Monday, September 21, 2009

Cain Cigars (Oliva)

I was down at the Tobacco Patch and my local tobacconist gave me one of these Cain cigars. He told me to be careful, they're pretty strong. A fellow aficionado near by concurred, he told me the Ligero leaf will sneak up on you....

The Ligero totals for this cigar are as follows:

32% Esteli Ligero
25% Condega Ligero
25% Jalapa Ligero

Ligero = Full Bodied kick-ass

OK, so you're wondering why I even have this cigar in my possession? Besides that it was given to me, I couldn't resist the challenge of seeing how good or bad this cigar was. Would I put it out after the first few puffs, could I handle this Ligero blend? Well, just to play it safe I decided to smoke this cigar at home.

Anyway, Sunday was a beautiful day, temp in the mid 70's and a cool breeze out of the north. Yes, Fall is in the air. I'd already completed most everything that needed to be done for the day and my lovely wife was away at the Mall - perfect opportunity to try out this Cain cigar. I was going to smoke it out on the back deck, but this late in the afternoon the decks are in the shade, so I moved to the garage instead. I didn't want the garage to reek of cigar smoke when mama got home, so I opened up the doors (3 car garage) and let that warm afternoon sunshine air in. Boy it was nice out too - what a great Summer it's been! If only it could be like this all year long...

Back to reality - I sat down at my work bench and flipped on the TV. There was a film on PBS, one that I'd seen before, but every time it comes on I've got to watch it again: "Alone in the Wilderness" - a video of Dick Proenneke. Absolutely amazing film - you will be mesmerized watching what this guy can do and has done in the Alaskan Wilderness. Unbelievable...

So I'm all set now. I poured a glass of Brandy and punched the end of the cigar with a single hole. The wrapper looks nice, a few little dark dots on a somewhat rugged looking stick, no soft spots. I take a sip of Brandy and lite it up. OOOhhhh, nice! This is a really good cigar - full bodied taste, no bite, smooth as silk, billows of white smoke, great draw. Jeez, what's up here? This bad boy Ligero isn't supposed to taste like this, is it? Excellent smoke. What a surprise!

After a while I finish my Brandy and I think to myself that it might be wise to grab something to munch on and possibly get something else to drink. I grab a bag of pistachios and a glass of lemonade, terrible combo, but perfect for the garage. Half way through the cigar it's still holding up perfectly, and so am I. God, I'll definitely have to buy some of these. I've had to re-lite it twice, but that's no big deal - taste-wise, it's still just the same as when I lit it.

OK, so I kind of knew that at some point this cigar would jump up and bite me on the butt, but it didn't actually hit me until I was totally finished with it and typing away on my computer - BAM! Oh man, the room started spinning - better lay down for a minute. Well, I laid down for about an hour. That Ligero blend had a delayed reaction for me - Thank God I wasn't in public, I probably would have passed out. YIKES!

Overall, my rating for this cigar is a 8.9. I would have given it a 10 had I not started feeling sick. Seriously, it's kind of like drinking too much, at first you feel great, but later you feel like crap. I think if I had only smoked half of it, I might have been just fine. Oh well, live and learn...

PS - I'm heading South this weekend; 14 night/Panama Canal cruise. Hopefully I'll be able to find a legitimate Cuban Cohiba this time. I'll keep you posted!

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Saturday, September 12, 2009

Nat Sherman Suave Torpedo

It's turning out to be a great weekend - temp was near 90┬║ yesterday and it looks like it'll continue for a few more days. What a complete turnaround from last weekend, yes the Holiday weekend, where it did nothing but rain. Generally speaking, this has turned out to be one of the better Summers, of course after the winter that we had, 17 snow days compared to the usual 5, I think we kind of deserve a nice Summer.

So last night, Cigar Night, we went down to the Tobacco Patch to see what was happening downtown. First we had to stop by Caffe Ladro for dessert and a mocha. By the way, I noticed that the downtown Tulley's was closed down the other day. I'm not sure if it's closed for good or just being remodeled - all the windows were covered with paper. So that means that in a 2 block downtown radius there are only 4 coffeehouses now. What will we do! Anyway, we had our dessert and brought the mocha over to the Patch to drink while I enjoyed my cigar.

So what did I think about the Nat Sherman Suave? Well, I thought it was going to be a super mild cigar, mainly because the wrapper is so light in color, but it turned out to be an extremely smooth medium bodied smoke - I liked it! It had all the qualities I like - great taste, excellent draw, volumes of smoke and no bite. The only issue I had with it was that I had to re-lite it a couple of times, not a big deal, but kind of inconvenient. Now you might be asking yourself: "Why did he pick this one?" Well, I didn't actually, it was given to me - I would have never picked a cigar with this color wrapper. So my new motto is: "Never judge a cigar by it's wrapper." Heck, never judge it by it's label either!
My Rating: 8.5

Till next time -

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Wednesday, September 9, 2009

One good, one bad...

You know I don't think I've ever smoked a bad Oliva cigar, but I had my first one over this past weekend. I couldn't really tell you which variety it was since the label has no distinguishing features. (other than the Oliva name)

But what I do know is that this was really a crappy cigar. It had a bite right from the get-go and it never stopped. UGH!! I got this cigar with a 5 pack sampler that I bought from CI. I should really know better than to buy samplers - there's always a terd in the bunch. Oh well, the price was right.

Anyway, now on the brighter side, I did smoke one really nice cigar, one that I would recommend: Sol Cubano Connecticut. (made by Oliva)

This beauty rates in the top 10 on my Cigar Favorites list. I thought it would be similar to the Oliva Connecticut, but it turned out to be a stronger, more flavorful blend. If you hold this next to the Oliva CT, you'll notice that it does indeed have a darker wrapper, but boy is it a smooth blend. I loved it! If you like Oliva's, you're going to really enjoy this puppy. It's pretty special.

My Rating: 9.5

On the restaurant front -

Stopped by the 13 Coins in Seattle on Monday, we had lunch/breakfast with some friends from out of town. I haven't been to the Coins in years, but it hasn't changed a bit, it's still one of the best restaurants in Seattle. My dad used to have an office in the building next door, I still remember having lunch with him when I was just a punk. Yes, this place has been around forever! I still love it - the food is always perfect!
Also, I found the best place on the Eastside for Pho - I Love Pho in Factoria. Some good friends took us there on Sunday night. I recommend the Beef Pho with extra beef. MMMMmmmmm.... Mighty good, especially if you know how to add all the condiments to it. Be careful not to add too much hot sauce.

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Tuesday, September 1, 2009

Rocky Patel Corojo Especial

Not bad, a little tough on the draw at first, but a quite flavorful, actually improved as it went along. The only problem, if you consider this a problem, was that it lasted forever. No kidding! After an hour and 45 minutes I had to call it quits, I just didn't have time to finish it, and there was at least another 30 minutes left.
Would I buy one of these again? Actually this was given to me by my local tobacconist, but I might, especially if I have the time for it. For a medium bodied cigar with a BIG ring size it does pretty well, just be aware that you'll have to puff it kind of hard at first to get it burning, but after 15 minutes or so it'll be drawing perfectly.

My Rating 8.5

Side note: Stopped by Zeeks Pizza on Saturday night. Not big on pizza anymore, but Zeeks does a good job. My lovely wife and I split a "Jimmy the Greek/Dragon" pizza. Oh man, that was good. Those damn jalape├▒os are addicting! Nice cold beer to wash it down made for a perfect dinner. Swung by the Patch afterward and smoked an Oliva O Maduro - Yes, a perfect evening.

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