Dining: Blue Fin New York

August 8, 2010


1567 Broadway
New York, NY 10036-1517
Blue Fin

Manhattan is filled to the brim with top notch restaurants. One that I always make an excuse to go to is Blue Fin. Located on the ground floor of The W Hotel in the Times Square Theatre District, Blue Fin is a sophisticated seafood experience. The decor is sleek and invites you in with a street level trendy bar that is visible to all on Broadway.

Upon entering you are welcomed to an elegant downstairs eating area. A soaring staircase takes you up to a separate upstairs seating area and a raw sushi bar.

The food at Blue Fin is excellent. You can choose from Chilean sea bass, big eye tuna, Maine lobster and the list goes on. One of my personal favorites is the tuna tartar. Sushi lovers are in for a spicy time. Blue Fin has an impressive roll out of nigiri, sashimi, maki, and more.

Additionally their wine list is very extensive. You can choose from over different 300 labels with prices ranging from 60.00 to 1600.00 dollars. 


Truth be told, one of the best meals I’ve ever had was at Blue Fin. Every time I go, I get my usual which is the sesame crusted pan seared tuna. My mouth waters as I type this. If you are looking to have a moment over dinner in Manhattan, you should definitely consider Blue Fin. 


Cigar Review: Drew Estate Liga Privada No. 9 Corona Doble

August 8, 2010


Cigar: Drew Estate Liga Privada No. 9 Corona Doble
Binder: Nicaragua
Wrapper: Connecticut Broadleaf Ligero Oscuro
Tobacco: Honduran/Dominican
Length: 7
Ring Gauge: 52

The Drew Estate company is famously known for their flavor infused Acids smokes. Many seasoned smokers look down upon the Acids because of their fruity profile.

The Liga Privada No. 9 is quite the opposite. In Spanish, Liga Privada means private blend. This line was made specifically for Drew Estate president Steve Saka.

All No. 9’s are aged for a year before being released for sale. Needless to say, I was very excited once I was able to track down this Corona Doble.  

At first inspection this is a great looking cigar. The wrapper is a nice maduro Connecticut broadleaf. It is firm to the touch from foot to head. There are one or two noticeable veins but in no way do they ugly the cigar.  

The band is white with the brand name in a decorative script font and a lion crest on the back. While it won’t blow anyone away with any fancy color schemes or glossy effects, it still works.  
With my first puffs of smoke I was pleasantly impressed by the earthy flavor I was getting. The smoke was dense but it wasn’t tough on my throat; it landed right into a medium strength zone. The draw is a little tight but not where it was so tight I was fighting with it. So far the white grayish ash is holding firm. The burn line is okay but not perfect.
As I move forward into the second third, the draw has gotten better. So far this is a really nice smoke. There is a controlled spice to the cigar. I taste it but it doesn’t induce any coughing fits. As I breathe it out, the smoke still lingers on my tongue.

The Liga Privada No. 9 has been touted as a full-bodied smoke, but I’m still getting a nice full medium profile which I am not mad at. Additionally the ash is holding up well.

The Finish:
As I get into final third of this cigar, things are getting more mild. I am getting softer creamier notes which really taste good; it’s a nice mild finish. There is no spice in sight either. The finish is quite tasty honestly. The ash is holding strong too. I tried to knock it off but it held firm. This is a well constructed cigar.
The Verdict:
Overall the Liga Privada No. 9 is a really good cigar. It has a robust start and middle. The finish is very smooth with a really creamy touch that was pleasing to me. As far as construction, it didn’t burn as steadily as I wanted and it did go out on me once, but that shouldn’t scare anyone away.  I would definitely pick this stick up again.

 4 out of 5 crowns