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by Randy Bowman
September 8th, 2020, 8:20 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Fires-Oregon
Replies: 130
Views: 9655

Re: Fires-Oregon

Many of you know Tom Wark. Here's the picture he posted from his house in Salem today. I thought we had ugly smoke in Napa until I saw this.
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by Randy Bowman
August 26th, 2020, 2:36 pm
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: What Cigar or Pipe Are You Smoking?
Replies: 855
Views: 31689

Re: What Cigar or Pipe Are You Smoking?

Padron Serie 1926 No. 35 Maduro Arrived today and I managed to put a slice in it with a box cutter so I get to smoke it. A little powerhouse. Heavy with pepper, earth and some coffee notes the first third. The pepper settles down moving to the finish and espresso moves to the forefront followed by ...
by Randy Bowman
August 24th, 2020, 3:43 pm
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: What Cigar or Pipe Are You Smoking?
Replies: 855
Views: 31689

Re: What Cigar or Pipe Are You Smoking?

Rocky Patel Five Year Edge Cancel a Toro Starts out with wood and grass in the forefront, hay and white pepper on the finish. Cream comes in after a half inch with some green tea notes. By mid cigar, the tea is more prominent and mild kitchen spices are noticeable. Some sweetness also courses throu...
by Randy Bowman
August 19th, 2020, 7:34 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Hennessey Fire, Napa
Replies: 62
Views: 7684

Re: Hennessey Fire, Napa

The Hennessey fire exploded overnight and burned to northeastern Vacaville and now causing evacuations in northern Fairfield. Relatives and friends in both cities had to evacuate. Add to that, it is burning its way down Atlas Peak Road in Napa working it's way towards Silverado Country Club where o...
by Randy Bowman
August 19th, 2020, 7:11 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Fires - Walbridge and Meyers - Sonoma County
Replies: 110
Views: 9103

Re: Fires - Walbridge and Meyers - Sonoma County

Looking at the fire map Brian, that fire is awful close to you. Hope the winds blow north and the firefighters can knock it down soon.
by Randy Bowman
August 19th, 2020, 4:07 pm
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: What Cigar or Pipe Are You Smoking?
Replies: 855
Views: 31689

Re: What Cigar or Pipe Are You Smoking?

Fuente Fuente Opus X 2015 Lancero Part of the God of Fire Opus Six offering that has been in the humidor for about a year. The draw was tight and the burn crazy, requiring multiple touch ups through the first half plus. Dusty earth, bitter tobacco and pepper were all that the cigar provided. Approa...
by Randy Bowman
August 19th, 2020, 3:26 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Hennessey Fire, Napa
Replies: 62
Views: 7684

Re: Hennessey Fire, Napa

The Hennessey fire exploded overnight and burned to northeastern Vacaville and now causing evacuations in northern Fairfield. Relatives and friends in both cities had to evacuate. Add to that, it is burning its way down Atlas Peak Road in Napa working it's way towards Silverado Country Club where on...
by Randy Bowman
August 18th, 2020, 3:10 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Hennessey Fire, Napa
Replies: 62
Views: 7684

Re: Hennessey Fire, Napa

They are suggesting the evacuation of the west side of Lake Berryessa as fires are approaching from the north and south, potentially trapping people at the lake. More air tankers are being requested to buy time for evacuations.
by Randy Bowman
August 18th, 2020, 3:03 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Hennessey Fire, Napa
Replies: 62
Views: 7684

Re: Hennessey Fire, Napa

From Yountville
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From the shop looking north
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by Randy Bowman
August 18th, 2020, 2:16 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Hennessey Fire, Napa
Replies: 62
Views: 7684

Re: Hennessey Fire, Napa

The fire is burning southward now with mandatory evacuations of Soda Canyon and Atlas Peak roads.
by Randy Bowman
August 18th, 2020, 2:14 pm
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: What Cigar or Pipe Are You Smoking?
Replies: 855
Views: 31689

Re: What Cigar or Pipe Are You Smoking?

My Father La Gran Oferta Lancero Arrived today. Spicy start of red pepper that settles down to reveal coffee, earth, leather and kitchen spice. The finish slowly changes from red pepper to softer black pepper. Some caramel and chocolate are added in the second third giving the cigar some creaminess...
by Randy Bowman
August 17th, 2020, 8:53 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Hennessey Fire, Napa
Replies: 62
Views: 7684

Re: Hennessey Fire, Napa

If no changes in wind direction, the fire is heading into flat farm land but there are plenty of combustibles to the north and east. The area it has burned so far is rough terrain accessible only by air and down drafts caused by the fire have minimized the amount of aerial assaults. Fire personnel a...
by Randy Bowman
August 16th, 2020, 3:44 pm
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: What Cigar or Pipe Are You Smoking?
Replies: 855
Views: 31689

Re: What Cigar or Pipe Are You Smoking?

Bellas Artes Robusto Smoking lounge occupied so I'm sitting on the patio in the shade. Temp has dropped from 94 to 86 and humidity down to 53 from 70 percent plus I have a fan on. Almost East coast like. Dark roast coffee, earth, sweet cedar and very mild kitchen spice most of way. Winding down, th...
by Randy Bowman
August 15th, 2020, 2:18 pm
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: What Cigar or Pipe Are You Smoking?
Replies: 855
Views: 31689

Re: What Cigar or Pipe Are You Smoking?

Esteban Carreras Covenant Maduro

Coffee and chili pepper at first, settling down to cocoa, dusty earth, mild spice, hints of dark berries and occasional floral notes. Approaching the nub, the finish is black pepper. Medium strength and body. Price value cigar.
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by Randy Bowman
August 14th, 2020, 3:05 pm
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: What Cigar or Pipe Are You Smoking?
Replies: 855
Views: 31689

Re: What Cigar or Pipe Are You Smoking?

Oliva V Lancero Lanceros are slow movers in stores and we stopped getting them years ago. Now we are getting requests for them so we ordered four different ones, with the Oliva arriving today. Lanceros are popular with growers, blenders and factory owners. They provide the best examples of the wrap...
by Randy Bowman
August 13th, 2020, 2:41 pm
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: What Cigar or Pipe Are You Smoking?
Replies: 855
Views: 31689

Re: What Cigar or Pipe Are You Smoking?

Saint Luis Rey Series G No. 60 Maduro

Coffee lover's cigar. Along with the coffee, there was some earth, rich tobacco, dry spices, cocoa and black pepper. Full bodied and medium plus in strength. Draw was a little firm.
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by Randy Bowman
August 11th, 2020, 8:00 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What's a fair resolution to a shipping snaffu?
Replies: 27
Views: 1655

Re: What's a fair resolution to a shipping snaffu?

UPS and FedEx notified shippers several months ago that there would be not guarantee shipped items will arrive on time due to Covid 19 and when you login to ship something, the warning was emblazoned on form page. Many business websites also have the caveat posted. In the last three months, two thir...
by Randy Bowman
August 9th, 2020, 6:44 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What bottle of wine did you open today?
Replies: 12318
Views: 466946

Re: What bottle of wine did you open today?

2017 Campesino Isa Rose. The bottle arrived without a label so we stuck it in one of the wine refrigerators and forgot about it. Crisp, bright with tasty fruit like it was a brand new vintage. Another great wine from Macario Montoya. Well everybody was impressed so we opened a bottle of 2015 Janasse...
by Randy Bowman
August 9th, 2020, 2:43 pm
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: What Cigar or Pipe Are You Smoking?
Replies: 855
Views: 31689

Re: What Cigar or Pipe Are You Smoking?

Brick House Maduro Robusto Several months in the humidor. Strong barnyard aroma on the foot. Coffee, leather and earth with white pepper on the finish for the first half. Some sweetness develops with some cocoa notes, both of which fade in the final third and the original profile returns and remain...
by Randy Bowman
August 8th, 2020, 2:49 pm
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: What Cigar or Pipe Are You Smoking?
Replies: 855
Views: 31689

Re: What Cigar or Pipe Are You Smoking?

Nat Sherman Timeless Dominican #2 Torpedo Nat Sherman will cease premium cigar operations and wholesale business at the end of September. The current owner, Altria Group, will keep the Nat Sherman cigarettes on the market. The #2 was Cigar Aficionado's number 10 best cigar in 2012. Dark roast coffe...
by Randy Bowman
August 7th, 2020, 8:08 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Not enjoying wine at the moment.
Replies: 51
Views: 2487

Re: Not enjoying wine at the moment.

I have issues of losing my sense of taste periodically because of allergies and find some of my favorite wines suck in high humidity. But, like Robert I had issues a couple weeks ago. Some of my favorite wines just made me feel bad, heavy and uncomfortable. They were not enjoyable. After three succe...
by Randy Bowman
August 7th, 2020, 2:51 pm
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: What Cigar or Pipe Are You Smoking?
Replies: 855
Views: 31689

Re: What Cigar or Pipe Are You Smoking?

Fuente Friday Hemingway Work of Art Cedar, leather, dusty earth, coffee and kitchen spice to begin with. Coffee moves to the forefront, notes of toast and some light sweetness accents the kitchen spice. The kitchen spice and dusty earth dominate the final third and white pepper appears on the finis...
by Randy Bowman
August 6th, 2020, 2:42 pm
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: What Cigar or Pipe Are You Smoking?
Replies: 855
Views: 31689

Re: What Cigar or Pipe Are You Smoking?

Alec Bradley MAXX The Culture In the humidor for at least five years and has the original band. Used to make amplifiers out of The Freak and The Culture cigar boxes and preamps out of The Fix cigar boxes. Starts out with bitter coffee and black pepper. By mid cigar there is some light sweetness and...
by Randy Bowman
August 3rd, 2020, 2:13 pm
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: What Cigar or Pipe Are You Smoking?
Replies: 855
Views: 31689

Re: What Cigar or Pipe Are You Smoking?

La Aroma De Cuba Immensa

Had an Immensa knot in it that the spike couldn't clear.

My Father La Opulencia

Fall back on a sure thing. A +
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by Randy Bowman
August 2nd, 2020, 2:20 pm
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: What Cigar or Pipe Are You Smoking?
Replies: 855
Views: 31689

Re: What Cigar or Pipe Are You Smoking?

Davidoff Primeros Nicaragua Maduro Petite Panatela Checking out short smokes and going slow to keep the heat down. Davidoff lists a 15 minute smoking time and I got a full thirty minutes. Coffee, dusty earth and a finish of pepper the first half. Medium plus for strength. The coffee turned to mocha...
by Randy Bowman
August 1st, 2020, 2:50 pm
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: What Cigar or Pipe Are You Smoking?
Replies: 855
Views: 31689

Re: What Cigar or Pipe Are You Smoking?

A. Fuente Hemingway Signature Natural Sun Grown One year in the humidor. Coffee, leather, mild caramel, baking spice and a touch of white pepper on the finish. By mid cigar, notes of toast and natural tobacco appear. The baking spice increases slightly approaching the nub. Medium strength and body ...
by Randy Bowman
July 31st, 2020, 1:51 pm
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: What Cigar or Pipe Are You Smoking?
Replies: 855
Views: 31689

Re: What Cigar or Pipe Are You Smoking?

E. P. Carrillo Encore Celestial Oak, coffee, leather and red pepper for starters, toning down to nuts, toast and black pepper in the second third. By mid cigar there is black tea, hints of salted caramel and a citrus component, finishing with white pepper. It started out medium plus in strength and...
by Randy Bowman
July 30th, 2020, 8:20 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Garlic bread
Replies: 19
Views: 1044

Re: Garlic bread

Robert M yers wrote:
July 30th, 2020, 8:14 pm
Well done Randy! I thought you were going to post A picture of Texas Toast. ;)
I loved Texas toast when I lived in Waco back in 64. Must be why I gravitated to killer bread. [cheers.gif]
by Randy Bowman
July 30th, 2020, 8:07 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Garlic bread
Replies: 19
Views: 1044

Re: Garlic bread

I have a tendency to overdo things. Killer bread has been one of my favorites for years. Mix softened butter, mayonnaise, fresh minced garlic and fresh grated Parmesan cheese and let it sit in a bowl while preparing dinner. Slice the baguette in half. You have the option of partially cutting individ...
by Randy Bowman
July 30th, 2020, 7:39 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What bottle of wine did you open today?
Replies: 12318
Views: 466946

Re: What bottle of wine did you open today?

2019 La Follette Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir. Pretty impressive for as young as it is.
by Randy Bowman
July 30th, 2020, 2:48 pm
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: What Cigar or Pipe Are You Smoking?
Replies: 855
Views: 31689

Re: What Cigar or Pipe Are You Smoking?

Oliva 48 Special G Maduro Arrived Tuesday. Coffee, oak and lots of pepper. I couldn't/didn't adjust to the smaller ring size so it burned a little hot and fast, fifteen minutes and I used a toothpick for maximum smoke time. 20200730_134054.jpg 20200730_140609.jpg Decided to have a Fuente Short Stor...
by Randy Bowman
July 29th, 2020, 7:45 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Recycled uses for OWC’s
Replies: 22
Views: 1623

Re: Recycled uses for OWC’s

Wine displays, guitars, serving trays that double as displays and amplifiers.
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by Randy Bowman
July 29th, 2020, 3:22 pm
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: What Cigar or Pipe Are You Smoking?
Replies: 855
Views: 31689

Re: What Cigar or Pipe Are You Smoking?

Punch Rothschilde Double Maduro Was my go to cigar 25 years ago. Dark roast coffee at the forefront, earth, kitchen spice and a peppery finish through the first half. Leather, a little cedar and fleeting notes of caramel kick in and the kitchen spice ramps up in the second half. Medium plus in stre...
by Randy Bowman
July 28th, 2020, 7:55 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Best dishwasher safe Cab glasses?
Replies: 17
Views: 949

Re: Best dishwasher safe Cab glasses?

Riedel restaurant series if you can find them. They fit in top or bottom and not as fragile.
by Randy Bowman
July 26th, 2020, 2:51 pm
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: What Cigar or Pipe Are You Smoking?
Replies: 855
Views: 31689

Re: What Cigar or Pipe Are You Smoking?

E. P. Carrillo La Historia Dona Elena (Toro) A year in the humidor. The first draw after lighting the cigar had notes of coffee. The fourth puff was smooth and creamy with both coffee and cocoa notes. The draw is excellent and the smoke dense. The coffee stays at the forefront with some leather and...
by Randy Bowman
July 25th, 2020, 2:22 pm
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: What Cigar or Pipe Are You Smoking?
Replies: 855
Views: 31689

Re: What Cigar or Pipe Are You Smoking?

Aging Room Quattro F55N Maestro Torpedo

Revisiting Cigar Aficionado's number one cigar for 2019. My current favorite cigar.
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by Randy Bowman
July 24th, 2020, 8:24 pm
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: What Cigar or Pipe Are You Smoking?
Replies: 855
Views: 31689

Re: What Cigar or Pipe Are You Smoking?

Had a Punch Rare Corojo today. It was about 2 years old and had the new labeling. It was absolutely nothing like the old Rare Corojos we had 10 years ago. It was okay with nothing different than the other Punch naturals. Might be the reason they are languishing on the shelf, but the absolute square ...
by Randy Bowman
July 23rd, 2020, 2:38 pm
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: What Cigar or Pipe Are You Smoking?
Replies: 855
Views: 31689

Re: What Cigar or Pipe Are You Smoking?

Under $20 In CA limits the selection some. Example: I'm smoking a Padron 1964 Exclusivo Maduro right now. I sell them cheap at $21 and keystone pricing at most CA shops would be $26 or $27. The same cigar in states without a tobacco tax would be around $16 or $17. Most number one cigars in Cigar Afi...
by Randy Bowman
July 22nd, 2020, 8:46 pm
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: What Cigar or Pipe Are You Smoking?
Replies: 855
Views: 31689

Re: What Cigar or Pipe Are You Smoking?

PSA: Gentlemen and ladies, I suggest you stock up on your favorite cigars and back up sticks soon, particularly those with maduro wrappers. Between factory closings and loss of the supply chain due to Covid 19, stock is very limited and dwindling.
by Randy Bowman
July 22nd, 2020, 3:06 pm
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: What Cigar or Pipe Are You Smoking?
Replies: 855
Views: 31689

Re: What Cigar or Pipe Are You Smoking?

Davidoff Double R 702 Series A gift from a long time friend and customer. Creamy and smooth with espresso, dusty earth, hardwood and mild pepper. The draw is easy producing copious amounts of smoke and the burn line razor sharp. The flavors build through the first half and some mild sweetness highl...
by Randy Bowman
July 21st, 2020, 8:08 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What bottle of wine did you open today?
Replies: 12318
Views: 466946

Re: What bottle of wine did you open today?

2017 La Follette Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir. Small production boutique wine we came across that is beautiful sleeper.
by Randy Bowman
July 21st, 2020, 3:04 pm
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: What Cigar or Pipe Are You Smoking?
Replies: 855
Views: 31689

Re: What Cigar or Pipe Are You Smoking?

Camacho Powerband Gordo Purchased on release in 2016. Easy draw and cool smoke from the 60 ring cigar. Starts with natural tobacco, dusty earth, oak and pepper. There is a tannin like bite on the tongue. Coffee notes emerge and move to the forefront in the first third. Mid cigar, some sweetness and...
by Randy Bowman
July 20th, 2020, 7:32 pm
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: What Cigar or Pipe Are You Smoking?
Replies: 855
Views: 31689

Re: What Cigar or Pipe Are You Smoking?

Jason Hagen wrote:
July 20th, 2020, 3:03 pm
Have you tried the Black Market Illicit? TAA. I have just one but might fire it up this week.
Haven't had one. I'll be looking forward to your review.
by Randy Bowman
July 20th, 2020, 3:01 pm
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: What Cigar or Pipe Are You Smoking?
Replies: 855
Views: 31689

Re: What Cigar or Pipe Are You Smoking?

Alec Bradley Magic Toast Toro Revisiting the Magic Toast in a Toro this time. Coffee, dusty earth, leather and a fair amount of pepper. Mid cigar, the pepper backs off and sweetness begins to build along with notes of chocolate, black fruits and kitchen spice. The sweetness diminishes in the final ...
by Randy Bowman
July 19th, 2020, 2:58 pm
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: What Cigar or Pipe Are You Smoking?
Replies: 855
Views: 31689

Re: What Cigar or Pipe Are You Smoking?

Regius Black Label Belicoso In the humidor for 3 years. Coffee bean, earth, leather and pepper comprise the core profile that also has some bitterness. Along the way there are notes of roasted nuts, sweet citrus, wood and caramel. Wonky burn was corrected with a single touch up. Some heat nearing t...
by Randy Bowman
July 18th, 2020, 2:25 pm
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: What Cigar or Pipe Are You Smoking?
Replies: 855
Views: 31689

Re: What Cigar or Pipe Are You Smoking?

Esteban Carreras Chupa Cabra Hellcat Grand Toro In the humidor for over a year. Espresso, scorched earth, leather and a first for me, notes of popcorn for starters. There is some white pepper on the finish. Near mid cigar, roasted meat takes over the earth component. Notes of nuts, pecan I believe,...
by Randy Bowman
July 17th, 2020, 2:29 pm
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: What Cigar or Pipe Are You Smoking?
Replies: 855
Views: 31689

Re: What Cigar or Pipe Are You Smoking?

Montecristo Double Edmundo (toro) In the humidor for at least fifteen years. The first half featured toast, cedar, mild coffee, white pepper and dried fruit. The draw is a bit firm but improves through the second half. The coffee took on a mocha character and some nuttiness and natural tobacco were...
by Randy Bowman
July 16th, 2020, 8:22 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Retailer Check: The Bottle List (Napa)
Replies: 5
Views: 331

Re: Retailer Check: The Bottle List (Napa)

+1 He has turned us on to some great wines.
by Randy Bowman
July 15th, 2020, 2:47 pm
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: What Cigar or Pipe Are You Smoking?
Replies: 855
Views: 31689

Re: What Cigar or Pipe Are You Smoking?

Oliva V Melanio Maduro Torpedo In the humidor for at least seven months. The flash of pepper after lighting settles quickly to dusty earth, coffee and some light leather, each taking turns at the forefront through the first half of the cigar. The pepper moves to the background and is barely noticea...

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