picked up the Samsung Galaxy Nexus along with an extended battery.  I really appreciated the more robust app market of Android, along with the large screen my first taste of 4G speeds.  Although Android had come a long way with ICS, I still felt the UI was clunkier than webOS, and the battery life on my unit was inconsistent at best (yes I installed the extended battery).  After playing around with an HTC Trophy running Windows Phone 7.8 last year I really started to like the Modern UI (formerly known as Metro) and so did my wife.  So this year I picked up the Nokia Lumia 928 for myself and an HTC 8X for her.  The Lumia is too large for my wife’s hands and not as comfortable to hold.  The HTC is a sleeker phone but the camera was much weaker than the Lumia.  Both phones work very well and are easy to use.  I’ve loaded the 8.1 developers’ preview on both models and they are even more competitive.  The next model in my eyes is the Lumia Icon, but the next upgrade is a ways out and things change so rapidly in this industry.

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Computer Journey and Ode to My Grandpa

In my home the first PC we had was an IBM PC Jr, which we received as a gift from a friend (or an enemy, depending on one’s perspective).  I used it to learn BASIC programming, my mom used the odd document-creation application and my sisters and I played a strange puzzle game called Shamus.  I was already familiar with computers because my school had Apple IIe and IIc machines everywhere, and we would use them daily in the computer lab.  We also had a couple of Macs in the classroom and we would sometimes play games like Number Crunchers, SimCity, Oregon Trail and Ultima IV (my favorite).  Later I experienced something amazing when the school obtained a CD-ROM, which somehow managed to fit an entire encyclopedia onto several shiny discs.  It seems almost magical that my grandpa’s 2 shelves full of encyclopedias could fit onto a 120mm disc that was no thicker than a quarter.  It even featured videos and I can still recall watching the tragic video of the Hindenburg disaster in awe.

I grew up with an Atari 2600, a NES and a Super NES.  One summer my friend starting talking about a new computer game called Doom that was intense and violent and scary, so of course I had to look into it!  I had already seen a similar game called Wolfenstein 3D and had been fascinated by the concept of first-person shooters.  I talked to my grandpa about buying a new computer for the family (I neglected to mention the fact that I was going to use the machine for violent video games), and I even offered to use my birthday present to double the RAM.  We built a 486DX4/100 system based on a SiS chipset with 16MB of EDO RAM.  I later upgraded this to 32MB and finally 64MB of RAM.  The video card was an S3 Trio64V+ with 4MB of RAM and we also installed a SoundBlaster AWE64 Gold.  I believe the hard drive was a Western Digital drive with less than a single gigabyte of storage, and we also added an Adaptec SCSI card along with a Plextor SCSI CD-ROM.  For communication we started with my grandpa’s 2.4k modem, which I later upgraded to a 14.4k modem, then a 33.6k and finally a 56k V.92/V.44 modem.  The OS was MS-DOS 6.0, and we also installed Windows for Workgroups 3.11 (which is what my grandpa was running at work); finally we installed MS-DOS 6.22 and this computer lasted me until I went to college in 1999!  It ran Doom, Doom II and even Quake (though my next system finally did that game justice).

As I was heading off to college my grandpa and I built our own computers and gave the old 486 to the Senior Center (where it still may be in service today).  I saved up for a long time and built myself a solid machine that lasted over 4 years (OS was Windows 95OSR2.5, upgraded to Windows 98SE):

Sony GDM-F500R Monitor (amazing 21” Sony CRT, connected via BNC)

Addtronics 7896A Case with PC Power & Cooling 350 power supply and Panaflo fans

Abit BH6 Motherboard (great for overclocking and very reliable – it still works today)

Intel Celeron 300A @ 450MHz with Alpha P7125 Heatsink (kept things cool)

128MB PC-100 RAM upgraded to 256MB with low latency 2-2-2-6 timings

Matrox Millennium G200 16MB RAM with 3dfx Voodoo2 SLI 24MB RAM

Upgraded to Albatron Ti4200P Turbo 128MB RAM @ 300/675

Sigma Design Hollywood Plus MPEG2 Decoder (required for DVD playback at the time)

Creative Sound Blaster Live! soundcard (good sound but had major driver issues)

Adaptec 19160 Ultra160 SCSI card (a critical item at the time)

Iomega Zip250 SCSI (discs started to go bad after 3 years)

Kenwood TrueX 72 IDE CD-ROM (failed within 2 years)

Pioneer DVD-U05S SCSI DVD-ROM (failed within 3 years)

Plextor PX- 40TSi SCSI CD-ROM (still the best for digital audio extraction)

Plextor PX-W1210TS SCSI CD-RW (still works, but I haven’t burned a CD in 10 years…)

Toshiba SD-M1712 IDE DVD-ROM (this still runs)

Quantum Atlas 10k 18.2GB QM318200TN-LW SCSI (fast/reliable drive, but it’s LOUD)

IBM Deskstar 75GXP 75GB (failed spectacularly, like most “Deathstars”)

***This experience taught me the value of backups and redundancy***

This following is Grandpa’s build (he liked to use what he ran at work, which was Windows NT4.0 SP6A, then Windows 2000 SP4 and finally Windows XP SP3):

Sony GDM-F520 Monitor (amazing 21” Sony CRT, connected via BNC)

Antec PP1080AMG with Antec True430 (very functional case with quiet power supply)

Asus P3B-F (very reliable motherboard with effortless overclocking capability)

Intel Pentium III 600E @ 800MHz with Alpha PEP66 Heatsink (cool and quiet)

256MB PC-133 RAM upgraded to 512MB (tons of RAM, but he was always a power user)

Matrox Millennium G400 32MB RAM (he didn’t game so this was a great card for him)

Creative Sound Blaster Audigy 2 ZS (great-sounding card that finally had OK drivers)

Asus S520/A 52X CD-ROM (fast CD-ROM that was great at digital audio extraction)

Samsung SM-352BRNS CD-RW/DVD-ROM (a fine multi-purpose drive)

Teac CD-W540E CD-RW (reliable CD burner that still works today)

Seagate Barracuda IV 40GB (quiet, reliable drive where the OS and applications lived)

2x Western Digital WD2000JB in RAID1 (his data resided on this mirrored array)

After college I wanted to build another system that would last me for another 4-5 years but was also affordable since I was just starting out in my career (I installed Windows XP on this machine):

Sony GDM-FW900 24” and Sony GDM-F500R 21” monitors (both connected via BNC)

Antec Sonata (quiet enclosure when used w/Nexus 120mm fans and a quiet power supply)

Abit NF7-S Rev 2 (very reliable and overclockable mobo that is still used by my grandma)

AMD AthlonXP-M 2200+ @ 2.50GHz (mobile Barton CPUs were terrific overclockers)

Thermalright SLK-800A (all-copper heatsink was heavy and effective)

ATI Radeon 9800 Pro Sapphire Ultimate 128MB RAM (a wonderful , fan-less videocard)

Chaintech AV-710 soundcard w/Envy24 & Wolfson DAC (not made by Creative)

1GB PC-3200 RAM upgraded to 2GB (ran with 2-2-2-11 timings)

Plextor PX-760A DVD-RW (still works)

Plextor PX-Premium 52X CD-RW (still works)

Yamaha CRW-F1 CD-RW (failed after 3 years)

Western Digital Raptor WD740GD 74GB (faster and much quieter than my old 10K SCSI)

2x Western Digital RE WD400YR 400GB in RAID1 (this was a LOT of data back then…)

Current System:  Windows 7 SP1

Sony GDM-FW900 (sold and upgraded to 2x Dell U2412M last year)

Antec P180 (with 2 Noctua NF-S12A ULN fans)

Abit IP35 Pro (a wonderful motherboard that makes me lament Abit’s passing)

Intel Q6600 G0 @ 3.60GHz (an easy overclock with this CPU, motherboard and heatsink)

Thermalright Ultra120 Extreme heatsink topped with a Noctua NF-F12 PWM fan)

4GB PC2-6400 RAM (upgraded to 8GB)

Gigabyte nVidia 8800GT 512MB (upgraded to AMD 6950 @ 900/1500 & 1536 shaders)

Benchmark DAC1-USB (sounds great with my speakers and headphones)

LG GGC-H20L Blu-ray/HD DVD-ROM (plays Blu-rays and HD DVD discs)

Plextor PX-760A DVD-RW (very reliable and still works)

Plextor PX-Premium 52X CD-RW (very reliable and still works)

Western Digital WD3000HLFS 300GB (upgraded to Samsung 840 EVO 512GB SSD)

2x Western Digital WD10EADS 1TB in RAID1 (upgraded to 2x WD20EARS 2TB in RAID1)

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NAS Update

I received some questions regarding the NAS info I posted a while back so here is the latest status of my home servers and NAS units.

Main NAS/Home Server:

HP EX490 running Windows Home Server 2011

Upgraded WHS v 1.0 to WHS2011 (overall better for my uses)

Upgraded CPU from Celeron to E8400 (dual-core with low TDP)

Upgraded 2GB RAM to 4GB RAM (max supported by this hardware)

Upgraded HDs to 4x WD20EFRX (2TB WD Red Drives)

This unit needs a powerful CPU as it backs up all of the machines daily, functions as a web page server and remote data server, as well as the main data storage server.  It also transcodes on occasion.  It seems to use at most 3-3.5GB of RAM but on average 2GB, so the 4GB upgrade is helpful but not necessary.

The second server is a new build.  I bought an HP N40L with plans to upgrade from the EX490, but after I upgraded the CPU in the EX490 I realized how much slower the N40L was at the same tasks in Windows Home Server.  I put the N40L on ice for a bit.  Recently I re-discovered FreeNAS and it seems the N40L is made for it!  The N40L has 5 HD spots once the BIOS is hacked (4 drive slots and the OD slot which is perfect for an SSD for use as a L2ARC drive to speed up read access).  The N40L also has an internal USB slot which is perfect for the FreeNAS OS stick.  In addition it also supports up to 16GB of RAM – I installed 8GB of ECC RAM from Crucial (which is plenty for my RAIDZ2 configuration of 4x WD30EFRX 3TB Red drives).  The FreeNAS x64 system with ZFS doesn’t require a super-fast processor but it does LOVE RAM and fast hard drives – this NAS now backs up the WHS server’s data and I stress the fact that ECC RAM should be used with a ZFS system. Some helpful FreeNAS/ZFS links:






UPDATE: I encountered some issues with FreeNAS and inconsistent transfer performance via CIFS.  I am testing NAS4FREE to see if that fares better with my hardware – so far I see that NAS4FREE is more complex to set up, but it seems to offer more options and perform more smoothly with my HP N40L.  However, I cannot get the transfer rates to match the peformance of FreeNAS (which I thought were poor compared to my WHS unit).  I was glad to try FreeNAS first, as the setup was more automated and it allowed me to get familiar with BSD terminology – without that experience NAS4FREE would have been an even more challenging install/setup.  Now I am going to try using Windows 7 Pro as a file server and then return to FreeNAS if Windows proves similarly poor in transfer performance, since that would point to a hardware/network architecture issue.

My lowly ReadyNAS NV unit is still here, and it still works well with reliability and adequate performance.  It now functions as a monthly backup for the other servers.  It’s running the latest 4.1.13 firmware and the 4x WD20EFRX 2TB Red drives have performed flawlessly.  I recently replaced the power supply and have a spare one ready to go so I should be set for a while.  The ReadyNAS NV is limited to about 45MB/s transfer which is less than half of what I see from the WHS and FreeNAS machines so I can’t use it for any serious needs – I’ll find a job for it that requires reliability rather than performance.

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Home Theater

In late 2005 I built my first real home theater system (or what I could afford at the time) – I had just landed my first real job and felt like treating myself. It consisted of my trusty Sony KD-34XS955 Superfine Pitch CRT that I purchased open-box for $600, my Oppo OPDV-971H upscaling DVD player ($200), Kenwood VRS-7100 receiver ($175) and Onix Reference 1 bookshelf speakers (a gift from a friend).  For under a grand I was in heaven, enjoying up-scaled DVDs and Hi-Def TV courtesy of my CableCard and ATSC antenna (the TV can switch to both inputs easily).

When I moved into my first home in late 2009 I felt like it was time for an upgrade.  I found a super deal on the Onkyo PR-SC885 pre-amp/processor ($500!!) and purchased Oppo’s first Blu-ray player (BDP-83 for $500).  I also purchased an Emotiva XPA-5 to power the Onix Reference 1 speakers.  At the time a local fellow sold his Thiel CS2.3 speakers to me for $1200 and so I also purchased an XPA-2 to power those beasts.  The final piece came together when I randomly searched Craiglist one day for the keyword “Kuro.”  This connected me to an official Pioneer dealer that was selling his Kuro Elite PRO-101FD (brand new) for $2000.  It seemed too good to be true but I could not resist at that price.  My theater was finally complete (well, I added a Veloydyne Sub/EQ system shortly after).

In late 2013 I felt like it was time for another upgrade.  I hired D-nice to calibrate my Kuro and ensure my system was in tip-top shape.  I also added the BDP-103D to my collection ($600), as the Darbee processing enhances movies and really improves my Xbox 360 games.  I’m keeping the BDP-83 due to its tremendous DVD up-scaling skills.  I also upgraded to the latest Onkyo PR-SC5509 processor to take advantage of the latest Audyssey MultEQ XT32 room correction and improved audio DACs – wow did it take my system to a whole new level of awesomeness.  Here’s hoping for affordable 4K OLED in 2017/2018 and a home version of Dolby Atmos. 🙂

I’ll add some photos shortly

Left Rack (Top to Bottom):

Oppo BDP-103D (Blu-ray player with VRS and Darbee chips)

Oppo BDP-83 (Blu-ray player with excellent ABT chip)

Toshiba HD-XA2 (HD DVD player with HQV Reon chip)

Toshiba HD-A35 (HD DVD player with basic ABT chip)


Right Rack (Top to Bottom):

Xbox 360S for gaming and Windows Media Center Extender

Onkyo PR-SC5509 (was PR-SC885 & Velodyne SMS-1 – new PR-SC5509 has Audyssey XT32 which is a superior solution)

Monster HTPS 7000 MkII balanced power conditioner

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My ReadyNAS Journey

Since I recently upgraded my ReadyNAS NV NAS I thought I would walk through my ownership of the unit so those fellow nerds can bask in the nerdy glow of nerd-talk…

I started with the Infrant ReadyNAS NV disk-less unit in April 2006.  Infrant was later bought by Netgear; the support quality has not wavered in my experience and they have continually issued firmware updates for the device for over years.  Several years ago I moved to an HP EX490 WHS as my NAS of choice, and just last month I migrated that server to the newer WHS 2011 (and now it Windows Server 2012 R2 Essentials).  The ReadyNAS NV has been relegated to archival duties (backing up the main server), as 40MB/s doesn’t compare to 120MB/s that I achieve with my WHS.  It turns itself on for backups and then shuts itself off; I removed any DNS information so the ReadyNAS is strictly aa LAN-locked device.  Below is the ReadyNAS NV journey:

  • Purchased disk-less ReadyNAS NV unit (RNV1-S2-0000) in April 2006.
  • Installed 4 RE2 WD4000YR 400GB Enterprise drives immediately
  • Installed 1GB DDR333 RAM w/CL2-2-2-6 timings to replace failed 256MB CL3 SO-DIMM – free under warranty (2007)
  • Installed new fan-less PSU after original PSU failed – this was a free, under-warranty replacement (Feb 2008)
  • Backed up all data onto 2TB external drive
  • Installed RAIDiator 4 to allow use of 1TB drives & performed factory reset (Feb 2008)
  • Installed 4 RE3 WD1002FBYS 1TB Enterprise drives (December 2008)
  • Installed Noctua NF-B9 fan after original fan failed (2010)
  • Backed up all data onto 2TB external drive
  • Installed new RAIDiator 4.1.7 to allow 4K sector drives & performed factory reset (January 2011)
  • Installed 4 RED WD20EFRX 2TB drives (October 2012)
  • Installed RAIDiator 4.1.10 (November 2012)
  • Installed RAIDiator 4.1.13 (December 2013)
  • Installed RAIDiator 4.1.14 (November 2014)
  • Installed RAIDiator 4.1.15 (September 2016)
  • Installed RAIDiator 4.1.16 (September 2017) – Final Update per Netgear

Other than service-life disk replacements this is probably the end of the line for the ReadyNAS – considering it has been running 24/7 for nearly 10 years that is quite a feat. With the fan-less PSU, Noctua fan replacement and WD Red drives this unit is practically silent – it just sits in the corner offering 5.5+TB while operating around 30°C. That’s quite impressive if you ask me.  It’s not the fastest unit (especially compared to today’s NAS units) but it sure has been reliable for me.  My main centralized storage is now the HP EX490 running Windows Server 2012 R2 Essentials (with 4GB RAM, E8400 CPU and 4 WD RED WD20EFRX 2TB drives), but the ReadyNAS NV functions as a terrific backup NAS for the HP server; its limitations are capacity, speed and power usage.

Someone asked me what the keys were to running the unit for over 11 years 24/7.  The following steps were taken to ensure long-lasting performance & data reliability:

  1. Always use hardware that is officially approved on the Compatibility List:


  • All the hard drives I selected were on this list and also featured Rotation Vibration Safeguard, which reduces vibrations and can lead to prolonged life of hard disk drives.
  • Even the RAM I selected was on the approved hardware list (after-market RAM upgrades are no longer officially supported).

2.  Back-up regularly: while a RAID5 NAS is fault-tolerant up to a single failure, what happens when there are multiple failures? It’s happened to me and I’ve learned the hard way.  Fault-tolerant doesn’t protect against accidental file deletions or corruptions either.  My WHS unit backs itself up twice a day, then backs up to the ReadyNAS every week, which itself backs up its data to an external drive every month (which is then stored off-site).

3.  Maintain the unit:

  • Every few months I will clean the unit out with compressed air
  • I also review the drive SMART data to note any oddities (Multi Zone Error Rates, ATA Error Counts, etc.) to determine if a drive needs to be replaced soon.
  • Stay current with firmware (ReadyNAS updates are called RAIDiator updates), but not on the bleeding edge; I always wait a month or two prior to loading the latest firmware unless there is a critical need to update.  This way any bugs that slipped through will have been identified and corrected.

I know the above sounds pretty regimented but it doesn’t have to be exact – as long as the unit is backed-up regularly and the hardware is officially sanctioned the issues one faces should be minimal.

ReadyNAS_System ReadyNAS_Health


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Mo’ Bourbon!

On the advice of a wise commentator I found a good deal on a Blanton’s Single Barrel (CostCo) and was pleased with its flavor and finish.  It is the smoothest whiskey in my collection and the only one my wife can actually enjoy with me.  I also picked up some Woodford Reserve and found it played well among the big boys – it was sweet and somewhat complex but it didn’t knock me out for the price.  Still, for what I paid I felt like I got a good deal.  I also picked up some Jim Beam Devil’s Cut, which I wanted to compare against the Jim Beam Black that I enjoyed in the last comparison.  I still prefer the somewhat more complex flavor and nose of the Black, but the Devil’s Cut is more powerful  if less delicate.  I could see someone preferring one to the other depending on one’s palette.  Since the Black is usually less in my area that’s another plus.  Here are my revised ratings:

1. Knob Creek Single Barrel Reserve: still #1, but you’ll pay for it (worth it)!

2. Elijah Craig 12 year old: for the price there is nothing finer, IMHO – I could not locate the 18-year old for a reasonable price, but several folks I trust told me the older brother is a crap-shoot in terms of consistency

3. Blanton’s Single Barrel Bourbon: smooth, flavorful with a great finish.  Slightly lacking in complexity compared to the ones above but I understand why this is some folks’ favorite

4. Knob Creek: still a favorite, but I’ve noticed it creeping up in price over the years

5. Maker’s 46: I spent a lot more time with this one – it has potential to be even better but after several sips it can become fatiguing

6. Jack Daniel’s Single Barrel Select: still a very nice bourbon and the best JD I’ve ever tasted

7. Maker’s Mark: a classic and a good drink – this one’s an old favorite but the 46 is the one for me (the same character as this one just better)

8. Kirkland Premium Small Batch: I dropped this one a couple notches; it just lacks complexity and a strong enough finish to compete with the lads above.  It’s still a great deal, however, but over time I realized it’s not for me

9. Bulleit Bourbon: I dropped this below Maker’s Mark after some extended time with it – not my cup o’ bourbon…

10. Jim Beam Black Double Aged: still a screaming deal and much better than the lower-end JDs, IMHO

11. Jim Beam Devil’s Cut: strong but slightly lacking in complexity and finish compared to the Black

12. Gentleman Jack: still disappointing but drinkable nonetheless

13. Jack Daniel’s No. 7: goes well with Coke – ’nuff said

14. Jack Daniel’s Tennessee Honey – no comment

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Bourbon Tastin’

Though I’ve always been a scotch man (since I realized that it is the True Ambrosia), bourbon has always fascinated me. In my humble opinion bourbon rarely achieves the complexity of the finer Scotch Whiskies but there is something alluring and American about bourbon.  Everyone knows good ‘ol Jack Daniel’s or the bar-swill known as “Jack ‘n Coke.”  After I discovered my passion for scotch I also found 3 fine bourbons, from favorite to least favorite:

1. Elijah Craig – deep, rich, complex, leather, spice, very smooth

2. Knob Creek – complex, smooth, leather, tobacco, quite smooth

3. Maker’s Mark – less complex, buttery, sweet, raisins

However, recently I’ve heard good things about the Single Barrel Reserve bourbons so I decided to pick up some of these as well as the staples of the derelict alcoholics, the average bourbons!  What follows is my ranking of these American Classics:

1. Knob Creek Single Barrel Reserve:  powerful yet VERY smooth with a depth and rich complexity – my new favorite

2. Elijah Craig:  finally unseated by the new champ this one is still deep and smooth, if slightly sweet (side note: there is also an Elijah Craig 18 Year Old Bourbon for $50 – this would make it the most expensive but could be the best for my palate’s preferences; perhaps one of these days I’ll treat myself and add it to the bar).

3. Knob Creek:  this one is a classic and comes very close to its more expensive Single Barrel cousin

4. Maker’s 46:  this one surprised me – it is MUCH better than its cheaper sibling, with a leather & spice taste and smooth finish

5. Kirkland Premium Small Batch: the best bang per buck – this one is smooth and deep but not as smooth as the ones above

6. Jack Daniel’s Single Barrel Select:  for the price there are several better choices but this is the most drinkable JD and one that can be savored

7. Bulleit Bourbon:  not my cup of tea, err whiskey, but I can understand why some folks swear by this one – very complex and a strong rye-ish presence

8. Maker’s Mark:  an early favorite of mine, but among such company it fared rather poorly with a weaker taste and a shallower finish – it does wonders with Eggnog or a Manhattan  however

9. Jim Beam Black Double Aged: this is another one that surprised me – much smoother and deeper than the other JDs; a real winner for the price

10. Gentleman Jack: I expected more from this one because of the high price – it turned out to me just an overpriced, slightly smoother JD

11. Jack Daniel’s: well it’s whiskey – this classic goes down OK on its own but can be paired with Coca Cola for a jolly good time

12. Jack Daniel’s Tennessee Honey: tried this one on a lark – tastes like a sweeter JD (maybe it works with certain company, if you get my drift)


I hope you enjoyed this post as much as I enjoyed the “testing.”  Well at least I hope you enjoyed it more than my wife (she doesn’t appreciate fine vices such as this).

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