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Heads & Tails: The Alright Alright Alright Edition

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Alright, alright, alright! We’ve got a great edition of Heads & Tails for you this week featuring cigars, corked whiskey, tattoos and Matthew McConaughey drinking Wild Turkey. (Bet you never expected to see that last one, did ya?)

We hope you had a good week and wish you an amazing weekend. Take some time to relax and enjoy the stories below. And don’t forget to share some of your favorite whiskey with a friend and introduce them to the concept of #drinkcurious.

Cigar & Spirit Pairing Guide

Whether you’re a cigar fan looking to pair your next smoke with the perfect whiskey or a bourbon drinker looking to learn more about pairing your next pour with a cigar you may want to check out this new cigar and pairing guide from our friends over at Famous Smoke Shop. They’ll help you find the perfect cigar to complement your special occasion or favorite drink. And you might just run across some Bourbon & Banter recommendations while you’re at it.
Find your perfect cigar and whiskey pairing.


Most of us are painfully familiar with the flat, musty smell of a corked wine, but does the same unpleasant phenomenon ever ruin a bottle of whisky? Here’s the Whisky Professor with the answers.
Learn more at scotchwhisky.com

This electronic temporary tattoo can tell how drunk you are

In 2014, 9,967 people were killed in drunk driving accidents in America. It’s big deal. One of the best ways to combat drunk driving is testing, but breathalyzers can give false positives and drawing blood, while most accurate, is incredibly invasive. Thankfully researchers at the University of California, San Diego think they’ve invented a solution, and it starts with temporary tattoos.
Learn more at DailyDot.com

WILD TURKEY ANNOUNCES MATTHEW MCCONAUGHEY PhotoMatthew McConaughey took a big swig of bourbon and nestled deeper into a hotel penthouse sofa. Then, with zeal, he sat straight up and began sniffing the air like a bloodhound.

 “They can smell it,” he said in an ominous tone. “Millennials, and I know this for a fact, can smell solicitation. And it’s a turnoff. The best ads are not solicitous.”

Add advertising maestro to Mr. McConaughey’s résumé.

Mr. McConaughey — Oscar winner, Texan, renowned bongo player — has signed a contract with Gruppo Campari, the premium spirits company, to serve as creative director for Wild Turkey bourbon. The multiyear deal goes far beyond pitching a product, as Mr. McConaughey has recently done for Lincoln. This time, in addition to appearing on camera, he will write and direct the spots. He has also involved himself in recording music for the campaign, which will be introduced in September. Read more at NYTimes.com

Who needs a drink?

Some people want a drink. And some people – like us- need a drink. If you’re one of us then we invite you to check out some of these cocktail ideas from our archives. Remember, if you learn to #drinkcurious, you’ll never have to drink alone.

Industry News & Updates

As the Lexington Herald-Leader reported Sunday, the Commonwealth of Kentucky used to prohibit alcohol sales in most of its 120 counties, but that has changed. The recently-compiled map shown above is already out-of-date. In elections last week, voters approved legal alcohol sales in Cumberland and Metcalfe counties, while Williamsburg and Mayfield residents voted for expanded sales.

Read more over at The Chuck Cowdery Blog.


I wish to live to 150 years old, but the day I die, I wish it to be with a cigarette in one hand and a glass of whiskey in the other.Ava Gardner

Never find yourself without whiskey again

Always Carry A Flask ImageNo matter what you do to avoid it,  it’s going to happen to you. One day, despite your best efforts, you will find yourself at an event bored out of your mind and in desperate need of a drink. Unfortunately, there’s not an ounce of booze in sight. That’s right folks. It’s your worst nightmare come true.

But it doesn’t have to be that way. With a little preparation, you can avoid finding yourself in non-booze situation. Simply head on over to the Bourbon & Banter Store and purchase one of our unique flasks so you can always be prepared. Simply fill with your favorite bourbon or booze, tuck it away in your jacket or purse and head out to your next boring and uneventful event.

Armed with a full flask you’ll never be bored again.

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Have a great weekend!

About the Author

Patrick "Pops" Garrett

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Patrick Garrett, "Pops" as he's known to his friends, is the founder of Bourbon & Banter, LLC and claims the title of Chief Drinking Officer (CDO). A long-time marketing professional and photographer, Pops hopes to use his professional experience and love of Bourbon to spread the Bourbon Gospel and help everyone realize the therapeutic power of having a good drink with friends. Read Patrick's full profile.

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