Batroun Mountains Ruby Wine at Qortoba in Baabdat

Lebanese Wines: Batroun Mountains Ruby 2018

Name: Batroun Mountains – Ruby 2018
Type: Red Wine
Grapes: Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah, Merlot, Cabernet Franc
Year: 2018
Country: Lebanon
Region: Batroun District


Date Consumed: February 19, 2023

An affordable red wine that pairs nicely with Lebanese meza. A decent blend with notes of strawberry, tobacco, and vanilla. I’d give it a 67/100, and I wouldn’t mind enjoying another bottle.

LFD La Nox Cigar at Cask & Barrel private room.

Have a Cigar: La Flor Dominicana La Nox

Name: La Flor Dominicana La Nox

Country: Dominican Republic

Shape: Parejo

Size: (6 1/2 inches x 50)

Strength: Medium

In The Sickness unto Death, Kierkegaard says, “The biggest danger, that of losing oneself, can pass off in the world as quietly as if it were nothing; every other loss, an arm, a leg, five dollars, a wife, etc. is bound to be noticed.”

And I’m afraid of that — of losing myself —
because I want to live my life to the fullest.
I want to actualize my potential
to finally become myself.
I want to be myself every day.

Some people live their lives without noticing that they are not there anymore, that they are no longer themselves. They live on autopilot mode and (unconsciously) give up thinking altogether. No more introspection… no more contemplation… no more aspiration… They live without living, without thinking, without being.

And I’m afraid of that
because I only get to live once,
and I don’t want to lose myself.
I don’t want to lose myself.

And that’s one of the reasons I smoke cigars.
Cigars make me think.
They enable introspection, contemplation, and more,
much, much more.

DBL Derrrame III cigar review. Smoking a cigar at Cask and Barrel in Ashrafieh.

Have a Cigar: Dominican Big Leaguer Derrame III

Name: Dominican Big Leaguer Derrame III

Country: Dominican Republic

Shape: Box-Pressed

Size: (6 1/4 inches x 56)

Strength: Medium

I’ve been smoking more and more DBL cigars, and I’m enjoying them a lot. It’s a good brand.

This time I tried the Derrame. Like the other DBL cigars that I’ve smoked, this one was also well-constructed. It burned well, and it produced a lot of smoke.

But if I have to choose one, from the DBL cigars I tried so far, I’d go with the Extra Viejo. (The ones I tried so far are: the 35th Anniversary, the 2nd Generation, the Extra Viejo, and the Derrame III.)