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!

Cigar Review: Rocky Patel Decade

With a beautiful eye catching Ecuadorian Sumatra wrapper, the Rocky Patel Decade is a blast of flavor from one of the newer voices in the Cigar Industry. Rocky Patel’s attempt to create a cigar commemorating ten years in this business is one that doesn’t disappoint. Not as full bodied as the Patel Bros, but just as tasty, the Decade starts off with a pleasing aroma of coffee. Flavors that linger on the palate include light earthiness that carry all the way to the nub.

Plenty of smoke emits from this finely constructed cigar. I won’t bother mentioning the glowing reviews this cigar gets but they are present for a reason.

I’m beginning to see some of the trademark tastes of these cigars and the others I smoke. More on that later.

Cigar Review: Short Story by Arturo Fuente

This tiny vitola packs a lot of flavor as did the Work of Art from the Hemingway Line by Arturo Fuente. The Perfecto shape signifies a skilled roller as does the one inch ash that clings after being lit. Notes of sweet cedar compliment a medium finish that lasts all the way to the nub.

I will be honest, this being the first one I’ve smoked, it burned a little hot. Paired with water, the Arturo Fuente Short Story was a little bitter on the prelight but had delicious aromas and a consistent taste just as it’s little brother, the Work of Art.

For new cigar smokers, this is an excellent way to get into a new habit that promotes relaxation, good flavor and only takes roughly 30-45 minutes of time. Once you try the Short Story you’ll quickly find yourself wanting more. Pair with a sweeter bourbon such as the Four Roses

Cigar Review: Rocky Patel Patel Bros.

One of the newest cigar makers the industry at the time when I first picked up smoking cigars was Rocky Patel. He’d left his career as a lawyer and found a much better following and probably more success in the cigar industry by making his own cigars. Most folks probably know him for the Edge, a full flavored vitola only for “professional smokers.” Quality on these cigars was astounding and the price was unbeatable.

Shortly after the release of the Edge, Patel launched the 10 year and 12 year blends which were an instant hit due to consistent flavor and great rankings from Cigar Aficionado. Personally I tend to like the 12 year 1990 in a Churchill form for maximum smoking pleasure.

I had the opportunity to try out the Rocky Patel Patel Bros yesterday and I have to say it’s a wonderful stick. A gorgeous dark maduro Pennsylvanian broadleaf wrapper adds flavor and power to this unique Nicaraguan binder and filler. The cigar starts off with robust, spicy and somewhat overpowering flavors that meld into dark roasted coffee notes.
The second third of this cigar mellows even further with toasty earth and mild spice while allowing a perfect draw throughout. The ash held on for about a half inch, indicating flawless construction. A medium to full finish on the palate reminded me of the Casa Magna blend, only a little more complex.

For those interested, this is the first cigar released that was a collaboration between Rocky and his brother Nish. The two for some time wanted to create a special cigar and this is definitely one that continues the legacy of Rocky Patel.

We’ll cover this cigar and a little more about it on an upcoming episode of Pure Indulgence, found only on Radio Dentata. Don’t forget that we did have the opportunity to speak with Tim Wong of Rocky Patel for almost an hour and as soon as the podcast link is up, you’ll find it first here!

The Pete Johnson event at Grants

On June 16th the event at Grants kicked off with music, alcohol provided by Shakers Vodka and of course Pete Johnson himself, showing up to help work the register, talk to fans about his cigars and of course smoke. Pete’s an amazingly open man and a lot of fun to talk to about a TON of things.

Of course the Grants Burlesque Cigar Girls were on hand smoking in more than one way ūüėČ

I picked up a four pack consisting of the la riqueza no 2, cabaiguan robusto, el triunfador and the Havana VI Nobles. I also scored a few petite tatuajes. Those little smokes are FULL of flavor (Thanks Reggie) for their size. I was also able to purchase one of the red tubed Tatuajes I’ve yet to smoke but had Pete sign.

As I said, the man is full of knowledge about the cigar industry. His journey into this world will be covered in a future interview on Pure Indulgence, complete with tasting notes about the Espirite de Verite(sp) I smoked the next day.

Owner Joe Barron kept it fresh with dope tunes he spun from his personal eclectic collection while the folks form SHakers poured martinis. I did a review here

I’m still waiting on a few pics from Mason ūüėõ

There was a lot of fun had, the shop was packed and I think many more people know about Grants AND the tasty Tatuajes.

Cigar Review: Arturo Fuente Hemingway Work of Art

The Arturo Fuente Work of Art is the first cigar I’ve tried from the Hemingway line. What a powerhouse in such a small vitola! This cigar is barely 4 inches in length. Showing skilled construction in the type of roll showed itself after the cigar has burned down about a quarter of an inch.

The taste starts off like any other Fuente Hemingway, sweetness from the Cameroon wrapper and Dominican binder/filler. The sweetness blends into a pine/cedar combination that’s rich yet not overpowering. A full finish leads to satisfaction for a half hour.

The Hemingway line is the first of Fuente’s limited production run so score these if you can!

Wine Review: Charles Creek Vineyards Miradero 2004 Cab Sauv/Merlot blend

We picked up this lively wine from Grocery Outlet and swirled and smelled, and swirled and smelled! Ripe fruit hits the nose followed by spice that lingers on the palate from the initial sip. Deep red color, this wine shows plenty of structure from the 2004 vintage of Cabernet Sauvignon but is softened by the merlot blend. It’s a 67/33 Cab/Merlot blend from this producer that carries a light-medium mouthfeel and plenty of fruit and apparent spice.

A nice wine for enjoyment at $32 per bottle, even better at $4.99 from Grocery Outlet. This wine is showing potential to lay down for another year or two, and I’m guessing it’d soften up nicely.

Charles Creek Vineyards

Liquor Review: Shakers Vodka

This will be a twofold review as the vodka has two forms. A Wheat and a Rye.

The Wheat vodka was clean, with a typical nose and very neutral taste though there was a light vanilla on the back of the palate.

The Rye vodka on the other hand: A nice spice, a little dirty with that famous peppery spice rye products are known for. It didn’t quite taste “old manish” (and I am a rye drinker) but rather clean as did the Wheat vodka.

Find Shakers Vodka here

Wine Review: Query 2007 Monterrey Coast Pinot Noir

This beautiful deep red wine starts off with berries that smack the lips with lusch juiciness. Tart cherry and oak flavors feature prominently on the palate though the terroir of the land, (loam/sand) is prevalent too.

This wine IS an expression of the Monterrey Region. Paired with Chicken Mushroom marsala. Interesting note: Drinking from the glass vs drinking straight out the bottle, out of the bottle I picked up heavier spice, cinnamon perhaps.

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