Saturday, October 30, 2010

10/29 - Fresh cigars in Vaduz


Yesterday I was at Marc's shop in Vaduz to take the chance to grab fresh rolled cigars from the roller who's in his shop... Lancero sized with "mucho Ligero"....


At the shop I met with some guys who also took the chance to come to Vaduz, to smoke and chat and enjoy a relaxed evening in the Cuba Club. It was nice that a lot of people made their way to Vaduz, especially those that I only see a few times a year.

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After the shop closed we changed location and went to the Cuba Club which is just around the corner. The roller moved his stuff also there and so we'd the chance to get more fresh cigars during the evening. I didn't only smoke freshies but also some older stuff... there was:
  • Punch Series B from the 70s (that's a Punch I liked, much better than the regular stuff you get nowadays)
  • Partagas Palmas Grandes from the 80s
  • Montecristo No. 2 Dunhill Selection from '79 (a steam hammer as the first one that I smoked)

Later at the evening they served some really good finger food. Another evening with friends that you don't see every week, good conversations, a nice location and some nice smokes... Life could be worse.











A big thank you to Marc, who was again a good host.... I really appreciate it...



Thursday, October 28, 2010

Upmann No. 2, 1996


It's nice to open this box and see the cigars with those really dark colorado wrappers, the only pity is that they are not oily which would make it picture-perfect. There's a decent smell of tobacco and wood....

The first puffs started with a very loose draw, it was definetly too loose for my liking. But the aromas were very good... leather, some wood... hints of mushroom-vintage flavor in the background. The cigar itself gave me a big mouthfull of creamy smoke...

During the second third the cigar is gettin stronger, not only the nicotine but also flavorwise. The aroma of leather is now very intensive, notes of polished wood, some white pepper while nose-exhalin.... and from time to time some dark chocolate.

In the last third its slowin down a bit, it's more like milk coffee and sweeter chocolate, on top of it some tary notes and again very creamy.

Overall impression of this cigar: the draw got better durin the smokin time of 90 minutes, the aromas were really intensive and this cigar is a real steam hammer.

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Sunday, October 24, 2010

10/19 - Chaos in Paris


Last week I was in Paris to visit the trade show IPA. No good time to visit Paris, because due to the strikes there were most of the gas stations closed, the ones which're opened only gave out limited fuel... and waiting time was approximately 2 hrs.

The trade show itself was very interesting for me, I'd some good conversations....

After day 1 I took the chance to make a lil sight seeing trip through the city... the tank was full and the first filling included in the price of the rental car.

Just have a look at the pix, then you know where I'd been....

Avenue des Champs-Elysées, Arc de Triomphe in the background

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Place de la Concorde

L'Obelisque

Place de la Bastille

Notre-Dame de Paris

Basilika Sacré-Coeur

Basilika Sacré-Coeur

 View over Paris from Sacré-Coeur

View on the Eiffeltower from Sacré-Coeur

The Eiffeltower

The Eiffeltower

I was in a hotel in Clichy and unfortunately there was no location around to go for a smoke, so I had to go to the heated patio of the hotel.... there I smoked a BBF on Tuesday in honor of the founder of the cigar board called ICC who died two years ago.

 R.I.P. Larry - this BBF was smoked in your honor

For places to smoke I got some recommendations when I came back, so I can take care of them the next time...

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Cuban Torcedor at Portmann in Vaduz


On Friday, 10/29 and Saturday, 10/30 the cuban torcedor Fidel González Rodríguez from the H. Upmann factory will be at Portmann's shop in Vaduz and people'll have the possibility to get fresh custom rolled cigars.

Another chance for me to get some fresh rolled cigars, Vaduz is just 20 minutes away from the place where I live...

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Source: www.portmanntabak.ch

I'll take the chance to be there on Friday where I'll meet some friends who also confirmed that they'll come. I'm sure it'll end up with a nice evening in the Cuba Club...

Thursday, October 14, 2010

Presenting the humidor and talking about future plans


On 10/01 there was a press conference at Portmann's shop in Kreuzlingen where they'd the presentation of the humidor they won in the auction during the Festival del Habano, Havana in February this year.

A nice piece of art and even after seeing it in the shop, I'm still convinced it looks like some kinda tomb stone..

Another brandnew information was the opening of a new shop in the city of St. Gallen in March 2011.

This will be, after Kreuzlingen, which is run by Urs Portmann himself, and Vaduz, which is run by his youngest son Marc, the third shop and it'll be run by his oldest son Thomas.

The report in the press is in German language.

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Source: www.kreuzlinger-nachrichten.ch

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

09/25 - 10/09 - Constance Halaveli Resort / Maldives


This year's holidays have been fixed in our minds last year and we decided that we'll go to the Maldives after we'd been there in 2001 (we flew there on 09/13, two days after this horrible terroristic attack on the WTC in New York).

I don't know if there are good words to describe what we found at this very nice island and hotel.... it's amazing but I'm sure you'll get a lil impression.... the website of the resort could be found at: www.halaveli.com

The flight with Emirates was really good, some space to stretch the legs, best food that I ever had on a plane. After a stop in Dubai, which we used for some shopping (I made a stop at the LCDH in Terminal 3 to buy some cigars for our stay) we arrived at Male Airport around 8.30 am, lookin forward for the water plane which should bring us to our resort.

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 LCDH Dubai, Terminal 3

Constance Halaveli Lounge at Malé Airport

Constance Halaveli Lounge at Malé Airport

We'd to wait until all the guys who should fly with us arrived and so we'd been brought to the Lounge of our hotel at the airport to make the waiting time as pleasant as possible. Unfortunately the weather was horrible on this day but it should be better during the next two weeks. On the whole we'd only one complete day of rain, the rest of the time (especially the second week) was sunny and hot.

On the island we'd been picked up by Sarah from the local guest service, German speakin... who gave us a short introduction and brought us to our water villa. We stepped in and just said: wow! I felt sure that I'll feel comfortable here for the next two weeks... I guess the pix give you a good impression of what we saw there....

Our Water Villa, No. 73






The view from the bed was perfect... you opened the curtains and watched out on the open sea...

View from the bed

Let me take you with me for a walk through the resort and around the island. Just a lil information: the lights at nighttime are reduced to the necessary minimum to give you a good view to the sky which is full of stars... I can confirm you that I have never seen such a star-spattered sky anywhere before, it was simply amazing.















But the best resort is nothin without the people who work there... and the guys at this resort fulfilled everything they could.... I wanna mention some of those people to whom we'd a closer contact during our stay.

One of them was Anja, F'n'B Manager, who is responsible for all the restaurant and everything which has to do with food and beverage... We met her one morning on our way to breakfast and we'd a lil conversation. During this conversation Tanja asked her why there is no coconut on the buffet and why it's only used in the food... It was just a question, no wish that she asked for... but 20 minutes later the door bell of our villa rang and on of the employees brought us a plate with fresh coconut for Tanja on the behalf of Anja... a very nice gesture. Tanja got another plate after dinner at another day and she could've get more if she'd asked for it...

 Some Coconut for Tanja

Together with Anja, F'n'B Manager

Another nice guy's Jérôme, the French Head Sommelier, a really sympathetic guy. He invited us to have a look at his wine cellar when we drove with the buggy to the buffet restaurant while there was a short and heavy rain... we followed this invitation and some more followed during our stay... at the last evening it ended up in two hours of fun with another good glasses of wine. At this evening Marcus, a guy of his team joined us...

The Jing restaurant, which is also in his responsibility got an award from the Wine Spectator for their good range they´ve available there. Well done, guys...

Jérôme, it's was really a pleasure to meet you and we're both lookin forward to your visit here in Switzerland.

Jérôme, the Head Sommelier



Together with Marcus and Jérôme


There were two more people to which we'd a good relation: Didi, the server in the Jahaz restaurant, who took care of us at the most time during our stay and Astria, who gave us always a warm welcome every time when we arrived at the restaurant.

 Together with Didi

Astria

Thanks to both of you, it's a big pleasure to meet you.

Even if they are not shown here they should be mentioned: all the people in the background, the IT-team (to fix the probs we'd from time to time with our iMac entertainment system), the service staff and all the guys in the kitchen.... you made an excellent job. The food in the buffet restaurant Jahaz was always high level, the food was always great and in a big variation...









Another big "Thank you" goes to Saudulla, the guy who cleaned our room twice a day. He made an excellent job, took care of all our preferences... first class service.

These two weeks have been absolutly great and we left the island totally relaxed... now back in Switzerland work started again today...

But every end is a new beginning... and due to this we´ll be looking forward to the next vacation... and still having some great memories in mind...


The Old Man and the Sea

Before I end this report, some more impressions... pix that've been made outta the water plane which took us from the island to Male airport.

Constance Halaveli Resort


Malé

Malé Airport