The thank you list of people who were generous, hospitable, kind, open, and honest is long indeed. I know this: These brands and these whiskies will forever be near and dear to me after the time I spent there.
4:30 AM Wake up. Perform the Triple-S. 5:00 Kiss my wife and baby goodbye. 5:01 Kyle [GM of Wingtip’s Bank of Wine & Spirits] picks me up and we drive to the airport. 5:30 Eat crappy breakfast food in the international terminal, even though we are only flying to PDX. I guess Oregon is another country.
Edinburgh is a majestic city. While most of my time was spent at legendary distilleries, I kicked off my trip in Edinburgh, and boy was it amazing. We stayed in a hotel three blocks from the castle in old town. The streets are beyond cobblestone. They are old, and I mean older than our country, or at least they feel that way. Everywhere you look feels like you are in a postcard from the Middle Ages.
A few of our favorite Father’s Day gift ideas for the guy who taught you how to shave, golf, grill, and tie a four-in-hand.
Candy-colored cars… hand-rolled cigars… wabi sabi architecture… okay, we’ll shut up and let the photo roll do the talking.
Meat London: An Insider’s Guide Edited by Tom Howells With an introduction by Thomas Blythe Black Dog Publishing Now and then you hear a London-bound traveler mumble something about “such a beautiful city, but the food’s so dull and heavy.” Leave it to a book devoted to meat to negate their argument. Sure, Meat… Read more »
Art and music are a big deal in Cuba. In fact, if you want to become “wealthy” by Cuban standards, your best bets are art or music, and of course, there are a small few talented enough to make that happen (unfortunately, Simon Cowell never created “Cuban Idol”). Our Sunday in Cuba started with most… Read more »
Of course no trip to Cuba is complete without a ride or two in an old American car. They are everywhere in Cuba, but some are obviously much better cared for than others. We took a cab ride down the Malecón from Old Havana back to the hotel in a 1952 Chevrolet (pronounced “shev-roh-let” by… Read more »
I knew I was going to like Havana when, at breakfast, there was a gentleman wearing a pink, linen, long-sleeved guayabera with French cuffs. After breakfast, we took a walking tour of Old Havana that included –not at my request but I certainly wasn’t complaining– a stop into the Conde de Villenueva. I probably visited… Read more »
Two things that were unique about our departure to Havana: (1) they strongly recommend that you wrap your luggage in saran wrap to prevent theft (at a cost of $15), and (2) everything in Cuba is so expensive that you are sure to have a few passengers bringing back giant stuffed animals. Not small stuffed… Read more »