The Daily Word in Russian gulags for gays, and the 40th anniversary of Jonestown
The annual pilgrimage to Chimayo is coming right up.
A policeman in Nigeria is forcefully cutting off the hair of women as punishment.
Russians are reportedly rounding up gays and condemning them to time in gulags.
The Daily Word in ABQ Social Club grafitti and a Ruidoso decapitation
Police are investigating some homophobic graffiti left on the Albuquerque Social Club wall.
There was a bizarre decapitation and shooting in Ruidoso.
Prosecutors will assert sleep deprivation played a role in APD officer Dear's shooting of Mary Hawkes.
The drummer in The Fall was severely beaten at a train station.
The Daily Word in Longmire, beet juice and Girl Guides are scared to come to the US from Canada
Local prostitutes just received the latest issue of the "Bad Guy List", an independent publication that details dangerous john sightings and tips on safe sex work.
Longmire is beginning it's final season of filming in New Mexico.
Here are some slight details regarding Trump's proposed changes to the Affordable Care Act.
The Canadian Girl Guides are suspending all their trips to the US.
Watch an old brick row house collapse almost on its own.
Estimates are the US will lose more than 10 billion in tourism dollars during the next four years.
The Daily Word in Trump's baldness or hair, Trump's alternative facts and goodbye Albuquerque Cab
Albuquerque Cab Company closed on Monday, citing competition from Uber as a contributing factor in the 40 year old company's demise.
Uber riders take note that riding in a yellow cab is safer than riding in a blue ... cab.
A New Mexico themed t-shirt made by J. Crew contains so many errors—including a large saguaro cactus— in its design that stores have been selling out of the unintentionally funny/stupid torso sheath.
There was a fire in the Bosque around Montano bridge yesterday.
President Trump's latest gaffe is a tweet blaming Obama for releasing 120 Gitmo prisoners "back to the battlefield". Obama's administration actually released a total of 9 prisoners while Bush released the other 113 Gitmo detainees.
Man ingests pregnant spider, spider gives birth, baby spiders begin crawling out of man's mouth. Really, tho, the only thing man ingested was some powerful LSD....
This is absolutely the BEST Trump-hair video yet.
The Daily Word in very underwhelming Trump rallies and the way-back machine for marijuana, health care, culture
RIP Bill Paxton
Gas stations around the Duke City have been tampered with. APD recommends using cash to pay for gas if possible.
Dominique Perez, one of the APD officers who shot James Boyd, appears set to regain his job.
Latest President Trump revelation: former President Barack Obama and "his people" are responsible for White House leaks.
If you missed yesterday's massive rallies in support of Trump, the president is calling for another show of support this Saturday! This is known as "doubling down".
The Trump administration plans to begin enforcing federal marijuana laws, leaving states with legal medical and recreational cannabis with a feeling of uncertainty and provoking outrage throughout the marijuana industry.
Wish You Were Beer ... But Colkegan Whiskey Will Do Just Fine, Thank You
Santa Fe Spirits' Single-Malt Whiskey Puts New Mexico on The Craft-Distilling Map.
New Mexico's burgeoning craft beer industry appears capable of infinite growth. Here in Albuquerque, new breweries and tap rooms continue to materialize like bubbles in a beer glass and year after year those breweries with a consistent, quality product find a place in a market that never seems close to its saturation point. According to Brewer's Association statistics, New Mexico is currently 11th among states ranked by number of breweries per 100,000 21+ adults, with 3.1 craft breweries for every 100,000 of-age New Mexicans (Vermont tops this 2016 Brewer's Association list with 9.4 breweries per 100,000). Clearly, craft beer has captured the hearts and wallets of New Mexicans to a degree only dreamt of by the state's wineries and distilleries, even spawning a beer-tourism industry … wait, distilleries? Wine, sure. New Mexico has a rich history of wine-making stretching from the days of the Spanish conquest to the present—world-famous Gruet sparkling wines are produced in Albuquerque—but whiskey and vodka aren't products that one readily associates with the Land of Enchantment. In point of fact, New Mexico is home to one of the very best American single-malt whiskeys on the market.
Produced by Santa Fe Spirits, a small distillery that also makes gin, vodka and brandy, Colkegan Single-Malt Whiskey made just about every top five list of American single-malt whiskeys last year. Santa Fe Spirits' Colkegan is something special to emerge out of New Mexico's small craft-distilling industry and like Marble and La Cumbre once did for local craft-breweries, Santa Fe Spirits has set a high bar for the half-dozen fellow and future craft distilleries in the state.
Scotch is from Scotland, Bourbon is from Kentucky, Tennessee Whiskey is … well, you get the point. American single-malt whiskey is an increasingly popular new category of whiskey that, like single-malt scotch, is produced from one batch of grain, fermented and distilled, aged and bottled. Most American whiskey is blended whiskey, produced (in great volume) by combining multiple casks of whiskey from multiple distillation processes. American single-malts tend to be less complex in flavor than their Scottish brethren and far smoother and more delicate than traditional American whiskeys. I should point out one thing all single-malts have in common: a price point starting at 40.00 (Colkegan retails for around 53.00).
I was afforded two different bottles of Colkegan to taste. One was from Kokoman Fine Wine and Liquors in Pojaque, NM, the other came from Jubilation Wine and Spirits in Albuquerque. Both establishments had elected to sample and taste from the various barrels single batches of Colkegan whiskey is aged in, then select a particular barrel and decide—by tasting—when its contents were sufficiently mature for bottling under their own imprimatur, Kokomon #87 and Jubilation #226. Bottles of Colkegan on the shelves of most stores are going to consist of a single batch of whiskey blended back together after being aged in about 15 barrels, most of which are always used charred American-oak casks and a smaller number of which are always new charred American-oak casks. Because new barrels impart a heavier, smokier flavor—Bourbon is aged in new barrels—than used barrels, it's fair to say the smooth-as-silk whiskey in each bottle came from used barrels and is representative of the Colkegan any consumer might purchase. Adam Vincent of Santa Fe Spirits more or less backed up this assumption, though we didn't dive into the distillery's barrel notes and bottle histories which I imagine in bound form and occupying great heights of handmade bookcases. Just to summarize, every bottle of Colkegan contains whiskey made from a single batch of malted and smoked barley which is then aged in used and new barrels, the contents of which are reunited for bottling after three to four years.
Scotch is generally aged at least ten years; according to Santa Fe Spirits, Colkegan will never be aged more than five years. Besides mesquite smoke, the main native New Mexican ingredient in Colkegan is altitude. At 7,000 feet above sea level, whiskey mellows more quickly and develops its distinct flavors in a different manner than it would otherwise. Low humidity means the barrels don't swell as much, which exposes the whiskey to more air over a shorter period. The barrels are subject to the same variety of seasons New Mexicans know so well and the region's extreme cold and warmth contribute to the whiskey's maturation. Interestingly, the “angel's share”, the whiskey that evaporates over time during the aging process, is so great as to limit the maximum age of the Colkegan. After 4 years, the “angel's share” of Colkegan can be as high as half the contents of a single barrel! The coolest thing I may ever say about a whiskey is that Northern New Mexico's weather and altitude make for a uniquely aged single-malt that can't be replicated in Kentucky or Scotland. Or Ireland, for that matter.
And Ireland, my friends, is what the taste of Colkegan brings to mind. With a more straightforward and less smokey flavor and mouth feel than scotch and lacking the harsher, tannic “pow”, of American whiskeys, Colkegan immediately reminded this drinker of Irish single-malt whiskey. Both Kokomon and Jubilation have a sweetness in the aftertaste , with Kokomon #87 being slightly more vanilla in flavor and reminiscent of the black labeled Bushmills, while Jubilation's #226 has slightly more complex flavors comparable to the least smokey of single-malt scotches, Bruichladdich. The mesquite smoke really does contribute to a heavier, pelt-like mouth-feel that sustains the gilded sweetness of this wonderful New Mexican whiskey without any of the saltiness that many associate with the words “single-malt” (i.e. scotch). Each sip of this airy new-world whiskey introduces some slight peppery flavors that finish nicely with its overall sweet character and on the whole put Colkegan on par with the finest whiskeys I have tried. Colkegan borrows from other single-malt traditions, but in style and character this New Mexico whiskey helps carve out a niche for for the fledgling category of American single-malts, something Santa Fe Spirits and New Mexico should be proud of.
The Daily Word in tiny Trump videos, Shia LaBouef makes a wrong turn in Albuquerque on way from New York to L.A. and the light punishment for running over bicyclists in the Duke City
Woman does cartwheels instead of sobriety test, fails.
A local motorist who seriously injured two bicyclists has been sentenced to probation, providing restitution and community service.
Vandals struck the wall where Shia LaBouef's increasingly famous art installation is located, near 7th and Central in downtown ABQ.
Homeland security, local police departments and ICE are about to launch a serious increase in deportations.
Milo Yiannopolus has resigned from Bretibart.com and is threatening to form his own media company which will soon be the only company that will publish anything he says.
Four Americans died in a dramatic plane crash in Melbourne, Australia.
The Daily Word in more Trump horse sheet, legalizing cannabis in New Mexico and a meteor
Just one meteor but a dandy one
While unlikely to happen soon, legal recreational cannabis use is closer than ever to becoming reality in New Mexico.
Fat lady who fell in comical fashion while riding a scooter and shopping for gallons of soda pop in a Walmart is speaking out about how everyone is laughing at her and it isn't funny.
President Trump wants you to know that there are thousands of terrorist attacks killing innocent midwest farmers and average Euro Svens news of which is being suppressed by evil media companies. Like Weekly Alibi, for instance. We could have reported on the briefcase nuke that destroyed UNM's Valencia campus, but rah rah terrorism (raspberry sound).
There isn't any actual skateboarding but still, this Russian skater is pretty damn high up in the air on the edge of a skyscraper, uh ... with his skateboard.
Finally we may rest assured that huge amounts of LSD will not "fry" your brain and turn it into swiss cheese on a stale Trisket. You might develop a mental problem tho but that's different.
Let us all—all of us adults—enjoy Alistair Crowley's completely obscene 666 word poem about his girlfriend, who, in a tamer moment, he once compared to a hoover vacuum.
Here for your further enjoyment or, maybe, just to induce uncontrollable rage, is every tweet Trump has tweeted in the time he has had the POTUS Twitter account!
The Daily Word in Trump's orders, local fallout and ketamine grocery shopping
The President's Muslim travel ban directly affects 110 UNM students.
Milo Yiannopoulus left a bad taste in everyone's mouth after he and his crew visited a local restaurant.
There's been a spate of threats to local Jewish centers in ABQ.
Vice has a very detailed running list of President Trump's executive orders and proposed law.
This google generated dream-filtered supermarket trip is a fair representation of what the world looked like when I was given intravenous ketamine for ten days last year.
Daimler is the latest company to make a deal with Uber for self-driving cars.
The Daily Word in the new fascism, Taos avalanches and homicidal psychopaths
There is an avalanche warning in the Taos area.
Santa Fe art collective Meow Wolf is working on a gigantic new installation, "The House of Eternal Return".
As many as 1 in 4 men in the United States have HPV.
The Trump administration claims the Donald's tweet about millions of illegal aliens voting illegally in the recent election is based on "evidence".
The Trump administration has eliminated spanish language options on the White House website.
President Trump has sided with Big Oil by green lighting the controversial Dakota Pipeline.
When your new pair of Adidas shoes is worn out, they simply decompose when put in water.