COCKTAILS & CIGARS
Whiskey Review BY VINCE ALEXANDER
STEVE MC/BIGSTOCK.COM, WINTERLING/BIGSTOCK.COM
The whiskey of choice this month is Clyde May’s Alabama-style whiskey. An amazing blend of six-year-old aged bourbon gently folded with green apples and cinnamon. Oven-dried apples are added to the casks in which this delicious ĉĂÔąÔďÔĉÅ´®Ȋďķąĉďďĉď´ĪòĔȧääëòď´ďÒďȅäďÒòĔÅÒÔďÔĉòëäĪ 85 proof, it packs a heck of a punch as far as smell. Once you get past the initial strength of it and breathe deeply, you can taste in the far reaches of its notes apple and sweet cinnamon §òĔą§òëĸģòąȊ Aged in oak casks under the Alabama sky, this kind of whiskey is perfect on the rocks while you kick back, enjoy the view, and feel the country breeze roll across your backyard. If you aren’t lucky enough to have a country view, then you’re still in luck because jamming Lynyrd Skynyrd’s “Sweet Home Alabama” is almost the same. "ëßòĪďÒÔĉ¨òòäȅĂĂä´Ȝĸģòą´®ĉĂÔąÔďĉäòĤȊ´ĉĔą´ďòďá´ your time and enjoy the little notes of green sour apple and hint of rye. Considering it’s a majority corn whiskey, it’s ®´ķëÔď´äĪòë´ĪòĔĤòĔä®á´´ĂòëďÒ´ĉÒ´äÄÄòąÒòďĉĔêê´ą night. The state of Alabama’s rich military history is spoken loud and clear though this bottle, and without a doubt or a drop spilled, it is a ‘Bama original. In fact, this whiskey inspired a poem from my mind as I sipped away at my glass… From my glass spills liquid heaven. In the background a Chevy Impala is revvin’ Rumbling the ground; I’m sure it’s a ’67. Freebird is playing, and this golden nectar is calling. Apples, bourbon, and cinnamon—the combination is appalling. However, whiskey does it; she is not a habit but a calling. I chase her to the last drop; for this spirit you will be falling. The drink is great for a Bourbon Sling: Ƿď´ĉĂòòëĉĉĔĂ´ąķë´ĉĔÅą 4 ounces lemon-lime soda 1 ounce lemon juice 3 ounces whiskey 1 ounce squeezed orange juice Happy drinking and enjoy!!!
The Arturo Fuente Hemingway Classic Cigar BY VINCE ALEXANDER
nÒÔĉķë´äĪ¨ąÄď´®¨ÔÅąȅ made in the Perfecto style from §¨áąòĔë®ďÒ´Ƿǵĉë®ǸǵĉȅÔĉķää´®ĤÔďÒ§´ĔďÔÄĔä Dominican mild tobacco and wrapped in a light and delicate West African Cameroon wrapper. There are many styles of a Perfecto-crafted Hemingway. I chose the Classic because of its middle-of-the-road size, not to be underestimated, and its undying ability to burn long and slow. Like most good things in life, it takes time to get to the root of this cigar. Lòďďò§´Äòòä´®§ĪÔďĉĉÔİ´ë®ĂĂ´ąë¨´ȅĪòĔȧääķë®ďÒÔĉ class of cigars will take you beyond the plains of Texas, past the Atlantic, to the shores of the Dominican Republic. Tasting the initial puff to light this inspiring blend, you’re immediately ĉďąĔ¨áĤÔďÒêÔä®´ąďÒĪĸģòąȅäêòĉďďÒďòÄďÒ´ĤÔä®ȊLòď overpowering, the smoke is easy to handle, while at the same ďÔê´ä´ģÔëÅëòď´ĉòÄďÒ´òêÔëÔ¨ë§Ôë®´ąĤÔďÒĉĂÔ¨ĪķëÔĉÒ that begs to be matched with a spiced bourbon. Ernest Hemingway, a famous novelist at the time that the Perfecto cigar was popular, once said, “There is nothing noble in being superior to your fellow men. True nobility lies in being superior to your former self.” I smoked this cigar while staring out across the ocean, feeling and appreciating the strength of the working men’s backs that brought me this strong and earthy cigar. I thought of that quote and of the men and women who have strived to be superior to our former selves, constantly improving everything from cigars to science—advancing to the far reaches of this planet. This cigar, while named Classic, is a true Masterpiece. Best matched with a bourbon or rum. I suggest Charles Goodnight whiskey on the rocks. I
ÔëĸĔ´ë¨´ĉȊ¨òê | APRIL / MAY 2017 | 53
April/ May 2017