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Distilled Spirits: Cohiba Extra Cognac by Martell

CohibaCognacCognac and a great cigar make a fine pair. It’s worth noting that Cohiba released a similar spirit with Bisquit back in 2005. Good things come to those who wait though, right? Cohiba Cognac by Martell is made from top of the line eaux-de-vie (a.k.a fruit brandy) that’s been aged between 40 and 50 years in oak casks. That means it’s had plenty of time to infuse with rich oak accents and develop a deep amber hue. At 43% ABV, it’s also the ideal amount of alcohol to sip while puffing away. In tribute to the Cohiba connection, the bottle is distinguished by a silk-screen print of a traditional Cuban tobacco field. A special wooden box is part of the package as well — though sadly it’s not a humidor.

This Cognac is not from Cuba. This Martell is a high quality cognac, the cognacs name is a reference to the taste, which goes well with a cigar. The eaux-de-vie spirits have an age between 40 and 55 years. You can buy this Martell bottle online at a price of $551.

It is impossible to describe a cognac and not to mention its producer. The house Renault-Bisquit has a long story, which begins from the year 1819 where a young man Alexander Bisquit has founded the company and started this very successful business. To its double name the enterprise is obliged to the merge of such houses as CASTILLON RENAULT and BISQUIT-DUBOUCHE in 1991.

The characteristic feature of this beverage is an amazing freshness and a pronounced flavour of orange, almond, hazelnut, vanilla and honey. The finish is continuous with obvious hints of honey, spices, dairy caramel and dried fruit. The cognac has been produced at the personal request of Fidel Castro and is a perfect match with Cohiba Robusto – the most famous Cuban cigar brand. The stogie is medium to full bodied with tones of spice, wood, clove and wine.

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Unfortunately it’s impossible to say the same about another well-known Cuban cigar El Rey Del Mundo Tainos which is a Churchill of a great taste. This is a light bodied high quality stogie with woody and floral notes and easy, agreeable draw. Still, Cohiba Extra Cognac overwhelms this cigar releasing too much of sweetness whereas El Rey Del Mundo seems to be too simple and tasteless.

In the combination with Ramon Allones Specially Selected, both the stick and the beverage show their might, obviously generating a powerful and sharp feeling that is very pleasant. The most important why this pair goes pretty well is due to the richness of its aromatic nuances, which match together so well.

In the pair Cohiba Extra Cognac and Rocky Patel Vintage 1992, the beverage simply ruins cigar’s flavor completely dominating it. The only thing that is left unaffected is the peppery aroma, which becomes harsh during the procedure.

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SGDG Lounge+: Civil Cigar Lounge Washington, DC

Owned by the proprietors of W. Curtis Draper, the oldest tobacconist in Washington D.C., the lounge opened on January 14, 2013. An adjacent retail store, stocking a selection of cigars from Nicaragua, Honduras and the Dominican Republic, opened on December 26, 2013.  

If your looking to smokegood cigars, throw back a few distilled spirits or eat some of celebrity chef Bryan Voltaggio’s one-of-a-kind dishes…three indulgences in one place—the Civil Cigar Lounge in the Chevy Chase Pavilion.

The lounge is right next to Range, the upscale food menagerie with nine open kitchens that Voltaggio opened last month. The Range chefs will be offering a totally different menu of small plates at the cigar lounge, designed to complement the whiskies, Scotches, wine, cocktails and premium and small batch spirits served there.

With two private rooms, 125 personalized cedar cigar lockers, a long bar with 22 chairs, and smoking areas with burgundy leather chairs and plush banquettes, the place is a stunner. Even the restrooms are unique, with antique-mirrored ceilings and wallpaper depicting images of smoke.

Upon entry, you’ll notice the 500sqft retail shop with “world-class” smoking accessories and a glass-encased selection of cigars that range from mild body, to medium body, to Linda Tripp (um, heavy).
They’ve carefully curated a whole bunch of cigars from Nicaragua, Honduras, and the Dominican Republic, meaning places that have the best smokes also have serious Presidente issues.

After buying that stogie, you could stuff it in one of 125 lease-able humidified cedar cigar lockers for safekeeping, or light it up and head out to the…

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… lounge area with big ‘ole leather wingback club chairs and a state-of-the-art ventilation system that filters and replaces 100% of the air every two minutes, so it’s gone in like two Nic Cage heist films.

Pair that puff piece w/ one of their eight signature dranks, like this Smoked Manhattan w/ Knob Creek, Vermouth, a maraschino cherry, and a glass rinsed with smoked bourbon.

Or, if cigar puffing makes you hungry, just grab a small plate like this yellow fin tuna tartare with avocado and a soy-lime vinaigrette that’s no joke, mostly because it’s actually a salad dressing.

Distilled Spirits: Gautier XO Fine Cognac

Gautier Cognac is amongst the oldest cognac houses, with a very unique location. Gautier is based in Aigre on the Osme river, and ages in an 18th century water mill. Aigre is also referred to as the “Little Venice” of Charente. The proximity to the water and the resulting humidity and temperature in the cellars gives the cognac a recognizable taste. This cognac house unites ancient history with a modern view on the cognac market. It caters both professional cognac connoisseurs and aficionados as well as younger consumers that like to experiment with cognac and try out new and trendy cocktails.

This XO is aged up to 35 years creating a finer, rounder and fuller cognac. A contemporary, elegant bottle of clear glass to highlight the authencity of the product, giving full expression to its rich and natural gold color. Subtle, harmonious, round. A beautiful gold color, floral aromas and scents of toasted bread with a hint of cinnamon.

Nose suggests good maturity with prune, raisin and dried apricot. Full, well rounded mouth with full array of fruits following the nose with pear and peach. Smooth flow across the palate gives some light pepperiness and more dried fruits. Fine oak support. Slight dryness in the light, fruity finish.

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Distilled Spirits: 1926 Macallan $54k Price Tag

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The Macallan Fine & Rare Collection represents the very best of The Macallan’s oldest maturing stock and the greatest range of vintage single malt ever released. Every year the range is augmented by the introduction of a new vintage release. The full collection of vintages represent a liquid history of The Macallan, offering insights into the aroma and flavours characteristic of this great single malt stretching back to the earliest release distilled in 1926. 

Over the years, the Fine & Rare range has underpinned The Macallan as the world’s most valuable and collectable single malt whisky, dominating auctions around the world and setting world record prices, both at auction and private sale.

Christie’s hosted the first spirits auction in New York since prohibition. Some of the rare whiskies were expected to fetch up to $30,000 per bottle. Startlingly, a 1926 Macallan, bottled in 1986, went for US $54,000 and was announced as the most expensive bottle of Scotch ever sold by Christie’s anywhere in the world. We have already talked about the expensive Macallan Fine and Rare collection. The bottle that spent 60 years in wood barrel was expected to go for between $20,000 and $30,000, but fetched a whopping US $54,000.

Distilled Spirits: Aged Brown Spirits


A well-dressed gentleman drinking an old fashioned is debonair and cinematic. A lovely lady sipping on a bourbon is confident and sexy. Here are five of our favorite well aged brown spirits for the new season. You do the rest.

 

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Aged Vodka

1. Absolut Amber, $30 Although not commonly known as a brown spirit, aged vodkas have become en vogue in the cocktail and spirits community. Stored in oak barrels for up to several years, this liquid thrill is aged similarly to scotch and bourbon for a taste that’s truly the best of both worlds. Currently, the recently-released Absolut Amber, aged for a minimum of six months in the traditional brown spirits method, leads the pack.

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Bourbon

2. Basil Hayden’s Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey, $45 Suave and smooth best describes this gem of a spirit. A small batch Kentucky bourbon with hints of spice, pepper and honey, yet light bodied with a gentle bite, this bourbon whiskey is perfect for a smooth sail on a chilly night.

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Rum

3. Brugal 1888, $45 Warm like a tropical breeze, Brugal 1888 from the Dominican Republic hits like a sun-fi lled vacation. Aged for six to eight years in American oak barrels, followed by two to four years in Oloroso Sherry casks, Brugal 1888 has complex notes of chocolate, toff ee, caramel and licorice, followed by a pleasant fi nish that lingers like the sun setting on Punta Cana. Its a sterling choice for the holidays.

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Tequila

4. Don Julio 1942, $125 Aged for a minimum of two and a half years in American oak barrels, Don Julio 1942 is an exceptional expression of an aged tequila. With tasting notes of deep roasted agave, vanilla and spices, this tequila is meant to be sipped and savored— no shots needed.

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Scotch Whiskey

5. Glenmorangie Lasanta, $65 With inklings of butterscotch, walnuts and warm spices, the Glenmorangie Lasanta is a choice scotch for autumn and winter. Aged for 10 years in ex-bourbon barrels, then extra matured in barrels from Spain, the Lasanta is a true testament to the adage