Back to my favorite cigar, the RASS. This happens to be an 06 vintage model. Perhaps too much aging? I think not. Tons of smoke off the get go, with a nice tight construction the suggests the aging has not hurt it one bit.
With the glass beads I have a very stable control of about 65% humidity. I certainly would want no less.
Its a rainy spring day in tokyo and one could almost say it is cold. I am happy to have a chance to light up. A peppery start. My guess is it is burning a tad hot, but settling down as I write.
The second third is consistent, voluminous smoke with with a wild deep flavor. Come back and settle down, this ride is not over yet.
Final third. Beautiful. My hunch was correct and I let it burn down a little which took the edge off.
So I go to this bagel shop in Shibuya and start to order some bagels. I ask the guy what cream cheese he has and he relies "arimasen" or I have none. WTF? How can you run a bagel shop and not sell cream cheese?!
I have been reading some heavy stuff as of late. One thought that stood out was many people struggle with the question: what is next? Of course this is the quintessential of life and the root of all mid-life crises.
A Barossa Valley Shiraz. My neighbor came over with is girlfriend to announce that they were getting married. Good for them and good for me as it gave me a chance to open a bottle of something good. John Duval was a winemarker at Penfolds and decided he would break out on his own. The results is a line of three wines, of which I open Plexus last night.
I decanted, but suspect that I needed more time as the wine should probably sit for a good hour before drinking - I did not have the time. It was very tanic and felt more like taking a bit of an unrippened apple than a pleasurable sip of wine. Short on the palatte, Plexus lacked the fullness you would have from other Barossa Valley wines. This wine needs to celar for another 5 years.
I like to call this wine "Jay's wine". Jay turned me on to it and we actually played tug-o-war on a case of it. Out of the bottle with no decanting it displays a brilliant ruby red color with a medium bodied nose. Ripe with tanins it still drinks young. Perhaps a little decanting would soften it up. Cab 62%, Sangiovese 28%, and Petite Sirah 10%.