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December 2, 2010 – Jaime Garcia Reserva Especial

December 10, 2010 Leave a comment

Although my new home in the Lexington, KY area does provide a great B&M in Schwab’s Pipe and Tobacco, strip back down to Tucson is in my plans for tomorrow. I am really looking forward to the trip, and have been for quite some time. This is mainly because I will be able to visit Jerry’s Cigars, one of the best local shops I think you can find.

Jaime Garcia Reserva Especial Band

But in relocating I was pleasantly surprised to find the great selection of boutique cigars that Schwab’s offers. Having grown somewhat tired of the run-of-the-mill Fuente, Padron, C.A.O. lines that are the staples in most cigar enthusiast choices, I am drawn more and more to the lesser-known smokes.

Excellent Smoke, Excellent Price

Full View of Jaime Garcia Reserva Espeical






On a Veteran’s-Day visit to Schwab’s I came across the Jaime Garcia Reserva Especial line, and after enjoying many of the Pepin cigars over the past few years, I knew that this would be an interesting cigar if nothing else.

The Toro size was very pleasing $6.80, so I picked up a couple to at least give them a shot, and after immediately falling in love with them, on my last trip to the shop I knew that I wanted a few more.

Tonight I have been enjoying one of the two that I picked up on Monday, and once again this cigar isn’t letting me down.

As for a review, I don’t think I could do the cigar justice, especially after reviews such as this already exist, and even more so since I enjoyed this excellent smoke while, as usual, taking my dogs for a walk.

But I do want to say that the stick is a tasty, full-bodied cigar that really isn’t too overpowering. The construction is amazing, providing a consistent smoke that requires virtually no relighting or touching-up. The smoke is very thick, and the aroma lingers on the tongue for just the right amount of time.

This is quickly becoming one of my favorites, although I am sure after a trip to Jerry’s tomorrow afternoon, a shop that has virtually everything a cigar connoisseur could want, I will probably find a few new and interesting smokes.

But for now, this Reserva Especial has a special place in my heart, and I am sure I will partake in more than a few of these down the road.

Size: 5 1/4 x 52
Wrapper: Connectictut Broadleaf
Binder: Ecuador
Filler: Nicaraguan
Price:$6.80 at local B&M

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Giving Thanks with a Padron 1926 Serie #1 Maduro

December 3, 2010 Leave a comment

Thanksgiving – such a wonderful day.

Thanksgiving is a day in which most Americans can relax and reflect upon the reasons for which we are thankful.

This year, I know that I have a great deal to be thankful, and Thanksgiving was a great day for me.

To begin, I had an amazing meal of the traditional turkey and dressing, and after watching the first half of the Detroit Lions football game, a staple on Thanksgiving,

I headed out with the dogs for a relaxing walk around Georgetown, KY.

My walk was made much better by the fact that I was able to enjoy a Padron 1926 Serie #1 Maduro. This cigar is considered by most as in the upper-echelon of cigars, and as far as I am concerned cigars don’t get much better than this.

Padron Size Chart

Padron 1926 Series Size Chart

Thanksgiving always makes for a very strange day, though, as it is one of the very few days that there is virtually NO traffic anywhere. While convenience stores and an occasional grocery store may be open, most regular businesses are closed, which isn’t necessarily a bad thing, but it does make for an interesting walk.

To begin, though, I must point out the fact that it was a cold and, yes, drizzly day in Kentucky, and the fact that I was enjoying a cigar of this caliber while on a walk in a heavy mist of cold moisture is enough to make most cigar enthusiasts cringe. But why would I want to have a lesser cigar on such a great American day?

An Empty McDonald's on Thanksgiving

Empty McDonald's in Georgetown, KY

Take for instance this photo of my neighborhood McDonald’s. On most any occasion one can drive by this fast food metropolis and find cars lined up around the building. But on Thanksgiving, one of the few days that business owners will take a break from raking in profits, even McDonald’s seems like a ghost town. No Big Macs. No Happy Meals. Not even a single apple pie was sold on Thanksgiving at this McDonald’s, and for that I think more than a few people should give thanks.

As for my cigar of the day, the Padron 26 was simply better than any dessert that I could have had.

The fact that the Padron 26 has such quality construction made it an even better cigar to enjoy on a day like this, because relighting the cigar was never really a major issue. The cigar provided its customary large amount of rich, thick smoke, and even in the worst of environmental conditions the burn quality was excellent.

Padron 1926 Series #1 Maduro

Since I was out and about on a very cold day I was wearing gloves, as you can probably see in the photo of this cigar. Gloves and a rainy day will obviously play havoc on a fine cigar like this, and about halfway through the cigar I did notice that the wrapper was damaged heavily from holding it in my fingers. Just part of the game, I suppose, although it didn’t lessen the experience of the cigar.

The taste of the cigar, as always, was magnificent. Great full bodied cigar with a near perfect amount of spice. I find that far too often I do not have enough time to smoke a cigar of this size, which is a damn shame, but one a day like this I chose to enjoy as much of the cigar as possible,

which meant nearly burning the fingers of my gloves near the end. I again have to mention to excellent construction of the cigar, because under the conditions that this cigar was sacrificed to be able to enjoy more than even half of the cigar is quite an accomplishment.

Overall, I give this cigar experience a 9.5 out of 10, as had I could have had a slightly better experience had I had good company, and

Although I rarely ever give a cigar a 10 out of 10, this was close, and the Padron Serie 1926 Maduro #1 is one of the best cigars one can find regularly on a cigar-store shelve.

This Padron Led a Good Life

Cigar Origin: Nicaragua

Size: Double Corona

Wrapper: Nicaragua

Filler: Nicaragua

Binder: Nicaragua

Size: 6.75″ x 54

Price: $22-$25

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