Nicky’s Blog: Cigars and Bourbon Night
2020 has brought about many changes for us that I have often talked about in
previous blog posts. One of the philosophies that I have carried into 2021 has
been to move forward with love and gratitude. This is how our Mixologist,
Michael Huff, feels about Sun Mountain’s 1st annual Cigars and Bourbon Night
that he’s lovingly organized.
With so many elements tying this evening together, I sat down with Michael
to discuss it and get some more details regarding the impetus for starting this
annual tradition. Michael started our conversation by saying “the event is a
great opportunity to have like-minded folk share time together as a
community, to celebrate, and welcome spring back to the Valley.” This
sentiment harks back to his childhood, when his grandfather and his uncle
Frank, would smoke cigars at family gatherings – most notably around
springtime. Michael has such fond memories of these familial gatherings that
he wanted to marry his love of food and beverage together for one
spectacular evening. Michael will be hosting the event and describing in great
detail the distilling process and the rich heritage of the chosen cigars and
bourbon for the night. Never partaking in a cigar myself, I asked Michael
where his appreciation for cigars come from. He informed me of the intricate
art and craftsmanship that goes into the cigar from start to finish – “It’s about
where the tobacco is grown, where it’s processed and when the leaves are
put into the hands of a master roller, whose hands look like weathered
leather – they create magic.”
Michael’s passion for bourbon carries the same weight as his love for cigars.
He spoke excitedly about his featured bourbon for the evening, Blood Oath
#4 and #5. At $600 a bottle, he stated his anticipation for our guests to get
the chance to taste these unique bourbons. When I questioned what makes
them so unique, he informed me of the exclusivity surrounding this brand.
The creator at Blood Oath travels to various distilleries in Kentucky searching
for the best hearts to make his unique blends. I, not being much of a Bourbon
connoisseur, asked what the hearts are, as I had no idea what that meant. He
informed me that creating bourbon entails three parts during the distillation
process – the head, the heart and the tail. The head is the beginning of the
process and can be toxic, while the hearts are the purest and most sought
after, the tails can also be used and redistilled, but usually it’s the hearts that are the best part. Without wanting to give too much away, Michael gave me a
sly wink and told me to attend the event myself to learn more.
To add to the nights events, Executive Chef Tyler, will be adding to the fun
with a multi-course meal accompanied by wine pairings from yours truly!!
Please check out our menu for this amazing event: click on the link on the right side of this page, and call us for your reservations – we look forward to welcoming Spring
“My love for food and wine is due to the social aspect of sharing the experience with my family and friends.”