What I Do When I Do What I Do

After reading Russ’s article about doing a cigar tasting, I reflected on my own methods for review.  I would consider myself relatively ritualistic in regards to my process.  I try to be alone whenever I can, which is not always possible.  I feel as though it will yield the most accurate results for a few […]

How to Do a Cigar Tasting

When trying a cigar for the first time, I don’t usually smoke and drink as I normally would. My intent is to get the true flavor and aroma, so I try to arrange things to keep my palate clean. The first thing, obviously, is to select the cigar. Once you know what the approximate strength […]

Cigar Review: Liga Privada #9 Toro

I think the subtitle of this article should be “you’ve never had that before!?” because that is the reaction I have gotten from everyone when they saw what I had in my hand and found out I have not tried it yet. The cigar looks great.  The cap is perfect and the wrapper has a […]

Cigar Review: Partagas 1845 Robusto

Having worked in retail and online sales, I have a lot of interactions with customers.  That was, and to a certain extent still is, the nature of what I do here.  I still have quite a few regulars that ask for me personally for one reason or another.  Perhaps they just find the sound of […]

Cigar Review: Viaje Super Shot 10 & 12

Let me start by giving you an idea of my preferences when it comes to cigars. A few years ago we had an event in our store and the sales rep from the manufacturer asked me what kind of cigar I liked so he could pick one out for me to try. I responded with […]

Cigar Review: Joya de Nicaragua Antaño 1970 Robusto Grande

Is this cigar for everyone? Absolutely not. If you can’t deal with intense, spicy flavor, stay away. If you have problems with high nicotine content, avoid this cigar. But if you want a rich, peppery smoke that keeps getting better, you’ll want to read this cigar review by Russ Ouellette.

Cigar Review: Joya De Nicaragua Antaño Dark Corojo

Dark, rich, bold, sweet? Sounds like an over romanticized version of the ideal man, but it was my initial reaction to the Joya De Nicaragua Antaño Dark Corojo. This cigar is so heavy you need 2 hands to lift it, but unlike some others, power is not its single attribute. I took this dark beauty […]