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Vivalo exclusivo gordo starts off with a peppery draw that has coffee on the back along with hints of sweetness. Almost nutty flavors.

The prelight draw is awesome, that rich coffee flavor. Great draw whereby the pepper backs off to give way to sweeter notes of coffee properly sweetened. Burn line is awesome after the initial pepper blast, the cigar flavors became coffee and chocolate. The sweet chocolate takes a prominent place in flavor on the end of … Continue reading

Cigar Shops / Cigars / Dominican Cigars / Islay / Whiskey

Scotch Whiskey Tasting – Notes from Highland Cigar Company

While in Atlanta, I’ve been checking out Highland Cigar Company, usually going on Sundays.  Last week, the 28th of June, the folks there hosted Simon Brooking, from Beam/Suntori and we tasted some nice Scotch Whiskies. Simon’s a knowledgeable guy about both Whiskey and the history of many different brands, plus the wet past of Scotland. … Continue reading

California Wines / Pinot Noir / Wine

Wine Review: Au Bon Climat 2009 Pinot Noir Santa Barbara County

I’ve been drinking more wine lately, thanks to a relocation where California wine isn’t the only game in town.  Today, I present to you, the folks at Underground Cellar – Curated, Limited Edition Wines with a Twist.   I think I discovered them via Facebook, maybe?  Anyway, the deal with them is that they put out an … Continue reading


Smooth Cigars for Beginners

I’d recently been invited to give lessons on cigar smoking and talk about the basics, including taste, construction, care for and ultimately, enjoyment of, cigars.  We’re talking mostly to new smokers and the question usually comes up about the harshness of Cuban cigars. I usually explain the flaws with Cubans, starting off with improper fermentation, lack of care … Continue reading