AFGL: 1992 Federal 91st Cervantes, Tobacco Plaza DD & Ultimate

March 16, 2012 · Posted in AFGL, Cigar Community, Cigar Review · Comment 

A Few Good Links this week deals with three cigar reviews. Two are reviews of cigars that are specific to certain shops throughout the country and I want to try them. The third review is of a cigar I’m dreading to smoke but have to because it’s in my humidor and I’ll have to do a review of it at some indefinite point in the (hopefully) distant future. Maybe it will age well but I doubt it.

1. My Father Le Bijou 1992 Federal 91st Cervantes: from Peter at A Cigar Smoker’s Journal

After Barry left A Cigar Smoker’s Journal (He actually sold it!) I was a little worried. Barry started his blog around the same time that I started The Perfect Draw and he’s one of the first guys that I really connected with in the cigar blogosphere. During a trip to the La Aurora factory in the Dominican Republic we got to hang out some and I realized that he’s a cool guy in real life too. Now he works for La Aurora and his blog came under new management.

I didn’t check in to the site every day but it seemed like the posts were a never-ending procession of press releases, which is boring. But then more reviews starting popping up and, happily, they’re good reviews. Peter’s review of the My Father Le Bijou 1992 Federal 91st Cervantes (That name is why acronyms were invented but MFLB1992F91stC doesn’t roll of the tongue like FUBAR does) is a great example of the quality posts still being published on that site.

According to Peter, this cigar offers a good mixture of flavors ranging from oak to cocoa. It is a medium bodied cigar and, coming from My Father, definitely has a good pedigree. A box of 23 will set you back a little more than $180.

2. Tatuaje Tobacco Plaza DD: from Brooks at Halfwheel

It’s a Tatuaje and the blend is based off of the Fausto, which is good enough for me. Interestingly enough, I was somehow already following the Twitter handle for the B&M (Or do they have a Twitter handle just for the cigar? I forget.) and one night, out of the blue, I got a message from that account asking me if I was going to try this cigar. I promised to look into it and now I have.

Brooks wasn’t head over heals in love with this cigar saying that it was stronger than the Fausto and reminded him more of a young T110. Basically, according to him, only people who love that nicotine kick should smoke this cigar. He had to put the Double D down for a while because he was about to puke due to the strength. Obviously, this cigar is not for new smokers.

According to Brooks he thinks that this cigar will age well and will be more tame in about six months.

3. Cuban Stock Chubbys Ultimate Swell: from Niko at In the Humidor

Yesterday I panned the Cuban Stock Chubbys Maduro Swell because it tasted like a salty mud puddle. I’m dreading lighting up the “Ultimate” Swell because I just don’t see how it can be that good. Niko is giving me some hope that I might be wrong.

He noticed leather, spice and earth and said that whenever he’s looking for a stronger cigar this is the cigar he will go for. Still, I just don’t think I’m going to like this cigar. It’s going to get plenty of time in my humidor and I have been surprised by cigars in the past. Heck, right now I’m being pleasantly surprised by the cigar I’m smoking, which is a Thunder by Nimish (Rocky Patel is somehow connected, I’m not looking it up).

AFGL: CRA, AB, Avo & Breaking In

March 9, 2012 · Posted in AFGL, Assault on Cigars, Cigar Industry, Entertainment · Comment 

A Few Good Links for this week covers some good news from Cigar Rights of America, Alec Bradley’s Red Badge Report, a new Avo and a show that returned from the grave.

1. From CRA is this:

In a significant advancement for the effort to keep the U.S. Food & Drug Administration out of your home and local tobacconist’s humidor, S. 1461 and H.R. 1639 has acquired two major new co-sponsors from the House and Senate.

Representative Fred Upton (R, Michigan) and Senator Lindsey Graham (R, South Carolina) are the politicians who have signed on to fight the FDA. That’s good news and I’m glad we have some more people fighting those who would stomp out our cigars. And a big thanks to CRA for their activism and for keeping us up-to-date on what is going on.

2. Alec Bradley just published the first edition of the Red Badge Report. Here’s a little video (jump ahead to about 0:40):

 3. Then there is the special (can a 100,000 production run be termed “special”) run of the Avo La Trompeta. Here’s the stuff:

Through the subtle balanced Ligero tobaccos and the add-on of Peruvian Seco from exquisite tobacco fields, this special vintage is a medium to full- bodied cigar with complex notes in the aftertaste. The beautiful, slightly oily Ecuador Special Sun Grown wrapper “Seleccion 702” awards this cigar an indescribable spicy and balanced, multi-faceted experience. This cigar converts our thoughts in dreams.

“This cigar converts our thoughts in dreams” – wow. Somebody ate their Wheaties before writing that! More info:

“La Trompeta” presents itself in a majestic and charming cigar format – a brilliant 6 ½ x 54 “Piramide”– the addition of a special feature to pay homage to the jazz trumpet, three small circular cigar leaf cut-outs are placed on the wrapper leaf to resemble “trumpet keys” – limited to 100,000 cigars worldwide with 50,000 cigars for the US market.

“La Trompeta” will be available on March 26th at Select Merchants with a retail price of $15.50 taxes not included.

4. Breaking In is not a great show but it’s fun. At least, it was. With the addition of Megan Mullally and the subtraction of a couple of guys (the kind of up tight one and that other one, you know, the zany guy) the premiere episode wasn’t good. Hopefully it will get better but, well, let’s hope. Here’s a video that I think shows one of the funnier moments from the first season:

AFGL: Breitbart, The Knot & Fantasy Baseball

March 2, 2012 · Posted in AFGL, Drinks, Sports · Comment 

A Few Good Links for this week covers the shocking and sad news that Andrew Breitbart is dead at 43, The Knot Irish something-or-another liquor and how I wound up on a fantasy baseball league.

1. Andrew Breitbart was at the tip of the spear of the conservative movement, especially where pop culture and the Tea Party are concerned. Whenever I saw him on a show I would stop and watch it because he was such an interesting personality. He made me laugh, think, get mad and then laugh again.

Here is a link to some remembrances.

2. If you happen to find yourself in your local liquor store in the Irish Whiskey section and you see a bottle named The Knot don’t buy it. It’s not really whiskey, it doesn’t say so on the bottle, but I, like a moron, bought a bottle. It had to be one of the most unnaturally sweet things I have tasted in a long time. Literally sickening.

Until I write a review on it take a look at this one.

3. I was reading a baseball blog the other night and found myself looking at a post about how they were accepting applicants for their fantasy league; all you had to do was leave a comment that convinced the league’s commissioner (manager?) that you had what it takes to stand your ground in this league of crazy baseball nuts. That and the fiscal solvency to pay the $100 entrance fee.

Mildly amused and feeling larkish, I decided to write some bull about how I haven’t played fantasy baseball in a couple of years (actually longer than that) but I can bring that nostalgic, smoke filled, back room feel to their draft. Evidently, that worked. I received an email last night telling me that I had been selected. This is pretty much how I felt (jump to 1:13 to see what I mean):

AFGL: Bans & Black Market

February 24, 2012 · Posted in AFGL, Assault on Cigars · Comment 

A Few Good Links for this week include three different stories about cigar bans and a review of the Alec Bradley Black Market Gordo.

1. I went to Cal State Fullerton for college and I currently work there so I was one of the first people to read this:

The Academic Senate today (Feb. 23) unanimously approved a resolution to ban all smoking on campus. The resolution will next move to Interim Presdient Willie Hagan, who was among the faculty, staff and administrators who voted for the measure. If instituted, Cal State Fullerton would become the first CSU campus to be totally smoke free.

Yeah for us! We’re trailblazers – wait, no, we have to find a euphemism for “blazers” because I think that has something to do with burning. Any ideas?

2. The Stogie Guys did a story about all the Anti-Tobacco Madness and one of their stories particularly caught my eye. The headline was “Public Health Official: Smoking is More Dangerous than Suicide” but that was a little misleading. Here’s what the health official actually said:

“First, smoking is the single most harmful thing we can voluntarily do to our bodies,” [Director of the Miami University Student Health Center Dr.] Calkins said. “It is most definitively the most dangerous thing one person can choose to partake in.”

Alright, sure, saying that smoking is the worst thing a person can do to their bodies implicitly implies that Calkins thinks it’s worse than suicide and murder and being an Iranian nuclear physicist but what really got to me was that in the span of 30 words he had to use “most” three times. That’s ten percent of the time! I hear smoking helps with mental acuity, maybe the good doctor should consider it.

(P.S. This story was about hookah smoking.)

3. Charleston, South Carolina might be losing its last cigar bar soon. The cigar bar, which was grandfathered in thanks to its unique location (second story over a cigar shop), has an obstinate landlord and will be losing its lease soon. And according to the current law if they lose their location they are out of business; do not pass go, do not collect $200. What do the city’s lawmakers think about this situation? “Tough” seems to be the majority sentiment coming from the grand poobahs of the Southern town.

4. Tom reviews an Alec Bradley Black Market and was indifferent about it. Good review. I think his biggest problem with the cigar was that the draw was tight throughout. That sucks and is detrimental to any cigar.

AFGL: WARNING!, Sosa, LFD Factory Press & Trout

February 10, 2012 · Posted in AFGL, Assault on Cigars, Cigar Review, Sports · 2 Comments 

A Few Good Links this week covers anti-smoking nuttery in Nicole Kidman’s homeland, reviews of the Sosa Underground Delphic and the La Flor Dominicana Factory Press IV as well as a little baseball stuff about why somebody thinks my Angels have the best prospect in baseball.

1. Like a colony of ants after being sprayed by water the anti-smoking fascists are all over the place frantically trying to right all that they see as wrong. In America they are working to affect tax increases on cigars and have the FDA regulate the industry far more than it ever has before. All in the name of health!

It turns out that even in the most rugged of the English speaking countries, Australia, the land of Kidman, Wolverine and kangaroos, they have their own frantic as wet ant fascists meddling in the lives of others. As noted by aussiecigars, the Aussie-fascists want to require graphic health warnings on all tobacco products. I’m guessing they’re talking about holes in throats, Swiss cheese lungs and pictures of this. Like our cigar smoking Aussie friend (whose name is Mark but you have to pronounce it with the cool Aussie accent) points out, that sort of packaging – except for the possible exception of the last example, which I linked to – doesn’t work.

But even if it did work is that the right thing to do? Is it moral? Everybody knows that there is a certain amount of risk associated with using tobacco products… and eating fried foods… and doing extreme sports… and having a swimming pool in the backyard… and just nearly everything else. What’s next? Should we put pictures of drowning polar bears on cars because cars cause global warming?

2. Ben over at Nice Tight Ash reviewed the Sosa Underground Delphic. He liked it a lot. Here’s a sample from his review:

Using a Habano wrapper from Nicaragua with a binder and filler also from Nicaragua, the cigar did have a nice spice note.  That wasn’t all.  The cigar show a nice balance of woodiness, nuttiness (is that a word?) with a nice sweetness through out the cigar.  The cigar also had a nice buttery mouth feel with the smoke as well make the cigar a joy to smoke.  You really can’t beat this cigar for the price.

3. Dave over at the Tiki Bar reviews the La Flor Dominicana Factory Press IV. Dave really liked this cigar making note of flavors like earth, cocoa and coffee. Sounds like a really good cigar.

4. ESPN’s Keith Law has put Mike Trout at the top of his Prospect List for the second year in a row. Maybe the Angels will keep Trout in the Majors for the whole year. Maybe I shouldn’t hold my breath.

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