Bill Doesn’t Like Naked Cigars

When you try a cigar for the first time ever you really need to take into account that there is a little excitement in the occasion. Guys that smoke something only once and then review it are doing their readers, or viewers, a big disservice.

I don’t mind the “first impressions” type review because they are upfront about it. You can take what they say with a grain of salt. You know it’s just a little taste of what it could be. I’m talking about a full blown review. Down the road do they look back and think to themselves, “what the [expletive deleted] was I talking about?”

I was thinking about this when I finally got a PYsKo cigar this past week. I liked it a lot and no sooner done when I read in the Voodoo Review column about the Alec Bradley Project 40. Right away I wanted to try one of those too.

What’s Wrong With Me?

Hold on a second. What is happening to me? I’ve never been like this in my life. I’m happy with about 6 or 8 kinds of cigars that I like. The only pipe tobacco I smoke is what I get for free and I’m fine with that. But since I started to write this column, everything that comes up on the radar I want. It’s not even like I write about it. We mostly discuss it at the Saturday meetings.

Like I started off, I’m wondering if because something is new it makes it more exciting. You tend to like things that excite you, which is not a good way to do a review.

On the flip side of that, your expectations are high as well. If you have it in your mind that something is going to be great and it’s not, maybe that’s not fair either. You might be unduly hard on it.

Hopefully I’m not giving anyone the idea that the cigar I tried is not as good as I hoped, or that I’m saying it was good but only because it is new. Really, I honestly enjoyed it. I can see myself smoking more of these in the future.

I’m glad we don’t do reviews. I’m not sure I’d be the right guy for that anyway. I want to tip my hat to the guys that really put in the time. There are ones that do a fantastic job and there are ones that do a good job only in their mind. It’s easy to spot the difference.

The Aroma of the Humidor

Humidor at Cigars LTD

Back to the cigars. Reputation and packaging is pretty much all they have when it comes to a new cigar. Every cigar guy I know likes to go in the humidor at the cigar shop and window shop. It’s so nice in there. Smells great. Going down the rows, looking at the boxes of cigars. Certain ones catch your eye and so does an unusual label. They have some cigar bands that take up most of the cigar. I’m a “leave the band on” kind of a guy, so when the label is huge I have to take it off and now I’m left with a naked cigar, which I don’t like. Some cigars even put the band on the foot of the cigar. You have no choice but to take it off. Come to think of it, I think Alec Bradley does that on some of its stogies.

Let’s Move It Along

OK, on to some other topics. You already know from the beginning of this that the Ventura Cigar company just put out the PSyKo cigar, that I like, as mentioned. But, did you know they have also made two other new cigars? I got an email and got a little confused. The cigars are listed as Archetype Chapter 3. I have no idea what that’s supposed to mean. They are debuting them at the IPCPR convention. Now that’s a place Briar Report aught to send me. I could really go crazy in a place like that. All the big companies, fancy cigar writers and me. They would probably laugh at a guy like me, but I’d sure have fun. They might not like what I have to say about some of their companies. Especially the ones with the phony 90+ ratings. What a scam that is.

Even More From Ventura Cigar

The two new cigars are called Sacred Scales and Dawn of Destiny. Who makes these names up? I don’t want to make fun of anyone because they do a better job than I ever could, but I don’t get it. Dawn of Destiny? It’s a cigar! Sometimes a cigar is just a cigar. Who said that? Oh yeah, that Sigmund Freud guy. Talk about a fraud. That jerk convinced every problem in their life was because of their mother. What an [expletive deleted]. If that [epithet deleted] were around now he would be spewing his crap and messing people up even worse. What I would do is [section deleted – Bill is not a Dr. and should not be giving medical advice].

A Little Self Censorship

I was going to write about being an expert but had to hold off. Even I could realize that I was going to crank off about 95% of the people out there. It’s obvious when someone has only been doing something for 5 years they clearly are not an expert, but for some reason think they are. Not picking on anyone in particular, just in general. There’s noting wrong with being new to something and enthusiastic, but come on! Anyway, I decided not to. I may have gotten a little carried away.

I’ll have to put some more thought into it and try again. I also have some great ideas for some other future columns. I still have to talk about my cigar cutter. It’s pretty cool if you ask me. I saw some real doozies lately, some real high dollar works of art. I’d love to have one, but they aren’t for me. At least the price isn’t. That doesn’t mean I can’t enjoy them. My cutter is cheap, the only problem is I wreck a cigar with it every so often. The only thing holding me back is I need someone to take a picture of it for me, since it will be hard to follow if you can’t see it while I explain. That is something that will happen this summer.

Not much else to report this week. If someone would send me to the IPCPR convention I would have a lot more to write about, but I’m not holding my breath.


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Editor’s Note

The following is from the Ventura Cigar Company regarding the new cigars which will be launched at the IPCPR 2019 later this month.

Ventura Cigar Company (VCC) announced today the addition of Chapter 3 to its Archetype Cigars story, with two new tobacco blends set to release in June at IPCPR 2019. These unique cigars, named Sacred Scales and Dawn of Destiny, are crafted by Cigar Master Ernesto Perez-Carrillo in his award-winning factory in the Dominican Republic. Perez-Carrillo and Michael Giannini, General Manager at Ventura Cigar, have a unique friendship which spans over the last 20 years, crossing paths at different points in their career journeys. Archetype Chapter 3 is a celebration that marks their 3rd cigar collaboration, and the beginning of a new phase in the Archetype story, and in their story as icons in the cigar industry. Attendees of IPCPR will be among the first to try the new Archetype Chapter 3 blends and bring them into their store’s inventory.

Inspired by the work of psychologist Dr. Carl Jung and mythographer Joseph Campbell, Archetype Cigars herald the Hero’s Journey, a common storytelling arc that has been shared across cultures, space and time. 

Sacred Scales

Chapter 3’s Sacred Scales, marks the inflection point in this journey, beginning the hero’s return to the real world from the imaginary. This full-bodied, full-flavored cigar offers a rich, signature Ernesto Perez-Carrillo smoking experience, featuring a San Andres Maduro wrapper from Mexico, an Ecuadorian binder, and filler tobaccos from Nicaragua. Sacred Scales will be available in a 5 x 50 Robusto, 6 x 52 Toro, and 6 x 60 Gordo.

Dawn of Destiny

Dawn of Destiny represents the hero’s return to reality as it travels across the threshold of flavor. A medium-full-bodied blend, this Perez-Carrillo-crafted cigar features a smooth wrapper from Ecuador, which surrounds a binder and filler tobaccos from Nicaragua. Dawn of Destiny will be available in a 5 x 50 Robusto, 6 x 52 Toro, and 6 x 60 Gordo.

“Ernesto Perez-Carrillo is one-of-a-kind,” says Michael Giannini, General Manager for Ventura Cigars. “He and I go way back. We are champions of each other’s work in the cigar industry, and creative collaborators at points along the way. It made sense for us to team up and begin this new chapter of Archetype, forging a new path in its story, and celebrating a new phase in our careers. Ernesto’s a master crafter, as a creator of blends that treat the cigar smoker to an evolving flavor experience. Chapter 3 is going to be an exciting one for all of us- I just know it.”