Gurkha Legend Aniversario Perfecto - 4/5/2013

Posted: Friday, April 5, 2013
Gurkha Legend Aniversario Perfecto, 6x60, aged 3 years in the humidor.  Nice cigar, woody, and nutty.  Smooth smoke, recommended.

Paired with Germain-Robin Single Barrel Brandy.  Made from Pinot Noir grapes, very concentrated, smooth, dry.  Wow, this is a fantastic cognac.

Cool 65 degree evening, rain on the horizon.

Vindicator - 02/16/2013

Posted: Saturday, February 16, 2013
Vindicator, toro, 6x50.  By Oliva cigars.  Comes out kicking, but settles into a nice cigar.  Half way through it is smooth with a little pepper.  Not too strong, but more than medium.  Nice.

Paired with The Macallan 15 year Single Malt.  Sweet and smooth, very mellow  ... one of the best scotches you can find, at Costco of all places.

65 degrees on a warm winter evening.

Arturo Fuente Don Carlos - 02/15/2013

Arturo Fuente Don Carlos, Double Robusto, 5.75x52.  This is a great cigar.  Slighty sweet with taste of nuts and some spice.  Perfectly smooth, nice tobacco smoke flavor.  Has been in my humidor for about 2 years. 

Paired with The Yamazaki 18 year Single Malt. Smooth as silk, nuts and bit of honey ... a nice scotch.

63 degrees on a warm beautiful winter afternoon.

601 Green Habano Oscuro - 12/02/2012

Posted: Sunday, December 2, 2012
601 Green Habano Oscuro, trabuca 6.25x58. Mild off the light, slight pepper and spice for a bit, then mellowing (but still bold) into a flavorful sweet spiciness. This is a strong and rich cigar, packed with smoke and flavor. Huge thing, one of those cigars you can feel in your gut.  Don't smoke on a empty stomach. A great cigar.

Paired with Blue Moon Harvest Pumpkin Ale and sardines.

60 degrees after a huge wet rainy storm.

Cusano 18 Paired Maduro - 11/24/2012

Posted: Saturday, November 24, 2012
Cusano 18  Robusto -  Paired Maduro 5.0" x 50.  Very mellow and smooth.  Nice burn.   Decent cigar.  18 year aged filler

Paired with Ron Diplomatico from Venezuela.

Warm 65 degrees in San Diego.

La Herencia Cubana Oscuro Fuerte - 10/16/2012

Posted: Tuesday, October 16, 2012
La Herencia Cubana Oscuro Fuerte, Robusto 5.5" x 54.  Delicious dark chewy meaty flavor, Pennsylvania broadleaf wrapper.  Excellent aged cigar.  One of my favorites still.

Paired with Blue Moon Harvest Pumpkin Ale.

Warm 83 degrees on a breezeless night.

Perdomo Habano Corojo - 10/14/2012

Posted: Sunday, October 14, 2012
Perdomo Habano Corojo Robusto, 5x52. Aged in the humidor for 2 1/2 years, wicked nice spice and pepper.  Very nice cigar, probably can age longer.  The cellophane was deep rust color and the pre-light aroma was arousing.

Paired with 2007 Rosenblum Alexander Valley Harris Kratka Vineyard Zinfandel.  Nicely aged Zin.

73 degrees, windless perfect evening.

Tabantillas Romeros Natural - 09/10/2012

Posted: Sunday, September 16, 2012
Tabantillas (a gift from a friend - I believe it to be a Tabantillas Romeros Natural, 4.5x52).  Fast burning well built.  Kept an even burn and tight ash.  Flavor was unremarkable except for a slight tar taste for the first two thirds.

Paired with a super slug of the incredible Ron Zacapa.

Warm night, 83 degrees.

Gurkha Blue Steel - 05/03/2011

Posted: Sunday, June 12, 2011
Gurkha Blue Steel, torpedo, 6.5 x 53.  This is a great meaty cigar.  Light spice, medium pepper.  Wonderfully balanced oily maduro.  This is a really great great cigar.  Compares with some of the best.

Paired with 2009 Sterling Vineyards Mendocino County Sauvignon Blanc.

Warm in Kauai.

Tatiana Mocha - 05/03/2011

Tatiana Mocha,  Caramely, 6x50.  My favorite breakfast cigar.  Goes very well with coffee.

Paired with Kona Coffee.

Warm in Kauai.

Gurkha Legend - 05/01/2011

Gurkha Legend, robusto 5x50. Nice balanced strong pepper and spice throughout this smoke.  A great little cigar. 

Paired with 2007 Norton Malbec.

Warm in Kauai at 9:00pm.

Isla del Sol - 05/01/2011

Isla del Sol, Gran Corona 5.0" x 44.  Usually a breakfast cigar, but enjoyed in the evening while preparing dinner.

Paired with Koloa Kaua'i Gold Hawaiian Rum.

Warm in Kauai.

Padron 1964 Anniversary - 05/01/2011

Padron 1964 Anniversary Series Natural Imperial, 6x54. Very smooth full of creamy woody flavors.  An excellent cigar.

Paired with 2002 Dom Perignon Champagne.  Probably my favorite champagne.

Warm in Kauai.

Camacho Triple Maduro - 05/01/2011

Camacho Triple Maduro, robusto 4.5x50.  Strong, meaty and chewy with spice and pepper throughout.  Very oily.  This is a great little cigar.

Paired with Koloa Kaua'i Gold Hawaiian Rum.  This Koloa Rum is fantastic.

Warm in Kauai.

Tatiana Mocha - 05/01/2011

Tatiana Mocha, Caramely, Caramely, 6x50.  Good breakfast cigar.

Paired with Kona Coffee.

Warm in Kauai.

Isla del Sol - 04/30/2011

Posted: Saturday, June 11, 2011
Isla del Sol, Gran Corona 5.0" x 44.  Mild, some coffee flavor.  Usually I smoke this with breakfast, but this night I had a nice cabernet left over from a steak dinner.

Paired with 2006 Silver Oak Alexander Valley Cabernet Sauvignon.

Warm in Kauai.

Cruzado - 04/30/2011

Cruzado Marios Churchill, 7 x 47.  Balanced spice with a nutty tobacco flavor.  Pretty good.

Paired with The Macallan 12 year.

Warm in Kauai.

CAO Sopranos - 04/30/2011

Posted: Friday, May 13, 2011
CAO The Sopranos Boss, 7x56. Cocoa and coffee flavor to start. Very spicy with hints of black cherry and cedar. Long perfectly balanced smoke. Excellent cigar, compares well to most more expensive maduros.

Paired with 2002 Louis Roederer Cristal.  Pretty dang good champagne but horribly overpriced.

Warm in Kauai.

Man O' War - 04/29/2011

Man O' War, toro 6.5x52.  Nice spice and oaky flavor.  Smooth but strong.

Paired with Risata Moscato d'Asti.  Sweet.

Warm in Kauai.

La Herencia Cubana Oscuro Fuerte - 04/28/2011

La Herencia Cubana Oscuro Fuerte, Robusto 5.5" x 54.  Delicious dark chewy flavor, Pennsylvania broadleaf wrapper.  Excellent cigar.

Paired with Schramsberg Mirabelle Brut Rose Champagne. 

Warm in Kauai.

Tatiana Mocha - 04/28/2011

Posted: Sunday, May 1, 2011
Tatiana Mocha, Caramely, 6x50.  Mild chocolate fudge aroma for breakfast.

Paired with Kauai Coffee.

79 degrees in Kauai.

Alec Bradley Tempus - 04/27/2011

Alec Bradley Tempus, Terra Novo, robusto, 5.0" x 50.  One of the best values in the cigar world.  Excellent cigar, beautiful flavor and aroma.

Paired with Koloa Kaua'i Dark Hawaiian Rum.

84 degrees in Kauai..

Isla Del Sol - 04/16/2011

Posted: Thursday, April 28, 2011
Isla Del Sol, Gran Corona 5.0" x 44.   Nice little sweetened after dinner cigar.

Paired with 2009 Kosta Browne Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir.

66 degrees in Sacramento.

Perdomo Habano Corojo - 04/16/2010

Perdomo  Habano Corojo Robusto, 5x52.  Nice lighter spice and smooth flavor.  Nice cigar.

Paired with 2007 Chasseeur Blank, 2008 Kanzler Sonoma Coast, and 2009 Kosta Browne Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir(s).  Three fantastic Pinots.

71 degrees in Sacramento.

Diesel - 04/15/2011

Posted: Friday, April 15, 2011
Diesel, torpedo, 5x56.  Spicy, peppery off the light.  Maintains a wonderful spicy flavor throughout a smooth burn.  This is a fantastic cigar.

Paired with 2006 Royal Tokaji 5 Puttonyos.  This is a sweet wine that has nice acidity. Very flavorful.

69 degrees on a warm evening.

Fumas - 04/10/2011

Posted: Sunday, April 10, 2011

Fumas, Torpedo 6.1" x 52.  Very soft lightly packed cigar, medium flavor. Slightly sweet, average tobacco flavor.  Nothing special.

Paired with Effen Vodka and Moutain Dew.  After a dinner of large scallops sauteed with leeks and Capay Valley Sparkling Viognier (a fantastic inexpensive champagne grown and bottled just up I-505 from me).

61 degrees on a cool evening.

Tatiana Mocha - 04/10/2011


Tatiana Mocha, Caramely, 6x50. Fudge aroma, mild, nearly non-existent but chocolate and espresso taste. Great breakfast cigar however.

Paired with Meyer Lemon pancakes and Eight O'Clock Bokar blend coffee.  This is an excellent soft tasty inexpensive coffee!

59 degrees and warming.

5 Vegas Classic - 04/09/2011

Posted: Saturday, April 9, 2011
5 Vegas Classic, double corona 6x48. Mild but flavorful leather and herbal hints. Creamy throughout, nice grassiness. Good cigar.

Paired with 2004 Banfi Brunello di Montalcino.  A great vintage.

66 degrees on a mild afternoon.

5 Vegas Triple A - 03/29/2011

Posted: Tuesday, March 29, 2011
5 Vegas AAA,  5x56,  aged over 1 year.  After a winter of sketchy weather, it is time to head back outside and start smoking again.  This maduro has aged magnificantly.  It was a great cigar before, and with a little time in the humidor it has become fantastic.  Strong barnyard odor, smooth as silk, meaty and chocolate.  Mild spiciness, quite a bit of pepper still with strong gut kick.  Great.

Paired with Greg Norman Sparkling Pinot Noir, Chardonnay and Pinot Meunier.  A really nice inexpensive champagne.

69 degrees on a beautiful dry day.

La Herencia Cubana Oscuro Fuerte - 12/19/2010

Posted: Wednesday, December 22, 2010
La Herencia Cubana Oscuro Fuerte, Robusto 5.5" x 54.  Consistently nice cigar, I have smoked many of them.  Pepper and spice, in a nice strong blend.  Never overwhelming.

Paired with 2000 Robert Mondavi Reserve Cabernet Saugivnon.  A very very good Cab!

58 degrees on the first decent evening in awhile.

Tierra de Sol - 12/12/2010

Posted: Monday, December 13, 2010
Tierra del Sol, box pressed Torpedo, 6.1x54.  Average tobacco flavor with some cocoa and coffee flavor.  Not very spicy.  Not as harsh as some of these I've smoked before, perhaps due to aging.

Paired with Boyds Gourmet Medallion coffee.

61 degrees on a cold damp morning.

Diesel Unlimited - 12/11/2010


Diesel Unlimited, d,7, Churchill 7x58.  Big new Diesel, but very disappointing.  Harsh and tarry off the light, stayed pretty harsh throughout, finally mellowing a bit a the end.  This was smoked 5 days off the truck, and is very young, may need a bit of time aging.  All in all a poor smoke considering the excellent Diesel Unholy Cocktail's excellence.

Paired with 2007 Londer Dry Gewürztraminer.  An excellent dry white wine!

59 degrees on a cold damp afternoon.

Isla del Sol - 12/05/2010

Posted: Sunday, December 5, 2010
Isla del Sol, Gran Corona 5.0" x 44.  Small coffee infused and sweetened cigar, smokes very mild with a lot of smoke.  Nice for breakfast.

Paired with Western Family Distinct Selection French Roast Coffee after malted pancakes.

53 degrees on a soggy morning.

5 Vegas 'A' - 11/28/2010

Posted: Monday, November 29, 2010
5 Vegas Series 'A' , Anomaly petite corona 4.5" x 44.  Small, sweet spice, some pepper but mostly a raisiny sweet spice throughout.  Really nice little cigar.

Paired with Oban 14 year single malt scotch.

41 degrees on a very cold evening.

Sol Cubano Cuban Cabinet - 11/27/2010

Posted: Saturday, November 27, 2010
Sol Cubano Cuban Cabinet, Magnum 6.0" x 50.  Nutty wood and slight spice flavor.  OK cigar, especially at a low price.

Paired with Ron Zacapa Centenario Reserva 23 Años rum.

Very cold afternoon

Partagas Black - 11/25/2010

Posted: Thursday, November 25, 2010
Partagas Black, Cabinet De Cincuenta 747, 7.0" x 47.  Slight pepper, cocoa and spice in a nice maduro Partagas.  A very good cigar.

Paired with Oban 14 year single malt scotch.

Cold afternoon.

Cain Maduro - 11/25/2010

Cain Maduro, robusto 5.7x50.   Spice, pepper and great flavor.  A really good cigar.

Paired with Vicomte de Castellane Champagne.

43 degrees on a cold cold Thanksgiving morning.

Gurkha Legend - 11/24/2010

Posted: Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Gurkha Legend, robusto 5x50.  Pepper and spice flavors that start strong and remain throughout the smoke.  These are very very fine cigars.

Paired with Western Family Distinct Selection French Roast Coffee.

Cold morning at Irish Beach.

Oliva Series 'V' - 11/23/2010

Posted: Tuesday, November 23, 2010
Oliva Series 'V', torpedo 6x56.  Pepper and spice, strong deep finish.  This is a cigar you feel in the gut.  A great great cigar.

Paired with Vicomte de Castellane Champagne.

Cold windy day at Irish Beach.

Tatiana Mocha - 11/23/2010

Tatiana Mocha, Caramely, 6x50.  Fudge aroma, mild taste.  Great breakfast cigar.

Paired with Western Family Distinct Selection French Roast Coffee.

Cold cold morning at Irish Beach.

Graycliff Turbo - 11/22/2010

Posted: Monday, November 22, 2010
Graycliff Turbo, torpedo 6x60.  Lot's of pepper and spice, stays strong throughout the smoke.  Very very nice smoke.

Paired with 2004 Rosenblum Rockpile Roads Vineyard Zinfandel.

Very cold and rainy at Irish Beach.

Alec Bradley Tempus - 11/22/2010

Alec Bradley Tempus, Quadrum 5.5x55. One of the best cigars for the money.  This is a fantastic spicy cigar, lots of flavors, fruity, woody, nutty.  Just fantastic.

Paired with 2000 Dom Perignon champagne.

Cold rainy afternoon in Irish Beach.

Tatiana Mocha - 11/22/2010

Tatiana Mocha, Caramely, 6x50.  Coffee, chocolate, a great aroma and very mild taste. My favorite breakfast cigar.

Paired with Dominican Santo Domingo coffee after sweet potato pancakes.

Still cold and rainy morning at Irish Beach.

Padron 1964 Anniversary Series - 11/21/2010

Posted: Sunday, November 21, 2010
Padron 1964 Anniversary Series Natural Imperial, 6x54.  Smooth woody, creamy, nice smoke.  Very expensive...there are other cigars as good out there.

Can't remember the wine we drank with this.

Cold cold night at Irish Beach.

Diesel - 11/21/2010

Diesel, torpedo, 5x56.  Great flavor of pepper, spice, perfectly balanced.  This is a great cigar.

Paired with wine.

Very very cold afternoon at Irish Beach.

Davidoff Puro d’Oro Deliciosos - 11/21/2010

Davidoff Puro d’Oro Deliciosos, 4 7/8 x 4.  Small great tasting smoke, mild with slight coffee/spice taste.  Nice little cigar but horribly expensive.

Paired with some wine.

Cold afternoon at Irish Beach.