February 22nd, 2008

cigar

two surprises

I'm in Charlottesville today, home of UVA, the alma mater of both myself and tmfiii  .

One of my traditional stops when coming to the Hook - other than stopping to buy all the crap I forgot to bring this time - is at Cavalier Pipe and Tobacco in the Barracks Road shopping center. I've been going there ever since I started smoking.

This time I stopped and bought a few cigars. He had Rocky Patel Sungrowns, which I'm rather low on, so I bought two each of two different sizes. He pointed out some new Perdomos to me, Perdomo Habano, that have a Connecticut wrapper. I bought two of the smaller ones that look to be about robusto in length but maybe a bit fatter and one of a big, fat, longer one. (I hate the connotations that some cigars can bring on.) I have a thing for big cigars. (Again.) And I'm going to stop there.

So I'm getting ready to leave and as I am he (the owner, who has been there for 20-some odd years) starts to tell me a story about cigars with a UVA label. They're half Perdomo half CAO leaf, according to him, rolled back in '97-'99 when Perdomo would send the guy up here. In 2000, they offered to send him again for $7,000, but that just wasn't economically feasible for the store. Since UVA had started playing Miami, however (and especially, I guess, after they joined the ACC - the timeline on this story is a bit fuzzy) and the Perdomo (if it was Perdomo) rep lived in Miami, he agreed to have them made and shipped up to Cavalier.

Long story short (too late!):



Pertinent information for Marshall since he wants me to pick him up some on my way home: the two on the left are $4.50 a pop, the two in the middle $3.95, and the six on the right are $3.75.

A close-up on the label:



I'm excited about these.

Well, I did say two surprises.

So.

For the first time ever (on this blog).

We have....

Let's see if this works....

You know.  It doesn't right now.  It's either LJ's fault or Youtube's or mine, but it's making me mad.

So here's a link instead.

Click on it and fear...the sound of my voice!