Sunday, October 19, 2008

Gispert Belicoso

After a very busy day today, I thought I would kick back and have a nice cold beer and a fine cigar. Tonight I'm smoking a Gispert Belicoso. I've smoked this variety a few times before, so I'm pretty familiar with what the outcome will be. It's a decent smoke, nothing spectacular, but if you're looking for a mild cigar that's fairly smooth, I think you'll like this one. It burns well and there's no bite, at least none that I've noticed. The price is somewhat reasonable as well, this one just happened to be a "freebie". Oh yes, the beer in the photo is a tall can of Sapporo 22oz., imported from Japan. Unfortunately the beer didn't last as long as the cigar did, so I had to bring out the good stuff...
Rating: 7.9
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Sunday, October 12, 2008

Olor Cigars

This was another one of those "free" cigars that came when you ordered a box of premium cigars. I smoked this one the other night and I didn't really think that it was anything special, but free is free, so in all actuality the price was right. Would I buy this cigar? No, never. Definitely not my taste - not smooth enough probably, a little bite as well.
Rating: 5

Friday, October 10, 2008

Nat Sherman Omerta

My lovely wife bought me a box (6 cigars) of these cigars for Father's Day. She somehow bought them behind my back while we were at the cigar shop. I must have been talking to someone because I didn't have a clue that she got them. I was glad she did though, they turned out to be a pretty good cigar! Turns out that the owner of the store helped her select this variety - he knows what I like, but he wanted me to try something different. Glad I did and I might just get them again.
Rating: 8.7

Oliva Serie G Churchill


After a very busy Sunday, I've finally found a few minutes to kick back and enjoy a cold beer and one of my favorite cigars - Oliva Serie G. The one I'm smoking tonight is a Churchill and it is excellent! I just received a box of these from the Famous Smoke Shop. The last two varieties of Olivas that I ordered came 25 to a box, plus they gave me six Oliva Sampler cigars as well - Nice, very nice. I'm not trying to plug the Famous Smoke Shop, but JR Cigars doesn't stock theses babes. FYI - I sent an email to JR asking them why they don't and they actually answered me back saying that they used to, but not anymore. They said that they'd look into stocking them again in the near future if the demand was there. Believe me, I'm sure it will be.
Okay, so back to the Churchill - This is an hour cigar easily. From the time you lite it up, until the time it's burning your finger tips because you've smoked it all the way down to the numb, it's a fantastic smoke. I might add that this cigar is perfectly suited for my taste. It kind of reminds me of a Cuban cigar, becuase the taste is superior. It draws easy and it's not as tightly packed as some cigars, plus the amount of smoke that billows out speaks volumes - just the way I like it - clouds of smoke. Happy Times indeed!
In case you're wondering, the beer tonight is a Dos Equis XX Amber. It's a perfect match for this cigar - of course I just finished an excellent baked salmon, red potatoes and salad dinner. UGH - ate too much, but I really enjoy a cigar on a full stomach.
Rating: 10. You won't find a finer cigar sold in the States.

Gispert Toro

A glass of cold beer, some salami and cheese, listening to a Tango CD and smoking this very nice Gispert Toro cigar. La dolce vita, no?
After smoking a crappy Cohiba the day before, this Gispert was a welcome change. All the characteristics that I like in a cigar. Perfectly packed, smooth on the tongue, mild to full bodied, well maybe a little bit mild, but still an excellent cigar, especially for the price.
Rating: 8.5

Macanudo 1968

Not too long ago I went to a Cigar Tasting down at my local cigar shop and they were featuring Macanudo cigars. They had a wide assortment to choose from, so I chose three different sizes of the 1968 blend. Nice looking cigar, somewhat oily wrapper, good feel, good ring size, not too tightly packed, good first impression. I lit the first one up after dinner one night with a glass of cacha├ža to accompany it. Hey, not bad! Smooth, tasty, full flavored cigar. I really enjoyed it. Now, would I pick this cigar over an Oliva? I don't think so, but it was a very good smoke indeed. The price wasn't too bad as well. Can't wait to smoke the other two that I have.
Rating: 8

Cohiba Coronas Especiales

While waiting for a flight out of Carrasco International Airport in Montevideo, Uruguay, I stopped by the Duty Free shop and picked up a five pack of Cohiba Coronas Especiales (Cuba). The price was expensive, but not too far out of line. I told myself that I would enjoy these back in Brazil while finishing up my vacation. Anyway, a few days go by and after dinner one night I lite one of these up - UGH! Not a good start. There was a bite, plus the cigar is packed so tight that it's hard to draw any smoke out of the dang thing. Jeez! I hope this gets better? Unfortunately it didn't. This was probably the tightest packed cigar I've smoked. I tried a couple of tricks to open it up a little, but no luck. What a waste. So then I start to think that this was maybe just a reject and that the other 4 that I had would be superior smokes. NO DICE... I smoked 4 out of 5 of them and they were all identical, crappy, which leads me to believe that either these were all rejects or maybe this was how they were supposed to taste and draw. So if you like a cigar that is extremely difficult to draw any smoke out of and one that taste like crap, this must have been made for you. Of course, that's just my personal opinion, I'm no expert.
The 5th cigar I left in a cigar box at the house in Brazil. Maybe when I go back in a year or so I'll smoke it then. We'll see...
Rating: 2

Perfection in Buenos Aires

So I was in this little Mall just a block off of Avenida Florida in Buenos Aires and I spotted this very petite cigar store, very small shop indeed, but I was curious so I decided to check it out. They didn't have the biggest selection, but they did have some pretty nice Cohiba cigars. The one that I could not stop looking at was a Cohiba Pyramid Edicion Limitada 2005. I looked around a bit more, but came right back to the Limitada. So I asked the guy "how much?" When he told me the price I told him "NO WAY!" I could buy five of them in the States for that
price (I have my connections). Anyway, since my lovely wife had already spent a considerable amount of money on clothing, I decided that I could have a little fun too. I bought it! Later that day while strolling down Avenida Florida I lit up my prize cigar. I can only say one thing - PERFECTION. Yah, this was one of the best cigars I've ever smoked. I've had many Cuban Cohiba cigars before, but this is one that I will look for again. Smooth as silk the whole ride. It's possible that the steak that I ate in the Argentine steak house (El Establo) might have influenced the taste of this cigar, but I doubt it, this was truly a fine cigar.
Rating: 10

After doing a little research I've discovered that this cigar was a FAKE! Cohiba didn't make an EL in 2005, plus I took a closer look at the Cohiba label and determined that it was indeed a counterfeit. Next time I'll pay closer attention to the details. Surprisingly this was a mighty fine counterfeit. I'm going to stop by this little cigar shop again the next time I'm in BA. Watch for more updates!