Where the F is Brian…

That is the question all of the Cigar World is asking. Ok, ok maybe just 1 person (thanks Mike).

But, in case there are 1 or 2 others out there who give a crap, I am still here. Unfortunately a series of events have prevented me from doing any sort of reviews over the past few weeks and for that matter, I haven’t even had much of a chance to sit down and smoke.

As most of you know I am in the process of moving and I am now in a temporary location which restricts me from doing any smoking in the comfort of my own home. I did however set up my new “mobile review center” to get me thru the next few months and as I was recording my review for last week my camcorder decided it was time to take a shit and die. So here we are, 3 weeks and no reviews from this ash-hole. Not to worry people. I will be back next week for sure. My new camera is at the post office waiting for pick up and I will begin a long streak of reviews that will blow your cigar loving minds…Not really but it sounded good in my head.

I also want to mention that I was finally able to sit down and relax for a little while at the Tinderbox in Waldorf, MD and watch the Yanks win their 27th World Championship. While there I finally got a chance to grab some of the new releases and smoked a couple. I had a Room 101 Toro from Camacho (check out Ben’s review) and a CAO La Traviata Robusto (and Charlie’s review) while enjoying some fine ball and a Hopocolypse from Clay Pipe Brewing Company in Frederick, MD. My first impressions:

The Room 101 was good. Milder than I expected from Camacho (medium bodied for sure) with minimal, if any, spice. Very consistent throughout. I mean VERY consistent. The first puff was exactly the same as the last. This is good if the flavors are very good to exceptional but I would have liked a little change in this one. I will smoke another for sure. But unless it is a bit different experience, it won’t make it into my regular rotation.

The La Traviata was very good. Much more complex with a touch of spice, more prominent through the retrohale. Rich flavors throughout with a nice balance. At different points I tasted leather, a nice natural tobacco sweetness, and I swear a touch of mocha. Definitely medium-full and the flavors had no problem cutting through to the taste buds after the Room 101. I will for sure be getting more of these.

Well that’s it from me. I will see you next week. Count on it!

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I say they need to dock your paycheck and take 100 of your finest cigars to give to us demanding viewers as payment for your sudden departure :)

Good to hear you are doing fine!! Sux about the camcorder though :( Cant wait to what you do your next review on! Keep smokin!


I know where you are coming from Brian. I too am in a temporary apartment and I won’t smoke in there. Now that it is getting to be winter, I will only be smoking at the B&M which is once a week if I can find the time. I need to stop buying so many sticks!

Good to know. Even I was wondering where you were. LOL.

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