I’ve been hungrily devouring every word that the Cigar Aficionado guys have been posting on their daily blogs from the Habanos Festival from Havana.. Good Lord, I’ve been promising myself all last week that this will be the last time I read someone else’s blog as they tell us the day to day events from the Festival.. Next year I’ll be there…..

I’ve been to Havana and smoked their superlative cigars in the bars, restaurants and sidewalk cafes and I can’t begin to describe how wonderful it is to be in that city and soak up all of the sights, sounds and flavors that the city has to offer.  Although there are only 5 LCDH outlets in Havana, Cuban cigars seem to be everywhere in Havana but I tend to dig my heels in and only shop where I know that I’ll be getting the real thing….. Yes, there are a lot of cigars for sale but there are also a lot of BAD cigars that get sold to unsuspecting victims that want to taste the best.. Be careful.

I’m sitting on pins and needles waiting to taste the 1966 from Cohiba.  From all reports it is the best of all of the new cigars coming out this year and when you think about it, it really isn’t that much of a surprise since Cohiba gets the first pick of the tobacco leaves grown on that island.  Their rollers use great care in the preparation of Cohiba cigars and strict and attentive care is adopted when grading and packaging as well..

The Cohiba 1966 is being released to celebrate the 45th anniversary of the Cohiba brand.. I can’t wait to get my hands on one!

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Although we were promised a long winter of foul cold weather, extreme differences of winters we’ve ever had before, the Pacific Northwest has been a place to golf…. All…. Winter !! I ask myself as I watch the weather reports about storms and record snowfalls in other parts of our continent I have to tell myself how lucky we are for being able to get out on a great golf course, play on lush green grass, putt on excellent greens, smoke cigars when its not too windy in December, January and February !!

A place that I spend a lot of time at is Riverway Golf Course in Burnaby, British Columbia. This course has, through the years, spent a lot of time developing their 18 holes into a scenic links course and has ended up being the busiest place to golf in the Vancouver area. Their drainage on all of the fairways is such that they can have a good rain in the early morning and allow their golfers you to drive a power-cart on their fairways that same morning….. 12 months of the year.. Sure we go out for the exercise but let me drive right up to the ball, put my cigar down, select a club and if I’m lucky I tell myself that choosing the right club is the only issue worth thinking about at that moment in time. Thats living life to the fullest, those are the days you’ll be remembering when you’re too old to get out to golf…

Now to the cigars…

In the early part of the winter, in December for example, I brought out some very nice Cohibas, Montes or maybe a Partagas, but after a few colder days and me thinking that I might want to save the better cigars for warmer locations, I started taking out Cuban Bundle cigars or maybe a Non-Cuban just in case the wind came up… Nothing can ruin a good day like watching your cigars burn quickly and un-evenly in a cold wind.. Save the Esplendidos for the rec room and a game of billiards with a good buddy.  A quality Cuban bundle cigar, even when young and excitable, can be a wonderful companion on the links.

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