Last night my daughter and I were relaxing in the living room, watching Phineas and Ferb, when I turned to her and asked what she wanted for dinner. After some back and forth we settled on grilled hot dogs and mixed vegetables. We made a quick run to the grocery store then I began the process of getting the grill ready.
With the charcoal chimney smoking away, I sat down on the deck with a cigar, a beer, and my Kindle (Thanks to a comment from Sam C. I’m reading Prince of Thorns by Mark Lawrence). The cigar I selected was a Room 101 Payback Robusto. They are a well made cigar at a solid price of about $4.80 at my local cigar shop.
I’ve smoked dozens of Room 101 Payback Robustos and I have yet to have a single problem with any of them. Despite that, I want to let you in on a little secret. I don’t particularly care for this cigar but I continue to buy them anyway. I realize that sounds crazy, why would I buy a cigar that doesn’t do anything for me?
I think part of the reason is peer pressure (yep, I just took the high-school route). Everyone, and I mean everyone, I talk to about this cigar loves it. Well made, good taste, and a great price point. What isn’t to like? I keep telling myself that maybe the Payback is an acquired taste. If I smoke enough of them maybe they’ll grow on me?
What I can tell you after smoking so many of them is that I like it no more or no less than the first one I smoked. Even though I find the flavors to be nothing special, I keep coming back for the value. At under $5 per stick I can get a cigar that fits in virtually any situation. It’s medium body and excellent construction make it a good choice any time – day or night.
Up until my local shop began carrying the AJ Fernandez New World, the Payback was the stick I picked up anytime I wanted a cigar but didn’t necessarily have the time to enjoy it. These days I pick them up for those situations when I know my time may be cut short of if I’ll be busy and see relights in my future.
I sat down to write this post with a direction in mind, however, it has turned into more of a confessional. Perhaps it is time to just get it off my chest and move on. My name is Walt White and I do not particularly care for the Room 101 Payback.
Believe it or not, I feel a little better…