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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 →

Cigar Lounge And Event Etiquette

I often see people bringing cigars into a cigar lounge and sitting down to smoke them without ever buying a single thing from the establishment. This is baffling to me. You wouldn’t take your Big Mac into Burger King and... Continue Reading →

The Bourbon Board Of Directors At Party Mart

Click here for more info about January's Historic Flights at the Silver Dollar! A couple of years ago Jerry Rogers, the owner of Party Mart Liquor Stores at that time, decided to put together a “Bourbon Board of Directors” to... Continue Reading →

New York Bourbon Scene

Rosemary and I recently made a trip to New York City. While we were there we decided to check out the Bourbon Bars in the city. We were not expecting a presence as vibrant as the scene in Louisville but... Continue Reading →

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