ThoughtI’d show off something unique from an older vlog.
When I was looking for an introductory single malt scotch whisky, I’d asked another customer at Greens Package store on Ponce (Midtown Atlanta) and he’d suggested the Aberfeldy 12 year. Said even his wife drank it.
For a single malt that’s 12 years old and priced at under $30 I have to admit, it was a solid purchase. Notes of honey and spice characterize this cigar friendly malt, along with a bit of peat.
I’m not normally a fan of huge peat but this wasn’t that. A highland region whisky, it was a smooth sipper from start to finish. The balance in it was exceptional for the price. I half expected it to need a cube like some of the other whiskies I’ve been drinking, but it didn’t. I never did get a chance to test that out, however.
Raices Cubanas 1941 starts with a medium-brown Honduran wrapper that’s glistening with oils. A careful blend of Nicaraguan and Honduran long-fillers lies just beneath, encased in a Nicaraguan binder.
The review: This is the 6X60 size and normally I shy away from that large a ring gauge (with the exception of Padron) but this cigar definitely didn’t disappoint.
Pre-light draw is very raisiny. The initial puffs are nutty and semi-sweet Black pepper features prominently up front once the cigar gets going. A good amount of smoke plumes from the foot.
The cigar has a very easy draw for being packed so full of tobaccos. The burn line started off uneven but I chalk that up to my lighting technique, and a touch up fixed that.
Flavors at the second third include cocoa spice and red pepper. The cigar becomes mellow at this point while maintaining softer flavors wth hints of wood and black pepper. By now I’m really enjoying the complexity of the cigar.
The final third of the cigar is where it gets interesting. First, we had that red pepper bit, then black pepper, and finally? Vanilla Coffee Bean! YES! ha!
This is definitely a medium to full bodied smoke though.
The Montecristo line isn’t a line I normally gravitate to, not with all the boutique blends coming out from some of today’s hottest blenders, but I picked it up in my local shop here in Decatur. (Got Cigars? 232 Ponce De Leon) at the suggestion of the owner.
What can I say to start with?
Made in Nicaragua at the A.J. Fernandez Cigars de Nicaragua factory in Estelí, Fernandez worked with Altadis’ Grupo de Maestros to develop this new Montecristo, which consists of Ecuadoran Sumatra wrapper, Mexican San Andrés binder and filler from Nicaragua and Honduras.
Montecristo Crafted By A.J. Fernandez will come in five sizes: Churchill at 7 inches by 50 ring gauge; Figurado, at 4 by 52; Gordo at 6 by 58; Robusto, 5 by 52; and Toro, 6 by 50. The Montes, which are all box-pressed, are set to retail from $9.95 to $12.50 and come in 10-count boxes
This oscuro cigar starts off with solid wood and white pepper notes. The box press is firm in the hand, but not razor sharp like the Padron Anniversarios for example. Light brown in color, with a solid pre-light draw, the flavors emerging from that were pretty light to my taste. Upon lighting, the cigar showed not only an even burn, but consistency of the following: Said white pepper, wood, with a touch of honey and bread at the back of the tongue.
The second and final third of the cigar maintain that consistency with one exception. The flavors balance out more and the Montecristo draws better. I’d say this is a medium-bodied cigar. Would I grab another? I sure would.
I’ll have a variation on this, as it applies to both cigars and fine alcohol.
March 12th – Highland cigar Company is having AJ Fernandez specials and kicking off March Madness! In fact, they’ll be doing things throughout the month of March – including St. Patty’s day specials!
Smoker’s Hideway March 10th – Goldrush Showbar, 3:00 PM
March 17th – Whiskey and cigars, Studio T: Douglasville
I’m pretty sure events are going on throughout the month at Habanos downtown
Premium Cigars of Georgia is planning an event for Saint Patrick’s Day. To be held on Saturday, March 25. Hosted by Kristoff Cigars with Jonathan Herring the territory manager. Will also have the Lovely Ladies of the Leaf on hand to assist you. As always catered food, drinks, prizes, swag, and super specials. 2 pm till closing. Look for our email!
I can’t believe I’ve smoked like a dozen of these beauties and never once reviewed the cigar here.
This is the Don Cervantes Presidente Churchill, a 7X50 cigar made in conjunction with ACC Cigars and the folks at MATASA, specifically, Manuel Quesada, of FONSECA and Casa Magna fame.
Filled with rare aged tobaccos from Nicaragua, and the Dominican Republic, Presidente is wrapped with an aged, golden Ecuadorian Sumatra wrapper. In demand by almost every top cigar brand in the world, the Presidente’s tobacco is fermented for nearly a year, then bundle aged for an additional year. The Presidente’s ash burns white and beautifully, and this outstanding cigar’s long finish is unique among cigars. The Presidente comes wrapped in the famous “P” Cigar jacket.
The notes on the cigar are as follows: It starts off with a spicy kick to it, my thoughts are this is Quesada’s signature, and I taste red and black pepper, along with mulled wine. The pre-light draw is airy, with notes of leather and very faint cedar.
Upon lighting, the cigar draws perfectly and the ash holds very steadily due to entubado bunching used to create a more complex blend. Once the cigar gets going, the consistency of flavors are as follows: Definite pepper notes, red and black of course, with hints of white pepper and mellow wood notes. The cigar also has meaty notes. I’ve heard roast beef, but I personally can’t place that all too familiar and delicious taste, yet I won’t lie. It’s damn fine. The ash holds on quite well and when I can find my picture of this cigar literally standing on its ash, I’ll post it
The cigar mellows over the course of the smoke, becoming more balanced and refined thanks not only to the various blends in the cigar but the extensive age of the leaves used to make it. An average age of 12 years, along with a longer fermentation period only enhance the cigar.
Honestly, like everything else I’ve smoked from ACC, this is a very welcome addition to my humidor, even at the premium price one would pay for it.
I’ve been a resident for enough time now that I’m beginning to get the lay of the land in Atlanta/Decatur, so I thought I’d share some recommendations with you.
Not all are smoke friendly, but all are friendly to their patrons. Some of these places don’t really need my help, but I like giving good press when it’s well deserved, as it often goes unnoticed.
First up, of course, I’ve already mentioned Highland Cigar Company, my home away from home. From awesome drinks (watch Clif in this clip below) to great ambiance, the cigar club is just the place you’d expect to find Falcons fans (and the occasional misguided Patriots fan – but we’ll forgive Bekks…) the place is hard to beat. Located in Inman Park just about .7th of a mile from Inman Park/Reynoldstown MARTA station, the walk there is a gorgeous one as you pass beautiful homes.
Next up, haven’t been here yet, but I’m hearing good things, and honestly? The social media interaction is spot on with two lovely SOTL – Dona Mathews and Alexis June have hyped up Habanos, just near downtown Atlanta. Find them here. Both women are active on FB too, so peep them and show them some love.
Got Cigars? – This little spot at 232 E. Ponce De Leon in Decatur by the Square hosts a solid collection of cigars and the owner knows her stuff. That’s right, I said her. A female run cigar shop is a rarity but Rukia is a boss. Go in, grab a cigar and stay for a while. The couch is comfortable. Stay outta my spot 😉
Non-Cigar places: I really have a thing for going to Leon’s Full Service. I’ve taken all three girlfriends there for food, plus some other friends and the wine program for wines in the glass tends to be just what I’m looking for at any given time. Sometimes I want white, when it’s blazing hot round these parts, sometimes I want superbly warm and red, but they have a great beer selection and do yourself a favor. Get the bacon in a glass and add the homemade peanut butter.
Mac Mcgee’s Irish Pub – Go for a pint but please, lay off the Guinness. It’s bullshit when you stack it up against the numerous other libations they have on the fairly thick beer menu. Or go for a dram, the list is lengthy. They also tend to do a lot of local community activism so if that’s also your thing, check them out.
None of these places really needed my help in promotion but like I said, spreading the good word always comes back to return threefold!