In today’s all-on-demand world, it’s been a while since I made a commitment and realized that when the third season of “Succession” kicks off this Sunday, I’ll be watching it in direct. And every following Sunday for that matter.
Like any exceptional live TV event, I not only think about my back-up plan if the weather disrupts our satellite, but also what I will eat, drink and wear for these date viewing events.
I already went to the HBO online store to buy an ATN hoodie, so I have this part at the bottom. My food choices, however, will come closer to each of the nine Sundays which I believe will culminate on December 12th. While the hoodie has been bought and delivered and the food is a number of spontaneous purchases, I’ve already planned which of the bourbons in my collection I’m going to tap into based on the character that catches the eye a given week.
Part of my obsession with bourbon stems from the nuances that each different bottle brings to the table. Bourbon follows strict rules (it must be at least 51% corn, aged in a brand new charred oak barrel, aged at least two years, and made in the USA) but each batch varies. I therefore associated a bourbon with each of the equally divergent personalities of the Succession.
By the way, I only included accessible and affordable bourbons, which is probably irrelevant to these successful tycoons …
For General Counsel Gerri Kellman, I chose Jefferson’s Ocean. While bourbon gets its color and flavor from the fact that it sits in an oak barrel and expands and contracts depending on weather conditions, this particular bourbon is put on a boat and sailed through it. ocean – commensurate with the difficult journey this lawyer has to take to come to work every day.
For Logan Roy’s third wife, I suggest Widow Jane for Marcia Roy. It’s a really good 10-year bourbon, and while I’m not good at predicting the fate of characters in creative programming, it’s an obvious choice.
I’m not sure if the good cousin Greg will show a dark side or not this season, but since I still think of Greg Hirsch as the closest to par, I come closest to home with this selection of bourbon. Central Standard Red Cabin is made in Milwaukee, and I recommend it as a really good, solid choice.
Normally, the term “weathered” is not a compliment. But in the case of pairing a bourbon with a guy like Logan Roy, it felt natural. I mentioned earlier that bourbon gets its color and flavor from changes in temperature that expand and contract the liquid in charred oak. These extreme weather conditions are one of the reasons Kentucky produces most of the world’s bourbon. Woodford Reserve Double Oaked was the bourbon I cut my teeth on early in my adventures and its journey in and out of barrels reminds me of the back-and-forth issues that follow Patriarch Roy.
Roman Roy is the youngest of the siblings and the most immature – but also the most complicated going to war. Not the most ruthless but the most unpredictable. That’s why I associate it with an interesting bourbon which is often so unpredictable. The Pinhook War Vertical – 5 Year series not only lives up to its name, but has also increased its strength and aging compared to their previous edition, making it as wild as Roman.
Frank Vernon is the COO, and I dare assume he had full hair before he started. That’s why I chose Basil Hayden’s bourbon. Hang on – not just the very common bourbon made by Jim Beam. I specify the 10 year version which is a little more difficult – but not impossible – to find. Just as Frank undoubtedly made sacrifices for the greater good, the extra time this version of Basil Hayden remained in the barrel is perfect for understanding the wisdom of the age.
Tom Wambsgans. You must love this guy.
First of all, it’s very creepy if you’ve seen the actor (Matthew Macfadyen) who plays him interviewed because he has a British accent. Not that Tom in his role as Shiv’s nepotistic husband and employee doesn’t have his share of quirk. Considering its aw shucks appearance, I go with a modest bourbon that I would hold on to any other. Eagle Rare is reasonably priced and 10 years old. It comes from the same family as Buffalo Trace, Blanton’s and the holy grail of rare bourbon: Pappy Van Winkle. And unlike Tom, he has no flaws.
This guy is a piece of work. Connor Roy is the oldest and most distant from the life of the company. And since he is not involved in the media business, he can say with precision that he does not “need a meteorologist to know which way the wind is blowing” although he is often “on. the sidewalk thinking about government ”. That’s why this choice is easy: I’m going with Bob Dylan’s bourbon, Heaven’s Door.
Siobhan “Shiv” Roy as the only daughter personifies the prerogative of walking on her own drum. And she does. From politics to leadership to media and non-monogamy, she always maintains her own style. That’s why I chose this dicrotic bourbon. Seven-year-old Heaven Hill Bottled in Bond follows the rules that come with the “Bottle in Bond” seal of approval, but always does things their own way. Shiv and bourbon draw attention.
When I try a bourbon, I can assure you that I don’t verbalize clichés like “he has a complicated palate”. Still, I’m going to rely on the complicated term to describe Kendall Roy. If he hadn’t done what he did, the TV series would have ended in the first season. I choose Bulleit Blenders Select. I’m not a big Bulleit fan. I’m not a huge Kendall Roy fan. But I Drink Tom Bulleit took a 150-year-old family recipe and created his own brand. Also, I was able to sit in Tom Bulleit’s office once when he wasn’t there.
Hugo Baker is the guy who always has ideas in a crisis. And although the majority of my career has been spent in radio and commercial real estate brokerage, I now proudly hold the title of Chief Marketing Officer. And while I’m convinced that my moral compass and that of the company I’m proudly associated with far exceeds what this guy does, I admire creativity. That’s why I choose my creative choice of bourbon when giving a bourbon gift. Noah’s Mill comes in an unpretentious bottle that looks like wine and a label that looks home made. But it is an exceptional bourbon.
I don’t know anything about Lukas Matsson, but the new character does appear in the season three previews. In fact, the actor who plays him – Alexander Skarsgard – appears in just about every HBO series. Still, whatever he ends up doing with, for, or for the Roys, that choice is easy for the newcomer. I’m going with New Riff Single Barrel.