Wednesday, January 12, 2011
Back from Vacation
Monday I was in Miami, sunny, warm, 80º Miami - just returned from a nine-night Southern Caribbean cruise. We've been to the Caribbean many times before, but never to the five islands that we visited this time, that's basically why I chose this cruise, that and the fact that this was also a New Year's Eve cruise. I won't bore you with all the details about how fantastic it was, but I will mention a few cigars that I smoked along the way...
St. John's, Antigua: Montecristo No. 2 (Cuba)
You know, no matter where I go, I always have an eye-out for cigar shops or for places where cigar smoking is not taboo. Spotting this shop on Antigua was like finding a needle in a haystack, seriously! Anyway, their selection was minimal, prices high, but from what I could tell this was indeed a "legit" shop for Cuban cigars. For my taste, the best cigar in the whole store was the Monte No.2, and of course it was also the most expensive. Don't ask what I paid. I'm fairly familiar with this variety, I received a box of them a few years back from a local friend that used to travel to Habana quite often. Let me tell you, 18 out of 20 of these cigars were some of the BEST cigars I've ever smoked - smooth, rich taste, perfectly packed, excellent draw, loads of creamy smoke. Yes, this cigar is just about at the top of my "favorites" list.
So what did I think this time?
The cigar continues to live up to my expectations. A superior smoke and I would gladly replace all of my Oliva's if I could smoke these instead. But, the price-factor and that little embargo thingy make it tough to make this my go-to cigar. Maybe someday?
My Rating: 10
Basseterre, St. Kitts: Patagas Serie D No.4 (Cuba)
I purchased this cigar at the Duty Free store on St.Kitts. It was reasonably priced and I don't think I've ever smoked one of these robustos before. Anyway, I smoked this one back on board the ship that evening.
What were my thoughts?
Meh, nothing special, but then again that's just my taste. The draw was a little tight, the flavor a bit harsh or peppery at times, plus I had to re-light it more than a few times. Now I was in the Caribbean where it's pretty humid, but my other fine cigars performed flawlessly. Oh well, guess I'll cross this one off my list for now. (or until my taste change)
My Rating: 7
Stay tuned for my next post - I'll tell you a little story about the $3 Cohiba that I bought in the Dominican Republic...
When we arrived and when we departed Miami we spent extra nights over at the Four Seasons Hotel on Brickwell. If you have a choice, take the Suite, you won't regret it! Oh brother, I was in heaven...
A rare photo of yours truly enjoying a cigar in the Habana Club.