Quick Draw Episode 1
We decided to try something new here over at Casas Fumando. During some of our daily chatter where Tony usually makes fun of Canadians and Moose and I defend my great country, we came up with an idea. Sometimes we revisit some cigars that we previously reviewed or smoke some that we don’t really have plans to type up a full review but we still want to share our experiences with everyone. So we came up with the idea of a periodical “Quick Draw”.
The idea here is just to give a couple short paragraphs on a cigar we recently had the chance to enjoy. They could be something we reviewed a long time ago and have some new (or the same) opinions on or perhaps something new that surprised us but we didn’t review. We’d also love to hear everyones thoughts on some of these cigars or perhaps one that you’d like to hear an updated opinion on?
Let us know if you like this idea and if we should continue with it, if the feedback is good, we’ll keep it going!
Gran Habano Connecticut #1 Rothschild – Daniel
Not too long ago Tony picked out a Gran Habano cigar to review, namely the G.A.R. Opium S.T.K. That review sparked a little discussion between Tony and myself and even came up in the comments from some of our trusted readers. It seems that both Tony and I usually enjoy the Gran Habano cigars that we smoke but for some reason we never really seem to buy them or smoke them more often.
Well, after that discussion I came across a box of the Gran Habano Connecticut #1 cigars and decided to splurge on them! I actually also tried these before on one of Blind Reviews and really enjoyed them, but for some reason I never bought any of them afterwards. So I picked up the Rothschild vitola(4.5 x 50) as a good size to enjoy while taking the dogs for a walk or even as a good driving cigar. They also offer a Lunchbreak vitola(4.5 x 40) which would also be a good choice for a short smoke, especially in these darn cold Canadian winters!
So what can you expect? At a price of of around $3 – $4 a stick, these are a very good Connecticut cigar to choose in a market with lots of Connecticut competition. Smooth creamy flavors and lots of cedar dominate this cigar that offers a mild and balanced experience. There’s no harshness near the nub and I find the wrappers to be a little more resilient than a lot of other Connecticut’s I’ve enjoyed. I’m glad I sprung for this box and would definitely buy more to keep on hand as a trusty and fairly priced Connecticut cigar.
Cohiba Siglo VI – Tony
So it’s been a while since I have done a Cuban cigar review. It’s not that I haven’t been smoking them, in fact, shortly after New Years I found just enough spare time to sit back and enjoy this heck of a pairing. Cohiba’s Siglo VI with some Samuel Adams/Weihenstephaner Infinium 2011.
This Siglo VI actually originated from the same 2006 dated box as the review that I did last year (you can see this review here for comparison). I actually have a few of these left so I have been trying to ration them, and only smoke them when I have the time, and I am in the right frame of mind. I am one who believes that you should smoke a cigar when you crave it and not save that “special” stick for that “special” day cause quite frankly, that day may never come. Anyways, back to the information. The Cohiba Siglo VI is a Cuban puro, blah blah blah, 6×52 blah blah blah, and it runs anywhere between $20 and $50 a stick, depending where you are able to get them of course.
The Siglo VI is the epitome of a great Cuban cigar through and through. The cigar boasts of salty, cedar flavors mixed with some smooth and sweet tobacco and honey flavors, and just a few added citrus notes to make things interesting. The burn, like most Cuban cigars is ugly, but manageable, but I didn’t have to touch up or relight. I’m not one that really ages my cigars. I smoke them as often as I can, but this Cohiba, while already well-aged, added another notch in its belt over the course of the last year since I did the review. I stated that early on I began getting some strong pepper flavors on my tongue and lips. Not in this last Siglo VI, in fact the cigar in general really smoothed out making each of the flavor change-ups really blend together. I really wonder what a fresher box of these would taste like. Have any of you tried this cigar? How was the age on it in comparison to your thoughts?
As for the beer, I won’t go too far into it since I will be pairing it with a full review soon. But if you can find it, DO IT! High alcohol, custom “champagne ale” style beer brewed by Sam Adams which was in cahoots with the oldest brewery in the world and one of my favorites, Weihenstephaner. This beer was actually brewed under the German purity law and was straight up, one of the best cigar/beer pairings that I have EVER HAD!