Monday, June 26, 2017

Las Vegas Cigar Company - Las Vegas, NV

 
Location:  2510 E. Sunset Rd. #1,  Las Vegas, NV 89120
Phone: 702-262-6100
Website:  www.lvcc.com
Hours:  
Mon-Sat 8am-6pm,  Sunday closed
Alcohol:  No. water cooler
Selection:  Only a small selection of house rolled cigars
Cigar prices:  competitive

Bdawg says:  This cigar shop is located in an old strip mall.  It looks like the place has been around for awhile, and not in a good way.  Old CA posters line the yellowed wall.  The walk ion humidor features a small selection of house rolled cigars.  Here's the good news... the cigar I tried was very good.  The owner and regulars were very friendly.  They has several old but comfortable leather chars to sit on.  I actually spoke to the owner who said he used to employ 10-15 cigar rollers at this location.  He has since sent his whole staff down to his factory in the Dominican and just has the cigars shipped here.  Overall this was a pleasant place to spend a late morning.

Inside Las Vegas Cigar Company.

Epic - Maduro Reserva - Toro

 
Strength:  medium
Origins:  Dominican Republic
Wrapper:  Madura
Shape:  straight
Length:  6"
Ring size:  50
Approx. cost:  $10
Bdawg says:  The wrapper is mottled brown, veiny and rustically constructed.  The draw is easy producing a black and white ash.  The flavor is cocoa and cedar.  The burn is medium paced and even.  

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Rock-A-Feller -Gold Series - Churchill

 
Strength:  medium
Origins:  Nicaragua
Wrapper:  San Andres
Shape:  straight
Length:  7"
Ring size:  49
Approx. cost:  $10
Bdawg says:  The wrapper is medium reddish brown, lumpy, yet nicely constructed.  The draw is easy producing a powdery white ash.  The flavor is light coffee with a touch of cinnamon.  The burn is medium paced and even.  

Monday, June 5, 2017

Rocky Patel - Decade 10th Anniversary - Toro

 
Strength: Medium - Fill
Origins: Honduras
Wrapper: Sumatra
Shape: Box pressed
Length: 6.5"
Ring Size: 52
Approx. Cost: $6.5
Bdawg says: This is the 10th Anniversary edition of Rocky Patel's famous Decade cigar.  And I love it!  The wrapper is medium brown,  oily, and well constructed.  The draw is easy producing a salt and pepper colored ash.  the flavor is smooth, rich, chocolate and coffee with a little Indian spice on the finish.  The burn is slow and even. Very nice.

Beer Church Brewing Co. - New Buffalo, MI

 
Location:  24 S Whittaker St, New Buffalo, MI 49117
Phone:  219-771-0635
Website:  www.beerchurchbrewing.com
Hours:  Wed-Thurs 4pm-10pm,  Fri-Sun 11am-12am,  Mon-Tues Closed
Selection:  about 6 beers on tap
Food:  no
Bdawg says:  This is a brand new brewery, in an old converted church.  This concept is pretty cool.  They just haven't pulled it off yet.  It still needs to be finessed.  There is a medium sized tasting room that seats about 20. The modern plastic chairs just don't quite match the theme.  Some of their signage is really cool, but they definitely need to figure out another tap board.  (see below).  And the beer, right now, is slightly sub-par.  


The staff and owners seem friendly enough.  I think they have some cool ideas.  I am going to give them some time to work a few kinks out and visit them again next year.  
Left to right
Crooked Cross Cream Ale
5.6%,  2.5 Hearts

Pontius Pilate IPA
6.2%,  3 Hearts

Unreliable Narrator DIPA
8%,  2.5 Hearts

Midnight in a Perfect World - Imperial Stout
8%,  3 Hearts

The Mandarin Me DIPA
8%,  3 Hearts

They do have a cool logo!


The tap board is too small.  They are actually writing 
descriptions on paper and taping to the wall.  

Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Rocky Patel - Velvet - Toro

 
Strength: Mild
Origin: Nicaragua
Wrapper: Connecticut - Ecuador
Shape: straight
Length: 6"
Ring Size: 52
Approx. cost: $5
Bdawg says: The wrapper is golden brown, oily with a little bit of veining.  
The draw is easy producing plenty of smoke and a white ash.  The flavor is bread and nuts.  The burn is slow and even.  

Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Rocky Patel - Ocean Club - Toro

 
Strength: Medium
Origin: Honduras
Wrapper: Nicaraguan
Shape: Box pressed
Length: 6"
Ring Size: 52
Approx. cost: $9
Bdawg says: The wrapper is medium brown, oily and well constructed.  The draw has a little resistance.  The ash is gray.  The flavor, light coffee with a slight sour finish.  The burn is slow and even.   

Macanudo - Inspirado Black - Toro

 
Strength:  full
Origins:  Dominican Republic
Wrapper:  Habano Connecticut
Shape:  straight
Length:  5.7"
Ring size:  52
Approx. cost:  $6
Bdawg says:  The wrapper is deep dark brown, oily, bumpy, veiny and uh... ugly.  The draw is easy producing a powdery white ash.  The flavor is espresso and cedar.  The burn is slow and even.

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Casa Magna - Corojo - Belicoso

 
Strength:  Medium full
Origins:  Dominican Republic
Wrapper:  Corojo
Shape:  Belicoso
Length:  6.25"
Ring size:  52
Approx. cost:  $4
Bdawg says:  The wrapper is medium reddish brown and rustically constructed.  The burn is easy producing a dirty gray ash.  The flavor is dark coffee and a little Indian spice.  The burn is slow and even.

Aging Room - Small Batch M356ii - Mezzo

 
Strength:  medium full
Origins:  Dominican Republic
Wrapper:  Dominican Habano
Shape:  straight
Length:  6"
Ring size:  54
Approx. cost:  $9

Bdawg says:  This is CA's #14 cigar of 2016.  The M356 was one of his first Small Batch releases, but the tobacco ran out, so Aging Room created a similar blend called M356ii.  The wrapper is very dark brown, bumpy with some slight veining.  The draw is easy producing a good amount of smoke and a powdery white ash.  The flavor is coffee and black pepper with a sourness on the finish.  The burn was slow and even.