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 😉
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 😛
There was a lot of fun had, the shop was packed and I think many more people know about Grants AND the tasty Tatuajes.
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!
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
This reddish purple syrah has complex flavors with depth! A real treat with typical Aussie Syrah notes of pepper, berry and firm yet soft tannins. A medium finish with an open nose, this is a wine that fails to disappoint.
Picked it up at Grocery Outlet for about $5.00, retails for about $18.00 on Wine Searcher.com
Best paired well with a pepper steak for enhancement on the spice.
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
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.
Paid $12 at BevMo. Yeah I don’t wanna hear it about qualifyiing for the blog :p
Cassis on the nose with dark berry fruits with light mouthfeel complimented by firm tannins to make this an enjoyable wine. The producer says they source from small lots and it shows with none of the overpowering characteristics that large lot product generally has.
My palate isn’t distinct enough to tell the difference between French and Hungarian Oak yet but there was a definite smoothness added by the presence of oak aging.
$15.99 online. Again I picked mine up at Grocery Outlet for at least half off.
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 😉
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
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.