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Cigar and alcohol enthusiast, romance author, lifestyle blogger. I've been published in romance for the last 17 years, but only as o f late have been able to combine my passions for the grape, leaf and written word into a careeer that allows me to live passionately!

Cigar Review – La Flor Dominicana Superbowl 2019 Edition

I’ve been a huge fan of anything LFD has done, including the Capitulo I and II. This latest release was created to celebrate the superbowl and while it carries a hefty price tag in the shops, ($20+/-) We ended up with a few boxes at Got Cigars in Decatur and I had t try one.

The first thing to notice about this cigar is the obvious, cutout pattern of the goal lines and football on the top. I was interested to note how this would change the flavor overall, figuring it would add some level of complexity.

In earnest, the cigar is a straightforward vitola, Solid burn line, good draw producing a healthy bit of smoke, the cigar smells a little creamy but the earthiness comes out full force. It’s not a heavy pepper bomb like a lot of the LFD stock. More balanced. Good medium finish on a medium boied cigar.

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Cigar Review – Avo Classic Toro

I’ve been making my way through the Avo line as of late. Founded by Avo Uvezian and distributed by Davidoff of Geneva, the Avo line speaks of premium pleasure.

The Avo Classic is a medium bodied blend composed of 25 year old tobaccos using Dominican fillers and binder, and finished with an Ecuadorian wrapper.

Avo Classic Toro

The tastes are smooth, mellow. Hints of vanilla, creaminess, touch of nutty flavors come out as well. With something produced by Davidoff, the burn is satisfyingly even, the draw, easy. Smoking time was around an hour and a half.

It’s not a complex cigar, but you’re not looking for complexity in this blend. Toward the end, the power picked up, as did tastes of spice, but that was short lived because the cigar itself is just about done.

Irish Whisky Review – Glendalough Double Barrel

I rarely drink Irish whisky these days. Too much peat usually. But I’ve found a gem in Glendalough, (and it was confirmed here) as a smooth, easy drinking whisky.

Aged in American Oak (Bourbon) barrels, along with Oloroso casks sounded interesting and I’m always willing to see what combinations look like from different distillers.

The value and price matched very well if not better. I think we paid something like just under $30 for this bottle, but it drank like something $20 more expensive. Smooth, vanilla notes, creaminess, hint of peat/pepper bite and a mellow smoothness make it a great sipping whisky. I picked up a touch of honey on the back of the palate, and a light mouthfeel for a whiskey that has a medium finish.

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@ Seghesio – Join us for a fun Speakeasy themed event! Seghesio Family Vineyards was one of only 100 wineries that survived Prohibition, and we continue to thrive nearly a century. http://www.seghesio.com/Events-Food/Winery-Events

@BonnyDoonVineyard – Come visit us for #NationalDrinkWineDay! Our President’s Day weekend celebration continues through today – enjoy complimentary tastings of our Bulle-Moose canned wines. Visit bonnydoonvineyard.com/events for more details.

@RidgeVineyards – New reviews from Jeb Dunnuck are up on the site: https://www.ridgewine.com/about/news/new-reviews-from-jeb-dunnuck/

@SebastianiWines – Save up to 30% on select wines – including our 2015 Cherryblock – during @FFWSociety‘s Valentine’s Day Sale: http://bit.ly/2BjIYGC 

Cigar Review – The Edge A-10 by Rocky Patel

We started carrying these cigars in our shop here at 232 E. Ponce (Got Cigars?) in Decatur a little over a month ago and I had to admit, I was curious. I mean, when the original Edge came out from Rocky, it was a tremendous hit, and it was a bit underpriced. Over time, Rocky corrected that part, but oh well.

Since then, the edge has had a few variations, including an Edge Lite, among others.

The A-10 is a barber poll wrapped cigar that comes in 20 count boxes. The construction seems pretty decent, with no visible seams in the cigar I smoked. The start of this cigar is fresh leather and coffee, joined with mild baking spices. It’s got a clean burn, good draw. Overall, it’s not a bad cigar but nothing to write home about. Medium finish. I’d give it a solid 3 out of 5, honestly.

New La Flor Specialty at Got Cigars? Just in time for the Super Bowl!

We got in the Super Bowl release from La Flor Dominicans, simply called the Super Bowl 2019 Release. It’s a unique cigar, in that the wrapper pattern has the tobacco shaped like a football. But how does it taste?

Like a typical La Flor, it starts off with well rounded pepper notes, but this really a more mild cigar than the Double Ligero or any of their other cigars. In fact, it’s pretty well rounded, giving off notes of cardamom, baking spice, hints of leather and warm bread. Yes, the tobacco does burn evenly, the ash is another sign of good construction.

I’d expect nothing less. Sadly, I didn’t smoke this for the Super Bowl, as I could give a fuck who is playing, not being a sports fan. And the price tag is a little heft here: $20.99. But the LFD, like most of the cigars I’ve reviewed from them, is well Roth the price, and at a better value than you probably paid to see Tom Brady yet again win another damn ring.

Wine review: 2014 giacomo borgogno & figli dolcetto

– Piedmont, Italy. Bright fruit on the nose and palate along with subtle dryness. Had a medium finish with strawberry hints on the end.  Sorry, can’t find the photo I posted!

Needed to stop in at Leon’s Full Service downtown Decatur for said glass.  The food is pretty tasty and if you’re in say hi to the bartender with the huge beard.  Also, get the bacon in a glass and you WANT THE PEANUT BUTTER!

Wine Review: Châteauneuf du Pape – reserve des diacres

A fantastic full bodied wine from the Rhône region of France. Complex with leather, big fruit/mulled wine and a nice, medium to long finish. It opens up nicely to reveal softer fruit and tannins.

Admittedly, the wine opened up nicely with some time in the glass. I believe this was. Pretty sure we picked this up at Your Dekalb Farmer’s Market, here in Decatur, GA.

New Years at Highland Cigar Company

My favorite spot, with a special guest (to me) having come with this year. The suit was bumping, the crowd dope and we all got to ring in the new year with some good sparkling wine. I couldn’t think of a better way to ring in 2019, than with Timperiss, Zoo, Cigar Mike and others, along with my favorite bar staff at my second home. Few pics, because I was too busy enjoying good company.

It didn’t hurt that our friends from General Cigar were also present, handing out deals, specials, and promoting a good set of blends, including the new Punch (review to come), CAO stuff, etc. It’s always a pleasure to hang with those guys.