Vitola de Galera: Entreacto
Vitola de Salida: Le Hoyo Du Marie
Dimensions: 30 RG / 4 inches
Presentation: Cabinet / 25’s
Vintage: Feb 2011 / ANE
Age When Tasted: 4 yrs, 1 month
I am sitting below our ancient wistera vine (see the bloom behind the vitola in the above pic) on an early Spring day. The bees are buzzing and it sounds a bit like an insect symphony–there are so many. It is magical and it is setting the tone for a very special moment with this vitola. I am getting ready to enjoy an Entreacto–which means “between acts ” in Spanish.
This format really works well for a short interlude during the day–30 minutes of great taste. Tiny cigar.
This particular vitola has 4 years of age on it, which is just about right–it takes about that long for the sharp woody flavors to soften a bit. The pre-light aroma is nutty, woody and a bit creamy and draw feels great. The Du Marie’s tend to have rustic wrappers and I always feel a bit like Clint Eastwood when I have one in my mouth–the cigars he used to smoke in the westerns were a little longer, but they were roughly the same ring gauge if I recall correctly.
A quick light, and now wer’e rolling…
The taste is pretty linear in the beginning–tastes just like it smells–nuts, wood, cream–and some leather. Gotta make sure to take it slow so it does not overheat, and you need to pay attention and take a draw just at the right time.
I chose a sweetened espresso to accompany this cigar–I think the sweet coffee flavor really works well with the more forward flavors of the Du Marie.
More nuts and leather–wood–a slight sweet and sour almost Asian cuisine flavor.
My favorite entreacto is the El Rey Del Mundo Demitasse because it has a bit more subtlety and develops amazingly with age–it gets classier and classier and more refined. I have a 10 yr old box that I am taking my time with. I still love the Du Marie alot, but it is not in the same league as the ERDM Demitasse.
More linearity as we start to wind down…a heightening of the sour / leather flavors–wood stays consistent.
I’ll taste from this particular cabinet in another year.