I bought a six-pack sampler of lonsdales from Famous Smoke last week, thinking they would be the ideal size for late winter and early spring smoking. Last night that proved a sound theory when I lit up the box-pressed Sancho Panza included in the sampler.
The weekend weather teased us, hitting about sixty degrees yesterday afternoon before plummeting back to the low 30′s today (we’re also expecting snow tonight and tomorrow). I took advantage of the weather break around 8:00 last night and sat out front. My hoodie held off the worst of the cool breeze, and I was only just starting to feel cold when I put out the stub of the cigar 45 minutes later. Perfect.
The Sancho Panza was a mild, even smoke, and not a bad choice for the first smoke of the year. It held up well against the wind, showing no evidence of canoeing or tunneling that I often see in lesser cigars in the strong winds around my home. I’m also impressed that it maintained the same characteristics from start to finish; no harsh taste on lighting or when it burned down low. In summary, the Sancho Panza is a pleasant smoke I wouldn’t shy away from in the future.
As for the smoking experience itself, I’d forgotten how calming it is to just sit outside and chill for 45 minutes or so. I pondered my karate a bit, and even wandered around the porch and driveway, dropping into stances and examining footwork. I worked up a mental draft of an email I needed to send my German publisher, Otherworld Verlag, including responses to corrections that needed to be made for the translated Deadliest of the Species manuscript. Finally, I got a good look at the stars speckling the clear sky for the first time in months.
All in all a great night for reflection and relaxation. I’m already looking forward to my next one!