One of my favourite times to relax is in front of the television with a good Cigar and a beverage to pair it with. Sunday night's over the last three weeks have been excellent, because of the BBC Drama Sherlock was back for a second series.
I very rarely slouch in front of the television. Therefore when I do decide to watch something, it's a programme I really would like to view. Therefore, I find it important to make a small event out of the whole thing and make sure I grab a good Cigar and a nice beverage.
In this case tonight I decided to go for a Por Larranaga Petit Corona, paired with Black Sheep Brewery's Riggwelter.
I've always been a fan of the Por Larranaga Petit Corona. When I purchased my first cabinet of 50 of these back in 2006 I immediately fell in love with the flavour profile of light caramel, cream and woody notes. I would say that they're not as well constructed as the Bolivar Petit Corona, however in terms of flavour the Por Larranaga is such a lovely smoke.
There's always been debate on how long should you let the Por Larranaga age before you should start tucking into your cabinet of fifty. From my experience, anything with at least six months of age is smokeable, unless of course you're unlucky enough to have bought a batch going through the sick period. If you leave them to age for over a year or more, you should be rewarded greatly with greater complexity when it comes to sweetness and fading harshness.
What would I rate the Por Larranaga that I smoked last night? I've smoked around six now from the box I bought around a month ago, and I would say this was the best one yet. I solidly gave it 92 out of 100. A beautiful Cigar. Impressive. I can't wait for these to age during the forthcoming months. However, at this rate, I can't see them lasting much past Spring...