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In October 2018 Jack Daniel’s put out a press release announcing a new Tasters’ Series of bottles/releases. I won’t go into the full details of the press release, you can read it here, but I do want to document the releases as I acquire them! 

Towards the end of the month they released the first two bottles in the series, High Angel’s Share Barrels and Smoked Hickory Finish. This post is about the High Angel’s Share Barrels release.

High Angel’s Share Barrels – whiskey barreled in January 2013 which offered an unusually low yield, presenting a unique and deep concentration of flavors with a dark color at 107-proof. Selected by Assistant Master Distiller and Master Taster Chris Fletcher. Available early-October.

These releases, are limited to around 24,000 bottles, and only available at the Distillery and in select stores in Tennessee. This had caused me to start looking at making a trip to Lynchburg to pick up some bottles for myself, but family events the past few weekends have prevented me from being able to make the 5-6 hour drive there (plus another 5-6 hours back).

This past Friday I found out that some fellow coworkers of mine were on their way to Nashville for a weekend getaway, so I reached out to them to ask them a huge favor, to do some hunting for me while they were there. I sent them a screen shot of the two new Tasters’ bottles, and asked them to see if they could find them while they were there.

Lucky for me they did! A big shout out to K&K for picking them up for me. Here are the photos of the High Angel’s Share Barrel bottle.

One of the things I want to do here on this blog is document the various Jack Daniel’s collectables, primarily bottles, that I’ve managed to acquire over time. This is the first post in that series.

In 2017, Jack Daniel’s announced/released a new bottle in the Gentleman Jack product line, called The Limited Edition Gentleman Jack, often referred to as the Time Piece. The bottle markings on the packaging of the bottle are reminiscent of the pocket watch that Jack Daniel carried around.

I had trouble trying to locate the bottle here in St. Louis, checking all the local liquor stores, along with the big box Total Wine locations. In March of 2018 I was driving to Georgia for an autocross event with a buddy of mine, and stopped to buy a car in Murfreesboro Tennessee. While at the dealer, I asked my sales guy where I could find a decent liquor store, so that I could try to find the Time Piece. He sent me a few streets over, and I found a bottle of Tennessee Rye which I hadn’t seen before, but no Time Piece to be found. It was getting late in the day, and I was hoping to try to swing by the Distillery (my buddy who drove me to Murfreesboro had headed down there while I was doing paperwork on the car), but I wasn’t sure if I could make it down before the White Rabbit bottle shop closed.

I decided I would try another liquor store on the way over to Lynchburg. At this store I asked the guys behind the counter if they had a Time Piece bottle. One guy said yes he did, but it was in his private collection, and not for sale. I looked around the store, picked up something there (can’t recall which bottle) and then checked out. While checking out he mentioned that there was a place near Shelbyville, called Celebration Liquors that might have the bottle. It was on my way to Lynchburg, so I decided I was for sure stopping when I got there. Upon arrival I looked around the store, but couldn’t find the bottle. I asked the girl behind the counter if she knew anything about the bottle, but she didn’t know what it was. If I recall correctly, she did however offer to call the owner, and he told her the bottle was right behind her.

We both had missed it sitting there on a shelf behind the counter. Score! I was able to purchase one bottle of the Gentleman Jack Limited Edition bottle, seen above on this post. What this hunt made me realize though, was that I wasn’t the only one out there collecting Jack Daniel’s gear. I realized that people collected, and even collected extras, so that they could “trade” for other items to add to their collections.

A few short weeks ago, I stopped by Total Wine on my way home from work one day, something I occasionally do just to see if they have anything JD related in stock that I don’t have. This time, they did, they had Time Piece bottles, and multiple! I picked one up, and walked to the register, paying about 50% of what I paid for the bottle in Shelbyville. By the time I got home I started kicking myself for not buying a few, when I stopped by that Total Wine again they were completely out. I ended up checking another TW location the next weekend and picked up 3 more bottles so that I could start creating a stock of items that I could trade in the future!

If you’re looking for a Gentleman Jack Limited Edition Time Piece bottle, check out my Hunt List to see if you have something I need, maybe we can trade!

I started out my journey with Jack Daniel's at a young age. My father would have a Jack and Coke, every night, after work. One and done, but as well as I can remember, it was, and still is, a nightly ritual. I might have snuck a taste as a kid, but I wasn’t a kid who drank in high school, it wasn’t until college until I really had my first drink.

I was in a fraternity at a small engineering school in Missouri, it was in a small town, with a very skewed guy to girl ratio, so even though joining a fraternity had never crossed my mind prior to college, it made sense to me and built me into who I am today. While you might think there is a lot of drinking in a fraternity in college, it isn’t required, and it was never forced upon me. So when I did sit down to have my first drink, it was to a great surprise to my fraternity brothers. There was a group of guys, I can still remember the room, that were partaking in a 1/5th of Old No. 7, I sat down one evening and asked for my own glass, they were floored.

I didn’t plan to start drinking Jack Daniel’s that evening, but I ended up doing so, and thus setting my journey into the world of Tennessee Whiskey. While I don’t have the first bottle of Jack Daniel’s I purchased, I do have a couple of bottles that I purchased during my college years. I wish I could go back in time and buy 2, at the time I didn’t buy to collect, so the bottles from back then are all empty, but they are still mine. I’ll be documenting those bottles in blog posts in the future here on this new blog.

Why CollectorOfJack.com? I’ve been collecting Jack Daniel’s bottles for many years now, and while I am proud of my collection, there are definitely some gaps that I would like to fill. I’ve managed to acquire some extras over the years, and I’m hopeful that with this blog I’ll be able to find other like minded folks, who perhaps have bottles to fill my gaps and possibly need some of the extras that I have in my collection.

This is the first post in what will hopefully be many future posts, stay tuned as I document and acquire additional items to the collection. For additional information about me, be sure to visit ChrisHammond.com

I decided earlier this year that I was going to branch out from my DotNetNuke (DNN) roots and start working on other open source applications, this decision came over many discussions with folks at the 2018 DNNSummit. As soon as I got home from Denver, I got myself setup with a demo site running on Orchard, then I did absolutely nothing with it after that. Fast forward a few months and I had a new idea for a blog that I wanted to do, not wanting to go with my usual DNN + Engage Publish suite of tools, like every other blog I use, I decided that I would install Orchard CMS on Microsoft Azure.

After one false start (I installed Orchard CMS initially), I got Orchard Core up and running on Azure and a blog setup pretty easily. Once I did though, I decided that I needed to change the look of the default “The Blog Theme” that was included with Orchard Core, because I was working with the source code in Visual Studio it was fairly easy to track down where “The Blog Theme” was, it was a separate CSPROJ file in the Orchard Core solution. Rather than simply modifying that theme however, I decided I would clone the theme, rename it, keep the MIT License intact, and start my “own” theme for use within Orchard Core. To do that, I followed the following steps.

  1. In the Windows File Explorer, navigate to OrchardCore\src\OrchardCore.Themes
  2. Right click on TheBlogTheme, copy and paste
  3. Rename “TheBlogTheme Copy” to your new theme name, I chose CollectorOfJackTheme (after the website I am building)
  4. Navigate into your new theme folder, find “TheBlogTheme.csproj”, rename the project file to your new theme name “CollectorOfJackTheme.csproj”
  5. Open up the Orchard Core solution in Visual Studio 2017.
  6. Expand the solution explorer src/OrchardCore.Themes
  7. Right click on that OrchardCore.Themes folder and choose to Add Existing project, find your CollectorOfJackTheme.csproj file.
  8. Open up the Manifest.cs file and rename any of the properties you want to adjust.
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  9. Press Control-Shift-F in Visual Studio and do a “find” for “TheBlogTheme”, limit the scope of the find to Current Project to make your results easier to manage. Basically you want to find every instance of “TheBlogTheme” in your current project and replace it with the name of your new project.
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  10. After that, you can start making changes/adjustments/etc to your new project so that you can customize your theme.

Once you’ve created your new theme, and made any necessary changes, you’re going to want to try to deploy that theme. I had hoped it would be as simple as hitting Publish in Visual Studio to get the theme deployed out to my Azure instance and selectable, but this was not the case. In order to get things deployed and accessible, you need to make one final change.

  • In Visual Studio, in the solution, navigate to src/OrchardCore.Targets
  • Right click on OrchardCore.Application.Cms.Targets, and choose Add Reference.
  • From there choose your Project, click okay a few times
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  • Save
  • Compile
  • Publish

From there you should now have a NEW theme available to you under the Admin/Themes/Active Themes page. You can simply choose to Make Default, and apply the theme.
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Stay tuned for future blogs around my experiences using Orchard Core!

SpecFRS loaded up for travel

Wow, what a week! Last Wednesday I loaded up the SpecFRS onto a borrowed trailer and left St. Louis the following morning to drive to Lincoln Nebraska for spring Nationals, 4 days of racing. The drive out was uneventful, spent it trying to listen to old “The Forward” podcasts, I’m not a huge podcast guy, even though I used to have my own back in the day, but I’ve been trying to listen to Armstrong’s podcast from the beginning, long drives are about the only time I can actually listen to it.

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Chris Hammond is a father, husband, leader, developer and car guy. Chris has long specialized in ASP.NET and DotNetNuke development, so you will find a variety of topics here on the website. For more information check out the about me page.

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