Today I have a post for you from my good friend, Joe Casabona. He’s a computer science professor, a published author and he owns his own business. He’s also a big lover of all things Disney and cigars. With Father’s Day coming up this weekend, I asked him to take a second out of his life to share some of his favorite gift-worthy cigars for all of you ladies who are looking for a classic gift to get your dad this Father’s Day.
Those who follow me on Instagram or Twitter already know I’m quite a cigar fan. I’m always willing to try new brands and have a core set of cigars that I love smoking. With Father’s Day right around the corner (and Jenn doing a bang-up job on her Mother’s Day post) [aww thanks Joe Joe], I wanted to contribute a list of great smokes for your old man and you. Here they are in no particular order.
The Alec Bradley Prensado
Bestowed with the honor of 2011’s Number 1 cigar by Cigar Afficionado, this is a solid, well put together cigar that has hints of leather and chocolate. As CA mentions, it’s an instant classic.
The Rocky Patel Fifty
This one is probably my favorite smoke. Created for Rocky Patel’s 50th birthday, it’s got some bold flavors of wood and dark coffee with a hint of spice and a nice even burn. And it lasts; boy does it last- you really get your money’s worth with the cigar.
The Alec Bradley New York
Even though the Prensado got the honor of top dog in 2011, my favorite Alec Bradley is the New York. Named and created just for the Empire State, it was only available in NY for a while; luckily that is no longer the case. This is a medium-full bodied cigar has a thick smoke and rich draw. It will definitely not disappoint.
The Asthon VSG Eclipse
This cigar…this cigar was the first real dark one I smoked and I loved it. It’s a bit oily and has tastes of coffee and chocolate that make it a bold, rich smoke you can enjoy on a nice summer’s evening.
Gurkha Castle Hall
I consistently say, “I’ve never smoked a bad Gurkha,” and this was the cigar that made me realize it. I bought a box at a great deal and immediately fell in love. It’s a medium smoke that’s a little bit sweet and a little bit spice, with a fantastically easy draw that lasts.
The Baccarat was my first real cigar so it will always have a special place with me. It’s great for the price, and it’s a mild smoke with a sweet wrapper and a creamy taste. It burns kind of quick but for the cost and flavor, going back for seconds isn’t necessarily a bad thing…just wait 15 minutes between smokes. Any less is considered addictive behavior!*
*tisk tisk* Joey. Look at you being all cigar addicted. Just kidding. Thanks for the post! I wouldn’t know where to start with buying a cigar but I can think of a few father figures who could benefit from one or more of these suggestions. No more black and milds’ for them! 😉
Oh, and hey bloggers! Joe’s company, Manifest Development, hosts WLB. He is easy to work with and I often refer to him as if he is google when I have a computer issue. Interested in moving to wordpress? Well maybe I should mention that he also has written a book about wordpress (Building WordPress Themes from Scratch) and has another one hitting stores in December… He’s seriously a bloggers dream. Hit him up if you’re interested in finding out more information about his web services.
PS-Don’t let that get to your head, Joey. You’re good and all, but Robby is still the smartest brother.
PPS-I was not compensated for this post. Joe is just a good friend who does pretty darn awesome things. Phew! This is definitely one of WLB’s longest posts to date! If you made it through, I owe you a cake or something.