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Smoke Blog: Writing Outside

Tonight’s cigar, the Tatuaje “The Face” special edition, was every bit as good as I remembered from the first time I had one: magic right down to the nub. I need to invest in some of their regular lines.

I might have to do so soon, too. This is one of the last two cigars in my humidor. I’m going to empty it out so I can re-season it in an attempt to solve some humidity problems I’ve been having.

Tonight also reminded me how much I love writing outdoors.

I get some of my best work done at night, sitting on the porch with a cigar. The family has gone to bed, the neighborhood is quiet, and everything I need to accomplish during the day is done and behind me. I can get up and pace the porch or wander the yard to mull over a sentence, and I can get comfortable without feeling chained to a desk.

I’m trying to adapt my schedule to do this more often. The words come a lot easier at these times. I hate to go to bed now, but the day job calls in the morning. These are the nights I’m confident I can pull off a full-time writing schedule once all these projects come to fruition and they start paying the bills.

The schedule is a bit off and there’s some changes in direction, but the Exit Strategy is still in full swing.

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: Tatuaje “The Face”

When my cousin got a lead on a special edition Halloween cigar named after Leatherface, I was in. I didn’t get to smoke it until earlier this week, and boy was I sorry I waited so long.

“The Face” is Tatuaje’s 3rd Monster Series limited release cigar and is composed of Nicaraguan tobacco with a Mexican wrapper. Its 56 ring gauge gives it a fat appearance, just like its namesake.

Leatherface

Smoke up!

Given it was a special smoke, I didn’t want it to be dried out due to some ┬áhumidor issues I had during the winter, so once that was resolved I let it sit and cure and rehumidify itself. I took it out last week while I wrote on the front porch, accompanied by some spiced rum.

Wow did I love this smoke. It was heady and spicy, but it didn’t linger on the tongue. It burned clean, drew easy, and produced thick clouds of smoke. Even better, it lasted for hours, well worth the approx. $20 price tag (including shipping). It’s about as close to a perfect 10 cigar as I’ve come in a long, long time.

I’ve never seen Tatuaje cigars in a shop, but I’m thinking I may have to keep an eye out for them. If their standard lines are anywhere near this quality, then these guys really know what they’re doing. I’m sorry I missed The Drac, a Nicaraguan smoke with a Maduro wrapper. I don’t know if I missed this year’s entry or it hasn’t been announced yet; there’s a “Boris” listed with no info but “no longer in production” on its page.

I’ll be having something else tonight. Now that I’ve written this, and recalled how well The Face went, I hope I haven’t set myself up for disappointment.

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.