Sunday, February 22, 2009

Cohiba Churchill

Ah, the end of another fine week, time to sit back, relax and enjoy this Oliva Serie G cigar with an ice cold bottle of Negra Modelo beer. I think I deserve it - I did my taxes today. It wasn't too terribly bad. In fact I did my son's taxes as well.
Anyway, I wanted to tell you about the Cohiba that I smoked last night - Yesterday was a beautiful sunny warm day, hardly any breeze, just way out of the ordinary for this time of year (February), so my lovely wife and I thought that it might be a perfect evening to drive up to the new Snoqualmie Casino. From our place to the Casino it's about 20-25 minute drive, pretty close really. There are a bunch of Casinos in the area, but this new one is the closest to home.  As we get off the freeway and follow the signs to the Casino, you notice how organized and well planned out this complex is, there's really no way to miss this place even if you try. As we drive up, the exterior of the place is beautiful, big rustic looking, everything wood, set in the middle of an Evergreen forest, just really an eye catcher. So we drive up to the front door where they have the valet parking and I give the guy the keys, we head inside. After checking our coat, we decide to register for a Club Card - it basically keeps track of how much you're spending (loosing) and it will assign you points, which can be used later for food and other entertainment. So we first decide to try out the food. After waiting in line for about 15 minutes, I finally get to order my food. This place is busy! We would have gone to the buffet, but the line for that was about 45 minutes. Sheesh! I had the Reuben and my better half had a hamburger, both were excellent, plus the price was very good. After eating a ton of food we head out to the slots. Ah, there it is, the Poker machine. My wife sits down and immediately wins $20. WOW! That was cool, great way to start and evening. So we continue with a variety of different slots and we stay ahead of the game. Now is a good time to take a break and check out the Cigar Lounge. It's called the Lit Cigar Lounge and it's quite nice. They've got an excellent bar with a great selection of Single Malt Scotchs, plus just about everything else you can imagine. I walked into the humidor and chose the Cohiba Churchill. These are kind of spendy for my taste, $18, but I wanted to splurge a little. I paid for the cigar and the gal at the counter  proceeds to cut it for me, then she takes out her torch and gives it a quick little blast of flame, then hands it to me for the final lighting. The Misses and I sat at the bar and I ordered my favorite rum - Pyrat. My wife had an espresso. As we were sitting there I noticed how tightly this cigar is packed, that's not something I really like. Sure, it'll burn great, but I like to exhale volumes of smoke. For some reason I find that the tighter a cigar is packed, the less smoke you're going to be blowing out. This isn't always the case, but you can pretty much count on it most of the time. So what do I think of this cigar? It's good, very good, a little strong for my taste, but no bite, smooth and tasty. I enjoyed the cigar a lot. We met a few other aficionados, which was easy to do since the place was packed, but there's always good conversations between cigar people. I finished my cigar and we decided to play a few more slots. Wow, what a mistake. We lost everything we had made in about 5 minutes. Time to go home now. I stopped by the valet window, gave them my ticket and the car was there in less than five minutes. Boy, that was impressive! For the amount of people in that Casino I thought it would have taken forever. Nice, very nice. I think I'll do this again.

My Rating: 8

Sunday, February 8, 2009

H.Upman 1844

Sitting out on the deck tonight, enjoying a glass of Scotch and this H.Upman 1844. You'll notice from the photo that it's wrapped in cedar, so I decided to lite this up the Cuban way - take a strip of the cedar and lite it, then lite up your cigar with it. I don't know if makes any difference, but the ritual has always been interesting to me. First impressions of this cigar - not bad. It's a hair stronger than what I'm used to, but it's smooth tasting. In fact it's continued to be smooth tasting throughout. Really a nice way to end the week - just finished a spectacular dinner, drinking a good (not great) glass of Scotch and a cigar that I didn't think was going to be all that hot, which has turned out to be one of the better varieties in my humidor.My Rating: 8

Sunday, February 1, 2009

Henry Clay

Today is Super Bowl Sunday and I just got back from a GREAT Party. OMG, talk about way too much food and booze! It was really the ultimate, plus it turned out to be one of the better games. I really thought the Cardinals were going to pull it off! What was up with that final play, was that a fumble or a pass? So during the third quarter after numerous beers and a boat load of food I decided to step outside and enjoy a fine cigar. They had a nice fire going in an outdoor fireplace, so it was nice and comfy sitting out there, not too cold, no breeze and the fire was actually putting out just enough heat. I brought along an Oliva and a Henry Clay, not sure which one I would smoke. Since I smoke the Olivas all the time I chose the Henry Clay. I lit it up and thought to myself, hmmmm, not too bad. I took a couple sips of a Mike's Hard Lemonade that I brought outside with me and took a few more puffs on my cigar. OK, not bad at all, not the greatest cigar, but it's definitely going to complete my Sunday. It burned well, pretty smooth taste, no real complaints, however, it's just not a cigar that I would go out of my way to buy, which I guess is the bottom line. I finished the cigar and a couple more drinks and then watched the Cardinals get beat. God, it was a good game though!
My Rating: 7.5