Monthly Archives: March 2008

Smoke Notes: Griffin’s Fuerte Short Corona


While in my local B&M yesterday looking for some smaller cigars this smoke caught my eye. I have seen them there before but finally decided to give it a try.

The Griffin’s website does not seem to want to bring up any information on this cigar.
Country: Dominican Republic
Length/Ring: 4 x 43
Shape: Corona
Wrapper: Ecuador
Filler: Dom. Rep.
Binder: Dom. Rep.
Strength: mild-medium more towards medium
Price: $37.99 (10)

Pre-light: This is a small cigar with very little visible veins. The wrapper is very smooth, almost hairy. I don’t see or feel any imperfections. The ban is white with a Griffin on the front ( an ugly beast if you ask me) and HECHO A MANO on the side. It then has another band with “Fuerte” on it. The smell is of mild tobacco and the cold draw has a sweet tobacco taste. The draw is just a tad firm. The band was a pain to get off. Over glued it stuck to the cigar and even with the burn line 1/8 away it still did not want to come off.

The burn: The burn line stayed sharp for the most part but did need a couple touch-ups and it held the white ash well. Like the pre-light the draw was a tab firm but gave me plenty of smoke.

The taste: A nice mellow wood flavor is what you will find here for the first half with a little spice hiding in the background. Once past the half way mark things pick up a little and turns more rich. This cigar never got hot or bitter.

Over all: I enjoyed this short smoke, it was just what I was looking for today. I paid $4.75 for a single at my B&M. Not a bad price but if picked up by the box for under $4 each I see myself getting more.

DIY Network Cigar Sanctuary

I know you have dreamed of having a smoking room, man cave, cigar sanctuary or what ever you want to call it. The DIY Network is showing you how to change that extra room into a relaxed room just for you. It started airing on March 12 and will be shown through mid April. Air times are:

  • March 23 2008 12:00pm and 10:30 PM E,
  • March 24, 2008 2:30 AM E
  • April 13, 2008 10:30 PM E
  • April 14, 2008 2:30 AM E

Now my wife promised me some kind of walk-in or man cave once we got a new house. Well we move in three weeks from now and the new place will have the perfect room in the basement. I’m sure she will back peddle a little but I will be sure we are watching T.V. together when this is shown.

A thank you goes out to Carl_H for tipping me off on this program.