Goodbye 2013

Written by feltedhat on . Posted in Brandy, Cuban Cigars

The year is coming to an end so I take this as an opportunity to look back on 2013.

In February of this year my blogging journey started. From the beginning I did not only want to write about cigars if not Spanish Brandy and other stuff should have a place as well and I did not regret this decision. Although I must admit that I am running out of Brandy to do more tastings but that can be changed and I might even pay one or the other another visit.

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It is easy for me to blog about cigars. But strangely enough this is not what really creates traffic around here or should I say not only. As you can see below the top post (as in most hits) out of three from this year is from the category “other stuff”

1. FREITAG CAMERA BAG
2. RYJ ROBUSTO EL 2001
3. FESTIVAL 2000 MAREVA

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And speaking of traffic. When I started out I said I will give it a try for one year and I wanted to have a hundred visitors a day at the end of that time. LOL! Not achieving this goal would mean I stop blogging. ROFLOL! Well, the year is not over as I started in February only, but I already made up my mind and I will give it another year as I do see this blog as an outlet apart from serving my narcism needs.

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Know you might wonder if feltedhat sees the traffic I mentioned. I could lie and say the numbers sky rocketed and I get traffic from countries I did not even know existed. While on the one hand this is somewhat true, traffic is no where near the goal I have set myself. Not even close. 🙂 Of course there is one reason that could be a factor: language. When it comes to Brandy I probably should write in Spanish to draw the target audience in front of my blog. And almost all of my cigar friends speak German. English still seems as a good compromise though, at least to me. Better than writing every post in three languages (yawn!). And I have to be honest again. While language is a factor I am very certain that this not the limiting one. But hey, as long as I consider it worth while. Who really cares, right? 🙂

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To finish up I would like to point out my three personal favorite posts from 2013. I hope you enjoy(ed) reading them (again).

1. QUINTERO CHURCHILLS – TASTING OF THE TITANS – because it was the first tasting of the titans…
2. DUNHILL MOJITO – this was the most outstanding cigar I smoked this year
3. BEIJING WATCH FACTORY ZHUFENG – always a pleasure to look at

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I am wishing all the readers a happy New Year! Hope you will have a year full of joy, health and happiness and do not forget to pay me a visit from time to time.

Fernando de Castilla Unico

Written by feltedhat on . Posted in Brandy Review

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Here comes a tasting of another special Brandy: Fernando the Castilla Unico by Bodegas Rey Fernando de Castilla from Jerez de la Frontera.

This Brandy seems to be mainly unknown outside of Spain. And if you see a Fernando de Castilla it is the “normal” Solera Gran Reserva.

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The Unico is produced in limited quantities and the color of this Brandy is a give away already. Its darker tones tell a tale of long aged Brandy. And indeed this Brandy delivers! Sweet notes of dried fruit and candice sugar melt in this very refined drink that is up there with the best. A truly classic representative of Spanish Brandy de Jerez combining all its virtues in one glass.

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Staying on the virtues: While I believe that the Carlos I Imperial is actually an excellent Brandy that is showing all the characteristic of Brandy de Jerez, the Fernando de Castilla is doing this as well while being more elegant and smooth at the same time. If there is anything negative I can say it is that I wish that the finish would be a tad bit longer.

A true connoisseurs drink that will never disappoint you!

For more infos click on the tasting sheet: Fernando de Castilla Unico

Cognac Isard XO

Written by feltedhat on . Posted in Brandy Review

After my post about Torres 20 I felt it is time I write something about a real Cognac. Just for a change. For this I opened up a bottle of French Isard Cognac XO.

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Judging by the price of it, Isard XO must be in the lower range of the XO category. I was hoping that choosing a spirit like this it would be a fair comparison to the standard Gran Solera Reservas I like so much. And to be clear, I do not know about Cognac.

Presentation is nice with the red box and the representable bottle. The color, while on the lighter side, is beautifull and promising. But when it comes to taste and finish I was disapointed. I felt it was too faint. It surely could not hold up to the very nice and complex nose this Cognac has. The smell really is the Isards strength, having fuity and complex components.

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Maybe the Isard for whatever reason was not the best choice so I decided I will publish some notes of another Cognac later on in order to have another comparison but I’ll stick to Spanish Brandy. So much is sure.

For more infos click on the tasting sheet: Isard

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