We are slowly unpacking and moving things but I think I know where all my cigars and accouterments are. I know there’s a humidor in the living room and one in the bedroom, and a couple coolerdors in the basement. My son has his humidor in his room. I do need to find a traveldor for this weekend’s Delaware Cigar Festival, although I may not take a lot of cigars with me. The festival is organized by Gary Griffith of Emilio Cigars fame, and the various vendors have cigars for sale for around $3 each with the proceeds going to charity. This is a great way to pick up some great smokes for bargain prices and feel good about where the money is going. It’s not like I need more cigars…I’ll have to exercise some restraint as I don’t want to come home and have to play cigar Tetris in the humidors! Still, if I can get a few Ortega Series D maduros for $3, I will have to do it.
The move has reduced my leisure time a little bit, but last night I sat down with a E from Esencia. The Esencia line is excellent, but it’s limited in distribution. The E series will come in at a lower price point and will be available to any retailer who wants to carry them. Marc and Mike of BOTL, LLC gave me a couple of Corona Gordas when I saw them at the IPCPR show, and I fired one up. It’s a beautiful cigar, certainly no shortcuts were taken with this cigar. It has a rich, ruddy wrapper and the burn and draw were as close to perfect as I’ve had recently. Flavor-wise it was solidly medium and pretty darned yummy. It is a sweet and creamy smoke. This is a cigar that one can smoke in just about any circumstance. As an aside, It’s been getting dark annoyingly early and I realized how much being able to see my cigar as it’s burning adds to the experience. I turned on the light because I felt like something was missing. I guess I’m a little bit of a cigar voyeur, but being able to watch a great cigar burn is almost as important to me as the flavor!
I spoke with Marc at the show and he was excited about this new cigar, as well as their new Palio lighter and a stainless steel (and hopefully titanium) Palio cutter that’s really pretty. These guys are passionate about their products and it shows in the quality, and they are super-nice guys as well. I appreciate them taking the time to talk to me at the show.
That’s about it for now. Stay tuned for a recap of the Delaware Cigar Festival in Sunday’s regular post and enjoy your week!