Friday, December 24, 2021

Cigar and Whiskey on a Cold Evening

With the final Christmas decorations hung, and presents wrapped, Christmas Eve Eve offered time for an early evening repast with some bourbon and a cigar. I knew it would be getting cold quickly on the deck so I chose a smallish stick, the Rocky Patel Disciple in Robusto. I also had a bottle of Blade and Bow bourbon I had picked up a few weeks ago that was as yet unopened. That needed to be remedied.

The Rocky Patel Disciple is a 2021 release. This 5 x 50 Robusto features a black and gold decorative sleeve and band covering adorning nearly the entire cigar. Coincidently, very Christmasy. Once the paper sleeve is removed, a chocolate brown San AndrĂ©s wrapper is revealed. Nicaraguan wrapper and filler tobaccos make up the rest of the blend. 

I had smoked another Disciple last month, and enjoyed it quite a bit. I got the same notes of espresso and cocoa, with a few spurts of black pepper. This time though, I'd rank the smoke more in the medium body range, rather than full. Different mood, different beverage, or different meal prior? Who knows, but still an enjoyable smoke.

The Blade and Bow remains a favorite. An easy sipper, it features notes of caramel and oak, with a hint of spice. It's gone great with every cigar that I've tried pairing.

As predicted, the temperature dropped quickly when the sun set. As I was nearing the end of the cigar, I noticed that the Dark Sky app on my phone was reporting 37° with a "feels like" of 34°. For an hour the two propane heaters had provided sufficient warmth. As I was nearing the final puffs on the cigar, one of the heat sources ran out of fuel, signaling the end of an extremely enjoyable pre-holiday evening.


  1. Merry Christmas to you and your family! I was wondering, that red object you place the cigar on, is that a lighter? If so, could you possibly give the brand/name? Many thanks!


    1. That is a quad torch lighter with a cigar rest on the top. The actual model is a Visol Rhino Quad Torch. That particular one is Rocky Patel branded. It was available a few years back from RP.

      Cheers and Merry Christmas!

  2. Thank you my good man and Merry Christmas to you!


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