Wednesday, December 10, 2014

12/03 - The Titan's Xmas Smoke

It's already December, the year's coming to its end and it's the time of all those Xmas events everywhere. Even though it's not under the slogan of Xmas, this smoke is our kind of Xmas smoke. And we celebrate with a classic cigar of a brand which looks back on 80 years of history: the Montecristo Especial from 1997. Already 17 yo. and it ought to be an amazing smoke for the Cuban cigar loving bon vivants. It's a truly classic vitola, Laguito No. 1 with a RG of 38 and a length of 192 mm. Yes, there are RG's which are smaller than 50, a fact which seems to be forgotten if you've a look on the new releases... like the Cohiba Robusto Supremo with a RG of 58(!), enough tobacco to make two cigars out of it.

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Montecristo Especial

Boxing date 1997

This year we'd some more true classics: we started the year with an outstanding Partagas Seleccion Privada No. 1 from 1999, which is THE Partagas par excellence. Second cigar of the year, a Montecristo Edmundo Dantes, Conde 109 from 2008 (second batch). No. 3 a and b, a Diplomaticos No. 7 from the 80s followed by a Los Statos de Luxe Selectos from 1996. And as a final smoke the Montecristo Especial from 1997. Four great evenings with excellent company and smokes.

Montecristo Edmundo Dantes Conde 109, Diplomaticos No. 7, Partagas Seleccion Privada No. 1

But let's come back now to the smoke of the evening, the Montecristo Especial.  For all the detailed tasting reports you should check out, but I'll republish my impression that I've posted after I smoked another cigar out of the same box. The experience that I'd during this smoke was more or less the same, maybe this time the cigar was even more intensive and aromatic.

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.

(Remark: this time it's different: a massive explosion of white pepper during the first centimeter).

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.
The feedback of my fellow smokers was also very positive, everybody liked this cigar and was very happy with it. We all agreed that the cigar seems to be on the top of its aging progress, maybe it'll still age well for a while but it shouldn't be stored too long anymore.

While smoking we also enjoyed an interesting brandy. This one has been filled in 1000 used Sherry casks (Fino and Amontillado) and has been matured for at least 3 years, because it's a Gran Reserva which has to be 3 years or older acc. to the definitions. The result is a spirit which I never would've guessed to be a Sherry but maybe a Rhum Agricole. A big surprise, unusal but it complimented the cigar very well. The name Uno En Mil is based on the no. of casks which have been filled. All bottles are hand-bottled, numbered and sold as Single Cask Bottling.

Uno En Mil - one of thousand

Stay tuned for the our next get-together, then we will smoke a Sancho Panza Sanchos from 1995! Awesome! A totally underrated brand... and cigar which will take at least 2.5 hours of smoking time!