The Drinking Habits of Fake Bougie Intellectuals

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My drink of choice tends to shift with the year. I've been on Jack and Coke, Gentleman Jack, Hendricks on the rocks, Kettle-One martinis, Hendricks martinis and Ron Zacapa. (I'm actually still on Ron Zacapa.) I won't call anybody out, but there's a person who blogs nearby, a person whose first name begins with an "J" and ends with "S," who enjoys mocking for me for my tendency to order a cocktail instead of a beer. Whatever. Real men drink Appletinis.

At any rate, given my rep as a cognac-sipping hyper-masculine liberal, I was asked about my current jump-off. That would be Chateau de Laubad which I actually thought was cognac, but is actually Armagnac. (It helps to read the bottle.) It's smoother than cognac and has, for the moment, become my favorite after a hard in the salt mines.

The bottle I'm currently engaged with was actually a gift. I haven't looked in the stores, but something tells me I can't really maintain at this price-point. Anyway, if you got it like that, I highly recommend.

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Born in 1975, the product of two beautiful parents. Raised in West Baltimore -- not quite The Wire, but sometimes ill all the same. Studied at the Mecca for some years in the mid-'90s. Emerged with a purpose, if not a degree. Slowly migrated up the East Coast with a baby and my beloved, until I reached the shores of Harlem. Wrote some stuff along the way.

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