John McTavish

Personal Beer Review: Caravel Hazy Horizon

Personal Beer Review: Caravel Hazy Horizon

The Caravel Hazy Horizon is a satisfying Hefeweizen that stands out in a number of categories. I wouldn't hesitate to order this again, and I'm going to seek this out on tap at a local beer pub in Calgary.

Team Cigar Review: AVO Improvisation LE19

Team Cigar Review: AVO Improvisation LE19

The AVO Improvisation LE19 starts out complex and interesting in the first third, but declines in balance and intensity as the cigar progresses. I get the impression this cigar might balance out the middle and last third given some time to rest.

Personal Beer Review: Twa Dogs Parting Kiss

Personal Beer Review: Twa Dogs Parting Kiss

The Twa Dogs Parting Kiss shows you can make a beer with bourbon barrel character that isn't defined by that barrel aging. I found the flavors to be pleasant, balanced and enjoyable throughout. I'd pick up another one of these without hesitation.

Team Cigar Review: Davidoff Robusto Real Especiales 7

Team Cigar Review: Davidoff Robusto Real Especiales 7

The Davidoff Robusto Real Especiales 7 was a bit of a puzzle for me, as I found the overall flavor experience to be quite average. The first third delivered some of the typical standout notes I would expect from a Davidoff, however, once in the middle third, the flavor complexity fell off rapidly.

Team Cigar Review: Cohiba Connecticut Robusto

Team Cigar Review: Cohiba Connecticut Robusto

Given the premium price point, and listed tobacco blend, I would have expected more flavor complexity out of these. If you gravitate towards the Cohiba brand, and are a Connecticut Shade smoker, this cigar will likely appeal to you.

Personal Beer Review: 2 Crows All In

Personal Beer Review: 2 Crows All In

I found the 2 Crows All In to be an enjoyable and sessionable Saison that wasn't too intense on any of the flavor components. I would categorize this as a training wheels Saison for people who struggle to get into the funky side of beer styles.

Pour ‘n Tell: Episode 5

Each week we'll sit down and talk about our recent beer and spirits reviews, what we're drinking, as well as news topics we think are interesting. From time to time we'll have special guests on the show which will no doubt have us running over our standard 30 minute show time.

Personal Beer Review: Boombox Midnight Train (Batch 2)

Personal Beer Review: Boombox Midnight Train (Batch 2)

What's not to like on the Boombox Midnight Train (Batch 2)? Big coffee notes and subdued chocolate nibs and sweetness deliver satisfying and consistent flavors through the taste experience. I wouldn't hesitate to pick this up if I saw them on the shelf.

Team Cigar Review: Corona Cigar Nicaraguan 20th Anniversary FSG Corona Gordo

Team Cigar Review: Corona Cigar Nicaraguan 20th Anniversary FSG Corona Gordo

At times I would describe the profile as an amp'd up Connecticut Shade, but throughout the experience was complex and enjoyable. I would happily smoke more of the Corona Cigar Nicaraguan 20th Anniversary FSG Corona Gordo and I think it is a great example of a celebratory cigar release done well.