Last night I did something I don’t make a habit of doing, I smoked a cigar in the house. I don’t do this too often because, as I am writing this, I can still smell the lingering aroma of the CAO CX2 that I enjoyed while watching the Philadelphia Flyers beat the Tampa Bay Lightning. After enjoying the Don Lino Africa the night before, I wanted more of that Cameroon flavor. Interestingly, the CX2 is no longer listed on the CAO website, but a little research turned up that this is now a Famous Smoke Shop exclusive. I had thought that I got this particular cigar in July 2008 at the IPCPR show, but I’m thinking I must have had it longer than that. This sports a Cameroon wrapper and binder and was a really nice cigar. I managed to get almost two hours out of this robusto. As much as I enjoy the smell of cigars, and as nice as it is to sit back and relax in your living room with a good game and a cigar, I am not a big fan of “the day after” aroma. This practice will be reserved for special occasions.
Sunday my wife suggested we go to the mall so she could do some shopping and I could hang out at the cigar shop and have a cigar. The King of Prussia Mall is one of the largest malls on the east coast. International Tobacco is conveniently located in the mall, however it has an outside entrance and access to the mall is through a corridor. All malls should have such an arrangement. The shop has a decent selection of mostly traditional brands and they are priced reasonably well considering the mall location. There was a game on the TVs and the bar had coffee and soda available. I bought a Casa Magna Belicoso to smoke there while my wife shopped. I chose this one because it had been Cigar Aficionado‘s top rated cigar of 2008 and I was curious to see what the hype was all about. It looks like someone forgot to update the website for this brand, and there isn’t a lot of information out there. These are supposed to be sold in shops only, so I guess it’s not surprising that there isn’t a lot of info on the web. I took a seat at the bar and lit my cigar. The Casa Magna was a good cigar, and the $6 price tag is not bad for a good cigar. I guess I was expecting it to be a really great cigar, but I just didn’t think it was as good as Cigar Aficionado made it out to be. Still, if you need to go to the mall, King of Prussia mall has an oasis in the middle of shopping mayhem where a guy can park his butt for and hour or so and have a cigar!
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Until the next cigar,