I sat for some time thinking about this article and how to go about it. Typically, if someone comes out with a cigar they should not review it. However, after much thought, I am my own worst critic. Months ago the great people I work for asked me about helping come up with and blend a cigar for a new brand, S&S Cigar Company. Therefore, work began with some wonderful tobacco people in Nicaragua who graciously put up with my constant reblending and testing, not to mention constant communication. Finally done the process of rolling, aging, boxing and shipping went underway. When the first shipment arrived, we anxiously broke open a box inspecting the contents. Taking one of the cigars, I went to the deck at the shop to sit and enjoy. The wrapper is a Habano SunGrown with a nice medium brown color with a good oily sheen to it. Construction is classically done and the pre lit aroma gives hints of earth, spice and wood. The cigar is fairly firm and carries a good draw. Once lit, the initial draws gave a burst of spice with flavors of cedar, making for a wake up call at the beginning of the cigar. For the first half inch, the cigar explodes with immense flavor, from spice and cedar to hints of roasted nuts. After the first inch, the cigar begins to throttle down in strength to a medium-bodied smoke. The spice backs off but does not disappear, remaining in the background smoothly blending with the other flavors. Hints of cinnamon begin to come in as the cedar fades and a smoky wood comes in. as the middle of the cigar arrives, the strength is still medium bodied, with the coffee becoming darker in flavor with a mild sweetness reminiscent of molasses showing. The smoke is abundant and smooth, giving a pleasant aroma. Looking at the burn of the cigar, I am very pleased that the line is tight with a good ash. The cigar is smoking just fine, and as the last part of the cigar approaches, the strength ramps back up as the spice returns with touches of leather coming in. the cigar finishes with a burst of flavor just as the beginning and the smoke is creamy. All of us are excited about the release of Foreplay, and they are on the shelves of our stores now and soon going out to other B&M’s. Gator GCPuffs For more information about Foreplay cigars and S&S Cigar Company, please contact Brad at 601-824-2121
Some times there are things you wait for in great anticipation and it seems like that day will never arrive. My cigar today is one of those things. Sam Leccia is one of the geniuses of the cigar world and is responsible for creating some masterpiece cigars and with news of his new brand, coming expectations were high. Once the cigars, White and Black were release, they were met with grand acceptance by welcoming cigar smokers. For today, I have been smoking the Sam Leccia White 650. Wrapper: African Sun Grown Binder: Ecuadorian Filler: Nicaraguan Ligero and Pennsylvania Seco The cigar wrapper is a medium shade of brown with a delicate hue of rouge to it with slight tooth and a pleasant earthy smell. I am glad he kept the bands simple, simple but very striking in look. I used a punch cut on this cigar and after pouring something cold, proceeded to sit out on the covered porch to enjoy the afternoon. Torching up rather nicely, the cigar opened with a nice hit of spice that was very satisfying. About a quarter inch in and the spice began to mellow with subtle flavors of roasted coffee beans and earth began to flow. Further into the smoke, the roasted coffee beans becomes what reminds me of coffee down in the French Quarters of New Orleans, potent but smooth with a slight sweetness to back it up. The earthiness was becoming darker and through the first third, the cigar smoked flawlessly and produced abundant smoke that never let you forget its spicy beginnings. As the half way point arrived, the coffee and earth were mingling in perfect balance although the coffee would occasionally be more pronounced. Hints of wood began to show as each draw of the cigar coated the palate in velvety smoke, wafting for a moment as it’s held, then released to revive the sinuses as the aroma of spice lifted through. The flavors of the half held trough the rest of the cigar, with hints of sweet cedar replacing the woodiness, and as the cigar closes, the spice returns stronger but with a succulent creaminess in the smoke. The Sam Leccia White is a grand smoking cigar that deserves to be in all humidors. Perfect construction, draw and immense well-balanced flavor await all who try it. Right now, I am going to light up another. GCPuffs Gator
It is very obvious as I grow older that as we age, our focus changes. What used to be important when we were young has been replaced by different situations in life. At the age of 53 I am by no means old but life sees changes all the time. My focus these days is more on the future, life now and my daughter. After graduating high school in 2012, she started college and after one year discovered is was not the college for her. Understand she is head strong but extremely intelligent and thinks much about tomorrow. Her decision on a career was laborious, taking careful consideration of values, focuses, salaries and things help close. Her final decision was on Physical Therapy, which came from several sources that I will not divulge here. With her decision made, a college was chosen and entrance gained. Classes started last week and went swimmingly well for her with was greeted with enthusiasm from her mother and I. this weekend she was home and Sunday afternoon I picked a cigar from my humidor to enjoy while relaxing under the carport. My daughter informed me that in a few minutes she would join me due to the fact she wanted to talk about a few things. This told me, knowing my daughter, that there were concerns about what lay ahead of her. Again she is very intelligent but sometimes needs to hear Dads support and advice. I told here were I would be when she is ready and proceeded to set up for the afternoon. The cigar I selected was a Torano Exodus 1959 Finite 2013. I missed IPCPR this year but a great friend sent me a few things that I may see what was due this year. The Finite is a beautiful cigar, with a dark brown wrapper and colorful bands that are striking against the color of the cigar which carries a sultry oily sheen to it. The finite is a Nicaraguan puro, and the essence of the cigar screams lavish. After punch cutting the cigar, the cold draw gave hints of spice and fruit with touches of cocoa. After sitting down, I set my torch to work and the cigar lit wonderfully well. Instantly giving a soft hit of spice followed closely by touches of fruit and what I would describe as a soft mix of peanut brittle and toffee about a half inch in. As I smoked into the first third of the cigar, the spice and fruit continued as it was soon joined with a nice smoky wood affair which worked well with the peanut brittle. As I was enjoying the beginnings of my cigar, my daughter came outside to join me. She sat in a chair near me with a small look of concern on her face. Taking a deep draw from the cigar, I asked what was wrong. She asked the one question that no one can really answer. She said, “Dad, how do I know if I am making the right choices in a career?” I told her that no one can decide that for her, it has to feel right to her. It’s a decision that once made, often can be changed in the short term. She looked at me and said, “Dad, you and Mom are getting older, and one day you may need therapy. I would rather be the one able to provide it for you.” You could have knocked me over with a feather. I asked her was that the reason she chose that field was her mom and I? She answered no but somehow I was suspicious. We talked some more and I discovered that she has a deep concern about people that have physical difficulties. My daughter has a soft heart, and I asked how would she be able to cope with some of the heartbreaks she would see? I was proud of her answer, she said that no matter how heart breaking a situation may seem, tomorrow and loving care may bring a better day for that person even if its one day. I told her that she had a better grip on things than she thought and after a little more advice she began to smile. We sat with out speaking for a while as I smoked into the second third of my cigar. The fruit at this point reminded me of apricots and plums as the cavalcade of smoked rolled across the palate. Further into the second third, the peanut brittle and toffee combination morphed into a more parched peanut manifestation with hints of caramel sweetness added. There were still traces of the smoky wood which worked well the spice that continued to work in the mix. After sitting speechless for a time, my daughter looked at me and said that she would work at her career to be the best she could at the same time trying to bring hope to those that fought injury. She got up and hugged my neck and went back inside. To say I am proud of her would be an understatement. She knows there will be hard roads ahead but she also knows I will be there when she needs me as will her mom. As parents, if you don’t give your children the best start you can, you miss out on great blessings ahead. Propping my feet up I was well pleased with the afternoon as I went into the final third of my cigar. The Exodus 1959 Finite has proven to be a great smoke and this third kept that motivation going. The base flavors that were noticed in the second half were still at work here with the flavors becoming somewhat altered in there combination and appearance. The parched nuts were now taking on a chicory base as cocoa began coming in more. The sweetness had all but vanished as the spice ramped up slightly at the close. The Torano Exodus 1959 Finite is a delicious smoke and a must try. The ash is splendid and the quality of the cigar superb. Look for these at you local B&M in the next few months and see what you taste as the smoke pours from a fine cigar. Gator GCPuffs
Cigar Review: Torano Exodus 1959 Finite 2013 Filler: Nicaraguan Ometepe, Esteli and Condega Binder: Nicaraguan Wrapper: Jalapa Habano from Nicaragua
1 . Never feel you have to try every dish someone brings to a party unless the last person brings
2. Always remember that the host(yourself) should never fall asleep before the party ends when you
have friends who are mentally
deranged and have warped humor.
3. When the party is getting late ALWAYS remember to have film in the camera when dates and wives
have a dance off.
4. Never try to start a charcoal grill hours after indulging in adult drinks when the grass in the yard is
5. Remember to have garden hose near grill for stupid host who starts grill.
6. Explain to wife that blonde sitting in your lap is only for a photo..
7. Remember to have someone with a camera present when that excuse is tried.
8. Remember to always have new jewelry to give to wife after lame excuses.
9. Always have events outside when large quantities of drinks, boiled shrimp, fried fish, cigars and
other things are consumed.
10. Remember to leave windows open and fans on next day.
11. After several hours of party never decide its a good idea to do hot sauce shooters.
12. Remember that when vision is blurry and mental capacity is numb that bloody mary mix and hot
sauce look alike.
13. When something on grill has flamed up, always make sure its water your putting on it and not a
drink that looks like water.(remember
garden hose again)
14. Lastly, as you wait for eyebrows to grow back(grill mishap) wife to speak to you again, friends to
leave after coming back to find things they lost, ordering new grill, looking to see if you have any
cigars left, feeling like your head is in another zip code and realizing you have a grand mess to
clean up by yourself because every one else has gone home, be glad and happy for the good
times of life and the memories they bring.