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GlenlivetVintage1969

Easter was fun and all, but pretty low key compared to last year. One of the reasons is because on Saturday I got to try this Glenlivet Vintage 1969 which completely made my entire weekend. Exceptionally rare with only 800 bottles sold in the US, it was originally retailing for $750 a bottle. However, recent online searches show it’s currently being purchased for $1000+ on some sites. Even more incredible than finding a bottle is that the bar was only charging $24 for a glass! So I calmly placed my money on the bar and waited…

As I put it to my nose, there were definite hints of cinnamon and firewood. The initial flavor had a lot of spice to it, which is something I’ve never encountered in a scotch before. Once the ice cube did it’s work, the wood bouquet really became prominent. There were flavor notes of caramel and cinnamon yet it had an extremely smooth finish. Once that first sip finally hits your stomach though: kapooyah! Like a depth charge going off. It was an exceptional experience that, like I said, pretty much made my entire weekend. Plus, trying a $24 dram of an awesome find compared to having to spend $1000 on a bottle (collecting aside of course) is always a good thing. Sláinte!

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LuminaClothing

The fine folks over at Lumina Clothing were kind enough to offer us a few pieces from their latest collection for a Dandy Test Drive. A North Carolina-based company, Lumina is dedicated to producing quality, upscale-casual clothing made entirely in the USA.

The pieces that piqued our interest the most were these very Dandy neck ties and their window pane poplin shirt. The ties are fantastic. The Scotland Tie is a great all season tie, but is particularly Dandy during the Fall/Winter months and pairs perfectly with your favorite tweed blazer or glass of scotch. The Lejeune Tie (named after the military base in North Carolina) is your classic #menswear tie with a perfectly washed camo fabric and navy lining. It goes perfect with any outfit, especially with a pair of selvedge denim jeans and wingtips. All ties are $48.

The Poplin Shirt was nice, but not as impressive as the ties. A fine shirt for the upcoming warmer days (if they ever get here), the construction was solid but the shirt seemed to lack any heft and felt like it needed more backing in the collar and cuffs. Subtle details like the contrast stitching in the buttons were a nice touch, and the fabric had a nice soft feel to it… I just wanted more. Thankfully, there are plenty of other shirts to choose from on their website, and all are reasonably priced at $84.

Lumina also offers several bow ties, trousers, bags, belts and other accessories all made in the USA. Check out their site and get a jump on your Spring wardrobe.

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