Monday, December 24, 2012

Lit Newsletter 12/24/12 Happy Holidays from all of us at Lit



Happy Holidays

We'd like to wish all of you a safe and happy holiday season from the whole team at Lit. We enjoy sharing our love of cigars and spirits with you and look forward to another year of great times and long ashes!

We hope to see you at our last event of the year, Friday December 28th in Lit from 6-9pm as we feature some great cigars from the Toraño Family along with three great expressions of Glenrothes Scotch Whisky.

As always, we'll have some excellent deals, prize giveaways and lots of fun. Join us!

On New Year's Eve, December 31st, the casino will be hosting a Sno Lounge Resurrection New Year's Eve party in the ballroom, complete with aerial entertainment and special guest DJs. There will be a cigar lounge in the pre-function area for your enjoyment as well! Admission to this event is $20, and the party will run from 8pm - 2am.

We'd like to thank everyone for taking part in our Scotch Fest promotion at Lit. There's one week left! We've selected a special menu of 10 Scotches - 7 single malts, 2 blends and one liqueur, which will be featured all month at a special price!

Click on this link to check out the menu.

Join us for Scotch Fest until the end of the month at Lit!

Top Cigars of 2012

With the year winding down, there are a number of year end lists of the best cigars of the year coming out. For what it's worth, I wrote a Top 10 list for Lit including my pick for the cigar of the year, the Montecristo Epic #2. You can read the entire article on the Kirkland Cigar Club blog.

Of course, the most famous of these lists is the Cigar Aficionado Top 25, which will be revealed during the first week of the new year on their website.

We'd love to hear your input and see your top cigars of the year. Start a conversation on our Facebook page!

Happy Smoking!

Josh Weltmer, Manager
Lit Cigar Lounge / Snoqualmie Casino



Friday, December 21, 2012

Lit Cigar Lounge Top 10 for 2012


As the manager of Lit, I've been fortunate to try almost every single one of the new cigars that have been released throughout the year.  This top 10 list are cigars that are either new to the market or new to me in 2012.  Also, I've only included cigars that are available at Lit, but have created an “honorable mention” section for some fantastic cigars that we don’t carry (yet). 

What is my system for this?  It’s not entirely scientific – most importantly is my personal opinion, but I’ve also taken into account the opinions of our customers and fellow tobacconists.  A cigar that I thought was good, but not great may have made this list because a few of our regulars absolutely love it.  So, without further ado, here’s the list:

10. Romeo by Romeo y Julieta Churchill – This cigar shocked all of us who are familiar with the RyJ brand, which is known for mild to medium bodied cigars that are easy to smoke but lack strength and complexity.  The Romeo lacks neither.  It’s strong, spicy and full of character.  What does translate over from the rest of the Romeo y Julieta line is the fantastic price point and great consistency.  This is the first of two of the new Altadis cigars on my list.  I've been a critic of their inability to think outside the box, but this cigar was a bold step, and one of my favorites.

9. Padron Anniversary 1964 #4 – Big ring gauges aren't really my cup of tea, but Padron really filled a niche here, with this 6 1/2x60 box pressed vitola in the 1964 Anniversary line.  Many of us save the Padron Anniversary cigar for special occasions, and it’s great to have one that we can smoke for several hours.  It’s a bit milder than the rest of the line, due to the cooler burn and extra filler tobacco, but the flavors are all still there – spice, caramel, floral notes, etc.  This is the trend in cigars, bigger ring gauges, so I’m glad to see one of the most reputable families taking on the challenge.

8. Partagas 1845 Robusto – The 1845 line has been so successful, it wouldn't be a stretch to say that it has rescued the non-Cuban Partagas brand, at least at Lit. The bigger sizes, the 7x54 Double Corona and the 6x60 Gigante are better sellers, but my favorite is the Robusto.  I love the complexity of flavors that this cigar offers, while never rising above the medium bodied category. The cigar is flawlessly constructed and full of tobacco, so it burns for a long time.  The Ecuadorian Habano wrapper is silky and full of the subtle spice notes that I love.  There’s no overpowering kick of pepper here, just a delicious and balanced cigar that can be smoked at any hour of the day.

7. La Aroma de Cuba Mi Amor Beso – When Ashton announced that they were creating a Reserva line for their popular Mi Amor blend, I was a little confused.  I thought that the Mi Amor was perfect, with a rich dark San Andres Maduro wrapper and tons of flavor. Only being a year old, did it really need to be renewed already?  I’m glad they did it though!  The Reserva has been released very sparingly and has been gobbled up quickly.  My favorite size is the Beso, a corona gorda that really accentuates the wrapper.  If the original Mi Amor had dark chocolate notes in spades, then the Reserva has ramped up the cocoa even more.  It’s incredibly rich and all you need is in this smaller size.  Definitely a treat if you can get your hands on some.

6. 262 Revere Robusto – 262 is the smallest company represented on our list, and they did an incredible job with their new Revere line.  Releasing a Nicaraguan Puro is a bit of a gamble since it’s a crowded market, dominated by My Father and Padron.  The Revere stands out not only because of a great price point, but impeccable construction and flavor that isn't compromised or overpowered.  Too often, full bodied cigars are blended for strength and end up lacking in flavor. The Revere has both strength and flavor – a peppery kick that still allows for lighter secondary flavors to stand out underneath them.  Our staff and guests prefer the corona, but I love the amount of smoke and the complexity of the robusto best.

5. Tatuaje 7th Capa Especial – I think this cigar was actually released in 2011, but has really taken off this year.  The Capa Especial signifies the cigar sports a reddish Sumatra wrapper and is a bit mellower. You’ll notice a common theme in this list is that when a cigar can dial back the strength enough so that a full range of flavors comes through, it’s a winner for me.  There are three blends of the 7th, a corona gorda size: The original, with a Habano wrapper, the Reserva with a Broadleaf and the Capa Especial.  I like this one the best, because you can get subtle flavors more easily. 

4. Rocky Patel Edge Habano Toro – Another Nicaraguan Puro at a reasonable price that just knocks it out of the park!  Rocky Patel’s cigars are something that either our customers are into or they’re not.  There’s not much middle ground.  When we brought this one in and started suggesting it, lots of people would say they didn't like Rocky’s stuff.  When they gave the Edge Habano a try, every single one of them were impressed.  It’s  a great example of how a cigar can have lots of flavor without being too strong.  Oh, and the price point.  Along with the Partagas 1845, it’s the only cigar that comes in under $8.

3. Flor de Las Antillas Toro – This cigar represents the future of the Garcia family and My Father cigars.  Even though their company is only 10 years old, they’ve already reached the point where they can release a fantastic cigar using only tobacco that they've grown and cured at their own farms.  The FDLA is a box pressed Nicaraguan Puro with a  delicious sun grown wrapper that teeters between medium and full bodied.  There’s extra spice and voluminous amounts of smoke that really add to the smoking experience.  I enjoy the easy draw and extra smoke from box pressed cigars even though they burn so quickly.  I get through this toro in around 40 minutes.  In that case, I’ll have two!

2. J. Fuego Edicion de Familia Toro – I've been a fan of Jesus Fuego’s cigars for years now, but in 2012 he has finally released his masterpiece.  The Edicion de Familia come in three sizes – Belicoso, Robusto, and Toro, and are limited to only 7500 cigars of each size.  Each 10 ct. box is signed and numbered.  He also went through the trouble to age all of the tobacco in these cigars for no less than 10 years.  It shows.  The EDF Toro is full of flavors you don’t get in most cigars.  It’s musky and rich, with layers of flavor that start with the basic stronger notes of pepper and earth, but eventually give way to delicate floral notes and sweeter vanilla and honey notes.  I don’t know if you’ll taste all of this, but it only took about the first inch of this cigar before I knew it would make the list.

1. Montecristo Epic #2 – My cigar of the year comes from the unlikeliest of manufacturers.  Altadis USA is one of the biggest makers of premium cigars and rarely receives critical acclaim, nor do they usually deserve it.  However, they blew the roof off with the Epic blend.  Originally released in 3 sizes, Robusto, Toro, and Churchill in beautiful 10 count boxes, the Epic is a fuller bodied Montecristo that uses all vintage tobacco from 2007 and is only made by the companies top cigar makers, their “Grupo de Maestros.” Right away, the cigar reminded me of the Fuente Opux X in how much flavor I was getting out of it right away. Opus X, however, can overpower the smoker with too much ligero and an iffy burn. The Epic is a touch mellower and have the razor sharp burn lines that only a perfectly executed cigar can have.  There is not a more beautifully constructed cigar than the Limited Edition Epic #2 with is not a regular production size.  It’s a flawless pyramid with a perfect burn and all of the complex flavors of the Epic line, but it’s better because of the way the pyramid shape concentrates and evolves as you get to the final third.   

Honorable Mentions
There are a few cigars that are not available at Lit that would definitely be on this list:

Crowned Heads Headley Grange – This will be all over everyone’s best cigar list and with good reason.  It’s a balanced, nuanced smoke that is well thought out and perfectly executed. I only wish I had a few more of these.

Guayacan Robusto – I don’t know too much about this cigar other than I've smoked a few and absolutely love them.  Box pressed with an oily Ecuadorian Habano wrapper.  I haven’t seen them at any shops in the Northwest, but if you can find one, I suggest giving it a try.

Elogio ESV – A boutique blend that I tried at the trade show this summer.  I have no idea where you can get this one either, but this cigar gives a ton of strength without sacrificing depth of flavor.  If only we had a humidor twice as big!  We could add all of this stuff.

Undercrown Corona Viva – Drew Estate has really come into their own over the past few years.  This new size in the Undercrown line is my favorite.

Quesada Oktoberfest – These come out in limited quantities every fall and are one of my favorite smokes.  I found them at Tobacco Patch in Kirkland.  Pick one up if you see it.


Josh Weltmer
Manager – Lit Cigar Lounge






Monday, December 17, 2012

Lit Newsletter 12/17/12 Our Last Event of The Year



Upcoming Events

Our last cigar event of the year will take place on Friday, December 28th in Lit from 6-9pm. Join us as we feature Toraño Family cigars and Glenrothes Single Malt scotch.

We'll have some great deals on all of these products, including two of Toraño's newest lines, Salutem and Master Maduro. For those of you who love our prize drawings, we are breaking out some extra special stuff on this night.

On 12/21/12, the casino is having an End of the World party in the ballroom area from 8pm-2am. Come on out and party like there's no tomorrow!

On New Year's Eve, December 31st, the casino will be hosting a Sno Lounge Resurrection New Year's Eve party in the ballroom, complete with aerial entertainment and special guest DJs. There will be a cigar lounge in the pre-function area for your enjoyment as well! Admission to this event is $20 and doors open at 8pm.

During the month of December, we'll be celebrating Scotch Fest at Lit. We've selected a special menu of 10 Scotches - 7 single malts, 2 blends and one liqueur, which will be featured all month at a special price!

Click on this link to check out the menu.

Join us for Scotch Fest all next month at Lit!

Happy Smoking!

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


Saturday, December 15, 2012

Season's Greetings


On behalf of the entire Kirkland Cigar Club crew, I'd like to wish you and yours a very Merry Christmas, and of course a Happy New Year!


Writers





Be safe, take care...


Friday, December 14, 2012

Come meet Jose Ortega at the My Father Cigars Event!


JOIN US FOR ANOTHER GREAT EVENT AT J&J CIGARS!!


Come Meet Jose Ortega of My Father Cigars
Friday, December 14th 
5:00pm - 9:00pm
J&J Cigars 


For this great event, we are going to offer some awesome deals!

  • By any 4 My Father cigars and get one FREE!
  • Buy 10 My Father cigars and get 3 FREE!

If you buy a box of My Father cigars, we will give you 3 special cigars (that are NOT available anywhere else) worth a total of $65 AND a free My Father Cigars T-Shirt

This is a great opportunity to meet a great cigar maker and to experience some fantastic smokes for a friendly price.
J&J Cigars 
3207 1st Avenue South
Seattle, WA 98134


Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Lit Newsletter 12/10/12 My Father/Woodford Reserve Event Wednesday


Monday, December 10, 2012

Upcoming Events

On Wednesday, December 12, join us for our annual Woodford Reserve Holiday Party in Lit from 6-9pm. We'll be joined by Jon Stave from Woodford Reserve who will bring his usual arrays of wacky gifts and prizes.
We'll be featuring our entire line of Woodford whiskeys, including the Snoqualmie Reserve, the new Double Oaked as well as a special treat, the brand new Woodford Master's Collection Four Wood.
We'll also be joined by Jose Ortega of My Father cigars as we feature some great holiday deals on the My Father, Don Pepin Garcia, Flor de Las Antillas, and La Dueña lines.
As always, it will be a great time, so we hope to see you there!
On New Year's Eve, December 31st, the casino will be hosting a Sno Lounge Resurrection New Year's Eve party in the ballroom, complete with aerial entertainment and special guest DJs. There will be a cigar lounge in the pre-function area for your enjoyment as well! Admission to this event is $20, however the first 20 of our loyal Lit Newsletter readers who respond to me to RSVP will be on a list for free admission. If you wish to RSVP, reply to this email with your name and the name of up to one other person to get your name on the list. I'll reply with confirmation that you're on our RSVP list.
During the month of December, we'll be celebrating Scotch Fest at Lit. We've selected a special menu of 10 Scotches - 7 single malts, 2 blends and one liqueur, which will be featured all month at a special price!
Click on this link to check out the menu.
Join us for Scotch Fest all next month at Lit!
On Friday, December 21, Snoqualmie Casino will be hosting an End of the World party. Come out and party like there's no tomorrow! Here's the link for more details.

New in our Humidor


December is a great time to stock up the humidor or buy cigar related gifts for your favorite aficionado. Here's a sampling of what's new in our humidor.
Gift Sets: Right now, we have special samplers and gift sets in stock from Alec Bradley, Macanudo, Brickhouse, Cohiba and more.
La Flor Dominicana Salomon: Litto Gomez of La Flor Dominicana (pictured) has created a masterpiece of a cigar! It's a large 7x64 perfecto that's only released every two years or so. Pick one up while they last.
My Father Limited Edition and My Father #6: Two brand new cigars from the Garcia family just in time for Wednesday's event! The Limited Edition is a super-premium cigar limited to only 2,500 boxes of 12, while the #6 is a new size in the regular My Father Line, a box pressed 6x60.
Oliva V Maduro 2012: Another extremely limited edition cigar for the holidays. The V Maduro is a 6x50 with a San Andres Maduro wrapper limited to 5,000 boxes of 10. At only $11/stick, they won't last very long.
For those of you looking for Arturo Fuente Añejo, they are set to arrive in the middle of next week, along with the Fuente Holiday gift sets.
Happy Smoking!

Lit Cigar Lounge
37500 SE North Bend Way
Snoqualmie, WA 98065





Monday, December 10, 2012

Dona Flor (Seleção) - REVIEW



Review of Dona Flor 'Seleção' (select) version.
 

A long day of cold winter evenings had to be interrupted by a nice dry, albeit overcast and cold, evening out to enjoy a cigar.
This review of the Dona Flor Seleção, is, well, underwhelming.
I got this stick as a paternity gift (along with some other very nice items).
My anticipation and excitement about this cigar probably results in the review below
Granted my review of this cigar is slightly stilted, because of my enjoyment of a very nice habano just prior. However, there may be some truth to my lies...

Appearance:
The construction appeared very well made.  The stiffness was firmer than what I'm accustomed to, but offered a little give.  The head appeared well made, and the foot was cleanly cut and straight. The wrapper was a beautiful milky cocoa color, with little veins. Boundless amounts of filler, but no visible stems.  The smell was... average.
Rating on a scale 1-3, this yields a 2.5 for good construction but stiffness.

Taste:
The flavor was the surprising part.  After lighting, i was hit like a wrecking-ball with a punch of woody and leather, and very strong flavors.  I recall it not being to peppery (my personal tastes), but knock you over strong for the first 2-3 minutes of burn.  It was too much for me.  Alas, I power through, fingers crossed, for better times to come.  They do; for a short while.  Past the 15% mark, the stick mellowed out to a very nice tone and seemed to behave.  This lasted for about 10 minutes, and the naughtiness returns like an ADHD-toddler with pots-n-pans.  The changes were extremely abrupt, flavor changes were not palatable for me.  I had to stop a little over half-way through; just couldn't take it any more.
I have no clue if there was any age on this prior to being a gift; and given the chance to sit and mellow, there may be a possibility here.  I hope you are more patient than me.
Rating on a scale of 1-3, this yields a 1.5 for the inconsistency and poor flavor.

As-it-Burns:
The draw was much stiffer than i anticipated; possibly due to the large and compressed amount of binder and filler.  The old high-school saying about "chrome off a bumper" (if you know the reference).  Plus side is that when lit, it burned evenly, stayed lit, and had a nice ash pattern.  I cannot say for certain, but my thoughts are either very well hand-made, or machine made (leaning towards the latter).

Rating on a scale of 1-3, this yields about a 2.5 for the stiff draw.

Again, I'm a bit of a picky cigar person, with very personal tastes; it gets my lowest rating yet at 72%.

Would I buy more of these; no.
Getting one as a gift, I thank the gifter tremendously and probably should have waited longer before lighting this one up.

Given the choice, I'd rather stick with my go-to favs.
However, I'll let you have the final word; enjoy!!!


--Nate




Cohiba Siglo VI Tubo (habanos) REVIEW

Review of Cohiba Siglo VI Tubo; the habanos version.
A Story of our Blessings:

 
Being that one of my favorite indulgences to date has been the Habanos Cohiba Robusto, the Siglo VI offers a "special occasion" opportunity to which I could not resist.
Available as a 3-pack tubos, or in the pricey 10ct box, or ever-pricey 25ct box, I naturally opted for the tubos (about $23/stick, or $70 for a 3-pack prior to taxes/shipping)

        My history with my special occasion cigar.
In line with the "special occasion" opportunity; after finding out that my wife was pregnant, I reveled at the thought of having a son; we were letting it be a surprise. If it was a boy, having a 3-pack of stogies; 1 to have at birth, and the other two shared on his 18th birthday, would be a real treat. If we got a beautiful girl, then I enjoy them at my leisure.
As life has it, we had a BOY.
 
As with all habanos, and Cohibas I've had to-date, this one lives up to its reputation.
My Siglo VI was ordered and aged in my wonderful "tuperador" for about 5 months prior to partaking.  Thanks to our strict state law, and the time commitment of an infant, I recently enjoyed this Cohiba about the 2-month mark of my son; with friends at the Kirkland Tobacco Patch.

Appearance:
The look of this cigar is "average" for a Cohiba. There are no special markings outside the tubo, and this was not an EL (edition-limitada).  The feel was firm, with enough give to enjoy the feel in your hand or mouth without that spongy or rock feeling. The filler appears well packed, but not too tightly to inhibit draw.
The wrapper was excellently constructed, with a very nice round cap, and clean foot.
Rating on a scale 1-3, this yields a 2.75

Taste:
The flavor was a nice full body with very mellow butter and nut, with hints of pepper and cedar; without being overpowering.  Since it was aged many months, it was a smooth and mature taste.
The initial light didn't pop with a pepper flavor, but did have notable strong tastes for the first minute, but quickly eased into a very nice flavor that had mild changes throughout the cigar.  I enjoyed it until the last 20%, where the flavor got too strong and woody for my tastes.
Rating on a scale of 1-3, this yields a 3, easily.

As-it-Burns:
The draw was excellent!  There was enough flow to enjoy full flavor without too much effort, but just enough to let you know you were smoking something wonderful.  Burn was slightly uneven, and required about 3 re-lights throughout the 45-70 minutes I was enjoying this cigar; although that is significantly above my normal, it reminded me that expensive things can also be finicky.
Perhaps the ability to stay lit could have been due to the cold/damp evening, or the storage humidity level, or any number of factors.
Rating on a scale of 1-3, this yields about a 2.5 for failure to stay lit.

Overall score for me; a picky cigar person, with very personal tastes; it gets an 91%.

Would I buy more of these; ABSOLUTELY YES.  And I have 1 more to share and 1 more to enjoy in another 18 years with my son.  Hopefully, they will only age better than ever.

For the price, these are very good. Can you get another habano that's as good for cheaper?
I'll let you decide. In the interim; enjoy!!!

--Nate




Sunday, December 9, 2012

J&J Cigars Newsletter December 2012



J&J Cigars Newsletter, December, 2012 

My Father Cigars Event!!! 

Meet Jose Ortega, VP of Sales and Marketing for My Father Cigars 

Friday December 14th 
5-9pm 

 See below for details.


Dear Friends,

I have some great news! Over the next few weeks, you will see some big improvements to J&J Cigars. Our carpet is being replaced with beautiful wood flooring, we will be stocking our shelves with some of the best cigars on the market, and we are improving some of the little things that really affect your experience as customers. We are aiming to make J&J Cigars the top destination in Seattle for cigar lovers.

Among the additions to our cigar selection, humidors, and other cigar related stuff, we will be the ONLY place in town to find the exclusive Crush Tobacco Infused Chocolate Dipped Salted Caramels. Chef Jason Wilson, owner of Crush Restaurant, is teaming up with J&J Cigars to bring this unique treat to the Seattle market.

In coming weeks, look for Davidoff, Arturo Fuente, Padron, La Palina, La Traviata, Macanudo, Partagas, Foundry, La Gloria Cubana, Casa Magna, Via Habana, and Punch cigars in addition to our old standards such as Illusione, My Father, Tatuaje, San Lotano, Torano, Cain, Avo, Zino, and many others. Come down soon to see things happening!

Sincerely,
John Ohm Owner, 
J&J Cigars


My Father Cigar Event with Jose Ortega! 

Come meet Jose Ortega of My Father Cigars Friday, December 14th @ 5:00pm - 9:00pm as we kick off the holiday season with fantastic Sales Event featuring one of the best names in cigars. We will have beverages for everyone and will have a RAFFLE with some great prizes.

For this event, we are offering some special deals:
  • Buy 4 Cigars, Get 1 Free 
  • Buy 10 Cigars, Get 3 Free 
  • Buy a Box, Get 3 special cigars available nowhere else & a My Father Cigars T-Shirt 
I look forward to seeing you all there!!

Cigar Happy Hour - Tuesdays At J&J Cigars! 

Every Tuesday from 3:00 until 6:00, J&J Cigars is hosting Seattle's First "Cigar Happy Hour"! 

The 1st cigar you purchase from our featured list each Tuesday during Cigar Happy Hour is 50% off!! This is a great opportunity to try some fantastic new cigars at an incredible price!

So come down and join us every Tuesday this month from 3:00pm until 6:00pm and your 1st featured cigar on the Happy Hour menu for that day is 50% off!!

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

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





--DON'T FORGET!--HAPPY HOUR TUESDAYS--

3:00-6:00 Every Tuesday!

The 1st cigar you purchase on our featured Happy Hour list is 50% off!!!




Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Rain City Cigar Mini Event - CAO Concert Cigars


   
 Introducing
Rain City Cigar
Spotlight!
In conjunction with the release of our new mobile app, Rain City Cigar introduces "Spotlight". 
Every few weeks we will be hosting a mini-event in our store and shining the spotlight on new brands & items via our mobile app.
Special notifications, deals and coupons will be available to app users only.
Take a look below to see more information about the new Rain City Cigar mobile app so that you will always know what is in the Spotlight!
IN THE SPOTLIGHT
Friday, December 14th. 2012
3-6pm
@
Rain City Cigar in Georgetown
CAO CONCERT

Perfect Harmony
 
The four-cigar collection is firmly planted in the full-medium-bodied range, with great harmony of flavor among the tobaccos. CAO's Rick Rodriguez created the blend which features a special combination of four different Nicaraguan and Honduran fillers, not previously used in any other General Cigar offering. Wrapped with a lustrous Ecuadorian Habano Rosado and bound with CT Broadleaf, CAO Concert begins with a kick of pepper, mellows with hints of subtle sweetness and comes to a full-flavored finish.

The incomparable Patrick DeWitt of General Cigar will be here to help us shine the Spotlight on this new CAO Concert brand.
Patrick has a couple of great deals for you too!

Buy three CAO Concert, get one FREE!
Buy five CAO Concert, get a CAO Hat or Shirt!

PLUS THIS SCREAMING DEAL
Buy any box of CAO Concert or Other CAO
get 15% Off ~ PLUS
A famous Palio Cutter! ($45.00 value)
(Limited supply of Cutters and Apparel)  
  
We will have our event day discounts in effect during this event
5% Off Each Cigar
10% Off Five Or More
15% Off Boxes
Remember, for every $100 you spend, you earn
Five Rain City Cigar Bonus Bucks!
bonus bucks sample
INTRODUCING
THE RAIN CITY CIGAR
MOBILE APP!
DOWNLOAD IT TODAY
RCC APP
In our new mobile app you will find many great features
Regular updates to our product selection, WHAT'S NEW!
Event notifications
Education in the 101's
Special deals for regular 'checker in-ERs'
Special coupon deals
Leave us voice messages
Post on the Fan Wall
Send us photos of you and your friends enjoying our products
Website - Facebook & Twitter links
and more to come.
Sincerely,
  
Event Staff
Rain City Cigar
206-767-3619

Monday, December 3, 2012

Alec Bradley New York




Judging by looks, this cigar has everything going for it - great shape, nice label, beautiful dark wrapper, firm.

But how does it smoke you ask?
Smooth, medium-bodied, nice amount of smoke, draw just about perfect.


Taste?
Reliable. I'm not going to tell you that this was a great cigar, but it was enjoyable.


Would I buy it again?
Actually it was given to me, but I might buy one in the future, "might" being the key word. You know how I always say that my favorite cigar is a free one, well, that only applies to singles sticks, buying a box requires a big-time WOW factor!

This AB NY has a lot of really good characteristics, and I'm sure this is the perfect smoke for a lot of you guys, but for me the taste wasn't quite to my liking. I have one more of these in my humidor, I'll be curious if my opinion changes after I smoke it.

We shall see...


Side note:
Heading south in a few weeks - can hardly wait to feel the sun again!

Lit Newsletter 12/3/12 Scotch Fest all month at Lit



Monday, December 3, 2012

Upcoming Events

Four Wood On Wednesday, December 12, join us for our annual Woodford Reserve Holiday Party in Lit from 6-9pm. We'll be joined by Jon Stave from Woodford Reserve who will bring his usual arrays of wacky gifts and prizes.

We'll be featuring our entire line of Woodford whiskeys, including the Snoqualmie Reserve and the new Double Oaked as well as a special treat, the brand new Woodford Master's Collection Four Wood.

We'll also be joined by Jose Ortega of My Father cigars as we feature some great holiday deals on the My Father, Don Pepin Garcia, Flor de Las Antillas, and La Dueña lines.

As always, it will be a great time, so we hope to see you there!

On Friday, December 21, Snoqualmie Casino will be hosting an End of the World party. Come out and party like there's no tomorrow! Here's the link for more details.

Scotch Fest all December Long at Lit

Scotch Fest During the month of December, we'll be celebrating Scotch Fest at Lit.

We've selected a special menu of 10 Scotches:
We have seven single malts with ages ranging from 10-18 years, along with 2 blends and one liqueur, which will be featured all month at a fantastic price!

Click on this link to check out the menu.
Whether you're a Scotch lover or just want to try something new, you'll find something worth celebrating at our Scotch Fest!

Happy Smoking!

Monday, November 26, 2012

Lit Newsletter 11/26/12 Meet Edgar Martinez at Lit this Thursday



Monday, November 26, 2012

Upcoming Events

Edgar and Gene On Thursday, November 29th in Lit from 6-9pm, we have a very special event in store for you! We'll be joined by Mariners legend Edgar Martinez and hair styling mogul Gene Juarez as we feature their amazing tequila, El Zacatecano.

We'll also be joined by Dutch Evans of 262 Cigars who will be helping us launch the brand new 262 Revere blend, a tasty Nicaraguan puro from this red hot boutique brand.

As always, we'll have deals on both of these great products as well as prize drawings all evening. Unfortunately, Edgar will not be signing memorabilia at this event, as it is a meet and greet only.

We hope to see you there!

Other News and Notes

Vinella We're proud to be selected as the only store in the state of Washington to carry the new J. Fuego Edicion de Familia. Limited to 750 signed and numbered boxes of 10 in three sizes, this exquisite cigar is a blend of tobaccos all aged at least 10 years. Pick some up soon, as they will sell out quickly. Here's a review to whet your appetite.

During the month of December, we'll be celebrating Scotch Fest at Lit. We've selected a special menu of 10 Scotches - 7 single malts, 2 blends and one liqueur, which will be featured all month at a special price!

Join us for Scotch Fest all next month at Lit!

If you're interested in a print of the wonderful Tony Vinella painting (pictured) that we gave away at the Washington Cigar & Spirits Festival, please contact Tony directly via email at tonvin@comcast.net.

Happy Smoking!

Thursday, November 22, 2012

Vertigo Club Charity Event for RMHHC



We were invited to this event a couple of weeks ago while we were attending the 007 Bond Event in Tacoma. Bob Reife and Tim DeVore with the 10-7 HA Club, told us that they were putting together a little shin-dig up at the Vertigo Club to benefit the Ronald McDonald House Holiday Cruise charity.

The RMH Holiday Cruise charity has supported families for over 30 years by providing a magical event complete with a holiday celebration, gifts from Santa, and an evening dinner cruise aboard the Royal Argosy. The cruise takes hundreds of ill children and their families on Christmas Eve voyages on Lake Washington annually.

Now you're probably wondering why the sudden interest in this particular charity? Well, you may have read in the Kirkland Reporter or the Seattle PI recently about the previous RMHHC treasurer embezzling funds. Hard to believe, especially when you know how special these kids are! So Bob, Tim, and countless others worked hard to make sure that the program continues and the kids don't miss the boat this year. (no pun intended)

Anyway, the event was a complete success - Standing room only! Great music, good food, whatever you wanted to drink, and of course the finest cigars. What more could you want?

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I'm glad we had an opportunity to contribute to this very worthy cause - I couldn't have been happier about how everything turned out. We had a GREAT time! Nice job guys!

Side note:
Just wanted to wish everyone a very Happy Thanksgiving! I hope this has been a good year for you, and that the coming year is even better!

Take care!


Monday, November 19, 2012

It must be November....

Dark, dreary, gray sky, and the relentless rain.Yes, it must be November. When people talk about how crappy the weather in Seattle is, generally they're referring to this month as their benchmark.

Anyway, I wanted to tell you about a cigar that a friend of mine gave me a while back. I've never heard of the brand before, but that's not saying much.

Rio Salonika

Box-pressed, firm dark chocolate wrapper, not a bad looking cigar. 

So how did I like it? Meh... it was OK. Draw was lacking, didn't produce the big plumes of smoke that I like. Taste was different - I didn't think it was terrible or anything, but my lovely wife commented that she didn't like the taste at all. There were a couple of burn issues as well, but overall it wasn't bad enough to put out in the ashtray. 

Now had I not had a  J Fuego Gran Reserva Corojo No.1, right after this cigar, I might not have judge it so harshly, but the J Fuego is a truly spectacular smoke in every category - love those cigars!

Let me know if you've seen or tried the Salonika brand before? 

Side Notes: 
We're going to a little RSVP charity event over at the Vertigo Club tomorrow night - should be fun! Live jazz, cigars, and food - all for a great cause! If you're going, we'll see you there! 
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Lit Newsletter 11/19/12


Monday, November 19, 2012

Upcoming Events

4 Roses Join us on Wednesday, November 21 in Lit from 6-9pm as we kick off Thanksgiving weekend with a great event featuring J. Fuego cigars and Four Roses bourbon.

Take advantage of our great event specials to stock up on cigars for the holiday.

In addition to the usual buy 3 get one free deal, we have a buy 5 get 5 free deal, and a box deal that is so good, we can't publish it in this email. You'll have to come to the event to find out!

As always, we'll have some great drink specials and some fantastic prize drawings as well. See you there!

Meet Mariners Legend Edgar Martinez

Edgar and Gene On Thursday, November 29th, we have a very special event in store for you! We'll be joined by Mariners legend Edgar Martinez and hair styling mogul Gene Juarez as we feature their amazing tequila, El Zacetano.

We'll also be joined by Dutch Evans of 262 Cigars who will be helping us launch the brand new 262 Revere blend, a tasty Nicaraguan puro from this red hot boutique brand.

As always, we'll have deals on both of these great products as well as prize drawings all evening. Unfortunately, Edgar will not be signing memorabilia at this event, as it is a meet and greet only.

We hope to see you there!

Happy Smoking!