As I type this post, I’m sitting in the Private Lounge here at Gilbertsville Cigar Factory. It is 7:30pm on a Monday night, the shop is closed, and I’m all alone – puffing away on what feels like my millionth AJ Fernandez New World.
As Tool plays on Pandora and smoke fills the air, a terrible cigar habit is weighing on my mind.
A few years back, time for cigars was very difficult to come by. Often times I would multi-task and enjoy a cigar while I worked. Because I only had time for the occasional cigar, I couldn’t take the chance on smoking something that I might not enjoy.
Enter the Cigar Rut…
When I lit up an AJ Fernandez New World, I knew exactly what I was getting – No surprises. It would deliver the same experience each and every time. Despite being a bit boring, there was comfort in the routine. After all, I couldn’t risk lighting up something I might not enjoy and wasting the opportunity.
Months went by where I all I smoked was the tried and true New World. Eventually I got tired of them and moved on to the Charter Oak. I fell into the same rut and smoked myself sick of them – eventually turning back to the New World.
I didn’t realize how deeply entreched I was until just the other day. A few of the regulars were sitting around the table one of them joked that they could predict precsely what each of us would purchase next.
I was skeptical until he kept talking
He went around the table You’re going to get 10 Charter Oak Maduros and a tin of Presbyterian Pipe Tobacco… You’re due for another box of New Worlds… You’re going to get an Intemperance Whisky Rebellion and…
It was like a bucket of cold water had been poured over my head. When had I become the guy that smokes the same cigar over and over again? There was a time when if I smoked 10 cigars in a given week, 8 of them would be different.
While there is nothing wrong with having a Go-To Cigar, I think its about time to mix things up a bit. I’m going to challenge myself to smoking three new cigars this week – cigars that I’ve never had the pleasure of smoking before.
If you find yourself in a similar rut – I invite you to join me in this little challenge. Feel free to pop into the comment section below and share what new-to-you cigars you’re smoking. Maybe we can turn each other on to something new and exciting.