Whiskey from South Africa…

The popular Bain’s Cape Mountain is a brand of African whiskey distilled at the James Sedgwick distillery in Wellington, Western Cape, South Africa. Launched in 2009, Bain’s is South Africa’s first whiskey produced from a single grain; being made from 100% yellow maize (corn). Bain’s is owned by Distell, a multinational brewing and beverage company based in Stellenbosch, South Africa. The distillery is located in the interior of the country, untroubled by the rush of everyday life.

A true whiskey tradition.

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History flows like wine…

The Roman Empire’s belief that wine was a daily necessity made the drink democratic and ubiquitous; in various forms, it was available to slaves, peasants and aristocrats. To ensure the steady supply of wine to Roman soldiers and colonists, viticulture and wine production spread to every part of the empire. The economic opportunities presented by trading in wine drew merchants to do business with tribes native to Gaul and Germania, bringing Roman influences to these regions even before the arrival of the Roman military. Evidence of this trade and the far-reaching ancient wine economy is most often found through ceramic jars used to transport wine.

A flow of historic proportions.

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Cigars from the coast…

The popular cigar brand Brun del Ré has been the tobacco producer of choice in Costa Rica. Famous for their cigar line, such as: Brun del Ré Gold, Premium, Colonial, 1787 Libertad, and 1638, it has a nice selection and flavor palate. And yes, the brand started with an impromptu trip to Cuba by the company’s owner.

The cigar life is a trip, indeed.

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The classic cigar ashtray…

Yep, the cigar ashtray is a simple but clever tool. The two most important differences between a cigar ashtray and a cigarette ashtray are the: size of the notch and the horizontal holding power. Indeed, the width (gauge) of the cigar needs to be accommodated, while the purpose is to keep the cigar perfectly horizontal. The horizontal orientation is meant to keep the cigar burn even, so that the burn does not creep up one side only. In this quest, many cigar ashtrays come with unique and beautiful designs.

So, the art of design is both useful and simple.

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Cigars with pretzels…

Especially the hot ones. Yes, indeed, cigars go great with pretzels. Some of the best cigar pairings come in the form of a simple snack. A lite sprinkling of salt on a warm pretzel adds a little extra flavor to this wonderful cigar pairing. Unlike most crunchy snacks, pretzels feel a bit more hardy and wholesome. They definitely complement a premium cigar in a totally wholesome way.

So, a warm pretzel goes great with a premium cigar.

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Whiskey is an age-old Welsh tradition…

All the way back in the 19th century, the rise of the temperance movement also had a huge impact on the Welsh whiskey industry. The last notable distillery in the country at that time, the Welsh Whisky Distillery in Frongoch, was sold in 1900. The distillery was eventually liquidated in 1910. The current critical praise and appreciation for Welsh’s Penderyn’s whiskey is notable since it is the first commercially available Welsh whiskey for nearly 100 years.

Great traditions always stay alive.

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Wine from the North…

In Norway, wine bars are popping up all over the country, not only in Oslo, but also in Bergen, Stavanger, and Trondheim to name a few key places. Wine drinking is becoming increasingly popular despite the high restriction on alcohol and wine consumption. Nevertheless, the younger generation has 100 sommeliers completing their degrees every year. In short, there are plenty of knowledgeable staff in both wine bars and restaurants in Norway. Many wine experiences worth exploring.

Hence, wine keeps us warm.

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Cigars from Africa…

Bongani Cigars, meaning “be grateful” in Zulu, was conceived as a small, fun project. With 10,000 cigars a month, a relatively small number compared to the big producers from Cuba and Central America. It primarily sells in South Africa, Kenya, and Mozambique, where some of its tobacco is in fact grown.

A unique blend with a unique story.

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A portable cigar ashtray…

Yep, the one that looks like a coffee cup, with a cigar plank that extends to the side. One of the simplest, but best cigar ashtrays, the portable car cigar ashtray. It can be used in a car, indoors, or on your porch. And the best part is, it is extremely inexpensive. So, get one for the porch and one for the car, or for both of your cars.

A little cigar life convenience on the go.

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Something spicy for your cigar…

One of the best cigar snacks are hot chili peanuts, yes peanuts with a spicy flavoring. The snack itself is very easy to manage and easy to consume, even on the go. The spice nicely evens out any cigar roughness, if you happen to be enjoying something with some unexpected edge. A peanut per puff, a perfect blend.

At home or on the go, a perfect cigar pairing.

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