Ahhhh nothing like a Bill Murray quote to get a post started.
But yeah, things are crazy right now, so now, more important then ever to take a beat when the window presents itself to sit down with friends and fellow enthusiasts, OH YEAH, I should say fellow B.O.T.L and S.O.T.L ( Brothers/Sisters of the leaf) ( learned that this week) (always wondered what that hashtag meant) ( sorry for all the brackets) ( Ill stop now).
So yeah, two occasions this week to have a herf.
The first was at a work/beach BBQ with our staff and student leadership team. It is something we do every year, just before the rest of the students come back, training week and frosh week ensues and then we are in it for the year!
The two gentlemen featured in the middle photo, friends of the show, Chad ( left); and Nick ( right); have both smoked with me before at different times. Chad was smoking an R&J no.3 that he picked up in Cuba on vacation, he comes from a very healthy humidor at home, so this was not a beach gar. I picked up a Punch cigar for Nick. I had a CAO Italia, I have smoke the Brazilia a lot, i mean A LOT, and wanted to see the difference between the two.
It boasts a 4 country blend of tobacco from Italy, Nicaragua, Puru and Honduras. It def had an earthiness about it, I found it to land just the other side of medium in regards to flavour. I was driving so I didnt pair it with anything other then Dr. Pepper. But it was nice to watch the water roll into shore, and the afternoon drift into dusk with the hardest working group of people in the SU biz. None of them will read this so totally safe with that one haha.
A few days later the notice came in from the Cigar Noise app that there was going to be a live herf and interview with Cesar Reyes from Camino cigars. It was such a cool experience to listen to him explain his story and how he started Camino. My wifi was pretty shotty so it cut in and out alot, but it was also cool to talk some shit with some of the other cigar noise peeps and but some faces, and accents to names. Being the lone Canadian on the call, it was fun for me to represent the North haha.
Looking forward to getting through the next couple of weeks so I can do another virtual session.
For the herf, I was smoking a CAO 660 Flathead. There is something about these cigars I love. It is the perfect ring gauge, flavour and smoking time for me. I paired it with an EH Taylor Bourbon from the US, and the combo was really awesome. I always get a molasses vibe from them, and with the soft vanilla notes of the bourbon it is really a great partnership. I have another so def going to pair them together again.
The coolest thing tho is my new handmade by moi cigar holder. Friend of the show and master carpenter Rob did give me a pretty big assist in fine tuning, but so pumped I was able to take a block of walnut and turn it into something. I dont think it will be my last one, and I already have plans for vertical number. I think somewhere my dad is smiling watching me make things from hand tools. I wish I would have paid closer attention when I was a kid, but better late then never. it is pictured above with the 660. I even got to stamp Big Boy Running into it, that was a bit of gong show, but really happy with the result.
Sean "BigBoyRunning" Ryan