Happy New Year! For someone who’s been on vacation all week, I just haven’t had the chance to smoke many cigars! The weather in Southeastern PA has been darn cold. I find that I just don’t have the tolerance for the cold that I used to have, or it just been windier than usual, in either case, I haven’t been taking my usual cigar walks like I’d like. I took a short walk last night on which I smoked a very old cigar from a long ago sampler pack that Jenn received from EStix.com. It was a robusto and I had to practically cut it out of the amber cello sleeve. It wasn’t a bad cigar, considering it was 10 years old and Dominican. It had been in the bottom of Jenn’s humidor for the last decade, still in the (open) baggie it came in. I have 3 more sizes left from the same bag, I’ll let them age a little longer and report back later.
E-Stix was a joint venture between two guys who met through the alt.smokers.cigars news group. They met on a trip to Honduras to Rancho Jamestran (the Camacho factory) on a mission to blend a special cigar whose proceeds would go to the orphans left in the wake of hurricane Mitch, which devastated Honduras in 1998. The cigar that was blended was called Esperanza par los Niños, and was a fantastic box pressed maduro. I have a few of them left that I reserve for Fathers Day and very special occasions.
I had the opportunity to mail a cigar pack to Jim Babjak, lead guitarist and founding member of The Smithereens. Since I’m very close to the creator of International Beatles Freak Day, and the Smithereens were an I-BFD – Artist of the Month this past year, Jim very generously donated some CDs as prizes for the I-BFD celebration coming up on January 14. Check out www.I-BFD.com for more information. Jim is an avid cigar smoker so I sent him a selection of my favorites as a thank-you. I included a Liga Privada No.9 Parejo, a CAO LX2 Rob, a Punch Petit Coronation, a Padron Londres maduro and a Camacho Havana Toro.
Among my Christmas gifts this year was a membership to Cigar Rights of America. The CRA is a consumer-based, non-profit public advocacy organization that works at the local, state, and federal level of government to protect the freedoms of cigar enthusiasts. There have already been several instances in the US that they’ve successfully lobbied against smoking legislation such as banning smoking in cigar shops and cigar bars. I support this worthwhile organization and I recommend them to everyone who is interested in protecting their rights. Another gift was “The Autobiography of Fidel Castro”, which will be an interesting read. I also got a 28″ high glass vase. I’m sure you are asking yourself, “self…how is a 28″ glass vase cigar related?” Well, it is cigar related, as it’s intended as a receptacle for cigar bands. I’m off to a good start with about 4 years worth of bands that I’ve been stuffing into bags in my desk drawer. It may make a good contest in the future – “guess how high the bands go”. “Guess the number of bands” would require me counting the bands, which is just too much darned work.
That’s it for now. Hopefully the weather improves or I can get out someplace to have a cigar soon. Selections from the Smithereens catalog, as well as the Autobiography of Fidel Castro are available through my Amazon.com widget on the “cigarcraigslist” page on www.CigarCraig.com.
Until the next cigar,