Another hectic week, another weekend, and more cigars to smoke! I took down quite a few this weekend so let’s just get to it, shall we? I began early this week, specifically after lunch on Friday.

Friday Afternoon: Rocky Patel Decade Lonsdale (2008)

Big Al and I managed to squeeze an hour in after lunch Friday to enjoy the weather and a five year old Rocky Patel Decade Lonsdale. This Ecuadorian Sumatra wrapped beauty offered up some rich flavors including cherry, leather, and some pepper. Construction was perfect but I found the flavor profile a bit boring. Or maybe it was just the drunk homeless man that kept insisting Al looked like Whitey Bulger (he doesn’t really). In the end, this stick was good but didn’t change up much.

Friday Evening: Joya de Nicaragua Antano 1970 Machito (2004)

I decided to pull something special out of my humidor Friday night. It was cold and I wanted to pair something with a glass of Benjamin Prichard’s Rye Whiskey I had just poured. That meant something that was a quick smoke but with a full flavor profile. After searching through my humidors, I grabbed an original release of the Joya de Nicaragua Antano 1970 Machito that Stogie Santa had gifted me. This Petit Corona was probably the best smoke I had all weekend. Wow! I forgot how good the Antano is and the age only added to the experience. The first thought that came to mind was the MUWAT Bait Fish has roots with this cigar which i snot surprising considering it is made in the same factory. The second thing that came to mind was to text Stogie Santa to see if he had any more. In conclusion, it paired perfectly with the Whiskey. "Box Worthy"

Saturday Morning: El Triunfador Lancero Limited

Big Al had gifted me this beautiful 7 1/2 x 38 lancero. This Nicaraguan puro sports a triple cap with pig tail and unlike the regular line of El Triunfador, a Connecticut Broadleaf wrapper. All others in this series from Pete Johnson are wrapped in Ecuadorian Habano. This stick started medium in strength and body and went great with my AM coffee. Flavors were rich and included espresso, cedar, and some spice. The strength and body picked up a bit as it progressed which made me think I would wait a bit later in the day the next time I grabbed one. Construction, burn, and draw were perfect in every sense. A definite "Fiver"!

Saturday Evening: LFD El Jocko No. 1 Maduro

Paul had gifted me this odd shaped perfecto. Available in either an Ecuadorian Connecticut or Mexican Maduro wrapper with a Nicaraguan binder and Dominican Piloto Cubano filler, this blend has been around for more than a decade. With it’s LFD sweetness (Ligero maybe?) and A+ construction, I enjoyed it a great deal after a good meal. A definite "Fiver".

Sunday Morning: La Aroma de Cuba EE No. 2

With issues with the house stressing me out, I managed to find the time to enjoy a favorite of mine with a cup of coffee. The a Aroma de Cuba EE No. 2 is a 5 x 50 Robusto that sports a Ecuadorian wrapper and pairs perfectly with a morning cup of coffee. It is also versatile and flavorful enough to smoke anytime of the day. Made by Ashton, these always burn and draw perfectly. The only negative thing about smoking this cigar is it was my last one. I will need to pick up some more of these ASAP. "Box Worthy"

Until next Monday, keep burning!