2008 Phoenicia Ramon Allones 30Th. anniversary.
"The most futile and disastrous day seems well spent when it is reviewed through the blue, fragrant smoke of a Havana Cigar"
First evening cool enough to sit outside in quite awhile. Enjoying my father's day gift cigar, Maker's 650.
Tried my first Bolivar Cofradio (I still have more Bolivar Fuertes from before the name change, and but decided to give the new ones a chance). This really reminded me why I love cigars that are packed in cedar cabinets over those in pretty boxes. It is every bit of the powerhouse I remember it being when Estelo Padron first made these for JR Cigars. Rich, and earthy, and powerful and plenty of cedar spice... It never got bitter and was delicious right down to the nub. Definitely not for the beginner, as it can overwhelm the palate. Pairs up well with a solid bourbon, such as the Knob Creek I am enjoying it with tonight.
I wasn't smoking but two people were, next to me at a party here (Toronto). On the table were Blanton Gold and Buffalo Trace (no comparison tasted side by side like that, the Gold easily won with its intense focused yet elegant taste). So it reminded me of a Gazebo, where many smoke cigars as the sipping proceeds. At the Gazebos, I find the smell and scent later (on clothes) of the cigars very strong - not complaining, it's part of the experience and it wouldn't be the same without it - but it's an overpowering, pungent hit for those not accustomed.
On this occasion, while I certainly noticed the smoke, it didn't have the same strong effect. The smell too was different, in a way I find hard to describe, but I said to myself, this isn't like at Gazebo. My clothes after had the odor but it was much lighter than what I recall in Bardstown.
I asked the gent who brought the cigars what they were, he said, Cohibas from Cuba. They were about 7 inches long and as thick as a quarter I'd say.
I don't know anything about cigars but am wondering now if the Cuban originals are lighter and milder in effect than cigars made elsewhere. Or is it just the type of cigar he brought? That is, I assume there are different types and grades in Cuba as well...
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Started an Alec Bradley Tempus working in the garden, and now enjoying it watching Nature's fireworks from afar. What an awesome smoke it has been!
Just smoked an Oliva Serie V belicoso. Not too impressed with this one, to be honest. Just kind of... boring. Wasn't bad per se but it just didn't blow me away. Not sure what I was expecting.
Draw was kind of tight. But I may not have cut it far enough.
1. If this story was based in the US, I would question the authenticity of the Cohibas, but am less inclined to do so since Cuban are legal in Canada. (Yet still Cohibas is one of the most knocked off brands in the world)
2. There is no hard and fast rules as to what makes one cigar "stinkier" than another. That being said, milder cigars tend to have less bite in both flavor AND smell. That is partly why brands like Macanudo (and Cohiba) are the best selling.
It is like Jim Beam White... Not particularly exciting, but simple non-offensive enough for most.
3. And of course, amount of exposure (time) as well as the mixture of different tobaccos around you. Two guys smoking Cohibas is going to smell less offensive than 10 (or more) people smoking a variety of things, just as the smell of bourbon is good, but blend that in with the smell of what everybody else is drinking and... Well... Does anybody like the smell of a bar the next morning?
This is oversimplified for the sake of (relative) brevity, and to sum it up... No you cannot assume based on country of origin that a cigar is good (taste or smell) any more than you can assume a bourbon is good based on the town where it is distilled.
Browsing a store for a cigar is not much different than browsing for bourbon. There are always the brands I know and trust (Fuente, Punch, Macanudo, etc), and then there is the rest. There are two ways through those, either trial and error or research. When in doubt, the or faced with a brand I don't know, I will usually stick with the known. Life is too short for wasting on a bad cigar.
Smoked the Oliva Cain Daytona Double Toro earlier. I wasn't sure what to expect from it. But it turned it to be a pretty mellow and enjoyable smoke. I couldn't finish the whole thing as I generally just don't have the patience for a cigar that lasts more than an hour. But I enjoyed what I did smoke of it.