Traditionally, New Year’s Eve is one night when we pull out all the stops, dress up in our finest garb and ring in the new year with Champagne, music, dancing and for some of us, handing out and smoking some of the best cigars in our humidors. Cubans and Non-Cubans are usually set on fire and sacrificed to the tobacco gods so that the new year will surely bring prosperity, comfort and good health. All should unfold nicely as long as you light something that pleases them.
Christmas, of late, has resulted in more than a few new cigars sitting in my humidor so as time goes by I find myself with something that can’t wait to be lit and a night like that is a good enough reason for me so I’m thinking of taking a few options in my travel humidor. I DO have friends that love cigars but quite often are not carrying any so I’ve become the guy that passes a few out to close friends. I love sharing the experience with my friends and look forward to contributing to their evening.
I plan on taking Cohiba Lancero, Robusto and maybe a Genios for the maduro guy in the room… Maybe I’ll be the maduro guy… Don’t really feel like making any plans yet and will let everything unfold.
Please leave a comment and let me know what you plan on smoking.
Many posts ago I mentioned that I had an uncle that lived in Victoria on Vancouver Island and that he is an old cigar smoker that has a very nicely stocked humidor. We spent some time visiting him over the holidays and, as usual, we spent time smoking a few together with very nice Scotch and some very old port. Talk about perfect pairings in both cases.
I thought I’d steer away from the very old Cohiba Lanceros since the last time I was there I was allowed to take one. You can only go so far, if you know what I mean. One Cohiba box that caught my eye on this visit was a box of Robustos with a date stamped on the bottom that read early 2000. My heart really starts to beat whenever I know that I can smoke a Cohiba with at least 10 years on it. Wow!!
I’ve tasted Cohiba Robustos that have been young, fresh and full of nicotine and I have to say that I don’t mind them at all. They can be sweet, grassy and pack a pretty good punch but this 2000 stick had a few extras that I don’t get to taste very often. This cigar was quite woody and had no shortage of that beautiful Cohiba herbal profile but the dark chocolates in the flavor profile were what really thrilled me. Port and a cigar like that really DO go together well and one enhanced the beauty of the other in such a big way.
I don’t see my uncle often enough !!!!
Last night in an upscale neighborhood located in a Vancouver suburb, I attended a party that defined what the Christmas spirit is all about. The host and hostess put on an event that had a french chef serving exquisite food which included caviar, local Salmon prepared in various ways, prawns flambeed in what tasted like Sambuca and the most tender roast beef the guests have ever tasted. If I were to begin to write what was on the desert table this entry would never end.
The crowd at this mansion were largely from the entertainment industry so needless to say the music was exciting and as the evening progressed, so did the volume until you could swear that the walls were shaking from the dancing and full on partying. Being included in the guest list was a gift I will never forget.
This great house was awe inspiring to say the least with rooms impeccably decorated with fantastic art and hand woven rugs to die for but I have to cut to the chase and begin to tell you about the ” Bat Cave”.. Our host, who is the picture of generosity, opened the door to his special room downstairs that had walls lined with rare and expensive bottles of wines and Tequilas that had all of the guests’ mouths watering but what got my attention was his humidor. Yup, thats the magic word! I saw a collection of cigars that included hard to find Non-Cuban gems and boxes of Cubans that got my heart pounding in my chest. He turned on the exhaust fans in the bat cave and a few of us relaxed in comfortable chairs as a strip of cedar was lit and cigars were handed to those who wished to participate.
A dark lacquered box that caught my eye contained some of my favorite Cubans, the Cohiba Maduro 5 Genios and I selected one with with a beautiful wrapper and intoxicating aroma. It had been a while since I had smoked this cigar and I was reminded, once again, that this is NOT your traditional tasting Cohiba. Rich rich dark chocolates kept coming to the forefront as it burned from third to third and pairing it with a Californian Zinfandel was the right choice as I soaked up the atmosphere and sank deeper into bliss.
On my 2011 wish list is another invitation to this exclusive annual event for a few reasons. There were so many people that I met for the first time that I’d love to get to know better and seeing them in such a beautiful setting made the whole experience very unforgettable, but the down to earth nature of the couple who opened their door to their friends was the most heart warming memory I’ll have this Christmas.
Sure was a good cigar though!