Summer is upon us and that means more sunlight which means more smoking time! Spending the evenings with a cigar and glass of Larceny bourbon is the perfect way for me to unwind after the first half of my work day. Let me explain. As a writer, my day is split into two halves: The first shift in the afternoon, and the second shift consisting of writing. That being said, my downtime is extremely important. Something I’ve noticed however is what’s in my normal rotation hasn’t changed that much. For months due to convenience (and I just like them!) I’ve been smoking Alec Bradley Tempus seconds. For the price I paid for a bundle, to keep my humidor full, not a bad thing . But I like variety. In fact I crave it. Last year I’d picked up an ORTSAC sampler from Cigarplace.biz . This sampler along with the Pinar Del Rio sampler jolted new flavors into my palate and a good range of inexpensive cigars into my humidor. Now while these cigars are great, they’re not on my normal high end list of cigars to smoke, but then again, that list is a short one and not meant for every day consumption. Even if I could, I’m not sure I’d smoke a ACC S. E. 12 or ACC S. E. 18 day in and day out.
That’s why I like the Masterpiece Platinum and Tres Maduro by ACC Cigars, (who also make ACC Special Edition, because those cigars are complex and make me think and enjoy my time smoking on a so much deeper level than say Montecristo’s Media Noche. The Media Noche is a solid Maduro, but that’s all it is to my palate. After time I grew bored with the Tempus Seconds. I’ve smoked a LOT of them and love the dark coffee flavors and richness of probably my favorite cigar from Alec Bradley. Recently I discovered Tampa Humidor, who carries Alec Bradley Prensado 2nds, at the same price as the Tempus, so I snagged a box. Thanks to a surplus in budget, I also picked up the Drew Estate sampler from CigarPlace It always amazes me at cigar smokers who can smoke the same thing day in and day out. I’m a creature who craves variety, and not smoking for the sake of smoking. Of course these same people I’ve noticed tend not to experiment, which is fine . Cigar smoking has very few rules. Like what you smoke, smoke what you like I tend to lean toward higher end cigars with more complexity. I won’t lie however. The Padrón Thousand series tastes the same every single time and is a solid, well constructed cigar. I’ll reach for that cigar every single time with the understanding that it’s a Padrón kind of day. The characters in my upcoming release Burning for Derrick are also avid cigar smokers as a way to take away the stress from their lives. Derrick and his brother Max share a common theme in their dealings in espionage, which breeds many issues including nightmares and the need to find peace in downtime. Both men enjoy the silence and smoke from a great cigar and keep a wide variety of cigars in their over sized humidors. What are staples in your humidor? Be sure to look for Burning for Derrick, my upcoming paranormal romance release from Ardent Books, coming soon!