Why I’m Proud to Smoke Cigars

This weekend, I’m participating in a golf tournament commemorating the life of my father-in-law, who passed away way too young. It was five years ago, and as you might imagine this milestone has led me to reflect on ways that my life has changed over that period. In particular, I realized that I have learned to appreciate smoking the occasional cigar, and that I probably wouldn’t enjoy this ritual if not for the box of Monte Cristo No.4s that he brought back from a trip to Cuba in 2008, shortly …

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The Balvenie Golden Cask 14

The Golden Cask, as Balvenie has dubbed it, is in fact referring to wood barrels that formerly held Carribean rum. In particular, golden rum. The whisky being aged inside is a 14 year old, which slots this nicely between the 12 year Signature and Doublewood on one end and the 15 Single Cask on the other. I’ve read that this is a product for Duty free and other travel retail, however I bought mine in 700ml at the local purveyor. Aging Balvenie whisky in a rum cask makes perfect sense to …

A Year Without April

Our very own Marcus Green, who has graced this site with his words on style covering fall style, socks, shoes, ties, and much, much more, has completed his first novel entitled “A Year Without April.”  We caught up with him about his thoughts on writing the book.
The Aspiring Gentleman: With so many vivid and elucidating details throughout your writing, I can’t help but ask: How much of the book is autobiographical?
Marcus Green: As my grandfather would say, revealing that would take would squeeze the juice out of the whole thing, lol. …

Basking in Fall’s Shine

Oh Summer thou are about to depart, and it’s as if we barely know ye. As you may be aware due in no small part to the rapid decline in temperature, the Season of Fall will soon be upon us, along with its trademark chilly days and dreary color schemes it paints nature with. However, before you concern yourself too much with mourning yet another summer’s passing, cheer up, as for all its faults, fall offers you a fairly generous trade-off, basking in radiant sunshine for basing in the sartorial …

The Glory of Port Charlotte

As someone who works in the wine and spirit trade, the moments of true excitement, those moments of making a discovery and tasting something new, seem to be more and more rare. It is those types of moments that got us excited about drinking quality products in the first place though, and I find myself continuing to search for the next moment of excitement.
Picture a tasting event, where there are 7 or 8 whiskies lined up on a printed mat, with space for tasting notes or other scribbles. Something, some smell, instantly …

Meat & Bread

The Hamburger. Hot Dog. Sandwich. The list could go on forever. Our diets are based around this most basic concept of the farmer’s lunch: baked grains with cooked meat, topped with garden vegetables. Simple food made with the best local ingredients.  In one way, shape, or form almost almost all our meals can relate to this idea. Our fast food businesses have bastardized it, food carts have simplified it. Even Michelin star restaurants elaborate on it. It almost always tastes delicious and is very rarely expensive to make.
When summer rolls around usually …

First Smoke of the Summer

Here in the Pacific Northwest, summer has been late in its arrival.  A wet April transitioned into a worse May, and before I knew it June arrived with my patio yet to be christened with the first cigar of the summer.  You see, though northwest winters are mild, they are wet, causing fellow aficionados to bundle up under covered patios or wait for the occasional warm and dry day. As a result, that first stretch of hot, dry weather is to be cherished.  A Connecticut on the patio with a …