Near Mint Vintage Orvis Gokey Bag on Ebay

Seriously…someone please buy this before I do.  Sometimes you find jewels like this on Ebay…  You won’t find a better example of an Orvis Gokey bag in such good condition.

I really may not be able to stop myself.  Mrs. RCS – I apologize in advance if this shows up on our doorstep.

Red Clay Soul Gift Guide #1: License to Kill

This is a fun little tradition we’ve started here at Red Clay Soul, and by all means we are going to continue this year.  We always pick a theme for the gift guides, so in honor of Spectre, we are going James Bond this year.  That’s right, we’re going to 007 out…  Santa gets it, folks.

First up, the 1989 classic License to Kill.  It was Timothy Dalton’s second and last Bond movie, and it is filled with 80’s-esque essence.  We are going to focus on the title…here is a collection of gifts for the hunter, the fisherman, and the outdoorsman in your life.  Live it up:

From top left:

1. Beretta Silver Pigeon Shotgun:  Well, a license to kill is a great thing to have, but as important is the actual tool of the trade.  This Christmas, splurge a little…adding a Beretta is the gift that keeps on giving.
2. State Tradition Waxed Cotton Hat:  When it rains, it pours.  A good waxed hat will do for your head what a Barbour does for your back.  No promise that it’ll keep your hair looking right.
3. Southern Proper Shooting Vest:  Pockets + Pockets + Style.  The ladies at Southern Proper knocked it out of the park with their Shooting Vest from their Sportsman Collection.  The blue is a nice change from the typical Earth-based colors.  Give it a go…
4. Orvis Battenkill Shotgun Case:  You’ve got to tote it around, so tote well.  Orvis Battenkill is as nice as it gets, and the price point is a great value proposition.  Why wouldn’t you invest in a nice case when you are carrying around good firepower?
5. Ball & Buck X Randolph Engineering Sunglasses:  Ball & Buck has nailed the outdoors/menswear style.  Their collaboration with Randolph Engineering makes perfect sense.  Yes, these glasses are officially on the RCS Christmas List (capitalized for a reason).
6. Lava Buns Heated Seat:  This could be a brilliant gift for the deer stand/duck blind, or a new nickname for Mrs. RCS…either way, it’s a winner.
7. Red Fox Chore Coat:  For those scouting walks with the dogs.  There is always room for tweed.  With pockets….that’s what we use coats like this for: work.
8. Dubarry Galway Boots:  Lightweight, waterproof, and good looking…just don’t wear them outside your pants when in a non-hunting scenario.  The Han Solo look is reserved for the ladies.
9. Ledbury Windermere Hunting Shirt:  You get what you pay for with your typical hunting shirt.  They are a little boxy and poorly made.  Ledbury has the answer…not only does it look good, but the cut is spot on, and the function is there.
10. Drake’s Fox Tie:  Wear something appropriate to dinner under that jacket.  Touchdown.
11. Orvis Trigger Hunting Gloves:  Function and warmth…you can pull the trigger, text your friends, and keep your hands warm with these bad boys.
12. Vintage Carving Set:  I’m a huge proponent of buying vintage kitchen tools.  They don’t make them like they used to, and when taken care of, they will last for generations.  Add something to the mix this year for your favorite hunter…it makes serving that much more enjoyable.
13. “A New Turn in the South” by Hugh Acheson Cookbook: If there’s anyone who can help you cook your kill, it’s Hugh.  And it will be delicious.

La Matera X Red Clay Soul Belt Giveaway

You’ve all heard me sing the La Matera praises for quite some time. I absolutely love their belts. They have a rugged, yet refined look.  There is an air of authenticity to these – like a South American explorer that knows how to order a martini while riding a horse wearing work gloves and crocodile cowboy boots.  Bottom line, these belts work in the office, and are 100% appropriate for breaking a sweat.

We’ve teamed up with the good folks at La Matera to hook one reader up with a belt of their choice*.  We figure it’s the least we can do for the Red Clay Soul family.  And to top it off, they are going to throw in a hat as well.

Leave a comment to this post naming your favorite belt to enter.

For additional entries:

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+1 (8 Total) Tweet the following about the giveaway ‘I just entered to win a new belt AND hat from @LaMateraShop & @redclaysoul Enter here:’

Entries must be in by midnight on Sunday, November 22nd. I’ll announce the winner on Monday, November 23rd around lunchtime.

Special thanks to La Matera for providing the goods for the giveaway…

* Sorry, the Corbina Crocodile belt isn’t included.

High Five

It’s been a while since we High Fived.  Sorry about that.  I’m working on the gift guides for this year…I think you are all going to really enjoy them.  For now, here are five things that can’t wait until then…1. Burton X Filson Wheelie Flight Deck Travel Bag:  This may be the perfect carry-on.  I like that it’s ‘somewhat’ structured, which doesn’t restrict packing like a lot of the hard shells that are out there.  And you know you can’t beat the Filson fabric…


2. Brushed Wool Shetland Sweater from Drake’s:  Drake’s is about as good as it gets.  Most of their copy is related to their ties, but this sweater is outstanding.  I’ve never been a big striped sweater guy, but this brushed wool shetland would get some serious play.  Well done, folks.


3. The Revenant by Michael Punke:  For whatever reason, a lot of the books I’ve been reading lately are being made into movies.  I read The Martian about six months ago, and then saw the movie…it really put it into perspective.  I just finished The Revenant, and wow.  Just wow.  I can’t wait to see this one.


4. Vasque Sundowner Suede Boots:  I’m not sure how long these have been out, but the suede is about as cool as it gets.  I’m a Sundowner guy…I’ve had this pair since my senior year of high school.  Needless to say, they are a very good value preposition.

5. Southern Soul’s Brunswick Stew Recipe:  I love recipes…well, Mrs. RCS loves recipes.  We both love BBQ.  The Southern Soul folks know what they are doing.  Sharing is caring, folks.

Grizzard: “That Dog’ll Bite You”

Yep, tomorrow is one of the oldest rivalries in college football: the Georgia Bulldogs face the Auburn Tigers, which this year looks to be the equivalent of two AAA high school teams making sure their cleats are on the right feet.  It’s a noon game, for God’s sake…when was the last time UGA and Auburn played with a noon kickoff??

Well, I’m sure we’ll all be watching anyway.

UGA vs. Auburn has a nice little connection to Lewis Grizzard and the “That Dog’ll Bite You” quote…here you go:

That Dog’ll Bite You

“Got to tell the dog story. There’s somebody left who hasn’t heard the dog story.

We are playing Auburn. Sanford Stadium. National Television. Winner wins the Southeastern Conference; goes to the Sugar Bowl.

85,000 people jammed into Sanford Stadium. National television audience. This game is on the Armed Service Network. People in Switzerland are seeing this ballgame. Going everywhere.

The band cranks up “Glory, Glory to Ole Georgia” and our team comes running out. 85,000 stand as one.

We are led by our gallant mascot, UGA-U-G-A. What a dog! What a gorgeous dog. What a symbol of ferocity. But UGA ain’t real smart. UGA did not realize he was at a football game. Nor did he realize he was on national television, and was going into living rooms the width and breadth of this great nation.

And there, in front of all them people, he began to lick himself where dogs occasionally want to lick themselves, ok?

We don’t have to get any more graphic than that.

Bubba an’ Earl sittin’ on the fifty.

Bubba sees the dog, punches earl and said, ‘Earl, look at that dog. Dadgum, I wish I could do that.’

Earl said, ‘ Bubba, that dog’ll bite you!’”


And to complete the “been there, done that, and got the t-shirt”, here you go:


Winter Bourbon Cocktails with The Fine Folks at Belle Meade

There are a lot of good things about colder temperatures: it’s Barbour season, boots become a major part of the rotation, and bourbon becomes the staple.  When talking about bourbon, we continually sing the praises of Belle Meade out of Nashville’s Nelson’s Green Brier Distillery.  For the money, it is hands down the best bourbon out there.  We always keep a couple bottles at the house, and I start sweating when we run low.

To pile on, Andy and Charlie Nelson picked their five favorite bourbon cocktails that are perfect for warming your bones.  I’ve had a couple of these, and am looking forward to knocking back the others.  Which one looks good to you?

Hot, hot, hot! Making hot cider is VERY good for a cold morning.  The smell lingers all day long…

2 oz Belle Meade Bourbon
6 oz Hot Cider Mix*

Serve in a mug with a cinnamon stick as garnish.

*Cider Mix Recipe

In a saucepan, heat the following ingredients on medium low heat until hot – but do not boil. Then reduce heat and cover. Let simmer for 15 minutes before serving. The longer it sits, the darker and deeper the flavors will become.

3 Cups Apple Cider or Unfiltered Apple Juice
2 oz Dark Wildflower Honey
1 oz Fresh Lemon Juice
6 Whole Cloves
1 Cinnamon stick

Make a batch big enough for a get together by simply doubling or tripling the recipe.


Cumberland Nation (An A-La-Minute Nog)

1 oz Belle Meade Bourbon
1 oz Green Brier Tennessee White Whiskey
1 oz Meletti Amaro
1 oz Heavy Cream
3/4 oz Demerara Syrup
2 dashes Regan’s Orange Bitters
1 whole Egg

Glass: Double Rocks
Ice: None
Garnish: A dusting of powdered cinnamon.

Crack the egg into the bottom of your shaker. Using a straw or other long thin sticklike object scramble the egg in the shaker. Add all other ingredients and then shake (without ice) very hard for a moment. Add ice to your shaker, large cubes work best, and shake hard and fast, really get into it, for about ten seconds. Strain the nog into the glass and garnish.

Demerara Syrup: Make this by using either real Demerara sugar (or Turbinado, if Demerara is hard to find).  Use two parts sugar to one part water. Put this mixture into a deep pan and simmer on low, stirring frequently, until all of the sugar crystals are diss. Allow to cool, bottle, and keep in your fridge. It should hold at least two weeks.


Atlanta’s own Greg Best came up with this bad boy…and this mixologist knows his bourbon:

1 1/2 oz Belle Meade Bourbon
3/4 oz Cocchi Americano
1/2 oz Luxardo Bitter
1 barspoon Galliano
2 dashes Regan’s Orange bitters
Lemon wedge

Combine ingredients in mixing glass, add ice, stir. Strain into coupe. Garnish with lemon wedge on rim.


I think this one is pretty hotty…

2 oz Belle Meade Bourbon
¾ oz Fresh Lemon Juice
½ oz *Honey Syrup
¼ oz Maple Syrup
4 dashes Angostura Bitters
Hot Water

Glass: Hot Drink Mug
Ice: None
Garnish: Lemon oils expressed over the top of the drink.

*Honey Syrup: use a ration of 3:1 honey to warm water. Mix until incorporated.


Let’s finish the five with something very sophisticated.

Vow of Silence:
2 oz Belle Meade Bourbon
¾ oz Carpano Antica
¼ oz Benedictine
1 dash Angostura Bitters
2 dashes Peychaud’s Bitters

Glass: Chilled Cocktail
Ice: None
Garnish: Lemon Peel, Expressed over the drink

Place all ingredients into a mixing glass and stir briefly with ice. Strain the drink into a chilled cocktail glass and garnish.

Stock Up: La Matera Red Clay Soul Discount

Big news, folks: We’ve teamed up with La Matera for a discount for Red Clay Soul readers: how does 15% off now through Sunday sound?  Head over to their website, pick out a few belts, hats, sunglass straps, etc, and use code RCS15.  Hurry…