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TotT – La Gloria Cubana Medaille d’Or No. 2

Written by feltedhat on . Posted in Cuban Cigars Post

The tasting of the titans“>titans met again for a tasting a few weeks back and this time we smoked true Cuban vintage cigar: a La Gloria Cubana Medaille d’Or No. 2 from 1985 (or even older). And look at the first picture below! Look at that varnished 8-9-8 box full of those gems. I mean, what’s not to like? Right?!? A gorgeous vitolla in a equally gorgeous box. And yes, we smoked a stick each. πŸ™‚

The Gloria Cubanas Medaille d’Or series are often overlooked, I feel. Well, maybe even the whole brand? But make no mistakes, the varnished boxes for the Medaille D’Or cigars are a very clear and big sign: This is top dog material. Both on the inside and the outside. Apart from that, all the four cigars out of the series have very, very elegant shapes and are even nicer smokes. And so was this stick! I guess I can give it away right now, we all felt that this was one of the BEST cigars that we have smoked during a titan’s tasting. And we did smoke some really nice and rare ones. At least I like to think so.

Admittedly I got something of a “dud” – the almost proverbial dog rocket – out of the bunch. I am a bit of a magnet for those so no surprise there. Mine wouldn’t open up as much as the others and for some strange reasons the smoke dried out my palate quiet a bit. Never the less it was complex with fruity and leathery notes and it developed quite nicely over the one hour and 40 minutes I smoked it. Reading the tasting sheets from my fellows (see below) they were even more pleased with it. But again I was left in awe that a cigar that was at least 30 years old was still so expressive and present. Nothing like “doing archeology” and “guessing what it once was”. Can this be attributed to cigars or is it the varnished boxes and the waxed paper that keep those babies so tightly together that they age better? What do you think?

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. We should meet more often! And not just because that would lead to more posts on this blog here. πŸ™‚

For more impressions, details and description of the cigars please see the individual tasting sheets:
La Gloria Cubana Medaille d'Or No. 2 La Gloria Cubana Medaille d'Or No. 2 La Gloria Cubana Medaille d'Or No. 2 La Gloria Cubana Medaille d'Or No. 2

TotT – Saint Luis Rey Double Coronas

Written by feltedhat on . Posted in Cuban Cigar Review

This tasting of the titans“>tasting of the titans (TotT) smoking a Saint Louis Rey Double Coronas happened already back in August. And yes, I admit that I was a lazy bastard and it took me ages to put this up. I guess in internet-years, where everything goes so fast, it was more like geological ages! πŸ™‚ But here it is. A tasting of one of my favorite Double Coronas: The SLR Double Coronas. And this specific specimens were boxed was boxed in 2002!

It was brought to us in a trusty cigar caddy, as the 50 cabinet box the cigars usually reside in simply was to big to travel. πŸ™‚ Already the looks of those cigars without bands. Just heavenly! And doing a little bit of research before the actual tasting event, thanks to Min Ron Nee, I knew that those cigars must have been amongst the first to be boxed as Double Coronas. Well almost the first but close I would say. Prior to that there were boxed as Prominentes, but that is an entirely different post, maybe. πŸ˜‰ So after a nice chat and smoke in Mr. Portmanns lounge and a short dinner consisting out of the tasty burgers and fries coming from the diner next door, we went down to business!

The cigar had an irresistible and yet very strong smell. Surprisingly expressive for a stick that was about to be lying and aging in a cabinet box for almost 14 years. And from here on I can lift the tension and make it short – or shall I say “shortish”. The cigar was really nice and I enjoyed it a lot. To my surprise the – for me – typical notes of sour dough and ginger bread candy only revealed themselves in the second and third part of the cigar. So they were definitely there but not as early and maybe not as pronounced as I remembered them. To be fair I have not smoked a Saint Luis Rey DC for a while and certainly not such an old one. If I recall correctly most of the ones I smoked in the last years were from 2005 and 2006. If you have SLR DC’s in your humidor, you can be glad. They certainly have the potential to age more and develop into a very elegant smoke in the future.

It is all to seldom that we meet and I always enjoy myself very much. Escaping every day routine and smoke a great cigar in even better company. 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:
Saint Luis Rey Double Coronas Saint Luis Rey Double Coronas Saint Luis Rey Double Coronas

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. πŸ™‚

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. πŸ™‚

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:
Trinidad Farm House Double Robusto Trinidad Farm House Double Robusto Trinidad Farm House Double Robusto Trinidad Farm House Double Robusto

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