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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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Reposado ’96 Connecticut

19 Mar

Everyone knows the Cigar Sasquatch is Coo-Coo for Connecticut, and it’s also no mystery that I like my cigars big. But one thing I may never have mentioned is that I’m a Sucker for Salomons. So when I found these Reposado ’96 Salomons (7×58), I felt like I had hit the Cigar Jackpot! I just had to try a fiver.

For those unfamiliar with the shape, a Salomon is like a perfecto in that it starts narrow, then gets fat, then tapers to the head. But in a Salomon, the thickest portion is the first inch past the foot, like little baseball bats you can smoke. Also (sometimes) called a Diadema, they’re front-loaded with flavor, delivering the fullest smoke at the beginning when it would otherwise be most mild, then dialing it back down the length, counteracting the cigar’s natural tendency to grow darker and heavier towards the finish. It delivers a consistent flavor profile, and allows for a large cigar to remain smooth and pleasant for the duration.

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Reposado '96 Connecticut (7x58)

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Montecristo #2

29 Jan

My current obsession with Connecticut-wrapped cigars has driven me to extremes. From massive Presidentes, to tiny Petite Coronas, big rings to small rings, box-pressed to, well, not box-pressed, I’ve smoked them all. But rarely have I wandered into territory such as this.

In my reviews, as in life, I generally attempt (sometimes flailing) to follow the advice of poet Robert Frost, when he suggested that it’s a good idea to get off the beaten path. I try to feature cigars that are either new or rare, perhaps less well known, or which are in some way rather mysterious or unique. Occasionally I venture to review a classic cigar, one that is neither new, nor rare, nor little known, but which may be a curiosity to you, the reader, because of its exceptionality. But few cigars are as well-known—or as controversial—as this one.

Notoriety has its price, and in this case, it’s a steep one. So categorize this review however you wish, into either the “Is it worth the price” category, or perhaps into the “Is it as good as everyone says” category. Or finally, you may wish to sort this review into the “Is it as overrated as I’ve heard” category. Regardless, I present to you the Montecristo #2.

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Montecristo #2 (6x50)

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