Last night I had the pleasure of attending the first of the Spitbucket Sydney cigar events. The evening was organised by Elie (from Spitbucket.com) and his mate Kent who did a superb job of giving us the best of hospitality. I wasn’t taking numbers but guess there was about 15 in attendance which was an awesome effort.
The event was held at Fix St James who were incredibly generous with their venue and provided two (plus) courses of great food that suited the evening beautifully. The antipasti course was a cracker and highly recommend you drop in for a meal next time you’re in the city. Thanks Stuart.
The evening was composed of two cigars on offer while working your way through a tasting of six single malts supplied by Max from Al-dente wines.
I must say that I had all good intentions of taking a few notes on the tastings (cigars and whiskys) but this was a social situation so just the bare minimum is all I have. Below are my raw notes purely for completeness. You may notice that things thin out to the end. No explanation required I am sure.
Cigar 1 (pre dinner) – Hoyo de Monterrey Le Hoyo du Dauphin
Size: 38RG 152mm
Box Code: ??? 2001
- very light aroma at cold
- good draw (to the end)
- Floral smoke given off. Beautiful.
- 1st third – light body, some leather, very fine boned
- 2nd third – a little cream, leather and wood, some sweetness a patch of pepper/ spice.
- 3rd third – picked up to medium, more leather + cedar box
- Very delicate all round.
- Burn was even to the end.
- Great pre dinner cigar
Whisky 1: anCnoc 12 year old
- Very light dram
- Nice legs.
- Pale colour, light straw
- Subtle vanilla nose
- Sweet palate. no great length.
Whisky 2:GlenDronach 15 year old
- light caramel colour
- citrus/ orange nose with alcohol
- Full of sherry on the pallet that fills the mouth
- some warmth down the throat
- coats the mouth well
- no peat to be found.
Whisky 3: Tobermory 15 year old
- light caramel colour
- long legs
- a little sherry and raisins
- good length and warmth
Cigar 2 (post dinner) – Vegas Robaina Don Alejandro
Size: 49RG 192mm
Box Code: ??? 2008
OK, I don’t have any notes on this one as I was having a great chat with a couple of guys and notes seemed of second importance. It was a big stick, even wrapper and a great burn to the end with barely a touch up required. Flavours ……. ahhh I’ll get back to you.
Whisky 4: Old Pulteney 17 year old
- light colour – similar to chardonnay
- floral nose with some caramel
- liqueur velvety mouth feel
- honey and oaky sweetness
Whisky 5: Kilchoman Summer 2010 Release (3yo)
- Light colour
- Amazing whisky for 3 yo
- Definitely an Islay, peat on the nose
- ‘sprightly’ smell (I don’t even know what I meant by this comment, it was getting late)
- salt and seaweed profile
- some controlled peat
Whisky 6: Bunnahabhaim 18 year old
Again it does appear that by this stage the notes were a bit thin on the ground. This was definitely one of the great dram’s of the evening. The colour was dark amber like an aged rum and it had huge length. Most enjoyable.
That’s about it for the details of the evening. Thanks to all the guys for being so welcoming and I look forward to the next event.