Friday, December 30, 2016

Happy New Year 2017


I wish all my followers and readers and also their families and friends a Happy New Year 2017, may it be healthy and prosperous...

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Wednesday, December 28, 2016

2016 in pictures


It's time to sum up another year with some nice pictures... many good memories are connected to those. As always it's really hard to reduce all the pix of one month down to one... a click on the picture'll bring you to the corresponding report...

  • January
Smoking in the name of science

  • February
I'm an author
  • March
The two C - coffee and cigar

  • April
The Annual Whisky Madness

  • May
A villa in paradise

  • June
Beer, BBQ and... CIGARS!!

  • July
The Three Amigos

  • August
Islay

  • September
Old and shiny

  • October
Florida Heat

  • November
Ardbegilicious

  • December
Winter Titans

Friday, December 23, 2016

Merry Xmas


I wish all my followers and readers and also their families and friends a Merry Christmas...

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Thursday, December 15, 2016

Better late than never...


Better late than never... that slogan perfectly matches to that posting.

Here you can find now the reviews of whiskys which we enjoyed during our last tasting. Usually I make this posting before the tasting but this time I wasn't able to post it before as I did the pre-tasting just before the event... there was no time left to make a nice write-up.

We started with some old stuff, for two simple reason:
  • those are less peaty than the newer stuff
  • both are bottled only at 40 %

No. 1, distilled back in 1975 and bottled by Spirit of Scotland in 1997.

Aroma: Passion fruit, peat, some pepper, spices

Taste: Pfepper, decent grassiness, pears

Aftertaste: Grassy notes with a hint of peat

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Whisky no. 2 is also distilled in the 70s, in this specific case in 1974, the year of some legendary Ardbegs. 22 yo., bottled G&M for Italy...

Aroma: Oysters, smoke, citrus notes, very subtle and not intrusive

Taste: smoky, seaweed, salt, oysters

Aftertaste: Long and maritim



No we change over to the new generation of Ardbegs, starting with the Committee Release of the Alligator.

Aroma: Seaweed, herbs, some peat, decent notes of orange, liquorice

Taste: Grapefruit, green apples, earthy, liquorice, later some pepper

Aftertaste: Very long with a pronounced aroma of dark chocolate



On we go with the Galileo. I am not a big fan of all that marketing stuff, let's see if the whisky is good....

Aroma: Herbal aroma, tangerine, ripe apples, plum, some vanilla

Taste: Dried fruits, oak wood, relatively dry, cardamom, citrus

Aftertaste: Medium-length with citrus notes and some salt



The next one, a new Ardbeg in the style of the old ones. Another bottling of the Whiskyclub Regensburg, a 21 yo. matured in Sherry casks...

Aroma: Sherry, salt, peat, dark chocolate, orange, herbs, black pepper

Taste: pleasant Sherry sweetness, peat, Espresso, decent woodiness

Aftertaste: Peat with a touch of sweetness



Last but not least: the Corryvreckan, First Release.

Aroma: Pepper, herbs, salt, citrus, peat

Taste: Citrus, salt, peat, herbs, grassy notes, maritim

Aftertaste: Long with peat, citrus and herbs



Wednesday, December 07, 2016

11/30 - Winter Titans


Our last smoke for this year, at least in this constellation. This time we decided for a true classic, against the trend of bigger and bigger ring gauges. We took a La Gloria Cubana Medaille d'Or No. 2, a cigar which is - surprisingly - still in production but you don't see them too often. Due to the fact that I thought we are some kinda experienced smokers I decided for something special. The cigar was not recent production but has been boxed pre 1985, so it's at least 30+ years old. It was a good decision as it definitely was a blast!

This time Urs had the time to join us too and so we sat in the lounge with a group of 5 people enjoying this amazing smoke. The verdict for all of us was the same: this is an outstanding good cigar and it's definitely among the Top 5 cigars that I smoked this year!

The detailed tasting reports should soon be available at www.feltedhat.com for further information.

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Monday, November 28, 2016

11/18 - Ardbegilicious


Tasting no. 15. Wow, that's definitely impressing. As I know that we had to leave out one date (normally we have those tastings twice a year), this means that I organize those tastings now since 8 years!

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Obviously the date itself was a little bit critical as a few had to cancel their participation directly after I have sent out the invitation. Anyhow... 12 registered and finally we ended up with a very small group of 6 people. No big issue as it makes the conversation easier at some point.






When talking with Urs about the cigar we should smoke with the whiskys my vote was clear for a Bolivar Petit Coronas. This cigar usually has a pronounced citrus aroma paired with the typical earthiness (at least the ones from 1998 that I know so well). Maybe a bit short to last during the whole tasting (which was exactly Urs' argument) therefore he convinced me to take the Bolivar Belicosos Finos. The box he gave me was with a May 2015 code, so just 1.5 years old and it definitely surprised all of us. I went perfectly with the Ardbegs, not too strong with a full load of the expected flavors!

The whiskys itself were all good... and it was interesting to see the difference between the old Ardbegs, like those 1974 and 1975 we had, and the newer releases like Alligator, Galileo and Corrvreckan. Different whiskys, for sure, but not bad at all. One of our highlights also was the Crois Chill Daltain from the Whiskyclub Regensburg, excellent stuff, especially if you give it some time to breath.

All detailed tasting notes will be released in a separate report which will follow in the next weeks. At the moment I was too busy to make it in time before the tasting, writing a book consumes a bit more time than expected.









Friday, November 18, 2016

El Rey del Mundo Gran Corona 1999


Colorado colored wrapper, a little shiny, but not oily, some sun spots. Decent smell of sweetness and tobacco...

Wow... the cigar starts like a thunderbolt! Intensive flavors of bitter dark chocolate, with some decent hints of sweetness... very woody, aromas of walnut.... Even though there are very "strong" flavors the cigar itself is very smooth and creamy...

The second third is still very uncommon imho for an ERdM: wood, leather, earth those are the attributes I tasted.... but it's all very smooth and not overwhelming, a very interesting balance.... And then.... out of the blue.... there is the intensive floral flavor I waited for all the time....

The last third is dominated by the floral notes. Espresso, again the dark chocolate and some sawdust (a bit mouthdrying) came up but they are all based on the floral notes and they don't repress it....

The smoking time was app. 90 minutes. The draw was perfect over the whole time. All in all it was a very nice cigar with the best part (for me) in the last third.

Wednesday, November 09, 2016

10/28 - Whisky and.... venison


Approx. 2 weeks ago we, which is Reto, Alex and myself, met for another whisky dinner. Easy concept: good  food, good whisky. That's all. And the result is always the same: three happily smiling faces!

The dinner was a little bit influenced by Reto's and my visit to Islay back in July this year:
  • Salmon tartar as a first appetizer
  • Black pudding with goat cheese on a bed of salad as first course
  • Venison roast and polenta as main course (I went without the brussel sprouts)
  • Meringue (from Gruyere), chestnut vermicelli and vanilla ice as dessert

All accompanied by some really excellent Single Malts like a 1973 Glen Grant from Thosop, 21yo. Ardbeg from Sestane, Caol Ila 1989 and Bowmore 1982 from Signatory... a long list, some of those you can see already on the pictures.

Stay tuned for more of that because this series will be continued in 2017!

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Sunday, October 30, 2016

Mont Blanc "Chopin" Meisterstueck, Limited Edition


Mont Blanc's classic Meisterstueck line of pens has been around since the company's founding in 1906 as the Simplo Filler Pen company. Five years later the company became Mont Blanc, and in 1913 adopted its famous 6-point rounded white star logo symbolizing the famous mountain after which it's named.

The Meisterstueck line of pens come in several variations in size, color, and writing mechanism. The "Hommage á Frederic Chopin" Meisterstueck fountain pen has a 14 K gold nib inlaid with platinum. Its body and cap are made of precious black resin and it's detailed in 14 K plated platinum.

With this fountain pen writing is definetely a pleasure...

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Sunday, October 23, 2016

10/19 - Golden Titans


It's been a while ago since we have met the last time (I was on a business trip when the last meeting took place) and unfortunately one of us had to cancel his participation in short terms. We met anyhow and smoked two really excellent cigars as a part of a Bolivar Gold Medal Vertical Tasting.

We had two different boxes, one with a December 2004 code, the other one with a December 2006 code. The '04/'05 which many call the "Wolter's Gold Medal" were in this case from Herzog in Berlin, as this was the other LCdH which received a part of this first release.

This was also the order of smoking, first the 2004, second the 2006. The 2004 Gold Medal was like in the fist in the face, at least the first inch. Wow! What a strong cigar, very earthy and definitely not tasting like a 12 yo cigar which has settled down. The strength reduced a little bit during the second and came back again during the last third but was always on a high level. No breakfast cigar for sure!

The 2006 Gold Medal was completely different. Still strong but not as strong as the other one. Full of flavor, very intensive, less earthiness but with the typical citrus notes like you can find them in a 1998 Petit Corona. 2 years younger but it tasted older than the 2004.

All in all a very interesting experience and two excellent cigars!

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