Turkey with gravy, mashed potatoes and stuffing. Baked corn, baked pineapple, sweet potato casserole. Rutabaga, green bean casserole (complete with crispy onions),
cauliflower with cheese sauce. All washed down with PLENTY of wine.
Year after year, I swear I’m going to rein it in a bit during Thanksgiving dinner. And year after year, I fail to do so. The simple fact is, if I even sample a tiny amount of everything on the table, I’m going to be stuffed like the very bird that adorns it.
Clearly, this multi-thousand-calorie endeavor will require a post-dinner cigar to take the edge off. Combined with fresh, cold air and whisky, I should be back up and running in time for pumpkin pie and ice cream.
All of which begs the question: what’s will it be? That Padrón Family Reserve making eyes at me? A fuller-bodied maduro like Rocky Patel’s brand new cigar, Vudu? A celebratory Opus X? La Flor Dominicana Air Bender?
Perhaps something lighter in strength would make my belt feel more comfortable: a relaxing Davidoff, Rocky Patel Vintage ’99, Ashton Classic or Avo XO?
Whatever it ends up being, it will serve to punctuate an afternoon spent giving thanks with my family. Wherever you are and however you choose to celebrate, I sincerely hope you enjoy yourself.
Please DO let me know what cigars you plan on smoking in the comments section!
If you enjoy cigars, odds are you have a friend or group of friends you enjoy smoking with. One thing I’ve come to love about the cigar-smoking community is their eagerness to share, and resistance to pettiness.
However, once in a while, you’ll find yourself on the short end of the stick, so to speak. You’ve just given your buddy a Camacho 10th Anniversary 11/18, and he returns the favor with a Famous Buenos Madurito Petite Corona. A decent smoke, for sure, but by no means a fair trade.
In my mind, there are several things to consider when sharing cigars. When done in good-faith, it offers the double-benefit of expanding your cigar horizons while reaffirming camaraderie.
- If participating in an online trade, make sure you’re dealing with someone you can trust. Many forums have systems in place that indicate members’ trustworthiness.
- Don’t confuse a “gift” with a “trade.” If you gift a cigar, don’t expect anything in return. If you’re looking to trade in-kind, make it clear. If it’s more of an open-ended trade, don’t expect a cigar immediately. As the saying goes, “the best things come to those who wait.”
- Don’t let MSRP be your sole guide when offering a trade. Instead, take a moment to consider availability, price paid, and whether the recipient will actually enjoy the cigar. Macanudo Vintage 2000 I might be a $17 stick, but it’s hardly a fair trade for a Padrón Serie 1926 80th Anniversary, especially if the other party prefers a full-bodied smoke.
- If offered an open-ended trade or gifted a cigar, accept it and thank your benefactor. The time will come when you smoke a cigar he or she would really enjoy, and when it does, return the favor graciously.
Trading cigars shouldn’t be about “getting ahead” or “tit for tat,” but rather about sharing some great sticks and trying stuff you don’t normally smoke. Use this as your ultimate guideline, and remember: always let your cigar-conscience be your guide.