Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Toraño Single Region - Serie Jalapa

I'd already smoked my quota of cigars by Sunday afternoon, but on Sunday night after a big dinner my lovely wife says to me: "We ought to go out on the back deck for a cigar?" My reply of course was a no-brainer: "Really? Well, OK..." I didn't want to sound too eager.

Anyway, I made some dark coffee, turned on a little Latin music, and picked out a beautiful, firmly packed, dark wrapper robusto from my humidor. Nice choice!

The Details

Toraño Single Region
Serie Jalapa - Robusto 5 x 52

Wrapper: Criollo 98, Jalapa, Nicaragua
Binder: Jalapa, Nicaragua
Filler: El Estero Farm, Jalapa, Nicaragua

Skipping ahead...

You know if you're like me and tend to read a lot of cigar reviews, you probably skim over all the fluff and focus on the bottom-line: Did they like what they were smoking? (Unless of course the author writes something personal - that always perks my interest)
Anyway, so what did I think of this Toraño Single Region? Great cigar! Delicious medium-bodied, smooth from start to finish, perfect draw and tons of creamy smoke. Sweet? Maybe. It definitely had a unique characteristic about it, and that was one of the things that caught my attention. Even the "wifey-poo" commented on how much she liked it. Definitely gotta have one of these again!

My Rating: 9+


Sunday, June 26, 2011

Lit Cigar Lounge Newsletter June 25, 2011

Upcoming Events at Lit

Join us on Tuesday, June 28 from 6-9pm as we feature Makers Mark bourbon and La Gloria Cubana cigars. Come for the whiskey and stay for the great cigar specials, prize giveaways and free appetizers. The party goes from 6-9pm.

After this, our next Tuesday night event will be July 26 in the Sno Lounge. If you're looking for something new to do in the meantime each Tuesday, look no further than our Happy Hour at Terra Vista

Our very own bartender Nicole will be at Terra Vista each and every Tuesday, pouring some great Happy Hour drinks at amazing prices. They also have delectable dishes for only $8. Drop by and check it out!

Washington Cigar & Spirits Festival

We're very excited to announce our biggest cigar event to date. The Washington Cigar & Spirits Festival is going to take place in our casino ballroom on Saturday, October 8 from 5-10pm. We have been very busy bringing together the very best of the cigar and spirits world to create an evening to remember!

We're holding a special pre-sale for our Lit mailing list at a discounted price beginning July 1st - Presale tickets are $55 and include:
  •  Your choice of three cigars from our array of participating brands, including La Gloria Cubana, Rocky Patel, Alec Bradley, Oliva, Carlos Torano, EP Carrillo, and more!
  •  Manny from Georgetown Beer will be on hand giving beer tastings and seminars for everyone in attendance.
  •  Your choice of five 1/2 ounce spirits samples from our wide selection of spirits vendors, including Glenmorangie, Remy Martin, The Glenlivet, Bowmore and more!
  •  $25 credit to our event cigar store - featuring great specials from all of our participating vendors. They'll all have their best deals of the year for you to take advantage of.
  • Prize giveaways - we're pulling out all the stops, including Romeo y Julieta Museum Edition humidors and full boxes of cigars!
  •  Appetizers, special guests, informational and interactive exhibits and more!
This event is going to sell out, so take the opportunity to get your tickets early at a discounted price during this presale by going to the casino box office from July 1-11. After this tickets will go up to $65 and be available everywhere via

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

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Rain City Cigar Presents Cigar Independence Day 2011

Rain City Cigar

 Thursday June 30, 2011
12 noon to 6 pm 
Beautiful Downtown 
Cigar smokers of every star and stripe, 

On July 1, 2005 cigar smokers across the great state of Washington had much reason to celebrate, for on that date we were finally freed from the shackles of the oppressive 130% rate of taxation on our cigars.

Montecristo #2's were about $25.00 not $12.50?

An Excalibur #1 was about $16.00 not $8.25?

Rocky Patel's were twice the price they are today?

All of America's great cigar smokers are hereby cordially invited to join us at Rain City Cigar to celebrate the Sixth Anniversary of Cigar Independence Day!
  This revolutionary event will feature Fireworks from three big companies in the world of premium cigars
Altadis Cigars with Steve Martin
H. Upmann Sungrown & Don Diego Fuerte
Buy a box, get 7 free
Buy a box of any other Altadis brand, get a 7 cigar Cigar Lovers Diary.

General Cigar with Patrick DeWitt
CAO cigars! Buy-3-Get-One-Free
Buy a box, get a 7 cigar Conmemrativo sampler.

Rocky Patel Cigars with Tim Wong
All Rocky Patel Lines
Buy any three Rocky Patel cigars, get-one-free.
Buy a box, get 5 cigars plus a Rocky Patel ballcap.

Now is the time! This is the event!
All of the following brands will be on sale
on Cigar Independence Day
Montecristo, Don Diego, Romeo y Julieta, Saint Luis Rey Serie G, Gispert, Vega Fina, Onyx Reserve, Frank Llaneza, Trinidad, SIGLO, Primo del Rey, Por Larranaga, Royal Jamiaca Gold, H. Upmann, Juan Lopez, Las Cabrillas, Omar Ortez Originals, Jose Seijas, Mi Dominicana, A. Turrent Triple Play, Don Diego Fuerte, H. Upmann Sun Grown, Warlock.

General Cigar
Astral, Bances, Bolivar, CAO, Cohiba, Don Rex, Don Tomas, Dunhill, El Rico Habanao, havana Honey, Helix, Hoyo de Monterrey, La Escepcion, La Gloria Cubana, La Traviata, Macanudo, Partagas, PUnch, Sancho Panza, Stradivarius, W&D, White Star.

Rocky Patel Cigars
1961, Vintage 1990, 1992, 1999, Decades, The Edge, Old World Reserve, Patel Bros., Sun Grown, Spring 2009, TAA Signature Series, a Rain City Cigar exclusive.
Steve, Patrick and Tim will be wheelin and dealin, usin all their good old American ingenuity tryin to out compete each other. When the cigar smoke clears, one thing is sure, you, our great customers will be the big winners!


We hope that you and your friends will join us for this event at Rain City Cigar. In the event of inclement weather, or excessive sun (lets hope), the Rain City Cigar "25 Foot Cigar Lounge" will be open so that you can enjoy your cigars in comfort.
Come early for best selection!

Event Staff

5963 Corson Avenue South #130
Seattle, WA 98108-2646

Monday, June 20, 2011

Cubao No.5 - 6.1 X 50

Light drizzle falling on Saturday night, too boring to hang around Kirkland, so we head up to the Snoqualmie Casino. I told myself that tonight we'd try something a little different: Craps! When we were in Vegas I played this game once and lost my shorts so fast that I didn't know what hit me. Anyway, since then I've done a little research on how the heck you play and I think I kind of get the drift now, hopefully I won't look like a total dork when I step up to the plate.

Moment of Truth
The casino has a bunch of craps tables and all of them are pretty full, but I find an open spot towards the end of one of the tables. I put my money on the table and they pass me my chips with the customary "Good Luck!" My lovely wife is standing right behind me, she really has no clue as to how this game is played, so as the evening went on I would tell her which numbers to pray for. :)

To make a long story short, I was pretty nervous at first, but I think I got the hang of it quite quickly - I actually tripled my money! No shito Sherlock! There were a couple of shooters that were rolling everything except sevens, so we did GREAT! It took a long time, but it really paid off. I decided to quit while I was ahead - heck, I could have played all night! What was really amazing were the guys that were gambling right next to me. Holy Crap, these guys were putting down some BIG money and of course winning big money in return.

Amazing... definitely my new game of choice.

So after an exciting and stressful venture over at the craps table, it was time for a cigar at the Lit Lounge. Naturally when we arrived it was standing room only. No worries though, our usual hangout in the corner over by the bar is available.

Anyway, I brought along a Cubao No. 5, from Espinoza y Ortega Brand (EO Brands). Pretty good size cigar, big ring as well, feels comfortable in my hand, not too firm, not spongy, yeah, it feels just right. I give it a cut and light it up .Nice, very nice... full of flavor, medium bodied, smooth, creamy smooth. I like it! My lovely wife helped me smoke it as well and she thought it was quite good. This is a big cigar, so needless to say it lasted a long time. Towards the end the flavor turned a little peppery and I think the nicotine kicked up a couple of gears, so I had to slow it way down. Overall I really enjoyed it, but I highly recommend that you take your time and don't rush it, it'll sneak up on you if you do.

Would I buy one of these again? Heck Yes!

My Rating: 8+

Sunday, June 19, 2011

Lit Cigar Lounge Newsletter - June 18, 2011

Upcoming Events at Lit

Thank you to everyone who joined us last week as we brought our Tuesday Night Cigar Club to the Sno Lounge. The crowd was great and everyone enjoyed the gin, the cigars, the big spacious room, stunning views and awesome sound system. We're excited to keep these events coming!

Meanwhile, we are winding down the weekly Tuesday events in Lit. We still have a few more to go! Join us this Tuesday, June 21 as we feature Johnnie Walker scotch whisky. We'll be joined by Master of Whisky Breck Taylor who will be on hand to talk whiskey and enjoy some great cigars with us as well. We'll have prizes to give away, free appetizers, drink and cigar specials and plenty of ear piercing whistles from Richard. The party starts at 6 pm!

Lit Connoisseur's Club

One of the great running promotions we have to reward our valuable regular customers is the Lit Connoisseur's Club card.

How does it work? It's simple, just pick up a free card the next time you're at Lit, then fill it up by smoking all of the brands listed on the card.

Once you fill your card, you can exchange it for a great custom Lit gift. We have travel humidors, lighters, and a brand new Xikar cutter - all with our Lit logo! Ask for your card, next time you're in!

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

Saturday, June 18, 2011

Quai D'Orsay (Cuba)

I was down the Patch the other night and my friend Brent surprised me with this beautiful Cuban cigar - Quai D'Orsay. Ever heard of them before? Me neither, but last night I had the pleasure of smoking one.

What did I think? I'm not going to say that I loved it, but I liked it a lot. Everything about it was very good: size, shape, feel, color, draw, burn, all pretty much right on the money. Nice mild to medium-bodied flavor as well. No complaints, especially since it was a gift! It's definitely a cigar that you could smoke any time of day.

My Rating: 8+

Side note: I finally bought my tickets for the Seattle Cigar Expo!


Monday, June 13, 2011

Ashton VSG Eclipse

We drove up to the Lit Cigar Lounge late Friday night and hooked up with some good friends for a cigar and a drink. We thought about going to the Tobacco Patch, but the threat of rain was looming and I didn't want to worry about getting all wet. Besides, we hadn't been to the Casino in a while.

Skipping ahead...

Ashton VSG Eclipse 6 x 52

I was a bit skeptical if this cigar would live up to my expectations, I mean $20 for a cigar is about double what I'd usually pay. Anyhow, it had been recommended to me by a trusted source, so I had to give it a try.

They tell me that you only live once...

Well luckily this was indeed one of the best Ashton cigars that I've smoked. I loved it and I think the price was pretty close to being worth it. (how often does that happen?)

Delicious medium body, smooth as all get-out, creamy rich smoke, perfect draw.. No complaints at all for this big daddy - totally satisfying smoke! The flavor remained constant and consistent throughout. Amazingly good...

Would I buy it again? Heck Yes!

My Rating: 9+

The rest of the weekend I was smoking my "Go-to" cigars - yes, the Oliva Serie "G". Great cigar for the money. Saturday night we were at the Patch with the gang and Sunday afternoon we sat in the sun out on our back deck - glorious cigar weather. :)

Side Note  - New Italian restaurant just opened down at the marina: "Amici". We tried it out on Saturday night. Food was good, but the service was slow, probably to be expected since they just opened. We plan on trying it again soon.

BTW, "Olive You" restaurant, which is just up the stairs from "Amici", is off my favorites list - just not as good as it used to be. Too bad too, it used to be outstanding!

Hey Chris - everything go OK for you on Saturday?

Sunday, June 12, 2011

Lit Cigar Lounge Newsletter June 11, 2011

Upcoming Events at Lit

Join us this Tuesday, June 14th in the Sno Lounge for our bigger and better monthly Tuesday Night event!
This one is a celebration of Summer, featuring the Hoyo de Monterrey Reposado en Cedros, a unique cigar that is very exciting. We'll also have refreshing cocktails from Tanqueray, along with great specials, appetizers and prizes. The party goes from 5-8pm and there's room for everyone, so invite your buddies and meet us in the Sno Lounge!

New In Our Humidor

We have just received three different sizes of the Brick House cigar from J.C. Newman. This is one we carried for a little while last year and because of popular demand are bringing it back. Brick House is a Nicaraguan puro with a medium to full bodied flavor that has been critically acclaimed including a spot in Cigar Aficionados Top 25 of 2010. It's a great value in the $5-7 price range.

We also have just received the last remaining boxes of Romeo y Julieta's extremely limited Museum edition cigar. We have both the 2008 edition and last year's La Vida Buena edition. They're elegantly packaged in a frosted tube with artwork by acclaimed artist Charles Fazzino. Both Museum Edition cigars are $20/stick.

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

Monday, June 6, 2011

La Aroma de Cuba

Beautiful sunny weekend here in Kirkland. Yes, you heard me correctly, it was gorgeous - temps in the mid to upper 70's and a nice little breeze out of the north. Doesn't get any better than this!

Anyway, I tried out three different varieties of La Aroma de Cuba over the weekend...

Mi Amor - Magnifico  6 x 52
Excellent! Loved it!

EE Edicion Especial #5 - 5.5 x 52
Meh.. Didn't really like this one. Kind of a nasty taste to it.

Belicoso - 5.5 x 52
Excellent! Love it!

All three of these cigars are medium to full-bodied, so they are considerably more complex than the mild Oliva's that I like to smoke. The Mi Amor and the Belicoso were fantastic and I'd gladly buy them again, but the "EE", well I smoked it, but I didn't really care for it. Seriously, it left a bad-ass taste in my mouth.

Oh well...

Side Note: I read in the Lit Cigar Lounge Newsletter that someone other than myself won the Partagas humidor that they were giving away. Darn-it!

Sunday, June 5, 2011

Lit Cigar Lounge Newsletter June 4, 2011

Upcoming Events at Lit

We're finishing strong during our last month of the weekly Tuesday Night Cigar Club events. This Tuesday, June 7th, we'll be featuring Ardbeg 10 year single malt Scotch and Rocky Patel cigars. The good folks at Ardbeg are bringing their custom chopper, The Biest, to show it off at Lit. You can enjoy a great deal on this wonderful scotch and enter to win The Biest!

The party starts at 6 p.m. at Lit. We'll see you there!

The following Tuesday, June 14th, we'll be holding a free Tuesday Night event in the Sno Lounge from 5-8pm. It's a celebration of Summer, featuring specials on Tanqueray gin and the Hoyo de Monterrey Reposado en Cedros cigar.

We'll have free appetizers, great cigar and drink specials and some fantastic prizes to give away. It's a great chance to enjoy the beautiful views of the Snoqualmie Valley from the Sno Lounge deck while having a drink and cigar! We'll see you there!

New In Our Humidor

We are excited to help take part in a great project, Para Japon, a cigar made by La Aurora who are donating proceeds to earthquake and tsunami relief in Japan.

The cigar is a robusto size with a Nicaraguan wrapper around a blend of Nicaraguan, Brazilian and Cameroon tobaccos. It's medium bodied and delivers excellent flavor for a great cause. We have a limited amount so pick one up next time you're in!

Congratulations to Trevor W. who won the Partagas 150 humidor we've been displaying at Lit. Thanks to everyone who participated and enjoyed the extremely rare 150 cigar.

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

Thursday, June 2, 2011

Cigar Bar Legislation - Good News - Bad News

I just received this email from Rain City Cigars:

Dear Rain City Cigar customers,

As you have probably heard by now, the Cigar Bar legislation that we (you and Rain City Cigar) have been advancing during the just concluded session did not become law.

This is one of those 'good news, bad news' kind of things. The bills passed the Senate's committees without much problem but when it got down to the last hours of the special session it did not make it through the House of Representatives. Our bill was one that didn't make the final cut and was suspended. That's the bad news.

The good news is that this legislation is not dead! It was not voted down and defeated! It was placed in suspension for consideration in the next session. This means that it will be revived in it's current form and status next legislative session. We will however have to wait until next January.

A lot of people worked very hard on this effort and will again in the future. These efforts would have been in vain though had it not been for YOU our loyal customers who took the time and put in the effort to contact your lawmakers and support the legislation! It does show the power of united efforts in changing laws and opinions.

Rest assured that we are not giving up on this effort! We will be calling on all of you again next session to help push the Cigar Bar bill across the finish line!

Thank you all for your participation.

With kind regards,

Event Staff
Rain City Cigar


Rain City Cigar Event - Friday, June 10, 2011

Friday, June 10, 2011
3-6 PM

Tatuaje Cigars by Pete Johnson
 La Verite Vintage 2009 pre-sales

La Verite Vintage 2009

The extraordinary Tatuaje La Verite 2009 cigars will be released soon, and here is your opportunity to pre-order a box.

We will be pre-selling boxes of the La Verite for $120 for a 10 count box. Robusto size only, while supply lasts. We only have 20 boxes to pre-sell, so come early!

Once the La Verite are released later this month, the box price will be $190.00

La Vérité is an idea that was conceived when Pete first saw the tobacco growing in the Garcia's first wholly owned farm (finca La Estrella) in late 2007 that was cropped in early 2008. He realized that the tobacco was going to be spectacular but didn't know how it was going to blend. It wasn't until late 2008 while the tobacco was still under going fermentation that Pete realized the tobacco was smoking perfectly and would make a great single farm vintage cigar.

La Vérité debuted in 2009 and shipped to consumers in 2010 and uses only tobacco from a single farm in Esteli Nicaragua. Much like a single vineyard wine, La Vérité showcases the soil (terroir) where the tobacco was grown. The seed varietal varies from year to year based the crop planted and the tobacco yielded.

***MADE IN NICARAGUA by Jaime Garcia at My Father Cigars S.A.***

We will have our event day discounts in effect on all Havana Cellars cigars including...
Tatuaje, Cabiguan, La Riqueza and Ambos Mundos.

5% Off Each Cigar
10% Off Five Cigars
15% Off Full Boxes
 or mixed boxes of 20 or more.

Mr Terry Coleman, representing Havana Cellars cigars, will be here at Rain City Cigar for this Tatuaje event. In addition to La Verite, Terry will also be available to discuss all things Tatuaje!

Terry will be giving out a 3 pack of the rare Tatuaje Black Label cigars with box purchases. He's also going to have some cool Tatuaje swag to go along with those box purchases.
(some restrictions may apply)
We hope that you and your friends will join us for this event at Rain City Cigar. In the event of inclement weather, or excessive sun, the Rain City Cigar "25 Foot Cigar Lounge" will be open so that you can enjoy your cigars in comfort.
Event Staff
Rain City Cigar

Rain City Cigar | 5963 Corson Ave. S. | Seattle | WA | 98108