Archive for the ‘Cigars’ Category
Stories like this make the yogurt-seeking bacteria in my colon happy: people are happier with a cheap wine than a spendy one, unless they know which is which, in which case the more expensive bottle with the nice label is better.
I often suspect the reviews of cigars in which the smoker has a calibrated tongue: if you’re telling me, centimeter by centimeter, how a cigar tastes, I no longer trust your reviews. Beyond regularity in construction and customer service, expensive cigars are just that, expensive. I’ve yet to try a $20 stick that I thought was worth 4 $5 sticks; I’m not ready to say tobacco is tobacco, but I suspect that’s the case. George Burns could have purchased any cigar, but he smoked machine rolled cheapies.
This Friday, I’m 41. Started the celebration off tonight with some of my favorite things.
I’ve made it a couple days since I needed to power my PC desktop on for anything – I keep my laptop running because it’s how I watch movies. I’m one Air or MBP away from turning off the laptop as well; waiting for the hardware refresh to see which way to go.
I picked up a couple of the “My UZI weighs a ton” cigars a while back, and finally got around to smoking them. They were both wide open with almost no draw resistance, burning to the last third in near-record times; I’ve had road flares burn longer. I’m used to the NUB line, which is a slow smoke the size of your thumb; the UZI is the same diameter, with probably the same amount of tobacco, but almost three times the length. Whatever. The flavor profile was flat with notes of cardboard in the first third, developing into a flavor-free second third. I tossed the last third of both of these out. If this is a full-bodied stick, I don’t know what you guys are smoking.
Listening to Titanium Sporkestra practice War Pigs on the waterfront, torching a Carlos Torano. Nice end to the day.
I went to the Union Cigar Society last night for the reddit Seattle herf; while on my way to the barge, I stopped in to see what wares were available. I picked up a couple Undercrowns, as they are currently the fashionable, over-hyped stick from Drew Estate. It was, per usual, a well-constructed cigar with a nice, even burn and an unremarkable flavor profile throughout. I don’t get the hype; to be fair, I bought two, so I’ll let the second one rest for a while and revisit it to see if I change my mind.
The barge on Lake Union is nice. If it weren’t so far out of the way, I’d stop by more often to burn a couple down and enjoy the view; as it is, once or twice a month will have to do.
Hit the Oliva event at Rain City Cigars – 15% off a box of my go-to stick, the Cain 654T Daytona, plus a six cigar sampler and a hat. Everyone else was buying three cigars, the minimum for a freebie, so I also got a handful of Cain F 464Ts and turned down a shirt. Had to get back to work, so I had to skip the herf, but it’s nice to be with a large group of fellow cigar smokers.