Thursday, January 26, 2012

01/25 - Turning older again


Another year passed by... time's running faster and faster... so I decided to take this day off from work and slow down a bit... to enjoy this day.

I thought a while about what to smoke today and I decided to take a special cigar that my friend Koen from Belgium gifted me a few months back. It's a Partagas Palmas Grandes from the late 60s or early 70s... the really great thing is that I still have a partial box of the same cigar from the early 80s, so I can do a vertical tasting and compare those two. That´s my plan and that´s what I did.

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front:  late 60s or early 70s ; back: early 80s

front:  60s or late 70s ; back: early 80s

I started with the older one, the cigar which's older than I am... it's always a big joy to find or get those kinda treasures.

A fantastic smoke

The smell... you don't believe it, but the smell of this app. 40 yo. cigar is simply amazing. Close your eyes and take a sniff... and see yourself standing again in the old library... it reminds of my visit in the world-famous Monastery Library in St. Gallen. The smell of the old and polished wood, the old papers...  Opening the eyes brings me back to my office and made me firing it up.

The first puffs... AMAZING... again: I don't have the right words to describe this incredible flavor... it's vintage flavor. People who know that taste and like it as I do know what I'm talking about. It's joined by some light aromas of wood, some beany flavors... what a creamy smoke... it's wheedling the palate...

I thought of opening a bottle of Champagne to combine it with this cigar but I decided to have it just with water. I don't wanna influence the taste, I can have the bubbly later. It would be a sin to destroy those fine flavors.

Still in the first third... the vintage flavor is in the background, some kinda basic aroma... herbs are coming up, sautéed mushrooms....

The second third... it's getting more Partagas style now... some earthiness... old vintage leather... a bit more wood.... black, fresh-milled pepper... it's a very complex profile, no aroma is dominating, all is well balanced...

It was a good choice to smoke it today

The last third is showing now the true character of a Partagas... an old school Partagas. No more fine flavors.. now it's getting powerful. Leather, wood, earth. A fist in the face. Hints of white pepper while nose-exhaling, but still definitely not unpleasent. It´s pure power until the very end, really hard to put this cigar away to the ashtray for its final rest.

The smoking time was 125 minutes with an always perfect draw, I enjoyed every single minute of it. I'm sure this´ll be one of the best smokes of this year... it'll be hard to outgun that great stick. Thx again, Koen...

Partagas Palmas Grandes, late 60s or early 70s

The second smoke of the day was the same cigar, but from the 80s. Here are my impressions...

The cigar itself is colorado colored and seems to be hard rolled, the wrapper is matt, no oil. The smell reminds me of a visit in the zoo and standing in front of the lion cage.... it's something like the smell of a wild animal, very decent, but that's what came to my mind...

I roasted it over the soft flame of my Dupont and when I had the glowing ring I clipped of the head and took the first puff...

Wood - not hard and straight but very creamy and soft, covering the whole palate. Joined by a very intensive herbal aroma. No slow starter... it enters the stage and it's directly in the spotlight. The first third is a very nice interaction between those two dominating flavors... sometimes there are some other impressions... moss and mushrooms....

The second third still has the herbal (vintage) flavor in the background, the basis on which all other flavor build on.... it's getting rougher... leather, some peaty notes, strong tobacco and milled black pepper.... a complex mixture of flavors.... Wow!

During the last third the herbs become more intensive again... tar and char coal, also hints of dry oak wood and sawdust.... all very well balanced and still creamy on the palate. The cigar gets strong... I'd say it can still rest for a few years period... but I guess I cannot resist to smoke it before....

The draw was perfect, even if I'd some doubts in the beginning, over the smoking time of 90 minutes.

Partagas Palmas Grandes, early 80s

Ok, that's enough about reviews... only one more info about cigars: after those two great sticks I finished the day in the evening with an awesome Partagas Series D No. 4 Reserva... during the day I smoked another Ramon Allones EL 2011 which's a great cigar too in my opinion.

The rest of the day was really relaxed... having some tasty Blackforest cake in the afternoon and excellent beef at an Argentinian restaurant in the evening... followed by some bubbly at home with a handful of friends...

Birthday cake


2 comments:

  1. Perfect review.. I enjoyed every bit! I have a soft spot for vintage cigars and smoking something as old or older than yourself is indeed an experience.
    Also, a belated happy birthday bro

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  2. Thx for your comment and the good wishes....

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