Thursday, October 31, 2013

10/21 - Business and cigars in Dubai


Sometimes I have the chance to combine a business trip with meeting fellow cigar smokers... like it happened this time with my recent trip to Dubai.

I left Switzerland with the overnight flight on Sunday evening after spending a fantastic day at the Bierlokal in Dornbirn and arrived at warm and sunny Dubai on Monday morning where I took a taxi directly to the hotel. Some refreshment, a good breakfast and then I started with my colleague for our important business meeting.

A long and tough day but finally with good results... and that's the most important thing...

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I planned to meet with Ahmed, a fellow blogger from Abu Dhabi who's running the site www.cigarpalace.org, and Munther, a fellow blogger from Bahrain who's running the site www.perfectsmoke.org in the La Casa del Habano JBR. Unfortuantely Munther had to cancel his participation short-termed, so it was just Ahmed and me...

Cigarwise I started the evening with a Regional Edition: Ramon Allones for Grecia/Chiprus from 2011.... a very good smoke, as all the other RE's I had from this brand... Ahmed brought another Regional Edition cigar with him, the Por Larranaga Small Robusto which's been released for Italy... young but very tasty. Even though those are not my preferred size I really enjoyed the smoke...

A Partagas Coronas from 2005 and Serie du Connoisseur No. 3 from 1996 were also good smokes which accompanied a great evening...

It was a pleasure to meet Ahmed (and also a pity to miss Munther) but I am sure that we can meet in the future... I'm looking forward to it...

La Casa del Habano JBR, Dubai


Ramon Allones ER Grecia Chiprus 2011


A tasty non-alcoholic cocktail

Por Larranaga Small Robusto, RE from Italy courtesy of Ahmed




Ahmed and myself with the Montecristo humidor from the Festival auction

Sunday, October 27, 2013

10/20 - Celebrating with some whisky


Moses celebrated a anniversary of his shop last weekend... of course it was influenced by Scotland... due to this a Scottish buffet and different kinds of Single Malt were served... a drums and pipes band took care of the music... what a great Sunday!


The event itself took place in the Bierlokal in Dornbirn, just next door to his shop.

Smoked salmon which smelled and tasted incredible, fantastic roastbeef, clapshot pie, haggies, roased leg of lamb... do I have to say more? Oh well... the whisky... Highland Park Harald, Compass Box Peat Monster, a Highland Blend of two whiskys, an Islay blend... they all matched well with the food and the very tasty dessert...

Time flew and around 4 pm we'd to leave but I'd to do some preparations for my trip to Dubai... a good preparation for our upcoming vacation... the weather in Dubai will help me to get used to the sun and warm weather in our holiday destination...

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Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Montecristo Especial 1997


After opening the box you only smell a very reserved odor of tabacco... even if you try to get the smell directly from the cigar, it's very reserved...

Ok, light the fire and start it up.... but it continued what I had before... nearly no taste... but there was smoke, so the cigar seems to burn... After the first centimeter the cigar starts to unfold: roasted coffee, first very decent but getting more and more intensive, strong aromas of old and aged tobacco.... remember the library smell and taste... Hints of leather came to the surface.... The cigar needs time... it should be smoked very slowly that it don't gets hot and bitter....

If you give this cigar the time that it needs, it's opening and shows its hidden secrets.... at times it was flowery and in the last third it's getting more powerful with leather, polished wood and tobacco.

As a liquid compensation I had (beside some still mineral water) a 18 yo.  Bunnahabhain which was complementary over the whole length of the cigar.

It was a pleasent and delightful smoke which I can repeat several times again.....

Friday, October 18, 2013

10/11 - Liquid Pearls of Islay


I was really looking forward to this evening for a while, knowing that we'll have a great choice of outstanding whiskys... Bruichladdich and Bowmore distilled in the 60s... 20+ yo. Laphroaig, Caol Ila and Port Ellen... Octomore Orpheus... what a line-up... but it was suitable for the anniversary tasting, it's our 10th event! Worth to make it special!

As always Urs brought some cigars to smoke... a cigar which was new to all of us... a cigar which is not available in the stores up to now... an Upmann Connossieur A! It's no overstatement to say that it perfectly matched with the whole range... what a combo!!

All of those liquid pearls where a class on its own but as from the feedback the guys gave it was a draw between all 6 of them... everybody had it favorites, I think all agree that it was definitely a first class tasting. It's always good to have some treasures hidden somewhere to pull them out at the right time...

A big thank you goes out to all those who came to Kreuzlingen and made this another great evening, especially Ralf, Gabriel and Christian who had a longer trip...

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The range: Bruichladdich 10yo, Bowmore 12yo, Laphroaig 20yo, Caol Ila 22yo, Port Ellen 23yo, Octomore Orpheus

Upmann Connossieur A

Upmann Connossieur A

Upmann Connossieur A




Bowmore 12yo, distilled in the late 60s




Upmann Connossieur A

Octomore Orpheus

Due to the always very generous gesture of Urs to hand out the matching cigar to all of our events (this one was the 10th), we decided to give him something back from us as a group. Urs wasn't into Single Malts when we started those events about 5 years ago but now here definitely likes the really peaty stuff... therefore I organized a bottle of Bunnahabhain 1997 - 2012, Heavily Peated from Signatory. I'm sure it'll be his liking... additionally we all signed the black metal box which made it a bit more personal... Thx for your generosity, Urs, enjoy this whisky in good health! Slainte Mhath!

Handing over the whisky to Urs


Happy Urs with his next "trophy"

Friday, October 11, 2013

Taboada Custom Rolled Robusto Extra 2007


The wrapper of this Custom Rolled cigar is a dark colorado, it's matt with some veins. Tobacco and woody notes dominate the cold smell of the cigar.

Firing up, cutting and taking the first puffs. Very woody.... some white pepper... and a biting taste, not very intrusive but present. It get's smoother after the first half inch, but it's replaced now by a strange taste in the background which is hard to describe but it's somehow unpleasant. Very strong woody is maybe a description for it....

The second third gets.... better.... an intensive taste of dark and strong Espresso, added by bitter chocolate, some almond flavor.... roasted coffee beans... fresh roasted....

Surprisingly the last third gets smoother and creamy.... something like a milk coffee.... milk chocolate, because coffee and chocolate flavors are still there.... in the end there is another aroma which seems to be a bit moldy....

Let's sum it up: started strange and ended up well..... solid smoke... but I've to confess that I'd better Taboadas in the past...

Smoking time was 105 minutes with an always perfect draw.

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Friday, October 04, 2013

A visit to... Bunnahabhain


The only distillery on Islay which I couldn't visit when it was open... unfortunately I didn't reach anybody to arrange a tour in advance and when being there all the tours that I wanted were booked out. One of many reasons to come back to this beautiful island. Due to this fact I just made some pix on the area of the distillery...

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