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Bourbon Brings People Together by Whiskey Disks

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It’s not often that Congress passes a bill by unanimous vote. If you’re wondering what issue can bring both sides of the aisle  together, you need look no further than bourbon. In 2007, the United States Senate unanimously passed a declaration creating a National Bourbon Heritage Month. The Senate approved the resolution before its summer break, but couldn’t find time to complete work on Pentagon spending or even the Farm Bill.

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1502 Black Gold

Made by Global Premium Cigar, and distributed by Emilio Cigars, the 1502 Black Gold represents the strongest offering of this brand. 1502 has the Black Gold, Ruby and the Emerald. Having previously reviewed the Ruby and appreciating its mild flavor for a great morning smoke, I was looking forward to trying the Black Gold to see how their full bodied offering would shape out.

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Iconic Leaf Cigar Company-Recluse

Iconic Leaf Cigar Company-Recluse

Wrapper: Brazilian Maduro

Binder: Cameroon

Filler: Dominican

Size: Tarantula 6×60

Price: Unknown

The Iconic Leaf Recluse is another one of the new releases that was debuted at this years IPCPR show.  I somehow managed to miss them when I was on the show floor, but did get the opportunity to meet them when I was at the Light Up Charlotte event hosted by Outland Cigar.  The cigars are produced in the Dominican by Don Jose Rafael and undergo an eight step fermentation process.  They are available in ten different sizes starting at a petite corona all the way to an 8×58 Kanu as well as the 6×60 Tarantula that I am smoking for this review.

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George Dickel Enters the Rye Game by Hammerstone’s Whiskey Disks

This post is brought to you by our good friends at Hammerstone” Whiskey Disks.  They know more about booze than us, yes, I know that is hard to believe, but we know when we are outgunned.  check them out at:  http://www.whiskeydisks.com

George Dickel Rye Whisky

The resurgence of “classic” trends continue to invade our modern pop culture, and the world of spirits is no exception. In recent years, rye whisky – the stuff Sinatra, Sammy Davis and the gang used in their Manhattans – has grown 30%. The art of classic cocktail mixology appears to be firmly back en vogue.

Seeking to add an exciting new option to the category George Dickel Master Distiller, John Lunn, has met the demand of consumers, mixologists and bartenders alike with the release of a rye created the George Dickel way – chilled and then charcoal filtered for a smoother taste. This tradition stems from George Dickel’s original belief that his whisky was always smoother in the cold winters than in the hot summers.

Here’s what F. Paul Pacult, American spirits expert and author, had to say about the new 90-proof rye whisky:

“The initial aroma of George Dickel Rye delivers a fresh, grainy scent with a pleasant note of fruit on the finish. Those fruit notes maintain upon first taste and the liquid finishes with a long, composed spiciness.”

Color: Amber/Old Gold Hue

Nose: Toasted oak, spicy rye grains, grapefruit and sweet caramel.

Taste: Initially sweet, hints of fruit, spicey and dry at the finish.

As always, we’re excited to welcome a new player into the arena of rye whisky. We’ve enjoyed a few free samples poured neat, atop our handcrafted whiskey stones over the past few evenings. We highly suggest that you do the same. If cocktails are your thing, below you’ll find a Manhattan recipe that’s sure to scratch your itch. George Dickel Rye ships nationwide at the end of November, retailing at a suggested price of $24.99 for a 750 ml bottle.

Dickel Rye Manhattan

1 Maraschino Cherry
3/4 oz George Dickel Rye
1/4 oz Dry Vermouth
1/2 oz Sweet Vermouth
Dash of Stirrings Blood Orange Bitters

In a shaker, combine George Dickel Rye, Dry Vermouth, and Sweet Vermouth. Shake and pour over an ice-filled mixing glass. Add dash of bitters and garnish with a Maraschino cherry.

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Los Regalos Quetzal by Emilio Cigars Pre-Release

Los Regalos Quetzal

About a week ago, I came home to discover a surprise package in my mailbox.  A USPS box that looked quite unassuming, that is until I read the return address.  Gary Griffith, Emilio Cigars.

As many of you know, Nate McIntyre, is the National Sales Director for Emilio cigars, he is also a local.  I met Nate through one of my local shops who I handle social media work for.  Our mutual love of cigars has blossomed into a pretty good friendship.  You know, the kind where you try your best to come up with the most devastating remark to call the person, they shoot you one back, and you both start laughing.  Well, it’s either that or we are both just A-holes, either way, it works for us.  Anyways, over the last year or so, Nate has introduce Patrick and I to pretty much everything Emilio Cigars has to offer, including Gary Griffith.  I will say this I have yet to find a cigar from these guys that I do not like.  I will also say that I have not found a brand owner with the dedication and scientific approach to tobacco that Gary has.  I always wonder what is going on inside the head of this tobacco scientist.  No really, he is a scientist…for real.  His approach is to get all the parts of the cigar right; the growing of the tobacco, the blending, he takes it to a scientific level.  This process makes his cigars not only a good smoke, but also an experience.

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Not Cigar Related, but a Holiday Plee

About this time of year it seems everyone gets the idea that a dog would be an excellent gift for someone in their lives. While I consider this to be a pretty great idea on the surface, I would like to remind everyone to please make consideration before bringing a pet of any sort into your home. If you have made these considerations and feel you have the additional finances to support a pet properly, as well as the amount of time it takes to properly treat a dog then the rest of this post directly pertains to you.

While there are those that make good judgement calls and look at the expense of owning a dog, I can honestly tell you there are thousands of people that do not. The best case scenario is that most of these dogs are given to a shelter, the worst case to me is that they are systematically ignored. My wife and I fostered dogs through a great program called Agape Animal Rescue here in Nashville for a while, until we found Winnie, or should I say, until I found Winnie. It was at that point close to a year ago that we adopted her into our home. She is the pure breed white lab you see in the picture next to our other rescue Jax.

My point through this post is really this- if you are going to get a dog for someone as a gift, or just want to have one in your life, PLEASE rescue one from a shelter or search an adoption group in your area. You would honestly be shocked at how many pure breed dogs get put to death every year because no one knows they are available.

And for God’s sake, if you ever have to abandon your animal, don’t do it on Craigslist. The things I have seen done to Craigslist dogs would make Michael Vick’s pictures look like something out of a kids coloring book.

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Top 3 Cigars (of right now) from Different Perspectives

Top 3 from Different Perspectives

What are the top 3 cigars you are smoking right now?  When I thought about writing this post, I said to myself, I want to know what everyone is smoking too.  So, I did what I always do when I have a cigar or tobacco related question, I asked my “Council of Distinguished Gentlemen” aka the guys I smoke with.

As I’m sure is true with most, when I smoke cigars I enjoy smoking them amongst friends.  I regularly smoke with a group of guys from all different walks of life and backgrounds.  Some are shop owners, connoisseurs, and some just regular dudes.

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La Musa Melete by Emilio Cigar

The La Musa Melete is the second release in the La Musa line from the Emilio Cigars family. La Musa Mousa, formerly known as Grimalkin, has long been a standing favorite in my humidor. Melete was a muse from  Greek mythology, being the Muse of Thought and Meditation. The name alone, along with the new bands for this series are certainly fitting to one another.

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Big Star Cigar Welcome Greg Baldwin to the Team

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“Do you guys ever review something you DON’T Like?”

That’s a question I received the other day in passing and I thought that it would be good to address it here. Over the reviewing times of the two jackasses that write on this blog, we’ve been involved in a Podcast, another blog site and this little project at Keeping Your Man Card. At the other two we received an outpouring of samples that ranged from Dog Rocket to Stellar. In that process, we said some pretty dickheaded things about the products of a few really, really nice people. When we set out to do this blog we didn’t want to be “Those Guys”. Simply put, there are so many cigars on the shelves because there are so many different tastes out there. One man’s White Owl, is another man’s Opus X.

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