Lately there is a lot going on and I hardly find the time to blog let alone to smoke a nice cigar. Even more so I was looking forward to this tasting of the titans! This time unfortunately one of us had to cancel on short notice so we were only three. But first things first. 🙂 It really has been a while since we met and as I mentioned I did not see a lot of smoking opportunities so I was very excited and looked forward to this evening where we were once again meeting in Kreuzlingen, enjoying Urs Portmanns generosity and hospitality.
On the menu for the day was the Diplomaticos No. 7, a Laguito No. 2 format. But not just any Diplo 7! This one was boxed in 1988 but not just in a regular plain dress box, no sir. This one came out of a Semi Boîte nature box. And yes, again to confirm, boxed in 1988 – JM NOUU (Jose Marti I guess, Oct 1988). Now you might read here and there that such a box did not exist or that they have been stopped using such a packaging in the late seventies. But here it is, late eighties, and we each smoked one. 🙂
But enough about packaging, what about the cigar you might ask? Well, it was a typical Diplomaticos having sour notes that I attribute to this brand which for me in no way is the little sister of Montecristo as I actually prefer the Diplos over the Montes because they have that own and unique profile. Personally with this cigar I am always reminded of saffron, especially by simply smelling the cigars in the box. And I was happy to recognize some of that while smoking the cigar. It was not a power house and not overly expressive. And you can see in the individual tasting notes, that we smoked cigars before that we liked more. But it never got boring, showed complexity and was noble smoke companion that packed lots of different flavors and little surprises. While it was very enjoyable I was left with a little doubt as it might be that this cigar was a tad bit over its peak? After all 26 years of age might show. Better to not wait too long to smoke another one…
And already now I can say that this was not the only cigar we smoked this evening. But more on that later.