Most collectable jars – top five list

Written by feltedhat on . Posted in Cuban Cigars Post

Friends of the Cuban smoke, it’s been a long time since I have not posted. You know, I was busy with work (head nodding). And family (light snore). And stuff (deep snore). And bla, bla, bla (fall off the chair) bla…

And now that we got that out of the way let’s cut to the chase! Or shall I say, let’s cut to the jar? I really like jars. I think they are the best container for cigars. Cigar jars contain cigars in a perfect way and are collectables at the same time. If kept in the proper environment cigars stored in a jar simply come to life. You know, the little-hair-on-young-wrapper-leafs-can-be-seen-alive. Not to be mistaken with mold of course. This coming to life is in a positive way. Similar to keeping cigars in tubes, cigars in jars age a little slower and all of the aroma is kept in the stick and not in the wood or the paper glued on the wood of the box. I actually like jars so much I have already written about it here.

About 15 years ago getting your hands on a cigar jar was not that easy. There were a few but they were expensive like the Cohiba 30 Anniversario. Of course back then – and still today – one of the desirable collectables was and is a Partagas Sevilla jar. But good luck in finding a nice one and if so the original cigars are long gone. With the introduction of the Millennium jars (Cohiba, Cuaba and Montecristo) the “jar-landscape” got a great and very affordable three-some in addition. I guess that the jars were such a great success that it brought the porcelain container back on the “packaging-map” in Cuba and fast forward a few years, more jars followed. Actually that many that it is hard to remember them (and own them) all one by one.

Reason enough to post my personal favorite list of the all time most collectable jars ever! And without further ado this is the top five list of those jars. Highly subjective as always here on feltedhat.com.

1) Bolivar Distinguidos ER China 2010
2) Cohiba Anniversario 30 (25 Dalias in a jar. Really, do I need to say more?!?)
3) Montecristo Robusto Millennium
4) Cohiba Coronas Especiales (by Diademas S.A. – only 200)
5) La Gloria Cubana Deliciosos ER Cuba 2009

Honorable mention are all the retailer and distributor jars that were introduced outside of Habanos S.A.. Top of the list is the elegant Portmann 40th Anniversario jar and the series of jars introduced in Spain (looking convincingly similar to the classical Partagas jar).

The post would not be complete with a dis-honorable mention. I feel I need to say something in this matter as well, even though this is practically impossible because they are what they are: jars! And I love jars, remember? So, dis-honorable mention are the “regular” Cohiba, Monte and Romeo “buckets” that came out a few years ago and still collect dust on the shelves of many vendors. I feel they lack a bit of soul.

So what is your favorite list ever?!?

Blunts with health warnings?

Written by feltedhat on . Posted in Cuban Cigars Post

A delicate subject. So first I would like to get some facts and information in, before I tear this up and twist it around.

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The definition of a blunt is – and honestly, I had to look this up in Wikipedia – a Marijuana filled cigar. The cigar’s filler tobacco is gutted out and replaced with Cannabis. Only the wrapper stays. I asume you cannot do this with a premium wrapper leaf as it would break into a million pieces. But with a wrapper of a machine made cigar this should be no problem. And I understand the name blunt comes from a comercial name of such a cigar with a “rough” wrapper.

The other thing I would like to state is, that Marijuana is being legalized more and more. In Amsterdam you can buy it in coffee shops for decades. If you have a medical prescription, you can get high in California, no problemo. And Switzerland currently is preparing a pilot where a testgroup can legaly buy grass at the farmacy.

Smoking Kills

Now that we got that straight I would like to add the following: The current trend in cigars are health warning labels, no advertising, massive taxes and in some countries you can only buy Habanos that are hidden behind a curtain, so nobody sees them. Soon the premium fillers are sold in sex shop like atmosphere by greasy, shady people trying to sell you other stuff too, or what!

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Allow me to summarize. On the one hand we have legalization of a drug that has to be smoked (well, not exclusively) to be consumed. And on the other hand we see, that a product that can be seen as a pleasure, is pushed to the borders of legality and pushed into an “place” where I ask myself, if I am really a freak or what because I smoke Habanos. Am I the only one who sees it like this?!?

Smoking Kills

I am left with the question, if the blunts that are sold in the farmacy in the not so distant future, will have health warnings on the package too?

TotT – Trinidad Farm House Double Robusto

Written by feltedhat on . Posted in Cuban Cigar Review

As you can see I do not find a lot of time for my hobby in the last past month and this blog is a little abandoned by me. So I was even more excited that another tasting of the titans was due in January. This time it was (almost) all about the Trinidad Farm House Double Robusto released in 2003 in the nicely crafted farmhouse humidor.

Trinidad Farm House Double Robusto

If I remember this well the Farm House Double Robusto was one of the first Cubans that came in this impressive format being a tad wider and longer than a Double Coronas. Of course the typical piggy tail at the head of the cigar was there as it is in all the marcas cigars and the band was still the older Trinidad version in all gold with black letters, just bigger than the others. Another important point is that these cigars came out of an unnumbered Farm House that obviously was not part of the limited run of 100 that had a handwritten number on the bottom of the box (house). I never have smoked a stick out of the numbered houses so I am not able to compare it even though this certainly would have very interesting to see if the blend would be the same. Speaking of comparing, so far I only smoked the Double Robusto and left the Fundadores that came with it alone. So as for those I am planing to write a review to see if they hold up or are even better than the regular Fundadores. I have a feeling they are probably very similar. Let’s see…

Trinidad Farm House Double Robusto

All the Double Robustos smoked that night were well crafted. Draw and burn seemed to be of no problem with any of us, so that was already good! As for the smoking pleasure I personally am a little torn. Even two weeks later while writing this, I am not sure whether this was a great cigar or if it simply was mediocre. While I felt it was representing the Trinidad taste profile quite well with the subtle sweetness, a hint of leather and a nice aroma there were some off notes like burned paper lingering around and a clear bitterness that left me a bit unsatisfied with the cigar. Really, all in all a good cigar, unique in its way and it even had that almond taste that I like so much and contribute to good tobacco. But when it comes to price and value I would stick to regular production stuff any day! Maybe the expectations were very high as this is a collectable and difficult to find cigar. But if you do not have it in your humidor already, don’t go out of your way (and wallet) to add this, unless you are a die hard collector. 🙂

Trinidad Farm House Double Robusto

Apart from the cigar we had a little sip of a Single Malt Whisky made in Bangalore, India, the Amrut Fusion. Personally I do not know much of Single Malts but I was intrigued by its complexity and felt it was quite expressive. It would have been very difficult for me to really guess if this was not a real Scottish Single Malt in a blind tasting. But maybe I am standing alone with this opinion as at least some of my fellow titans are a bit of what I call Single Malt Snobs. Sorry guys. 🙂

Amrut

Again it was a very pleasant evening and the cigar, while more memerable because of it being very scarce and not because of it being a delight to smoke was certainly interesting. I am left again to thank the titans for the spectacular cigars, the nice company and their time and of course many thanks to the Portmann’s for their generosity and hospitality.

For more impressions, details and description of the cigars please see the individual tasting sheets:
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