Couple with that the fact that it was a balmy 7 degrees in the Nish and the sun was shining its shinyest it was a perfect day for #cigarSunday. Now while our pool deck is still layered in snow like some grade five cut away of the earths sedimentary levels the sun has melted away enough that there is actually wood starting to show, to which i yelled " WE GOT WOOD" to no one in particular when i was setting up the chairs for #cigarSunday.
Before i get to the beverage and cigar selection of the day, i do have to let you in on my boner move of the week.
Over the last couple of weeks we have been under attack by many house flies. We have tried all different methods to get rid of said flies, including me stalking our kitchen with a rolled up and fly bloodied newspaper baton like some deranged 'swamp people' person hunting a croc.
Finally we got some fly strips, one of which was of the hanging variety. Now another important thing to note is that everyone in my house is under 5'2" currently aside from me at a lofty 6'2", so rarely would a hanging sticky fly trap be an issue, nor have we had one before, so there is no history there to have warned me of the dangers.
So little did i know what was waiting for me not once, but both times that i walked into the hanging, sticky fly trap this weekend.
Now while i did not find the humor of this in the moment, I can see why my family was struck with fits of loud laughter as i am sure the image of me trying to get this cardboard yellow flytrap out of my hair by screaming and trying to rip it out like a deranged monkey was something to behold.
I am not going to pretend it didnt hurt, but my ego was def more sore then my scalp. After trying to fling it out my hair and spinning around on the floor like Homer Simpson going whoop whoop whoop, i had to just grab it and rip it out. It took a good chunk of hair with it. While that was not awesome, the worst part was thinking about all the dead flies that now might be stuck in my hair and feeling their dead bodies squish further in my hands as i grabbed the fly trap to pull it from my hair. YUK.
Of course this happened right before dinner so everyone else in my family were trying so hard not to laugh, they were successful. I am sure this will be one of those things that gets mentioned the next time we have to put one of these fly traps up in the future. ' hey member the time dad got caught in the fly trap and was an absolute baby about it'
Okay so now that i have shared my bonehead move of the week, lets get on to the business at hand.
This week I wanted to try something new, so after a quick review of the spirits section at the local beverage store i settled on Knob Creek Straight Kentucky Bourbon. I was taken right away by the dark carmel colour and have had some of other products in the Knob Creek line before. I was going with the Don Thomas Presidente again so i wanted something that was going to be smooth with maybe some sweet notes and a Bourbon was going to be just the thing.
The pairing was great, a perfect balance from the leather notes of the cigar and the almost honey finish that the bourbon had.
Now i still have some of my cold, so i didnt get much of the nose that Knob Creek boasts but i did get a sweetness on the finish and it had an initial smooth flavour but there was a bit of a kick to it as well, which i have come to appreciate in other bourbons.
A quick jont to the website reveals that the maker of this bourbon wanted Knob Creek to restore the standards of pre-prohibition bourbon. The result is an undeniably big, full flavor that strikes your senses with a maple sugar aroma, distinctive sweetness and a rich, woody, caramel flavor with a long, smooth finish.
Knob Creek is crafted in limited quantities, aged 9 years and placed in only the deepest charred American Oak barrels to fully draw out the natural sugars. Then we bottle it at an honest 100 proof to reflect the flavor, strength and patience that defined pre-prohibition whiskey.
You had me at 100 proof haha.
I really did enjoy this bourbon, i did try it neat and with ice and even though that might not be the way a true bourbon drinker, drinks bourbon, it is the way that i preferred it. But to each their own.
All in all this is a pairing i would suggest for someone that likes both a full flavoured cigar and a drink with a kick to it, might not be for first time cigar or scotch/bourbon drinkers.