Tatiana Mocha Stabona 2/28/2010

Posted: Sunday, February 28, 2010
Tatiana Mocha Stabona, 5x58, chocolately goodness with a cup of Dominican coffee after sweet potato pancakes.

Warm calm morning on the coast.

Isla del Sol Toro - 2/27/2010 late night

Isla Del Sol Toro, 6x52, sweetened tip, cocoa and coffee infused by Drew Estate.  Very mellow late evening smoke.

Paired with Rosenblum 2004 Richard Sauret Vineyard Zinfandel, one of my favorite wines.

Chilly but calm night on the coast.

Graycliff Turbo - 2/27/2010 late afternoon

Graycliff Turbo, 6x60.  Huge fat cigar, strong spice on the front and stays strong along the way. Nice smoke.

Paired with Rosenblum 2004 Rhodes Vineyard Petite Sirah and homemade crab cakes.

Gorgeous warm afternoon on the coast.

Oliva Serie 'V' - 2/27/2010 - early afternoon

Oliva Serie 'V'  -  Torpedo 6x56.  This is probably the best cigar I have ever had.  Smoked a few and they all knock me for a loop.  Strong over the top spice and extraordinary flavor.  Do not smoke one on an empty stomach!

Paired with Cristal 2002.

Gorgeous afternoon on the coast after a morning at the Mendocino Coast District Hospital.  Tsunami advisory and the waves were huge.  Coconut Pineapple pancakes for breakfast!

CAO L’Anniversaire Maduro - 2/26/2010

CAO  L’Anniversaire Maduro.  10th Anniversary 6x50.  This was one fantastic cigar.  Strong, beautifully made.  Smoked soft, spicy, well balanced.  Excellent.

Paired with Dom Perignon 2000.

Gorgeous warm calm evening on the coast, after a fantastic dinner (cioppino at the Albion River Inn).

Alec Bradley Select Cabinet Reserve - 2/26/2010 early pm

Alec Bradley Select Cabinet Reserve. Churchill. 7x48.  Excellent smoke, medium body, full of chewy smoke, another Alec Bradley favorite.

Paired with homemade Whiskey sour.

Rain stopped, Friday afternoon before dinner on the coast.

Alec Bradley Harvest '97 - 2/26/2010 - am

Alec Bradley Harvest '97, Robusto, 5x50.  Another great cigar from Alec Bradley.

Paired with The Macallan Single Highland Malt Scotch Whisky tasted side by side with Ardbeg Airigh Nam Beist.  The Macallan was the better of the two.

In the heavy rain on Friday morning, on the coast.

Tatiana Mocha Stabona 2/25/2010

Tatiana Mocha Stabona, 5x58, my favorite breakfast cigar.  Paired with Dominican coffee after blueberry pancakes.

Warm, calm morning on the coast.

Cu-Avana Intenso - 2/24/2010

Cu-Avana Intenso Torpedo, 6x54, wonderful strong robust smoke.  Strong spice yet smooth throughout.

Paired with Dom Perignon 2000, followed by Cooper Vineyards Dicembre Dessert Wine 2006.  Anniversary night!

Warm evening, calm winds, on the coast.

5 Vegas Series 'A' - 2/23/2010

Posted: Wednesday, February 24, 2010
5 Vegas Series 'A' Apocalypse, 6 x 58, dark oily spicy but super smooth maduro.  This is a fantastic goto cigar suitable for special occasions or every day.  Medium strength, but full of flavor, a little sweet, huge smoke.

Chandon Extra Dry Riche champagne after sushi.

Raining and cold 47 degrees out.

Oliva Serie O - 2/21/2010

Posted: Sunday, February 21, 2010
Oliva Serie O, Toro 6 x 50.  This is a fantastic cigar, one of the best at any price.  Nutty, smooth, slight mineral taste.  Perfect burn.  A great one.

Paired with Londer 2007 Corby Vineyard Chardonnay.  

Followed a quick dinner of lobster tail and crab cocktail.

51 chilly drizzly degrees.

5 Vegas Gold 2/20/2010

Posted: Saturday, February 20, 2010

5 Vegas Gold No. 1, huge 7.5x54.  Dependable very mild smoke, enjoyable everyday.
Paired with Amstel Light Lager.

57 chilly degrees, overcast.

Tierra del Sol - 2/19/2010


Tierra Del Sol Torpdedo, 6.1x54, mellow toasty smoothness, volumes of smoke.
Paired with blueberry pancakes, milk, and Dominican coffee.

56 degrees with the sun trying to break out of the overcast.

Tatiana Mocha - 2/19/2010

Posted: Friday, February 19, 2010
Breakfast with a nice chocolately Tatiana Mocha. 6x50.

Hoyo de Monterrey Excalibur No. 1 - 2/18/2010

Posted: Thursday, February 18, 2010
Hoyo de Monterrey Excalibur, No. 1, 7.5 x 52, nice start and very mellow. Pre-light aroma was fantastic.
Paired with Tattinger Brut champagne.

Gurkha Special Edition Black Puro - 2/17/2010

Posted: Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Gurkha Special Edition Black Puro Churchill, 7.5 x 52, started off with big bang of pepper and spice and immediately settled into a singularly cocoa and vanilla smoke. Huge entrance, boring stay.
Paired with an Imperial lager. Pura Vida!
65 degrees on the back patio, after a beautiful sunny day.

Perdomo Reserve Limited Oscuro - 2/16/2010

Posted: Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Perdomo Reserve Limited Oscuro Churchill, 7x50. Nice medium body, good burn, okay smoke. Nothing extraordinary.

Paired with a double pull of Ardbeg Uigeadail.

67 degree evening.

Gran Habano 3 Siglos - 2/15/2010

Posted: Monday, February 15, 2010

Gran Habano 3 Siglos Torpedo - 56 ring. Wonderful peppery start smooths out into nice smoke the rest of the way through.
Paired with Chimay Ale.

Sunny warm 66 degrees this afternoon.

Tatiana Mocha Stabona 2/15/10


After breakfast smoke, Tatiana Mocha has voluminous smoke, subtle coffee flavors with rich chocolate flavor and aroma. Cool burning in this large 58 ring size.

Pairs perfectly with Dominican coffee.

62 degrees out this late morning, sunny.

Tatiana Mocha Stabona 2/13/2010

Posted: Sunday, February 14, 2010
Dominican Coffee, sitting in the sun, 5x58

Isla del Sol Toro 2/14/10

6x52 ring. Morning smoke in the sunshine. 61 degrees. With a cup of Dominican coffee - Santo Domingo. Great morning smoke!