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by Randy Bowman
April 1st, 2020, 2:29 pm
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: What Cigar or Pipe Are You Smoking?
Replies: 542
Views: 21630

Re: What Cigar or Pipe Are You Smoking?

CAO Flathead V554 Camshaft The cigar has been in our humidor for about five years. Good looking dark brown oily wrapper. Barnyard funk on the foot and some faint chocolate on the cold draw. Starts out with cocoa, some earthiness and white pepper on the finish. Wonderful draw with lots of smoke. Sol...
by Randy Bowman
March 31st, 2020, 3:07 pm
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: What Cigar or Pipe Are You Smoking?
Replies: 542
Views: 21630

Re: What Cigar or Pipe Are You Smoking?

God of Fire by Carlito Double Robusto 2015 This cigar has been in the humidor for about one year. Uneven burn at first solved with a little touch up. Pepper drives this stick. Not overpowering but always there. First there were tea notes. They were joined by leather and sweet cedar. Caramel replace...
by Randy Bowman
March 30th, 2020, 6:35 pm
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: What Cigar or Pipe Are You Smoking?
Replies: 542
Views: 21630

Re: What Cigar or Pipe Are You Smoking?

Randy, and Jason. Been watching a number of reviews in the past 3 weeks, and some of them do not make sense to me o cigars I know really well. Oliva V, to my palate, is only rivaled by Davidoff Winston Churchill and Yamasa. And yet... My boxes are all from stock of 2-4 years ago and deliver great f...
by Randy Bowman
March 30th, 2020, 2:43 pm
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: What Cigar or Pipe Are You Smoking?
Replies: 542
Views: 21630

Re: What Cigar or Pipe Are You Smoking?

Oliva V Melanio Robusto I remember this cigar as full bodied with a pepper edge but today it is medium and smooth. Leather with some woodiness and light on the pepper. Occasional notes of toast and caramel. Midway through, a fleeting citrus note appears on the finish. Winding down, toast is more pr...
by Randy Bowman
March 29th, 2020, 7:29 pm
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: What are you doing to support restaurants during Covid19?
Replies: 21
Views: 456

Re: What are doing to support restaurants during Covid19?

Napa has a restaurant FB page and the posts are amazing in number. We've ordered lunch for the last 14 days, (minus one, pizza so big it lasted two days). We've heavy tipped the Door Dash drivers and restaurant delivery people. The food has been stellar. Restaurants are offering "kits" to make your ...
by Randy Bowman
March 29th, 2020, 3:09 pm
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: What Cigar or Pipe Are You Smoking?
Replies: 542
Views: 21630

Re: What Cigar or Pipe Are You Smoking?

God of Fire 10th Anniversario 5.5 x 60 Figurado Smooth best describes this cigar. Rich yet creamy. Leather, almonds, earth, baking spices and mild pepper are core flavors. A hint of cocoa here and there. Sweet caramel also comes and goes adding to the complexity of the cigar. A little red pepper ap...
by Randy Bowman
March 28th, 2020, 6:47 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Buying, selling or keeping out of the wine market?
Replies: 56
Views: 2782

Re: Buying, selling or keeping out of the wine market?

I'm seeing good deals but two things keep me from jumping on them. First is not knowing how long it will be before normalcy and secondly, the deal price today may be more than the new retail price when this is over.
by Randy Bowman
March 28th, 2020, 2:46 pm
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: What Cigar or Pipe Are You Smoking?
Replies: 542
Views: 21630

Re: What Cigar or Pipe Are You Smoking?

Padron Damaso #8 Corona Been in the humidor for at least three years. Leather on the foot. Rich tobacco on the cold draw. Starts out with sweet cedar, leather on the mid and black pepper finish. Ash is a little loose and drops easily. The second third is sweet cream, mild spices, leather and the bl...
by Randy Bowman
March 27th, 2020, 2:53 pm
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: What Cigar or Pipe Are You Smoking?
Replies: 542
Views: 21630

Re: What Cigar or Pipe Are You Smoking?

Fuente Don Carlos Personal Reserve Robusto 20200327_134418.jpg Rich tobacco notes on the foot and cold draw. Starts out with cedar and black pepper. There is a citrus component that is building between the cedar and black pepper as it nears the second third. At half way the cedar is fading and bein...
by Randy Bowman
March 26th, 2020, 8:23 pm
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: is this the end of byo culture?
Replies: 14
Views: 612

Re: is this the end of byo culture?

I doubt the end of BYO but it may have restaurants reconsidering their mark up.
by Randy Bowman
March 26th, 2020, 2:36 pm
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: What Cigar or Pipe Are You Smoking?
Replies: 542
Views: 21630

Re: What Cigar or Pipe Are You Smoking?

A. Fuente 858 Claro Looking at the green wrapper I'm thinking it will taste like grass or bell pepper. Can't detect much on the foot or cold draw. The cigar is mild and creamy. Sweet cedar is the dominant flavor with occasional nuttiness and a fleeting hint of mint on the finish. Swishing water ove...
by Randy Bowman
March 25th, 2020, 7:49 pm
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: What Cigar or Pipe Are You Smoking?
Replies: 542
Views: 21630

Re: What Cigar or Pipe Are You Smoking?

Rocky Patel Sun Grown Maduro Robusto A Maduro lover's delight. Lots of coffee and chocolate that appear in various forms like espresso, coffee bean, bittersweet and milk chocolate as well as in combination, mocha. White pepper on the finish. Occasional hints of cream, sweet berries and earth. 20200...
by Randy Bowman
March 25th, 2020, 7:31 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Avalanche of e-mail wine offers
Replies: 50
Views: 3740

Re: Avalanche of e-mail wine offers

The entire chain has taken a hit, from winery through distribution and retailer. I wish I had a pile of mad money to buy wines being offered at half price or less, but at the same time, I can't sell that same wine I already have in stock because it is available for less than I paid wholesale. This m...
by Randy Bowman
March 25th, 2020, 3:19 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: FedEx Just Delivered Wine and .....
Replies: 111
Views: 4430

Re: FedEx Just Delivered Wine and .....

We've used Door Dash for the last 5 days to support our local restaurants. Five different drivers and every one of them had gloves on. So did we. Got two deliveries of cigars and three deliveries of wine. Wearing gloves, we've sprayed and wiped the boxes with alcohol, removed the contents and discar...
by Randy Bowman
March 25th, 2020, 2:54 pm
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: What Cigar or Pipe Are You Smoking?
Replies: 542
Views: 21630

Re: What Cigar or Pipe Are You Smoking?

Rocky Patel Sun Grown Maduro Robusto A Maduro lover's delight. Lots of coffee and chocolate that appear in various forms like espresso, coffee bean, bittersweet and milk chocolate as well as in combination, mocha. White pepper on the finish. Occasional hints of cream, sweet berries and earth. 20200...
by Randy Bowman
March 24th, 2020, 5:27 pm
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: What Cigar or Pipe Are You Smoking?
Replies: 542
Views: 21630

Re: What Cigar or Pipe Are You Smoking?

Nat Sherman Timeless Supreme Robusto

Tea aromas/flavors on the foot/cold draw. Mild and creamy with ever changing flavors including cedar, roasted nuts, tea, earth, coffee bean, cocoa, berries and light spices. Palate pleaser end to end.
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by Randy Bowman
March 23rd, 2020, 7:14 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Why are they shipping???
Replies: 9
Views: 1147

Re: Why are they shipping???

I'm surprised the wine storage facility is closed when they should know numerous shipments will be coming in and people storing their wine may want to pick up or wine shipped to them. We have shipments coming in and going out every day. I would believe that receiving/shipping of goods on daily basis...
by Randy Bowman
March 21st, 2020, 7:43 pm
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: What Cigar or Pipe Are You Smoking?
Replies: 542
Views: 21630

Re: What Cigar or Pipe Are You Smoking?

Jason Hagen wrote:
March 21st, 2020, 5:34 pm
Randy Bowman wrote:
March 21st, 2020, 3:02 pm
Hunkered down in the cigar lounge with a My Father La Opulencia and a bottle of water. Both are excellent.
Nice. I have wanted to smoke one of those.

J
Good luck getting that water lit. neener
by Randy Bowman
March 21st, 2020, 7:25 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2011 Dalla Valle Cabernet - Bordeaux in Napa
Replies: 6
Views: 402

Re: 2011 Dalla Valle Cabernet - Bordeaux in Napa

I wonder if it is the vintage. We had a 96 for Thanksgiving. Had to double decant it to get it to open up and when it did it was spectacular. There were both red and black fruits, forest floor, solid tannins and no green or bell pepper notes. Of course the 10.4 ABV may have also contributed to the p...
by Randy Bowman
March 21st, 2020, 3:02 pm
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: What Cigar or Pipe Are You Smoking?
Replies: 542
Views: 21630

Re: What Cigar or Pipe Are You Smoking?

Hunkered down in the cigar lounge with a My Father La Opulencia and a bottle of water. Both are excellent.
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by Randy Bowman
March 19th, 2020, 8:12 pm
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: What Cigar or Pipe Are You Smoking?
Replies: 542
Views: 21630

Re: What Cigar or Pipe Are You Smoking?

Jason, you had problems with the AB Esteli robusto being nothing like the torpedo and I don't have the answer but maybe a thought. For me, the Oliva V Torpedo was killer, yet the robusto was questionable, twice and the draw was a little tough. Doubt it is different tobacco, but possibly who rolled i...
by Randy Bowman
March 18th, 2020, 7:26 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What’s the mood re Coronavirus in wine country?
Replies: 106
Views: 7701

Re: What’s the mood re Coronavirus in wine country?

Shelter in place directive issued for Napa County starting tonight.
by Randy Bowman
March 18th, 2020, 7:22 pm
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: What Cigar or Pipe Are You Smoking?
Replies: 542
Views: 21630

Re: What Cigar or Pipe Are You Smoking?

Wish I could ship you better weather. We are finally having some rain.
by Randy Bowman
March 18th, 2020, 7:16 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Schrader 2003 MMIII...anybody ever seen this?
Replies: 5
Views: 313

Re: Schrader 2003 MMIII...anybody ever seen this?

Can't remember seeing any other Schrader using Roman Numerals rather than 2003 except the 2003 Old Sparky Magnum which bore the MMIII.
by Randy Bowman
March 18th, 2020, 7:09 pm
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: What Cigar or Pipe Are You Smoking?
Replies: 542
Views: 21630

Re: What Cigar or Pipe Are You Smoking?

Nice looking assortment. That Kudzu looks like it would be in my wheelhouse.
by Randy Bowman
March 17th, 2020, 8:20 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Newsom orders all California wineries to close
Replies: 52
Views: 3109

Re: Newsom orders all California wineries to close

Monday and today we have had people come in looking for "Napa wine" because the winery tasting rooms are closed. It was obvious they were not wine geeks and were buying because they were in "Napa." Neither group spent as much as they would have paid for a tasting at most tasting rooms. I think the t...
by Randy Bowman
March 16th, 2020, 8:05 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: PLCB turning off the lights...
Replies: 24
Views: 1631

Re: PLCB turning off the lights...

They should have closed shop and opened the state to wine shipments from retailers/wineries. Win/win. Nope. Prohibition has just put them back into the archaic times of yore. [pwn.gif]
by Randy Bowman
March 16th, 2020, 7:42 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Newsom orders all California wineries to close
Replies: 52
Views: 3109

Re: Newsom orders all California wineries to close

We have our second round of tourists in the store after they spent all day trying to find an open tasting room. The first group bought a Paso wine for $16. They are lucky they didn't find an open winery and discover tasting fees. This last one just wants a glass of wine from Napa and be able to sit ...
by Randy Bowman
March 16th, 2020, 7:28 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Video offlines...could they become a thing?
Replies: 47
Views: 1149

Re: Video offlines...could they become a thing?

I get a creepy feeling about it. Maybe I've watched too much Sci-Fi.
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by Randy Bowman
March 13th, 2020, 2:16 pm
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: What Cigar or Pipe Are You Smoking?
Replies: 542
Views: 21630

Re: What Cigar or Pipe Are You Smoking?

Revisiting the Oliva V. Barnyard on the foot and powdered cocoa on the cold draw. Started out with pepper and coffee notes again. After smoking a third of it, I'm getting some nuttiness and cocoa. The room note of the smoke is cocoa and the Iwater I'm drinking tastes like chocolate. At two thirds, t...
by Randy Bowman
March 12th, 2020, 7:48 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What’s the mood re Coronavirus in wine country?
Replies: 106
Views: 7701

Re: What’s the mood re Coronavirus in wine country?

Hospitality, food service and retail have all seen a loss of business since mid January and now in March, you can definitely state it is the loss of visitors. Unfortunately, it also proves the point certain areas/businesses have dedicated themselves to visitors and not the locals. At 4 PM today, a f...
by Randy Bowman
March 12th, 2020, 7:25 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Roederer to buy Diamond Creek
Replies: 13
Views: 1342

Re: Roederer to buy Diamond Creek

Curtis, try

https://www.winebusiness.com

You can sign up for their daily email news too. Probably a better source than regular news outlets and closer to the sources in the wine world.
by Randy Bowman
March 12th, 2020, 3:02 pm
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: What Cigar or Pipe Are You Smoking?
Replies: 542
Views: 21630

Re: What Cigar or Pipe Are You Smoking?

Oliva V Liga Especial Double Robusto I sell a box a week and it is a top 25 cigar, so I was looking forward to finally smoke one. Light barnyard aroma on the foot. Not much of anything on the cold draw. At halfway through the cigar I had only tasted pepper and some coffee plus I drank a half bottle...
by Randy Bowman
March 11th, 2020, 8:08 pm
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: What Cigar or Pipe Are You Smoking?
Replies: 542
Views: 21630

Re: What Cigar or Pipe Are You Smoking?

Greg, I usually list age on those I've had for awhile. Otherwise, I'm doing tasting notes on cigars I sell at the store, usually new placements. I'm trying to build personal knowledge about everything in the walk in humidor. Funny thing is that since I started posting tasting notes, every cigar is a...
by Randy Bowman
March 11th, 2020, 2:55 pm
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: What Cigar or Pipe Are You Smoking?
Replies: 542
Views: 21630

Re: What Cigar or Pipe Are You Smoking?

Herrera Esteli Norteno Toro Barnyard, (near the rear of the horse), aroma on the foot. Cold draw is earthy tobacco. Settles in with earthiness, some black pepper and cedar. The ash is light and loose. The retrohale is barnyard. The black pepper fades and cedar is more prominent and has some sweetne...
by Randy Bowman
March 11th, 2020, 2:34 pm
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: What Cigar or Pipe Are You Smoking?
Replies: 542
Views: 21630

Re: What Cigar or Pipe Are You Smoking?

Herrera Esteli Norteno Toro Barnyard, (near the rear of the horse), aroma on the foot. Cold draw is earthy tobacco. Settles in with earthiness, some black pepper and cedar. The ash is light and loose. The retrohale is barnyard. The black pepper fades and cedar is more prominent and has some sweetne...
by Randy Bowman
March 10th, 2020, 2:17 pm
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: What Cigar or Pipe Are You Smoking?
Replies: 542
Views: 21630

Re: What Cigar or Pipe Are You Smoking?

Opus X Toro The cigar is from a 2018 Holiday Collection. Tea and leather aroma on the foot. Pepper on the cold draw. Leather and nuts upon lighting the cigar, followed by black tea and a light white pepper finish. Real uneven burn and two touch ups did not correct it. Kitchen spices develop through...
by Randy Bowman
March 9th, 2020, 6:52 pm
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: What Cigar or Pipe Are You Smoking?
Replies: 542
Views: 21630

Re: What Cigar or Pipe Are You Smoking?

It's a kind of glue used to repair cigars. I used to carry one called Cigar Goo a long time ago and it's easier to remember than El Ligador Repair Kit.
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by Randy Bowman
March 9th, 2020, 2:48 pm
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: What Cigar or Pipe Are You Smoking?
Replies: 542
Views: 21630

Re: What Cigar or Pipe Are You Smoking?

Ashton Heritage Puro Sol Robusto Another cigar with a split in the wrapper at the foot. Cigar goo and it was good to go. Earthy tobacco on the foot and cold draw. Starts out earthy with kitchen spices and touch of leather on the finish. Excellent draw and burn with a light ash. Some nuttiness build...
by Randy Bowman
March 8th, 2020, 2:55 pm
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: What Cigar or Pipe Are You Smoking?
Replies: 542
Views: 21630

Re: What Cigar or Pipe Are You Smoking?

Casa Cuba Doble Cinco A Fuente specialty cigar. Cedar on the foot and cold draw. Once it settles after lighting it is smooth and mild with earthiness, cedar, lighter spices and unmistakable saltiness. Good draw, slow even burn and solid ash. Midway through, the cigar is creamy with a sweet streak, ...
by Randy Bowman
March 7th, 2020, 2:25 pm
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: What Cigar or Pipe Are You Smoking?
Replies: 542
Views: 21630

Re: What Cigar or Pipe Are You Smoking?

Montecristo White Series Robusto This cigar was on the floor of the humidor where somebody dropped and left it. There's a three quarter inch crack/split in the wrapper from the foot up. A little cigar goo and it smoked just fine. The cigar is creamy and mild with some earthiness as it starts out. S...
by Randy Bowman
March 6th, 2020, 2:28 pm
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: What Cigar or Pipe Are You Smoking?
Replies: 542
Views: 21630

Re: What Cigar or Pipe Are You Smoking?

Arturo Fuente Hemingway Work of Art Maduro Oily looking wrapper. Rich tobacco and cocoa notes on the foot and dry draw. I think the shape of the cigar plays in the changing flavors and their intensity. Started out with sweet cedar and cocoa, finishing with very light white pepper. The cedar turned ...
by Randy Bowman
March 5th, 2020, 2:52 pm
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: What Cigar or Pipe Are You Smoking?
Replies: 542
Views: 21630

Re: What Cigar or Pipe Are You Smoking?

Aging Room Quattro Original Vibroto Nice dark box pressed toro. Foot and dry draw are mocha. This is supposed to be a stronger cigar but it smoked as a smooth and tasty medium. Coffee and roasted nuts highlighted the first third with notes of sweet berries, dark chocolate and a finish of mild white...
by Randy Bowman
March 5th, 2020, 2:33 pm
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: What Cigar or Pipe Are You Smoking?
Replies: 542
Views: 21630

Re: What Cigar or Pipe Are You Smoking?

Herrera Esteli Brazilian Maduro Toro by Drew Estates The foot smells like tea and the dry draw is tea and rich tobacco. Starts out with tea, kitchen spices, tobacco and fades out to a coffee finish. The flavors are smooth and the smoke mild. About an inch into the cigar the binder/filler burned whi...
by Randy Bowman
March 4th, 2020, 8:15 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What's the best $20 dollar bottle you know of?
Replies: 97
Views: 5198

Re: What's the best $20 dollar bottle you know of?

Luli Santa Lucia Highlands Pinot Noir. If dessert wines are included, Penfold's Club Port at $15-20.
by Randy Bowman
March 1st, 2020, 7:45 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Who isn't drinking their share?
Replies: 44
Views: 3120

Re: Who isn't drinking their share?

How's marijuana use trending? Could it be whittling away some people who would otherwise head toward wine? Good question Anton. We have young winemakers providing a new chapter in wine that has driven the market. Likewise, there are newcomers in the cigar industry providing exceptional blends unhea...
by Randy Bowman
February 29th, 2020, 3:31 pm
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: What Cigar or Pipe Are You Smoking?
Replies: 542
Views: 21630

Re: What Cigar or Pipe Are You Smoking?

Macanudo Inspirado Black Robusto Never been a fan of Macanudo because they were too light and one dimensional. Time to try the Inspirado line. Very dark, almost black wrapper that looks oily. Some coffee aroma on the foot and the cold draw echoes with coffee and nuts. The cigar starts out with coff...
by Randy Bowman
February 28th, 2020, 2:35 pm
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: What Cigar or Pipe Are You Smoking?
Replies: 542
Views: 21630

Re: What Cigar or Pipe Are You Smoking?

Montecristo Monte Robusto by A. J. Fernandez Beautiful looking box pressed cigar. The foot has a unique aroma that belies the actual flavors of the cigar. I asked Carrie to smell it a tell me what it smelled like. She hit it, "Dog sh!t." Starts out with earth, cocoa, a hint of leather and red peppe...
by Randy Bowman
February 27th, 2020, 7:46 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What bottle of wine did you open today?
Replies: 11399
Views: 426014

Re: What bottle of wine did you open today?

2017 Kanzler Russian River Pinot Noir. One of our favorites.
by Randy Bowman
February 27th, 2020, 2:22 pm
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: What Cigar or Pipe Are You Smoking?
Replies: 542
Views: 21630

Re: What Cigar or Pipe Are You Smoking?

Liga Privada T52 Sitting outside in the shade and it's a good thing. This cigar puts out more smoke just sitting than most cigars do after heavy puffing. The foot smelled like manure and the cold draw was sweet cedar. Sweet cedar and chocolate dominate the first third. The draw is too easy and the ...

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