While the east coast was greeted by its second snow storm in less than a month, I sat warmly in my office working away. I decided to take advantage of my ability to work from home and opted not to venture out onto the snowy streets. My wife had the same thought cross her mind and called out of work. Presented with the rare scenario to work from home while my wife tended to our daughter meant that my day would be spent marinating in cigar smoke.
When it came time to light up my second cigar of the day, I grabbed my phone and snapped a quick picture. Lately I have been posting photos to Twitter and Facebook, asking for the collective opinion of each cigar. Doing this has yielded some very interesting responses. When I posted a follow-up tweet on the progression of my Ashton VSG, I got a response that I found very thought provoking.
You see, I have been a fan of the Ashton VSG for some time now. In fact, back in 2007 I named it my Cigar of the Year. Because of the price and availability, I haven’t bought one in some time and it has been even longer since I have smoked one. Having fond memories of this cigar, I was shocked to find that the flavor was lacking.
When Weelok’s Tweet came across my timeline, I had to stop and think about some of my favorite older blends. I wondered, have old blends become dated and less enjoyable than the new and exciting cigars that have taken the market by storm? Surely there is still some love for the classics but do they still have the same impact that they used to?
I’d like to put on a little experiment and I am inviting you to take part in it. Take a moment and think back to some of the older cigars that you have fond memories of, cigars that you used to smoke frequently. Sort out the ones that are still being produced and are readily available. Set a little time aside and light up one of those cigars, then hit the comments section and share your thoughts. Is it as good as it used to be or hve your tastes changed enough that the cigar no longer interests you?