Sunday, March 28, 2010

03/27 - Big Smoke at Castle Vollrads in Oestrich


The local cigar club of Mainz and Wiesbaden, called "CCC - Cigar Cult Club" celebrated his 10th anniversary after the club has been founded on 03/11/2000, a good occasion for Marcel and me to head out to Wiesbaden.

Due to some changes in the philosophy of the club only one of the founders is left, but nevertheless there are many people who are members and friends since many years.

Several companies (Dannemann, Rauchkultur Seiler, Zigarren-Zirkel Bergstrasse, Autohaus Fuhrmeister, 5th Avenue, Havana Club etc.) supported this event with different stuff and altogether it was a big fat party.



But before we headed to the location where the big celebration should be held we went to the city of Wiesbaden and met with some fellow smokers, attended by some really good pizza...





After the first cigars (awesome '01 ERdM Gran Corona) had been burnt down we drove to the hotel to get ready for the evening....



For the greeting a Riesling sparkling wine was served at the bar area and CCC's president welcomed the guests. After the short "opening ceremony" first aperos were handed out.... shrimps, gratinated oysters, little pieces of chicken breast etc.



These little appetizers were followed by loads of excellent food, see some examples of what we had on our plates during the next time... Cuban/Caribbean buffet at its best! Thanks to the cuisine of Castle Vollrads.





Of course we also had the pleasure to enjoy some good cigars (Partagas Habaneros, Upmann Magnum 50 --> I passed on the Dannemann´s)



...and also some really good cocktails.... big compliment to the crew at the bar... One new created drink blew the mind of many people... it called Cantinero (please forgive any misspelling) and consists of some Agave syrup, the juice of one lime, pour some Havana Club 7 anos in it (the glass is min. half filled now) and drop ice cubes into the glass up to the brim. Fill it now completely with bitter lemon and ENJOY... maybe with a '98 Diplomaticos No. 1....

'98 Diplomaticos No. 1

The room was filled with 75 cigar smokers, many people I know from several events and it was really a big pleasure to meet them and have some nice conversation.



An evening with many highlights and occasionally Gabriel spread some more information about the history of the club. Members of other clubs handed out some presents and also the members of the Cigar Cult Club got a special present (more informations about this specialty will follow in a later report).... Sorry that I've not made pix of every lil detail.

My personal "cigar-wise" highlight was the smoke of a cellophaned Cohiba Lancero from 1987. I just can say "WOW" about the flavors and the pleasure I'd while smoking this cigar. A really great smoke, I guess it was worth to smoke it at this evening.

'87 Cohiba Lancero


While I smoked this fantastic cigar I was asked if I wanna take a puff of a brandnew Lancero sized Don Pepin Garcia cigar (it was the guy who'll import them for Germany) and tell what I think about it.... It's really hard to judge a DPG after smoking a 23 yo. Cohiba for about 90 mins. with still having a rest left.... It ended in a friendly explanation that I dislike the taste, didn't want to go into details too much....

But every nice party comes to its end and so Marcel, Turner and myself returned after a 20 minutes walk back to our hotel at 4.30 am...



We took a nap of app. 3.5 hours and met later in Frankfurt with some of the crew for a brunch.

In the end I wanna say "Thank you": Thank you to all the people who made this event to a great, memorable event that will last in my mind for a long time....

The party is over, but the memory remains....

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