On occasion, when we feature a low ABV beer on the program I’ll supplement the beer with a bottle of whiskey or bourbon to help grease the proverbial wheels a bit throughout the night. Sometimes this causes things, understandably, to veer off course and leaves your favorite Tuesday night heroes soaring off the side of a mountain, screaming in agony, with the TNCC Mobile engulfed in flames. Other times, like tonight for example, the bourbon serves its intended purpose and aids us in our never-ending quest for a fun discussion that results in a highly entertaining episode. Well except for Tut, he got really shitfaced early on tonight but somehow we managed to get him back on course…
Presented in the uncommon vitola shape known as a Double Perfecto Gordo, the Ghurka Legend Vintage 2001 Aniversario features an oily Connecticut Broadleaf wrapper. There was a tinge of sweetness on the cold draw and we were greeted with a pleasant leather aroma immediately upon toasting the foot.
First impression flavor-wise was that of super rich chocolate cake. Think Betty Crocker… no no, make that Duncan Hines box cake. The leather aroma mentioned earlier materializes into a nice leather note that dominates the retrohale. The draw is smooth (do NOT clip the already open head of the stogie as airflow is already generous), the burn line is fairly straight, and smoke production is copious from both ends of the cigar. The smoke seductively lingers as it slowly travels up the body of the cigar as if it doesn’t want to leave home just yet…
In the second half of the smoking experience, the strength level picks up to medium levels and hints of woodsiness and mild spice appear. The chocolate and leather flavors are now equally present on both the draw and the retrohale and they play exceptionally well together. In the final third a light coffee note also arises and somewhat replaces the leather as the smoking experience comes to an end. Out of the four cigars we smoked, there was only a single construction issue and that was, as you can see – the wrapper unravelled on the cigar chosen to be featured in these photos. The other three did not have this issue. We talk quite a bit about the Ghurka brand and its unique place in the premium cigar marketplace on tonight’s show so why don’t you watch/listen below and join the party!
A unique collaboration between Unibroue’s head brewmaster and Megadeth frontman Dave Mustaine, the À Tout Le Monde is visually cloudy and aromatically super clean and crisp when poured into a pint glass. 4.5% ABV isn’t very “heavy metal” by anyone’s definition but I’ll let it slide this time… plus we have that bourbon on the side for emergency situations such as this.
The overpowering flavor of pine hits you hard on first impact, GOOD LORD that’s an initial sip that makes a statement. It’s like the opening guitar riff in the classic Megadeth tune “Holy Wars“! But, luckily, the murky beer calms way way down five sips in and it begins delivering extremely flavorful notes of lemon, orange, and grapefruit. The citrus notes are so strong it’s like the beer was concocted with actual zest used in the brewing process as opposed to just the respected fruit juices. It’s a complex beer much like its blood relative the Don de Dieu that we reviewed way back on Episode 26. And, also like that beer, the À Tout Le Monde gets smoother and more enjoyable with each subsequent pint poured (it’s always funny how that happens) as you start to sort the complicated flavor profile out.
If you’re a fan of strong pine, citrus, and floral components then definitely give the À Tout Le Monde a shot. It’s a crazy beer for sure, perhaps they should’ve named it the Don de Nutso? You know, now that I think about it, all the varieties of Unibroue we’ve featured on the show have been crazy but highly enjoyable and it’s quickly becoming one of my favorite breweries out there simply because they don’t play it safe. HOLY WARS!!!
Tonight we have a lively discussion about director Adam Wingard’s Death Note as well as the original source material and the somewhat controversial differences between the two. If I revealed any more here it would be a great disservice to all the hard work we put into the show so I’m going to leave it at that. And, yes, by hard work I mean pounding down pints and flapping our gums for four hours. Enjoy the show!
Despite our drunken infighting and thanks to a heavy dose of our usual batshit crazy shenanigans this was a very entertaining and informative show. If you don’t believe me just watch or listen below and discover the TNCC magic for yourself.
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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…