Rainy miserable day, but I decided to smoke a Gurkha monogram after lunch. I had one a month or two ago and wasn't impressed. Today's was much better and I'm glad I have a few more. After dinner I thought about another, but decided on a pipe instead.
Funky sweet taste in the mouth today so I tried not to smoke anything good. It worked out well. Started with a VSOP CT toro and ending with a Padilla fuma torpedo, they both seemed good-a first for the Padilla (3rd attempt). Had a nice home made beer my neighbor brought over to finish off the second cigar-very tasty.
Had a third after dinner- El Faro robusto- not much to talk about-got a friend that loves them tho.
Still dying for a good cigar, but Monday was a busy day and lots of yard work to do. Decided to try a JR alternative to A.Fuente Canone while raking leaves in the afternoon. Long cigar and not bad at all. There was still some time before sunset, so I had another Padilla Fuma torpedo to end the day.
Started the day early, Raking leaves and smoking a habano toro VSOP. Not bad, but tough to smoke and rake. After lunch, I tried my first Baccarat, a rothschild. Mild and appeared to be sweetened, but not good enough to call be back for another try. Finally I decided to break out the heavy stuff, so I selected a Gurkha Legend Vintage 2001 Double Rothschild (6-1/2 x 58 ) a tasty medium to full bodied smoke. Only downside was an uneven burn- glad I have 4 more.
Started the day with a Don Oswaldo churchill--a work cigar that has been sitting for a couple of years- not bad. Then I fired up a Gurkha Black Dragon presidente-a bit strong and not as flavorful as I had hoped. A good smoke anyway. Finished the yardwork with a couple more Don Oswaldos.
Started the day with an Obsidian robusto. Perhaps a little strong for a morning smoke but it mellowed and got a little tasty in the last half. I've a couple more which I may try if the weather permits before spring.
Had a Nub CT 460 yesterday and today moved into the cheap seats with a Vista De Cuba toro (by Oliveras). I smoke a five pack as work cigars a couple of years ago and thought they were OK, so when I spotted one I thought why not.
Started off very mild with subtle flavor and picked up some strength and flave around half way through. Not bad at all, and I think a bargain at the buck a stick price I paid.
Pinar Del Rio Habano sun grown liga cubana #5- big name, not a great smoke. Started a bit harsh with no flavor, but picked up a little flavor about 1/3 in. I think I smoked another PDR sun grown and also was unimpressed.
Opened the day with a Quorum toro, definitley crap. Next was a Hoyo de Monterey toro-not bad, but lacking in flavor and strong. Followed that with an Empress of the DR churchill-barely OK-smoked some torpedos of the brand which are worse. Final smoke was a Don Augusto toro-started out nice and quickly went south. Maybe I'll get to smoke something good tomorrow.
Todays smoke was a Gurkha Royal Brigade toro. Nice, but had some wrapper issues and needed to be drawpoked. Flavor took almost 2 inches to hit, but it was good. Even after poking the draw was a bit strained. Perhaps the next four will be better. Finished the day pulling and digging carrots in the garden with an Empress of the DR churchill work cigar.
Gurkha Empire Series III today. Maduro wrapper with large veins, drew well and burned even. Not any flavor to speak of until about 2' in, then only a mild flavor for the rest of the cigar. Not a bad smoke, but perhaps not as good as the #IV or V.