There are so many ways to enjoy the libation-focused holiday of Purim. With the instruction to drink until you don’t know the difference between the good Mordechi and the evil Haman, you have Jewish tradition egging on indulgence. (Having said that, we recommend you indulge wisely.)
Purim’s on Saturday night this year, making the Jewish Halloween a particularly opportune time for excessive drinking.
Every time I hear the old saw that Jews aren’t drinkers, I scratch my head and wonder if my family, colleagues and friends are all somehow a minority-within-a-minority — or whether this little piece of conventional wisdom is all wet.
When I was asked to speak to the student body at Phillips Exeter Academy, I thought about the irony of the situation. When I was young, Exeter had very few Jewish students, all male, and those who were open about their Judaism felt isolated.
I thought I’d pop a couple of whisky-drinking cherries in time to review the two labels for Purim. Until this year, somehow I’d never tried Dewar’s White Label nor any of the offerings from the Bulleit company. And now, for you — Dear Reader — I have.