Some folks have regular drinks they pair with cigars. When I enjoy a stogie, I like to switch it up a bit between scotch, rum, bourbon and, most recently, beer.

I’ll drink most of these with cigars, but to be honest, I’m not a regular bourbon drinker. My first real foray into the whisky world was scotch, mostly thanks to Jason Falls, and I’ve pretty much stuck with that. So when the folks at Four Roses offered me a sample of their Single Barrel bourbon, I saw it as an opportunity to expand my whisky horizons. (Or, in this case, whiskey.)

First off, some background on the Four Roses Single Barrel: it’s a winner, several times over, of the WHISKY MAGAZINE World Whiskies Award in the “Whiskey: No age” category. Four Roses Distillery, one of Kentucky’s largest distilleries, is owned by Kirin Brewing Company. My local liquor store, Binny’s Beverage Depot, prices it at $38.99, which is slightly more than Basil Hayden. And it packs a bit of a punch, at 50% ABV

While CigarJack is a cigar blog, I decided to forego the stogie while sampling this bourbon. (Forgive me, o cigar gods and fellow cigar bloggers!)

The Nose: Four Roses has a layered scent; the vanilla was strong, but not overpowering, and gave way to honey and a bit of spice.

How it Tasted: On the palate, the sweetness is balanced by notes of licorice, and honey.

The Finish Line: A long, great, well-rounded, sweet and spicy finish.

Overall: A worthwhile companion during an episode of “Justified.” Raylan Givens would be proud. Buy, and don’t look back.

Popularity: 10% [?]

Snoop Dogg has a line of toys, his own reality show and malt liquor. But can he be the next Jonathan Drew or Rocky Patel?

Probably not, but Snoop’s launched his own line of cigars, called Executive Branch. Its first product will be the Executive Branch Cigarillos, which will go for 99 cents a pouch, with two cigars per pouch.

According to the press release, the cigarillos will feature “premium tobacco from the Dominican Republic,” but at the price point, it remains to be seen. Flavored cigars are also on deck later this year. “Throughout 2012, we plan on releasing new styles and flavors, in which I will be working with their team to make sure all products are up to Snoop Dogg standards,” says “tha Doggfather.”

We’ll see what these standards are; it looks like Executive Branch is the first tobacco product from its parent company, RSL Productions, makers of Snoop Dogg cigarette paper booklets.

If we can get our hands on a pouch, we may follow this up with a review at some point. (For kicks, mostly.) Until then, enjoy some of Snoop’s better work.

- Daniel

Popularity: 13% [?]

Fausto FT140 by Tatuaje Cigars

September 8, 2011
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Country of Origin: Nicaragua Wrapper: Habano Ecuador Binder: Nicaraguan Filler: Nicaraguan Length: 5 1/2″ Ring: 52 Tasting Notes: Well constructed, honestly I don’t think I’ve ever seen a poorly constructed cigar from Tatuaje. The cigar is firm but has a fantastic draw. I’m picking up some black pepper before lighting it, leaving my mouth tingling. [...]

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A Quiet Celebration

August 25, 2011
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Nothing like sitting back with a great drink and cigar to reward yourself for working hard and getting something you wanted. My private victory celebration is a bottle of Wild Scotsman Black Label a couple of choice cigars. I chose the Fausto by Tatuaje and a Casa Fernandez Arsenio. While I enjoyed celebrating with my [...]

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Help Me Pick My New Job Celebration Cigar and Beverage

August 19, 2011

Well I just got a call that I got a new job. So I plan on getting something special to celebrate and would like some suggestions. I’m looking for a box of cigars under $200 and a nice beverage to pair with it. Cigars I prefer on the fuller side and I’m fond of rums [...]

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Now Where Was I?

August 15, 2011
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Well for those of you that still read this site, and for the few you that give a damn I thought I’d mention that I’m still alive. So what happened? Unfortunately the site had to be put on hold for a number of reasons. I was stretching myself too thin and had to concentrate on [...]

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Buying A New House

September 25, 2010

I’ve been a bit missing in action again and got a few reviews backed up. The past few weeks I’ve been spending all my free time working on getting my current house ready to sell and looking at new houses. We finally settled on the house we want and close in a couple of weeks. [...]

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CigarChat #7, sponsored by Tesa Cigars

August 21, 2010

Know it’s been a little while since I’ve done a #cigarchat event (you know, new job and all), but they’re back! The next chat, sponsored by Chicago-based Tesa Cigars, will be on Monday, September 27 from 7-9pm CST, and the cigar we’ll be smoking is the Tesa Cabinet 312. Once again, there will be a [...]

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2010 IPCPR Updates

August 12, 2010

I couldn’t make it to the IPCPR Trade Show this year. So make sure to check out Stogie Guys and Stogie Review for the latest updates on the Trade Show.

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Sometimes No Answer Is Best

August 11, 2010

My wife sent me this yesterday and is still pestering me for an answer. There is a story about a knight who ends up married to a hideous old hag in honourable obediance to a vow. On the wedding night the hag turns into a beautiful young woman. The knight has a choice: she can [...]

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