Price: $17.00 at Los Angeles Cigar Club
Wrapper: Ecuadorian Habano
Filler: Nica and Penn Broadleaf blend
Binder: Mexican Matacapan
Rating: 8.5 / 10
First third: Notes of Earth, cocao and wood dominate the initial light and first third of the stick. The cigar smoked for this was wrapped in cedar, imparting a slightly stronger than average cedar taste that evokes thoughts of hickory and mesquite once lit.
Second third: The meatiness has taken over, the umami flavor has the juicy meaty quality of braised lamb. There is a secondary umami taste, something along the lines of an almond, but void of much sweetness. Rather a dull citrus bitterness, like a fruit rind is present in sudden bursts, before it disappears again, to be retaken by the umami.
Final Third: The meatiness has given way to complete nuttiness with a bit of sweetness. Something like roasted peanuts is dominating the palette with a touch of leathery notes.
In my opinion, this stick is fantastic, although it takes the first third to get into the stride of things.
"In life, there are nothing is free"
I'm not sure who said that, probably a lot of people have said it. Doesn't matter. That's the truest statement in the world.
If you want something, you have to pay for it.
Let's say you want a shiny new Cadillac. You know, without me having to tell you, that if you want to actually drive it, you have to PAY FOR IT.
This doesn't surprise anyone. Then why does it surprise us when we want something from ourselves, that we have to pay for it also.
The thing is, when it comes to personal improvement - moving towards a goal, getting in shape, landing that job, making more money, getting the girl - whatever - we all have to pay for it.
But we can't pay with money.
In life, we pay with PAIN.
Pain. Discomfort. Embarrassment. Risk of Failure. Whatever you want to call it, all positive growth in life boils down to one thing - hitting the pain barrier and then clenching your jaw and pushing through it.
Want a hotter girlfriend than you have had in the past - let me guess, you rationalize to yourself why you can't go up to the beautiful girls in public and start up a conversation.
I can tell you why - it's because you're afraid you might have to go through some pain - in the best case scenario it might be a little awkward - worst case scenario, you get rejected and other people (gasp!) might see!!
Can't seem to lose the weight and get in shape. Because you aren't willing to go through the pain of waking up early , eating less, sweating in the gym, being hungry and sore. You aren't willing to go through the pain.
Oftentimes, whenever we face a challenge in life - namely, getting to the next level in whatever area we desire - we must - MUST - go through the pain barrier, otherwise there is no growth.
The next time you want something , you have to ask yourself, how much pain can I withstand to get through to the other side. If you start small, I promise, you will shock yourself. As you overcome small pain barriers, your tolerance will increase, and just like a muscle, you will get used to the discomfort that comes with painful growth. Pretty soon you will take on larger and larger challenges and conquer any obstacle that comes your way.
....but first, what are you willing to go through to get it.
WRAPPER: Ecuadorian Sumatra
This cigar is incredibly smooth. The burn is slightly uneven (only slightly) but the draw is perfect.
The first third of the stogie is marked by the sweetness, countered by a bit of bitterness. The notes remind me of a cappuccino, with the bitterness of some espresso flavor balanced nicely by the sweetness and light notes of cream.
At this point, I must warn you, this cigar isn't for the novice smoker. Relatively high nicotine content indicated by the darkness of the ash gives a nice buzz.
Moving on to the midway point/ second third of the stogie. I'm getting notes of both cocoa and my favorite, walnuts. The smoke at this point is tasting dry, almost like an extra brut champagne would be. Just the way I like it. The burn has corrected itself by now and the burn is the right temperature, not to hot.
The last third doesn't have the stale bitterness that is common is so many cigars. But the umami / meaty taste has taken over at this point, transitioning nicely from the walnut flavor into a lighter, more creamy, yet still nutty sensation that dominates the palate.
OVERALL RATING: 8.9/10
AVAILABLE AT LA CIGAR CLUB FOR $13.00
When I talk to my friends from college, most of them are surprised I'm doing well.
I mean, I dropped out of school, turning down a full scholarship to the University of Texas. I've lived all over the country. I've burdened friends by couch surfing for months on end, meandering without a job or a direction. Then one day, I decided to get serious about accomplishing my goals in life.
Since then, I started an extremely profitable tutoring company, I've read over 300 books on business and personal achievement, I've become a published author in a University textbook (without a degree!), I've started my own management business and become the managing partner in The Los Angeles Cigar Club through old-fashioned "sweat equity." As if that wasn't enough, I juggle a career as a runway model on the side.
Looking back over the past couple years from the outside might seem like a crazy ride, but from the inside it makes perfect sense.
You see, while some people might make resolutions every new year, or have a five year plan, I don't follow that nonsense. I have to much I want to get done in my life to ever fall for such a short term trap.
Instead, I have a forty year plan. ...
You read that right.
Each day, the stress and worry about what needs to be accomplished is completely absent in my life. Instead, I have a total sense of calm, because all I need to know is what step I need to take TODAY, that will bring me closer to my goals for the week, month, year and decade that I'm in.
If that sounds crazy to you, stop reading now. This blog isn't for you.
If you're intrigued and want to know more about my life and how I stay organized, I invite you to follow this blog which I will offer nuggets of wisdom I've learned in my few years on earth.
I hope you'll join me on my journey by following me on instagram @actualkimkardashian and by subscribing to this blog feed.
See you soon!
Welcome to my Blog!
This page will chronicle the day-to-day goings on of the Club's Managing Partner, me, Xavier Manley.
While I am is actively involved in the Club's day to day activities and management, I also juggles my time between a number of other business and a fledgling entertainment career.
Mostly this will focus on other ventures, such as fitness, modeling, the soon-to-open bars and restaurants, the real estate company, as well as the occasional cigar review and business tips.
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Also.....today was a good hair day !