Every year, with this job, we have a new team of leaders step to the plate and take on the good, bad and everything in between that the organization has to offer. Each year we work to pass on what the team, and teams before them have learned, successes and challenges they have faced, traps to avoid, and how to succeed as a team for the benefit of the organization and the members it supports.
We typically do this over a period of a couple months starting in late March and going through the whole month of May. We affectionately call it transition weekend.
So having got my workouts in for this week and knowing that Sunday was going to be impacted again by work commitments, I decided to take #cigarSaturday on the road this week.
I also thought that it would be a good opportunity to let some others try some cigars that may have never had them before.
For the cigars i selected the Don Thomas Muduro Robusto and the Don Thomas Classico. I figured the light/medium flavour of the Classico would be good for those that hadnt had a cigar before and the I have not had the Robusto, but have been a fan of its big brother the Presidente.
To accompany my cigar I chose Kilbeggan Irish Whiskey. This is a whiskey that we started carrying in one of our operations and through it would good to try.
My first impression of the Robusto was that it had a really full flavour. It has a great slow burn, and an easy pull which i like.
It did not, however, go well with the Killbeggan.
I liked the Killbeggan on its own, very easy drinking with mild notes and almost sweet tasting. This sweet mild quality though did not stand up or compliment the bold flavour of the Robusto. To be honest i think a Red Wine like a Shiraz or a Noir would have been the best compliment but in terms of brown liquors something with a medium flavour would have been best to engage the palate a little bit more.
As you can see from the pictures I did have some friends join in the #CigarSaturday fun this week. Most had had a cigar before with mixed experiences and mostly those of the 'white owl' or 'flavoured' variety. So it was really fun to see them experience more of a classic profile cigar. Again some mixed experiences, but at least half started what they finished and enjoyed the flavour. I tried not to bore them with cigar jargon but just enjoy the moment of having others try something new.
It was great to have some company for the second week in a row, have some great chats over a beverage and a cigar, welcome the new leaders and introduce them to the organization and start the process to say goodbye to the leaders that worked their collective butts off on behalf of the members that they represent.
To every season.....
Sean "BigBoyRunning" Ryan