Bar Rescue

The Jon Taffer Story

Jon Taffer is not only star of Spike TV’s “Bar Rescue,” he is a seasoned industry expert who has been rescuing bar businesses for decades. by Jon Shakill The Rescue Mission Walking into a dingy, dirty ...
Kentucky Gentlemen Cigars

Kentucky Gentlemen Cigars

The Southern Cigargonaut Tobacco aged in bourbon barrels and cigars blended with American grown tobacco By Lanee Lee Some of life’s best inventions were accidents. Penicillin, the formula for Coca-Cola, ...

La Descarga

A Piece of Havana in the Heart of Hollywood by Katherine Peach Entrance to the back room cigar lounge The walls are lined with glass rum bottles filled to the brim, along with other elegant dark and cle...
NOLET'S Reserve Dry Gin

NOLET’S Reserve Dry Gin

The Final Masterpiece of a Lifetime's Work by Jon Shakill The golden-yellow hue is first to catch the eye when this luxurious spirit swirls in a freshly poured glass. Only but a gentle whiff is necessar...
Ventura Cigar Co

Ventura Cigar Company

Ventura Cigar Company announces introduction of two new brands and consumer driven marketing strategy You may already know Ventura Cigar Company, the group that introduced Pura Sangre and Estilo Cubano at th...
whiskey-drinking-vessels

Whiskey Drinking Vessels

Choosing the right glass can make a difference. by Matt Lange So you are a serious whiskey drinker. You have accumulated a bit of a bottle collection. You know what makes Single Pot-Still Irish whiskey spec...

The Margarita and La Paloma

Once in a while, we learn that some bit of information that we had regarded as fact is actually a commonly held misconception, and our minds are momentarily blown. These realizations can come big or small, eith...
Top 20 Cigars of 2013

Top 20 Cigars of 2013

We are happy to bring you what our Rating Panel has ranked as the top 20 cigars from the hundreds of brands that they have sampled in the past year. Some of the ranked cigars have only been out on the market fo...
Cognac region France

Vineyards of Nobility 

Getting a taste of France’s Cognac region by touring the numerous distilleries By Lanee Lee  In France, the Loire Valley, Bordeaux and Burgundy are some of the most treasured destinations for wine lovers. Y...
Tequila ArteNOM Seleccion

Tequila ArteNOM Seleccion

The history of my affiliation with tequila is lengthy and different than most. As a young person, a neighbor had a well-stocked bar and I was, by circumstance, afforded the opportunity to try many fine spirits ...

Cigar Enthusiast Dan Charlier

Dan Charlier is not your average cigar enthusiast. For one, he takes the meaning of “cigar enthusiast” to a whole different level, making cigars an important centerpiece of his business and personal life. Beyon...

Humidor Etiquette

Hundreds of sticks of every shade and size; powerful branding; prominent displays; and maybe even an over-enthusiastic salesperson. All of these things can make a visit to a new walk-in humidor a bewildering ex...

Your First Cigar

by Nick Hammond When you’re 18 and on a road trip with your best pal, everything is funny. Even filling up the little car, which belonged to my friend’s mother, caused hilarity. And while we were in the gas ...

La Palina Premium Handmade Cigars

La Palina premium handmade cigars represent a marriage of some of the finest tobacco leaves blended by master artisans. With cigars that embody the finest aspects of craftsmanship, rolled with unwavering qualit...

Deciphering Different Cigar Wrappers

Most experienced cigar smokers have their own preferences for wrapper varieties, but among novices, there is a great deal of misunderstanding about how wrapper color relates to strength and flavor. The most com...

Boutique Blends Cigars

Now that  Boutique Blends Cigars has hit its stride with its small batch, limited production cigars, the company has quickly become known around the industry and among consumers for providing interesting qualit...
Jessey Greene

Jessy Greene

Whisky Loving Rock ‘N Roll Maven Behind the scenes with the touring and recording multi-instrumentalist and brand ambassador for Label 5 Blended Scotch Whisky by Jon Shakill Jessy Greene is a rock ‘n ro...

The Leaf Cigar Lounge, Atlanta, Ga

Camaraderie and conversation over cigars and spirits in Atlanta by Rick Rhay Atlanta, Georgia is a capital of the “New South.” Set in the epicenter of commerce and industry in the southern United States, ...

An Interview with Bret Baier

From bartender to anchor, he has covered the Pentagon and White House, moderated presidential debates, and traveled the world. By Jon Shakill Bret Baier is the anchor of FOX News Channel’s “Special Report...
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Shelly’s Back Room, Washington D.C.

A Washington, D.C. based lounge where power brokers and locals alike go for great cigars, incredible spirits and quality food by Rick Rhay The legendary smoke-filled room. It’s the setting where power bro...