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The Cocktail Challenge Part II

You may recall that a few weeks back I decided to do random cocktail challenges at some of the various bars and pubs I frequent.

For a refresher here is Part I

For Part II I was in the bar at McCormick & Schmick's on the Country Club Plaza here in K.C.

Just a side note, if you have not been to this bar it is a must visit as you sit under the dome you see in the above picture and the atmosphere is great.

For this challenge I choose an Old Fashion

Old Fashion's are making a come back due to no small part by Don Draper from the AMC TV Series Mad Men. The bartender that was on duty the night I was there was another of the young phenoms in the Kansas City bar business that are doing a great job with the classic cocktails.

I ordered mine with Templeton Rye and Alejandro was up to the challenge. I give his version of the Old Fashion a big thumbs up and highly recommend trying one the next time you are on the Plaza.

Old Fashion Recipe
2 oz Rye Whiskey
2 dashes Angostura® bitters
1 s…

Mystery Stick

Those of you that enjoy this blog on a regular basis know that we like to sample different alcohols and cigars when the opportunity arises and evaluate them blindly. So I was happy last week when one of the Kansas City TobacPack members (T.G.) provided a couple of sticks. These sticks are part of a secret project that I know much about, however will leave it to T.G. to divulge more information on at a date/time of his choice.

So with knowing nothing about this stick I had a seat here at MySideOfTheBar to evaluate and rate this cigar.

Size: 6  x 52 (a guess)
Easy Light

First Third: This stick had an easy draw and a leather/nutty taste. Also while not a sweet taste it had hits of chocolate, but more of a bakers chocolate taste or some sweet I could not quite put my finger on.

Second Third: Second verse same as the first. Still very smooth and easy draw and consistent flavor patterns with the first third.The cigar was lighter than a straight maduro but still some characteristics of the s…