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Shot of the Week: The Three Wisemen

Author: Tony
Posted: 26 Jul 2004

With this shot of the week we get back to what matters in life, and that's the blanket term of whiskey. Whether you like bourbon, scotch, or irish whiskey, there's one thing that binds us all together: that being a love of this brown-colored liquid. That sort of logic could only lead to one place, and that's this week's shot. Listen closely, you're about to learn something.

As Johnson and I walked to The Burren, a local bar, I was slightly nervous about the Three Wise Men. It's nothing to be fucked with. This was only reinforced when the bartender gave me a slightly wary look, and the girls sitting near us were just plain disturbed. Or maybe it was the fact that it was four PM and I was already engaging in shots that brought on their reactions. I suppose we'll never know for sure.


Regardless, after suitable chasers were acquired, this extremely large shot was brought before me. Now, depending on your bartender, this shot can go one of two ways. Either it will be thirds of a shot mixed and sold as a single shot, or you'll have essentially three shots poured into a glass and set in front of you. The latter option is the one I received. What three shots where these, you wonder? Well, they were simply three liquors that give this shot its name:

  • 1 part Jack Daniels
  • 1 part Jim Beam
  • 1 part Johnnie Walker Black

    Yes, you read that right. However, this shot is deceptively smooth. I normally hate scotch, but the bourbon totally killed the scotch flavor while the scotch removed the harshness of the bourbon. I must say it was definitely the best bourbon-bourbon-scotch shot I have ever had.

    No matter what form you receive this in, I say you attempt to shoot it all at once. There's nothing to be gained through cowardice, and three shots into your stomach at once is quite the kicker if you're looking to get drunk fast. A word of advice however: when the bartender asks if you want that ice cube taken out of the shot glass, say yes or you'll spill all over yourself.

    The Three Wise Men is hereby endorsed by Team Totally Awesome. Go out and have fun with it.




    The Burren is located at 247 Elm St, Somerville, MA.

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