Got a call to go down to LA tomorrow for a few days.  Back home Thursday… I’m always up for a trip to California since its a lot warmer than Vancouver right now but more than that, I’m very excited to visit a few tobacco shops to see if I can get my hands on a few cigars.

Canada has some of the highest sin tax in the world and Canadians end up paying twenty five dollars or more for a cigar that Americans pay six dollars for.. I know, I know, it sounds crazy, but its true.  I’ll be going to Santa Monica and from what I’ve read, there are a few cigar stores that have a nice selection of Dominicans, Hondurans and others that aren’t even available in Canada.

One that I’ll be looking for is the Arturo Fuente Opus X.  Wow, what a great cigar, and from what I read, it is a cigar that isn’t available at all times of year so I guess ya gotta be there at the right time and the right place.

Last point I want to make is…… Will I be taking any Cohibas with me???? Nope, no way!!!!

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Hamilton Ontario, last week-end, was the Canadian host city for our annual country music award show and it was a success in that all who attended were able to meet with others in the industry that were either their peers or were someone that they had to hand their product to and get some future support in the country scene.  I didn’t smoke as many cigars as I took because of the winds that were blowing.  I don’t like smoking in a windy environment and believe that wind is one of cigars greatest enemies, let alone a great Cuban cigar that you’ve been saving for a special occasion.

I had some great conversations about cigars with a canadian singer who’s doing very well, George Canyon.  From time to time George will enjoy a cigar when time permits and he gets great joy from it.  Casey Clark, who is a Canadian Celebrity, is a guy who loves Cohiba Esplendidos and smokes many annually. Both great guys and great talents.

Anyone spending time in Ontario should play at a few golf courses close to Toronto.  The first I got to see was Angus Glen in Markham, which has hosted the Canadian Open and deservedly so with spectacular holes designed  to challenge your skills at the game.  Although there was wind on the course that day, we decided to smoke a few of the cigars that I brought along which were a 3 year old Romeo and a 4 year old Cuaba.  The cigars took a terrible beating in the gusting winds but our moods were elevated with the aroma in the air.

The day after we ended up at “The Summit” in Richmond Hill, which is a suburb of Toronto.  This 100 year old course yielded one amazing scene after the next because of the age of the course and because the course was designed by Stanley Thompson, who also designed the Banff Springs course and the great track at the Jasper Park Lodge.  We decided to smoke slightly longer cigars in such an elegant environment and lit up a Ramon Allones Gigantes and a Partagas Lusitanias..

Coming home was difficult and I certainly felt total golf withdrawals on my first day back, so I simply went to the humidor, picked out a Cohiba Robusto and sat out back…..

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The Vancouver Cigar Company has produced a straight forward (and more importantly free) e-book called Cohiba 101 (Cohiba 101 Download).  I downloaded it tonight and gave it a bit of a look over and was surprised about two things: #1) It was relatively pitch free (just good information) #2) I learned a couple of things about the Cohiba.  Also it seems that they actually used some of my reviews that I sent them (Bonus!).

This 101 e-book thing would have been great when I first started smoking cigars.

Cohiba Cigar Blog Entry By Shane

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