I love a good cigar, but it had been a while since I enjoyed one. On my recent vacation, I smoked a perfect re-entry cigar, a Drew Estate Natural Juicy Lucy. My fellow cigar fans will recognize that as a miniature cigar, and if you can light something that close to your face without singeing your eyebrows, you’re in for a satisfying, very smooth, short smoke.
In my glass was the Campbells Muscat Rutherglen NV ($19 for a 375ml bottle). I’ve enjoyed this Australian sweet wine for years—I love that it’s affordable, consistent and easy to find. Not only were the wine’s caramel, coffee, toffee, spice and candied citrus peel notes delicious on their own, they were a terrific complement to my tasty cigar. I rated the wine 91 points, non-blind.
My colleague Harvey Steiman had recently scored another Campbells Muscat 100 points, the Muscat Rutherglen Merchant Prince Rare NV ($97). I had the opportunity to sample it after he reviewed it in a blind tasting, and it was really a remarkable wine, though sadly only 50 cases were imported into the United States.
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