Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Lit Cigar Lounge Newsletter - November 28, 2011

Upcoming Events at Lit

Partagas Join us on Thursday, December 1st at Lit for the prime time Seahawks vs. Eagles game. We'll be featuring some great deals on Partagas cigars and Bowmore Scotch whisky. We'll have prizes to give away as well!

On Wednesday, December 7th, we'll be joined by Don Hanes and whisky expert Ari Shapiro as we feature the Don Pepin Garcia and My Father cigar lines and Glen Grant single malt scotch. This event will be in Lit and go from 6-9pm and we'll have some great deals on all of our Don Pepin Garcia, My Father and Jaime Garcia cigars.

We'll be having another one of our big Tuesday Night affairs in the Sno Lounge on Tuesday December 13th from 5-8pm. Join us as we feature great bourbon from Woodford Reserve as well as cigars from Rocky Patel and EO Brands. We'll be joined by our good friends Jon Stave from Woodford Reserve and Tim Wong from Rocky Patel. We'll have some great specials as well as appetizers and prize giveaways.

New In Our Humidor

cigars With the holidays approaching, we're getting in our limited edition gift sets every day. My favorite is the wooden Macanudo ashtray with 6 cigars (pictured,$60). We also have gift sets from Alec Bradley, CAO La Traviata, Arturo Fuente, La Flor Dominicana, Partagas, La Gloria Cubana and more. These always sell out fast, so stop by and do some holiday shopping at Lit!

Thanks again for all of your business and continued support, from all of us at Lit! We'll see you soon.

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

Padrón 85 Years

How was your Thanksgiving? Ours turned out GREAT! Our kids and some of their friends came over for the annual feast this year. Boy, talk about a ton of food and booze - JEEEEZUS! My lovely wife really outdid herself this year, probably the best Thanksgiving dinner we've ever had. Nice job dear! 

One little tradition that we have after our turkey dinner (weather-permitting) is to finish the evening off with cigars and drinks out on our back deck. We lucked-out this year, the rain had stopped and the skies were clearing. I lit up the fire-pit, turned on the patio heater and I brought out an assortment of Toraños and a few of the Dona Flor cigars that I had picked up in Brazil the week before. In the booze department, we had 2 bottles of single malt scotch, my favorite rum, 2 different type of cachaça, and of course multiple bottles of wine. Hey, it's all about choices, right?

Anyway. what a fantastic evening, it couldn't have been more perfect! (only minor snag was that I ran out of propane for the patio heater - emptied both tanks. UGH!)

Friday night, another pleasantly warm evening, temp surprisingly in the low 50's and no chance of rain in the forecast. I would have thought that the gang would be out tonight in downtown Kirkland, but no dice - it was totally dead..I'm guessing that they needed to recuperate from all the food they ate the night before...

Saturday night, temperatures still very mild for this late in November, but a slight chance of rain had been predicted, so we headed up to the Snoqualmie Casino - seems like ages since we were here last. 

Anyway, skipping ahead a bit - My first pull on the slot machine I won $15. Holy Cow! How often does that happen? Never! My whole evening seemed to go that way, I won at slots, poker and the craps table. Unbelievable! Time to celebrate!

At the Lit Lounge we were greeted by Josh (El Jefe) and Narong. BTW Josh, the beard looks great! 

Lots of people were here watching the Apple Cup on the big screen TV's. I'm a Husky Dad, so naturally I rooted for the Dawgs. 
 "You know what the difference between a Husky and a Coug is?"
"They both applied at the UW."
So while I was searching for a cigar in the humidor, my friend Narong pulled out a box of cigars from the cabinet underneath. He gently opened the lid of the box and with a smile on his face, he showed me the treasure inside. You'd think we were looking at bars of gold or something? He told me that these were the very special:
Padrón 1964, 85 Years.  
Very special indeed. 

So what did I think? I loved it! Excellent, excellent cigar in every category. Size, shape, color, feel, draw and burn were all perfect. Rich flavor and exceptionally smooth from start to finish. My only complaint is the price - you'll break the bank smoking these everyday. $$$

Thank-you Narong for pulling this one out of the cabinet for me! I hope there are a few left when I come up next time!

Side note: If you use a limo or towne car service frequently to get around town or go to the airport, check out this company's app, it's pretty cool! 

Monday, November 21, 2011

Back from Vacation

Here's an interesting little item that I picked up at the Duty-Free shop in São Paulo.

Nice happy 5 pack of Dona Flor cigars.

And here is what the back of the box looks like.

Nasty, eh?

Side Note: No food issues at the 5-star hotel in São Paulo this year (Read more here). They had a GREAT looking buffet too, but because of what happened last year I decided to order À La Carte. Probably a wise decision.
Have a GREAT Turkey Day! 

Saturday, November 12, 2011

Lit Cigar Lounge Newsletter November 7, 2011

Upcoming Events at Lit

Our next event in Lit will be on Wednesday, November 16th from 6-9pm.
Join us as we feature Jameson Irish Whiskey and the Oliva family of cigars. Ambassadors from both Jameson and Oliva will be on hand, and we'll have some great specials and plenty of prizes to give away.

If you haven't made it into Lit on Sundays to watch the Seahawks or all the other NFL games, you're missing a great time. Every Sunday, we'll be having a prize drawing every time the Seahawks score! But wait, you say, the Seahawks hardly ever score! We understand that, so if that's the case, we'll draw a prize periodically to take the pain away from another punt or interception. Go 'Hawks!

Come out and join us for all the games and enjoy a $5 Finlandia Bloody Mary or a $6 El Jimador Cointreau Margarita.

Save the date for our next Tuesday Night Cigar Club in the Sno Lounge. We're still working on all the details, but the date, December 13, is set. More info in the coming weeks.

New In Our Humidor

The Oliva V Maduro 2011 Edition has arrived. These are extremely limited cigars and come out only once a year. This year's size is one of my favorites, a 6x50 Toro, and features a San Andres Maduro wrapper.

Here is a detailed review from the Smoking Stogie.

Next time you're in, check out our revamped drink menu. We've added some exciting new cocktails that you will enjoy!

Thanks again for all of your business and continued support, from all of us at Lit! We'll see you soon.

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

Thursday, November 10, 2011

Cohiba Siglo II (Cuba)

Just returned from a little 3 day jaunt to a resort area not to far from my home here (Brazil), had a great time with some friends of ours. Too bad none of them are cigar lovers. No worries though, they didn't mind if I smoked my Cuban cigars next to the pool. Very nice people....

Anyway if you're curious, the temp here has been in the mid 90's everyday, just beautiful - I don't think we had one day in the 90's all summer long in Seattle!!

So what did I think of the Siglo II? Meh... It was OK. I liked the size, the feel and the look, but I would gladly take a Toraño Master Robusto over one of these any day of the week. The Siglo II is somewhat mild, but occasionally I'd notice a little bit of a bite to it - UGH. Also, the slightest breeze would cause it to burn uneven - seems to be a common problem with Cuban cigars. On top of the uneven burn, I had to re-lite it numerous times. Kind of a pain in the ass cigar.

I'm not sure what my friends paid for this little 3 pak of cigars, but I would imagine that it cost them a pretty penny. Cigars generally aren't cheap here and Cuban cigars are ridiculously expensive. Amazing how they stay competitive...

Side note: I'll be back home by the end of next week. Looking forward to Thanksgiving with the kids!

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Alec Bradley Black Market Robusto

Tried this cigar the other day. Overall I liked it, however for some reason it started out real nasty, just a bad, bad taste in my mouth. It's possible that the matchstick I used to lite it might have been the cause of the rough start, but thank God the unpleasant taste went bye-bye. Pretty decent smoke, little more full flavored (stronger) than I usually smoke, but very enjoyable. Burn and draw was flawless...

Would I buy one again? Yes indeed. Something about the Alec Bradley blends that I've always liked. Never found a bad one in the bunch.

Side note: Vacationing in the south of Brazil for a while. A good friend of mine gave me a box (3-pak) of Cohiba's the other day. Yeah, I'll smoke these pretty quick, you can count on it...

Tchau tchau (yes, they speak Portuguese in Brazil, not Spanish!!)