Friday evening I decided the time had come for a La Aurora Preferidos No.2 that has been knocking around my humidors for years. I’m going to assume this was a Corojo wrapper, as it certainly wasn’t maduro or Connecticut, and it sure didn’t taste like Cameroon. On side note: on the La Aurora website they either have the Maduro No.2 pictured incorrectly, or the Maduro No.1 labelled incorrectly – Barry: get on that, would you bro!) This cigar is a handsome 5″ x 54 perfecto, really quite a unique shape these days, although it used to be the standard, what cigars looked like 100 years ago. As you can see from the picture, this poor cigar had a couple chips in the wrapper, no doubt from so many years rolling around naked in various humidors over the last 5 or 10 years, I honestly can’t remember how long. This cigar burned perfectly, the draw and smoke were perfect, and it had that smoothness and refinement of flavor that years of age bring. I saved this cigar for a special occasion for so long, I finally decided it was time and went for it. Glad I did, because it was a terrific experience.
Earlier in the week I received a message from Dave, the owner of the Wooden Indian Tobacco Shop in Havertown, PA letting me in on the fact that Gary Griffith and Nathan McIntyre of Emilio Cigars would be visiting Saturday at 9am. Of course, my initial response was something like “9:00 on a Saturday morning?” But I sucked it up, threw on some clothes, and drove out to have a rare morning cigar. When I arrived, the guys were all in the spacious walk-in humidor looking at the selection of Emilio cigars. As I had yet to try the AF Suave, I picked up a handful of corona on Nathan’s recommendation, headed to the cash register, and fired one up. What a tasty cigar, perfect for the morning, although it would certainly be satisfying any time of day. Another winner from the Emilio stable. It was great meeting Nate finally, always a pleasure spending time with Gary, and seeing Alan Price, Emilio rep, CRA ambassador and all-around good guy was an added bonus. As always, Dave and his staff at the Indian are always exceptional and entertaining. If you ever find yourself in the Philadelphia area and want a great selection as well as a very comfortable Liga Privada Lounge (the first!), head west on Market street and find the shop, you won’t be sorry. I wrapped up the day with an Emilio AF1 Toro, which was just delicious and may be my favorite in the line.
What am I going to do in a few weeks when I don’t have a Sunday contest to post? We’ll, I suppose I’ll be at Disneyworld with my wife, and then getting IPCPR stuff ready for you after a short travel break. Anyway, there’s still time to enter the Hoyo de Monterrey Box-a-day give-away at HoyodeMonterreyCigar.com, and I have another pair of Reposados en Cedros 3-packs to give away to a lucky reader who leaves a comment here and send me his (or her) address after the winner is announced on Wednesday. The latter part is critical! My last two winners, Allen and Joel, were very prompt and their packages are on their way. Let the games begin!
That’s it for now, until the next time,