Honestly, it’s been a while since you’re favorite podcast crew dug this deep in to a movie. While tonight’s episode is a fun one for sure, we do go down some more serious roads during the course of our film discussion and I always think that’s a good thing when it happens. I hope you enjoy the show as much as we enjoyed putting it together for you. So click the links below and LET’S PARTY!
THE CIGAR – HOT CAKE by HVC
Size: 5 5/8 x 46
Wrapper: Mexican San Andrés
Binder: Nicaraguan (Jalapa Corojo 99 & Estelí Corojo 98)
Filler: Nicaragua (Viso Corojo 2006 Maduro)
Price: $7.40 (and please remember when purchasing some fine HVC cigars or other brands from FamousSmokeShop.com to use your new favorite promo code TNCC20 at checkout where it will knock $20 off your purchase of $100 or more. But be sure to hurry, as I hear tonight’s cigar is selling like hot cakes… sorry)
The Hot Cake’s dark Mexican wrapper gives off a very fresh barnyard smell, it’s like your standing in a hay loft on top of a barn playing grab ass while waiting for Jason Voorhees to stab you in the gut with a pitchfork. This might be the first time in cigar media history that a cold draw has been described as “barnyard and teenage lust” so I guess we will always be known for that if nothing else…
There’s mineral through the nose immediately upon setting the Hot Cake on fire and underneath it is a mild black pepper and an even fainter hint of mint (you really have to hunt for that mint). A distinct medium leather note introduces itself via the draw and it’s paired with a little cocoa powder on the back end. The Hot Cake features a very sexy smoke profile as the smoke gently makes its way up the body of the cigar, and the aroma is wonderful.
In the second half, both a creaminess and a cracker-like breadiness arise on the draw and they work very well with that steady leather note. Construction is stellar from start to finish, the Hot Cake produces a beautiful stack-of-dimes ash and no touch ups were required whatsoever by any of us. Sadly, we did not get any pancake flavors from the Hot Cake but the highly enjoyable consistent leather and cocoa profile balanced with the mineral-intensive retrohale (and a very attractive price point) was all enough for us to give this slow smoking cigar three thumbs up!
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…
This beer is marketed as a “white chocolate raspberry cheesecake with graham crackers” in a can SO whether it’s good or not, there’s clearly no way Yaks will be able to taste any flavors in tonight’s cigar. And even if he could, this sugary brew clocks in at 12% so would we believe anything his drunk ass would say anyways? No, the answer is no we would not. So was this sugary concoction any good? Yak Boy reported that it was indeed good but far from great.
This ridiculously flavorful stout was slightly less overwhelming than Yak’s first beer and the vanilla and cinnamon flavor profile thankfully played nicer with the cigar, allowing for some of the Hot Cake’s flavors to finally shine through for our “resident beer expert”. I guess the lesson learned tonight is to not pair cake themed beers with a cake themed cigar… or any cigar really for that matter. COLLECTIVE PAIRING GRADE = C-
At 5.5 % ABV and 35 IBUs, The Doctor found this beer to be nothing short of delicious. The beer is marketed as pairing well with “cheese puffs, burgers, and sass mouths” which is fortuitous as that’s my three nicknames for the other members of the TNCC (I’ll let you figure out who’s what but, of course, Tut is “Sass Mouth”). The Doctor selected this beer as a way of saying “please and thank you” to yours truly for discovering this amazing film that we are discussing tonight so I really appreciated that gesture. PAIRING GRADE = B
Red Horn is Tut’s local craft brewer so he should really own stock in the company at this point. At 6 % ABV and 30 IBUs and loaded with flakey oats and chocolate malts, this beer is special because it is the FIRST brown ale that Tut has ever enjoyed after sampling literally hundreds of brown ales all over the USA over the past few years during our travels. The combination of oats and caramel really appealed to him and the beer complimented tonight’s cigar very well. Although he didn’t pick up on this pairing point, our lead character in the film we are discussing is 16 years old so, there, I made this selection work for him. PAIRING GRADE = B+ (graded on a curve)
We actually featured this tasty 8.3% ABV 60 IBUs oatmeal stout previously back on Episode 51 and I remember liking it, which is rare as I’m not a big fan of stouts and I rarely remember anything the next day after a show. But seeing as how I was attempting to pair a beer with a Hot Cake cigar tonight, a breakfast beer just made sense. And the beer remained tasty and well-balanced, Thank God, and it stayed out of the cigar’s way for the most part. This a smooth stout that I would recommend to fellow drinkers who usually aren’t a fan of stouts.
Finally! Tonight I finally discovered a beer from Clown Shows that I actually enjoy and I enjoyed it immensely! Coming in hard at 9% ABV and a reported 90 IBUs, the Space Cake is full bodied, loaded with citrus flavors such as papaya, and the aroma is phenomenal. This double IPA goes down super fucking smooth although if there’s 90 IBUs in this thing I’m a Chinese jet pilot. The Space Cake paired well with the Hot Cake cigar in that it added a nice touch of crisp fruity flavors to the party without interfering with any of the core flavors of the cigar one bit. COLLECTIVE PAIRING GRADE = A
THE FILM – BUTCHER, BAKER, NIGHTMARE MAKER (1981)
This movie is fucking nuts. This movie is fucking NUTS. This movie is FUCKING NUTS. This movie IS FUCKING NUTS. This MOVIE IS FUCKING NUTS. THIS MOVIE IS FUCKING NUTS! I’m not talented enough at the keyboard to even attempt to sum up this bizarre yet highly entertaining film so you’re just going to have to click the links below to watch and or listen to us take you through the one-of-a-kind cinematic journey that is Butcher, Baker, Nightmare Maker. If you think you’ve seen it all, trust us, you haven’t…
Please leave us comments on the YouTube episode page and subscribe while you’re there, provide us with a review on iTunes, or be a real stud and do both! All these seemingly small gestures would be greatly appreciated as they let us know exactly what you’re thinking about this sweat soaked tidal wave of hardbodied insanity we like to call The Tuesday Night Cigar Club.
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…
Podcast: Play in new window | Download (64.3MB)
Subscribe: Apple Podcasts | RSS