Sunday, June 17, 2018

Pier 28 Maduro Corona 3/25/18


 Appearance
The dark chocolate colored wrapper has a couple of veins but I wouldn’t call them prominent. Their is a satiny finish to the wrapper with a nice oily sheen. The seams are tightly wrapped and their is a little
tooth. The filler bunch is well packed but has a soft spot up at the head.

Aroma
Chocolate, cedar and leather on the wrapper. Chocolate, cedar at the foot.

Prelight Draw
Chocolate, earth, dried fruit, spice.

1st
The initial draws are very earthy and chocolatey with some black pepper spice. The dried fruit from the Prelight Draw joins in right away too. The draw is perfect. Burn is spot on as well. The ash is medium gray and stacked. There are some distinct black tea notes joining the profile. The smoke production is at the high end of medium. Strength starts at medium. Ash holds firm til removal.

2nd
The profile so far is very well balanced. Strength moves to medium+. The black pepper is beginning to dominate the profile. Late in the 2nd/3rd the Draw gets a bit snug.

Final/3rd
The black pepper is still dominating the profile. Strength is at med/full. Draw opened just before I nubbed it.

Overall
The Pier 28 Maduro Corona provides a somewhat enjoyable smoking experience. A tasty profile for the 1st half of the cigar got overrun by heavy black pepper. 

CuriVari Archimedes Principio Robusto 3/24/18


 Appearance
A medium brown colored wrapper with a couple prominent veins. The seams are tightly wrapped. It has a very light oil sheen. The filler bunch is well packed with no apparent soft spots.

Aroma
Cedar on the wrapper. Cedar and a faint red fruit sweetness at the foot.

Prelight Draw
Cedar, dried red fruit and very faint spice.

1st
The initial draws bring notes of cedar, leather and black pepper spice all nicely balanced. The draw is a bit snug. The burn has a slight wave. The ash is medium gray and stacked. Strength starts out in the medium range. The black pepper tapers off some and cinnamon notes join the profile. Ash held firm til removal.

2nd
Upon inspection of the working end I find a couple of small tunnels on the faster burning side. The draw has opened up nicely. Strength moves to medium+. Burn has begun self correcting. Smoke production is at the low end of high range. A nice espresso note has joined the profile.

Final/3rd
The finish is long with notes of cedar, leather, espresso, almonds and a black pepper & cinnamon spice.
The flavor profile remains consistent right to the nub.

Overall
The CuriVari Archimedes Principio Robusto provideos an enjoyable smoking experience. A nicely balanced and flavorful profile with a nice draw and mildly erratic burn.

CuriVari La Democracia Robusto 3/18/18


 Appearance
A nice medium brown colored wrapper with a couple of prominent veins. The seams are tightly wrapped. The wrapper has a beautiful oily sheen. The filler bunch is well packed with no apparent soft spots. The 3- seam cap is well applied.

Aroma
Very faint tobacco on the wrapper. Slight cedar at the foot. This is what happens to cigars without cello. No cold aroma.

Prelight Draw
Cedar, a very distant sweetness and a mild spice.

1st
Initial draws bring notes of cedar with a hint of tobacco. The draw is spot on. Burn line is slightly wavy. The ash is medium gray, stacked and flaky. A mild paprika spice begins to develop around 1” in. Some toast like notes join the profile. Ash holds on til removal.

2nd
Coffee notes join the profile. Upon inspection of the working end I notice a couple of small tunnels which are causing the mildly erratic burn. Smoke production is at the low end of high range. Strength is mild/medium. Burn is self correcting. The ash tightens up. The finish is long with notes of cedar, toast, coffee and paprika spice.

Final/3rd
Strength moves to medium+. Profile remains consistent right through to the nub.

Overall
The CuriVari La Democracia Robusto provides an enjoyable smoking experience. A balanced and consistent flavor profile with a great draw and mildly erratic burn.

CLE Habano Cuarenta Robusto 3/17/18


 Appearance
A light brown colored wrapper with a couple prominent veins. The seams are tightly wrapped and the wrapper leaf is silky and oily. The filler bunch is well packed with no apparent soft spots.

Aroma
Heavy cedar aroma with some sweetness on the wrapper. Tobacco, cedar, light coffee and spice at the foot.

Prelight Draw
Tobacco, cedar and sweetness.

1st
The initial draws bring notes of cedar and hay. The draw is a bit snug. The burn is wavy. The ash is light gray, stacked and flaky. There is a white pepper spice developing with a bit of cinnamon for a nice combination. Ash was suspect but held til removal.

2nd
The smoke production is at the low end of medium range. The sweetness and spice balance the heavy cedar and hay notes. The burn line is self correcting. Draw is opening up and smoke production moves up to the high end of medium. The finish is long with notes of cedar, faint sweetness, hay, mild coffee and cinnamon spice with a pinch of white pepper. Near the end of the 2nd/3rd the spice becomes more like crushed red pepper( never a bad thing).

Final/3rd
The flavor profile continues unchanged into the final/3rd. The strength & body have been medium throughout.

Overall
The CLE Habano Cuarenta Robusto provides an enjoyable smoking experience. Once the draw opened up and the burn self corrected they were spot on til the nub. Nice flavor and well balanced.

Saturday, June 16, 2018

The Wedding

 Sat, 6 Mar 2004 08:23:56 -0700

The wedding went very well . The bride was beautiful, the mother of the bride looked radiant, the brother of the bride looked studdly, and the father of the bride well what can I say that wouldn't appear to be bragging , I looked sensational !!!

Picture this .
 It's a typical Arizona day, warm, sunny, gentle breeze. A white stretch limousine pulls to the front of the LaPre home, the bride and her matron of honor bound through the door and head for the limo,followed closely by the bridesmaids (several), the mother of the bride, and bertha, the mothers sister. They all pile in and head for the salon for new hairdo's and nail's touched up.

Meanwhile the father of the bride breath's a sigh of relief, Quiet at last!! (a house full of women preparing for a wedding is rather noisy, ok a house full of women is noisy period). Several hours later the fob heads to the salon , chats briefly with the limo driver then goes inside to see that his money was well spent (accent on the spent part). All the women (girls) looked splendid. Fob paid the bill (ya the whole bill) and as the ladies all had there picture taken while they got back into the limo, fob hopped back into his freshly washed, waxed and detailed badboy lifted maroon chevy truck (you remember the one ). The girls were whisked back home to pick up their dresses, and other personal items too numerous to discuss at this time, then embarked on a scenic trip to the chapel (fob told the driver to take the scenic route as we were ahead of schedule, yes sirree bob when it absolutely positively has to be there on time you know who to call !!).

After arriving at the chapel the fob distributed several cases of martinelli's sparkling cider( for toasting the bride and groom as well as the bottles of Dom for the bridle party. At about this time the limo arrived . The fob helped the ladies to their changing room where they all helped the bride to get into her gown. After making the rounds, surveying the situation, seeing that all was under control and approximately 45 minutes before the ceremony was to begin. The fob still dressed in casual clothing sat relaxing in the front row of the chapel reading a book. About 10 minutes into his reading he received a call on his cell phone, the call was from claudia a friend of the brides mother who was delivering the food for the reception which was prepared by a local establishment that the fob had contracted several days before. Claudia very calmly explained to him that she was in a minor accident but that she would not be able to make it to the chapel on time. As she was speaking he glanced at his watch,2:25 . Quickly and effortlessly he scanned the area looking for someone to go and retrieve the food and bring it to the chapel,at that moment the apple that did not fall far from the tree entered his peripheral vision. The fob then told claudia to sit tight help was on the way. While he was talking with claudia he was also motioned to his son to double time to his location. Jr and the other groomsman that was with him arrived as he hung up the phone. He quickly and calmly informed them of their mission,neither had a vehicle suitable for the mission so the fob again scanned the area and saw the best man approaching. Before the fob finished his sentence, the bestman had put his keys in fob's hand, who in turn put them in the groomsmans hand and said go,now. As they turned and ran off to complete the mission the fob smiled ,calmly walked back to his prior seat, sat back down and resumed his reading. 15 minutes later he went to the mens dressing area joining the groom, bestman,and the grooms dad to dress for the ceremony .
 The men on the mission arrived and dressed with several minutes to spare,at a later date they will receive their meritorious service awards.
 At this time the fob gathered up the bride and her entourage to guide her past the aft of the chapel so that no person might see her before the appointed time. When they were out of sight of the throng of those hopeful to catch a glimpse of his princess bride, he carefully guided her to the elevator that led to the top floor, exiting the elevator they walked arm in arm around the upper floor to the designated area where the triumphant march was to begin. This journey took exactly 2 minutes and 30 seconds, precisely the amount of time needed for the bridal party procession to be complete.(yes all times were verified by the fob beforehand, to insure that all was done in a proficient military manner).
 On a gesture from the fob the dj (yes also hired by the fob)began the processional (yes, aka here comes the bride,your right up to speed ) at which time the fob carefully guided his cinderella in glass slippers down the massive grand staircase and into the center aisle. The fob looked very dashing in his custom tailored tuxedo (by mens warehouse),high & tight hair (USMC standard issue)and topping off with maui jims (right again, sunglasses. It was bright sunshine you know.)
 After walking her down the aisle and giving her hand to her very deserving suitor Sean, vows were exchanged and the reception began. The rest of the ceremony went off without a hitch.
 Their departure from the reception was something not many people have ever done (in fact the fob was told it would be next to impossible to arrange),at a predetermined time 6:30 a fire truck arrived to take them away from the reception off into married bliss. As the fire truck pulled away with horns and sirens ablaze the mob(mother of the bride, I know you know but I need the practice [typing]) broke into tears along with many others , but the fob just smiled and said "I love it when a plan comes together".

 To those who could not be here I hope this paints a good enough picture for you so that you can share in the tremendous joy we felt that special day.


Love
 Steve & Debbie

Sunday, March 11, 2018

Ciudad De Musica Robusto by Montecristo, EPC & Crowned Heads 3/11/18


 Appearance
A medium brown colored wrapper with several prominent veins. The seams are tightly wrapped. The filler bunch is well packed with no apparent soft spots. Some sections of the wrapper have an oily sheen while others do not. The band while attractive was very difficult to get off.

Aroma
The band is so large that there is not very much wrapper exposed to smell much, maybe a bit of cedar on the wrapper.
Cedar and sweetness at the foot.

Prelight Draw
Cedar, dried white fruit and a hint of spice.

1st
The initial draws bring notes of cedar and spice. The draw is perfect. The burn is near perfect as well. The ash is medium gray and fairly tight. A little over an inch in there is a marshmallow note joining the profile. A light coffee note also joins the profile. Ash held firmly til removal.

2nd
The 2nd/3rd starts off with mild citrus notes and white pepper spice alongside. The smoke production is at the medium range. The smoke is leaving my mouth dry. The burn gets a bit wavy. Smoke production moves up to the low end of the high range. A dash of black pepper joins the white pepper spice. Strength is med/full.

Final/3rd
The final/3rd begins with the spice being the dominant flavor. Flavor profile is consistent right to the nub.

Overall
The Ciudad De Musica Robusto provides an enjoyable smoking experience. A complex and flavorful profile with a perfect draw and mildly erratic burn.

La Galera 80th Anniversary LE Toro Box Pressed 3/10/18


 Appearance
A beautiful dark brown and fairly smooth San Andreas Maduro wrapper with a couple small veins on the surface. The seams are tightly wrapped. The cigar is box pressed and the filler is well packed with no apparent soft spots. It has a light oil sheen. The triple cap is well done. The bands are both colorful and ornate.

Aroma
Earth, cedar and spice on the wrapper. Earth, cedar,cocoa and spice at the foot.

Prelight Draw
Earth, cedar, cocoa, leather and barnyard with a mild cinnamon spice.

1st
The initial draws bring notes of earthy cedar with a hint of spice. The draw is effortless and the burn has a good wave to it. The ash is a medium gray and flaky. The smoke production is in the high range. There is a pinch of black pepper mixed in with the cinnamon spice. The strength is at medium+. The ash is getting tighter as the cigar progresses. The burn is self correcting. The ash held firm til removal.

2nd
Chocolatey notes join the profile early in the 2nd/3rd. The strength moves up to med/full. Midway in the 2nd the spice tapers back. The finish is long with notes of earth, cedar, chocolate and spice.

Final/3rd
A mild coffee note joins the profile midway in the final/3rd. Nice flavor and balance right to the nub.

Overall
The La Galera 80th Anniversary LE Toro provides an enjoyable smoking experience. A nice flavor profile with an effortless draw and mildly erratic burn.