Rocky Patel Decade - 10/31/2010

Posted: Sunday, October 31, 2010
Rocky Patel Decade, Toro, 6.5x52.  Smooth creamy smoke for the first few inches, then kicks in with a little spice and pepper.  Balanced satisfying smoke throughout.  This a a great cigar.

Paired with 2004 Rosenblum Solano County England-Shaw Vineyard Syrah.

63 degrees on a calm sunny afternoon.

5 Vegas Gold - 10/31/2010

5 Vegas Gold, No. 1, 7.5x54. Mild spice, cinnamon, some cocoa.  Nice creamy smooth smoke, pairs well with coffee.

Paired with Dominican coffee after waffles.

51 degrees on a cold damp morning.

Gurkha Black Dragon - 10/26/2010

Posted: Wednesday, October 27, 2010
Gurkha Black Dragon, robusto 4.25 x 52.  Strong earth, spice, and leather from the start.  The same strong spice stayed throughout the short smoke.  Pretty good, I need to try the churchill to see if there is any complexity.

Paired with ice water.

60 degrees on a cold evening.

Alec Bradley Tempus - 10/25/2010

Alec Bradley Tempus, Quadrum 5.5x55. A great cigar, never disappoints.  Spicy cigar, all sorts of flavors, all over the board, fruits, nuts, cream, meaty tobacco.  This is an all time great cigar that matches nearly any at any price.

Paired with  Lagavulin 16 year old scotch.  This is an Islay scotch, smoky, peaty, and much smoother than Ardbeg 10 year or Uigeadail.

60 degrees out in the late afternoon, after a few rainy days.

Tatiana Mocha - 10/23/2010

Posted: Monday, October 25, 2010
Tatiana Mocha, Caramely, 6x50. Strong smell of fudgy chocolate.  This flavored cigar smokes quit a bit milder than it's aroma would suggest.  It pairs wonderfully with coffee and is delicious morning smoke.

Paired with Dominican coffee after blueberry pancakes.

54 degrees on a cold wet morning, snuck in a quick smoke before the rain. 

5 Vegas Series 'A' - 10/21/2010

5 Vegas Series 'A' ,  Anomaly petite corona 4.5" x 44. Very sweet spice, lots of pepper, and a dark chocolate flavor come through throughout the smoke.  Nice little cigar for the rainy evenings.

Paired with Croft Pink Porto.

64 degrees on a drizzly cool evening.  Looks like the rain is back.

Partagas Black - 10/20/2010

Partagas Black, quatro 5.5x50. Strong coffee and chocolate right off, matching the fantastic aroma.  Smooth coffee spice, with notes of chocolate throughout a rich meaty smoke.  Very nice cigar.

Paired with 2008 Oyster Bay Pinot Noir.

63 degrees on a nice evening.

Padilla Obsidian - 10/19/2010

Posted: Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Padilla Obsidian, belicoso 6x54.  Strong hay aroma, like elephant poop.  Delicious looking very dark and oily Nicaraguan ligero wrapper.  Some pepper, very robust taste, but kinda flat.  Cocoa and mild pepper throughout.  Difficult burn especially on the last third.  Good but not great.

Paired with ice water.

73 degrees on a nice evening.

5 Vegas Classic - 10/18/2010

5 Vegas Classic, Double Corona 6.0" x 48.  Medium to mild but full of creamy flavor with some spice and grassiness.  Smokes smoothly and remains flavorful throughout.  Perfect burn, no harshness.  A pretty good cigar, especially given the low price.

Paired with ice water.

68 degrees, after a warm day.

Sol Cubano Cuban Cabinet - 10/17/2010

Sol Cubano Cuban Cabinet, Magnum 6.0" x 50.  Starts off dry and harsh, but smooths out quickly.  Nice smooth tobacco, nut and some chocolate taste.  Pretty decent.

Paired with 2006 Londer Estate Anderson Valley Pinot Noir.  This is a fantastic Anderson Valley Pinot.

59 degrees on a cold evening.

Tatiana Mocha - 10/17/2010

Tatiana Mocha Eden, 5x46. Mild chocolate flavored.  Big aroma, mild flavor.  Pairs fantastically with coffee.

Paired with Dominican Coffee after oatmeal pancakes.

59 degrees on a chilly morning.

La Herencia Cubana - 10/16/2010

La Herencia Cubana, Toro 6.5" x 52.  OK smooth, medium body cigar.  Woody flavor with some hay.  Pretty average.

Paired with Buffalo Bill's Brewery Pumpkin Ale.

71 degrees but warm.

5 Vegas Series 'A' - 10/15/2010

Posted: Friday, October 15, 2010
5 Vegas Series 'A', Anomaly petite corona 4.5" x 44.  Pepper and spice throughout the burn on this little petite cigar.  Nice flavor for a quick strong smoke.

Paired with sour apple martini.

83 degrees but seems warmer in the afternoon.

Diesel - 10/13/2010

Posted: Thursday, October 14, 2010
Diesel, torpedo, 5x56. Very strong pepper and strong spice off the light.  Pepper remains through the first third. Pepper subsides a bit in the middle third, with dry strong spice taking over.  Deep meaty flavor, spice and hay develop. Last third is smooth, spicy, with some pepper still and that deep in the gut flavor.  Excellent cigar.

Paired with ice water.

85 degrees on warm but cooling evening.

Fonseca - 10/12/2010

Posted: Wednesday, October 13, 2010
Fonseca, Vegas de Fonseca sobrino, 5.25x50. Nutty and woody mild flavor.  A little sweet spice but very smooth and mild overall.  Decent cigar.

Paired with ice water.

84 degrees on windless night.

Brazilian Label - 10/11/2010

Posted: Tuesday, October 12, 2010 Brazilian Label, robusto 5"x50.  Very quick burn, very dry mild spice and harsh pepper throughout.  Might be the fastest burn I have ever smoked, this thing was gone in minutes despite proper humidification.  Very dry nutmeg and slightly sweet spice.  Decent, not great.

Paired with ice water.

84 degrees after sunset, on a very windy warm night.

Tatiana Mocha Caramely - 10/10/2010

Tatiana Mocha Caramely, 6x50.   My favorite breakfast cigar. Mild, strong chocolate aroma, slight coffee and cocoa flavor.  Extremely mild, huge smoke.

Paired with Dominican coffee, after golden malted pancakes.

62 degrees on a warm morning.

Gurkha Legend - 10/09/2010

Gurkha Legend, robusto 5x50.  Wood, spice, pepper and some sweet fruitiness.  This cigar has immense complexity in a small package.  Perfectly balanced, never overwhelming.  A near perfect cigar.

Paired with Claude Chatelier VS cognac.

68 degrees on a warm evening in Lotus.

Arturo Fuentes Don Carlos - 10/09/2010

Arturo Fuentes Don Carlos, Double Robusto, 5.75x52.  Nuts and wood predominate.  The smoke is smooth, creamy, and wonderfully balanced with just a slight amount of spice.  Though not peppery or overly spicy, the smoke is deep,  robust and filling.  A very nice cigar.

Paired with Claude Chatelier VS cognac.

79 degrees on a warm beautiful afternoon in Lotus.

Partagas Black - 10/09/2010

Partagas Black, Cabinet De Cincuenta 747, 7.0" x 47.  Excellent dark maduro flavor, cocoa, pepper and spice in a balanced smoky package.  Wonderful cigar.

Paired with 2007 Villa Mt. Eden Pinot Noir.

79 degrees on a warm afternoon in Lotus.

CAO Sopranos - 10/09/2010

CAO The Sopranos Boss, 7x56.  Coffee, cherry, cedar and mild spice.  A deep woody flavor with cherry sweetness.  As it burns down, a dark chocolate flavor dominates.  Very very nice.  Excellent cigar.

Paired with 2004 Rosenblum Rockpile Roads Vineyard Zinfandel.

76 degrees in Lotus.

5 Vegas Gold - 10/09/2010

5 Vegas Gold, No. 1, 7.5x54.  Cinnamon and spice with a dry smoky leathery flavor.  Very mild, never harsh, good flavor throughout.  A big long nice smoke.

Paired with Dominican coffee.

58 degrees on a sunny morning..

Oliva Serie 'V' - 10/08/2010

Posted: Friday, October 8, 2010
Oliva Serie 'V', torpedo 6x56.  A fantastic cigar that starts out with some pepper, lots of spice, and a strong in the gut bold flavor.  This cigar smokes fantastically, and is worth every penny and accolade.  A bold complex but balanced smoky treat.

Paired with 2006 Hall Cabernet Sauvignon.

73 degrees on a cool perfect Friday evening.

Nica Libre - 10/07/2010

Nica Libre, torpedo, 6.0" x 52.  The best Nica Libre I've had, with deep espresso and meaty tobacco flavors.  This started out smooth, with little spice, but got a little bolder and meatier as it progressed.  Stayed balanced and smooth throughout.  A nice surprise.

Paired with Croft Pink Porto, an odd fruity Rose port, not as good as it sounds.

68 degrees on a cool evening.

Sol Cubano Cuban Cabinet - 10/06/2010

Sol Cubano Cuban Cabinet, No. 2 Torpedo 6.0" x 52.  Woody and nutty flavor, sometimes harsh a bit a the beginning, but the last third is worth the wait.  Smooth, creamy, nutty and nice smoke to the nub.  A decent inexpensive cigar.

Paired with rum and coke.

71 degrees on a nice evening.

La Herencia Cubana Oscuro Fuerte - 10/05/2010

La Herencia Cubana Oscuro Fuerte, Robusto 5.5" x 54. Deep earthy pepper and spice in a well balanced flavorful cigar. This is really a bold strong oily cigar, full of flavor.  The wrapper is Pennsylvania broadleaf, and provides a great balanced flavorful accompaniment to the filler.  A very very nice cigar.

Paired with ice water.

71 degrees on a cool damp evening.

Man O' War Ruination - 10/04/2010

Man O' War Ruination, Robusto No. 2, 6.0" x 60.  Strong spice and wood, with some oaky toasty flavors throughout.  Deep strong draw, huge smoke, bold flavor that goes to the gut.  These are great cigars, very very nice.

Paired with 2004 Rosenblum Rockpile Road Zinfandel.

70 degrees on a cool evening.

Alec Bradley Tempus - 10/03/2010

Alec Bradley Tempus, Terra Novo robusto, 5.0" x 50.   Fantastic cigar.  Spice, nuts, wood, coffee, slightly sweet, some pepper.  Huge complexity, wonderfully balanced and volumes of smoke.  These are some of the best cigars at any price.  Top notch.

Paired with Buffalo Bill's Brewery Pumpkin Ale.

69 degrees on a cool evening.

Tatiana Mocha Caramely - 10/03/2010

Tatiana Mocha, Caramely, 6x50. Fudge aroma, very mild smoke with a lot of volume. My favorite breakfast cigar, so mild yet satisfying.  Love 'em.

Paired with Boyds Gourmet Medallion coffee after sweet potato pancakes.

64 degrees on a warming morning.

Perdomo Reserve Ltd. Oscuro - 10/02/2010

Perdomo Reserve Ltd. Oscuro, 'C' churchill 7 x 50.  Earthy strong smoke, some coffee but mostly tobacco flavors.  Bold smoke, meaty and satisfying.  Not overwhelming at all.  Light spice but mostly an earthy tobacco flavor.  Nice.

Paired with a Tanqueray bloody mary.

77 degrees and cooling off quickly on a beautiful evening.

Tatiana Mocha Caramely - 10/02/2010

Tatiana Mocha, Caramely, 6x50. Chocolate and coffee in a mild mild smoke.  The flavor is no where near as strong as the aroma.  But this is a worthy morning smoke just for the smell.  My favorite breakfast smoke.

Paired with Boyds Gourmet Medallion coffee.

63 degrees on a warmish morning.

Don Pepin Garcia Serie JJ Maduro - 10/01/2010

Don Pepin Garcia Serie JJ Maduro, Selectos Maduro 5.0" x 50.  A little pepper bomb, hot and spicy off the light, full of pepper and strong spice.  Mellows a little, but the pepper is always present.  Don't smoke on an empty stomach.  Good cigar.

Paired with strawberry margarita.

76 degrees on a cool evening.

Isla del Sol - 10/01/2010

Isla del Sol, Gran Corona 5.0" x 44.   Coffee and chocolate flavors, sweetened cap, volumes of smoke.  This is a great little breakfast smoke.

Paired with Boyds gourmet medallion coffee.

62 degrees on a cool morning.