Funny thing about LFD cigars: as much as I love them, I still got a little bored with them when I tried to smoke too many of them in a week. As the month grew longer, the boredom grew. I still love La Flor Dominicana cigars and will try anything Litto Gomez puts out (if it's a reasonable price...I'll never pay full price for another "El Museo"-type cigar), but I have discovered that one of the things I require in my cigar smoking hobby more than anything else is...variety.
If I had to choose a single cigar to smoke for the next month, I couldn't even say what it would be right now. No one cigar fits every mood or occasion, but more importantly, I would probably just stop smoking before the month was through if I could smoke only one variety...even if it were LG Diez, Opus X, Padron 1926...whatever! After a month smoking one cigar, I would probably have a hard time buying another one of that brand for a year or two.
Thank God LFD has some variety in their flavors; there is a definite change-up when you pick up a Mambises or El Jocko versus "the usual suspects" in the Ligero and Double Ligero lines. Otherwise it would have taken even longer to get through all 17 or so cigars for LFD month.
In the end it took until the last week of October to get them smoked; close to 6 weeks for all these reviews. Yes, I got sick for about 4 days and didn't want to waste good sticks on a muted palate and stuffed-up sinuses. Yes, my in-laws were in town for 3 of those days and I didn't get a chance to smoke what I wanted to in leading up to that time because I was busy cleaning the house and property. But I also reviewed about 5 other cigars during that time...reviews that will post in the month of November.
And I think in the month of November, I probably won't touch an LFD. If some new ones hit the store, I'll pick up samples for later smoking and review, but I definitely need a little break from them.
So...here's what's on the schedule in November (and maybe into December):
- My first review of an AVO
- My Father: both regular and Le Bijou
- Rocky Patel 1961 and Patel Bros.
- La Aroma de Cuba (New Blend)
- EO Murcielago
- Savinelli Liga Especial
- Alec Bradley: Family Blend and SCR
- Reviews of a couple recent political books
- My thoughts on the re-mastered Beatles CDs
- Notes on a couple different bourbons
And toward the end of December, I plan on running down the list of my top reviewed cigars for 2009, as well as highlighting some of the biggest surprises and biggest disappointments in cigars this year, and a special retrospective on some highlights and lowlights of our first year in Tennessee.