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    The Irishman: The Price Paid

    Burn, Hollywood, BurnA regular review by John Black Last month Martin Scorsese drew the ire of millennials with a condemnation of Marvel movies, as mere ‘theme parks’ and ‘not cinema’. If anyone has earnt the right to opine on the art of film...

    Rocky Patel Vintage 1990

    Now this isn't a new cigar… or even new to NZ. But somehow its managed to go un-reviewed by me (even though I have smoked a good few) and if my memory serves me, it definitely doesn't have the stature it should have here.

    Diamond Crown Julius Caeser

    “It was 1895 when Hungarian émigré Julius C. Newman founded a cigar company in his family's barn in Cleveland. Today his grandsons Eric and Bobby run what he began, making J.C. Newman one of the oldest cigar companies around.” so there you go, that’s why...

    Cadenhead 20yo 45.2% Creations

    You may have heard of 'Blended Whisky' like Johnnie walker. Except for the Green 15yo (not this bull shit 'Island green' and the Gold label), Johnnie Walker is generally rubbish.  It is designed for people who can't be bothered exploring whisky (No offence - Sorry...

    Caol Ila 32yr old 1983 – 2016 – 49.3% Signatory Vintage Cask strength

    You can drink whisky because it is 'smooth' or you can drink it because you love experiences. This is one for experience. Thought provoking, a part of history, old fashioned and influenced by decades sleeping in a barrel. What a...

    Ford vs Ferrari: Hooray for Cars and Capitalism

    Burn, Hollywood, BurnA regular review by John Black Here’s a pub question worth a beery rumination: Who did the most for the cause of human freedom in the twentieth century? Sir Winston Churchill? Martin Luther King? Ronald Reagan? An eccentric choice but not...

    Talisker 8yr 59.4% 2018 Diageo Special Release OB

    Talisker is a distillery that can be polarising because some think it's like drinking Diesel while some like drinking diesel so they like Talisker.  None the less, Most Taliskers are low ABV, because Diageo and big corporates tend to water down whisky - they...

    SMWS Review: 4.251

    So this is a highland park. If you are not across it - SMWS is an independent bottler.  They are generally pretty good, love them in fact but as the famous words of bad Santa goes : "They can't all be winners'

    Blair Athol and Cohiba Talisman 2017: Baptism by fire

    Signatory vintage cask strength Blair Athol 58.9% 27 years old 1988 to 2016 - 93 of 520 - Cask #6851 matured in a refill Sherry butt. paired with:The Cohiba Talisman2017 This may have ruined my life.  Blair Athol, Glorious...

    Dr Sleep: Where’s Johnny?

    Burn, Hollywood, BurnA regular review by John Black Dr Sleep, the long awaited, much belated sequel to the classic horror The Shining is a bonfire of lost opportunities. The original Stephen King novel of an alcoholic writer, Jack Torrance and...