Thursday, November 25, 2010

A Smoke and a Song, Installment 3

Brand - Carlos Torano
Series - Exodus 1959 (50 Years)

Wrapper - Brazilian Arapiraca Sun-Grown

Shape - Short Churchill

Price - ~$7 @ B&M (Libation Station in JC)
Review -

This is one of my favorites. The Carlos Torano Exodus 1959 50 Years (that's a mouthful...that's what she said) is a dark and rich smoke. It starts out strong and leathery, but not overly spicy or flavorful for the first bit, but once you get into this cigar the bold flavors come out. With a nice blend of dark chocolate and cocoa, spices and even some peppery notes this cigar comes through beautifully to the finish. Several reviewers have even noted hints of raisin, while my palate may not be that acute yet I can certainly appreciate the sweetness of the last half and even more so the finish. 

I wasn't sure if this was the stick that I wanted to smoke on Thanksgiving, but it turned out to be a great dessert after two wonderful Turkey Day meals and reminded me why this was one of my top three cigars. I am Thankful.


Artist - Outkast
Song - Spottieottiedopaliscious
Album - Aquemini
Genre - Hip Hop / Jazz / Funk / Amazing

Admittedly I didn't focus to much on the music with all of the festivities of the night, however, I did take the time to try and identify what matched the feel of the cigar. I will probably always lean toward a relaxed vibe, as that is what enjoying a fine cigar is all about, and this song is no exception. 

I also didn't immediately come to this track. Initially, just going with the feel of the smoke, I was thinking about Nirvana's "Something in the Way", specifically the violin heavy parts of the song in between the lyrics. However, I thought that might be a bit to somber, particularly on Thanksgiving. So as I continued to explore ideas for fitting music and as the sweetness of the cigar opened up leading away some of the harshness of the opening notes I came to Spottieottiedopaliscious. One of my all time favorites, this song could probably go well with any cigar. Tonight the Carlos Torano 1959 Exodus just happened to be the one, and it was a good match. 

I highly recommend this pair after a good filling meal, maybe even alongside your strong drink of choice (though I'm not much of a drinker my self). A true classic hip hop joint that can lull you into relaxation from nearly any state.

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