Tonight we begin our 6th annual MARCH TO HALLOWEEN HORRIFIC DRINKING SPOOKTACULAR… or some shit like that. Yes it’s that time once again, boys and ghouls, and I promise you that the next several shows leading up to October 31st will be truly horrifying as they are every year. But in a good way of course! So stick a candle in your pumpkin, shove a cigar in your mouth hole, and click the links below to JOIN THE PARTY!!!
THE CIGAR – DEATH BUCKET by ROOM 101
Size: 6 x 52 (toro)
Wrapper: Ecuadorian habano
Price: $10.00 (We bought these from CigarHustler.com, as they were nice enough to take our money and let us purchase these fine cigars even though we aren’t regulars in their lounge and we don’t know our PodBean ranking offhand. But despite all of this they were gracious enough to allow us to give them our credit card number in exchange for goods and services, so go seek out the premium cigars of your dreams at CigarHustler.com and I’m sure you’ll be treated with the same professional level of respect and class that we were afforded. CigarHustler.com is simply one of the best in the business. And they often have some really awesome contests running too, so keep your eyes open for those as well! But do NOT use your favorite promo code TNCC20 at checkout as that only works at FamousSmokeShop.com where you can use it to knock $20 off your purchase of $100 or more, now that’s really really awesome)
If you jump back a few months ago to Episode 115, when we interviewed Room 101’s Matt Booth and covered quite a lot of ground with him (that’s the understatement of the century), one thing we touched upon was his brief “retirement” from the cigar industry back in 2017, an event that it turns out had nothing to do with him retiring at all but rather the way he chose to delicately handle his divorce from working exclusively with Davidoff who had been his manufacturing partner since Room 101 burst on the scene. Upon his return back to the premium cigar universe just a few months later, one of the first cigars Booth blended is the cigar we are smoking tonight. Booth claims the cigar has no name, though it’s commonly referred to as the Death Bucket.
I’ll just say it here as I may or may not say it on the show (I was drinking heavily as usual so sue me), I love this cigar band as I love almost all of Matt Booth’s Room 101 branding. Featuring a KFC style bucket full of skulls and bones on the front of the band and a dancing army of chicken drumsticks on the backside – it’s just awesome visually. The Death Bucket’s wrapper emits a very earthy aroma with a strong sweetness directly off the foot.
That sweetness shows up again on the cold draw and once the Death Bucket is set on fire the first impressions are of soft spice on the retrohale and faint milk chocolate and leather off the draw. There’s a slight tingle on the nose but that white pepper is muted compared to most of the cigars we’ve smoked recently. Most notable early on is that the cigar’s aroma is off the charts amazing, everyone agreed that the Death Bucket’s smell was intoxicatingly seductive.
That chocolate remains prevalent and though the cigar’s strength grows it’s still a surprisingly mild-medium cigar profile-wise. For a cigar called Death Bucket, albeit not officially called that by the manufacturer, it’s a very subtle non-assuming stogie that reveals most of its flavors via the retrohale. The chocolate joins the pepper on the nose and it’s delightful while the strength also gradually picks up through the nose as well. If you aren’t blowing smoke out of your nostrils then you’re missing the delights this cigar has to offer. On the draw, the leather remains the dominant note…
I never considered, until The Doctor mentioned it, that we smoked a cigar with Kentucky Fried Chicken branding while talking about a film starring Wings Hauser but I guess at this point we are pairing shit so expertly that we don’t even have to think about it anymore. We rock! This isn’t a scary cigar by any means but it is a very nuanced cigar so you should seek it out and share your thoughts with us, from a social distance of course…
Once again folks, usually (before this mini apocalypse was thrust upon all of us) we would carefully – some of you have said “expertly” – pair our evening’s beer with the cigar and movie and we’d all drink that same beer and compare notes. But since this whole COVID-19 shitshow has happened, each member of the TNCC is now solely responsible for risking their lives out in the wild and acquiring their own beers for each episode…
Low ABV and low IBUs but lots of malts; however, Tut found the Dance Pants light in nature despite that heavy maltiness. He also found it to express some distinct spices as well and he felt that perhaps those spices interfered with his cigar smoking experience somewhat… so maybe steer clear of this one if you’re lighting up. There is a scene in tonight’s film that involves a guy dancing and he’s wearing pants so, I guess, we’ll give Tut a passing grade on his pairing (C-).
A golden ale that’s also low on on the ABV and IBU scales but they add in a shit ton of local honey so seek this one out if you live in the Dallas area and suffer from seasonal allergies. Personally I like honey in my tea, not my beer, but The Doctor seemed to enjoy it. He found it to be an unremarkable ale but suitable for quenching your thirst on a hot Texas summer night… And there is a scene in tonight’s film where we see an enormous Food Of The Gods sized bee hive so The Doctor is good-to-go for his pairing check mark as well.
One of the main characters in tonight’s film is named Martin and our titular character is building a house so Yaks gets two check marks on his pairing score card. He wins! Another low ABV and low IBU beer but Yak Boy likes this richer tasting beer in the bock style and none of those classic bock flavors interfered with his smoking experience whatsoever… if anything it enhanced the chocolate subtleties of the cigar.
A double New England style IPA out of Brooklyn NY featuring an ABV of 8% and only 35 IBUS, but forget that low bitterness, let’s focus on the fact that finally somebody is finally drinking a ballsy beer on tonight’s show! I was promised by the Six Point Brewing marketing team that this beer would “melt my face off” and it sadly did not; however, after drinking three of them I found it tasty enough and it stayed far out of the way of tonight’s cigar profile. That soapy sensation I get with a lot of today’s hazy IPAs wasn’t present so much and the beer balanced that hazy aspect out with some nice citrus and a great aroma. And our main female protagonist has a mental meltdown in the film so my position as a world renowned pairing badass is secure for another two weeks.
THE FILM – THE CARPENTER (1988)
This is one of the weirdest fucking movies that we’ve ever done a deep dive into on the podcast and, after six years and over a hundred films, that’s really saying something. I personally loved The Carpenter for many reasons but the primary source of my joy is the lead performance by one of my favorite actors Wings Hauser. Wings chews up the screen in this flick, as he always does, and when you add in all the bizarre characters surrounding him and the absolutely nutso direction… well you’ll want to click those links below right now and prepare yourself to be entertained. DO IT NOW!!!
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Below is tonight’s full episode for both your viewing and listening pleasure. Thank you for checking out The Tuesday Night Cigar Club and we’ll see you next time when we review another cigar, adult beverage, and film. May the wings of liberty never lose a feather…
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