Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Perdomo Cigars event at Rain City Cigar THIS FRIDAY!


Friday, September 2, 2011
3-6pm
@
RAIN CITY CIGAR
IN BEAUTIFUL DOWNTOWN
GEORGETOWN

FEATURING
PERDOMO CIGARS

Hot summer weather is finally here, and what better way to enjoy a Hot August Night than with another hot cigar event at Rain City Cigar!

For this event we will be featuring the excellent offerings of Tabacalera Perdomo.
Nick Perdomo is one of those guys who is a cigar smokers friend. Remember about two years ago when Congress raised the federal SCHIP taxes on cigars by forty-five cents each? Here is how Nick responded:

Perdomo Absorbed SCHIP Taxes and Reduced Prices!
"I say we're in this together. That's why, Perdomo Cigars has absorbed these ridiculous taxes, reduced prices, and passed the savings on to you, the customer"!
Nick Perdomo

Two years after SCHIP and Nick is still "eating" the tax so you don't have too!

This event is a good time to come down show your appreciation of Nick and his fine cigars. Mr. Don Hanes represents Perdomo and he will be here at our store to discuss all things Perdomo. We are not featuring any specific cigar this time so all lines of Perdomo cigars will be on sale.

Don will have the following offers going during this event:

  • Buy any four Perdomo Cigars and you will receive another one FREE!
  • Buy a full or mixed box of 20 or more and you will receive this
  • Quadruple Flame table lighter + another three cigars FREE! 
(Excludes Perdomo Fresco)

Heck, that lighter is a $65.00 retail value!!!

Of course we will have our Rain City Cigar event day discounts in effect
5% Off Each Cigar
10% Off 5+ Cigars
15% Off Full Boxes & Mixed Boxes Of Twenty Or More

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.
Then celebrate your labor this holiday weekend in style!

Come early for best selection!

Can't make it on Friday?
No worries Mate, we'll run the event discounts on Saturday too!
(Sorry, no free cigars or swag on Saturday)

Sincerely,

Event Staff
Rain City Cigar

Monday, August 29, 2011

Cigar WX

Probably the nicest guy I met at the Seattle Cigar Expo was Sean Williams with El Primer Mundo cigars. Honestly I thought he was a celebrity or pro-ball player, he just has that star-power about him. Super nice guy though. This was his first trip up to Seattle and he was surprised at how nice the weather was. Heck, so was I, and I live here - blue sky and 85º is a rarity in my neighborhood.

Just a little note about the Seattle Cigar Expo - GREAT, GREAT event! The people who put this together did a superb job and I'm already looking forward to next year. Some might say that the $150 price tag was a little high? In my opinion - No way! For what you got in return I'd say it was a bargain. The entertainment, the food, the booze, and of course the cigars, all added up to a phenomenally good time, plus the higher price probably kept out the riff-raff. If you're a cigar enthusiast, I highly recommend that you plan on attending next year - don't miss it!

Anyway, skipping ahead...

Friday night we went to the Buenos Aires Grill in Seattle for dinner. I've got to tell you that the place has gone down hill since the last time I was there about a year ago. Food quality and presentation have gone way down, plus no Tango - what's up with that!??

So after a mediocre dinner it was time to enjoy a fine cigar, we stopped by the Patch. I had packed the cigar that Sean gave me at the Expo -  El Primer Mundo Liga Miami. Big-ass Churchill. He said it was for the VIP's.  Nice touch Sean...


Overall I liked it - size, draw, burn and flavor were all right on the money for a mild cigar. Yes, I thought it was somewhat mild. For me this would be a great morning cigar with a rich cup of coffee, at least that's how I picture smoking the next one. I'll grab my Sunday newspaper, sit out on the back deck with my coffee and cigar, no interruptions, and just escape for an hour or so. La dolce vita, no?

OK, Saturday I was down at the Patch again, my lovely wife next to me. You know when it's nice weather, Kirkland can be a pretty cool place - loads of people, pretty good restaurants, and probably more cigars smokers than anywhere else in King County, with the possible exception of the Lit Lounge and the Vertigo Club. ;)

Gorgeous evening though. I brought along a San Lotano Maduro. Beautiful dark wrapper, box press, robusto size. Very nice...


What did I think? Loved it. Flavor, strength and draw, all exceptionally good. What will really draw your attention is the amount of smoke this stick puts out. Sheesh, it's a smoke-bomb! And believe me, I mean that in a good-way. Volumes of rich creamy smoke. Great cigar! (Thanks Clay!)

BTW Clay, if you happen to be reading this - my lovely wife made an observation about the maduro the other day. You see I had just taken the San Lotano label off the cigar so only the Maduro label was showing. Well, my wife said that the cigar looks "prettier" without the San Lotano label - her words, not mine. But you know what, it kind of does look better with just the simple maduro label. Amazing, but true. Leave it to my designer wife....

Sunday night out on the deck, I cracked open a bottle of Maker's Mark bourbon. My better-half bought me a bottle of that and a bottle of Oban single malt Scotch for our wedding (33rd) anniversary. Yeah, I'm a lucky guy, I think I'll keep her. ;)

Anyway, I grabbed a Padron 1964 Anniversary Maduro robusto from my humidor. Boy, talk about a firm cigar - this sucker is hard as a rock, you could probably use it as a nail. Surprisingly, for this being such a tightly wrapped cigar, the draw is quite good. No, not even half as much smoke as the San Lotano, but overall it is an excellent smoke. Strength and flavor were perfect - medium to full-bodied and exceptionally smooth taste. I really enjoyed it, especially with a glass of bourbon, no ice, neat. Now you're talkin!

Looking forward to the Holiday weekend coming up. What will you be smoking?

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Lit Cigar Lounge Newsletter 8/23/2011


Upcoming Events at Lit

Xikar Our next Tuesday Night event in the Sno Lounge is scheduled for Tuesday, August 30, 2011 from 5-8pm. We'll be joined by our good friend Woody Brown from Xikar.

We'll have some great deals on the outstanding HC Series cigar as well as 20% off all Xikar accessories. We'll be partnering with two of our favorite Washington wineries, Milbrandt Vineyards and Knipprath Cellars. We'll have representatives from both companies on hand as well as some great deals on different varietals. As always, great prizes, free appetizers and lots of fun! Please join us!

Also, tickets are on sale now for our very own Washington Cigar & Spirits festival on October 8th. Click here for more information.

New In Our Humidor

Carillo We have quite a few new cigars for you to try and even more arriving in the next few weeks. Among them:

EP Carrillo Core Line Maduros and Elencos series cigars are finally here! These are some of the best boutique cigars in the business!

We have only a few left of the Jaime Garcia Limited Edition. If you are a fan of Nicaraguan tobaccos and the Pepin tradition, try these before they're gone.

The Casa Fernandez Miami Reserva have been getting great reviews as well. A stout Nicaraguan smoke rolled in Miami.

Thanks for your continued support! Stay tuned for details on a special in store event featuring the rarest of the rare Arturo Fuente cigars!

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Seattle Cigar Expo this Saturday!


Well, the day that you've all been waiting for is just about here. Saturday is the Seattle Cigar Expo over at the Seattle Center.

Got your tickets yet? Don't worry, you can still buy them online or even at the door. I got mine awhile back so I'm all set. (I'm generally an expert at procrastinating)

Anyway, I'm planning on taking my camera along, so if you see some nut taking all kinds of pictures, don't be offended, it's just me...

So last Wednesday a very good friend of mine invited me over to the Vertigo Club for a little get together with some friends. I generally don't smoke during the week, but I definitely will make an exception for the Vertigo Club. I don't care what day of the week it is, if I'm invited, I'm going! Love that place...

Few highlights from the evening:

Master by Carlos Toraño BFC 6 x 60
Wrapper: Habano from Ecuador
Binder: Esteli, Nicaragua
Filler: Esteli & Jalapa, Nicaragua
 
GREAT cigar. This is one of my favorites - absolutely love the Master series. Rich flavor, perfect draw/burn, medium to full-bodied taste - delicious.
I heard that BFC stands for Big Fricking Cigar, and that's a fact - the 60 ring gauge is gigantic!
Surprisingly these are somewhat difficult to find in the local stores. What's up with that??

San Lotano Habano by A J Fernandez,  Robusto 5.5 x 54
Wrapper: Brazilian Habano
Binder: Nicaragua
Filler: Nicaragua / Honduras /DR


 
This was given to me by Clay Roberts, he's with A.J. Fernandez Cigars - super nice guy, really knows the business. The San Lotano turned out to be another fantastic smoke. Smooth, medium to full-bodied, rich flavor, great draw, nice feel to it, just loved it! Problem is finding them. I think JnJ is the only place around that has any?


Little tidbit that I discovered while I was down at the Vertigo was that in addition to enjoying a glass of rum or single malt scotch with a fine cigar, I've found that a good Bourbon works well too. Well maybe not any Bourbon, but Bulleit Bourbon. You see, I grew up around Jim Beam, so I just assumed that all Bourbons tasted alike. WRONG-O! There's no comparison between Beam and Bulleit.

Yes, I'll be at the liquor store this weekend purchasing a bottle for my own collection. Good stuff!

One other noteworthy cigar that I smoked over the weekend was the J Fuego Originals series - I was over at Rain City last week and I picked up a 5-pack of the Sangre de Toro Originals. I was going to buy the original Originals, but the gal that works there kind of talked me into trying the new stuff. She said the Sangre were sweeter? OK, I'll bite...

What did I think? Ugly little cigars, but they smoked exceptionally well. I liked 'em! Talk about a ton of smoke. Holy Cow, these are smoke-bombs! Delicious though.



I thought because of their size that they'd only last for a half hour or so, but I clocked it the other day and it took me an hour to finish. Nice, very nice cigar! Definitely one of my favorite now.

Next on my To-smoke list:  
Carlos Toraño Loyal 


My sincere thanks to everybody over at the Vertigo Club - you guys are the best, and I truly mean that from the heart! Thank-you!

Dan - don't forget what we talked about, OK?

Thursday, August 11, 2011

Watch the Seahawks Game at Lit


Seahawks Tomorrow Night!

Seahawks We'll be showing the Seahawks Preseason opener against the Chargers at Lit and to celebrate the return of NFL football, we'll have a great deal to offer!

Come watch the game with us and get a La Gloria Cubana Artesanos de Tabaqueros cigar and a Trippel Karmeliet Belgian Ale for only $10.

The game starts at 5p.m. FOOTBALL IS BACK! 

Monday, August 8, 2011

Seattle Cigar Expo!!


Dear Friends,

The first-ever, history-in-the-making, Seattle Cigar Expo is finally here! Saturday, August 20th marks this momentous event - the only event of its kind in Seattle history, benefiting Cigar Rights of America!

Almost every major cigar manufacturer in the business will be attending along with some of the most prestigous lifestyle brands available, as well as some of the finest reastaurants that Seattle has to offer. Fine spirits, local wineries, and breweries will abound and top-notch live music & performances top off the event!

Purchase your tickets now to the Seattle Cigar Expo where all attendees will be given a Membership in the Cigar Rights of America organization, 15+ premium cigars by distinguished manufacturers from around the world, samplings of the finest wines & spirits, food coins valid at all Cuisine vendors from Seattle's best restaurants, entrance to key Seminars hosted by industry insiders, opportunities to meet with Cigar Makers, and much more!

Friends, we are only 2 weeks away from the Seattle Cigar Expo - DO NOT MISS OUT! Check out the article below and the Seattle Cigar Expo website for more information. As always, if you have any questions about the event, feel free to contact me.

I look forward to seeing you all there!!

Best Wishes,
John Ohm
J&J Cigars - SODO
3207 1st Avenue S.
Seattle, WA 98134
(206) 724-0111


Seattle Cigar Expo - We're Making History!

Ladies & Gentlemen,

In the heart of the city and at the home of the famed Space Needle - for one day Seattle Center will be transformed into Seattle's Biggest Cigar Lounge benefiting CIGAR RIGHTS OF AMERICA.

Adults will converge for a weekend of on site indulgence, lifestyle vendors, cigar retailers, fine cuisine, Pacific Northwest wine sampling, premium spirits sampling with a large portion of all of these elements hailing from right here in the Pacific Northwest. Cigar enthusiasts from around the Pacific Northwest will converge to ply their passion for cigars, reunite with old friends, make new friends, and celebrate the cigar culture. You are invited to join us in this year's premier Cigar Event.
  • When: Saturday, August 20th 2011
  • What Time: Noon - 1pm VIP entry for meet and greet (Limited to 100 Tickets)
  • What Other Time: 1pm - 8pm General Ticket
  • Where: Seattle Center Fisher Pavilion, 305 Harrison St. Seattle, WA 98109
  • What: Cigars, spirits, wine tasting, fine cuisine, boutique coffee roaster, cigar retailers, lifestyle vendors
  • What Else: music, burlesque performance, panel discussion, CRA seminar, Cigar rolling
  • What Opening Party: Friday August 19th @ Brouwer's Café (VIP's, Retailers and Manufacturers)
  • What After-Party: Saturday August 20th @ The Vertigo Club
Tickets are limited so buy your tickets today at  




About J&J Cigars

John Ohm of J&J Cigars has always catered to the needs of the discriminating cigar enthusiast. Specializing in hard-to-find premium boutique cigar brands, you will find the walk-in humidor of J&J Cigars replete with the finest selection in Seattle.

Not sure what cigars to try? Ask John or one of his friendly and knowledgeable Tobacconists for a recommendation and they will be more than happy to help you choose something for your enjoyment.

In need of cigars for Corporate events, Wedding parties, or general Get-togethers? John Ohm and his staff will be glad to assemble cigar packages custom tailored to your specific needs!

Be sure to stop by or call for the best selection in Seattle, whether fine hand-crafted cigars, premium lighters, handmade briar smoking pipes, or all your humidification needs, J&J Cigars is here for you.


Lit Cigar Lounge Newsletter August 8, 2011

Upcoming Events at Lit

Xikar Our next Tuesday Night event in the Sno Lounge is scheduled for Tuesday, August 30, 2011 from 5-8pm. We'll be joined by our good friend Woody Brown from Xikar.

We'll have some great deals on the outstanding HC Series cigar as well as discounts on all Xikar accessories. We'll be partnering with a Washington winery to pair with these cigars and have some fabulous drink specials and of course prizes and free appetizers as well. Mark your calendars!

There's a huge cigar event coming up you should know about, the inaugural Seattle Cigar Expo on August 20th at Fisher Plaza in Seattle. Click here for more information.

Also, tickets are on sale now for our very own Washington Cigar & Spirits festival on October 8th. Click here for more information.

New In Our Humidor

Playboy We have quite a few new cigars for you to try and even more arriving in the next few weeks. Among them:

- Playboy - This is a medium bodied Dominican with a nice oily Sumatra seed wrapper. It's one of the many cigars that we'll be featuring at the Washington Cigar & Spirits festival. Even better, they'll be bringing a Playmate to the event!

- Fausto and Fausto Avion - Two new cigars from Tatuaje. These are some of the strongest cigars we've seen.

- Cain Daytona - Another cigar that we'll be featuring in October. It's the third blend of the Cain cigar, this one being the most balanced of the three.

- Illusione Maduro and Illusione Ultra - We've received very few of these cigars, so if you are looking to try one, get it soon!

- We also have new sizes in the Trinidad Habana Reserve, Oliva V, My Father and Nub lines as well.

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

Seafair in Seattle

Did you see the Blue Angels buzzin around for Seafair? OMG! Very impressive! I think more people go to Seafair to watch the Blue Angels, than the Hydroplanes.


Big cigar weekend...

Carlos Toraño Signature Collection Torpedo 6 x 52


Wrapper: Sun Grown Brazilian Maduro
Binder: Broadleaf
Filler: Dominican Cubano Ligero/Nicaraguan Habano Ligero

The Signature Collection from Toraño has everything going for it - beautiful dark wrapper, great shape/size, perfect firmness, eye-catching label and a good price.

I've come to the conclusion though that I'm not a big fan of cigars that have the Ligero leaf. I mean I'll smoke them, but for my weenie taste I think they're a tad bold. I smoked this Toraño the other night and thought it was just outside, not by much, my comfort zone. The draw and burn were right on the money, and it delivered in the smoke department, but I just couldn't quite warm up to the Ligero flavor. Don't get me wrong, I smoked the whole thing down to the nub. :)

I think if I had paired it with a dark cup of coffee, or maybe an IPA beer, I might have enjoyed it more. Oh well, next time.

If you smoke a lot of cigars, I have a feeling that you'll really like this one. Definitely for the "big-boys."

My Rating: 7+

Few other cigars over the weekend


HC Series Connecticut Shade
Toro 6.5 x 52

Smoked this one while watching the Blue Angels down on the waterfront. I wasn't real impressed with it - too mild. Nice looking cigar though, had a perfect burn, even with the strong breeze that was coming off the lake. The problem in my opinion, was that it really lacked in taste. I've smoked plenty of mild cigars that I thought were pretty good, but this one just didn't cut it for me. So sad...

Hoyo de Monterrey Reposado en Cedros Marco
Figurado 6 1/4 x 49

Very nice cigar - cedar worked well. Medium to maybe a full-bodied cigar, good draw, neat shape, plenty of smoke. I liked it! No doubt about it, I'll buy one of these again.

Casa Magna Colorado
Torpedo 6 1/2 x 52

OK, so this was probably my favorite cigar over the weekend - smoked it last night after dinner. Beautiful evening too, temp around 72º, light breeze.

Anyway, I've smoked these quite a few times before and I've got to tell you that these still are one of my favorites. Delicious medium-body cigar, really nice in just about every class. I paired the cigar with a nice cold bottle of Red Hook ESB. Great combo!

My only little complaint was that it got too hot towards the end. Excellent smoke though!


Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Perdomo Cigars event at Rain City Cigar


Friday, August 12 2011
3-6pm
@
RAIN CITY CIGAR
IN BEAUTIFUL DOWNTOWN
GEORGETOWN

FEATURING
PERDOMO CIGARS

Hot summer weather is finally here, and what better way to enjoy a Hot August Night than with another hot cigar event at Rain City Cigar!

For this event we will be featuring the excellent offerings of Tabacalera Perdomo.
Nick Perdomo is one of those guys who is a cigar smokers friend. Remember about two years ago when Congress raised the federal SCHIP taxes on cigars by forty-five cents each? Here is how Nick responded:

Perdomo Absorbed SCHIP Taxes and Reduced Prices!
"I say we're in this together. That's why, Perdomo Cigars has absorbed these ridiculous taxes, reduced prices, and passed the savings on to you, the customer"!
Nick Perdomo

Two years after SCHIP and Nick is still "eating" the tax so you don't have too!

This event is a good time to come down show your appreciation of Nick and his fine cigars. Mr. Don Hanes represents Perdomo and he will be here at our store to discuss all things Perdomo. We are not featuring any specific cigar this time so all lines of Perdomo cigars will be on sale.

Don will have the following offers going during this event:

  • Buy any four Perdomo Cigars and you will receive another one FREE!
  • Buy a full or mixed box of 20 or more and you will receive this
  • Quadruple Flame table lighter + another three cigars FREE! 
(Excludes Perdomo Fresco)

Heck, that lighter is a $65.00 retail value!!!

Of course we will have our Rain City Cigar event day discounts in effect
5% Off Each Cigar
10% Off 5+ Cigars
15% Off Full Boxes & Mixed Boxes Of Twenty Or More

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.

Come early for best selection!

Can't make it on Friday?
No worries Mate, we'll run the event discounts on Saturday too!
(Sorry, no free cigars or swag on Saturday)


Are you planning on attending the Seattle Cigar Expo?

Saturday, Aug. 20, Seattle Center's Fisher Pavilion will be transformed into an upscale cigar lounge where adults will unite for a day of indulgence. Ticket includes: Selection of over 15 Premium Cigars, Spirits, Wine tasting, Sampling of Seattle's finest restaurants, Memberships to CRA, Cigar Association of Washington, Seattle Business Magazine, Plus much more...

Rain City Cigar will be representing the Cigar Association of Washington (CAW) at the Seattle Cigar Expo. Stop by our booth and sign up for a free membership in the Cigar Association of Washington.
If you make a contribution to CAW we will give you an ALTADIS cigar!

The Cigar Association of Washington is fighting hard in Olympia to represent the interests of Washington Cigar Smokers and Tobacconists.

CAW Members successfully fought in 2005 to reduce our state tobacco tax from 130% down to just 50 cents per cigar!


In 2010 CAW members fought back an attempt to impose a tax of $3.10 PER CIGAR!


This year CAW defeated legislation to BAN all forms of flavored tobacco products. This would have included pipe tobacco and all flavored cigars.


We also have pending legislation which would allow the return of Cigar Bars like Tini Bigs, El Gaucho and The Wooly Toad, as well as allowing Cigar Lounges in Cigar Stores. We fully expect to see this legislation pass in the 2012 Legislature.

The forces of Anti Tobacco WILL NOT STOP in their attempts to prohibit you from smoking cigars.
Rest assured, the Cigar Association of Washington will be there
Defending Our Industry and Fighting For Your Rights. But we cannot do it alone, we need your help! Please stop by our booth to learn more!


Sincerely,


Event Staff
Rain City Cigar

UPDATE

Rain City Cigar EVENT CHANGE

Due to unfortunate circumstances we will not be hosting the Perdomo Cigars event as previously announced. We hope to reschedule this event in the not too distant future.

Fortunately we are talented retail professionals! Light on our feet, and able to quickly shift gears!

GENERAL CIGAR
is the new featured company for this event

This will be a Buy-Three-Get-One-FREE event.

INCLUDES
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.

Rain City Cigar Discounts In Effect
  • 5% Off Each Cigar
  • 10% Off Five Or More
  • 15% Off Full Or Mixed Boxes Of Twenty Or More
RAFFLE - RAFFLE -RAFFLE

YOU COULD WIN THIS

Char-Broil Portable Gas Grill and Cooler Combo at this event!

Char Broil Grill
For every three General Cigar cigars you buy you will receive one raffle ticket. If you buy a Full or Mixed box, you will receive an extra FIVE raffle tickets!


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.

Come early for best selection!

Can't make if Friday?

No worries Mate, we'll run the event discounts on Saturday too!

Event Staff
Rain City Cigar

Monday, August 1, 2011

J Fuego Origen Series Original (5" x 44)


My friend Charles gave me a couple of these the other day while I was on my walk. He told me to try them out and see if I like them? Well, I knew that I would like them because I've had an Origen before, just not this size. I've smoked the Belicoso and I loved it!

Anyway, we had friends over for dinner on Saturday night. Beautiful evening, finally... I barbecued lamb. (my favorite)

After dinner we broke-out the cigars and I made some rich dark coffee. In my opinion it's one of the best things to pair cigars with.

So the Origen was actually my second cigar of the evening. The first one was a mystery. My friend brought his stash of cigars along with him and he told me to pick something. Whatever it was that I picked I wasn't paying attention and I threw the label into the fireplace. Knucklehead! Good cigar too!

Anyhow, after the first cigar I grabbed a couple of glasses and some of my good rum to accompany the J Fuego Origen Original. I wanted to give this one a try.

The cigar is of course hand-made, but with no mold, so each cigar is slightly different from the other. It has a pretty rustic look to it and the ends are actually already cut - all set to lite up.

What did I think? I loved it (of course). Medium to full-bodied, perfect draw, very slight sweetness, and plumes of delicious rich smoke. Only complaint was that I smoked in about two seconds, well, maybe it took a little longer, but it's a quicky, that's for sure! Now I see why they come in packs of 5.

My rating: 9+

Couple other note worthies from the weekend:


Ashton Aged Maduro #40 - 6 x 50 - another excellent Ashton cigar, and I might add that this is the last Ashton in my humidor. Yeah, I've got to grab some more. If you're a maduro smoker, you can't go wrong with this one. Absolutely one of the best maduro's I've smoked. I could smoke these all the time. Not too strong, but packed with flavor.

Lastly, my lovely bride smoked an Oliveros Flavors cigar on Friday night. She was pleasantly surprised at how good it tasted. Personally speaking, there's only one flavor infused cigar that I like and that's the Drew Estates Java. Nice change every now and then.

Side Note: This week is Seafair, so the Blue Angels are in town. Going to bring my camera to work and see if I can catch some of the action. They'll be buzzing around until Sunday. Neat-O!

Charles - thanks again my friend! Great cigar!