Whiskey and His Word: Stress Management, Week 1

my whiskey

This weeks whiskey that we will be sharing will be a Pacific Northwest, American single malt whiskey. If you remember, a single malt is a single grain whiskey distilled from 100% malted barley and goes from mash to bottle in a single distillery. The Bull Run Distillery single malt whiskey is this weeks focus and emphasis.


The Bull Run Distillery is a small craft distillery located in Portland Oregon. With barley sourced from the Klamath Basin of Oregon, this whiskey is an expression of the combination of grain, wood, time, and home. The grain of a single malt whiskey creates a very bold and distinct flavor profile that small whiskey distillers are venturing and sharing in America and especially the Pacific Northwest areas. You see, the Pacific Northwest different seasons and climates create great opportunities for the grains to reflect in whiskeys that many other areas do not get the opportunity to have. So a little bit about the Bull Run single malt whiskey. If you would like to find out more about the Whiskey Lover’s trip with the Whiskey Lover to Portland in which we were able to discover this great spirit and distillery, please check the blog out at The Whiskey Lover or The Whiskey Lover’s wife.

  • Color: The whiskey reflects that of a ripe apricot color that balls between an orange and dark gold color.
  • Nose: This whiskey release smells that are rich and toasty with hints of cocoa, malty cereal, butter, and green apples.
  • Taste: Being a single malt that is aged 4 years in a new charred oak barrel, the notes of dark caramel, vanilla, light smoke, and shortbread stand out. This whiskey has a medium length flavor with a peppery end and notes of tobacco and wet cigar that is very herbaceous and menthol.

His Word

1 Samual 18: 6 – 11

When the men were returning home after David had killed the Philistine, the women came out from all the towns of Israel to meet King Saul with singing and dancing, with joyful songs and with timbrels and lyres. As they danced, they sang:

“Saul has slain his thousands,
    and David his tens of thousands.”

Saul was very angry; this refrain displeased him greatly. “They have credited David with tens of thousands,” he thought, “but me with only thousands. What more can he get but the kingdom?” And from that time on Saul kept a close eye on David.

10 The next day an evil[a] spirit from God came forcefully on Saul. He was prophesying in his house, while David was playing the lyre, as he usually did. Saul had a spear in his hand 11 and he hurled it, saying to himself,“I’ll pin David to the wall.” But David eluded him twice.


stress 1

Stress can be defined as “The response of the sympathetic nervous system to a perceived or actual threat or the way our body reacts to perceived or actual danger. Blood pressure rising, muscles strength increase, we are ready to fight or fly. It is in essence, our reaction to danger whether it be real or imagined.

If you think about what happened to King Saul after David had killed Goliath, sensing that David was a threat to his position. overcome with rage at what he perceived as a danger to his throne and position, he hurled a spear at David, who barely escaped.

stress 3

David had no intention of overthrowing the king or use his popularity to ease Saul out of power. One of Saul’s shortcomings as a leader was his inability to deal constructively with his perceptions of danger. It was that weakness, not David that undermined his mental health as well as the stability f his throne. Effective leaders learn how to manage stress, both their own and that of the team that they lead.

What would have been a more constructive way for Saul to have dealt with the perceived danger? How do you deal with stress?

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Follow me and join me next time, we will be looking at stress management and who God is.

“Dear Lord, heavenly father, we come to you in thanks for your Word and promise to all of us. You said to not fear that you have conquered this world, and we can rejoice that no matter what stress we may face, you faced it first and died for us upon the cross so we would not be a slave to sin or the stresses of this world. I pray that as we enter the next week, we can reflect that we do not have to respond to stress in a way that destroys us, that we can conquer stress and sin with Your strength. That we take a step back and realize that sometimes what we perceive as a danger or stress is not that at all, many times is a blessing that we can grow and come closer to you with it. We pray this in your holy name, Jesus Christ Amen.

2 thoughts on “Whiskey and His Word: Stress Management, Week 1

  1. Wonderful blog. I like that you are choosing to talk about stress. Remind readers to not deal with stress by just drinking the whiskey! The whiskey is an art…take a moment to reflect on the stress the barley went through to create this single malt! So often, God creates stress in our lives in order to turn us into something great!

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  2. Pingback: Whiskey and His Word: Stress Management, Week 2 | The Whiskey Lover

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