One of my favorite spots, one of my favorite new themes! Well, not new but you know I’m developing an obsession about Havana –
considering I’m pondering a trip out to Cuba for a weekend sometime this year.
In the meantime, Papa’s Pilar Rum – a damn fine sipping rum which we’ve had and will leave for review on a later date will be featured. I can’t speak to the tequila, ya’ll know that isn’t how “I” roll but if Chai’s pouring it, it’s probably solid.
As we get further into the year and start digging in at newer releases, I find myself wanting to expand my regular rotation.
The LFD Reserva Especial was different from the start.
Wrapper: Ecuadorian Connecticut
Binder: Dominican Republic (Estancia La Flor de Palma)
Filler: Dominican Republic (Estancia La Flor de Palma)
The Gran Robusto is 5 1/2X60.
I know I’m a bit late to the party but taking this blog more seriously means rerouting energy previously unspent. I’m glad for it.
The usual plum notes from a cold draw are interesting in that pepper is present as well. Rich earth also.
This cigar starts off with much more mellow spice and flavor than most LFDs I’ve smoked. Not weaker, just less. The leathery pepper taste is present, along with softer, almost rosado-like flavors of cotton candy.
Light mocha flavors join the leather and spice but all flavors are softer than normal.
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!
Join us Thanksgiving week for a special edition of our weekly Stogies and Spirits Flight Night featuring Buffalo Trace, Eagle Rare and Blanton’s with AVO Classic cigar pairing specials! We’ll also be serving from a special limited Thanksgiving dinner menu made complete with our festive holiday mule cocktail. All this and more, this Tuesday, November 22nd from 6 PM until 10 PM. We hope to see you there!
Since 2011, MATASA has been consistent with putting out the new seasonal edition of Quesada’s Oktoberfest cigar – and this year’s release was quite special.
The 6X60 sized Dominican puro I purchased at Highland Cigar Company here in Atlanta, the cigar paired with several of the local dark beers on tap or in bottle format. The cigar itself had been repackaged and new sizes had been introduced from previous years.
The cigar has considerable heft in the fingers and a chocolate wrapper with a few veins. The pre-light draw has dark fruit flavors like plums and stone fruit.
A glorious amount of smoke comes from the foot upon lighting and the flavors are complex. The first third starts off with mulled wine flavors that pick up white pepper along the way. It has a soft muted flavor to it that is definitely reminiscent of good craft beer. Dark beer.
The cigar turns woodsy then with solid pepper but finishes with a modest subtleness I really enjoyed.
I understand that MATASA made a limited release humidor to commemorate this release also.
While in Atlanta, I’ve been checking out Highland Cigar Company, usually going on Sundays. Last week, the 28th of June, the folks there hosted Simon Brooking, from Beam/Suntori and we tasted some nice Scotch Whiskies.
Simon’s a knowledgeable guy about both Whiskey and the history of many different brands, plus the wet past of Scotland. His tales were amusing, his toasts, heartwarming and jokes, well any good Scotsman would be proud. Plus, for once, I wasn’at the only one wearing a kilt at Highland 😉
Now, onto the juice.
Three different scotches paired well with the Antonius Robusto – a mild to medium bodied Dominican cigar that had been rolled and “forgotten
about” for about 8 years. The blend had more power than expected, but was mild enough that a novice smoker could enjoy it, along with it not balancing well with the whiskies. To be honest, I was shocked that the cigar paired so well with an Islay whiskey, but that’ll come up in my notes shortly.
The first whiskey was Auchentoshan 3 Wood. Matured in Bourbon, Oloroso Sherry and PX Sherry casks, this scotch had really refined flavors and a lovely finish with a pleasant finish. I found it balanced and it blended well with the Antonius, complimenting the wood notes of the cigar. This was a favorite at Highland, due to the lovely, sweet finish.
Next was the Bowmore 12 year. Listed as an Islay, I found this to be rather pleasant compared to what most folks think of when someone says Islay Scotch. The mild citrus notes came upon me at the end of the drink, along with mild peat and sea.
Last was the Laphroaig Select – a masterful blend of various scotches hand picked by a “select group” of tasters. This is honestly the lowest peated scotch they make. Peat has been a bone of contention for me for years, due to the effects it has on my stomach (I suppose I could drink less but where’s the fun in that? LOL!) But this whiskey shows reserve on the smokiness, adding more balance and less of that gasoline taste that tends to put drinkers of whiskey off. The finish of the Antonius went very well with just enough backbone and intensity to compliment the Laphroaig and not be overpowered.
Overall, the Antonius was a solid choice for this whiskey pairing. Balanced with wood notes, hints of spice and vanilla appeared on the palate. Firm in the fingers, the draw was delightful. A cold draw brought in flavors of cinnamon and baking spice. Construction was also solid, though I forgot to get pictures for the blog.
There were two other whiskies we’d tasted but sadly, my notes are not legible – typical of being a published romance novelist. They were both Laphroaig, however, and wonderful in their own right. I’d lit up a second cigar at this point.