We left off on Sunday having had a nice Camacho Havana with my son and brother-in-law, and it seemed like a 2 cigar day, so I selected a La Gloria Cubana Artesanos de Tabaqueros Rothschild that I got last December when I went up to Famous Smoke Shop in Easton, PA to hang out with Michael Giannini. This was the version that starts our with a delicious Connecticut shade wrapper, then transitions to the Ecuador Sumatra wrapper. These are tasty little buggers, and I like them. This is a size that I believe is only available at their events, and it’s a shame, because it’s a great size and fit the time I had available perfectly. This unusual presentation really highlights the effect the wrapper has on the flavor of a cigar. I normally wait to remove the band, but with this one I took it off before I started, since it’s located so close to the foot. Expertly crafted, perfect burn, great smoke!
Monday evening I grabbed a few year old CAO Brazilia Gol. A few years back my wife got me several samplers of CAO cigars, and this is about the last of them. Really nice, dark, oily, sweet Brazilian wrapper surrounding tasty Nicaraguan fillers. There’s a handful of CAO cigars that I have enjoyed over the years, and this is one of them. Smoked this to a finger-burning nub. This one pre-dated the acquisition of CAO by General, but I’m sure that the current offerings are just as tasty, something I will explore the next time I see these in the shop.
Today we had temperatures in the 60s, making for a fine evening to smoke a cigar without gloves, cold toes or shivering. It was a very pleasant night for a walk with a nice, big cigar. A few months back I won a beautiful Griffin’s humidor from a Facebook contest that I either forgot, or didn’t realize I had entered. This is a lovely box, and I recently loaded it up for convenient upstairs storage, mostly with gifts, samples or singles purchases. I had pretty much been smoking out of the coolerdors for the last bunch of years, which are kept in the basement. I’m now fortunate enough to have two gorgeous desktop humidors, the first of which my wife had made for me for our tenth wedding anniversary, and it holds all those “special” cigars and doesn’t get opened very often. I’m rather enjoying going to this new humidor to pick a cigar, and will keep rotating singles out of the coolers for daily smoking. Tonight I selected a Murcielago Toro Grande that was basically a gift from my amigo Barry Stein on the DR trip last October. I had given Barry a Hoyo de Monterrey when he was without a cigar, and he later responded with this cigar. It’s among my favorite maduro cigars. I can’t think of a San Andreas Maduro wrapped cigar I don’t enjoy, and this one has all the components that I enjoy, a little bit of strength, sweet where it needs to be sweet, with a fine balance. Perfectly made, a great cigar. I know this is one of Eddie Ortega‘s favorites, which is the reason I so look forward to trying his new Serie D line. The Murcielago is a cigar well worth sampling.
In the News
Just for fun, here’s another clipping from the archives of the Philadelphia Inquirer. This article is from the June 28, 1835 edition. It’s not easy to read, so click on the image to make it a little bigger. If only this attitude continued today!
That’s it for now, until the next time,