Since I have last written, I have:
- Taken a few classes in cigar making
- Done some wrapper-switching
- Found a "new love" cigar
- Helped a good friend with a new website (cigar related of course)
There comes a point where, rather than create a new law, I wonder if our adept lawmakers are better off rethinking who we are giving the privilege of driving to....
I fully understand that driving a car is literally diving a several ton missile, but making smoking while driving illegal- come on. Heck, I even agree with the cell phone law- I do not like it, but I agree.
Although nonfatal, perhaps we could reduce the number of people bumping into each other on the street if we outlawed walking while chewing gum.
I have had a couple of accidents in my life as a driver, and NONE of them have had to do with the fact that I am a smoker (or drinker). I greatly enjoy smoking while driving, and the thought of it being illegal for safety reason makes me laugh out loud.
This is not a Big Brother issue, nor a rights issue, this is governmental stupidity at it very best.
If drivers are having trouble smoking and driving, I am going to go out on a limb and say, maybe they should not be driving at all. And, maybe they shouldn't walk and chew gum either.
Reports say that the law has little or no chance of passing, but I urge New Jersey lawmakers to focus other concerns, perhaps education or even just commonsense, in stead of wasting the taxpayer's money and resources on frivolous laws like this.
Bars... now cars?
I have been a fan of the canonasso size cigars for some time, but never tried the Cohiba Siglo VI until now. This is an impressive cigar just to look at. Sliding this large tobacco out of the tube, with the name Cohiba wrapped around a fat ring size, makes even the most seasoned smoker take a deep breath.
The fragrance of the unlit tobacco was impressive, sweet and complex. The brown wrapper reminded me of the Montecristo #2 that I recently picked up in
I lit up the massive cigar with one match and a few puffs. Wow! What a flavor- literally typing my notes is making my mouth water for another. The creamy smoke had such a full flavor that you didnâ€™t even notice itâ€™s strength until you inhaled it or passed it through your nose.
The cigar burned steady with a even ash all the way down. The flavors were natural and deep- like taking a deep breath in the forest just after a rain. This was a very pleasurable cigar, although knowing what they go for, probably not an everyday smoke for everyoneâ€¦
Those of you interested in a hearty Cuban cigar, should get your hands on one of these. This is a cigar that I will remember for a long time.Overall Score: 96/100
I have noticed some queries coming in from the search engines about the history of culebra that come into the glossary page. The glossary page does not give anything more than a brief description of the cigar, so I am going to write a supplemental entry about these interesting cigars.
Simply speaking it is 3 extra-long pantaletas braided together, and intended to be smoked separately. The cigar is created by moistening all parts of the tobacco to a very high level (80%) so that it can be molded easily. There is a greater chance of draw issues in culebras based on their construction.
The average torcidor is not trained to make the culebra, although there are a few brands that have a line (like Partagas and Davidoff I believe) that can be found regularly. Generally, you need to get them from a tobacco artisan.
Historically speaking, the culebra (which means snake in Spanish) is a unique cigar that that has been around since early 1800s. There are two stories I have heard as to their origin: