Since it’s a new legislative session in Washington D.C., there is a new bill in the house to exempt premium cigars from FDA regulation. It’s more important than ever to write to your representative and ask him or her to co-sponsor the bill.
”The premium cigar industry supports about 85,000 jobs – from manufacturers to small retailers – throughout the United States,” said Congressman Bill Posey. “Washington bureaucrats should turn their attention to promoting private sector job growth and protecting our rights, not chipping away at our freedoms through bureaucratic overreach.”
A few weeks ago I received some samples from StogieBoys.com of their Thurman Thomas Hall of Fame line of cigars. I’m not a football fan, so at first I had Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas in my head, and former senator Strom Thurmond, and even Thurman Munson’s name made an appearance I come to learn that Thurman Thomas was a Hall Of Fame Football player who likes cigars and for whom this cigar is named. I suppose it would have been more appropriate to feature these a couple weeks ago when the game with all the hyped up commercials was on, but I had just received them and I wanted to let them rest. Here’s one of the problems I face here in the blogosphere: a handful of bloggers receive the same samples so everyone is featuring the same cigars on their sites. I like to give new arrivals a couple weeks rest in the humidor so often I am a couple weeks late smoking the cigars that everyone else reviewed already. I’m sure you’ll have seen a handful of reviews of these, and the Arandoza and Cuenca cigars are recent examples that spring to mind (both excellent smokes, by the way). Anyway, I received Toro sized samples of the natural and maduro versions of this cigar. The cigars are very nice looking, the wrappers are both nice and clean, and they are rolled in the telltale style of General Cigar Co., they have the rounded head that all of the GCC products have. Of course, I chose the maduro first and it lived up to my expectation. It was a nice, smooth, tasty basic maduro. Consistent in construction and flavor from start to finish. The natural version had a familiar flavor, I know I’ve smoked something very similar before. It was a reasonably mild smoke, but the flavor was very nice, leathery kind of flavor. It was pretty smooth, like it’s maduro sibling. These were both very nice cigars for the $3.95 price point. I wouldn’t say they were particularly surprising, but good, no-nonsense cigars that were satisfying and easy to smoke. Thanks to the folks at StogieBoys.com for their support and for sharing these smokes.
Last night I reached in the humidor and came out with a Macanudo 1968 Robusto. I figured I’d keep with the General Cigar Co. theme. This was different from the Thurman Thomas cigars by quite a bit. First, it’s actually stronger and spicier, which sounds strange for a Macanudo. I recall back to my first premium cigar experience back in the mid 1990s. A buddy and I picked up a couple of Macanudo Duke of Devons to smoke on our lunch break to see what the fuss was with the premium cigars. We had been enjoying our Gacia y Vegas and Backwoods at lunch time every Friday and were ready to take the next step. Of course, we didn’t have cutters, so we pierced the caps with knives or whatever we had, and lit these babies up. It’s actually a wonder I went any further with premium cigars after that, as I remember it being kind of a non-event. I really didn’t get the flavor I thought I would. I was a cigarette smoker at the time, so obviously that had something to do with my need for more flavor. I can honestly enjoy a regular old Macanudo nowdays, but it took a long time to get to this point. I’ll stand by my assertion that there’s not a damned thing wrong with a Macanudo Maduro, it’s a tasty smoke. I digress. The 1968 has some strength and is a nice smoke that I’ve enjoyed on many occasions and under varied circumstances. It’s one of those cigars I pick up when I can’t decide what to smoke and I’m quite happy.
I just wanted to throw this out to anyone who is looking for embroidered or printed stuff, I’ve had amazing luck with Queensboro.com lately. I’ve gotten four polos embroidered for around $36 delivered. Try buying plain polos for that! The link is my referral link, I’ll get $25 credit if someone uses it. That’s my shameless plug of the day. You should use E-Bates too, it puts a couple extra bucks in your pocket every quarter.
That’s it for this installment, until the next time,