Cigars and whiskey
I’ve always loved the smell of a cigar since I was little. My dad liked to occasionally smoke petite corona’s that where cognac dipped. I gained more interested in cigars, because I am a whiskey and cognac drinker. I can really appreciate the craft, love and passion that the distilleries must make these fine liquors.
In a whiskey there is so much to taste, so many flavor’s and hints. The story of the distillery is always great to read before you even take a sip. But that a cigar could add so much dimension to the liquor, I didn’t know.
I used to smoke a petit corona on New Year’s Eve, that helped me light up the fireworks. It was always fun to light one up, but the taste was always sharp and not refined.
A good friend of mine went to Colombia for a holiday and he asked me if I would like to have something from his country. So, I asked him for a box of real good cigars. I thought that good cigars only came from Cuba, but boy I was wrong. It turned out to be that more South American countries make great cigars.
When he came back, he had a strange colored box with him and at first, I thought it was candy. They were handmade Robustos by a brand called Brevas. They were quite big and smelled great, but I did not yet have a cigar cutter or a humidor to preserve them. So, the first cigar I had to cut with one of my Japanese knives and thank God it was sharp.
We took a seat on the balcony on a great summer evening, I poured in 2 scotch (Mortlach – Rare old) and we lighted up those Robustos. I was surprised about how soft they tasted. Soft and subtle but still a great full taste that complimented each zip of the whiskey. They were big and tightly rolled so you had to take a strong pull of that cigar. It took us like 35 minutes to finish the cigar. The experience was so great and relaxed that I made the decision to buy a humidor and a good cutter.
We have a great cigar store here in Haarlem, I will take some advice and will buy some cigars from Nicaragua and Cuba. I will keep around 10 cigars stored in my humidor and draw them out on nice occasions (I like to create these occasions myself). Luckily, I am blessed with great friends and my dad to enjoy them. Sharing tastes and experiences makes live better, It would be a shame to keep it only for myself.
To be continued…