Tuesday, July 5, 2011
4th of July Weekend
I think I can count on one hand the number of times that we've had nice weather on the 4th of July. Yes, sunshine on this special day is a rarity indeed, but this year was an exception to the rule - beautiful blue sky, nice breeze out of the north and temps in the high 70's - picture-postcard perfect day!
Few items to report - My friend Charles bought me a Brick House cigar on Saturday night while we were down at the Patch, he said that it was one of his favorites and he thought I might enjoy it. Neat-O! I had a chance to try it out the other day...
Brick House Corona Larga 6.25 x 46
Very nice medium to full-bodied cigar. Draw started out a bit tight and maybe the taste was a tad peppery, but everything smoothed out quite nicely. Honestly I didn't think much of it after the first few puffs, but once it smoothed out I found it hard to put down. Thank-you Charles! Very good cigar my friend!
My Rating: 8
Sunday we were up at the Snoqualmie Casino. I wanted to try the Craps tables again to see if it was indeed "Beginner's Luck" the last time we were here. Unfortunately the Craps tables were totally jam-packed when we arrived, so we decided to have a cigar over at the Lit Lounge first.
I'm pretty excited about the big event that's happening here in October: The Washington Cigar & Spirits Festival. I guess I better get my tickets soon - this event can actually sellout. YIKES!
Anyway, Josh showed me a few new items in the humidor and of course I managed to pick one of the more expensive varieties.
La Vérité Churchill 2009
I won't bore you with all the details, but let's just say that this is a "sought-after" cigar.
So what did I think? For the price I thought it was "Meh", but if you throw out how much I paid for it, I thought it was great! No really, everything about it was very good, just the price was painful. Very nice medium-bodied smoke, good taste, excellent draw, perfect burn and it lasted for frickin ever.
Would I buy it again? If you cut the price in half - YES!
My Rating: 8
I watched the fireworks down on the waterfront last night. Holy shito, did you see Seattle's show over on Lake Union? You could see it from Kirkland. OMG, it put our show to shame. Unbelievable how cool it was!
So after the fireworks I swung by the Patch to say "hi' to everyone. Lots of people still here. Heck, it's the 4th of July! "Big Erik" handed me a Davidoff Grand Cru No.4 and wished me a Happy 4th. Nice guy! Since it's just a shorty, I decided I had time for it.
OK, so I haven't smoked a Davidoff in ages, but I've got to tell you that I enjoyed this cigar a lot. Again, another very nice medium-bodied smoke, perfect in just about every category, no complaints at all. I finished this little cigar in record time and made it home before it got too late. Thank-God.
My Rating: 8
Side note: We went to Novilhos Brazilian Steakhouse in Factoria the other day. It was OK, nothing special. I thought the meat in general was too salty and the salad bar wasn't fully stocked most of the time. I know you're probably saying that the meat at a churrascaria is supposed to be salty. No, not that salty. What made matters worse is that my lovely wife was sick the next day, and believe me her stomach is made of steel. Anyway, if they were to cut the price in half, I'd say it MIGHT be worth it.
Oh yeah, I forgot to tell you about the craps table at the casino. Yeah, it was "Beginner's Luck" last time. We finally squeezed into a spot at the table and I quickly lost all my money.