Sunday, June 28, 2009

Macanudo Robusto



I was lucky enough to smoke 3 different Macanudo cigars this weekend and surprisingly I liked them all! Very mild and extremely smooth, excellent cigar for just about any occasion.
Friday I smoked the first one over at the Tobacco Patch with the gang, Saturday at a party that we went to out in Kent, and today down at the Kirkland Marina - I’m not going to say that these are as good as an Oliva or a Casa Magna Colorado, but you won’t be disappointed with what you get for the price - it’s an fantastic cigar.
Beautiful weekend - temp in the low 70’s, a little breezy but not bad. As we were walking out on the dock today just before I was going to have my cigar, I noticed that there’s a new hotdog vendor down by the waterfront. “Wow, I’ve never seen that guy before? Maybe after my smoke we’ll grab a dog.” So we head out to the end of the dock with another friend (Keith) and sit down and enjoy the sun, boats and people. Great place to people watch. After the cigar we head back to the shoreline and the hotdog guy is still there. You can tell right off that he’s not originally from here - he’s wearing a winter parka. No kidding. I talked to him for a little bit, I didn’t ask where he was from, but I’m assuming that it had to be India or Pakistan from his accent. He’s kind of a nut case too, but in a truly sincere way. I order the Polish dog and my wife gets the all beef one. These dogs are grilled, not boiled, plus he serves them with grilled onions - nice touch. Anyway, the Polish hotdog is GREAT! My wife concurs. We will definitely stop by here again.

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Sunday, June 21, 2009

Partagas Spanish Rosado



Today is Father’s Day, at least that’s what it says on the calendar. My dad passed away a few years back, my daughter is vacationing in Columbia and who knows where my son is. Thus, it’s just another day.
Since I’m not doing anything special, I grabbed a fine cigar and headed out to the deck. On the way I picked-up a bottle of Negra Modelo beer, some salami and one of my favorite cheeses. I’m ready. The Partagas that I’m smoking looks a little more kick-ass than what I usually smoke, it has a dark leaf wrapper and it’s tightly packed. I don’t see any imperfections or feel any soft spots, so I guillotine cut the end and lite it up. Not bad, I know this is a full bodied cigar from my first few puffs though. The draw is not bad, but you do have to work it a bit, also the burn is a little uneven. No big deal. I eat a little more food and sip my cold beer. Sharp cheese seems to compliment this cigar perfectly. I would have brought out the single malt, but I drank enough booze last night; we had friends over for dinner. Unfortunately these were not cigar friends, so today is the first cigar that I’ve smoked all week! Amazing!
Towards the end of the cigar the full bodied taste turn into kind of a nasty cigar, so I slowed down a bit and took my time trying finishing it off. I went as long as I could, but I had to say “bye-bye” to the last third of the cigar - I didn’t like what it was turning into. Too bad, I hate doing that.
Final thoughts - in my opinion this six inch cigar was just OK. I’m sure there are folks out there that must love these, but not me. Would I call it a silky smooth cigar, the kind of cigar that has that creamy smoke? Are you kidding me? This cigar would slap you just for thinking those thoughts!
My Rating: 5




Sunday, June 14, 2009

Bolivar (Dominicana)



Another great weekend for cigar smoking. Friday after dinner we went over to my neighbor’s house for cigars and spirits. I brought the cigars and a bottle of Pyrat rum and my neighbor pulled out three bottles of Single Malt Scotch: Balvenie, Oban and Talisker. All three were excellent, but if I had to choose I’d take the Oban - smoothest by far. Luckily we live close enough to walk home - no way I could have drove.
Saturday, dinner at Cactus Restaurant in Kirkland - best Tex-Mex on the Eastside, consistently outstanding food! My wife and I love it!
So after dinner and drinks, we walked over to the Tobacco Patch to meet up with the gang and enjoy a fine cigar. It was a perfect night, temp in the low 70’s, blue sky, very little breeze. I brought along a Bolivar. Surprisingly I’ve never smoked one of these before. Guess I’ve always thought that they’d be a little on the strong side. Technically speaking, I’ve never seen anyone smoking Bolivars, so I really didn’t know if they were any good. I picked this one up at Rain City Cigars in Georgetown.
When I pulled the cigar out and showed my fellow aficionados that I was about to smoke a Bolivar, the first thing they asked was “is it a Cuban?” I replied back “I wish!” They claim that the Cubans are much better, which I don’t doubt, but since I’ve never smoked one of these before, I really wouldn’t know any better.
So I lit the cigar and puffed until it was perfectly lit - right away the flavor, the smoothness, the creamy smoke - WOW! This is GREAT! I really underestimated how good these Bolivars are. The wrapper is dark and has kind of a rustic look and feel to it. It’s not packed too tight and there was a little soft spot that I noticed, but boy, I truly enjoyed this smoke. My one little tiny complaint was that the draw was a little tough at first, probably my fault. I punched it a second time and that opened it up enough for the smoke to billow out. The whole cigar was absolutely perfect - smooth as hell, you’ll see what I mean if you smoke one.



I was over at Costco earlier today and noticed that they have a new sampler package of cigars - one of the cigars in the box was a Bolivar - Heck, I couldn’t pass this up, the price was too good, so I bought it. After dinner tonight I lit my Costco Bolivar up - Amazing! Just as good as the first one. Now I’m really curious what a Cuban Bolivar might taste like? Well, I might get my chance next month - I’m going up to Canada for a wedding. Yes, I’ll definitely be searching for one!
My Rating: 9.2



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Sunday, June 7, 2009

H.Upmann 1844 Cabinet Selección



Beautiful weather all week long, made it up into the low 90’s, but of course on the weekends is when it really counts and on Friday night it started to cloud up and cool down. We still had fun though. Friday night we stopped by the Tobacco Patch and said hello to the gang. I went into the store and picked out a Santa Damiana No.700 Cabinet cigar - I’m not reviewing this cigar right now, but I’ll just tell you that I didn’t like it at all. I didn’t even finish it, that’s how bad it was.
Saturday night we had a big dinner party at our house - I made “Feijoada Completa”. My version is somewhat Americanized, but personally I think it taste better than the authentic Brazilian recipe, much easier on your stomach too. Boy, I can eat a ton of this stuff!
So after dinner it was cigar time, I grabbed some glasses and a bottle of my favorite rum - Pyrat. Personally speaking, this is the best rum you can buy, don’t mix it with anything, just drink it neat. It’s so sweet and goes perfectly with any cigar. Trust me...
One of my friends brought a Sampler box of cigars along with him - he opened it up and asked everyone to choose something - I took the Montecristo White Label. I’ve smoked these before so I knew it would be perfect. I poured the rum, we made a quick toast, then we lit up our smokes. Jeez, what a perfect evening, even the weather cooperated!
Today I’m kind of dragging since I didn’t get to bed until 2 AM - maybe all the beer, wine and rum I drank last night might have something to do with it? Nah...
This afternoon the sun broke through the clouds and it warmed up enough to take a walk down to the Kirkland Marina. We go down there occasionally to sit in the sun and check out the boats. It’s a fun place to people watch as well. On a sunny day the place is packed!
OK, so I might as well tell you about the H.Upmann 1844 Cabinet Selección cigar that I smoked today. We were at the Marina when I lit it up. Right off I noticed that the draw wasn’t all that good., really had to work it. I let my wife try it and she said: “I don’t think there’s any smoke coming out?” So I put another punch in it. I could have given it a guillotine cut, but I don’t think it would have made any difference. The thing missing from this cigar was “taste” - it didn’t even come close to the Montecristo that I smoked last night. Surprisingly it burned very well and I bought it because the color of the wrapper, the label, the size and shape all looked like my kind of cigar. Looks can be deceiving though. I’m not going to say that this cigar was a total waste, I did finish it, but probably because I hate throwing away money. Cigars aren’t cheap, so sometimes you just have to put up with your bad choices. I’m not going to recommend this cigar.
My Rating: 3



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