The “forbidden fruit” factor has always been an element at play in the blending and marketing of cigars to Americans, but to a certain extent this has faded with the introduction of super premiums from Fuente, Padron, Tatuaje, Davidoff, and many others.
WhiskyBase, the well known whisky community, has its own shop and own bottlings. In their ‘Inaugural Release’ you will find four whiskies: Caol Ila 2000, Clynelish 1997, Strathmill 1974 and this Littlemill from 1989. The bronze colour reveals that this is a sherry cask.
Colour: Bright gold
Nose: Vanilla, pears, honey, polished wood, hints of ginger and pepper.
Palate: Pineapple, banana, pears, vanilla, honey, hints of nutmeg and pepper.
Aberlour 17 yo 1995/2012 (55.9%, Single Cask Collection, refill sherry hogshead, 265 bottles)
Aberlour 1992/2012 (55.5%, Berry Bros & Rudd, cask #3919)
Aberlour 1985/2012 (45.1%, Thosop by The Whiskyman, 219 bottles)
Bunnahabhain 19 yo 1991/2011 - Bunnahabhain 21 yo 1990/2012 - Bunnahabhain 21 yo 1990/2012 - Bunnahabhain 1991/2011 - Bunnahabhain 1990/2012
First Drinks has launched a £2 million marketing programme for the Russian vodka Green Mark, which joined its portfolio earlier this year. The nationwide Toast of Russia campaign will incorporate advertising, PR, digital and RM activity designed to communicate the brand's authentic Russian credentials.
The Kingsbarns Distillery is the brainchild of former caddie Doug Clement, who is tapping fans of golf and whisky to raise the capital for the plant and visitor centre.
55 Year Old Glenfiddich sets World Record price for whisky bottle at Bonhams auction.
The Padron 1964 Anniversary Series line was introduced in 1994 to commemorate Padron’s 30th anniversary. There are ten sizes in the line all available in either sun-grown natural, or maduro wrappers.
Yellowish-green in colour. Light and fresh (young) whisky on the nose.
According to legend, Duncan MacCallum’s spirit still haunts this Campbeltown Distillery. But that the distillery, currently property of Loch Lomond Company, is up for sale since 1999 is fact.
Famous Grouse has launched a competition to win a cask of whisky worth over £7,000. The chance is being given to visitors of the The Famous Grouse Experience at The Glenturret Distillery as part of the visitor centre's 10th birthday celebrations.
At the 2012 IPCPR Trade Show, Alec Bradley launched the new Alec Bradley Connecticut cigar. This cigar marks the third year in a row Alec Bradley has launched a Connecticut Shade wrapper cigar.
The Smokehead Extra Rare can be found in travel retail (although quite a few retailers carry this as well) and is bottled by MacLeod Distillers.
This humidor contains 350 Habanos of Hoyo de Monterrey brand, including, among others: 25 Epicure Especial, 25 Double Coronas, 25 Epicure No. 2, 25 Epicure No. 1, as the flagship vitolas of this brand.
This cigar is smooth. Reminds me of non-checkered Rosewood grips on a Colt Government Model 1911. Pigtail on the cap. No blemishes and tightly packed. It’s a short robusto, 54×4.5. Flawless construction!
The dark Broadleaf wrapper is a nice and dark brown shade with a few small veins. The cigar has an overall firm and stiff, but not hard, feal to it. I used a Xikar cutter to cut the cap and highly recommend a good sharp cutter.
The award-winning brand will release four limited edition whiskies in The Valhalla Collection, all of which will be named after and inspired by Norse legends and gods.
The My Father Le Bijou 1922 Federal 91st Cervantes Maduro that I am reviewing was released February 1st, 2012. Rick Gadway loves to commission exclusive blends and sizes for his New Hampshire shops.
The Dalmore seems to hard at work with quite a lot of new releases in recent weeks. Only a week or so passed since I posted my notes about the new Cigar Malt Reserve, and the 1995 special release and now a new limited edition – the ‘Cromartie’.
The latest cigar and whisky pairing from our intrepid smoker/drinker Ben Barton features the second Icon of Arran release, Rowan Tree, and a Padilla.
BourbonBlog.com receives two of the first, few bottles of the new Spiced Rum that have left the Breckenridge Distillery in Colorado.
Highland Queen has been produced in Scotland for over 100 years. It takes the name from Mary Queen of Scots, who reigned from 1545 to1567 and was executed in 1587 on the order of Elisabeth 1st, Queen of England.
I loved an earlier version, issued in 2004 (WF 91 at the time) so, as they say, we have deep expectations. Colour: deep amber with bronze hues.
The Double Black is a limited edition blended whisky from the world famous Johnnie Walker range. This series of whiskies included some of the world's best selling whiskies, with the Red Label forming the cornerstone of this success.