One person’s toasted coconut is another person’s vanilla.
One person’s cedar is another person’s burned oak.
One person’s leather is another person’s musky earth.
One person’s bitter chocolate is another person’s strong espresso.
It may or may not be all that far fetched but, from time to time, I have a bit of difficulty understanding how some of these cigar reviewers palates can be so developed and advanced that they can identify subtle walnuts amidst clouds of cigar smoke. I guess its possible and far be it from me to disagree with what someone is tasting but the game we play of identifying flavors is very subjective.
I was spending some time with a few buddies last night, telling lies about the fish we caught and different accomplishments we were able to pull off in our youth and the topic of picking subtle flavors in cigars came up. One of the quiet old guys in the corner piped up and asked if any of us could tell us what a banana tasted like… Kind of stopped us in our tracks when we thought about it, the room went silent.
Exactly HOW could you ever describe that kind of flavor in words?? Where would you start?? Are there any phrases you could utter that would accurately flip a switch in our olfactory nerves that would send that kind of message to our brains so we would get it??
Anyone who smokes quality Cuban cigars and has a hot blooded passion for the pastime would probably love to be sitting in a room somewhere in a cigar factory in Cuba and be a cigar taster. You’d get handed robustos, double coronas, marevas and get paid to smoke them!! Now we’re talking. It makes me drool just to think about the situation, but I’m sure those people probably get tired of it like anything else in life you’re supposed to do day after day…….
How do you get that job? Is a sensitive nose something that develops over time or are you simply blessed with it from day one? When is this gift discovered, in your youth?
Just a few questions that have been on my mind lately……………
? While I enjoy the occasional Havana cigar I like the flavor of them I don?? t think they are better than many cigars currently available.
Better???? That is a matter of preference… I think that they tower above all others but that being said, I’ve smoked some great Non-Cubans..
Thanks for the comment