Friday, April 30, 2010

Cielo Cigar Review

Cielo Cigar Review:

Wrapper/Filler/Binder are from Nicaragua.

I thoroughly enjoyed the Cielo Hercules Sungrown 7x52. For me, it's a Medium-strength cigar with Cedar, Cocoa flavors, and a hint of sweetness in the end. If you are looking for a drink pairing, it's an excellent smoke to enjoy with a single malt scotch, a single barrel bourbon, or nice glass of cognac to enhance the experience.

The next time you are thinking about buying a box of expensive cigars, take my advise, save some cash, and buy a box of Cielo cigars instead!

Friday, April 23, 2010

Have you ever . . ?

Have you ever smoked a cigar you love and it tasted "off" or bad? Sometimes it's not the cigar, it's the palate.

PH is a measure of acidity and alkalinity on a scale where 7 is neutral. The scale runs 0-14; anything below seven is considered acidic and anything above 7 is alkaline. The mouth's natural pH level is 7. However, a few factors throughout the day can change the pH balance of your palate. The three major influences on the pH level of your mouth are the environment you are in, the food you eat, and the liquid you drink. The pH level of your mouth will affect the way a cigar tastes and how its nuances are perceived.

A cigar falls into the alkaline section of the pH scale, so when a cigar isn't tasting right, or it is a multiple cigar night, you can reset your palate by drinking water, milk, or eating a piece of bread. The palate can be restored to neutrality fairly quickly, but it sometimes needs a stronger push. This can be accomplished by eating or drinking something acidic, (a lime or coffee), and then drinking water or eating bread. This will push the palate into an acidic state and then return it to neutral.

The next time a cigar isn't tasting quite right, try a palate cleanse and see if that restores the cigar to its full potential.

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Special Offer for Travelers Affected by European Air Service Disruptions

Corona Cigar will give any stranded European Union and United Kingdom passengers a free Corona Cigar and a Presidente beer to help them pass the time while they are stranded in the U.S.

Located in Plaza Venezia, Dr. Phillips
7792 W. Sand Lake Rd.
Orlando, FL 32819

As proof of being affected, please bring your return flight ticket from Wednesday, April 14, 2010, through Wednesday, April 21, 2010, or until normal flight schedules resume

Monday, April 19, 2010

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Monday, April 5, 2010

Stalk Cutting and Stalk Curing

One of my new favorite cigars is the Liga Privada T52 by Drew Estate. This cigar may just revolutionize the cigar industry.

Most tobacco plants are primed, a method where the tobacco leaves are harvested by hand from the bottom of the plant to the top at various times throughout the growth process. The leaves are then tied in pairs and hung in drying barns. A leaf takes roughly 50 days to cure in the drying barns before it is ready to be fermented in Pilones.

With the T52 the tobacco plants are Stalk Cut and then Stalk Cured. Stalk Cutting allows the plant to grow until maturation and then the harvester cuts the plant at the base. After the plant is Stalk Cut, the whole plant is air cured. This process is called Stalk Curing and takes much longer to dry than primed tobacco leaves because the leaves cure while still attached to the stalk and continue to receive nutrients while drying. But this extra time and nutrients give the leaves a much richer flavor.

With the recent success of the T52, I'm hoping more companies are willing to invest the extra time and extra cost in producing lines that use Stalk Cut and Stalk Cured tobaccos.