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by Randy Bowman
February 25th, 2020, 3:08 pm
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: What Cigar or Pipe Are You Smoking?
Replies: 478
Views: 18520

Re: What Cigar or Pipe Are You Smoking?

Aging Room Quattro F55N Nicaragua Robusto Great looking cigar. The foot smells like tea and the cold draw tastes like spiced tea. Starts out with cedar and white pepper and settles in quickly to black tea, roasted nuts and hints of dark chocolate. The ash is solid and I coaxed it off as I reached t...
by Randy Bowman
February 24th, 2020, 5:10 pm
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: What Cigar or Pipe Are You Smoking?
Replies: 478
Views: 18520

Re: What Cigar or Pipe Are You Smoking?

AVO Heritage Robusto Rich tobacco on the cold draw. Lighting it, I was assailed by bitter burnt wood and hot black pepper. I was thinking it was too much cigar me until it got past a quarter inch. The burnt wood settled to sweet cedar and the pepper subsided to a light white pepper on the finish. T...
by Randy Bowman
February 23rd, 2020, 4:16 pm
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: What Cigar or Pipe Are You Smoking?
Replies: 478
Views: 18520

Re: What Cigar or Pipe Are You Smoking?

My Father Connecticut Robusto The foot smells of rich tobacco and the dry draw is earth and tobacco. Starts out nutty with pepper on the finish. Draw is tight. After a half inch, the earthy tobacco flavors appear with some cedar notes. Ash dropped at three quarters of inch. After the ash dropped th...
by Randy Bowman
February 22nd, 2020, 7:19 pm
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: What Cigar or Pipe Are You Smoking?
Replies: 478
Views: 18520

Re: What Cigar or Pipe Are You Smoking?

Wow $4.85 is almost half the wholesale cost in CA. You can buy three at your price cheaper than one at keystone pricing in CA. [swearing.gif]
by Randy Bowman
February 22nd, 2020, 4:10 pm
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: What Cigar or Pipe Are You Smoking?
Replies: 478
Views: 18520

Re: What Cigar or Pipe Are You Smoking?

My Father Flor de las Antillas Robusto Little brother of 2012 cigar of year. Kitchen spice and leather on the cold draw. Starts out with leather, nutmeg and cream. Nice even burn and draw. The ash is firm and remained attached for the first third of the cigar. Some sweetness joins in with some ceda...
by Randy Bowman
February 22nd, 2020, 3:44 pm
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: What Cigar or Pipe Are You Smoking?
Replies: 478
Views: 18520

Re: What Cigar or Pipe Are You Smoking?

My friend who does pen turning sent me her first one featuring a cigar band. Their business is 00Turners and will probably appear on Etsy first.
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by Randy Bowman
February 21st, 2020, 7:47 pm
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: What Cigar or Pipe Are You Smoking?
Replies: 478
Views: 18520

Re: What Cigar or Pipe Are You Smoking?

Toasty warm here today and with little spare time I enjoyed a A. J. Fernandez Geniales Maduro on the patio with a bottle of water. A former New Yorker joined me with his Oliva G Torpedo, so I didn't get deep in tasting notes and photos. Great smokes and good conversation. The Geniales is only 4.5 X ...
by Randy Bowman
February 20th, 2020, 3:19 pm
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: What Cigar or Pipe Are You Smoking?
Replies: 478
Views: 18520

Re: What Cigar or Pipe Are You Smoking?

Arturo Fuente Magnum R Rosado Gran Reserva Started out with wood and black pepper and settled down after a quarter inch to reveal leather, coffee bean and some nuttiness. The wood is gone. The pepper persists and the water I'm drinking is taming it some. The burn is uneven and I had to touch it up ...
by Randy Bowman
February 19th, 2020, 2:57 pm
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: What Cigar or Pipe Are You Smoking?
Replies: 478
Views: 18520

Re: What Cigar or Pipe Are You Smoking?

God of Fire Sencillo Black Robusto The cigar is made by Placensia for GOF and has a beautiful reddish brown wrapper. Starts out with cedar and pepper for a half inch. The cedar backs off and coffee moves to the forefront. As the pepper softens and moves to the finish, notes of dark chocolate and mi...
by Randy Bowman
February 18th, 2020, 3:10 pm
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: What Cigar or Pipe Are You Smoking?
Replies: 478
Views: 18520

Re: What Cigar or Pipe Are You Smoking?

Alec Bradley Black Market Filthy Hooligan Shamrock Rich tobacco flavors on the cold draw. The cigar starts with rich tobacco, leather and light white pepper. It is medium on the mild side with a smooth, easy draw and little bite on the tongue. There are hints of coffee and a spice. The spice alters...
by Randy Bowman
February 17th, 2020, 8:40 pm
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: What Cigar or Pipe Are You Smoking?
Replies: 478
Views: 18520

Re: What Cigar or Pipe Are You Smoking?

Look what showed up today.😀 20200217_120900.jpg Nice. I heard the Filthy Hooligan was about to make an appearance. Is the Shamrock new? Jason I think this is the second or third year of the Shamrock. They'll probably come up with a fourth wrapper version. I enjoyed the Villiger so much I decided to...
by Randy Bowman
February 17th, 2020, 3:29 pm
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: What Cigar or Pipe Are You Smoking?
Replies: 478
Views: 18520

Re: What Cigar or Pipe Are You Smoking?

Alec Bradley Black Market Filthy Hooligan Started off a little uneven on the burn. There are core flavors of nuts, earth, leather and pepper. Ash had to be coaxed off after the first third. The wrappers seem to be providing nuances of roasted meat, grass, coffee, bell pepper and some cream. The bur...
by Randy Bowman
February 17th, 2020, 12:12 pm
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: What Cigar or Pipe Are You Smoking?
Replies: 478
Views: 18520

Re: What Cigar or Pipe Are You Smoking?

Look what showed up today.😀
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by Randy Bowman
February 16th, 2020, 7:30 pm
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: What Cigar or Pipe Are You Smoking?
Replies: 478
Views: 18520

Re: What Cigar or Pipe Are You Smoking?

The Crowned Head sounds like it is in my wheelhouse. None of my wholesale cigar reps, nor reps from Crowned Heads have visited and promoted the product. The funny thing is: Is it because they know our clientele wouldn't embrace the cigar; Our clientele has no clue about the cigar; the cigar is speci...
by Randy Bowman
February 16th, 2020, 2:45 pm
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: What Cigar or Pipe Are You Smoking?
Replies: 478
Views: 18520

Re: What Cigar or Pipe Are You Smoking?

C A O l 'Annerversaire box pressed Maduro Triple Maduro, I was not surprised to find chocolate on the cold draw and the initial light. The initial mid palate and finish is black pepper. The cigar settles in after a half inch with coffee now on the mid palate. About half way through, the cigar adds ...
by Randy Bowman
February 15th, 2020, 2:37 pm
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: What Cigar or Pipe Are You Smoking?
Replies: 478
Views: 18520

Re: What Cigar or Pipe Are You Smoking?

A J Fernandez Last Call Genialas Maduro Quick smoke in case it gets busy. Flavor stick. Coffee, cocoa, cinnamon, smoked meat, vanilla, berries, leather, earth, even some citrus on the finish terminating in white pepper. The combinations, order and dominate flavors change regularly making the experi...
by Randy Bowman
February 14th, 2020, 2:48 pm
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: What Cigar or Pipe Are You Smoking?
Replies: 478
Views: 18520

Re: What Cigar or Pipe Are You Smoking?

Cohiba Black Corona $22.00 and more per stick here in CA. The wrapper is jet black, oily and smells like funky chocolate. Fired it up and dark roast coffee is the primary flavor. Whether it's me or the cigar the flavors that accompany the coffee range from dark chocolate, earth, leather and nuts bu...
by Randy Bowman
February 13th, 2020, 5:43 pm
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: What Cigar or Pipe Are You Smoking?
Replies: 478
Views: 18520

Re: What Cigar or Pipe Are You Smoking?

Nice. If it is a regular customer maybe this isn't an issue but I wonder if it is a humidity problem Jason The walk in humidor stays pretty humid. This particular customer puts the cigar in his shirt or jacket pocket and it may stay there most of the day. I may have a bad box that I back filled fro...
by Randy Bowman
February 13th, 2020, 3:17 pm
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: What Cigar or Pipe Are You Smoking?
Replies: 478
Views: 18520

Re: What Cigar or Pipe Are You Smoking?

A J Fernandez Last Call Flaquita Torpedo Natural A regular customer said the last two he bought started unraveling half way through the cigar, so I decided to try one. I don't normally smoke a torpedo but since I'm having one I used a Cuban cut. The stick is rock hard with a closed foot. Toasted an...
by Randy Bowman
February 12th, 2020, 7:40 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wine cellar flooring
Replies: 27
Views: 1066

Re: Wine cellar flooring

Can't wait to see it with empty racking, then populated racking. Putting in a fancy etched glass door so the cellar is visible from the adjoining room?
by Randy Bowman
February 12th, 2020, 5:41 pm
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: What Cigar or Pipe Are You Smoking?
Replies: 478
Views: 18520

Re: What Cigar or Pipe Are You Smoking?

Today's pick is the Pistoff Kristoff robusto. The cigar has a loose, closed foot that drops lit pieces of tobacco, so toast this over an ash tray and not over your lap. Starts out with sweet tobacco flavors, leather and a hint of coffee. Initial burn is uneven requiring me to ash and touch up the bu...
by Randy Bowman
February 11th, 2020, 5:19 pm
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: What Cigar or Pipe Are You Smoking?
Replies: 478
Views: 18520

Re: What Cigar or Pipe Are You Smoking?

El Rey Del Mundo Oscuro robusto is today's pick. We've carried them as long as I remember but I never tried one. The cigars are tissue wrapped and they have a noticeable and tantalizing aroma of tea. The wrapper is oily and black. First up, coffee though I expected tea. The coffee is joined by dark ...
by Randy Bowman
February 10th, 2020, 8:37 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: PSA--possible Flannery Berserker credit card breach? [UPDATE in First Post 2/14/20]
Replies: 215
Views: 13536

Re: PSA--possible Flannery Berserker credit card breach?

I'm glad to see how many CC companies recognized fraud and acted to protect the card holder. Unfortunately, the businesses that accepted the fraudulent charge may be out the product/money. The ticket companies can recoup all but the fees for the charge and the charge back. Worse, it's considered a p...
by Randy Bowman
February 10th, 2020, 6:40 pm
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: What Cigar or Pipe Are You Smoking?
Replies: 478
Views: 18520

Re: What Cigar or Pipe Are You Smoking?

Hadn't had a Cohiba Red Dot for five years and it used to be one of my favorites. Now I remember. A little spice and nuts ahead of leather. I have a glass of Piattelli reserve Malbec to go with the cigar but I'll smoke the first third of the cigar before I try the Malbec. The cigar is creamy smooth ...
by Randy Bowman
February 9th, 2020, 8:23 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Help me convert my casita into a wine cellar/wine room!
Replies: 72
Views: 2567

Re: Help me convert my casita into a wine cellar/wine room!

Why bother if it isn't secure or highly valuable when you sell? Can you put a door in to the house? If so, no alarm needed and easier access. Replace the windows and door with lumber/insulation and stucco over the exterior. Hopefully it doesn't get that hot there and there is some insulation in the ...
by Randy Bowman
February 9th, 2020, 6:18 pm
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: What Cigar or Pipe Are You Smoking?
Replies: 478
Views: 18520

Re: What Cigar or Pipe Are You Smoking?

Saint Luis Rey Serie G Double Maduro. Tightly rolled from the band to the cap with a difficult draw and an uneven burn. May have a knot in it. Three holes made with the cigar spike in a triangle and all is good. Starts out with tobacco flavors and pepper. Remained that way until I used the spike. Es...
by Randy Bowman
February 8th, 2020, 7:26 pm
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: What Cigar or Pipe Are You Smoking?
Replies: 478
Views: 18520

Re: What Cigar or Pipe Are You Smoking?

Yes it was another cigar provided by the rep who wanted to make sure I knew Villiger makes high end cigars. Read up on it as I smoked it and there were a lot accolades for this particular cigar. He also left me a couple cigars from the Saga line. We purchase all our Padron cigars from his company. T...
by Randy Bowman
February 8th, 2020, 4:25 pm
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: What Cigar or Pipe Are You Smoking?
Replies: 478
Views: 18520

Re: What Cigar or Pipe Are You Smoking?

Villiger La Flor Ynclan robusto. An interesting blend. Hard to get it lit and packed with black pepper at first. Settles down pretty quick. The pepper fades and cream comes to the forefront. The burn is straight and clean. The ash looks like concrete and sticks to the cigar like cement. A hint of ch...
by Randy Bowman
February 7th, 2020, 8:07 pm
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: What Cigar or Pipe Are You Smoking?
Replies: 478
Views: 18520

Re: What Cigar or Pipe Are You Smoking?

I've had several people ask for machine made, dry cured and small cigars similar to Toscanos. One of my reps suggested the Villiger line and dropped off some to try. I've never had anything like that for 30 years, so I thought I'd try and post on the Villiger Export Maduro. Comes in a box of five. E...
by Randy Bowman
February 6th, 2020, 7:47 pm
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: What Cigar or Pipe Are You Smoking?
Replies: 478
Views: 18520

Re: What Cigar or Pipe Are You Smoking?

De Los Reyes Cigars Don Julio Punta Espada Gordo 6x58. One of my reps dropped in and provided me with the cigar, a new addition to accompany their Saga line of cigars. The cold draw was tobacco and cedar. Draw is excellent and the burn even. Ashed at one inch, the ash remained in one piece. A little...
by Randy Bowman
February 6th, 2020, 7:17 pm
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: What Cigar or Pipe Are You Smoking?
Replies: 478
Views: 18520

Re: What Cigar or Pipe Are You Smoking?

Clay, Newer blends and brands: Alec Bradley Connecticut line is on the lighter side of medium and has some spice to cut the sweetness of Bourbon. A. J. Fernandez Connecticut is the same strength but leans towards saddle leather. Esteban Carrerras Unforgiven about the same strength with nuttiness and...
by Randy Bowman
February 5th, 2020, 8:15 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Scam alert -- Grapeswine.com
Replies: 30
Views: 3401

Re: Scam alert -- Grapeswine.com

Definitely a Scam. DO NOT PURCHASE FROM THIS COMPANY! I ordered four bottles of wine from Institution Wine and was billed $171.92 on September 7, 2019 . The wine did not arrive by September 26th so I contacted the company to inquire about the delay. I was told that the wine was out of stock and wou...
by Randy Bowman
February 5th, 2020, 7:25 pm
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: What Cigar or Pipe Are You Smoking?
Replies: 478
Views: 18520

Re: What Cigar or Pipe Are You Smoking?

My Father La Opulencia Toro. Nice looking cigar. Cold draw doesn't give away much. Some earthiness and a little cocoa. The burn is even and the ash solid to an inch and came off as one piece when I ashed. Starts off with earthy tobacco notes and a hint of cocoa. Some woodiness adds to the flavors as...
by Randy Bowman
February 4th, 2020, 8:05 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Adding Port to Wine
Replies: 42
Views: 1419

Re: Adding Port to Wine

Nope. The dumb shit married her. They got divorced after he got promoted and she could get a larger alimony settlement. (It helped that he was in a car accident with his "girl friend" in the car.)
by Randy Bowman
February 4th, 2020, 7:58 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Adding Port to Wine
Replies: 42
Views: 1419

Re: Adding Port to Wine

Back in the day, say 1979, we were Silver Oak junkies. Had a friend over and decided to treat him with some of my favorite wine. After two sips he asked for some ice cubes. I took his glass to the kitchen, poured a glass from the half gallon screw cap last hope Cab, added ice cubes and gave it to hi...
by Randy Bowman
February 4th, 2020, 7:35 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Howell Mountain focused Napa trip
Replies: 24
Views: 1699

Re: Howell Mountain focused Napa trip

After you see the prices of the hotels, check the Bed & Breakfasts from Yountville north to Calistoga. Sometimes they are better fit, plus the service is personal, not corporate.
by Randy Bowman
February 4th, 2020, 4:25 pm
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: What Cigar or Pipe Are You Smoking?
Replies: 478
Views: 18520

Re: What Cigar or Pipe Are You Smoking?

Jason, just got word that neither distributor I deal carry the Diesel D5 Maduros.
by Randy Bowman
February 4th, 2020, 4:20 pm
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: What Cigar or Pipe Are You Smoking?
Replies: 478
Views: 18520

Re: What Cigar or Pipe Are You Smoking?

Alec Bradley Prensado robusto this afternoon. Haven't had one for several years now. Smooth flavors on start up and was expecting it to be stronger. Leather dominates with hints of cocoa and spices. It feels loosely rolled and started burning crooked so I had to ash the cigar and touch it up some. C...
by Randy Bowman
February 3rd, 2020, 7:30 pm
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: What Cigar or Pipe Are You Smoking?
Replies: 478
Views: 18520

Re: What Cigar or Pipe Are You Smoking?

Lovely cigar Jason. Friday and Saturday I put tables out for the 70 degree weather. Yesterday and today low 50s and gusty winds driving the wind chill to the low 40s. Fortunately, I have the indoor lounge. If were to actually get home early enough and/or had a day off, I'd build or buy a man cave in...
by Randy Bowman
February 2nd, 2020, 7:56 pm
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: What Cigar or Pipe Are You Smoking?
Replies: 478
Views: 18520

Re: What Cigar or Pipe Are You Smoking?

Had an A. J. Fernandez Bellas Artes with the first half of the Super Bowl. It was stellar. Larry, The Arturo Fuente Chateau and Double Chateau are the prime example of "medium," plus they have sticks with a natural, sun grown and maduro wrapper that will give you the opportunity to see the differenc...
by Randy Bowman
February 1st, 2020, 9:31 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Another one bites the dust...Noon Eclipse 2001
Replies: 36
Views: 1452

Re: Another one bites the dust...Noon Eclipse 2001

Okay, took a bottle of 2003 Rusden Black Guts Shiraz home for dinner. Popped and poured it. It has new wine acidity, black fruit flavors that aren't oozy and I don't think I would pick it out as Australian in a blind taste. I had a back up wine for dinner and it won't be needed. After 15 minutes it ...
by Randy Bowman
February 1st, 2020, 8:31 pm
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: What Cigar or Pipe Are You Smoking?
Replies: 478
Views: 18520

Re: What Cigar or Pipe Are You Smoking?

Ordering the Diesel Unlimited D5 Maduro on Tuesday with some other new stuff. You keep posting about the Diesel and in the last couple days I've had several people call asking what Diesels I have in stock. Out with old. In with the new. Cool. I hope they sell well. They are not an everyday smoke fo...
by Randy Bowman
February 1st, 2020, 8:16 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Another one bites the dust...Noon Eclipse 2001
Replies: 36
Views: 1452

Re: Another one bites the dust...Noon Eclipse 2001

We bought and drank an awful lot of OZ ooze starting in 2001 and loved them "back then." Some we had trouble keeping in stock like Marquis Phillips, Oliver Hill and Henry's Drive. At the same time we bought Burge Draycott, Greenock Creek, Wild Duck Creek, Dutschke, Two Hands, Shirvington, Barrosa Ol...
by Randy Bowman
February 1st, 2020, 6:59 pm
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: What Cigar or Pipe Are You Smoking?
Replies: 478
Views: 18520

Re: What Cigar or Pipe Are You Smoking?

Esteban Carrerras Mr. Brownstone Maduro Boolit. Small cigar I can finish in about 45 minutes. Medium in strength. The burn is smooth and straight and the ash looks like a stack of dimes. A lot going on with tobacco flavors, powdered chocolate, some espresso notes and light white pepper finish. At on...
by Randy Bowman
February 1st, 2020, 2:33 pm
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: What Cigar or Pipe Are You Smoking?
Replies: 478
Views: 18520

Re: What Cigar or Pipe Are You Smoking?

Ordering the Diesel Unlimited D5 Maduro on Tuesday with some other new stuff. You keep posting about the Diesel and in the last couple days I've had several people call asking what Diesels I have in stock. Out with old. In with the new.
by Randy Bowman
January 30th, 2020, 7:50 pm
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: What Cigar or Pipe Are You Smoking?
Replies: 478
Views: 18520

Re: What Cigar or Pipe Are You Smoking?

They are supposed to be very good and that was the first one I had tried. There's a back story to it for name, etc., but I believe Fuente makes them.
by Randy Bowman
January 30th, 2020, 6:16 pm
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: What Cigar or Pipe Are You Smoking?
Replies: 478
Views: 18520

Re: What Cigar or Pipe Are You Smoking?

Diamond Crown Julius Caeser. Cold draw was coffee and pepper. After lighting the cigar I paused to let settle, expecting coffee and maybe some powdered chocolate. It tasted like I was burning tree bark. The flavor was unchanged when I set it down while I helped some customers and it went out. I reli...
by Randy Bowman
January 29th, 2020, 8:42 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 601 Cellars
Replies: 10
Views: 933

Re: 601 Cellars

Brian and his wife dropped in this afternoon to pour their wines. The wines included a Sierra Hills Sangiovese, a Napa valley Sangiovese and a Napa Valley Super Tuscan. The Sierra Hills started out austere with a lot of acidity and after 15 minutes in the glass, it shows clean, bright fruit and begs...
by Randy Bowman
January 29th, 2020, 8:06 pm
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: What Cigar or Pipe Are You Smoking?
Replies: 478
Views: 18520

Re: What Cigar or Pipe Are You Smoking?

More help, please. Again IIRC I have never had a Gurkha cigar. Any thoughts? Likes/Dislikes? I generally buy what I know I like but am wondering if I should give these a try. TIA Jason STAY. AWAY. Unfortunately, I must agree. I did sell the boxes they came in for $25 each so I broke even on what I ...

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