Padron Damaso No.12 with The Monarch

The Monarch Cocktail While this cocktail has many variations, the original was created in 2003 by Douglas Ankrah (Creator of Lab and Townhouse bars in London). Nose:  lemon and mint Taste:  tangy, very herbal with bright lemon, crisp Finish:  tangy mint with lingering lemon Overall:  crisp and  refreshing The Monarch Cocktail - Recipe 2oz Gin … Continue reading Padron Damaso No.12 with The Monarch

The Phantom Cocktail and Perdomo’s 20th Anniversary Maduro

The Phantom Cocktail This week this Huntsville Ballet Company is performing The Phantom of the Ballet and in their honor the bartenders at SiP have created The Phantom Cocktail. Nose:  lemon and dark berries Taste:  sweet raspberry on the front with notes of herbs, lemon, and ginger Finish:  a mix of ginger and raspberries, sweet … Continue reading The Phantom Cocktail and Perdomo’s 20th Anniversary Maduro

Why Are There So Many Types of Liquors?

Vodka, tequilla, rum, whiskey, whisky, bourbon, scotch, gin, sake, wine, brandy, cognac, beer, grappa, cachaca..... this can just keep going on and on and on!  Why are there so many types of alcohol and what do they all mean? An alcoholic beverage is categorized based on the steps it takes to produce it.  Differences in … Continue reading Why Are There So Many Types of Liquors?

Gurkha’s Seduction Cigar with a Velvet Red Manhattan

Gurkha's Seduction Rothchild This cigar was first released at the 2011 IPCPR trade show. Filler:  Columbian Corojo, Binder:  Dominican Olor, Wrapper: Ecuadorian Habano Cold Draw:  leather, tobacco, hint of cocoa First third:  surprisingly mild, leather, white pepper, cedar Second Third:  growing in body but still mellow, the white pepper has morphed into a baker's spice, a more notable … Continue reading Gurkha’s Seduction Cigar with a Velvet Red Manhattan

Why You Should Try a Flight

What is a flight? We're not talking airplanes or staircases here.  In the world of liquor a flight is a grouping of samples of similar spirits.  They are usually comprised of 3 to 5 different samples.  The main purpose of a flight is to highlight the similarities and differences of the chosen spirits. Aren't flights … Continue reading Why You Should Try a Flight

Drew Estate Undercrown Shade and Four Roses Yellow Label Bourbon

Drew Estate Undercrown Shade Gran  Toro This master blend was created by Drew Estate's torcedores after they were asked to smoke less Liga Privada cigars because they were leaving too few to be exported. Utilizing the same tobacco as the Liga Privada, just different vintages and primings. Filler:  Dominican Criollo, Nicaraguan Criollo and Corojo, Binder:  Sumatra, Wrapper: Ecuadorian Connecticut … Continue reading Drew Estate Undercrown Shade and Four Roses Yellow Label Bourbon