April 14, 2006

Guest Review: Roaring 20s Cigars

Cigars!We've been thinking about offering up guest reviews for a while now, but we haven't gotten around to it until now. We realized that the perfect opportunity to do so was going to be with the Roaring 20s cigars we got in a while back...we're not big cigar smokers, but we know people who are. Now, we know the site is called "Liquor Snob" not "Cigar Snob," but we also know there are some days when there's nothing like a good smoke to go with your drink.

So, we ended up giving our good friend Jersey Jimmo a call, and he really pulled through for us. Or, he pulled something at least. We were concerned some of the review might have to be redacted in the name of good taste, but then we realized...what the hell? It's Friday. Enjoy Jersey Jimmo's review, and we hope it won't be the last.

Myeh, schee? Mugsy’s gonna rub one out

OK, folks, when I am asked to review cigars with packaging dominated by drawings of Depression-era gangsters and their Betty Boop-looking floozies whose enormous nipples are visible through their sheer nighties, I think to myself, “Oh boy, porn meets cigars, this can’t be good.” I mean, it’s not often I’m handed a cigar box with a label that could inspire some morally bankrupt, pathetically desperate loser to wank.

After I pulled my pants up and put the KY away, I lit one. Whatever doubts I had were quickly dispelled after a few puffs; this was a serious, well-made cigar. Of course this realization didn’t stop me from striking a few gangster poses, holding an imaginary Tommy gun, and saying aloud, “Myeh, schee? Mugsy just rubbed one out, schee?” Hand rolled (with a “heart-on,” the labels claim) in the Dominican Republic, the larger “Churchhill” sized cigars come in four varieties with the major difference between them being the wrapper leaf, Indonesian (Untouchables), Ecuador (Gangsters), Sumatran (Godfathers), or Connecticut shade (Classics).

After sampling one of each, I can truthfully say all of them pull well, distinguish themselves from each other with noticeable and pleasant tastes, and stay lit. The smaller, cigarette-sized Bootlegger Sweeties come with natural as well as added flavoring, amaretto, vanilla, or rum. These also pull well and the flavoring is thankfully subtle. However, the shredded tobacco filler was a disappointment, and like many small cigars they do not stay lit for very long.

Mild yet flavorful, Speakeasies will appeal to both the gangster upstart, longing for a taste of Al Capone fame for an evening, and the kingpin connoisseur, seeking to add variety to his humidor, or to celebrate the variety of dead stool pigeons in the trunk of his Packard.

Oh, and if you get your hands on some cigars (at Al-Capone.com, for example) and want to strike some gangster poses of your own, we recommend getting some Tommy Guns Vodka to go with them...it's one of our favorite vodkas, and it comes in a bottle shaped like a gun. We've found it's perfect for running around pretending to be a gangster. Just ask our interns...

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Posted by Jake Jamieson at April 14, 2006 8:01 AM
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