Cigar Scores

Padrón 1926 Serie No. 6 c7 $11–13
Joya de Nicaragua Antaño 1970 c6 $7
My Father c6 $10
Romeo y Julieta Habana Cuba c6
San Cristobal Elegancia Robusto c6 $7
La Palina Classic c5 $7–8
Rocky Patel Decade Torpedo c5 $11
San Cristobal Revelation c5 $7–8
Rocky Patel Decade #46 c5 $9
Partagás Serie D No. 4 c4
Camacho Corojo Toro c4 $7
Camacho Corojo Robusto (Tube) c4 $7
Camacho Curiollo Toro c4 $6
La Gloria Cubana Serie R Estelí c4
La Flor Dominica Air Bender c4
Avo Uvezian Heritage Short Torpedo c3
Rocky Patel Royale Sumatra c3 $8
Camacho Curiollo Robusto (Tube) c2 $6
Punch Rare Corojo c1 $7

Partagás Serie D No. 4

Brand: Partagás
Flavor: Serie D No. 4
Size: Robusto (50 × 5″)
Price: ??

A true Cuban cigar from Havana.

This was a hard cigar to smoke. I cut it twice, but it was wrapped so tightly that I could barely get smoke through it. My jaw is sore from trying over and over again to get a solid draw. I thought it would loosen up once it got hot, but that wasn’t the case. I suspected that maybe the wrapper had a hole in it, but I couldn’t find one. The wrapper was fully intact.

That said, it started mild and slightly sweet. It was smooth and almost buttery. The perfume coming off the lit end was delightful and not at all stinky. In the middle of the smoke, there were hints of vanilla. Still hard as fuck to get smoke through it.

At the end, it gets bolder. It’s meaty, yet still smooth. I wish it was easier to smoke, because I think with an easy draw, this would be a delightful cigar.

Buy again? I didn’t buy it, but I have another in the humidor. Will smoke again.

SPF Records & DNS

I’m using Gmail for Business to handle email for a custom domain, which periodically sends email. I use Gmail’s SMTP servers.

I’m using AWS Route 53 to handle the DNS for this domain.

Emails started being rejected by grumpy MTAs between me and my users, so I decided to create an SPF record for that domain.

There’s the rub.

Route 53 allows you to create a specific record of type SPF, but not all MTAs use that record type. Some look for a TXT record with SPF information inside.

So, the best thing to do is create both the SPF and TXT record types, and provide the same information (enclosed in double quotes) for each.

San Cristobal Revelation

Brand: Ashton
Flavor: San Cristobal Revelation
Size: Prophet (54 × 5″)
Price: $7?

Flavor profile really complements a tumbler of Maker’s Mark. Medium body. Easy draw. More of a traditional cigar flavor. Any particular individual flavor is too subtle to discern. A smooth smoke. A hint of something floral, maybe caramel, too? Middle of the cigar is meatier, fuller. Got a bit of a runner; uneven burn in the middle. A satisfying experience.

Buy again? Probably.

La Palina Classic

Brand: La Palina
Flavor: Classic
Size: Toro (50 × 6″)
Price: Don’t remember. $7.75?

This was a big smoke. It had a good, even burn, a nice easy draw, and a tight ash throughout. It’s got an aromatic and smooth flavor… maybe even a bit sweet. It was almost perfume-y, but that might have had to do with the sweet hoppy IPA that I was drinking at the time. There’s also a hint of dark chocolate in there. It reminds me of smoking cigars at the beach.

Buy again? Yes.

Romeo y Julieta Habana Cuba

Brand: Romeo y Julieta
Flavor: Habana Cuba
Size: Corona (42 × 5 5/8″)
Price: gift

A genuine Cuban cigar. It has a traditional aroma and a sweet taste. Its flavor is mild–almost light–yet aromatic. Rolled very tightly, so it had a tough draw. It burned extraordinarily even, and had a surprisingly loose ash. The wrapper was veiny, and it tasted of creamy vanilla and sweet cherry. The tight roll made it hard to smoke, but that’s the only bad thing about this cigar. It was delightful throughout.

Buy again? If I could! But I can’t.

La Flor Dominica Air Bender

Brand: La Flor Dominica
Flavor: Air Bender
Size: Matatan (50 × 5″)
Price: ?? not on receipt

It starts a bit tangy, but the exhale is creamy cocoa, and a bit hot. Easy draw tastes meaty at times. That’s a good thing. A stronger smoke than I usually like. Earthy with a few aromatic spices. This cigar doesn’t fuck around. This is a “get to work!” kind of cigar. At first I didn’t like it, but after I settled in, it’s worth second consideration.

Buy again? Probably.