Tuesday, July 20, 2010

The Hammer

Went out to dinner on Friday night over in Houghton - we ate at Shamiana Restaurant. We haven't been there in a while so we thought we'd try it again. Ugh! What a mistake. Both the food and the service were substandard. Sad, because this place used to be so good!

Anyway, Friday night we stopped by the Tobacco Patch for a cigar, I bought a J Fuego Natural Belicoso for myself and an Oliva Special for my lovely wife. Lots of people walking around downtown, mainly because of the Kirkland UnCorked Wine Festival that was going on all weekend, but also because the weather was perfect.

I've got to tell you that I'm starting to like these J Fuego cigars more and more. The Natural Belicoso that I smoked on Friday was outstanding. Medium body, perfect draw, smooth taste, basically a cigar for anytime of day. I'm thinking about buying a box or them, or maybe a box of Origens. I'll keep you posted.

Saturday I had to work until early afternoon, and Saturday night we had friends over for dinner. Everything turned out really good, thank God, after dinner we moved outside to sit around the fireplace - dessert, coffee and a handful of cigars that my good friend had brought. Unfortunately I can't remember any of the brands - probably too much booze. Didn't get to bed until 3 AM too. ;)

Sunday was the Kirkland Classic Car Show in downtown Kirkland, also it was the last day of the wine festival. We're kind of lucky that we can just walk downtown, parking really sucks when they have big events like this.  Anyway, at the car show there were probably a couple hundred cars on display, all in MINT condition. I wish I would have brought my camera, a couple of cars were totally ($$$) amazing!  (Jaw droppers!)

So after drooling over the cars, we strolled over to the Wine Festival at the marina. The festival is also a Street Fair, so there's lots to look at and plenty to eat, and of course you can sample a boatload of wine. One of the cool things that I saw this year was at the dog trainer booth. You can't believe how well-trained those dogs were, and they were all just your ordinary run-of-the-mill mutts. Definitely want these guys when I get my next dog.

On to the main event on Sunday evening

So I bought this $20+ cigar last week at the Patch and I've been itching to try it ever since.

Padron Family Reserve 1964 No.45
If you look closely at the label you'll see a little hammer between the 19 and the 64 - kind of cute.

Anyway,  when I first lit this cigar I thought that it would be no better or worse than the cigars I've been smoking all weekend, but surprisingly this little jewel proved me wrong. The cigar is near perfect. No kidding. Box pressed, oily, but firm wrapper, medium to full-bodied, maybe a little jagged on the burn, but everything else was delicious. Smooth and full flavored taste never quit. I didn't want it to stop - believe me, this cigar lasted forever too! What a great smoke though. I think you'll enjoy it once you get over the sticker price. ;)

My Rating: 9.8

2 comments:

The Cigar Habanero Newsletter said...

John,
Excellent photos. Very artistic and original. I hope you are saving all these cigar photos. They are a collection to admire. Great review on the 1964 Padron #45. One of my top favorites.

Herman
"Sir Godfather"

Kirkland Cigar Club said...

Thanks for the nice comments my friend! I'm looking forward to our next cigar together...

John