I’ve been slacking off and smoking great cigars that I enjoy with little regard to presenting them here this week! Sorry about that. I do have some goodies in the humidor that need a rest from their journeys, so I’ll check them out next week. There are a couple of things I wanted to point out though. I received a message this morning that my site was chosen for inclusion in JJ Suspender’s The Top 110 Blogs for Men. I’m proud to say that it is the only cigar blog represented, and the curator of this list had some flattering and encouraging things to say, and I’m deeply appreciative! JJ Suspenders has some nice wares on their site, if you’re a suspender guy, check them out. I’m a belt guy myself, but if I were in the market for alternative pants support, I’d shop on their site. There are a lot of great sites on their list, I’m humbled to be in such good company. Many thinks to Roland at JJ Suspenders for the fine honor.
I lied, tonight I smoked a cigar which warrants mention, it was an IPCPR sample from Regius Cigars, from the days when they were distributed by Quesada Cigars. Akhil Kapacee is the U.K. based owner of the brand, and he’s recently switched his US distribution from Quesada to Oscar Valladares Tobacco Co., the Oscar Valladares of Leaf by Oscar fame. I smoked the Regius Exclusivo USA Oscuro Especial,in the Fat Perfecto vitola, measuring 5 ¾” x 60 x 54 size. This cigar has a Mexican San Andrés wrapper with Nicaraguan filler and binder made at the Placencia factory in Esteli. This sample had been in my humidor since last July and performed perfectly, the construction was excellent, the shape was very cool, and it burned perfectly for a good hour and a half. It had a nice sweetness and earthiness and was on the stronger side of medium. This is a cigar I’m going to have to seek out (another one! dammit!). Akhil has made a Regius Selecion Orchant for my friend Mitchell Orchant of C-Gars Ltd in London, which I am very interested in trying one of these days. The Regius Exclusivo USA Oscuro Especial is a treat, definitely a must try.
That’s about all I have for today, until the next time,