It was going to be a long day of ending somethings and starting of others. Before starting the day I made what has become my favorite coffee, "Just Black Coffee" from Black Rifle Coffee Company, and clipped my No.9 for smoking.
The cigar is top grade construction with few veins and a sweet looking semi oily sheen. This cigar should always be ranked with some of the best because in my never to be humble opinion it is.
The pre light draw gives hints of dry cocoa powder, rich soil and wood. Torching the cigar, rich flavors of dark chocolate, warm spice and wood show through, the smoke given is thick and creamy with touches of dried flowers in the aroma. Moving into the first third, a mild sweetness reminiscent of old fashioned sugar cookies begin to peak through.
As I draw deep on this delectable cigar I begin the process of cleaning out old files I have kept for years. Interviews and reviews who's pages have discolored somewhat over time are fed to the trash bin, articles written for different things before www.gcpuffs.com, some being fifteen years and longer ago, pulled from the cabinet and tossed like yesterdays salad. I had thought of keeping some things but old is old and new does not mix so away it all goes.
Moving into the second third I happened across a bundle of old photos I haven't seen in much time. sitting down to peruse through them, the cigar is treating me to a plethora of abundance in delicious flavors. The dark chocolate has taken on a more dry cocoa affair with the warm spice turning a tad to pepper. The wood has backed off with touches of raw leather beginning to show, but in all this mix the switch up is very evident and pleasing. The mild sweetness I had mentioned has moved to the background and even though still noticeable, has moved to a reminder of carnival salt water taffy but very faint. The smoke is still thick and the dried flowers can still be picked up in the aroma.
The photos are of old cigar events, people in the industry and many fun filled times over the years. A few pictures of dinners that became very hilarious are there as well. I place the pictures in the cabinet, those are memories I shall keep.
With all things now cleaned out and a new system in place, I begin to look at things coming up in the future. Change is not always a bad thing, sometimes change brings avenues to expand what is inside.
Relaxing for a moment in thought, the cigar moves into the final third, the leather has increased with the cocoa disappearing being replaced by dark roasted coffee beans, more like coffee and chicory which is a good thing, with the pepper becoming more of a pepper mix. The mild sweetness has now vanished and the cigar more robust in flavor, with the final draw giving richer leather which works wonderfully with the coffee bean and a touch of dark loamish soil.
If you have not smoked one in a while pick a few up and revisit the delightful cigar and see what it reminds you of.
Peace and Smoke,