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.