Originally Posted by darkninja67
Hey guys, what's going on in this thread??
No new pick ups of late but still smoking. Had a Padron 45th maduro yesterday to celebrate a one year anniversary with my girlfriend. Was a great cigar. Looking to get a box of the 46th around Christmas. We can get $100 off if we spend a certain amount at this shop.
Still in love with the Tatuaje J21 Reserva. Great smoke.
I certainly have had a lot of pickups as of late. For starters, I got to help pick out a sweet new lighter and case for my wife. We looked at a lot different lighters from S.T. Dupont to Xikar and more. She ended up finding a Bugatti '1' gunmetal lighter she fell in love with. We got the matching terracotta sheathe along with a 3 vitola Ashton chocolate lizard case which was pretty cool. After that I found another lotus lighter that I had to add to the collection. I think it's my new favorite (model 12). Then onto the cigars we went. This is where I think I really hit the jackpot darkninja67.
I found three new smokes that were awesome. Well Actually four, but three I found in one trip. Completely new to me (didn't even know it existed) is the Fuente Añejo. Wow, this thing is a gold mine! Possibly the best cigar I've ever smoked! Apparently only release during Christmas and fathers day, runs are extremely limited. It has the same filler of the Opus X (haven't tried yet), but a different wrapper. As the story goes, in '98 Hurricane George wiped a lot of land from Fuente and 2 years later there was a shortage of Opus X wrapper tobacco. The Opus line was halted and a new cigar was born using the same filler, but a 5 year aged Connecticut maduro wrapper instead. Wow...that's all I can say! Spicy, smooth and just a hint of sweetness. I have yet to try the Liga Privada No.9, but when I get my paws on it, we shall see if it's on par with this. Anyways that was the highlight of my adventure. On top of that, the shape of the vitola was totally unique. It wasn't box pressed, it was a round-to-square brick press. The head and first 2 inches were like a Belicoso, then it transformed into a square ended brick press. Extremely unique. They of course had other sizes but I had to have that one.
Digressing into other cigars, I tried 2 new Connecticut Shade smokes. First, the Oliva Connecticut Reserve. There was an interesting story behind me me getting to smoke this cigar. For awhile I've had the Cigar.com Best of Connecticut 2009 Sampler on my wish list which included this Oliva blend. On happenstance, I asked my wife if she wanted to take some time off school work and visit the cigar shop. Well, loe and behold a Rep from the Oliva brand was there sampling two different blends and talking about the brand. Well this certainly was a treat and I finally was able to sample this cigar. This cigar is now my favorite Connecticut I've smoked to date (if you dig them). Like a great chardonnay, very strong notes of creamy butter and nut. As smooth as a Montecristo White, but way more flavorful. Priced quite reasonably, it still is much higher than my go to (5 Vegas gold) Connecticut, but a gem nonetheless.
Second was the HC (new Xikar line) Connecticut line. They offer both a habano and conn. wrapper. I opted for the latter as a comparison and I have heard great things about this cigar venture by Xikar. The smoke was excellent. Even burn all the way though. Did not have quite the punch as the Oliva at all, but flavors were well melded and quite mild.
Now onto the last smoke. The Hammer and Sickle. To tell you the truth, I had don't even remember which one I had nor the intricacies of how it hit my pallet. Part of this was due to the Añejo I was still tickled about, but I will definitely return. Has anyone else heard/smoked any of there offerings? They come in a very unusual crystal or glass cigar box, and I will be back to try another.
Well that's my latest contribution. I'm playing catchup for lost time on here - hehe