The Trinidad Espiritu Series No. 1 Toro started out quite promising in the first third. Unfortunately, the second and last thirds lacked the same flavor complexity, resulting in an overall average experience.
Lagavulin The Distillers Edition is a smoky, spicy, sweet flavor combination that has a satisfying oily mouthfeel anchoring everything together. The question here is whether you would pick a Lagavulin 16 over The Distillers Edition. I would personally go for the Lagavulin 16 first, but I didn't hesitate to add this bottle to my collection.
The Espinosa Las 6 Provincias MTZ was a good smoking experience with a wide range of flavors from pepper, sweet hay, graham cracker, powdered cocoa, citrus, earth, toasted barbecue, malty sweetness, baking spices, cedar and honey sweetness. The profile is well balanced at medium strength throughout.
Parallel 49/Last Best It Came From the Mash Tun! was the last beer I poured in the assorted pack. I enjoyed this particular release, it struck a nice balance between being a saison and adding other interesting aspects of citrus and sweetness outside of the style.
The cigar falls into the same one liner summary that I've used for most of the new cigars coming out of Tabacalera AJ Fernandez lately; great construction but the flavors are fairly average. I think the Crux Epicure Maduro Toro would appeal to cigar smokers who typically reach for the more mass market style of Maduro cigars.
The Aberlour 15 Year Old Hand Filled Bourbon Cask was an enjoyable experience, and quite approachable. For a 15 year old whisky I do expect more depth of flavors. The saltiness on the finish starts out as a great accent to the other flavors, but becomes more pronounced over time.
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The San Pedro de Macorís Nicaragua Robusto had a rich and nuanced first and second third with balanced and enjoyable flavors. The last third lost most of the cigars complexity and was almost entirely driven by cedar flavors. This is another solid performer in the San Pedro line and I think Royal Agio is poised to clean up on the value category this year.
The Cubariqueño Protocol Jane Doe is medium strength with enjoyable complexity through the first and second thirds. The cigar has a range of flavors from cedar, leather, cocoa, bread, pepper, baking spices and earth. Overall, I enjoyed the Protocol Jane Doe and would happily smoke it again.
The Caravel Hazy Horizon is a satisfying Hefeweizen that stands out in a number of categories. I wouldn't hesitate to order this again, and I'm going to seek this out on tap at a local beer pub in Calgary.