I’m a day late, but I had to share this amusing entry from Gut Check, the food-and-drink blog of the Riverfront Times, St. Louis’ alternative newsweekly, in which it occurs to writer Ian Froeb that many of our former presidents have names like expensive, hard-to-find boutique bourbons.
Here are his Top 10, with tasting notes from the official White House website:
10. James Buchanan
Tasting notes: tall, stately, stiffly formal.
9. James Garfield
Tasting notes: a measure of prestige, (but) mortally wounded.
8. James K. Polk
Tasting notes: studious and industrious, the last of the Jacksonians.
7. Millard Fillmore
Tasting notes: methodical industry and some competence; uninspiring.
6. Franklin Pierce
Tasting notes: a true “dark horse”; grief stricken…nervously exhausted.
5. Chester A. Arthur
Tasting notes: dignified, tall, and handsome; suffering from a fatal kidney disease.
4. Grover Cleveland
Tasting notes: single-minded concentration.
3. William Henry Harrison
Tasting notes: a simple frontier Indian fighter.
2. Rutherford B. Hayes
Tasting notes: dignity, honesty, and moderate reform.
1. Martin Van Buren
Tasting notes: trim and erect; impeccable appearance.