Wednesday, July 5, 2023

Whiskey Wednesday - And a Cigar

The #whiskeywednesday hashtag is commonly used on Instagram. It's one of my favorites to use, since when I do it means I'm marking the midweek with a drink, and typically a cigar. A recent Wednesday indulgence included Smoke Wagon Uncut Unfiltered Bourbon and the Quesada Oktoberfest 10th Anniversary (2021) cigar.

Interestingly, in all of my previous mentions of the Oktoberfest, the cigar was enjoyed with a beer, as the maker reportedly intended, though not always an Oktoberfest style ale. It's an annual release, with the blend specifics and vitola varying. My selection for the evening smoke was motivated by seeing a press release regarding the upcoming 2023 release. After a couple years in the humidor this cigar is smoking wonderfully.

The Smoke Wagon bourbon is one that's been on my wishlist for sometime, and has very limited availability in Virginia. I finally managed to acquire a bottle a couple months ago. The brand comes from the Nevada Distilling Company in Las Vegas. Uncut Unfiltered is released in different batches throughout the year. This particular bottle is batch 173, bottled on March 2, 2023 at 115.9 proof. The profile is rich in oak and maple notes. There's a bit of cinnamon, and some candy sweetness. The heat is there for some interest but not at all harsh. It paired nicely with the ale-themed cigar.

"Whiskey Wednesday" isn't a weekly celebration for me. However, by the time Wednesday rolls around I'm often ready for a bit of diversion and relaxation. 


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