Category Archives: Cigars

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!

Grants Tobacconist hosts Pete Johnson of Tatuaje Cigars!

Grants Tobacconist to host Pete Johnson of Tatuaje Cigars WEDNESDAY JUNE 16th at 5:30!

Owner Joe Barron will be spinning records from his eclectic collection while pouring martinis using Shakers vodka!

Buy any three Tatuaje, La Riqueza or Cabaiguan cigars, get a Havana VI(nobles) free.

562 Market Street in San Francisco!

Btw, we’re hoping to get an interview with Pete for Pure Indulgence. Also, the Grants Burlewque Girls willb e cutting and lighting cigars 😉

Rocky Patel Rep Tim Wong interviewed today

We spoke with Tim Wong of Rocky Patel cigars to discuss the latest coming from that famed factory, the mission behind the cigars, the man behind the mission and all things Rocky.

Taking time out from a busy schedule, Tim Wong gave us some insight into Rocky’s marketing genius, a closer look at the blends and then we talked lastly about Tim’s personal palate. Be sure to catch teh show at 4 PM PST

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Cigar Review: Fuente Fuente OpusX

This well constructed cigar from the Fuente family is one of the finest Puros to come out of the Dominican Republic.

Notes start off with a silky smooth taste from aged tobaccos that meld into hearty a spicy rich taste on the palate. From such a little vitola comes a thick plume of gray smoke with a dark gray ash. The medium finish compliments the rest of this complex cigar leaving the smoker with a satisfied experience.

Aged leaves for the Opus X contribute to a variety of tastes that differs slightly from size to size and will not disappoint fans!

This is one cigar to have in your humidor and I’d like to add that since it’s a smaller size puro, it’s perfect for those quick occasions when you want a lot of flavor but don’t have much time.

Next week on Pure Indulgence

This week we’ll cover Pinot Noir as a single grape varietal while discussing the versatility of which wines can be made from it. We’ll mention new world and old world styles while referencing wines that “should” be easy to find at most wine retailers off and online. With cigars, we’ll share a few recommendations for those wanting to try cigars. Hint, we’re AVOIDING macanudo!

What I’m smoking this week: Padron 4000, La Riqueza Double Corona, Arturo Fuente Rosado, and Grants Royal Reserve Blend Pipe Tobacco
What I’m drinking this week: Rutz Cellars 1997 Quail Hill Vineyard Russian River Chardonnay, Grants Blended Scotch, Knob Creek Whiskey

Check out the blog for White Wolf Indulgence, which helped spin off PI at:

As always find us at Radio Dentata

Cigar Review: Casa Magna Robusto

Rated Cigar of the year by Cigar Aficionado, this Nicaraguan Puro is the result of Manuel Quesada and Nestor Plascencia’s expert blending with an oily Colorado wrapper and Nicaraguan binder/filler for a medium to full bodied yet complex smoke.

The Casa Magna Robusto sports a hearty taste in a small package. Robust in flavor, the cigar itself starts off with a little pepper, cedar and spiciness before the mid point where dark coffee flavors take over. Full flavors hit one from the start and continue until the last third where the cigar mellows into sweeter coffee and cedar notes.

It’s a well constructed Robusto that burns evenly and has a light grey ash that held on for quite some time.

I paired this with water but couuld see a light bourbon or whiskey to match it quite nicely. I have to say I really enjoyed the cedar notes but found them on the back end of the palate, rather than the dark coffee notes that were more forthcoming.

Cigar Exclusive: LGC Artesanos De Tabaqueros

Are you a La Gloria Cubana fan? Have you been fortunate enough to smoke the exclusive Artesanos de Miami cigars which are only allowed to be made by top 18 rollers of the company?? Normally the Miami cigars don’t actually leave Miami themselves, but they are available exclusively at Nat Sherman in New York City and now Nat Sherman is proud to announce that they will be the FIRST tobacconist to have LGC’s newest luxury creation, the Artesanos de Tabqueros.

Read more here

Personally I’ve only had one La Gloria. But I’m willing to give them another try since I’ve educated my palate. Grants carries many of the LGCs so I’ll have to try them there. I’ll reveiw as appropriate.

NEWS: Pure Indulgence launching on Radio Dentata today at 1 PM PST!

As you’ve been with me for awhile now, you know what this blog is about. Now you get to hear me once a week talk about cigars and wine on Radio Dentata

I am Sascha Illyvich, host of Pure Indulgence. We’re dedicated to empowering those who wish to embark upon the Good Life known as fine wine and cigars. Our show will focus on education at first, talking about basics of wine/spirits and cigars before getting into the nitty gritty of why we smoke/drink and how to maximize pleasure from The Good Life.

Pure Indulgence started out by pure annoyance as some of my erotic romance author friends, my producer kept asking me to expand in this direction. When my publicist suggested I do a show or write a blog on it, I told her I’d toy with the idea until my long time publisher Jean Marie Stine of Renaissance E-books fame (and ownership) told me one night I should do the show. So here it is; a weekly half hour show to simplify the daunting world of wine and cigars.

Catch us weekly on http://www.radiodentata.com
White Wolf Indulgence Blog: http://whitewolfindulgence.wordpress.com

Cigar Review: Arturo Fuente Rosado

This 6X54 release from Arturo Fuente is a delicious, well constructed cigar from the Dominican Republic. I’m pretty sure I mentionedthis a few weeks back when I talked about having Thomas at Grants hold back two more for me. I tried hard to find them online and I’ve failed.

The taste from the aged wrapper is mellow, smooth and honestly reminds me of cotton candy. This is a medium bodied cigar that would pair well with a fno or manzania sherry, or equally well with a bourbon or rich aged port.

Yeah, I smoked that fucker to the nub!

This week’s list of things I’ve tried

Nothing spectacular so far this week but I have had a few interesting morsels of goodness come my way in the form of wine, hard liquor and cigars!

Elmer T Lee bourbon – This offering from Ancient Ange Distilling Co. in Kentucky has a nice caramel with a smooth taste. It’s high rye blend with some mild vanilla sweetness in the mouth. Had a long finish that paired well with my cigar. Golden color with a reddish tint. Inexpensive bourbon (about $24 for 750ml from )

Kim Crawford 2008 Marlborough Pinot Noir – A very light bodied australian pinot noir with bright cherry and soft mouthfeel that delivers plenty of acidity and a light to medium finish. Bright red with purple color in the glass. Tasted at Occidental Cigar Bar in San Francisco. $12 a glass there, $16.00 a bottle at The Wine Outlet

Arturo Fuente Rosado R54 – 6 1/4 X 54 smoke that I enjoyed over two hours at Grants. I had to pick up two more to lay down as the box disappeared almost as soon as Thomas opened it. For a little more than $11 a stick in the B/M shop, this is a cigar with medium flavors of sweetness due to the 10 year old aged Ecuadorian wrapper and blended with a Domiinican filler that is allowed to age for another year. Creamy, pleasant, with an easy draw and perfect construction.

That’s been what I’ve had for the week that held my interest. Look out for a wine review of the 2004 Legends Merlot from Larry Bird and legendary napa valley producer Mitch Cosetino, the ’04 Cabernet Sauvignon from the same, and a review of an impressive spirit called Dimmi Liquor Di Milano!