Archive for December, 2009

Christmas Past

You might think that I am slightly old fashioned at times but I think that a photo is worth a thousand words in some cases. Please check out my photo of my Christmas Eve smoke while staying at my father¹s house in North County San Diego. Granted, it was not as cold as it was in Europe (about 25 Fahrenheit at my house in Tuscany), but it was cold enough to be wearing a thick coat while smoking my Padrón Anniversary 1964 outside on his terrace.

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Posted by Cigar Aficionado Blog Posts RSS - December 30, 2009 at 15:10

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Rocky Patel Nicarao

The only reason I knew this was a Rocky Patel was because of a label in the shop humidor. From what I could gather, the Nicarao brand was bought out by Rocky Patel. At one time these cigars were made in Nicaragua, but are now rolled in Honduras. Enough meaningless babble that no one cares [...]

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Posted by Tom - December 29, 2009 at 00:00

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Cigars & the End of a Decade

The decade comes to a close as the Mayan Calendar tells us we only have 2 more years to live. That’s just a peachy thought. I bet right about now, Tiger Woods doesn’t think that’ll come fast enough. I’ve talked many times on this blog how time flies by… but ain’t it the truth? I [...]

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Posted by zman - December 28, 2009 at 09:41

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God Of Fire By Don Carlos 2005

First things first… I need to mention this is the only God of Fire I have smoked. I try to smoke at least two or three cigars before doing a review. The exception here is that considering the God of Fire lines are essentially from Fuente, I am confident that there is consistency between cigars. [...]

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Posted by Tom - December 25, 2009 at 00:00

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A Christmas Tale

I am ready for Christmas. I thought that I should leave a nice Cuban smoke for Father Christmas when he comes down the chimney on the 25th in San Diego instead of the normal milk and cookies, which my dear parents taught me to do at a very early age. I admit that the milk and cookies were changed to a good glass of vintage Port about two decades ago while living in London.

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Posted by Cigar Aficionado Blog Posts RSS - December 23, 2009 at 11:25

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CAO La Traviata

Today’s review is a fairly new line from CAO. From what I can tell, the target audience is regular people who don’t have a ton of money to blow on cigars. I was immediately drawn to this cigar after seeing it in Ed’s cigar shop. Once again, I filled my glass with water, smoked, and [...]

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Posted by Tom - December 22, 2009 at 00:00

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A Scotch Master Looks Back

What to call John Ramsay? His title is master blender. But given that that is a pretty common spirits-industry term defining a person who oversees blending, perhaps for Ramsay we need something more. It may seem redundant, but how about master master blender? You see, John, who is now retiring from Scotland's Edrington Group after 43 years in the industry, is the genius behind the Glenrothes Vintage program as well as being the master blender of such prestige blends as Famous Grouse and Cutty Sark and one of the malt masters of The Macallan and Highland Park.

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Posted by Cigar Aficionado Blog Posts RSS - December 21, 2009 at 18:54

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Your Very Own Personal Holiday Hell

“Hey dad, you’re making me sad,” my eighteen year-old, love of my life daughter said to me, yesterday. She’s home for the one month college winter break and has been feeling incredibly festive – baking cookies, singing carols, and watching her favorite Christmas movie, Elf, over and over and over. Bottom line: she wanted to know [...]

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Posted by zman - December 21, 2009 at 06:04

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Reader Question: Where The Hell Is Ed?

The holidays have taken their toll on December episode of The Ed & Tom Show. We anticipated that this may happen, and did a “Quick Smoke” video earlier this month to at least get one review in December. Check it out here if you haven’t seen it yet. Fear not… Ed will be back [...]

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Posted by Tom - December 20, 2009 at 09:34

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Benchmade by Ashton

Once again, I found myself checking out another cheap cigar while browsing a local shop. The Benchmade is a brand of Ashton, and is blended by Jose Pepin Garcia. What drew me to it was the price, and the fact that it is a Nicaraguan puro from Ashton. I figured for two bucks, grabbing a [...]

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Posted by Tom - December 18, 2009 at 00:00

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