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|Posted: Mon Oct 01, 2007 3:39 pm Post subject: Chieftain's Cigar Malt Robusto
|This is the tasting notes from a panel of carefully selected nosers, tasters and smokers.
Region: Islay Wood Type: Hogshead
Cask No: 3337 Distilled: 4/07/1997
No of Bottles: 270 Bottled: September 2007
Natural colour, unchill-filtered
Keir Sword, Owner, Cigar Box and Royal Mile Whiskies, Edinburgh: This is dominated by burning rubber and tar on the nose, however if you take time to look beyond these, youll find a big bowl of rhubarb and warm custard! Good complexity, with a prickly spice which lingers on the finish.
Jens Tausch, Consultant, European Cigar Journal, Germany: Smoky, phenolic, garden bonfire on the palate sweet, a balanced smokiness and later surprisingly some notes of Gin. These are the right attributes for a promising appointment with medium to strong cigars from Cuba. Full-bodied cigars from Nicaragua, or the Dominican Republic, would be an excellent match as well.
Stuart Smith, Manager, Cigar Box and Royal Mile Whiskies, Edinburgh: Nose Oily, smoky nose. Hints of rubber. Clean, fresh sea breeze, with a malty sweet back note. Hints of citrus fruit. Palate Earthy, bonfire character hits first then a beautiful sugary sweetness emerges really coats the mouth. Finish Excellent balance for a big peaty whisky superb interplay of the oily, smoky peat and the sweeter maltier notes. I preferred this without dilution. Totally moreish. Perfect with a full-bodied, rich cigar one to close the day with
Regis Lemaitre, Spirits Expert, RegisWhiskyMad: The nose is big on sherry, smoky with a good level of sweetness. The taste is sweet, with traces of sulphur and peat phenol / peat smoke. With water the taste becomes very powerful and much too volatile! A very impressive dram on its own! Worth a trial! My recommendation would be to half your whisky into 2 glasses. With the first glass, I would suggest you add a few drops of water and consume it as you light your cigar up. The second glass should be consumed undiluted as your cigar smoke, heat and intensity increase. Thus matching a more robust experience in both cigar and whisky! My cigar recommendation is a full-bodied Havana smoke Cohiba Robusto.
Rob Allanson, Editor of the Whisky and Cigar magazines: Nose: drying ash from a fire, coal tar soap with a fresh herbal note
Palate: Slight salt and loads of sweet smoke, almost roof tar, a slight nuttiness
Cigar: Vegas Robaina Familiar.
Antony McCallum, Rare Malt Manager, Ian Macleod Distillers: Fruity and distinctive, light smokiness, iodine and lobster tails. An amazingly well balanced Islay malt with sweet notes, grapefruit juice and soft peat. An ideal companion for a full-bodied cigar.