Saturday, October 28, 2017

Cigar review: Crowned Heads La Imperiosa

Deer season will be here before long and its rare I get to go anymore but this year will be an exception. A friend recently purchased a nice tract of land which is wooded and from all accounts well populated with game. He asked if I would go there and check out the existing ground stands and blinds as well as see how the area looked for hunting. After a two hour drive I pulled off a side road at his property and parked. It is well posted on all four sides and about 40 acres in size. Since its not hunting season I brought, of coarse, a cigar to enjoy for the scouting.  Today is a La Imperiosa from Crowned Heads. Dark and rich Habano Oscuro wrapper screaming flavor, with a pre lit aroma of succulent dark chocolate, smoky wood and spice. Once lit, the cigar give abundant smoke, thick and rich, coating the oral factors in flavors of chocolate, wood and mild leather. The spice reminds me of fresh ground black pepper with a hint of cayenne flavor, making this a great start. Into the first third, the chocolate becomes deeper, darker in flavor with the wood blending in magnificent union. The spice coats these flavors in an smooth manner giving full advantage to the immense flavors being produced. Towards the end of the first third, the wood moved back allowing the addition of roasted pecans to appear. My father used to roast them in the oven and the flavor reminds me of it distinctly. 
I proceeded to walk into the woods, along a small trail that leads to all the blinds. Who ever owned it before spent much time on the trails, using a small tractor to smooth the ground and to keep it cut. I came to the first blind and upon checking it, found it well built and sturdy. Small windows were made on either side to allow for shooting and the inside lined with board insulation. Someone spent a lot of money on the blinds. Sitting on the chair, the view was clear an unobstructed, seeing clear to the open areas where game feeds and wanders. 
Leaving the first blind as my cigar moved into the second third, I passed game trails that gave evidence that they are used often. The cigars flavor are pouring from it at each draw. The chocolate is now a deep cocoa with still the succulent spice blending in. the leather is richer working in unison with the roasted pecans. Mid way, a mild sweetness started showing clearly being a light molasses flavor. An astonishing blend giving a constant roller coaster ride of enormous flavors that illuminate the complexity of the cigar. 
Checking other blinds, I found each to be similar in design and well built and thought out. the last blind must have been for the previous owner as it was larger and around ten feet off the ground, built between two trees. Stairs lead to the door which had a four foot square landing in front. The inside appeared to be ten feet by 8 feet and very spacious. On one side was a heater specifically made for deer stands as well as a storage cabinet. A bunk was in one corner which means this was more than likely a weekend spot. I placed a chair on the landing and sat to enjoy the peace and sounds as my cigar moved into the last third.
 The leather had increased as had the now high content cocoa. The wood had vanished being replaced by a dark loamish earthiness. The mild sweetness and roasted pecans remained as did the spice which now ramped up slightly. The smoke remains abundant, thick and buttery smooth. The final draw gave an increase in the leather and spice but still showed the other flavor factors. La Imperiosa is one excellent cigar and if you enjoy full flavor do not miss out smoking it, get a hand full or more and see what you taste.


Smoke and Peace,
gator

Friday, October 13, 2017

Just My Opinion #3

I do not write food articles but about what I think. But in this case I’ll make an exception. I rarely eat fast food but today I was traveling and was hunger so I pulled into a very well know place who has one of the largest world wide chains. I ordered their crispy chicken tenders and a coke then pulled in line, of which I was three cars from the window. I watched as the car at the window received their order, checked it, then handed it back due to it being wrong. No big deal, this happens everywhere. BUT, ten minutes later they hand them their order again and AGAIN it was wrong. They asked him to pull up. I had my window down now so I could hear all. The next car pulled up and they handed the lady a iced coffee and a small bag. Nice choice except this car had five people in it and again this order was wrong. After 25 minutes in line I made it to the window. The person at the window asked if my order was a burger and fries, I replied no. then they asked if it was two burgers and four fries, again I said no. finally they asked what I ordered and when I told them, she said to the person next to her and I quote, “I told you that was not they order when they drove out”. End of quote. Do not be surprised but I was asked to pull ahead and wait. Twice two different people came out to ask what I had ordered and after 35 minutes I finally received my order. As bad as the service was and make no mistake I shall never return to that one, I was hungry so I tried the food. I am from the country and have cooked chicken my whole life. Chicken should taste like chicken and the meat should be tender with very little resistance. This chicken was very over cooked to the point I wondered if it was cross bread with an old rubber tire and although over cooked it was moist, but wait, the moisture was grease. The tenders were so saturated with grease I could have whipped my hands on the bearings of my wheel hubs and been good for 5000 miles. As to the flavor of the meat, there was none which explains why the put so many packets of buffalo dipping sauce in the bag, in hope there would be some flavor to taste.  If there is a bright spot to this catastrophe at all is that I shall never have to wait in line there again if you catch my meaning. I’ll get a breakfast muffin some where else….  


Peace and Smoke,
Gator

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Cigar review: Pelo De Oro from Felipe Gregorio

I am a died in the wool KISS fanatic and have listened and enjoyed their music since 74 and to this day I still enjoy the old music best. Gene, Paul, Ace and Peter put on shows that not only gave great music but an outstanding performance as well. Getting my favorite beverage and a Felipe Gregorio Pelo De Oro to enjoy, I went to my man cave and pulled out the old albums. 
The Pelo De Oro is a sweet looking cigar, silky smooth and an evenly toned wrapper. Pre light aromas of roasted nuts and earth combined with a hint of sweetness. Once cut and torched, the roasted nuts, think cashew, showed through with light roasted coffee beans and only a hint of spice. Soon into the first third, the nuts and light coffee beans mixed in sublime combination as the earth coated each. That hint of sweetness became slightly more profound and it is much akin to old fashioned tea cake in flavor. Marvelous combination and the aroma of the smoke is very pleasing.
As I enjoyed the cigar I put KISS’s first album on, simply titled “KISS” and set the needle to work. 
The raw sounds of “Deuce” filled the room and you could here the exuberance they played with. “100,000 Years cranked up with lead guitar and bass notes pounding the speakers.
The next album and still a favorite I placed on the turn table was KISS Alive, the very first one. 
As the cigar moved into the second third, “She” was blaring through the speaker and the excitement could loudly be heard. The flavor of the roasted cashews continued to mix well with the coffee with was now a medium roast affair, with the earth now moving slight forward to mix in unison with the other flavors. The tea cake sweetness remained light and mid way touches of wood began to show. The draw was even and not loose at all. The spice still came through slightly and reminds me of ground banana pepper, not overly hot.
The music continues with songs such as “Black Diamond”, “Strutter” and “Cold Gin”. I change albums to different years and letting the years roll away.
The cigar moves into the final third with the same flavors as the second, but the switch up continues in flavor pronouncement giving a pleasant array to enjoy. Moving to the close, hints of leather are introduced giving a nice balance mixed the nuts, coffee and wood, plus the sweetness at this point disappeared with the spice moving forward.
The Felipe Gregorio Pelo De Oro is a fine smoke and very enjoyable but as always, pick a few up and see what flavors you receive.


Peace and Smoke,
Gator