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Traveling With Cigars

It seems like people tend to travel more in the summertime. Wherever you go, chances are you’ll want to relax on your vacation with a nice cigar. You’ll need to plan some things in advance, like where you will smoke... Continue Reading →

A Look At Straight Bourbon And Single Malt Scotch

I am always asked what the difference is between Bourbon and Scotch whiskeys. The answer I give is always “All Bourbon is whiskey, but not all whiskey is Bourbon”. I follow this with a description of the regulations to make... Continue Reading →

Tasting Notes: Kentucky Peerless Straight Rye Whiskey

I have been waiting for two years for this release of Kentucky Peerless Straight Rye Whiskey. At Kentucky Peerless Distillery they have been doing a lot of things right with their whiskey. They have excellent control of their fermentation and... Continue Reading →

Summer 2017 Bourbon Reading List

Summer means vacations and for many people that includes a nice quiet evening of reading a book while lounging in the shade with a glass of Bourbon. Whether this is in a tropical setting or by the lake or even... Continue Reading →

Barefoot Manhattans: Bourbon Or Rye?

Rosemary Miller and I both love Manhattans, so much so that we decided to start studying them. We will be breaking them down into their parts to examine how each one works and documenting our journey along the way. We... Continue Reading →

Sports and Bourbon

Sports have long been a marketing tool to create interest in your product and whiskey was among the earliest products to do so. Horse racing is one of the earliest sports to have ties to Bourbon. Legend has it the... Continue Reading →

Tasting Notes: Van Winkle Special Reserve Lot “B”

Julian Van Winkle III introduced Van Winkle Special Reserve in 1991. It was a step in creating interest in older Bourbons that would eventually lead to his Pappy Van Winkle line of Bourbons. This is a Bourbon made with wheat... Continue Reading →

What is High Rye Bourbon?

There are a lot of people out there describing their Bourbon as a “high rye” Bourbon. The problem is there is no legal definition of the term ”high rye”, so just like the term “single barrel” it is left up... Continue Reading →

Arturo Fuente Opus X Perfexion #2

The Cigar There are some cigars that you just save for a special occasion. Opus X is one of those. Until recently they only come out twice a year, and most shops still impose strict limits on them. I always... Continue Reading →

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