The good folks at Montefortuna Cigars have been gracious enough to supply us with a sampling of Cuban cigars to pair some of our favorite drinks in preparation for the forthcoming autumnal season. Think we should keep reviewing cigars? Let us know in the comments!
Romeo Y Julieta Coronitas Cedro – It’s been a bit since I’ve had the pleasure to enjoy a proper Romeo Y Julieta stick, and this medium-bodied cigar certainly packed a punch and made it worth the wait. Featuring a nice, even draw which burns at steady rate that’s not too harsh or heavy on smoke, the cigar offers a generous helping of cedar, black pepper, and walnut at the start, giving way to a finish of coffee and dark chocolate which lingers nice and long. A fine starter cigar, reasonably priced, and ideal for anyone wishing to learn more about the varied and wide world of cigars.
A- / $6 per stick [BUY IT NOW AT CUBAN CIGARS ONLINE]
Spirits – Centarino Rum Gran Legado 12 Year – Chris reviewed this earlier in the year and his notes are on the mark when it comes to the heavy sherry and caramel. In this case, the rum and cigar accentuate one another beautifully, clearly amplifying the cedar of the cigar and fortified wine notes in the rum. If you can find a bottle still readily available, you could do far worse than this.
Music – Bill Evans Trio – Sunday at the Village Vanguard – This live recording from 1961 is one of the iconic pianist’s finest releases and one of the best of this particular era. There’s beautiful interplay between veteran drummer Paul Motion and bassist Scott LaFaro with Evans firing on all cylinders, delivering a master class in timing and phrasing. A nice blend of standards (“All Of You,” “My Man’s Gone Now”) mixed with contemporary tunes (Miles Davis’s “Solar” is a tour de force), it showcases the brilliance of each musician at the peak of their form. An essential piece of jazz fit for anyone’s collection.