I’m making every attempt to get into shape before going to Nicaragua, despite the terrible weather, which has been less than ideal for outdoor smoking. I’ve kicked up the evening walk routine which I used two years ago to lose 23 pounds. Walking makes the cold bearable. I need to build up my stamina so I can handle the physical rigors of travel as well as the anticipated non-stop cigar consumption.
I started the week with a Nub Cameroon 358. I picked up a few of these at an event last year and felt like smoking one. I enjoy these cigars quite a bit despite my initial feeling that they were gimmicky. I like the Cameroon wrapper over the Habano, but have yet to try the Connecticut or Maduro. These have that delicious Camerooniness that I enjoy, especially in the winter. My only complaint is that these are too short, which I know is the point, but I’d like it to last a little longer. They are also tricky to finish while wearing gloves.
Next up was a Tabacos Baez Serie SF Robusto which I picked up in New Orleans. This is a budget priced, mixed filler cigar that is purported to be 75% long filler and 25% short. I’ve smoked a few of these and never noticed anything that would indicate it was different from a long filler cigar. Tasty cigar, on the milder side of medium in strength and body, a very nice cigar for any time of day.
Wednesday brought freezing rain and ice, which canceled work for the day, and gave me an opportunity to take an early walk and enjoy an Upper Cut by Punch Robusto. This cigar was in a sampler that I received last year from General Cigar. This cigar features filler tobacco from Ometepe, Nicaragua as well as Dominican and Nicaraguan tobacco. In truth, I chose poorly when I selected this cigar, as it turned out to be a little colder and windier than I anticipated. This would have been better saved for a warm spring evening on the front porch, but it was still an enjoyable cigar which burned well and had a pleasing flavor. This has a foot band, and I hate those, but I’ll pick up a few more of these in the future anyway.
I wound up the week with an old favorite, the Havana Partagas Petit Coronas Especiales. These are a perfect sized cigar for me at 5.2″ x 42 and a really nice, fairly priced Havana. They have that little something that only Cuban cigars have and I really enjoy. It burned well and was very satisfying on my evening walk. I’ve had these for almost a year and they keep getting better. I hope I can hold on to the rest of the box for a few more years to see how they age.
That’s about it for the week, it’ll be interesting to see what the next week has in store. There is talk of more winter weather in our future, I’ll be very happy when spring is here!
Until the next time,