“Smoked Up” No.93

2015 has started out with the utmost of crappiness. Tuesday morning I was heading into work and was greeted with a broken window and one of my pistols was stolen from the truck. I was cold, tired and now severely aggravated. I usually conceal my pistol in the truck when I leave it for the day, but failed to do so Monday afternoon. I had to wait (in the cold) for the police as I called during the middle of their shift change. After everything was reported and such I found out they hit a few other vehicles in the area. So I got a unexpected day off from work to get a new window put in. While waiting for the glass company, I did get to enjoy a Ortega No8 Natural with a cup of coffee. Then ended the day with a well aged Viaje Oro Edicion Limitada DT. So the day wasn’t such a loss.

Let’s hope the rest of the year gets better!

Ortega No8 Natural


Cigar Views


Perdomo Gran Cru SG

Perdomo Grand Cru Sungrown: I don’t smoke too many Perdomo cigars. The ones I do like are their stronger blends and my favorite is the 20th Anniversary Sungrown. I haven’t had too many of the Gran Cru, but it reminds me somewhat of the 20th. I liked the little bit of spiciness and oak of the blend, but in a smooth package. Not as strong as the 20th, but almost as good.



La Arom De Cuba EE: I didn’t smoke enough of these in 2014 as its one of, if not my favorite LADC. I liked the nice amount of spice that complimented the creaminess of the smoke. There was a hint of a light wood note that added some complexity to the smoke. I enjoyed this cigar with a cup of French Roast coffee and made for an excellent pairing.


Padron Churchill Maduro

Padron Churchill Maduro: I was hunting a small 1926 Maduro at a local shop, but the only one they had in stock was larger than I like and the price tag was larger than my buget allowed. I usually smoke the londres, 3000 & 4000 maduro, but figured why not try this churchill. Its not really a churchill in my eyes with it being a 46rg. More like a long lonsdale, but none-the-less a good solid smoke. Not much complexityy or wow factor, just solid chocolate, cocoa & a hint of a sweet cream in the smoke. I paired this with a Monster Energy “Juice Ripper” which wasn’t a great choice at 11pm, but it did bring out some of the sweetness in the smoke.


Ashton VSG Pegasus

Ashton VSG Pegasus: Not found readily is one of my favorite Ashton products, the VSG Pegasus (robusto). This cigar is about two years old and was a great smoke with a cup of Sumatra coffee. I liked the rich earthy, leathery and cocoa flavors that came from a great draw. A ways into the cigar, I got a pinch of black pepper kick with a hint of a sweetness that paired nicely with the Sumatran coffee’s hints of sweetness. One of those cigars that I try to get a few when they are available. A little pricey for a robusto, but such a great smoke.


Viaje Oro EL DT

Viaje Oro Edicion Limitada Perfecto DT: This cigar is about four years old and like most Viaje Limited Editions, they need age to be in their prime. This cigar was an amazing smoke! It had a great draw, wonderful flavors and made a very crappy day end a lot better. There were rich notes of leather, sweet spices, leather and a interesting malty note that was on the back end of the smoke. I like many perfecto shaped cigars as I like how they change with the ring gauge changes. This one was no exception as its aged well and was a treat to pull from the depths of my humidor.


Cigar News

Shawn’s 2014 Cigars of the Year

CAO Italia CIAO (Robusto)

“Smoked Up” No.92

Cigar Media Association Announces Nominees for 1st Cigar Industry Awards

Nat Cicco HHB Gold Revamps Planned Nat Cicco HHB Habano – Cigar-Coop

La Hoja Cigars Announces Reserva Limitada 1962 – Backyard Cigar

Room101 Announces Master Collection Three – halfwheel

JM Tobacco Launches Sealed-In Humidity Packs – Cigar-Coop

Espinosa Cigars Ships The Alibi – halfwheel

Maya Selva Gives Villa Zamorano New Look – halfwheel

Tatuaje M80 Returning – halfwheel


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