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Friday, December 30, 2011

New Year's Sampler

My New Year's holiday weekend sampler: Cuesta-Rey Centro Fino, Gurkha Assassin, a (splurge) Cohiba Extra Vigoroso, and Rocky Patel Edge.

I just finished the Gurkha Assassin, and I have to say I liked it very much. It had more character than the Evil, wasn't too spicy, and had a woody flavor. It went well with the Russell's Reserve Rye whiskey, and made a good start to the holiday weekend.

Tomorrow I'll try the Edge with some Bushmill's single-malt. The Cohiba should be a January 1st sort of smoke, I suppose because of the cost. And the Cuesta-Rey will finish the holiday weekend.

Happy New Year's to all.

Saturday, December 24, 2011

Merry Christmas to us all, and God bless everyone

Merry Christmas to everybody! May the true spirit of Christmas find each of us, and dwell in us.

The photo in this post is of St. George's Parish Church in St. Kitts. I like to imagine how a Christmas Eve candlelight service would look there. It's a beautiful church with quite a history, but what I like most about it is the crucifix.

Contemporary churches often choose to have no crosses at all because of the notion they symbolize a big downer. But then it is all too easy to lose sight of why you're in church to begin with.

Having a cross, or better, a crucifix, is a reminder of the enormity of the gift God gave to all humankind, and that gift is one truly worthy of celebrating every year.

Well, I'm eager to go try a Gurkha cigar I picked up earlier in the week, an Evil. That’s a bit of an odd contrast--an Evil cigar on Christmas Eve. ;)

Sunday, December 18, 2011

My Pre-Christmas Sampler

For the weekend before Christmas I picked up these four cigars; the Brick House because I caught a tweet during the week from the J.C. Newman Cigar folks about that line; the Decade because I've gone through a couple boxes and I still like 'em; the Hoyo De Monterrey because I tried one a few weeks ago and enjoyed it very much; and the CAO because I've been curious about these for a while.

I smoked the Brick House on Friday and was pleasantly surprised. It was the first Nicaraguan cigar I've smoked, and immediately afterwards I bought a handful more. I've always like the Cuesta-Rey brand, but the Brick Houses have quite a bit more oomph to them, similar to, but not as complex as the Rocky Patel Edges.

The CAO Brazilia was my companion, along with some Bushmills Blackbush, while grilling some burgers in thirty-something degree weather tonight. I enjoyed it--seemed to have a sweet woodiness throughout. I'm eager to try the OSA Sol as my next CAO cigar.

Over the next couple days the outdoor temperature should rise a bit, and I'll endeavor to get to the Decade and the Excalibur Dark Knight, and follow up with impressions of those two.