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cigarnv
08-18-2010, 17:58
Wet and damp in DC area today so I settled in with a ER 101 and a Cohiba Siglo VI tubo. I suspect it is from 2007/8. Great construction and a perfect burn. Dark Colorado wrapper and a nice grassy / roasted nut flavor profile.

BourbonRob
08-18-2010, 18:04
Having a pour of EC12 with a Nica Libre 1990... One of my new favorite cigars for the price...

ggilbertva
08-19-2010, 19:24
Weather is too nice to sit indoors. Enjoying a 5 Vegas Miami with a pour of '07 GTS.

cigarnv
08-19-2010, 19:52
Enjoyed a 2007 RyJ Short Churchill.... classic RyJ, creamy, nice floral notes, light spice and earth. Sipping a rye vatting that Sailor22 sent my way.. very good!!

ggilbertva
08-22-2010, 20:28
Enjoyed a 2007 RyJ Short Churchill.... classic RyJ, creamy, nice floral notes, light spice and earth. Sipping a rye vatting that Sailor22 sent my way.. very good!!

After doing some yard work, I took a break and relaxed with a CAO Gold torpedo.

kickert
08-22-2010, 20:30
Enjoying an imported Djarum Black kretek (clove) cigarette.

Oh wait... this is about cigars... whoops.

cigarnv
08-24-2010, 05:53
We have house guests from Italy who brought a few treats that we enjoyed the past few days....

ggilbertva
08-24-2010, 06:15
We have house guests from Italy who brought a few treats that we enjoyed the past few days....

Shoot Reid, did you blast through that HC yourself? Save me a sip!

cigarnv
08-24-2010, 11:47
Shoot Reid, did you blast through that HC yourself? Save me a sip!

Greg, always some here for you my friend....

foxflyer5
08-26-2010, 10:53
i had the Fonseca 5-50 last week, which i really liked.

and then over the weekend i picked some Blantons to go with a couple smokes. i had the Olivia O Robusto and the Robusto Maduro. thought the maduro was much better, had a more balanced flavor and a bit of sweetness to it, whereas the other was a bit bitter.

cigarnv
08-27-2010, 04:44
Spent some time at a small cigar gathering last evening with brother Greg and enjoyed a 2000 Upmann Monarch and a few custom rolled cigars....

ggilbertva
08-27-2010, 05:34
Spent some time at a small cigar gathering last evening with brother Greg and enjoyed a 2000 Upmann Monarch and a few custom rolled cigars....

I too enjoyed a couple custom rolled beauties. I took one home that looked like a night stick.

rocky480
08-28-2010, 08:22
I enjoyed a cool DC area evening with an Arturo Fuente Hemingway Signature last night.

rocky480
08-29-2010, 10:15
Last night I had an Excalibur No. III that was absolutely excellent (better htan the last few I remember having) and complimented very nicely by the end of a bottle of VOB BIB.

ggilbertva
08-29-2010, 16:05
Enjoyed a couple more hand rolled cigars last night. About 1/2 way through the second stick, I started to feel it. That was a powerful smoke.

SMOWK
08-29-2010, 19:12
Macanudo Maduro Prince Phillip. Given to me by a friend for my birthday a week or two ago.

I usually don't buy Macanudo's, but I may start now...

fricky
08-30-2010, 05:43
Last night I had an Arturo Fuente Opus X 1992 Rare Estate Reserve along with the last of my tax-stamped, dimpled bottle of Old Forester BIB. It was a great pairing; however, any cigar goes well with any bourbon or rye.

cigarnv
08-31-2010, 17:10
Enjying a 1997 Cohiba Lancero gifted to me by a dear friend from taly.. Classic Cohiba... grassy, complex and beautiful construction...

ggilbertva
08-31-2010, 17:30
Enjoying my first Ashton ESG. Good flavor but mild. Received this in trade.

cigarnv
09-01-2010, 17:20
Enjoying my first Ashton ESG. Good flavor but mild. Received this in trade.

IMO a way over priced cigar.... I enjoy the plain old Ashton corona's... great cigar. If I am feeling flush (or if Greg is buying) I grab an Ashton VSG Illusion which is one of the few premium cigars IMO is worth the $$$.

cigarnv
09-01-2010, 17:23
Enjoying a Ramon Allones Small Club Corona..... great little cigar. These are May 2010 box code yet still smoking very nice....

barturtle
09-01-2010, 18:02
Enjoyed a EO 601 Black Robusto before making dinner. I'm not normally a Connecticut wrapper smoker, but today it was quite nice, with a cafe au lait flavor following a lightly spiced opening. Medium-Full bodied.

cigarnv
09-03-2010, 04:28
Ejoyed a Hoyo de Monterrey Pirimide from a special release 2004 humidor. I was gifted this cigar by a friend. Classic HdM flavor profile, rich creamy, very well constructed.

foxflyer5
09-03-2010, 07:35
had a pregame 5 Vegas Relic last night. pretty tasty, but it burned a little hot. i dont think ill cut it as high up next time.

cigarnv
09-04-2010, 04:14
I always find cigars taste better when enjoyed with friends.... and one of my "bestest" friends is Greg aka ggilbertva. One great gentleman to enjoy a cigar and a pour with.

Last evening we enjoyed a bit of beer, a few pours of bourbon, some great Firehouse sub shop sammies (thanks Greg!!!) and several cigars... Upmann Mag 48 EL.... one of my favorite new releases, Punch #11.... a discontinued offering and the Partagas Salamone LCdH.

One of those last minute get together that just makes life a little better...

MJL
09-04-2010, 09:48
Got this 50 count brown paper wrapped package of corojo wrapper stogies at JR a few weeks back. I was suspect of the quality but jumped at the price. They are more pyramid than torpedo in shape and have smoked pretty damned good for the money ($69 for 50). I have smoked about 10 and have had 2 that smoked a bit hard but the other 8 were very nice producing some nice nut, spice and herb flavors.

cigarnv
09-05-2010, 04:17
Enjoyed a very nice La Gloria Cubana last evening from the DR. La Gloria Cubana has always been one of my go to cigars, especially the natural wavell which I used to by when Ernesto just had a small shop in Miami in the 80's. Still priced very well for the quality you get.

The cigar I tried is a recent or soon to be released size called the Oblisk from their new "N" collection. Great size and shape, packed with flavor and perfect construction. Highly recommended.

rocky480
09-05-2010, 09:06
Friday night was enjoyed with a La Gloria Cubana Corona Gorda. I smoke this cigar from time to time and always find it to be a good smoke, but the one I had on Friday was one of the best La Glorias I can remember.

Last night was a maduro Hoyo Excalibur No. 3 that was good, but suffered by comparison to the La Gloria Friday.

ggilbertva
09-05-2010, 18:02
Hoyo Habano Corona. First draw on this puppy showed a good bit of spice, earthy wood in the background. We'll see how this one transitions.

cigarnv
09-06-2010, 07:46
Enjoyed one of my all times favorites... LGC Wavell natural last evening from about 2005. All those Havana only smokers miss out on some great cigars when they pass by a cigar like the Wavell....

BourbonJoe
09-06-2010, 12:33
I am not a Havana only smoker. Actually I am a Havana only briefly sometimes smoker. I think Cubans are highly overrated ( and over priced)and prefer Houndurans and Nicaraguans myself. To each his own.
Joe

MJL
09-06-2010, 14:16
I spent a few months of 2009 in Germany, Denmark and Poland doing academic research. I treated myself to Cuban cigars almost everyday. Some were fantastic, most were run of the mill, a few were just plain crap. That more or less can be said of most cigars in American tobacconists today. With a few exceptions I think the mystique of Habanos does not jive with the reality. The simple truth of the matter is that exiled Cubans did wonders to the tobacco growing areas of the Domincan Republic, Honduras and Nicaragua in the last 50 years. They have, in effect, pulled up these areas in regards to the quality of tobacco production and skills of the rollers. At prices of 20 Euro or more per stick for some of the pricier Habanos I think that a lot of stick smokers like myself will get over the mystique real fricking quickly. As everyday smokers there are plenty of alternatives to Habanos at American tobacconists TODAY. As celebration smokes (I admit I lit a Cuban Romeo y Julieta limitada minutes after I defended my thesis on 31 July 2010) there are many alternatives that can be easily found; the Padron anniversarios come to mind here.

cigarnv
09-06-2010, 20:29
Another great evening..... enjoyed the last pour of a dusty Old Crow pint bottle left behind by a friend. Paired the OC with a Trinidad Reyes a favorite tres petit of mine.

cigarnv
09-07-2010, 16:36
Another nice evening..... enjoying a 2005 Upmann Petit Corona.. a bit tight on the draw but classic Upmann.

ggilbertva
09-07-2010, 20:26
Enjoying a cigar my son gifted me; CAO Criollo. The wrapper was interesting as it had that barnyard/dung/earthy smell that I usually pick up in a good cuban. It's got some decent flavor, nothing earth shattering but good nonetheless. Pairing with a Baby Saz.

BourbonJoe
09-08-2010, 06:48
Enjoying a cigar my son gifted me; CAO Criollo. The wrapper was interesting as it had that barnyard/dung/earthy smell that I usually pick up in a good cuban. It's got some decent flavor, nothing earth shattering but good nonetheless. Pairing with a Baby Saz.

Ah yes, that Barnyard Dung characteristic. Highly sought after in a great cigar. :rolleyes:
Joe :usflag:

BuffaloLen
09-08-2010, 10:22
I smoked a Queen B paired with a few fingers of bookers...yea couldnt taste much cigar heh...

cigarnv
09-08-2010, 11:11
Enjoying an early afternoon cigar... one of the original LFD Chisel Maddie from th 10 box.... very nice smoke..

cigarnv
09-08-2010, 17:51
Such a beautiful day I had to enjoy another cigar... this one is a 2004 Monte #2. Going great with a few fingers of WTRR 101.... picking up on Greg's lead last evening. How could they let this great bourbon go by the wayside???

ggilbertva
09-09-2010, 06:31
Such a beautiful day I had to enjoy another cigar... this one is a 2004 Monte #2. Going great with a few fingers of WTRR 101.... picking up on Greg's lead last evening. How could they let this great bourbon go by the wayside???

Really sucks they let the RR101 go. Next to the older WT 8/101, the RR101 is my favorite. I didn't smoke a stogie last night but I did place two orders on some really great deals. 5 cigar bundle of Cohiba Red Dot for $32 (reg. price $78) and two boxes of Partagas Decadas for $99 each (reg. price $370).

cigarnv
09-09-2010, 06:58
Great deal on the Partagas!!!!

ggilbertva
09-09-2010, 18:03
Received my Cohiba Red Dot Robusto today so of course I made a beeline to the front porch to light up and give it a twirl. Instead of bourbon, I've paired up a Ommegang abbey ale.

cigarnv
09-09-2010, 18:49
Enjoying an Upmann Lonsdale 1998 with a few pours of 1976 JD as well as a GD #8..... just to switch it up a bit....

ggilbertva
09-09-2010, 18:58
Enjoying an Upmann Lonsdale 1998 with a few pours of 1976 JD as well as a GD #8..... just to switch it up a bit....

You dog! '98 Lonsdale.....beautiful.

MurphyDawg
09-10-2010, 02:32
Had a NUB Habano with some RR 101 on the back oporch tonight after work while brewing. . . . . life is good.

BourbonJoe
09-10-2010, 09:00
Nice to see you posting Tom.
Joe :usflag:

MurphyDawg
09-10-2010, 09:55
Nice to see you posting Tom.
Joe :usflag:


Why thank you. ;)

cigarnv
09-10-2010, 16:14
Enjoying another day of great weather with a Padron 1964 Anniv. Natural Corona from around 2005. A great cigar that can hold it's own with any cigar made....

troyce
09-10-2010, 17:27
Smoked an Aurturo Fuente Anejo # 77 with the last of a bottle of Ezra B 15 last night. It was great, but the Anejos give me a hell of a buzz.

BourbonJoe
09-10-2010, 18:19
Smoked an Aurturo Fuente Anejo # 77 with the last of a bottle of Ezra B 15 last night. It was great, but the Anejos give me a hell of a buzz.
Are you sure that wasn't the Ezra kickin in Jimmy?:rolleyes:
Joe :usflag:

MurphyDawg
09-11-2010, 09:14
man o man, I havent had an Anejo "Shark" in ages! Those buggers are good!

cigarnv
09-11-2010, 16:50
Once again a beautiful evening here..... this has been a great two weeks. Enjoying a Lot B with a Quay d'Orsay Imperial from 2003.... made for the french market it is a great smoke.... soft with light floral notes, oak, hints of coffee, and cedar.

Lost Pollito
09-11-2010, 16:58
Gonna try a Carrillo Edicion Limitada 2010 a little later.

BuffaloLen
09-12-2010, 15:11
Once again a beautiful evening here..... this has been a great two weeks. Enjoying a Lot B with a Quay d'Orsay Imperial from 2003.... made for the french market it is a great smoke.... soft with light floral notes, oak, hints of coffee, and cedar.



Oh man that makes me very, very jealous.

cigarnv
09-14-2010, 02:37
Enjoy a 2010 an Cristabol Principe this evening, Nice little tres petit loaded with chocolate and coffee undertones.

Gee-Man
09-14-2010, 06:16
Last night while watching the football game it was Maker's and an 03 Sir Winnie. :grin:

ggilbertva
09-14-2010, 07:41
Enjoy a 2010 an Cristabol Principe this evening, Nice little tres petit loaded with chocolate and coffee undertones.

Chocolate and coffee....two of my favorite qualities in a cigar.....same me one! :grin:

cigarnv
09-14-2010, 10:39
Chocolate and coffee....two of my favorite qualities in a cigar.....same me one! :grin:

Always one waiting for you my friend.....and it will be a fresh one unlike that old bourbon you are always showing up with.:grin:

ggilbertva
09-14-2010, 18:03
Smokin a Partagas Decadas Limited Reserve. Very nice cigar, great flavor, nice transitions and razor sharp burn. Beautiful smoke. I've paired it with a Redbreast 12 year.

cigarnv
09-15-2010, 05:31
Enjoyed a classic go to cigar last evening.... a 1998 Upmann Petit Corona.... always consistent, always classic Upmann profile....

barturtle
09-15-2010, 06:34
Olde World Reserve Maduro by Rocky Patel. Nice, classic rich wood and earthy flavors.

The Boozer
09-15-2010, 10:21
Had a AVO maduro last night, torpedo size. Started out pretty good and then about half-way, the taste went to sour, like too young of tobacco. This is the 2nd time had this problem with AVO. Usually AVO's are a very solid smoke. Anybody else have similar problem or issue?

SMOWK
09-16-2010, 15:17
Recently, I tried a La Traviata by CAO and thought that it was outstanding. Since my first trial, I purchased 2 boxes. During the recent Spring gathering in Houston, I was able to get a box for $93 plus tax. Prior to that , I was paid about $106 plus tax. If you get a chance, try one.

happened to pick one up among the mass of cigars at a local shop. came here to see if there was any mention of it, and this is what i found. about to light it up and give it a try.

barturtle
09-16-2010, 17:54
happened to pick one up among the mass of cigars at a local shop. came here to see if there was any mention of it, and this is what i found. about to light it up and give it a try.

I've been quite impressed with the La Traviata, I recently picked up the maduro version, and intend to try them soon.

ggilbertva
09-17-2010, 18:12
2000 Rafael Gonzalez. Draw is a little tight and moderate smoke. Roasted coffee and earth. Nice start.

ODaniel
09-17-2010, 20:08
About to try a CAO LX2 for the first time. Not sure what I am going to pair it with. I recently revisited the MX2 (my 3rd cigar I ever tried) and I still really enjoyed it.

ggilbertva
09-18-2010, 20:19
CAO Gold Churchill. This puppy has huge amounts of smoke; nice flavor but mild in strength.

MissinER101
09-19-2010, 18:31
Well......One of the "forces that be" little jokes; I can't get a drop of bourbon to go with them, but I have access to all the Cuban cigars I can smoke! We had a guy quit to take a job with another company and couldn't take all his accumulated stuff; so for $200.....

http://i1002.photobucket.com/albums/af147/hoosieriniraq/Post%20Vacation%20Iraq/Humidor.jpg

Today after I'm off shift I think I'll fire up one of the maduro "Fat Boys" #5 in the picture, I've smoked up much of my stock but I have to go to Al Asaid next week, much larger base than Ramadi, and I'll see what I can snag to restock the humidor.

cigarnv
09-21-2010, 04:58
Enjoyed a very nice Pepin gifted to me while at KBF..... nice rich flavors, perfect burn.... all around great cigar.

ggilbertva
09-22-2010, 19:20
2003 Puros Indios Maxima Reserva paired with a '78 WT 86.8.

ACDetroit
09-22-2010, 19:31
Enjoyed a very nice Pepin gifted to me while at KBF..... nice rich flavors, perfect burn.... all around great cigar.

Nice Reid! I to smoked a Don Pepin Garcia tonight, a cuban classic lancero... agreed this thing was packed with flavor and a nice 2 hour smoke!

Cheers!
Tony

ggilbertva
09-22-2010, 20:39
Nice Reid! I to smoked a Don Pepin Garcia tonight, a cuban classic lancero... agreed this thing was packed with flavor and a nice 2 hour smoke!

Cheers!
Tony

Tony - did you get your Partagas Decadas yet?

barturtle
09-22-2010, 21:21
2003 Puros Indios Maxima Reserva paired with a '78 WT 86.8.

I see these and other vintage Puros Indios online...good sticks? Worthy of the 86.8 you poured to go with?

cigarnv
09-23-2010, 05:01
At times I get caught up in the hunt for the latest and greatest cigars as well as bourbon.... and forget about all the wonderful "stuff" that seems to drift to the back of the humidor/bunker from long forgotten hunting trips.....

Last night it was Weller 12 and a long forgotten Partagas Corona from a 2002 cabinet. Two quite "pedestrian" products that in all honesty will beat the pants off most of the new stuff.....

ggilbertva
09-23-2010, 07:34
I see these and other vintage Puros Indios online...good sticks? Worthy of the 86.8 you poured to go with?

My take on the Puros Indios is that for the price, it's really hard to beat this one. The filler blend is nice earthy/woodsy with hints of coffee and dark cocoa. If you wait until these are on sale (Cigars International) you can get these for less than $2 a stick. The Maxima Reserva that I smoked last night has 7 years of age on it and I paid $30 for a box of 20; a great price. The PI Viejo Media are $19 for 20, again sales prices.

The MR went nice with the WT last night. My only complaint with the Indios is at about the last 1/4 of the stick, the flavor transitioned to an almost charred coffee flavor and became a little bitter. Other than that, a fine smoke for $1.50.

ggilbertva
09-23-2010, 07:35
At times I get caught up in the hunt for the latest and greatest cigars as well as bourbon.... and forget about all the wonderful "stuff" that seems to drift to the back of the humidor/bunker from long forgotten hunting trips.....

Last night it was Weller 12 and a long forgotten Partagas Corona from a 2002 cabinet. Two quite "pedestrian" products that in all honesty will beat the pants off most of the new stuff.....

Isn't that the truth.....

ACDetroit
09-23-2010, 19:59
Tony - did you get your Partagas Decadas yet?

They are resting in my Coolidor currently. Yes and thanks for the lead!

Tony

cigarnv
09-24-2010, 04:24
Last evening I enjoyed a Davidoff Millenium Lonsdale from the original release. Without a doubt one of the best NC's ever made, IMO. Sadly the price of these today has just gotten stupid.

Paired this with a pour of 2010 OFBB which as I mentioned on another thread was pretty disappointing. If the 2010 OFBB is claimed to be one of the best BB's I can't imagine what the off years tasted like. I am old enough to know better!!

barturtle
09-24-2010, 21:22
tonight was an EP Carrillo Core, I was gifted this by one of the local cigar shops in exchange for a review. I didn't bother to tell them I've never done a cigar review before:slappin:

I'll post a copy of it here for everyone's enjoyment (I figure you could use a laugh:lol:)

As promised: A review of the EP Carrillo Core (I believe this is the Regalias Real vitola)

Appearance:a few small veins in the wrapper and a couple of small green spots showing. A couple wrinkles in the cap. Firm to the touch, no soft spots.... Foot smells nicely nutty

Cut and pre-light draw: I used my punch as I misplaced my cutter (again!) Excellent draw, not too firm or too light.

First Third: medium spicy with cumin and cinnamon notes,M-F body, slightly wavy burn. Light gray ash holds for a bit over an inch.

Second Third: flavors go creamier with the spice toning down, burn a bit more uneven, not enough to need touchups

Half way: Draw firms up and flavors go earthy

Final Third: Burn line becomes perfectly straight, draw remains firm and the flavors stay earthy but richer.

I'd like to thank Jeff for hooking me up with this cigar, I really enjoyed the chance to try it. EP Carrillo Short Run review to follow as soon as I get a chance.

cigarnv
09-25-2010, 06:13
tonight was an EP Carrillo Core, I was gifted this by one of the local cigar shops in exchange for a review. I didn't bother to tell them I've never done a cigar review before:slappin:

I'll post a copy of it here for everyone's enjoyment (I figure you could use a laugh:lol:)

As promised: A review of the EP Carrillo Core (I believe this is the Regalias Real vitola)

Appearance:a few small veins in the wrapper and a couple of small green spots showing. A couple wrinkles in the cap. Firm to the touch, no soft spots.... Foot smells nicely nutty

Cut and pre-light draw: I used my punch as I misplaced my cutter (again!) Excellent draw, not too firm or too light.

First Third: medium spicy with cumin and cinnamon notes,M-F body, slightly wavy burn. Light gray ash holds for a bit over an inch.

Second Third: flavors go creamier with the spice toning down, burn a bit more uneven, not enough to need touchups

Half way: Draw firms up and flavors go earthy

Final Third: Burn line becomes perfectly straight, draw remains firm and the flavors stay earthy but richer.

I'd like to thank Jeff for hooking me up with this cigar, I really enjoyed the chance to try it. EP Carrillo Short Run review to follow as soon as I get a chance.

Very nice review!! Ernesto,IMO, is one of the best cigar men in the business.....

cigarnv
09-25-2010, 06:16
Enjoyed a Fuente Hemingway Short Story.... another old favorite and always a solid performer.....

rocky480
09-25-2010, 09:50
Enjoyed a Hoyo de Monterrey Des Dieux last night taking advantage of the unusually warm weather here in DC. Outstanding cigar.

cigarnv
09-25-2010, 10:05
Enjoyed a Hoyo de Monterrey Des Dieux last night taking advantage of the unusually warm weather here in DC. Outstanding cigar.

I know that cigar well.....

rocky480
09-25-2010, 13:29
I know that cigar well.....

:lol: Somehow I thought you might.

cigarnv
09-25-2010, 13:57
:lol: Somehow I thought you might.

2002 .... the du Roi I think was a 1999... great siblings

cigarnv
09-26-2010, 07:07
Last evening enjoyed a La Gloria that Ernesto did in 2001...... Rolled in the DR for what was his first and last "Trunk Show" cigar series. These were custom sticks rolled for a specific customer... great idea but I sense it was not financially fruitful..... Sadly these were outstanding cigars and sold for under $165 per box. At the 9+ year mark they are smoking very well and just starting to develop some vintage "attic" undertone flavors.

rocky480
09-26-2010, 11:19
It's a busy time at work, so I thought taking the lap top out on the deck and having a cigar would make working on a Saturday night a little more enjoyable. Started with a Fuente Hemmingway Signature. For some reason, this one just wasn't up to the usual level I expect from these cigars, so I followed it up with a Romeo y Julieta Habana Reserve toro. It was an enjoyable cigar, although I'd agree with the reviews I read that said it's not quite as full bodied as you'd expect and a little uncomplicated.

BourbonJoe
09-26-2010, 12:05
Today, on the Bourbon Deck I enjoyed a Padilla Corojo and a pour of the new Parker's Heritage 10 y/o Barrel Proof Wheater. Nice combination.
Joe :usflag:

cigarnv
09-26-2010, 14:04
Today, on the Bourbon Deck I enjoyed a Padilla Corojo and a pour of the new Parker's Heritage 10 y/o Barrel Proof Wheater. Nice combination.
Joe :usflag:

Joe, that is a damn nice combination.... I bet the big front end sweetness from the PHC really complemented the Padilla....

ggilbertva
09-27-2010, 05:31
Yesterday, I celebrated another Birthday with my family. My Father and son enjoyed their pipes while my brother and I enjoyed a cigar, my smoke being a Bolivar Belicoso from 2008 I believe.

BourbonJoe
10-01-2010, 19:51
A the bourbon tasting today, Fricky gave me a "Cain-F" by Oliva. I believe this to be one of the best cigars I have ever smoked (and that would be many) and the equal of any Cuban IMO. Thanks Doug.
Joe :usflag:

rocky480
10-02-2010, 06:23
Maduro Arturo Fuente 8-5-8 last night balanced against a few seasonal beers. The natural 8-5-8 started me down the road of enjoying cigars many years ago, and I've always found it to be a good, enjoyable cigar.

BuffaloLen
10-02-2010, 17:54
Enjoyed some eagle rare with monte edmundos from 08 with gee-man. A good afternoon. :cool:

cigarnv
10-04-2010, 19:29
Just a short one this evening.... ERdM Lunch Club.... a little flavor bomb...

MissinER101
10-05-2010, 07:24
Well....I have a little cigar "problem" right now. I slipped the bands off some Cuban Cohibas and was going to claim they were Dominican and ship them home....But there is no tobacco allowed in the mail any more.

I have 70 days till I head home at the end of this contract and have probably 100 Cubans on hand (Romeo y Julieta, Partagas, Montecresto, Cohibas) that I am going to have to smoke before I leave.

Today when I got off work I had a Romeo y Julieta Churchill, and in a minute before going to bed I'm going to have a Partagas. But alas; no bourbon to go with them.:smiley_acbt:

barturtle
10-06-2010, 22:39
La Aurora 107 Corona. Pretty enjoyable smoke, though having had the same stick in a Belicoso size, I'd have to say it wasn't quite as nice as the bigger stick...the belicoso was one of the best sticks I've had. Possibly the corona needs a bit more time, as it wasn't added to the line until the last minute, meaning the other sizes were rolled earlier and had a bit more rest before release. I'd expect the forthcoming lancero to need time as well.

foxflyer5
10-07-2010, 08:10
had a Cusano 18 Year Maduro last night. goes well with the Elmer T. Lee. a good way to kick-off the baseball post-season.

lrochau
10-08-2010, 18:01
On the deck enjoying a Punch Punch and a glass of Lot B. 70 degrees in Iowa in October, hard to beat this.

ErichPryde
10-09-2010, 01:13
I had a Hemingway short story the other night with a co-worker- very good smoke. paired with GTS, Handy, and WT 8 year it was very enjoyable.

foxflyer5
10-09-2010, 13:04
On the deck enjoying a Punch Punch and a glass of Lot B. 70 degrees in Iowa in October, hard to beat this.

nice. i have a 5 Vegas A burning on the deck today and i have the football games going on the laptop. just drinking beer with it since theres a full slate of games i have to be up for.

SMOWK
10-09-2010, 18:48
On the deck with a CAO La Traviata Maduro and...a cup of coffee. Took an afternoon nap and have yet to dive into the bourbon. I'm thinking it's time to revisit Four Roses and OFBB 2010, yet again.

Halifax
10-10-2010, 19:34
Decided on a nightcap & smoke before bed. Paired a couple of pours of 1994 EWSB with a Macanudo Duke of Windsor. Good way to end the weekend.

SMOWK
10-11-2010, 14:13
Camacho Room 101. This is excellent.

ACDetroit
10-11-2010, 17:37
Long drive today so I did a bit of unwinding with a nice pour of ER101 and an Oliva G maduro bellicoso from 2008. A ton of flavor in that thing!

Cheers
Tony

barturtle
10-11-2010, 18:57
tonight is some old dimpled old forester paired with an augusto reyes maduro torpedo.

rocky480
10-16-2010, 19:46
DR Montecristo Classic Blend robusto last night. This is easily my favorite version of the DR Montecristo and has been a smoke that has never disappointed me.

foxflyer5
10-18-2010, 13:52
compared the Don Pepin Series JJ Sublime and the JJ Maduro this weekend with a pour of Blanton's. the maduro didnt burn too evenly, and the draw got really hard about 1/4 of the way into the smoke. the Sublime was pretty good though; id have that one again.

barturtle
10-18-2010, 17:34
compared the Don Pepin Series JJ Sublime and the JJ Maduro this weekend with a pour of Blanton's. the maduro didnt burn too evenly, and the draw got really hard about 1/4 of the way into the smoke. the Sublime was pretty good though; id have that one again.

A friend had given me a JJ Maduro Lancero, with the caveat that the one he smoked burned horribly...the one I had burned perfect, drew wonderfully and tasted very nice indeed.

foxflyer5
10-19-2010, 15:05
interesting. i wonder if there's something to it, or just coindence with our JJ Maduro experiences. glad you enjoyed the one you had.

OscarV
10-19-2010, 15:10
I gave them up 3 weeks ago, but I'd love a Camel right now.

SMOWK
10-19-2010, 15:15
I'm chasing you Oscar. All while on the back deck with ER10, Modelo Especial, and a La Flor Dominicana Double Ligero.

OscarV
10-19-2010, 15:20
If someone offered me a non-filter Camel right now I'd be all over it!!!

ggilbertva
10-20-2010, 19:55
Enjoyed a Robusto Tatuaje. A very nice NC cigar.

foxflyer5
11-03-2010, 15:22
smoked the Don Pepin My Father last week. that was delicious.

last night was an Upman #40 with a pour of BT.

JR's cigar special last week was the Partagas Black Pearl. i keep seeing ads for it everywhere, so i figure ill give them a try once they sit in the humidor for a while.

MissinER101
11-04-2010, 04:54
I stand the over-night watch and last night was my night off and I am quartered in a hard building with a flat roof and stairwell access. So I was on the roof at sunrise, and we've had a bit of wind so there is some dust in the air, the entire eastern horizon was bright red as the sun came up. Quite beautiful if you just forget you're in Iraq, enjoyed a Churchill sized Habana Montecristo with a Diet Coke (damn General Order #1).

foxflyer5
11-06-2010, 12:13
props to you. my brother found some NA beer that he would drink while in Iraq.

last night i enjoyed the La Aroma de Cuba and the their special edition (with the two girls on the label instead of the one). both were excellent.

today im going to try the CAO Brasilia. just some JB to go with it since thats my football gameday beverage.

boss302
11-20-2010, 01:58
It's official-- I have made the biggest mistake of my life.

So, I go to our local Tinder Box on 2nd St. in Harrisburg, PA. I walk in and find a couple business guys in suits smoking cigars and reading the Wall St. Journal (well, at least 2 of them were).

The tobacconist, reading a magazine, looks up at me as I'm looking up, down, and across the big wall humidor, perusing different brands and formats. I finally locate the Ashton Virgin Sun Grown (VSG) series that has become my personal favorite the past few years.

"If you have any questions, feel free to ask..." I hear the tobacconist say behind me as he sits in his chair, reading his magazine.

I take another look at the VSG that I pretty much had my heart set on, but then curiosity overtakes me-- I notice a brand that I can't find in the tobacco shop that I normally purchase my Ashton's from. The brand of cigar is called Davidoff. They have a classy appearance, and seem to be of decent quality. Their prices were just a small notch above the Ashton VSG's I was looking at.

So I turn around and ask "what can you tell me about these Davidoff cigars? Would they compare favorably to an Ashton?"

A small smirk forms on the tobacconist's face as he folds his magazine, then gingerly sets his small cigar (a cigarillo, perhaps?) in the ashtray next to his burgundy leather chair.

"Ashton makes some quality cigars," the tobacconist replied, "but Davidoff is a whole other dimension of complexity." He then stands and walks over the humidor in front of me. He picks up a trio of Davidoff cigars, explaining "Davidoff is made of only Dominican tobacco. The Classic series is their standard offering, we also have their Millennium, which has a slightly fuller body..."

Then he picks up a slightly smaller cigar, whose distinguishing feature is the gold-colored band around the tip, as opposed to near the other end, where you hold it. "And this one," the tobacconist continues, "is their Puro d'Oro-- Pure Gold. The wrapper leaf was developed specifically for this cigar in the Dominican Republic."

Mesmerized, I bought it right then and there.

I then look toward the entrance, to find all 4 of the guys reading the newspapers looking at me, and nodding their approval of my decision. "You'll never be able to smoke any other type of cigar after that!" exclaimed one.

"The Davidoffs are better than sex!" chuckled a black gentleman in a business suit, with a thick Caribbean accent.

When I got home, I poured myself a glass of Compass Box Hedonism (a vatted grain Scotch), went to my back patio, and lit it up. It lit evenly without effort. At the first puff, I knew right then and there, THIS was my cigar! It had the refinement of an Ashton, with the spicy kick of a Carlos Torano, and a surprisingly-full body, even from the relatively-diminutive size (it was technically a Corona, but definitely on the small end of that spectrum).

They were right. There is no going back now!

foxflyer5
12-04-2010, 13:58
had the Bolivar Cofradia last week which was good.

today i had a Partagas, which was fine.
followed it up with the Partagas Black Pearl which i enjoyed a lot. i would definitely get some more of these.

Whiskey Willie
12-10-2010, 13:43
...today i had a Partagas, which was fine.
followed it up with the Partagas Black Pearl which i enjoyed a lot. i would definitely get some more of these.

Have you tried the Partagas Spanish Rosado line? It's a medium-full bodied smoke with plenty of spice.

foxflyer5
12-13-2010, 14:36
Have you tried the Partagas Spanish Rosado line? It's a medium-full bodied smoke with plenty of spice.

i have not, but i will keep an eye out for it.

my most recent purchase was a sampler from one of the online retailers. it has a fair number of cigars i havent tried before such as Man o War, Diesel, Graycliff, Gurka, etc. im excited to get cracking on some of these.

ACDetroit
12-13-2010, 20:30
Bell's Batch 10,000 with a Fuente WOAM. This was a nice pairing that played nicely together.

Cheers!
Tony

ggilbertva
12-22-2010, 13:13
It's too freakin cold outside to smoke but that didn't stop me from ordering a couple of samplers. Don Pepin's "Top 25" sampler of 15 cigars that includes the Tatuaje. Also ordered Alec Bradley 10 cigar sampler that includes the Tempus, a very nice smoke. So, I got 25 cigars of good quality for around $2.75 a stick. Not too shabby. Now, if it would just warm up a little so I can enjoy a stogie or two over Christmas.

MissinER101
12-26-2010, 21:00
Haven't had time to burn one since getting back to the US, but........

I was able to get ~60 of my little Cuban friends home, I intend to introduce one to a little Kentucky culture in the next day or two :rolleyes:

cigarnv
01-02-2011, 07:47
Enjoyed a nice La Gloria Cubana Wavell natural from about 2003.. delicious and still less than $5 a stick for the current releases!!!

Whiskey Willie
01-06-2011, 11:01
Just smoked one of the best-rolled cigars I've had in a long time...a Montecristo half corona. The roll was so good on this 4.5-inch cigar that it took 40 minutes to smoke. Tremendous even, slow burn with a great ash.

ggilbertva
01-07-2011, 05:53
Took a time out last night to smoke a La Gloria Trunk Show 2001 Liga 6 and paired with a Sam Smith Nut Brown Ale. The cigar was average to me but the beer was outstanding.

foxflyer5
01-10-2011, 14:05
the Diesel Unholy Cocktail was very good. finally had some warm weather, so i enjoyed that on the deck some Blanton's.

cigarnv
01-10-2011, 15:16
Enjoying a RyJ Duke EL from 2009. Great cigar even though it is quite young.

squire
01-10-2011, 15:22
Bauza Gold Medal No.1, found a box while cleaning up.

cigarnv
01-20-2011, 12:27
2006 HdM Des Dieux .... always a great cigar that is far too often overlooked...

MissinER101
01-20-2011, 18:28
The weather hasn't exactly been conducive to stepping outside for a smoke; I do have some Cuban Cohibas that need to be introduced to some Kentucky Culture.

But with 9 1/2 inches on the ground, temps to go sub-zero tonight, 1-2 inches tomorrow and "another winter storm" Sunday night and Monday it may be a while before I get a smoke break :cry:

cigarnv
01-23-2011, 08:57
Last evening I enjoyed a 2007 RA Small Club Corona... great little tres petit packed with spice and earthiness.

Khomeinist
01-29-2011, 15:32
I had a SLR Serie A yesterday. I believe the cigar had several years of age but don't know the exact vintage as it was in my singles drawer.

Good rich flavors

cigarnv
01-29-2011, 15:47
I had a SLR Serie A yesterday. I believe the cigar had several years of age but don't know the exact vintage as it was in my singles drawer.

Good rich flavors

Great cigar and one that is often overlooked...

fricky
02-05-2011, 07:04
Yesterday, I smoked a Drew Estate Liga Privada T52 Flying Pig. I read a lot of comments indicating that they are outstanding. Apparently, I am reading the wrong sites. These cigars are not readily available in my area and they are expensive. After delivering my tax information to my CPA, I rewarded myself by stopping at a new cigar shop. They had the Flying Pig and I bought one for about $13.50.

It is very solid and has an unusual shape. It is a little over 4 inches, about a 60 ring gage, and has a pigtail. The wrapper is very dark and oily with few veins. It had an easy draw with plenty of smoke. There was lots of flavor with sweet chocolate being predominant. Burn was uneven and required a few touch ups. In addition, I had to relight it a few times. At the last third, it was burning a bit hot and flavors were subdued.

Overall, this cigar is full bodied with nice flavors but over priced. The burn problems may have been related to storage problems at the shop.

Khomeinist
02-06-2011, 23:26
Tonight I smoked a San Cristobal Oficios followed by a Partagas Charlotte (Carlota), concluding with a Ramon Allones RE Phoenicia (SP?). Frankly all were a bit disappointing although the Partagas was remarkably strong given its vintage (1998).

ggilbertva
02-07-2011, 10:39
Weather yesterday was somewhat mild (45 deg) so took advantage of above freezing weather and enjoyed a Alec Bradley Tempus

tsangster
02-07-2011, 15:28
Smoked an Alec Bradley Maxx Brazil yesterday. Excepting the Select Cabinet Reserve I haven't been overly impressed with AB smokes.

SBOmarc
02-07-2011, 15:31
My first cigar in quite some time, a Rocky Patel Toro.

It was enjoyed a great deal.

foxflyer5
02-20-2011, 15:33
had the La Herencia Cubana today. not bad at all.

tsangster
02-20-2011, 17:24
Perdomo Lot 23 with a healthy pour of Old Crow Reserve.

squire
02-20-2011, 19:34
La Gloria Cubana Gold Medal No.1.

MissinER101
02-20-2011, 19:45
Saturday the temps here reached 70, so I went out on the back deck and introduced one of my little Cuban friends (Cohiba Maduro V) to a little Kentucky culture (broke the seal on my 2010 GTS) all I can say is OMG:bigeyes:

Khomeinist
02-21-2011, 22:37
La Gloria Cubana Gold Medal No.1.

Good choice. I enjoy these on a regular basis. Perfect Spring flavor profile in my opinion.

troyce
02-28-2011, 16:18
First cigar in awhile, but it was a great evening on the deck last night and a Padron 2000 and Pappy 15 made it better.

jacketsrule
03-01-2011, 12:51
A J Fernandez San Latano Habano paired with George Dickel 12

boss302
04-08-2011, 22:19
Right now I'm smoking a Montesino, a little known brand that's part of the Arturo Fuente portfolio. Connecticut shade wrapper, Dominican filler. Overall, it's a pretty mild smoke, with a relatively-short finish. Very gentle sweetness, a hint of spice. If you like Don Diego, you will want to try these. I think they're comparable price points, too. I'm pairing it with a delightful glass of Blanton's Single Barrel. Quite enjoyable.

I'll be stepping up to an Arturo Fuente Magnum R Rosado (Vitola 58) after I finish the Montesino. I will likely pair that with something a little bolder, like Four Roses Single Barrel.

cigarnv
04-09-2011, 05:30
Upmann Lonsdale from the late 90's.. one of the classics from a past era....

boss302
04-10-2011, 11:49
I'll be stepping up to an Arturo Fuente Magnum R Rosado (Vitola 58) after I finish the Montesino. I will likely pair that with something a little bolder, like Four Roses Single Barrel.

Well, I finished the Fuente Magnum. It was definitely a different animal than the Montesino. For starters, the ring gauge was bigger, so the smoke was very big and full. Secondly, the finish was longer and spicier. The nice thing about it, though, was the very smooth draw, which is surprising in a cigar of this magnitude. I'll definitely be buying one of these again, and soon!

cigarnv
04-13-2011, 05:22
La Gloria Cubano Wavell Natural ........ hard to beat this as a solid "go to" cigar... always good and always a great value.

Happyhour24x7
05-06-2011, 18:23
Last night smoked a Puros Indios that came in the cigar club. average smoke at best, wouldn't go out and buy any. from the same club, sampled a Torano Fortress last weekend and it was fantastic! I'll be looking for more of those to pack away.

BourbonJoe
05-06-2011, 19:16
Smoked a Xicar HC tonight, compliments of Vosgar, which was very good. Thanks Gary.
Joe :usflag:

cigarnv
05-11-2011, 05:27
Beautiful evening last night.... relaxed with one of my favorite cigars... 2009 Upmann Magnum 48 EL. This was an over looked cigar when released and is one of the best EL's released. Packed with flavor, rich creamy smoke and a wonderful finish make this a fantastic 45 minute smoke. The construction and wrappers are perfect....

Happyhour24x7
05-11-2011, 20:20
another nice night tonight, got to squeeze in a cigar between grilling/eating dinner and later night activities...a Fuentes Hemingway Masterpiece Maduro...haven't seen them often around here, try to pick a few up when I see them in PA/NJ. same shape as a Short Story, but larger, and come in both natural and maduro wrappers. this one tasted a little rougher than usual- maybe the tobacco hadn't aged quite enough. still, a very nice shorter smoke for a great evening.

cigarnv
05-12-2011, 17:22
Upmann Peit Corona this evening... classic smoke that seems to have taken a back seat to all the huge cigars and special releases.

cigarnv
05-14-2011, 05:41
HdM Des Dieux 2002 last evening... always a great reach for smoke....

cigarnv
05-14-2011, 15:17
Finish up judging a BBQ contest in Annapolis and enjoyed a 1998 Punch Corona.... delicious, sweet, classic Punch flavor.... truly a forgotten cigar...

MarkEdwards
05-14-2011, 16:25
Every time I see this subject in the new posts, I parse it as "Man, y'all are so strange, you must all be smokin' some wacky tobaccy." :cool:

tsangster
05-14-2011, 16:50
A. Fuente paired with Elmer T. Lee.

Khari
05-21-2011, 15:35
Vegas Robaina Famosos.

cigarnv
05-22-2011, 05:55
Just a plain old Monte #4 from 2007... never disappoints, always available...

Happyhour24x7
05-23-2011, 04:37
A short stubby Kristoff maduro. Packed a punch for a little guy. Good flavor.

jcg9779
05-23-2011, 18:11
Had an Arturo Fuente Hemmingway Short Story this evening. I hadn't smoked a cigar in a long time, and it was fun one with which to get reacquainted, although a little too short of a smoke.

I need some suggestions of cigars try, easily available, and not too heavy of a smoke. I also prefer shorter smokes to longer ones. Any thoughts?

ACDetroit
05-23-2011, 19:26
Had an Arturo Fuente Hemminway Short Story this evening. I hadn't smoked a cigar in a long time, and it was fun one with which to get reacquainted, although a little too short of a smoke.

I need some suggestions of cigars try, easily available, and not too heavy of a smoke. I also prefer shorter smokes to longer ones. Any thoughts?

Try a Punch Champion, price is good, bigger than a Short Story and easy to find. If you enjoy the SS you may want to try an AF work of art or a Best Seller, both are bigger.

Tony

cigarnv
05-24-2011, 04:16
Partagas D4..... nice cigar but the 2008 was a bit young....

panchro-press
05-24-2011, 21:55
A pipefull of Peretti's 333 and a jigger of JTS Brown.

Dave

imbibehour
05-25-2011, 17:50
You know, I am not a smoker, but every time I see this thread in my new posts list I just can't help to burst in laughter. In a good way seriously...

Dude WHAT ARE YOU SMOKING!!?!?!?

Sorry it just ... ya know brings a smile to my face.

I can appreciate a good cigar but I don't really partake in it often unless the occasion arises. Sort of like drinking champagne, I mean you should have it more often but it's always a celebratory thing most of the time.

I remember buying Cuban stuff up in Canada growing up and having fun with it back in the day. But the last time I had a cigar, I was out at a bachelor party here and having a good time:

http://www.shellysdc.com/

Place stays open late too, but dam I was hoping they had better bourbon I was really hoping to have some Pappy Van Winkle that night at the place. Can't remember what I had though...

Happyhour24x7
05-25-2011, 19:36
Hey Jack, check out the La Aroma de Cuba line, they are carried almost everywhere, are reasonably priced and are a good middle of the road smoke. Anything by Padron can be counted on to be good, and white label Monte Cristos are nice if you like a little milder smoke. All these are easily found, won't break the bank, and come in a variety of sizes. A good cigar shop can usually make some good recommendations if you give them a few examples of what you like.

cigarnv
05-26-2011, 18:20
2004 Cohiba Coronas Especiales.... a very nice size for a warm evening...Laguito #2. The CE is one of the under appreciated stars in the Cohiba lineup... and rarely if ever counterfeited... so a safe pick if you see them while vacationng in the Caribbean...

cigarnv
05-28-2011, 09:45
Ramon Allones Short Club Corona last evening with friends... a never fail tres petit....

Happyhour24x7
05-30-2011, 07:02
smoked an enormous Mark Twain golfing on Saturday. never seen one before, it came in the cigar club. good smoke for the occasion, probably 8 inches long or a little more, burned well and stayed lit when put down to make a shot. strong at first then leveled out to a decent long smoke.

cigarnv
05-30-2011, 09:02
Enjoyed a Viaje - Tower Cigars 45th Ann. which was gifted to me... excellent cigar in every way... tasty, complex and a great finish....

cigarnv
06-01-2011, 04:49
Maria Mancini corona gifted to me by the "dog".... surprisingly good smoke it a gorgeous wrapper. Good tobacco flavor, good balance, decent complexity and a respectable finish. For the price a great value!!

Bourbon Boiler
06-01-2011, 17:22
To answer the original question, a little bit of everything.

I've always enjoyed a cigar, but never had them often enough to really be able to evaluate what I liked. The local smoke shop is going out of business, and all cigars are 50% off. I got two of about a dozen different cigars regualrly priced from $2-$12, and plan on taking some notes so I can identify what suits me and finally fully develop another vice.

cigarnv
06-01-2011, 18:06
Partagas P2 this evening. Not a big figurado fan but tonight this one was a fine smoke...

cigarnv
06-13-2011, 11:56
Stunning day here so the PC is out back.... enjoying a Quai D'Orsay Gran Corona.. 2004..

cigarnv
06-17-2011, 10:06
CAO La Traviata. I smoked a robusto size which is comprised of tobacco's from Cameroon, Nicaragua and the DR. The cost was $5.40 at my local shop.

The cigar was beautifully made and looked gorgeous. Perfect draw. The flavor was up front, bold and had a creamy texture. It was appealing with notes of roasted nuts, light earth and wood. Medium strength and well balanced. The burn was perfect but it was a young cigar which every now and then produced some harsh flavors. Overall it was decent.

Given the price and construction the La Traviata was an OK cigar. My major issue with this CAO was that it was lacking in complexity and finish. It was consistent from front back which left me a bit bored half way through. No flaws, just nothing of great interest.

G.H.Adams
06-17-2011, 22:06
Tonight I enjoyed a Cohiba Lonsdale Grande with a pour of Eagle Rare 17 on the front porch after the sun went down. As the temps here have been over 103 for the last several weeks, it was a great way to start the weekend.

cigarnv
06-18-2011, 04:34
Tonight was a La Reloba Seleccion Sumatra by My Father Cigars.
This was a flavorful cigar from the start. Medium strength, spicy and well balanced. Pleasing flavor profile and good concentration of earth, cedar and a hint of sweetness. Finish was OK. The flavor profile was consistent with no bitter notes. Very straight forward, no flaws but nothing that had me asking for another puff.

cigarnv
06-19-2011, 16:57
This afternoon I tried my first Cain F 550 which I found locally for $7.60. As with the other NC's ... great construction. The first problem however is my local shop which I asked to recommend medium strength cigars... This Cain was clearly a ligero heavy cigar as it was IMO a strong cigar.

Strong out of the chutes the Cain F did not exhibit a tremendous amount of flavor.... it was more strength. To me it was unbalanced and exhibited a young tobacco flavor profile. Interesting but lacking in flavors that appeal to my palate. I smoked it to the last third... not much happening with this cigar for me... strong, one dimensional and lacking in nuance. May be the ticket for others but not I.

cigarnv
06-20-2011, 17:13
Tonight my cigar was a Don Pepin Garcia Cuban Classic Robusto... referred to as the black label DPG. This was $7.70 at my local shop.

Perfect construction, flawless wrapper and beautiful. DPG can make a stunning cigar. I find this one to be medium to the strong in strength with a toasty tobacco flavor. No harshness, very straight forward flavors and a decent smoke. Some interesting flavor nuances drift in and out... spice, hints of sweetness and cedar. Decent balance and hints of complexity. Finish is very slight. A decent smoke... but for the most part fairly one dimensional.

Tennessee Dave
06-21-2011, 15:20
Samule Gawith's Full Virginia Flake in a 1909 Patent Era Peterson

Gillman
06-21-2011, 15:46
I'm not smoking and haven't for 19 years now, but recently in the States I saw behind the counter pouches of Top tobacco. That brought back memories from my early 20's. At that time, I lived in Montreal. We used to go down to Plattsburgh, NY to visit the bars and restaurants (and in my later 20's, to buy bourbon and beer to bring back).

I used to roll my own sometimes in Canada, I'd use either Export "A" or Player's. I preferred the former which had quite a different taste, heavy and creosote-like.

So in the U.S., I'd look for their brands of loose tobacco. From what I could see, there was imported stuff considered high end, notably Drum from Holland, and inexpensive stuff like Top. I don't recall seeing Camel loose tobacco for example, or Kent, etc., but maybe it existed. Anyway I tried the Top and liked it well enough. I bought a blue Top rolling machine which I loved using. It had rollers the color of chewing gum. Probably it came with the tobacco as a special offer.

By the later 70's I had tried to quit a couple of times (finally succeeding some years after I moved to Toronto), by which time I wasn't using loose tobacco any more, so I didn't look for it in the border cities near here such as Buffalo.

I completely forgot about Top tobacco for almost 40 years until last week I saw it behind the counter of a small store in Sonoma. And so the memories rushed back.

Ah yes the days of a Matt's Premium or Andeker or Ballantine IPA and a rollie to go with it. (No dope, never used it). Put I Don't Need No Doctor on the stereo to "volumes unheard" and you lived a kind of dream even if you didn't know it.

And you didn't (or I didn't) need a doctor, then.

Gary

G.H.Adams
06-23-2011, 22:15
Tonight I enjoyed a Romeo Y Julietta Reserva Real while grilling steaks. Life is good.

Happyhour24x7
06-24-2011, 04:21
Smoked another of the short Kristoff maduro robustos. Upon second try, while still good, I think I'll move them to the back of the humidor for a couple of years. Need to grow up a little. A little disappointing since every other Kristoff I've had has been very good.

cigarnv
06-24-2011, 05:27
Last night I smoked a Tatuaje La Riquesa No.2, a belicoso shaped cigar. Very nice pre-light aroma of spice and soil..clearly a Nicaraguan cigar. Very well made and attractive looking. This cigar was $9 at my local shop.

The taste was quite good with typical Nicaraguan flavors… spice, leather, cedar and earthy tobacco. The cigar had a nice sweetness to it. The cigar was medium in strength and very well balanced with no bitterness. The ligero was under control and the tobacco appeared to have some age on it. Decent finish, fair complexity.

Overall the La Riqueza was a good smoke but IMO not a great value for $9+ a stick.

tmckenzie
06-26-2011, 04:30
I recently took pipe smoking up again. I quit several years ago smoking altogether, as I was a pack a day smoker. I have really been enjoying my pipe. Lately I have been smoking a lot of carter hall. Good cheap tobacco. But my farorite Kentucky Club mild should be on the doorstep anyday.

cigarnv
06-26-2011, 04:51
Last evening was a Tatuaje Havana in a robusto size.... actually a very nice cigar with decent complexity and balance....

BourbonJoe
06-26-2011, 10:48
Last night was great so I sat on the bourbon deck and had a Fuente Anejo Reserva Xtra Viejo. The per stick price was a little salty but it was a great cigar. Lots of chocolate.
Joe :usflag:

cigarnv
06-26-2011, 12:04
Last night was great so I sat on the bourbon deck and had a Fuente Anejo Reserva Xtra Viejo. The per stick price was a little salty but it was a great cigar. Lots of chocolate.
Joe :usflag:

Joe, you probably could have bought a real nice bottle of bourbon for the cost of that stick!!!

Tennessee Dave
06-27-2011, 10:03
Some Carter Hall in a Gandalf figural Meerschaum carved by I. Baglan

barturtle
06-27-2011, 10:41
Last night was great so I sat on the bourbon deck and had a Fuente Anejo Reserva Xtra Viejo. The per stick price was a little salty but it was a great cigar. Lots of chocolate.
Joe :usflag:

My buddy, Shay, gifted me a Shark for my birthday:bigeyes:. I'm looking forward to finding the right occasion to enjoy it.

cigarnv
06-27-2011, 16:08
Today is another perfect cigar day in Va. Reached into the humi for a custom Toboada "Horsey Tail" from 2006. 45x9.5"...Perfect draw, flavors of damp soil, cedar, bitter sweet cocoa, espresso with hints of pepper and Asian spice notes. Classic Toboada with a perfect draw, balance and complexity. Creamy mouth feel and a long finish....

G.H.Adams
07-01-2011, 22:12
This evening I enjoyed a Romeo Y Julietta Churchill on the front porch with a pour of Old Charter 10 y/o. I have a box of Arturo Fuente Hemingway Perfecto's enroute. I'm looking forward to these. As usual I have to order these as we have no smoke shop in my town.

Happyhour24x7
07-02-2011, 06:48
A while back, my cigar of the month club included a Torano Fortress, and I enjoyed it; earlier this week I ordered some. I didn't expect them until next week, but the UPS man brought me a surprise last night; naturally I dove right in. A little peppery at first light, quickly settled down into a smooth, flavorful, but not too heavy smoke. It burned evenly and slowly, really a beautiful smoke and at a bargain price. Highly recommended! Same delivery included a selection of 5 Vegas torpedoes, I expect I'll be sampling them this weekend as well.

MissinER101
07-02-2011, 13:13
Last night on the deck under the cedar tree...

That's a Churchill size Cohiba Maduro 5 from Habana that followed me home from Iraq :rolleyes:

clingman71
07-02-2011, 13:39
I have a Fuente Dbl Chat Mad for tonight, probably going with ETL.

While whiskey and cigars naturally go well together, some combinations are really special. I recently had a Fuente 858 nat with 1792. While i enjoy 1792, it isnt my regular, and neither is 858, but on that day that combination was extremely good, perfect together.

tsangster
07-02-2011, 17:41
Honduras Carribean Claro with Knob Creek Single Barrel. Nothing to write home about but a decent smoke.

G.H.Adams
07-02-2011, 21:15
Enjoyed another Romeo Y Julieta Churchill on the front porch after the sun went down with some Wild Turkey 101.

DeanSheen
07-03-2011, 10:36
I went to the local smoke shop and broke my cherry. I had not bought any cigars for myself since I was a kid and went with my cousin.

I had a Romeo Y Julietta Reserva Love Story a couple nights ago that was pretty good. I followed that up with a Sosa in a Madura wrapper that I thought was just not good.

This morning after breakfast and coffee I lit up a Berger and Argenti Mooch which I think was a 5 x 50. I liked that one, creamy and I got hints of sandalwood mixed in. I'm going to buy more of these, maybe try a larger size since I only got about 35 minutes of burn on it and I wanted it to last longer.

I have a larger RYJ Reserva I think 6 x 60 for tomorrow and a A Fuente Grand Reserva Short Chuchill on tap.

I'm already trying to figure out if I should go back to the shop today or wait till Tuesday. Either way they will be seeing my face again soon.

cigarnv
07-03-2011, 10:42
I went to the local smoke shop and broke my cherry. I had not bought any cigars for myself since I was a kid and went with my cousin.

I had a Romeo Y Julietta Reserva Love Story a couple nights ago that was pretty good. I followed that up with a Sosa in a Madura wrapper that I thought was just not good.

This morning after breakfast and coffee I lit up a Berger and Argenti Mooch which I think was a 5 x 50. I liked that one, creamy and I got hints of sandalwood mixed in. I'm going to buy more of these, maybe try a larger size since I only got about 35 minutes of burn on it and I wanted it to last longer.

I have a larger RYJ Reserva I think 6 x 60 for tomorrow and a A Fuente Grand Reserva Short Chuchill on tap.

I'm already trying to figure out if I should go back to the shop today or wait till Tuesday. Either way they will be seeing my face again soon.

Rob... you jumped in with both feet!!!! Just keep trying them and find what you like. Shay and Timothy do a great job of finding and recommending good smokes. I have always liked the La Gloria Cubana line, especially the Wavell. As of late the Tatuaje Havana's have hit the spot.

Great to see you on the dark side.......

Happyhour24x7
07-03-2011, 11:48
Smoked an absolutely beautiful Monte Cristo Flor Fina yesterday while keeping an eye on the smoker. Two kinds of flavorful smoke drifting over the deck!

G.H.Adams
07-03-2011, 20:47
Still awaiting the arrival of my A. Fuente Churchill Perfectos. Tonight I had another Romeo Y Julieta Churchill on the porch with some Eagle Rare. Seven inches of goodness.

G.H.Adams
07-06-2011, 21:26
My previous post was wrong. I got my order of A. Fuente Hemmingway Cameroon Perfectos today. Had one with a pour of AAA 10 y/o after the sun went down. This a smooth smoke and may turn out to be my favorite.

Tennessee Dave
07-07-2011, 08:25
A bruce Weaver pear shaped nosewarmer filled with Old Gowrie

cigarnv
07-07-2011, 12:22
Ramon Allones Small Club Corona last evening...... 2006

DeanSheen
07-07-2011, 12:51
Rob... you jumped in with both feet!!!! Just keep trying them and find what you like. Shay and Timothy do a great job of finding and recommending good smokes. I have always liked the La Gloria Cubana line, especially the Wavell. As of late the Tatuaje Havana's have hit the spot.

Great to see you on the dark side.......

Thanks Reid. Now I have to get my cooler and kitty litter going because I have been back to the cigar shop and picked up a few more things. Last night I had a mooch mini and tonight I'm going to try the mooch mini with the Maduro wrapper so I can see what effect the wrapper has on the same filler.

G.H.Adams
07-07-2011, 22:08
Tonight after the sunset I enjoyed a A. Fuente Signature Hemingway Camaroon Perfecto with a pour of Beam Black. This cigar may turnout to be a favorite with me.

Tennessee Dave
07-08-2011, 17:56
Carter Hall in a MM General

DeanSheen
07-08-2011, 19:38
Perdomo Reserve 10th Anniversary Champagne

Young Blacksmith
07-10-2011, 19:53
McClelland's Acadian Ribbon in a MM spool.

Happyhour24x7
07-12-2011, 04:36
Enjoyed a couple of smokes over the last few days- one of the 5 Vegas Classic torpedoes I mentioned earlier; medium, good, but not a standout. A Cusano 18 which burned nearly perfectly and was a very nice medium bodied smooth smoke; and a little splurge- bought a little Graycliff lonsdale while out and about Saturday....a little pricey, but a nice treat.

G.H.Adams
07-12-2011, 21:33
I finished the last stick of my box of A. Fuente Hemingway Signature Prefectos on the front porch after the sun set with a pour of JB Devils Cut. I really like these and have another box due to be delivered on the 13th.

I envy you guys with smoke shops in your towns as I have to order all my smokes.

DeanSheen
07-12-2011, 23:35
I got in an online order today and ended up breaking out and Indian Tabac Tomahawk Maduro. It was ok. Not much smoke volume, not much flavor. I didn't hate it but I won't be buying more.

I'm gonna head to the shop this week and see if I can find any J Fuego products. I want to try those Origen Originals.

clingman71
07-16-2011, 15:26
Last summer, 3 old friends and myself went 1/4s on a Pappy 20. Beginning Nov '10 and ending tomorrow, we all turn 40. 4 pours over 4 birthdays. So tonight we are celebrating my 40th, and the bittersweet ending of a wonderful bottle of bourbon. I will be enjoying a Fuente God of Fire with the last of the Pappy.

MissinER101
07-17-2011, 20:44
I just came in from the deck where I burned another one of "my little Cuban friends" that followed me home from Ramadi, enjoyed a little Thomas H Handy with it.........man am I feeling mellow right now!!

clingman71
07-17-2011, 21:24
The big 4 0 . I had a smallish pour of ORVW 10/90 last night to get going. Then we each had our last pour from the Pappy 20. Magnificent, I swear it got better from its opening in Nov '10. I had a Fuente God of Fire specifically for the occasion, but things were running later than planned and it was rather large. A good friend had brought me a more manageably sized Fuente Opus X as a present. Lit midway through the Pappy and lasted through the few 10/90s that followed.

Tonight much more low keyed. Karen and myself on the front porch. I had a Cuban torpedo given to me awhile back from a well-traveled friend. It went nicely with the PHC10 that I had purchased for myself for this day.

I have certainly been spoiled the past few days with the selection of Bourbon and cigars, but you have to celebrate the big ones.

Tennessee Dave
07-18-2011, 15:57
Samuel Gawith's Full Viginia Flake in a Peterson 312 pre-Republic

G.H.Adams
07-18-2011, 22:01
Due to the kindness of a fellow SB'er I found a care package in my mailbox. In it was a sample of Reid & Emerald #2 Willett 133.2 pf. Also there were three Habana cigars.

I sampled a Romeo Y Julieta Desde 1875 on my porch with a pour of Wild Turkey 101. The draw was tight but it was wonderful. It's been a long time since I was surrounded by the fragrant blue white smoke of a Habana cigar.

I am saving the Willett for this weekend. I have nosed it and it is intriguing. Can anybody give me some background on it.

G.H.Adams
07-20-2011, 21:34
Tonight after the sun set from another 104 degree day I enjoyed a pour of Beam Devil's Cut accompanied by a La Flor Dominicana Double Legero. That hit the spot but I am so ready for winter. It's been over 100 degrees for so long with no rain I've quit counting.

G.H.Adams
07-21-2011, 22:41
After the sun set on another over 100 degree day I enjoyed some AAA 10 y/o with an Alec Bradley Prensado on my front porch. The AAA was good but the cigar was only so so. It burned uneven and constantly went out.

I don't think I will buy anymore Prensado's.

barturtle
07-21-2011, 23:06
After the sun set on another over 100 degree day I enjoyed some AAA 10 y/o with an Alec Bradley Prensado on my front porch. The AAA was good but the cigar was only so so. It burned uneven and constantly went out.

I don't think I will buy anymore Prensado's.

Was it perhaps a humid evening? I've never had any problems with the Prensados.

Vange
07-22-2011, 11:10
Olive G Maduro churchills, love them with any drink port, cognac, bournon smsw...they are really well priced though and more mild-med than they might look as they are a dark cigar!

G.H.Adams
07-22-2011, 22:21
The humidity was not bad last night. The Prensado had been resting in my humidor for a week at 70 percent. This evening I pulled a Macanudo Cafe from my humidor and had no problems with an uneven burn or the cigar having to be relit. It may have been a bad stick.

Happyhour24x7
07-26-2011, 05:23
Been so hot and miserable I haven't been outside to smoke. Now that we got a little relief, I pulled an Ashton VSG out of the "special" humidor to cap off a really nice weekend. Damn close to the perfect cigar.

clingman71
07-26-2011, 19:17
My son is at Ft Benning right now. It has been awhile since I've received a letter, stressful as a parent. Decided to pull out one of my favs tonight to relax a bit. Padron anniversario maduro. Poured a little of my PHC10 to go along. Even at barrel strength, the PHC's sweetness and smoothness is being a little overshadowed by the padron's full flavor. But it it is slight, and I realize I'm nitpicking. They are both excellent.

DeanSheen
07-26-2011, 21:03
I had a 5 vegas gold 5 x 5.5. Beehh. Not much taste or flavor, I got a tiny bit in the bottom 3rd but other than that was not much to the stick.

I find myself in the newbie lurch caught between those that talk about buying value find sticks and resting them for a decent amount of time and looking for things I really like and contemplating some boutique brand purchases.

I have bought way to many Connecticuts and have really only enjoyed a few.

I'm looking forward to an internet order I have coming next week with some Diesel Unholy Cocktails. I have 5 601 Maduros I grabbed last week that I have yet to try.

Rambling, PWD. Night all!

clingman71
07-26-2011, 21:17
Sounds like some cigar international cigars.5V golds are pretty mild, but good for walking 18 in the heat. The gold maduros and classics are a little closer to medium body. The black label "A" and "AAA" are fuller.

DeanSheen
07-26-2011, 21:50
Sounds like some cigar international cigars.5V golds are pretty mild, but good for walking 18 in the heat. The gold maduros and classics are a little closer to medium body. The black label "A" and "AAA" are fuller.

I've had the classic, gold, A, and Miami.

The only one I have liked so far is the A. The Miami has too much black pepper.

I've lost a few bids on the AAA though I expect I'll overpay slightly for a few singles to give those a try. They sound good.

I have not seen the gold maduro's. I'll have to look for them.

I do like the Padilla 1948 Especiall's they have had going lately. I won a five pack and they were pretty good so I popped for a 20 mazzo.

So far in my journey my favorite smoke has been the Oliva Serie V double roubusto. I'm guessing it was the combination of the taste of the sungrown wrapper and the ligero for the kick. I'm off to the local to get a few more of those to test my theory.

I'm really curious about the R Patel Maduro box pressed 2nds @ Holts.

G.H.Adams
07-26-2011, 23:28
This evening after the sun went down I enjoyed a A. Fuente Signature Hemingway with a pour of VOB BIB. I have a box of Fuente 858 Lonsdale to be delivered on the 27th. It's a pain to have to order everything.

Clingman71, my son is also at Ft. Benning. I just got his mailing address so I can write to him.
Hope your son is well.

Happyhour24x7
07-27-2011, 04:17
I agree with the comments on the 5 Vegas above, with the addition that their yearly "limitada" release is consistently one of my favorites. As far as the Patel seconds from Holts, do you know what line they are from? I would encourage caution here depending on how discounted they are. I am a pretty big fan of most of the Patel smokes, but I bought a box of one of their "exclusively for Holts" blends ( I think it was Ocean something) and they are average at best. If the seconds are one of the proprietary blends, I personally would pass. If they're from the vintage line or decade, might be a great buy.
Keep us posted if you pull the trigger.

clingman71
07-27-2011, 05:45
This evening after the sun went down I enjoyed a A. Fuente Signature Hemingway with a pour of VOB BIB. I have a box of Fuente 858 Lonsdale to be delivered on the 27th. It's a pain to have to order everything.

Clingman71, my son is also at Ft. Benning. I just got his mailing address so I can write to him.
Hope your son is well.



Thanks Greg. I got his mailing address last week. I've received one letter so far, and find myself writing everyday. I've been the young kid in the Army,and now the parent. Being the parent is far harder. Hope your son is also well.


We are all looking forward to trip down to Ft Benning for family day and graduation, maybe the return trip afterward will result in some dusties to help with the stress.

Todd

DeanSheen
07-27-2011, 07:04
I agree with the comments on the 5 Vegas above, with the addition that their yearly "limitada" release is consistently one of my favorites. As far as the Patel seconds from Holts, do you know what line they are from? I would encourage caution here depending on how discounted they are. I am a pretty big fan of most of the Patel smokes, but I bought a box of one of their "exclusively for Holts" blends ( I think it was Ocean something) and they are average at best. If the seconds are one of the proprietary blends, I personally would pass. If they're from the vintage line or decade, might be a great buy.
Keep us posted if you pull the trigger.

What I have read on these is that supposedly they were sitting in a warehouse for 3 years in boxes for either a special order or a promo that fell through. They are different from the regular line in that they are box pressed and it would stand to reason that they have more age on them if the back story is to be believed.

I have been hesitant to jump into the RP pool since some seem to think the brand is overextended. OTOH I do like that they have regular lines. The more I learn about cigars the more I keep coming back to the idea that there has to be something in the middle of Boutique and Mass Market.

G.H.Adams
07-27-2011, 22:04
Tonight I am enjoying several pours of Old Fitz BIB. It goes well with the A. Fuente 858 Lonsdale that were delivered today.

Clingman71

I am waiting for a letter from my son and I agree being the parent of a young man in the Army is stressful. The last phone call I received from him he sounded like he was really enjoying it. That's a big change from High School when I had to kick him out of bed so he would get to school on time.:rolleyes:

I believe graduation is October 14th.

clingman71
07-28-2011, 09:21
Greg, my son's graduation is also Oct 14. He is alpha co, 2 bn, 330 in, 1st platoon. I plan on making the trip down to ft Benning. If you like, we can plan on meeting and pouring a toast to our sons, and all the soldiers for that matter.

Todd

Happyhour24x7
07-28-2011, 20:45
Robert, I highly recommend several of the RP lines, especially the vintage '90 and '92 and the Decades. There is one more I really like, but can't recall the name. It's just the Holt exclusives that didn't really do it for me.

G.H.Adams
07-28-2011, 21:54
Tonight I am enjoying a A. Fuente 858 Lonsdale with several pours of Eagle Rare 10 y/o.

clingmam71

My son is also in A Company 2nd BN 330th Infantry Division. His name is Jason Adams #301. It would be a kick if the kids were in the same barracks.

DeanSheen
07-28-2011, 23:04
Robert, I highly recommend several of the RP lines, especially the vintage '90 and '92 and the Decades. There is one more I really like, but can't recall the name. It's just the Holt exclusives that didn't really do it for me.

Thanks for that recommendation. I have not had any RP stuff. Between your post and Clingmans right after with the AF 858, well, I have been staring for 2 days on the monster site that has had a six pack of Maduros for $21 shipped: 2 RP, 2 Oliva O , 2 AF 858.

I swear I'll but that one next time. And I put in my cart two days ago for $20 shipped a 5 pack of the Jaime Garcia Maduro Robusto's but the clock went to the next hour and they jacked the price.

So now I know.

Happyhour24x7
07-29-2011, 03:53
What site are you using? If I order online, I usually use Cigars International; they have pretty good selections of mixed combo packs. They usually offer more name brand cigars than say JR's or Thompsons.

DeanSheen
07-29-2011, 08:55
What site are you using? If I order online, I usually use Cigars International; they have pretty good selections of mixed combo packs. They usually offer more name brand cigars than say JR's or Thompsons.

When I say Cigar Monster I mean the daily deals site of Famous. From 11 - 12 each day they have deals up in the a.m. and p.m. hours.

Famous has a few more options than CI. I have been using the auction side of CI as well, Cigar Bid. I have kept that pretty much under control with my biggest newbie mistake of ordering too many 5 Vegas sticks. That really is not such a big deal as I paid less than $3 ea for all of them but if you don't really like them, not much point in buying them............

clingman71
07-29-2011, 09:49
I don't understand the 5V haters. Is it an excellent cigar, maybe not. But they are solid, and inexpensive especially when purchaded on CIs daily deal with free shipping. I'd love to drink Pappy 20 and smoke Opus Xs everyday, but that just isnt going to happen. Most days it is a 5V and some BT or OWA.

DeanSheen
07-29-2011, 15:21
I don't understand the 5V haters. Is it an excellent cigar, maybe not. But they are solid, and inexpensive especially when purchaded on CIs daily deal with free shipping. I'd love to drink Pappy 20 and smoke Opus Xs everyday, but that just isnt going to happen. Most days it is a 5V and some BT or OWA.

I had 3 different vitolas of the 5V gold. Completely tasteless. Might as well have rolled up some writing paper.

So since I value taste as a quality I feel like my money is wasted when I buy them.

In my experience the 5V Golds and Reds are more like Beam White than BT or OWA.

I do like the 5V A and I have 3 of the 5V AAA coming to try. I thought the 5V Miami were ok, I'm just not into smoking black pepper as a predominant flavor.

Vosgar
07-29-2011, 22:55
Had my first 5V Gold tonight, bought in a sampler from CI, along with some WSR. Unfortunately, both were mediocre.

G.H.Adams
07-30-2011, 22:18
Tonight I am having a Fuente Hemingway Short Story with several pours of Four Roses Small Batch.

I just placed an order for a box of Hoyo De Monterrey Excalibur Maduro Robusto's. I have only had one of the Excalibers before so I am looking forward to August 3rd when they will be delivered.

G.H.Adams
07-31-2011, 21:53
Today I placed an order with CI for their Gurkha Cigarnivore III sampler. It contains 18 different Gurkha sticks. It should also arrive on the 3rd.:cool:

Tonight I'm having a Fuente 858 with some AAA 10 y/o.

clingman71
08-02-2011, 19:09
Graycliff 1666 and Devil's Cut.

DeanSheen
08-02-2011, 21:28
Yesterday I had a Oliva Serie V Lancero

Tonight it was CAO Gold Maduro Corona

I prefer the Oliva. The CAO is not bad, just not as rich.

G.H.Adams
08-04-2011, 22:40
My orders arrived safe and sound. I am having a three finger pour of Devil's Cut with a Gurkha Titan. Great way to close out the night.

clingman71
08-06-2011, 15:04
Cork N Bottle SB Weller 12 and a Padilla Hybrid

clingman71
08-06-2011, 23:08
Tonight became one of those nights. Second cigar 5V classic 555, and a large quantity of ORVW 10/90.