IT’S easy to become blasé about the next cigar ‘cab off the rank.’ It used to be an unusual occurrence that a new Cuban cigar came to the market. Anything new caused much excitement among cigar lovers and we eagerly awaited the chance to try something different and out of the ordinary.
Once you’re a confirmed cigarophile, you’re always on the lookout for somewhere to lay your hat that is respectful of the leaf. Ask any travelling cigar man or woman and they’ll tell you straight; as soon as they know they are planning a trip somewhere specific, they’ll be hunting down the nearest and best cigar bar or lounge.
I went to the theatre in town the other night. First time for far too long. I took my daughters and it was such a trauma organizing us all to be there at the right time, with tickets, in one piece, I began to wonder what on earth I had been thinking about. I felt punch drunk by mid-afternoon.
January’s a long, dark month, isn’t it? It feels like the sort of month you really have to chew through to get down – like that meal your mother in law makes that you’re too polite to leave untouched.
Morning cigars are either something you know about or something you don’t. They could be described as being a bit ‘Marmite’; you love ‘em – or you hate ‘em. For some, nothing quite comes close to their first cigar of the day. To others, the thought is merely repulsive.
It’s never too late to change. They say you can’t teach an old dog new tricks, and to a large extent, it’s true. Let’s face it, getting El Jeffe, Laurence Davis, to switch from smoking behemoth cigars several times a day to partaking in a cigarillo every fortnight is a mission that’s doomed to failure.
Among the many things that the cigar offers those who take the time to get to know it, is the wisdom that comes with a balanced view of the world.
Have you ever experimented with laying down cigars? It’s accepted practice when it comes to wine – and indeed vintage cigars have a certain cachè as well as as an increase in later sale price if they’ve been kept well – but it is by no means an exact science, and most cigar smokers can only define it in broad terms.