Monday, May 23, 2011

Back from Vacation

Is it possible to need a vacation from a vacation? I've been super busy the last couple of weeks entertaining some friends from South America - took them all over the place, Las Vegas, Vancouver BC, Victoria BC, Whistler BC, and just about every shopping Mall and tourist attraction around King County. I'm beat, but I must admit that I had a really good time  - these guys were pretty cool.

OK, so did I smoke any good cigars on my vacation? Yes and no.

First the Yes. While I was in Las Vegas I stopped by Casa Fuente Cigar Bar over at the Forum - Nice place! Anyway, I asked the gal there if they had any cigars that were new or maybe unique to this store and she said: "yes indeed!" Kewl - I gotta have one! Since I was with my non-smoking friend at the time, I decided on a robusto - I would have loved to have made an afternoon out of this, but I didn't want mi amigo to get too bored. The gal was nice enough to cut and toast the cigar and then handed it to me for the final fire-up.
My thoughts? WOW! What a nice cigar! Rich, smooth, full flavored, loads of smoke and a perfect draw. Jeez, what more do you want! I loved it! We sat up at the bar and had a few drinks while I enjoyed this exceptionally good cigar. My friend, the non-smoker, said he really enjoyed it here. Is that possible? 

BTW, if you're in Vegas there's one show that you can't miss: Cirque du Soleil "O" over at the Bellagio. Oh my God, that was the best frickin show I've ever seen. Of course we had the best seats in the house, but holy cow what a production. You've got to see it to believe it! Amazing, simply amazing...

OK, now onto the cigar that I thought was going to be a stellar smoke, but turned out to be on the average side.

While I was in Victoria BC, I discovered a quaint cigar store downtown called "Old Morris Tobacconist" (est.1892). Excellent selection of Cuban and non-Cuban cigars, very knowledgeable friendly staff and prices on par with the rest of Canada. I picked out a Bolivar Exclusivo Canada Cuban on the Tobacconist recommendation.

So what did I think? Meh... nothing special. Reminds me of a Montecristo No.2 Dominican. Not bad, but not quite the full flavored taste I thought it would be. I liked the Casa Fuente cigar a helluva lot more than this one. Oh well, you'll never know how good a cigar is unless you try it, right? For the money, don't bother with this one.

Now a note from my friend Josh over at the Lit Cigar Lounge:

Upcoming Events at Lit

Fiesta de Mayo
We have a very special Tuesday Night Cigar Club on May 24. We'll be featuring Macanudo and Excalibur cigars and giving everyone who buys any three of our featured cigars a golf wallet that includes a cutter, tees, golf pencils and a Macanudo Cru Royale cigar!
We also have a great grand prize to give away - a Callaway Club Macanudo golf bag!
The party starts at 6 p.m. at Lit. We'll see you there!
We're excited to announce our next "big" Tuesday Night Cigar Club event in the Sno Lounge. Join us on Tuesday, June 14 from 5-8pm for our "Celebration of Summer" event featuring the new Hoyo de Monterrey Reposado en Cedros cigar and Tanqueray Gin.
Of course, we'll have great prizes, drink and cigar specials along with a fantastic venue to enjoy the weather, including the Sno lounge balcony with some unbelievable views of the Cascades! Mark your calendars for this one!
If you are unfamiliar with the cigar, it's the result of a unique immersion process in which the cigars are aged in cedar shavings for eight months, which imparts a wonderful cedar flavor and aroma to the cigar. They are available now at Lit. Come by and try one!

New Beer on Tap - Lucille IPA

We're pleased to announce the arrival of Lucille, the IPA from our friends at Georgetown Brewery, the guys who brew Manny's Pale Ale which has been a favorite at Lit for years now. This beer has a great hoppy flavor with some outstanding citrus notes that would hold up to even the spiciest Nicaraguan cigar. We're sure you'll love it! Try one the next time you're here!

Lit Cigar Lounge/Snoqualmie Casino | 37500 SE North Bend Way | Snoqualmie | WA | 98065


Chris said...

Sounds like a good time. I'll be going to Vegas next month. I'll be hitting up the Casa Fuente for sure. Probably hit up a show too. It depends.

Kirkland Cigar Club said...

Yeah, make sure to stop by Casa Fuente Cigar Bar - it's worth it!

If you only can make it to one show, go see "O". I guarantee you'll love it - it blew me away!