I hate to see this but Chai Nicole is leaving Highland Cigar Company and moving on to bigger things. So come join us at Highland Cigar Company Friday, October 7th from 7 PM until close while we wish Chai the very best in her new path!
I remember walking into Highland Cigar Company almost three years ago with my oldest Girlfriend and Chai being the first to greet us and treat us right. She’d kept the scotch flowing, had the notes on all the drinks and knew more than an average 25 year old would about spirits and cigars.
She’s been a part of Mix, Mingle Indulge, a quarterly event at Highland that showcases female owned businesses and educates the smokers about the hobby we all have a passion for.
I hope you’ll raise a glass with me to toast this awesome woman in her next journey!
Had a blast last Saturday and just forgot to post about it cause it was THAT crazy LOL!
The local rep from Rocky Patel, Stacy Cross, showed up with plenty of goodies, specials, and raffles. Featured were the new Edicion Unica May 20th, 2011, among others. She shared space with General Cigars and a Rocky/General collaboration that escapes me and if she sees this post hopefully she’ll let me know what the other cigar was!
Notes on the Edicion Unica are as follows:
A nice, clean look with a paper bag brown wrapper. Light with no visible flaws or veins. The pre-light is full of wood flavors and the typical stone fruit/raisiny tastes often found in cigars.
Upon lighting, the wood notes come across heavily reinforced. As with any Rocky Patel cigars I’ve smoked, the construction and draw are spot on.
Toward the middle of the cigar, sweet cedar notes present themselves along with deep pepper. Wood takes a back seat to (dark?) cocoa bitterness.
Touch of leather on the final end, and the cigar is mellow without being in your face overpowering. A limited release, if you can find these, get your hands on them and give them a try!
Of course Mad Moulton was in, making a ton of dope ass drinks that not only had plenty of flavor, but looked incredible to boot. Take a look at his Instagram for proof of his cocktail prowess!
For an 11th anniversary party, it was much lower in key than last year’s 10 year, but still an awesome place with great folks, drinks and cigars. It was indeed, an example of Pure Indulgence.
That’s right. The eleventh anniversary of one of Atlanta’s top spots to smoke cigars and drink is upon us.
See the image for details! Join them and me this week!
Anniversary Week continues Thursday, September 14th with a fun-filled evening of Thursday Night Football with @olivacigar and @jeffersonsbourbon. Enjoy the game on one of our 5 screens, half-off wings, cigar and spirit specials and more! Can't wait to see you then. . #highlandcigar #anniversaryweek #elevenyears #nfl #smoke #oliva #cigars #drink #Jeffersons #bourbon #atlanta #inmanpark #botl #sotl #potl
Where will you be Saturday? Join us for our 3rd Ladies night event, "Class is in Session"! Hand-crafted cocktails, cupcakes, education and pairings; all featuring spirits from @aswdistillery. Don't forget to also drop off your school supplies at @highland_cigar for a raffle ticket for giveaways! #classisinsession
Tuesday, June 27th || Join us for a very special rendition of Spirits and Stogies featuring @johnniewalker scotch and @ajfcigars. With special guest @ajfdon representing A. J. Fernandez cigars. You won’t want to miss it!
One of my favorite spots, one of my favorite new themes! Well, not new but you know I’m developing an obsession about Havana –
considering I’m pondering a trip out to Cuba for a weekend sometime this year.
In the meantime, Papa’s Pilar Rum – a damn fine sipping rum which we’ve had and will leave for review on a later date will be featured. I can’t speak to the tequila, ya’ll know that isn’t how “I” roll but if Chai’s pouring it, it’s probably solid.
My first experience with Quesada cigars goes back to my early days when I’d picked up a Fonseca and had fallen in love with a good, well rounded medium bodied cigar at the time.
The Holiday Keg – The theme stemmed from Quesada’s mastery of cigars blended to pair perfectly with popular beer styles with the introduction of the Quesada Oktoberfest in 2011. In 2015, Quesada moved from Märzen-style beers to Irish Stouts, unleashing a dark, Nicaraguan blend packaged in miniature, wooden kegs.
I’d grabbed a five pack from Cigarplace.biz and decided to take a few to Highland Cigar Company. The cigar’s size is an easy 6X50. Firm feel in the hand, medium brown wrapper with little to no veins and a pleasant, yet pungent cool draw greet the smoker.
The first bit I’d noticed about the cigar was the stronger profile. Yes, it was definitely something I’d pair with a stout but it didn’t hold on with an overpowering flavor profile which would normally drown out a beer or be drowned out by one.
Naturally I chose whiskey…High West American Prairie to be exact. (Thanks Clifton)
It worked out actually because the cigar’s taste had lots of cocoa and spice, along with copious amounts of smoke. It remained consistent the entire hour and ten that it took me to smoke it. Definitely medium in body, it was quite tasty with an equally pleasing medium finish.
This is definitely another hit for Quesada that has me anxious for what they’ll come up with for 2017!
I’ve been a resident for enough time now that I’m beginning to get the lay of the land in Atlanta/Decatur, so I thought I’d share some recommendations with you.
Not all are smoke friendly, but all are friendly to their patrons. Some of these places don’t really need my help, but I like giving good press when it’s well deserved, as it often goes unnoticed.
First up, of course, I’ve already mentioned Highland Cigar Company, my home away from home. From awesome drinks (watch Clif in this clip below) to great ambiance, the cigar club is just the place you’d expect to find Falcons fans (and the occasional misguided Patriots fan – but we’ll forgive Bekks…) the place is hard to beat. Located in Inman Park just about .7th of a mile from Inman Park/Reynoldstown MARTA station, the walk there is a gorgeous one as you pass beautiful homes.
Next up, haven’t been here yet, but I’m hearing good things, and honestly? The social media interaction is spot on with two lovely SOTL – Dona Mathews and Alexis June have hyped up Habanos, just near downtown Atlanta. Find them here. Both women are active on FB too, so peep them and show them some love.
Got Cigars? – This little spot at 232 E. Ponce De Leon in Decatur by the Square hosts a solid collection of cigars and the owner knows her stuff. That’s right, I said her. A female run cigar shop is a rarity but Rukia is a boss. Go in, grab a cigar and stay for a while. The couch is comfortable. Stay outta my spot 😉
Non-Cigar places: I really have a thing for going to Leon’s Full Service. I’ve taken all three girlfriends there for food, plus some other friends and the wine program for wines in the glass tends to be just what I’m looking for at any given time. Sometimes I want white, when it’s blazing hot round these parts, sometimes I want superbly warm and red, but they have a great beer selection and do yourself a favor. Get the bacon in a glass and add the homemade peanut butter.
Mac Mcgee’s Irish Pub – Go for a pint but please, lay off the Guinness. It’s bullshit when you stack it up against the numerous other libations they have on the fairly thick beer menu. Or go for a dram, the list is lengthy. They also tend to do a lot of local community activism so if that’s also your thing, check them out.
None of these places really needed my help in promotion but like I said, spreading the good word always comes back to return threefold!