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Sucker Punch

01 Apr

Synopsis:
Maker: General Cigar
Filler: Nicaraguan Ligero
Binder: Cameroon
Wrapper: Ecuadorian Connecticut Shade
Flavors: Wood, White Pepper, Butter
Draw/Volume/Strength: -1 / +1 / 3+
Rating: 9.0
Where to Buy: Famous Smoke Shop

“There’s a sucker born every minute.”

On April first, it’s a good idea to take a look at this classic expression. The great showman and circus promoter PT Barnum is often credited with the above statement, but this is probably a misconception. It was most likely said by a contemporary of Barnum’s named David Hannum, in critique of Barnum and his customers. The reality is, Barnum was far more egalitarian, and appreciated his patrons, from whom he derived his fortunes.

“Be kind to your customers,” he said. “Politeness and civility are the best capital ever invested in business.”

Sucker Punch

Sucker Punch King Hit (6x54)

He was also known to have promulgated a number of great hoaxes in his time, but we can’t let history’s lens distort contemporary views of that sort of thing. These were the ways of a circus and side-show promoter in the mid-1800s. By most accounts, Barnum was an honest, honorable, and upstanding man. He was an advocate for the abolishment of slavery, he supported African-American suffrage, and even founded a hospital. He was also an early supporter or temperance… but we won’t hold that against him.

Regardless of Barnum’s views, there are a lot of gullible people out there. In the modern context, they take the form of conspiracy theorists, alarmists of various kinds, and people who follow click-bait links on the internet. Most of them are good, honest people, who just take the world at face-value. A better phrase to use these days is, “There’s a scammer born every minute.”

The all-new Punch Sucker Punch from General Cigar is no hoax. It’s the real deal. The classic Punch cigars are known for bold, in-your-face favors, and no small measure or power, but Sucker Punch comes in with a little more finesse, more of a jab than a knock-out blow. The cigars are exclusive to Famous Smoke Shop.

The blend features a bold Nicaraguan filler core, with a surprising Cameroon binder, finished in a gorgeous, tawny-hued Ecuadorian Connecticut shade wrapper. I chose the King Hit, a beefy Toro shape (6×54). The construction is impeccable; the roll is rock-solid, and the wrapper is absolutely seamless.

First tastes are buttery and smooth, with a dose of white pepper over a base of toasted, woody flavors. The draw is a hair tight of even (-1), producing an ample smoke volume (+1) of moderate strength (3+). By mid-way, the pepper quiets down a notch, and the flavors settle nicely into a core of walnuts and wood. The burn is straight for the duration, and the flaky white ash holds to about an inch. Flavors remain consistent throughout, darkening slightly in the final moments, before a semi-sweet, mellow finish. It smokes to a 1-inch nub in about 90 minutes.

This is a very interesting cigar. As a Punch, you expect a ton of fresh tobacco tastes, with a big, earthy Honduran terrior. Sucker Punch comes in from the left, with a Nicaraguan ligero core providing rich flavor and approachable strength, balanced against an unexpected Cameroon binder, providing a remarkably smooth texture, and just a hint of subtle sweetness. I rate it 9.0. It’s remarkably flavorful cigar, and while it’s fairly one-dimensional, it’s a great dimension, and a pleasure to smoke. Sucker Punch is sure to excite the newer cigar lovers in your herf, but it will also keep the veterans guessing.

Until next time, this is the Cigar Sasquatch saying, “Love what you smoke, and smoke what you love.”

Sucker Punch
 
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H. Upmann Sun Grown #2

05 Feb

Synopsis:
Maker: Altadis
Filler: Nicaraguan/Honduran
Binder: US Connecticut Broadleaf
Wrapper: Sun Grown Ecuadorian Habano
Flavors: Wood, Leather, Fresh Tobacco, Umami
Draw/Volume/Strength:
0 / +3 / 3+
Rating: 9.2
Where to Buy: Famous Smoke Shop

All this talk of Cuba lately reminds me of the story of President Kennedy giving his press secretary Pierre Salinger instructions to acquire as many H. Upmann Petite Corona cigars as he could, the night before he signed the executive order to ban the import of Cuban cigars. Kennedy was a guy who knew how to get what he wanted.

H. Upmann Sun Grown #2

H. Upmann Sun Grown #2 (6¼x52) Torpedo

Like Kennedy, I have a certain fondness for H. Upmann cigars. I don’t generally go for the Petite Coronas; my personal favorite is another cigar which is no longer available, the H. Upmann #100 Maduro (the Dominican version, not the Cuban). I picked up a box of them maybe 7 years ago, but since that time, they have ceased to exist. For my money, it was the best Robusto on the market (one of the few Robustos I actually really like—frequent readers may recall that I’m not generally fond of Robustos).

I have no idea why Altadis chose to discontinue such an excellent little cigar, but I can only assume it was because they weren’t selling. I tried to do my part, but unlike Kennedy, I don’t have a press secretary running around rounding up cigars for me. The problem is, like everyone who wasn’t Kennedy, when he enacted the Cuban Trade Embargo in 1962, no one else really knew it was going to happen. One day they were readily available, the next day, they were not.

That’s how it sometimes is with cigars. The brands you love—especially the smaller brands—may be dropped or re-blended at almost any time. Reasons vary from changing market conditions, to availability of different tobaccos at the factory, to simple lack of demand. For someone like myself, who has generally unconventional tastes, and favors hard-to-find and boutique cigars, unfortunately it’s more common than I may like.

Thankfully, I’ve got one more #100 Maduro left. Unfortunately, I only have one. I’m apparently saving it for a very special occasion—like, to celebrate the day they decide to reissue the cigar (I don’t like being completely out of them)! I really shouldn’t save it. I’ve mentioned my aversion to “special occasion cigars” before. But I just can’t bring myself to part with it.

There are a lot of things in life that are like that. We don’t know they’re going to be gone until they’re gone. Without getting preachy, I’m reminded of the need to appreciate the things we have every day, because tomorrow, they may not be here to enjoy.

The good news is, I’ve developed a new H. Upmann obsession, in the form of the H. Upmann Sun Grown, a delightfully complex beauty readily available from Famous Smoke Shop. The blend features a compelling mix of Nicaraguan and Honduran longfillers, with a US-grown Connecticut Broadleaf maduro binder—perhaps the same Connecticut Broadleaf that formerly made the wrapper of the #100 maduro—all encased in a gorgeous Habano wrapper grown under the clouded sun of Ecuador, lending this fantastic cigar its name. No wonder I love this thing!

For this review, I’m smoking the #2 Torpedo (6¼x52), although I’ve previously smoked a number of other vitolas in this blend. The first flavors are plenty of mellow aged tobacco and rich woods, cedar and oak, with a round, leathery texture, and just a hint of sweetness. The cigar is beautifully rolled, seamless and veinless, with a meaty firmness, and a chewy bite. The draw from a tiny little ¼-inch cut of the torpedo tip is lush and even (0), producing a huge smoke volume (+3) of just more than moderate strength (3+). The first inch also produces a subtle, nearly undetectable herbal quality, something akin to caraway or fennel, which quietly fades as it goes.

By mid-way, the roundness present at first develops to a rich, luscious umami, dripping with layers of leather and tobacco, while still carrying forward a subtly sweet, tangy background, presumably from the Broadleaf binder. The burn is straight or self-correcting throughout, and the pale grey ash is flaky and firm, holding to an inch or more, with perfect double cones. The final movements become somewhat roasted and toasty, but it avoids a bitter decline, remaining smooth and cool to the finish. The cigar smokes to an inch and a half nub in about 80 minutes.

I easily rate this cigar 9.2. It’s beautifully made, incredibly flavorful, and remarkably consistent. They’re available in 6 different vitolas from Famous Smoke Shop, and I can personally speak to the quality and reliability across the brand, from the Churchill to the Corona. And the best news is, they’re currently in stock—for now! If I had my way, I’d have a lifetime supply of them, and there’d be a lot fewer boxes for everyone else!

Until next time, this is the Cigar Sasquatch saying, “Love what you smoke, and smoke what you love.”

H. Upmann Sun Grown #2
 
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Posted in Dark Natural, Torpedos

 

Thurman Thomas Hall of Fame

23 Feb

Synopsis:
Maker: General Cigar
Filler: Dominican
Binder: Dominican
Wrapper: Dominican Natural and Maduro
Flavors: Natural: Vanilla, wood, nuts, leather, herbs. Maduro: Dark Chocolate, tangy-sweet, wood, earth, black pepper, herbs.
Draw/Volume/Strength:
  Natural: +1 / +2 / 3, Maduro: 0 / +2 / 3
Rating: Natural: 9.2, Maduro: 9.2

They say the most important element in comedy is timing. I endeavor to apply a certain topical relevance to my reviews, and bring them to you when the timing is most appropriate. Unfortunately this isn’t always possible.

I’ll admit, I did receive these cigars in adequate time to bring them to you in a topical and timely manner, but as regular readers will note, I’ve been on a little forced hiatus lately. Faced with the decision to wait until a more suitable time or to bring them to you now, I opted for the latter: these cigars just won’t wait.

Thurman Thomas Hall of Fame

Thurman Thomas Hall of Fame Natural and Maduro Cigars (6x52)

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Thurman Thomas Hall of Fame
 

Sublimes Cigars

01 Dec

Synopsis:
Maker: Sublimes Cigars
Filler: Nicaraguan
Binder: Nicaraguan
Wrapper: Ecuadorian Habano Rosado
Flavors: Coffee, cocoa, cream, wood, leather, spices
Draw/Volume/Strength:
  0 / +2 / 4
Rating: 9.4

The raw consumerism of the Modern Christmas leaves a lot of people wanting. I’m not one to camp out at store fronts to get a good deal, and I don’t leave my family and friends on Thanksgiving night to queue up for Black Friday shopping. I don’t mean to denigrate those who do; for some people, it has become something of a holiday tradition in itself, but they probably wouldn’t let me in at Best Buy with my cigar anyway, and the kinds of gifts that I enjoy giving aren’t sold at Walmart.

Sublimes Cigars

Sublimes Cigars

I prefer to shop local. I’ve mentioned this before. As a small business owner, my clients are the ones who choose quality and service over, well, marketing (I was going to mention price and convenience, but my prices are highly competitive with the national chains, and for my clients, buying from the big brands would be a greater inconvenience than buying from me).

Then there are cigars.

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Sublimes Cigars
 
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Nat Sherman Gotham

18 Nov

Synopsis:
Maker: Altadis
Filler: Dominican
Binder: Dominican
Wrapper: Westside: Brazilian Mata Fina Maduro; Eastside: U.S. Connecticut Shade
Flavors: Westside: Cocoa, coffee beans, fresh tobacco; Eastside: Cedar, nuts, fresh tobacco
Draw/Volume/Strength:
Westside: -1 / 0 / 4; Eastside: 1 / 0 / 4
Rating: Westside: 9.2; Eastside: 9.3

The Cigar Sasquatch never visits a city without hitting the local cigar shops. And I travel a lot. It’s one of the benefits of being self-employed, that you can decide for yourself what the best time is to go on vacation. I’ll admit, it’s one of the few benefits, but a benefit it is, so I try to take full advantage of it. And fortunately, Mrs. Sasquatch’s schedule is such that we have a relatively full travel schedule. So I see a lot of cigar shops.

Nat Sherman Gotham

Nat Sherman Gotham #1400 (6¼x44) Westside (Maduro) and Eastside (Natural)

One of the finest in the world is the world-famous Nat Sherman Townhouse in Midtown Manhattan, New York City. There is no denying it, New York is the Capitol City of the world. It’s the very definition of a big city, and its reality is larger than all the movies and TV shows and pictures and post cards and even the stories and legends could ever depict. A dedicated visitor could spend a lifetime of vacations in New York and never see the same scene twice. In fact, I’ve been to New York on five separate occasions, and I’m still crossing items off my short-list of must-sees!

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Nat Sherman Gotham
 
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The Sasquatch-a-Dor

10 Nov

For a couple of years now, I’ve been getting requests for photos of the legendary Sasquatch-a-Dor. Well, here they are.

The Sasquatch a Dor

The Sasquatch-a-Dor

The Sasquatch-a-Dor is modeled after a Spanish War-era soldier’s foot locker, complete with brass handles and fittings.

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The Sasquatch a Dor
 
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Posted in Special Edition

 

Obsidian Belicoso

31 Oct

Synopsis:
Blender: Flores y Rodriguez
Maker: PDR Cigars
Filler: Nicaraguan/ Dominican
Binder: Dominican
Wrapper: Brazilian Habano Ligero
Flavors: Dark chocolate, cappuccino, earth, peppers
Draw/Volume/Strength:
0 / +2 / 4
Rating: 8.9

This review of the Obsidian Belicoso is presented courtesy of Stogie Boys, America’s fastest growing online cigar retailer.

It’s Halloween time, and for the Cigar Sasquatch, it’s one of the best times of the year. I love this season. Halloween (or for adults, the Weekend before Halloween) is the one time of the year when we can forget who we are and be who we want, whether it’s a pirate, Indian, Viking, soldier, or for the ladies, sexy kitten, sexy nurse, sexy she-devil, sexy angel (you get the picture).

Obsidian Belicoso

Obsidian Belicoso (6½x52)

But more than that, Halloween is a time to remember childhood, a season to recall happy days when you and your friends and siblings could wander around the neighborhood and get free candy from your neighbors. It was a time of carving pumpkins and planning costumes with your friends and family, putting them together with your mom or dad, brothers or sisters, wearing funny clothes, eating yourself sick with candy, having as much fun as possible, and generally just being kids. And today, Halloween is a time full of nostalgia, of looking back, and longing for those carefree days of childhood.

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Obsidian Belicoso
 
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Posted in Figurados

 

Arsen Pink for Men

11 Oct

Synopsis:
Maker: Arsen Cigars, Santiago
Filler: Dominican
Binder: Dominican
Wrapper: Cuban-Seed Dominican Habano
Flavors: Spices, wood, herbs, anise, fresh tobacco
Draw/Volume/Strength:
0-+2 / +1-+2 / 3
Rating: 9.0-9.3

Editor’s Note: October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month. To highlight this important cause, Arsen Cigars is donating 10% of October sales of Arsen Pink for Men to Breast Cancer Foundations.

The Cigar Sasquatch cannot pull off wearing pink. Some men can, but it just doesn’t work for me. It’s not an issue with masculinity, it has nothing to do with any insecurities, and there’s no other meaning that can or should be attached to that statement. I just don’t wear pink.

That being said, there are a great many things which are pink in color that I’m quite fond of. Strawberry yogurt, for example. And I’ll fight anyone who says that pink is not the best flavor of Starburst (yes, when it comes to Starburst, pink is a flavor). And of course, who doesn’t love pigs? The work they’re doing with bacon is second-to-none!

Arsen Pink for Men

Arsen Pink for Men Vertical Selection

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Arsen Pink for Men
 
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Casa Magna Colorado

12 Sep

Synopsis:
Blender: Manuel Quesada
Maker: MATASA via Plasencia/ Segovia Cigar factory
Filler: Nicaraguan
Binder: Nicaraguan
Wrapper: Nicaraguan
Flavors: Coffee, fresh tobacco, mild spice, subtly sweet
Draw/Volume/Strength:
-1 / +1 / 4
Rating: 9.2

This review of the Casa Magna Colorado Churchill is presented courtesy of the Stogie Boys, the fastest growing online cigar retailer in America.

What makes a cigar great? Is it the leaves themselves, their growing, curing, fermenting, and aging? Is it the construction of the cigar? Is it the hands of the buncher who puts the leaves of the filler together, and rolls them up in the binder, the torceador who puts on the finishing touches, the wrapper and cap? Or is it the blend itself, the work of the master who selects the leaves, assembles them in concept first, then in actuality later, along with countless other blends which don’t make the cut, choosing the one blend, the diamond in the rough, to go into production?

Or is it something more transient? Is it flavor and aroma? Is it its pairing potential, how well it compliments a fine brandy or Scotch? Are there other factors that drive greatness? What’s in a name, and how about the price you paid? Does the band say something about the smoker, as well as the cigar?

Casa Magna Colorado

Casa Magna Colorado Churchill (6⅞x49)

So what exactly is it that makes a cigar great? The answer of course is all of these things. But it’s none of them, as well.

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Casa Magna Colorado
 

San Lotano Oval

28 Aug

Synopsis:
Blender: AJ Fernandez
Maker: Tabacalera Fernandez
Filler: Nicaraguan/ Honduran
Binder: Nicaraguan
Wrapper: Ukn Habano 2000
Flavors:  Aged tobacco, wood, mild spice → oak, leather, anise
Draw/Volume/Strength: +3 / +3 / 4
Rating: 9.2

You think you’ve seen everything, and then… POW! Something new comes along to rewrite the rules. Such is the role of renegades and revolutionaries, challenging the status-quo, upsetting the system of power, and exerting a rebellious influence on everything they touch.

The San Lotano Oval is just one of those cigars.

San Lotano Oval

San Lotano Oval Gordo (6½x60)

At this point, I shouldn’t have to tell you who AJ Fernandez is. If you don’t recognize his name, start here. He created quite a stir recently with his “Best stick of the day” ad, which offended some of the more, how should I say, “repressed” readers of a certain bi-monthly men’s lifestyle magazine. He also created a stir by rewriting what a cigar should look like, taste like, and cost.

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San Lotano Oval
 
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Drew Estate Natural Root

10 May

Synopsis:
Blender: Jonathan Drew
Maker: Drew Estate
Filler: Unk
Binder: Ukn
Wrapper: Ukn Maduro
Flavors:  Earthy, cocoa, herbs, coffee, subtle sweet maduro.
Draw/Volume/Strength: -1 / 0 / 3
Rating: 9.0

The Natural line from Drew Estate is an interesting concept, and possibly even more intriguing if you understand its place in the Drew Estate catalog. I selected the Root (5×55), one of 11 cigars in the line, each vitola being a blend unto itself (with the exception of the Root and Root Delux, which are presumably the same blend, as are the Jucy Lucy and Big Jucy[sic], and the Dirt and Dirt Torpedo).

Drew Estate Natural Root

Natural Root (5x55)

If this concept sounds familiar, you may be more right than you know. The Unico Serie (which includes one of my favorite cigars from last year, the Dirty Rat) is set up the same way, with each new incarnation being a unique vitola and blend. It may be going too far to say that the Natural line is the forerunner to the Unico Serie, but I will suggest that they are both born of a similar notion.

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Drew Estate Natural Root
 
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Posted in Maduro, Robustos

 

Padrón Anniversary Series 1964

13 Apr

Synopsis:
Blender: Jorge Padrón
Maker: Padrón Cigars
Filler: Nicaraguan
Binder: Nicaraguan
Wrapper: Nicaraguan Maduro
Flavors:  Woody, pepper, cocoa, sweet, tangy, earthy, nutty, herbal
Draw/Volume/Strength: -1 / 0 / 4
Rating: 9.5

I’ve been waiting for this moment for the past two years.

Today I’m pleased to present to you the Padrón Anniversary Series 1964. And I’m also please to inform you that today is the 2nd Anniversary of the Cigar Sasquatch. As I noted last year, the Cigar Sasquatch existed as such before this date two years ago, but since no one outside of a small group of my friends had heard the words “Cigar” and Sasquatch” used together before that date, and April 13th being the publication date of our very first review, that is our anniversary date.

Padrón Anniversary Series 1964

Padrón Aniversary 1964 Monarca (6½x46)

I’ve smoked literally hundreds of cigars in those 2 years, and reviewed a total of 69 of them; many of the balance will never make it to review, although a thorough scan of the Sasquatch-a-Dor shows that I could easily double my catalog of reviews without acquiring even one additional cigar. Whether this would take another two years will remain a mystery, but there is one thing I know for certain: This is just the beginning.

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Padrón Anniversary Series 1964
 

Sign the White House Petition

11 Apr

**ACTION ALERT**

Urgent action is required by all cigar enthusiasts to help prevent FDA regulation of cigars!

Click here to sign the White House petition to call on President Obama to contact the FDA in support of protecting premium cigars from FDA regulation.

Once you click on the link, you will need to create an account (required by the White House), including opening a verification email. Follow the link in the email, and click “SIGN THE PETITION.”

The whole process takes less than a minute. A minute, to protect your cigars, to protect American small business, to protect YOUR RIGHTS!

25,000 signatures must be received by May 11 in order for the petition to be brought before the President.

Do it now.

Sign the White House Petition
 
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Vote “NO” on California Proposition 29!

20 Mar

California tobacco taxes are some of the worst in the nation. It seems every cigar lover I ever speak to already knows that. And now, a ballot proposition comes before the voters on June 5th which would raise state taxes on cigars and pipe tobacco by 73% (you read that right… 73%)!

Enough is enough! This proposition will drive jobs from California, strapping hundreds of small businesses already struggling with one of the nation’s weightiest tax burdens, while doing absolutely nothing to to resolve the state’s $200 billion (that BILLION, with a “B”) budget problem.

This is a voter proposition, so it’s no good calling, writing, and emailing your state representatives. To do your part to prevent this taxation nightmare, first register to vote (the deadline is May 21st, but don’t wait), and Vote “NO” on Proposition 29 on June 5th. Finally, share this information with everyone you know, and encourage them to do the same.

For more information, visit www.defeatprop29.com, and spread the word: NO on 29!

Vote NO on California Proposition 29!
 
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Illusione 888 Claro

17 Mar

Synopsis:
Blender: Don Gioliti/ Arsenio Ramos
Maker: Fabrica de Tabacos Raices Cubanas
Filler: Nicaraguan
Binder: Nicaraguan
Wrapper: Nicaraguan Candela
Flavors:  Wood, vanila, cocoa, sweet
Draw/Volume/Strength: -1 / -1 / 2
Rating: 9.2

It’s St. Patrick’s Day, and we’re surrounded by clichés: green plastic top hats, novelty green beer mug-shaped glasses, vulgar green T-shirts, shamrock shakes, and the greatest atrocity of them all… green beer. St. Patrick’s Day began as a religious observance commemorating the man who brought Christianity to Ireland, and it has deteriorated into an over-commercialized farce, an excuse to drink excessively, and a chance to make a mockery of Irish culture.

Now don’t get me wrong. I have no problem with excessive drinking. In fact I do it all the time. But I do take exception to the bastardization of iconic Irish symbols for the sake of commercialization. And I also take exception to the kinds of stupidity commonly seen around this holiday, and people taking leave of their good senses. Seriously, green beer?

Illusione 888 Claro

Illusione 888 Claro (6¾x48)

But I’m not one to swim upstream. Even in Ireland, St. Patrick’s Day has become a sort of national celebration of the culture of the Emerald Isle. So drink up, and and put on a stupid hat, but instead of ordering a green beer, call for a Guinness or a dram of Jameson, and reach for green cigar. And in this case, the green is no novelty.

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Illusione 888 Claro
 
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La Aroma de Cuba Edicion Especial

03 Mar

Synopsis:
Blender: Don José “Pepin” Garcia
Maker: My Father Cigars/ Ashton Distributors
Filler: Nicaraguan
Binder: Nicaraguan
Wrapper: Ecuadorian Habano
Flavors: Citrus, mature tobacco, spice → white pepper, minerals
Draw/Volume/Strength: +3 / +3 / 4
Rating: 8.9

It’s been said that Don Pepin is the best cigar roller in the world. I’ve appreciated his work previously in La Riqueza, the Tatuaje Cojonu 2003, and the 601 Habano (and by extension, the My Father line, which was technically blended by his son Jaime, though rolled at the same factory). The La Aroma de Cuba Edicion Especial is a line extension of the brand owned by Ashton.

The core of La Aroma de Cuba is a rich, spicy, complex flavor, and the Edicion Especial, or “EE” as it’s commonly known, is no exception. Replacing the Connecticut Broadleaf wrapper of the original is a thick, oily Ecuadorian Habano leaf. The balance of the blend is Nicaraguan like the original, though whether any other differences exist, is unclear.

La Aroma de Cuba Edicion Especial

La Aroma de Cuba EE #55 (5¾x55)

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La Aroma de Cuba Edicion Especial
 
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Park Avenue

28 Feb

Synopsis:
Blender: AJ Fernandez
Maker: K. Hansotia Cigars/ Tabacalera Fernandez
Filler: Nicaraguan/ Dominican
Binder: Nicaraguan
Wrapper: Ecuadorian Connecticut Shade
Flavors: Vanilla, Caramel, cedar → toasted wood, brown sugar.
Draw/Volume/Strength: 0 / -1 / 2
Rating: 9.1

We all have our little secrets. My step-mother has a recipe for Chicken Piccata that would make you positively weep. My brother got the recipe from her, but when he made it, it was missing something. Literally. She left something out of the ingredients. Oh, she won’t admit to it, but there’s something not there, and she’s not telling us.

She’s not the only one keeping things to herself. One of my favorite activities in California is lobster fishing. The season runs from October to March, and whether done with scuba gear or hoop nets, those of us who are willing to challenge the poorly-named Pacific can frequently pull in huge, delicious California Spiny Lobsters, with tails to rival anything Maine or Australia ever put out. Over the years, I’ve heard other lobster fishermen tell me all about the “secret spots” and massive caches of lobsters they “regularly” land. And every one of them is a lie. Oh, they land massive caches of lobsters at a secret spot, but there’s no way they’re telling where it is.

Park Avenue

Park Avenue Presidente (7x52)

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Park Avenue
 
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Posted in Churchills, Connecticut Shade, Natural

 

JFR Maduro

25 Feb

Synopsis:
Blender: Arsenio Ramos
Maker: Casa Fernandez/ Tabacalera Tropical
Filler: Nicaraguan
Binder: Nicaraguan
Wrapper: Nicaraguan Habano Maduro
Flavors: Tangy maduro, dried fruits, earthy spice → cocoa, citrus, coffee
Draw/Volume/Strength: 0 / +1 / 3
Rating: 9.0

Shop local. There are a thousand reasons to get the things you need every day close to home, and even more reasons to get the things you only need once in a while close to home, too. Now, by “close to home,” I don’t mean at the big-chain grocery store up the street, although for most of us, that’s often necessary. What I mean is, try to support your LOCALLY OWENED businesses as much as possible.

JFR Maduro

JFR Maduro Robusto (5½x50)

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JFR Maduro
 
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Casa Magna Domus Magnus Limitada

22 Feb

Synopsis:
Blender: Manuel Quesada
Maker: MATASA
Filler: Nicaraguan
Binder: Nicaraguan
Wrapper: Nicaraguan Jalapa Sun-Grown
Flavors: Mocha, leather, spice, sweet → cocoa, herbs, nuts
Draw/Volume/Strength: 0 / 0 / 3
Rating: 9.2

Today is Ash Wednesday. So LIGHT UP!

In observance of Lent, the Cigar Sasquatch is giving up moderation.

I don’t mean to make light of religious traditions. To each his own, I say, and if you feel connected with God by rubbing ashes on your head and giving up the things you love, please feel free. I choose to commune with the Spirit by enjoying the fruits of the earth. And rarely were the fruits sweeter than in the Casa Magna Domus Magnus Limitada.

Casa Magna Domus Magnus Limitada

Casa Magna Domus Magnus Limitada Optimus (5¾x52)

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Casa Magna Domus Magnus Limitada
 
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Posted in Dark Natural, Robustos

 

International Pipe Smoking Day 2012

20 Feb

In honor of International Pipe Smoking Day (February 20, 2012), the Cigar Sasquatch has put down his cigar and picked up his pipe. This afternoon’s choice is a robust Burley English blend from the world-famous Racine and Laramie Tobacconists at Old Town San Diego. It’s complex and woody, with cocoa and toffee flavors, and a taste of roasted meats.

ENJOY!

International Pipe Smoking Day 2012

International Pipe Smoking Day

International Pipe Smoking Day 2012
 
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