Tuesday, November 19, 2013

10/25 - Habanos Catador, Day 1

My report is a bit delayed which was caused by the fact that my vacation (with zero internet access) started immediately after this event...

This year's Swiss Herf of our cigar group was different than the years before... we held it as a Habanos Catador course with theoretical and practical "lessons". It may sound boring but it was a lot of fun...

It started - as usual - at the Portmann shop and after all arrived we settled down in the lounge to enjoy fantastic cigars, some Zacapa XO and different whiskys.

Cuaba to start the herf

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RG Lonsdale from 2002 and Zacapa XO

Hoyo de Monterrey Short Hoyo Corona from 1986

The first serious part of the evening was a blind tasting which really surprised all of us... a Hoyo de Monterrey De Dieux from 2001. Honestly tastewise no Hoyo for me, it reminded me more of a Partagas 898 uv which is exactly the same size - Corona Grandes... I think it was a big surprise for all of us!

Finally I also had one of the Upmann Monarch Tubos from 1999 with me that I'd picked up in Dubai recently... it's a fantastic smoke... and a good match with the Glenfarclas from Whisky-Doris... luckily I will have a stop at Dubai airport soon, maybe I can grab another box of those...

Upmann Monarch Tubo from 1999 - outstanding good