I always looked forward to going to Montreal and visiting the famous La Casa Del Habanos store and have a smoke in their beautiful lounge. We had a weekend get away trip to Montreal and on the way back I made a stop in the store.
Its located in the beautiful street of Sherbrooke in Montreal. The staff was very friendly and gave me a run down of all the cigars, specially new 2009 limited and regional releases. The only thing is you must buy the cigars from their humidor in order to smoke it in the lounge which makes sense. There was also a box of new Cohiba Gran Reserva which I was only able to look and not touch. They went for $180 each single. wow.
Anyways, I picked up a Petit Robaina, new Canadian Regional Edition 2009 Release which is simply a Petit Robusto Cigar. I figured what is better than trying a cigar made for Canada in a Canadian cigar lounge.
After picking the cigar I walked into the lounge and sat down on comfy leater sofa. The lounge is done tastefully and there is lots of comfortable leather seats and other folks were having cigars and nice classic music was playing in the background. There is a full bar at the very end of the lounge which serves everything from coffee to spirits. The staff recomended a 10 year Fladgate Port to pair with the cigar which was a good choice and is my favorate drink.
I light up the cigar and I must say that Petit Robaina is one of the better Canada regional releases I have smoked e.g. Bolivar. It was a nice full body smoke with good amount of nicotine. It burned really well and the complexity was there but a little young to get them all out. Mostly tobacco flavor with hints of cedar and coffee which was balanced and tasty. The cigar went a little bitter on the last third and I had to lay it down. Overall it was a very pleasent experience smoking Petit Robaina at the La Casa lounge.
I have been to several cigar lounges in the past like the Casa Fuetne in Vegas but I really enjoyed this one. I totally recommend visiting La Casa Del Habanos cigar store/lounge if you don’t mind the high cigar prices in this store AND specially that we are not able to smoke in Toronto cigar lounges.