The first half of the week was nondescript and boring, much like the Montecristo Open Regatta I had on Wednesday night. I have read good and bad reviews about Montecristo's "Open Series". Not one to judge I thought I would give them a try. I have developed a penchant for the "Torpedo" shape cigar so opted to try the Regatta.
Now I am not saying this was a bad cigar nor am I saying it was good. It was just Hmm!! I say it would be a great cigar for someone who has never tried a Cuban, or any other cigar, before but as far as inspiring even a enthusiast ( Do you like how I have upgraded myself from novice!!) like me, it doesn't stand up.
Thursday was a different story. The Mrs was off and we went out to Dundrum for a visit. A quick stop off in the Credit Union and we were on our way back into town towards Alfies for Lunch and Cuba Libras. They do an amazing €10 lunch meal that satisfies even my appetite. After eating we went outside and bared the elements as I smoked my first Vegas Robaina Unicos.
I loved this cigar. It started perfectly and even though I am not one for tasting notes it was almost sugary. This lasted well into the second third and was accompanied by a lot more flavours that my palette is too naive to describe. The overall feel was that it was truly a desert cigar. I will be picking up a few more.
Friday we paid off the balance towards Cuba. All we need now is spending money and a couple of years paying off our Credit Union loan!!
It was work then for the rest of the weekend ending on Sunday when I got thoroughly drenched. I couldn't feel my fingers or toes and was never happier to get home. After defrosting I felt I needed a long smoke. I went to the humidor and picked out a Trinidad Fundadores I had been looking at for a while.
Once again I was not disappointed. A long cigar but a not too large ring gauge. I lay on the sofa watching The Cube (What a show) puffing away and in total bliss. A medium cigar that changes flavour all throughout the hour or so of smoking, finishing almost full bodied but not too strong. Probably better when smoked in company but I didn't care.
So now its Monday. The biggest game of the season is on tonight and depending on the result it could be a great night of food, drink and cigars. Otherwise it could be a short lived night where there will be no talking to me. We will know which by 2130 tonight.
|Monte Open Regata
|Vegas Robaina Unicos