I’ll have a variation on this, as it applies to both cigars and fine alcohol.
I’ll have a variation on this, as it applies to both cigars and fine alcohol.
March 12th – Highland cigar Company is having AJ Fernandez specials and kicking off March Madness! In fact, they’ll be doing things throughout the month of March – including St. Patty’s day specials!
Smoker’s Hideway March 10th – Goldrush Showbar, 3:00 PM
March 17th – Whiskey and cigars, Studio T: Douglasville
I’m pretty sure events are going on throughout the month at Habanos downtown
Premium Cigars of Georgia is planning an event for Saint Patrick’s Day. To be held on Saturday, March 25. Hosted by Kristoff Cigars with Jonathan Herring the territory manager. Will also have the Lovely Ladies of the Leaf on hand to assist you. As always catered food, drinks, prizes, swag, and super specials. 2 pm till closing. Look for our email!
I can’t believe I’ve smoked like a dozen of these beauties and never once reviewed the cigar here.
This is the Don Cervantes Presidente Churchill, a 7X50 cigar made in conjunction with ACC Cigars and the folks at MATASA, specifically, Manuel Quesada, of FONSECA and Casa Magna fame.
Filled with rare aged tobaccos from Nicaragua, and the Dominican Republic, Presidente is wrapped with an aged, golden Ecuadorian Sumatra wrapper. In demand by almost every top cigar brand in the world, the Presidente’s tobacco is fermented for nearly a year, then bundle aged for an additional year. The Presidente’s ash burns white and beautifully, and this outstanding cigar’s long finish is unique among cigars. The Presidente comes wrapped in the famous “P” Cigar jacket.
The notes on the cigar are as follows: It starts off with a spicy kick to it, my thoughts are this is Quesada’s signature, and I taste red and black pepper, along with mulled wine. The pre-light draw is airy, with notes of leather and very faint cedar.
Upon lighting, the cigar draws perfectly and the ash holds very steadily due to entubado bunching used to create a more complex blend. Once the cigar gets going, the consistency of flavors are as follows: Definite pepper notes, red and black of course, with hints of white pepper and mellow wood notes. The cigar also has meaty notes. I’ve heard roast beef, but I personally can’t place that all too familiar and delicious taste, yet I won’t lie. It’s damn fine. The ash holds on quite well and when I can find my picture of this cigar literally standing on its ash, I’ll post it
The cigar mellows over the course of the smoke, becoming more balanced and refined thanks not only to the various blends in the cigar but the extensive age of the leaves used to make it. An average age of 12 years, along with a longer fermentation period only enhance the cigar.
Honestly, like everything else I’ve smoked from ACC, this is a very welcome addition to my humidor, even at the premium price one would pay for it.
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!
Created by industry talent Rafael Nodal, the man behind Aging Room, and the owner of Boutique Blends, this new line extension provides cigar lovers with a new experience.
The Oliveros line I’d smoked a few years back and while thought the line was solid, was unimpressed, but that may just be my tastes. This cigar, on the other hand, was a definite winner.
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: