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Archive for January, 2012

Cigar Quotes

31 Jan

Cigar lovers are as diverse and complex as the cigars they smoke. Their little bits of lore and witticism have left us a treasure trove of noteworthy quotations, a few of which I will share with you here.

Photo of a cigar and a humidor.

"Sometimes a cigar is just a cigar." ~Sigmund Freud

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Posted in Special Edition

 

Reposado ’96 Maduro

24 Jan

Synopsis:
Blender: AJ Fernandez
Maker: Tabacalera Fernandez
Filler: Nicaraguan
Binder: Nicaraguan
Wrapper: Nicaraguan Maduro
Flavors: Tangy maduro, wood, fresh tobacco
Draw/Volume/Strength: +2 / +2 / 4
Rating: 8.2

I’m trying to rid my life of clutter. Call it a New Year’s Resolution, though I never formally resolved to anything. I’ve just found myself driven lately to get rid of the things I don’t need, and to organize the things I do (and praying for the wisdom to know the difference).

My cigar collection is no exception; I had a fruitful holiday season, and voluminous though it is, the Sasquatch-a-dor was bursting at its proverbial seams. A clean-out and reorganization was in order, so I solicited the aid of a willing helper, who imagined (not unwisely) that any unwanted cigars might fall his way.

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Reposado '96 Maduro (7x58)

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Posted in Figurados, Maduro

 

CAO Brazilia Chango

21 Jan

Synopsis:
Blender: Fidel Olivas
Maker: CAO Fabrica de Tabacos
Filler: Nicaraguan
Binder: Nicaraguan
Wrapper: Brazilian Arapiraca
Flavors: Fresh herbs, white pepper spice, tropical earth → floral, semi-sweet, wood, coffee beans
Draw/Volume/Strength: -1 / 0 / 4
Rating: 9.0

The CAO Brazilia Chango is available here.

There was a time when cigar makers wouldn’t advertise the fact that their cigars contained Brazilian tobaccos. In fact, when Tim Ozenger of CAO first brought the idea to dealers prior to launching the Brazilia line in 2001, they told him to avoid saying it was Brazilian. It’s not that there’s anything wrong with the tobacco. In fact, Brazilian leaf has been a mainstay in non-Cuban cigars since the early days after the embargo. The issue was one of branding: Would cigar smokers embrace Brazil.

Thankfully, Ozgener didn’t listen to the nay-sayers, and Brazilia became one of CAO’s best performers.

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CAO Brazilia Chango (6½x50)

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Posted in Maduro, Toros

 

Diesel Unilimted d5

15 Jan

Synopsis:
Blender: AJ Fernandez
Maker: Tabacalera Fernandez
Filler: Nicaraguan/ Mexican (San Andreas)
Binder: Honduran
Wrapper: Honduran Ligero
Flavors: Smoked meats, nuts, oak, spice, caramelized sweetness
Draw/Volume/Strength: 0 / -1 / 4
Rating: 9.3

This review of the Diesel Unlimited d5 is presented courtesy of the Stogie Boys, the fastest growing online cigar retailer in America.

The Cigar Sasquatch isn’t much for sports, either watching or doing. I try to stay active (certainly not as much as I should), but certain exceptions aside (the Olympics and championship tennis), I would rather read a book or converse with fellow BOTLs while smoking a cigar, without the distractions of meaningless athletic entanglements to detract from the experience. There is, however, one sport that I come back to time and again. It’s not much for spectators, nor does it offer something for everyone, but it still appeals to the competitor in me. It’s the sport of paintball.

Paintball is a so-called “action sport” in which players with air- or gas-operated “markers” attempt to tag each other with dye-filled capsules. Okay, that’s the official description. What really happens is, you and your buddies go out and shoot a bunch of other players (and sometimes each other) with these increasingly sophisticated paint guns. They’re capable of making dozens of shots per second, and when you’re on the receiving end, they leave nasty (and abundant) glowing red welts.

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Diesel Unlimited d5 (5½x54)

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Posted in Dark Natural, Robustos