Back in later September, Gilbertsville Cigar Factory hosted an event with Island Jim. In addition to the usual cigar event, there was also Live Music by Dan O’Brien and a Whiskey Tasting from Manatawny Still Works.
I always enjoy these events because its a great opportunity for my wife (who doesn’t smoke cigars) and I to get away from the kids for a little while and enjoy some adult time together – which is hard to come by these days with three little girls in the house.
Ever since starting my own business a year and a half ago, virtually all of my spare time is spent working. This has caused me to see cigars much differently than I used to. More often than not, when I have a cigar, it isn’t to kick back and relax – its to have a little something while I work.
The event at Gilbertsville Cigar Factory opened my eyes to two things in particular.
- I don’t spent nearly as much time as I should just relaxing and enjoying things outside of work.
- Whiskey by itself is pretty interesting but when paired with a good cigar, it can be downright amazing
During the event I had the opportunity to try a variety of spirits from Manatawny Still Works. The one that I kept coming back to was their Small Batch #19. It had so much depth and complexity that I couldn’t help but to leave with a bottle.
These pairings have gone a long way in rekindling my passion for both cigars and spirits. While I can’t promise to have the kind of time that I used to and become a regular presence here on Stogie Review – I’d like to start posting a bit more regularly, outlining my adventures in pairing cigars and spirits.
To kick things off, I’d love some feedback. Please drop a comment below and tell me your absolute favorite pairing – I’d love to give it a try!