Podcast 67: Politics of Casino Tax Revenue; Smoke Shop Event; Tony’s Three-Scotch Taste Test

Jason and Tony discuss the politics of opening casinos to augment state/local budgets (with an eye toward a major referendum in Michigan this Movember). Then Jason shares the tale of cigar-related fun at a recent Xicar event at Grand River Cigar in Grand Rapids, Mich., before relaying Tony’s “still very newbie” comparative reaction to samples of Glenmorangie Nectar d’Or, Oban 15 and Glenrothes Select Reserve.

Podcast 64: Diamond in a Day; Alec Bradley Prensado Churchill Review; Tomatin 12-year Single Malt; Spirits for Noobs

After listening to Tony ad-lib it about how to “Diamond in a Day” with Caesar’s Entertainment, Jason reviews the Alec Bradley Prensado Churchill cigar — Cigar Aficianado’s #1 pick for 2011 — and addresses criticism of whether CA tips the scales for advertisers. Then Jason and Tony share their impressions about the Tomatin 12-year single-malt Scotch they’re sipping before providing their top brand choices for each class of spirit, for drinkers new to that spirit. A 40-minute extravaganza of fun and wisdom … or something like that.

Podcast 52: One Night in Vegas; Cigar Books; Glenfiddich 15-Year

Jason and Tony share their thoughts on what to do if you only had one night in Las Vegas, then the Dynamic Duo of Discourse share their thoughts on the pros/cons of a few cigar-related books. Last up: Part 2 of 3 of our review of Glenfiddich single-malt Scotch whiskys — this one, the 15-year.

Podcast 51: Penny v. Quarter Slots; Tasting Cigar Smoke; Glenfiddich 12-Year [Updated]

In podcast 51, Tony talks about the financial aspects of playing penny slots versus quarter slots in the casino. Then Jason shares some thoughts on how to “taste” cigar smoke. Then your dynamic duo of podcast hosts sip a dram of Glenfiddich 12-year single malt Scotch whisky. Note that our tasting is the first of a three-part Glenfiddich series; in upcoming weeks we’ll discuss the 12- and 18-year varieties.