Friday, April 21, 2017

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Been so great that we this blog has proven to be so popular.
 I appreciate the support from the followers and sponsors.

The blog has proven to be so well received that the next step has been to establish a newer and more advanced platform for
 This is the website that we now be used. The new site has many new features such as a Twitter feed, links to Facebook, Google Plus, Linked In and others.
Videos entries now are part of the website which will feature artists that I enjoy. Basically the new web page is the logical extension of what was an avocation now turning into a business.
Please follow the new website, let me know your thoughts about the design , offer me ideas for improvements and changes.
 Fortunately design changes are very easy to do and incorporate into making the whole package easier to read, navigate and have fun with.

Of course order product from the sponsors so we can continue to grow the business and offer more services to our readership.

What a long, strange trip it's been.

Keep smoking

Saturday, April 1, 2017

Gentle on my mind/ Cigar Review , La Palina Connecticut 4 Star

As an aside , getting a new web page going takes someone who knows what they are doing and that is not me. Once all the details are figured out , it will look great but until then the e blogger is my ticket.

Here is a new blend from La Palina Cigars, a boutique manufacture with a long history dating back to the 1800's. It's an interesting read so I suggest checking their web site for the information.
I received the cigar from the Director of Sales, David Lampert to review the product. As always, how and where I received the product does not impact my subjective review. Read what I think and if interested please make your own judgement.

Cigar Review:

Brand/Name of Cigar:

La Palina/ Classic Connecticut 4 Star
Country of Origin: Dominican Republic
Size: 6 x 50
Wrapper: Brazlian
Binder: Habano
Filler: Dominican Nicaraguan 
Shape: Toro
Price: Average between $6.50 and $ 7.00
Where and when smoked; 3/12/17, Los Angeles


A light brown wrapper with a surprising oily feel to it. This was not expected. A number of small veins but the cigar was pleasing to the eye. No hard or soft spots and a classy combo cigar band that enhances the overall appearance.

Flavor/ Taste and Aroma: 

 A mild start with a creamy, smooth caramel hit. This was expected as we all know Connecticut wrappers are grown for this purpose. Cigars of this nature are a pleasant interlude from my usual fare.
if well made and this appears to be the case.  It is sweet, and consistent for the profile.

Smoking Characteristics:

Well crafted so the cigar does not have any major flaws. Cigar smoked without any issues of tunneling, uneven burn or bad draw. It held very true and was fun to smoke. No fight in this cigar.

Conclusion/ Overall Impression:

La Palina is starting a new campaign to increase awareness to the consumer. They are introducing  new blends, new price points, and new marketing concepts. For a cigar that has an long and storied history very few folks know about this cigar. If this cigar is an indication of the direction La Palina is heading , they are clearly going down the road feeling good.

Final Thoughts and Numbers:

A very good cigar at any price point. Would clear a spot in my humidor for the milder side of smoking enjoyment. If the cigar becomes more readily available in your neck of the woods or plan to order via catalogue , do the solid and get it.

Appearance/Construction: 4 out of 5
Flavor/ Taste and Aroma: 3.8 out of 5
Smoking Characteristics : 4 out of 5
Conclusion : 3.9 out of 5

This is a buy.

Keep smoking.