Well, in times of darkness, it is important to find some light, so here we go with sampling of new to me products for this weeks review.
So last week was a decent week in regards to workouts, I was pretty much done most by Friday. Friday was a little longer of a workday also, so when I was able to get home, it was time for a little wind down with a cigar and beverage.
Since I returned home from Vancouver there has been one cigar that has been calling my name everytime I have walked by the cabinet that house my #cigarSunday friends. I have seen it posted about many times in the various cigar blogs and social network pages for a while now and I really wanted to try it.
The CAO Flathead 660. This newer cigar line is based off of the muscle cars of days of yore. The flathead part comes into play with the squaring off of the end of the cigar, along with its very sleek shape. Its dark maduro wrapper gives off some great flavor of cocoa, spice and has a nuttiness that I have not really experienced before. It took some work to get it lit, but it had a fantastic draw, and really held its ash. Probably top 10 cigars all time for me, I am hoping on a very upcoming trip through the states into Toronto that I can find a few more.
I paired it with a new to me local to Nova Scotia - Dark Cream Ale from Hell Bay Brewing Co. from Liverpool NS. I have always been a fan of porters and stouts, but dont really recall much in the way of Dark Cream Ale's in the past. But upon giving the cigar a sniff or 9, I though I would forgo the usual scotch paring and give this local beer a try. So glad I did!
It has an interesting flavour on its own, but when paired with the cigar, the flavors of both are completely lifted. I forget sometimes how crazy it can be when pairing cigars what can happen when you strike a great balance. It was just what the end of the week needed. I like it so much I bought another case on Saturday.
Saturday was pretty much a blur, I had to forgo any work outs as Saturday would be the only day that our little nook of Nova Scotia would have sunshine. So advantage must be taken.
I hit the grocery stores early to get my shopping done, then home and straight into washing the house. Our house tends not to get sunshine on one side, great for sleeping in the summer, but awful as there tends to be some green funk that grows on the siding because it is never not damp.
Of course my long handled brush broke right before i started so I scrubbed the house by hand and then pressure washed off the soap. What a difference if I do say so myself. So after that task was complete it was time to move onto the pool. I really havnt done much to it since we set it up a few weeks ago. So I finished getting the filter set up, and with the help of my neighbour, got it working again. Get the right mix of chemicals and bob's yur uncle.
Next up the lawn. Well this is where the wheels fell off, well more like the blade deck actually.
Our neighbours are awesome, we couldnt ask for better, Im not sure they would say the same. We have 3 obnoxious dogs, and aside from our sense of humour and friendship I dont know we have ever had much to offer. They on the other hand offer all of the above. help with projects and the use of their equipment. Which brings us to the mower. Now I am not a lawn obsessed person, nothing against that, its just not me. But I do appreciate the nice look that comes with a recently mowed lawn. I have put off buying my own mower, because our neighbours freely offered theirs, and I never really had anywhere to store it.
However, I am not sure for how much longer the offer will be extended as i have the worst luck with anything equipment related and true to form something happened when I was on the mower. Now this is about the 4th time something has happened when I have been on this mower, so I should have known things were going to well.
So I did the drive of shame back over to my neighbours to explain how I have, again, broken his mower.
There was no shock, or suprise, more of a reluctant chuckle and lets go see what happened this time from my amazingly patient neighbour. After a short review, yes I had indeed broken the mower. Again.
There was a generous offer of a push mower, but at this point I didnt want to break anything else, and our lawn is such that it probably would have taken me way more time then I would ever want to devout to such a task.
I slinked back to the house, the mantle of shame weighing heavy on me. I puttered around and got a couple more things done, made super for the clan and contemplated a #cigarSaturday. Should I? Shouldnt I? I did a lot today, but enough to warrant a bonus cigar?
As I struggled with this internal battle, we were invited to a bonfire at our neighbours. Baby Jebus had spoken. A #cigarSaturday was unavoidable.
So I again turned to my Vancouver selections and picked another new to me cigar, the Rocky Patel Edge Habano. Now I have seen the Rocky Patel brand over the last couple of months and always wanted to try one. This one was among the favs from one of the staff at City Cigar so I bought it.
This cigar is full on Nicaraguan in every aspect from its wrapper to the blend of leaf inside. It is a very flavour filled cigar. It has a fantastic dark wrap that has a shiny hue. It lit extremely well, and has a peppery, earthy, woody nose and flavour. So far I am 2 for 2 out of the Vancouver selections. I didnt want to pair it with the same beverage from the night before, but I did want to ride this dark beer pairing another night.
So a quick drop into the liquor store and I picked up a couple of bottles of the Rare Bird Full Steam Stout. Another local brewery here in Nova Scotia, just down the road in Guysborough. It did not have the stout taste I am familiar with, it hit almost some tart, dry coffee flavour that was out of this world. There was also faint cocoa and maltiness that really lent itself to the RP cigar.
Add that to a lot of laughs, smores and a bonfire with friends and you really couldnt have asked for a better night in Nova Scotia.
With a week or more of rain lined up in the coming days, it was really the best the day could have been ( aside from the mower).
Sean 'BigBoyRunning' Ryan