Montecristo

Sunday Cigar Ramblings – Jan 17, 2010

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,

CigarCraig

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CigarSpike Review

spike

A few weeks ago I received a friend request on Facebook from the folks at www.CigarSpike.com and was a little intrigued and curious.  My first thought was: what’s the difference between this and, say, the awl on my Swiss Army knife, or any other sharp object to pierce the cap on my cigar?  I’ve been using a single blade cutter for years, needless to say I was skeptical.  I decided to take a $3.00 chance on 3 of these and they arrived in a #10 envelope in today’s mail.

These are a heavy plastic, similar to a heavy guitar pick.   I tried one tonight out on a Montecristo #5, which had a pretty flat head.  I moistened the cap a little and pushed the Cigar Spike into the cigar.  It just seemed to make too small a hole, so I gave it a little twist to open it up.  before_after The draw was a little tighter than I prefer, which I attributed to being used to the full cut of the guillotine cut.  I was getting a decent smoke volume though, so I soldiered on.  The Monte #5 was a tasty little cigar which was a few years old.  It had that little bit of a citrus tang to it that I’ve noticed before in the smaller Montes.  This is a small cigar, 4″ x 40 ring gauge,  which was burning surprisingly slowly.  I was curious at this point so I pulled out my cutter and lopped off the end.  This particular cigar was a little tight, so it wasn’t a real good test of the Spike.  Still a darned tasty cigar, but I’ll  try the Spike again on my next cigar.  I have some Camacho Corojo Candelas that  usually have a  pretty loose draw that will be interesting to try this on.  I put one on each of my key rings, mostly because I can see myself losing these easily, but I can see an advantage to having something to put a hole in a cigar if I’m caught without the necessary tools.  I’ve certainly spent $3.00 more foolishly than on three of these Spikes, I’ll keep trying these and report back after further testing.

Until next time,

CigarCraig

Postscript 10/3 – I tried the Spike again with the Camacho that has had a very loose draw and it really made a difference.  The cigar burned well and smoked with the firmness that it should.  There seems to be a place for this tool, the trick is knowing in advance how the cigar will draw.  I’m guessing pierce first, then cut if it seems restricted.  — CC