Monday, May 7, 2007

Herf #2 - Muckleshoot Delivered, But The Tubos Fell Short

May 6th, 2007 - Auburn, WA
In attendance were Fernand, Robert, Joe, Pat, and Rob.
The steaks were cheap & tasty, the drinks reasonably priced, and the cigar lounge was comfy and lined with sports screens displaying baseball games, poker tournaments, and Nascar races.
In addition to an opportunity to hang with friends, we were there to enjoy a good cigar and give our opinion on it by holding a 'group tasting' following dinner. We dined at the Muckleshoot Casino's Kookabura's restaurant before moving into their Cabana lounge to light-up and order some after-dinner cocktails.
The selection for this Herf was a Romeo Y Juliet Numero Dos Tubos, a belicoso measuring 6 1/8 by 52. It was Cigar of the Week back on March 19th and received an 89 from Cigar Aficionado's expert tasting panel.
To assign a rating of our own for it, we followed Cigar Aficionado's 4-part rating system (Appearance & Construction, Flavor, Smoking Characteristics, and Overall Impression).
When the night was through, however, the five of us just weren't as impressed with it as the pros were.
After averaging our scores, the Cohiba Club's official rating for the Romeo Y Juliet 'Numero Dos Tubos' is 71.
Here's the points breakdown:
I. Appearance & Construction: 12 pts (80% of the points possible)
II. Flavor: 15 pts (only 61% of the points possible)
III. Smoking Characteristics: 20 pts (82% of the points possible)
IV. Overall Impression: 24 pts (68% of the points possible)
The Appearance, Construction, and Smoking Characteristics of this Dominican cigar fared pretty well, however, a sour bitterness on the palette was too much for most of us which was reflected in our low scoring in the Flavor and Overall Impression categories.
Fortunately, the camaraderie of good friends was enough to overcome this minor setback. It was a very enjoyable evening and everyone is looking forward to the next meeting at John's house for Cuban-style BBQ, mojitos, and another premium cigar to try.

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