Avo Domaine is an incredibly attractive cigar, it probably has one of the most beautiful wrappers around (it's a twice fermented Ecuador). The tobacco comes from Dominican Republic; it is grown on a finca that belongs to Avo Uvezian. With its top notch construction and an elegant flavor, it's a frequent guest in a lot of humidors.
I very much enjoyed the Avo Domaine Perfecto that I smoked last year. Although it's not an example of complexity, this cigar is a quality smoke.
Jamie from Zen Cigar recommends aging the Domaine a little; the robusto is one of his go-to cigars, providing lovely flavor and consistency.
ER Doc at Cigar Outcast also recommends the perfecto to those who prefer medium to full-bodied cigars.
Where to get it?
Although these cigars are created by Davidoff, Avo Domaine do not command an outrageous price tag. Depending on the vitola, they are available at $6 and higher per stick. Compare the prices here.
A couple of months ago we introduced Cigar Stash, a service that lets you compare prices on cigars across different vendors with some additional perks like a page with consolidated daily cigar deals.
We've got a couple of minor updates for the site - first of all, the cigar reviews page now includes a search engine that lets you find reviews of a particular stick on several blogs. It's better than Google as it excludes all the retailers and junk pages. If you don't see your blog in the results, let us know.
Furthermore, CigarStash.com now has a newsletter, which will be released several times a month (4 times max) and will contain latest cigar news, sweet deals, site updates, etc.
Now the part you are most interested in, the giveaway. I recently won a contest run by Drew Estate. The prize is a sweet 10-pack that contains cigars from Davidoff, Avo and La Aurora, among others. Unfortunately for me and luckily for you, they can't ship it outside the United States, so now you also have a chance to win it. Just subscribe to the CigarStash.com newsletter and leave a comment on this post to be entered in the draw. Obviously, you must be of legal smoking age and based in the United States to qualify.
Good luck! The winner will be announced next Friday. By the way, we've got another giveaway lined up for the next week, so make sure you are following our updates!
Plenty has been said already about the Tatuaje Drac and the rest of the monster series. I have talked about them at length in my posts on The Frank and Boris. I’ll just do a quick summary here. The Drac is the second in a limited edition series of cigars by Tatuaje that is release around Halloween every year. They are extremely limited and highly sought after making for an extremely hard to find cigar. Last year I was lucky enough to get a whole box of The Frank. This year I wasn’t so lucky but I did manage to get my hands on two of The Drac cigars.
La Liga Privada line is a very different type of approach to cigars from Drew Estates. Most everyone knows Drew Estates from their flavored line of cigars; however, the Liga Privada No. 9 is a true masterpiece. The brand was introduced back in 2007 in only one size (Parejo). The cigar comes in five shapes: Robusto (5 X 52); Torpedo (6 x 52); Double Corona (7 x 52); a very limited release Perfecto known as the Flying Pig (4.13 x 60); and today’s featured cigar the Toro. All cigars come in an oscuro wrapper.
Today was yet another beautiful day in my tundra paradise. Not feeling like a particularly long smoke I reached for the Don Pepin Garcia JJ White Label that has been resting in my desktop for just over a month. I had been looking forward to this one for a while because I cannot seem to find enough smokes in the shorter vitolas.
First inspection shows a wrapper that is a bit more vein laden than I would like. Some of them are quite pronounced begging to affect razor edged burns. Despite this, the seams are unpronounced and the cap is nice and secure. Moving to the foot I notice two fairly pronounced dents that can only be described as pencil eraser sized divots. This leads me to believe that this one is under filled. Pinching from the head to the foot reveals a solid cigar with slight give. Unfortunately, there are two very significant soft spots. One is 2 inches from the foot and the other is right about where the larger band is located.
After winning a gold medal in hockey on ice, girls from Team Canada smoke cigars and drink bubbly in the empty (!) arena. What a great way to celebrate, right? But nowadays there's no smoke without some idiots complaining.
Aside from cigars, I also love to enjoy a fine wine. Almost weekly, I participate in various tastings and have also visited some of the most famous wine regions, including Bordeaux and Alsace. If I were to write about all those tastings, the blog would become a wine blog. However, from time to time I find it refreshing to share my thoughts about different wines, especially when they are as good as in this case.
Last week-end, with a couple of friends, we decided to open a bottle that I got for my birthday, it was a rather reputed Burgundy. We needed to find some more bottles to match that one and the idea of a triptych was born. We selected a fine Bordeaux and a Côte Rotie, a growth that I am less familiar with from Rhône. Here's how the wines fared.
Côte Rotie Brune et Blonde de Guigal
I didn't know what to expect here. The color was surprisingly light for a 96% syrah. The nose was rather inexpressive. The wine, however, tasted good with very soft tannins and flavors of black fruits (blackberry) and vanilla. I was disappointed with the finish as it was short and brought a strong acidity. One hour in the decanter managed to tackle this issue though. I would agree with the 88 rating by Robert Parker on this one. Price: $40-70.
Bouchard Vigne de l'Enfant Jésus 2001
Bouchard is the only owner of this 4-hectares parcel in the Beaune region. The quality of this wine is not exactly consistant and may significantly change depending on the vintage. Luckily, the 2001 lived up to our expectations. It was everything you look for in a good Burgundy/pinot noir, a ruby color, an elegant and rich nose with distinct cedary and nutty notes and a taste explosion on the palate with fresh flavors of red fruits and pleasant tannins. Price: approximately 60 €. Not sure if this can be easily found in the United States. You can try searching here.
Château Sociando-Mallet 2004
We left this one for the end and we were right. Sociando-Mallet is very often at the same level as some Classified Growths at half the price and one of my long-time favorites. This is absolutely true for 2004, quite a difficult year for Bordeaux. Very structured and ripe, it's dark as ink and has a wonderful nose of wild cherry. It is vigourous yet not aggressive, just what you expect from a grand Bordeaux. Great value. Price: ~$55.
Today we have a dual review of a Garo Aniversario X Belicoso, done by Stephen and Jason. Thanks to Garo Cigars for providing us with a sampler!
Stephen: Garo's new Aniversario X cigars offer four Cubanesque shapes (Salomon, "A", Belicoso and Toro Gordo). Aniversario X is listed as a full bodied cigar. I have had these resting in my humidor about a month. I smoked two for this review.
Jason: Garo Habano is a small boutique cigar company headquartered in California that started in 1996. The Anniversario X is one of the company's more expensive lines. There aren't many reviews out there on this cigar so I wasn't sure what to expect.