Smoking a Nica Rustica at Mareva, Lebanon.

Have a Cigar: Nica Rustica El Brujito

Name: Nica Rustica El Brujito

Country: Nicaragua

Shape: Parejo

Size: Toro (6 inches x 52)

Strength: Full

Happy I tried the Nica Rustica because I loved it. Smoked it at the lounge, and I’ll be smoking more of it for sure. Great price, great value, great everything.

Branding: Young and brave. As if it were made to be a party cigar.

Construction: No weak spots.

Pre-light: Promising. Coffee, barnyard, and green capsicum.

Cut: Straight cut, as almost always.

Burn: Slow and even. No problems.

Duration: 120 minutes.

Draw: Excellent.

Smoke: Reminded me of steam locomotives.

Ash: Good.

Flavor: Dark roast coffee, some spices, cashew, and wood.

Herrera Esteli Norteno Robusto Grande Maduro at a bar in Monot, Beirut.

Have a Cigar: Norteño Robusto Grande

Name: Norteño Robusto Grande

Country: Nicaragua

Shape: Box-Pressed

Size: (5 1/2 inches x 54)

Strength: Medium to Full

Last cigar of the night,
paired with a pint of lager.

I’m drunk,
my stomach is full,
and life is good, overall.

A bearable boredom
and a sleeping fear of death
overshadowed by exhaustion.

All I want to do is smoke.
All I want to do is get lost in thoughts.

I want to burn
this time that I have.
I want to burn
parts of my past.
I want to burn all that I suffer from,
and from its ashes I want to see a phoenix rise
and swallow Icarus
and give birth to a new sun.

I am drunk again.

The alcohol brings back old memories,
the good and the bad,
as well as the moldy secrets
that have been kept in the cellar
for a few eternities.
I entertain myself with them briefly before
I let them rise with the smoke
and disappear.


I know who I was, who I am, and who I want to be.
Tonight, I’m sitting with the three of them.
But there’s a chance I’ll never
sit to drink with them again
if I choose to change
and become a better man.

Diamond Crown Julius Caeser Toro at Kampai Beirut

Have a Cigar: Diamond Crown Julius Caeser Toro

Name: Diamond Crown Julius Caeser Toro

Country: Dominican Republic

Shape: Parejo

Size: Toro (6 inches x 52)

Strength: Medium

We’re talking about a medium-bodied cigar that is well-constructed and flavorful. I loved the branding. Makes you feel like you’re smoking something majestic. I paired it with espresso and then, shortly after, with sushi. I was out having a Saturday lunch with one of my friends who also happens to be a big cigar fan. He was the one who found this stick for me.

The cigar burned evenly, produced creamy smoke, and gave my palate the sense of fulfilment it deserved after a long week of hard and stressful work.