9:05 pm – I’m sitting out on the patio right now, enjoying a La Floridita Limited Edition toro cigar. It’s early for spring in Michigan, but I’m not going to look a gift warm day in the mouth. Getting suspicious of Mother Nature and trying to second guess her doesn’t pay. She always comes back with something you aren’t expecting. So instead I am choosing to ignore the feeling of impending doom and enjoy the mild, although somewhat breezy, evening. Fortunately the patio has enclosed sides, protecting my smoking experience from too much wind.
9:27 pm – I’m about an inch and a half into the La Floridita and I have to say that so far it is meeting my possibly unreasonable expectations. These expectations were mainly due to a couple of largely unpleasant smoking experiences earlier in the day–more on that in a later post. In short, I was ready for something decent. The cigar lit nicely and was good from the beginning. The farther I’ve smoked the better it has tasted. The flavor, a bit harsh at first, has mellowed and since that initial change has remained constant.
9:47 pm – I’m about an inch farther in and happy to report that the pleasant, even taste has continued. The good-looking ash finally fell off of its own accord at about two inches and the cigar continued burning like a champ. The burn got off once, but self-corrected with no assistance from me. It has burned coolly, as well, no hint yet of hot smoke, although we’ll see what happens in another inch or two.
9:55 pm – The draw of this cigar is very good, not fantastic, but good. It requires something of a pull, but it doesn’t make your jaws hurt after an hour of smoking. In fact, I’m beginning to dread the end of the smoke, even though I have at least thirty minutes left. To me that is a great sign of a good cigar when you don’t want it to end. I’ve smoked decent cigars that I was ready to put away long before they died a natural death. So far the La Floridita is not one of them.
10:14 pm – The cigar finally went cold. Apparently I let it sit too long. I relit it, purged it, and rediscovered the flavor. It’s a little stronger now, with only three inches left to go, but it’s still enjoyable. It still hasn’t begun to burn hot. I really like the smoke production of this cigar. I would say it is medium-high volume. It’s sightly, aromatic, and plentiful. I personally like a lot of smoke from my cigars, but too much can be overwhelming. The La Floridita has just the right amount for me.
10:36 pm – Only about an inch and a half of smokable cigar to go and all is well. The cigar has maintained its burn and stayed flavorful. It is beginning to get just a bit harsher, but the smoke has remained cool. It has also lasted a little longer than I expected, with still about twenty minutes to go. Granted, I’ve been writing and not constantly smoking, but it’s still a good run. I’m starting to wind down now and, while not looking forward to the end of the smoke, am feeling content enough to stop when the time comes.
10:48 – Maybe one more inch and I’ll be done with this cigar. It went out again and I had to relight and purge. Even so, it’s still enjoyable. It’s getting a bit brutal in flavor, although still not burning overly hot. The smoke is becoming pretty spicy, but not bad at all. I’m going to go ahead and give this cigar four out of five stars, bid you all a good night, and finish it off. Thanks for reading! Why not pick up a La Floridita Limited and give it a try? If you do, stop back by and let me know how you made out. See you all later!