Saturday night’s “take a cigar for a walk” cigar was a Montecristo Edmundo which had been rolling around the humidor for 5 years or so, and looked lonely, so I took it for a walk and it was a good walk. It had the flavors I expect from a Montecristo and burned very well. This example had a small chip in the wrapper that tempered the flavor a little bit until it burned past it then the signature flavors kicked in. I don’t know how to describe it except that I liked it. Continuing the theme of cigars that aren’t readily available around here, tonight I smoked a 5 year old or so Fonseca KDT Cadetes. The KDT Cadetes is a 4½ x 36 firecracker. Time has been good to this cigar and it really delivered in the flavor department. I’ve always enjoyed the presentation of this line, the white tissue wrap is a nice touch and sets it apart from other marques. It was a very satisfying half hour or so smoke that was a good accompaniment to the latest issue of Smoke Magazine.
Speaking of the latest addition of Smoke, I’m surprised every quarter when it arrives at how thin the magazine has become. That being said, it does have some interesting articles about cigars. There was a time several years ago that I would look at the panel of tasters and know several of them. Not anymore, however the one familiar face that surprised me in this issue was Brian Propp, former Philadelphia Flyer player and broadcaster. As a hockey fan it’s nice to see someone like that included on the panel. Something about the fact that of all of the cigars reviewed were in the 90s with a few in the 80s kind of makes me wonder. Are there that many great cigars out there now. I’d like to see a dogrocket in there once in a while. There are also articles about Ernest Perez-Carrillo and Matt Booth that caught my interest.
If you are interested in art, take a look at some of the art of Michael Godard (http://www.michaelgodard.com/), “Rockstar of the art world”. We saw some of his work this past summer at a showing at Resorts International in Atlantic City that was shared with another rockstar, photographer Mark Weiss. Godard’s work focuses on the good life, with a strange fascination with olives. He has some cigar themed works that are very nice, although I’m told he prefers to smoke Marlboros. Unique work to be sure.
On the blog front, I found “The Arzt of Cigars” on CigarMedia.tv to be quite interesting. One of his points that resonated with me was his opening segment about the Cigar Rights of America, an organization that I’m proud to say I support. The CRA is fighting for our rights to continue to enjoy a legal product. Granted, there is no convincing the anti-smoking set that we are right, it’s like arguing religion. The CRA works tirelessly to make sure we continue to be able to enjoy cigars without smuggling and sneaking around. Support the effort if you are able. Mr. Arzt makes several other points about reviews and the latest New York City law that requires anyone selling tobacco to display graphic posters with diseased lungs and gums and such, while at the same time the Health Department published a brochure telling heroin users how to shoot up properly. Can someone explain this to me? The inmates are truly running the asylum there.
Enough of my ramblings, until the next cigar,