50 BOTTLES!!!!

50

 

Last night, My Whiskey Collection hit a milestone.  I now have a collection of:

50 Bottles of Whiskey 

Some are excellent and some are good.  But, I am proud of the collection and look forward to growing it even more as I find more.  I would love to have a Pappy Van Winkle, a George T. Stagg, a Black Maple Hill, and some of the longer aged Eagle Rare, Elijah Craig or Jefferson’s Presidential.

Looking forward to the next 50!

Cigar Fest 2014- Here.I.Come!

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What a Grand Day!  I received my my 2014 Cigar Fest gear and ticket!  This will be my first Cigar Fest, but I hope that it goes so well that it will not be my last.

There will be music, fellowship, a down home style BBQ and most importantly- a TON of Cigars.  I purchased the CigarNUT Ticket, with the CigarFest T-Shirt and Hat.  Those three things along bags me 104 Cigars from some of the best in the business.

I am looking forward to sharing this experience with some friends, meeting new folks (AJ Fernandez and Jon Drew- I am looking at you!), and reporting all about it!

1 Month To GO!

My Whiskey Collection

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I thought it would be fun to keep a running list of all the bottles I have in my Whiskey Collection.  So, I did!  Above, along with my rating systems and such you will find a link to “My Whiskey Collection”.  I will keep it as updated as I can!

 

Looking forward to hearing your thoughts on what is there and more importantly- what is missing and why.

TylerP

Whiskey Tasting!!

Last night my brother in law hosted a Whiskey Tasting evening for a handful of family and friends.  All told, there were 7 of us partaking in the evening.  Each of us love our Whiskey, some of us have really nice collections, and each of us loves sharing with others.

There are a million different ways to hold a tasting-  focus on a specific Whiskey (ie Single Malts, Bourbons, etc.), pair it with certain foods, or just get together and have a good time. We all decided to go with that latter.  The only theme for our evening was trying things that you might not be able to find at a bar, often, or something that might not be in someone’s price range.

We tasted Bourbon (Few & Pappy Van Winkle 15 Year Old), Rye Whiskey (Few & Whistle Pig 11 Year Old) and Scotch Whiskey (Johnnie Walker Blue & Glenmorangie Signet).

After we tasted, we all enjoyed a glass or two of things that we enjoyed some not on the tasting menu-  Johnnie Walker Explorer’s Club Collection Gold Route Scotch, Four Roses Single Barrel, The Macallan 25, Glenmorangie Companta, and I am sure that I am missing some.

Needless to say- everyone had a great night of drinking excellent Whiskey and even better company!

 

Whiskey Terms

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My buddy Sku put together a list of terms that we often see on Whiskey bottles or hear when we are taking to one and other with some really thought out definitions and guidance.  Go Check It Out-  Whats In A Label- Undefined Whiskey Terms 

I think it is very important that we understand what we are buying AND what we are drinking.  Everyone reading a Whiskey Blog is obviously making an effort to learn more about the beverage- so we should be educated consumers

Knob Creek- Rye

Knob Creek Rye

 

RATING: C: AVERAGE- Hey pal, thanks for buying my a glass of Whiskey- next time let me pick it out myself.

Overview:  There is nothing wrong with Knob Creek.  I prefer it to most of the the Whiskey that you can get at the bar.  There is nothing overly special about this Rye Whiskey.  It tastes fine, but for me- I want more than that in Whiskey, Rye or otherwise.  

There is very little Rye taste in this and it taster “regular”.  Not a bad drink, just not one that I would want to rush off and buy.

Nose: Very light.  Some hints of floral and oak.

Palate:  Moderate taste with little complexity.  A touch of actual Rye taste.

Finish: Nothing all that special or lasting.

DETAILS

Age: N/A                                                                    ABV: 50%

Type: American                                                        Subtype: Bourbon 

Price Point: $38 (Dec 2013)                                    Availability: Widely               

English- Natural by Drew Estate

English- Natural by Drew Estate

TOTAL RATING- 96 PREMIUM this is a cigar that you want to own and own a lot of!

Overview-  I discovered this little gem of a Cigar from a sampler pack that I purchased from Cigar’s International. I have liked every Drew Estate stick that I have ever smoked and after a little bit of research, this whole line of Naturals by Drew Estate really seemed like a bunch that I would like.

I was, of course, right!  The whole line is a good one and you will be seeing many reviews, but the ENGLISH is by far and away my favorite one.  It is smooth, sweet, leaves an amazing aroma.  There are major hints of vanilla which I love.

I have always believed in the Rule of Thirds in Cigars where the money is in the middle of the stick, but with all honesty I say this Cigar started out STONG and finished just as good. It is a staple of my Humidor and will always be.

Brand: Natural by Drew Estate

Model: English

Length: 52 (Toro)

Ring Gauge: 6.0

Origin: Nicaragua

Wrapper: Sumatra

Cost: $8.00 (single stick)  ($35/5 pack and $148/box)

Acquired From: Sampler Pack from Cigars International 

RATING:

Burn: 96

Consistency: 96

Draw: 96

Appearance: 95

Taste: 96

Construction: 96

Macallan 25

Macallan 25

 

RATING: A: SUPERB- Might not be perfect, but it is pretty damn close.

Overview:  Friends, Countrymen, lend me your ears… Macallan 25 is simply a SUPERB Single Malt Scotch Whiskey.

I have had the opportunity to taste many Macallan Whiskies.  I have not yet reviewed them, but after I tasted this- I absolutely had to skip any order and post about this.  The Macallan 25 is simply amazing.  It is a full bodied, well crafted, great tasting Whiskey.

It is pricey, I was fortunate enough to have a relative that purchased a bottle and I was able to have a glass.  I am not going to get into the “is it worth the price” debate because spending $800 for a bottle of Whiskey is nothing to joke about.

I would drink this Whiskey over and over and over again.

Nose: Full of Sherry with notes of Oak and Cinnamon.  The signature Macallan Chocolate and Dark Cherry end the nose on this.

Palate: I immediately taste to Oak and Cinnamon.  The Chocolate notes come out after that.  This is a very full, rich and bold.    

Finish: There is a very solid and smooth Oak finish with maybe a little bit of fruit and spice to end the journey. This Whiskey lasts, and lasts.

DETAILS

Age: 25 Years                                                           ABV: 46%

Type: Scotch Whiskey                                             Subtype: Single Malt (Speyside)

Price Point: Around $800 (January 2014)               Availability: Specialty Stores or                                                                                                                   Special Ordered  

Cigar’s International CIGAR FEST 2014!

CigarFest 2014 presented by Cigars International  tickets went on sale today at 2pm and by 2:02pm they were sold out and a waiting list had started!  Can you believe that??  6,000 tickets sold out in less than 120 seconds!!

There is so much to do, I am planning , my CigarFest trip as I write.  There is an event with Drew Estate Cigars at the CI Hamburg Super Store and also a Perdomo Cigars event at the CI Bethlehem Super Store. with their Cigar makers.  What an opportunity to meet and talk with the people that make the things we enjoy the most?

Let us not forget the actual CigarFest itself!  Everyone that goes gets:

  • CIGARfest 2014 Humidor packed with 30 premium cigars
  • 50+ additional cigars during event
  • Collectible CIGARfest ashtray & duffel bag
  • Liquor & micro-brew samples
  • A down-home BBQ
  • Live music
  • Raffles & prizes
  • Access to epic events

I decided to go Big for my first time and got the CigarNUT ticket which lets me in the door at 10:30 (4 hours before the regular ticket, breakfast, and secret giveaways).  I also will be donning the Official Shirt and BallCap which gets you:

  • 14 additional premium cigars featuring brands from Drew Estate, Joya de Nicaragua, and Alec Bradley (Shirt)
  • 10 additional premium cigars featuring brands from Rocky Patel and Oliva Cigar Family (Hat)
  • Calcutta Metal Works Cigar Scissors (Shirt)
  • Black-Ops Travel Humidor (Shirt)
  • Xikar Torch Lighter (Shirt)
  • Colibri Butane (Shirt)

This will be my first time attending this event, and I am doing it up right.  I am very much looking forward to meeting folks from around the Country, smoking cigars for near 8 hours, and taking all the cigars and swag home that I can!  Hope to see you there!