Thursday, July 21, 2016

07/08 - Whisky and... steaks


Back in April we enjoyed some really tasty pork cheeks, the perfect dish for this time of the year when it's still cold. Now it's summer, BBQ time for the most of the people (well, for me the BBQ season lasts the whole year but that's another story).

After the rain of the last few weeks we've been lucky enough to get some nice weather finally and so we sat outside. A good occasion to kick off the evening with a beer from the local Huusbraui brewery and a custom rolled Salomones which Alex brought from Cuba earlier this year.

And before we started with the food we're already deep into the high quality whiskys. It started with a big bang: a Longmorn which has been distilled back in 1964. Wow! What an amazing whisky and definitely a benchmark for the others which should follow.

The next one: Aberlour 8 yo., 100 Proof, distilled in the late 60s. Bowmore 12 yo., distilled in the late 60s, early 70s! One highlight followed the next. And there were still some more at the sideline...

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While firing up the grill for the steaks we should have later, we'd a tasty appetizer plate with hot and cold smoked salmon and and cold smoked char. Together with some French baguette bread and a 31yo. Caol Ila from Silver Seal it's a fantastic way to start the dinner...

Later on we continued with some fried potatoes and some entrecôte steaks, with a 22yo.Caol Ila from the Whisky Fair which ain't bad either.

We'd some more whiskys with the after dinner cigar but after a while there was not enough light to take more pictures (and I didn't want to use the flash), therefore you won't see all the stuff we had later... but above you some of those like a Bruichladdich 1966 - 1983, Moon Import, Riserva Veronelli or Ardbeg 21yo., 1974 - 1996, Sestante... outstanding good stuff!







Wednesday, July 13, 2016

07/02 - The three amigos


In the meantime we, that means Ralf, Tom and myself, met the 3rd year in a row at my home for a Saturday full of smoke, drinks and food.

While waiting for my guests I openend a bottle of Cantillon Geuze (bottled in 2013) which I have picked up during my visit at the brewery last April, maybe you still remember my Tour de Belgium. Of course I also fired up a nice cigar, I decided for a Hoyo de Monterrey Pyramides, EL 2003. Wow, what an amazing smoke... and it went very well with the beer!




Meanwhile my guests arrived and a small snack for lunch was served: cedarplanked salmon, some jasmine rice and a fresh cooked mango chutney with ginger. I'm really surprised about my personal taste but in the meantime I really have passion for those fruity chutneys in combination with fish or meat.

Afterwards some more amazing cigars followed:
  • Upmann Super Corona from 2000 or 2002: what a treat!
  • Montecristo Tubos from 1985: just excellent, Montecristo at it's best with tons of vintage flavor!
  • Upmann Monarchs AT from 1998: a blast from the past... hard to find stuff like that nowadays!
  • Bolivar Poderosos ER Belux 2013: still a young cigar but surprisingly no ammonia and a lot of great flavor, the perfect after dinner cigar!


Beside the Cantillon beer I also enjoyed some Swiss craft beer like the Beast Double IPA from Storm and Anchor or the Fatal Error 52 hour Double IPA from Bierfactory...

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Time was flying quickly and while the others were still smoking I prepared some stuff for the dinner... shaping the patties, caramellizing some onions, frying the bacon and cutting the potatoes for some fries. My first handcut, homemade fries... and the came out really good.

So we enjoyed two tasty burger (Green Chili Cheese and Swiss Mushroom Burger) as Ralf couldn't join the first evening of our Beer, BBQ and.... CIGARS!! Herf which took place for weeks ago...

The cigar we smoked after dinner has been mentioned already... the spirit selection comes here. First we'd another Indian Grain whisky. The packing and the bottle look fancy, the spirit itself reminded us more of a Cognac as of a Grain. I also pulled out the recent bottling of the Whiskyclub Regensburg, called Crois Chill Daltain, an sherry aged, 21 yo. Single Malt from Islay... hard to find out what it really is... but don't care for the distillery, simply enjoy that fantastic Single Malt because it'll blow you away! Peat and sherry sweetness... that's the perfect combo!

Thx for you visit guys, I enjoyed another fantastic day which ended up with the thrilling match (at the least the penalty shoot-out) between Germany and Italy with the better end for Germany...







Wednesday, July 06, 2016

07/01 - Portmann Cigar Trophy 2016


Beginning of July... in the meantime the traditional date for the Portmann Cigar Golf Trophy. This time it took place on the wonderful golf course in Lipperswil. The first tee was also in the morning at 07.30 am like last year but I think those who started early were happy later as it was getting a warm day. Not as hot as last year (luckily), but it still made you sweat.

There's not much more to say... just one thing: enjoy the pix!


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