Chris Khatschadourian trying out the El Septimo Salvador Dali at Fidel in Antelias, Lebanon.

Have a Cigar: El Septimo Sacred Arts Salvador Dali

Name: El Septimo Sacred Arts Salvador Dali

Country: Costa Rica

Shape: Parejo

Size: Toro (6 1/2 inches x 54)

Strength: Medium to Full

Happy to have tried this wonderful cigar from El Septimo’s Sacred Arts Collection. It will definitely find its spot in the top 10 cigars I smoked in 2022.

The one I chose was named after Salvador Dali, the surrealist. It was the right vitola for the occasion. But I plan on smoking all of the others in the collection as well. For sure. The Sacred Arts Collection also includes the names of Van Gogh, Rembrandt, Botticelli, Raphael, Michelangelo, and Da Vinci. And all of the cigars look like works of art.

Full-bodied and medium-to-full in strength, the good-looking Salvador Dali was successfully paired with a glass of Havana Club Barrel Proof.

In the first few draws, I could detect subtle hints of dried peach, blackberry, and citrus fruits. The predominant notes throughout, however, were of dark chocolate, coffee, white pepper, and carob.

As I had a long conversation about life and cigars with my friend, the Salvador Dali burned softly between my fingers and gave out a lot of smoke.

An excellent cigar.

La Aroma Del Caribe Mi Amor Robusto

Have a Cigar: La Aroma Del Caribe Mi Amor Robusto

Name: La Aroma Del Caribe Mi Amor Robusto

Country: Nicaragua

Size: Robusto (5 inches x 50)

Strength: Medium to Full

There will be good days, and there will be bad days.
Sometimes, you’ll experience success; other times, you’ll experience failure.

As it is wearily sung in the chorus of one of the best songs
of The Rolling Stones, “You can’t
always get what you want.”
No, you can’t always get what you want.
And whether you’re a stoic or not, you’ll have to accept that
sooner or later.

You have the power to make things happen,
to change something in the world,
to change the whole world.
However, when you’re out there trying hard,
remember that
while you try to make things happen,
things will happen to you, too.
Before you change the world,
the world might change you.

Lighting up a Plasencia Cosecha 149 La Vega at Lina's Mtayleb

Have a Cigar: Plasencia Cosecha 149 La Vega

Name: Plasencia Cosecha 149 La Vega

Country: Honduras

Size: Robusto (5 inches x 52)

Strength: Medium to Full

This beautifully-made Honduran cigar is full of aroma and love. I detected a harmony of spicy and chocolaty notes accompanied by hints of earth, cashew, and oak.

I burned it during brunch and paired it with a cappuccino. It burned slowly and evenly, and it gave a lot of smoke.