Sunday, October 8, 2023

Saturday Cigar and Cappuccino

It's been a while since I found time on a Saturday afternoon to sit and well, sit. That's not really a complaint as most of our Saturdays of late have been taken up by travel and other fun activities. But that doesn't mean I don't miss the "down times" as well. I've been giving our little espresso maker quite the workout since we returned from our Italy trip. (Still, nothing beats an espresso in its native land.) This time I got a little more decadent and prepared a cappuccino to enjoy.

The selected smoke for the afternoon repast was the Crowned Heads Four Kicks Capa Especial Lancero LE 2022. (That's a mouthful.) The 7 1/4 x 38 stick sports an Ecuadorian Sumatra wrapper, with binder and fillers of Nicaraguan tobaccos. There's a tiny pigtail twist on the cap. It was part of a lancero collection recently purchased from Luxury Cigar Club.

The flavors start out with a pleasant sweet note with a smattering of black pepper. As the smoke progresses, the spiciness builds and bitter chocolate and cedar enters the picture. Throughout much of the smoke, the flavor profile was in the medium range, held in check by the creamy cappuccino. Towards the end of the stick, a strong bitterness entered the picture, as well as copious amounts of oily tar around the cap. Perhaps I had been smoking it too hard, but I put it down with about two inches left. Up until that point the Four Kicks Lancero was a very enjoyable smoke.

Fall weather has come upon us, and although the thermometer claimed a temperature around 70°, the cloud cover and breeze made it a little chilly. I broke out the propane heater and set it on low the take the edge off. Sadly, I suspect cooler smoking time is soon to be the norm.

Some good jazz playing from the speaker added to the pleasant afternoon break. It was as they say, a good time.


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