In September I found myself golfing in a tournament in Ontario at a gorgeous course called “Angus Glen” with a bunch of Pharmacy reps. It was a beautiful day, a hang with good friends and punched greens… Punched greens?? There’s a blemish!!!! Everything else was fine though, and for a guy from British Columbia, seeing a different part of the country in a manicured environment with a golf club in my hand…. well….. It just doesn’t get any better than that !… Just as all the golfers were waiting in their carts for the shotgun start I smelled that beautiful unmistakable smell of a cigar in the air and I had to go over to see what was being smoked… Cigar smokers are usually more than willing to share information about a cigar to someone who walks over and proclaims an undying love for those cylinders of rolled up tobacco… This gentleman smoking a Jose Llopis was happy to reach into a travel humidor and give me one of his Non-Cuban Churchills with a bright gold band.. He mentioned that this was a Jamaican cigar, no longer available and his go-to cigar… That had me very curious about this cigar which really did smelled great in the mid-day air… I went to my golf cart, retrieved my own travel cylinder humidor and, in turn, gave him a Hoyo de Monterrey Epicure No. 2 which I had been aging since 2007….. Fast forward about a month and now I’m golfing in Canmore with Tom, Brendan and Sid and its time to light up a few cigars out on the deck after our first day of mountain golf in Alberta… I light up this PANAMANIAN cigar and find out that it is mild, mild, mild, mild… A bit of a trick to detect any kind of flavor but it DID taste aged and pleasant enough so I was pleased about getting the opportunity to taste something different and was inwardly grateful to the Ontario gentleman who was giving me this opportunity… That night we were smoking an Arturo Fuente Opus X, a Partagas cigar that was given out last November at the Partagas dinner in Havana and this Llopis… The big, hands down, no arguing the fact winner of the night was the Arturo Fuente… The Opus X IS as good as a cigar can get…. I could go on but thats for another day… The Llopis was eventually smoked by Brendan since he likes mild cigars and mentioned that he loved it and would smoke one again… I took the above picture after a bunch of rum, also seen in the picture, and I guess thats a good enough reason as any for a blurry result… The night WAS blurry… At the end of the night I saw that Brendan didn’t finish his cigar and I thought that I would clip off the ash and smoke the rest in the morning… I don’t like to waste a good cigar, I jammed it into a half package of cigarettes and forgot about it until I got home a few days later… When I pulled it out of the pack, the wrapper had come unravelled, which I discarded, and I lit up what was left… Wow, what a difference !!!! This was a great cigar that revealed all kinds of flavors that I didn’t detect at all a few days before… Does this mean that I’d go search out this cigar again?? Nope! But, I did now see what the guy in Ontario finally meant… If I see him again I’ll give him 2 Cuban cigars!