Tuesday, August 24, 2010

RoxoЯ Deluxe Maduro

The label (Kryptonite green) may look a little kooky, but this was a surprisingly good cigar! A friend of mine gave it to me, so I'm not sure on the details, but it was Churchill size and a maduro wrapper. Good feel, maybe a little rugged, but definitely a BIG cigar with a large ring size. It had an excellent draw, nice flavor and lasted for frickin ever! After an hour and 10 minutes I had to put it out, but there was easily another 30-40 minutes left. Anyway, it reminds me of the Da Vinci Leonardo cigars that I've smoked on many occasions, same characteristics.Yes, not a bad smoke indeed, and I just betcha that these are pretty reasonably priced?
My Rating: 7.5

Side notes:
Busy weekend for us, but a couple of items to share -

Every now and then we leave our sunny Kirkland to try out new eating establishments in nearby lands. (Restaurants are like cigars, you'll never try them all, but it never hurts to try)
So Saturday night we went to the Buenos Aires Grill (Argentine Restaurant and Tango Bar) in Seattle. I knew it was going to be a good evening, I found street parking on 3rd Avenue. Lucky me! Parking in a parking lot in Seattle is a ripoff, and me being as cheap as I am generally try to find something on the street "IF" I have the time to look for one - If not, screw it, it's going in the lot.
Anyway, this was one of the cooler restaurants that we've been to in a while - has the look and feel of a few places we've been to in Argentina and Uruguay. Kind of a 1920's look. Heck, it could be Paris if you didn't know any better. The food, especially the steaks, are outstanding, but what really put the restaurant over the top for us was the service. Our waitress was the best! She took care of us like we were her folks and she was trying to make a good impression. She succeeded! Everything was perfect. Now, while you're eating and listening to beautiful tango music, you are also entertained by a couple (dressed in white tux/white dress) dancing tango. They glide between the tables like they're floating on air - amazing to watch! If I didn't have two left feet, I'd love to learn how to dance it. Why are you laughing? I'm serious!

OK on to the next one -Our friends from Oregon were passing through Seattle on Sunday and they wanted to get together for brunch with them at Lola's Restaurant, this is one of Tom Douglas's restaurants on 4th Avenue, just a couple blocks from the restaurant we were at the night before. Let me tell you that they have the BEST Eggs Benedict in town - no question about it. And the service was First Class all the way. Kind of nice when you have people from out of town checking out the Seattle scene and everything is perfect. This is my new favorite place for breakfast in town. My only complaint might be the price - it's pretty expensive!

Guess I'm going to have to come to Seattle more often...

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Oliva Man

Just happen to have a variety of Oliva cigars in my humidor. Don't worry, they'll be gone soon. ;)

I really should be the spokesperson for the Oliva brand - for the price, in my opinion, this is the best cigar line on the market.

Starting to cool down a bit now, but boy it's been pretty toasty for us Seattleites - temp in the 90's. I'm not complaining, I love the heat, in fact I'll take the heat over our typical 228 gray-sky days anytime.

So as you may have guessed, I've been smoking nothing but Oliva's all weekend. Actually started smoking them on Thursday night - I usually don't smoke cigars Monday through Thursday, but this week was an exception. I can't remember the exact reason, but somehow we made it out on our back deck, I lit up the fireplace and we kicked back with a drink and a cigar. Nice, very nice evening.

Friday and Saturday nights we ventured over to the Tobacco Patch - perfect weather, good size group and lots of cigars. Talked to the owners of the Patch about the IPCPR in New Orleans. Sounds like they really enjoyed it, even though it's basically work for them. I'm looking forward to going to the Speak Easy this year in October - should be a blast!

Anyway, on Sunday night after a big dinner at the house, we took the kids (now grown adults) up to the Snoqualmie Casino for a little gambling. I'm not much of a gambler, but my son is one of the luckiest suckers I know - he wins all the time! He won $120 in just a few minutes at the Black Jack table while we were there. Me, I even look at the table and somehow I lose money!

So after I had lost my prescribed limit of dinero, we wandered over to the Lit Lounge. Sunday night is good time to visit the casino, not too busy, unless there's a concert, which of course there was. I don't think I've ever seen people park their cars up on the main road before - that's how busy it was. Luckily for me the Valet parking was still available. I don't mess with parking up there - just leave it with the Valet - no worries.

Anyway, plenty of seating in the lounge. As we walked in, over in the corner of the room I notice some familiar faces - Kirklanders. Hah! No escape from the Kirkland Crowd. I said "hi" to the gang and they asked us to join them. Cigar people are some of the nicest people you'll ever meet, that's a fact. So we sat back, enjoyed our cigars and got caught up on what's been going on with the locals. A perfect evening and a great way to end the week...

I've mentioned this before, but you've got to try the French press coffee up at the Lit Lounge. It's the best in town and goes spectacularly well with a cigar. I look forward to it every time I go there. ;)

Monday, August 9, 2010

Taino Classics

The Blue Angels were in town for Seafair last week. I saw them flying around on Wednesday and Thursday, but missed the shows over the weekend. I heard them buzzin around though, but I was too busy to look up. Unbelievable the noise they make when they kick on their afterburners! Holy Crap!

Anyone go to the races this year? I know it rained on Saturday, but Sunday wasn't all that bad, was it?

OK, so a friend of mine gave me this cigar a few weeks ago and I thought I'd smoke it on Sunday night. My lovely wife and I had gone to a big party earlier in the day down in Tacoma. Jeez, there was enough food there for 200 people, and believe me it was everything that you try to avoid eating because you know it'll either kill you or go straight to your waistline. Yes, I ate everything I possibly could and I'm still alive, so I guess I'll have to work it off this week.

I've never heard of Taino Classics and if I were to judge the cigar by its label or by the appearance of its wrapper, I'd say that they were relatively inexpensive smokes. This particular cigar had a big vein running down the backside of it. Yikes! Anyway, after I lit it up and smoked it for a while, I came to the conclusion that it wasn't bad, but it's not something that I would buy, or smoke again. It's a mild, lackluster cigar that lacks in just about all departments, except perhaps the price.

You know when I smoke an expensive cigar, I want to be around other people and enjoy the experience. This cigar I could easily smoke alone. :)

My Rating: 7

Monday, August 2, 2010

Nub Connecticut Torpedo

I think I'm probably the last person to try one of these. Sure, I've seen them before, but I've never really had the urge to buy one. Well, the problem was solved last week - a friend GAVE me one! No kidding! Nice guy...

Anyway, it's kind of an interesting looking cigar, it's only about 4 inches long and it has a massive ring size. Once you cut its Torpedo top, you're down to a little more than 3 inches of smokable cigar. I think that's probably the main reason I haven't bought one yet.

So what did I think? Meh... it was OK - nothing to write home about. The draw was good, however it got a little hot towards the end. Flavor was nothing special, pretty mild cigar overall. Honestly, I don't see what all the hype is. What really made me not care for this cigar was that I smoked a Padron right after it. In my book there's no comparison. Sorry Nub...
Anyway, my Rating: 6

Side note - my lovely wife on Saturday gave two thumbs up to a flavored cigarillo that she tried. It was given to her while we were smoking with the gang down in Kirkland. I don't usually smoke cigarillos, but my sweetie really like it. ;)
Tatiana Mini Vanilla

Seafair is this weekend - the Blue Angels will be in town - fun, fun, fun!