Verdadero Organic - 4/28/2010

Posted: Wednesday, April 28, 2010
Verdadero Organic, torpedo 6x52.  Mild mellow smoke, no distinguishing flavor.  Grassy and smooth to begin with, turning a little harsh toward the end.  Difficult draw.

Paired with vodka bloody mary.

Chilly 50 degrees.

5 Vegas Cask Strength II - 4/27/2010

Posted: Tuesday, April 27, 2010
5 Vegas Cask Strength  II, toro 6x52.  Bold pepper and slight spice on the light, then settles into average flavor of mild spiciness to the nub.  Above average cigar with woody cedar notes.

Paired with Amstel light lager.

55 cool degrees.

Oliva Serie G Maduro - 4/26/2010

Posted: Monday, April 26, 2010

Oliva Serie G Maduro Belicoso, 5x52.  Strong pepper taste prelight.  Pepper and chocolate for first inch or so, then mellowing into chocolate and cedar flavors. Finger burner, a very very good cigar.

Paired with Amstel Light lager.

71 degrees but seemed colder.

Gurkha Legend - 4/25/2010

Gurkha Legend Toro 6x50.  Strong spice, light pepper, huge flavor.  This is a fantastic burn and great flavored smoke.  Despite the hot spiciness, it is never overwhelming or harsh.  Flavor is great right to the finger burning nub.  Nice smoke.  One of my favorites.

Paired with 2007 Dr. Loosen Riesling Kabinett Blue Slate ... paired nicely the Riesling went well with the spice of the cigar.

83 degrees on a warm evening.

5 Vegas Gold - 4/25/2010

5 Vegas Gold No. 1, 7.5x54.  Huge cigar, very mild but flavorful.  Makes for a great after breakfast cigar when you don't want anything too bold.  Despite being very smooth and mild, it has huge smoke and pleasant flavor of cinnamon and tobacco.

Paired with Kirkland Starbucks house blend coffee.

80 warm degrees, beautiful late morning.

CAO Gold Maduro - 4/23/2010

CAO Gold Maduro, Corona gorda 6.5x50.  Mild body, but good flavor.  No spice or sweetness, but pleasant creamy tobacco taste.  Pretty average.

Paired with The Macallan 12 year old single malt.

Sunset in Kauai.

Tatuaje Cojonu 2003 - 4/23/2010

Tatuaje Cojonu 2003, 6.5x52,  Well made and delicious aroma.  Full bodied but very measured spice and pepper.  Earthy and leathery throughout a very nuanced burn.  Excellent, albeit pricey, cigar.

Paired with Domaine Carneros Brut Rosé Cuvée de la Pompadour champagne.  Smoked salmon and smoked ahi on the table.

Clear noon at Kauai.

Alec Bradley Tempus - 4/22/2010

Alec Bradley Tempus, Quadrum, 5.5x55.  Smooth perfectly balanced smoke, tons of smoke, spice and a little pepper.  My favorite cigar.

Paired with way too many mai tai's.

Warm night in Kauai.

Padron 1964 Anniversary Series - 4/22/2010

Posted: Sunday, April 25, 2010
Padron 1964 Anniversary Series Natural Imperial, 6x54.  Smooth off the light, with chocolate, cedar, and mellow tobacco flavors.  Remained smooth and nutty, very enjoyable flavor throughout.  Ended with creamy goodness and excellent spicy flavor.  Perfect burn.  An excellent cigar.

Paired with Dom Perignon 2000 champagne.

Warm lovely sunset in Kauai.

CAO The Sopranos Boss - 4/22/2010

CAO The Sopranos Boss, 7x56. Strong cocoa and coffee flavor off the light. Very spicy with hints of black cherry and cedar.  Long perfectly balanced smoke.  A very enjoyable and very good cigar.

Paired with Hinano Beer.

Afternoon in Kauai.

Tatiana Mocha - 4/21/2010

Posted: Thursday, April 22, 2010
Tatiana Mocha, caramely 6x50.  After dinner dessert.  Chocolate infused.  Tasty.

Paired with The Macallan 12 year single malt scotch.

Warm night in Kauai.

La Herencia Cubana Oscuro Fuerte - 4/21/2010


La Herencia Cubana Oscuro Fuerte, salomon 7.1x58. Huge flavor bomb.  Strong spice and pepper that mellows into a huge flavorful spicey smoke.  One of the best.

Paired with mai tai.

Late afternoon in Kauai.

Graycliff Double Espresso - 4/21/2010

Graycliff Double Espresso, 4.5x54.  Strong cocoa and spice.  Very nicely balanced but full bodied and full of spice.  Smokes strong to the  nub.  A finger burner.

Paired with The Macallan 12 single malt scotch.

Afternoon in Kauai.

Isla Del Sol Toro - 4/21/2010

Isla Del Sol Toro, 6x52.   Sweet coffee notes, mild and full of smoke for breakfast.

Paired with Kauai Coffee.

Morning in Kauai.

Partagas Decada Limited Reserve Anual - 4/20/2010

Partagas Decada Limited Reserve Anual, 5.5x50.  Creamy and toasty, surprisingly mild and smooth.

Paired with The Macallan 12 year single malt.

Sunset in Kauai.

5 Vegas Triple-A - 4/20/2010

5 Vegas Triple-A, 5x56. Strong spice, oily chocolate and coffee, and pepper off the light.  Mellows into a chocolately nutty toasty flavor but maintains the strong spice to the end.  An absolutely great cigar.

Paired with mai tais.

Afternoon in Kauai.

Arturo Fuente God of Fire - 4/20/2010

Arturo Fuente God of Fire, 2006 Double Robusto by Carlito 5.7x50.  Very smooth balanced toast flavor.  Incredibly expensive but there are better less expensive cigars out there.

Paired with The Macallan 12 year old single malt scotch.

Late morning in Kauai.

Cabaiguan by Tatuaje - 4/20/2010

Posted: Wednesday, April 21, 2010
Cabaiguan by Tatuaje, robustos extra, 5.2x50.  Smooth smoke, not too spicy, very flavorful and creamy.  Very nice.

Paired with 100% Kauai Coffee from the Kaui Coffee Company.

Warm morning in Kauai.

Arganese ML3 - 4/19/2010

Arganese ML3, robusto 5x50.  Spice and pepper off the light, well balanced.  Very nice for an inexpensive cigar.

Paired with ice water.

Warm night in Kauai.

Joya de Nicaragua Antaño 1970 - 4/19/2010

Joya de Nicaragua Antaño 1970, consul 4.5x52.  Strong spice and light pepper, robust full body.  Very nice smoke.

Paired with The Macallan 12 year single malt scotch.

Warm sunset in Kauai.

Rocky Patel Decade - 4/19/2010

Posted: Tuesday, April 20, 2010
Rocky Patel Decade, toro 6.5x52.  Fabulous chocolate and slight sweet spice off the light, mellows into creamy tobacco flavor.  Meduim to bold, never overpowering.  Smooth as velvet.  Great smoke.

Paired with The Macallan 12 year single malt.

Gorgeous afternoon in Kauai.

Diesel - 4/19/2010

Diesel, torpedo 5x56.  Strong pepper quickly mellows into complex spice.  Wonderful smoke.

Paired with POG Mai Tai.

Afternoon in Kauai.

Ashton VSG - 4/19/2010

Ashton VSG, torpedo 6.5x55.  Strong bold flavors, light spices and tobacco flavors.  Very smooth becoming toasty and nutty in the last third.  Very nice cigar.

Paired with POG mai tais....the best mai tai's I've ever had (Passion Orange Guava drink with Captain Morgan and Myers Rum, Grand Marnier, lemon, lime, maraschino cherry and pineapple).

Afternoon in Kauai.

CAO Cameroon - 4/19/2010

CAO Cameroon, 5x50.  Smooth with vanilla and cedar nuttiness.

Paired with Kauai Coffee after macadamia nut banana pancakes.

Morning in Kauai.

Tatiana Mocha - 4/19/2010

Tatiana Mocha, caramely 6x50.  Morning chocolate goodness.

Paired with Kauai Coffee.

Morning in Kauai.

Tatuaje series P - 4/18/2010

Tatuaje series P, robusto 5x50. Opens with spice and floral flavors, lavender, strong spice and light pepper, then mellow nutty and cherry torward the end.Great flavor.

Paired with Captain Morgan rum.

Evening in Kauai.

Camacho Pre Embargo - 4/18/2010

Camacho Pre Embargo, 6x48. Strong tobacco, pepper, spice, but settles nicely into a solid smoke with chocolate notes at the end.

Paired with Captain Morgans Rum and coke.

Perfect weather in Kauai.

Alec Bradley Tempus - 4/17/2010

Posted: Saturday, April 17, 2010
Alec Bradley Tempus, Quadrum, 5.5x55.  Just a great cigar, balanced spices and slight pepper.  Huge sweet spice and mild pepper to the end.  One of the best cigars out there.

Paired with Bud Light Lime.

73 warm degrees on a beautiful afternoon.

Tatiana Mocha Stabona - 4/17/2010

Tatiana Mocha Stabona, 5x58.  Coffee and chocolate infused cigar, usually a great breakfast cigar.  Strong chocolate aroma but very mild chocolate flavor in the smoke.  Smoked this one wet and had severe tunneling problems which required constant touch up.

Paired with Dominican Santo Domingo coffee.

63 degrees on a warm morning.

La Herencia Cubana Oscuro Fuerte - 4/16/2010

Posted: Friday, April 16, 2010
La Herencia Cubana Oscuro Fuerte, belicoso, 5x56.  Strong pepper and spice off the light. Quickly settles into complex spice and light pepper. Oily wrapper burns evenly.  Finishes off with cocoa, slight pepper and spicy goodness.  A great cigar, as always.

Paired with ice water.

72 degrees on a warm evening.

Gurkha Park Avenue - 4/16/2010

Gurkha Park Avenue, torpedo 6.2x52.  Simple cedar and tobacco flavor through the first half, then getting a little charcoal and cream.  A little harsh.  Not a great cigar.

Paired with a Heineken light beer.

73 degrees on beautiful Friday afternoon.

Isla del Sol - 4/16/2010

Isla del Sol, toro 6x52.  Good sweet breakfast cigar, strong coffee and slight chocolate notes last throughout the  mild tobacco flavor smoke.  Creamy and nice cigar from Drew Estates.

Paired with Dominican Santo Domingo coffee after oatmeal pancakes.

62 degrees on a warm morning.

Padron 1964 Anniversary Series - 4/15/2010

Posted: Thursday, April 15, 2010
Padron 1964 Anniversary Series Natural Torpedo, 6x52.  Nice cigar, maybe not as crazy good as the hype and fame it has achieved, but nice.  Started off creamy and oh so smooth.  A inch or so in picked up in strength, with strong cocoa and a little spice.  Remained chocolatey and smooth, with earth, cedar, and balanced spice as it got bolder through the middle, finishing in a coffee, cocoa and creamy smooth last third.  A little bitterness crept in toward the end.  Very good.

Paired with Ardbeg Uigeadail.

68 warm calm degrees on a fine evening.

Oliva Serie 'V' - 4/14/2010

Posted: Wednesday, April 14, 2010
Oliva Serie 'V', torpedo 6x56.  What can you say?  This is one of the best cigars in the world.  Huge spice and pepper off the light, quickly settling into a spice bomb for the first few inches.  Then notes of chocolate, spice and wood half way through.  Strong pepper on the exhale through the nose.  Extraordinary chocolate and coffee flavor to the finger burnin' nub.  Full power but very balanced.  A must smoke even if you like medium or mild cigars.

Paired with Guinness draught.

63 warm degrees on a windless beautiful evening.

Partagas Decada Limited Reserve Anual - 4/13/2010

Posted: Tuesday, April 13, 2010
Partagas Decada Limited Reserve Anual, 5.5x50.  Nice cameroon wrapper, typical Partagas quality.  Well made and nice presentation in glass tube.  Mild off the light and throughout, no discernible flavor other that slight nuttiness for most of smoke.  Last third turns a little bolder, with nice cedar and nut flavors.  The smoke stays mild with nice subtle flavor on the exhale. Not at all complex, but enjoyable.  Hugely overpriced.

Paired with Ardbeg Airigh Nam Beist.

60 degrees with no wind.