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SoCal Cigar Scene

On a recent trip to Southern California I decided to check out some of the cigar shops and lounges.  There’s really only one lounge in my area that I go to frequently, so I like to get a feel for... Continue Reading →

Looking To Brandy’s Past For Clues About Its Future

Join us Thursday at 6pm for Historic Flights at The Silver Dollar! American Brandy distillation has a very rich heritage. Brandy was first distilled on Staten Island in December of 1640 by Cornelius Toun. Some historians think this was probably... Continue Reading →

Early Kentucky Distillers – Where Did They Come From?

There are a lot of stories about Kentucky’s first distillers. It is said they were lured into the state with free land from the ‘Corn Writs”. They are also said to be fleeing the Whiskey Rebellion in Pennsylvania when they... Continue Reading →

Rye And Cigar Pairing: Pardron 1964 Anniversario

Last spring, Michael, Wayne Klawier, and I began meeting at Wayne’s house to study the pairing of bourbon and cigars. Throughout that time we have studied numerous cigars from numerous manufacturers, and we’ve even branched out to include brandies from... Continue Reading →

Bourbon Clubs And Societies

In the late 1990s while I worked at the Filson Historical Society, Several of my co-workers and I would go to D’Maries, Louisville’s first dedicated Bourbon bar on a weekly basis. We called ourselves “BARDS” – Bourbon And Rye Drinkers... Continue Reading →

How Warehouses Affect Whiskey

In the year 1821 Bourbon is first offered for sale in a newspaper in Kentucky. Now what makes Bourbon different from the other whiskeys being distilled at that time is the fact it is aged in charred barrels to add... Continue Reading →

Ring Gauges: More Than Just A Number

On numerous occasions Michael has asked me to write about ring gauges. I put it off for a long time because I just didn’t think there was much to say about them. Smaller numbers mean a smaller cigar, while larger... Continue Reading →

Jack Rose Dining Saloon: America’s Premier Whiskey Bar

There are still a few spots left for Thursday's Historic Flights at The Silver Dollar! I have known Bill Thomas, the owner of Jack Rose Dining Saloon in Washington D.C., for some time. He has been a regular at the... Continue Reading →

Bourbon’s Unsung Heroes: Ouita Michel And Chefs Who Cook With Bourbon

In the late 1980s the idea of using Bourbon to cook with was the occasional Bourbon Ball or some other chocolate fudge combo, baked beans and the daring chef would substitute Bourbon for Brandy in a recipe. Then came Woodford... Continue Reading →

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