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Carnival Cruise Ship Pride: Cigars No Bueno

Posted by dabyrdman33 on April 15, 2013

It’s been a while since I posted anything but I felt compelled to provide this PSA (Public Service Announcement) for all of my cigar friends that may be embarking on cruise ship vacations in the coming months. Let me preface the video by stating for the record, that Carnival is very smoker friendly to cigarette smokers but they hate true lovers of the leaf (read that to mean pipe and cigar enthusiasts). With that, check the video and tell me what you think or what you have experienced. Here’s the video:

DaByrdman33

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The DC Cigar Tweetup 2013

Posted by dabyrdman33 on January 21, 2013

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It’s that time again!!! The 2nd Annual DC Cigar Tweetup is almost upon us featuring a bigger lineup of manufacturers and more opportunities for you, the cigar enthusiast, to get involved.

Our DC Cigar Tweetup is a charitable endeavor that marries our love for fine cigars and excellent spirits with our contacts in the cigar industry to bring you two awesome days of cigar related events in the Washington, DC metropolitan area. The highlights of the event are our Friday night charity fundraiser and our Saturday bus crawl featuring Cigar Rights of America (CRA) Great American Cigar Shops in the DC/MD/VA area. This year’s event is scheduled for March 15th & 16th.
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Our itinerary:

Friday March 15th, 2-7pm
Drapers Bethesda – Meet and greet event with Oliva Family Cigars. This is our event for those coming into the area where they can sit back, relax and get ready for the evening’s events. Great deals and exclusive Oliva cigars will be available.
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Friday March 15th, 8-11pm
Civil Cigar Lounge by Drapers Tobacconist – This is our signature event. Fourteen manufacturers/representatives will be present for an evening of great food, spirits, cigars, and a live auction featuring items from every manufacturer. The great facilities of Civil promise to provide an awesome backdrop for the opportunity to help raise money for two awesome causes! This year we have chosen Autism Speaks and The Angel Joy Memorial Fund as our charitable benefactors. Austism Speaks is an organization that helps to promote austism awareness and is very near & dear to our co-founder, Paul D. Ballard, Sr., who has an autistic son. Angel Joy Thomas was a mother of three children, a 7-year old son and 2-month old twin daughters, who passed away suddenly & unexpectedly after suffering from severe Post-Partum Depression two weeks ago.

Each person attending Friday will receive a custom sling backpack with a cigar from each manufacturer (14 total). Also included will be a special 10-count box of limited edition cigars from a manufacturer that night.
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On Saturday we will have a Coach Party Bus that will shuttle us to three shop-based cigar events; 2 in Virginia and the other in Maryland.

Pick up at 9:30am – Cigar and Coffee pairing on the bus

10:30am -1:30pm – Tobaccology Manassas, VA
Event – Tarazona Cigars and El Primer Mundo Cigars

Bus pickup 1:30pm – Cigar and Beer pairing

2-5pm Bailey’s Pub and Grille with Cigar Connection
Event – CLE, Asylum, OSOK, Dante

Bus pickup 5pm – Cigar and Spirit pairing
5:45-9:30 Chesapeake Cigar Company

Event – Ortega Premium Cigars and Miami Cigar Company
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Bus will bring the group back to the hotel by 10:15

We will have for sale 2 packages to enjoy part or all of the festivities. Those prices will be available in a week.

I hope I was detailed in explaining our event and really look forward to you attending.

Thanks,

Lawrence aka LOD

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Quick Hitter: The Crowned Heads Headley Grange

Posted by dabyrdman33 on July 15, 2012

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Once again, I’ve managed to pull myself away from the cares of life long enough to bring you a quick first take on the new Headley Grange from Jon Huber and The Crowned Heads. Let me start by saying this is not what I would consider a full-blown review since this cigar has not officially hit the market. This size is what’s being called the “Estupendos” and it is cloaked in a silky Ecuadorian Sumatra wrapper. The cigar originates from the Dominican Republic, but that is where story ends with what I know. Let’s get into the smoke.

Pre-light: The cigar is firmly packed and has a clean appearance with a wrapper that is smooth, silky, and free of blemishes. Overall, this is a great looking cigar. Upon removing the cap, the draw is firm but not tight and yields a flavor of tobacco with a hint of sweetness.

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1st third: After lighting the cigar, the first couple of puffs yield clouds of flavorful smoke with notes of sweet tobacco and a tinge of citrus with a peppery spice on the retrohale. The body and strength are both medium. The ash is mostly light gray and holds pretty firmly for the 3/4 of an inch. The resting smoke is delightful with a nice floral aroma. Just smelling it will make you want to keep puffing.

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2nd third: The burn line thus far has been flawless while the ash continues to hold for almost an inch at a time before falling gently in the ashtray. The citrus note begins to dissipate at this point and is replaced with a heavier note of tobacco minus the sweetness. The retrohale has also mellowed and is very smooth through the nostrils. The body is now medium to medium-full, but there’s not much of an uptick in the strength beyond medium.

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Final third: Nearing the end of the cigar, the dominant flavors are now tobacco and toast. The cigar continues to build in body and strength, but never approaches what feels like full to me. The burn has been immaculate throughout and the ash has been consistently firm.

Final thoughts: I can’t wait to get a hold of this cigar when it hits the market. I’m always curious to see how pre-release samples differ from the final product that hits the shelves. The cigar started with a flavorful bang that got my attention right away; however, after the halfway point it seemed to flatten. I can’t honestly say if it was the tobacco or just my palate adjusting to the cigar. Since I only smoked one for this first take, I’ll reserve any judgment until later. The cigar shows great complexity with the transitions between flavors throughout. I also loved the transition in body and strength as the cigar progressed. Overall, I would say this cigar is a definite buy considering I liked what I got out of the cigar and I want more of it. Expect a full blown review once I get my hands on the official release. If you’re lucky enough to get a pre-release sample, smoke it. I promise you won’t regret it. Special thanks to Jon Huber & my homie LOD for providing the sample.

Until next time,

DaByrdman33

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RoMa Craft Tobac Intemperance EC XVIII Faith

Posted by dabyrdman33 on June 13, 2012

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Well, I figured that I’ve been away long enough with job hunting and the other things that go along with normal life so I decided to get back to my passion…reviewing cigars. This time I’m bringing you my take on another cigar from the duo of Mike Rosales & Skip Martin at RoMa Craft Tobac. Rather than bore you with the details, I’ll get down to the nitty gritty. I reviewed the Intemperance EC XVIII Faith some time ago, but I’m finally gonna post the results of that review here. The Intemperance line is not nearly as up front in terms of strength as the Cromagnon line but not as mild as the regular Adrian’s Cigars line. I guess you could safely say that Intemperance fits somewhere in the middle. The Faith is a short perfecto with an Ecuadorian Connecticut wrapper produced at Fabrica de Tobacco NicaSueno in Esteli, Nicaragua. Here’s the tale of the tape:

Size: 5 x 50 ring
Vitola: Short Perfecto
Price: $6.50

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The first thing that I notice about the Intemperance cigars is that the wrapper stops just short of the foot to expose the binder and filler, but it’s not shagged or presented in a “frilly” manner. The construction is firmly packed with a wrapper that is clean of spots or blemishes and smooth in texture and appearance. The pre-light draw is filled with sweet, woody notes and a hint of grassiness.

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First third: Upon lighting and taking the first few puffs, I am greeted with a sweet flavor that is loaded with notes of wood and toast. The strength is mild while the smoke itself is what I would classify as mild-medium bodied. The ash is predominantly white with some flecks of light grey. The burn is dead even.

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Second third: As I progress further into the cigar, I begin to notice a little spice in the retrohale which has become the norm for me with Nicaraguan cigars. The overall flavor profile is still mostly wood and toast flavors. The smoke is thick, smooth, and mellow. The cigar is still mild in strength and holding firmly in that mild-medium range as far as body. The burn is still spot on and serves as a true testament to the effort placed in making sure that this cigar is well-constructed.

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At the band: As I near the end, the cigar picks up in strength and body to become solidly medium. The cigar is still incredibly smooth and easy to smoke. There are absolutely no burn or draw issues. This is just a consistent smoke with great flavor throughout.

Final thoughts: While this cigar is not meant for cigar lovers that like heavier cigars (like me), there is definitely a contingent that will find great pleasure in this smoke. It is definitely geared toward mild cigar smokers who want lots of flavor. In my opinion it is great when paired with coffee, rum, or a lighter beer (witbier, lager, etc.). A heavy porter or stout would easily overpower this cigar as would a peaty single malt scotch. This is definitely a cigar that I would reach for as my first smoke in the morning, but if you know me by my posts on Twitter you know I’ll smoke anything at any time of day depending on my mood. My numerical rating brought to you by yourcigarratings.com is 79 out of 100. While I must say, I figured it would easily be in the 85-89 range, the algorithm says otherwise. At any rate, this is definitely a cigar that I will continue to revisit on a regular basis. Let me know what you think. Leave me a comment with your thoughts if you’ve tried it and whether you agree or disagree with the rating.

That’s all I’ve got for now. Until next time, smoke ’em!

DaByrdman33

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