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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