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by Randy Bowman
August 3rd, 2020, 2:13 pm
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: What Cigar or Pipe Are You Smoking?
Replies: 810
Views: 29850

Re: What Cigar or Pipe Are You Smoking?

La Aroma De Cuba Immensa

Had an Immensa knot in it that the spike couldn't clear.

My Father La Opulencia

Fall back on a sure thing. A +
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by Randy Bowman
August 2nd, 2020, 2:20 pm
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: What Cigar or Pipe Are You Smoking?
Replies: 810
Views: 29850

Re: What Cigar or Pipe Are You Smoking?

Davidoff Primeros Nicaragua Maduro Petite Panatela Checking out short smokes and going slow to keep the heat down. Davidoff lists a 15 minute smoking time and I got a full thirty minutes. Coffee, dusty earth and a finish of pepper the first half. Medium plus for strength. The coffee turned to mocha...
by Randy Bowman
August 1st, 2020, 2:50 pm
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: What Cigar or Pipe Are You Smoking?
Replies: 810
Views: 29850

Re: What Cigar or Pipe Are You Smoking?

A. Fuente Hemingway Signature Natural Sun Grown One year in the humidor. Coffee, leather, mild caramel, baking spice and a touch of white pepper on the finish. By mid cigar, notes of toast and natural tobacco appear. The baking spice increases slightly approaching the nub. Medium strength and body ...
by Randy Bowman
July 31st, 2020, 1:51 pm
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: What Cigar or Pipe Are You Smoking?
Replies: 810
Views: 29850

Re: What Cigar or Pipe Are You Smoking?

E. P. Carrillo Encore Celestial Oak, coffee, leather and red pepper for starters, toning down to nuts, toast and black pepper in the second third. By mid cigar there is black tea, hints of salted caramel and a citrus component, finishing with white pepper. It started out medium plus in strength and...
by Randy Bowman
July 30th, 2020, 8:20 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Garlic bread
Replies: 14
Views: 446

Re: Garlic bread

Robert M yers wrote:
July 30th, 2020, 8:14 pm
Well done Randy! I thought you were going to post A picture of Texas Toast. ;)
I loved Texas toast when I lived in Waco back in 64. Must be why I gravitated to killer bread. [cheers.gif]
by Randy Bowman
July 30th, 2020, 8:07 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Garlic bread
Replies: 14
Views: 446

Re: Garlic bread

I have a tendency to overdo things. Killer bread has been one of my favorites for years. Mix softened butter, mayonnaise, fresh minced garlic and fresh grated Parmesan cheese and let it sit in a bowl while preparing dinner. Slice the baguette in half. You have the option of partially cutting individ...
by Randy Bowman
July 30th, 2020, 7:39 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What bottle of wine did you open today?
Replies: 12142
Views: 454462

Re: What bottle of wine did you open today?

2019 La Follette Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir. Pretty impressive for as young as it is.
by Randy Bowman
July 30th, 2020, 2:48 pm
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: What Cigar or Pipe Are You Smoking?
Replies: 810
Views: 29850

Re: What Cigar or Pipe Are You Smoking?

Oliva 48 Special G Maduro Arrived Tuesday. Coffee, oak and lots of pepper. I couldn't/didn't adjust to the smaller ring size so it burned a little hot and fast, fifteen minutes and I used a toothpick for maximum smoke time. 20200730_134054.jpg 20200730_140609.jpg Decided to have a Fuente Short Stor...
by Randy Bowman
July 29th, 2020, 7:45 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Recycled uses for OWC’s
Replies: 22
Views: 1601

Re: Recycled uses for OWC’s

Wine displays, guitars, serving trays that double as displays and amplifiers.
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by Randy Bowman
July 29th, 2020, 3:22 pm
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: What Cigar or Pipe Are You Smoking?
Replies: 810
Views: 29850

Re: What Cigar or Pipe Are You Smoking?

Punch Rothschilde Double Maduro Was my go to cigar 25 years ago. Dark roast coffee at the forefront, earth, kitchen spice and a peppery finish through the first half. Leather, a little cedar and fleeting notes of caramel kick in and the kitchen spice ramps up in the second half. Medium plus in stre...
by Randy Bowman
July 28th, 2020, 7:55 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Best dishwasher safe Cab glasses?
Replies: 15
Views: 604

Re: Best dishwasher safe Cab glasses?

Riedel restaurant series if you can find them. They fit in top or bottom and not as fragile.
by Randy Bowman
July 26th, 2020, 2:51 pm
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: What Cigar or Pipe Are You Smoking?
Replies: 810
Views: 29850

Re: What Cigar or Pipe Are You Smoking?

E. P. Carrillo La Historia Dona Elena (Toro) A year in the humidor. The first draw after lighting the cigar had notes of coffee. The fourth puff was smooth and creamy with both coffee and cocoa notes. The draw is excellent and the smoke dense. The coffee stays at the forefront with some leather and...
by Randy Bowman
July 25th, 2020, 2:22 pm
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: What Cigar or Pipe Are You Smoking?
Replies: 810
Views: 29850

Re: What Cigar or Pipe Are You Smoking?

Aging Room Quattro F55N Maestro Torpedo

Revisiting Cigar Aficionado's number one cigar for 2019. My current favorite cigar.
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by Randy Bowman
July 24th, 2020, 8:24 pm
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: What Cigar or Pipe Are You Smoking?
Replies: 810
Views: 29850

Re: What Cigar or Pipe Are You Smoking?

Had a Punch Rare Corojo today. It was about 2 years old and had the new labeling. It was absolutely nothing like the old Rare Corojos we had 10 years ago. It was okay with nothing different than the other Punch naturals. Might be the reason they are languishing on the shelf, but the absolute square ...
by Randy Bowman
July 23rd, 2020, 2:38 pm
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: What Cigar or Pipe Are You Smoking?
Replies: 810
Views: 29850

Re: What Cigar or Pipe Are You Smoking?

Under $20 In CA limits the selection some. Example: I'm smoking a Padron 1964 Exclusivo Maduro right now. I sell them cheap at $21 and keystone pricing at most CA shops would be $26 or $27. The same cigar in states without a tobacco tax would be around $16 or $17. Most number one cigars in Cigar Afi...
by Randy Bowman
July 22nd, 2020, 8:46 pm
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: What Cigar or Pipe Are You Smoking?
Replies: 810
Views: 29850

Re: What Cigar or Pipe Are You Smoking?

PSA: Gentlemen and ladies, I suggest you stock up on your favorite cigars and back up sticks soon, particularly those with maduro wrappers. Between factory closings and loss of the supply chain due to Covid 19, stock is very limited and dwindling.
by Randy Bowman
July 22nd, 2020, 3:06 pm
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: What Cigar or Pipe Are You Smoking?
Replies: 810
Views: 29850

Re: What Cigar or Pipe Are You Smoking?

Davidoff Double R 702 Series A gift from a long time friend and customer. Creamy and smooth with espresso, dusty earth, hardwood and mild pepper. The draw is easy producing copious amounts of smoke and the burn line razor sharp. The flavors build through the first half and some mild sweetness highl...
by Randy Bowman
July 21st, 2020, 8:08 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What bottle of wine did you open today?
Replies: 12142
Views: 454462

Re: What bottle of wine did you open today?

2017 La Follette Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir. Small production boutique wine we came across that is beautiful sleeper.
by Randy Bowman
July 21st, 2020, 3:04 pm
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: What Cigar or Pipe Are You Smoking?
Replies: 810
Views: 29850

Re: What Cigar or Pipe Are You Smoking?

Camacho Powerband Gordo Purchased on release in 2016. Easy draw and cool smoke from the 60 ring cigar. Starts with natural tobacco, dusty earth, oak and pepper. There is a tannin like bite on the tongue. Coffee notes emerge and move to the forefront in the first third. Mid cigar, some sweetness and...
by Randy Bowman
July 20th, 2020, 7:32 pm
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: What Cigar or Pipe Are You Smoking?
Replies: 810
Views: 29850

Re: What Cigar or Pipe Are You Smoking?

Jason Hagen wrote:
July 20th, 2020, 3:03 pm
Have you tried the Black Market Illicit? TAA. I have just one but might fire it up this week.
Haven't had one. I'll be looking forward to your review.
by Randy Bowman
July 20th, 2020, 3:01 pm
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: What Cigar or Pipe Are You Smoking?
Replies: 810
Views: 29850

Re: What Cigar or Pipe Are You Smoking?

Alec Bradley Magic Toast Toro Revisiting the Magic Toast in a Toro this time. Coffee, dusty earth, leather and a fair amount of pepper. Mid cigar, the pepper backs off and sweetness begins to build along with notes of chocolate, black fruits and kitchen spice. The sweetness diminishes in the final ...
by Randy Bowman
July 19th, 2020, 2:58 pm
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: What Cigar or Pipe Are You Smoking?
Replies: 810
Views: 29850

Re: What Cigar or Pipe Are You Smoking?

Regius Black Label Belicoso In the humidor for 3 years. Coffee bean, earth, leather and pepper comprise the core profile that also has some bitterness. Along the way there are notes of roasted nuts, sweet citrus, wood and caramel. Wonky burn was corrected with a single touch up. Some heat nearing t...
by Randy Bowman
July 18th, 2020, 2:25 pm
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: What Cigar or Pipe Are You Smoking?
Replies: 810
Views: 29850

Re: What Cigar or Pipe Are You Smoking?

Esteban Carreras Chupa Cabra Hellcat Grand Toro In the humidor for over a year. Espresso, scorched earth, leather and a first for me, notes of popcorn for starters. There is some white pepper on the finish. Near mid cigar, roasted meat takes over the earth component. Notes of nuts, pecan I believe,...
by Randy Bowman
July 17th, 2020, 2:29 pm
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: What Cigar or Pipe Are You Smoking?
Replies: 810
Views: 29850

Re: What Cigar or Pipe Are You Smoking?

Montecristo Double Edmundo (toro) In the humidor for at least fifteen years. The first half featured toast, cedar, mild coffee, white pepper and dried fruit. The draw is a bit firm but improves through the second half. The coffee took on a mocha character and some nuttiness and natural tobacco were...
by Randy Bowman
July 16th, 2020, 8:22 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Retailer Check: The Bottle List (Napa)
Replies: 5
Views: 294

Re: Retailer Check: The Bottle List (Napa)

+1 He has turned us on to some great wines.
by Randy Bowman
July 15th, 2020, 2:47 pm
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: What Cigar or Pipe Are You Smoking?
Replies: 810
Views: 29850

Re: What Cigar or Pipe Are You Smoking?

Oliva V Melanio Maduro Torpedo In the humidor for at least seven months. The flash of pepper after lighting settles quickly to dusty earth, coffee and some light leather, each taking turns at the forefront through the first half of the cigar. The pepper moves to the background and is barely noticea...
by Randy Bowman
July 14th, 2020, 3:47 pm
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: What Cigar or Pipe Are You Smoking?
Replies: 810
Views: 29850

Re: What Cigar or Pipe Are You Smoking?

CAO MX2 Robusto One plus year in the humidor. Dark roast coffee drives this cigar. Some earth and leather notes in the first half and it gets creamy as it progresses. Some mild kitchen spice, baker's chocolate and a touch of pepper compliment the second half without any sweetness. Slow even burn wi...
by Randy Bowman
July 12th, 2020, 8:10 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: In praise of leftovers
Replies: 17
Views: 693

Re: In praise of leftovers

Most casserole dishes improve daily. Western Meal in One and Tamale Pie come to mind. Lasagna, chili, pasta sauces and BBQ beef too. Are you old enough to remember the BBQ beef in the 50's, 60's at the drive ins along the highways? The BBQ beef was in a pot that looked like a stainless steel crock p...
by Randy Bowman
July 12th, 2020, 7:42 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wine consumption changed?
Replies: 39
Views: 2035

Re: Wine conumption changed?

Our wine consumption, (if that's the same as conumption), has not changed, primarily because our routine/work hasn't changed. Our wine sales indicate a lot of people are drinking or drinking more than before.
by Randy Bowman
July 12th, 2020, 3:18 pm
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: What Cigar or Pipe Are You Smoking?
Replies: 810
Views: 29850

Re: What Cigar or Pipe Are You Smoking?

Archetype Axis Mundi Toro A year in the humidor. Rich tobacco aroma on the foot, natural tobacco on the cold draw. Natural tobacco is the predominant flavor in the profile. Through the first half, notes of espresso, kitchen spice and dried fruit build up. The second half added a little sweetness, c...
by Randy Bowman
July 9th, 2020, 8:18 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: It’s good, again. Alcohol has been rehabilitated...
Replies: 13
Views: 1302

Re: It’s good, again. Alcohol has been rehabilitated...

The key to limiting oneself to one glass a day is to buy a sufficiently large glass. Moderation, after all, is important. Gotcha covered. We sell a glass that holds 750ml with a little space to swirl the wine. Maybe it's my advanced age but every time I have a glass of wine, I can't remember what I...
by Randy Bowman
July 8th, 2020, 8:15 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: A question for our elder states(men/women)
Replies: 50
Views: 2585

Re: A question for our elder states(men/women)

I’m 64 and am proud to report that I have successfully stopped buying young Bordeaux about a dozen times. I really thought I had it licked after skipping 2017 and 2018 - not even a flicker of desire. Then I caved and bought 2019s. There was no logic to it. Makes more sense to do what Tom and Markus...
by Randy Bowman
July 8th, 2020, 2:55 pm
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: What Cigar or Pipe Are You Smoking?
Replies: 810
Views: 29850

Re: What Cigar or Pipe Are You Smoking?

Asylum 13 Sixty Seven months in the humidor. Heavy pepper on the start fading to the finish, lead by natural tobacco, dusty earth with light cocoa notes through the first half. The second half featured kitchen spice, leather with light chocolate and some floral notes. The burn and draw were very go...
by Randy Bowman
July 7th, 2020, 2:50 pm
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: What Cigar or Pipe Are You Smoking?
Replies: 810
Views: 29850

Re: What Cigar or Pipe Are You Smoking?

Oliva Serie V Robusto In the humidor for three months. The first two times I tried an Oliva V, allergies or something I had for lunch deaddened my senses of smell and taste. Not today. Barnyard on the foot and black tea on the cold draw. Upon lighting there is a blast of white pepper that slowly su...
by Randy Bowman
July 6th, 2020, 8:08 pm
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: What Cigar or Pipe Are You Smoking?
Replies: 810
Views: 29850

Re: What Cigar or Pipe Are You Smoking?

Things are getting tough in cigar land. We are running short on a number of cigars and none of the distributors have any. Some of the cigars we are getting are dry, (or real old). The last flyer I got from a distributor, they were hyping cigars nobody has ever heard of, with age on them and special ...
by Randy Bowman
July 6th, 2020, 7:29 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: A question for our elder states(men/women)
Replies: 50
Views: 2585

Re: A question for our elder states(men/women)

We don't buy or cellar wine for consumption by us when they mature. We lost all of our collectibles in the 2014 earthquake. Being in the business we get opportunities to purchase mature wines. Sometimes we drink them, but most times we hold them in the cellar for local winemakers and a few customers...
by Randy Bowman
July 5th, 2020, 7:37 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Making bacon at home
Replies: 26
Views: 985

Re: Making bacon at home

While I'm not the foodie with a desire to do all the work, I will say nothing is better than freshly made smoked meats without all the preservatives. I won half a pig one year and took it to a butcher who specializes in fresh smoked meats. Since the pig was free, his charges were more than reasonabl...
by Randy Bowman
July 5th, 2020, 2:59 pm
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: What Cigar or Pipe Are You Smoking?
Replies: 810
Views: 29850

Re: What Cigar or Pipe Are You Smoking?

Padron 1964 Number 45 Maduro In the humidor for at least 3 years. The first quarter was natural tobacco and a lot of pepper. As the pepper fades, notes of leather, earth and coffee emerge. Sweet cedar and kitchen spice join in by mid cigar. For the final third, the coffee is replaced by dark chocol...
by Randy Bowman
July 3rd, 2020, 7:58 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: There is a mouse in the cellar...
Replies: 54
Views: 3250

Re: There is a mouse in the cellar...

The field mice and roof rats have all been manageable with traps. Raccoons on the other hand are a frustrating challenge. They've learned to tear out the wire in the exterior house vents as quickly as I could replace them until they found one under the deck I can't get to without tearing up the deck...
by Randy Bowman
July 3rd, 2020, 7:06 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What bottle of wine did you open today?
Replies: 12142
Views: 454462

Re: What bottle of wine did you open today?

2017 Ferren Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir
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by Randy Bowman
July 3rd, 2020, 3:00 pm
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: What Cigar or Pipe Are You Smoking?
Replies: 810
Views: 29850

Re: What Cigar or Pipe Are You Smoking?

Esteban Carreras Liga Pigtail 6 X 60 Maduro One week in the humidor. Initial burn problems cured with a touch up or two. Once it settled there was coffee, dusty earth, leather and mild black pepper on the finish. By mid cigar there is some sweetness building along with some cinnamon toast. Approach...
by Randy Bowman
July 2nd, 2020, 8:52 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Napa winery visiting status update please
Replies: 30
Views: 1945

Re: Napa winery visiting status update please

Napa Covid cases increased exponentially after Memorial Day. Also after Memorial day, there was and still is an influx of tourists from other counties and states, looking for open wineries and restaurants. If the rise in covid cases continues, Napa will be lumped into the closed counties as the hot ...
by Randy Bowman
July 1st, 2020, 2:23 pm
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: What Cigar or Pipe Are You Smoking?
Replies: 810
Views: 29850

Re: What Cigar or Pipe Are You Smoking?

Archetype Dawn of Destiny Robusto In the humidor for a year. Starts out with earth, tobacco, a hint of coffee and pepper. A mild citrus component appears in the second third along with some black tea notes and almond. Very light sweetness overtakes the citrus through the final third. Medium in stre...
by Randy Bowman
June 30th, 2020, 2:56 pm
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: What Cigar or Pipe Are You Smoking?
Replies: 810
Views: 29850

Re: What Cigar or Pipe Are You Smoking?

Rocky Patel Decade Cameroon Toro Three years in the humidor. Smooth and mellow end to end with an easy draw and even burn. Primary flavors of natural tobacco, earth and hay with notes of leather, dried fruit, coffee and light caramel. There is some mild pepper on the finish that increases slightly ...
by Randy Bowman
June 30th, 2020, 2:15 pm
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: What Cigar or Pipe Are You Smoking?
Replies: 810
Views: 29850

Re: What Cigar or Pipe Are You Smoking?

Yum. Top ten on my list.
by Randy Bowman
June 28th, 2020, 7:28 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What is the meaning of your wine hobby?
Replies: 51
Views: 1894

Re: What is the meaning of your wine hobby?

The hobby turned into a business, meaning it's my turn to pick what we are drinking with dinner tonight. Menu this evening, Chinese.
by Randy Bowman
June 27th, 2020, 2:12 pm
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: What Cigar or Pipe Are You Smoking?
Replies: 810
Views: 29850

Re: What Cigar or Pipe Are You Smoking?

Saga Blend No 7 Perfecto Six months in the humidor with aroma of hay. Starts with wood, mostly cedar and/or oak, hay, natural tobacco, a little earth and black pepper on the finish. By mid cigar, the wood has diminished and the cigar has developed some creaminess, with some coffee and spice notes. ...
by Randy Bowman
June 26th, 2020, 2:32 pm
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: What Cigar or Pipe Are You Smoking?
Replies: 810
Views: 29850

Re: What Cigar or Pipe Are You Smoking?

Herrera Esteli Brazilian Maduro Toro by Drew Estate Revisiting one of my favorites. Coffee, cedar and mild pepper are the core of the profile. Along the way there is intermittent sweetness, earth and cream with notes of kitchen spice, cocoa, walnuts and red pepper. Medium plus. 20200626_133914.jpg
by Randy Bowman
June 25th, 2020, 8:23 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: How to respond to, " My X (friend or relative) wants to get into the wine business. What do you recommend?"
Replies: 35
Views: 1698

Re: How to respond to, " My X (friend or relative) wants to get into the wine business. What do you recommend?"

I agree with Geoff. What part of the wine business? We know tasting room people, growers, winemakers, winery staff, somms, winery owners, distributors/reps, retailers, importers and bartenders. With the right attitude, desire, drive, direction, knowledge and initial capital a person can be very succ...

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