Saturday, October 27, 2012

Updating the Blog at Odd Hours Continues

Lunesta DOES Not Work!  This Public Service Announcement is brought to you by me.  Unless it is the design of this medication is two stages where you get 3 hrs of sleep on the front end, with a short break, in between followed by 4 hrs of sleep on the back end!

So I guess I will update my blog! This makes three posts in with in a 7 day period all during the hours of 2:30am -4:30am

This week some of the biggest names in cigar industry are in the PHX  . Eddie Ortega--Ortega Cigars; Clint Aaron-- 262 Cigars; Matt Booth--Room 101; Rocky Patel; Jesus Fuego--J Fuego Cigars;  Craig Cunningham--Esteban Carreras.

Eddie Ortega and I at Cigar King in Scottsdale

Matt Booth from Room 101 and I at Ambassador Fine Cigars West
For some reason I have been negligent in taking #nowsmoking photo's this week. It is what it is so deal with it.
 I have enjoyed a 262 Paradigm, and in the past week I tried the Revere in the both the Robusto and the Box Press, looking forward to trying the Ideology and if I can find it, the Manifesto,!  The back story to this line is awesome and as student of history and as a Brother of the Leaf  I get it. Here is a synopsis of what each Cigar in the line stands for.  Paraphrased from the 262 website.
The Paradigm says "don’t sit down, there’s work to be done. Stand up and let your voice be heard. The Revolution has already begun."
Ideology represents Clint Aaron's passion to create great cigars and 262 "believes as our country’s founders did; that our government should never be allowed to hold our God-given rights and liberties hostage in the name of “progress”. We believe it’s long past time to take back control of our own lives and be the creators of our own prosperity"
 The Manifesto refers to "the government has imposed unfair and increasingly higher taxes on cigars and restrictive smoking bans in order to raise money for their own programs. They advance this agenda while tightening the noose on small business owners and middle class workers alike. These taxes and smoking bans are just a few examples of the many devices being imposed that are destroying jobs, lowering incomes, and ultimately crippling our economy."
The Manifesto was released in February of 2012, the 50th anniversary of the day President Kennedy signed the Cuban Embargo. I must find one of these, however it is a very limited release cigar.
The Revere (below) is the newest release, a Nicaraguan Puro, that represents our freedom to smoke cigars which  is hanging in the balance. .

Paying homage to "Paul Revere who was an average, blue collar, working class citizen. But, it was his passion for the American Experiment and his sincere belief in freedom and liberty that drove him from obscurity to national hero. Paul Revere saw his opportunity to play a part. We also hope to inspire this spirit in others as we fight to keep the government out of our humidors. We must stand together, stand strong, and stand free."

This morning I  ran into Clint and Eric Parkinson at Ye Olde Pipe and Tobacco Clint told me that I was smoking a Revere and where it was located. As Clint is the leader of the Smoke the Revoluion Movement I listened.  Oddly enough this was the second or third time I ran into Clint his week! 

I had been enjoying the Origen by J Fuego, so today I picked up the 777 Zero Robusto, with a Connecticut wrapper, that is priced about $5 at local retailers here in the PHX
Spent some time with Matt Booth this Afternoon at Ambassador Fine Cigars West. Earlier this year I was given a pre-release of the Room 101 Daruma Papi Chulo a 4 x 42 that left me wanting more. Today I picked up the Sucio a larger full bodied 7 x 48.  The Daruma is named after daruma dolls, modeled after Bodhidharma, the founder of the Zen sect of Buddhism

The backside of the band has an image of the Namakubi. Although in many ways long gone, Samurai culture is believed to live on in spirit within certain groups. In ancient times when two Samurai clans would gather for competition there was a great deal at stake. Normally, the losing party would die as a result of wounds sustained in battle or be executed upon defeat. The Namakubi, or freshly severed head of the losing party would be prepared on a wooden tray then tagged in a regimented manner and presented to the leader of the winning clan as a gift.

The evening concluded with a Ortega Cigars Event Held at Fine Ash Cigar.  Sam and Rosie know how to do an event and I wish I could have stayed longer.  I'm the guy in the Green Polo talking to Sam in the back. Say Hi to Henry and Rosie, Sam's wife (from who I stole this photo)
Until Next Time #KeepATightAsh

Monday, October 22, 2012

It's Been a Smoking Day

OK I stole that from my friend Vartan Seferian, the proprietor of Ambassador Fine Cigars.

Anyway, I am going to pick-up where I left off at 4:15am

Last week I picked up, for my morning smoke, the C & C LRMD or Limited Reserve Maduro at $4.75 is a quality smoke at an affordable price.

I am huge fan of Christian Eiroa, and the CLE line did not disappoint in either the Corojo or the Habano. My personal favorite was the Corojo.  Last week I stumbled across Connecticut version of the CLE. 

BREAKING NEWS: Car Porn in Scottsdale a 2013 Ferrari 458 Spyder


I picked this next cigar as part of bundle package at Cigar King, I think the lot came with a couple of Bolivar, and two of the Saint Luis Rey Reserva Especial Corona that is pictured below and something else that I can't put my finger on.  This cigar was also well aged and was surprisingly full bodied. 
IMPORTANT....The world if full of choices and this really complicates matters, here is the humidor at Cigar King...

Another recent arrival, from Quesada, is the Jalapo  at $7.50-$7.75 I really enjoyed this cigar and as I understand it only 1000 boxes were produced
Another new line into many of the shops here in Phoenix, is Clint Aaron's 262 Cigar Line I have has the Paradigm, so when Eric Parkinson from Smoke Boutique hosted an event last Friday at Ambassador West I picked up the Revere
Here would be a pic of me enjoying a Surrogates Tramp Stamp.  However since the Butterfly on the band is an exact replica of a tramp stamp that my ex had I refuse to smoke or post a picture of this Cigar!  Sorry Pete

OK Heres the Pic...

 Every Sunday I head up to Fine Ash Cigars to catch the Jet's Game! Sam is great at accomodating that request.  This is a Padron Magnum Maduro, 9  x 50! This Cigar got me through the entire Jet's Game excluding the OT period!

Late last week, Randy gave me something I had never tried, largely due to the price. Randy Gifted Me a Julius Caesar Diamond Crown Toro. Medium Bodied, Medium Strength the 5 year aged tobacco really makes this Cigar.

And with this post we are ALL caught up, another on of Christian Eiroa new lines the Asylum 13
A true Nicaraguan Puro that is an eventful cigar...

Until Next Time.. #KeepATightAsh!

Playing Catch-Up Again

Can't sleep I figured I'll update the blog, with some new favorites

Here is the Quesada Qd'etat Molotov,  not many shops carried this one and whenever I find one I pick it up.  I recently learned this is was a limited release from Quesada.

I usually try and stay under $10 per stick for my cigar. It can get kind of expensive, expecially since I buy only single sticks and I smoke 2-3 cigars a day.   It is for this reason I shyed away from Graycliff.  Then I learned that Graycliff has cigars for all budgets. Showcased at the IPCPR, the B-cuz Triple Robusto (it looked like a Toro to me) retails for $7.50

I am really enjoying the cigars that Viaje has recently released. Here is the Honey and Hand Grenades Rapier.  The HHG is a perfecto, that looks like a reversed torpedo. On the fuller side this is definitly not your first cigar of the day cigar!

I'm a big fan of the La Aroma de Cuba line from Ashton Cigar and blended  the Garcia Family .  This is the much awaited Mi Amor Reserva. a thoroughly enjoyable full bodied smoke.

Value Cigars, are big these days,  Bob Bennett the West Coast Reap for Altadis USA tells me that Vega Fina is the #1 selling non-cuban cigar is spain.  This the recently released Vega Fina Fortaleza 2 which, when compared to the original Vega Fina, features a much fuller flavor profile.

Matt Booth from Room 101 will be at Ambassador Fine Cigars West this Friday and I am looking forward to spending some time with him.  Several months ago I was given a pre-release of the Daruma and have been eagerly awaiting the arrival of the actual cigar in the shops here in Phoenix.  Earlier this month I picked up a Room 101 by Camacho 305 at Cigar King. Per Matt this is Salon Cigar and Not a Boutique Cigar.

I picked this next one up because I was curious about the Bolivar line.  Several of my friends from the Great White North love their Cuban Cigars aka the Forbidden Fruit.  This  is  the Non-Cuban version Toro  made by General Cigar. This one had some age on it and at $7.60 and you betcha I bought more.
I was recently gifted a Viaje 5th Anniversary.  Wow, it certainly lived up to the hype.  and I am glad to read that this blend will not be a one and done.  Yup the label is white on white!
As I has mentioned in previous post, I think the way the way the Perdomo family interacts with their consumers is remarkable. This is the Perdomo 20th Anniversary Maduro.  Yes this was also well worth the wait.
Later til the next time #KeepATightAsh
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Tuesday, October 2, 2012

A Rare Midweek Post

Decided to update my blog midweek, I guess I am trying to not be such a procrastinator.  As I mentioned in my previous posts I am working my way through the new arrivals from the 2012 IPCPR Show.
One of the most anticipated arrivals had to be Tatuaje Cigars 2012 TAA,  This was so anticipated some jackass high jacked the prototype.  I believe this is only available at four retailers in the PHX, I picked this one up at Ye Old Pipe and Tobacco in Central Phoenix. The cigar is in the $11 range and is the same blend as the 2011. The consensus from me and my cigar smoking friends is that we liked the 2011 better.

Brandon Puckett, aka Stogie Bear aka Oso Fabuloso, has a weekly You Tube show called the Bear in the Cross Hairs. His reviews are spot on and he doesn't  mince words. He also knows my palette and is able to make a recommendation that 9 times out of 10 I will enjoy.  The Origen from J Fuego was something I picked up purely after Brandon's review and it didn't disappoint.
The L' Atleier from Pete Johnson is another one I have been patiently awaiting its arrival.  This  is the L'Atleier LAT 52, a wonderful cigar. 
The Pinar Del Rio Liga Especial Reserva Superior,  Pinar Del Rio has gotten some mixed reviews in the past year.  However based on several recommendations I gave on a try.  $8 is a fair price, however this is definitely not a first cigar of the morning, in fact I recommend eating s Porterhouse with baked potato before smoking but man is it a good cigar.
The Surrogates Crystal Baller from Tatuaje and L'Atelier is box pressed vitolo, that retails for about $8  I didn't like this as much as the LAT 52 and some of the other new bundled cigars that Pete has added to his lines, which I will talk about later.

This post is largely about the "Value Cigar."  I really enjoyed the C & C Corojo that I picked up at Cigar King.   This is the newer C & C Connecticut,  at $3.95 it is a great morning, first stick of the day, cigar.  I look forward to more arriving from C & C soon.

Sunday is for Football, at Fine Ash Cigar and  Sam and Rosie Lopez are great hosts!  After a shift at the Home Show, I high tailed it home and made my way to Fine Ash for the Cardinals Game.  I wanted a lancero and something I hadn't tried before.  So I picked up the Don Pepin Garcia Blue Label Original.  Excellent- and at just under $9 still a great value smoke.
Now its onto two of the new bundle cigars from Tatuaje and L'Atleier
The El Suelo at $3.95 
A great smoke from the get go, I mean seriously look at the foot that is first toast and it stayed that way right thru to the end with not touch ups
And the Trocadero  at $3.50 and good mild-medium cigar, this one has some construction issues, but it didn't create any problems
I had been eyeing this one for several weeks.  The Asylum Premium Torpedo. Since his non compete with Davidoff expired, Christian Eiroa has been busy fella! The CLE, the Wynwood and now the Asylum.   At $4.95 a great value cigar, that is medium-full bodied with full flavors. 
So far the Highlight of the week was enjoying My Father's Le Bijou 1922 with Eric Parkinson, from Smoke Boutique Cigars, and Jose Ortega VP of Sales for My Father's Cigars at Fair Oaks Cigars in Peoria, AZ.  Loved the Habano Oscuro wrapper, it was complexed and rich and not bad considering it was my third cigar of the day!
Wonder what the rest of the week will hold...