This Week in Cigars: Vegas de Santiago, Partagas, Rocky Patel, Sir Stogies – Sunday June 13, 2010

Tuesday or Wednesday I decided to try a Partagas Petit Coronas Especial, a box of which recently arrived from overseas.  I will revisit these periodically, as this had only had about a week in the humidor after traveling.  It behaved like a well kept cigar, burn was straight, draw was good, flavor was nice, but had a harshness that should smooth out with age.  These have a June ’08 box date so they are only 2 years old.  Looking forward to seeing how they develop.  These are a tremendous bargain for the size and quality.

Later in the week I grabbed a Vegas de Santiago Chaman  Panetela Extra which was from a 5 pack that I received from the manufacturer after I signed up for their Yahoo Group.  Another smaller cigar that burned well, but it had a grassy taste that wasn’t really to my liking.  Not bad, mind you, but not what I look for flavor-wise.  I will be featuring several of the Vegas de Santiago offerings in the coming weeks along with a contest in which someone will win some of their cigars.

Saturday I took the scooter for a ride about 30 miles north to Sir Stogies in Gilbertsville, PA.  It was a fine ride, although it was hot and I hit every light.  I met up with Walt of Stogie Review who was there hanging out for the afternoon.  Also there was Dave Weber, the national sales manager for Oliva Cigars.  I had met Dave once before and was flattered that he remembered me.  Sir Stogies is a fine shop. I was greeted by Ken (I believe that was his name) who asked if I’d been there before and showed me to the walk in humidor.   The first thing I spied was a box of Rocky Patel Olde World Reserve Maduro Lanceros which were on sale for $5.00 a stick.  I grabbed 2 of them and didn’t really look any further.  This turned out to have been a mistake since I was later to find out that they had  La Aurora 107s and I  probably would have picked one up.  It was a nice way to spend an afternoon.  The shop is spacious and comfortable.  Highly recommended if your in the area.

This evening I took a break from writing this and went to our local park to see my favorite local band, “Now and Then” play in the summer “Concerts in the Park” series.  I took a Montecristo No.2 which was awesome.  It was smooth and delicious, not the powerhouse that I remember from years past though.  This was in a gift bag that I received on the dinner cruise we attended last week.  My son had a Rocky Patel Decade Maduro torpedo which  he enjoyed.  I don’t think I saw anyone give us looks, but I wasn’t looking.  I saw some old friends there and it was a good time. Great band, great cigar, great friends.

In my last post I asked for comments on this picture.  There were a lot of great guesses, I especially liked the IPhone ap comment from Jeff.  What was I really doing? I was listening to the band of course!

Anyway, that’s all I have for now.  Until the next time,




Filed under Events, Humor, Review, Stores

3 Responses to This Week in Cigars: Vegas de Santiago, Partagas, Rocky Patel, Sir Stogies – Sunday June 13, 2010

  1. dj

    YES! on the VdS…

    Oh, and it looks like you are saying to your ‘gar/ear: “I hear you my leetle mourning dove… won’t a’be long a’now!”

  2. dj

    Ha! Just reviewing this and somehow missed the actual answer… Ha. Ha.

    I symp. w/the wifey.

    A better delivery would be to re-enact the scene, awaiting the unwary to ask “What are you doing?”

    “Shh… Do you mind? I’m listening to the band…”


  3. Misc

    IMO, VdS is one of the most underrated cigars out there. Great bang for the buck, from a swell bunch of folk.

Leave a Reply