• Scotch & Chocolate

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    The older I get, the more I find respite in life’s simple pleasures. I am a firm believer in enjoying certain indulgences in their due time. A glass of scotch and chocolate is one of these pleasures I find myself relishing as I settle into my thirties. After a long day, there might be nothing better.

    A fraternity brother introduced me to The Balvenie® Doublewood Single Malt Scotch Whisky three years ago. I've been winding down to it ever since. The Scottish distillery matures this 12 year old unique single malt in two distinct casks: Traditional whiskey oak and European oak sherry. The result is a complex mellow flavor of significant depth. I take mine on the rocks as I like a touch of water....it helps "open up" the warming layers of vanilla spiciness and honeyed depths. Stick with a 2 x 2 inch cube to minimize dilution (silicone king cube trays can be found at West Elm).

    Mast Brothers chocolate is a bar I've only recently stumbled upon. Hand-crafted right here in Brooklyn since 2007, brothers Rick and Michael Mast have developed an artisanal bean-to-bar chocolate factory using only the best cacao in the world. Their intensely flavored chocolate is made only from cacao pods and cane sugar, which may not seem that noteworthy until you read the long ingredients lists on other bars: lecithin, milk solids, palm oil. My favorite is the sea salt bar—a celebration of the sweet and salty with salt from solar houses on the Mystic Coast of Maine enhancing the berry-forward cacao. I don’t hate the rugby striped Italian art-paper wrapper either.

    What’s your favorite scotch and/or chocolate?

    Oct 14, 2013 | Permalink (17) View/Leave Comments

    F.E. Castleberry left a comment on 1/8/2014 at 11:03 AM:

    @Jai—Brotherhood of Christian Aggies.

    Jai left a comment on 1/8/2014 at 9:37 AM:

    Which Fraternity you were in at Texas A&M?

    Daniel left a comment on 12/5/2013 at 4:07 PM:

    Fred- What fraternity did you join?

    Dychi left a comment on 12/5/2013 at 12:10 PM:

    Aberlour A’bunadh has been mentioned, but it’s one of my all time favorites. For a peatier, punchier whisky, I like Laphroaig’s Quarter Cask and Ardbeg’s Uigeadail. Recently, I’ve been getting into briny, lightly-smoky whisky, such as some offerings from Talisker, Caol Ila and Bruichladdich. The entry-level offerings from these distilleries are all excellent, and Talisker has a no age statement whisky called Storm that I’ve really taken a liking to.

    Happy drinking!

    Chad Savage left a comment on 12/3/2013 at 11:22 AM:

    balvenie 14 year Carribean cask is great and so is Oban 14 year..

    BRB left a comment on 12/2/2013 at 11:44 AM:

    I’ve probably tried close to if not over 100 (have the empty bottles and tins/boxes still) single malts over the last 4-5 years or so and we actually had more types of scotch at our wedding reception last year than any other liquor. By far, I think one of the best I’ve had was one from our reception, the Glenmorangie Signet. Not only a beautiful scotch, but the bottle and box also stand out, but at $150-200 a bottle, they better.

    F.E. Castleberry left a comment on 12/2/2013 at 9:34 AM:

    @James—I studied at Texas A&M as well. While there, I rushed my fraternity.

    James left a comment on 12/2/2013 at 9:14 AM:

    There are fraternities at private Christian universities?

    Nic left a comment on 12/2/2013 at 9:05 AM:

    I like to use soapstone cubes or a sphere of ice. The latter if you must have ice is the best at minimizing any dilution.

    Drew left a comment on 12/2/2013 at 1:26 AM:

    I’m no aficionado of chocolate or scotch. If I get a chance to pull on some laphroaig, I’ll jump.

    rjohnson left a comment on 12/2/2013 at 1:20 AM:

    I apologize.
    Not Talisker but the Lagavulin 16-year-old Islay Single Malt

    rjohnson left a comment on 12/1/2013 at 11:49 PM:

    The Cask strength MaCallan is my house scotch.
    The Balvinie Double wood, is beautiful as well.
    A’bunadh whisky from the Aberlour is as well cask strength, a touch of water opens it.
    The 16 year old Islay Talisker is devine… Liquid sex.

    Ice (iced red wine? = no) closes the nose and flavor notes. Just a tickle of water (filtered) will do.
    Scotch, like chocolate should be at room temp for best flavor appreciation.

    ...only in your 30s?... That’s a lot of scotch to enjoy yet for you then!

    Oscar left a comment on 12/1/2013 at 11:58 AM:

    I’ve worked in the Food & Beverage industry for most of my 20 years since College graduation, and the cost/benefit equation of aging hits a plateau at 15 for mixed malts, in some cases 12 for single malts, and always will be a question of personal taste, so Macallan 12 hits the sweet spot in my opinion. For Chocolate, if the first ingredient in the wrapper is not chocolate or cocoa butter, then hydrogenated fats are used in lieu of cocoa fat flavored by cocoa powder. More chocolate % does not necessarily mean better chocolate, only a lower melting point. For me its Ragusa, from Camille Bloch. MIND-BLOWING

    OMK left a comment on 11/30/2013 at 9:11 PM:

    Superb! Try Macallan 12. Better than 18, less expensive. Awesome stuff year round.

    chapeau left a comment on 11/30/2013 at 8:01 PM:

    Glenmorangie, gorgeous

    JeffW left a comment on 11/30/2013 at 6:36 PM:

    The Balvenie Carribean cask is also wonderful.

    MrFahrenheit left a comment on 11/30/2013 at 4:07 PM:

    Try the Aberlour 12. It’s a doublewood as well and more complex than the Balvenie.


  • Skirt Along

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    Photographed in Boston, MA

    Noteworthy: fair isle crewneck sweater, slim leather belt (I like how she wears a longer tip and leaves it casually hanging).

    Oct 11, 2013 | Permalink (4) View/Leave Comments

    George left a comment on 10/25/2013 at 11:12 PM:

    California…just doesn’t have this level of, well, anything, really. I’m green with envy of Easties. Appreciate your bounty daily!

    Beth left a comment on 10/25/2013 at 2:01 PM:

    Reminds me of Skidmore days.

    Lauren left a comment on 10/24/2013 at 11:39 AM:

    I love that whole outfit!


    cam left a comment on 10/24/2013 at 9:16 AM:

    Sadie is beautiful


  • Nuthin’ but a “G” Thang

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    Photographed in Cambridge, MA

    Noteworthy: Georgetown captain's sweater (with varsity collar), quilted Barbour jacket, blue suede saddle shoes.

    Jack just coxed a boat in the Women's Championship Eights at the Head of the Charles. Not only did he recruit the rowers for the boat (made up of the world's best scullers and pairs) but he won with that crew. His eight had only rowed together twice before the race. They beat out the USA Olympic boat by one second over 5000 meters to take the Governor's Cup and inaugural BNY Mellon Cup. That is practically a photo finish in rowing. Jack is also producing the rowing blazers book I've been photographing.

    Oct 9, 2013 | Permalink (5) View/Leave Comments

    Gunter left a comment on 10/24/2013 at 7:16 PM:

    Love the Brave Gentleman shoes!

    Ann W. left a comment on 10/24/2013 at 3:48 PM:

    G…This Gorgeous Gentleman is also Gifted, Generous, Genteel, Genuine, Gracious, Global, and an all-around Golden Boy Genius!!  Congrats!!  Miss You, Jack!  :-)

    Victoria left a comment on 10/23/2013 at 5:42 PM:

    Love the smiling golden!!!

    PSP left a comment on 10/23/2013 at 9:34 AM:

    True Prep! Excellence with style and a dog as well.

    emjkmj left a comment on 10/23/2013 at 8:54 AM:

    Fantastic pic.


  • Chasing the Charles


    No region of the U.S. rings in autumn quite like New England. Maybe it's the S-Classes, the asphalt, or the ambition that sedate us from fully realizing it in New York, but on this drive through Massachusetts, it hits you. Autumn is here, as if it has suddenly arrived. It didn’t ask you if you were done with summer. It didn't wait for you to lift your head up.

    I-95 cradles you between the Long Island Sound and a coastline of oak. I'm driving up with Boast for the Head of the Charles. As soon as we hit Beantown, we beeline for the narrow gas-lit streets of Beacon Hill. First stop, a regatta kickoff party at North River Outfitter. Dan, the northeast Boast sales rep, rolls up in what can only be described as a party van. Yeah, the exterior puts off a creepy child abductor vibe but once you throw the doors open, it's audiophile Heaven. Twin 14" subwoofers, a grip of speakers, and dual amps transform it into a giant boom box on wheels. Haim's "The Wire" starts to pulse through the Federal-style rowhouses. Now it's a party...

    I'm not sure how many whiskey rocks are guilty for my late morning but eventually I make it to Cambridge Boat Club sometime after 2:00pm. Lunch at the Director's Tent (here's to friends in high places—Jack's dad sits on the board of Head of the Charles) is reduced to Caesars salad and a slice of turkey breast. All the gourmet fare only lasts until 1:00 if you're lucky, but the open bar is still stocked. Sierra Nevada Stout please.

    Photographed by Amy Stone

    The rest of the afternoon is spent catching up with Kiel and his crew at their Brooks Brothers pop-up shop, enjoying the races, and hanging out with Carly and clique. All of which proves to be very entertaining. Case in point? Emily, never one to disappoint, shows off her dance moves to "Black Skinhead" after I take her picture.

    Dusk is let down over the Charles like house curtains. The thrill of victory lingering in the air alongside the agony of defeat long after the boats have been pulled from the water. Though it was a blast, I don’t stick around for Sunday. A wise man once said, “Never be the first to arrive at a party or the last to go home and never, never be both.”

    Oct 7, 2013 | Permalink (4) View/Leave Comments

    F.E. Castleberry left a comment on 10/22/2013 at 10:26 PM:

    @Wayne—I’m wearing an anorak by Boast underneath my navy blazer.

    Wayne left a comment on 10/22/2013 at 10:20 PM:

    What combo do you have under that sports jacket?

    Alexander left a comment on 10/21/2013 at 10:28 PM:

    +1 to the Big Steezy. Love that striped sweater.

    TheBigSteezy left a comment on 10/21/2013 at 7:33 PM:

    Love your Boast striped sweater almost as much as I love her grey sweatshirt. Killing it.

    Envying your New England Autumn down here in Austin.


  • Ducks in a Row

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    Photographed in Boston, MA

    Noteworthy: over-sized men's cable knit sweater, waxed cotton Barbour (flipped collar). The "over-sized boyfriend" fit works here because she balances it out below by giving her legs shape with tights. You could just as easily wear this look with heels in the city.

    Oct 4, 2013 | Permalink (5) View/Leave Comments

    Roger left a comment on 10/22/2013 at 6:59 PM:

    Notice the pads in the inner knee area. This young lady is obviously an equestrian. That lends a nice authenticity to her style. Fifteen minutes prior to this she probably had on riding boots.

    Al left a comment on 10/22/2013 at 2:52 PM:

    Great picture! Seemed like bean boots, Barbour jackets, and letter sweaters were THE things to be wearing at the regatta this weekend. Again, it was awesome meeting you this weekend!


    cam left a comment on 10/22/2013 at 11:37 AM:

    I saw all your pics from this event on Instagram and looked like a great event and a fun time.

    Off topic but I know you try out many brands and was wondering what chinos you’ve found to fit nearest to the Rugby university chinos? I just received a pair of Jack Wills and while the fabric, buttons and details are exceptional, the fit is a little to skinny. I’ve tried Lands End and Uniqlo but the quality isn’t there. J.Crew urban slim are pretty close and I haven’t tried the 484 fit but I’m guessing they’ll be to skinny as well. have u tried any of the Ralph Lauren slim chinos or do you have any recs? Thank you sir.

    AMS left a comment on 10/22/2013 at 11:24 AM:

    Love the unlaced bean boots. Girl’s got game.

    C left a comment on 10/22/2013 at 9:58 AM:

    Looking good Em!


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