Sunday afternoon I decided to take a ride to see my daughter and son-in-law and my 5 month old grand-daughter. I visited with them until it was nap time (the baby’s, although I could have taken one myself!). Anyway, they happen to live in the same town as one of my favorite area cigar shops, the Wooden Indian. I got there within a half hour of their closing, so I took a look through the humidor to see what was new. They have a very nice stock, which includes a smattering of nice boutique brands that aren’t always available in stores closer to home. Normally I’ve visited this store on days when they are having events, and haven’t really taken a close look at their stock. Neither needing more cigars, or wanting to spend a lot of money, I settled on a pair of Cain Daytona coronas, which ended up under $5 each. I hadn’t yet smoked the Daytona, although I do have a couple lanceros in the humidor at home. I had a nice ride home and after dinner I sparked one up. This is now my favorite Cain. I love the flavors in the line, but the Maduro and Habano and “F” series tend to be stronger than I prefer. Somehow nausea detracts from the cigar experience. Anyway, the Daytona is full flavored, yet not so strong as to cause the world to spin. Top notch cigar and priced fairly. It’s all I can do to not smoke the lanceros now!
Monday was a long day at work so my evening was slightly shortened. I grabbed a shorter smoke in an A. Turrent Tripple Play Robusto. I had the good fortune of meeting Enrique Seijas at the Altadis booth at the IPCPR show and he gave me a thorough tour of the booth. One of the sample pack s he gave me included this cigar. The Triple Play is an all maduro cigar, with a San Andreas wrapper, a Connecticut Broadleaf binder, and fillers from Nicaragua, Mexico and Honduras. Since I love Mexican maduro, and broadleaf, I figured this would be a good fit for me. I did enjoy the cigar quite a bit, although I had to touch up the burn a few times. Nice cigar that I look forward to trying again, although I can see where it may not be for everyone.
Tuesday evening I grabbed a Monte Pascoal Minuto on the heels of an e-mail from Wesley Gensel announcing an article in Smokeshop Magazine about the brand. I met Wes at the IPCPR show in New Orleans and spent some time with him at the show this year, where I first enjoyed this cigars. The Monte Pascoal was also awarded the best Brazilian cigar by Cigar Journal magazine at an awards ceremony at this years show in Las Vegas, which I was privileged to attend. These cigars are Brazilian puros, made with Mata Fina and Mata Norte tobaccos. I really enjoy this little 4 3/8″ x 42 petit corona. It had a very rich flavor and was quite satisfying. I look forward to trying the larger sizes, but this Minuto is a very nice little smoke.
Here is a video of Wes from the IPCPR show last July:
Until the next time,