The Legend Lives
Posted: Sep 28, 2009 10:13am ET
I smoked one of the greatest cigars ever produced on earth last night: the Dunhill Cabinetta. The robusto was produced in 1989 and was one of the last Dunhills to be made on the island before the Cubans dumped the British company and Davidoff.
I have written about this before, but the Cubans wanted to control all their trademarks, or brands; so they told Dunhilll and Davidoff that they would no longer make their smokes. Davidoff came up with some story about how the cigars were no longer good quality, so they decided to move the production to the Dominican Republic. Not true. Dunhill just kept its mouth shut in a polite British manner.
I think that the Dunhill Cabinettas, which came in a cedar cabinet box of 25 smokes with a yellow ribbon around the bundle and unique cream and brick red bands, were made at the Partagas factory. But I was never able to confirm this. I remember years ago being at the factory and David Tang, Hong Kong promoter and part owner of Pacific Cigars, the Far East distributor of Habanos, was trying to elbow a few more boxes from the head of Partagas. I think he succeeded. "It¹s my favorite cigar," he said smugly at the time to the manager. "So I need as many boxes as possible."
Anyway, Peter laid on the Cabinetta over the weekend after an amazing dinner that included a 100-point Jaboulet La Chapelle and 99-point Le Pin. Who says fabulous Chinese food doesn't go with great wines? So goooood.
And the cigar? The perfect smoke as always. The mother of Robustos. It was almost better than great sex. It never changed. It was always rich with tobacco, cappuccino, nuts and dried flowers. Its texture was soft and velvety, like cashmere. I wrote down at the time (I may have been slightly borracho!) that it was like smoking a Padrón 1964 Anniversary, a Fuente Fuente OpusX and a La Flor Dominicana Chisel all in the same smoke, plus the aroma and the finesse of a great Cuban like a Cohiba Robusto. You get the idea. 100 points non-blind. No less.
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