Saturday was a good day.
The weather warmed up again, so the rugrats and I headed outside. I rolled Eve out of the garage and fired her up, then made sure all the signals, the brakes, and so on were in working order. I even conned the rugrats into sweeping up the garage for me.
I also broke out the first warm-weather smoke of the year: a Plantation Reserve my in-laws picked up for me from the Cigar Factory New Orleans. The plantation reserve is a panatela with a Connecticut Shade wrapper, so I counted on it being short and relatively mild, which would make it easy to work around and would go by fast enough that the rugrats wouldn’t get tired of being outside.
I tasted a hint of chocolate on lighting up, and the mild smoke was very pleasant. It held up well in the soft breeze, and I dropped the ash only when I tapped it off, which is rather impressive for a thin cigar (ring gauge 36). The flavor and finish were consistent to the end, and I took it well down to the ring. What a great way to start the smoking season.
I ever make it down to New Orelans, the Cigar Factory will be on my must-visit list.