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The C&W Tuesday tradition continued last week. March weather stayed uncharacteristically

W.L. Weller’s Reserve

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Stephen and I have batted around the idea of live-tweeting cigar and whiskey pairings, and we finally tried it out last Tuesday. On the Twitter account, you’ll see that I covered the Weller Reserve side while he’s stuck to his forte, cigars. (His review of the Bobalu Texas Select Limited Reserve will be up soon). Keep in mind that these are fairly random pairings — insight into better matches is always invited from y’all.

We started out on the back porch, with notepads and Stephen’s Mac Book at the ready. It seemed a little unnatural to be live-tweeting while smoking Lacné Futbalove Dresy and sipping. You’ll notice on the Twitter account that the time gets longer and further in between tweets as we wheeled off into different subjects of conversation–namely ghosts, the oncoming storm, and other plans for the site. Still, here’s what I gleaned after starting the glass with one ice cube:

The first sip of Weller’s Special Reserve reminded me of a particularly strong old-fashioned cocktail. The ice had not yet melted, and an intense orange flavor punched up my palate while a clove-and-cinnamon taste substituted well for the bitters. After the initial blast, the characteristic, chewy wheat flavor started to drift upwards. While I did mention the German dark wheat bread in last week’s review of the Old Weller Antique,

Old Weller Antique

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I picked up a bottle of Old Weller Antique right before I headed down to Padre Island. Schools of black drum spawn off Padre in late February and early March — they’re beefy creatures that put up good fights. I’d actually meant to purchase W.L Weller Special Reserve, another wheated bourbon I’d taken along to a deer hunt last December. Like the Reserve version, I can’t help but think that this bottle of Antique would also be better enjoyed in wintry weather.
I started with one ice cube out on the back porch. The first sip delivered a fine textural balance, filled with cloves. A lot of bourbon falls on either the syrupy or watery sides of the spectrum. The Antique split the gap nicely, though some tastes resembled

Bunnahabhain 12 Year

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Bunnahabhain 12

I received the Bunnahabhain 12 Year as a birthday present, and in all honesty I had never heard of it before that. However, I did know that it was an Islay, and I love me some Islay. I am a huge fan of the basketbal kleding kopen smoky peat that is characteristic of the whiskeys on that fine island, so I knew I was going to enjoy this one. However, what I was not expecting was the intricacy of flavor that manage to shine through the traditionally overpowering smoke.

The unexpected characteristics begin with the nose of the Bunnahabhain 12. It is expectedly intense, yet incredibly warm. Where many Islays give off an almost campfire-like aroma, this was a vaguely metallic honey smell. This was not a sharp tang, but something maillot de basket nba pas cher like shined brass, old and tangy. There were also some extremely subtle hints of something akin to burning leaves. It was extremely pleasant, and set the stage for the enjoyable flavors to come.

And man, did they ever come. A sip is initially dominated with the Islay smoke, but subsequent tastes unveil some more fruit-oriented notes. Again, everything is very crisp, like biting into a granny smith apple, but without the sourness. It sounds contradictory, but there it is. There is also some sweetness, proving that the honey scents were not deceptive, though I would be lying if I said it was particularly noticeable. I was also pleased that for the metallic tones in the nose were not present in the taste. For though they were a pleasant addition to the aroma, I don