Jfeath74

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About Jfeath74

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  1. Jfeath74

    FOH: A Week In Pictures.

    Work brought me into the belly of the beast today, Times Square. A mess of people but lunch in Bryant Park with 75F/25C weather made it a very enjoyable afternoon!
  2. For robusto’s another vote for Partagas D4 and I would through in Ramon Allones Specially Selected which can be half the price of the Cohiba Robusto and often just as good. If cost is of little concern and you like the Cohiba profile try to get your hands on some Esplendidos and Lanceros. Good luck!
  3. Jfeath74

    FOH: A Week In Pictures.

    Relaxing weekend, went bowling and to dinner with the wife on Saturday, stroll through Madison Park on Sunday and got a couple cigars in from my urban smoke lounge!
  4. Don’t judge a book by its cover should be the title of this review. This particular HdM DC was the ugly duckling of an otherwise beautiful 50 cab. Large stem and crack near the head of the cigar, crack at the foot of the cigar and overall a rough construction. To make matters worse there was a really tight draw which bordered clogged. I wasn’t about to struggle 2 hours through a DC so out comes the draw tool. Luckily I was able to get it loosened up to a workable draw but I accidentally took a decent sized chunk out of the head of the cigar. Above is the only negative things I have to say about the cigar. After opening up the draw early on, I had the experience of a fantastic HdM DC! Slarted off light in strength with a milk coffee flavor profile that was delicious. As I made my way into the 2/3 the cigar starts building up towards medium strength with the introduction of this spice/clove note. Working towards the last third and the cigar has built up to medium strength and full of flavor. The clove note is ever present and notes of sweet cream are coming in and out. Pretty cigar? No, but it was fantastic down to the nub and you can’t ask for much more then that!
  5. Love it, I used to typically pair with Bourboun but I’m either at an equal split or trending more towards IPA’s lately. There is a review competition going on with pairing, check it out:
  6. Cohiba and Other Half, two of my favorites combine for a pairing dream! Other Half, a local hot spot turned regional beer destination is putting out some of the best beers around. Every Saturday thousands of beer seekers from several States over join in Brooklyn as they wait to get their weekly allotment of the newest beer release with a line that often wraps around the entire city block. When the lines started exceeding 2 hour wait times I opted out. Great beer but I’m not spending my day off work waiting hours for beer. Typically line washes out by noon and that’s when I show up like a vulture trying to pick what’s left. A couple weeks ago some rain may have deterred the large crowd because I was pleasantly surprised when I stumbled across the Triple Broccoli and matching gold Teku mug still available when I arrived. Other Half is known for their New England style hazy/unfiltered IPA’s. They often have a citrus profile and pairing with a Cohiba has become my all time favorite. This beer is a triple dry hopped IPA from the popular Broccoli series which is brewed with Cascade, Mosaic, Simcoe and Hellertau Blanc hops. The cigar is a Cohiba Siglo III which I unfortunately do not have a box date. It was part of a cardboard 5 pack purchased in Zurich in 2016. As expected the cigar and beer went together nicely. The hop forward triple ipa with a 10% ABV packed a punch which the medium full Cohiba matched every step along the way. The citrus flavor sang to my pallet with both smoke and drink. I picked the Siglo III because the ones prior had been a bit fuller then my other Cohibas on hand and I was looking for something that would hold up to a stronger beer. Although a bit loopy when it was all said and done, it was a great beer with an even better cigar. I’ve never been disappointed when pairing these two and very much look forward to the next! Not every weekend is like the above picture but this was for a Monkish collaboration and apparently after the bar shut down Friday night the crowd/line started forming. I was not present this day but did show up the following day for a growler fill. Very good, 8 hours in line for a can good? Probably not...
  7. Smoked #5 this afternoon and enjoyed it very much! Rich flavors, perfect construction, dark oily and smooth wrapper, an absolute treat. Hoping to up my last year total with a third hit here. Thank you Rob and team for arranging the competition, happy to enjoy some great cigars!
  8. I believe a quality Ramon Allones Specially Selected is one of the greatest values in the world of cigars. I love them. I enjoy them while grilling, fishing, or just relaxing on my patio. They pair great with coffee, bourbon and beer. Morning or night, a decent RASS is usually worth having. When it comes to consistency, I try to buy quality from our host and give myself the best odds. So far with this particular box I have not been disappointed. I dipped into this 50 cab of HQ UTE JUL 16 RASS a little over a month ago and I have struggled to reach for anything else ever since. Coffee, cream, hints of muddled berries, medium strength, full flavored, 90 point cigars easy, each and every one thus far has been good to great. This one in particular, which I believe is the 6th or 7th from the cab was extraordinary! In addition to the coffee and cream, there were hints of vanilla coming through in the first half which evolved into the muddled berry note on the back half. Near perfect and would have to consider it 95+ rating. Not much to criticize other then the burn getting a bit wonky at the end and it running a bit hot at the finish. Both can probably be attributed to smoking too fast. I will probably light up another one tonight!
  9. Partagas Lusitanias PUR OCT 16 smoked very nicely, perfect draw and even burn resulted in a pretty solid ash. Black coffee spine with notes of baked bread and a peppery paprika like spice. Started medium and built up to a medium full. One of my boxes that has yet to have a cigar disappoint. Near perfect cigar which went quite nicely with a bourbon and a Dbacks win!
  10. Jfeath74

    email of the week.

    This is a 2016 PSP CORO, in my opinion the finest cigar I have in my 40+ box collection. I’ve purchased from other vendors in the past, I only purchase here now. Show that fool this post and then refuse to ever sell him another cigar again. If such fool is reading this post, DM me and I’ll take the box off your hands.
  11. Jfeath74

    Celebration of wrappers

    When I’m having a bad day, this picture brings me a little joy. Sad but true...
  12. To an inexperienced smoker I’ll typically offer a Monte 4 or 5. I usually have plenty on hand and they aren’t overly strong or expensive. They are also what I consider to be a benchmark Cuban cigar. I can think of two friends in particular that never cared much for cigars who are now devout brothers of the leaf after a great Monte experience. An experienced smoker can kiss my ass, they should have known better and come with their own cigar... Only kidding, I’ll let them pick whatever they want but next time they best come prepared or there will not be another next time!
  13. Drink to excess with the guys, eat fattening foods, smoke as many cigars as I want, watch stuff she doesn’t like on tv like sports and sci-fi. It’s what I usually do anyways but at least this weekend I would be able to do it in peace and not have to hear about it. The above post on a impromptu trip to Cuba is something I’ve researched multiple times when my wife leaves... One of these days I will pull the trigger!

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