So what does The Lizard King, Jim Morrison, have to do with The Tiki Bar (besides a kitschy lyric that could be applied to lighting up?) The answer is plenty!
Both The Tiki Bar and Morrison got their start in Southern California. The original meetings of what would become the Tiki Bar centered around music and politics, while enjoying cigars. Morrison made music, was often on the wrong side of the law, and also enjoyed his cigars. And with my long hair, I have been told I favor Jim. So adopting the persona of The Lizard King kind of makes sense while posting my reviews. And the fact that one of my friends manage the estate of Jim and the Doors, and another friend works at the firm Ziffren Brittenham, who represents said manager, it kind of further gives me the, "Eh, why not?! Go with the flow" hedonistic attitude for which Morrison was so well known.
Blues guitarist Albert King lighting Jim's cigar.
(King's 1st guitar was a hand built cigar box guitar)
Jim smoking a cigar during an interview
So, one might ask:
"Hey! Is your first post just going to be a history lesson? What about a cigar review?"
No! Of course not, although hopefully this does help put Morrison in a new light for some of you.
I pulled the box-pressed cigar out of the cellophane and saw no visible flaws and small veins. There was just a bit of sponginess in this very slightly oily, mottled stick. The Nicaraguan Habano filled, African Cameroon wrapped robusto had a bit of a sweet tobacco aroma with a hint of toffee in the pre-lit aroma.
Lighting this stick was a breeze. The draw was near perfect and there was plenty of smoke. Into the first third, the flavors were very much the same as the aroma: a tobacco and toffee with a bit of a barnyard aspect. The cigar was pretty mild but solid.
Entering into the 2nd third and that was when things picked up a bit. The toffee profile morphed into a bit of a graham cracker-y taste with a hint of cedar. Then in the middle of the cigar is when all of a sudden I got a burst of raisins. I totally wasn't expecting that but I did rather enjoy it. Finishing up the last third, the profile went back to a bit of a toffee mixed with nuttiness near the nub.
Robusto, 4.5" x 50 ring gauge, ~ $5.50