Tonight’s Tasting: Perdomo Patriarch Connecticut and Samuel Adams Alpine Spring

A beautiful day on the Lido deck cried out for a tasting, and I was in a mild mood, so I went with a Perdomo cigar with a light wrapper (although admittedly it looks pretty dark in the photo) and a seasonal beer from Samuel Adams. Perdomo Patriarch Connecticut (6″ x 50) Perdomo’s Patriarch cigar […]

Cigar Shoot-Out: Romeo Y Julieta 1875 Reserve v. Man O’ War Virtue v. Garcia & Garcia My Father

I had a relaxed weekend, and that gave me time to smoke a few cigars. Here are some quick reviews of the cigars I tried. Romeo Y Julieta 1875 Reserve I reviewed the Romeo Y Julieta 1875 recently, and about the only thing I could say to recommend it is that it might make a […]

Tonight’s Tasting: La Gloria Cubana Serie N and Pilsner Urquell

I put together a great pairing tonight, selecting a big Glorioso La Gloria Cubana Serie N and, to set off the bold cigar, a nice crisp pilsner beer. La Gloria Cubana Serie N A real beauty with a very dark, Oscuro wrapper. I thought I might have scratched it with a drawer in the humidor […]

Beer Fest Review: Septemberfest 2012 at Santa Monica

The Septemberfest in Santa Monica, put on by Drink Eat Play, is one of my perennial favorites. What’s not to like? Over 150 different beers served in unlimited quantities right next to the ocean. Add to that not one, not three, but TEN food trucks and a really good band called Petty Cash (covering the […]

Cigar Reviews of Camacho Maduro, La Palina Classic, and Room 101 at Crush & Roll

I attended the Crush & Roll 2012 event in Paso Robles, California which, as the name implies, is devoted to cigars and wine. First, some quick impressions of the event, and then I’ll rate the cigars provided at the event. Crush & Roll 2012 This was my first time at Crush & Roll event in […]

Tonight’s Tasting: Man O’ War Armada and Alcatraz Big House Red Ale

Man O’ War Armada Toro Grande (6″ x 56) I tried a Man O’ War Ruination a few nights ago that I really liked, so I thought I’d give the Man O’ War Armada a try tonight. I smoked it with no preconceived notions, and only after the review did I check the price and […]

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 […]