Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Rain City Cigars - Oliva Cigar Event

Friday, September 6, 2013
3-6 PM


For this event we will be featuring the fabulous cigar offerings of the Oliva Cigar Family


 Oliva Serie V - Melanio
The Oliva Serie V Melanio
is hand rolled using expertly fermented ligero fillers, leaves know for their robust and rich flavor. Five years in the making, this special cigar is sure to exceed premium cigar smoker's highest expectations.

The Serie V is full flavored yet smooth. The long filler tobaccos are a blend of Oliva Nicaraguan Habano that emphasizes tobacco from the Jalapa region, an area known for a more nuanced leaf than the Esteli or Condega regions. This carefully aged Jalapa blend produces a particularly flavored smoke

       Wrapper: Ecuadorian Binder: Nicaraguan Filler: Nicaraguan Vitolas: 5 Natural


 Oliva Serie V 

Serie V is a complex blend of Nicaraguan long filler tobaccos. Blended with specially fermented Jalapa Valley ligero, and finished with a high priming Habano Sun Grown Wrapper.

Oliva Serie O

Serie O is a Nicaraguan Puro. Made in the original Cuban tradition of growing the same Habano seed in diverse regions of the country to produce a distinct blend. This blend was achieved by growing Habano in Esteli, Condega and the Jalapa Valley.

Oliva Serie G

Serie G is a medium body blend made with authentic African-Cameroon wrapper. The unique flavor notes of this wrapper are complimented by the natural richness of Nicaraguan Habano fillers.

Master Blends 3

Master Blends 3 is the third offering in a series of limited artisanal blends. Liga Maestra is specifically blended to deliver the richest characteristics of Nicaraguan ligero fillers and Broadleaf sun-grown wrappers. It is a complex cigar crafted for the most developed palate.

Jaime Liebes of Oliva Cigars will be here at the store for this event to answer all your questions and discuss anything & everything Oliva. Jaime will have a couple of offers going for you.
  • Buy-five-Oliva-cigars-get-two-FREE!
  • Buy a full box, or twenty assorted Oliva cigars, get a Limited Edition Oliva sampler FREE!

Rain City Cigar will have our event day discounts in effect on all of the featured cigars.
  • 5% Off each cigar
  • 10% Off Five or more cigars
  • 15% Off full boxes 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.
Can't make it Friday? We've got you covered, event deals will continue on Saturday*.
*Limited to stock on hand
Come early for best selection!
Event Staff
Rain City Cigar
5963 Corson Ave S
Seattle WA 98108

Davidoff Nicaragua Robusto

I'll get right to the punch line: Meh... It was OK. Honestly, I'm not a big fan of Davidoff cigars, but since this one came out of Nicaragua I thought I'd give it a try. 

Would I buy one again? Neg, not for that price. ($15.99)

I find that cigars are like fine wines - the price is not indicative of how it will taste...

Side notes: 
Heading up to Banff and Lake Louise (Alberta, Canada) next week. Yep, going to pack a few cigars for the journey.

The Society Presents: Wynwood Cigars!

The Society Presents:

Wynwood Cigars
Owner Robert Caldwell 
August 30, 2013
4 pm - 9 pm

Wynwood was the cigar I was most excited about at this year's trade show. It did not disappoint!  

The Wynwood Factory is part of the Fabricas Unidas family and has opened its doors in the Wynwood art district of Miami. The concept of the Wynwood Cigar Factory came from the minds of Robert Caldwell and Christian Eiroa.  

We will be presenting their entire portfolio of Cigars which includes:
The Factory Fresh 
Art Edition
 and Many more !!! 

Society Promotions:

  • Buy 3 Cigars & get 1 free
  • Buy 10 Cigars & get 3 free plus 10% off  
  • Buy 20+ Cigars & get 7 free plus 15% off 

20 or more cigars will also get you a Cigar Tasting on an Electric Boat that evening!
 Along with a  ticket for the Wynwood cigars Raffle featuring Cigars, Ashtrays, and much more!

As always we will have Amazing Catering with plenty of Food & Drinks to Go Around!

Event Time: 4pm - 9pm
Event Date: Friday, August 30th. 2013

Union Cigar Society
2046 Westlake Ave N Ste 201
Seattle, WA 98109
(206) 805-0866

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Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Lit Newsletter 8/20/13 Herradura Event Wednesday Night

Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Special Tequila Tasting Wednesday Night

Please join us in Lit, August 21 from 6-9pm as we're joined by Ruben Aceves from Casa Herradura. We'll be tasting all four expressions of Herradura tequila, including the amazing Selección Suprema, reviewed here. Try the flight for only $25, a great deal for this night only!

We'll also have some great deals on the San Lotano Oval cigars from AJ Fernandez, prizes to give away and lots of fun! See you at Lit tomorrow night!

WCSF Vendor Spotlight - Clint Aaron of 262 Cigars

Tickets are on sale now for the October 12th Washington Cigar & Spirits Festival. One of our guests on honor for this great event is Clint Aaron, owner of 262 Cigars, one of the great boutique brands we carry at Lit. Here is a link to a great interview with Clint from the cigar blog Toasted Foot.

We hope all of you are looking forward to meeting Clint and trying some of his cigars, which you can read more about at 262's website.

For more info on the WCSF and to get your tickets, follow this link to the casino website.

Happy Smoking!

Josh Weltmer, Manager
Lit Cigar Lounge - Snoqualmie Casino
37500 SE North Bend Way
Snoqualmie WA 98065

Tuesday, August 20, 2013

La Aurora Platinum 1903

I bought this cigar down at the Tobacco Patch a few weeks back when they were having the Miami Cigars Event. Out of everything that was on display, I was probably the most curious about this one: La Aurora Platinum tubos. I've come across these before, but I'd never bought any, mainly because they're kind of expensive.

Oh what the heck, I bought one...

I was told that this particular variety had a Cameroon wrapper, which I generally prefer if given a choice. So let's see what I thought...

One thing that I probably should have done before I bought this cigar was pull it out of the tube. Yes, I should have given it the "once-over". Why, you say? Well, you see the tube is actually a nice shape and size, but don't let that fool you, the cigar inside is quite puny. When I first took it out of the tube I said to myself: "is that all there is?" hah!

Oh well, let's continue...

Cedar and barnyard smell to this firmly wrapped cigar. Wondering if this will even last a half hour?

Thoughts on first puff - draw is a little tight, but it has a nice volume of smoke. Taste is OK - typical Dominican, smooth with a little pepper. As I smoked this I noticed that I was getting a little buzz - it's kind of a nicotine bomb. I recommend smoking this little devil nice and slow.

Finished the cigar in 40 minutes, but I'm sure I rushed it.

Would I buy one again? Unfortunately no. Just not my taste. Of course I'll be happy to smoke one if you want to give it to me, but I don't plan on buying it again.

If you're a big fan of Montecristo or Romeo y Julieta cigars, you're  probably going to love the La Aurora. Of course that's just my personal opinion...

Side Notes:
Lots of people down at the Patch on Friday and Saturday nights. Check it out if you're in the neighborhood! 
BTW, they're opening another coffee shop in downtown Kirkland. This one will be right across the street from Zoka and just a few doors down from Caffe Ladro. Of course Starbucks, Rocco's and Tully's are no more than a block away. What were they thinking? 

Tuesday, August 13, 2013

WCSF Tickets on Sale Now!

Tuesday, August 13, 2013

WCSF Tickets on Sale Now!

We're very excited to announce that tickets for the 2013 Washington Cigar & Spirits Festival are now on sale at the Casino Box Office and through Ticketmaster.

We'll be unveiling the fruits of two very special projects that have been in the works all year:

Attendees to this year's WCSF will be the first to try our custom blended Lit 5th Anniversary cigar by San Lotano, which is a 5 year aged Oval Toro in honor of our 5 year milestone!

In addition to this special cigar, event-goers will also be the first to try our barrel aged stout from Black Raven, which has been resting in the bourbon barrel we selected at Woodford Reserve in 2012.

Please visit the WCSF page on our casino website where you can get all the information, as well as buy tickets through Ticketmaster! This event has sold out in the past, so don't wait until the last minute to get your ticket!

Thank all of you for attending our La Dueña event last week! A Shapiro Studios was on hand taking photos, and they turned out great! Please visit our Facebook page to see them.

Herradura & San Lotano Tasting on Wednesday, August 21

We hope you'll join us in Lit on Wednesday, August 21 from 6-9pm as we're joined by Ruben Aceves of Casa Herradura. We'll be tasting four different varieties of this fantastic tequila.

Ruben is a wealth of knowledge on one of the most misunderstood spirits in the world and will share with us the ancient process of agave harvesting and tequila making!

In addition we'll be tasting the San Lotano Oval from AJ Fernandez. We'll have prizes, drink and cigar specials as well. See you there!

Happy Smoking!

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

Diamond Crown Red Carpet Event @ Tobacco Patch Aug 17th

Saw a little banner in the window down at the Tobacco Patch last night: 

Diamond Crown Red Carpet Event, Saturday August 17th, from 4pm to 10pm.

Side Notes: 
Lots of people down at the Patch last night smoking cigars, but one thing that I never expected to see was one of Kirkland's Finest (Kirkland Police), enjoying a cigar with the gang. No kidding! His police motorcycle was parked there as well. How cool is that! 

Thursday, August 8, 2013

J&J Cigars Newsletter August, 2013 (Events & Cigars)

J&J Cigars Newsletter 
August,  2013

August is a great month at J&J Cigars!
Dont miss the JC Newman Event on August 16th from 5pm-9pm!

Dear Friends,

J&J Cigars is enjoying an awesome summer this year. Lots of new inventory, beautiful sunny days, and some great events have made this a summer to remember. Here is a very brief rundown of some of the new stuff on our shelves this month:

     "Seleccion de Casador 10th Anniversary" by Tatuaje
     Zino Platinum by Zino Davidoff Cigars
     "El Centurion" by My Father Cigars
     Mike Ditka "Throwback" by Camacho Cigars
     "Namakubi" by Room101 Cigars
     "Flor de las Antillas" by My Father Cigars
     "La Rampa" Via...Havana by Cuba Rica Cigars
     "Art Edition" by Wynwood Cigars
     "OSOK" by Edgar Hoill
     These are all great smokes. Something for every 
     palate. Scroll down to see some pics of the new 

Please join us for the JC Newman Event on August 16th, 5pm-9pmRick Zunt, representative for JC Newman and Arturo Fuente will be at the shop! We will have great specials on JC Newman and Arturo Fuente cigars and will be tasting spirits from Tatoosh, a local distillery.

Hope to see you soon!


John Ohm
Owner, J&J Cigars


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 Tuesdayduring 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 from3:00pm 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

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


3:00-6:00 Every Tuesday!

The 1st cigar you purchase on our featured Happy Hour list is50% off!!!  
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. 
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Monday, August 5, 2013

Nestor Miranda Collection - Blue Label

Earlier in the week while I was on my nightly walk, I just happen to notice a poster in the window down at the Tobacco Patch advertising an upcoming cigar event for Saturday night: 

Miami Cigar & Company

"Cool! I'll be there!"

Well, Saturday night rolls along and of course I forgot all about the event. It would be nice if the guys over at the Patch would get rid of their Tin Cans and String and start using the Internet to get the word out! Sheesh! Well, I guess I could have wrote the date down... Meh...

Anyway, I wasn't actually planning on going downtown that night, but it was such a beautiful evening that I decided to take a late night walk and smoke a cigar along the waterfront. When I came around the corner at Lake Street I saw everyone out in front of the Patch.

"Oh that's right, there's an event tonight - Neat-O!"

I walked into the Patch and saw my pal Ed Ryan, he's the rep for Miami Cigars up here, he filled me in with what was new and what the deals were for the evening. I found 3 different cigars that looked pretty promising and Mr.Ed gave me a couple of these little guys that I'm reviewing today.

Nestor Miranda Collection - Blue Label

OK, so I guess I'll have to shoot an email off to my friend Ed to see what the details are on this cigar, I searched a bit on the web but I really couldn't find any info on them. So let's just call them the "cigar they hand out at events" for now...

I've honestly got to tell you that if you ever see one of these blue labels on a Nestor Miranda cigar - BUY IT! Excellent cigar! From the first puff I knew that this was something special, just a perfect draw, tons of smoke, and a smooth medium to full bodied taste - Super nice! The cigar lasted just under an hour, which I thought was quite a long time for such a little guy. I've got one more of these in my humidor and I'm already looking forward to smoking it. GREAT smoke! 

The event turned out to be a good time - lots of people. I ran into a couple of guys that I haven't seen in years down there. It was nice catching up with them and talking about the "old days" down at the Patch. Pretty neat evening! Guess that's why people continue to show up down there... 

Side Note:
I'll be up at the Lit Lounge tomorrow night for the final outdoor event of the Summer. Janny Garcia and Pete Johnson will be up there with a few of their featured blends. Should be a good time! Maybe I'll see you up there? 

Update from Ed: 
As far as the Nestor Miranda 'Blue Label' is concerned, you basically said as much as I know about it. It is the cigar they give out at events. It's a special event Nestor Miranda cigar that isn't available for sale. Like all Nestor Miranda cigars, it's Nicaraguan and rolled at My Father Cigars S.A.

Saturday, August 3, 2013

Rain City Cigar - Rocky Patel Event

Friday, August 16, 2013 3-6 PM



 Alright!! August is finally here and that means it's time for some "Hot August Nights"

For our next event we will be featuring the Perdomo brand and the new 
Perdomo Reserve Champagne Sun Grown

This is a new iteration of the original Perdomo 10th. Anniversary Reserve Sun grown line that was introduced in 1998 and discontinued in 2008. Five years later Nick has brought it back and if you loved the original, you're really going to love this new release!

According to sources at Perdomo, "This one is so smooth and full of flavor! Rich notes and a complex flavor that you will love from morning until night." Rich Cuban Seed sun grown wrapper from Nicaragua's Jalapa valley covers a Nicaraguan filler and binder.

These cigars are medium in body but smooth enough for morning coffee.

Don Hanes with Perdomo cigars will be here with some great deals for you

  •  Buy-4-get-1-FREE + 5% Discount
  •  Buy any 20 or 25 count box, get 8 FREE*** + 15% Discount

*** Exclusion, boxes of Lot 23, Tubos & Petit Coronas get 4 free not 8 ***
Does not apply to Perdomo Fresco

Rain City Cigar event day discounts will be in effect on all Perdomo products

Boxes can be full or mixed boxes of 20 cigars or more

We hope that you and your friends will join us for this event at Rain City Cigar.

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!

Event Staff 
Rain City Cigar
5963 Corson Ave S
Seattle WA 98108