An LFD Double Ligero while reading a good book.

Have a Cigar: La Flor Dominicana Double Ligero Maduro 660

Name: La Flor Dominicana Double Ligero Maduro 660

Country: Dominican Republic

Shape: Parejo

Size: 4 5/8 inches x 60

Strength: Full

When it comes to LFD’s Double Ligero, my favorite is the Chisel Maduro, but the 660 is also good.

I smoked it with a glass of Havana Club Barrel Proof and enjoyed it while reading a book. The book I’m reading this week is one by Daniel Susskind called A World Without Work. It pairs well with bull-bodied cigars. It talks about artificial intelligence and automation, how they are and will be replacing humans at work, and how we should respond. An important book to read in 2023.

Branding: My eyes are used to the LFD bands by now. I smoked so many of their cigars that I’ve become very familiar with them.

Construction: The Double Ligero Maduro 660 is a well-constructed cigars. It is firm and has no weak spots.

Pre-light: Tongue detects sweetness that reminds me of Lebanese simple syrup (ater).

Cut: As almost always, I give my parejo a straight cut. No issues there at all.

Burn: Even burn all the way.

Duration: A good 90 minutes. But if I weren’t reading a book and only there for a cigar, I could have finished it in 60 minutes or so.

Draw: Good.

Smoke: I get a more beautiful smoke smoking the Chisel Maduro mentioned above, but the 660’s smoke is alright, too.

Ash: Nothing to complain about here.

Flavor: Strong. Notes of leather, licorice, chocolate milk, molasses, pepper.

Chess Diary #0008: In the 1700s

Finally, my Blitz rating on chess.com is back to where it was 6 or so years ago. The highest I ever got to was 1746. Today, I’m happy to be reading 1701 in the chart I have before me. January 2023 has been a good month. My next goal is to get both my Blitz and Bullet ratings to 1800.

Meanwhile, I’m going to start learning new openings and add them to my repertoire. I cannot keep playing the Latvian Gambit and the Englund Gambit with the black pieces forever.

Lebanon - Cigar Review: Liga Privada Unico Serie Feral Flying Pig

Have a Cigar: Liga Privada Unico Serie Feral Flying Pig

Name: Liga Privada Unico Serie Feral Flying Pig

Country: Nicaragua

Shape: Perfecto

Size: 5 3/8 inches x 60

Strength: Full

I didn’t enjoy this one as much as I enjoyed the UF-13. But it was a decent smoke, nonetheless.

I paired it first with a glass of Aviation American Gin and then with a glass of Havana Club Barrel Proof on the rocks. Both went pretty well with it.

The plan was to spend some time alone at the lounge and read. The goal was to relax. But that didn’t happen because my wife and her friends joined me soon enough, and I had to teach them all how to smoke cigars. It was fun. We ended up at a bar drinking Belgian beer and planning a getaway.