I’ve been on a bourbon/scotch kick since restarting this blog but one of my earliest loves was cognac. The pure taste of something from a specialized region of France speaks to a part of me that is, essentially snobbish.
Eh, I digress. It’s cognac. The trouble that spirit has gotten me into…
I saw a bottle for about $21 and change at the local package store near me (Hal’s Beer and Wine) and thought I’d give it a try. It was, after all, a VSOP. Usually those go for a lot more if you want one of the top houses like Hennessey or Remy Martin
This cognac starts off with lots of oak on the nose. Deep amber color in the glass. A lot more oak than expected. But there was a ton of wood, very faint floral notes and a hint of vanilla on the back end of this medium bodied cognac.
Much like most of what I’m drinking in liquor presently, it could benefit from a whiskey rock or two, opening up more of the flavor but it’s late and I only needed a sip or two before bed.
Trying something a little different. Now that this isn’t WP hosted, I can upload audio. I apologize for the quality and the shitty short notes. I’ll buy another bottle (oh damn) and do a more formal review.
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.
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.
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!
Ava Maria George’s – starts off with leather and pepper followed by strong baking spice. The cigar has an even draw,producing gray clouds of smoke. Around the end of the 1st third the coffee flavors pick up. I expect them to intensify along with the mellowness of the cigar.
The second third brings forth sweet coffee and wood nights, not quite cedar.
The spice returns on the final third – only more intense on the baking spice notes.
Interestingly enough, I found this while researching this cigar.
“I find it to be a cigar that has a wonderful strength. Because it’s not overpowering, but it’s not mild.”
– Manuel Quesada (Fonseca) So that’s cool. And Mr. Quesada is right. It has a good strength that doesn’t overpower. Usually for a cigar of this color leaf, I tend to avoid them, thinking there is way too much wood, but this cigar did not show that at all. It held more balance in the end.
An even burn with plenty of smoke, gray ash and solid construction made it one I’ll want to have more of in my humidor.
I began drinking scotch recently after a (forced) hiatus due to cost. When I popped into my local package store, I thought it was time to make the switch back to the first brown spirit I truly fell in love with.
$40 later, I’d picked up Glen Moray 12 year Speyside.
Let’s start with the basics. After peeling the foil from the bottle, I pulled the cork and took a huge whiff, inhaling lovely notes I’ve associated with Scotch – Vanilla and sweet spice. I’d had a bit of excitement building since it’s been way too long since I could enjoy a bottle of Scotch.
The pour – Very smooth, showed colors of pale green/gold. Once in the glass, my sight was confirmed. I have a tasting glass that I use for the nose and buildup, which pretty much confirmed notes of fruit, some raisin and very light oak notes. The feel of this whiskey is very light in body, smooth as well with the burn at the back end just being light enough to let you know it’s there but not overwhelming.
Truth be told, I never thought I’d pick up fruity notes in a Scotch but Glen Moray 12 Year Speyside has them. They’re light, but obvious honestly. The vanilla lingers on a medium finish.
Adding water (three drops) opened the scotch up mulled fruit and charred oak.
Overall, a drinkable, everyday affordable 12 year Scotch from the Speyside region of Scotland.
When it comes to a robust cigar, I used to think of stuff that was too strong initially. JdN, LfD, etc. The problem I had as a beginning cigar smoker was the nicotine kick overpowered the flavors and I often got light headed.
Not so with this release from Manuel Quesada. Casa Magna Colorado features a Cuban Ligero seed Colorado wrapper, Viso and Ligero fillers from Nicaragua, this cigar starts off with plenty of balanced spices.
The packaging is elegant, yet simple at the same time. The large band is striking and lets you know you’re smoking something with heft.
A good bit through the cigar is a plethora of earthy notes combined with the spice. The smoke to me smells rugged, in a really good way. As in, no one will mistake this cigar for something else, because it’s just that good.
Even better, the cigar burns really slow. The draw is excellent. This is one to be a permanent staple in any respectable cigar smoker’s rotation.