Saturday, January 10, 2015

01/03 - Smoke-off 2015

It's always nice to meet new people who share the same passion for cigars, that's one of the great things in the cigar world... Last week I met with Michel and Sebastian at the Casa Nero for a smoke... or two... maybe three... and it's a very nice afternoon...

We started with an Upmann Epicure, really fresh from the middle of 2014. They aren't available at the big vendors in Switzerland, so it's a bit harder to get them. Those cigars were machine made until approx. 2003, now they're totalmente a mano. The smell of the box itself is really amazing and so I was curious to smoke the first of those... and I was surprised in a positive way... a very good cigar for the buck!

We continued with a Custom Rolled, Corona Gorda sized, with a pigtail. The blend was very close to the ERdM blend, not too strong but with intensive flavors and some kind of bloomy aroma... a very good smoke too.

Based on the fact that we talked a lot about vintage cigars we decided to skip the Upmann Monarch Tubo, which's approx. from 2001 and smoked something older. The cigar of choice was a Partagas Palmas Grandes from the 80s and while the last one I smoked was a bit over the top tastewise, this one really hit the spot for all three of us. An old style Partagas like it should be... and the size of a cigar like it should be too because my "comrades-in-smoke" don't like those new stove-pipes with the 50+ RGs either...

A fantastic afternoon which'll be repeated for sure...

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Custom Rolled (left), Upmann Epicure (right)

Upmann Monarch Tubo from 1998

Partagas Palmas Grandes from the 80s