No, you aren't experiencing déjà vu. The photo below is a common view of late. Saturday afternoon I stood on my screen porch contemplating a cigar. The temperature was not that bad, and I have heaters. But, oh, the wind. Even with the heaters, the breeze blowing through the screens disperses the heat too quickly. So I headed over to the Olde Towne Tobacconist lounge at 1781 Brewing. There I ensconced in the enclosed patio to enjoy a quick smoke and a pint or two.
I grabbed a Tatuaje Havana VI Nobles to go with my mug of Washington's Hare Porter. The porter is a "go to" beer for me, especially when I'm smoking. The mildly sweet caramel and bitter toffee notes pair well with most cigars, and the 5.5% ABV makes a reasonable afternoon libation. The porter had been out out of the rotation for a few months and I've been enjoying regularly since its return.
The small 5" x 50 cigar features a slick Ecuadorian Habano wrapper. With the Nicaraguan binder and filler tobaccos, the smoke produces rich cocoa and pepper notes. The creamy, slightly peppery finish lingers on the palate until the next draw, or sip of beer.
I enjoyed a couple hours of conversation with other patrons. The heat from the wood stove inside and the propane heaters outside moderated the temps inside the plastic patio enclosure and kept the wind at bay. With the prediction of another winter storm coming our way on Sunday, the brief diversion was a welcome respite.
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