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 […]

Tonight’s Tasting: Undercrown by Drew Estates and Go Team! by The Bruery

I picked a great pair tonight! The fine, fine people at BnB Tobacco sent me some cigars to review, and with the weather on the Lido Deck finally back to cigar smoking temperatures, I was able to grab one for tonight’s tasting, paired with a nice Belgian-style ale from The Bruery. Undercrown by Drew Estate Robusto […]

Tonight’s (Superbowl) Tasting: Samuel Adams Infinium and CAO OSA Sol

Samuel Adams Infinium For the past couple of years, the Boston Beer Company and Germany’s Weihenstephan Brewery have joined forces to create what they characterized as an entirely new style of beer, a champagne-like ale called Infinium. Infinium comes in a 750 ml champagne bottle, complete with foil, wire and cork. The beer (champagne?) poured […]

Tonight’s Tasting: C.E.O. Red Label Cigar and Shipyard Imperial Porter

C.E.O. Red Label Cigar (5 x 50) This is a real mystery cigar.  I think I actually bought a five-pack of C.E.O. cigars, based on a vague memory that I exclaimed, “what the hell are C.E.O. cigars?” when the package came in the mail.  I think they were an impulse buy on Cigar Monster, ordered […]

Screaming Deal from Cigars International

I don’t know how long it will last, but someone gave me a heads-up on an amazing deal at Cigars International. Called the Motherload Number 10 Sampler, it’s 40 very respectable cigars for 100 bucks. The stick that caught my eye is the Gurkha Titan, a favorite of mine that goes for $30 by itself. […]

Tonight’s Tasting: Voo Doo American Stout and Casa Magna Colorado

Those fine people at Cigars Direct were kind enough to send me a selection of cigars for tasting and review, so I selected a Casa Magna Colorado (Robusto), and paired it with a Voo Doo American Stout.  The pairing was effortless, using the standard password 0000 (an obscure bluetooth reference that I found funny, but then […]

Great Customer Support from Famous Smoke Shop

I really like the convenience of cigars that come in glass tubes. I can toss a couple in my briefcase with no worries about keeping them properly humidified, since the they travel in their own self-contained environment. So, to that end, I checked around for the best price on one of my favorite glass tubo […]

Quick Take: Rocky Patel Olde World Reserve Maduro and Orval

Based on the Steelers’ performance thus far, I thought it best to distract myself with a quality beer and cigar for the remainder of the Super Bowl. (Oh cripes, another interception.) Adding insult to injury, I fired up a Rocky Patel, forgetting that Rocky is a major cheese head. But give the man his due.  RPs […]

Drew Estates Tasting at 888

Drew Estates tasting night here at the Eight Eighty Eight lounge in Fullerton.  Nice sampling of three cigars for $20 which includes a raffle for some pretty stylin’ prizes. They even let me swap out the Acid cigar for an Antaño. The Joya de Nicaragua Antaño consists of  75% Ligero leaf and is a Nicaragua puro.  […]