Cigar Aficionado

Snow Day

Snow is coming down hard, and has been since about 7 o’clock when I decided it was wise to not rely on my commuter train system to get me home this afternoon. So, I stayed home, and have been in the process of knocking off those list items that have been there a long time, in between communicating with the Cigar Aficionado team—Dave, Jack, Greg, Andrew, John and Leah—as we wrap up production on our March/April issue. It’s a good one, but I won’t spoil the surprise.

One of the first things I did was take a look inside my humidor, which I’m keeping just a tad below 70/70 after yet another beetle outbreak this past fall. Yeah, I lost a few more good ones, including some rare Padróns; I shed a few tears over those. But I thought it was time also to examine my inventory, because I know it’s time to restock some of the forbidden fruits that I’ve always kept there. Sure enough, you can see from the bin that I’m getting low in that category.

It was fun to peruse the old Don Carlos cigars, my nice stash of Coronado by La Flors, and there are still a few Padróns and Aurora 100 Años left in there too. I definitely have some favorites in there and most of them are getting into what I consider prime smoking time: more than five years of age. Should be a really good summer this year as I see just how they’ve changed with a few more years of aging in the humidor.

Now, let’s just set this straight. Wintertime in the Northeast isn’t prime smoking time outdoors…the way it’s snowing out there right now, I think the cigar would be extinguished by the wind and the wall of snow. And by the end of the day, I’ll be wondering whether or not we’re ever going to get dug out. But it will happen. In truth, we haven’t had that much snow this winter in the New York area (thank you very much, Washington, for taking it all), and despite a long stretch of cold weather, it hasn’t been bitter cold, i.e., in the single digits very much. So, we’re just hunkering down and dreaming of green grass and sunny days.

For now, happy snow day to everyone in the Northeast. And, if you’re like me, you’ll save your profanities for all your friends who are playing golf in Florida.

"Hi Gordon,Winter is still dragging on here in Luxembourg too.. not enough snow to "shut us down" but still too cold and dreary to enjoy a smoke outside... one question tho', did you ever track down the culprit cigars of your beetle attack ?Best regards,Rob" —February 13, 2010 11:28 AM
"Good to hear your home Gordon as a good snow day forces you to relax, reflect, and possibly get a chore or two done,(not me I'm already on my second cigar an '07 Sir Winston). But alas I must stay home as my school is closed. Happy snow day!" —February 10, 2010 12:34 PM