A fan of the blog wrote me and asked what my favorite cigar that I ever smoked was. Now it took me a while as I thought about it for like three whole days. I mean there are so many cigars that I have enjoyed the living hell out of, and mind you I’ve been doing premium cigars for a good number of years now.
But then as I was driving and out of the blue the answer hit me, but it’s not an answer I expected at all. I thought about all the brands I’ve loved over the past years and then I realized it’s not really about the brands at all – it’s about what I was doing and who I was with that made all the difference in the world. There’s like 35 or 40 cigars that I think are fantastic and narrowing it down to one favorite is sort of impossible. But thinking about some of the magical cigar moments I’ve had, well now I think we’ve got something.
My good friend and his wife were moving far away for his new job, so we did a goodbye dinner at a steakhouse that had a nice little cigar room upstairs. I brought a couple of Cuban Hoyo de Monterrey Double Coronas that smoked for over two hours as we did a bottle of California red and shots of some great bourbon. It was a magical evening and the cigars were just beyond outstanding.
Another time, the business I was partners in had our Christmas party at an old-world Italian restaurant. Twelve of us ate like kings and queens as the men’s dessert was good scotch and Arturo Fuente Hemmingway cigars. I think we each had two of them over the course of the evening and I remember the guys saying it was the best sticks they ever had. Oh yeah, the cigars were fantastic, but I knew it was the place and the people we were hanging with that made all the difference in the world.
Then there was the time I was at dinner with Alec Bradley owner, Alan Rubin and 15 friends at a seafood joint in Florida. This little place on the water and had a cigar patio and Alan just happened to bring the group a variety of AB goodness like the Post Embargo, Black Market, and Prensado. We smoked and drank while telling stories and partying ‘til the wee hours of the morning. It was truly one of the best gatherings I’ve ever been to and I’ll just never forget the flavor and the aroma of those aged cigars, I mean they were sensational.
Of course, there was that time I went to Toronto to visit friends. We saw a wild Maple Leafs vs Canadiens game then headed to dinner at an amazing steak place near the Air Canada Centre. There was this beautiful cigar bar inside where we had drinks and a smoke before dinner, then after dinner as well, including hanging with a bunch of players from both teams. I had a Monte #2 that seemed as if it lasted for hours as we were regaled by nonstop stories from the players. Can you seriously have a better time smoking? No, you really can’t.
So, as you can see, I really do think that the place you’re smoking, the people you are with, and the stories being told are what makes your cigar smoking experience beyond extra special. All of those cigars we had were out of this world and I remember each of them as it were yesterday. So, I’ve gotta ask what you think about my story and if you feel the same way?