Whisky and Cigar Challenge 2004 Results

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Whisky and Cigar Challenge 2004 Results

Postby Kate » Wed Mar 17, 2004 6:43 pm

Havana, Cuba, played host to the finals of the second Whisky & Cigar Challenge the week of 23rd February. Monday 23rd witnessed eight of Scotland’s finest whiskies and two of Cuba’s finest cigars tasted by judges from Cuba, the UK, Ireland, Israel, Spain, Hong Kong, South Africa and France. The assembled retailers, cigar aficionados, whisky and cigar producers and international press selected their two finest combinations for tasting in the finals on Thursday 26th February.

The short listed whiskies tasted on Monday 23rd February were;
    Aberlour a’bunadh
    Auchentoshan Three Wood
    Chieftain’s Cigar Malt Aged 13 Years
    Cutty Sark Aged 25 Years
    The Dalmore Special Cask Strength Aged 30 Years
    Hart Brothers Glen Grant Distillery Aged 29 Years
    The Macallan Cask Strength
    Whyte & Mackay Masters Reserve 21 Year Old
Tasted with Montecristo No. 2 and Partagas Piramides

250 judges from across the world then tasted the two final whiskies with the two leading Habanos cigars on Thursday 26th February. The tasting panel was led by;
    Damian Riley-Smith, Whisky Magazine
    Javier Torres, Habanos SA
    Simon Chase, Hunters & Frankau
    Ranald Macdonald, Boisdale
    Rupert Patrick, Ian Macleod Distillers
    Donald Hart, Hart Brothers
    Antony Macallum, Ian Macleod Distillers
The Finest Combination of 2004 was;
    The Macallan Cask Strength and Partagas Piramides
And the Highly Recommended Combination of 2004 was;
    The Chieftain’s Cigar Malt and Partagas Piramides

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