Life moves so fast these days that it’s easy to feel like you are hanging on to the latest pop culture trends by your fingertips! It’s inevitable that you will miss out on the next big thing or the next next big thing.
Take for example television! With all the streaming services now available and the advent of box set binging, keeping up with what’s hot is harder than ever before. Game of Thrones is a perfect example, it’s filmed not far from the Liquorjunky Bar and I have been on several of the sets, the actual programme however, well I’ll get round to it someday!
Craft Beer it seems moves even faster than television, fashion or tech! New breweries pop up daily & staying current of what’s considered fresh is impossible.. so to cut a long story short, you can forgive me when I present you with Marco Pierre Whites Real Ale almost 7 years later
In early 2011 the famous Chef Marco Pierre White, henceforth known as MPW, seemingly decided to get into the beer business. Real Ale business to be exact. It was around the time, coincidentally, that MPW decided to tell his customers and anyone else who read the articles, that British food should be paired with beer and not wine
Although a concrete timescale is a little hard to pour, it appears that MPW’s collaboration with Manchester based brewery, JW Lees and the subsequent removal of customers favorites such as Fosters and Strongbow from a few of his Gastropubs also fall within the same six month period.
The newly created real ale, called the Governor, after his fathers greyhound failed to capture anyone’s imagination and only poured salt on the wounds of his establishments regulars who having failed to embrace his changes, continued to pine for their old, now removed, favorites.
It seems that I should have clung on to my bottle of “The Governor”. Internet articles referencing the beer do exist, but are short in both content and number. In fact I may have endured an item that would have been better placed in my special collectors box, which I keep under an inch of dust beside the bin.
The Governor which was launched in both cask and bottle, comes in 500ml bottle and is served at 4.1%. The label which is signed, not by Marco but the breweries Michael Lee-Jones clearly outlines that this is a beer to be combined with food.
To be fair in my assessment, I whipped up a full bowl of dry roasted peanuts to compliment the Governor. The nuts didn’t so much as compliment this as save the entire experience
The Governor looks ok in the glass, the head is a little thin and it’s aroma isn’t the worst, the taste however was hard to find. It’s bland, tasteless, carbonated and weak. A complete miss for a product that markets itself as Real Ale. Suddenly it’s failure is making sense
But how does the story end, well after rejecting MPW’s plans for modernization. Modernization for not only their beloved bar but their individual palates, it was in fact a staff revolt that brought the curtain down. Legend now has it, that only one manager of a particular pub remained after the entirety of the venues staff walked out. The gastropub was shuttered and listed for sale shortly after..
This post began in the present but I quickly realized that it would only work as a historical piece. You see, The Beer that I picked up for less than a pound in, you guessed it, Home Bargains Larne, has seemingly become more elusive than a bottle of original recipe Sailor Jerry!
This isn’t down to some clever marketing ploy, designed to create demand through scarcity, a’la Cabbage Patch Dolls or Tracy Island at Christmas time. Nope, it seems that the truth actually lies in a culinary geniuses ego & the crucial massaging that although expected, didn’t come..
It is possible that a beer caused a successful business onto its knees?
What do you do to celebrate jacking in a day job, leaving the rat race & turning your home brewing hobby into your occupation? Well, if you are William Mayne you brew a beer to mark the occasion and call it P45! Seems pretty straightforward.
3 months ago in September 2017, Mr Mayne took that life altering plunge, which is impressive in its own right. The real proof (if needed) of the steelyness of this guys kahunas though, comes with the fact he only set up his brewery in 2016!
Utilising a bullpen, yep an actual pen in which live bulls would be kept, I’ll assume it wasn’t being used at the time. William Mayne began producing his craft beer on his grandparents farm in Newtownards, Northern Ireland (a few miles North East of Belfast)
Initially brewing less than 400 Litres of Beer per Batch, all of which was bottled and painstakingly labelled by hand. William emulated the marketing style of Del Boy and sold every bottle from the back of his little car!
Things have changed a little in the past 12 months, all for the positive. After picking up a local business accolade in late 2016 and hooking up with a local Distributor, William Mayne recently launched a crowdfunding campaign, with the aim of improving on site facilities, increasing the capacity for production & onsite bottling.
Having raised over ten thousand pounds in 28 days, it would seem that the story of Bullhouse Brewery is just getting started.
If you would like to support the expansion plans of Bullhouse sheer you can find more details here -
This is the official description of P45 from the company website at www.bullhousebeer.co.uk
“Dangerously drinkable Pale Ale. Strong Biscuity Backbone underpinned with a plentiful does of citrus fruit from the Amarillo”
I found it to be exactly as described. The citrus fruits, I’ll accept the mans word that hail from the Amarillo, mix well with the overall flavour. It’s definitely something i could drink a 6 pack of l, which is not something I can always say of craft beer. Eyes are peeled for the rest of the core range and the special brews popping up.
No one at www.Liquorjunky.com has any connection or financial interest in Bullhouse beer. I bought this can, drank it, liked it and here we are! Enjoy
In the last ten to fifteen years its been hard not to notice a significant increase in the number of gardens displaying ghoulish Halloween models from late September onwards or the sheer number of homes bedecked in streams of twinkling lights with Inflatable Snowmen and Reindeer guarding the front door. The finger, probably large & foam, can be pointed fairly and squarely at the good ol' USA.
Uncle Sam's Classic holiday traditions, that we are well accustomed to seeing on the silver screen, have steadily taken hold in our realities. In fact this is true to such an extent, that its highly probable you are currently living in a house that can quite possibly be seen from space. Of course, whether you embrace this décor personally or merely go along with the will of those in power, aka the kids, is irrelevant.
In spite of all this over exposure, far removed from the timeless beauty of a simple Christmas tree. Our Cousin's across the Pond have given us a classic holiday tradition that I will happily accept, and that tradition is Eggnog. The American as Apple Pie, Christmas delight that has quietly made its way to the UK, Europe and even Australia, where its popularity is said to mirror that of its home nation.
Pistonhead Kustom Lager is Kustom brewed with a double-clutch of Münchener and Pilsner malt injected with Spalter Select, Magnum and Perle hops that will leave a hint of bitterness on your lips, but never in your heart.
And for anyone that understands what the heck all that means, post it in the comments!
Brewed in Sweden for Brutal Brewing by Spendrups Bryggeri AB, Pistonhead Kustom Lager is a 4.8% Lager Beer.
Ah good old Lager! The drink from whence it all began, once considered the holy grail, but long replaced in my heart by IPA, APA & the rest of the craft cupboard.
It's not all bad, Lager treated me well when we were together, so perhaps I will always give it more kudos than it's due
Pouring a weak yellow with a flat slightly white head. It was weak on the nose, not really setting itself off on a good footing.
You really need a good old whiff, even risk getting the nose wet to see what's there, it's fruity when you find the scent.
Taste wise, its Lager, lager like it should & does taste! It's neither impressive nor offensive, but when thats your recipe & what people expect, then you can't really take flak for it.
If you are used to Budweiser & Coors then this will probably impress you. If you have already moved on to greater things, well, don't expect much
Definitely a beer to start the session on, working up to something with much more presence for the senses! Get it arse about face & you will probably spit it out, and well that's just rude.
Pistonhead brews are created by Brutal Brewing which was established in 2011. We are a serious about our brews, but not serious about much else—our simple mission is to create great drinks. Pistonhead supports artists of all types. We love creativity and individuality.
My local Home Bargains has been a home run for picking up discounted lagers of varied descriptions and it's where I found this Ale from Sadlers, named in honour of the Peaky Blinders from the excellent television series of the same name.
I only recently watched the first two seasons of the tv show and can only describe it as absolutely bloody brilliant! But then this post is about the Ale, so I'll leave it up to you to watch
Sadlers homeage to the Brunmie gang (Birmingham) is a 4.4% Black IPA - brewed with 5 different malts and 5 different hops.
Pouring dead of night countryside black with a thin off white head, Peaky Blinder is a strong toasted malt and coffee scent, it's a decent IPA with a strong deep long lasting aftertaste.
I wouldn't have liked to have spent much more in this, it's a decent beer if you can pick it up for the right price. It's good, but the tv show is better
I think I paid £1.50 for my bottle of Peaky Blinder in Home Bargains, Larne
The act or quality of being arrogant; haughty; undue assumption; overbearing conceit.
Way back in 1995, while Greg and Steve, the brains behind Stone Brewing were toiling to perfect the brewing process for their Stone Pale Ale, they made a glorious mistake which, far from being resigned to the bin of beer gone wrong, eventually fermented into Arrogant Brewing..
With an official release following 2 years later, the Arrogant bad boy found runaway success and officially split into his own brewery in 2015. With several variants on sale yearly the Bastards are bolstered by seasonal releases and a small batch series.
So with a brief family history in the bag, it's time to meet The Bastards, two brothers of differing size and strength. Like most families the eldest overpowers the youngest, which at 7.2% is a potent mix of classified hops!
It's a beer that's billed as one you shouldn't like, you won't like and in fact your not worthy of, as you my friend are more suited to the mass priced fizzy water that the zombie like population buy and drink on a weekly basis...
Well I for one saw the craft beer light a few years back and having been baptized into the world of Hoppy goodness think I'm ready for such a challenge.
Fast approaching his 20th Birthday, Arrogant Bastard Ale is brewed in the USA and Berlin by the European arm of its parent, Stone Brewing. Pouring a strong hazy mahogany this thick headed Bastard is very impressive in the glass. It's mighty strong both in flavour & ABV with a bitter taste and mouthfeel. I found it to be quite caramelly, with a whole lot of Arrogant thrown in
At 4.7% the little Bastard is a step down in strength but is it a Reduction in flavour? Brewed exclusively in Berlin (& on sale in only 7 European nations) at a lower ABV to satisfy the alcohol content rules of some EU nations, little bastard pours almost identical to its older brother. This is where the shared genetics stop! Of course it doesn't have the punch of Arrogant but it stands up on its own as a decent English strong Ale. It's a little lacking in flavour though, with a slight watery finish. Caramel is once again the present flavour.
I think the little guy suffers when enjoyed directly after the stronger sibling, but then with a reduction of 2.5% that's unavoidable. They may be family but to be enjoyed on their own merits you need to crack the smaller of the two and then work up to the big guy.
I picked up the Bastards in the Vineyard on Belfasts, Ormeau Road.
I may not be worthy, but I don't give a shit! I'll be back to drink more you Arrogant Bastard...
Welcome to Garrison Brothers, home of the first and oldest legal Whiskey distillery in Texas.
Ever since we stumbled upon the Garrison Brothers website and the abundance of 5 star reviews that pepper the Internet, we have been planning how to get a bottle in to the bar. It wasn't an easy job, as this stuff isn't readily available, in these parts anyway. But, we are serious about Booze and finally, when an opportunity to buy a bottle presented itself in September last year, we didn't let it pass. Operation Duty Free was born.
A trip for two to New York City is a romantic affair, especially if it is for your significant others birthday, a milestone Birthday at that. Of course Mrs LiquorJunky will always believe that the entire trip was for her. I for one, in the spirit of self preservation, wont be ruining that illusion.
So after a financial commitment of several hundred quid and a flight of a few thousand miles across the pond (which we reported on last September) We found that even in the Big Apple, Garrison Brothers is scarce. It is one of only three US States on the distribution list, (although a distribution map on their website, shows 15). A move that immediately makes this Bourbon a sought after Liquor. Well, as you may have guessed, after a rocky start and a few days on the Manhattan tourist trail, we made it to our happy ending and finally found our bottle a few blocks south of Central Park, paying close to $100 for the pleasure.
Dan Garrison set up the Distillery in Hye, Texas. A small community of around 110 people, which sits 58 miles West of Austin, Texas. The eleven year old operation has grown quickly, in both product line and popularity, yet it maintains its craft status by producing only a few hundred barrels each year, proudly boasting that each one comes with its own distinct personality. That personality, amongst other things, is Ballsy! You wont hear too many commercial ventures stating that there product isn't meant for every day drinking and the price is set to reflect that! The Brothers of Hye, Texas clearly love what they do and are rightfully proud of their product. Creating Bourbon better than the last barrel means more to these guys than letting supply outstrip demand
We let our bottle get comfortable and acclimatise to its new surrounding before taking the plunge and unwrapping the seal. Our bottle numbered 32126 was distilled and Barreled in 2011 before being released in April 2014. We poured a small ice free measure and let it coat the glass. The Initial scent is strong and oaky musk, after a long awaited sip the caramel in this really came through, which lingered on the long deep finish
The organic ingredients make it feel like you are drinking the best booze for your body, along with the price level and marketing stance of not drinking this everyday, enhance the experience before it even passes your lips. Although not available anywhere near this Island, Garrison Bros is allegedly more expensive per shot than any other whiskey. I will admit that 25% of this overall review gives a favourable slant from the fact it is so scarce in the UK. It travelled well from our cousins across the pond and once tasted it has made the top shelf in the Liquorjunky bar..
I knew it was morning when I felt the sunshine scratching at my eyelids. Without thinking I slowly peeled them open and squinted around the room, everything looked different from my angle on the floor! It took a second for the pain in my head to register with my brain, but when it did it was something I can only imagine a sledgehammer to the skull feels like.
Gingerly I lifted myself off the floor, my weight had doubled overnight and my wrists strained. I instantly regretted it! My arms gave way and my head thumped back down onto the carpet. I curled into the foetal position, shaking and shivering. Their I lay, motionless, wearing last nights clothes, with a dry tongue chomping on a mouth that felt like a sandpit! I began gently sobbing into the shag below me.
My date from the night before was long gone, not that I could have stomached her kiss anyway. Only her empty bottle lay on the floor. My Russian lady had shown me the time of my life and although my recollection was cloudy, she had left me with memories that I can't shake, even now. 17 years or so later, and I think I am ready to give Vodka another chance!
Being 18, with a legal ID, is an amazing thing! Being 18 and playing the big man is the part that lets it all down! Beer was like an elixir! Alco pops were a sugary buzz givers that kept the party going, but spirits were the big boys drink, the holy grail! And I, in hindsight should have left well alone! You see, most folk don't go out and buy a Ferrari the day they get their driving license! Yet, that's pretty much what I did.
Time heals & age brings wisdom! So now is the time to make peace with vodka. While researching another article in Mid 2015, I caught an ad for a new locally crafted premium Vodka. Billed as Irelands first Potato distilled vodka, well In Ireland we love Booze and we are known to be fond of a spud or two. Intrigued I tracked a bottle down.
Vodka is used in many drinks and cocktails, unfortunately I gave up after trying other brands of this spirit with only two mixers, Coke and Red Bull (both in the same night)! So as I wasn't sure how best to enjoy Ruby Blue, I had to seek some advice. Who better to consult than the Companies top Woman. How cool is it to get advice from the Boss of the company!! A brief twitter conversation with Barbara Hughes advised keeping it simple, lemonade and a slice of lime, unless I wanted to drink it the Russian way. "Take a sip and swirl it round your mouth to coat cheeks, you'll get the creaminess that comes from the potato distillation". The words of the top lady herself on how to drink her vodka straight!
Pouring a shot of vodka, filled me with dread. I put my nose to the glass expecting to recoil, but I didn't. Weighing in at 40% ABV (80 proof), it certainly had a strong presence but I wasn't put off. Jumping in I took a sip and followed the Bosses advice. It was just as she said. It filled my mouth with warmth and fire, the creamy finish was as they advertise. Smooth, very smooth! The heat lingered in my mouth as I let it sink down. Their was no flashback, no horror!
I was pleased initially, pleased with myself that is. I thought it was me, that I had matured. I was now a connoisseur of spirits, after almost 20 years, I had conquered Vodka and bettered my Russian Mistress. Of course, this Is Irish Vodka, maybe the problem was with the drink! I had sickened myself on cheap, or cheaper stuff back then. I had splashed out on Premium product and was reaping the rewards. I finished my shot and savoured it. The heat in my cheeks spreading to my extremities. While I couldn't quite mix with coke, I went with Lemonade and a slice of lime. 2 big Ice cubes and a quick stir! Incredible
RubyBlue Potato Vodka. Ireland’s First Potato Distilled Vodka, Smooth ultra Pure Vodka with subtle notes of vanilla and crisp apple. Buttery & well-rounded with just a little earthiness. Perfect for those that like to enjoy Vodka Neat but also an excellent base for cocktails! That's the official blurb from www.Rubybluevodka.com
Launched in the Summer of 2015, by Stuart and Barbara Hughes. This Lisburn based Craft Distillery (established in 2010) has wasted no time in becoming a much talked about local export. Stocked almost immediately by some giant retailers and present in a number of top restaurants, Ruby Blue Vodka joins an already established line of whole berry and Irish grin spirit liqueurs.
A limited run, 700 bottles, of Ruby Blue Cask Aged Vodka was released in late 2015. We managed to get bottle number 500 (thanks guys) This vodka was kept for four months in Bourbon barrels, giving it a unique colour. We gifted this bottle to a friend for Christmas, which was possibly overly generous. We are waiting for an invite to go taste some, patiently waiting..
Ruby Blue is immense. So good that it brought me back to Vodka! You get what you pay for, so the bottles of Smirnoff in the LiquorJunky bar will be kept for visitors and family! This one isn't for sharing, in fact I might try to source another bottle of Cask Finished and gift it to myself.
Honouring Mr Jack’s legacy and spirit, this recipe combines a crisp apple cider blended with Jack Daniel’s Tennessee Whiskey and is best enjoyed chilled and straight from the bottle.
Jack Daniel’s Tennessee Cider (5.5% ABV) will be served in the on-trade from May 1 creating new occasions for consumers to enjoy Jack Daniel’s.
The FIRST Jack Daniels product to launch in the U.K ahead of any other country. Is that a decision made due to our love of cider or our love of Jack?
Have a look at the stats and you realize it's a bit of both. The U.K. is the top dog for worldwide hard cider consumption and 5th in terms of the amount of Whiskey supped (India, is 1st) So perhaps Brown Forman have decided to let the experts critique their latest brand variation.
Pouring a weak golden straw colour, this 5.5% Hard cider is lightly carbonated with a unique smell brought about by the unmistakable scent of bourbon. With a deep draw reminiscent of how Jilly Goolden used to stick her corker in the glass, I inhaled the mix of Jack and apple cider.. it's a little strange at first, especially if you are completely new to this sort of mix (I previously reviewed Magners Irish Ciders mix of apple cider and Irish whiskey)
Initially it's an odd taste, crisp refreshing cider mixed accidentally with liquor that toppled off the shelf into the glass, that or a combo dreamt up by the booze infused brain of a college student who was out of normal mixers.
After the initial confusion on the palate subsides and you wrap your head around the flavour combination being as it's meant to be. Tennessee Cider settles in as a refreshing if slightly off beverage. Jacks entry into this market has a strong Cider base with a strong kick of classic Lynchburg bourbon. But I can't make up my mind
Admittedly i doubt this will be for everyone and it's far from the tastiest of Cider infusions on the market. This flavour will take some acquiring, and as for its market demographic, I'm not sure it will appeal to either Cider fans or Jack devotees.. it may prove popular on promotion on the trade, but as for making its mark on the U.K. Cider market, I'm not so sure
I got my Tennessee Cider in ASDA, £2.00 per bottle or 4 for £6.00.
Taking some artistic license and leaving the run of the mill stuff on the cutting room floor, I am going to zip straight to the drinking.
Now obviously I didn't wake up on the plane, but we can take it for granted that any activity from the moment I got up to the moment I boarded the aircraft, wasn't that interesting and didn't feature any booze! I did buy a copy of Time magazine at the Airport, which is something of a pre flight safety superstition that I have. Yes, I do realise that it has no bearing on the safety of the flight but its a ritual done when sober and for some reason it makes me feel intelligent.
Shortly after 10am I boarded my Aer Lingus flight which was the direct service from Dublin to New York JFK. This big green bird was gonna take me to the Super Bowl and a whole week of Beer and Sunshine. Once again I had managed to get an upgrade and turned left at the door into the Business Class cabin. Having flown this route before in the same class, a review of which can be found below, I knew what to expect...
After settling in, the crew were round with the usual selection of pre flight drinks while the rest of the flight boarded. Once again, I opted for the Champagne, which was the same brand as my previous flight. I can take or leave the bubbles but its somewhat appealing, especially when you are stretching out while reading your life supporting edition of Time magazine.
So, having sucked down a glass of champagne like a dehydrated kid stopping for a water break on a summers day, the smiling crew member was back to fill up my glass, which I sipped a little slower as we taxied out for departure.
Shortly after Departure I had my first real drink of the Vacation. I opted for a Jameson and Ginger and relaxed while the big Aluminium tube hurtled towards the good ol' USA. All in all it was a pretty uneventful flight which passed far to quickly. Its amazing how this is never the case when you fly back in Economy, its almost s if they slow down time. Once I have Shoe horned myself into my seat and had my knee caps shattered by the person in front who can't survive without reclining, the soul destroying announcement of a 6 hour flight time cant even be helped by the arrival of the drinks trolley. As its generally the impossible choice of Budweiser or Heineken! I would rather dehydrate thanks!
The first Whiskey was followed by a glass of Red from Portugal, which was consumed with lunch, along with a another Jameson and Ginger and some canapé's
On arrival in JFK, and with a now, 5 hour layover, thanks to the Captain ripping the arse out of her over the Atlantic. Slow down Man, its an open bar! I sought out the connection desk in an attempt to catch the earlier shuttle to Orlando. This wasn't possible, due in part to my checked baggage. So with some time to kill and some beer to drink, I did a loop of the bars and eateries in the terminal, which although appealing, was loud, busy and somewhat overbearing. This is where I shall admit to a committing a cardinal “Man” sin and asking for directions to the Aer Lingus Business Lounge! I wasn't 100% sure they would let me in but I intended to use my reserve of Irish Charm and chance my arm to see if they would at least take pity on me and allow me to unwind before my "Meetings", obviously
The Lounge was thankfully a short walk away within Terminal 5, about 10 steps away from the point at which I asked directions. Ok, to be honest it was directly behind where I had been standing. The big Shamrock on the door was something of a giveaway. On walking in and climbing the stairs, the noise and bustle was gone. In fact, besides Me and the hostess, there was only one other guy in there.
I quickly tucked my supply of charm into my back pocket as my Boarding pass was swiped, accepted and I was lead into the lounge and advised of the facilities. The Aer Lingus lounge at JFK is well designed with ample seating areas. The small buffet is limited to sandwiches and a few soups, however I found it sufficient for the time I spent there. You can have a meal in there dining area, but it is reserved for those passengers on the departing on the two daily flights to Dublin. It is essentially a large, well apportioned room a flight of stairs above the passenger Terminal but you instantly feel calm and relaxed when you enter.
This is where I made fast friends with IPA Racer 5! It’s a delicious Californian craft beer and was in plentiful supply in the help yourself kitchen. I tried one and moved on to an old favourite, Samuel Adams Boston Lager, which was considered the local brew in this part of the World. It says a lot for a craft lager when makes a classic taste poor and cheap in comparison. I quickly went back to Racer 5 and spent the next few hours sipping excellent beer and eating an assortment of small sandwiches.
Although a five hour layover seems like a long time, when you are drinking free beer and relaxing in brilliant surroundings, well time flies. So it was bit of a shock to find myself out in the main terminal searching for my connection, after what seemed like such a short period of time.
Having managed to find my Gate and obtained a Boarding pass for the flight, I decided to do the sensible thing and have a soft drink to counteract all the Booze. I wasn't drunk by any means but I had a 3 hour flight to contend with and didn't want to risk being marked out for special observations by a keen handling agent, who caught a whiff of Jameson's as I passed by.
I took a seat at what must be the most convenient Airport Bar in the World, situated right at my gate. This is where the "plan" was rewritten. The Barman had a copy of "Whisky & Spirits for Dummies on the back shelf, cleverly covered by an Newspaper, or so he thought. Problem was the spine of the book bearing the title was visible. Deciding to do the decent thing, I found myself ordering another Jameson and Ginger, purely to give the guy some practice. Why I accepted the kind offer to make it a double I will never know. This test of skill ended up costing me $18! Well $36 actually as I had two, just to sure he hadn't fluked it the first time… Is this the most expensive bar in New York?. To be fair The Barman mixed a tasty drink and I did ask him about the book, but for the life of me cant remember what he said. Nothing to do with Booze, that's just age for you
This is me wearing my life saving surgical mask halfway between JFK and Orlando. If you haven't got one of these, then you are at risk!
The flight to Orlando was interesting, thankfully this cheap airline doesn’t charge for drinks or snacks. It turns out I would need something strong! As I boarded and walked through the cabin I could see a couple sitting in the window and aisle seat by the Emergency exit, halfway down the plane. They appeared deep in conversation and were clearly a couple as they were holding hands and she was stroking his head. It did strike me as odd that not only did they have their parachutes on the wrong way round, but they were wearing the kids size! Its strange how alcohol can muddle with your thoughts!
I stopped by the Stewardess and asked what was going on, she was quick to point out that the airline doesn't issue parachute's, before clarifying that they were in fact wearing surgical masks. Clearly then this was some sort of quarantine, but apparently, no, they were merely protecting themselves from Germs. Ok, then! Of course, as luck would have it the free seat beside them, was mine! As you would, I began to feel a bit self conscious. Was it me? How could they have known I would be sat beside them? Actually, they might be in luck, I had six mini Burritos in the Lounge and beans always repeat on me..
As I settled in, a group of High School cheerleaders boarded the flight and took their seats around me. A Woman who seemed to be their chaperone walked the aisle handing out more Surgical Masks to each of her group. With some Dutch Courage I stuck my hand up and requested one, telling her I had left mine at home. Without batting an eyelid, she kindly passed me a mask and in one kind act undoubtedly saved me.
Surgical masks. Apparently it protects you in flight.. Protects you from Germs! I guess those folks may be onto something, but it didn't seem to occur to them that they were wearing a seatbelt that wouldn't be acceptable in a car all while hurtling along at 450mph in a metal tube, 37000ft up in the air.
But no, germs are the danger.. Its at times like these that I am glad I drink. Anyway an otherwise smooth flight was helped by a few more Jameson and Gingers, some of which Ill confess I dribbled down myself after taking a drink and forgetting about my life preserver strapped to my face. Tired, buzzed and germ free, I eventually arrived in Orlando
Thanks to Jet Blue and their excellent JFK based crew who really made the flight!
So Day 1 ended as it had begun some 16 hours earlier, at an Airport. My first night in Orlando was a dry one, although you could argue I had enough fuel on board to keep a lesser man chugging on for days.
I can say nothing but positive things about Jet Blue. Positioned as the low cost, high frills airline, I found their service to be excellent! A great crew and free inflight entertainment coupled with complimentary drinks and snacks, made for a great Ale ound experience! The pilots even left the flight deck on arrival to say goodbye to every passenger!
Remember, please Drink Responsibly! Except when on your Holidays. Its fine to be drunk on Vacation. I think this random lady at Baggage claim would agree.