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!
I picked up this wine from First Leaf wine club along with two others which are resting now. The advertisement said the wind would retail for over 25 bucks at least so I was a little skeptical because the only one program I’ve found so far has been underground cellar.
Anyway this was the first time I’ve ever had a Pinot blog and it was from 2016 Monterey California. And it was pretty amazing. It started off with a really fresh nose with hints of grapefruit. The wine was pale yellow, but the text. The taste was chalky, very very minerally, slightly off dry with a medium finish. Perfect for summertime
Asylum has been an interesting cigar choice for me as of late – since I picked up a sampler pack last week. Tonight’s selection was the Asylum Ogre, a candella/maduro barber pole cigar that was 6X60.
Asylum is the brainchild in part of Christian Eiroa.
Using a Nicaraguan Candela wrapper with a Habano maduro wrapper around the candela, the cigar contains Nicaraguan fillers and binder for a fuller bodied smoke.
The Nicaraguan candela and habano maduro look is almost spot on. The cold draw gave me flavors of fruit, barnyard hay and grass. Just to confirm it, I took several cold pulls and picked up raisin, sweetness and tart leather.
Once I toasted the foot and took a proper draw, I picked up the initial flavors id spice, leather and dry cocoa. The flavors come through strong. Spice has a lot of bite. The ash is solid gray and tight with blue and gray smoke. Lots of leather and spice. Cocoa and sweetness along with bitterness.
The flavors mellow a bit around the beginning of second third. I picked up that grassy, barnyard hay taste thanks to the candela. I’d been expecting it but the spice/leather overpowered it. Midway through, the cigar turns sweet, almost like dry powdered cocoa. Flavors continue in this manner until the end of the cigar, which has ore balance than the initial first and second third.
Many of you know I’m a weekly inhabitant of a spot in Decatur called “Got Cigars?” They’re located at 232 E. Ponce De Leon Ave right off the Square in Decatur, GA.
Comfortable, friendly, knowledgeable. This is a mini home or my “Decatur Office” when I’m in the mood not to work from home but don’t want to trek to Highland.
Along with standard products such as Fuente, Kristoff, La Flor Dominicana, and My Father, she has a rotating stock.
The shop owner has brought in a few new things to her quaint little shop. I’ve had a chance to taste a lot of newer things so I’ll give you a small rundown.
Cohiba Blue – the value-priced cigar is crafted with a three-country blend of tobaccos from Honduras, Nicaragua and the Dominican Republic. Notes of vanilla and cedar find their way onto the palate.
Montecristo by AJ Fernandez- a traditional blend re-imagined by famed maker AJ Fernandez. Developed in conjunction with the Groupo De Maestros, this Nicaraguan blend showcases more spice and strength than the core Monte. I reviewed this cigar here.
La Palina Nicaragua Oscuro – A fairly complex cigar from La Palina, the construction is soild. Notes of wood and leather mingle with pepper and fruit.
Romeo by AJ Fernandez – My personal favorite AJ/Groupo De
Maestros blend, the Romeo y Julieta blend re-imagined by AJ. Like the Monte mentioned above, this cigar is blended in Nicaragua. More robust, but fruit, black pepper, heavy wood and cedar notes mix with bacon smokiness for a delicious surprise. I reviewed that here last week.
In conjunction with Groupo De Maestro, AJ Fernandez was asked to re-imagine several key blends for Altadis. Made in Nicaragua at
the A.J. Fernandez Cigars de Nicaragua factory in Estelí, this cigar consists of Ecuadoran Sumatra wrapper, Mexican San Andrés binder and filler from Nicaragua and Honduras.
Romeo Crafted By A.J. Fernandez comes in five sizes: Churchill at 7 inches by 50 ring gauge; Robusto, 5 by 52; and Toro, 6 by 52, Belicoso, 6 by 52,
For this review, I smoked the Toro. When I first picked it up, the cigar felt heavy and full of quality tobacco. Medium chocolate color wrapper. Fruity on the cold draw, like plums or raisins. This is a really different Romeo, more robust than any other blend of theirs. It begins with heavy wood and black pepper. Cedar notes along with fruit on the back end of the exhale show up as well.
After the final third starts, the tone of the cigar changes and I picked up warm cinnamon spice with slow wisps of smoke. The cigar also sports notes of yeast and bread. Those become prominent flavors along with mellow red pepper until the cigar finishes.
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Another new blend to me, suggested by the folks at Highland Cigar Company.
Mombacho Liga Maestro cigars were originally created in limited
edition to celebrate the boutique cigar company’s 10th Anniversary. These Nicaraguan puros are the product of Mombacho master blender, Claudio Sgrio, and Italian celebrity cigar enthusiast, Stefano Bertini. Now a regular production cigar made at Mombacho’s factory in Granada, Nicaragua, the blend is a medium-full recipe of ligero & viso fillers from Jalapa and Condega, plus a Condega binder, and a lustrous, mouthwatering wrapper from Jalapa.
Honestly, I wasn’t sure what to make of this cigar at first. The band looked classic in black and gold. A 6X54 toro would do me for a few hours if I smoked slow, which I always do, as you know.
The wrapper was a soft milk chocolate brown and I imagined either heavy spice or smoother, supple flavors when I did my pre-light draw. Cigar, coffee, slight raisin notes as expected.
Upon lighting up, the cigar’s draw was good, producing a plethora of off gray smoke. (It was dark in the bar!)
Notes are floral and medium, along with a good dose of cedar. Over the length of the cigar, mild black pepper joined a classic earthiness. When I say classic, I mean it’s very distinct, as this cigar was.
The draw remained solid and the burn line even. Value for your buck? Solid.