Cigars or Bourbon? I say both!

If I cannot drink Bourbon and smoke cigars in Heaven than I shall not go.

Mark Twain

My name is Bryan. Bourbon is just my thing.

State of distillation: Florida

Rick house: Tampa

Floor: 33614

Taste profile: Forward, a good kick in the mouth, with subtle hints of citrus, cut to the chase, and good laughs.

My name is Bryan Brantley. In 2016, my bourbon love affair began, or as some may call it, my date of distillation. Bourbon is unique as we all know, yet most of us didn’t start by drinking bourbon. We usually picked up another cheap spirit and called it a day. This is what makes bourbon so beautiful. We all end up here. Bourbon is meant to be a spirit we enjoy in brotherhood (or sisterhood – shoutout to the bourbon women!). Enter my goal: to bring more people together over this brown water that is so cherished.

As I embark on this blog journey I encourage all of you to try something new. After all, that is how it all begins. For those who may not be familiar, I will post weekly bourbon reviews and suggestions of what is available at different price ranges. Once a month I will dive into my favorite pour and smoke pairing during that time. I will also post pictures of what I find along the way.

I want to personally thank Scott for inviting me to join the Cigar Hawk blog. I am roughly a year into the cigar game but thoroughly enjoy my humidor being full. As the Hawk himself would say, “Long ashes, and full glasses!” Cheers everyone!

New Addition to the site. Wine reviews

When you think cigars and pairings, if you are like me, your initial thought is cigars and spirits. Typically scotch, whiskey, bourbon, brandy, etc. What I am finding more and more is that the pairing game is really changing. Craft beer is becoming increasingly popular in the world of cigar pairings and so too, is wine.

I got into wines a few years ago and at first I just couldn’t understand it. It was horrible to me. After trying different blends and attending a tasting (which I highly recommend) I was able to narrow down a few things and found that I am by far, a dark red wine drinker. White wine is not for me, at all. My palette is all about heavy, dark, bold flavors and from that point on, drinking wine was much more enjoyable.

Even though I enjoy a nice glass of wine, I am not knowledgeable about it at all. Wine is a whole different world and if you start to venture into it, it can be very overwhelming. I was approached by a member of the Cigar Hawk Group about doing some wine reviews and I thought “Sure, why not?” I sure as hell couldn’t do it, but I am certainly open to reading about it and learning more along the way. So here we are.

Jeff Quinn has offered to try his hand at some reviews for us and I welcome him in and thank him for helping me bring more content to the Cigar Hawk page as we continue to try to grow and expand our reach and vision to become a go to media source for the cigar lifestyle and beyond.

I am open to suggestions and ideas for anyone that wants to contribute to the blog as well. Pipe smokers, craft beer folks, etc.

Look for reviews from Jeff soon and welcome him to the CigarHawk.com family. Until next time #longashesfullglasses

Om Mani Gold Label Maduro

Today we take a look at another first for me. Om Mani Gold Label Maduro is one that I have not had before. My buddy Garrett Johnson introduced me to them about 8 or 9 months ago. Yes I know, I am WAYYYY behind on getting reviews done.

“OM MANI is a cigar and lifestyle brand aimed at helping to motivate, inspire and help people be more conscious in the moment enjoying life -especially when smoking our cigars- but also life in general.The purpose of our cigars is to remind you that the moment is now for you to enjoy, be inspired, be motivated and to be awakened. We are helping people to be in the moment creating lasting memories and not get caught up in the stresses of the world while smoking our cigars. However our life quotes can be used to help in ones day to day living.” – Pete III, Om Mani Cigars Owner (Credit SmoothDraw.com website)

I am not familiar with this brand and this is the very first one I have tried so I am not sure what to expect from them. You can find out more about them and their cigars by clicking here https://www.ommanicigars.com/

Let’s get this one started and see what we get.

Blend Profile:

• Origin – Honduras
• Wrapper – Connecticut Broadleaf (Brazilian Midnight)

• Binder: Sumatra
• Filler – Nicaraguan

Appearance:

This cigar features a dark brown broadleaf wrapper with a lot of small to medium veins. It is a toothy wrapper with tight seams and 2 black bands. I do not know enough about Buddhism to even take a guess at the face of the artwork on the band. The dual bands make for an intriguing design but very well on this cigar.

Pre-Light: The cigar looks and feels well constructed, firm but not hard with no soft spots. From the barrel I pick up notes of sweet cocoa and wood, as I move further towards the top I get more barnyard and fermentation. The foot gives me a milk chocolate sweetness, cedar and hay. Using a V-cut, the cold draw has some resistance to it. I get notes of hay, cedar and that familiar maduro sweetness.

1st Third:

As I get the foot toasted I notice I am not getting much smoke through the cigar, first draw really does not offer much smoke. I finally get to use my PerfecDraw tool. A quick run of the tool through the cigar, a simple few twist, pull it out and like magic, the plug is gone and we can get down to business. This tool is a must have! I am sold on it.

Now that I have some flow, I pick up a heavy maduro sweetness, strong cedar, light cocoa, and some dried fruit. The draw is working out fine, burn is slightly wavy (I attempted to set up a photo and broke the ash off before I could get it) ash was holding about 1/2 inch. A little bit further into the 1st third and I get some hints of pepper on the finish with a little earthy profile.

2nd third: As we make our way to the halfway point, no major changes in the profile. Very consistent blend. The flavor profile is mainly that maduro sweetness, cedar, cocoa with a hint of roasted nuts added in. I normally do not pair anything while I am doing a review but since this one has remained so consistent, I decided to venture out a bit. I decided to try a dark red wine (Cabernet Sauvignon) to see if things changed up a bit. Mission accomplished. The wine alone is very fruity with a dark cherries profile, the cigar added a nice smoky flavor to it and opened it up nicely. The wine added a nice charred oak, very woodsy profile. A touch of black pepper remains on the finish. The draw is still doing well, burn slightly wavy. Strength is medium to me.

Last Third: Moving into the last third, no real changes at all. Everything remains on par for the remainder of my time with this cigar. Performance was the same as well.

Removing the band of this cigar, as with all Om Mani cigars, reveals an inspirational message. Here was mine.

Final thoughts: The Om Mani Maduro was a very consistent smoke from start to finish. Almost to a fault. While I enjoyed the flavor profile a lot, I hoped at some point it would offer something different here and there. That’s a personal opinion and does not reflect negatively on the cigar itself. If you like consistency, you will really like this cigar. The maduro sweetness and heavy cedar really stay at the forefront of this cigar and remain throughout the smoke. There are a few subtle changes here and there but at the heart of the blend are those 2 major flavors. I think this would pair nicely with coffee in the morning, or, as I did, with a glass of red wine.

So there you have it. Feel free to leave any thoughts, comments or questions here. Follow us on social media and be sure to join the CigarHawk group on Facebook. Until next time…#longashesfullglasses

Flor De Cesar Toro Largo Review

I was super excited to see this press release hit my email back in April and knew this would be a great project to follow.

April 19, 2018 — BNB Cigars is pleased to announce the return of Flor de Cesar. The 2018 vintage is hand crafted in Esteli, Nicaragua at Fabrica Oveja Negra.

“ One of the toughest decisions when deciding to release the latest edition of Flor de Cesar was finding a boutique factory with the passion to consistently create high quality, complex cigars. We asked ourselves “ What factory has created the most unique cigars on a regular basis?” The answer was clear, James Brown and Oveja Negra. Throughout the entire process he was extremely helpful and guided us in the right direction. From the beautiful Mata Fina wrapper to the outstanding construction, when you light up a Flor de Cesar, you’ll know why we fell in love with this blend “ said Vince Hillanbrand of BNB Cigars.

” BNB is a great supporter of Black Label Trading Co., Black Works Studio and Oveja Negra. I was honored they chose Oveja Negra to do the 2018 vintage of Flor de Cesar. It was a fun project and it’s an incredible cigar!” said James Brown Owner/ Operator of Oveja Negra

Let’s jump right into this one and see what we get.

Blend Profile: Toro Latga 6.5 x 50

Wrapper: Brazilian Mata Fina

Binder: Honduras
Filler: Nicaragua, Dominican, Brazil

Appearance: The band is the first thing that you notice when you look at this cigar. The shiny skull really stands out against the backdrop of the light/medium brown wrapper. The wrapper has small to medium veins and tight seams. There are some cigars that just really make a presence and this is one of those. The band and artwork really work with the wrapper and the feel of this cigar.

Pre-light: The construction of the cigar looks and feel good. It is firm with no soft spots anywhere and it does not feel heard in any spots. I pick up notes of hay, spice, earth and as crazy as it sounds, there is a subtle minty note that I pick up. I asked my wife to tell me what she got from it and she said the same thing. It isn’t much, but it is certainly there. This cigar has a closed foot so no real change there. I open the cap and the cold draw is open with a touch of resistance. I get notes of spice, hay and earth from it.

1st Third: After toasting the foot, the first draw offers a touch of pepper, spice, and cedar. It is very creamy and the blend is really nice. As I get a bit more into it, I pick up a touch a sweetness that I can’t yet place, along with cedar and roasted nuts. The draw is good and the burn is even. Strength is medium to me. I begin to pick up a bit more earth tones and some subtle grassy/clove notes.

2nd Third: As I move into the halfway point, everything is pretty much the same, but then again it isn’t. There are a lot of complex flavors going on but nothing really leaps out at you. No big changes and the performance is also on cruise control. I start to get a touch of sweet cocoa notes mixed with the heavy cedar and some slight floral notes. Strength is more medium plus at this point.

Last third: The blend becomes more woodsy, sweet with a touch of floral notes. I get a touch of pepper on the finish. Much like it was at the very beginning of the first third, just a nice, flavorful blend that keeps you going back to it. Again no really crazy transitions but still enough that you know it has changed up a bit. Certain notes take the front and then fade to the back and are replaced with something else, but it all works. This is a very intriguing smoke for sure. The draw is still good, burn is still the same and the strength is around that medium to medium plus range.

Final thoughts: This is a really intriguing cigar that is very complex and I think it is one of those cigars that every time you smoke it you could legitimately find something new each and every time. While the profile doesn’t make drastic changes and shifts, it seems very consistent but at the same time, you definitely pick up on some changes along the way. This is a really great project and Fabrica Oveja Negra and BNB Cigars did a really nice job with this one. It is no secret that I am a fan of the cigars coming out of Fabrica Oveja Negra but all bias aside, this is a great smoke. If it wasn’t I would say so.

So there you have it. My thoughts on the Flor de Cesar from BNB and Oveja Negra. Hopefully you had the opportunity to score some of these to try. Feel free to leave your comments, thoughts, and questions here.

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Until next time #longashesfullglasses

Kolumbus K-Negro

I found out about Kolumbus cigars through my friend Garrett Johnson over at www.smoothdrawcigars.com. If you aren’t familiar with them, head over and check them out. They specialize in ultra rare boutique brands. They are also one of the only places you can find this Kolumbus cigar. Tell them you read about it here.

You can also visit http://kolumbuscigars.com/welcome/ to find out more about them. They have a really nice website with a ton of great info and educational articles on their blog.

Kolumbus Cigars are each unique and exclusive premium cigars completely handmade in La Palma, Spain. Each cigar is made of carefully selected leaves, long filler of 100% natural palmero tobacco, aged in Spanish cedar cellars and wrapped with the utmost care. You can find out more about palmero tobacco by visiting http://kolumbuscigars.com/the-cigar-from-la-palma/.

I reviewed my first Kolumbus cigar back in 2017 and the Connecticut made my Top 5 Connecticut’s for the year. While I rarely smoke Connecticut’s, this was certainly one that got my attention. Since I am more of a maduro smoker, I was really intrigued to see what this one brings. So let’s jump into it and see what we get.

Blend:

Piramide 6.5 x 52

Wrapper: Nicaraguan Oscuro

Filler: Breña long filler of 100% natural tobacco, aged in Spanish cedar cellars

(info from http://www.smoothdrawcigars.com)

Appearance: This cigar features a medium/dark brown wrapper with small/medium veins throughout.The band is black and gold with the name displayed on the front. Simple yet elegant design. The cigar has a nice oily sheen on it and has a few small bumps throughout.

Pre-Light: The cigar is constructed well with tight seams and a firm feel with no soft spots. I pick up notes of barnyard hay, slight pepper, cedar, and cocoa from the barrel and more of the same from the foot. I use a straight cut on the pointed cap and decide to cut a little further down to open it up just a bit more. From the cold draw I get notes of hay, tobacco, cocoa and earth. The draw is open with a slight resistance.

1st Third: As I get the foot toasted and take my first draw I get notes of sweet cedar wood, cocoa, maybe a hint of coffee and a nice sweetness. There is a earthy, grassy profile that is subtle but definitely noticeable in the background. The sweetness is between a dried fruit and honey. As I move further into it, the strength is medium, the draw is good, and the burn is even. A very nice, easy, enjoyable cigar so far.

2nd Third: As I move into the halfway mark, I am getting notes of dark chocolate, some wood notes, and hints of coffee beans. While the blend changes a bit, the flavor from the first third still make an appearance throughout. A little further in and the blend changes into a more woodsy, earthy profile. Performance remains the same. No changes with the burn or draw. Still medium (to me) in strength.

Last Third: As I move into the final third, I pick up that honey sweetness and a hint of nutmeg possibly. The cedar and cocoa return also. The profile is woodsy, yet sweet with a touch of dark chocolate and coffee bean. I have really enjoyed this blend as the various profile changes throughout. The strength is medium to medium plus, the burn is slightly wavy and the draw is still good with a slight resistance.

Final thoughts: For me, this is another winner from Kolumbus Cigars. This was a very nice blend with a number of profile changes and complex flavors. This was medium strength moving into a medium plus towards the end. This is a good cigar for anyone from beginners to seasoned cigar smokers. I feel this has enough of complexity to satisfy both. If you are interested in trying these, you can find them here. https://smoothdrawcigars.com/product-category/exclusive/

I am definitely a believer in this brand. If you are looking for something different, rare and good, look no further. I don’t think you will be disappointed by these.

So there you have it. My thoughts on the Kolumbus K-Negro. Feel free to leave your thoughts, comments or questions here. Don’t forget to follow us on social media and join the CigarHawk Group on Facebook.

Until next time, #longashesfullglasses.

Amendola Family Cigar Co 5 x 52 Maduro

I had the opportunity to meet Jeffery Amendola at Top Leaf Cigar Lounge in Winston Salem a couple of weeks ago at a Cigar Rolling/Release event. I picked up a few of their cigars to try out and decided to review this one.

If you haven’t heard of Amendola Family Cigar Co here is a little info about them.

About Amendola Family Cigar Company:
At Durham-based Amendola Family Cigar Company, we are driven by our passion to create premium cigars and pride ourselves in being loyal to meet the arduous standards it takes to create a quality product. “Passion driven, Loyalty Made.” Established in 2015, The Amendola Family is the manufacturer behind “Bull City Cigar Co.,” “The Smoking Gunn” private label and “Sam’s Quick Shop (and Bottle Shop) Private label cigar lines. Amendola Family Cigar Company sells its brands across North Carolina, New York and Pennsylvania, and is expanding into Texas in July with several other markets in progress.

For more information, visit us at our lounge at 1214 University Drive in
Durham.

** Updated Website Coming Soon**

July 12, 2018 – Durham-based Amendola Family Cigar Company today announced it has partnered with the Tabacalera G. Kafie y Cia factory in Danli, Honduras to grow its production capabilities in support of increased U.S. demand for premium, hand-rolled cigars.
Amendola will release the first production made in partnership with Tabacalera G. Kafie y Cia in July of 2018. These 11 lines include sought after blends such as the Amendola Signature, Box Press Primeaux Habano, the La Famiglia Robusto Maduro and the Petite Box Press Corona San Andreas, among others. Amendola Family Cigars produced more than 30,000 cigars in 2017 and projects to increase that production rate by 30 percent in 2018. This increased production demand coupled with the importance of maintaining quality for their awarded brands drove their search for a new production partner.

According to Jeffery the factory does and extensive cleaning and fermentation process to remove ammonia. They currently have 5 pairs of rollers that produce cigars for the brand.

So let’s just into this review and see what we get.

Amendola Family Cigar Co. 5 x 52 Maduro

Blend:

Wrapper: HVA Maduro Wrapper

Binder: Criollo 98

Filler: Dominican

Appearance:

This cigar is medium brown with a reddish hue in the light. There are small and medium veins throughout with tight seams, open foot and a triple cap. The band is gold, orange and a reddish brick color with the Amendola Family logo. Nice clean design that works well against the wrapper color.

Pre-Light:

The cigar feels full but not firm or hard. There are no soft spots anywhere. From the barrel I get notes of hay, wood, roasted nuts and a subtle sweetness that I can’t pinpoint. From the foot I get mostly the same notes with a touch of pepper. Using a V-cut, I get an open draw with slight resistance. I pick up mostly earthy, hay, pepper, and wood notes.

1st Third:

Once I have the foot toasted the first draw catches me off-guard. There are a ton of different notes that hit me all at once. As I move into the first half inch or so things start to settle in. Notes of cedar wood, roasted nuts, there are hints of an almost pine, grass, floral combo. I cannot really call it pine or clove but it’s interesting. The draw is good. The burn is a bit wavy. Strength is medium/full.

2nd Third:

As I transition into the 2nd third I get a charred wood, sweet cedar profile. Further in it gets a bit earthy with subtle floral notes. Everything else pretty much remains the same. Flavor wise the blend settles into a nice, easy profile that is still medium/full in strength.

I would say I could sum the profile up as earthy and woodsy at the halfway mark.

Last Third:

As I enter the last third the flavor profile remains consistent. Earthy, woodsy, sweet cedar, and charred wood. No real noticeable changes. Towards the end a hint of pepper makes an appearance. Performance is the same. The burn straightened out nicely. The strength has moved into the Med plus to full range.

Final Thoughts:

Overall I enjoyed this smoke. The blend started out as a flavor bomb and settle into a nice enjoyable smoke that remained fairly consistent throughout. The burn was a bit wavy and I did decide to touch it up once. This is a nice med to full strength smoke with a earthy, woodsy, sweet cedar profile with hints of floral notes. Not a super complex smoke with a ton of crazy transitions but still very enjoyable.

Total smoke time was 1 hour 5 minutes. I look forward to trying the other cigars I picked up from them in the near future.

So there you have it. My first review of the Amendola Family line of cigars. I hope you enjoyed it.

As always, feel free to drop your comments, thoughts and suggestions here and be sure to share it and follow us on Social Media.

Until next time, #longashesfullglasses friends.

Interview with Michael Poe of Traficante Cigar Co.

I have seen Traficante Cigar Company on social media for some time now. As their popularity continues to grow, especially among members in our Cigar Hawk group, I reached out to Owner/Founder Michael Poe. For those that do not know about him or his brand, hopefully this sheds some light on a few things. We asked the members of our group to submit questions for this interview and those have been included as well.

So for the people that may not have heard of your brand/company, can you tell us a little about your company and the people behind it?

I started Traficante in 2015 with two friends/partners that are still on the job. The brand was originally only intended to be a backstory (cover) for working dope. The partners lost interest quickly and I continued to gain interest in the industry and enjoyed the challenge of building a brand. So in May 2017, I retired to focus on the company full time.

What got you into cigars and when did you know that you wanted to start your own brand?

I initially got into Cigars when I was 21 but lost interest. As for starting my own brand… that’s something I never expected to happen. I would say the initial success was a complete accident…but that’s not exactly accurate. Early on, I was fortunate enough to encounter customers that quickly became friends…and these same people are still with me today pushing things forward. I’m still amazed and humbled by the success we’ve had. I say “we” because this brand is driven by the customer base.

Can you tell us about your first cigar experience?

I would like to, but I can’t remember what I smoked. I know it was something cheap.

So obviously the brand was built around the Narco culture. Did you know right away that it was the path you wanted to take or did you have other ideas prior to going with Traficante?

Well, being that it was initially created with a singular purpose in mind…it seemed logical to use the Narco Culture. After all, who would suspect the owner of such a brand to actually be a Narc?

What factory handles the production of your cigars?

Our own. We operate two small factories (very small compared to others). One in Tamboril and one in Estelí.

What is your personal favorite of all of your cigars?

Have to say it’s the El Paso. It’s definitely been a blend that’s attributed to our success and the artwork has pissed a few people off along the way.

Do you do cigar events with retailers that carry your brand?

Haven’t yet… but we’ve got plans in the works to do a couple (at least) this fall.

Have you considered doing a collaboration cigar with any other brands?

Not opposed to the idea. However, we haven’t been approached by anyone either.

What is your favorite cigar brand to smoke outside of your own?

Well, I smoke different brands on a regular basis..mainly to check their quality control/flavor profiles in comparison to ours. Esteban Carreras would be one of my favorites I guess.

When was the moment that your passion for your brand took over your full time job in LE? What was that like? Hard to say exactly when it took over, as I had been ready for a change for quite some time. But I can say this… I wish I had made the change a lot earlier than I did.

Where did the idea of the dog tags come from?

Necessity… and the fact that no one else had done it. With some of the artwork we produce, not many printing companies are willing to handle our work.

Who does the artwork and how did you come up with the names?

I do it myself. My wife refers to it as my “coloring therapy” lol. The names, the designs etc…are all representative of things I’ve encountered at some stage in my life..not just my career.

How did the Hell Mary project come to be? Who came up with the blend?

The Hell Mary was my first attempt at an infused cigar. I created the blend and the process (the infusion process is a month long)…. but only intended to manufacture/sell 100. Again, an accidental success…

I have seen you guys on social media for a while now. Shout out to @jayvilla72_killa who I would see on my Instagram feed all the time posting about you guys. Now it seems like an explosion in popularity across all platforms of Social Media. Did you expect things would catch on the way that they did and are you prepared as a company to handle the growth?

I’m still amazed at the success we’ve had, as I had considered shutting the business down a year ago. While I don’t see anyone as competition (because we do our own thing), it’s not easy funding this business on a shoestring budget with only four employees in the US. As for handling the growth… we will NEVER bypass our processes or quality control in favor of mass production…so we’ll do the best we can.

Because you are a true “boutique” brand, your cigars sell out very quickly. Do you think that is going to turn a lot of retailers and possibly consumers away from you?

As we are adding the Tinderbox stores and two retailers in Atlanta this month…I want to say no. However, only time will tell how successful the brand will be. As long as I’m in control… it will remain quality over quantity.

Since you sell out so quickly after a release, has that changed the way you approach rolling, aging and distribution at all?

The only process we have changed is the order process for retailers. Now retail orders will have no effect on the stock made available to our internet customer base.

On the website it states that you produce roughly 3,000 cigars a week. Do you anticipate having to boost that as you grow to keep up with the demand?

We have already boosted that number somewhat. However, we operate on a rotating production schedule and so far we haven’t encountered any major issues.

I noticed the changes to your website recently and the disclaimer about people finding you brand “offensive”. They obviously have no idea about what you are about but I love the line “The solution is simple, don’t buy our products”. I would imagine you get a lot of that. That is part of the reason I wanted to do this interview with you. Care to comment on that at all?

Scott, we’ve faced adversity since day one. Not only for being a “startup” but for our artwork as well. I’ll use the El Paso for example. I won’t name the well known forum where we were criticized for our artwork on the El Paso about two years ago. But after the judgmental moderator made a complete idiot out of himself (sending nasty emails as well) I increased the production on the El Paso to 5,000 immediately. Not to gain publicity/notoriety….but to prove we were here to stay.

So there you have it folks. If you care to check out any of the Traficante cigars, merchandise etc. Visit them at https://traficantecigar.com/

I would like to say “Thank You” to Michael for taking the time to do this interview with us. We certainly appreciate the time. We look forward to doing more with you in the future.

Don’t forget to follow us on social media and join our Face Book group. Until next time, #longashesfullglasses

Beginner Bourbon Series Part 4…Elijah Craig

Happy Whiskey Wednesday Hawks!!!!!

I was absent last week for our weekly whiskey review due to having a great time with the wife on our anniversary trip, but now I’m back and ready to keep on drinking in order to give you ladies and gents the reviews you want!

This week I’m finishing the five beginner bourbons. This one has been a staple of my personal bar. It’s the first bourbon on this list with a little higher alcohol content and a little more complex flavor profile.

I’m of course talking about Heaven Hill’s Elijah Craig Small Batch. EC (Elijah Craig), used to sport a 12 year age statement, but with the bourbon boom of the last few years, the brand has abandoned the statement. It’s rumored to still be a 8-12 year aged bourbon.

Mash bill- 75% Corn, 12% Rye, and 13% Barley. I can’t vouch for these, as this was all I was able to find through a secondary bourbon website.

ABV- 94 proof

Price- 24-29.99. I picked this bottle up from the NC ABC on sale for 25.99.

Nose- Super sweet smelling. Vanilla, cinnamon, chocolate, and brown sugar. I pick up subtle hints of berries, and possibly plum. Adding ice to it just adds a little citrus to the nose.

Color- Mid-brown almost a chestnut color.

Taste- Sweet, oaky, caramel hits the tongue first. It does have a little spice, but nothing too bad. Very little burn. Adding ice just kind of waters it down for me. Didn’t really bring out any new flavors.

Finish- A medium finish with lots of oak and caramel. Hints of berries and brown sugar come out.

Final thoughts- EC is an amazing bourbon for under 30 bucks. It is great neat, on the rocks, or even as a mixer. The extra barley in this bourbon gives it a unique taste that is great in the price range.

I don’t personally think ice or water is needed, but since it does have a slightly higher proof, you folks can.

#longashesfullglasses