I’ve been waxing poetic lately about the local finds here in Atlanta/Decatur and this bourbon is no exception. Still with the age statement on it, indicating they haven’t run out of good juice yet, Eagle Rare’s 10 year DPS offering offers the bourbon connoisseur a lighter bodied, yet fully flavored bourbon in the same bottle.
It doesn’t require a cube like the DPS edition of 1792 did, as the alcohol has a perfect balance between mellow and spice to pair with any cigar you want to throw at it.
Yes, I mean any. Be it something as luxurious as Don Cervantes or a heavy pepper bomb like anything the magnificent Don Pepin Garcia makes, this bourbon will pair nicely with it.
At the start of the year, I’m going to stock up on different liquors so we can play a new game. Cocktail hour!
I’d managed to snag this cigar in the Atlanta area, at a liquor store of all places. I’d been wanting to try it and see what the hype was about and was honestly surprised to find it in a well kept humidor in said liquor store.
Considering my first true triple Maduro was the Tres Maduro by ACC Cigars, the bar had been set pretty high. The two cigars could not be further apart in taste!
While we won’t get into comparison because it’s simply unfair, I will mention the similarities include entubado bunching method used to roll the Camacho and they end there. Touching the cigar revealed it pliable in all the right ways a cigar should be. The wrapper is dark and has a rugged appearance to it, like little flecks of spice on the leaf. When I clipped the cap and took a test draw, the cigar had a great draw and revealed odd notes for a cigar. Plum and fruit undertones, along with tobacco and a slight sweetness that had nothing to do with fruit, wet my palate. The cigar itself smelled of sweet and spice.
Upon lighting up, the cigar revealed mellow undercurrents of tobacco and strong pepper tones. The flavor of dark fruit was evident, something I thought I’d never taste in a cigar. Starting off this way was a stark contrast to the Tres, which had dark cocoa and chocolate notes.
The burn line started off even and stayed pretty much the same for most of the first third. The second third of the cigar had a solid burn too. Black pepper, surpassed the fruit, though it still remained evident. During the second third of the cigar, the spice had taken a back seat. The cigar is pretty in your face. A definite chalky taste appeared and reminded me of what one would find pleasant in a an old world wine.
The ash held on pretty well but every time I moved to take a photo, the ash fell. I do have video that I’ll upload and link back here once I do.
An hour and a half into the cigar, intense white pepper had encompassed most everything, almost like a bomb, though not quite like something you’d find in a JDN or LFD cigar. Notes of leather are more present. This is definitely a heavier cigar so make sure you eat a full meal.
This review originally appeared on StogiePress.com.
After a failed attempt to really rock things over at Radio Dentata, your humble wine and cigar expert had to cut back on projects including this one due to time spent in my career as an author.
But I’ve missed this blog and missed this part of my life too. So we’re going to get back to what matters after a hard day’s work. Relaxing with a good bottle of wine, a complex, enjoyable cigar and letting our day end.
We’re going to revisit some of the cigar blends we’ve mentioned, (Yes, Don Cervantes is a staple in my humidor when I can get them) and talk more about some of the great wines we’ve been drinking over the last few months, plus mention upcoming stuff too.
I’m not sure how often we’ll update just yet, but I’ve got a ton of new cigars and wines to put up here, plus some bourbons, scotches, and other whiskies. Should be fun!
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!
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.