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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.

Smoking Cigar
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.

Gentleman Jack Test
  

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.
Gentlemans Jack Review
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”.


Interview Whiskey Expert

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.
Avo Cigars Whisky

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

Cigar Lounges Schweiz

Great wrist shot with Avo Cigars & HYT H1 AIR RC44
HYT Watches Logo
Avo Logo
HYT RC44
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A Perfect Gentleman’s Day

‘A gentleman is one who puts more into the world than he takes out.’
George Bernard Shaw

Pictures by Andrea Monica Hug
Make Up: Makeup Artist Maika
Hair: Sven Allenspach
Assistant: Mike Sambuca Akdil
Model: Elizabeta Ljubic Fotogen Model Management
Model: Ralph Widmer Gentlemensfashion
Dogs: Doggen vom Rimensberg
Location: Schloss Schadau – Thun

What is it, that kicks us into a new world of ideas?
Inspiration it is.
Schloss Schadau

What is it, that makes us reaching the highest mountains?
Passion it is.
Mode Zürich Winter

And what can possibly be better than driving one of the most beautiful and powerful cars in the world?
Luxusauto mieten

Before reaching the highest thrones, something very important is missing.
We’re not there yet. We’re moving towards perfection but we’re not there.

What’s missing? You’re right. A beautiful woman. One that let’s the stars shine brighter than ever. One that holds your breath when walking in.
Dogge Shooting

Fotos Hunde
And where can a gentleman and his woman possibly spend their week-end?
In a castle. It’s not just a castle, it’s THE castle. Astonishing doesn’t even describe this marvellous place.

Models Schloss

Hundeliebhaber

Shine stars, make us brighter. Enlarge our passion. Make us flying through the universe. Deeper into the sea, further into the skies of the universe. Where everything ends and starts. Where all exists, where all is just one. Connected to each other.
Grosse Doggen Schweiz

Watch H1 – Quai du mont-blanc

www.hytwatches.com

How about a kiss my friend? 😉
Deutsche Dogge Schweiz

Laugh, and the world laughs with you.

Schloss Schweiz
Fashion Hint – Blue Suit
 
The blue suit is tailored by Suitsupply.
Sunny from the store in Zürich is beautiful and very competent.
 
The concept is simple:
 
– Go to the store
– Get your measures
– Look for the material that feels good in your hands
– Try it
– Find the relevant accessoires (Tie, Pocket Square etc)
– Suitup
 
Fashion Hint – Black Suit
 
Globus Herren
 
It’s a slim fit superblack suit by Hugo Boss, most amazing suit I have ever tried.
Coat is also by HUGO BOSS, my personal one.
 
Car review – Bentley Continental GTC
 
With a weight of 2,5 tons, this car is huge. And if I say huge, I mean huge in a very good way. Power and elegance, a real car for a gentleman. The purring V8 is producing 560 HP & 650 NM.

Snow? No Problem! It’s four-wheel drive supercar. 

 
Dogge
 
Interior Design
 
The cockpit of the Continental GT Convertible has been designed to provide tactile and visual delight, together with outstanding levels of comfort. Beautiful light brown leather on the seats, the chrome dials are one of the details I have really enjoyed. 

Big thank you to Edel & Stark
 
 Edel & Stark
I hereby would like to thank all of the involved people for the great support and work. We had a very professional crew, and a lot of fun! 
 
From heart, I can recommend the work of my friends & companies I have collaborations, thank you so much.

Geneva Video – HYT Quai du Mont-Blanc

So happy to present you the results from the video project in Geneva.
It reminds me on a cool James Bond trailer, check it out!

Like many great ideas, the inspiration for HYT started with Man contemplating nature.

The Hydro-Mechanical Horologists’s story has evolved over time and near water.
In 2002, the scenery that caught Lucien Vouillamoz’s imagination was that of the Swiss lakes – the ones of Neuchâtel, Bienne and Morat.
In 2014, on the shore of the Léman Lake and facing the mythical Jet d’eau of Geneva, is born the H1 Quai du Mont-Blanc, an homage to our partnership with Montres Prestige, HYT’s first ambassador of the brand in Switzerland, located on Quai du Mont-Blanc.

After indicating the time with a yellow fluid – the brand’s DNA – HYT has taken on a new ‘red fluid’ challenge: the colour of passion, of Geneva and of Switzerland. The liquid adjustement was not as simple as one could think and took eighteen technical months to perfect. Its classical minutes dial preserves the heritage of the traditional haute horlogerie whilst seamlessly integrating the perfection of the high fluid technology. With its proprietary unique caliber, the H1 Quai du Mont-Blanc movement is further enhanced by the beautiful Côte-de-Genève finitions.

Limited edition of 22 pieces, a nod at Geneva, the 22nd Canton of the Swiss Confederation. 

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Classy afternoon – Cigar Lounge

This afternoon, I had a wonderful walk through an old village in Switzerland, the city is called Lenzburg.
 
My favourite two places there:
 
The castle Schloss Lenzburg
And a really dapper cigar lounge Art Cigar
 
and that’s where we ended up taking pictures for the autumn/fall season.
Some more ideas to combine fashion with cigar smoking, tasty whisky and a brilliant luxury watch from HYT.
Photos by
Anna Zesiger
http://www.lannique.ch/
Männermode

Fashion Hint

A very classy version of brown jacket & aubergine trousers.
If I’m deciding to chose a colour, I’m not mixing them up to much.

So in the case I keep brown for the jacket, gloves, bag, belt & also the scarf.
Keep the common thread always in your outfit.

In this case you could combine the jacket also with a dark green, black, grey, yellow (be careful with this, go for a dark yellow).
Cigarre Location

I’m wearing boots, putting my trousers inside.
You can help yourself fixing this with a elastic or similar.

Smoking Cigars

Bag details

Louis vuitton ¦ Keepall ¦ Monogram Canvas 50
A perfect week-ender from my opinion.

camacho schweiz

Class hint

Light up your cigar with matches. Always. Lighter is forbidden.
If you have cedarwood available, go for it!

Accessoires
 
hyt h1 watch

HYT H1 Titanium Bronze

As per Albert Einstein’s theory of relativity, time is the 4th dimension.
The harmony of space & time ends up in this masterpiece from HYT.

Extreme alchemists, HYT’s Hydro-Mechanical Watchmakers have turned utopia into reality
– mixing mechanics and liquid within a wristwatch. While truly addicted to non-conformism,
they have drawn upon the strictest codes in Fine Watchmaking – and felt entirely free to
shatter them!

By achieving the incredible challenge of indicating the time with water, they have not so
much propelled a new UFO into the watchmaking stratosphere, as they have in fact pulverized
all certainties by uniting two worlds that are supposedly diametrically opposed.
Never since the water clocks of the pharaohs, have the laws of gravity been overcome to
transpose this energy in a portable watch. HYT has done it.

Technical Details

Case: titanium with bronze shot-peened and satin-finished surfaces– diameter: 48.8 mm– thickness: 17.9 mm– rubber-clad screw-lock crown– crown guard– altered and screw-locked added lugs– metal dome at 06:00– cambered sapphire crystal glass with anti-reflective coating on theinside– screw-down sapphire back– water-resistant to 100 metersFunctions: retrograde fluid hours; minutes, secondsMovement: mechanical hand-wound, exclusive HYT calibre-28,800 vph, 4 Hz, 35 jewels– bridges hand-chamfered and adorned with côtes de Genève,rhodiumed bellows– 65-hour power reserveDial: unstructured, fluid hours– black dial, black indexes & numerals, black minute hand– luminescent minute hand and hour-markers– regulator at 12:00– small seconds wheel at 09:30– power-reserve indicator at 02:30Strap: rubber, titanium bronze pin buckle