CIGAR NOTES – Montecristo #2, White Series

Wherein we revisIt an old/new friend

(Theological Armory) – WHAT I WAS SMOKING THEN: First, a digression. The first Montecristo I ever had was at my wedding to The Puppycat. A friend of my father’s brought me a box of Cuban Montecristo #2 cigars. A full box, which at that time, 15 years ago, was probably a $400 box of cigars. The Puppycat hails from Cuba (well, OK, she was her parents “American Surprise”) and so the wedding was attended by the Cuban Old Guard in DFW. I gave away about half the box, but it was worth it to see their eyes light up and the way they seemed transported to another place and time.

My son-in-law, Nathan, observed that the cigar “spoke to him.” He had the same look of transport in his eyes. To this day, it remains my favorite cigar experience, and my favorite cigar.

Authentic Cuban Montecristos are hard to come by, so mostly I have had to content myself with their offerings from the Dominican Republic. Frankly, they have always been good, but not the same experience. Montecristo came out with what they call their White Series, which has a white band instead of their traditional dark brown band. And so, I tried their White Series #2.

The #2 is a belicoso, or torpedo, aka figurado. It is 6.25 inches long with a 52 ring gauge. The way I smoke, it is a good hour plus cigar.

The wrapper is an Ecuadorian Connecticut Shade, the binder is Nicaraguan and the filler is select Dominican and Nicaraguan long leaf. The cigar is silky smooth and I really enjoyed it. Was it a Cuban Montecristo #2 – close, but no cig… heh heh. It’s a great cigar, but I recently scored the actual item thanks to a friend – maybe that’s what I’ll be smoking next time. My plan is to share one with Nathan when he graduates from medical school.

WHAT I WAS READING RIGHT THEN – Usually I don’t smoke alone – so usually this part is titled “WHAT WE WERE TALKING ABOUT THEN, but this time I was reading the first book in a four book series called The Sentences, by Peter Lombard.

This is a fascinating book for theology nerds like me. It is kind of like an annotated bibliography of every important writing by every important theologian up to his day. It used to be required as part of a theology degree; one had to write a thesis on The Sentences as part of the program.

WHAT I WAS DRINKING RIGHT THEN – I was drinking Pendleton 1910 12 year old rye whiskey. This tasty delight was introduce to me by Frater Cowculus. It is a very worthy offering.

pendleton1If you’ve not tried a rye whiskey, or you have and immediately returned to corn squeezin’s, might I suggest you give this one a try? I can recommend it be enjoyed with a good cigar, a good book or some good friends.

CIGAR NOTES – Sancho Panza


WHAT I’M SMOKING RIGHT THEN (Blogging makes for tense tense renderings – I could say Now, but that would not be accurate – wait! It could be! Hahaha) WHAT I’M SMOKING RIGHT THEN NOW!

(CARROLLTON) – A Sancho Panza Glorioso. These little delights are made in Honduras and are a box pressed parejo. They are 6.5 inches long with a ring gauge of 50. I usually prefer a maduro wrapper, but these, at 10 for 29.95 were too affordable to pass up. This medium strength cigar with a light brown Connecticut Shade wrapper lit well, drew well, produced a nice volume of smoke and well, was just good. The binder is

A smoke ring from the Glorioso - via my Blackberry

Connecticut Broadleaf and the filler may hail from the Dominican Republic, Honduras or Nicaragua. With cigar prices being what they are, I hesitate to tell anyone about these, because if they get popular then the price goes up. But, Sancho Panza has become a staple in my humidor. My only complaint about the Glorioso is that if you spent too much time talking between puffs, it would go out.

My daughter and son-in-law came over with the two grandchildren. It’d been about a month since I’d seen them. Nathan is a firefighter in Waxahachie and one of my primary smoking buddies. They had been here for about 10 minutes when we went out back and lit up for a relaxing smoke and chat.


We talked about the fact he had graduated from EMT school as Valedictorian, and the stress and strain of his ride-outs. He is currently at the busiest Irving fire department, and so is getting all kinds of experience. I have to say I am very impressed by his efforts, and by the training our emergency response professionals receive. We are truly lucky to have such well-trained and dedicated men and women out there when we need them.
Nathan is also going through RCIA and will be a fresh Catholic this Easter. Meanwhile, the ward of Stately Glob Manor, Lanier, age 15, is also doing that this year at our church. So we talked a bit about how we couldn’t be in two places at the same time. I can’t really express how happy we are that Nathan has made this decision. Last Easter my daughter surprised us all by inviting us to her Easter Vigil at St. Micheal’s in Garland, TX, and so now the whole family will be in the Church.

Nathan asked me what I gave up for Lent. This sparked an interesting conversation about the whole point of all that, and he told me that he had given up judging people. “Wow,” I thought to myself. That would be quite a challenge. And I’ve let my cigar go out while typing. One moment please… there. That’s good, but I will have to be careful. Cigars don’t respond well to being ignored.

Nathan commented about the whole “giving up thing.” As in, using Lent to do things that really are just a benefit to you, e.g. going on a diet or something. Then, Coco the Wonder Dog ran out the door and nearly knocked Grandson Jonathon in the pool, and we lost our train of thought.


The Empty Bottle of MaCallan - Yes, we did hear bagpipes playing Amazing Grace

The Macallan, 12 years old, a Christmas Present from Nathan. It seemed fitting to finish it off with him. There were about two drinks a piece left in there, more than enough to get us through the cigars, the talking, and the cooking of the fajitas. Well, OK, we did have to go into his Bacardi dark rum.

We then kind of picked up where we left off, talking about the looks you get when  you have ashes on your head, and the fact that many Protestants seem to think Catholics aren’t Christians. As I told Nathan during our conversation, “I don’t even know where to start” when addressing someone who thinks you worship the Pope and not Jesus the Christ.

I suppose that’s part of what makes the world go ’round. All in all, it was a very enjoyable afternoon.


Cigar Notes – Montecristo

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Four Well Known Cigar Brands (Wikipedia)

Allow me a moment to considerWhat I’m Smoking Right Now

(caveat: This was originally posted a year and a 1/2 ago. Am reposting to give the illusion of activity on this site. Well, actually, I am testing the timed delivery post feature of WordPress.)
CARROLLTON – A Montecristo Sevens. Man what a cigar. This is a fabulous smoke. The story on the Sevens is this: Two tobacco rollers, each with 25 years of experience, are paired as a team. One selects the tobacco leaf. The other rolls the work of art. This is easily one of the very best cigars I have ever had. This is a seven-inch cigar with a ring gauge of 50. It is a mild to medium smoke. The color is medium brown, not nearly as dark as a maduro, but not the light tan that most people are familiar with. The wrapper is Ecuador Sumatran, a very nice wrapper with a slight peppery note. The binder is from the Dominican Republic while the filler is a blend of Dominican and Brazilian tobaccos. The shape is parejo, which is the standard shape most people are familiar with.

This has an exceptionally smooth draw, nice even burn, smooth white ash, and I can easily blow robust perfect smoke rings. What a joy this is.

What I’m Drinking Right Now

A classic milk bubble tea from Fat Straws. You may be thinking, “That is an odd pairing.” Or, you may be wondering, “What the hell is a bubble tea. And classic milk – huh?” Well, I’ve done a bit of deliberate experimentation with my cigars and beverages. By far, my favorite pairing of a good cigar is with a good port. I’m kind of partial to tawny ports, but do enjoy the more common dark ruby ports. I also very much enjoy a cigar with scotch, and probably my favorite current scotch is Famous Grouse, or, as it is known by certain associates, Infamous Goose. The scotch is on the rocks, sometimes with water, sometimes not.

Additionally, I enjoy rum and coke or whiskey and coke. I like dark Jamaican rum, usually Myers Original. For whiskey, I’ve become partial to Wild Turkey. Jack Daniels is for teenagers with no palate, by the way. It’s the whiskey equivalent of Mad Dog 20/20 or maybe Night Train. But, there are of course non-alcoholic drinks to be enjoyed with cigars.

Personally, regular coke is really good. All diet anythings absolutely suck. They are simply wretched. When one is enjoying something so pure and naturally earthy as a burning leaf, a mouth full of artificially constructed liquids is revealed for the putrid trash that it is. On the other hand, water all by itself is OK. Coffee generally is not good with a cigar, I’m not sure why. It just doesn’t work.

“Yeah, yeah, but what the hell is a bubble tea?” Fair question. I mentioned the name of the place I bought my bubble tea from – Fat Straws. It is called that because of the bubbles. Which are not bubbles. They are in fact fairly large balls of black tapioca. “MmmmMmmmm,” I can hear you thinking. (The bubble won’t fit in a regular skinny straw. You have to use these big fat straws. Get it?) I’ve only tried two types of the bubble tea from this place – the Thai Tea and the Classic Milk. The Thai tea does not taste good with cigars. However, I am finding the classic milk to be quite nice. Unusual? Well, yes, but then, so am I.

What I’m Listening To Right Now.

A cd by some group called Phono Phreak. I bought this from the little ensemble playing at The Nasher Sculpture Center several years ago when the Puppycat and I went for an evening event there. There was dinner out doors and then this group playing something I guess you would call Jazz Chill. It is really nice background music. Chill by the way arose in night clubs where the pounding driving overly loud music on the dance floor gave rise to a side room where this really smooth electronic influenced music would be played where patrons could chill out for a while. I really like it. In fact, my very favorite cd is Flamenco Chill, brought to me direct from Spain by this girl we know from Spain. Anyway, that’s what I’m listening to. Believe, me, the combination of a cigar, bubble tea, music, and the fact today was pay day make this a very enjoyable evening.

What I’m Thinking Right Now

That this article is probably too long, and what I am thinking about would easily double the size of this article, so, never mind. I would, however, love to know what you are thinking about. So, leave a note in the comments!

CIGAR NOTES – Trinidad

Allow me a moment to consider

What I’m Smoking Right Now

CARROLLTON – Today I am smoking a nice little Trinidad. This offering from the Domincan Republic is a corona, 5 inches long by 44 ring gauge. It is a full bodied cigar with medium brown Ecuador Sumatran wrapper. The binder is Connecticut Broadleaf and the filler is Nicaraguan, Domincan and Puerto Rican. Actually, I’m not sure in this case if it is a blend of these or if this particular cigar may have one or the other.

I’ve had this before, and for some reason I really never think about it when I am at the store, but this is a nice cigar. I usually end up with one of these in some kind of grab bag of cigars. I do like the Ecuador Sumatran wrapper – which provides most of the taste/flavor enjoyment. Since I’ve got my humidors right, it smoke very nicely, even draw, not hot or bitter. Good cigar.

What I’m Drinking Right Now

A little Wild Turkey and Coke. My son-in-law Nathan brought over this bottle and thoughtfully left it here for our mutual future enjoyment. Sadly, my cigar has gone out while typing this. — One moment please — Ok.

What I’m Listening To Right Now

Lento by Julieta Venegas on Pandora Radio. She’s “latin alternative.” Pandora Radio let’s you create channels and streams music over your laptop or personal computing device of your choice. I created the Shakira Channel for my listening pleasure, and so they play Shakira and similar artists. It’s pretty cool. See, now I’m listening to Don’t Speak by No Doubt. If they play a song you don’t like, you can tell them to never play it again, and they will factor that into their music selection algorithm. Like I said, pretty cool.

What I’m Thinking Right Now

Thinking ’bout stuff. Like for example, I need to write my review of the Absinthe Tasting the Puppycat and I attended at Morton’s Steakhouse last night. And the pool needs work, though it is now a sparkling blue, not St. Paddy’s Day green. And about 9 different articles I have percolating in my head that will go into the Religion and Culture section. I have some thought working regarding truth and context and the fact we only have subjective reality to work with in our attempts to deal with objective truth. But that will require a little more time and Wild Turkey. You know, to bypass the subjective reality part. To get into, you know the proper mental context.

Puppycat wants to read her email so this article is in the archives!!

Cigar Notes

Allow me a moment to considerWhat I’m Smoking Right Now

CARROLLTON – At this moment in time, I am not smoking anything. It is 11:20 on 3/1/09, and I am in my pajamas. I am writing this as a sort of dummy article for inclusion in this new version of The Glob. I did smoke a JR Alternate maduro Macanudo wannabe cigar. JR Cigars has big tobacco companies make cigars for them. This particular one was made in I think Honduras, in the same factory that makes Macanudos and Partagas. The cigar store where I bought them had bundles of 20 five dollars off. So, the cigar cost roughly a buck and a half. For a buck fifty, it was worth every penny. Draw was a little tight, but flavor was good. It was peppery which paired well with the 18 year old Famous Grouse scotch I was washing it down with.

What I’m Drinking Right Now

CARROLLTON – Coffee. It’s Sunday morning after all.

What I’m Thinking Right Now

CARROLLTON – Last night we had company: Robert and Celia, Nathan and Tiff and Evie, and Leon and Theresa. Nathan and Tiff brought over a brisket which we finished up on the grill, and Robert and Celia brought steaks and corn. Leon made mashed potatoes and I cooked everything. We had fun. Oh, and James Hall came over as well. We talked, smoked cigars, drank fine spirits, and were in fine spirits.

I am glad to have a job, and glad to be able to have friends and family. I have a lot to be thankful for.