Merry Christmas and Happy New Year

From all of us at The Aspiring Gentleman, we wish you and yours a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.  We’ll be taking the next week off to spend quality time with our families, and we hope you’ll be able to do the same.  Make sure to open a nice bottle or clip a treasure from the depths of your humidor, take the time to grow closer to friends and family, and don’t forget to give some of your time and resources to those less fortunate.
Until 2014, sláinte!

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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.
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A Little Online Tie Shopping with Mitchell Roberts

Have you ever walked out of your favourite clothing store, disappointed about the current selection of patterns and fabrics,wondering where you will find that perfect tie you’re looking for? Maybe the thought of ploughing through the salesmen and mediocre selection of several other stores looms heavily in front of you. Going back to an old standby in the closet may start to seem like a more valuable way to spend your afternoon. There is another option at home though. You can browse the immense selection of ties online from a reputable vendor.
I …

Replacing Old Dorm Room Posters

Transitioning from college life, where “hanging art” meant tacking movie posters to your dorm room’s walls, to adulthood, where decorating with class requires careful thought and planning, is a difficult one.  Given infinite resources, the easiest path to entering the art world is to purvey your local art gallery, spending some time learning what you like, and purchasing some pieces to adorn your walls.  However, for those just transitioning out of college or bachelorhood, replacing that Baywatch poster with a several thousand dollar piece of art is a serious step. …

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 …

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 …

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 …