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Smoke Blog: The Backlog

The end of summer has been busy, and over the past few weeks I’ve accumulated a pocket full of cigar bands with every intention of blogging about them. Something would get in the way, pretty soon I’d have another smoke, then not be able to blog about it, and so on. As such I don’t have a lot of notes on these bad boys, but I can give you the impressions I had, as well as record said impressions for the next time I go smoke shopping.

Kristoff Sumatra Robusto: I remember liking this one quite a bit. Kristoff has a good thing going, especially for a somewhat local brand. Between this one and the Ligero I smoked a couple of months ago, it’s a brand that will grace my humidor in the future.

Quesada Tributo: I’d never heard of this brand, but reading a description I found (Ecuadorian wrapper, Nicaraguan Ligero binder, over a blend of Nicaraguan and Dominican Ligeros) makes me think I snapped it up myself. I dig on Ligeros, and I remember digging on this cigar.

Patel Brothers: My friend John picked up a box of these cheap. I forget why they were cheap (trouble moving them?), but after his shop went from 40 boxes to 3 in just a couple of days, he snagged one for himself. Three of us sampled one, and we all really enjoyed them. Not really surprising given it’s a Rocky Patel product.

Sancho Panza: This one gets the “meh” review. A Honduran smoke, the only previous experience I had with Sancho Panza was a small tin of cigarillos a friend bought several years back. Those were dark and heavy on the palate, and this one wasn’t far off. It found its groove about halfway through, but I wasn’t sure if it was because I got used to it or if it was something in the blend. I don’t know where they rank amongst other premium brands, but I’m thinking it’s just not a brand for me.

That about does it. I had another JFR in there somewhere, a fat one this time. It was okay, not as good as one I’d had previously. From here on in I’ll have to take better notes during smokes, or get on the keyboard much faster. Summer’s a bitch that way, and now school is starting again already.

Yay.

 

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: Sancho Panza

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!

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.