Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Rocky Patel Decade Cameroon 11/7/14

Beautiful Cameroon wrapper with tight seams and tiny veins. Beautiful bands! The copper on black is a nice contrast.

Light barnyard on wrapper. Cocoa,hay and a faint raisin note on the foot.

Prelight Draw 
Hay and sweetness

The spice hits right away. Perfect draw and burn to start. The spice tastes like black pepper but it has time to develop. The 1st/3rd is dominated by the black pepper spice.

As the spice tapers off some woody(white cedar) notes show themselves. Also some leather notes appear. Now coffee notes have entered the mix. There is a sweetness on the finish like caramel. Very well balanced cigar so far.

The final/3rd starts with notes of creamy nuts(cashews) at the forefront. Still plenty of spice although it's more like pimenton(spanish paprika). Ash is salt & pepper gray and semi tight. Halfway thru the spice gets stronger again. The draw & burn have stayed perfect.
The strength was medium thru the 1st half then worked its way to full by the final/3rd. A complex smoke for sure. If u like the Decade you'll enjoy this Cameroon Decade!

Sunday, July 31, 2011

My after Dinner Cigar

One of my favorite stories that I enjoy telling people is about my after Lunch or Dinner Cigar. Starting back when Hannah was about 1 1/2 years old, whenever she was at my house for the meal, she would follow "Papa" to the Humidor to help me pick a cigar. I would open the glass doors and pick her up so she could look at all the cigars. She would look around at all the cigars and then she would pick one. Then I would put it up to my nose and smell the aroma. I would then let her smell it.Then I would ask her what's next? She of course would say cut it,at which point I would grab my xicar cutter from on top of the humidor, cut the cigar then put the cutter back.Then I would ask her what's next? To which she would respond "Smokem if you Gottem Boys"!
 I always smoke whatever she picks, granted I don't have any bad sticks,but just the same. I cherish that few moments of time when the world stands still while Hannah picks a cigar for her Papa.
 One time I remember Mimi (Hannah's grandma, my wife) followed us into the room, while Hannah was scanning back and forth each row with her little hand on her chin, thinking hhmmm which cigar should I pick for my Papa, Mimi said comeon hurry up Hannah. I raised my voice to Mimi and said NO NO NO.Leave her alone she knows what she's doing. Looking back at Hannah I said take your time. She resumed her search for just the perfect cigar,which I think ended up being a Monty #2. To this day 5years later, whenever she has a meal here with us she picks out my Cigar.

Saturday, July 30, 2011

Oliva V Maduro Torpedo 2010

The Cigar Chairman has arrived so "Smokem if you Gottem" B/SOTL! My intent is to stuff this blog full of varied content, from Cigar reviews(both print and video),Food/Cigar pairings, Spirit Reviews as well as Cigar/Spirit pairings. Also there will be information, from my vast network, of Smoking Lounges to coincide with your travel destinations. Important Events (local & national).Reviews on Humidors & Accessories. Sponsored Giveaways from Industry leaders,etc. As we think of it or you suggest it we'll add it.
Bottom line: this Blog is about Cigars and all that goes along with them, which includes people like you who's input is valued. So as I always say "Smokem if you Gottem"!!

Monday, July 25, 2011

Cigar Chairman Blog

Cigar Chairman is now blogging!  Be sure to tell your friends and start following me.  I will be doing reviews and video blogs as well.