Sunday cigars, whiskey and pork thread.

Yesterday the Good Wife and I visited the Dutch city of Haarlem. It was our first time in the city and we were not disappointed. In fact we have both decided that so far it is our favorite Dutch city. Characterized by narrow twisty streets, numerous canals and beautiful girls, the best thing about it is the multitude of small specialist shops.

We purchased an interior design book in a lovely bookstore where we had to wait for several minutes as the cashiers attempted to deal with the multitudes of customers throwing money at them. As such I was more than happy to wait. Bookshops, amongst other small commercial enterprises, were supposed to have died long ago. But people do everything on the internet; they don’t want to have to shop on the internet as well. They want to go out, to browse, and to mingle with other people. To have human contact.

After the bookshop we happened upon a tobacco establishment, the oldest one of its kind in the city. Havana House Haarlem has been in the same family since 1832. It is a beautiful shop, and I immediately inquired if they stocked the Padron 3000 cigar which one of my readers kindly suggested to me a few months ago as a cigar worthy of my attention. They did indeed have the cigar and so I purchased all that they had.

Moving on we chanced upon a simply outstanding whiskey establishment. I treated myself to a bottle of Plantation extra old 20th anniversary rum and a bottle of Noah’s Mill small batch bourbon. Afterwards we had lunch in a lovely little bar that brought us a succession of tapas plates.

Today I sat down to enjoy my Sunday with some of the fruits of my labor.

The cigar was very good indeed. I know that proper cigar reviewers come out with multitudes of flavors that they taste in cigars. Things like caramel, and coffee, and nutmeg, and the smell of freshly minted virgins. I never really get any of these. I just know if the cigar is good or not and this one was great. A perfect draw, a smooth yet strong taste, and an excellent length of ash.

I enjoyed it with a mint julep that I made with the bourbon. Now, some of you may find this sacrilegious, but if I’m going to make a great cocktail then I want to make it with the best ingredients that I can:

Adam’s Mint Julep.

Get a bunch of mint sprigs and place into a glass after slapping them on your palm so as to release the flavor. Pour over a teaspoon of white sugar and then add a dash of sparkling mineral water. Stir so as to dissolve the sugar and then fill the glass with crushed ice. Add 45ml of the bourbon and stir well so as to mix all the ingredients. Top with mineral water and add a straw. Yes, a straw. So sue me.

The smoke and the drink were a wonderful combination sitting down by the river. Meanwhile on the BBQ dinner was cooking away. A lovely piece of pork neck that I had subjected to Meathead’s pulled pork recipe. It will be ready in another hour so I’m looking forward to the deliciousness of porky fat globules.

The digestive will be a neat glass of the rum. Some things are not meant to be in a cocktail.

Happy Sunday, my good readers.

3 thoughts on “Sunday cigars, whiskey and pork thread.

  1. Kebie

    Padron 3000 recommender here and I totally agree with your review. I can never distinguish all of these “flavors” that get written up in cigar reviews. I just know a good cigar when I smoke it and the Padron 3000 is extremely consistent, moderately priced cigar that is my go to cigar. Having one now with a glass of zinfandel and it is just as you report, a good smoke. I can’t get them from my online source currently, hope it’s not because of your review. Here in California, all cigars are double the price retail vs online.

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    1. Thanks for the cigar tip, Kebie. And I’m glad that I’m not the only one who thinks all of these guys reviewing cigars and whiskey and such are just a little bit full of shit. If I were to do a Youtube cigar review it would probably last for 5 minutes – is it shit? Yes or no?

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  2. I’m a book person. But because I listen to podcasts and read blogs like yours I have large piles in my library waiting to be read (including “Pushing Rubber Downhill”).

    I love second-hand bookshops. I went to one in Ironbridge recently and talked with the lady that ran it. I was surrounded by the books of my childhood and school days, old Penguin paperbacks and even some first additions. We lamented how old children’s books were being reissued as feminist politically correct nonsense.

    But my point: Given trait 15, I recently started “Classical Trivium, The place of Thomas Nashe and the Learning of His Time” by Marshall McLuhan. All I can say is buy it and put it on your pile. This is his Cambridge doctoral dissertation that remained unpublished for years. I have not read any of his more popular works so it’s not him or his subsequent views I am championing.

    Every page, even most paragraphs, are interesting; and his take on the evolution of western culture as the evolution of the Trivium is immediately thought-provoking and compelling. The whole way he sees Grammar is not like anything else I have come across.

    Suddenly the stage of decline we are surrounded by appears more explicable. I often have to put the book down just to process the ideas on one page. I like a book that makes no concessions to my ignorance but also rewards effort.

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