Gurkha – Special Ops

Posted by Nath Martyn on April 10, 2018 in Cigars with Comments closed |

There are a number of cigar brands considered to be ‘luxury cigars’. These brands have been consistently producing quality cigars that are well presented, well marketed and go for a higher price. One brand I’ve had my eye on for a long time is the Gurkha range.

Recently I bit the bullet and purchased a box of the Gurkha Special Ops. Now, Gurkha cigars are also known for their packaging, so this box actually came in a hard case, 60 cigar travel humidor, with a complimentary field knife… and a commemorative coin. Not bad inclusions when you’re also getting some rather hefty cigars. Read more…

Woodford Reserve – Distiller’s Select

Posted by Nath Martyn on June 12, 2017 in Whisky with Comments closed |

Woodford ReserveWith the exception of my Jack Daniels and Coke days (a common drink for teens new to nightclubs in the early noughties), bourbon hasn’t really been part of my repertoire.

But as I’ve been exploring the world of malt whiskies, through tasting nights with the Queensland Malt Whisky Society and my own explorations for something to pair with a good cigar, I’ve been meaning to delve into the finer bourbons coming out of America today.

It was the distiller’s edition of Labrot & Graham’s Woodford Reserve that caught my eye for a first serious taste. Read more…

When Will We Hit Our Athletic Peak?

Posted by Nath Martyn on June 4, 2017 in Feature Articles, Sporting with Comments closed |

I was looking through some of my old notes from uni and came across this feature article assessment. At the time of writing, the Beijing 2008 Olympics had come to a close and the history books were being updated with all the new world records, Including Ussain Bolt’s significant beat of the 100 metre and 200 metre sprint records.

With the Commonwealth Games set to take place on the Gold Coast next year, I thought it was relevant to ask once again… Read more…

Tobaccos TB Baez – Series SF

Posted by Nath Martyn on May 16, 2017 in Cigars with Comments closed |

My Father Cigars LogoIn a short space of time a close friend and my brother in law both found themselves with babies on the way. Naturally, my contribution to this happy time was the traditional congratulatory cigars for the new fathers (I’ll talk later about some of the lesser known cigar/new baby traditions).

I thought it was a good reason to try the My Father Cigars I’d seen and heard so much about. The box certainly makes for a great gift as it’s painted a gloss green and looks quite decorative, with a green ribbon to help remove the first cigar from the perfectly rows. Read more…

J.L. Salazar y Hermanos – Reserva Especial

Posted by Nath Martyn on April 25, 2017 in Cigars with Comments closed |

J.L. Salazar y Hermanos Reserva Especial RobustosNo matter how long delivery takes, it’s the two to three days I force myself to let new cigars settle in the humidor that I find the hardest.

These Reserva Especial Robustos from J.L. Salazar y Hermanos are considered a typical handmade, box-pressed cigar made from a variety of Cuban-seed Habano leaf aged for three years. The filler is sun grown Habano leaf, the binder is Habano 2000 leaf (considered a cross between Cuban-seed and Connecticut shade), and the wrapper is Ecuadorian grown, Cuban seed Habano. Read more…

Romeo Y Julieta – Milli Fleur Petit Corona

Posted by Nath Martyn on March 17, 2017 in Cigars with Comments closed |

Romeo y Julieta Milli Fleurs Petit CoronasMy latest purchase, a box of the Romeo Y Julieta Milli Fleur petit coronas, arrived the other day. After a patient couple of days leaving them to rest in my humidor, they’re finally ready for a sampling.

Now the manufacturer does recommend ageing for around three years, which I will do with a couple, but I’m still interested to see how they fare today. Read more…

Victor Sinclair – Connecticut Yankee

Posted by Nath Martyn on March 13, 2017 in Cigars with Comments closed |

Connecticut Yankee cigar ready to smokeIt’s unfortunate case for the very best products that they miss review, usually because they are so appealing, you find yourself impatient to consume before reflection. After 24 wonderful wonderful Connecticut Yankee Churchill Cigars from Victor Sinclair, I’m finally taking the time to really think about and review the last of the box.

I initially picked these cigars out to try something different. They feature a Connecticut grown Havana seed leaf, which is not common due to it being neither a broadleaf or shade grown. This was combined with a long filter made from a premium blend of aged Nicaraguan and Dominican leafs. Read more…

Whisky Tasting Notes

Posted by Nath Martyn on March 1, 2017 in Whisky with Comments closed |

QMWSThey say a plumber’s pipes leak… an electrician’s house needs re-wiring… and a copywriter’s blog could always use more content.

While I am planning on doing a lot more writing (and posting) this year, I felt it’s worth mentioning that most of my content appears elsewhere. Mostly in client work through my day job at e-CBD, but also on sites like the Queensland Malt Whisky Society, Grand Central Sept. Read more…

Index Fund Investing for Millennials

Posted by Nath Martyn on March 1, 2017 in Finance with Comments closed |

piggy-bankAs millennials we’re often given a lot of flak. Older generations seem to think we spend too much and don’t really know how to save money.

They say this from the comfort of a home they could afford to pay off with a single income while supporting a family. Meanwhile, our generation would be lucky to buy a home in Sydney with a duel income and a mortgage our unborn children will probably inherit. Read more…

The Fall of Guest Blogging & Rise of Ghostwriting

Posted by Nath Martyn on February 26, 2014 in Ghostwriting with Comments closed |

By now anyone with their ear to the ground would have heard writers and SEOs heralding the decay and fall of guest blogging.

What was once a respectable way for bloggers to increase their authority on a topic, or for those who manage a blog to have regular articles posted when they hadn’t the time to write themselves, has become another area largely dominated by spammers. Read more…

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