Category Archives: Bourbon

Ladies Night to return to Highland Cigar Company!

Bourbon and cigar pairing + training only $15, brought to you by @bulleit Bourbon and @kimbercy! Our featured drink, “Sweet Seduction” only $10. Bring your business cards and come experience the RETURN of Ladies Night at Highland Cigar Company. See you soon! (Yours truly will be behind the bar all night ūüėČ) #cigarlife #atlnights#bartender #atlantabartender #bulleitbourbon #womenandcigars#highlandcigarco #sweet¬†#valentinesday¬†#ladiesnight #events#goinguponatuesday #trysomethingnew #cigarlifestyle #grownandsexy#networking #rockypatelcigars #giveaways#fun #wedothis

And yes I’ll be there!

Happy New Year!

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!

Bourbon Review: Eagle Rare 10 Year – Decatur Package Store Edition

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.

Eagle Rare DPS Edition
Eagle Rare DPS Edition

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.

Yes, I mean any.  Be it something as luxurious as Don Cervantes or a heavy pepper bomb like anything the magnificent Don Pepin Garcia makes, this bourbon will pair nicely with 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!

 Decatur Package Store

Thanksgiving Week at Highland Cigar Company

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!

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Bourbon Review: 1792 Single Barrel for Decatur Package Store

Our weekly¬†review includes this specialty barrel release of 1792. ¬†I’ve had the original release and it was pretty tasty but man was it spicy as fuck. ¬†
1792 Single Barrel DPS Bourbon
This limited release had the same attributes but since I began drinking bourbon, I’ve learned a few tricks about the hotter blends. ¬†This was also, was spicy as fuck. Got an orange tint on the color with caramel notes on the nose.

I added whiskey rocks to it. That made a huge difference.  The rocks
were the ones that just cool the drink down. ¬†I’ve found they’ve helped take away some of the intensity and heat without dulling the flavor of a whiskey.

DPS Single Barrel Bourbon
Letting the glass sit for a moment gave it room to breathe and finally cool down. ¬†Now the sweetness comes out – light corn but mostly mellow caramel with a hint of vanilla on the end. Not a shooting bourbon, that’s for sure, unless you like burning your throat!

This week’s list of things I’ve tried

Nothing spectacular so far this week but I have had a few interesting morsels of goodness come my way in the form of wine, hard liquor and cigars!

Elmer T Lee bourbon – This offering from Ancient Ange Distilling Co. in Kentucky has a nice caramel with a smooth taste. It’s high rye blend with some mild vanilla sweetness in the mouth. Had a long finish that paired well with my cigar. Golden color with a reddish tint. Inexpensive bourbon (about $24 for 750ml from )

Kim Crawford 2008 Marlborough Pinot Noir – A very light bodied australian pinot noir with bright cherry and soft mouthfeel that delivers plenty of acidity and a light to medium finish. Bright red with purple color in the glass. Tasted at Occidental Cigar Bar in San Francisco. $12 a glass there, $16.00 a bottle at The Wine Outlet

Arturo Fuente Rosado R54 – 6 1/4 X 54 smoke that I enjoyed over two hours at Grants. I had to pick up two more to lay down as the box disappeared almost as soon as Thomas opened it. For a little more than $11 a stick in the B/M shop, this is a cigar with medium flavors of sweetness due to the 10 year old aged Ecuadorian wrapper and blended with a Domiinican filler that is allowed to age for another year. Creamy, pleasant, with an easy draw and perfect construction.

That’s been what I’ve had for the week that held my interest. Look out for a wine review of the 2004 Legends Merlot from Larry Bird and legendary napa valley producer Mitch Cosetino, the ’04 Cabernet Sauvignon from the same, and a review of an impressive spirit called Dimmi Liquor Di Milano!

Bourbon Review: Four Roses

Four Roses Website

This bourbon was a gift from the girlfriend on Thanksgiving. While I’m normally¬† a scotch drinker, I began drinking bourbon some seven or eight years ago as my sister is a Maker’s Mark girl.¬† She likes it neat ūüôā

When I discovered cigars, I found some paired really well with bourbon and not so well with the particular scotches I could afford so when I told my girlfriend I’d smoked the La Riqueza by Tatuaje and that Thomas at Grants had suggested enjoying bourbon with it, I guess she got a hint ūüôā

The bourbon is very smooth and contains that little hint of sweetness on the back of the palate while displaying fruit and floral notes in the front of the mouth.¬† It has the characteristic smoothness one would enjoy from a good bourbon all while being light bodied.¬† I’m thinking it’ll pair well with my la riqueze or the Torano signature I just had and will leave notes for that when I can.

This is definitely a sipper to be enjoyed over time.

From the website:

In 1884, Paul Jones Jr., moved his thriving business to Louisville, Kentucky, where he opened an office in a section of historic Main Street called, “Whiskey Row.” Four years later, he trademarked the name Four Roses, claiming production and sales back to the 1860s. In 1922, the Paul Jones Company purchased the Frankfort Distilling Company, one of only six distilleries granted permission to operate through prohibition to produce Bourbon for medicinal purposes. Owing to Paul‚Äôs passionate direction and astute business sense, sales of the Bourbon flourished and Four Roses grew to be a preeminent brand.

In 1943, Seagram purchased the Frankfort Distilling Co. primarily to acquire the most noted and recognized name in the business at that time ‚Äď Four Roses Kentucky Straight Bourbon. Even though Four Roses was the top selling Bourbon in the U.S. in the 30s, 40s and 50s, Seagram made the decision to discontinue the sale of Kentucky Straight Bourbon here, and Four Roses was moved to the rapidly growing European and Asian markets where it quickly became the top selling Bourbon.

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The website describes the bourbon as mellow and I’d definitely agree.¬† I had my flask filled with Wild Turkey earlier this week and that has more aggressiveness to it,¬† possibly due to the slightly higher alcohol content.¬† Also, Four Roses is not as aggressive and lacks the¬† oaky characteristics that Makers has, but agan, all bourbons are different.¬† Four Roses uses new white oak barrels to distill with so you’re not going to get a lot of oakyness in this bourbon IMHO.

But this is definitely an upgrade if you’re used to drinking Jim Beam or Jim Beam Black.