The Macallan 18

Farewell, friend. Normally, we might pour some out in your honour but at the risk of offending someone I will treat this spirit with at least a bit of reverence. But not too much. Because the worth of Macallan 18 has very much come into question. This whisky sells for over $300 per bottle near my house, when it is available, which is almost never.  So based on cost and rarity, this is probably at the very very top of what should be considered valuable whisky. The quality of the …

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New Releases from the Scotch Malt Whisky Society

For those of you unfamiliar with the SMWS, you may glance at the names below and wonder, “How did these guys get involved in this business?” There is a whimsical nature to the presentation and culture of this famous whisky society which at first glance appears to belong to the bottles of another spirit. Absinthe perhaps? Why not whisky? As soon as you meet the personalities which work for the society, and meet the people that attend the events as part of the society, you realize that there is an …

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 …