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Critical tasting is tough work.  It also involves a steep lean to one side...


Why "coopered"? Coopered means "put in a wooden barrel or tub". I just love a spirit that has taken on the essence of the wood. That's the common denominator here. I enjoy drinking spirits that have that vanilla wood sugar and that tannin bite. I'll never forget when I had old Appleton Estate rum (after only having had Bacardi white). It was a shocking revelation what the wood can do.
 

The word "tot" refers to the Naval purser's (or prusser's) job of doling out carefully measured units of rum - (1/8th of a pint per day). The measure was known as a "tot". The word has since come to mean about 50ml, otherwise known as a jigger, pony, or shot. Technically a tot, as 1/8 pint is 59.14ml. A jigger or shot is usually 50ml. So, technically, a "tot" is nice heavy shot. That's as it should be...  The Coopered Tot is thus literally a big dram in a barrel.  But it's a double entendre that means a little kid in a barrel too.  That would be me - a big toddling young at heart guy. 

A Coopered Tot?

About me:  I'm Josh Feldman.  I work in IT at a Mid-town Manhattan cultural institution.  My background includes education and marketing.  I've been a whisky enthusiast since the late 1980s and came later to bourbon and other distillates.  I'm not an expert. I'm simply an articulate drinker. I find when I write out my tasting notes I taste more deeply and take a deeper notice of what's going on between me and the glass. Drawing what you see while at the eyepiece of a telescope or microscope is much the same thing. Over the past year or two I've become more involved in events including hosting a number of my own - so there will some writing about that too.  Please enjoy anything up here and feel free to comment and interact. I appreciate the feedback. 

Get in touch via e-mail at josh(at)cooperedtot.com 

On Twitter at http://twitter.com/cooperedtot

On Facebook at: http://www.facebook.com/TheCooperedTot

I also do a very interesting set of Pinterest boards which include a series of history ones called "Period Whisky -" with different eras (pre-Prohibition, repeal through WWII, the Mad Men era, the Go Go era...):  http://pinterest.com/cooperedtot/

3 comments:

  1. Hi Josh, how's life. Very nice Site. Congrats! I believe my site is the only one not yet linked to yours. Shall we exchange links? Just let me know! Thanks and Cheers, Jan

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    1. Hi Jan! Consider it done. (Everybody - look at the blog roll for Best Shot Whisky Reviews)!

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  2. Thanks Joshua, will do the same at my side/site! Cheers and Happy Easter, Jan

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