Today is Mother’s Day, so take care of the mothers in your life today instead of reading this nonsense you goons! I’ll be selecting something nice to smoke in honor of my mother, my children’s mother, my daughter the new mother, and moms everywhere. So do something nice for all the mothers in your life!
This week I smoked one of the Para Japón cigars from La Aurora which I won in a contest on CasasFumando.com. This is one of the blogs in my regular rotation that I recommend, Tony and Daniel produce some very nice reviews on a regular basis. Although I don’t drink, they always seem to pair their cigars with interesting looking beers and beverages. If you don’t visit regularly check them out. Thanks to them as well as the folks at Miami Cigar and Company and La Aurora Cigars for the opportunity to smoke this cigar which I may not have otherwise had the chance to smoke. The proceeds of the sale of these cigars will go directly to relief efforts in Japan after the devastating earthquake and tsunami that struck that nation on March 11. I remember seeing the devastation on TV while we were in Nicaragua. The cigar is a 5″ x 50 Robusto that has been aging at La Aurora for several years, they had made these and had them aging. When a group of bloggers were visiting the La Aurora factory and suggested this project, they decided to use these cigars and came up with bands and packaging in a very short time. Kudos to all involved in getting a cigar to market so quickly for a noble cause. On to the cigar, it has a fairly dry Nicaraguan wrapper and woody flavor. The burn was excellent and I enjoyed it to a finger burning nub. A very nice cigar.
I decided to continue on a Dominican theme and selected a Rodrigo Toro for my evening walk last night. Fellow Pennsylvanian George Rodriguez generously sent me a sampler of these and I had previously smoked the Robusto and Lancero, the latter being my favorite of the two. The toro is 6″ x 50 and the example I smoked was badly cracked at the foot. The crack wasn’t too detrimental but it did effect the burn a bit as the wrapper separated from the binder a little and it required a few touch ups. The wrapper was what I would call “rustic”, not the prettiest cigar. The Lancero remains my favorite so far, with the torpedo remaining. The flavors were nice enough and it wasn’t bad, it just didn’t work as well for me as the Lancero did. Still a nice cigar, I’ll be interested in seeing where these fall retail price-wise.
I promised to announce a winner of another five-pack of yummy La Gloria Cubana Serie N JSBs and I am a man of my word. I’d like to thank Team La Gloria, as well as Victoria from General Cigar Co. for providing a box of these fine cigars to give away. After this there will be one more fiver for next month’s contest, after which I’ll have to start scrounging for some more contest prizes. I still have a few items in the contest box though, so never fear! Anyway, the winner of a five-pack of Serie N cigars is Allen, selected randomly using the random number generator at Random.org. Congrats Allen, please e-mail me your address so that I can send these out to you!
That’s it for now, Happy Mother’s Day all,until the next time,