Having been in the bar industry for many years, I can tell you that St.Patricks Day is both a blessing and a curse. It usually provides a boost in sales, but can make for a very long day of repetitive music, dealing with those that do not know how to pace themselves with the drink, and most likely ending their shift looking like they have been rubbing the Incredible Hulk in an inappropriate way as their hands are completely green from cleaning up food colouring spills.
I absolutely do not miss these days.
I am extremely happy to have gotten all my workouts in this week before today ( Sunday) so that a #cigarSaturday could be had. As I write this, again i am staring out our kitchen window as mother nature dumps another massive amount of snow on Nova Scotia. I can not see our road and can barely see our front deck anymore. After getting an unexpected 20-25cm only a couple of days ago, this is really just adding insult to injury now. Isnt it supposed to be spring?
To all those out there saying, see global warming isnt a thing because we are still getting an 'old fashioned winter' think again, these weather patterns are not normal and are a direct cause of how messed up the eco balance of the world currently is. Okay that is about as hippy moment as you will get from me. Sorry about that.
Now on to the good stuff.
So last week I through it out there that i was looking for some suggestions for an Irish Whiskey to try in honour of St. Patricks Day coming up this week. My friend Rob suggested I give Tullamore DEW a try. His selling point to me was that it had a faint Baileys quality and had a great smooth flavour, well how could i not give that a go?
So this week I tried Tullamore DEW for the first time and i paired that with the Don Thomas Maduro Presidente ( yes again).
I promise to give another cigar a chance next week, but i am seriously loving the Presidente. So Tullamore DEW ( DEW stands for Daniel E. Williams) Daniel started at the Tullamore distillery in the lower ranks, worked his way up to be the General Manager and eventually owner, and proudly marked every bottle D.E.W. There is a nice quote on the website from him:
"Success does not come to those who desire it most, but to those that care deeply about what they do, and feel compelled to create."
In terms of the whiskey, it really did have a nose similar to the smell Baileys, it has a great flavour on the tongue, very smooth in the finish with a little citrus and a little peppery bite. I am now a fan.
It paired extremely well with the cigar and was the perfect compliment to the awesome day to which we experienced when enjoying both. I say we because I had some visitors on this #cigarSatruday. My friend Rob and his brother in law Robert came by for a beverage and to enjoy sitting out in the sun on the deck. Now neither had a cigar but I was unprepared with no extras in the house so that was my fault. Bad host, bad host. But nonetheless, we had a great time sitting out on a beautiful day, and had some great chats. Rob brought over a Scotch that i hadnt had before, and I cant remember the name for the life of me right now, but i did have a little sniff ( about an ounce) of it and it had a great medium flavour and gave that great warmth that scotch can give to the cockles of your heart.
I should mention that my wife and former sweetheart did come out and join us for a beverage and she really enjoyed the Tullamore DEW as well, so i know this will be another staple in our ever growing liquor menagerie.
Also our dog Rob escaped the confines of the house for a brief period so we were up to 3 Robs at one point. That is the most Robs we have ever had at the house at any one time, so a new Rob record was established yesterday. These are the Robs I know I know, these are the Robs I know.
Next week #cigarSunday will again be on a Saturday and from a secret location. I would tell you where, but i would have to Men in Black flashy thing you and that wouldnt be good.
Sean "BigBoyRunning" Ryan