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Smoke Blog: Gone to War

It’s been a while since I’ve written a Smoke Blog post. It’s not that I haven’t been partaking, I just haven’t had the time to sit down and collect my thoughts. Tonight I selected a 5 Vegas Gold from a sampler pack I purchased recently, grabbed my laptop, and went out to the porch . . .

. . . only to find a giant spider building a web from my chair to the ceiling.

OH HELL NO!!

Spiders, we’re done. I’ve tolerated you up to this point. I let you build your webs in your nooks and crannies around the porch, including right next to my table. When one built a web between the bushes big enough to trap my kids, I took him out but I agreed to leave the rest alone.

This, though? This crosses a line. My chair is the DMZ. I turned on the lights, grabbed a broom, and Hell came to Spidertown.

The 5 Vegas is now a victory cigar.

It isn’t half bad, either. It has a smooth, easy draw with a lot of smoke. It has a bit more pepper than I expected from a Connecticut wrapper, and I’ve just read that it’s an Ecuadorian Connecticut raised in Honduras. I’m assuming that accounts for the difference, and why it’s included in the medium- to full-body selection in the rest of the sampler I purchased.

The construction is good, and the wrapper is holding up well. The fine ash tumbled on me, which sometimes results in a hotter burn and canoeing, but I’m not seeing that problem here.

I was looking for something a little lighter and creamier tonight, but this is working out just fine. I’d still favor a Romeo y Julieta Reserva Real over this one, but I wouldn’t turn these down for a good deal or as part of another sampler.

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.

Smoke Blog: 5 Vegas Miami

The better weather is starting to show some consistency. Tonight was the first time all year I was able to grab a cigar and sit out on the porch to get a little bit of work done.

I chose a 5 Vegas Miami this time, courtesy of my cousin TriMarkC. Built from Nicaraguan tobacco with a Nicaraguan Corojo wrapper, it reminded me quite a bit of the Punch Rare Corojo, which I haven’t had in a while. The full body offers a heady taste without overwhelming the palate, and the smooth burn offers up plenty of smoke. I set it down several times as I worked, and never had any problems with it going out or losing the burn. The wind did play havoc on one side, but relights at those points did not sour the smoke; in fact, I never even detected a difference. If you’re a fan of full-bodies cigars, this is one to sit and savor after a good meal, not to chomp on while hacking up the golf course or doing yard work.

Even more important, I was able to sit and relax with it and get some work done onĀ The Pack: Lie with the Dead. As I said on Twitter, I think I’m falling in love with this book all over again. Sitting outside with the iPad and a cigar really helps my focus. It’s been way too long since I’ve been able to pull that off.

Here’s hoping the weather’s done playing games and I can keep it up.

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.