Products of the Month | April

A selection of whisky

Here at Havana House, we want to share our love for cigars, pipes and drams of whisky. To do this, we have decided to utilise our expert knowledge on the finer things and launch our very own Products of the Month.

So why not join us as we explore April’s Products of the Month? Sit back and enjoy; who knows, you might even discover a newfound favourite.

If you would like to purchase some cigars, pipe tobacco or whisky, you can find our discounted products below, or browse our extensive collection of products!

Cigar of the Month: Plasencia Alma Fuerte Robustus

Recommended Retail Price – £20.45
COTM Price – £18.95

Owner: Plasencia Group
Factory: Plasencia Cigars S.A.
Origin: Nicaragua
Wrapper: Nicaragua
Binder: Nicaragua
Filler: Nicaragua
Strength: 8 (out of 10)
Size: 133 x 20.6 | 5 ¼ x 52
Released: 2019

Reviewed by: Ross from the Windsor shop

The Plasencia Alma Fuerte Robustus has a fantastic press. It has a beautiful triple cap and medium veins throughout.

The wrapper is naturally dark, Maduro in colouring with that oily sheen that I love and has a rough but pleasing texture.

The aroma is spices, floral qualities and earth on the wrapper, and the foot is giving lots of strong earthy aromas.

The Beginning

A nice beginning and it starts by delivering some interesting anise notes. There is some slight cocoa present, and with that is some toasty black pepper and fruitiness.

I would classify the cigar as having a medium-full body and being medium in strength straight off the bat.

The Middle

The middle is floral and cocoa. There is some earthiness as well with bursts of coffee, and it continues with that anise and fruity quality.

This cigar has some real body to it, I am glad that I had lunch before this, this cigar on an empty stomach would be a real challenge.

The End

The cigar is now chugging bold flavour and smoke to finish things off, full body in full flow and I am really being delivered a strong finish.

I have to smoke this really slowly to stop it overheating. It gives me all the time in the world to ponder the magnitude of flavours it is offering me.

Burn

The robusto smoked perfectly from start to finish, and the ash held on firmly for practically the entire first half of the cigar.

No issues with the wrapper or burn, a very well-made cigar! Exactly what I expected when I first opened the box.

Draw

The draw was solid on the cigar. I found it to have a good bite with decent smoke production, everyone in the surrounding area was enjoying this cigar with me. It really does make a statement.

Overall

If you are a fan of the Alma Fuerte line you will obviously love this cigar. The size is also great if you want to try this line for the first time. I believe it takes the line to a whole new level and is easily the best offering as the larger formats almost give too much of a good thing.

The flavours work with this size and it is so much more approachable as a cigar overall. The Plasencia Alma Fuerte Robustus is really inviting, and I can see why Cigar Journal made it their cigar of the year.

Decent strength and great amounts of flavour. Complex with some fantastic transitioning and depth throughout (most important for me in a New World offering), the cigar will not disappoint.

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Pipe Tobacco of the Month: Samuel Gawith’s Perfection

Recommended Retail Price – £16.65
PTOTM Price – £16.15

Contents: Virginia, Latakia, Turkish
Flavouring: Vanilla (Mild)
Cut: Ribbon
Strength: Mild to Medium
Taste: Medium
Room Note: Pleasant to Tolerable
Origin: UK (Kendal)

Reviewed by: Glen from the Reading shop

The name says it all: like Mary Poppins, this mixture is practically perfect in every way!

Perfection is an English blend with a twist: added to the usual components, Brown & Bright Virginias with a touch of Cypriot Latakia and fine Turkish, is a smidgeon of Vanilla flavouring. The result is a cool and mellow blend.

Because of added flavouring, Perfection would be a great introduction to English blends for someone who only ever smoked Aromatics. Yet for the same reason, it would also appeal to the lovers of the classic Latakia mixtures who are looking for something ever so slightly different.

According to Samuel Gawith, this mixture was originally blended for a local pipe smoker who could not find his regular tobacco. “Perfection!” was his reaction when he took the first puff of the new blend.

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Whisky of the Month: Tomatin 14 Year Old Tawny Port Finish Scotch Whisky

Recommended Retail Price – £62.45
WOM Price – £57.45
Cigar Pairing – Trinidad Reyes or a Hoyo de Monterrey Petit Robusto

Reviewed by: Ameesh from the Windsor shop

The Tomatin 14 Year Old was introduced to the core range in 2014. It features Highland single malt matured in bourbon barrels as well as specially-selected Port casks, imparting wine-like sweetness to the whisky.

Nose

Quite a powerful nose. Big bunches of red berries and grapes. Vanilla, oak and hints of white pepper.

Palate

Dark chocolate dipped in strawberries. Crushed almonds, walnuts, Victoria sponge (with plenty of the prerequisite jam and cream in the middle) and a centre of oak.

Finish

Fruity on the finish.

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As you can see, each unique product offers you something special. Why not experience them for yourself while they’re at a discounted price? Or share the affair and gift a fellow aficionado with one of these delectable delights?

For more information and advice, you can browse through our blog, where we discuss our favourite past times and share insights and our knowledge of cigars, pipes, whisky and much more.

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