We explore one-off casinos, sip the Balvenie 21-year single-malt Scotch, discuss the standards of classifying alcohol and enjoy a pair of cigars — the Isabela Sparkle and the Casa Fernandez Miami Arsenio Oro.
Trip reports are so passé—so instead we regale you with a series of reflections about our recent Las Vegas trip for ZorkFest and 360Vegas Vacation VI. Whilst pontificating, we sip some Blanton’s bourbon.
We sip the Spring Bijou cocktail while offering practical springtime guidance for keeping bugs outta yo’ drinks. Then, in our cigar segment, Tony revisits the Baccarat 1871 before Jason reviews the MF the Judge — after which, we talk about beetles, mold and bloom. Finally, Jason and Tony offer a few casino games to try … and a few to avoid.
We start with the Paloma cocktail then discuss the cocktail ingredients you ought to make yourself. Tony reviews the Arturo Fuente Gran Reserva 858 cigar, before your czars of cigars share their Top 3 lists. We wrap it up with some suggested tips for staff on the casino floor.
We start with a few etiquette points about casino chips at the craps and blackjack tables before diving into a pair of cigar reviews—Tony’s Nestor Mirando Collection Special Selection and Jason’s Romeo 505. We offer some advice about the care and maintenance of butane torches, then sip a tasty Spring Fling cocktail while riffing about home artisanal distilling.
After discussing the SCOTUS ruling on PASPA, we sip the tasty Trinidad Sour cocktail and reflect on the U.S. trend away from domestic mass-produced beer consumption. Then Tony shares his experience with the Rocky Patel Vintage 2006 San Andreas cigar, followed by Jason’s notes about the Macanudo Inspirado White. We wrap it up with some ideas for what to take with you to the casino if you’re going to enjoy several premium hand-rolled cigars.
We start by being underwhelmed by the Crown Royale bourbon mash whiskey. Then we pivot to cigars: Tony reviews the Tatuaje Monopoly and Jason reviews the PDR AFR75 Immenso Claro. Then we riff on annoyances in casinos and remind you of the ways to properly cut a cigar.
A comparison of two related Scotches—the Valkyrie and the Viking Honour, both from Highland Park—prompts discussion of the differences between Scotch and bourbon. Then your czars of cigars dissect the anatomy of a stogie, before sharing the sundry ways casinos psychologically induce you to stay and play longer.
We review the Angel’s Envy rye, we discuss what “proof” means for your spirits, we offer a brief timeline of a tobacco plant’s evolution into a cigar, we revisit the $20 upgrade trick, and Jason reviews the Montecristo Platinum torpedo.
Your Viceorys of Vice sip the zesty VLO Sunrise cocktail while sharing some insight into some cocktails that bartenders increasingly hate making. Then we talk about pairing cigars with whiskeys before offering some delightful facts about the history of playing cards.