Monthly Archives: October 2010

Cigar Lunch

A cigar lunch was arranged through UK Cigar Forums at Simpsons Restaurant in Birmingham on Saturday 23 October 2010. I’m not unfamiliar with the area so thought I’d sign up as an opportunity to meet some more of the forum … Continue reading

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Yellow Tail Shiraz 2009 – worth the extra?

I recently read an article itemising the current costs that go into an individual bottle of wine in the UK. Duty around £2, VAT and packaging at about a £1, plus transportation costs. No dispute from me there. Because of … Continue reading

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Berberana Rioja Reserva 2005

I honestly have no idea where it came from or how much it was. Given that I don’t normally like rioja, there’s a very high likelihood it cost less than £4 or I wouldn’t have bought it. The picture isn’t … Continue reading

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New FistLoad Blog Facebook page

Just for a laugh I thought I’d set up a page for this blog on Facebook. It can be found at FistLoad Blog on Facebook. If you’ve enjoyed the blog or found it useful please ‘Like’ it. You can also … Continue reading

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Smoke exhaust fan

One of the compromises of living with a non-smoker is that I don’t get to enjoy my cigars or my pipe in the luxury of my own home. Now there are numerous ways to deal with this, not all of … Continue reading

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Por Larranaga Montecarlo

Smoked 8 October 2010. Box code OPM AGO 09; in humi since 8 May 2010. The first couple of these I had were really enjoyable, so I was dismayed that this Montecarlo tasted more papery and bland than the others. … Continue reading

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Tesco Claret

I’d had both the Tesco and Asda clarets recommended to me by different people, so I grabbed this £3.79 bottle when I spotted it. Upon opening there was a slight raw grape aroma with a touch of vinegar. Not a … Continue reading

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Jose L. Piedra Petit Cazadores

Smoked 1 October 2010. Box code AUS MAR 10, in humi since 30 August 2010. I smoked this quite late on a Friday night so my tasting notes may be slightly affected by what I’d eaten and drank beforehand. I’d … Continue reading

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Bolivar Bonita

Smoked 26 September 2010. In humi possibly since 12 August? I was disappointed with this. I love the Bolivar flavour profile and I’d heard that these were a nice little smoke. With winter coming closer I start to favour the

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