Archive for July, 2007

Brian’s Oliva Giveaway… and more!

July 30, 2007

Check out Brian’s musings on the Olica Serie V…    okay, I may win something but that really isn’t the point.

Get off your lazy butt and read what he has to say –

I think I am going to pick a few up to try next week to see if they live up to all of the good press they have been receiving!  🙂

Act like you knew.

Cigar of the Day: 07-23-07

July 23, 2007

COTD: 07-23-07 – Smoked an Epicure No. 2 in the afternoon with PO, and had a Toraño Sig Robusto in the evening while I was out roasting some coffee.

Zoe’s First Family Reunion: 07-20-07

July 23, 2007

Wow… what a Friday Zoe had – I think she is still a little tired from all of that play!I am so happy that our breeder is not just someone that we bought a puppy from and that is it… we (all of the new families of Zoe and her littermates) keep in contact and share stories frequently, and it is really fun to hear that Zoe is not the only wacky one! 🙂 So, it worked out that Zoe and I were going to go up for a visit Friday evening along with one of Zoe’s sisters, Lola, and her new family.

I knew it was going to be a fun time as Kim (the breeder) hadn’t seen Zoe in a month and was anxious to see how she has grown… Zoe was about 12 lbs when she left, and was about 29 lbs the night we were there! Plus, Zoe was going to get to play with her momma Phoenix, her sister Gianna, and the other bulldogs that Kim and her husband have – Sadie, Sadie’s newer pup (8-weeks) Jagger, Piggy, and Mr. B. That and Lola coming meant there were goign to be an awful lot of bulldogs there!

So, Zoe and I got there a little early – about 5:30… Kim was SUPER excited to see Zoe and how she has grown, then we let Zoe in and there was chaos! She immediately went over and said hi to her sister (Gianna) and mom (Phoenix) and they all started running around the house together, wrestling, and having all sorts of fun. It was soooo funny and fun to watch.

After a while Lola and her family got there, and it started all over again. We eventually went out to the front yard and let them play and play and play. It was funny that one would try to plop down for a nap, and would quickly get attacked by another bullie and drawn back into the fray! 🙂

Needless to say, Zoe was ZONKED… she slept all the way home (she never sleeps in her crate in her car), and slept the rest of the night. I thought she would be up and about the next day, but oh no… she pretty much slept the whole next day as well… She would get up to eat, drink, and go out, but that is just about it. She was finally ready to be up and about a bit on Sunday.

It was a great time for everyone, and we can hardly wait for our next “family reunion”!

Okay, here are some pics… there are a lot, so bear with me…

Here are Zoe and Gianna playing after we arrived: 

Zoe (brindle) chasing her mom Phoenix, and being followed by Gianna (top) and Jagger (bottom, smaller fawn):

Zoe and Gianna mixing it up, Phoenix looking on:

Zoe’s mom Phoenix… 62 SOLID punds of Bullie!

Nice shot of Zoe’s Badonkadonk… here she and Jagger are ganging up on Gianna!

Gianna escaping!

Zoe stepping over Gainna, Jagger is sleeping for the moment… Phoenix is coming over to regulate…

Zoe getting schooled by Phoenix, with Jagger grabbing a foot:

1…2…3… you’re pinned! Zoe wins!

3-bullie pileup… Jagger (9-weeks) holding his own, Zoe (pink collar), and Zoe’s sister Lola (green harness):

Zoe and Piggie:

Piggie pinning Zoe:

Lola and Gianna wrestling… Zoe looking on:

Zoe tired (at bottom). Top left is Jagger with his mom Sadie (Brindle/white), top right are Lola and Gianna going at it:

The group is getting pooped out…

Zoe is thinking “Can’t you let me sleep?”:

Cigar of the Day: 07-21-07

July 21, 2007

COTD: 07-21-07 – Had a Casa Fuente Corona in the afternoon, and a VSG Tres Mystique in the evening.  Both good!

Cigar Jack Contest!

July 21, 2007

So…  Cigar Jack is running a little contest – you ought to check it out here —>

You can have tons of fun and win fabulous prizes.   Okay…   so me blogging about his contest is one way that I may win a fabulous fun-filled prize, but that’s not important right now…

Just go to his site (it is linked over there on the right in case you haven’t figured it out yet) and comment on the entry “Win an Item from the Cigar Jack Store”

It’s that simple!

So, he asked what we thought of his new site…   I only have one comment/question…

Here is part of his new logo:


I like it…   but don’t you think he could have spent about two extra minutes with a paint program to at least add some hair?


logo-new-a.jpg logo-new-b.jpg 

Just a thought… 

 (Okay seriously…  it is a great site with tons of great info – just wanted to have a little fun!  :-))

Cigar of the Day: 07-20-07

July 20, 2007

COTD: 07-20-07 – Had a Padilla 1932 Robusto in the afternoon…  good smoke, I ust wish they were at least somewhat reasonalby priced.  Had a custom blend for a cigar board I participate on in order to review it.  EXCELLENT little cigar!!!!

Cohiba Maduro 5 Genios

July 18, 2007

Cohiba Maduro 5 Genios
5-1/2 x 52
Wrapper/Binder/Filler: Cuba
Date: 07/17/07
Smoke Time: 73 minutes
Beverage: Iced tea


Prelight:  What a beautifully constructed cigar!  The wrapper was dark and smooth, with no veins or visible blemishes at all.   The aroma was a wonderful mix of deep earthiness and barnyard.  Prelight flavor was dominated by deep earthiness and top soil.  There was also a slight cedary bite at the back of my palate.

1/3:  The cigar started right off with an incredible smoke volume.  There was a grassy undertone with very heavy earthy and leathery overtones.  There was a nice tingle on my tongue and lips and it had an overall very nice and full flavor that filled my mouth.  The ash was solid and medium gray.

2/3:  The deep earthiness continued, and the grassiness was replaced by a spiciness in the back of my mouth, throat and even a little bit in my chest (though I was not inhaling the smoke).  This was not the hard biting attack of a black pepper spice, but rather it was more like a long and slow smoldering spiciness.

3/3:  A mild nic kick started as the final third began.  The spiciness continued and really intensified, becoming very powerful.  This cigar rally ended with a powerful explosion of spiciness.

Overall:  Wow, what a cigar.  The deep earthy flavors really agreed with my palate, as did the slow burning spiciness.  The very end got a little bit intense and maybe a little rough, but this would likely be smoothed out with some age.  The profile fit me nicely, and I look forward to trying the other sizes to see how they compare.  I will likely pick up a box of my favorite size and look forward to trying them in about 3-5 years to see how they mature.