Thursday, May 29, 2014
Blog of the Month: The Coopered Tot
Josh Feldman, the blogger who writes The Coopered Tot, is a true whiskey enthusiast, with the emphasis on enthusiast. The guy is enthusiastic about nearly everything. He loves whiskey, the people who make it, bottle it and sell it. In the whiskey blogosphere, he's the guy who's president of the PTA and chairman of the neighborhood welcome wagon, bringing the whiskey equivalent of a basket of cookies to new readers and bloggers. He's gracious and always willing to look at other points of view.
It's not just enthusiasm though, Josh writes some great stuff, including a recent post looking at representations of race, gender and sexuality in old whiskey ads. He's done some fun treasure hunting, digging into obscure old whiskeys, and looking into the downfall of a once great label. He's thorough and creative. He zeroes in on his subjects like a dog with a particularly meaty bone that he won't let go of until he's done.
I've joked that The Coopered Tot is the Moby Dick of whiskey blogs, because the posts are really long and tend to go off on long tangents, and sometimes I worry that Josh gets too cozy with the industry he's writing about (a weakness that he himself has acknowledged), but his blog is always an interesting read, providing you can put aside the time to read it.