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  2. Funny story to go with this cigar. I just left the coffee shop, got into my car, stuck my unlit cigar in my mouth and looked down at my phone to check the notifications. I was startled by a tapping on my window. I looked up to be startled again to see Alec Baldwin was the one tapping. For a second, I didn't know whether to open the window or not. I thought maybe I did something to piss him off. So I open the window, and said "Hey Alec, what's up?" He points his finger at my cigar and says "It's been a long time since I've had one of those in the morning. He then walks away saying. "A long time. A long time." 😂😂😂
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  4. Found couple of boxes being in Spain, and was happy to buy them, because I love that vitola very much. I had enough time at lovely summer evening and some Kopke LBV 2012 Porto as a pair and decided to smoke one for the contest. the cigar itself looks beatyfull: minimum veins, smells terrific. first third some citrus, dried fruits, light sweetness. second - fried toas, same dries fruits and some cinnamon. last third sweetness is gone, added peanut and coffee. I would say it's amazing cigar, very delicious, one of the best prominente. my rate is 94/100
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  6. On overaging - I definitely think there is a point where older doesn't equal better. It's not just limited to the high end of the age scale either - to my tastes some distillers spirit is better with less time in wood. I did a tasting of Old Pulteney recently and Old Pulteney 12 seemed better to me than there older expressions which took on too much influence from the wood which took away from the briney tastes of the 12. Like cigars older doesn't always mean better!
  7. this all touches bang on one of my early points - and it reveals the massive hypocrisy in sports, all nature. in rugby and league, we see players claiming tries and celebrating only for video refs to expose them as fibbers - not even close sometimes. in cricket, i mentioned the appeals for lbw and caught behind when the players know that it is not out, putting it into the hands of the ump. that is accepted as part of the game. and yet, claiming a catch you did not take (yes, i'm looking at you joe root, but leave that aside) is absolutely seen as cheating. if i was asked to explain the reason or difference, i could not.
  8. This restores my faith in the universe. Thanks for the link Ken. Looks like they presented it really nicely too. Just need to mortgage the house now. Great write up too, hats off
  9. I think it's really interesting to look at modern day rugby union with regards to this, and how we perceive and evolve with the rule books of different sports. These days when a winger has a flailing effort to dab the ball down in the corner, and he knows (he 100% knows) he's lost the ball before crossing the whitewash, they often get up celebrate wildly, then go on to slightly grimace to the ten, and tells them "try and take the conversion quickly" To me this is pretty similar, the player knows they've not scored, but they has abrogated their responsibility as an honest sportsman to assist the ref. These days this is done in Rugby Union, with a cheeky wry smile and a "ah well, I had to try my hand". I think if this particular part of the discussion on cheating has taught us anything, it's that the publics obsession with wrong decisions whether is be Tennis/Cricket challenges, Rugbys 4th official, or VAR, is increasingly dissolving the players personal responsibility to govern their own actions, and thats a sad thing. As for Kens, "you can't be a little bit pregnant", I think thats true...... but you can be very, very pregnant.....and it doesn't look like a pleasant place to find yourself haha!! and I think thats what we should keep a grip on. Some cheating like Neil Back, slapping the ball out of Peter Stringers hand into the Leicester Tigers defending scrum, was hilarious as spectator with no team in the game, and many look back on this as almost and admirable 'dark arts' rougish act. I'm sure many supporting Munster would not agree. There is a sliding scale of severity, and we need to be honest to it The reality is, the real arbiter of how bad something was, is not the ref, or the players, It's us as fans of the game. Regardless of who we support, we should chew the fat be reasonable, and point out what is BS when we see it. The history books will self govern the legacy any particular team or player will forge for themselves, all that will take care of itself.
  10. Ah I didn't realise the trunk was 200mls! Thanks
  11. They do it in a series called The Family Casks but I'm not aware of a bottling from single cask at different ages or in mini bottles. But it would be a great idea!
  12. you are welcome to follow up as often as you like. they do both. i have seen their 1971. cracking stuff but a full bottle about $5K. excuse the blatant self promo but this will give some more info on their vintage releases. these are 200mls. https://quillandpad.com/2019/04/04/glenfarclas-family-cask-trunk-and-the-1971-vintage-whisky/
  13. Are they as specific milestones though Ken?. i.e 12, 15, 17, 20 etc? what I'm talking about, is every year from the barrel (including a small bottle of the raw spirit, then 1yr, 2yr etc etc. you could argue that potentially 6 bottles of the 30 bottle package may not be very pleasing, but for true whisky enthusiast, it would be a great tool for learning. If this is what Glenfarclas are doing excuse the follow up message
  14. i know glenfarclas does - that said i am not so sure how easy they are to buy. i think they do collections. i have a heap sitting in front of me, right up to 40 year old. i see quite a few as easy for samples. but they definitely have some. in europe, it might come down to EEC regulations. i know that the bureaucrats prevented champagne from using the 500ml bottles, though that has recently changed.
  15. In all the fabulous, and not so fabulous things distillers are playing around with, I'm surprised nobody (that I'm aware of) has drained off a cask in mini bottles over its whole life, say 30yrs for example. It would be so interesting to buy 30 mini bottles, to get to see the full life of a single cask, the full evolution. For those interested in the ageing process, it would be a wonderful resource, especially if it came with distillers notes.
  16. Wow.....many thanks FOH!! as ever, you are the greatest. Good an everyone who took part, the band less box of Bolivar was my favourite.
  17. found this interesting. thoughts? Why Ultra-Aged Spirits are Ripping You Off If I may be frank, most super-old Scotches are super awful. Here’s why: Most good Scotch is bottled starting at around 12 years old. Fantastic offerings can also be found up to the 18- to 21-year-old range. Beyond that, the oak tends to overpower everything else going on in the bottle. The effect can be even more pronounced with spirits that tend to age more quickly, like Bourbon. If you sip a 40-year-old Bourbon or 50-year-old Scotch, you’re basically sipping on oak tannins, bragging rights, a sense of history and little else. Which is why it’s so perplexing to see producers and others rolling out bottles that are decades past drinkability—think stunt Scotches like a 72-year-old Macallan single malt, produced in 1946 and that fetched $110,085 at auction. It’s an interesting nod toward history to own a World War II-era whiskey but forget about drinking it. After 72 years, you might as well go suck on an oak stave. If you sip a 40-year-old Bourbon or 50-year-old Scotch, you’re basically sipping on oak tannins, bragging rights, a sense of history and little else. Yet, every barrel-aged spirit has a sweet spot in terms of the maturity where it tastes best. Two key factors dictate how a spirit will mature: the barrel used to age the spirit (new barrels age a spirit fastest), and the climate where the spirit is aged (heat can accelerate the aging process). The rules aren’t always hard-and-fast, but it’s easy to tell when your pour is past its prime: as Four Roses Master Distiller Brent Elliott explains, it’s “when the barrel influence is so strong that it has become bitter, astringent and has lost complexity.” Here’s a guide, informed by input from the experts, on when some of the most-gifted spirits categories are likely to hit their stride. For those seeking a special bottle to commemorate a specific year, this may help in finding a vintage-year pour that’s not just enjoyable, but possibly exceptional. Getty Bourbon and rum: Best aged 5–12 years By law, Bourbon is made in new, charred oak barrels. That means the distillate extracts flavors from the wood relatively quickly, so Bourbon matures faster than most other barrel-aged spirits. “The majority of barrels peak in the 5–10-year range,” says Elliott. “In this range, all of the immature character of the white dog is gone, but there are still a lot of the bright and delicate flavors from grains and fermentation that have developed in the barrel, and with the barrel, to create that perfect balance.” Beyond the 12-year range, says Elliott, “there will be fewer and fewer that are still ‘improving’ each year.” A unicorn does sometimes appear. Orphan Barrel’s line of rare whiskeys has included some very good Bourbons aged around 20 years. Also, keep an eye out for single-vintage rum bottlings. Very few producers do this; most include a blend of rums of varying ages. But single vintages can be found from producers such as Diplomático, Foursquare and Plantation, including some 10–12 years old. Rum aged in warm climates, like the Caribbean, age two to three times faster than a spirit in a cold climate, experts estimate. How Wine Affects Your Whiskey Scotch whisky: Best aged 12–25 years Since Scotch whisky is aged typically in used barrels, it takes longer to extract vanilla or caramel flavors from the wood. The late distiller Dave Pickerell once described this as “the tea-bag effect.” The second time that a tea bag is used, there’s less flavor left to draw out, so it needs to steep longer. Scotland’s humid climate also slows down evaporation, so the spirit isn’t as concentrated as those aged in drier climates, like Bourbon. The problem with pinpointing an ideal age for Scotch, is “it all depends on the style of whisky you want to bottle,” says John Glaser, founder and whiskymaker for Compass Box, which releases primarily blended Scotch whiskies. He deems a Scotch too old when the wood notes overtake the distillery character and flavor compounds that have developed over time. In other words, “the whisky loses its cohesiveness,” he says. Scotches aged 30, 40 and older can be sourced, but know that means paying a substantial premium for whisky that may be past its best years. Note: These ages only indicate the number of years the spirit has been in the barrel. Unlike wine, once bottled the aging process for spirits stops. For those who seek to commemorate a benchmark birthday with a bottle, Armagnac may be your best bet. Armagnac: Best aged up to 50 years You’ll almost never see a single-vintage Cognac, because it’s made with a blend of ages, with the designation signifying the youngest distillate in the blend. By comparison, many Armagnacs are sold as blends, but some producers also choose to release single-vintage bottlings when they are deemed exceptional. Some of these may be decades old. For those who seek to commemorate a benchmark birthday with a bottle, Armagnac may be your best bet. According to Christine Cooney-Foubert, owner of Heavenly Spirits, an importer of French spirits, Armagnac can age longer than Cognac because it is distilled just once, as opposed to twice for Cognac. This strips fewer fatty acids from the distillate, enabling “more sustainable aging” over longer time frames, she says. It’s also not unusual for producers to reuse barrels over and over again, often to the point where the barrel no longer contributes tannins, but instead acts as a container that enables the brandy to “keep breathing and get rounder.” “Normally, we don’t leave an Armagnac in the barrel for more than 40 or 50 years,” Cooney-Foubert says, “but some Armagnac will age gracefully” for longer periods in such barrels. Is there a ceiling, even for Armagnac? Yes, Cooney-Foubert says. “I have tasted Armagnac that had rested in barrels for 100 years and it was my opinion that they were too ‘old.’”
  18. Watch This Hero Blindly Navigate The Entire Nürburgring Misha Charoudin has lived at the Nürburgring for four years, instructing and driving on it almost every day. With thousands of laps behind him, he could probably direct someone around this track blindfolded. In fact, he’s put out a video of him doing just that. It’s insane. He spends 7 minutes calling out curbs, braking zones and corner exits as his fellow instructor blasts around the track in a Mercedes-AMG GT R. That’s seriously impressive, but what’s unbelievable is that he also calls out the signs and other markers as he passes them. It’s hard enough to know where to go on the Nürburgring with all of your senses functioning. The track goes on forever and is full of blind corners that all look the same to an untrained eye. So being able to know exactly where you are by the seat of your pants and what you have stored in the ole’ noggin is wild. This display of knowledge will be hard to top, unless, of course, someone manages to actually drive the track blind.
  19. F1 ANIMATED! The funny side of 2019 so far BONUS - 2018 Video
  20. Haas unlikely to chance a rookie after 2019 struggles, says Steiner The futures of Kevin Magnussen and Romain Grosjean at Haas beyond 2019 may not have been decided yet, but the team are unlikely to be taking a chance on a rookie driver next year, according to boss Guenther Steiner. After 12 races of the season, their focus is on improving the car, not cultivating young drivers. Steiner has a puzzle to solve, having watched Haas go from regular points contenders in 2018 to midfield strugglers this year, as they continue to try and get to grips with Pirelli's tyre compounds and intra-team rivalries. With that in mind, there’s little room for the US squad to take on a rookie. It would be too much of a risk, as he explained. “These decisions are actually very difficult to make," he said. "It’s an opportunity but it comes at a high risk rate, so it’s more like as a team we could do it, but do we want to do it? Because I think again this year if we had two rookies or a rookie, it wouldn’t help us, because we are a little bit lost where we are with the tyres and a rookie doesn’t help you.” The rookie in the running would be Ferrari Driver Academy member Pietro Fittipaldi, Haas’s 2019 test driver and grandson of two-time Formula 1 world champion Emerson Fittipaldi. But the Brazilian hasn’t taken part in a Free Practice Session this season, as Steiner and the team have more pressing priorities. “For us it’s difficult, otherwise we’d do it for him… ” said Steiner of getting Fittipaldi more track time. “We need both drivers [Grosjean and Magnussen] to be testing the car as much as possible. Our focus is still not to be ninth in the championship, we need to be better, so I cannot promise anything to Pietro." Furthermore, Fittipaldi doesn’t have a superlicence, which holds him back from racing an F1 car, although Free Practice participations will count towards a driver’s superlicence in 2020. “That’s one of the problems of all young drivers at the moment,” added Steiner. "There’s not many people with a superlicence around and to get one is pretty difficult at the moment. There is now a superlicence that a team can get points for by putting a driver into FP1, and he’s missing four points. We’ll see what we can do.” Steiner did, however, concede that ‘risking’ a rookie can work, McLaren being the prime example of that as they sit fourth in the standings with Lando Norris having taken 24 points so far in his debut season. “This year I would say McLaren took the risk and did it very good," he continued. "Lando is doing a good job, I think he’s very fast - but it can go wrong as well, and then it’s difficult to get out of that mess.” After Haas’s tough opening half of the season - Grosjean has retired six times and reverted back to an Australian Grand Prix-spec car while Magnussen has continued to take on upgrades - it’s fair to say that Haas could do with avoiding a “mess”. Nine races left, and they trail eighth-place constructors Racing Point by five points.
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  22. SCHUMACHER: I WILL GO TO F1 WHEN I’M READY AND COMFORTABLE It is almost inevitable that the son of Formula 1 legend Michael Schumacher became a racing driver, that he is proving handy at the craft is a bonus as the paddock prepares for the arrival of Schumi III on the big stage. However, 20-year-old Mick Schumacher is in no rush to break into the top flight and suggested he might be on the fringes for a couple of years before the timing is right for a full F1 campaign. Meanwhile, he is part of the Ferrari Driver Academy (FDA) and is doing a full Formula 2 campaign with Prema Powerteam. Reflecting in the wake of his reverse grid Sprint Race victory in Hungary last time out, Schumacher junior told reporters of his journey to F1, “I think only time can tell. Obviously having the first victory in F2 is a great thing. “I still need to work a lot on myself. Whether I go to F1 next year or in two years or three years, I don’t know. Only time can tell that. I will do my best possible to try to learn as much as possible so that when I do make the step, I am ready and comfortable.” It would be fair to say that young Schumacher has not taken Formula 2 by storm nevertheless, the young German gets better race-by-race with max-points in Hungary perhaps a catalyst to ramp up his campaign in the second half of the season, much like he did in Formula 3 last year. Of his maiden F2 victory, Schumacher acknowledged, “The first one is the hardest, but obviously it’s also once you get that win, it gives you a lot of confidence. It gives you a lot of confidence to go into the next round, especially getting towards the end of the season now. “It’s good that we have done it in a way that is also I think not easy, because we had a lot of pressure, not only from Nobu (Matsushita) but throughout the whole season. We had some very strong performances, but not enough points for what we had. “I refer back to Red Bull Ring or Silverstone where the pace was great, but in many ways, we didn’t manage to really exploit it. In general, I’m really happy that we managed to get that win, but mostly also getting those points in.” Schumacher has already tested for Ferrari and Alfa Romeo this year as the Reds groom the son of their favourite son for the top flight. His career path is following in the FDA footsteps, of Jules Bianchi (until it was cruelly cut short) and currently, Charles Leclerc and Antonio Giovinazzi – Schumi III may well be the next in line.
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