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Complexity is a horizontal dimension in cigar tasting; it looks at proportion, variety and quality of the aromatic palette. It differs from evolution, which is a vertical dimension (Giuseppe Elefante). As we wrote in a recent article, complexity is a key parameter which needs to be observed in terms of how it converges together with quality, balance, evolution and persistence in order to appreciate the overall organoleptic characteristics of a cigar.
“Organoleptic” are the cigar characteristics that can be perceived by our senses. The gustatory and retro-olfactory aspects being the most important in the tasting of a cigar, we are mostly talking here about the parameters connected to aromas, tastes (or palate perceptions) and nicotine strength. Continue reading
This is another article dedicated to the art of loving cigars, and in this case also pipe, through the eyes of connoisseurs. We had the honor to interview the most popular blogger in the Italian cigars and tobacco arena, Daniele Vallesi of GustoTabacco. This is just a first introduction, more will come, as Cigar Sense is starting a promising partnership with GustoTabacco.
Our panelists talked about pairing cigars and sake. Rajan Rengasamy not only is Habano Sommelier judge for his country, the UAE, but also became Sake Sommelier of the year in 2013. And CH is pursuing a PhD in Sensory Science based on his previous experience in winemaking, including several formal degrees of Viticulture and Enology. We learnt a lot from them in a recent discussion in the Cigar Sense Member Facebook group. We want to share with you some highlights of that discussion, so you can also experiment this type of pairing, or share with us your experiences.
We are excited to update you about an addition we are making to our service offerings, which will delight another niche of cigar lovers. We are adding our Platinum service and are also adjusting our pricing plans for the current services.
Enjoying cigars and perfume together is rather unusual and intriguing. After a passionate discussion in the Cigar Sense Member-Only Facebook group, we have thought to share this wealth of inspiration with you all.
“Of Cigar Tasting – The Nicotine Strength” addresses a very important element of cigar tasting. It contributes to the backbone of the tasting and needs to be complemented by adequate flavors richness.
Higher Tides Raise All Ships! In fact, our main mission of enhancing the premium cigar consumers’ experience expands to help manufacturers, distributors and retailers increase their success through customer delight. This Retailer Case Study demonstrates how Cigar Sense helps Retailers. Read how Perique is benefiting from using Cigar Sense.
And don’t just take our word for it…
“Of Cigar Tasting – The mechanics” covers three main aspects: the draw, the combustion and the ash. In this article we are going to address how, based on our data, we believe that there is very little correlation between the mechanics and the presence or absence of off-flavors in a cigar.
“Of Cigar Tasting – The Lit Cigar” addresses the key phase in our appreciation of the cigar, where most of the aromas and certainly its tastes are perceived.
In my previous article we have discussed the correlation between raw cigar aromas perceptions and the lit cigar aromas perceptions. The analysis data of our panel shows that the aromas we perceive before lighting a cigar do not reliably predict those we will find in the lit cigar.