After several grueling months of bitterly cold temperatures, Old Man Winter gave us a reprieve this weekend. Yesterday, the otherwise dreary days gave way to 65 degrees and sunny. At my house this is known as the start of "cigar season". That is, Leslie won't let me smoke in the house, and I'm not an addict, so my cigar enjoyment hibernates with the bears . So upon realizing that this day was something special, I filled up the tank on the Weber, threw a couple beef tenderloins on the grill, poured a generous Kentucky Spirit (old-label) and fired up my inaugural Hemmingway Signature to ring in the impending springtime.

My Hemmingways are about 8 months older than when I first bought them and they are aging nicely. Nice nutty, woodsy flavors really complemented the KS quite well. Paired with a fine piece of medium-rare, 100% black angus and I was in sensory overload. Here's to the new year, and many more special cigar/boubon moments