Slow And Low Is The Tempo In The Nub Scale

When you randomly pull a bottle off the shelf, you never know what is waiting for you..  However when that label has Rock And Rye, it must go home with you to rock on..   Well today we broke out some Slow & Low straight rye whiskey and paired it up with a Cameroon Nub by Oliva.     For those who are about to rock with this rye, we do certainly hope you fire up a great cigar for this experience.   Do you drink this rye?  Do you shoot this rye?   All your answers will be answered in this podcast..   Train..  Train…

Alright with when we are recording, we are usually having a great time.    We show up, we pre-drink, we record and then sit around and shoot the breeze.   Each week that has been our plans and we keep it simple.   Now, each week we usually don’t let Eric be in-charge of the master recording of that podcast.   Rob will get up and get a copy of it and we then carry on our drinking ways.   Well this week, we got a story..

As we were finishing up our recording, we were working on a few editing items with our podcast.  We were still drinking the slow and low and smoking our cigars.   While one of us thought we had saved the podcast, the other was convincing the other we were good to try out a few things.     So we were working on something new, for the people.   Putting some tracks down and having a great old time.   The moment came to where we needed to save those items so we could work them into a future podcast.

Word of advice for those playing at home.   When we are recording something new, go ahead and save it with a new name opposed to saving over your already finished recording..  Yeah, that happened with this podcast recording.   There might be a reason why this recording was so very smooth and we had a lot of information on our product.   You are correct, we had to record it again.   So what happened in this scenario..  We got to sit around and drink longer and smoke a cigar longer with one of your buddies.   Now is that a bad day??  Ummmmmm, no..   Gotta say, just a normal day for the two hosts..

Now, we have said it before and we will keep saying it again.   We are so very greatly with the awesome line up of companies we are working with during this podcast.    We like to think of each of our sponsors / partners as part of our extended Whiskey On The Rails family.   When you get to pair up such great products, it is really fun to come out and record every week because we stand behind everything we talk about and enjoy each of the products we get to use during the show.      Even Eric and Rob get along during the podcast because of these great products and that right there is a miracle..

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All Things Are Possible With Rye Whiskey and an Excellent Cigar

Recording days are always fun and for the most part very similar for the Whiskey On The Rails gentlemen.  Regardless of the brand or flavor, there is one thing that Rob and Eric know, that they will taste a whiskey of some sort and will be smoking a cigar of some variety.  They sit down, banter back and forth, rarely agreeing on the review, turn off the mics and go back to their well-adjusted middle class lives.  While they absolutely love this, they rarely have such a life changing episode!

Since Rob’s return from a summer get away to the land of beer, cheese and Brett Favre loving circus freaks, Eric has been eyeballing the bounty of new whiskey bottles he smuggled back for their tasting enjoyment.  While all of the new goodies are intriguing, one bottle really stood out and the boys couldn’t wait to fill their Glencairn Whisky Glasses with the amber colored nectar.  The time had arrived and they uncorked this bottle of High West Double Rye!

High West Double Rye:  This wine bottle filled with a light to medium amber eyed whiskey gets its name “Double Rye” by marrying two straight rye whiskies.  The first, a 2 year old rye with a mashbill of 95% rye and 5% barley malt, the other being a 16 rye with a mashbill of 53% rye and 37% corn.  High West is Utah’s first distillery dating back to 1870 and the world’s only ski in distillery (which makes perfect sense why Rob brought this back from Wisconsin).  The nose of this Double Rye tickled the sinuses with tones of honey, clove spice,  backed up with apple.  The first taste is amazing!  Cinnamon and apple are very pronounced in the taste of this rye and makes for a smooth start with a slight burn midway.  The finish lingers with familiar rye qualities, immediately whisking you away to your special place and setting your mind at ease.

The boys paired this up with what would soon become Eric’s new favorite stick.  Enter the Bugatti Ambassador.  The Ambassador is available in 4 sizes, Churchill (7X52) Toro (6X54) Half Corona (3.5X46) and the Robusto (5X52), the Robusto being the choice of the day.  This perfectly balanced, medium bodied beauty has an Ecuador wrapper a Dominican binder and Nicaraguan filler.  The first third of this cigar is slightly peppery on the back of the tongue, naturally sweet but smoother than silk!   The evenness of this burn is unrivaled, a perfect circle that never had to be touched up during the entire smoke.  Eric likes to put every new cigar through a “structural integrity” test, which equates to normal puffing and seeing how long the ash grows before falling off naturally.  The Bugatti Ambassador is in the lead over many, many brands HANDS DOWN making about 3.5 inches of white ash out of the 5 inches available.  A pure enjoyment and quality smoke from start to finish.  If you are somebody who enjoys the finer things in life without breaking the bank, make sure your humidor always has a Bugatti Ambassador ready to be torched.

Bottom line…The pairing between High West Double Rye and the Bugatti Ambassador is nothing less than stellar.  Price point on the bottle is in the $35.00 range and the cigar can be found in the $10.00 range, which is a great deal to make you feel like you should be landing your helicopter atop of your yacht while waiting for your private jet to be fuelled up.  If you have the chance to sample either of these fine products, jump at the opportunity!

Toasting A Nub With Beer Barrel Bourbon

Just like back to the future, we all gotta go back in time.   Well for our hosts, today’s bourbon was sort of a trip down memory lane.   We broke out some Beer Barrel Bourbon from New Holland Brewing.   A stout barrel housing some aged bourbon equals what in a drinking equation?   Well you can certainly find out in this episode.   Plus we got to enjoy one of Eric’s favorite cigars, Nub by Oliva (Connecticut) as we took a walk down memory lane and enjoyed his favorite cigar.    What was the answer to the equation?   What was the final result?   Why did we have to make an apology to Bono?   All these answers can be answered in our podcast..    Train..  Train..

Well in this blog, we are talking about some of our history that is going to come full circle in this podcast.  As we say during the podcast, we are going back to the future when it comes to this beer barrel bourbon.   Well as some people might not know, Eric and Rob were in a long standing beer podcast prior to Whiskey On The Rails.   So we ran the gauntlet when it came to different types of beers and more specifically the vice versa of this bourbon in a bottle of Bourbon Barrel Beer.     Which the vice versa was a great quality experience because you were getting all of those season nodes from the whiskey and bourbon coming through the flavor of the beer..   In this case, they tried to do the reverse of it by aging it three months in a stout beer.     Which we won’t get into our review of the bourbon in this thread, we will save it for the podcast.

Now here is where we did some planning when it came to our cigar pairing because we had read the company overview from New Holland on this beer.    We made an assumption that with the creamy taste of the stout, it would be a great combination with the lively and cream taste of the Connecticut Nub and it would be a great step in the enjoyment process.   We can’t tell you how many Nubs we have enjoyed on this podcast because it is one of Eric’s favorite and go-to-cigars when we are sitting around drinking, bartending or out on the golf course.   The cigar isn’t one that you gotta make that day long, evening long or golfing round commitment to smoking.   It is one that goes as long as you need it because lets face it..   It is a 4” cigar..   So it is perfect for almost every cigar opportunity because it does the trick…   It doesn’t need to be touched up all day if you are keeping on it and not hot boxing the cigar experience.     You want some more information on this cigar, well check out our first-third segment and hear more about one of our most commonly smoked cigars..

Now, we have said it before and we will keep saying it again.   We are so very greatly with the awesome line up of companies we are working with during this podcast.    We like to think of each of our sponsors / partners as part of our extended Whiskey On The Rails family.   When you get to pair up such great products, it is really fun to come out and record every week because we stand behind everything we talk about and enjoy each of the products we get to use during the show.      Even Eric and Rob get along during the podcast because of these great products and that right there is a miracle..

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Bugatti Quattro Maduro With A Bulleit Straight To Number One

When we have produced our past blogs, we have always given a bit of a teaser on our podcast or given some non-aired entertainment value that we enjoyed but just hit the editing room floor.  This blog is going to be a little bit different, since we have some awesome partnerships with Bugatti Cigars and Cigars International, we want to provide some cigar reviews of the cigars we enjoyed during our podcast recordings.   While we do talk about the pairing during the podcast, here is some more specific information on our review.

During this podcast, we decided to break out the bourbon brother of a favorite rye we had in the past.   We are huge fan of Bulleit Rye and really use that as our “compare against” flavor when it comes to almost any rye we review on our podcast.  Well in this podcast, we brought out Bulleit Bourbon Frontier Whiskey and paired it up with a Bugatti Quattro San Andres Maduro cigar for a complete flavor experience.    Of course, we only have 30 minutes during our podcast so lets talk about the “First-Third” cigar experience during our blog today.

We fired up our Bugatti Quattro San Andres Maduro cigar and got to experience this full flavor cigar in all its glory.   When you think of Bugatti, you are thinking of speed, excellence and over all car driving excitement.   Well why should that experience only end with your driving experience?    That experience is rolled into our whiskey experience because we had this full flavor Maduro punched and ready to light up..   Our cigar has a beautiful chocolate appearance with a black and gold wrapper with the Bugatti Quattro branding blazing out and just needing a lit on the cigar to begin our experience.

As we indicated, we punched our cigar because that is our usual course of smoking them based upon our Jet Lighter.   While we find it gives a better draw on the cigars, especially when you fire it up, it has become our choice for the cut.     The four channel burners give a straight and consistent burn when you are firing it up and with this cigar, it certainly does it justice on ignite.   With the blend of seeds (per Bugatti, Dominican and Nicaraguan Cuban seed) it only gives a few strong seconds of burning and your day is immediately getting better…    Because mine is with this cigar fired up and bellowing savoring flavor coming off this Maduro.

The flavor profile of this cigar is quite flavorful on the first-third of this cigar.   Now I am basing this off of the bourbon profiles I am mixing it with but up front it has a great pepper profile on each draw.   My bourbon has a lot of sweet profiles and this cigar has a lot of spice in each draw.   When we are saying spicy, we aren’t talking like you are having a mouth full of habanero peppers which makes you want to drive yourself into your next drink to save your palate.   It is completely a masterful mixture of ying-yang now here is a bit of a twist we want to say with this cigar.    While we were recording we were smoking the cigars but had to take a break since we needed to get a bar open and start bartending so I got half way through my first-third of this Bugatti Cigar and left it sitting in my ashtray.

A few hours after letting my cigar settle, we fired it back up since we had some down time and friends who were smoking their own cigars and drinking their variety of spirits.   What we immediately learned, we were picking right back up in our cigar experience because the flavor profile, the burn and more importantly the enjoyment haven’t been replaced with this cigar.   While the spice was still there, we had a refreshing hint of sweetness that joined the cigar as we were burning through the first third of the cigar.    It is very apparent in the smell with our bellowing smoke that we have a cigar that isn’t one that people want to avoid or move away from but ask one simple question..  What are you smoking?    You want to know?   Well that is easy..  We are smoking a Bugatti Quattro San Andres Maduro which you can quickly purchase at Cigars International…

Central Standard Bourbon Driving With Bugatti

Kicking off the recording rust is never easy to do following a vacation.  Well in this episode, we certainly had some rust since we hadn’t recorded in a week however thanks to a venture through Wisconsin we picked up some new great whiskeys and bourbons.   We are drinking some youthful bourbon from the Central Standard Distillery in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.    We paired the bourbon with a Bugatti San Andres Claro Cigar, which you can pick up at Cigars International.   It took us a minute or two to get going in this episode however we had two great products to get us up and going.   Train..  Train..

Alright, so we want to apologize upfront with this podcast and blog because we were kicking off some serious rust and getting our recording out for this week.   We try to stay within a few days of recording (usually about three days) however we recorded and put out this podcast within 24 hours of our normal podcast release time.   Given that information and one that we were a little rusty thanks to some vacation time, we came out slow in this recording.    While this isn’t a normal occurrence,  we did have a great combination of both bourbon and cigars in this podcast.   Each has it own story..

While we were cutting through Milwaukee, on our way up north for vacation, we stopped in to Central Standard Distillery to snag some of their bourbon they released back in October.   We knew that because we went to their Year 1 party back in 2015 and wouldn’t you know it, we hit the same location again for their 2nd Annual extravaganza.    To make sure we had the whiskey and it wasn’t forgotten during the celebration, we tried to stop in right when they opened to pick up a bottle..  Wouldn’t you know it, they were closed for another hour while they were prepping.   Now to some, that might have just been a sign to turn around and find a bar and wait an hour.   Well not for this host, I happened to notice somebody going into a back door and I was more than happy to hold the door.  Now since I have bartended for years, I always hate it when people come in before we are officially opened (especially on a big celebration day) but when you say I just want to buy a bottle and leave, people seem very happy to help you..  Heck, they even upsold me on another whiskey..  I mean seriously, why get one whiskey when you can get two different kinds and review them later.    So more of this story will be saved for the podcast but we do appreciate the folks from Central Standard Distillery hooking me up with my whiskey and for a great event..   Congrats for year two!!!

Now Bugatti, well this has been a discussion we have been having for about two months.   It all started around a sample question..  Would you care to sample and review some of our cigars?   Ummmmmm, yes!!!    Now we aren’t talking about a small sample, I am talking enough cigars for both hosts to enjoy and a variety that seemed to fit almost every situation.     We are talking, cigars that burn extremely slow, have a great flavor profile and live up to the Bugatti name..     Now this section will be a little bit shorter than the one above because we plan to do something different in the next few blogs.  When we have a Bugatti cigar as part of the whiskey review, we are going to give that cigar a bit more love in the blog.   We want to throw out a few more cigars reviews on the Bugatti cigars and give you some insights on what we like and might not like on the cigars.   Which is great about all of these cigars, you can pick them up at our friendly Cigars International sponsor..   How great is that?

Now, we have said it before and we will keep saying it again.   We are so very greatly with the awesome line up of companies we are working with during this podcast.    We like to think of each of our sponsors / partners as part of our extended Whiskey On The Rails family.   When you get to pair up such great products, it is really fun to come out and record every week because we stand behind everything we talk about and enjoy each of the products we get to use during the show.      Even Eric and Rob get along during the podcast because of these great products and that right there is a miracle..

You can find our sponsors at the following sites: