Two feet of snow here in southeastern PA kind of got me off of my schedule. To add insult to injury, they are predicting another 12″ to 18″ on Wednesday! I don’t know where we are going to put it.
Here’s my winter smoking strategy: Since conditions aren’t right for enjoying a premium cigar, I like having some more pedestrian cigars on hand for taking my walks in the cold weather, or shoveling or even just standing around outside. This week I dug out some old cigars that may not have been great when they were new, but age hasn’t hurt them. I smoked a couple of unbanded cigars and a JR Alternative that was given to me in a mixed bag of cigars when my bother-in-law gave up cigars years ago. I’m suspecting all of these were around 10 years old. They all burned well and tasted well aged, smooth and mellow, but enough flavor to be satisfying even out in the cold. I hate to smoke a really good cigar under these circumstances. One exception to this was a Hatuey Double Wrap 5 x 50 that I enjoyed while hanging out outside watching a friend work on one of our cars. I had the propane heater out there and it was before the snow. This cigar was a barber-pole cigar with Connecticut shade and Connecticut broad-leaf wrappers that was very nice. I really couldn’t taste any difference in the two wrappers but the overall flavor was good. I look forward to better circumstances to enjoy the second one I have in my humidor. I haven’t smoked that many barber-pole cigars, and, apart from the visual appeal, I don’t really see the point. Because it’s a spiral, the wrappers have to blend together. If it was striped, you could probably discern a flavor difference. Feel free to let me know your opinions on this style of cigar.
In the “new inmates in the humidor” department, I received an incredible package this week from my friend Jason. Quite a few cigars that I haven’t had a chance to try. A veritable cornucopia of cigar goodness! I look forward to spring and summer when I can relax on the deck to enjoy these! Thanks Jason!
Tickets went on sale for Cigarfest this morning, but I over-slept and by 8 am they were sold out. I’m still on the fence as to whether this event is a good value for me.
It’s February contest time! Up for grabs this month is a really cool Drew Estates cigar cutter. I’ve been using one for the past few months and really like it. It’s closed on one side so you can’t over cut your cigars. I am in the habit of placing my cutter on a flat surface and standing my cigar up to cut it. This cutter removes the need to find a flat surface. Anyway, leave a comment here to enter and I’ll select a winner in the usual manner. I’ll make the selection and post the winner on or after Sunday, Feb 14, 2010.
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Until the next cigar,