The Señorial by Jose Blanco was a hit, but what could be better that this?
If you said a Maduro version, you’re goddamn right! Wrapped in a San Andreas wrapper, with Dominican fillers, Las Cumbres is knocking things out of the park.
The pre-light starts off with raisin and what I’d describe as terroir. Once lit, strong spice and oak come through. The cigar burns evenly with an enjoyable amount of smoke.
Black pepper starts to show itself in the second third, and on the final notes, we taste oak and mellow flavors. Overall, it’s a really satisfying cigar with a good, even burn line, good construction and a fantastic presentation.
Hint of vanilla.
The oak comes through stronger at the halfway point with the black pepper being nuanced.
I managed to spend the last night of the old year at Highland Cigar Company, around good friends, family and fantastic drinks. I met Rick Baumgartner of Kristoff, and Garrett Damore of AVO/Davidoff, may be setting some things up in the future with these two gentlemen.
They’re really knowledgeable about the cigars they sell, and they’re both passionate men too.
Drink of the Night? (Before the Champagne of course!)
Blood and Sand:
1 oz Scotch (In this case, Cliff used Johnny Walker Black)
3/4 oz Cherry heering
3/4 oz Sweet vermouth
3/4 oz Orange juice
¼ oz Lemon (Classically, not an ingredient)
Mad Moulton was on FIRE New Years Eve, making those cocktails like a boss. I’m a fan of savory and this classic cocktail had enough balance and froth that made it look as pretty as it tasted. My preferred cigar was the ACC S.E. 12 Year to ring in the new year, but I had a chance to re-taste the Kristoff GC – and it indeed is lighter than presumed, with cocoa and coffee notes, slight bite but a smooth draw and a solid, medium finish. I had the Robusto.
This was a re-branded cigar from Camacho, owned by Davidoff now and I have to say, the cigar is good but I hate these ugly bands. Big, bold, yes but horrible LOL! The first few notes from the foot of this medium brown torpedo include plum, raisin, tobacco and chocolate.
Cold draw confirmed those findings only adding an orange zest sweetness. That was rather different for my palate even though I’ve been smoking cigars as long as I have.
Taking the first few puffs gave a good draw, with a lot of gray, semi sweet smelling smoke along with robust pepper and hints of leather. As it developed, the taste of wood slides over the palate to continue through most of the cigar. The burn line was good, clean. Well constructed.
I managed to pick up the diesel grind torpedo at got cigars here in Decatur. This was a new blend from AJ Fernandez and came out at this last year’s IPCPR convention in Las Vegas. I’ve smoked two so far and the notes are consistent.
The cold draw really flavor heavy like fruit. From the first light, woodsy taste came across on the first few puffs. Raisin and plum prelight draw.
The first thing I noticed about this cigar was the rustic, basic look of the entire packaging. Simple wooden boxes of 20 cigars, band at the foot only in blue. Reminiscent of a simpler time.
When I lit up the cigar, the first thing I got was toast notes along with heavy earth and white pepper. Around the second third the cigar picks up in body, more intensity on the earthy flavors. Dirt, tobacco. Help the medium bodied finish go out on a good note. The cigar has a good, esau draw. It burned consistently nad had white-ish gray ash.
Decent cigar for a good price. I’d call it a value smoke, honestly.
I picked this up at Got Cigars? in downtown Decatur a few weeks back and got to try it. The pre-light has heavy raisin and mulled wine tastes. Dark wrapper has no noticeable flaws. Speckled slightly, giving hope of spice.
6×60 and felt so right in my fingers!
The Cigar starts off easily with hints of red pepper and spice along with slight oak flavors.
Then it picks up as the smoke burns evenly, with hints of cocoa and bourbon barrel flavors.
The burn line corrected after a few minutes and the flavors became more like baking spices.
Coffee notes develop along with chocolate sweetness and light earth. With a medium to full bodied finish that lingers, this is a definite keeper in the humidor.
I hate to see this but Chai Nicole is leaving Highland Cigar Company and moving on to bigger things. So come join us at Highland Cigar Company Friday, October 7th from 7 PM until close while we wish Chai the very best in her new path!
I remember walking into Highland Cigar Company almost three years ago with my oldest Girlfriend and Chai being the first to greet us and treat us right. She’d kept the scotch flowing, had the notes on all the drinks and knew more than an average 25 year old would about spirits and cigars.
She’s been a part of Mix, Mingle Indulge, a quarterly event at Highland that showcases female owned businesses and educates the smokers about the hobby we all have a passion for.
I hope you’ll raise a glass with me to toast this awesome woman in her next journey!
Starts off with strong chocolate notes and light flavor. Solid draw and good even burn. Bitter cocoa notes dance over the palate almost as if afraid but are later joined with definite sweetness and a touch of the bold.
In the second third the cocoa becomes sweeter.
The cigar develops a softer profile over time and maintains throughout the smoke.
From what I was told, the new CEO of Villiger is committing more resources to premium handmade so bravo!
Many of you know I’m a weekly inhabitant of a spot in Decatur called “Got Cigars?” They’re located at 232 E. Ponce De Leon Ave right off the Square in Decatur, GA.
Comfortable, friendly, knowledgeable. This is a mini home or my “Decatur Office” when I’m in the mood not to work from home but don’t want to trek to Highland.
Along with standard products such as Fuente, Kristoff, La Flor Dominicana, and My Father, she has a rotating stock.
The shop owner has brought in a few new things to her quaint little shop. I’ve had a chance to taste a lot of newer things so I’ll give you a small rundown.
Cohiba Blue – the value-priced cigar is crafted with a three-country blend of tobaccos from Honduras, Nicaragua and the Dominican Republic. Notes of vanilla and cedar find their way onto the palate.
Montecristo by AJ Fernandez- a traditional blend re-imagined by famed maker AJ Fernandez. Developed in conjunction with the Groupo De Maestros, this Nicaraguan blend showcases more spice and strength than the core Monte. I reviewed this cigar here.
La Palina Nicaragua Oscuro – A fairly complex cigar from La Palina, the construction is soild. Notes of wood and leather mingle with pepper and fruit.
Romeo by AJ Fernandez – My personal favorite AJ/Groupo De
Maestros blend, the Romeo y Julieta blend re-imagined by AJ. Like the Monte mentioned above, this cigar is blended in Nicaragua. More robust, but fruit, black pepper, heavy wood and cedar notes mix with bacon smokiness for a delicious surprise. I reviewed that here last week.