Today was such a divine day and I just wanted to celebrate the end of it with something special, because I dont think there are going to be many more evenings this enjoyable this year. So walking home from the library I decided that tonight would be my second stab at this cigar thing. Conveinently, one of the few places in town that sells cigars is on the walk home. They happened to have just recieved shipment of some A. Fuesnte Gran Reserva Rothchilds ($3.80 each, $4.07 with tax), and they seemed in much better condition than the cigars in the other store I had check out so I decided to give one a try. And upon Jeff's suggestion, I decided to pair it up with Elijah Craig 18 year (in a white wine glass, as my curiosity was piqued by that glassware thread. . .) and head out onto the back porch.
A good combination it is! Jeff was quite right the cigar rounds out EC 18 quite a bit, and it tastes much more like a "real" bourbon, with burnt sugar, vanilla, and tobacco flavors. Also he was right about it bringing the menthol taste (something I get in almost all heaven hill bourbon) to the forefront, in an extremely pleasant way. I am starting to wonder in EC 18 is bourbons answer to The Dalmore Cigar Malt , thats how much my appreciation for this bourbon grew.
The cigar itself seemed mild and woody at first (like a campfire on a cold autumn evening), and got spicier during the last 1/3. I had a little trouble keeping the burn even though I think that may have more to do with the fact that I am new at this and do not have a good lighter than the quality of the cigar. Once I got it evened out it took care of itself. The cigar seemed a little less complicated than the Partagas I tried for my first cigar, although thats a good thing in this case as the EC 18 was more than complicated enough for both of them. Overall I think this was a very pleasant experience and it capped off this great day off quite well.
I think I am going to have to find a Hemmingway now. . .