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!

Saying Goodbye to Chai!

I hate to see this but Chai Nicole is leaving Highland Cigar Company and moving on to bigger things. So come join us at Highland Cigar Company Friday, October 7th from 7 PM until close while we wish Chai the very best in her new path!

I remember walking into Highland Cigar Company almost three years ago with my oldest Girlfriend and Chai being the first to greet us and treat us right.  She’d kept the scotch flowing, had the notes on all the drinks and knew more than an average 25 year old would about spirits and cigars.

She’s been a part of Mix, Mingle Indulge, a quarterly event at Highland that showcases female owned businesses and educates the smokers about the hobby we all have a passion for.

I hope you’ll raise a glass with me to toast this awesome woman in her next journey!

Cigar review: AJ Fernandez Enclave Broadleaf

At Got Cigars? the owner had brought in a larger selection of AJ Fernandez cigars, including the new Enclave Broadleaf.  Naturally, I had to give it a try.

The first thing to notice is the beautiful chocolate colored broadleaf wrapper, cluing me in that I’m in for a sweeter treat than AJ’s normal experiences.

Using a straight cut to clip the cap, I put the cigar to my lips and tasted the cold draw’s sharp stone fruit, mixed with hints of wood. The cigar wasn’t too loose or too tight so the draw was good, also assuring me of solid construction. Oh, there was a subtle sweetness I can’t quite name yet, too.

Once I lit the cigar, I tasted the prominence of wood that died down after a few hearty puffs. The smoke was ash gray. Sweet, dark cocoa (how can something be dark cocoa and sweet?  Don’t know, ask the blender!) balanced along with bitter notes of black pepper.

Enclave Broadleaf, by AJ Fernandez

As the cigar burns down, we pick up more balance in the sweet and spice mixture, until we burn down to the final third. Then the broadleaf really shines and we pick up that light cocoa I associate oftentimes with Tatuaje cigars.

The medium to full flavor is graced with a long finish.

Great cigar overall, and another hit for master blender AJ Fernandez.

Wine Review: Pigeon Hill Winery Shiraz Cabernet 2016

Another FirstLeaf selection, and the last from my last shipment, this wine was equally as impressive as the other five bottles drank and reviewed.  Our offering today is from South Eastern Australia and is an 80/20% mix of Shiraz/Cabernet Sauvignon.

Pigeon Hill 2016 Shiraz-Cab

The wine has a very faint nose with hints of berry. Swirling the wine brings the berry flavors up. The wine has almost a deep purple tint to it.

The first sip confirms it. Sweet berries and hints of oak come together in a lush mouthfeel that leaves a lingering medium finish on the palate.  As the wine reaches room temperature, the berries become more pronounced, almost like cherry but with less tartness and a touch of spice.

Overall, another solid offering from First Leaf.

few photos from Highland’s 11th Anniversary

Had a blast last Saturday and just forgot to post about it cause it was THAT crazy LOL!

Rocky Patel May 20th, 2011 Edicion Unica

The local rep from Rocky Patel, Stacy Cross, showed up with plenty of goodies, specials, and raffles. Featured were the new Edicion Unica May 20th, 2011, among others. She shared space with General Cigars and a Rocky/General collaboration that escapes me and if she sees this post hopefully she’ll let me know what the other cigar was!

Notes on the Edicion Unica are as follows:

A nice, clean look with a paper bag brown wrapper.  Light with no visible flaws or veins. The pre-light is full of wood flavors and the typical stone fruit/raisiny tastes often found in cigars.

Stacy Cross of Rocky Patel

Upon lighting, the wood notes come across heavily reinforced. As with any Rocky Patel cigars I’ve smoked, the construction and draw are spot on.

Toward the middle of the cigar, sweet cedar notes present themselves along with deep pepper. Wood takes a back seat to (dark?) cocoa bitterness.

Touch of leather on the final end, and the cigar is mellow without being in your face overpowering.   A limited release, if you can find these, get your hands on them and give them a try!

Late Night Chai, Highland’s superstar GM

Of course Mad Moulton was in, making a ton of dope ass drinks that not only had plenty of flavor, but looked incredible to boot. Take a look at his Instagram for proof of his cocktail prowess!

For an 11th anniversary party, it was much lower in key than last year’s 10 year, but still an awesome place with great folks, drinks and cigars. It was indeed, an example of Pure Indulgence.

Wine Review: Le Douleur Exquise 2016

This wine from the region of Bergerac, France was pretty stellar I have to say. Taking it on the back of another, full bodied red from Australia showed that it had power behind it, without being overwhelming.

Oh, this was a selection sent from FirstLeaf.

The wine was almost a combination between straw and gold, with a beautiful bouquet of rich limestone, slight hints of grapefruit and of course, the typical heat from wine.

Very strong mineral notes. Upon taking the first sip, limestone and grapefruit hit my tongue along with those mineral notes I’d mentioned. Very tasty.  This wine is fairly supple and feels good in the mouth with enough weight that it could be a summer sipper or pair well with fish in the fall.

The breakdown:

60% Sauvignon Blanc
30% Semillon (surprised I didn’t get any herbaceous notes)
10% Muscadelle

A fantastic wine overall.

 

Villiger Colorado 1888

Starts off with strong chocolate notes and light flavor. Solid draw and good even burn. Bitter cocoa notes dance over the palate almost as if afraid but are later joined with definite sweetness and a touch of the bold.

In the second third the cocoa becomes sweeter.

The cigar develops a softer profile over time and maintains throughout the smoke.

From what I was told, the new CEO of Villiger is committing more resources to premium handmade so bravo!

Cigar Reviews – Quesada 70th

Cold draw reveals lots of plum and raisin. The band is simple but elegant – black with gold lettering and trim stating the cigar name and 70th embossed.

Right off the bat bread-like tastes start off the cigar with a good draw. Not too hard. Dark grey smoke that also smells sweet. The taste quickly adds spice – not quite pepper but something.

Had to correct the burn line at first but that is minor. Draw is a little stiff but after a second and third puff it loosens up. Flavors meld together into warm bread, black pepper and hints of wood.

Near the end of the first third, vegetal notes appear. Cedar strengthens. Pepper intensifies.

The body is medium definitely to full The second third has more cedar. Some smokiness.

The pepper and spice strengthen in the middle.

Flavors really intensify at the end where we now taste sweetness along with the spice taking a back seat and the smoke still medium in the mouth. This definitely is fuller in body and is a great cigar. I’ve got one I’m holding on to to see how it changes over another year or two if I can mange!