Pollen Nation Floral & Events

August 30, 2010

Pollen Nation
11 East 125th Street
New York, NY 10035-1818
With being a man of a certain age comes treating your lady to the finer things. Besides the gifts, trips, and fancy dinners; flowers are always a nice a touch if done well. Anytime I need to order a floral arrangement I contact Pollen Nation. Located in the heart of Harlem, Pollen Nation is where luxury and flowers meet.
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Vane For Sebago 2010

August 30, 2010
Ever been on a hunt for something new and something new finds you? That’s what occured to me the other day while visiting Nordstroms. While doing some shopping I happened to come across a brand that I instantly wanted to know more about. VANE By Sebago specializes in premium boat shoes. The brand also makes some cool jewelry and more. Check out some of their pieces from their 2010 collection.

Cigar Review: Ashton Cabinet Series Belicoso

August 30, 2010


Binder: Dominican
Wrapper: Connecticut
Tobacco: Dominican
Length: 5 1/4
Ring Gauge: 52
Ashton is a brand I have long respected. The Ashton Cigar company makes six different lines of cigars and one of them is the Cabinet Series. The Cabinet Series is considered the “White Burgundy” of cigars.  “White Burgundy” gets its rich complex taste from the soil and aging of the grape in French oak barrels.
The Cabinet’s 4 to 5 year old Dominican filler blend has a rich, complex and well rounded taste. The Connecticut shade wrapper is aged for an extra year and has an elegant color resulting in a smooth and creamy flavor.  
I was fortunate of being gifted an Ashton Cabinet Series Belicoso a couple of weeks ago and it goes without saying I was very excited. Upon a first glance, I noticed a couple of small cracks in the wrapper. Sometimes cigars are just rolled poorly, or it wasn’t given the proper care at the retailer.
Nevertheless I was excited to get going with this Ashton. After cutting it I got a great pre-light draw. Upon lighting it I got an immediate taste of cream which was very pleasing.
As I progressed deeper into this smoke, the creamy buttery flavor was consistent and this cigar stayed in a mild to medium zone.  In regards to construction, it burned well.
The ash was a stark white and the burn line didn’t get out of control on me. Going into the final third I found some spice kicking in but it wasn’t so offensive that it turn me away.