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Kameha Zürich Smoker’s Lounge – By Beat Mumenthaler

Kameha Zürich Smoker’s Lounge

The Kameha Grand Zürich is definitely one of my favourite Hotels in Zürich and comes up with an amazing smoker’s lounge. Of course there is a huge variety of drinks to order at the bar. 
 
Now that we made such amazing shots, I have decided to combine them with a few Gentleman’s quotes I absolutely love.
Thanks a lot to Beat Mumenthaler for the brilliant work.
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„A gentleman is one who puts more into the world than he takes out.“

 George Bernard Shaw
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“Patience and Diligence, like faith, remove mountains.”
 William Penn
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 “A gentleman is one who never hurts anyone’s feelings unintentionally.”
Oscar Wilde
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“Attitude is a little thing that makes a big difference”
 Winston Churchill
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“I never can understand how anyone can not smoke it deprives a man of the best part of life. With a good cigar in his mouth a man is perfectly safe, nothing can touch him, literally.”
Thomas Mann
 
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“Fashions fade, style is eternal.”
 Yves Saint Laurent
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 “Man becomes great exactly in the degree in which he works for the welfare of his fellow-men.”
Mahatma Gandhi
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“Impossible is just a big word thrown around by small men who find it easier to live in the world they’ve been given than to explore the power they have to change it. Impossible is not a fact. It’s an opinion. Impossible is not a declaration. It’s a dare. Impossible is potential. Impossible is temporary. Impossible is nothing.”
 Muhammad Ali
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All You Need To Know About Whisky – Interview With An Expert

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“Too much of anything is bad, but too much good whiskey is barely enough.”
Mark Twain
I clearly remember when I’ve tried my first whiskey, my grandfather served a beautiful dinner and after this yummy dish he asked me to try my first gentleman’s whiskey – an emotional lifetime memory. A few years later I’m still a whiskey lover and I kept collecting bottles over the years. Sad but true, most of it is already gone – but life is simply too short to wait for a good drink. My passion for whiskey was my motivation to organise an interview with the expert Christoph Nyfeler (Art Cigar & Whiskyworld)


We met in his cigar lounge to talk about the topic. Clearly a relaxed and smooth atmosphere, thanks as well Christian for the great shots!

Bourbon tasting

Can you explain us the roots of Whiskey?

Well if we go very far back, it was during the 5th century, when a French monch called Patrick brought the art of distilling from France to Ireland.
Ireland comes up with a different type of agronomy which is the reason that rather corn is growing than fruits. The monchs then brought it to Scottland. The first official documentations date back to the 15th century, the Scot immigrants brought the knowledge of distilling whiskey to America during the 17th / 18th century.

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What was the role of Jack Daniels?

Jack Daniels was responsible for the big american trend of bourbon. From a small backyard distillery, he has raised the probably biggest whiskey brand in history. He was the one enhanced the american whiskey production and famousness. If he wouldn’t have been there, we would speak about a different approach today.

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Can you explain the difference between Bourbon, Whiskey, Single Malt?


Whiskey is the umbrella term for a distillate that is produced of grain. It requires a minimum age of 3 years in oak barrel. The bourbon casks are burnt and roasted which is the reason that bourbon whiskey dominates with caramel or chocolate tastes – those tastes are extracted from the barrel’s wood. A wonderful example is the Gentleman Jack, it contains exactly those flavours. Roasting of the casks is a typical american production method. Additionally bourbon is made of minimum 51% corn. The name is originated in the old bourbon county where Kenntucky & Virgina is. 

Single Malt is the rather delicate choice, the production doesn’t require additional roasting.

Scotch Whisky is always from Scotland.
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Talking about grain, what types are used for a whiskey?

4 types of grains are used: corn, rye, wheat & barley
There are whiskeys from America, Scotland, Ireland & Japan. Can you explain the differences?

The art of distillery is based on the scotch method. At the end of the day the production method is the same. Currently there is a trend for Japanese whisky.

The American bourbon though is a bit different. As the scot immigrants came to the states, the country produced rather gin and rum. Loads of grain is growing in the north of the US, might be one of the reasons for the typical local method of producing whiskey. It is also a difference what type of water the brand is using to produce their whiskey. In Scotland nature provides springs, in the US they usually have to work with filteret water. Jack Daniels though, has an own spring called “Cave Spring”.


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Tell us something about the correct way to drink & degust a whiskey
Whiskey contains more alcohol than wine which can influence your tasting experience. That’s why your nose shouldn’t be too deep in the glass. 
A common mistake is to drink it too fast. Take it easy, and keep the whiskey in your moulth to gain the full experience. If you taste a bourbon you can use a bigger glass, whilst Single Malt smaller glasses are preferred
Gentleman’s question, are you allowed to drink a whiskey on ice?
Rather not. Whiskey should be consumed straight to feel the flavour.
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How can I combine a whiskey?

Cigar is of course a perfect match. On the other hand, you can cook with whiskey. Fits perfect to a lamb rack marinade. 
Another option is to combine it with cheese, a proper modern way.
Traditionally whiskey can be consumed with a dessert, preferably pure chocolate (more than 70% cacao content)


Is mixing whiskey allowed? If yes, how?
Yes it is. You can add water for example. Other options are coffee (Irish Coffee, Whisketto) or you simply mix a gentleman’s cocktail like a Manhattan.

Last but not least… Why the spelling differences (whisky, whiskey)

The differences are as following:

Whisky
Scottland, Canada & Japan

Whiskey
USA & Ireland
There were more Irish immigrants in the U.S.- that’s the reason why the spelling is the Irish way.

A few words about the fashion

– Blazer by Massimo Dutti in beige

 

– Pants by Zara

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Great wrist shot with Avo Cigars & HYT H1 AIR RC44
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Gentleman Jack – The Order Of A Gentleman

We all know this moment. It’s Saturday night and you’re going to a fancy bar and you feel like ordering something different. A drink still classy, not too girly. A gentleman’s choice.

I personally like the classy ambiance of sitting in a dark bar, drinking my Gentleman Jack and Smoking a cigar. It’s just priceless to sit and have one of those long nights discussing about god and the universe.

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Kameha Grand Zürich

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Anna Zesiger

Kameha Grand Zürich Bar

Gentleman Jack

Found this amazing bottle, what could fit better on my Gentlemen’s Blog?
The whiskey itself comes up with a gently & light amber colour. 

The taste is a lovely balance of sweet orange, vanille and mint flavours.

A gentle farewell.

Gentleman Jack Sour
While your company is browsing the un-ending options of drinks, you can go for two very classy gentleman’s drinks. Simple & tasty at the same time.

Gentleman Jack® Sour

Very tasty and pleasant mix of sour and sweet flavours.

5cl Gentleman Jack® Rare Tennesse Whiskey
2cl Fresh Lime Jus

2cl Maple Sirup

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Gentleman’s Agreement Manhattan
 
5cl Gentleman Jack® Rare Tennesse Whiskey
2cl Orange Liqueur
2cl Martini Dry
 
Another classy option combined with a whiskey is this a formidable drink, totally kicks you directly to New York into the society of this pulsating never sleeping city.
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Finally, suiting up is like a religion for a true gentleman. I’m wearing a grey suit, this colour is never out of fashion and you always look very dapper in it. Ideally you combine grey with black, it’s my favourite choice. 
 
In order that everything fits ideally, you go for a black & strait tie, black shoes and a black belt.
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Davidoff Schiff – An Evening To Remember

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After a sunny day in Zürich, full of glance and with a totally clear sky, I was on the way to the Davidoff event. The Davidoff Schiff floats over the lake since 2007. It’s a good chance to have a ride with a breath-taking view, enjoying Davidoff Cigars and delicious food.

You can get more info here: Davidoff Schiff

Pics by Christian Schmid

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During the early evening hours, the sun was still out on this wonderful spring day.

With a bit of dust over the water, and the violet & orange colours on the sky, it gives this whole event a very special ambiance. The sun was setting on the end of the horizon, and while you float over the water you can clearly feel how utterly perfect nature is.

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The food was really yummy, they have started with a lovely served beef tartar and continued with more delicious courses.

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My favourite, the Davidoff Churchill Commander – Toro

A formidable commander, Winston Churchill brought his imposing personality to bear on the many forces and resources over which he governed. He was a colossus of a character in every sense of the word. Nothing reflects this facet of the man better than the Toro format. Carrying the largest ring gauge in the Winston Churchill range, it is a grand cigar, from the first spicy, leathery, woody notes through the creamy, sweet influences of the Mexican binder to the final triumphant mix of flavours, courtesy of the Nicaraguan filler tobaccos from Esteli and Condegas. This is a cigar which follows in the Great Man’s footsteps and commands your attention.

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What more do you need than a beautiful sunset on the Zürichsee, with a cigar? Nothing.
I met very lovely people from the Davidoff team, and I’m truly looking forward to see them again.

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