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The Whisky Extravaganza Returns to New York

Sponsored by The Scotch Malt Whisky Society of America, the 23rd Annual Whisky Extravaganza is an exclusive opportunity to sample rare and unique whiskies from around the world More than 100 of the world’s most exceptional single malt, Scotch and other whiskies will be enjoyed at Guastavino’s on March 23, 2016, as the 23rd Annual Whisky Extravaganza returns to New York after a three year hiatus. Hosted by The Scotch Malt Whisky Society, the gala evening event also features a delicious dinner and a fine imported cigar as a parting gift for guests.

The Indulgence of Uncle Knucklehead #9: Oliva Cain F 654 Torpedo & AnCnoc Flaughter

One of these days your Uncle is going to learn how to handle more than two things at a time. Since I’ve been writing cigar and whiskey pairings I kind of figured I had at least these two things that I can do simultaneously: hold a drink and a cigar at the same time. I even use both hands to do so. And yeah, it’s a practice that translates into other areas of my life: I can bounce a basketball and hold a drink; push a lawn mower and smoke a cigar, etc. Easy stuff like that, I’ve mastered. I guess the third thing, like the third rail, is something to avoid.

The Indulgence of Uncle Knucklehead #8: Perdomo Reserve 10th Anniversary & Compass Box Flaming Heart - 15th Anniversary Edition

Your Uncle is in an elegiac mood, my friends.  It's autumn in the northeast, and we're blessed with bright blue skies and a warm sun to take the chill out of the air, leaves swirling through the yards and down the streets in a confetti blizzard of riotous color.  It's crisp and dry and it feels like football, down sweaters and steaming bowls of goodness gurgling atop the blue gas flames of our neighbor's stoves. Its fall and there's a glorious sadness in the air.  Summer is gone, winter's coming and with it just a few of my favorite things.

The Indulgence of Uncle Knucklehead #7: La Gloria de Cuba RF No. 13 + Benriach 20yr

We live in a time of "easy expertise", don't we?  We have smartphones in our pockets (you're not carrying it around on your hip, are you?), we have Google on our glasses and drones buzzing around our heads that link us full time to the clouds.  We have bursting packets of information and data gliding silkily through our pre-frontal cortex, waiting for our consciousness to purposefully capture bytes from the stream and put them to use to navigate our cars, download the latest novel, reserve a table, empty our bank accounts or find someone to love.


All who account themselves Scotch aficionados are by now familiar with the merriment-in-glass of the single malt known as The Macallan. There's nothing quite like it. I attribute 40% of its astonishing nature to The Macallan's "Curiously Small" stills. I'll explain that calculation in a moment.
Uncle Knucklehead:

The Indulgence of Uncle Knucklehead: Issue #6: Rocky Patel Nicaraguan Toro & Forty Creek Confederate Oak Reserve

It's amazing how much your Uncle learned about the world from cartoons through a form of unconscious osmosis that festered until he grew old enough to push out the fog.  Being a doinky kid growing up in the bluish glow of an Admiral CRT tube, little did I know at the time that the humor behind "Rocky and Bullwinkle" was concocted by Jay Ward's merry band of anarchists pushing against the restrictions of the anti-communist repression of the 60s. 

The Indulgence of Uncle Knucklehead: Arturo Fuente Sungrown Bellicoso & Balcones Texas Single Malt

It's summertime, children.  And...(get ready)...the livin' is easy, back of my neck gettin' dirty, gritty; you can stretch right up and touch the sky cause there ain't no cure for the summertime blues.  I'm high on watermelon cubes doused with lime juice sprinkled with kosher salt served on a platter of bass-driven blues, powered by a Bluetooth linked speaker connected to my pocket-sized Samsung mini-computer.  Lazy days in the rocker binge-watching "Catch a Fire" and "Orange is the New Black", thinking how I get a couple strokes off my golf game and still find time to scrape decades-old pa

This Week's Dram: Michters' US*1 Unblended American Whiskey

This week we're in the USA for Michter's US*1 American Whiskey. The distiller calls it "unblended" as it contains "no grain neutral spirit".  They don't tell us what grains are used so it's intriguing from that point of view but I hear tell it's the same grains as bourbon.