Quick Review: Man O’ War Ruination Torpedo (5.7 x 56)

Man O’ War Ruination Torpedo (5.7 x 56) I’m going to do a more detailed review of this cigar when I pair it with the Ruination IPA by Stone Brewing. Come on, it’s just too perfect. A Ruination cigar and a Ruination IPA. But, until that happens, here are my initial impressions. I have a […]

Tonight’s Tasting: Joya de Nicaragua Antaño Dark Corojo Doble Fuerte and Pyramid Hefeweizen

Joya de Nicaragua Antaño Dark Corojo Doble Fuerte (5 ½ x 54) With so many cigars to experience and review, it is seldom that I smoke the same cigar two nights in a row. However, after smoking the Joya de Nicaragua Antaño Dark Corojo Doble Fuerte, I couldn’t wait for round two and smoked another […]

Great Gentlemen’s Smoker and Lobster Clambake at The Balboa Bay Club

I attended a very nice cigar function at the Center Club in Costa Mesa on Thursday, and while there a couple of the attendees asked if they would be seeing me at The Balboa Bay Club the following day, the assumption being that I would know what they were talking about. Having now attended the […]

Cigar Review: Gurkha Doble Maduro Churchill

What is it with Gurkha cigars? The Gurkha Titan is one of the greatest cigars you’ll ever smoke, but when I smoked one at a cigar function a few nights ago, two different people felt compelled to cop an attitude about Gurkhas. The first one said, “Gurkha? Yeah I used to smoke Gurkhas.” The second […]

Cigar Review: Romeo Y Julieta 1875 Churchill

Bless my wife. She’s not totally sold on the health benefits of cigar smoking, so she’s not entirely on board with my cigar smoking ways, wanting to keep me healthy and all. But that didn’t keep her from buying me a box of cigars when she came across a cigar road show while shopping at […]

Cigar Review: Alec Bradley Select Cabinet Reserve (SCR) Robusto

I was looking around my humidor for a cigar to review, and wondered how I came to be in possession of not one, not two, but five Alec Bradley Select Cabinet Reserve Robustos. Then I remembered that I won them in a raffle at the 8Eightyeight Cigar Lounge in Fullerton. Thanks 8Eightyeight. Dang, I hope it’s a […]

Cigar Review: La Aurora 1495 Series Robusto (Corojo)

Another mystery cigar from the ol’ humidor. I didn’t buy it, and I’m pretty good about segregating cigars sent for review, so perhaps it’s a holdover from my last Big Smoke. Some quick research revealed that the 1495 series cigars are made up of a Ecuadorian Sumatra wrapper with a Dominican Corojo binder and a […]

Cigar Review: Macanudo Cru Royale Robusto

I admit to a bit of snobbery when it comes to Macanudo cigars. I’ve been to a couple of wedding receptions where boxes of Macanudos are brought out, offered because they are a safe choice. Mild with no chance of offending. Along the lines of offering Corona as the beer. Sometimes I select a cigar […]

Quick Review: Alec Bradley Black Market Robusto

I smoked two of these over the course of a couple of weeks, and here are my impressions. Nice dark appearance, perfect construction and held up nicely to guillotine cut. Taste was not harsh but not particularly complex. Spice and very subtle chocolate. No significant change in taste during entire stick. Burn was perfect. A […]

5-Pack Fever a Screaming Deal

I was in the mood for an Oliva Cain F, and checked a few sites for the lowest price. A five-pack at Thompson Cigar was about $2 more than at Famous Smoke Shop, but on the Thompson site I noticed they were running a sale called “5-Pack Fever”. You can mix and match various 5 […]