Archive for February, 2012

Park Avenue

28 Feb

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.

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Park Avenue Presidente (7x52)

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Posted in Churchills, Connecticut Shade, Natural


JFR Maduro

25 Feb

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.

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JFR Maduro Robusto (5½x50)

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Posted in Robustos


Casa Magna Domus Magnus Limitada

22 Feb

Blender: Manuel Quesada
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.

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Casa Magna Domus Magnus Limitada Optimus (5¾x52)

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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.


Photo of a tobacco pipe.

International Pipe Smoking Day

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Frank Llaneza 1961

07 Feb

Blender: Frank Llaneza
Maker: Altadis
Filler: Nicaraguan/Dominican
Binder: Nicaraguan
Wrapper: Ecuadorian Criollo
Flavors: Earthy, espresso, caramel, tangy sweet
Draw/Volume/Strength: 0 / +1 / 4
Rating: 9.1

Look down at the cigar in your hand. Is it Cuban? If not, chances are you wouldn’t be smoking it if it weren’t for Frank Llaneza.

The current issue of Cigar Aficionado magazine lists their top 25 cigars of 2011. Eight of the top 10 contain Nicaraguan leaf (the other two are Cuban puros). There are three Nicaraguan puros, and three other cigars which are Nicaraguan in filler and binder, with a wrapper of another origin. So to say that Nicaraguan tobaccos made a strong showing would be to put it lightly. No other tobacco growing location even came close. Not Honduras, not the Dominican Republic, not even Cuba.

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Frank Llaneza 1961 Double Magnum (6½x54)

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Posted in Dark Natural, Toros