Dinner showcasing Chef’s favorites from The Steakhouse menu
2 special select cigars from My Father
Whisky pairing with 2 unique offerings from Macallan
Cigars not your thing? Lou’s Bar will be having raffles and drink specials for the Super Bowl. Make The 9900 your place to watch the biggest game of the year!
Winner of the second golf outing auction item cashes in. John Hill and Dean Andrews teed it up on a beautiful day at Witch Hollow at Pumpkin Ridge with The 9900 founders Jason Chambers and Lou Perez. We would like to thank all that attended the Fuente at The Chamber event and to those that participated in the silent auction. Over $1000 was raised for the Cigar Family Charitable Foundation.
The experience of smoking a premium cigar is one of life’s great pleasures. Premium cigar makers take incredible pride in their craft, with even some manufactures being family owned and operated for over 100 years. Premium cigars are primarily created from tobacco grown in Cuba, Dominican Republic, Nicaragua, Honduras, Africa, Indonesia and the United States in most notably Connecticut. Many different types of tobacco seeds and techniques are used to grow cigars of varying flavor, strength, sizes, and color. Like fine food, wine and spirits, cigars provide for unique taste experiences which can vary from salty, sweet, harsh, smooth, heavy, light, and spicy, just to name a few characteristics. The experience can stimulate senses, allow for restoration and relaxation, and provide settings for bringing close friends together to share life’s reflections.
For beginning cigar fans, a few important questions can help at the outset:
The size of the cigar will determine how long it takes to smoke, along with your natural smoking technique. Cigars are designed to burn slowly, thus keeping the temperature down and allowing the tobacco not to be charred or get too hot. Drawing the cigar too frequently will cause the cigar tobacco to burn to hot, and most likely cause uneven burns.
Sizes of cigars are measured in RING GAUGE: a number typically between 40 and 64 which represents 64th of an inch. For example, a cigar with a 52 ring gauge is 52/64th of an inch thick: (52 ring gauge being thicker than 42) It’s length is measured in inches. A 7 x 50 cigar is 7 inches long with a 50 ring gauge, and typically takes an hour to 1 hour 15 minutes to smoke.
If smoking a premium cigar alongside your favorite alcoholic beverage, i.e. single malt whisky, then a general rule of thumb is match a lighter flavor or bodied cigar with a lighter whisky, and a heavier denser cigar with a heavier stronger whisky.
There are three most common types of cuts (cutting the head of the cigar with a blade to allow air to flow)
Try all 3 of them and determine which one works best for you.
There are many different sizes of cigars, but some basic options would include:
After you choose your cigar, you can then keep track of your experience by giving it a rating. Did the cigar burn well? Did it go out? Did it burn evenly? Was it smooth or harsh? Was it too spicy or too bland? Was it too short or too long? etc.
Rating Guide: Rank from 1 – 20 on 5 categories:
A cigar with your own personal rating of a total of 95 – 100 would be considered a Classic. 90 – 94 is Outstanding. 80 – 89 would be very good. 60 and lower would be: Let’s try a different one next time.
Keep enjoying cigars: don’t let one bad experience deter you. Try different brands. Try different sizes and cuts. Try different wrapper colors (darker to lighter). Try cigars from different countries, etc. Try them with different pairings of single malt and bourbon. Have a great time!
Come on out to The Chamber at 9900 to experiment and learn along with us. Join us on Instagram at thechamberat9900 and report which are your favorite cigars. We great appreciate your partnership, as we are all lucky to enjoy premium cigars: celebrating making new friendships and treasuring old ones. See you at The Chamber!
It was a beautiful day in North Plains, Oregon for a round on Witch Hollow at Pumpkin Ridge with The 9900 founders Jason Chambers, Lou Perez, and J Hootman winner of the silent auction item for a golf outing with Jason and Lou. J chose our very own Loni Kroshus to round out the foursome. We would like to thank all that attended the Fuente at The Chamber event and to those that participated in the silent auction. Over $1000 was raised for the Cigar Family Charitable Foundation.
The team at the Chamber at 9900 really want to thank each of the patrons for your partnership in our recent Fuente Event. It was truly a special night with a packed house filled with great camaraderie, along with some fine cigars, great drinks, and the incredible courses from Chef Christian and the kitchen team. We want to especially thank Rick Zunt from JC Newman and Russell Livingston sharing their expertise in cigars and wines with us. The raffle items provided some great takeaways, including tickets to the WinCo golf event at Pumpkin Ridge as well as a terrific package to the Beaverton Beer Festival.
We are very proud to report that our silent auction items, which included official Arturo Fuente artwork, a golf outing with Jason and Lou, and a certificate to the Steakhouse at 9900, among others, raised over 1000 dollars for the Cigar Family Charitable Foundation. We all can be very proud of this effort to band together to help the Fuente and Newman families with the incredible needs in the Dominican Republic. Thanks again to everyone who attended and made this possible, and we are excited to use it as a template for many great events ahead!
As The 9900 launches the first newsletter , there is a lot of excitement to bring you the latest updates and what is in store for The Steakhouse at 9900 and Lou’s Bar for the month of May. As The Steakhouse continues with construction and renovation, Lou’s is busy preparing for the opening of The Steakhouse as Lou’s will service all of the cocktails for the restaurant as well as serving up the same delicious plates in the bar. As award winning Executive Chef Christian Russell continues to fine tune the menu for The Steakhouse, be sure to stop by and try out the full menu that is available now.
The Steakhouse at 9900 is scheduled to open late Spring/early Summer 2017. As Chef Christian finalizes The Steakhouse menu, updates and pictures will be send out via email and all of our social channels. Please Like us on Facebook, Follow us on Twitter and Instagram.
Lou’s Bar is slated for renovation starting Monday May 8 and reopening May 15.
New updated full menu. Check it out here.
At The Chamber at 9900, we have embarked on a very exciting journey. Thank you so much for your partnership with us. We wanted to take a moment at the outset to sincerely thank a most gracious and beautiful family in the cigar industry: The Arturo Fuente Cigar Family. We have been most fortunate to have shared in a great relationship for many years, and we seek to use our efforts at The Chamber to honor them and their incredible legacy. The Fuente family and their entire team has been very gracious with us, and it is with utmost humility that we attempt to further their example of integrity, compassion, and excellence in all endeavors in the Pacific Northwest. To honor the Fuente and Newman families, we want to draw attention to the Cigar Family Charitable Foundation, www.cf-cf.org, which provides a significant humanitarian impact on the communities in the Dominican Republic, through health care, education, and nutrition, among other life changing aspects. We invite you to partner with us, raising awareness and support for The Cigar Family Charitable Foundation, and following the lead of the Fuente and Newman families of incredible compassion for the needy. Consider partnering with us at www.cf-cf.org.
See you at The Chamber: Where You Belong.
Jason, Lou, Lefty, Chef Christian and the team