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April 2007

Cellaring Cigars

Posted: Apr 30, 2007 10:42am ET

I saw this this morning over my coffee, and I thought I better chime in. The parameters for aging cigars is always slightly subjective, but I prefer to have mine a little dry. That’s how it’s always been done in England, and the British are the specialists in aging smokes.

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The Strength of Harmony

Posted: Apr 25, 2007 7:46am ET

About a week ago I had a small dinner party at my house in Tuscany with Giacomo Neri of Casanova di Neri and Vicenzo Abbruzzese of Valdicava. These two guys are some of the best wine producers in Italy, making Tuscany’s famous red, Brunello di Montalcino.

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Lovely Lonsdale

Posted: Apr 9, 2007 11:06am ET

I am smoking a 1998 Partagas Lonsdale from a cedar cabinet of 50 cigars and it is lovely. It is balanced with lots of cedar, dried flower and cappuccino character. I don’t want it to go out. (92 points.

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Taking a Break from Barrels

Posted: Apr 3, 2007 11:23am ET

I just lit up a Montecristo Petit Edmundo, and the spicy and tobacco character in the smoke is seducing me like a lost girlfriend who wants me back, and is willing to do anything to make me happy. It’s just what I need after tasting close to 500 barrel samples in Bordeaux for the Wine Spectator over the last two weeks.

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