Tonight’s Tasting: Man O’ War Ruination and Ruination IPA

It was a year ago that I came up with the clever idea of pairing a Ruination cigar with the Ruination IPA, and today I finally got around to it. Man O’ War Ruination Robusto (5.5″ x 54) I reviewed the Ruination Torpedo previously, and it became one of my favorite cigars. As with the […]

Cigar Review: Joya de Nicaragua Rosalones Robusto (5" x 52)

Cigars Direct provided me with another fine selection of cigars for review, including a big, fat Room 101 Serie SA Gordo (6″ x 60) and an Obsidian White Noise Toro Extra (6.5″ x 54). After letting them relax a few days in my humidor, I decided to pull one out for review with a morning […]

A Strategy to Win Cigar Auctions

Quite some time ago I tried cigar auction sites and found them to be utter nonsense, but a friend said he gets some pretty good deals there so I decided to give it another try. I spent a couple of hours on the sites over three days to see if there were any deals to […]

Tonight’s Tasting: CAO Sopranos Edition and Budweiser Black Crown

Choosing the cigar for tonight’s tasting was a no-brainer. I reached into the humidor to see what I could find and spied a CAO Sopranos Edition. Given the recent death of Tony Soprano (James Gandolfini), I had no choice but to select this stick as my small tribute. As to the beer, well, let’s talk […]

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 […]

Cigars Direct Cigar of the Month Club

Bless the fine people at Cigars Direct for sending an especially tasty Cigar of the Month Club selection. Here’s what it includes: Rocky Patel Vintage 1992 – Can’t go wrong with a RP Vintage. La Gloria Cubana Serie R — I gave the Serie N an impressive 94 last year. I can’t wait to try […]

Man sentenced to 37 months in prison for Cuban cigar smuggling

No harm in smuggling a few Cuban cigars back into the country after a trip abroad, right? Tell that to Illinois attorney Richard Connors. After bringing some cigars into the country way back in the 1990s, he was finally sentenced to 37 months in prison, fined $60,000, and disbarred! As to the disbarment, the ethics […]

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 […]

Some Women Get It

“There’s something about smoking a cigar that feels like a celebration. It’s like a fine wine. There’s a quality, a workmanship, a passion that goes into the smoking of a fine cigar”.   — Demi Moore