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Montecristo Relentless

The Indulgence of Uncle Knucklehead: Montecristo Relentless and Teeling Irish Whiskey

Did you ever judge someone too quickly? I mean you jump into a taxi and the cabbie’s got an impenetrable accent and you automatically assume he can’t get you to Action Park, even though Action Park’s been closed for 20 years?   Or you sit down in a sushi restaurant in Salt Lake City and the sushi chef is some guy named Bruce from Boston and you have visions of the botulism ward at a Mormon hospital and all you can come up with is small talk on the last season of “Big Love”?

Uncle Knucklehead Indulges: Ashton Maduro Aged #10 with Glenmorangie Signet

Your Uncle Knucklehead believes in harmony. I didn't always. I used to believe in straight ahead competition, creative conflict that sparks tiny combustions in an 8 cylinder overhead cam engine and drives pistons to power. So I always placed myself in the thick of it: causing trouble when the status quo set up shop; grating against the grain when ideas got tired; walking counter-clockwise just to fuck with people's expectations. Competition breeds heroes, bitches.

This Week's Dram: Bunnahabhain 25 Year Old Islay Single Malt

We sail westwards from Scotland this week to the wonderful island of Islay and the quiet man of the island - Bunnahabhain, established in 1881. It's their 25 Year Old Islay Single Malt that we're looking at this week. Even after many years in this industry, I still get the impression that Bunnahabhain is underrated, being somewhat overshadowed by its peatier neighbors on Islay. It's so wrong to compare them and the whisky itself has a much sunnier nature than the largely gray and rather brooding distillery where it's made.
Uncle Knucklehead

Uncle Knucklehead Indulges: STEEL by 601 Cigars with Russell's Reserve and Craigellachie 13YO

Everyone leaves a trace of themselves after you meet them.  Sometimes its physical ("hey, you forgot your shoes"); sometimes psychological ("hey, you forgot your neuroses"); but the most alluring is leaving behind their scent.  The ones that linger tend to be the ones attached to good memories: your grandfather's "old guy" smell; mom's kitchen smells; or...that girl.

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