Sunday, June 30, 2013

Por Larranaga Belicosos ER Asia Pacific 2008


A perfectly rolled cigar, colorado-colored and matt with a decent smell of wood, honey and tobacco. Gently setting it on fire, clipping the head and taking the first draw...

Wood. That's the first impression. Falling back a bit after the first puffs and making some room for creamy notes and caramel... a very smooth smoke during the first third.

It's a medium bodied smoke so far... during the second third the sweetness of the caramel fades a way, nutty aromas come up, creamy and woody notes are still present. Some spices appear every now and then...

The last third, it's definitely a full bodied smoke now...The nutty flavors fade away. Cream, wood and caramel are still present... joined by earth and leather... A very complex aroma which hits the palate now... and still creamy, no harshness...

The smoking time was about 90 minutes with an always perfect draw and burn... a great cigar which'll be a classic in a few years for sure...


Sunday, June 23, 2013

06/19 - I didn't grill tonight...


... because we went to an event of a local butcher / restaurant last Wednesday. Two brothers: one runs a butcher's shop (Metzgerei Kast), the other a restaurant (Ochsen Berneck) in Berneck, just a few minutes away from our home...

Not much words needed... we had a lot of tasty meat and seafood... I hope the pix don't make you too hungry...

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Tuesday, June 18, 2013

06/14 - 06/16 - A weekend getaway...


Ticino, in particular Ascona - our favorite destination for a weekend getaway... this time we made a good choice for this weekend because it was planned and booked a while ago: temperatures close to 30 °C / 86 F and a blue sky with some clouds...

Three relaxing days in Ascona, Locarno and the Valle Verzasca were perfect to take a break from everyday life... just doing nothing else then strolling abount the piazza, enjoying good food and some cigars and taking some time for our owns...

Enjoy the pictures and feel like being on vacation...

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Ascona

Our favorite restaurant - lasagne and pizza made in a woodfired stone oven

Homemade lasagne

Lago Maggiore

Have a break, have an Upmann Half Corona

Smoking in RASScona

La Corona Corona from 1992

Piazza Ascona

Port of Ascona


Ascona

A(rt)scona

Stylish Vespa

A(rt)scona

Our home for the weekend at Fattoria L'Amorosa

Fattoria L'Amorosa

Nice view on the vineyards

Fattoria L'Amorosa


Very cool bathtub

Fattoria L'Amorosa


Olive tree

Fattoria L'Amorosa

Fattoria L'Amorosa


Piazza Grande in Locarno

Port Locarno

Fattoria L'Amorosa


Dinner is served... fresh bread...

... salami...

... Buffalo mozzarella

Valle Verzasca - Ponte dei Salti


Valle Verzasca - Ponte dei Salti

Valle Verzasca - Ponte dei Salti

Valle Verzasca - Ponte dei Salti

Valle Verzasca

Dam wall