I picked up this cigar in an assortment for a really good deal from the fine folks at Tampa Humidor and I must say, the unknown sampler bags are out of this world in value. You have to make sure you can get them, as they tend to fly off the shelves quickly.
Ever since I had my first bottle of Rioja about 19 years ago (that’s right, I was probably under age!) I’ve been hooked. The dryness of a wine that has plenty of age on it has always appealed to me because the wines of the time spoke of the land, in a different manner than one thinks about when we hear the word terroir.
That first bottle was a 2001 Marque de Riscal. Nice and dry, with plenty of dust and musky flavors to make you think of the wine your old man drank, if he drank wine, the Marque was an introduction to a different style of wine that my heart still has a fondness for.
This is not that. The Cortijo Rioja from 2015 is 100% Tempranillo grape from Spain and none of the familiar dryness was present in this wine. Instead, the wine was more balanced. My unofficial notes from Evernote state:
A rich, deep red color with a ruby nose, that lets out some oak, cherry, and pepper is confirmed by the taste, along with firm tannins, light structure. Oak and hints of light spice follow through on the medium finish.
The first scotch whiskey of the year is a solid one. And a happy accident on my part as the purchase price was mixed up at the store and I had low blood sugar so…
$67 plus tax at Greens Package store on Ponce. 40% ABV.
Aberlour 16 year Double Matured Highland Single Malt
Aged in both sherry and oak casks brings a uniqueness not unheard of in Scotland to this whiskey. The two types of casks are filled and held to age for at least sixteen years before being married.
The flavor profile of this scotch is as follows:
It’s a new year and that means we’ve got a lot more to get through in the realm of smoking and drinking! Yes, the FDA’s bullshit ruling on new cigars will make it very difficult for innovation in flavor but there are plenty of cigars on the market that we will be trying, many of whom slipped in just before the FDA deadline.
As to drinking? What would you like to see in the new year? Seeing as how I’m in bourbon country, that may be the way I take this for a little while.
Also, there’s a class I’m in the process of developing that’s aimed at writers on drinking, sex, and booze. I’ll probably throw in my two cents about cigars too LOL!
The folks at Highland Cigar Company are still doing tastings on Tuesdays so you’ll get more updates from me on those. Those blog posts will probably be shorter though, due to the amount of notes I can take on a one-ounce pour of any given spirit.
I know I want more wine in my life, and I want more wine education, seeing as how I’ve forgotten much of what I used to know on viticulture and being an oenophile. Maybe I’ll pick random regions from France of Spain and find wines to suit and taste. We will see. All I know is that 2017 promises to be even better for the White Wolf Indulgence lifestyle.
Happy New Year!
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Over the holidays I had a chance to get around to drinking without working, and smoking cigars without working, but one of the things I did make sure to take notes on was the bottle of Saint Hilaire 2014 Blanquette De Limoux.
The pertinent details:
Blanquette de Limoux
Grape Blend: Mauzac, chardonnay and chenin blanc – an unusual combination for my palate but I’ll leave my impressions in a moment.
Of course, the Methode Traditionale technique was used and the wine was fermented in the bottle.
Tasting notes had this wine as very crisp, with refreshing tiny bubbles and that slight terroir taste I enjoy about French wine so much. The finish was medium with not really any buttery or creamy notes, though I tasted slight hints of oak. That may have been the cigar, though. Citrus and apple really complimented things as the wine opened up.
A BRIEF HISTORY
Blanquette de Limoux is probably the oldest sparkling wine in the world. We know that in 1531, the Benedictine Monks of the Abbey of Saint-Hilaire were already producing Blanquette de Limoux which certainly makes it France’s Oldest Sparkling Wine preceding Champagne by more than a century.
By 1794 Blanquette de Limoux was well known and appreciated throughout France. About that time, it was discovered by a famous American, Thomas Jefferson.
Among his other talents, the third American President was an expert on French Wines and Blanquette de Limoux, one of his favorites, was an integral part of his wine cellar. In fact, President Jefferson was probably the first person to bring the wine to America.
Today, Blanquette de Limoux has won the acclaim of knowledgeable wine enthusiasts throughout the world.
I’ve been waxing poetic lately about the local finds here in Atlanta/Decatur and this bourbon is no exception. Still with the age statement on it, indicating they haven’t run out of good juice yet, Eagle Rare’s 10 year DPS offering offers the bourbon connoisseur a lighter bodied, yet fully flavored bourbon in the same bottle.
It doesn’t require a cube like the DPS edition of 1792 did, as the alcohol has a perfect balance between mellow and spice to pair with any cigar you want to throw at it.
At the start of the year, I’m going to stock up on different liquors so we can play a new game. Cocktail hour!
Join us Thanksgiving week for a special edition of our weekly Stogies and Spirits Flight Night featuring Buffalo Trace, Eagle Rare and Blanton’s with AVO Classic cigar pairing specials! We’ll also be serving from a special limited Thanksgiving dinner menu made complete with our festive holiday mule cocktail. All this and more, this Tuesday, November 22nd from 6 PM until 10 PM. We hope to see you there!