Monday, April 30, 2012

Padilla Series 2010 Capa-habano

Abs
I am a big fan of most Padilla (pronounced Pa-dee-a) products and was anxious to give this a try.
Construction was first rate and the cap was solid although a bit thin.  The wrapper leaf was very blotchy, but I don't hold that against a cigar as I do not buy them for the looks but for the taste.
Solid and firm throughout.
Lighting it came up with a bit of a bite, but not too bad of a bite.  Wonderful subtle flavors of oak and leather for the start which switched to a nutty flavor about mid point, and that always favorite barn yard smell.
Hints of spice darted in and out during the entire smoke although you needed to be paying close attention or they flitted by.
All in all it was most enjoyable.
What would I pay?  $9.00 in a cigar store.

Sunday, April 29, 2012

Alec Bradley 1997

I got a few of these in several months ago and put them away to settle down a bit.  I didn't want to delve right in just in case they were a little green.
Alan Rubin began the Alec Bradley company in 1997.  The company name is the combination of the first names of his two sons, Alec and Bradley.  His cigars were a hit right off the bat with many of them obtaining ratings of 90+.  I am a huge fan of just about everything that is turned out by the Alec Bradley people and my humidors are chocked full of Tempus, Prensado, and Family Blend.
This is a Nicaraguan wrapper over 10 year old Mexican Ligero and Nicaraguan Criollo filler leaves.
This will be my first for this cigar and I have not read any reviews on it to cloud my judgement.
Prelight:  Exterior inspection shows this to be of the first rate in the way of construction and selection of wrapper leaf.  it is tightly packed and firm throughout with no soft spots.  Cap is solid but not overly thick.
To this point I am really liking this cigar.
Cold draw was easy and I was a little shocked as I had expected it to be harder considering how firm this cigar felt.  The flavor of the cold draw was just tobacco taste.
Lighting it was another shocker.  Not what I was expecting one bit.  Most of the Alec Bradley cigars are chocolaty smooth.  This had a bite.  Not an unpleasant bite, but it was not a Tempus.
The flavors were very mute however and difficult to pick up on.  Maybe a hint of licorice.  Dairy creamer.  Definitely dairy creamer.
Sarah Jean, Abs & Erin
Of course there is no dairy creamer or licorice in the cigar, but the minerals that the tobacco plant took from the soil impart flavors not unlike these familiar flavors.
Burn was even and the ask held tight.  This cigar lasted well over and hour, and for being a short 5 incher was a nice treat.
The flavors were pretty consistent throughout, getting a tad bit stronger toward the end but still enjoyable.
I was very happy with this cigar even though it was not what I expected.
I will look forward to adding this selection of the Alec Bradley line to my humidor collection.
What would I pay?  $9.00 in a cigar store.


Spring is here and I am looking forward to getting the pontoon boat in the lake.  We seem to have lots of fun on the Swanson pontoon boat.  Unlike the ones they have on Northstar Lake where kids seem to hang out.  Little Rainier Lake is for adults only.

The Governor of Minnesota has made it very clear that he is a city boy who hate trees and the north woods. He has taken control of state land away from the DNR and is going to manage it all for mining.  It is the mining he is shooting for, don't kid yourself.  Screw the trees, screw people who enjoy the north woods.  Bring in the mining companies.  He must have gotten lost as a toddler in in a city park, because it is clear he hates trees, outdoors and cares nothing for people who do.

Saturday, April 28, 2012

Fonseca Arana

My Moose, and my friend, Ian
If you are looking for a good smoking ciagar at a very reasonable price, this may just be your cup of tea.  This stick supports a Habano wrapper over a 1998 Criollo binder.  The cap is super thick and firm.  The wrapper leaf is oily and nice to hold.
But the important part is this is one damn good smoke.  it burns well, long and the flavor is top of the line pepper and a hint of spice without being over powering.
It was developed by the same fellow who designed the Casa Magna which we have all come to love and is rated 93.
Currently you can get these for about $2.00+ at your on-line cigar shops such as Cigar International.  For that price they are a steal.
What would I pay?  $8.00 in a cigar store.
One word of caution with this stick.  it is not for working in the yard.  if you let it go out and keep chewing on it it become very bitter.  It is fine if you keep smoking, but don't use it as a work cigar.

Since February 6th I seem to have reviewed about $650 dollars worth of cigars.  As I only reviewed one per day and smoke about six a day you can see this can be one expensive past time.  But it beats the hell out of putting my money in slot machines at the casino.  Give me a good cigar any day.

Friday, April 27, 2012

Tony Borhani Bahia Trinidad

My Moose ~Cheryl   Somewhere in southern California
This is a 1996 Corojo wrapper that is produced in Nicaragua.  The wrapper leaf is a beauty but the quality of construction seemed to be lacking a bit as there was some separation issues.  I was hoping it was not going to be a leaker.   Turned out it was okay and started out with a sweet wood flavor.  Further into it the black pepper came into play.  All the while it was creamy and smooth, never once biting or burning your throat.
The burn was even and the ash was strong.
I walked in the woods with my wife while I smoked this.  We scared a beaver away from a 75 foot tree he was attempting to cut down and was only about half way through with I when we broke in on his tea party.  Tomorrow I may take it down for him/her and make an end table out of the work he did today, providing he does not return tonight and finish the job.
This was a good cigar for that walk and not overly potent so as to grab my full attention away from the warm evening we were enjoying.
All in all a good cigar.  Not one that will forever stick out in my mind, but good none the less.
What would I pay?  $7.00 in a cigar store.

Thursday, April 26, 2012

Gurkha Empire IV

I am excited about trying this one only because of the wrapper.  It has a Brazilian Arapiraca wrapper, of which I am a huge fan.  This leaf has that dark maduro look to it but less sweet.  It is found notably on some of my favorite cigars, such as, the CAO Brazillia, Carlos Torano Signature collection and Alec Bradley's Trilogy series.
Abs
Pre-light.  Nothing really notable about the stick itself.  Well made and well packed.  The wrapper has that dark but not so oily look like other Arapiraca wrapped cigars.  A cold draw experienced a somewhat barnyard taste that was nice  and the flavor of the wrapper was enough to bring a smile to my kisser.  I do like these leaves.
Lighting-Nothing to write home about.  Flavor was woody and a little spice.  Good, even burn down to the nub. A little tight on the draw but I opened it up a bit by messaging the tip between my thumb and forefinger.
There was no change in the flavor from start to finish.  If you are looking for excitement in your cigar, this is not the one for you.  This is for working in the yard.  A good smoke, but uneventful and unchanging.  The best part being the flavor of the wrapper and the fact that I didn't need to pay attention to it.  So I finished the last half while splitting firewood.
Bottom line:  A good smoke without the bells and whistles.
What would I pay?  $8.00 in a cigar store.

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Don Pepin Garcia Cuban Classic

Wrapper: Nicaraguan Corojo
Filler & Binder: Nicaraguan

Don Pepin Garcia cigars have been a hit and miss with me.  I like some of them very well, and others not so much.  I was anxious to try this Cuban Classic so I did not let it sit in my humidor upon receiving it for a couple of weeks like I should have.
Thyia
Well constructed with just a hint of loose wrapper about a third of the way up from the foot.  I was hoping this would not turn into one of those that comes unraveled.  Firm and solid throughout.
Cap was solid but not as thick as I would have liked, but it did punch well.
Pre-light draw was easy and gave me a taste I was hoping would change when it was lit.  Damn thing tasted like a Dutch Master you get in a gas station.  That sweet, icky taste.  I think some cigar reviewers call it, cherry.  I call it Dutch Master ick.
Big surprise.  Upon lighting I did not get any of that sweet ick taste.  It was gone, replaced by a sharp pepper and almost cognac flavor.  Not terrible.  Not the greatest thing since sliced bread, but not terrible either.
This cigar burned a bit fast for my liking.  5.5X48 ish that lasted about 20 minutes.  Would have liked to see it go 40.  But then i was tired of it by then anyway.
OK cigar.  Not great by any stretch of the imagination, but OK.
What would I pay?  $5.00 in a cigar store.

How dare them.

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Alec Bradley Select Cabinet Reserve

SCR by Alec Bradley is typical of most of their work.  They have some of the very best tasting cigars out there in the world and my only complaints are, they are always a bit soft in the hands, and half of them canoe when burning.  Sometimes so bad you have to give up and toss it.
This one was a bit soft under the fingers toward the foot but firmed up toward the cap.  Construction appeared good and the cap was solid and a reasonable thickness.
Upon lighting it I was welcomed by a strong toast taste.  Slightly burnt toast, and scrumptious.  I was not over powered by spice and pepper, as so many cigars these days are.  This was a pleasant change and I very much enjoyed it.
Abs - "The Chess Player"
The flavor brought me back to my childhood when I would grab a piece of toast in the morning before I headed out the door to wait for the school bus.  I hated breakfast and thought it was a waste of valuable morning time.  Toast was good enough.My brother would gorge himself on eggs, bacon, toast and orange juice, which probably accounts for him being a fat guy today.  A slice of toast and I was good until I got home and mom made supper.  I never ate a lunch at school either.  One meal a day was enough.  Other than that one was just pigging out for no reason other than to be overweight, as far as I was concerned.  My young life (and adult life)  was too damn important to be wasted on excess food consumption.I would get off the bus about a mile from my home so I could go into the gas station and get a cigar out of the machine for 5 cents however.  It made the last mile walk home a pleasure.
But back to this SCR.
About midpoint in the cigar the flavors dropped the toast and switched to a bit of pepper and oak.  I don't know if this had something to do with the softness to hardness of the construction I noted earlier or it was just per chance.  I would like to think Alec Bradley purposely built it this way.  It was a nice switch as a cigar that tastes the same all the way through gets boring after a bit and interest wanders elsewhere, where it should be on the smoke.
Great cigar right down to the nub where a tad bit of spice kicked in.
What would I pay?  $12.00 in a cigar store.

I know I have used this image before, but I really like it.

Tomorrow the U.S. Supreme Court hears oral arguments on Arizona vs Obama.
Arizona decided to enforce the laws on immigration that the U.S. Government said they were not going to enforce due to budget constraints.  And if you believe that nonsense I have a bridge I would like to sell to you.
Arizona did not go out and just make up laws for themselves.  No, they just adopted the Federal laws that were in existence that Obama said he was not going to enforce.  Arizona decided to do Obama's job since he was not going to do it.  Makes one wonder why he wanted the job in the first place it he doesn't want to do the work.  But that is another story where idiots who know nothing about someone, campaigned to get him elected because he was black, and they were limp wrist liberals who just had to get a black person in no matter who he was, and that story will be reserved for a later date.
So, Arizona decides to do Obama's job because he refuses.  Then Obama sues Arizona for attempting to do his job.  Go figure that one out.
Then come in the same limp wrist liberals who voted Obama into office and they scream, Racial Profiling at Arizona.  We knew they would.  They just have to find something to scream about.  They live in Never Never Land with their heads up their ass.
If a male /white/English origin person was standing next to a male/brown/Mexican origin person, and I suspected one of them was an illegal immigrant, i think I would racial profile and jump on the Mexican.
Now one of these limp wrist liberals would would tell you that racial profiling is bad.  And that we shouldn't be doing it.  It is a good thing they are so damn scared of their own shadows that they never want to be law enforcement officers, or nothing would get solved.
I sure hope the U.S. Supreme Court has the balls to decide Arizona has every right to do the work the U.S. Government should be doing.   And I hope they chastise Obama openly for the rest of the world to see.
And I hope all the limp wrist liberals move to Mexico.  But that is asking a lot.  They don't want to live there, they just want rainbows and to never grow up.

Monday, April 23, 2012

Hoyo Excalibur Dark Knight

Thyia

I did a review of the Cameroon wrapper of this cigar back in February.  This is a maduro version made with a Connecticut Broadleaf.  This maduro imparts a nice chocolate flavor but not over powered by the filler as so many cigars these days want to do.  A medium bodied cigar that allows you to enjoy the flavor without that burning, gasping mix of full power stuff the cigar industry is attempting to sell these days.  
This one allows you to savor the maduro wrapper because you can actually taste it.
As with all Hoyo cigars this one is bumpy and veins stick out of the leaf all over the place.  I like that.  Who wants a smooth perfectly formed in a mold cigar?  Not I.
The cap is thick and solid.  Another great feature of the Dark Knight.
One has to finger this stick for awhile before getting around to ultimately smoking it.  It feels wonderful in the hands.  Makes you think of that young, Cuban girl once again.
As always the smoking experience of the Black Knight is a treat.  Cedar, leather, cherry.  They are all in there.  Then there is the coffee and bittersweet chocolate from the maduro wrapper.  Heaven could never be this wonderful.  You can go, I'll stay right here where the Dark Knight is made.
What would I pay?  $12.00 in a cigar store.  However, they are much cheaper than that.

Sunday, April 22, 2012

Alec Bradley Prensado

Abs & Erin
This is one of the Alec Bradley cigars that carries a 90+ rating and is one of my favorite, although I have an issue with the burn on about half of them.
They have a very rich chocolate taste and flavors that need to be enjoyed while sitting with your feet up.
One of the better cigars offered to the general public, and one that carries a reasonably healthy price tag, most of the time.  You can find them on specials quite often, which lessons the blow to the piggy bank.
This one ranks right up there with their Tempus cigar that I seem to head towards when I am in the mood for a really good cigar.
No spicy thing that burns the back of your throat or pepper that makes you sneeze.  A nice chocolate and earth taste that make you want more and more.
Well, it seems in talking about it I also gave you my review of it.
My only issue with the Prensado is about half of them burn terribly uneven.  But only about half the time.  The other half are dead on the mark.  Why?  I have no idea, but it does drive me a little crazy when I find the one that wants to canoe on me and I am settled down into a comfortable chair.
This one behaved beautifully.
What would I pay?  $12.00 in a cigar store.

Worth a look see.

Saturday, April 21, 2012

Jaime Garcia Reserva Especial

Abs
Pronounced (Hi-May) for us northern boys, Jaime is the son of Don Peppin Garcia who has been in business making great cigars for a long time.  Jaime branched out on his own a few years back and is responsible for the series, My Father Cigar line that has captured the attention of the cigar smoking world by storm.
I suspect this smoke will be great as well.
Nice looking band that tells me Jaime has some standards left for making good cigars.  The construction is top notch as well.
It has a Connecticut Broadleaf, maduro wrapper over a Ecuador binder, over Nicaraguan fillers.  The cap is strong and thick, which I really like in a good cigar.
Pre-light I noted smells of molasses and  hay which made me smile.  So often a cigar has little smell.
Upon lighting I found it to be a cool smoke and one where I picked up on earth flavors, that molasses and hay, and coconut.  A bit into it I was aware of chocolate and oak.
This cigar had it all and was a real treat to experience.
But it is one where you want to sit down, put your feet up and relax so you can take in all that it has to offer.
What would I pay?  $14.00 in a cigar store.

Seems lately we are learning that the first amendment right of freedom of speech only applies if you are not talking about the President.
Sad that Americans can't speak their minds these days.
Hopkins Minnesota has band a toy gun from public places because it look too real.  We are loosing what little freedoms we have, piece by piece and becoming a Government run society where they are telling us what we can see, speak, do and have.  And they are monitoring our every movement and communication.
George Orwell was right.  He only got the date wrong by 30 years.

Friday, April 20, 2012

La Riqueza D' Clouet 16

This is a fairly new cigar by Tatuaje.  A Nicaraguan filler encased by a dark natural Connecticut Broadleaf wrapper.  This is only available in a few select cigar stores and may be tough to find.   There are other La Rigueza smokes out there of course, but this new one has yet to hit mainstream.
Abs
Box pressed and firm throughout with no soft spots.  Not the prettiest looking cigar I have held, but not too bad.  A so-so sort of thing.  Cap was a reasonable thickness without sharing too many of their precious leaves.
First puff left a bitter after taste in my mouth that I did not care for one bit.  I don't mind burning cardboard taste but  don't care to have the ashes of burnt cardboard in my mouth and that is was this was like.
I pressed on hoping it would change or mellow as I went.
No.
Much disappointment followed.  My mouth turned very dry and I actually had grit in my mouth from the wrapper that was grinding between my teeth.
Two thumbs down for this smoke.
What would I pay?  Nada.

Mystery of life #541
Women use knives as a disposable item.
Every kitchen knife has a bent tip because they used it to pry at something.
Men keep their good knives locked up, or hidden from women.  It is the only way to ensure there is a good knife when we go to use one.  

Thursday, April 19, 2012

San Cristobal ELegancia

Sarah Jean
Made by My Father Cigar and distributed by Ashton Cigar this is a very solid, and very well made stick.  It sports an Ecuadorian Connecticut wrapper over some dandy Nicaraguan tobacco.
I'm not a big fan of pale wrappers as they leave a somewhat metallic taste in my mouth that I am not fond of, but this one was not bad.  I even like the band on this cigar.  Sports a very nice parrot with some ships in the background.
Although seemingly flawless in construction and a very well made cap, the cap was a little thin.  Didn't hurt anything but another layer would have been fitting for an otherwise great looking cigar as this is.
First puff I noticed that this was a cool smoking cigar and I was going to like it.  The flavor was sea air and a little hay.  Very enjoyable.
As it progressed it ran through the gamut of oak, pepper and cashews.
This is a good morning cigar when you don't want something strong and heavy.
What would I pay?  $8.00 in a cigar store.

In Wisconsin.
Seems all these people who complain can have sex in their home but just don't want other people to have a good time with it.
When are people going to accept sex as a part of being in the animal kingdom?
Sex!   Ohhhh.  Such a terrible thing.
For those opposed to sex on a nude beach I say, Get a life.  Quit trying to keep others from enjoying themselves because you are stuck in a relationship with a prude, or you just don't have a healthy sexual relationship at all.  Let people do what they were meant to do, have sex. Quit trying to stop the world because you are not involved.
Sex in the bushes.  What a terrible thing!  At least they are going into the bushes.  They could have sex on the beach, which I would find okay.
I would much rather come around a corer in my canoe and see two people enjoying a natural sex act than seeing a bloody, vermin, deer.
I don't understand why we allow the Church Ladies to run our lives.
And for the Wisconsin DNR to take part in this is an outrage.  They should know better.  But then the Wisconsin DNR has always been a joke to the rest of the country.
Leave people alone.  Sex is a natural act that was necessary for everyone on this planet to exist.
I really hate humans as a whole.  They are selfish morons that want to be able to do something but not allow other to do the same.  It is okay if I go home and have sex with my wife, but heaven forbid you have sex with your wife where I might see it.
Shame on the Wisconsin DNR.  Shame on Wisconsin.  If you have to look through a telescope to see someone having sex in the bushes you are invading someone's privacy.  Someone who has taken a precaution to get out of the normal view of people.  That places the Wisconsin DNR in the category of, PERVERTS.
Why not look into my bedroom window?  Assholes.
And the lady who rents canoes should be happy because I would guess that most people who rent canoes from her do so so they can cruise by that public, nude beach.  Shut it down and her business would dry up in a heart beat.
I have been to that beach.  It is the only area in the midwest where one can go and shed their clothing.  Places like Arizona and New Mexico have abundant areas where clothing is optional.  But midwest Church Ladies rule the roost.  Sad.

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

5 Vegas Classic 55

Me & Abs
This is a very nice looking, box pressed cigar with almost hospital corners.  A good feel with no soft spots noted and a plain looking tobacco leaf wrapper made from Sumatra leaves.  This wrapper has a dull finish and it makes you think there should have been something more done, but you can't think of what it could be.
The cap was reasonable, about three layers but not super thick.  Draw was a little tight.
The smoke from this cigar is white, whereas most cigars create a sort of bluish smoke.
A very mild cigar with hints of pepper, spice and cocoa.
I think this is rated as a medium bodied stick but I would put it more in the mild category.
Burn was consistent and even throughout. A most enjoyable hour and fifteen minute smoke without any surprises one way or another.  Pretty much a consistent flavor from start to finish.  If you are one of those people who like the flavors to mix and change as they work their way through a cigar, this is not for you.
What would I pay?  $5.00 in a cigar store.

Okay, this is my ticket for a wonderful Presidential ticket:
Jan Brewer for President.
Bobby Jindal as Vice President.

Jan understands keeping our borders protected and has done wonderful step to do so even though the U.S. Government has battled against her because they have not done their job and don't want to look bad.
Bobby tells it like it is.  When BP dumped the oil in the gulf he aid, "If you don't get your ass down here and clean up your mess, I will, and I will send you a bill".
Two people who are willing to stand up to Governmental stupidity.
If they ran I would be the first in line to vote for them.
What we got.....I care not to vote for any of them.
I am not one who is willing to vote for the lesser of the evils.  All of the candidates running for the office of President are morons.  All of them.
Jan.......   Please run for president next election!  We need you.

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Graycliff Avelino 80th

Abs
This is a cigar my son sent to me.  I am a fan of most of the Graycliff stuff I have sampled so far and was excited to give this one a go.
As with all the Graycliffs that I have had the pleasure of trying, this one was flawless in construction too.
The cap was very thick and made for a nice, deep punch.
First thing that grabbed me was the flavors.  I am not sure what they tasted like.  Nothing I was familiar with.  But my goodness was it wonderful.  Maybe a little walnutty and leather, but not like other cigars.  Very smooth and very enjoyable.
This did not let me down and I really enjoyed this cigar down to the nub.  An even burn that you could have put a straight edge onto.
Toward the end I was picking up a little fuity taste mixing in that was nice.
This was one good cigar.
What would I pay?  $12.00 in a cigar store.

Yesterday I awoke to seven inches of wet snow, no electricity, and trees down.  I mean, trees down.  I got the 4 wheeler going and gasses up the chainsaw.  By 2pm I had cleared the driveway out to the highway of fallen trees.  You still had to drive through branches that were hanging down because they were heavy with snow, but you could get out if you had to.  There were at least five trees that had taken down the power lines that I could see in the quarter of a mile I could view the line right-of-way.  When I called the REA (our rural power company) at 5am I was told they would get there when they could get there.  I didn't care, I just wanted them to be aware of the problem.  We have a good crew of fellows that come out on storms to fix you back up.  By mid afternoon they were able to get in on the road I had cleared for them and get things back up on the poles where they belonged.
The wife's school had been cancelled because of the storm so she spent the day puttering about the place.  It was a good day all in all.

Monday, April 16, 2012

Rocky Patel Olde World Reserve

One of the two Rocky Patel's I'm not overly fond of, but what the heck, it deserves my thoughts.
Dark wrapper and box pressed, this stick looks intriguing.
The construction is not the best and the wrapper is a hit and miss in quality.
I have never had one of these that did not canoe on me (one side doesn't burn), and this was no eception to that rule.  For some reason every one of these I have smoked acts like you laid it in a puddle of water for an hour before lighting it.  One side just will not burn.  Try as I did I could not get it to even out and I ended up tossing it out the window about mid point.
The flavor is strong and harsh for my liking but those flavors are good.  Oak and a nice earth (a constructive way of saying, dirt) are very abundant.  They just don't burn for crap.
If you can get a bunch on sale for a buck a piece they make okay yard work smokes.
What would I pay?  $4.00 in a cigar store.

All civilizations fail.  All super powers fall.  History.  It repeats itself time after time after time.
What makes the people of the U.S. think they are on the right track?  They are on the same track to failure as ever other super power and civilization before it.
At least cows learn that if they lean into the electric fence they will get a nasty jolt.  People just refuse to learn from history.  They somehow think they can do the same thing but it is going to turn out different for them.
You might as well hit your head with a baseball bat.

I see I posted this image a few days ago.  Sorry about that.  I get confused some times.  More often than not.

Sunday, April 15, 2012

Ave Maria Holy Grail

Abs
This is an impressive looking cigar that raises hell in a humidor because of its shape and size.
Produced by A.J.Fernandez who makes the 5 Vegas, Diesel, and the G2 Turbo, this sports a Habano wrapper over Nicaraguan tobacco.
You have got to be a fan of pepper for this one.  It starts out peppery with a moss and earth flavor.  Very nice and mellow, but then builds and by mid cigar it is very peppery with walnuts hints poking in and out of the mix.
The cigar burns nice and even but appears to be a little hot on the burn.
This would be a good cigar with a pale ale.
Most enjoyable although it would have been better if it was a cooler smoke.
What would I pay?  $8.00 in a cigar store.

Does anybody else get tired of things that make noise?
The micro wave beeps at me when it is done.  The over beeps at me when it is up to temperature.  The dryer beeps at me when the cycle is finished.  The car beeps at me when the lights are left on or the key is left in.  Everything wants to beep at me and I have had enough of this racket.  Seems the world can't survive without some noise going on.  If there is a moment of peace and quiet somebody will turn on a radio or television set.  It is maddening.  What is wrong with quiet?  Quiet is good.
City people don't get quiet.  They have traffic or the neighbors air conditioner running, or jet planes going overhead.  They probably don't notice the water kettle beeping when the water is boiling.  I do!  And i am about to rip all the things that beep at me out of the contraptions they are in.  If I wanted noise I would move to Minneapolis.

Saturday, April 14, 2012

Gurkha Crest

Abs in Arizona
Another Gurkha....
This one was okay, but nothing to write home about.
First thing I noted was the wrapper was already coming apart.  A Connecticut maduro that was flapping in the wind as soon as I took it out of its plastic wrapper.
The flavor was medium pepper and wood and wasn't all that bad of a smoke, but that damn wrapper just kept coming apart and by the time i was half way through the thing I would have thought this was a Camaroon wrapper the way it was exploding on me.  I was cautious of my beard because the loose bits of wrapper were catching fire.
Taste wise it was good.  Not great, just good.
What would I pay?  $5.00 with the hopes I just had a bad apple in terms of it holding together.

I see the Department of Justice is monitoring my blog once again.  They stayed away for awhile but they are back now.
You never know when a cigar reviewer with realistic ideas that speaks up against the U.S. Government's propaganda machine might get out of hand.  He might even convince a few other people that the Government needs to be changed for the better.  Then where would things be?
I would like to think a few people in the FBI or Homeland Security just like cigars, or like my images, but I doubt they are visiting for that.
Reminds me of the Hoover years.  Next thing you know they will be holding McCarthy communist hearings again.  I no doubt will be called in and black listed as being a sympathizer.
America, spying on Americans.  Whoda thunk we would come to this point once again.
It is time for a revolution.  Time for Americans to take back their country.  They are watching and keeping files on us, and the next generation will accept that as normal and okay.
We already have the Youth Camps.  We disguise them as being the military.  Military recruiters follow high school kids on Facebook.  Then they play upon what they learned off of there to get the kids to join.
Don't believe me?  Watch this.  It will scare the hell out of you.

Had an anonymous troll attempt to leave a comment on my post yesterday saying he/she would be glad when old people who thought like I did were dead.
One wonders what these children who have such vast knowledge of the world are doing reading my blog in the first place.
My only thought was that I will be glad I am dead too when they are running the show.
The only consolation will be that they will eventually grow up before they are in any sort of position to run anything.
But I can remember when I was a young know it all too.  Thought the older generation were a bunch of morons.  Odd, I still do think most of the people running the world are morons.  Guess my views have not changed.  

Friday, April 13, 2012

Rocky Patel Decade

Abs
I am a big fan of most of the Rocky Patel cigars.  Most of them.  That Connecticut was horse shit, but that was the only one I have found that was not first rate.
I have had these Decade sticks before and have enjoyed them very much.
They are a medium to full bodied cigar that features a dark Sumatra wrapper and is box pressed.
A very smooth black cherry and pepper flavor that could go on for hours if only the damn thing was longer than it is.  But it does last for the better part of an hour as is.
Super cigar.
What would I pay?  $12.00 in a cigar store.

HERE
This saved countless hours and dollars.
We wouldn't hesitate to think this was a good thing if they had been Arabs, Pakistanis, or any mid-eastern nationality.  Mid easterners that come into this country illegally?  Put a bag over their head, bind their feet and wrists and stick them in some remote prison facility run by the military without charges, for years.
But limp wrist liberals who have friends in Mexico, or hire Mexicans to do their yard work because they are lazy and cheap bastards will think it was terrible.
A person who sneaks into this country illegally should be treated as a terrorist and shot, nationality aside.
If you think otherwise you are a moron, or a cheap, lazy bastard.  Just because you have a friend that belongs to a different country does not, or should not make what they do illegal, okay.  Laws are there for everyone.  Not the people of of the country where your friends reside.  Nor the people of the country where you hire (illegally I might add) your yard workers.
Hippocrates.  But we already knew that from your blog posts about photographers rights, except when a photographer photographs something you don't think is appropriate.
Laws according to Hippocrates.  Should be volume five of your self published books.

Thursday, April 12, 2012

Tatuaje Havana

Castle Danger
This was an odd duck floating about in my humidor.  I had never smoked a Tatuaje cigar to my recollection.
This one came with just a red band that said, Tatuaje.  I had to look it up to figure out which one of theirs this was and found it to be the Havana.
I wasn't expecting much mostly because I didn't know anything about it.
Turns out this is one fine cigar.
The wrapper is wonderful and one of those you want to just hold awhile before you get too carried away.
This is a medium bodied cigar with pepper and earth flavors that make you sit up and take notice of the cigar itself.  Beautiful!
A rare find for me and I do believe I will have to find some more of thee beauties.
What would I pay?  $10.00 in a cigar store.


"When you discover that you are riding a dead horse, best strategy is
to dismount.”
However, in U.S. Government, more advanced strategies are often employed,
such as:
 1. Buying a stronger whip.
2. Changing riders.
 3. Appointing a committee to study the horse.
4. Arranging to visit other countries to see how other cultures ride
dead horses.
5. Lowering the standards so that dead horses can be included.
6. Reclassifying the dead horse as living- impaired.
7. Hiring outside contractors to ride the dead horse.
8. Harnessing several dead horses together to increase speed.
9. Providing additional funding and/or training to increase the dead
horse's performance.
10. Doing a productivity study to see if lighter riders would improve
the dead horse's performance.
11. Declaring that as the dead horse does not have to be fed, it is
less costly, carries lower overhead and therefore contributes substantially more to the bottom line of the economy than do some other horses.
12. Rewriting the expected performance requirements for all horses.

If you don't understand this theory of U.S. Government, you haven't lived long enough.

Yesterday I posted an image of Sarah Jean in Arkansas.  We had been on a seven state trip shooting as we went.  I expected Arkansas to be a wonderful spot to shoot in the hills.
We walked mile after mile in so many damn areas of Arkansas that i think we covered every square inch of wooded ground.  We could not find a spot that did not have old tires scattered about in the woods.  Even when we hiked miles back into the woods.
I think I move a half dozen tires out of the scene to get that shot.
You couldn't get me to visit that filthy state again for all the tea in China, and I love my tea.
What a bunch of pigs.  Reminds me of city people, only living in beautiful country.  They wreck everything around them.
Arkansas will be a beautiful place one day.  When humans are gone and mother nature has spent a few thousand more years dissolving all the tires.
People are such slobs.
We left Arkansas and headed into Missouri where the woods were clean and fresh.  What a difference between the two.  Obviously a much higher class of people in Missouri.

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

La Aurora Ecuador

Sarah Jean in Arkansas
This stick has a sun grown Ecuador Sumatra wrapper.  I don't remember where I got this one and it may have come in a sample pack I had bought.
It is a beautiful cigar and tapered at both ends.  It has Cuban, Nicaraguan and Brazilian filler and is packed well and tight.  No soft spots.
It started out with a creamy mix of wood and espresso, with the second half filling in with nut.
This was a very good cigar.  I have not the faintest idea what these cost.
What would I pay?  $12.00 in a cigar store.

Getting back to yesterday's post.
The email from my friend (obviously one of those email that limp wrist pansies that are so weak minded they believe this stuff and want you to pass on in an attempt to propagate this propaganda) state a comparrison between the Mayor of Detroit and Mayor Daily (The old Man, not the stupid kid they just got out of there) of Chicago.  Corrupt, I believe was the term used.
Let me state as a resident of Chicago area for forty some years that I loved Daily.  There could not have been a better mayor than he was.  Corrupt?  You bet.  So what?
If you wanted a street light outside your home...it was put up the next day.  You wanted your sidewalk shoveled of snow...it was done the next day.
Daily took care of the people of Chicago and Chicago itself.  If he was corrupt, what difference did it make to anyone who lived in Chicago.  That was not a question but a statement.
He ran the city well and it did not fall into ruin as did Detroit.  And it is many times the size of little Detroit.
No, corruption is not always a bad thing, as long as the governing territory is taken care of and the people it represents are taken care of.  And such is Illinois politics.  The third largest city in the U.S. and the people who live there are happy with the way it is run.  If it takes a bit of corruption to make it work well, then go for it.
Corruption when it goes a rye can be deadly.  Corruption when it is a controlled process can be helpful.
Daily was not all that corrupt.  But he did have a large political machine working for him.  Something you don't see these days.  I'm talking....LARGE political machine.  It was called, "The Daily Machine" in numerous books that were published by people wanting to cash in on something they had nothing to do with.
When the people of a city as large as Chicago would have re-elected this man to term of mayor for as long as he lived....you know they were content with the way he ran the city.  As it was he served from 1955 to 1976 as mayor and only relinquished the office because of death.
His son who was mayor from 1989 to 2011 was a clown and did more damage to Chicago than any mayor in my lifetime.
Seems this new one will continue in his footsteps and drive Chicago to it's knees, as happened in Detroit.
I'm glad I'm not there anymore.

For those of you who have an interest, and for those of you who do not, here is what I deal with living up here in northern Minnesota:
Ordered something from Pennsylvania the other day.  Shipped via UPS.  They sent it across half the country to Grand Rapids, which is 30 miles from my home.  Now mind you UPS sends a truck every day from Grand Rapids up to my area.  Every day.  Do they send it on the UPS truck?  No.  In Grand Rapids they put it in the U.S. Mail.  Now instead of getting it this afternoon on the UPS truck that will no doubt drive past my house, I will get it in three more days.
You will note UPS declared it as having arrived at its destination at Grand Rapids, not when it arrived at the address it was going to.
Gotta love U.S. businesses.  No wonder companies go out of the country to get things done.

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Casa Magna-Oscuro

This is a Nicaraguan cigar that was given to me by a friend.  He stated that I would very much enjoy this one as it has hits of licorice.
The dark Oscuro wrapper is a thing of beauty and the only thing that would make it prettier is if it was a 7X56 size.  This is a 5.5X50ish, which is just dandy for the moment however.
Very tightly packed and solid.  Very well constructed.
Kate
I will give up with reports on toasting the foot as nobody really cares about that stuff unless you are a cigar snob.  If you are I think you are in the wrong place by being here.  This is for everyday sort of cigar smokers that just like a good cigar without all the fu fu thrown in to make themselves sound important when they really are not.
This blog is whether the cigar is good enough to buy again or a piece of crap.
There is a good solid cap on this and it is good for punching.
The taste of the wrapper before lighting is truly wonderful just by itself.
Although this is one solidly packed cigar the draw is fine.  I expected a bit of trouble but found none.
There is a bit of faint licorice taste to it along with leather and coffee.  Actually this is a wonderful medium bodied cigar that I would like to have a box of.  I'm almost sad that I lit this one up and didn't save it for after dinner.  But I'm not stopping now.
If you find these I would grab a few for the humidor.  Good stuff.
What would I pay?  $9.00 in a cigar store.

A friend of mine sent me this email, along with eight or nine image of Detroit's slums and destroyed buildings:


The problems we face today are there because the people who work for a living are outnumbered by those who vote for a living
Frosty Wooldridge
(born 1947) is a  US  journalist, writer, environmentalist, traveler
DETROIT
By Frosty Wooldridge


For 15 years, from the mid 1970's to 1990, I worked in  Detroit  , Michigan  . I watched it descend into the abyss of crime, debauchery,
gun play, drugs, school truancy, car-jacking, gangs and human depravity. I watched entire city blocks burned out. I watched graffiti
explode on buildings, cars, trucks, buses and school yards. Trash everywhere!
Detroiters walked through it, tossed more into it, and ignored it. Tens of thousands, and then
hundreds of thousands today exist on federal welfare, free housing, and food stamps!
With Aid to Dependent
Children, minority women birthed eight to 10, and in one case,
one woman birthed 24 children as reported by the Detroit
Free Press, all on American taxpayer dollals.
A new child meant a new car payment, new TV, and whatever mom wanted. I saw Lyndon Baines Johnson's
'Great Society' flourish in  Detroit  . If you give money for doing nothing, you will get more hands out taking money for doing nothing.
Mayor Coleman Young, perhaps the most corrupt mayor in  America, outside of Richard Daley in  Chicago, rode  Detroit  down to its
knees... He set the benchmark for cronyism, incompetence, and arrogance. As a black man, he said, "I am the MFIC." The IC meant "in charge".
You can figure out the rest  Detroit became a majority black city with 67 percent African-Americans.
As a United Van Lines truck driver for my summer job from teaching math and science, I loaded hundreds
of American families into my van for a new life in another city or state.
Detroit  plummeted from 1.8 million citizens to 912,000 today. At the same time, legal and illegal immigrants converged on the city for the free government hand outs, so much so, that Muslims number over 300,000. Mexicans number 400,000 throughout Michigan, but most work
in Detroit. As the whites moved out, the Muslims moved in.
As the crimes became more violent, the whites fled. Finally, unlawful Mexicans moved in at a torrid pace.  Detroit suffers so much shoplifting that grocery stores no longer operate in many inner city locations. You could cut the racial tension in the air with a knife!  Detroit may be one of our best examples of multiculturalism: pure dislike, and total separation from America.
Today, you hear Muslim calls to worship over the city like a new American Baghdad with hundreds of Islamic mosques in Michigan, paid
for by Saudi Arabia  oil money. High school flunk out rates reached 76 percent last June, according to NBC's Brian Williams. Classrooms resemble more foreign countries than America. English? Few speak it! The city features a 50 percent illiteracy rate and growing.
Unemployment hit 28.9 percent in 2009 as the auto industry vacated the city. In Time Magazine's October 4, 2009, "The Tragedy of Detroit: How a great city fell, and how it can rise again," I choked on the writer's description of what happened. "If Detroit had been ravaged by a hurricane, and submerged by a ravenous flood, we'd know a lot more about it," said Daniel Okrent. "If drought and carelessness had spread brush fires across the city, we'd see it on the evening news every night." Earthquake, tornadoes, you name it, if natural disaster had devastated the city that was once the living proof of American prosperity, the rest of the country might take notice.
But Detroit, once our fourth largest city, now 11th and slipping rapidly, has had no such luck. Its disaster has long been a slow unwinding that seemed to remove it from the rest of the country. Even the death rattle that in the past year emanated from its signature industry brought more attention to the auto executives than to the people of the city, who had for so long been victimized by their dreadful decision making."
As Coleman Young's corruption brought the city to its knees, no amount of federal dollars could save the incredible payoffs, kickbacks and illegality permeating his administration. I witnessed the city's death from the seat of my 18-wheeler tractor trailer because I moved people out of every sector of decaying Detroit
"By any quantifiable standard, the city is on life support.  Detroit  's treasury is $300 million short of the funds needed to provide the barest municipal services," Okrent said. "The school system, which six years ago was compelled by the teachers' union to reject a philanthropist's offer of $200 million to build 15 small, independent charter high schools, is in receivership. The murder rate is soaring, and 7 out of 10 remain unsolved. Three years after Katrina devastated New Orleans, unemployment in that city hit a peak of 11%. In Detroit today, the unemployment rate is 28.9%. That's worth spelling out: twenty-eight point nine percent.
At the end of Okrent's report, and he will write a dozen more about Detroit, he said, "That's because the story of Detroit is not simply one of a great city's collapse, it's also about the erosion of the industries that helped build the country we know today. The ultimate fate of  Detroit  will reveal much about the character of  America  in the 21st century.
If what was once the most prosperous manufacturing city in the nation has been brought to its knees, what does that say about our recent past? And if it can't find a way to get up, what does that say about America’s future?"
As you read in my book review of Chris Steiner's book,"$20 Per Gallon", the auto industry won't come back. Immigration will keep pouring more and more uneducated third world immigrants from the Middle East into  Detroit  , thus creating a beachhead for Islamic hegemony in  America. If 50 percent illiteracy continues, we will see more homegrown terrorists spawned out of the Muslim ghettos of  Detroit. Illiteracy plus Islam equals walking human bombs.
You have already seen it in Madrid, Spain, London, England, and Paris, France with train bombings, subway bombings and riots. As their numbers grow, so will their power to enact their barbaric Sharia Law that negates republican forms of government, first amendment rights, and subjugates women to the lowest rungs on the human ladder. We will see more honor killings by upset husbands, fathers and brothers that demand subjugation by their daughters, sisters and wives. Muslims prefer beheadings of women to scare the hell out of any other members of their sect from straying. Multiculturalism: what a perfect method to kill our language, culture, country and way of life.

My response was:

"I disagree.
Detroit fell because of unions and the nature of cities to put so many people in close proximity.  Unions that demanded high pay for little work.  Work went elsewhere.
That many people in such tight quarters always spark gangs which drive out reasonable people.
Yes, the Muslims and other immigrants moved in.  Housing is cheap.
I'm not worried about the Muslims.  I'm worried about the Americans.  If we are capable of allowing gangs to rule a city and unions to rule industry, we have no place to go but in the toilet.
The average wage of an UAW worker  in the U.S. is $39.68 per hour for a job that should be $12.00 per hour.  And they do a piss poor job.  Why wouldn't the auto company move to Mexico or Canada?  Get more work, better work at a reasonable wage.
No, the problem is not with Muslims, it is with Americans."

American's want to blame all the bad things these days on terrorists.  We have had that propaganda drilled into us every day by the Government and the media, neither of which I trust with my wallet or with being capable of speaking the truth.
Very little of the U.S.'s problems have anything to do with Muslims or terrorists.  But it is sure easy for the Government to get what they want by telling us that because people are gullible.  They want to believe all the problems are foreign and not their own damn fault.
Until the people of America wake up and realize they have created all the problems that currently exist we are headed for ruination.  Total.
A person who owns a million dollar plus house in one of the large cities at the moment thinks it is going to be worth that and more in the future.  I know of one such person in Minneapolis that owns one valued at 1.4 million at the moment.  But I suspect the City will claim it within ten years and it will be worth something on the order of $380,000. as the neighborhood changes and no one wants to live there anymore because of the gangs and crime.
Most people who live this life style are liberals who bring on the problems themselves.
I once asked this fellow with the 1.4 million dollar house what a policeman should do if he found a man standing in his backyard, at night during the summer with a ski mask on.  The guy in the ski mask told the policeman he did not live there, did not know the owners, but was doing nothing illegal so refused to give the officer his name and information.  The guy with the house said the policeman should walk away.
Of course I don't think he really would want the policeman to walk away without hauling the guy in so he could find out more about what he was up to, but he says that just to make a point of how stupid liberals are about such things, and wants the world to be just as stupid as he is.  He would like it if the policeman walked away if it had happened in someone else neighborhood, but not his.
This is why his house is going to be worth 380 thousand in ten years.  They bring it upon themselves.
And I will not feel sorry for him.
History is there for us all to see.  Most slums of large cities were once the wealthy areas.  The slums get renovated to become the new wealthy areas.  It keeps revolving as people keep packing themselves into a small area.  It is not going to change just because the wealthy don't want it to happen, unless they are truly wealthy, which most are not.  They just pretend to be to try and impress others.
This fellow I know with the 1.4 million dollar house has three bathrooms in there.  Only one has plumbing that works.  He has a different kind of wine glass for every conceivable kind of wine made.  But the gate in the back yard is falling off the hinges.
It is all for show.  Typical city liberal.  Attempting to impress others for self satisfaction.
They just can't stand being regular people.
No, our problem is not with Muslims.  It is not with Mexicans, it is not with minorities at all.  It is with us.  We are assholes.  And we want more for doing less.  We want to look like we are a class of people better than we are.  We want our rights without the consequences.  We are a selfish bunch of people in this country that crave attention and money as though that is important  to happiness.  And that is why we are doomed.  It is self destructive.
And that is why we should build fences around cities larger than 50 thousand people to keep them in so they do not infect sensible people and wreck the otherwise good portions of the world.
Take cigars for an example.  America produces some of the best tobacco in the world, especially the New England area.  How many American made cigars do you see?  Basically zero.  Why?  Because by the time the industry paid Americans ten times what they were worth to produce a cigar it would have to retail for $85. per cigar in order to make the company money.  So the tobacco farmers sell their leaves to companies in Central America to make the wonderful cigars we smoke.
Americans do make cigarettes, which if you take away the paper box, the filter and the chemicals they stuff in there leaves you with tobacco leaves smokers pay $312. per pound for.
A bottle of good California wine will sell for $100. +.  Its equivalent counterpart, shipped on a boat across the ocean sells for $35.00.
Americans need to start asking, Why?  The answer is unions, greed and liberals.

Monday, April 9, 2012

Viaje Super Shot 10 Gauge

Abs
This is an odd duck.  My son sent me this cigar.  They come in a box that looks like a box of shotgun shells.
Short and stubby, about the size of a ten gauge shotgun shell.
A nice dark wrapper.  All Nicaraguan from the filler to the wrapper and no band what-so-ever.
I lit this thing up and whoa!  A powerful cigar in a small package.  Not for you first time cigar smokers, nor is it a breakfast cigar.  But what flavor.  Wonderful wood (Oak), mocha, and pepper with just a touch of sweetness.
This was good.
I expected this to last but a short time since it was so stubby, but after 20 minutes I couldn't flick the 1/2 inch of ash off.  I enjoyed this cigar much longer than I had planned to be smoking a cigar at that point in time, but it was worth it.
These are from a very limited production so if you ever find some, grab them.
What would I pay?  $9.00 in a cigar store, but I don't think you will find any unless you hit NY City's finest cigar shops or find some online.

Then we have this.
"The Obama administration has faced criticism from across the political spectrum for tightening its controls on illegal immigration. The administration has deported about 1 million people in the past three years, some 400,000 yearly, a record-setting pace."
Wouldn't it be a lot cheaper to just shoot them when they come across the border?

Sunday, April 8, 2012

Padilla 1968

I got in a big honkin supply of 60 ring gauge Padilla 1968 cigars.
If you are not familiar with this series I suggest you dash out and buy a few.  What a grand cigar.
If you like the Miami series Padilla puts out you will really love the 68 series.
First off the cigar is a thing to look at.  I have the smaller ones and these big boys are identical except for size.  Super well constructed.
Abs
The cap is thick and punched well leaving a deep hole.  A toasting of the foot leaves your mouth watering to take that first puff.  And what a puff it is.  Smooth and rich with leather and woods.  No damn spice here, just earthly flavors that fill your senses.  You mind immediately dashes off to some years ago when something special happened in your ever so short life.
I went for a walk in 80 degree weather (in the middle of March in northern Minnesota) wile enjoying mine.  I walked through the woods and looked at the new moss all bright green.  The smells of the spring woods fit perfectly with this cigar.
I couldn't have been happier if Isabella Rossellini had jumped out from behind a tree, stark ass naked and begged me to make love to her one last time before she joined the convent.
What would I pay?  $14.00 in a cigar store.

Brilliant minds discuss ideas.
Average minds discuss events.
Simple minds discuss other people.

Saturday, April 7, 2012

Rocky Patel Connecticut

Sarah Jean
I am a big fan of Rocky Patel Vintage series cigars, their Uppercut series, and their edge series, so I was somewhat excited about trying their Connecticut.
What I found was something I did not care for.  The cigar looks hansom and is well made, but when I put it to my lips it tasted like...well... metallic.  When I lit it it tasted metallic.  When my wife walked into the room she said, "That is one stinky cigar.  Smells metallic."
Nuff said.  Don't waste your money.
What would I pay?  Zippo!

I have a life.
I don't need Facebook.

Friday, April 6, 2012

Oliva G

Heather with a rotting crawfish carcass 
I'm a big fan of the Oliva V, and the Master Blend, along with most of the other offerings from Oliva.  The G is probably one of my least favorite because it has a sharp taste that I have a hard time getting past.  The flavor is very good, but it is sharp and almost concentrated to the point of being bitter, although it does not go quite that far.
I let these sticks age for quite a long time in hopes it would take some of the bite out of them.
They are very well made cigars and the construction is flawless.  They have a good solid cap and burn incredibly well.
Well, the aging didn't do a thing I had hoped for.  Still a strong bite.  I am still enjoying it however, and it follows the nice pot roast meal I just finished.  A good cigar Oliva should be proud of, and it has earned some high ratings, but it is a little too much in the way of a stab in my tongue for it to be enjoyed like I should be enjoying a cigar.
What would I pay?  $5.00 in a cigar store.

Here we go again.  I wonder how long it will be before we have troops over there being killed for naught.  We have had a slew of people killed in Afghanistan, Iraq and Yemen, and they all died for nothing.  No protecting America's rights.  No protecting American freedom.  Died for nothing but America's big nose stuck in other countries where it doesn't belong.
American propaganda of our troops fighting for our freedom is sicking.  Support Our Troops?  You have got to be kidding me.
The last military person that died for my freedom was back in World War II.  And even that was iffy.
I'm one of those people who do not stand up and do not take off their hat (if I wore one) when the V.F.W. marches by in a parade.  I see nothing but a bunch of people who want to make us believe they had fallen warriors for my freedom, and it just ain't so.
For the families that have lost a child that was in the military I feel sorry.  But it was a sorry reason that they were there in the first place and their death does not make the reason justifiable or anymore patriotic.
I understand the brotherhood of military personnel and their wanting to remember their fallen comrades.  They are like any other club, or group of people, like the Elks, Masons, or firemen.  They bond and become close. But to push the rest of the wold into feeling like they have to pay homage to these dead is wrong.  I personally think they were weak minded people who got wooed into thinking they were doing something great for America rather than just going and getting killed for power.
No difference between Hitler and the U.S.  We want to take over the world, but we use conflicts that have begun in other countries as an excuse to get in there and grab it up so it runs the way we want it to, by the people we want to govern.  We are not as ruthless in killing the innocent as Hitler, but just see what would happen if George Bush were to travel to the middle east.   He would be arrested and killed as a war criminal.
In the eyes of most of the world he and the U.S. are just that.  Obama can add his name to that list also.
Soldiers are sent to a war zone, or conflict knowing that if anyone is going to get killed, it is likely going to be them.  Then when one gets killed we are suppose to get all teary eyed,  slap a yellow magnetic ribbon on the trunk of our car and pretend they died for our freedom?
Who was the moron who started this rumor?
When one of our military personnel is killed in another country we should be slapping a sticker on our car trunk that says. "Next?"

Thursday, April 5, 2012

La Gloria Series N

I have been a big fan of the La Gloria cigars my son bought me awhile back and I was anxious to try their Series N which sports a dark black Oscuro wrapper.
I have decided to dispense with, What they said in my reviews because I don't give a rat's ass what they said.
So here is my take...
I knew this was going to be a potent cigar.  A strong, full flavor cigar that I was expecting to take the top of my head off.  It didn't.  It was potent, yes, but not as strong as I expected.  Spicy however....wow!  I'm not known for picking up the spices in a cigar but this one grabs you right off.  Very strong on the spice.
It burns well however you can't set it down for very long without it going out.
Erin in my studio shooting Brooke
I had been somewhat chewing on this as I smoked because I didn't want to set it down and I was busy welding at the time.  Let me tell you inside a welding hood it gets a bit thick.  Anywho, the end was getting pretty soggy about mid point and it was beginning to get a little on the bitter side.  I suspected the wetness was the culprit and trimmed off that portion.  I was right, it mellowed out nicely and I enjoyed it to the nub.
A good smoke but not one you want to light up when you first wake up in the morning.
What would I pay?  $6.00 in a cigar store.

When it comes to cigars, like most things, you get what you pay for.  There are some really good cigars that are in-expensive however, and there are some very pricey cigar that are worthless.  Cuban cigars, which people want to shell out big bucks for are like Coors beer use to be when you couldn't get it.  Once Coors beer became available in your area nobody drank the crap.  There are some good Cuban cigars, and then there are crappy ones.  All are over priced because people are willing to buy them because they are Cuban.  I would stack up a good Nicaraguan or Honduran, or Dominican Republic cigar against any Cuban cigar, any day.  And they would be about half the price.

Wednesday, April 4, 2012

CAO VR

Fall day on the Prairie River
As long as I am into my CAO collection I might as well delve into the VR, which looks a lot like the Gold maduro I sampled yesterday.
I'm cutting right to the chase on this one.
This is just like the Gold maduro I had yesterday except quite a bit of pepper involved with the coffee flavor and a hint of leather blends in there nicely from the oily Brazilian Arapiraca wrapper.
Dandy cigar!
Another $12.00 stick at a cigar store well spent, although I have no idea what they go for.
CAO has turned out a passel of good cigars lately and this one will take a 90+ rating I suspect.

Went out to my garage this morning and found a black, young cat (half size) under the car with a trap attached to its right from leg.  The chain was wedged under one of the tires so it was not going anywhere.
Into the house and donned some heavy gloves and then back to the cat.
Turned out the little fellow/gal (?) was not at all aggressive.   I had suspected this to be a feral animal, as most cats you see around here are.  I don't know anybody within miles that owns a cat.
it remained somewhat calm as I attempted to figure this trap out and how to release the jaws. I had never come across this style of trap before.  It looked like it was a trap you buried in the ground and the animal was suppose to get their leg inside this tube where it closed then on the leg.
I finally figured it out and it took just about all the strength I had to get it open.
Pint size cat was in no mood to hang around and hit the ground running full tilt.  Didn't seem to slow it down much.  I can't imagine the leg below the catch point would survive but who knows.
There was not a trap tag (required by law) so I did not know who it belonged to.  No one within five miles of here traps that I know of.
Another mystery.

Tuesday, April 3, 2012

CAO Gold maduro

I have a bunch of these and I have been letting them sit to blend a bit.  It is time to pull one out and have at it.
This is basically the same cigar as the CAO Gold that I reported about not long ago only it is wrapped in a fine maduro (fermented) leaf.  A beautiful dark brown color and it feels good in your fingers.
What they said:  A chewy, medium bodied flavor with hints of coffee delivered in a creamy, buttery fashion.
What I say:  Spot on!  Construction is flawless and the cigar is a bit bumpy, which I like.  Makes one get the feel for a hand made cigar, whereas a smooth, straight cigar looks and feels like it was made by Wal-Mart.
Abigail
Toasting the foot gave an even, almost mesmerizing glow.  None of that spotty, burning here and not there crap. The fillers were uniform and burned even.  A true sign of a grand cigar.
Flavor....First puff was heaven.  Coffee was the primary taste and yes, it was delivered in a creamy, buttery fashion.  Nothing harsh or biting, however the flavor was full and most enjoyable.
The burn got off a bit caddy whompass from the get go but within an inch settled down nicely.
All the way through this cigar I was enjoying it immensely.  The flavor became a little woodsy toward the halfway mark and mixed with that coffee flavor well.
What would I pay?  $12.00 in a cigar store.

One of the major TV networks got caught altering the 911 tape in the Florida shooting so it sounded like the security fellow said the kid with the hoodie was suspicious because he was black.  A cut and paste job that backfired on them.
Shame on the news media for turning this into a circus for ratings.
It will get sorted out by the legal system.  All these people yelling and protesting that have no idea what really took place out there that night just confirm my suspicions that most people are idiots.

Monday, April 2, 2012

Alec Bradley American Classic

This cigar is Alec Bradley's attempt to replicate the original classic, Tampa made premiums of yesteryear.
It is wrapped in a veiny Honduran Connecticut Seed leaf that is quite bumpy and nice to hold.
What they said:  Mild to medium, mellow and smooth.  Nuts and a touch of coffee create a woodsy flavor.
What I say:  This is the first time i have tried this cigar and they are a bit on the green side as they have not had a reasonable amount of time to re-adjust since they were shipped to me.
The cigar itself is not all that pretty of a thing to look at but feels good in the hand.
Abs & Erin ~ "Last Outpost"
Cap was a bit on the thin side, but these are not twenty dollars cigars.  These are made for breakfast where you just want a mild smoke without having to give it your fullest attention.  When your brain has not woken up just yet.
Initial burn seemed to be off in a cockeyed thing but settled down relatively soon.  It is a mild cigar, much like a Don Thomas Classic.  I found it most enjoyable and picked up on the slight coffee flavor although I was not finding the nutty flavor in there.  There is a definite tobacco flavor.  And you non cigar smokers are scratching your head.  Of course there is going to be tobacco flavor in a cigar.  Well.....  Yes and yes.  That is like saying a Porterhouse steak tastes like meat.  If I said a Porterhouse had a very meaty taste to it you might get the picture a bit more. Or maybe fish.  A salmon tastes like fish.  A walleye tastes like cardboard.  I never understood why people like to catch or eat walleyes.  They have no flavor.  They taste like whatever the kitchen cooked in the deep fryer last time.  Mostly some old chicken.  People who claim to like walleye don't really like fish.  They like oily, crisp breading that tastes like chicken. I want a fish to taste like a fish.  Walleyes are the biggest waste of money for the Department of Natural Resources.  They stock millions of them in lakes so people who don't like fish can catch them so they have something to put their chicken flavored breading on.  My gawd!  Don't you think we can find better things to do with our dollars than this?
Got off on a tangent....
This cigar has a tobacco taste to it.  Not unpleasant in the least and I very much enjoyed it.
For the cost of these I would welcome them as an everyday smoke.
What would I pay?  $4.00 in a cigar store.

Photographer's lives are a strange lot.
I know a photographer who's wife will not let him take a model out to dinner because she thinks that is like going out on a date.
Then I know a photographer who's wife thinks it is okay if he has sex with his models as long as he wears a condom.  It is not an issue with disease, but more that she thinks that separation with a thin sheet of latex makes it okay.
My wife is somewhere (fortunately) in the middle.  She knows I play a bit.  She knows I will sleep in the same bed with a few of the models I work with when we are on the road because we could only book a room with one bed.  She knows I am in love with one of them (A).  And yet, she still allows me to do my thing.
Hard for artists, who are a different breed of humans, to cope most of the time.  It is comforting to have a spouse who deals with it in a reasonable manner.
So hats off to my wife.  She knows I will be traveling with a good looking, young model for several days where I have booked rooms where there was only one bed available in the upcoming trip.
I will no doubt pay dearly for it upon my return, but there will be no comments made about the arrangements what-so-ever.
Life is good.

Sunday, April 1, 2012

Estd 1844

I know, that is one stupid name for a cigar, but that is what it is.
This is a Nicaraguan stick that has a nice looking San Andreas maduro wrapper and is cranked out by A.J.Fernandez.
I have no known reason what 1844 was in commemoration of other than Charles Goodyear received a patent for vulcanization that year, and I doubt it is that.  No matter...
What they said:  Sweet chocolate and brown sugar delight your taste buds.
What I say:  This cigar looks good but smells a little musty.  Firm and no soft spots.
Cheryl
Toasting the foot smelled like a barn yard, which I sort of enjoyed.
First puff was a little of a shocker as I was expecting sweet chocolate flavors and got bitter chocolate instead.
The ash held well although a bit molted looking.
It settled down within an inch or so into the cigar and a gentle pepper flavor mixed in with the now muted bitter chocolate.  No totally unpleasant.
I remember trying one of these cigars several months ago and did not care for it.  It could be that it was not mature enough.  That could be the case here too.  It may need more time in the humidor to settle down and become a bit more mellow.
The rest of the smoke was pretty much the same and I thought that this would be not half bad for a mowing the lawn on a hot summer day.  Followed by a nice Belgium beer, of course.
What would I pay?  $4.00 in a cigar store.

So the Pope, who visited Castro in Cuba walked away saying, "We have different views" was a shocker?
Go back to your little Vatican City where you are protected from everything, hid all the great works of art, and have a stash of wealth worth more than most countries and quit sticking your nose in the rest of the world who doesn't give a shit about your screwy ideas.  Maybe, just maybe you should look at your pervert employees and attempt to get your house in order.
I could have told you Castro was not going to give a rat's ass about what you thought.
The world moves on.  The Catholics never have.   I think they would still like to go on crusades and  and kill off the non believers if they were not afraid of getting caught and thrown in jail.
The Pope and the United States have a lot in common.  They both think they should rule the world.  And both are lunatics.