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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.

Photo of Nat Sherman Gotham Eastside and Nat Sherman Gotham Westside cigars

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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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.

Photo of Padron Aniversary 1964 Monarca

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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Cigar Sasquatch Special Edition: Holiday Gift Guide

04 Dec

Holiday Gift Guide

If you’re anything like me, you get asked one question countless times every holiday season: “What do you want for Christmas?” I also hear a lot of, “I don’t know what to get you, you always get anything you want for yourself.” And while that may be true, I’m forced to ask myself, is it that hard? Sure, I understand. Men are difficult. We’re complex in our simplicity. We’re independent, but love to be a part of the team, we’re rugged, but relish in our creature comforts, we’re predictable in entirely unpredictable ways. But with a little guidance, holiday gift giving—and receiving—can be the joyful and stress-free experience it should be.

No one who has a cigar lover on his or her Christmas list should ever have to ask “What do you want for Christmas?” I can run down the list of guys in my herf and name their top three cigars at three different price tiers, and I can also probably tell you which retailer has the best prices for each of them. But unfortunately our wives and girlfriends, mothers and sisters probably don’t know anything about cigars, and wouldn’t have a clue where to buy them or how much to pay. So this guide is not so much for the cigar lovers out there reading this, but rather, for the ones who have to shop for us. Translation: Men, forward it to your ladies.

The best thing about cigars as gifts is, you can never have too much of a good thing. I never once opened a gift of Montecristos and thought, “This is great, but I’ve already got a box of these.” It’s the ultimate answer to the question, “What do you give to the man who has everything?” Answer: More of what he loves.

Stocking Stuffers

Single cigars are a great treat for the holidays. But if you’re going to buy a single, make sure it’s something special. Most of us have a brand or blend we’ve never bought for ourselves because of the ridiculous price tag. Padron Family Reserve #45 comes to mind. But if you’re not comfortable spending $30-$40 on a single cigar (if you can find it in a single), I suggest going with something big, like the Arturo Fuente Hemingway Masterpiece.  At 9 inches long, it’s certainly an “impact gift,” but with singles readily available at B+M retailers for $18-$22, (and less on-line), it’s a great gift at an approachable price.

Accessories make great stocking stuffers too. The Xikar X8 Carbon Fiber Cigar Cutter is as stylish as it is functional, and with a lifetime guarantee, it’s a step up from the throw-away cutters on the cigar store counter. And most of us have a cigar torch (or two), but this holiday season, set the torch down and grab a handful of Davidoff Giant Cigar Matches. At under $4.00 for a box of 40, they’re probably the cheapest thing you’ll ever find with the name “Davidoff” on them, and are far more reliable than most cigar torches.

5-Packs

Everyone loves a 5-pack. They’re affordable, available, and we can usually get exactly the brands and blends we want. But for this holiday season, think variety, not just in blend, but in size and shape. If your cigar buddy always gets himself the same robustos time and time again, upgrade him to the torpedoes. The Romeo Y Julieta Belicoso is only a few dollars more for a 5-pack than the venerable Bully in the same blend, and makes a thoughtful and impressive gift. Or for an elegant option, the Oliva Serie V Lancero is a highly-rated cigar in the Cuban tradition, delivering loads of flavor in a slim package that most cigar lovers wouldn’t normally buy for themselves.

Boxes of Cigars

Box-quantities of cigars are the ultimate gift that keeps on giving. In one package, you can give hours of satisfying pleasure and enjoyment, and show yourself as a truly thoughtful gift giver. But a word or caution: Make sure it’s something he’s going to love. Now’s not the time to try him on a new blend or to throw something against the wall to see if it sticks. Every cigar lover has a favorite blend, and if you don’t know what it is, just ask! If he’s anything like my cigar buddies, he’ll be happy to tell you all about it. Chances are he even knows where to buy it at the best price.

If you find that the cigars you’re planning to give as a gift are a little out of your price range, shop around. Many retailers offer first-quality premiums in bundle packs that save money in packaging and shipping. I for one don’t care if my Excalibur #1 Maduros come in a box or a bundle pack, as long as I get them. Or for the Cohiba lovers in your herf, consider downsizing to a box of Cohiba Pequeños, small cigars that offer 20 or 30 minutes of great Cohiba flavor, at an affordable price.

And the best thing about giving boxes of cigars, if you’re lucky, your grateful recipient may just thank you with the first cigar from the box!

Holiday gift giving shouldn’t be stressful or difficult. With a little planning, and some advice from our resident Cryptozoological Cigar Lover, you’ll have more time to spend doing what you love, and celebrating the season with friends and family. And that’s about the best holiday gift I can think of.

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

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Tasty Tuesday Sampler Volume 1

27 Jul

With this edition of Cigar Sasquatch, I return to the original concept for Tasty Tuesday, which is short reviews of affordable cigar brands in the never-ending quest for a diamond in the rough. It’s a chance for me to work through some singles and miscellaneous cigars in the Sasquatch-a-dor, and to check out some mystery blends that might fly under the radar. Think of it as a herf-tastic grab bag of sorts.

The cigars under evaluation today are the Cuvee 151 Robusto (5×50), the Plasencia Reserva Organica Corona (6¼x44), and the Sancho Panza Caballero (6¼x45) Read the rest of this entry »

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