Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Some Cigar Humor...

America, Russia and Japan are sending up a two year shuttle mission with one astronaut from each country. Since it's going to be two years up there, each may take any form of entertainment weighing 150 pounds or less.

The American approaches the NASA board and asks to take his 125 lb wife. They approve.

The Japanese astronaut says, "I've always wanted to learn Greek. I want 150 lbs of books to learn Greek with." The NASA board approves.

The Russian astronaut thinks for a second and says, "It's gonna be two years up there. I want 150 pounds of the best Cuban cigars ever made." Again, NASA Okays it.

Two years later, the shuttle lands and everyone is gathered outside the shuttle to see what each astronaut got out of his personal entertainment.

Well, it's obvious what the American's been up to, He and his wife are each holding an infant. The crowd cheers.

The Japanese astronaut steps out and makes a 10 minute speech in absolutely perfect Greek. The crowd doesn't understand a word of it, but they're impressed and they cheer.

The Russian astronaut stomps out, clenches the podium until his knuckles turn white, glares at the first row waving a chewed up cigar at them and says:

"Anybody got a match?"

Thursday, October 21, 2010

Padron 46th Anniversary Review

Padrón Family Reserve 46 Years

Wrapper: Nicaraguan-Sun Grown Piloto Cubano

Binder: Nicaraguan-Sun Grown Piloto Cubano

Filler: Nicaraguan-Sun Grown Piloto Cubano

Strength: Medium to Full

Age: All Tobacco Aged for 10 years

Tasting Notes: Right from the start the cigar draws you into its own world. The wrapper is seamless and smooth with an oily sheen. Even the filler was crafted by an artisan, deep pockets of black tobacco organized to allow a full draw with little resistance.

The first puff can be best explained as sensory overload. Dense smoke filled with decadent flavors of roasted coffee and cocoa with undertones of earth. The retrohale floods your sinuses with layers of spice. Not only that, the room note is sultry and adds to the ambiance of the experience.

The Padron peaks in complexity and strength twice: once at the first quarter of the cigar and finally at the last quarter. At these crescendos, I picked up on some other flavors like licorice and blackberry. It’s hard to believe that Padron cigars are Nicaraguan puros, yet blends like the 40th,80th, and 46th overshadow the 1926 Serie and 1964 Anniversary.

I talked Jorge Padron while I was smoking the Padron 46th and we talked about the blend and all the hard work that went into perfecting the blend for the 46th. We also talked about how the public has responded to the 46th and the level of quality we’ve come to expect from Padrón, that Padrón can’t make a bad cigar. Each year till 2014, we will be seeing a limited edition Padrón cigar culminating to the 50 year anniversary for Padrón. Let’s just say every year is going to be exciting culminating to the 50 year anniversary.