Due to logistic and administration the Swiss champion ship in pencil smoking had to be held in early January instead of the typical date which is late December. The participants were in good shape and competition was up to the game or was it?
Like every year so far the “pencil” that was smoked was a La Escepcion de Jose Gener – Longos. And so far the only complaint I had, was that every time I would smoke one I would have one less. 🙂 This time there was another aspect. The faint musty cellar notes that came with the cigars when I bought them, remained in the beginning of the smoke and for the first time they interfered a little bit with the cigar as until today the musty smell disappeared the moment the cigars were light. This underlying, faint aroma that came more from the box paper inlay than from the cigars was the reason as well why I decided to take them out of the box and smoke the cigars instead of simply adding them to the collection (see the picture of the box below). Maybe another aspect was that I stored this particular cigar in a jar during one year?
Apart from that “dusty mushroom” taste, which luckily disappeared completely after the first 2 centimeters, the cigar delivered flavor in truck loads and I have praised aged cigars here enough as I really enjoy them. But I can’t say it enough. There is something in that old tobacco that I wish would be in fresh cigars! A great marca and “the pencil” (aka Slim Panetellas) is a great and elegant vitola. I would buy recent production if there were any…
But at the end of that post I would like to add a few words about the Swiss championship. It was again a start to finish win and the most thrilling moments were in the beginning when it was not very clear if the competition was going to be pulled through due to issues with the raw material (e.g. mustiness). But in the end all turned out well and I am happy to say that once again it was a fair and square win of the title by me, the only contented. 🙂