Product of the Month | December

Products of the Month for December
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Here at Havana House, we want to share our love for cigars, pipes and 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 December’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 – December: Partagas Serie D No.4

RRP: £23.70
COTM Price: £21.00

Owner: Habanos S.A.
Factory: Habanos S.A.
Origin: Cuba
Wrapper: Cuba
Binder: Cuba
Filler: Cuba
Strength: Medium to Full
Size: Robusto (Parejo) 4 7/8″ by 50 ring gauge

Reviewed by: Ross from the Windsor shop

The Partagas Serie D No.4 is a cigar that needs no introduction among fans of Cuban cigars. It is a true ambassador of everything a cigar should offer you and every year this cigar delivers.

The Beginning

You can immediately tell this will be a good cigar. Things can change, but the starting flavours are a deep caramel sweetness. A rich nuttiness backs it up and cream begins to unfold on the draw.

The cigar is ultra smooth. The aroma is sweet and borderline intoxicating… D no.4 you’ve charmed me.

The Middle

A lovely floral note has arrived and it’s most present on the retrohale. Still getting plenty of cream, some sweet tobacco, toasted nuts, cedar, and now a little coffee as well. The body remains at a solid medium with layers of strength.

It’s a delicious smoke and I don’t want to put it down. Phone on airplane mode.

The End

The floral notes have stepped up substantially. The cigar fills the room with rich smoke. The sweetness has dialled back. Still getting nuttiness, cedar and coffee tones. How much longer can I hold this cigar without burning my fingers!

Burn

After the original lighting, it was such a steady burn. Beautiful and even, an equilibrium of tobacco blending.

Draw

You do have to be careful picking a Cuban cigar out the box, most are perfectly good but you do get the odd cigar that isn’t up to the high standards that we all have as cigar smokers.

I picked this cigar out of a box of 25 and it was all good, we do the same for anyone that orders on our website or in-store. The draw had the perfect restriction on it so that you know you’re smoking a cigar. I approve!

Overall

This is a beautiful beast of a cigar. The first third is excellent, and immediately signals that you are in for a treat, and the rest of the cigar does not disappoint.

The cigar has a lovely almost linear flavour profile that provides variations on a Cuban theme. The rich, dark flavour with hints of sweetness sit so well on the palate. A complete box ticker of a cigar. I’d like another one please.

Ross Rating:  9 out of 10

Pairing Idea

What alcoholic drink would I pair it with? I think that the Partagas Serie D No.4 goes perfectly with the Dalmore Cigar Malt the complexity of the Scotch resonates with the cigar and they bring out the best in each other.

What soft drink would I pair it with? A & W Root beer

Would I smoke this again? I smoke around a box a year of the D No.4 and I can’t see that changing.

 

Pipe Tobacco of the Month – December: ​​Jamaican Flake from Gawith & Hoggarth (loose)

15g – £5.25
25g – £8.75

Contents: Burley & Virginia
Flavouring: Maple, Rum
Cut: Broken Flake
Strength: Medium
Taste: Medium to Full
Room Note: Pleasant to Tolerable

A most appropriate choice for December, this is an old-fashioned traditional sweet flake described by the manufacturers Gawith & Hoggarth as the ‘Christmas cake’ of all their tobaccos. The main feature of the Jamaican Flake is the high proportion of naturally sweet sun-cured tobaccos, with Burleys and dark-air cured contributing to a strong but rewarding smoke.

The blend is cased in maple sugars to further enhance the natural sweetness of the sun-cured leaf, and rounded off with a dash of rum. The toppings are not strong, mildly sublimating the tobaccos and creating a harmonious and consistent smoking experience. Altogether, this is a very rich, sweet fully flavoured blend.

There is no tongue bite or harshness to speak of, and barely any rough edges. The flake burns quite slow, fairly cool and clean. It may require a few relights, leaves little moisture in the bowl, and has a pleasant, lightly lingering aftertaste.

Though perhaps not an all-day smoke because of its strength, most smokers who try it once are drawn back again and again.

 

Whisky of the Month – December: Dalmore Port Wood Reserve Scotch Whisky (70cl / 46.5%)

RRP – £68.95
December Price – £65.00

Single malt from the Dalmore distillery, initially aged in American white oak casks before enjoying a finishing period in Port pipes. These casks were sourced from well-known port producer W&J Graham’s.

This isn’t the first time that Dalmore has shown an appreciation for Graham’s casks – a trio of releases from mid-2017 were all finished in Graham’s Port casks.

Nose

Clove-studded orange, rich raspberry and prune, a touch of sponge cake.

Palate

Chocolatey at first, before waves of dried fruit and stem ginger notes appear. A touch of earthy bitterness develops later on, balanced by runny honey.

Finish 

Roast chestnuts, gingerbread and tobacco.

As you can see, each unique product offers you something special. Why not experience them for yourself while they’re at a discounted price? 

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

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