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by MJL
Sun May 22, 2011 11:49 pm
Forum: Whiskey Cellar
Topic: REVIEW: Old Crow Reserve 4 Year Old 86 Proof Bourbon
Replies: 3
Views: 15677

Re: REVIEW: Old Crow Reserve 4 Year Old 86 Proof Bourbon

Well, sort of off the subject but the online photo storage service I use to host my photos indicates that a whole bunch of folks have been looking at this photo. That's why I asked about no comments. At less than $20 for a handle of bourbon you can't go wrong with this bourbon. It is cheaper than Ji...
by MJL
Sun May 22, 2011 12:46 pm
Forum: Whiskey Cellar
Topic: REVIEW: Old Crow Reserve 4 Year Old 86 Proof Bourbon
Replies: 3
Views: 15677

Re: REVIEW: Old Crow Reserve 4 Year Old 86 Proof Bourbon

Anyone else have a chance to try this?
by MJL
Sun May 22, 2011 12:44 pm
Forum: The Humidor
Topic: What do you use to light your cigar with?
Replies: 8
Views: 12757

Re: What do you use to light your cigar with?

I like the strike-anywhere matches to light cigars. I use them to light pipes as lighters tend to burn the rim. On the other hand much of my cigar smoking these days seems to go while driving home from work or university. With the windows open, even in the parking lot, it is almost impossible to use...
by MJL
Sun May 22, 2011 12:33 pm
Forum: The Humidor
Topic: My Personal Cigar Statement! Please Add Your Thoughts!!!!
Replies: 5
Views: 10310

Re: My Personal Cigar Statement! Please Add Your Thoughts!!!

peetie44, In 2009 I won a grant from the German Foreign Office to do some research in Germany, Poland, Ukraine, Lithuania and Denmark. During this time, especially when I was in Germany, I was able to have access to some of the best cigars the Cuban government is able to market. Indeed, for those Am...
by MJL
Sun Oct 24, 2010 5:38 pm
Forum: Whiskey Cellar
Topic: Whisky review: Whisky review: Bruichladdich The Sixteens Bou
Replies: 16
Views: 17622

Re: Whisky review: Whisky review: Bruichladdich The Sixteens

Oh, one more thing, Jimmy. Since I too live in SoFla I hope I will soon get the chance to see an example of your superpowers up close and personal. I'm pretty sure I know your haunts and hunting grounds as I have been poaching them for some time. When we do finally cross paths I would very much like...
by MJL
Sun Oct 24, 2010 5:27 pm
Forum: Whiskey Cellar
Topic: Whisky review: Whisky review: Bruichladdich The Sixteens Bou
Replies: 16
Views: 17622

Re: Whisky review: Whisky review: Bruichladdich The Sixteens

Jim, You are right about one thing. I disagree with you and Arctic Wolf. I go away for a few weeks to work on my book and come back to these amazing diatribes. Since both of you got your panties in a wad over some mear peasant, like myself, countering you let me spell out my point in plain English. ...
by MJL
Sun Sep 26, 2010 6:26 pm
Forum: Whiskey Cellar
Topic: Review: Johnnie Walker Green Label Blended Malt
Replies: 9
Views: 13268

Re: Review: Johnnie Walker Green Label Blended Malt

To be honest they are all good but the Green Label speaks to me the loudest so to speak. I have tasted all but the Blue but that days is coming soon!
by MJL
Sun Sep 26, 2010 4:06 pm
Forum: Whiskey Cellar
Topic: Whisky review: Whisky review: Bruichladdich The Sixteens Bou
Replies: 16
Views: 17622

Re: Whisky review: Whisky review: Bruichladdich The Sixteens

I am a historian by profession with much of my professional career spent studying the Holocaust/Shoah and other genocides. If I have learned anything from the last decade of research it is to be weary of crazy theories posing as science, even clocked with so-called evidence. If someone cannot descri...
by MJL
Sun Sep 26, 2010 3:05 pm
Forum: The Humidor
Topic: Rocky Patel
Replies: 3
Views: 7438

Re: Rocky Patel

Ugh~! A cut and paste advertisement. Low class.....
by MJL
Sat Sep 18, 2010 11:13 pm
Forum: The Drawing Room
Topic: The Beard Thread
Replies: 14
Views: 12424

Re: The Beard Thread

I started wearing a full beard when I went back to graduate school in 2007. Waking up at 04:00 to head to work then University after until 23:00 took away my motivation to shave. I defended my thesis in July but have yet to shave...pure laziness and not fashion on my part!
by MJL
Wed Sep 15, 2010 8:45 am
Forum: The Humidor
Topic: Review: Sancho Panza Double Maduro Lancero
Replies: 3
Views: 7640

Re: Review: Sancho Panza Double Maduro Lancero

Sure, I have tried many of the Dominican Republic made Cohiba. I am less than impressed. I should add that I am less than impressed with the Cuban made ones too as for the money I do not think they deliver on taste or construction. Personally, I think asking 20Euro for a cigar is more than I am will...
by MJL
Sun Sep 12, 2010 6:52 pm
Forum: Whiskey Cellar
Topic: Review: Echo Springs 80 Proof Straight Bourbon
Replies: 0
Views: 14627

Review: Echo Springs 80 Proof Straight Bourbon

http://i15.photobucket.com/albums/a376/MJLittman/Liquor/1a7d12cf.jpg NAME: Echo Springs Straight Bourbon LOCATION: Heaven Hill Distilleries, Bardstown, KY PRICE: $ 15.99 BACKGROUND: While returning to Florida from a post-graduate school road trip jaunt out across the Western USA, we decided to stop...
by MJL
Sat Sep 11, 2010 11:07 pm
Forum: The Humidor
Topic: What do you use to light your cigar with?
Replies: 8
Views: 12757

Re: What do you use to light your cigar with?

Pieter, I picked up a Xikar lighter as a reward to myself for completing the writing of a paper on the Great Depression. I was at the wonderful tobacconist in Key Largo talking about lighters when I decided to take the leap. They are a great bargain and are wonderful lighters....haven't broken it yet.
by MJL
Sat Sep 11, 2010 4:54 pm
Forum: Whiskey Cellar
Topic: Forty Creek 40
Replies: 2
Views: 7697

Re: Forty Creek 40

We ended up going through 6 of the 1.75l bottles of Forty Creek. The store I was buying these from was in the process of shutting down. This was pretty decent stuff and I now realize I was picking this up for close to half price. Near the end of the store I picked up a bottle for $9.99 and that is a...
by MJL
Sat Sep 11, 2010 2:19 pm
Forum: Rum Cellar
Topic: Rum Review: Havana Club Anejo Blanco
Replies: 5
Views: 11290

Re: Rum Review: Havana Club Anejo Blanco

Not a problem and thanks. I was wondering if it was something to do with my screen settings. Do you mind if I insert photos with my posts from my online photo storage site? I find photos enhance the review but some sites do not like them due to bandwidth limitations. I tend to make my photos medium ...
by MJL
Sat Sep 11, 2010 1:19 pm
Forum: The Humidor
Topic: Review: Sancho Panza Double Maduro Lancero
Replies: 3
Views: 7640

Re: Review: Sancho Panza Double Maduro Lancero

It goes without saying that it should be noted that the above review is for the Sancho Panza that are intended for the USA market and not the ones made in Cuba. I am not even sure if these are available outside of the USA so please be advised.
by MJL
Sat Sep 11, 2010 1:17 pm
Forum: The Humidor
Topic: Review: Sancho Panza Double Maduro Lancero
Replies: 3
Views: 7640

Review: Sancho Panza Double Maduro Lancero

I have always liked the Sancho Panza brand cigars rolled in Cuba. They are well made from good tobacco and aim to please the mid-priced consumer. A number of years ago Sancho Panza cigars began to be rolled in Honduras for the USA market. Although these too were aimed at the modest priced market in ...
by MJL
Sat Sep 11, 2010 12:08 pm
Forum: The Humidor
Topic: My Personal Cigar Statement! Please Add Your Thoughts!!!!
Replies: 5
Views: 10310

My Personal Cigar Statement! Please Add Your Thoughts!!!!

In my misspent youth I would smoke just about any cigar; machine made, hand made, hand rolled, good, bad and ugly all graced my lips from one time to another. In my old age I have come to develop distinct preferences and will use this post to list mine. I invite others to follow suit. I like dark ci...
by MJL
Sat Sep 11, 2010 12:03 pm
Forum: Rum Cellar
Topic: Rum Review: Havana Club Anejo Blanco
Replies: 5
Views: 11290

Re: Rum Review: Havana Club Anejo Blanco

Thanks for the kind comments, I had longer notes but there is something weird going on when I try to post onto this site. When I get to a certain number of letters I can no longer see what I am typing. I will expand this review today with the remainder of my notes and perhaps a photo.
by MJL
Fri Sep 10, 2010 10:05 pm
Forum: Rum Cellar
Topic: Show off your rum collection
Replies: 68
Views: 59900

Re: Show off your rum collection

My current holdings of rum is listed below. This is from my 31 January 2010 liquor inventory. I have since added a few more bottles but have also drained a few. These are cached around the house so getting a pick of them in one place would be hard but we can use out imagination.....! :hsugh: :hsugh:...
by MJL
Fri Sep 10, 2010 9:39 pm
Forum: News Repository
Topic: Will Venezuela go sour on whisky?
Replies: 2
Views: 7507

Re: Will Venezuela go sour on whiskey?

Interesting read as this jives with what I experience in South Florida among the exile communities here as well. I think among a certain social and economic level Rum was seen as less cultured and more low class than Scotch. I know one older gentleman, in his 60s, an exiled upper middle class,educat...
by MJL
Fri Sep 10, 2010 1:35 am
Forum: Whiskey Cellar
Topic: REVIEW: Old Crow Reserve 4 Year Old 86 Proof Bourbon
Replies: 3
Views: 15677

REVIEW: Old Crow Reserve 4 Year Old 86 Proof Bourbon

http://i15.photobucket.com/albums/a376/MJLittman/Liquor/62c717cd.jpg NAME: OLD CROW RESERVE 86 PROOF BOURBON LOCATION: Jim Beam Distilleries, Clermont, Frankfort KY, USA PRICE $18.99 Background: In my indiscrete youth I was more or less a bottom shelf or nothing drinker. At one unfortunate moment I...
by MJL
Fri Sep 10, 2010 1:04 am
Forum: The Humidor
Topic: Favorite Bundled Cigars.
Replies: 6
Views: 9102

Re: Favorite Bundled Cigars.

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My 2010 haul home from my swing by JR Tobacco in Statesville, NC. I picked up a few more bundles while in Washington DC earlier this summer to bring my depleted humidors back up to full.
by MJL
Fri Sep 10, 2010 12:29 am
Forum: Whiskey Cellar
Topic: Woodford Reserve
Replies: 7
Views: 10480

Re: Woodford Reserve

Woodford Reserve is one of the best bourbons on the market today. Refined and complex it produces a satisfying drink to novice and experienced tasters alike. Personally, I love Woodford Reserve. The Brown Forman distillery that produces Woodford is located down a long, picturesque country road in ru...
by MJL
Fri Sep 10, 2010 12:15 am
Forum: Whiskey Cellar
Topic: Review: Johnnie Walker Green Label Blended Malt
Replies: 9
Views: 13268

Re: Review: Johnnie Walker Green Label Blended Malt

Of all the Johnnie Walker offerings that I have tried I still feel the Green Label is the best buy of the lot. You can often find it for under $50 and sometimes under $40. At that price it is worthy of adding a bottle to your stash. It goes remarkably well with cigars and stands up to the strongest ...
by MJL
Fri Sep 10, 2010 12:10 am
Forum: Rum Cellar
Topic: Rum Review: Havana Club Anejo Blanco
Replies: 5
Views: 11290

Rum Review: Havana Club Anejo Blanco

Sorry if this review is a bit late (one year) but I have been pretty busy in graduate school, work, family, etc this last year so here it is a year late. This review is written from the notes I created in August 2009. BACKGROUND: As a historian I was lucky enough to be asked, by the German governmen...
by MJL
Thu Sep 09, 2010 11:39 pm
Forum: The Humidor
Topic: What do you use to light your cigar with?
Replies: 8
Views: 12757

Re: What do you use to light your cigar with?

Two years later and with more reflection I think the lighting of a cigar, within limitations (no zippos, or liquid petroleum based fuels) is less important than the cutting in getting a good smoke. A well stored cigar will actually rather quickly (within a few minutes) even out the ash if lit in onl...
by MJL
Thu Sep 09, 2010 11:29 pm
Forum: The Humidor
Topic: Favorite Bundled Cigars.
Replies: 6
Views: 9102

Re: Favorite Bundled Cigars.

I have been associated with a group of American collectors that visited Haya twice in his later years. Sadly, at the time I was mostly broke from having a young child so I was not able to make the journey to Finland. I missed my chance to meet the greatest sniper of all time (I think his score does ...
by MJL
Mon Dec 29, 2008 4:39 am
Forum: Rum Cellar
Topic: WIRSPA: Unplugged
Replies: 10
Views: 14113

Re: WIRSPA: Unplugged

Jim, This sounds like branding to me. I am uncertain where the problem lays? Coke brands. Pepsi brands. Oreos brands. Burgundy, Chianti, Parmesan cheese and Bourbon all brand. Why can't Rum define its brand as well? What is the difference between Champagne and the exact product made in California or...
by MJL
Sat Dec 20, 2008 5:51 pm
Forum: The Humidor
Topic: Favorite Bundled Cigars.
Replies: 6
Views: 9102

Re: Favorite Bundled Cigars.

I tend to keep between 500-1000 cigars on hand in my humidors at any given time so they can have time to age. Some age longer than others. More on that in another posting. So, you are in Finland? That is VERY interesting. I have been collecting Finnish Mosin Nagant's for the better part of the last ...