Sunday, November 27, 2011

11/27 - Xmas market in Balgach


It's the first Sunday in Advent, the traditional time of the year for the Xmas market in our little village...

Temperatures around the freezing point are good conditions to make you look for a mulled wine and other specialties... STOP!! It´s just dreaming. Sunny weather and some kinda mild temperatures (around 6 °C / 43 F) made me more thirsty for a cold Sonnenbraeu beer but it was nice anyhow...

Nothing else to say... so just enjoy the pictures...

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The cups are ready for the mulled wine

Pouring it in

Marianne from the farm where we shop on Saturdays


You want some hot cheese fondue? Step in.

Grilled bratwurst

Bread on a stick, grilled on the open fire

Friday, November 25, 2011

Vegas Robaina Clasicos, 5th Anniversary Humidor


I was in the mood for something special... so why not smokin one of those Robainas...

Toastin it carefully, clippin the head and takin the first puffs... wow... wonderful sweetness with hints of cinnamon... well balanced combination. Strong aroma of tobacco and some decents hints of cedar and honey in the background. Very smooth and creamy durin the first third...

The strong note of tobacco is still there in the second third. Cedar is more in the foreground now, still sweetness of honey in the background, being more intensive from time to time and fading away again... Hints of white pepper every now and then...

In the last third the sweetness is gone completely: cedar, tobacco and some tary notes. A mix of exotical spices is comin up. Gettin strong now, but still smooth enough to nose exhale it... fantastic cigar.

Perfect draw and burn durin the whole smokin time of app. 100 minutes.

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Monday, November 21, 2011

11/18 - Another pharmacy smoke


Another Friday... another pharmacy smoke... luckily I was able the fourth time to make a trip to Woerrstadt to meet with the guys in the old laboratory during Andreas´ emergency service.

I drove with two-times-Ralf and we already had some good smokes during the ride... I´d another Ramon Allones Allones Extra, the Edicion Limitada of 2011. It´s definitely a cigar with a great aging potential.

We arrived around 5 pm and due to the fact that there´s still some time until the event officially starts and that we´d nothing else then a small breakfast, we decided to have something for dinner in the Cafe Fritz.

Some of the other guys who also stayed there over night joined us and so we moved over to Andreas with a bunch of 10 buys later.

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Happy Alex

The table was filled with different stuff to drink and to eat... a special thank to Vitaliy for bringing that bacon from the Ukraine with him... I love that stuff...

We´d a lot of spirits to try, 2 of them I kept in mind... the first was the Glenfiddich Snow Phoenix. I´m no big Glenfiddich fan but this one is really good... I like it.

The second drink is something that I won´t have another time... it´s a so called Single Malt from the German distillery Ziegler. I´m sorry to say, but this spirit has NOTHING to do with a Single Malt, it simply tasted like a average fruit schnaps. Not more, not less. Not worth the buck imho. Those guys should leave it to Scotland to make Single Malt.


Some of the spirits

Among the cigars I smoked there was also a ´99 Montecristo "A". I said this several times, before maybe I´m repeating myself, but I definitely cannot understand why people always complain about cigars between ´99 and ´01. Maybe they´d draw issues in the beginning when they came out but nowadays those are really awesome cigars. This "A" had a touch of this beloved vintage flavor... a very good smoke which lasted for nearly 3 hours.




Smoking in the lab

Any questions?

Woerrstadt Emergency Team

What the hell are they doing here?

Red and white

Smirking Ralf

Long after midnight somebody opened the drawer with different (sun) glasses... not much words needed, simply enjoy the pix.

Porn Michael


Hey Yo!

Can I help you?

My last visit in 2011, I´d a really good time... I´ll be back in 2012!


Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Vegas Robaina 5th Anniversary Special Humidor


Sometimes you need some luck and so had I back in last year´s March when I picked up this wonderful humidor.

It´s openend and they already sold some single cigars, but I´d some of those at home and due to this I was able to fill it more or less completly...

That´s one of the humidors I really like most... its wonderful carvings...

I made some pix of it to share it with you guys... this time black´n´white pix... I liked them more than the colored ones...

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Vegas Robaina 5th Anniversary Special Humidor

 Wonderful piece of wood

 I like the carving

 Cool no.: 345 of 500

4 of the 5 sizes (left to right): Unicos, Clasicos, Famosos, Maestros


Saturday, November 12, 2011

La Méthode de Jacques Puisais


Some years ago there was an article at a German board which described a method of lighting up a cigar (which was published before in the "Havanoscope" in '99): 

La Méthode de Jacques Puisais

It describes that Mr. J. Puisais, director of the french institute for taste, thinks that due to the heat of the flame and the difference of temperature between foot and head of the cigar while lighting up a cutted cigar there will be a suction caused by the stack effect and the accruing fumes will be partly sucked into the cigar. In his opinion this will influence the taste of the cigar strongly negative. His recommendation is to cut the cigar AFTER lighting up and to blow through the cigar before you take the first draw, to remove all "impurities" from it.

My experience with it was as follows (first experiment was done a few months ago):

I tested this theorie with two Bolivar Petit Corona.

My sense of taste connoted me that the cigar that has been cutted before lighting up had some biting tastes in the beginning... ok, it tasted as I know it from the experience. I really recognized it after I lighted up the second one uncutted and blew through it before the first draw. The taste was much more "smooth"... and in this context you saw that the other one was more biting....

I lighted both cigars with a soft lighter flame (no jet flame) and took a long time to set it on fire....

For me it has a positive effect on the cigar, that's the reason why I light them up in the described way.

What do you think about it? Do you have any experience with this method?

Wednesday, November 09, 2011

11/06 - Spring day in November


Last Sunday was another nice spring day... in November... mild temperatures and sunny weather made it easy to decide for a lil walk... a took some pix of the fall atmosphere which I really like... enjoy the pix...



















Sunday, November 06, 2011

11/04 - Whiskytasting "In the year 1973"


Last Friday evening we, this means a group of 10 people (3 cancelled their participation), met in the Griffins Business Lounge in Kreuzlingen for our 6th whisky tasting event... topic of the evening was "In the year 1973".

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My special thanks go to Max for taking the longest ride from Austria to join us, but also to Gabriel and Ralf coming from Germany and all the other guys coming here from Switzerland.

We´d an interesting and varied selection even though three of the four came from the same region, the Speyside... but all were different.

The tasting range was (in order of drinking):
  • Glenrothes 1973
  • Cragganmore 1973
  • Glen Moray 1973
  • Highland Park 1973

Left to right: Cragganmore, Glenrothes, Glen Moray, Highland Park - all 1973

The whisky was one special part of this evening, as those are not everyday whiskys... but Urs surprised us with the cigar which we should have during the tasting: Cohiba 1966 EL 2011. Nothing more to add than a BIG BIG THANK YOU, URS!!!


New smoking technique?

Urs offering the Cohiba 1966

Nosing

The biggest surprise was the Cragganmore... also for me... I knew that this bottling has some peppery notes but maybe they were much stronger in combination with the cigar... that was the situation the next pic was made... Dani was kinda overwhelmed by this taste... he didn´t really like it.

That´s a real "I like that taste" face... LOL

The group - nosing, drinking, smoking, discussing

Shoptalk



Enjoying it...

In the end the situation was clear: for most of us the Glen Moray and the Highland Park were the winner of the evening, both had their supporters... it´s measuring on a high level, because all whiskys are excellent!

The cigar was a fantastic smoke and went along absolutely great with all whiskys. Very intensive flavors and really strong. Definitely a great choice by Urs to take exactly this cigar...

Again it was a pleasure for me to spend this evening with you guys and I´m looking forward to tasting no. 7, which´ll be a Glen Grant Masterclass Tasting with some really special bottlings.