Working week of cigars: Time flies when you’re keeping busy
This past week has been busier than usual for me. Having been invited to a cigar event up in Harrogate, and not having a holiday since the beginning of August, we are taking advantage of a trip north to have a couple of days off. This meant that I wanted to get a week ahead with my content to keep my various platforms ticking over and not end up being ovewhelmed when I got back.
With this in mind I made a list of all the things that I needed to get done, and unfortunatly that left me little time to smoke for myself. Ah well, hopefully I’ll be able to find time next week.
15th November 2021 – Rebellion Rockstar Ace of Spades
The week started well with a live chat on Instagram where Karen and I were joined by Shaun and Mandi from Rebellion Cigars. Having recently smoked and reviewed their Rockstar Paradise City I was keen to sample another of the cigars from that series. We all picked the same cigar: the Ace of Spades.
With a rich, oily maduro wrapper, this is the strongest cigar in their Rockstar lineup and gave off the familiar aromas of toffee and cocoa. It started out as quite a peppery cigar, but this died down to allow walnuts, coffee and cocoa to come through. Right the way through the smoke was clean and voluminous and as I made my way through to the middle of the cigar, I got hints of smoked panettone. This is a cigar I am looking forward to spending some undistracted time with.
Pennsylvanian Broadleaf Maduro
Cuban-seed Dominican, Nicaraguan, Panamaian
16th November 2021 – Kafie 1901 Sumatran Toro Bello
I joined the Cigar Lounge International for one of their regular Tuesday interviews. The cigar I took with me was the Kafie 1901 Sumatran Toro Bello. Whilst the interview was interesting at points, it was a little frustrating as the guest didn’t seem to fully grasp the differences between cigar culture in the UK and USA. Thankfully the cigar more than made up for any frustrations from the lounge.
Dominican Republic, Nicaraguan
20th November 2021 – El Viejo Continente The Circus Volcano
Ever since I saw the El Viejo Continente Circus Vulcano I’ve been intrigued to smoke it. I was lucky enough to get my hands on one and on Saturday evening I decided to dig it out of my humidor.
As a vitola it certainly looks fun. With a 60 ring gauge at the foot tapering to 32 at the head, it looked like a party horn or ear trumpet. To be honest the smoking experience wasn’t really that different to a more traditionally shaped cigar, but it still made for an amusing photo or two. The burn was perfectly even with notes of coffee, roasted jalapeño peppers, cocoa and a pine bonfire in the first third. In the second third the peppery spice increased and was supported by rich earthiness. The final third was nearly a complete change with a fresh parsley coming to the fore and the roasted jalapeño taking a back seat. All in all it was a quick and tasty cigar.
Nicaraguan Jalapa and Esteli
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