Snow, a La Vieja Habana and CigarSafari – Tuesday, January 11, 2011

It’s snowing here in South-East PA and I wanted to smoke something to celebrate the fact that I booked my son Corey and myself on a Drew Estate Cigar Safari in March.  Considering the snowy weather, I was hesitant to dip into my meager supply of Liga Privadas, I didn’t want to squander a Dirty Rat or a Flying Pig.  I couldn’t see smoking a No. 9 or a T52 in the cold and wet.  Chateau Real Maduros hold up nicely in the slop, but I’ve been smoking a bunch of them recently and I didn’t want to bore you more than normal.  I came across a La Vieja Habana Cuban Corojo Rothschild Luxo that I received at the booth at the IPCPR show last July.  I’ve always enjoyed the La Viejas for what they are, which is a mixed filler, budget cigar, certainly a good value cigar at somewhere around $50 a box.  Anyway, the cigar was quite enjoyable and burned well.  It was spicy enough to stand up to the brisk evening.

As I mentioned, my 21 year old son Corey and I will be heading to Esteli, Nicaragua in March to experience the Drew Estate factory, the Joya de Nicaragua factory and all that goes with it.  I’ve been eager to book this trip for some time, and can’t wait.  I’m not a huge Acid fan, but I’ve smoked a couple and haven’t died, and Corey has smoked a few and really enjoyed them, but we both have loved everything Liga Privada we’ve smoked, and I have a soft spot for Chateau Reals.  I even like a coffee infused Tabak Especial once in a while, and the Natural line is a very interesting change of pace.  I hope this trip will provide some interesting subject matter for this space as well!  I’m sure I won’t be able to shut up about this for a while!  I think I’ll spend the next 2 months packing..

That’s all I have for now, until the next time,




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2 Responses to Snow, a La Vieja Habana and CigarSafari – Tuesday, January 11, 2011

  1. Lloyd L.

    I got a bundle of the Chateau Corona’s from for less than thirty bucks (shipping included), and I consider them a decent smoke as well, given that they are budget friendly cigars. I also hand them out to friends that aren’t quite the enthusiasts but want to join in on a smoking session. It also saves the premiums for myself and friends that appreciate them!
    Have fun at the factory tour!

  2. Jim Benton

    Good for you for lauding the LVH and Natural lines. I’ve been a fan of the Dirt, and Root Naturals for years, and cut my teeth, so to speak, on LVH. They have been consistent, flavorful, well made, and a good value.