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Parpar1836
Posted: Thursday, May 18, 2017 9:56:48 AM
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I found an account of a fancy 1912 banquet at a men's club, celebrating the birthday of one of the members, with a menu that concluded with celestine and cigars. I have been unable to locate an appropriate definition for "celestine." It's obviously not the dye, and not anything pertaining to cardinals.

Can anyone enlighten me on this?
thar
Posted: Thursday, May 18, 2017 10:57:46 AM

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The normal after-dinner relaxation is brandy and cigars.

In this case I suspect cognac.

eg
"Cognac de Fine Champagne 'Pierre Célestin de la Maison de St. Jacques"
Parpar1836
Posted: Thursday, May 18, 2017 11:21:45 AM
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Merci beaucoup!
redgriffin
Posted: Thursday, May 18, 2017 11:54:22 AM

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The Celestine's are an order of Benedictine Monks I would say they were having a type of Benedictine Liquor.
Parpar1836
Posted: Thursday, May 18, 2017 2:25:35 PM
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I was puzzled by the word because wine had already been served after the demitasse (final course), but your conjecture makes eminent sense.
isaaac
Posted: Thursday, May 18, 2017 6:02:51 PM
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Celestine is a cigar presenter & facilitator.....Boo hoo!
NKM
Posted: Thursday, May 18, 2017 6:46:22 PM

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Wow! I had no idea!

Donthailand
Posted: Friday, May 19, 2017 6:14:02 AM
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Consommé Celestine is also a soup.
Sarrriesfan
Posted: Friday, May 19, 2017 8:25:37 AM

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As Thar says it was quite normal behaviour at that time was to have cigars and brandy or cognac after dinner, in this country port was all popular.

Meanwhile if the dinner was in a large country house the women would move to the drawing room, as this was in a club there was no need for that to happen. Drawing room is short for "Withdrawing room" as the ladies would withdraw from male company.

The Soup course would be served earlier on in the meal so it cannot be that.

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