Tuesday, November 16, 2010
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..
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!