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Monday, December 27, 2004

Trivia and Cigars

Inasmuch as we're still celebrating the Christmas holiday and are anticipating the impending arrival of my brother, sis-in-law and new niece/goddaughter, I have had neither the time nor the inclination to deal with anything political. However, that doesn't mean I don't have the urge to post. I've been getting into cigars lately and, like many other pleasures in life, the more you learn the more interesting and fun it becomes. The study of cigars is much like the study of wine...and they go together so well! If you enjoy an occasional cigar, and like them mild to medium bodied and reasonable priced, try the Carlos Torano line. I'd recommend for starters the Reserva Selecta Robusto Madura. It received an 86 rating (very good to excellent) by Cigar Insider (part of Cigar Aficionado) and is sized at 50 ring gauge and 5" long. [ Note: the ring gauge is the measure of the diameter of the cigar itself and the number assigned is the numerator of the measurement in 64ths. For example, the Carlos Torano cigar we're discussing has a diameter of 50/64 inches]. I'd also recommend the Reserva Selecta Churchill. It has a ring gauge of 48 and is 7.25" long. It received a 90 rating (outstanding). Both these cigars can be had for $5 to $6 each. Today's Trivia Q1: what is the Scoville Scale? Q2: what is a panagram? A1: the method to chart the comparative heat of different chillis (by Wilbur Scoville in 1912) A2: sentences containing every letter of the alphabet.

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