Friday, July 18, 2014

The Song of Salomon or: Penny in a Grown-up Penny-Candy Store

I like stuff that's a little off.

But before I go any further, let's say "Hello!" to my parents' dog, Baxter. He has nothing to do with the rest of this post, but I was just thinking about how cool he is.*

He's about twice this size now. They're going to need a bigger boat, er, back porch landing.

Okay, so, when I say "off," I mean non-symmetrical or just a little out of the ordinary.

Valentino, of course, is the complete opposite. When I arrange pillows on the couch, I put three on one side and one on the other. Next time I pass through the room, They're two and two.**

Yesterday we went to our favorite cigar shop, Mr. J's Havana in West Warwick, RI. One of the guys hanging around said checking out all the choices was just like being a kid in a penny candy store.  Definitely. By the way, I didn't mean to leave nose prints on the glass display cases, but if you happen to see any there, they might be mine.  (Sorry!)

In a sea of parejos, also known as coronas--the more traditional stick shape--I'm immediately drawn to the figurados, irregularly-shaped cigars. You know, not the traditional cigar. Not ordinary. Off-kilter.

About them, Cigar Aficionado says, "Although the majority of cigars are parejos, a growing number of cigar companies are broadening their portfolios with more creatively shaped smokes. These cigars are called figurados, and they include any cigar that is not a straight-sided cylinder."

Just some of the cool shapes. [source]

Yesterday at the shop, we made off with, among other things, (thanks to American Express), a few '64 Padron Pyramid naturals (to keep the maduros in the humidor company). Plus, we've always always always been fans of the '64 Padron torpedo...***

Really, you can't go wrong with any of these--but aren't the figuerados just a leeeeetle bit cooler?

I'd hoped to lay my hands on these LFD Mysterioso perfectos, but they were out.  Anyone know where I can get my grubby mitts on some? Also, if you happen to come in contact with any awesome cigars that fall into this wackily-fun category, please let me know!

Waaaaant... [source]

And then we saw these LFD salomons (below) from last year, ready to purchase, but The Powers that Be didn't know the price yet, so we left without them. But we'll be back!

Maybe it's the box that appeals to me so. Am I that shallow? Maybe...

I could go on and on about cigar shapes, and be sure I will sometime soon, but right now I have to go plan a college course that six hours. (Oops.) Shhh. It's not like I waited until the last minute!

Okay, then I saved this fine piece of writing and forgot to actually share it with you and then! And then! Yesterday (the real yesterday, not the fake one earlier in the post), this popped up in my email: "Cigar News: La Flor Dominicana Salomones Return for 2014 (Cigar Preview)."

I'm feeling very prescient. Maybe I should play the lottery! [source]

In case you don't know, the Salomon is a large cigar "tapered at both ends and often finished with a nipple [ed note: heh heh] foot. Larger than a perfecto and smaller than a diadema,**** it is a difficult size to produce, requiring an uncommon skill level and about twice the rolling time of a normal parejo-style cigar. Usually, only a handful of factory rollers are qualified to make them, and in Cuba, most are made without molds," according to Cigar Aficionado's article "The Big Beauty in Cigar Shops--the Salomon."

More, please.

Just in case you're shopping for a certain someone's birthday, which happens to be August 23, he loves loves loves the Gurkha Beauty Salomon.  Here are the deets, according to "A 7-year-aged Ecuadorian Connecticut wrapper with a medium-bodied array of premium Honduran long leaves aged at least five years. An amazing character presents smooth, toasty flavors throughout." 

We're probably heading back to Mr. J's later today for some awesome sticks and something new that just hit the market--that I swear I'll tell you about soon!

*Actually, Baxter is out of the ordinary as well. He's big and floppy and uncommonly friendly. And his pedigree is as pure as the finest cigars. In case you were wondering, he's a Bernese Mountain Dog.

**When I met him, all his cigars were parejos. And now? Figurados abound!!

***Know what's funny? I've bought boxes and boxes of cigars over the years, and I've never bought a box of Padrons. Huh. Luckily, someone has a birthday coming up!

****"Diadema cigars are a large cigar, typically 8.5 inches in length with a ring gauge of 60.
They are pyramid shaped and have a full strength and full flavour." [source]

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