Thursday, September 29, 2011

J&J Cigars Sales Event - October 1st, 2011

Rocky Patel Cigar Event
Featuring the new
"Thunder" and "La Bomba" lines!

Join us at J&J Cigars on Saturday, October 1st alongside Tim Wong, Brand Representative of Rocky Patel as we feature specials on "Thunder" and "La Bomba" - the newest offerings from the Rocky Patel and 601 Brand portfolio of cigars!

The event will kick off at 12:00 Noon and go until 4:30pm - here are some of the specials you can expect:

  • - Buy 3 Cigars, get 1 Cigar free.
  • - Buy a Box, get 6 Cigars free + a Shirt.
  • - We'll also be raffling off a prize!

Come down and join us for some incredible smokes and Spirits. You don't want to miss this one!!

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

Mon - Fri: 11:00am - 8:00pm
Saturday: 1:00pm - 9:00pm
Sunday: Closed

The Vertigo Club 

Seattle's only exclusive, private luxury cigar club - where the class, elegance, and swank of the 1920s and 30s is only a fine cigar away! 

Located in Seattle's SODO neighborhood, The Vertigo Club was designed for discriminating gentlemen & ladies in mind: well-appointed dark leather sofas and club chairs, a beaux-arts granite top bar, a private conference room, WiFi, personalized & humidified cigar lockers, poker table, etc. - all with a Speakeasy-style ambiance.

A limited number of memberships are currently still available. Non-member visits are available by appointment only.

For more information, please contact William J. Daly II,
Owner of The Vertigo Club
by email at

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Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Arturo Fuente Opus xXx "Power Ranger"

I can't believe that I've never smoked an Opus xXx before. I guess I've always assumed that the xXx on the label was a warning of some kind to beware of the kick-ass to follow. Well, I had an opportunity last Friday night down at the Tobacco Patch to check this out, one of the guys in the group handed me the Power Ranger. Appropriate name, no?

So what did I think? Probably one of the best cigar I've smoked in months. Yes, I was pleasantly surprised that this wasn't the lethal weapon that I thought it was going to be. In fact, it was a deliciously smooth medium-bodied cigar, excellent draw and outstanding taste. I don't think I could find anything negative to say about it, although I hear they're somewhat expensive?

Anyway, don't let the X's stop you from trying this little gem out - it's really a fantastic smoke!

Couple other noteworthy cigars that I enjoyed over the weekend:

LFD Perfecto 

My good friend Chris gave me this one, he thought I might like it. Boy, he was right - I loved it! Another outstanding medium-bodied cigar, perfect for a Sunday afternoon. I paired it with an ice cold Amber Ale. Oh soooo nice. Great draw, smooth rich flavor, tons of smoke, plus that perfecto shape - the perfect fit.

Thank-you mucho Chris!

Lastly, the Don Abram Harris Cigars Presidential Reserve 1993

Churchill size, not sure if this was the Cameroon or Connecticut Shade wrapper, I'll go with the Cameroon since it had a slight sweetness to it.

Overall, I liked it. Nice cigar, somewhat mild, but very enjoyable. I paired it with a fine bourbon, seemed to do the trick.

Would I recommend it? Maybe... It's not really the taste that I'm looking for, but that being said, it's not a cigar that I would refuse if offered to me.

Side note: Only one more week till the Washington Cigar & Spirits Festival up at the Snoqualmie Casino. Have you bought your tickets yet? I'll see you there!

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Lou Rodriguez Edicion Reserve Maduro

Lou Rodriguez Maduro
Edicion Reserve Robusto 5 x 50

WRAPPER: San Andres
BINDER: Nicaragua
FILLER: Proprietary Nicaraguan Blend

Nice... I smoked this on Sunday while doing a little computer work out in the garage. The garage? Yes, the garage. It's kind of my "man-cave", but also it's the only place "inside" my house where smoking isn't prohibido - Hey, when the weather's crappy, this works just fine.

Anyway, I really liked this maduro - great draw, perfect burn, tons of smoke and a very smooth medium-bodied taste. My only advice is that you smoke it slowly. It's not a nicotine-bomb, but it can sneak up on you.

Would I recommend it? Heck yes! Very nice smoke indeed. I would have preferred it to be just a tad sweeter, but overall it was great!

Cusano 18 Double Connecticut
Robust 5 x 50

I smoked this cigar on Saturday night out on my back deck. Of course it started raining just as I lit it up. Not a real big deal, the house has an awning that gives just enough protection to keep one from getting drenched. Thank-God...

So the cigar looks good, however this one had a slight ammonia smell to the wrapper. That's usually not a good thing. It turned out to be not all that bad though. Burn and draw were perfect, amount of smoke was excellent, taste was OK. It started out kind of crappy, but improved as it went along. Nice medium-bodied smoke at the end. No complaints.

Would I recommend it? Not really. Had this cigar started like it finished, it would have been stellar. Oh well...

Side note: Tried out a new restaurant over in Bellevue the other day with some friends: Amazon Grill. Yes, another churrascaria (BBQ) on the Eastside. It was pretty good, much better than Novilhos over in Factoria. The one thing that I might recommend if you ever try this place out is that you DON'T eat anything wrapped in bacon. (unless of course your stomach is made of cast-iron)


Monday, September 19, 2011

Lit Cigar Lounge Newsletter September 17, 2011

Upcoming Events at Lit

Alec Bradley Join us this Wednesday, September 21st from 6-9p.m. in Lit as we celebrate the release of the brand new Alec Bradley Black Market!

We'll be joined by Alec Bradley VP of Marketing Sam Philips to debut this tasty blend, a medium bodied smoke featuring a Nicaraguan Jalapa wrapper and Honduran and Panamanian long filler.

Alec Bradley's cigars are consistently the highest rated in the world, and this one is no different. Take advantage of great event specials - Buy 3 Get 1 free or Buy a Box, Get 8 free.

We'll have drink specials and prizes to give away as well. See you there!

We'll be open at 10 a.m. on Sunday, September 18th, just in time for kickoff of the Seahawks' game against the Steelers. Join us for the game and get $5 Finlandia Bloody Marys or $6 El Jimador Cointreau Margaritas with a souvenir shaker!

Washington Cigar & Spirits Festival

Click on the image to the right to see our event flyer with all the details and participating vendors.

Only three weeks until our big Washington Cigar & Spirits Festival in the Casino Ballroom October 8th from 5-10pm! Get your tickets for this fantastic event!

Playboy has confirmed that we'll be joined by Playmate Stacy Fuson, who will be available to sign autographs and take photos with those buying Playboy Cigars at the event!

Tickets are only $65 and include spirits, beer, cigars, food, along with $25 credit to spend on cigars at the event!

Get your tickets at our casino box office or through

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

Thursday, September 15, 2011

Brick House Bash Tasting Event at Rain City Cigars

Rain City Cigar
presents the
J.C. Newman

Friday, September 23, 2011 3-6pm
Rain City Cigar
in beautiful downtown Georgetown
 brickhouse bash logo
WOW! Can you believe it's already the middle of September?! Seems like we just finally got summer going and now there is a touch of fall in the air. Oh well, no matter, let's celebrate the change of seasons with another fun event at Rain City Cigar!

For this event we are featuring Brick House cigars.
Brick House cigars have exploded onto the scene! Come out to Rain City Cigar Friday, Sept. 23 to see what all the buzz is about at the Brick House Bash - an event chock full of freebies and unbelievable savings.

brick house band

Brick House - Handmade in Nicaragua
Brick House is a beautifully made Nicaraguan puro. It starts out earthy and crisp, yet has a distinctive flavor like no other cigar. As you experience the cool even burn of this handmade cigar, it builds into a well-rounded, smooth taste with hints of oak and maple syrup. It leaves you excited for your next Brick House Cigar.

"Cigar Aficionado Top 25 Cigars"
These days everybody is watching their budgets and looking for great value for their dollars. 
Brick House fits that to a T as they top out around $6.50
"Best Bargain of 2009"

Mr. Rick Zunt represents J.C. Newman Cigars and will be here in our store for this event with a couple of great deals for you.

Of course we will have our Rain City Cigar event day discounts in effect

  • 5% Off Each Cigar
  • 10% Off Five Or More
  • 15% Off Full Or Mixed Boxes Of 20 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.

Event Staff
Rain City Cigar

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

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Room 101 Connecticut

Can you remember the last time we had weather this nice on Labor Day weekend? Jeez, it was gorgeous!

So one of the cigars that I had high hopes for over the weekend....

Room 101 Connecticut
315 (Robusto): 5 x 50

Meh... it was OK. The burn started out bad with some major canoeing, but luckily straightened-out after about a third smoked. I didn't care much for the overall appearance, I thought the wrapper and label looked somewhat cheap - just an opinion. Best part of the cigar was the final third, that's when I thought the flavor improved quite a bit. One other item on the positive side is the billows of smoke that this stick produces - very nice!

It's not a bad cigar, but I doubt I'd actually go out of my way to buy one.

Now on the other hand, I was talking to my friend Chris and he said that he also smoked the Room 101 Connecticut over the weekend and he liked it. Go figure!

I have one more of these in my humidor, I'm going to let it age a bit.

Few other cigars from the long weekend:

Rockey Patel The Edge Maduro - Didn't like it. In fact, it was so bad that I put it out. That's pretty bad for me to do that. Stick was hard as rock, terrible draw and a taste that matched the draw. Total waste.

Oliva Serie V - Bought this to replace the Edge. Excellent cigar, loved every minute of it. Not many cigars better than this.

Murcielago Maduro - Outstanding cigar. Love the box press and dark oily wrapper. Smooth and delicious taste.

Casa Fernandez - Excellent cigar in every category. Don't know why we don't see more of these? They're a fantastic smoke!

Side note: Anyone notice the big forest fire that's going on over on the Olympic Mountains? You can see the plumes of smoke big-time from Kirkland.

A.J. Fernandez Cigar Event Featuring the new San Lotano Cigars!

Join us at J&J Cigars on Thursday September 15th alongside Clay Roberts, Vice President of Marketing for A.J. Fernandez as we feature specials on San Lotano - the newest offering from the A.J. Fernandez line of cigars!

The event will kick off at 5:00pm and go until 10:00pm - here are some of the specials you can expect:

  • Buy 3 Cigars, get 1 Cigar free.
  • Buy a Box, get 8 Cigars free.
  • We'll be raffling off a full box signed by A.J. Fernandez
  • A minimum $75 purchase grants you access (during the event only) to The Vertigo Club, Seattle's Only Exclusive, Private Luxury Cigar Club where you'll be welcomed by lovely Cigar Girls who will be happy to assist you in cutting & lighting your cigars.
You don't want to miss this one!!

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

Mon - Fri: 11:00am - 8:00pm
Saturday: 1:00pm - 9:00pm
Sunday:  Closed

Sunday, September 4, 2011

Lit Cigar Lounge Newsletter - September 3 2011

Are You Ready For Some Football?

Football Finally, the NFL season is starting this week! Lit is going to be open at 10 a.m. each Sunday showing all the NFL action on our 3 HD screens!

We'll have these great drink specials during all Sunday football action: Get a Finlandia Bloody Mary for only $5.00 or an El Jimador Margarita with a souvenir Cointreau shaker for only $6.00!

If you think you have what it takes to pick NFL winners, join our Lit Cigar Survival Pool on Yahoo. Pick one game correctly each week and move on. The catch is, you can only pick a given team once. If you're the last one standing, we'll have a special prize for you!

Click here to join. The group # is 21742 and the password is 'cigars'. Best of luck!

Washington Cigar & Spirits Festival

WCSF Click on the image to the right to see our event flyer with all the details and participating vendors.

We're getting closer to our biggest cigar event to date, only five more weeks! We urge you to get your tickets in advance so that you aren't left out in the event of a sellout!

We've added some more spirits vendors to the mix - Dewar's, The Balvenie, Glenfiddich and Woodford Reserve will be represented as well. Tickets are only $65 and include spirits, beer, cigars, food, along with $25 credit to spend on cigars at the event!

Get your tickets at our casino box office or through
Thanks to everyone who came out to our Tuesday Night event last week with Xikar, Milbrandt Vineyards and Knipprath Cellars. We aren't going to have a Tuesday Night event in September, as we're busy gearing up for the Washington Cigar & Spirits Festival. We hope to see you there!

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