When I was looking for an introductory single malt scotch whisky, I’d asked another customer at Greens Package store on Ponce (Midtown Atlanta) and he’d suggested the Aberfeldy 12 year. Said even his wife drank it.
For a single malt that’s 12 years old and priced at under $30 I have to admit, it was a solid purchase. Notes of honey and spice characterize this cigar friendly malt, along with a bit of peat.
I’m not normally a fan of huge peat but this wasn’t that. A highland region whisky, it was a smooth sipper from start to finish. The balance in it was exceptional for the price. I half expected it to need a cube like some of the other whiskies I’ve been drinking, but it didn’t. I never did get a chance to test that out, however.
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.
Anyway, the La Jugada cigar was new to me. Moya Ruiz cigars makes this powerhouse of a cigar and I must admit, the overall impression of it left me wanting more of them.
The prelight draw has a really sweet taste o it. Light and free I expect the draw to be very good. The cigar feels light in the hand.
The first few puffs are really wood heavy with pepper on the back end. The Habano wrapper flavor really comes through wot almost loam? Smoke in the mouth is rather thick.
The second third continues with the same, flavors being consistent and balancing out with white pepper coming out on top and continue into the final bit of the cigar. I’d also detected some cashew notes, almond notes.
Overall, this is going to be a cigar I keep in my regular rotation.
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.
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!