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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