I like to smoke a cigar when I am grilling, playing golf, or just relaxing on the veranda. Sometimes it is hard to multi-task when doing some of these things. When golfing, you don’t want the cigar to get in the way of your backswing or lay it on the turf which may be laced with chemicals. Just imagine a golf course aflame… And although I like smoked meat, when you are grilling, you don’t want the ashes or cigar smoke to flavor your steak.
A good solution is the cigar clip. Simply attached the grip clip to your chair, table, or golf cart. The fastening end has a strong clip, the holding end gently holds your cigar while you perform other tasks. The swivel action allows the clip to work for right or left handed spaces. The cigar grip clip can be purchased at fine cigar stores or at www.getagripclip.com.
This is the motto from the Cigar Factory of New Orleans. Let the good times roll is exactly what I did when I received a gift sampler from my wife who recently visited New Orleans. My three pack sampler included a Corona 44 x 5 1/4”, Café 42 x 6”, and a Numero Tres 46 x 51/4” ranging from a medium to rich and full flavors.
Located on Bourbon Street and Decatur Street in the French Quarter of New Orleans, Cigar Factory customers can watch cigars being hand-rolled.The cigars are from Cuban seed and two year old long leaf Nicaraguan tobacco. All of the smokes in the sampler had great flavor and long lasting burn. If you want to learn more about the Cigar Factory, check them out at: http://www.cigarfactoryneworleans.com.
I would like to think that I don’t succumb to advertising pressure that I see in the everyday world, but when I saw the new Duck Commander cigar, I had to try one. Why? Because I love Duck Dynasty and the values and principles embodied by the Robertson clan. I don’t watch a lot of television, but I do not miss an episode of this show. Sometimes I even watch the reruns over and over. I also just finished reading Happy, Happy, Happy, by the Robertson patriarch, Phil Robertson, and recently saw Willie Robertson speak at a men’s conference.
The Duck Commander cigar is handmade by Ted’s Cigars, which also makes other notable name brand cigars. This cigar has a mild to medium strength flavor, and is produced in the Dominican Republic with the following specifications:
Wrapper: Ecuadorian Habano
Size: 6 X 50 Toro
Filler: United States and Dominican tobaccos
This official Duck Commander cigar comes in an airtight glass tube, so no humidifier is needed. See more about the Duck Commander cigar at www.tedscigars.com
A friend of mine used to ask “do you know the difference between a $2 cigar and a $6 cigar?” To a cigar novice like myself, the difference was $4; to someone with more experience, the difference includes factors such as flavor, type of wrapper, and smoke time. So how do I pick a cigar? Well there are as many cigars to choose from as there are brews to taste, so besides wandering around the large humidor looking for the inexpensive ones, I do have some criteria. My preferences usually work out to be a Robusto style with the following elements:
Wrapper – Natural
Flavor Strength – Medium
Length – 5”-6”
Gauge – 50
After visiting the Doña Elba cigar factory a few years ago, I have a tendency to pick Nicaraguan cigars. I recently tried a Perdomo Lot 23 Gordito Maduro cigar. Now that is quite a description, so let’s break it down. The name Perdomo Lot 23 is actually a great story. Perdomo, a cigar expert who liked to experiment with different seeds, blends, soils, aging processes, etc., planted some seed on Lot 23 on the company farm in Esteli, Nicaragua, which was unused land. The result of the experiment turned out to be one the best new releases in 2006. Gordito is short length at 4 ½”. Maduro is the wrapper, which is very dark.
Read more about Perdomo at www.perdomocigars.net