September 5, 2011

Cigar Snapshot PodcastIt has been a good couple of years since I have touched this space, and I wanted to update anybody still reading this blog with some new information…

I have actually been working on transitioning into a Cigar-related Podcast, and I am excited to introcude you to my new project, the Cigar Snapshot Podcast!

Please check it out, listen to a couple of episodes, subscribe, and leave me feedback.   It is a  new concept in Cigar Podcasts, and I hope that you enjoy my efforts!

Here is the new contact info —>

@cigarsnapshot – show updates only
@maytagman1 – Bill’s personal account


I’m back from the dead.

June 15, 2009

Wow…  how time flies…    it has been a while since I have been here, but rest assured I have still been doing what I do – namely, smoking cigars.  Life just caught up with me a little bit, know what I mean?   I am starting my last semester of grad school this week, and so my life is slowly returning to my control.  The reviews will continue very soon, and I have a lot of gems that I am excited to try and share with you!

One piece of exciting news is that I would like to welcome our new sponsor,!  Please check them out and let them know that you heard about them from The Berris Blog!

There are a few other changes that may happen in the next couple of months as well:

1.  I am looking at some format changes to TBB…    I am all about simple and plain, but there are a few things that I would like to add that the current theme doesn’t support…

2.  There may be a name change in the works.  Not that there is anything wrong with calling it The Berris Blog, but I am thinking of coming up with something catchy that is a little more cigar-oriented, since that is what this is really all about, right?   The thing is, not only does it have to be catchy, but the domain must be available as well…   this may take a while…

3.  I really need to go through my links…  some have not been updated in wuite some time.  Hell, I bet my link on other pages has been axed due to lack of activity…   I need to get my stuff running again to earn a spot back!  

There is probably more, but that is all for now…

I am currently looking at a couple of big Herfs in the near future, and I have been trying to get some sponsorship by manufacturers/retailers.  I have had few responses – anybody out there want to help?   Shoot me an email.

Thanks all –

Talk to you soon,


a/k/a MaytagMan

Down for the count… AGAIN!

November 2, 2008

Hey everyone…   yeah, I’m still here.

Sorry about not posting in a while – I have been sick (AGAIN!) for the past week and a half.  What the hell?!?  Oh well, at least I am once again in the process of recovery.  I had a pretty nast head and chest cold but I am not coughing up lung butter anymore, so that is a good thing.

Had a most excellent Custom Lonsdale last night…  what a good way to get back into the swing of things.

I will try to get back to the reviews as soon as possible.

Thanks for hanging with me!

Some sad news…

October 22, 2008

Larry Deleski (Belicoso_Fino), one of the owners of the International Cigar Club cigar forum, passed away on Sunday morning.  ICC has become an excellent and most informative cigar community, and his presence will be sorely missed.


Please smoke your next cigar in his honor, and send some positive thoughts out to his family during this difficult time.


RIP Larry.






Lawrence A. Deleski (Dziegielewski)
Age 50, died suddenly at his home in Frisco, TX, on Sunday, October 19, 2008.
Larry grew up in Wilmington, DE, graduated from John Dickinson High School in 1975. He was a world-renowned computer expert and wrote many articles for computer magazines. Larry enjoyed playing the guitar, had a love for planes, fast cars and loved his Harleys. He was an avid golfer, loved fine wine and a good cigar, and loved spending time with his family.

Larry is survived by his wife, Elise; daughter, Gabriella; sons, Andrew and Bryan of Wilmington, DE. Also surviving are his parents, Stanley and Shirley Dziegielewski of Ormond Beach, FL; his brothers, Michael Dziegielewski and his daughters, Michelle and Nicole of Wilmington, DE; and Mark Dziegielewski and his wife Debbie; their daughters, Brooke, Allison and Kristen of Wilmington, DE; aunts and uncles, John and Theresa Zielinski, Steve and Christine Paraskewich; and cousins, Lenny and Denise Zielinski, Susan Rhoades and Jeff Mace, Scott and Patty Matthews.

Friends and family are invited to gather in memory of Larry, Wednesday, October 22, at 11 am, at the home of Scott and Patty Matthews, 101 E. Bridle Path, Hockessin Hunt, Hockessin, DE. Memorial will follow at 12 noon.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests contributions to the American Cancer Society, 92 Reads Way, New Castle, DE 19720




H. Upmann Magnum 50

October 18, 2008

H. Upmann Magnum 50
Size: 6-3/8 x 50
Box Code: LSO JUN 08
Wrapper: Cuba
Binder: Cuba
Filler: Cuba

Date: 10/17/08
Smoke Time: 98 minutes

This is a very nice looking cigar.  It is well-constructed with no hard or soft spots, and the wrapper is very smooth and has a deep reddish-brown color.  Prelight aromas were spicy and leathery with a hint of jasmine.  Prelight taste was mainly cedar and black tea.

The cigar started off with some pleasant leathery and spicy flavors.  They blended well together, and there was not a harsh edge or bite at all.  The draw was perfect, and I got nice, thick clouds of smoke every time.  As this third continued, I began to detect a slight touch of hay at the back of my palate.


The great flavor combination continued, and the spiciness became a little more pronounced.  The leathery flavors still created a nice background to the cigar.  The hay flavors in the back of my palate from the first third evolved into a creaminess – this really rounded out the flavor profile nicely.


The flavors intensified slightly with the spiciness concentrating a bit, and the leathery flavors becoming a bit sharper.  I was able to smoke this cigar right to the nub without it heating up excessively, and without any harshness or bitterness at all.


An excellent cigar that was enjoyable to smoke.  The flavor combinations and evolution were right up my alley.  The nice leathery and spicy flavors were consistent throughout, and provided a nice foundation to some evolving flavors that I found at the back of my palate and in my nose.  With this much character at such a young age, I will look forward to trying these with a few years on them to see how they develop!

H. Upmann Monarcas (2001)

October 5, 2008

H. Upmann Monarcas
7 x 47
Box Code: SLA MAY 01
Wrapper: Cuba
Binder: Cuba
Filler: Cuba
Date: 10-03-08
Smoke Time: 110 minutes

A beautifully constructed cigar covered with a smooth light-brown wrapper.  There was a small tear in the wrapper at about the halfway point of the cigar, and not other defects or major veins.  The cigar had a pretty fair box press – likely due to a 7+ year nap in a dress box.  Prelight aroma was dominated by a pleasant spicy mustiness.  There were also hints of salt and cedar.  Prelight taste consisited of raisins, a touch of sweetness, and leather.



The draw was a touch tighter than I prefer, but it was not distracting at all.  The cigar started right off with some very pleasant leathery flavors that filled my mouth.  There was also the slightest hint of the saltiness that I found in the prelight aroma.  This third is very smooth and well-balanced.


The leather flavors became a little more subdued, with a subtle grassiness moving to the forefront.  A very slight spiciness also mixed in with the grassiness as this third progressed.  It was very subtle – just barely noticable – and it was a great compliment to the grassiness.


The spiciness intensified just a little bit, but it is still a small overall part of the flavor profile.  The grassiness has transitioned back to the leather of the first third, but this time it is a very smooth wet leather flavor.  It is not heating up at all, and the cigar is still very tasty.


I really enjoyed this cigar!   It was a very smooth and refined smoke, with an interesting evolution of flavors that certainly kept my interest.  I think that the age has really made this into a smooth and enjoyable cigar without any bite or twang at all.  Definitely recommended!

I am almost completely recovered…

September 28, 2008

Well, I think I have just about beat this goddamn headcold…   Unfortunately, my palate is not quite up for a review yet.  I did smoke a hell of a cigar to test things out though — a Hoyo de Monterrey Double Corona from 2004.  Some really wonderful Cuban twang and flavors – at the same time smooth and refined.  I couldn’t pick out a lot of what I thought I should be able to, so I am going to maybe try a review in the next few days and see how things go.

Thanks for your patience…   I am trying to find some interesting cigars to review at the moment.  There are so many new offerings, that I am having a hell of a time figuring out what I should try to locate and buy.

Is there anything that any of you would like to see me review?  Let me know, and I will be happy to add it to my list assuming I can find it around here or online.