I know I say this a lot here and then 1200 words later I’m proven a liar time and time again BUT I really am going to keep this episode page short and sweet this week because I want you to watch the show. It’s one of our most entertaining episodes in quite some time (what is it with us and westerns?) and a lot of that is due to the triumphant return of The Doctor!
Perhaps we were all in such a good mood from the get-go tonight because our good friend and loyal TNCC listener Matt Schwahn over at Honest Roast Coffee sent us a phenomenal bottle of whiskey to kick things off! The EC 1511 Double Barrel Single Malt Whiskey from Infinity Beverages in Eau Claire, Wisconsin is the real fucking deal. While Infinity’s flagship whiskey is actually distilled from beer malts and hops, this 80 proof sucker here is double aged in raw unroasted and roasted coffee beans provided by Honest Roast Coffee. Tut sensed the coffee influence immediately while also picking up on its buttery taste, vanilla notes, and smooth bourbon sipping strengths. High praise from a highly praised drunk! Once I lit up tonight’s cigar I immediately also picked up on those vanilla notes, ah the miracle of a good pairing. I love it, I live for it.
This was one of only 498 bottles produced so I want to give big props to Matt for thinking of us and sending this our way. That’s how you get your name read on the air, folks, send us stuff! He also strongly recommended that we drink it neat and give it some time to open up after the pour, so I came out to The Corner Of No Hope and poured our drinks two days prior to recording just to be safe…
Shape: Toro (6 x 50)
Country: Dominican Republic
Wrapper: Pennsylvania Broadleaf
Filler: Broadleaf, Pennsylvania Maduro, and Honduran Corojo
Price: $55 for a fiver, so around $11 but they’re always running deals on Cigar Monster
There’s a really pleasurable rich tobacco aroma when sniffing the cigar before lighting up. It took a while to get the foot lit properly, it was almost as if certain patches of the filler tobacco took a bit longer to get burning than others but given the right amount of patience and a steady hand it all got going fast enough. There’s a smoky sweet woodsiness with a spicy pepper note right off the bat. The spiciness is joined very strong cedar and earth, it’s not a transitional cigar by any means but it is complex and that complexity maintains itself throughout the smoking experience.
This sucker is a full strength, full flavor powerhouse- a real ball buster. The overall power is really on display throughout the final third when the cedar note is replaced by a mighty oak flavor and with the reemergence of the pepper it takes a man’s man to finish this bad boy off right. And if you find a man’s man please let us know, you can tell from one look at us that they don’t hang around The Corner Of No Hope obviously. The Camacho American Barrel Aged is a meaty cigar with a unique profile that makes an impact.
I’m so glad I went with an IPA tonight because any other style of beer would’ve been completely overshadowed by our cigar. The pine and citrus notes (subtle grapefruit) of the Runoff Red compliment the spice and pepper of the cigar big time. Add in the nice floral dimension of the Runoff Red and it’s hands down a well-balanced, flavorful, wonderful IPA all on its own.
I’m only going to say two things here as far as tonight’s film. Jack and shit. And Jack just left town. This is one of my favorite film discussions we’ve had on the show in a long while, we have a ton of fun with In A Valley Of Violence so just click the YouTube video below and join the party!
I love this episode. And not just because at one point I had a glass of whiskey in one hand and a beer in the other! For whatever reason, the western genre always brings out the best in the Tuesday Night Cigar Club and tonight was no exception.
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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…