“Smoked Up” No.48

The holidays are in full swing and things here at my house are swinging back and forth worse than a carnival ride. The weather went from wet to cold to warm to comfortable all within a few days. The humidity stuck around long enough to hamper my cigar smokings somewhat. But it wasn’t enough for me to work on my Christmas light display. I am at the home stretch and only have a few hundred left to hang. I have officially ran out of extension cords and will be getting some this weekend to finish everything up.

With the weather and Christmas light display being a high priority, I didn’t get in too many cigars this week. I did get in a review of the A. Flores 1975 Gran Reserva Half Corona from Pinar Del Rio Cigar, so check it out too. I have been enjoying a few good beers here while working out in the yard. My favorite right now in the fridge is the Terrapin Moo-Hoo Chocolate Milk Stout. Its a seasonal beer I highly recommend to try. The Moo-Hoo is followed by the Rogue Hazelnut Brown Nectar, its a very good beer that’s better with nutty nuances with a nice smooth texture to it. I am also liking the Bell’s Brewery Expedition Stout, its one stout beer for sure. Their Kalamazoo Stout is higher up on my likings though.

Rogue Hazelnut Brown NectarBell's Expedition Stout

Cigar Views

AFuente Anejo No.50rturo Fuente Anejo No.50 (2013): I absolutely love the Fuente Anejo. They are good fresh out of the box, better after a year rest and great after two years. I usually try to get a handful of them when they show up around Christmas time. This particular one didn’t last long in the humidor, as it was from the 2013 Father’s Day run. I still have a stash of various Anejo from many years back. Had awesome cedar, a little pepper spice and a great cocoa/chocolate flavor. The oaky after taste was deep and lingered for a long time. Into the smoke a bit, the smoke got a bit creamier than previously. Had a little thicker draw than I usually like; but it was very manageable. From the good burn came a tight ash that was a dirty white and almost pure white in places.

Camacho Havana MonarcaCamacho Havana Monarca: I don’t see the Havana line of Camacho very much in my local shops. One local shop does get them in various sizes; each time one size gets low, they order a different size. I like this idea as their humidor is small and it keeps a good variety on the shelves. I previously had the corona and it was a pretty nice smoke. The corona was a little more bolder than the Monarca. The robusto had a nice spicy and woody start. Around halfway, a slight creaminess arose and helped ease the spice a good bit. They claim the Havana line to be “The most Cuban-esque of all the Camachos” and it has a slight resemblance to a few Cuban cigars I’ve had. Had a pretty good burn and great draw.

 

Moya Ruiz La Jugada HabanoMoya Ruiz La Jugada Habano Torpedo: A new addition to the La Jugada line comes the Habano. This cigar had a great slow burning aspect to it with a nice draw that was a little thicker than I like. But overall no construction issues. Had a nice black pepper at the start with some woodsy notes. The black pepper faded slowly to a more woody smoke, but came back in a lesser form around half way. I really enjoyed this new addition to the Moya Ruiz line of cigars. It hails from the La Zona factory, which has been producing many nice smokes this year. Look for a full review of this cigar later this week.

 

Cigar News

A Flores 1975 Gran Reserva Half Corona – NTA Review

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