The Majestic Partagas Lusitanias

Oh glorious glorious day!!!  I saw Trevor from “The Vancouver Cigar Company” a few days ago and picked up a box of Partagas Lusitanias I had on order and when I opened the box at home I was met with the most beautiful sight.  These are rolled to perfection by, what I’m guessing, the finest people working in the beautiful old factory just behind El Capitolio in Old Havana.  I was so thrilled to see the smooth, slightly toothy wrappers gleaming in the sunlight as I snapped a few pictures of the event.  Anyone who can look upon moments like this with very little emotion or excitement have been smoking too long and have lost their passion.


These were rolled in February of ’09 which makes them a year and change old.  Very respectable start to an aging process that will take place in my humidor.

As you can only guess, I had to light one up immediately and was met with the Partagas profile I was looking for, slightly herbal and peppery.  There wasn’t anything I was missing in the flavors that I’ve smoked before in this prominente.

Its a Great Day!!!!

Very Special Ramon Allones Beritus

Last night I had the pleasure of smoking a 2009 Ramon Allones Limited Edition, Beritus from Lebanon.  The Beritus was a special release size, coming in at 5.3 inches and a 52 ring gauge. Not a lot were produced, 3,000 boxes of 25, and distributed exclusively by Phoenicia in Lebanon.  You might remember that in 2008 Ramon Allones produced a regional edition for Phoenicia called the Phoenicios…. That one will be smoked on my upcoming birthday ( been saving it ) and you can count on me writing an entry for that one.

Last night’s experience had me wondering why I don’t smoke Ramon Allones cigars more often.  It was a well balanced cigar that gave me many flavors as the cigar burned (perfectly) to the end.  Not one flavor stood out and every now and then I felt that it was a great grassy, chocolate and coffee with cream meal in itself, that I didn’t want to see come to an end.

This 2009 would have benefited greatly with another year in the humidor as it had a few sharp edges in the final third but I have to admit that I enjoy new cigars for their boldness and multi-faceted approach.  The Phoenicios is a 2008 cigar and I can’t wait for next week.

Partagas Junior

I spent the morning in the garden with my shears, sprinkler and Partagas Junior !

This little 4.6 inch, 40 ring gauge coronitas never lets me down when I want a cigar in the morning when I’m in the garden.  Images and smells of the indoor courtyards in Havana come to mind whenever I light up one of thdese in the garden.  In Havana you’ll always detect the smell of fresh flowers and cigar smoke around noon in the hotel courtyards after a morning of seeing the sights of that great city.  Smell it once and you’ll never forget it.. Oh yes, there may be a slight odor of Cuban rum in that equation as well.

If the Partagas profile is what you’re looking for then you’ll find it every time in this smoke.  Slightly peppery, slightly spicy as well and give it a few years in the humidor and you’ll get a beautiful balance.  Actually, aging these are highly recommended, they are very consistent and come in a fine aluminum tube that will keep them in good shape when you go out at night!!!!

Cohiba Behike, Habanos’ best kept secret and most exclusive “line”, arrives in Canada.

• Cohiba Behike, the most exclusive line of Habanos, arrives in Canada with three new formats: BHK 52, BHK 54 and BHK 56.

• Its extremely limited production incorporates for the first time a specific tobacco leaf called “medio tiempo”, which grants exceptional character and flavor.

• Each Cohiba Behike Habanos has a band with two holograms for security identification.

• Also denominated Fortaleza 4, the Medio Tiempo is a very scarce leaf coming from the two upper leaves of the sun-grown tobacco plant. However, not all these plants produce both. Availability of Medio Tiempo will depend on the dedication, care and attention paid to each tobacco plant, considering the changing climatic conditions as well. Due to the foliar position in the plant, the flavor is concentrated with greater intensity in the leaves of “Medio Tiempo”.

•The three vitolas of the new Línea Cohiba Behike are:

– BHK 52 52 x 4 3/4 Factory name: Laguito No 4

– BHK 54 54 x 5 5/8 Factory name: Laguito No 5

– BHK 56 56 x 6 1/2 Factory name: Laguito No 6

Bolivar Royal Coronas Tubos

What we have here is a very beautiful Bolivar Royal Coronas in a very attractive tube that has kept to the great Bolivar standard of excellence.  From time to time a cigar brand will introduce a packaging gimmick that will detract from the product itself and leave the consumer wondering what the point of the change was in the first place.

I’m a fan of cigars in tubes because of the ease of carrying and storing in a pocket when you go out at night, or in a tackle box on the lake or in a pocket of your golf bag.  This instance proved to fans and devotees of the Bolivar brand to be a big plus with the taste as well.  The Robusto still has the beautiful earthy full flavor that we’ve come to know through the years but a certain mellowness also came in these Robustos that took a few of us by surprise..

I have a few of these in one of my humidors and I really want to leave them for 10 or 15 years to see how they age and develop as time goes by.  Right out of the box they were great and I can only see impressive changes to come with this edition!

The Dissection Of A Fake Cigar

I was hanging out last night with a few friends and having a great time around a few glasses of Scotch and a few Cuban Cigars.  One of the guys just came back from Cuba and was proudly handing out cigars to all who were there.  This guy is loved by all but maybe not the most informed about Cuban Cigars and one more thing, he loves to save a dollar whenever possible….. Oh oh !!

The Cubans he had were some Cohibas and a box of Romeo Churchills.. The bands on the Cohibas looked really suspect so I asked him where he bought the boxes of cigars and he smiled and said, ” From Friends. ” ….. Oh oh !!  The Cohiba I smoked last night was clearly a fake and I smoked some of it before tossing it into the fire when no one was looking…… I’m really glad I didn’t light up the Romeo Churchill he gave me…. I waited until this morning…… and what a disaster…. Terrible taste, plugs up and down the cigar but the wrapper and band looked fine…….. Look at what I found inside….. Hee hee…. The pictures tell the whole story!



Bundle Cigars Again !

Not long ago I mentioned in this blog that I have been smoking bundle cigars from “The Vancouver Cigar Company”.  As you can see in the photo, I have paint on my hands from a bit of a small job I’m doing with my wife and for the last week I’ve been smoking at least 2 of these wonderful Robustos a day..

For fear of sounding a bit repetitive I have to tell you that if you are reading this blog and if you have any kind of passion for Cuban Cigars it would be in your best interest to contact Trevor at ” The Vancouver Cigar Company” and order a bundle of these wonderful examples of Cuban Pride !!!!!

The price is outrageous for the quality of cigar you’ll get…  I have a whole bunch of different cigars in my humidors these days but day after days I keep picking a few of these to smoke a day.  They come in three different sizes.. A Mareva, a Robusto and a churchill..  All very full bodied and all constructed perfectly……….

Do it!!!!!!!!!

You can thank me by commenting on this post!!!!!!

World Cup Day

I have to admit that I’m not the biggest soccer fan on the planet but there are a few things that I always think about when the four year cycle hits us…

First of all I believe that this is the game of great equality.   It warms my heart to know that every country in the world can participate in this sport because even the poorest of countries can afford a ball to kick around and children of all backgrounds participate in this sport.

Secondly I’m reminded of how many people around the world watch these games.  This is big!! Really Big!!!  Not unlike the Olympics, this is viewed by millions and in a way brings our planet together….

The last thing that hit me this morning was that we have 2 countries playing in the final today that have Cuban Cigars available for sale….. They can be purchased in Spain, of course and the Netherlands is another Cuban friendly country…. I hate to see myself as being that focused on cigars but whenever I think of holidays I wonder if Cubans are for sale wherever I’m landing……

Watch Out For Bugs

Tobacco Beatles, I mean beetles will finish you off, eat your cigars and leave you crying on the front step with all of your neighbors laughing at you and starting a petition that will get you hiked off the block.  You’ll end up in the country of a small piece of land with the bank knocking on your door, looking for payments as your children disown you….. And why you might ask?????

Because you let your cigars heat up in the hot summer heat and you turned your humidor into a nice bug nursery..

Havana House in Canada insures that all cigars that come from Cuba are frozen for at least 48 hours to protect against the hatching of tobacco beetle larvae that come from eggs which are probably in all cigars we smoke.  I wouldn’t worry about microscopic eggs too much since they are not much of a hazard and I don’t believe that there are a lot of them in the cigars we smoke but the summer can bring on some pretty nasty results if we don’t pay attention.

A few days ago I went into the garage and pulled out the Coleman camping cooler and set my humidors inside with a few ice packs to cool things down ( we do NOT have an air conditioned home ).. I’ll be doing this as long as the weather stays hot because I have been building up a nice selection of expensive limited edition cigars, Cohibas and cigars that are hard to replace….

I’m not taking any chances!

The Heat Is On

These are the days I dream about all winter, all spring and in the fall.. These are the days in B.C. when the Expen$ive cigars come out of my humidor.

Why????????

Because its a pleasure to smoke them outdoors, you get your money’s worth because the winds are low, the temperatures are hot and there is no discomfort other than a bit of heat.  I can handle that..

Tonight after dinner I plan on lighting up a Cohiba Esplendidos and doing nothing except wait for the darkness to arrive.

Golfing in weather like this is a real treat and cigars go very nicely with a pastime like that.. Once again, if there isn’t a lot of wind.. On the course I like a smaller cigar, but remember, I consider a Robusto to be a small cigar.. Fishing when its hot is also a great time to take the better cigars along especially if you have half a day or so to kick back in the boat.

I guess my point is that we spend so much time trying to find a civilized place to light up and enjoy a cigar in the colder months.  Those cigars are a joy to smoke but we lose some of the subtle nuances the tobacco has to offer when we are shielding the cigar from a biting wind and shivering rain.  These are the days to celebrate the best that Cuba has sent to us !