This wine from the region of Bergerac, France was pretty stellar I have to say. Taking it on the back of another, full bodied red from Australia showed that it had power behind it, without being overwhelming.
The wine was almost a combination between straw and gold, with a beautiful bouquet of rich limestone, slight hints of grapefruit and of course, the typical heat from wine.
Very strong mineral notes. Upon taking the first sip, limestone and grapefruit hit my tongue along with those mineral notes I’d mentioned. Very tasty. This wine is fairly supple and feels good in the mouth with enough weight that it could be a summer sipper or pair well with fish in the fall.
60% Sauvignon Blanc
30% Semillon (surprised I didn’t get any herbaceous notes)
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.
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Another new blend to me, suggested by the folks at Highland Cigar Company.
Mombacho Liga Maestro cigars were originally created in limited
edition to celebrate the boutique cigar company’s 10th Anniversary. These Nicaraguan puros are the product of Mombacho master blender, Claudio Sgrio, and Italian celebrity cigar enthusiast, Stefano Bertini. Now a regular production cigar made at Mombacho’s factory in Granada, Nicaragua, the blend is a medium-full recipe of ligero & viso fillers from Jalapa and Condega, plus a Condega binder, and a lustrous, mouthwatering wrapper from Jalapa.
Honestly, I wasn’t sure what to make of this cigar at first. The band looked classic in black and gold. A 6X54 toro would do me for a few hours if I smoked slow, which I always do, as you know.
The wrapper was a soft milk chocolate brown and I imagined either heavy spice or smoother, supple flavors when I did my pre-light draw. Cigar, coffee, slight raisin notes as expected.
Upon lighting up, the cigar’s draw was good, producing a plethora of off gray smoke. (It was dark in the bar!)
Notes are floral and medium, along with a good dose of cedar. Over the length of the cigar, mild black pepper joined a classic earthiness. When I say classic, I mean it’s very distinct, as this cigar was.
The draw remained solid and the burn line even. Value for your buck? Solid.
These came n a while back and I’ve been sitting on a few of them in the new lancers size, along with some of the minis which also are reblended.
As you know, Don Cervantes is a luxury blend put out by ACC Cigars and tend to consist of aged tobaccos, some of which may be as old as 50 years n age. The cost of their cigars is due in part to the age of the tobacco and the skill required to roll tobacco that old.
Per usual, the cigar has an even burn. The pre-light notes are typical of raisin and light stone fruit, but a torch to toast the foot reveals a semi-sweet smelling smoke. The first draw is easy, and the burn line is razor straight. Nots of wood, pepper, intense leather and hints of oak come from the cigar at various points, but the pepper and spice remain up front.
A medium finish with an easy draw makes this an even better cigar for those who don’t prefer the stronger taste of maduros.
I first experienced smoking this cigar some time ago when a sample was sent for review, and I am now smoking the ACC S. E. 18 year.
If you remember, I did a review for the ACC S. E. 12 year here. I really enjoyed the robustness of flavor in the 12 year, but the 18 year is a different beast entirely.
Yes, vintage tobacco, and I mean maybe up to fifty years old vintage, rather than the industry standard when a maker (wine does this too) slaps the word “Vintage” on a cigar box.
With a beautiful, laser cut jacket that’s just as exquisite as the 12 year, and a secondary band proclaiming the age statement, this cigar’s wrapper is much lighter in color compared to the 12 year.
Rolled entubado, this cigar is also triple capped to protect smoker, requiring another level of skill to not just blend, but roll this elegant cigar. Cigars with tobacco this old require a lot more care, not just because of the need to be gentler with the leaf, along with making sure the cigar is consistent and remains in line with the creator’s vision.
The flavors of this cigar are much milder than the 12 year, also. Due to the age of tobaccos, the blend, the flavors are softer. More of that cotton candy-like flavors, with very much a smoother profile too. Lighter on the pepper and spice, but damn tasty for sure.
Definitely a cigar that can’t be compared to anything else, really.
The packaging of ACC S. E. cigars is highest quality, using materials that only enhance the uniqueness and really look more like a lifestyle, than just a simple cigar. The Accessories from ACC, such as custom humidor cabinets and ash trays are a perfect compliment for those seeking to upgrade their lives.
Another PROPIO release that came out not too long ago, this cigar’s blend I’m not sure of but I might have notes in my email – which I’ll add later. The first bit though, is the dark wrapper that’s a little toothy. Has a few veins but otherwise is smooth. In sticking with the classic old school PROPIO bands of black, red and silver, the cigar is an excellent addition to the PROPIO line up and one for smokers who prefer more old school tastes.
The cigar, like all ACC cigars is triple capped and rolled entubado, to get more leaves into the blend and allow for deeper customization of said blend. A pre-light draw reveals fresh stone fruit and that familiar raisin, but something else too, that’s almost like mulled wine.
When I toasted the foot of the Diamanté, bright gray semi-spicy smoke emitted from the foot. The taste on this cigar is pretty straight forward. What I’ve been noticing as mulled wine exists, but also those rich stone fruit notes. It’s got a darker, riper, different sort of richness than other PROPIO cigars, and rounds out the portfolio nicely.
Only information I can get you to a website would be ACC’s site.
Outside of that, I’ve had a lot of cigars during the winter months that fit my palate, and kind of induce a holiday feeling, because you’d think more of those mulled wine flavors, and harvest, and picking up a cigar with a richness such as the Diamante has just reinforces not just quality, but the time spent on a product that delivers an experience you can remember for a long time. Trust me.
I’d recently been invited to give lessons on cigar smoking and talk about the basics, including taste, construction, care for and ultimately, enjoyment of, cigars. We’re talking mostly to new smokers and the question usually comes up about the harshness of Cuban cigars.
I usually explain the flaws with Cubans, starting off with improper fermentation, lack of care for the soil, and too rapid production, and finish with how other countries produce cigars of similar or better quality than Cuba lately.
One of the staples in many cigar smokers opinions of quality, smoothness, and taste is the Oliva Cigar Company. Yeah, they’ve had a huge hit lately with the Melanio and Melanio Maduro but for folks unfamiliar with Oliva, the standard is the Oliva Serie V. A little more robust than the cigar I’m about to suggest, a good standby in any humidor. The Serie G however features an Afraican Cameroon wrapper to add not only notes of cedar but a little kick in the flavor profile. Pick this up in the robusto size for a short, flavorful smoke. Also, the box press allows for more tobacco to be packed in for an even bigger flavor kick. Get your hands on Oliva Cigars among other Premium Stogies Online
A newcomer to my rotation early on was something that required a few more dollars but was justified by intense flavors o f dry cocoa powder and a hint of spice as the cigar finishes. The Rocky Patel Vintage 1990, particularly in the robusto size is a solid addition to the Patel line. Definitely a favorite among those loyal to Patel. Looking for Rocky Patel, Check out Famous Online
We’d covered these three cigars with the additional discussion of some of the larger boutique brands and while I’ve hyped some of my favorite here, there are plenty of other cigars the new cigar smoker could get into. What are some of your favorites?