Smoke Blog: A Special Romeo y Julieta

It’s getting to be that time of year where I can start talking about two of my favorite things again: cigars and motorcycles.

The Little Bird and I get most Wednesday evenings alone during the school year, so we headed outside to enjoy the warm weather while waiting for the rest of the family to get home. I decided to bring a cigar along, a certain Romeo y Julieta of a limited origin that my publisher gave me back in November. I chose this one because I knew I would at last have the time to finish it, not bail halfway through due to the weather.

My first reaction? Wow. It boasted a bolder flavor than its cousin the Reserva Real, and it included faint, peppery notes on the finish at times. Typical winter headaches with my humidor left the wrapper a bit dry, but that did not harm the burn, flavor, or construction of the smoke. A small hole and then crack appeared in the wrapper, but to my surprise, it didn’t affect the draw at all. The draw itself remained smooth and consistent all the way to the end, and I took this one down to the knuckles.

I’ve got to get more of these. Unfortunately they’re a bit difficult to come by.

Meanwhile I got Lenore out, dusted her off, and fired her up. I knew I wouldn’t have time to take her for a ride, but I at least wanted to make sure the battery was still charged and to get the oil moving around again. This is only the second time I’ve even started her in 2011, and I’ve been itching to get her back on the road. The few other days we’ve had where the weather may have been nice enough to ride, I didn’t have the opportunity to take advantage.

Little Bird & Lenore

Careful! She'll cut you.

It looks like we’ve got a little more cold and rainy weather ahead of us, but after that it’s going to start calming down again. I’ve been asked many, many times if I’ve been riding the bike yet, and pretty soon I’ll be able to say yes.

About frickin’ time.

About Mike Oliveri

Mike Oliveri is a writer, martial artist, cigar aficionado, motorcyclist, and family man, but not necessarily in that order. He is currently hard at work on the werewolf noir series The Pack for Evileye Books.

One comment

  1. Troy says:

    Lenore is Bill’s ex-wife’s first name on King of the Hill.