Scotch Review: Balvenie Carribean Cask Single Malt

I had this at Occidental last Thursday night and all I can say is WOW! What a light scotch. Pronounced vanilla flavors with a really light body make for an easy drinking scotch from one of the most well known scotch producers of the world.

Light golden in color with an equally light yet somewhat floral finish, it makes for the perfect pairing with a Tatuaje cigar or an easy transfer from bourbon to scotch.

Wine Review: Saddler’s Peak 2007 Napa Valley Red Wine

This wine was a delightful mouthful of red tannin and fruit with plenty of structure, a nice balance and fruit that’s not overly aggressive like many California varietals tend to be. Paired well with pepper steak, this wine drinks with a medium body and a long finish.

We’ve been drinking on the cheap lately due to funds but this wine retailed for close to $20 and was picked up at Grocery Outlet in Oakland for no more than $5.99 a bottle. It’s a real steal considering that it’s still good and going strong. It probably will hold up for another two to three years if aged right and mellow a tad. As to the blend I’m not sure but I’d gather there was Merlot and cab sauvignon in the blend at least. Firm tannins always say Merlot to me 🙂

Upcoming Pure Indulgence

We’ve been lax in recording new shows due to my appearance at DragonCon 2010 where I was a panelist for one of the late night adult panels. Fun thing that, in the middle of our panel, the folks next door came over and offered us free homemade brew. The dark colored fuller bodied stout had flavor, personality and character but alas, I did not get to try much more than a tiny cup full.

Wine was not involved though I had plenty of scotch on hand and made sure to pack my humidor with plenty of Tatuaje Havana VI’s. Glad I did. Brought my pipe too and was joined on occasion by other pipe and cigar smokers. Nice to know that Atlanta isn’t a restrictive place nor are there noises being made to start that path.

During future episodes of Pure Indulgence, we’ll review Jason Stephens 2006 Syrah and talk about Rescue Ink. Did any of you read the latest issue of Smoke Magazine featuring these cigar smoking, animal saving ruffians? I’m hoping to get them on the show soon and talk smokes and booze. Stay tuned!

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This week on Pure Indulgence

This week we cover the question I posed on episode 6 about the cigar shops and tobacconists across the country that have strict policies.

A recap of the issue: Grants Tobacconist had changed their policy whereby customers could enjoy use of the lounge. Prior til August 2nd, there was no minimum required purchase and patrons could enjoy smoking from 5-7 during the weekdays and all day on the weekends. After August 2nd, this changed as did the rules of the lounge. Things looked a little grim and led many of the former patrons to boycott the shop yet I felt it was better to ask why the change occurred and what we as customers could do to help ensure a future of one of the Bay Area’s oldest smoking lounges.

I discovered a very simple answer in talking with Joe, one of the owners of Grants Tobacconist. I think you’ll be delighted.

We’ll discuss Westerly Vineyards 2004 Merlot, Atlas Peak 2004 Cabernet Sauvignon and some basic notes while covering the beauty of these simple, yet elegant wines. Sadly, I haven’t been drinking much in the higher end of things. Yet I intend to remedy that soon as there are a ton of events coming up in the Bay Area that cater to those seeking a taste of the Good Life.

Oh yeah, I almost forgot. We recently had a chance to sample wines from the Stepping Stone line by Cornerstone Cellars, Napa Valley California. Tasting notes to follow.

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