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This issue, we start with the ever so popular…..
High up on the butte outside of town there is an encampment of wild eyed bandidos. The Sosa gang is planning a raid on cigar town.
Can they over throw the local law enforcement? These are restless times with a shortage of whiskey and the townspeople upset with the tobacco Beatles that destroyed thier crops, the new Sherrif is thier only hope!
Today’s Cheap stick shootout is between Sosa Cigars and Royal estates. Both Churchill will face each other down in a duel to the death.
With a rich history and a 100 year old tradition of producing fine cigars, Antillian cigar company, has expertly produced fine cigars in the old world tradition.
Sosa, now the property of A.J. Fernandez has made an extremely smooth and full flavored cigar.
Hailing from Nicaragua these handmade beauties come in a oily Habano wrapper. Premium aged nicaraguan longfillers. These bad boys are a great budget stick that are sure to please.
There will be 4 On The Money members judging today. Each member will have one cigar. The battle rules are as follows:
There will be 4 categories and scoring is based on a 5 point scale.
These guys are rolled perfectly. Nice caps. Barely viable seams and minimal veins. 4/5
Unlit draw brings a hay and barnyard flavor through a very easy pull. 4/5
With a creamy and smooth smoke this cigar delivered cocoa and coffee notes that impressed all of us. 4/5
The burn wasn’t razor sharp but it did burn evenly and held its ash well. The first third was entirely ash and dropped in the 2nd third. Not very complex but consistently delicous. 4/5
Also having great construction, these cigars showed minimal veins no soft spots and tight seams. Great double caps. 4/5
The unlit draw was a little tighter yet have a great chocolate and earth taste. 3/5
The flavor profile started out with mild flavors of cocoa and developed into a more spicy, peppery texture. 4/5
The burn was consistent but one of them had to be touched up a couple times. 3/5
Our winner here today is the Sosa. Both are great sticks and sure to please but the Sosa was a clear winner.
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Next up….lets go Bourbon fans!
When it comes to tasting whisk(e)y, only you, can say what tastes best. It would seem, that the competition results can only be as good as the judges palate and wether or not they taste all the wonderful notes and flavors the same way you do.
Well, speaking of judges, for the last 18 years The World Spirits Competition has forty of them annualy. They are all highly respectable professionals in the spirits industry. This has earned the influetial, San Francisco World Spirits Competition, a large amount of respect and a highly esteemed reputation. They are all judging blind and never knowing what they are judging, other than a category, spirit type and proof.
As far as the bourbon section of the competition goes, there is one distillery that has stolen the show. Heaven Hill Distillery earned a couple well deserved titles in 2018.
2018 world best bourbon winner is Henry McKenna 10 by Heaven Hill
Notes to have a wonderful pie crust note along with caramel and vanilla flavors, this powerful hundred proofer stole the show.
Elijah Craig Small Batch is runner up in the best bourbon category.
Also owned by Heaven Hill the runner up and winner of last year’s award has been bested by his brother Henry. Still a great bourbon, with spicy notes of cinnamon this bourbon deserves its rightful place next to Henry.
Heaven Hill has definitly caught my attention this year with these two award winning bourbon’s. I can only hope that the great price point on both of these winners stays where it is!
We carry a limited supply of cigar and pipe accessories.
Macanudo Maduro Mini Ascots.
Macanudo has been a staple cigar for many aficianado’s. Being a cigar from a great cigar company. They have a wide range of light to full strength, and body cigars, including the maduro mini Ascots. Coming in a Tin of ten individually wrapped cigars, these tasty little sticks are sure to please. In the busy daily grind of the weekday they are the perfect option when you don’t have time to spend on a larger cigar.
No two cigars in the tin were the same shade of brown. They all look great, and the color difference didn’t seem to effect the flavor. It has a sweet hay and tobacco scent.
The ascot has a nice little cap witch comes off easily. A nice firm pack with visable seams. The wrapper on this particular cigar is a nice dark chocolate Maduro. A very smooth earthy and chocolaty smoke lasting for about twenty minutes. Great along side a cup of strong coffee.
Next up the review we have been waiting for.
In the USA when somebody says Irish Whiskey, the first thought to come to mind is Jameson Irish Whiskey. It goes hand in hand with a guiness and saint patty’s day. Produced at the Midelton Distillery along side of Powers, Redbreast, Green Spot, Yellow Spot, Midleton and Paddy, and more this highly marketed spirit is one of the most popular from their line up.
Recently they have begun age barreling thier juice, in used beer kegs. The first to this series is the stout edition and the second being today’s review the IPA edition.
Word has it, that a brewery in ireland,Franciscan Well, borrowed some used Jameson casks to age thier brew in. Once finished they were returned and refilled with cask strength blended Jameson. After aging them for 6 months approximately 3,500 bottles were produced.
Mash Bill: Single Pot Still Irish Whiskey + Single Grain Irish Whiskey
Cask: Ex-Bourbon & ex-IPA
Age: NAS (3+ Years)
Looking almost the same in the glass, maybe slightly darker and warmer this is a great looking spirit.
The smell is a bit more fruitier than the original and citrus notes shine through.
The flavor is notably hoppy and that brings with it the citrus notes one would get with an IPA. A bit of spice and little to no heat. This Frankenstien of whiskey is a fun idea and if you like IPA then give it a shot. It is a creative idea and a fun one at that. As good as it may be, as a long time lover of Jemesons, I think I will stick to the original! Next time we look at the stout!
This weeks recipe is all Natural and delicous. This smokey treat will make the best Egg sandwich you’ll find. Maple and brown sugar cured using no nitrates or preservatives.