The cigar at the start gives a wonderful burst of pepper, think black and red mix, with a healthy dose of the fertile earth. Shortly in, a slight of sweetness somewhat like maple begins to show combining with the baled hay. The wonderful aroma of aged tobacco starts to fill the room making the enjoyment even more enticing. During the first third, the rustic flavor that reminds me of cigars from years ago danced on the palate, as the blend showed its combinations and switches.
I picked up the old lighter again, its was silver and made around 1910. I was in New Orleans visiting family and saw where a family was selling an old antebellum home due to moving. It had been in their family for generations and the were selling off the contents. One of the things I purchased was this lighter, and after asking about it was told that there great grandfather brought it with him from France when he moved here in 1926. It surprised me they wanted to sell it but luck was with me.
As I gazed at the worn but intricate design work carved into the metal, the cigar was moving well into the second third and showing how grand it is. The fertile earth and slight maple were in perfect balance as the fresh baled hay and spice blend cascaded around them. A touch of rawhide began to show which is a very pleasing addition. The entire smoke is smooth and easy.
Looking at this lighter I could not help but wonder about life in his time, what e smoked with this lighter and how his life changed coming here.
Putting the lighter back in its case I sat back to ponder, what will people think in twenty or thirty years about the way we live today, will there be people who collect everyday things we take for granted now.
Getting up to walk outside the cigar moved to the final third. The intensity of flavors were increasing as the flavor through out the cigar remained but continued changing places in pronouncement. The rawhide became darker like well worn leather the maple and spice both interlaced for a fine combination. The final draw gave a tad more dark leather and spice.
If you like a true traditional yet new twist, try the La Gloria Cubana Colección Reserva and see what you think.
Peace and Smoke,