Sunday, November 28, 2010

Tatuaje El Triunfadors

I recently got a box of the Tatuaje El Triunfadors about a week or two ago. I had to drive out to Snoqualmie to rescue the girlfriends car at her work on Friday and I swung into the casino after she got her car. I lit up one of the new cigars and man was it awesome. I bought these for a nice somewhat quick, yet still not too long of a smoke. It lasted about 35-45 minutes, I wasn't really keeping track of time. I almost wish I bought a bigger size so I could smoke even more of it. It was great all the way to the end. I'll have to smoke one without eating the trail mix they give you because the spiciness of the mix probably took away from the flavor from the cigar. But nonetheless it was still great. Nice medium smoke all the way through never getting really spicy, even to the end.
It seems like the Macanudos have been a hit or miss lately. Like that 1968 I had. I had a tight draw on it and the flavor wasn't anything special. I have another one in the humidor. Hopefully it loosens up some and isn't so tight next time. I do enjoy their Cafe or Gold Label sometimes. I would have them as my go to smoke, but I know there's better out there so I should still look around before I find something I will buy repeatedly. 

Well until next time...

(Señor Cristóbal)

Friday, November 26, 2010

Snow before Thanksgiving?

I can't remember the last time I saw it snow here before Thanksgiving? Maybe when I was a teenager? Only a couple inches on the Eastside this week, but boy it sure crippled the Puget Sound area for a few days. Jeez, I even took the bus to work one day!

Before I forget, I wanted to tell you about a couple of pretty good cigars that I smoked over the weekend. The first one I picked up in Georgetown at Rain City Cigars, they were having a promotional event last week for Macanudo Cru Royale label, so I bought 2 and got one free. I'm a sucker for this stuff. Anyway, I smoked this one down at the Patch on Friday night.

My thoughts? Meh, it was alright. Medium bodied cigar with an OK taste, but I didn't think it was anything special. I've got a couple more of these to try, different sizes, but I'm guessing that they'll be pretty much the same,
My Rating: 7.5

One cigar brand that I've been meaning to try for a long time now are Gurkha cigars. My son told me about a new wine and cigar shop that opened up in the Totem Lake area, I thought I'd check it out and that's where I found this Gurkha's. What the heck, I bought one. I think it cost me $12..50 or so.

The Gurkha G3

For me this cigar started out a little rough - draw wasn't all that great and it was a tad harsh, however, around the midway point the cigar opened up and the flavor really started to flow. I smoked this right down to the nub - very nice finish. I seriously had a hard time putting it down. Would I buy one of these again? Not this particular blend, but I'd love to try one of the others. Technically I enjoyed it, I just didn't like the start.
My Rating: 7.9

Anyway, I hope you have a GREAT Thanksgiving this year - lords knows I've got a lot to be thankful for!

Let's do this again soon....

UPDATE: Ok, so I smoked the other two Macanudo (Cru Royale) cigars that I had and I can honestly say that they were indeed an average cigar. The last one I smoked yesterday turned out to be a little more full bodied than the others, but still it wasn't quite my type of cigar. I doubt I'll buy these again. Sorry...

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Ashton VSG

Up at the casino on Saturday night - too crappy to smoke outside in the rain in downtown Kirkland, plus I wanted to meet KCC's guest cigar reviewer - Señor Cristóbal, he told me that he'd be here..

Skipping ahead...

After a little gambling, doubled my money I might add, we walked over to the Lit Lounge to have a cigar. The place was packed, standing room only. Turns out that the Paquiao vs. Margarito boxing match was about to start on the big screen TVs. We needed some cigars first. I walked into the big humidor and picked out an Ashton VSG off the top shelf for myself and found a Hemingway Short Story for my bride. The crew up at the Lit lounge are really good about making you feel at home - cutting and toasting your cigar is standard - very nice touch.
Anyway, it was so busy that we had to stand in the corner up by the bar, which turned out to be a good spot, unobstructed view of the big screen, right next to the bar, and for some strange reason the smoke filtration system works exceptionally good in this corner - I could actually breath and my eyes weren't burning from the clouds of smoke in the room. I ordered a shot of Pyrat Pistol rum, one of my favorite drinks to have with a cigar, and my better-half ordered a Kahlua and coffee, which is delicious here - French press coffee, Kahlua, topped off with whip cream. She LOVES it!

OK, so let me tell you about this beauty of a cigar that I smoked - The Ashton VSG - Virgin Sun Grown. (What exactly is a virgin sun grown anyway?)
 Excellent smoke it was though, just about perfect in every way - Churchill size, nice wrapper, rich color, perfect firmness, full flavored taste and just the right draw, my kind of smoke indeed. I actually thought I might be mistaken about how good this cigar was, so I asked my wifey-poo if I could have a puff off her cigar just to see if my taste buds weren't fooling me. I was right - her Hemingway Short Story tasted like crap compared to this rich and smooth hunk-of-love. That's what I'd call it, not an ordinary cigar, but a "hunk-of-love".

This VSG cigar has made it near the top of my "best cigars" list - I would definitely buy a box, my only issue is the price - very $$$.
My Rating 9.8

Anyway, I finally met up with Chris - super nice, young, good-looking, articulate, and he enjoys a fine cigar probably more than I do. I think he was on his third stick when I met up with him. I encouraged him to continue with his reviews, so hopefully you'll see his name on this page again soon. Right Chris?

What a grand evening though - doubled my money at the slots, smoked a fantastic cigar, watched 12 rounds of probably the best boxing I've ever seen, but what made it even more grand was the camaraderie between all the cigar aficionados here - what a great bunch to watch the fights with!

Friday, November 12, 2010

La Gloria Cubana/Macanudo Vintage

I know, I know, where's my post for this week? Well, I've been kind of lazy and I've only been smoking Oliva's, but that should change this weekend, I'm planning on picking up a few new sticks to review.

In the meantime, a friend of mind has inadvertently reviewed a couple of cigars and I thought his comments warranted posting on the Front Page.
Señor Cristóbal wrote:

Last weekend I went to the Snoqualmie Casino and smoked a couple of cigars. First one was the La Gloria Cubana with the 2 tone wrapper. I didn't like the first half of the cigar with the lighter wrapper, once it burned down to the other, it was a lot better smoke. Had a good draw, but I had to relight it a couple of times.

The second one I had was the Macanudo Vintage 1968. It was another one of the free ones I got from the Smoke Easy. I like Macanudo but the draw on this was very tight. Had good flavor but the draw kind of ruined it. I have another one of these in my box that my dad gave me from his stash from the Smoke Easy. I was feeling it and seems like it'll be a tight smoke as well. I should find a way to loosen it up a bit.

My brother was with me when we were there at the casino. He got a El Triunfador from Tatuaje. I tried it, maybe took 3 puffs off it, and loved it. I ended up ordering a box from CI. So they should be here sometime next week.

That's all I got for now.

Nice job Chris!

BTW, I'm planning on heading up to the Lit Lounge on Saturday night - maybe we'll catch you up there? I'll be with my lovely wife, so I'll be easy to spot. :)

Side note:
I was pretty surprised to see that both I-1100 and I -1105 were defeated. I think that it was bad timing for Costco to have their initiative on the ballot the same time as I-1105. Oh well, wait a couple of years and try again... Please!

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Fall Cigars

I ordered a box of Oliva Serie G cigars on Friday. Why? Well one, because my humidor was empty, and two, because these are my "go-to" cigars, the cigars that I can always count on, can smoke any time of day, I've got to have at least a dozen of these on hand at all times, plus they're a great cigar to give-out to people who have never tried a cigar before. Well, that's my opinion. Oh yeah, and I got an incredible deal on them!
Friday the weather was actually pretty pleasant outside, but Friday night it got downright cold, standing out in front of the Tobacco Patch feeling the dampness in the air was brutal on my fingers and toes. BBRrrrrrrr.....

So let me tell you about a couple of cigars that I smoked on Friday night.

First, La Riqueza Belicoso

This is a great looking cigar - good size, rich color wrapper, perfectly shaped pyramid top. I've meant to try this for some time now, but I always seem to get distracted. Anyway, Friday night I gave it a try and found that I loved it! Great medium bodied smoke, delicious! My only complaint, and mind you this is a very, very small complaint, was that it didn't produce the amount of smoke that I like. The draw wasn't bad, it just wasn't a smoke-factory so to speak.
My Rating: 8

Well, after the La Riqueza I was going to call it a night, but a good friend of mine showed up and wanted me to hang around and chat for a bit. I hadn't seen him in a few weeks, so I said sure! He was kind enough to buy me my second cigar of the evening. You know, cigar people are some of the most generous people I know...

Anyway, this cigar was recommended to us by the owner:

La Aroma de Cuba Mi Amor

Oh brother, talk about a BIG ring gauge! You've got to wonder what they were thinking when they decided to roll them this thick - it's a beast. Sheesh! Anyway, other than the unnatural ring size, this was a good cigar. I enjoyed its full-bodied rich taste, maybe a little peppery at times, but it had a great draw that billowed out the smoke. Very nice indeed. Unfortunately I only had time to smoke about half of it - my lovely wife started complaining that it was much too cold and that it was time to leave - I couldn't argue with that, so we decided to call it an evening. I'm definitely going to try this one again - I'm pretty sure that it comes in a more reasonable ring size, we'll see...
My Rating: 8