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Monday, February 13, 2012

A Leisure Suit for Winter & Room101 Cigars

I haven't had much time lately to leisurely enjoy a good cigar and a movie, good or otherwise. Work has been engaging, and the weather has been frigid. But that's not to say I haven't been able to enjoy a good smoke, because I have. Just not leisurely, because a parka, thermal underwear, and a flappy-eared hat ain't leisure wear.

The local smoke shop has been pretty good about keeping an interesting assortment of cigars on hand. The biggest surprise so far has been the Room101 Cigars 808C (Connecticut wrapper). I've seen several positive #nowsmoking tweets for the brand, so when I saw the 25-count box of 808c (five or six of which had been sold already) a couple weekends ago, it wasn't a big risk to try one. I made it back to the smoke shop this past weekend, and there were only six of those 808C left. Of course I bought 'em.

Besides being a big, fat smoke (6X60), it was as nicely balanced a smoke as I've come across in my brief cigar-smoking adventures. It had a little peppery spice up front, and a rich coffee tone throughout, all without it being too, if at all, sweet. It burned quite well, without noticeable defects. The draw was maybe a touch loose compared to my usual smokes, so I gave it plenty of time between draws to make sure it didn't burn too hot.

Hopefully they'll keep Room101 Cigars in stock, as I will be keeping them stocked in my humble little humidor.

Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Padron, Panic & Peaty Scotch
Part of the weekly Triple-feature series–a smoke, a drink, and a movie ;)

As the title of the post suggests, Tuesday's triple feature was a Padron Anniversary 1964, the movie Panic starring William H. Macy, and some Auchentoshan Scotch.

Firstly, I have got to mention that I've never before smoked a cigar that has a numbered band. Padron mentions on their website that the double-banding is a counterfeiting prevention. Still, it's impressive.

Before lighting the cigar, I read a review or two to get an idea of what to expect. Of the few different brands and vitolas I've smoked so far, this was one of the more elegant. It had plenty of body, and as other reviewers pointed out, it was consistent from foot to cap, with no significant variations in flavor. If there were any such ebbs and flows in tastes they were subtle, such as the touch of leather that came in the middle of the burn. The nuttiness mentioned by others escaped my notice, but the character of espresso was there evenly from start to finish.

Since the Padron was a particularly fine cigar by reputation, I made a point to not sip too much Auchentoshan too often, figuring the smoke was deserving of my palate's undivided attention. Even still, I realized quickly this Scotch was not a good choice for this cigar. If there had been a prominent spiciness to the smoke, then the peat in the drink would have had something to play off. A bourbon or Irish spirit would have been a better choice. Lesson learned.

As for the movie, it stank. Netflix's description of Panic as a subtle dark comedy led me to believe there would be some humor, dark or otherwise, somewhere, anywhere. Fine actors all, but they were stuck with a predictable and plodding story. Panic only if you're forced to watch it. Thank goodness I had an excellent cigar to keep me company–it carried the night.