Fuego Verde at Blue Torch

A dear friend of mine had said that her pretty cool neighbor had a cigar lounge that should be checked out.  So one breezy Sunday, we all met at Blue Torch Cigars and Winery to see if it was as good as her neighbor had said.  The answer is yes, a resounding yes!  The lounge area is broken up with a variety of televisions to watch as well as a gorgeous outside patio area.  The staff were informative, helpful, and friendly.  The humidor is a fair size for the establishment, and had a few sticks I hadn’t seen elsewhere, though a few heavy hitters were absent.   I neglected to go into the wine cellar room on this trip, but the chairs were cozy and comfortable and the volume in the lounge was such that I didn’t have to raise my voice for my friends to hear me. Very relaxing and mellow. Not only do I recommend this lounge, I look forward to visiting again soon.

Cozy and comfortable decor at Blue Torch

On the advice of the associate, I picked up a Fuego Verde by La Palina.  I had circled the humidor twice and the green wrapper for this cigar kept catching my eye, the ring is very simple but bright, and the associate said that it was a good cigar for a candela wrapped stick.   When I first unwrapped it, the candela wrapper was leading the aromas with a strong hay scent.  There was a hint of leather and a bit of cinnamon in that mix, so my curiosity was piqued.

Fuego Verde

After unwrapping that lengthy ring and lighting it, the cigar’s aroma remained strongly hay, but some of the more green grassy smells were noticed at the beginning of the smoke.   The smoke itself was heavy, lingering around an exhale to keep the cut-grass aroma very prevalent.

Fuego Without the Ring

The draw on the stick was tight, but it didn’t seem to lend to a difficult smoke.  As I got to the midpoint of the cigar, notes of cinnamon, leather, and coffee came out to mingle with the hay and cut grass, and the stick seemed to have gotten a little bit darker.  It started as a light medium bodied cigar but developed into a very solid medium body.  And stayed as much through the end of the stick.  I personally felt that the burn was very even for the tightness of the draw and made a healthy foot.

Fuego Verde Foot

The cigar finished with more of a spicy cinnamon leather feel than the hay, which was a pleasant surprise.  I had this cigar with Merlot and felt that this was a good pairing.  I could also see this cigar going well with a range of beers(lager to stouts), any soft drink of your choosing, and probably any liquor of your choosing as well.  It’s a solid smoke and a good accompaniment to any beverage.

Pilon by CAO

I’m going to start right off the bat and admit that the Pilon by CAO is one of my go-to cigars. Personally, I think this is a practically perfect cigar in almost every way.  CAO put in the effort to bring back a traditional fermentation method of the tobacco just for this cigar and the effort to maintain a circular Pilon pays off in an amazing stick. Bonus,  you can usually find this gem for under $7.

Pilon by Cao

I love the cigar ring on this stick, it’s simple but still bold– which could explain everything about the Pilon in a nutshell.  Before lighting, this cigar smells of chocolate, earthiness, cedar, and cafe au lait.  Not a creamy and a coffee separated flavors, specifically cafe au lait aroma.  A steamed milk and coffee drink, not two different smells.  A tricky thing to pull off, but it’s there.

After lighting, the nuances adjust more to an earthy, chocolate, dried fruit melange of deliciousness. While I don’t feel this cigar is a sweet cigar, it only has sweet aromas and flavors that would hit the back of the tongue.   They won’t overpower the peppery or earthy aromas that are the powerhouse behind this stick.  The draw is clean without being too easy, so this stick does seem to take a bit longer to smoke than others of comparable size.

Pilon Foot

A nice foot can be built up, but it takes some time.  You won’t mind the slower smoke though, especially if you’re a fan of the earthy, peppery flavors that show up about the midpoint of the cigar.  The chocolate and dried fruit combo that started the stick slowly take a back seat to the stronger cafe au lait and earthy aromas at this point, with the pepperiness coming in just at the end of the flavor profile.   Towards the end of the cigar, the pepperiness is front and center, with a leather, coffee (no more steamed milk at this point), and cedar finish.   Having said that this cigar is one of my tried and true smokes, I hope you also give it a try.  It goes well with coffee, dry wines of both red and white varieties, vodka, whiskey, and even just a cold soda– although I wouldn’t advise any fruity soft drinks or liquors with this one.