Name: Chateau Ksara 2016 Type: Red Wine Grapes: Cabernet-Sauvignon, Merlot, Petit Verdot Year: 2016 Country: Lebanon Region: Beqaa Valley Date Consumed: May 7, 2023
Dirty secrets aged in oak barrels. Dark matter wrapped around my tongue. A full-bodied wine for a wandering mind. There’s something happening and, simultaneously, something else happening. Like reading a book in a haunted castle, like swimming alone at night in the middle of the ocean, like peeling off the pantyhose of an unnamed whore, waiting for the monster to come out from under the bed, waiting for the shark to bite my leg, waiting for a kiss from lips so red.
A big cigar for a big night. My wife and I had friends visiting Lebanon, so we met at one of our favorite lounges. I wanted to smoke something that would last me close to a couple of hours, and that’s how I picked El Jefe.
I paired it with a glass of Havana Club Cuban Barrel Proof, and then I switched to a nice Gin and tonic.
El Jefe burned evenly and produced a lot of smoke. Strength-wise, it was somewhere between medium and full. I loved its aroma, and I could taste a harmony of notes, including medium-roast coffee, cedar, leather, earth, caramel, and walnut.
Will I ever light one of these up again? I guess I will.
Excellent. I really enjoyed smoking My Father The Judge. Great construction, great draw, and an even burn all the way. I paired the first half with a 12-year-old Scotch and the second half with a bourbon. I was satisfied with my choices.