Happy Christmas Eve everyone! As my family and I wake up, we have been taking care of the youngest so he hopefully does not have to continue battling this fever of 103 during Christmas. As he continues to battle this fever getting ready for the family festivities, I would like to take some time to review a new whiskey while I continue focusing on God’s word and share with you.
Just recently, my family and I took a little family vacation for a night over to Roslyn, Washington to the Suncadia resort. While there we played in the snow, went sledding, ice skating, swimming, ate out and even visited the new Heritage Distillery tasting room that just recently opened in Roslyn. Their main flagship building is currently located in Gig Harbor and they continue to produce some great additions to the American Whiskey line, as well as putting Washington on the map for their select whiskey brands.
So which whiskey will I be sharing with you this day as I dive into the Lord’s Word with you and share this passion and art? Well, Heritage has just released what they call their Old Fashioned Ready from their Dual Barrel collection. What does that mean you may be wondering? Well, Heritage tends to do what they call finish aging some of their whiskeys. So they primary age it in a select barrel which tends to produce a large part of the flavor in aged whiskey then they take it and age it in another type of barrel to add distinct flavor profiles and complexes for a short amount of time. This is NOT blending, if that is what you are thinking. Blending is when they take multiple aged spirits and mix them for a balanced flavor, this is aging them in two district barrels for a designated amount of time.
Whiskey: Old Fashioned Ready Rye Whiskey Finished in Orange Extract Barrel
Notes: This is a Rye whiskey made up of 95% rye and 5% malted barley. The grains come from Washington state and a private farm in Eastern Washington owned by a close friend of the business. They age the whiskey in an American Oak barrel for about 2 years and then they transfer it to a second barrel that previously aged orange extract for a couple of months.
Smell: You get a light cereal smell from the 5% malted barley, but you get the traditional very sweet and almost bitter smell you only get from a rye whiskey. However, the citrus and orange aromas come off of that through the entire smell, but not to the point of thinking you have orange juice, but the smell of an orange rind that has been peeled and is delicate and soft which is nice.
Color: When poured into a nice Glencairn glass, you see a soft yellow to gold color on the whiskey. When swirled the legs on the whiskey are a little larger and take a slight second longer to run showing the 46% alcohol by volume that you would expect.
Taste: You get the American Oak on the front end as you can taste the peppery notes that come from the oak tannins, but is not heavy or lingering at all on the sip and goes nicely from the front of the tongue to the back through the entire taste. The kind of nice whiskey pepper you like from American whiskeys. You get the vanilla from the American oak and a slight buttery tone on the middle of the palate and again, it is not strong in the front, middle, or end, but a nice balance through the entire taste. It is like a spiced orange as well from the spice of the rye and the orange tones that are not super heavy, but nicely balanced and hidden through the sip. You get the citrus tones with vanilla and of course some of the leathery tobacco from whiskey barrels.
A fine whiskey by itself with the citrus notes, but does make a good whiskey for simple cocktails in which you want the whiskey to stand out. You can take various versions of the old-fashioned such as they recommend that you would like a nice whiskey with orange citrus notes to stand out and enjoy. If you are interested in finding a bottle, you should do it by visiting one of the Heritage’s beautiful tasting rooms, because it is more than just a whiskey, it is an experience. It is meeting the people and talking with them and sharing in something that they take much pride in and definitely is a passion and art too. You can find various locations at http://heritagedistilling.com/.
Word: Jeremiah 18:1-12
This is the word that came to Jeremiah from the Lord: 2 “Go down to the potter’s house, and there I will give you my message.” 3 So I went down to the potter’s house, and I saw him working at the wheel. 4 But the pot he was shaping from the clay was marred in his hands; so the potter formed it into another pot, shaping it as seemed best to him.
5 Then the word of the Lord came to me. 6 He said, “Can I not do with you, Israel, as this potter does?” declares the Lord. “Like clay in the hand of the potter, so are you in my hand, Israel. 7 If at any time I announce that a nation or kingdom is to be uprooted, torn down and destroyed, 8 and if that nation I warned repents of its evil, then I will relent and not inflict on it the disaster I had planned. 9 And if at another time I announce that a nation or kingdom is to be built up and planted,10 and if it does evil in my sight and does not obey me, then I will reconsider the good I had intended to do for it.
11 “Now, therefore, say to the people of Judah and those living in Jerusalem, ‘This is what the Lord says: Look! I am preparing a disaster for you and devising a plan against you. So turn from your evil ways, each one of you, and reform your ways and your actions.’ 12 But they will reply, ‘It’s no use. We will continue with our own plans; we will all follow the stubbornness of our evil hearts.’”
Last time, I talked and focused on Corinthians 9:24-27 in which the focus was on the Apostle Paul comparing and talking about our spiritual journey to training for a race and competition. Today, I continue to build on the idea and concept of self-discipline in Jeremiah 18: 1-12. As we talk about self-discipline we focus on it and who God is. Over the years of recorded history, there have been many people in leadership roles whether placed their both others or by themselves that have not always demonstrated what you and I would call….moral restraint which has proven to result in some pretty disastrous results that we may still remember until this day. However, how good it is to know and be reassured that the ultimate power behind all things is of God Who demonstrates patience and mercy toward humanity even when it is our own faults we are in this mess, but his grace is so much more than our faults and errors.
In this passage, a message from God comes to Jeremiah as he visits a potter’s house. There he sees how the potter forms the clay jar and how when it becomes marred and destroyed the potter uses that to continue building it up into a beautiful piece in the final product. God explains to Jeremiah that he does the same with his people as the potter does with this clay in order to bring about his great masterpiece. It is so easy to continue in our ways and think how easy it is for us and then blame God when it does not work out. We lean on our own ways and most of the time those ways are sinful and wrong and God does not want that for us so He can and uses circumstances and patience to continue leading us and building us up for his glory and plan.
Do you want a perfect example of self-discipline? Look to God, Who is compassionate, gracious and slow to anger. His perfect patience and forbearance are evidence through the Scriptures and exemplify the essence of perfect self-discipline. How hard is it for us when our children fight, argue, don’t listen, break rules, and question us that we lose our temper and respond to anger and control. God does not do that with us, His willingness to endure and to forgive our frequent acts of disobedience is nothing short of amazing.
Think about how you can reflect on this kind of self-discipline in your dealings with others and remember that we will always fall short as we are merely humans, but in the focusing on God and His Word, we grow closer to Him each day and His Will. As you reflect on your self-discipline remember what God’s is like and try to show that to others as you grow in the Lord.
Lord, I pray that this day as we enter Christmas and remember what you did by sending your only Son to save us and bring salvation, not because we did anything to earn it, but because you loved us first and the most and continue to do so. As we fall short, help us remember that we can always come to do to forgive us and help us grow closer to you and follow your example of self-discipline. Lord, please allow us to follow your example this day and week with others and for others as You have for us. I love you and pray this in your name Jesus, Amen.
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