We had a great time at Los Gatos Cigar Club talking to other cigar smokers, interviewing a few of the folks to talk about libations, cigars and of course learn more about Don Cervantes luxury cigars.
Below you’ll see a few pictures of the event, mostly the cigars, Max from ACC Cigars, some of the cigar accessories, and soon I’ll have a link to the podcast interview on Radio Dentata
It was definitely a fun event and I’m looking forward to doing more. Thanks to the folks at JMG for all their hard work and a special shoutout to Rich at Los Gatos, for his shop promoting the Good Life.
Look for more on Don Cervantes and the exciting things coming from ACC Cigars soon!
Last night I had the pleasure of meeting Dr. Alejandro Martinez Cuenca of Joya De Nicaragua. He’s a very pleasant man with a passion for sharing his cigars, relaxation and quality of life. We’ll be exploring more of his product on Pure Indulgence in an upcoming podcast but until then I’m going to share my notes on thew two cigars I smoked last night.
First up: The Antano – The first time I smoked this stick a few months back it was a power bomb with no flavor what so ever. I chalk this up to my palate because the one I smoked last night had notes of coffee, mild earth and robust flavors that were NOT overpowering. It required a few relights but that was due to the networking/partying I was doing on behalf of Radio Dentata of course 😉 Even in the end of the cigar where I’d expect a buildup of tar and such, the flavors still held solid with a draw that was easy and enjoyable. I paired this with Bushmills Blended scotch.
The second cigar I smoked was the Antano dark Corojo – a tasty cigar with an oily wrapper and some nice spices that cut through the previous cigar and paired well with a German Hefe Wiessbeir. The draw was smooth, flavors consistent yet not overly complex.
The style of both smokes was reminiscent of an old world smoking style. Full bodied cigars that have flavor and power. These sticks aren’t for the faint of heart but JdN does make a line of mild-medium cigars for customers who prefer less strength in a cigar but still seek an old world taste.
It’s been a while since I’ve given anything more than a cigar or alcohol review for the blog so I thought I’d share new goals this year.
Remember in an earlier post I seemed stuck in a rut? Well this year I’d like to break out of that rut OR examine why I’m there. I’ve got a pretty good idea already as to why I smoke the way I do. It’s even carried over into my pipe habits as of late, (or that could be the fact that I’m breaking in a new pipe and dedicating it to English blends only.)
For starters, the following cigar makers represent a few things to me:
1. Consistency. Every time I want a cigar that tastes smooth, clean and is well constructed, I can pick up anything made by Pete Johnson, Max Myers, Eric Newman or Padron. If I’ve ever had one fall apart it was due to how I cut the cigar, lit the foot, etc. I can’t say the same for H. Upmans, which I used to love.
2. Lifestyle. Padron and Newman to me represent the old way of living, a comfortable way Having spoken to Eric Newman, I’ve discovered that his message is one we can all agree on. Prevail through the tough times but during our well deserved down time, slow down. To me, Max and Pete represent a newer trend that allows us to have the nicer things in life we’re working towards. The two compliment each other as far as I’m concerned. You won’t find too many of the wealthier people smoking the Warlock (a good stick) when they could smoke a Padron Anniversario or the Tatuaje SW Reserva.
3. Price. Yeah, I said it. I’m all about money and to me and my old way of thinking, money used to mean quality. The more you spent after doing your homework, the better the product should be. In short, like Zig Ziglar used to say, the Cost was worth the Price. The Brick House (to me) smokes like a $20 cigar every time even though it’s less than $6 in most cases while the Diamond Crown Maximus makes me kinda feel like a king.
4. Not least on my list but last because I’m writing the blog in advance and am on an author deadline: The people behind the cigar. I’ve met and hung out with Max, Pete and spoken to Eric at length on the phone. We did an interview for Radio Dentata with him and Max (separate interviews!) and will have Pete on eventually But all of the men I’m referring to have character that’s genuine, sincere and honest. I don’t know the people at Altadis or General Cigar. They’re probably pretty nice folks I’m guessing. But I don’t know.
So there it is. I’ve laid down why I’m a cigar snob, but only time will tell if I expand in THIS part of my journey towards the Good Life.
This is the mildest of the Don Cervantes line with yet another perfect construction. A light brown Ecuadorian Connecticut Claro wrapper and binder give the cigar a silky smooth taste that intro or occasional cigar smokers will certainly enjoy. A good draw brings out creamy light earth notes and a hint of espresso.
Rolled En Tubado just like the other cigars in this premium line, white ash holds for at least a good inch before falling off.
The shag foot cigar rolled by master blender Don “Pepin” Garcia for Pete Johnson starts out with spicy earth flavors that continue down the length of this well constructed puro. Flavors blended into light earth with a good mix coffee that reminded me of drinking a cup, rather than smoking it. The only other cigars that have captivated my palate so well are the Padron 1964 Anniversario and the Don Cervantes Masterpiece Platinum.
The Tatuaje Black finished with an exquisite taste and easy draw that will leave you wanting more.
The Don Cervantes Tres Maduro is a true triple maduro cigar, is a complex cigar with rich notes of earth and cocoa. I sense a theme with Max’s sticks 😉 It starts off with a fresh, clean taste and plenty of smoke though the draw is a little tight. Chocolate brown maduro wrapper has been fermented properly to give the cigar more depth.
The second third melds those clean flavors with more pronounced earth and a very faint amount of spice. The final third ends with mellow notes. A tight white ash so well constructed the cigar could stand on it is impressive since rarely a cigar is out that’s so well made.
Wrapped in a true Connecticut shade wrapper with 5-6 year old aged Ecuadorian tobaccos, Masterpiece Gold by Don Cervantes is a splendid smoke to start off the day. Flavors of earth and pine become apparent immediately, melding nicely into the cocoa and coffee taste of the last 3rd. A slightly tight draw due to the en tubado rolling method, yet a clean, even burn compliment this cigar.