Acquired a new handgun.
Link: Sig Sauer
Stopped by Luis de Jesus Gallery to preview Federico Solmi’s latest work, Chinese Democracy and the Last Day on Earth. In addition to the two videos, there was a lot to see. I only took pictures of what I’d consider purchasing.
FEDERICO SOLMI, FEDERICO SOLMI PRESENTS CHINESE DEMOCRACY AND THE LAST DAY ON EARTH (VIDEO FACE), 2012, ACRYLIC, GOLD LEAF ON PAPER MOUNTED ON WOOD PANEL, VIDEO PANEL, 48 X 36 IN.
This is Cuban, and is vastly superior to the copycat put out by Altadis USA. The Montecristo No. 4 is a Mareva and is 5 ” in length and has a 42 ring gauge. It’s light, earthy cocoa sweet smoke makes it a very popular cigar. In fact, it’s the most sold from Habanos. And according to wikipedia, it was the preferred smoke of Argentine revolutionary Ernesto “Che” Guevara.
Lately, while giving Islay a break, I’ve been on a Speyside/Highland journey and decided to revisit Glenfarclas 10, a pretty basic yet delicious single malt whisky.
Though bottled at only 40% ABV, its youth does provide a light kick in the mouth, which could be cushioned with a drop or two of spring water…but we’re not going to do that here. Pouring it in the Glencairn, I’m immediately attracted to its straw-gold color.
Sitting on the patio this afternoon, and nosing this dram of Glenfarclas 10 reminds me of joyfulness and childhood vacations visiting my grandparents in Normandy, France. More specifically, walking with with my grandpa past apple orchards to the local patisserie to bring back fruit tarts and chocolate-filled croissants to grandma. Swirling it around and coating the bulbous end of the glass heightens the anticipation of its taste.
On the tongue, undiluted, this is a sweet, fruity treat. I definitely taste the malt, but also pick up hints of vanilla, pear, and calvados. There is also smoke, but it really does not become apparent until the moderate-length, dry finish.
Overall, a solid malt worth keeping in stock.
I got a new tanto knife for an upcoming camping trip (Sequoia), self defense, etc… I got it off of Amazon (best price!). Did some research and settled on Ka-Bar. I mean, if it’s good enough for the US military, it’s pretty adequate for me. Though Ka-Bar is more famous for their combat knife design, I’m a big fan of the tanto blade shape. Not only does it look badass, its shape has a practical application. That is, the thick pointed blade is great for penetration.
Scored these awesome sunglasses for an amazing price (something crazy like 75% off retail) at Gilt. They are a classic, quality-made aviator from the Sportsman line (model SP14611) by Randolph Engineering. These came with the straight, bayonet temples, which I may switch out for curvier skull temples later. Nevertheless, these sunglasses are comfortable to wear and what I really like about this pair is the cool-looking sweat bar, and the utilitarian look of the matte chrome finish.
A month ago or so, a buddy turned me on to Kilchoman’s first general release bottling – Machir Bay, which I found to please my taste buds much more than their previous, limited bottle offerings. The technical specs indicate that it’s a vatting of 3 (60%), 4 (35%) and 5 (5%) year old whisky, matured in fresh bourbon barrels and finished in oloroso sherry butts for 8 weeks.
What makes this pretty outstanding and destined to be a regular in my cabinet is its complexity on the nose and palate. I get a licorice-like, pine sol lemon, and dried wood smell, and of course some cereal grain. It’s a pretty savory, dry whisky. It kind of reminds me of the braised beef short ribs I had at Craft restaurant. Being an Islay scotch, of course it is a bit smoky and peaty, especially on the finish. Sipping this evokes images of sitting in a boat on a lake in Spring, waiting for fish to hook themselves on grandpa’s fishing rod.
Around the 85,000 miles mark, I got a notification on the dash that said, “Check left dipped beam,” which basically meant that the left low beam light was out. Having some free time, I fixed this on my own. Small tasks like this are not worth taking to the dealership, not least that they’ll charge something ridiculous for what is really, a 20 minute (tops) job.
Curious to how it is done? Read on.
This past weekend, went to Angeles Shooting Ranges in Lake View Terrace to shoot some guns. Highlight was the AR-15s.