How We Got Here!

Let me start off by saying thank you for visiting our site and welcome. This site is a passion project and the culmination of a text thread between four buddies (Matt, James, Casey and Kevin) one faithful Thursday night. The four of us all own Porsche 911’s and met on a rally last year. We instantly became friends and although none of us live close to one another we have stayed in constant contact through our text thread. One evening we were talking about podcasts and how we should have one of our own (stay tuned). I jokingly said that we could call it Whiskey, Watches & Wheels since three of us love whiskey, three of us love watches and all of us love cars. The idea took off like a rocket and 24 hours later our Instagram feed was live. That lead to the creation of this very website and ultimately will lead to a podcast.

So, you may be asking yourself, what is the purpose of this site anyway. Well, I am glad you asked. Initially we plan on using the site for blogging and long form articles on… you guessed it, whiskey, watches, and wheels. The Instagram page is great, but you really must condense your thoughts and often can’t relay everything you would like to the audience. The blog format will give us the ability to do just that. A personal goal of mine would be to offer full, unbiased reviews on the various products we love. So gang, that’s it in a nutshell. I sincerely want to thank you for stopping by and I promise that if you stick around, you will not be disappointed. ~ Matt

Casey's Dad's Hat Rye Whiskey Review!

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Dad's Hat Rye is a Pennsylvania-style rye whiskey that has gained quite a following among whiskey enthusiasts.

Their story, according to their website: Rye whiskey was a particular specialty served at the Mihalich family’s tavern in Monessen, PA. As a child, Dad’s Hat Founder Herman Mihalich lived with his family above the bar, and both his father and grandfather were fond of the all-American spirit. Inspired by a 2006 story about the reemergence of rye, Mihalich, along with his friend John Cooper, would later go on to found Mountain Laurel Spirits in 2011 in Bristol becoming the first Pennsylvania distillery to make rye whiskey since 1990

My particular bottle is their Pre-Prohibition style Rye. Coming in a 95 proof, Im quite fond of it. Especially in an Old Fashion. Its also farm to bottle, locally farmed and produced in Pennsylvania and aged at least 4 years.

The first impression is striking, with a deep amber color. On the nose, aromas of spicy rye, oak, and hints of vanilla. Tasting, Dad's Hat delivers on its aromatic promise. The spicy rye flavors take center stage, complemented by notes of caramel, cinnamon, and a maybe a bit citrus zest. Like when you’re zesting a piece of fish or pasta. The barrel adds depth and a subtle smokiness that rounds out the profile beautifully.

Dad's Hat is super balance. Despite its bold flavors, it maintains a smooth and approachable texture, making it enjoyable both neat and in classic cocktails. The finish is long, leaving behind a lingering Kentucky hug and a desire for another sip.

Overall, Dad's Hat Pre-Prohibition Style Rye is a standout in the world of rye whiskey. It pays homage to tradition while offering a modern twist that appeals to whiskey lovers. Whether sipped slowly to savor its complexities or mixed into a favorite cocktail, this whiskey is sure to please discerning palates. - Casey

1980 Porsche 911 SC Weissach Edition –History

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I recently semi-restored a 1980 Porsche SC 911 but this oone is special so here's some history on the car.
The Porsche 911SC Weissach edition, produced in 1980 for the American market, holds a special place in Porsche's history as a tribute to the Porsche Motorsport team based in Weissach, Germany. Here are the key features and specifications of this limited edition model:

1. **Production**: 468 units were produced, exclusively for the American market.
2. **Exterior**: The Weissach edition was available in two special paint options: Metallic Black and Platinum Metallic.
3. **Interior**: The interiors were adorned with Doric Grey leather, featuring burgundy piping for an elegant touch.
4. **Body and Mechanical Specs**:
- Flexible lip on the front air dam
- Whale tail rear spoiler
- Bilstein dampers
- Fuchs wheels, painted 'platinum' metallic, with Platinum Metallic painted centers
- Fitted with Pirelli CN30 Tires
- Comparable features with the Sport Group package
- All models equipped with a flexible chin on the front air dam and whale tail rear spoiler
5. **Performance**: The 911SC Weissach edition had normally aspirated engines, similar to the regular SC models, offering reliable and exhilarating performance.
6. **Price**: The Weissach edition was sold at a premium price of $32,000, reflecting its exclusivity and special features.
7. **Collector's Item**: Upon its release, the Weissach edition immediately became a collector's item, sought after by enthusiasts for its unique combination of features and limited production numbers.
8. **Current Status**: Even today, the Weissach Edition 911s are highly sought after as classic cars, cherished by collectors for their historical significance and distinctive styling.
Overall, the Porsche 911SC Weissach edition stands as a timeless tribute to Porsche's racing heritage and continues to captivate enthusiasts with its blend of performance, luxury, and exclusivity. - Kevin

Hidden Gems: Old Grand-Dad 114

Hidden Gems: Old Grand-Dad 114

Old Grand-Dad 114, a bourbon bearing the iconic name of Basil Hayden, is a powerhouse in the world of “value” and “cheap” bourbon hunters. Renowned for its high proof and distinctive high-rye mash bill, this bourbon has garnered a dedicated following among enthusiasts seeking a cheap, bold and flavorful experience.
Pouring Old Grand-Dad 114 into a glass reveals a rich, amber hue. Great legs, clinging to the glass, hinting at its full-bodied nature. It's a warm a good introduction.
Upon nosing, the bourbon presents several of aromas. Caramel and vanilla take center, classic bourbon nose. Beneath the sweetness, there's a subtle spiciness, a nod to the higher rye content in the mash bill. Oak notes add some depth, not super complex, but it tries.
The initial burst of sweetness, very much brown sugar and toffee, is accompanied by a robust warmth that quickly blankets the palate. The high proof is evident, yet decently balanced, allowing the flavors to unfold gradually. The rye spice asserts itself, adding a layer of complexity that keeps it somewhat interesting.
As the bourbon progresses across the palate, the spiciness becomes more pronounced. A subtle hint of cinnamon emerges , creating a dynamic interplay between sweetness and spice. The mouthfeel is full-bodied and satisfying, a testament to the Jim Beam process.
Old Grand-Dad 114's finish is long and lingering. The Kentucky hug persists, accompanied by a combination of sweet and spicy notes. Oak tannins make an appearance, adding a touch of dryness.
Old Grand-Dad 114 is decent bourbon. Most chase it looking for the “Best of the bottom shelf.” Its not the most complex, its not the greatest. But for those that think Basil Hayden is great bourbon, OGD114 is probably something you covet as well. For the rest of us, its fine. I think it goes for around 30 bucks. There are several others that I would choose over this at that price level, but if you have a collection, this should be in it. - Casey


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Hidden Gems: Blade and Bow Bourbon

In the world of bourbons, where craftsmanship meets tradition, one name stands out with a distinguished allure – Blade and Bow. Well, not really Blade and Bow, but the historic distillery that it comes from: Stitzel-Weller. This exquisite bourbon brand has earned its place among connoisseurs and enthusiasts alike, weaving together a tapestry of flavors that tell a story of dedication, heritage, and passion.

Blade and Bow bourbon draws its inspiration from the legendary Stitzel-Weller Distillery, a hallowed ground in the bourbon world. Established in 1935 in Louisville, Kentucky, the Stitzel-Weller Distillery quickly became synonymous with premium bourbon craftsmanship. It was the birthplace of iconic brands and the nurturing ground for unparalleled expertise in the art of distillation.

The name "Blade and Bow" itself pays homage to the five keys that once hung on the door of the Stitzel-Weller Distillery. These keys represent the five steps of crafting bourbon: grains, yeast, fermentation, distillation, and aging. Each key symbolizes a crucial aspect of the process that culminates in the creation of a masterpiece bourbon.

Blade and Bow bourbon attempts to distinguishes itself through a meticulous crafting process, upholding the highest standards of quality. From the selection of grains to the final aging in charred American White oak barrels, every step is a testament to the brand's commitment to excellence.

Key 1. Blade and Bow begins with a blend of corn, rye, and malted barley, carefully chosen to create a well-balanced flavor profile.

Key 2. The distillation process at Blade and Bow is a harmonious dance of tradition and innovation, resulting in a spirit that captures the essence of its heritage.

Key 3. The fermentation process is closely monitored to ensure the development of rich and complex flavors. Blade and Bow takes pride in the art of fermentation, a stage where the magic truly begins.

Key 4. The bourbon is patiently aged in charred American oak barrels, allowing it to absorb the distinct characteristics of the wood and develop a deep, nuanced flavor.

Key 5. The blend. Blade and Bow is using the Solera method to obtain an older profile than would be achieved otherwise.

(These are my 5 keys, not the Stitzel-Weller 5 keys. Which are grains, yeast, fermentation, distillation, and aging.)

As you raise the glass to your lips, you are greeted by a nose that hints at vanilla, caramel, and a subtle touch of spice. The palate is very flavorful, with notes of dried fruit, toffee, and a gentle Kentucky hug that lingers, leaving a lasting impression.

One of my favorite parts of a bourbon is its finish, and Blade and Bow delivers an great conclusion to the experience. The finish is long and satisfying, with a perfect balance of sweetness and spice, leaving you with a desire to savor the moment. - Casey

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Seiko 6138-8030 "John Players Special"

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Lotus Formula One Team

Title: Seiko 6138-8030 "John Player Special": A Timepiece That Races Through History


In the world of horology, certain timepieces stand out not only for their precision and craftsmanship but also for the stories they carry. The Seiko 6138-8030, affectionately known as the "John Player Special," is one such watch that seamlessly blends the art of watchmaking with the thrill of motorsports. Inspired by the British tobacco-sponsored Team Lotus Formula One car of the 1970s, this watch has become a symbol of the Daytona Spirit.

The Racing Heritage:
The Seiko 6138-8030 draws its name from the iconic black and gold livery of the John Player Special (JPS) Team Lotus Formula One car. The JPS racing team was a force to be reckoned with during the 1970s, capturing the essence of speed and precision that resonates with the world of high-quality timepieces. The watch pays homage to this racing legacy with its sleek design and bold aesthetics.

Design and Aesthetics:
The dial of the Seiko 6138-8030 immediately captures attention with its black and gold color scheme, mirroring the JPS racing car's iconic appearance. The gold accents on the dial, including the hands and hour markers, exude a luxurious feel, while the sub-dials and tachymeter scale enhance the watch's functionality. The overall design pays tribute to the spirit of racing, reflecting the dynamic and fast-paced nature of motorsports.

Chronograph Functionality:
At the heart of the Seiko 6138-8030 is a robust chronograph movement, showcasing Seiko's commitment to precision and accuracy. The chronograph feature allows the wearer to measure elapsed time with precision, a functionality that aligns seamlessly with the demands of motorsports. Whether timing laps on the racetrack or everyday tasks, the watch's chronograph is a testament to Seiko's dedication to functionality.

Vintage Appeal:
The Seiko 6138-8030 has become a coveted collector's item due to its vintage charm and historical significance. The watch represents an era when Formula One racing was at its zenith, and the JPS Team Lotus was dominating the tracks. The vintage appeal of the watch is heightened by its distinctive cushion-shaped case, giving it a unique and timeless look that transcends trends.

The Seiko 6138-8030 "John Player Special" is more than just a timekeeping instrument; it's a piece of history that encapsulates the thrill of motorsports and the elegance of vintage design. With its nod to the iconic JPS Team Lotus Formula One car, this watch continues to capture the imagination of watch collectors and racing enthusiasts alike. The Seiko 6138-8030 is not just a timepiece; it's a journey back in time to an era when racing was a symphony of speed, skill, and style. - Kevin


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Ladies and gentlemen, gather 'round because today we're talking about a watch that's as reliable as a diesel engine and as stylish as a finely tuned sports car – the Seiko 5 GMT! Now, let me tell you, when it comes to watches, I'm a bit like a kid in a candy store, and the Seiko 5 GMT is the kind of sweet treat that leaves you wanting more.

You see, this isn't just any ordinary timepiece; this is a watch that knows how to make an entrance. It features a newer 24 jewel 4R34 caliber movement yet It has that classic Seiko DNA, but with a twist – a dual-time feature that's as practical as a cup holder in a car. Perfect for those globe-trotting adventures or even just keeping tabs on friends across different time zones.

Now, what truly sets this watch apart is its ruggedness. With its stainless steel case and hardlex crystal, It's built like a tank. It’s ready to withstand the bumps and jolts of everyday life. It's the kind of watch you can wear while tackling the great outdoors or while revving up the engine of your favorite sports car, which in my case is Porsche. The 100 meter water resistance helps make it tough, dependable, and it doesn't shy away from a bit of rough and tumble.

But let's talk style, shall we? The Seiko 5 GMT doesn't just tell time; it makes a statement. It’s screwdown see-through caseback adds to it’s sleek design and attention to detail, it's the kind of accessory that turns heads wherever you go. It's like wearing a finely tailored suit on your wrist – classy, sophisticated, and undeniably cool.

And the best part? Despite its top-notch features and impeccable craftsmanship, it won't cost you an arm and a leg. Seiko has managed to pack all these incredible qualities into a watch that won't break the bank. It's the epitome of value for money, and that, my friends, is a rare find in the world of horology.

In essence, the Seiko 5 GMT is the watch you didn't know you needed until you put it on your wrist. It's a blend of style, functionality, and affordability that's as satisfying as a perfectly executed powerslide. So, if you're looking for a timepiece that's as adventurous as you are, the Seiko 5 GMT is the only choice. Buckle up, my friends, because this watch is about to take you on a thrilling ride through time! ~Matt


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So what are your thoughts on a retro, electric van? In an era where technology is reshaping the way we travel, Volkswagen is leading the charge with their innovative electric vehicle, the VW ID Buzz. This futuristic marvel seamlessly combines the classic charm of the iconic VW Microbus with cutting-edge electric technology, creating a vehicle that captures the essence of the past while embracing the future.

The ID Buzz stands out with its sleek and timeless design. The exterior pays homage to the classic Microbus, featuring a two-tone color scheme, a bold front grille, and distinctive LED headlights that give it a modern twist. The spacious interior is where comfort meets innovation, providing ample room for passengers and a range of tech-savvy features that cater to the demands of today’s modern culture.

This environmentally conscious vehicle boasts zero emissions, making it a game-changer in the quest for sustainable transportation. Its electric motor delivers a smooth and quiet ride, ensuring a serene driving experience for both the driver and passengers. The base model features a single, rear-mounted electric motor that makes 282 horsepower. A dual-motor, all-wheel-drive configuration with around 330 horsepower is also offered. With around 260 miles of range, the ID Buzz is designed to take you on long journeys without the worry of frequent recharging. VW claims that the battery can charge from 18 to 80 percent in just 30 minutes on a DC fast charger.

Volkswagen has integrated state-of-the-art technology into the ID Buzz, making it a connected hub on wheels. From an intuitive infotainment system to advanced driver-assistance features, this vehicle offers a seamless blend of convenience and safety. Imagine controlling various functions of your car with just a few taps on your smartphone, or relying on intelligent sensors to enhance your driving confidence – the ID Buzz makes it all possible.

Regardless of your thoughts on EV’s, one thing is for sure, they are here to stay. The Volkswagen ID Buzz is not just a vehicle; it's a statement. It represents a shift towards a greener, more sustainable future without compromising on style, comfort, or performance. Embracing the spirit of innovation, this electric marvel brings together the best of the past and the present, setting a new standard for what we can expect from modern vehicles. As we step into an era defined by eco-conscious choices and technological brilliance, the ID Buzz stands tall as a beacon of progress, inviting us to embark on a journey where driving meets the future. ~ Matt


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In the world of automotive design, there are cars that blend in, and then there are those that stand out as true icons. One such standout, often affectionately referred to as the "Clown Shoe," is the BMW Z3 M Coupe. This unique and quirky vehicle has captured the imagination of car enthusiasts, earning a special place in the hearts of those who appreciate unconventional design and exhilarating performance.

The first thing that strikes you about the BMW Clown Shoe is its… how can I put this politely, “unconventional design”. With a distinctive shooting-brake silhouette, flared fenders, and a sloping roofline, this car challenges the norms of traditional sports car design. Its playful yet purposeful appearance has earned it the endearing nickname "Clown Shoe," a moniker that reflects its unique character and charm.

Beneath the eccentric exterior lies a powerhouse of performance. The Clown Shoe, particularly in its M Coupe variant, is equipped with a potent 2.3 liter S54 inline-six engine that produces 315 hp and 251 lb-ft of torque. The precise handling, responsive steering, and impressive acceleration turns every trip to the grocery store a thrilling adventure. It's a car that combines the spirit of a sports car with the practicality of a hatchback, offering a perfect blend of excitement and versatility. This is the type of grocery getter that I can fully support.

For automotive enthusiasts and collectors, the BMW Clown Shoe is a dream come true. Its limited production numbers and distinctive design make it a sought-after gem in the world of classic cars. Often selling well over $50,000 on Bring a Trailer, the car's cult following is a testament to its enduring appeal, with enthusiasts appreciating its rarity, performance capabilities, and the sheer joy it brings to driving.

Despite its unconventional looks, the BMW Clown Shoe possesses a timeless appeal. In my opinion, its design, though unconventional at first glance, has aged remarkably well, standing as a testament to BMW's ability to create enduring masterpieces. As automotive trends come and go, the Clown Shoe remains a symbol of individuality and passion for driving, making it a cherished classic for generations to come.

In the world of automotive design, the BMW Clown Shoe stands as a bold statement—a reminder that true greatness often comes from embracing the unconventional. For those who dare to be different and crave a driving experience like no other, the Clown Shoe awaits, promising a journey filled with excitement, style, and a touch of whimsy. Buckle up and embrace the quirks of automotive history in this extraordinary and unforgettable BMW creation. ~ Matt


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Dive into the depths of horological history with the Dan Henry 1970 Automatic Diver, a timepiece that pays homage to the iconic dive watches of the 1970s. This stunning watch blends vintage aesthetics with modern craftsmanship, creating a timekeeping masterpiece that captures the essence of a bygone era.

Inspired by the robust and adventurous spirit of the 1970s dive watches, this timepiece boasts a bold design that immediately catches the eye. The classic cushion-shaped stainless steel case, measuring at a comfortable 40mm, offers a perfect balance between retro charm and contemporary wearability. The unidirectional rotating bezel, adorned with a striking aluminum insert, allows divers to keep track of their underwater adventures with precision and style.

One of the standout features of the Dan Henry 1970 Automatic Diver is its impressive water resistance of up to 200 meters (660 feet). Whether you’re a professional diver exploring the ocean depths or simply a watch enthusiast admiring its craftsmanship, this watch is built to withstand the challenges of underwater exploration.

Beneath the scratch-resistant sapphire crystal lies a vibrant dial that captures the essence of the 1970s. The bold, contrasting markers and hands are generously coated with Super-LumiNova, ensuring excellent visibility even in low-light conditions. The date window at 3 o’clock adds functionality to the watch without compromising its vintage appeal.

Powering this exceptional timepiece is a reliable automatic movement, which can be admired through the exhibition case back. The intricate inner workings of the watch are a testament to Dan Henry’s dedication to quality and precision. The watch also features a comfortable and durable stainless steel bracelet, completing its overall retro-inspired look.

Beyond its technical prowess, the Dan Henry 1970 Automatic Diver is a celebration of heritage and style. It’s not just a watch; it’s a statement piece that speaks to the wearer’s appreciation for classic design and fine craftsmanship. Whether you’re a seasoned watch collector or someone looking to invest in their first high-quality timepiece, the Dan Henry 1970 Automatic Diver is a compelling choice that embodies the spirit of adventure and timeless elegance.
- Matt