Thursday, November 13, 2014

Gary Sheffield HR 500 by Rocky Patel

Last night Northern Quest Casino held a Gary Sheffield HR 500 Cigar event in the Legends of Fire Cigar Lounge. Gary Sheffield himself was there promoting his newest line of cigars. It was a fun night, there was a great turn out plus Blake and Brittney put on a really nice event. Paula went along and we picked up a lot of great cigars and stuff that Gary autographed for us--be on the lookout, I feel a cigar contest coming on the next couple of weeks.

This limited edition Gary Sheffield HR 500 by Rocky Patel was created to commemorate Gary's 500th home run. We had the honor to smoke and purchase a special box-pressed toro version of this cigar.

Well, let's talk about the cigar itself now. Like I said, this was a box-pressed toro covered in a hearty Colorado Maduro colored wrapper. About 70% of the cigar is covered with bands, but once they're removed you can see the seams are tight and the toothy wrapper only has a few small veins. The cold foot had an aroma to the nose of cocoa, while the airy cold draw had notes of cocoa and oak.

After toasting and lighting the foot, the cigar produced plumes of mild bodied smoke with flavor notes of leather and cocoa. As the burn moved up the body there were few more flavors in the mix; brown sugar, white pepper, oak, chocolate and charcoal. The HR 500 finished it's sixty minute burn with a nice burnt mocha (cream, chocolate and charcoal), flavor mix.

Overall, this was a nice cigar! The burn was a bit wavy in the first half but it never needed a correction and although the flavor lacked a bit in complexity, the flavors were nice, especially the burnt mocha finish. Paula enjoyed smoking her cigar too, that says a lot for this cigar.

I'd like to thank Gary Sheffield and Legends of Fire for putting on this great event. You can find these cigars on-line a Famous Smoke Shop, in 5-packs or boxes of 20, give them a try!


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