Gurkha’s Seduction Rothchild
This cigar was first released at the 2011 IPCPR trade show.
Filler: Columbian Corojo, Binder: Dominican Olor, Wrapper: Ecuadorian Habano
- Cold Draw: leather, tobacco, hint of cocoa
- First third: surprisingly mild, leather, white pepper, cedar
- Second Third: growing in body but still mellow, the white pepper has morphed into a baker’s spice, a more notable earthy tone is added
- Final Third: mellow medium body, smooth with hints of caramel, continuing flavors of leather and baker’s spice
- Overall: This is one of those sticks that really prove that you cannot determine body based on the color of the wrapper alone. It was surprisingly mellow in body, culminating to a medium finish. Solid medium level of flavors throughout. This could even be enjoyed as a morning cigar with your cup of coffee.
Velvet Red Manhattan
This twist in the classic Manhattan was crafted by myself and SiP bartender Patrick Briscoe, specifically to pair with a cigar. The result is a smooth, very approachable Manhattan with major notes of rye spices and berry undertones.
- 2oz Woodford Reserve Rye
- .5oz Chambord – Black Raspberry Liquor
- .25oz Don PX 1987 Gran Reserva – Fortified Dessert Wine
- Angostura and Peach Bitters
- Muddled Bordeaux Cherry
This is a combination that really highlights the difference a good drink will make in your cigar. The manhattan breathes life into the cigar, making it a much fuller body experience. The spice of the rye is transferred to the cigar, bringing out the sweet-mellow raspberry and raisin notes of the drink.