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.
If 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.