Cabin Fever

It’s a real disease. I have it. I can’t handle being stuck in my home for more than a couple hours. This week has been especially difficult for me to get out. By the time I got the message from my wife saying she was on her way home from work, I was planning my escape for the night. At least for a few hours.

I headed around the corner to my favorite lounge: The Detention Bar at McMenamin’s Kennedy School. I brought along a couple excellent cigars that I have been holding onto for long enough. It was time to set fire to them, grab some Old Weller and a stout, and relax.

And relax I did.

Without a name that has become its name, the Unnamed Reserve

Without a name that has become its name, the Unnamed Reserve

This cigar, released Dec 2012, was just about everything I thought it would be. The Arturo Fuente Unnamed Reserve is very similar to the prestigious Don Carlos line, but with a different wrapper. A box pressed 5.75×48 sized “corona gorda” is the perfect size too. It holds well in the hand, looks pleasing to the eye, and isn’t obtrusive to the lips. The Unnamed Reserve started a mild-medium but finished a mouth watering medium-full flavored. There were so many flavors including toast, coffee, wood and leather. Leather and wood were the predominant flavors. There was also a creaminess that came along in the second half the cigar. The Old Weller 107 I was drinking with the Fuente Unnamed Reserve was just a little strong for the cigar.

With the Fuente finishing off strongly, it was time to keep the strength going. This time I reached for the Padron 1926 #1 I have had for even longer than the Fuente.

Taller than my pint glass and let me mention how well Padrons and coffee go together

Taller than my pint glass and let me mention how well Padrons and coffee go together

Paired with a limited release imperial coffee stout, the Padron 1926 #1 is a big 6.75×52 Churchill that has been calling me out for months to smoke it. And, finally, I obliged. The Padron 1926 burned excellently and start off right were the Fuente left off. The flavors of this cigar were pleasantly different though with nuts, wood and pepper following a backbone of coffee. This was a perfect pairing with the coffee stout. This Padron finished a very full bodied and full strength cigar and said I didn’t need another to follow up. It was wonderful. In fact, I came home and had some chocolate-peanut butter ice cream and I could still taste the Padron a bit. Again, that was a wonderful pair.

Hoping to head for the hills today. Waiting on the wife to decide where we’re going, or “if” even. Not sure just yet what I’m packing with me, but, rest assured, I’ll be out of the house, surrounded by trees, hopefully there will be water to fish, and I will have a couple nice cigars to enjoy too.

About the author

Isaac Miller is a stay at home dad, kayak fisherman and a cigar fiend.