Tuesday, 2 July 2013

La Casa Del Habano - Cigar & Whisky Pairing Evening at Zeta Bar

La Casa Del Habano held a Cigar & Whisky Pairing event with Moet Hennessy Diageo at Zeta Bar, Hilton Kuala Lumpur on June 23, 2013

The event was hosted by Mr. Kevin Shah, Director of La Casa Del Habano Malaysia which was founded by his father Datuk Kadar Shah.

Guest were warmly welcomed by Datin Fauziah Haron the mother of Mr. Kevin Shah and Mr. Leo, Manager of Zeta Bar, Hilton Kuala Lumpur. Guest were treated to a free flow of Champagne and delicious canapes. 

Leo, Zeta Bar Manager and  Chong ,Glenmorangie  Brand Ambassador

After the welcome speech by Mr. Kevin Shah and Mr. Chong Wai Keng the Glenmorangie Brand Ambassador, special edition Cuban cigars were given out to all the guest. Kevin explained that after trying out a couple of combinations they decided the following would be best suited for the evening at hand.

A Churchill sized Ramon Allanes Habana Cigar - Exclusivico Asia Pacific was chosen for the night to be paired with an exclusive Glenmorangie Quinta Ruban single-malt Scotch whiskey

 La Casa del Habano has 3 outlets in Malaysia. 

The flagship outlet is Located at the lobby level of the prestigious Mandarin Oriental Hotel Kuala Lumpur.The Mandarin Oriental outlet is tastefully decorated with a Cuban touch, carrying mainly Cuban cigars. Guest can expect cosy and comfortable surroundings. The Staff here are friendly and very knowledgeable.

The other two outlets are located at Federal Hotel Kuala Lumpur, The Habanos Lobby Lounge and at Bangsar Shopping Centre.

The outlet at Federal Hotel

In 1990 in Cancun Mexico, the first franchise of La Casa Del Habano was opened. The International Chain of Franchises la Casa del Habano is part of more than 90 specialized stores where both beginners and connoisseurs enjoy the art of tasting habanos and find the adequate place that not only guarantees an original product kept in perfect conservation conditions but have become the usual meeting and reference space for cigar lovers.


A Review of the Ramon Allanes Habana Cigar by Cigar Nut:

This is another great creation from the island just south of Miami, Florida. This one, the Ramon Allones was actually created in 1845 and has been toted as being the first of many different aspects of the cigar world that we take for granted today. Rumors support that they were the first to use colorful lithographs for box art, the first to use bands on their cigars and the first to package their cigars in the “8-9-8″ style although there any many arguments to these statements.

Like many of the original Cuban cigar companies starting in the mid 1800′s – the factories changed owners frequently but this factory was finally purchased by the Cifuentes family (who also own Partagas) and moved production to their Partagas factory – continuing their production from this factory even today.
One of the more lucky Cigar manufacturers, after the Revolution production continued without issues, increasing their popularity throughout the decades, some even comparing the body, size and packaging as similar to the Partagas counterpart. Due to the purchase of prime stock in Habanos Sa, Altadis has a stronger control over the Ramon Allones name, decreasing the production of different sizes and even discontinued a highly acclaimed and well purchased Coronas. Throughout the years following 2005, Ramon Allones has been a very popular choice with many importers for special ‘Edicion Regional’ series – this one in specific being a release in 2006 for the Asia Pacific region.
As you can tell in the pictures, this cigar truly was created by masters in just about every aspect. Evenly packed from head to foot (quite an achievement in my opinion due to the size) with only the slightest bit of give at the end – more of an invitation rather than anything else. A few medium sized veins ran the length of the cigar, but nothing I thought would be a problem (I said thought haha). As with every cigar I smoke, my pet peeve of band removal came to a head -the bands both removed without any unneeded effort, I have to put this on the list as being in the top 5.
Ramon Allones Habana Exclusivo
Right from the beginning this stick just pours out a super smooth and mildly creamy smoke which I just can’t speak highly enough about. Initially your hit with a nice black pepper, not the stinging portion but just the flavor. Mixing with the natural tobacco flavor and the pepper the Ramon Allones really took on a mind of its own changing from a more dramatic pepper to a lesser form adding in a few sweet notes (I couldn’t pin point them) and a balanced woody sensation. Just as soon as I had nailed down the wood flavor and was trying to pick out the sweetness the undertone of natural tobacco left, being replaced with an amazing light hay or grassy taste.
Now granted, we are just within the first half. Once the cigar was really cooking the body decided it was time to step up now solidly within the medium range. The flavors from before seemed to have a little party, each one taking its turn to come to the foreground and then slip back into the crowd. After I had crossed the halfway point and my mind started to wander I was put back on track by a rather unexpected bitter sensation – leather. Through to the end the addition of leather and the increased pepper flavor from before carried this one till the very end.
Ramon Allones Habana
Since this was the Asia Exclusive, they were produced in 2006 and only released to a very select retail establishments
Great construction, perfect draw, very complex – although lighter in body than I had originally expected, I can’t complain. One vein seemed to cause a weird burn issue but moving past that it was more ‘fun’ than detrimental to the cigar. If you get a chance to find some, by all means pick them up, send me one and enjoy the rest!
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