We found something pretty cool, part of our series on gifts for bourbon lovers.
This is Part 3 of the series.
Do you love whiskey, the military, bearing arms -- all three? Do you know someone who does? This will have everyone talking.
This of course is in addition to all of the best of the best Colonel Bourbon T-Shirts and whiskey tees that we are known for.
(The Benshot whiskey shot glasses, designed by a father and son team in Wisconsin, is embedded with .308 copper bullet. A perfect gift.)
Ben Wolfgram and his father started this cool "bulletproof" shot glass as a father-son project, to spend quality time with each other. As Ben said, it combines two things they like -- whiskey and guns. Today, they have a warehouse in Hortonville, Wisconsin with (as of this writing) almost 20 full-time employees; on the grounds of an old furniture factory once owned by Thomas Edison.
This unique glassware is sold on about 30 American military bases around the world.
The shot glass is not just for show -- they are perfectly safe to drink from!
- REAL .308 BULLET: A real, lead-free glass, solid copper .308 bullet. The bullets of course have no gunpowder. Completely safe for drinking.
- 11OZ ROCKS GLASS: High quality, heavy glass holds an 11oz pour, minus just a bit because of the embedded bullet.
- MADE IN THE USA: Individually handmade in the glass workshop in Wisconsin.
- QUALITY PACKAGING: Glasses come individually packaged in a custom-built display box ready for gift-giving.
Benshot (did you catch the pun) lists the following guarantee:
- "BENSHOT GUARANTEE: We stand behind the quality and craftsmanship of our products. If you're not completely satisfied with your BenShot glass, let us know and we'll gladly refund or replace your order. Search Google for "BenShot" to see our reviews and learn more about how we give back to our community."
Speaking of giving back to the community: in the local news story below, they describe how the company makes special orders. In the video below, a police officer who had been shot seven times is to be gifted a shot glass embedded with seven bullets of the exact same caliber. A reminder undoubtedly that the will to survive is equal parts fitness, skill, and determination
Colonel Bourbon takes a shot of bourbon in the BenShot glass
Before writing blogs like this, we do a deep dive on the reviews and try the product ourselves. Our pal, Jackson T did the duty:
"The glass is fun, a conversation starter for sure. Unique and I like that. A great gift. But keep in mind, this is not a high-end glass. For $20.00 a glass, you're getting something pretty cool -- but don't expect Norlan-like glassware.
"I have two of the Benshot glasses and one evening while firing up the BBQ, I got out the pair and poured...yes... some Bulleit Bourbon. My buddy was thoroughly impressed. We drank the night away
I read a few Amazon reviews where the customers said the glass they received leaked and/or the bullet fell out. But those reviews seemed rare, see below..
(Over 9,600 reviews for The Original BenShot Bullet Rocks Glass with Real 0.308 Bullet | Made in the USA. 4.8 out of 5.0 stars, with 88% five stars. Not bad at all.)
I had no issue but I want to be as objective in my report as possible."
Our Colonel Bourbon T-Shirts as Gifts
Of course we'd be remiss if we didn't mention our CB tees as the perfect gift year-round for bourbon whiskey lovers, be it for Father's or Mother's Day, Christmas Day, Veteran's Day -- you name it.
"Our tees are distilled from the finest textiles, featuring the history, legends and myths of bourbon, America's whiskey. Pull up a chair, grab a glass, and mull over our selection... Tees that will stay with you longer than any bottle, like an old friend."
We always try to add a fun story or two to our blogs. The Benshot company distributes their glassware to about 30 military bases. That reminds us of "Schenley's Black Death". ;)
Sometimes, especially during wartime, U.S. military personnel don't always have access to the best of the best. Instead of a cool shot glass, of example, you had a canteen.
In the mid 20th Century, Schenley Industries was one of the top four liquor companies in the U.S., with their headquarters in the Empire State Building. They owned several bourbons including, Schenley, The Old Quaker Company, Golden Wedding Rye, I.W. Harper, and James E. Pepper.
They had a Canadian whisky named Schenley Reserve, which was also know as Schenley Black Label. It was the only liquor available to submarine officers at Midway Island, during World War II. Not particularly favored, it was know as "Schenley's Black Death" 🥃🥃
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