Smoking an Oliva Serie V Figurado at Beit al Qamar in Chouf, Lebanon.

Have a Cigar: Oliva Serie V Special Figurado

Name: Oliva Serie V Special Figurado

Country: Nicaragua

Shape: Figurado

Size: (6 inches x 60)

Strength: Medium to Full

Oliva Serie V cigars never fail me.

Though the Double Toro is my go-to vitola, I’m not afraid to try a new vitola occasionally. So, this time, I tried the Special Figurado, which is also 6 inches and has a ring gauge of 60.

The only difference between the Double Toro and the Special Figurado is that the latter has a firmer draw, which means a little less smoke than usual and a little more work. Other than that, the experience I got was very similar to what I’m used to when I’m smoking Oliva Serie V cigars.

Great cigar. Great burn. Great smoke.

Smoking a Camacho Connecticut in Lebanon

Have a Cigar: Camacho Connecticut Robusto

Name: Camacho Connecticut Robusto

Country: Honduras

Shape: Parejo

Size: Robusto (5 inches x 50)

Strength: Mild

Notes: Light notes of cedar, cayenne, cinnamon, earth, chestnut

Not my favorite Camacho but definitely a good treat.

The Camacho Connecticut Robusto is a mild cigar made to be smoked casually and alone.

Drinks like strong espressos or stout beers may eclipse the light flavors of this cigar, so water or green tea are the ideal drinks that go with it. Now and then, however, I’d aslo like to pair it with an ice-cold lager.

Admiral Cigar. Beirut, Lebanon.

Have a Cigar: Admiral Robusto

Name: Admiral Robusto

Strength: Medium

When I smoke a new cigar, I like to learn more about it by conducting a little research. Like any cigar aficionado, I like to know where it was made and what type of tobacco leaves were used to make the cigar.

Reading about cigars may not give me as much joy as smoking them, but it undeniably does give me pleasure. The more I know about a cigar, the more I enjoy smoking it. And that’s why I do my research.

Usually, I get results as soon as I type in the brand name in the search engine. But sometimes I’m not that lucky. Some brands are harder to find online than others. Naturally, I have no trouble finding the bigger brands. What’s tiring is finding information about the smaller brands. A lot of times, it appears like the internet doesn’t even know these brands exist. And that’s unfortunate.

For instance, I smoked a cigar called Admiral yesterday, and I cannot find anything about it on the internet today.

What kind of a Cinderella story is this?