Archive for February, 2011

International Pipe Smoking Day

20 Feb

In honor of International Pipe Smoking Day (February 20, 2011), the Cigar Sasquatch has put down his cigar and picked up his pipe. This morning’s choice is an aromatic blend called “Dr. Charlie” from the world-famous Racine and Laramie Tobacconists at Old Town San Diego. The delicious selection is slightly sweet, with some light raisin notes, and a mellow woody aroma.


Photo of a tobacco pipe.

Dr. Charlie

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Man O’ War Ruination

19 Feb

At the risk of pulling a cheese-ball tie-in, I’m using the smoking of the Man O’ War Ruination Belicoso (5 2/3×56) as an excuse to talk about a recent opportunity I had to spend some time with the US Army out in the desert. See, because Man O’ War… Army… Oh, never mind.

I had no shortage of respect for the individuals who provide the armed defense of these United States before spending several days with them in the middle of the Mojave Desert. And I don’t want to overstate what I was doing, either. All I can say is that after this experience, trying out a few Humvees, saddling up in one or two more “specialized” tactical vehicles, and hearing the kind of stories that only combat veterans can share, my respect for these men and women in uniform has only grown, as has my gratitude. And I’m a little jealous of their equipment.

Photo of Man O' War Ruination Belicoso Cigar

Man O' War Ruination Belicoso (5 2/3x56)

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Excalibur Maduro #1

12 Feb

The great American humorist Will Rogers was famously quoted as having said, “I never met a man I didn’t like.” I can’t claim to be so magnanimous with people, but I will say this: I never smoked a Hoyo I didn’t like. And the Excaliburs are among the best.

There is a great deal of history behind the Excalibur line and its relationship with Hoyo de Monterrey, but for now, reflect upon Cuban cigar master Estelo Padron smuggling small quantities of tobacco seed off the island, and cigar legend Frank Llaneza roving around Central America finding the best places to grow it, eventually bringing Nicaraguan leaf back to Cuba, to showcase its quality.

This is another example of a cigar that is neither new nor little-known, but its classic status is based on one simple precept: Roll great tobacco into well-made cigars, and do it year after year without fail. This is what makes Excalibur a legend.

Photo of Hoyo de Monterrey Excalibur #1 Maduro cigar

Excalibur #1 Maduro (7¼x54)

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Tasty Tuesday: Dark and Mysterious

08 Feb

This edition of Tasty Tuesday features three dark and slightly mysterious cigars from various sources. Two are chocolaty Maduros, the third, a rich Habano, which was interestingly darker than the two Maduros. Two of them feature some component of hearty Mexican tobaccos, and they all have at least a portion of Nicaraguan longfillers. I do enjoy Nicaraguan longfillers. Read the rest of this entry »