Smoke and Minds

Health starts in the mind and is supported by an educated palate

La Palina, at Blew Smoke

Blew Smoke Cigar Room, Brooklyn, New York / iPhone 4 / Photo: Sila Blume

Blew Smoke Cigar Room, Brooklyn, New York / iPhone 4 / Photo: Sila Blume

Written by Sila Blume

June 13, 2016 at 7:15 am

Susan

NYC Fine Cigars, New York, NY / iPhone /Photo: Sila Blume

NYC Fine Cigars, New York, NY / iPhone /Photo: Sila Blume

Written by Sila Blume

June 7, 2016 at 5:57 pm

The Year of the Monkey, with New Orleans Iced Coffee

The Year of the Monkey, by Davidoff of Geneva, with New Orleans Iced Coffee, from Blue Bottle / Davidoff of Geneva, Brookfield Mally New York, NY / iPhone 4 / Photo: Sila Blume

The Year of the Monkey, by Davidoff of Geneva, with New Orleans Iced Coffee, from Blue Bottle / Davidoff of Geneva, Brookfield Mall, New York, NY / iPhone 4 / Photo: Sila Blume

The Modern Cigar Smoker

Ali / NYC Fine Cigars, New York, NY / iPhone 4 / Photo: Sila Blume

Ali / NYC Fine Cigars, New York, NY / iPhone 4 / Photo: Sila Blume

Written by Sila Blume

May 14, 2016 at 7:16 am

Finishing my first Johnny Tobacconaut

The Tobacconaut, Johnny Tobacconaut, by Room 101 / Leica D-Lux 4 / Photo: Sila Blume

The Tobacconaut, Johnny Tobacconaut, by Room 101 / Leica D-Lux 4 / Photo: Sila Blume

Written by Sila Blume

April 14, 2016 at 7:16 am

Posted in Tobacco

Partagás Serie P #2 (ring and ash), from Cuba

Partagás Serie P No. 2 / NYC Fine Cigars, New York, NY / Leica D-Lux 4 / Photo: Sila Blume

Partagás Serie P No. 2 / NYC Fine Cigars, New York, NY / Leica D-Lux 4 / Photo: Sila Blume

Written by Sila Blume

March 27, 2016 at 6:58 pm

Flor del Valle (Warped Cigars) on Indian’s shoulder

Flor del Valle from Warped Cigars / Leica D-Lux 4 / Photo: Sila Blume

Flor del Valle from Warped Cigars / Leica D-Lux 4 / Photo: Sila Blume

Written by Sila Blume

March 26, 2016 at 2:22 pm

Leaves to Wine / A Davidoff and Muscat Bailey A Wine from Yamanashi

Davidoff Millennium Blend and Chateau Mercian Muscat Bailey A from Yamanashi, Japan / Leica D-Lux 4 / Photo: Sila Blume

Davidoff Millennium Blend and Chateau Mercian Muscat Bailey A from Yamanashi, Japan / Leica D-Lux 4 / Photo: Sila Blume

Another pairing with Brockmans Gin – Apple, Strawberry on Leaves

I find myself in the midst of mental and physical investigations, leading towards the first activities of the New York Palate League. Pairing after pairing is not about going wild with pairings and testing the wildest allowed, not about looking for the most daring combination. The goal is to expand the horizon, learn to appreciate what single tasting and paired tasting bring, and, especially, to better understand what could occur within a given spectrum.

A talk about what is all covered by the palate in these pairings seems often impossible.

Blind Man's Bluff from Caldwell, Brockmans Gin and Red Jacket's Apple Juice with Strawberries / Leica D-Lux 4 / Photo: Sila Blume

Blind Man’s Bluff from Caldwell, Brockmans Gin and Red Jacket’s Apple Juice with Strawberries / Leica D-Lux 4 / Photo: Sila Blume

Puro de Oro is pure gold – Pure taste by Davidoff

This is with certainty one of the best cigars I have ever experienced. As its leaves became consumed by the heat of a tiny fire, a magnificent and somewhat unique composition of taste took place in my palate.

According to Davidoff:

“A ring gauge of 56 gives Puro D’Oro Gigantes a superbly balanced, yet bold taste profile. Rolled with a selection of matured tobaccos, the espresso and spice notes are particularly rich, but mellowed by a touch of sweet fruits lingering at the top of the tongue delivered in a Super Robusto format.”

 

Puro d'Oro - 5 1/2 x 56 - Gigange, Davidoff / Davidoff of Geneva, Madison Ave., New York, NY / Leica D-Lux 4 / Photo: Sila Blume

Puro d’Oro – 5 1/2 x 56 – Gigange, Davidoff / Davidoff of Geneva, Madison Ave., New York, NY / Leica D-Lux 4 / Photo: Sila Blume

Flor del Valle on Banana

Cigar (Flor del Valle, from Warped) with Banana / Leica D-Lux 4 / Photo: Sila Blume

Cigar (Flor del Valle, from Warped) with Banana / Leica D-Lux 4 / Photo: Sila Blume

Written by Sila Blume

February 28, 2016 at 9:18 am

Cigar and Coffee

Cigar and Coffee / NYC Fine Cigars, New York, NY / Leica D-Lux 4 / Photo: Sila Blume

Cigar and Coffee / NYC Fine Cigars, New York, NY / Leica D-Lux 4 / Photo: Sila Blume

Written by Sila Blume

February 26, 2016 at 6:59 am

A Cigar break on Valentine’s Day

After experiencing Stephen King’s “Misery” on Broadway, two young couples wanted to complete the day of lovers with a fine dinner. Suddenly they had the idea to take a break between play and dinner to have a cigar.

At NYC Fine Cigars, New York, NY / Leica D-Lux 4 / Photo: Sila Blume

At NYC Fine Cigars, New York, NY / Leica D-Lux 4 / Photo: Sila Blume

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Nuttiness, gentle spiciness of a Connecticut wrapper and the dark nutty notes of Pumpkin seeds

I have often experienced that pairing happens in the mind before one takes it to the palate. I thought about it. The physically tasting was clearly rewarded. This wonderful new cigar from the house of Padrón – Dámaso, goes wonderfully with a lightly salted avocado and the unique profile of the Austro-Hungarian specialty – the oil pressed out of their pumpkin seeds.

This must be repeated!

Padron Damaso Cigar with pumpkin seed oil on avocado / NYC Fine Cigars, New York, NY / Leica D-Lux 4 / Photo: Sila Blume

Padron Damaso Cigar with pumpkin seed oil on avocado / NYC Fine Cigars, New York, NY / Leica D-Lux 4 / Photo: Sila Blume

 

Written by Sila Blume

February 10, 2016 at 8:15 pm

Three Cigar Friends reunite

Darryl, Ivan and Marvin / NYC Fine Cigars, New York, NY / Leica D-Lux 4 / Photo: Sila Blume

Darryl, Ivan and Marvin / NYC Fine Cigars, New York, NY / Leica D-Lux 4 / Photo: Sila Blume

The Great Individual and Dangerous Heavyweight Boxer, Renaldo Snipes

Renaldo Snipes, Heavyweight Boxer / NYC Fine Cigars, New York, NY / Leica D-Lux 4 / Photo: Sila Blume

Renaldo Snipes, Heavyweight Boxer / NYC Fine Cigars, New York, NY / Leica D-Lux 4 / Photo: Sila Blume

Written by Sila Blume

February 3, 2016 at 10:27 pm

A Pairing for the very near future

Taildragger White Rum and Cigars / NYC Fine Cigars, New York, NY / Leica D-Lux 4 / Photo: Sila Blume

Taildragger White Rum and Cigars / NYC Fine Cigars, New York, NY / Leica D-Lux 4 / Photo: Sila Blume

Written by Sila Blume

February 2, 2016 at 5:52 pm

Carl (near Negra Modelo)

Carl, Cigar and Negra Modelo / NYC Fine Cigars, New York, NY / Leica D-Lux 4 / Photo: Sila Blume

Carl, Cigar and Negra Modelo / NYC Fine Cigars, New York, NY / Leica D-Lux 4 / Photo: Sila Blume

Written by Sila Blume

February 1, 2016 at 10:46 pm

Checking the Numbers

Carl / NYC Fine Cigars, New York, NY / Leica D-Lux 4 / Photo: Sila Blume

Carl / NYC Fine Cigars, New York, NY / Leica D-Lux 4 / Photo: Sila Blume

Written by Sila Blume

January 31, 2016 at 7:49 pm

Two men, two beards, two devices and two cigars (III)

Two men, two beards, two devices and two cigars / NYC Fine Cigars, New York, NY / Leica D-Lux 4 / Photo: Sila Blume

Two men, two beards, two devices and two cigars / NYC Fine Cigars, New York, NY / Leica D-Lux 4 / Photo: Sila Blume

Written by Sila Blume

January 31, 2016 at 7:42 pm

Young Cigar Smoker

Young Cigar Smoker / NYC Fine Cigars, New York, NY / Leica D-Lux 4 / Photo: Sila Blume

Young Cigar Smoker / NYC Fine Cigars, New York, NY / Leica D-Lux 4 / Photo: Sila Blume

Written by Sila Blume

January 27, 2016 at 9:14 am

Leaf as Ashtray

Bronze Ashtray in shape of a leaf / Leica D-Lux 4 / Photo: Sila Blume

Bronze Ashtray in shape of a leaf / Leica D-Lux 4 / Photo: Sila Blume

Written by Sila Blume

January 26, 2016 at 7:58 am

Leaves from a 2014 harvest

Capa Oscura, leaves from a 2014 harvest, Dominican Republic / Martinez Handmade Cigars, New York, NY / iPhone 4 / Photo: Sila Blume

Capa Oscura, leaves from a 2014 harvest, Dominican Republic / Martinez Handmade Cigars, New York, NY / iPhone 4 / Photo: Sila Blume

Written by Sila Blume

January 24, 2016 at 3:29 pm

Back Detail

 

Backside of a Padrón ring / Leica D-Lux 4 / Photo: Sila Blume

Backside of a Padrón ring / Leica D-Lux 4 / Photo: Sila Blume

Written by Sila Blume

January 22, 2016 at 9:12 pm

Posted in Cigars, Tobacco

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Gigante Natural on Herradura Tequila Reposado

Gigante Natural Cigar and Herradura Tequila Reposado / NYC Fine Cigars, New York, NY / Leica D-Lux 4 / Photo: Sila Blume

Gigante Natural Cigar and Herradura Tequila Reposado / NYC Fine Cigars, New York, NY / Leica D-Lux 4 / Photo: Sila Blume

Written by Sila Blume

January 22, 2016 at 8:34 pm

Mona Lisa with a Mona Lisa

Lady with a Mona Lisa smile, smoking a Mona Lisa Cigar (triple-wrapper) / NYC Fine Cigars, New York, NY / Leica D-Lux 4 / Photo: Sila Blume

Lady with a Mona Lisa smile, smoking a Mona Lisa Cigar (triple-wrapper) / NYC Fine Cigars, New York, NY / Leica D-Lux 4 / Photo: Sila Blume

Written by Sila Blume

January 22, 2016 at 7:08 pm

Double Corona on Leica on Doctor’s Bag

Double Corona, Leica IIIC from 1949 and Doctor's bag from the 1910's / Martinez Handmade Cigars, New York, NY / Leica D-Lux 4 / Photo: Sila Blume

Double Corona, Leica IIIC from 1949 and Doctor’s bag from the 1910’s / Martinez Handmade Cigars, New York, NY / Leica D-Lux 4 / Photo: Sila Blume

Written by Sila Blume

January 20, 2016 at 8:22 pm

Gigante Torpedo with Riesling

Gigante Torpedo with Riesling / NYC Fine Cigars, New York, NY / Leica D-Lux 4 / Photo: Sila Blume

Gigante Torpedo with Riesling / NYC Fine Cigars, New York, NY / Leica D-Lux 4 / Photo: Sila Blume

Written by Sila Blume

January 20, 2016 at 7:45 am

Janelle (with her first cigar) and Marques

Janelle and Marques in their first visit at NYC Fine Cigars, New York, NY / iPhone 4 / Photo: Sila Blume

Janelle and Marques in their first visit at NYC Fine Cigars, New York, NY / iPhone 4 / Photo: Sila Blume

Written by Sila Blume

January 18, 2016 at 8:27 pm

Double Corona on Vodka

Double Corona (very hot) and  Vodka (very cold) / Leica D-Lux 4 / Photo: Sila Blume

Double Corona (very hot) and Vodka (very cold) / Leica D-Lux 4 / Photo: Sila Blume

Written by Sila Blume

January 18, 2016 at 1:21 pm

Cigar and Hat

Cigar smoker with hat / NYC Fine Cigars, New York, NY / Leica D-Lux 4 / Photo: Sila Blume

Cigar smoker with hat / NYC Fine Cigars, New York, NY / Leica D-Lux 4 / Photo: Sila Blume

Written by Sila Blume

January 17, 2016 at 4:17 pm

Pipe in back pocket

Pipe in the back pocket / Leica D-Lux 4 / Photo: Sila Blume

Pipe in the back pocket / Leica D-Lux 4 / Photo: Sila Blume

Written by Sila Blume

January 17, 2016 at 4:02 pm

Posted in Pipe, Tobacco

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On the importance of Comparative Tasting

The Mar Azul Tequila - Rosado (here accompanied by a Cigar) / Cigar Inn, New York, NY / Leica D-Lux 4 / Photo: Sila Blume

The Mar Azul Tequila – Rosado (here accompanied by a Cigar) / Cigar Inn, New York, NY / Leica D-Lux 4 / Photo: Sila Blume

Each day greatly succumbed to the experience of tasting is how I live. Not each minute is spent on an analytical mode. The mere joy of it is common, but I have developed a deep appreciation for what humans individually and culturally have access to, as I have come to gather that the availability of myriads of taste profiles provided by nature alone, should be understood as an obvious sign of how perceptive we ought to be to what comes in contact with our palate. Coming to such a conclusion means that taste ought to be about understanding and not merely about choosing between liking and not liking. Read the rest of this entry »

Written by Sila Blume

January 5, 2016 at 6:17 pm

Cigar Rollers Knife

Martinez Handmade Cigars, New York, NY / Leica D-Lux 4 / Photo: Sila Blume

Martinez Handmade Cigars, New York, NY / Leica D-Lux 4 / Photo: Sila Blume

Written by Sila Blume

January 5, 2016 at 10:36 am

Double Corona and Leica IIIC

A Double Corona, from Martinez Handmade Cigars, resting on a Leica IIIC / Leica D-Lux 4 / Photo: Sila Blume

A Double Corona, from Martinez Handmade Cigars, resting on a Leica IIIC / Leica D-Lux 4 / Photo: Sila Blume

Written by Sila Blume

January 4, 2016 at 1:02 pm

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