All posts by The Silver Wolf

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!

Miraval Cote De Provence

This was a find from Underground Cellar that I really enjoyed. The

flavors were standard out of a good solid Cote De Provence, chalk, mineral, and this was an excellent summer sipping wine.

Notes on the nose include grapefruit, terroir, and a touch of sweetness.

The gold straw color isn’t so prolific thanks to my shitty photo taking abilities, but this was definitely an enjoyable wine.  Medium finish.

For great deals on wine (we both get $25 in wine I think) Underground Cellar.

Cigar Review: Montecristo White

The Montecristo White was a cigar I picked up from a grab bag of

random things from the folks at Casa De Montecristo by Tampa

Humidor.  It came along with the Partagas Black, and Alec Bradley Prensado (5X50).

I was rather surprised.  For starters, I’m not a huge Monte fan as a rule, I’ve outgrown the traditional big brands.  It’s like drinking Budweiser (if you like pain) and then realizing there is locally brewed IPA. But since I paid for this, figured, what the hell.

The surprise came in that the cigar was fairly flavorful.  Honestly, it was creamy, with good solid wood notes and a touch of pepper.  The draw was good, construction solid.  I’d expect that though from General Cigar.  Good flavor overall, with a medium finish, this cigar is one for those who would enjoy a mild cigar but still want plenty of flavor.

 

Flight Night – Highland Cigar, Whiskey Edition

The Serie O Habana is a rich, medium bodied, yet somewhat spicy cigar that will pair well with the whiskies mentioned.

Come see the new space at Highland!

They opened up and doubled the space with the dopeness! More TVs, more seating, more ventilation, more cigars, more whiskies…

Morning Cigars: Oliva O Serie

Having had to go into the shop to open up, with no food in my system, I see why the Oliva Serie O is a popular cigar for smokers. Considering I spent most of my smoking time in the evenings, when I want a heavy or full-bodied Cigar, I usually find the Serie O to be too weak in body. But since I started to work at the cigar shop in Decatur I’ve discovered that the Oliva O series is a good morning cigar.

Oliva Serie O Churchill

I’ve got a lot more of the flavor out of it because it is my first cigar with a fresh pallet.  Definitely has notes of earth and light spice, almost like cocoa dust.  Good draw, mild to medium flavor and strength.

It would probably pair well with a medium bodied coffee, or perhaps my mushroom coffee. It might even do well with a spot of Earl Grey tea.

Come down and see us at Got Cigars? in Decatur, at 232 E. Ponce De Leon, just off Decatur MARTA!

I’ve begun drinking Amaros

The recent upset stomach incidents I’ve dealt with over the last year and a half have been aided by the power of Amaro!  Funny story.  Last year, stress or heat ended up hurting my ability to keep food down.  I didn’t know what to do because frankly, I want nothing to do with drinking pepto and sucking down pills designed to “correct” my stomach’s issues.

One night I was smoking a cigar, and I had an IPA.  Probably Sierra Nevada Torpedo and I realized that instantly, after the first few sips, the pressure in my stomach had been alleviated.

Because bitters are designed as digestive aids.

I forgot that fact.  I went to the package store here in Decatur and picked up Cio Ciaro, an inexpensive Italian Amaro, came back home, poured a shot, then set the bottle into the fridge.  Sipping the warm, almost myrrh-like essence did improve the way my stomach felt.

Little bit of history here:  Amaros (Italian for Bitter)  were invented to counter the stomach and aid in digestion by Europeans who were known for eating rich foods.  It just turns out they developed a palate for them as well.  Made with “secret ingredients” each one is as distinct as the next one, with no two producers making the same product.

I can’t get real Unicum here in the States, but I have a strong preference for the Hungarian Digestivo.  Currently, I’m drinking Aperol, with light balance, some slight bitterness from the bitter orange and rhubarb.  I’ve never had real rhubarb LOL!

***These statements are not to be used as diagnosis and cures for stomach ailments.  Please don’t take them as such, do your own due diligence***

Wine Review: Casarena 505Vineyards 2014 Red Blend

The 505 Vineyards Red Blend went well with my NY Strip. The rarity that I get NY Strip, I like a good, full balanced and tannic wine.

This was that, definitely with tart berry, touch of earth and tannin.  Not overpowering, but pleasant.  Medium finish.  Some minerality in the grapes.  The blend is Malbec, Cabernet and Merlot, and all of those individual grapes blend together seamlessly.

Michel Rolland has had a profound influence on both French and international winemaking, responsible for more 90+ scoring vintages than any other individual in his time” – From Firstleaf

FirstLeaf or Underground Cellar, are the two wine programs I’m recommending.  Neither have

disappointed me.  Being on a budget as I am, and still wanting a value for 6 bottles of wine, Firstleaf lets me schedule shipments whenever I want. That really saves my bacon when bills come due. Or I need to make sure I’m home to accept the UPS package.

Underground Cellar offers one wine, but oftentimes gives you multiple chances for upgrades on better, more expensive (and in this case, it DOES count) wines.  Underground Cellar will store your wines for you, up to I think three cases.

Cigar Review – Punch Gran Puro Nicaragua

The Gran Puro Nicaragua, latest release from Punch cigars is more or less a line extension.  With re-envisioned coloring and packaging, the brand is trying to remain relevant among a sea of new blends for newer smokers who crave something different.

Using a USA Connecticut broadleaf wrapper and Nicaraguan binder, and fillers, the line isn’t a puro at all.  But it is interesting.  Measuring at 6X54, the cigar was supposed to be a blend of different things and have more complexity than the usual Punch smoker was accustomed to.

The cigar itself is rolled and constructed well, and a plethora of peppery smelling smoke emits from the lit foot. Flavors from the cigar aren’t overwhelming, so we may come back to this in a different size.  But what I did pick up included pepper, sweet molasses, wood notes and and if you reach, you can detect subtle hints of sweetness at the end.

Overall, decent but nothing I’d purposely write home about.

Cigar Review: CAO Zócalo

This is a monster of a cigar but it has flavor and some depth to it. I had this at Russia’s (Got Cigars?) in Decatur as we’re thinking of carrying it.

  • Wrapper: Mexican San Andrés Morron
  • Binder: African Cameroon
  • Filler: Nicaraguan
  • Factory: STG Estelí (Nicaragua)
  • Production: Limited Edition (3,500 boxes of 20 cigars)
  • 6X60 in this size and will probably retail for just around $9.

From CigarDojo

“As promised with CAO’s announcement of their Pan-Am Tour at the beginning of April, the company released details on a new limited release over the weekend. The CAO Pan-Am Tour is a virtual tour throughout the focal points of the Pan-American Highway, beginning in Mexico with the new CAO Zócalo.”

Now, the review:  The first thing about this cigar honestly is that it’s hella packed full of tobacco.  I used a V-cut and took a pull, getting nothing really special off the cold draw.

But that’s not how I judge a cigar anyway, so lighting it up, I took a puff.  Then another, and got it good and going.  The first thing to note was the sweetness from the Cameroon binder imparting distinctly.  The flavors were mellow and medium with hints of spice.  Consistent throughout the first third and a half, until warmer flavors pick up.  The taste of red pepper becomes evident.  The draw is excellent, and the cigar retains a good bit of ash before I knocked it off.

The Zócalo.finishes with a combination of that sweet, earthy taste and mild pepper notes.