So what a great week or in regards to the ying/yang style that I lead my life. On the goodness/angel shoulder - getting some great fitness in; on the Sithside/devil shoulder - getting some great cigars in the mail and getting the chance to share one with my bro.
So lets start with the snow storm herf!
My brother and I both subscribe to the same mail order cigar service, and it being my brothers first package decided it would be cool if we smoked the first one together on skype or FB chat. He lives in Japan so we were already challenged with the 13 hour time difference, but undaunted we scheduled a time on the weekend to smoke.
What I didnt take into consideration were two things. One its Nova Scotia in the winter time. So all bets are off when it comes to the weather, really minute to minute it can change, and usually never for the good. The other thing was that I dont smoke cigars in the house. It is a house rule, but more for me its my rule. Smoking a cigar every now and again is something I as an adult is choosing to do. My kids dont need to suffer those choices. Many of us growing up in the 80s lived in houses with smoking parents, I did, and I was not a fan of the cigarette smoke back then. Trying to get homework assistance through clouds of smoke was a particular hatered of mine. So its outside for each one.
So that being said, that means that I would have to be outside and close enough to the house to get our wifi signal. So that means no cigar nook as it probably the furthest point from the house. SO that means that I would have to sit out on the desk at the closest point to the house in the unprotected elements. No problem.
Okay, small problem. It was snowing like a bastard out the morning we planned on going online.
Hmmmm okay, time to click on the MacGuyver side of my brain and figure this out. Okay so my ipad has a stand to prob itself up, and if I fold a chair cushion over top of it, it would hold it up and the cushion would act like a roof for the ipad.
Yeah this will totally work.
So about an hour before we planned our online herf, I got all bundled up, shoveled myself out of the house, cleaned up the stairs, around the cars and of course the cigar nook and then started setting my little herf station ( pictured in the middle above), and away we went.
We choose the Casa Magna from the cigar saveur box to start. I thought it was a good medium flavored cigar that really pairs nicely with anything that my brother might be having, for me, at 830am it was coffee in a thermal mug....i swear it was!
We got online and lit up. It was pretty hilarious and it reminded me of the time we recently had in the summer when he was home and at the cottage. We got to catch up and have a laugh, strangely we did have some tech issues and the call was dropped occasionally. But I guess using house wifi outside in a snow storm will do that haha. Regardless it was a great smoke, made a million times better because I got to share it with my brother.
In terms of the cigar, it lit well, it did burn fast through the first third, but my brother pointed out something that I kind of knew, I am a fast smoker. I burned through mine at a lot faster rate then he did. It makes sense, because when I was scuba diving, I would tend to suck through my air tank alot faster then my friends, air pig I believe they affectionately reffered to me haha.
But it did slow down throught the rest of it. I enjoy Casa Magna line alot, regardless of vitole they are well constructed and burn nicely.
We have decided to try this again when ever we get a new box, to smoke the first one together online. Sounds good now, see how I am digging that in January/February hahaha.
Next up was a Rocky Patel 20th Anniversary Natural and a Bah Humbug Christmas Ale from Wychwood Brewery. Holy crap did i enjoy this combo. I have not had many Rocky Patel cigars, you can get them in most shops that I have been in, in Canada, so the hunger to buy them isnt there because of the availability, so I usually look to buy the hard to find when I am purchasing.
But this one was suggested to me when I was at Village Cigar Co. in November so I thought what the hay, lets try er out.
Happy I made the buy. It is a box press so I expected it to be a bit longer smoke and it really held up on the time. Really great hits of oaky wood, dark roast coffee and soft spices throughout, went right to the knucks on it, seem to do that alot haha, but really didnt want to put it down.
The Bah Humbug was amazing also. I have never had anything from wychwood before so wasnt sure what to expect, but it was a slightly sweet dark amber beer. It has such a balance of sweet and bitter flavor that it went perfectly with the cigar. It being in a larger bottle didnt hurt either as I tend to run out of the beverage before the cigar most times, but these started and ended at the same time. Easily drinkable on its own, but a great companion for this slightly above medium cigar.
Lastly just wanted to celebrate finally getting and online cigar order to me. Summit Cigars did a killer job in customer service, attention to detail in the shipping and considering customes had my order to me in under 20 days, which is the typical amount of time an online order from Canada will take.
All of the cigars that I ordered, I have never seen in Canada, or at least my part of Canada. Really happy about the whole process, and considering what a fiasco the first 2 attempts were like, this was a real treat. If the constant battering of storms subsides I might actually get to try one haha. Maybe the weekend will give us a break, until then they will have a good little sleep and rest up until called into action.
In case I dont get another post in before Christmas, happy holidays one and all, keep your lighters ready and your cutters sharp.
Sean "BigBoyRunning" Ryan