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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!
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 😉) #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!
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!