I find myself in the midst of mental and physical investigations, leading towards the first activities of the New York Palate League. Pairing after pairing is not about going wild with pairings and testing the wildest allowed, not about looking for the most daring combination. The goal is to expand the horizon, learn to appreciate what single tasting and paired tasting bring, and, especially, to better understand what could occur within a given spectrum.
A talk about what is all covered by the palate in these pairings seems often impossible.
This is with certainty one of the best cigars I have ever experienced. As its leaves became consumed by the heat of a tiny fire, a magnificent and somewhat unique composition of taste took place in my palate.
According to Davidoff:
“A ring gauge of 56 gives Puro D’Oro Gigantes a superbly balanced, yet bold taste profile. Rolled with a selection of matured tobaccos, the espresso and spice notes are particularly rich, but mellowed by a touch of sweet fruits lingering at the top of the tongue delivered in a Super Robusto format.”
After experiencing Stephen King’s “Misery” on Broadway, two young couples wanted to complete the day of lovers with a fine dinner. Suddenly they had the idea to take a break between play and dinner to have a cigar.
I have often experienced that pairing happens in the mind before one takes it to the palate. I thought about it. The physically tasting was clearly rewarded. This wonderful new cigar from the house of Padrón – Dámaso, goes wonderfully with a lightly salted avocado and the unique profile of the Austro-Hungarian specialty – the oil pressed out of their pumpkin seeds.
This must be repeated!
Each day greatly succumbed to the experience of tasting is how I live. Not each minute is spent on an analytical mode. The mere joy of it is common, but I have developed a deep appreciation for what humans individually and culturally have access to, as I have come to gather that the availability of myriads of taste profiles provided by nature alone, should be understood as an obvious sign of how perceptive we ought to be to what comes in contact with our palate. Coming to such a conclusion means that taste ought to be about understanding and not merely about choosing between liking and not liking. Read the rest of this entry »