It's been a while since the Council of Cretins were dealt a Mystery Cigar to herf and review, so BS #128 seemed as good a time as any. How good are their palates at guessing the identity of sacrificed cigars? Listen to find out.
With a smorgasbord of unusual, gutter tempting stories from the world wide web of weirdness, and the assistance of our twisted Twitter tweeps, we were determined to not disappoint the hungry natives. We also threw out two, count 'em, two contests where listeners could win some cool stuff from Freako's herf closet.
Plus, we offered up a brand new 5 Things, and another report in our continuing investigative series into what the chicks are reading, and more!
So click play and settle back with a fine cigar and your favorite beverage and enjoy Blowin' Smoke #128!
El Freako sent me a message saying he had an idea for an article for his Blogíidor section and was wondering if Iíd be interested in writing about it. His idea was paring cigars with weapons. I hadnít really thought about this before since the indoor range I normally go to is non-smoking. This topic is also somewhat poignant since both our Second Amendment rights and our freedom to enjoy cigars is being attacked on an almost daily basis. After a little bit of thinking and looking through my humidors and gun safe this is what Iíve come up with. All of these weapons are from my personal collection and Iíve smoked all of these cigars before.
Letís get things started off easy. My first pairing would be a .22 Long Rifle Ruger Mark II and an Oliva Connecticut Reserve (image below).
Neither of these would be scary to a beginner. The .22LR is low recoiling, doesnít make a lot of noise, and is inexpensive to shoot. The Oliva isnít powerful, is well constructed, and is reasonably priced. Of course there are many other .22LR pistols out there, this is just the one I chose to purchase. The same holds true when it comes to mild cigars. However this would be one of the cigars I would recommend a novice to start with.
The second paring steps things up a bit. It is a 9mm Kahr CW9 and a La Aurora 107 (image below).
These have two things in common. The first is they offer a step up in power and complexity without breaking the bank. The second is they are both over a century old. The 9mm was introduced in 1902 (109 years ago) and La Aurora has been around since 1903 (108 years ago). The examples Iíve chosen show off very modern implementations that show both the caliber and cigar company are still alive even after all this time.
This next pairing is probably unexpected for many of you because there is a lot of misunderstanding about the revolver. This pairing is a .38 Special Smith & Wesson 642 and the La Flor Dominicana Cheroot (image below).
Most people would probably look at them and say, ďTheyíre both little so that means they are easy to shoot/smokeĒ. In both cases youíd be sorely wrong. These both need to be approached with care and with some shooting or smoking experience. Here is why. The revolver has an aluminum frame and is only about 15 ounces unloaded. The cigar is rumored to be made up completely of ligero tobacco. While the .38 Special isnít known as a powerhouse, and is actually quite tame in larger framed revolvers, this aluminum framed snub nose revolver has some recoil and requires a strong grip to keep a hold on it. The same holds true with the cigar. Most people could handle a regular cheroot, but this all ligero blend requires a strong and full stomach before tackling.
My fourth pairing is the .357 Magnum Smith & Wesson 66 with a Fuente Opus X (image below). This pairing represents two of my long time favorites in weapons and cigars. The first handgun I bought was a .357 Magnum revolver (not this one but I still have it) and the Opus X is one of the first strong cigars that sparked my love of full bodied, full strength cigars. Most would think that only the very experienced should attempt to use either one of these, I would beg to differ. While I wouldnít start someone out with either one, if you have a little experience then giving one of these a try, with competent supervision of course, could be a lot of fun.
Now here comes what would be one of my favorite pairings, a .45 ACP Kimber ProCarry and a San Lotano Habano (image below).
These represent what I would consider a great everyday pairing. I donít live in a state that allows concealed carry, very easily that is, but if I could this Kimber would be the pistol I would carry almost every day. The .45 ACP is my favorite defensive cartridge. It punches a large hole and has a lot of mass, and the 1911 is my favorite design for a pistol. The San Lotano Habano fits right in there in my opinion. It has great flavor, near perfect construction, and a price wonít break the bank. I canít think of a better pairing for a daily smoker/carrier.
Seeing as this is my article, and I love the 1911, and this year marks its 100th anniversary, Iím including a second pistol and cigar pairing for the same caliber. The .45 ACP Les Baer Premier II and a Padron 1964 Anniversario Madruo (image below).
These two go well together and have some things in common. The first is smoothness. When you pick up this pistol and check to make sure it is unloaded you notice how smooth the action of it is. Everything moves like it should. There isnít any harshness to it. Exactly like the cigar. Iíve never smoked a Padron that was harsh or bitter, they have always tasted great. The other similarity is superb construction. This pistol, along with all of the pistols built by Les, are built like a bank vault. It is solidly made out of premium hand-fitted parts. Exactly like the Padron, which is hand-made out of premium aged tobacco.
The final pairing is a .44 Magnum Smith & Wesson 29 and a La Flor Dominicana Salomon (image below).
These both are the big boys on the block. From its introduction in 1955 up until recent developments in handgun calibers (.50 S&W & .460 S&W) this was the most powerful caliber you could get in a production handgun. The cigar, while fairly new, comes from a long lineage of powerful cigars. Sometimes I find it quite relaxing to take some full power .44 Magnums to the range and blast away at targets. Just like lighting up a LFD Salomon with a glass of good bourbon is after a long day at work. Neither are something that a beginner should try. One unfortunate similarity is the expense of enjoying them. While the revolver wasnít all that expensive, the ammo has become a lot more expensive in recent years. The original cost of the Salomon being $25+ out here in California and it being a onetime release, they are only going to get harder to find as time goes on.
I hope that these different pairings got you thinking a little bit. Maybe if you havenít tried one of these cigars before youíll try them now. If youíve never fired a weapon before, maybe youíll find a friend to take you or get you thinking about going to your local range to take a class. Also I would urge you to support the NRA and the CRA as they are both fighting to keep the government from infringing on our rights.
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~ Keith Hollar is a husband, computer geek, and blogger with a serious penchant for cigars, guns, cars, whiskey and craft brews...not necessarily together or in that order. Follow Keith: @Keith1911 and check out his cigar reviews at Tiki Bar Online.
Cruisin' into spring in a cloud of smoke, it's Blowin' Smoke #129!
The Cretins were giddy with excitement as they sparked up a new Cigar of the Day. Not just because it was another free cigar. Not just because we were announcing the winners in two contests. Not just because of the new 5 Things, and not just because of the rum that Cretin Jeff brought. The Cretins were also giddy because we welcomed special guest Jon Huber of Crowned Heads to the show to talk about his plans to bring his new boutique cigar company to market, and how his time with CAO carved his path to right now. (Thank you, Jon, for spending some time with us!)
Click play and light up already! It's Blowin' Smoke #129!