They had no good cigars there, I left the place in disgust

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“They had no good cigars there, my lord; and I left the place in disgust.”
Alfred Lord Tennyson, returning from Venice

Each and every time I read the above quote by Alfred Lord Tennyson, I can’t help but laugh a little. I envision a noble man standing in a caste, white cape gleaming, while a man strides up to him to report his journey. As he stands there, breastplate highly polished, wearing a helmet with a stripe of red rising from the peak like a flaming Mohawk, he reports to his commander that “They had no good cigars there, my lord; and I left the place in disgust“.

While I have never left a place in disgust due to lack of cigars, I feel Lord Tennyson’s pain. On more than one occasion I have gone on family trips and outings, finding myself with some unexpected spare time to enjoy a cigar. More than once I have been stopped in my tracks when I discovered that the closest cigar shop to the town I was staying in was miles and miles away.

Because I have had one too many of those types of experiences, I find myself packing cigars even if I do not expect to smoke one. I also pack a spare or two just in case I am joined on my cigar excursion.

In the occurrence that I know I will be in the vicinity of a cigar shop, or plenty of cigars, I still pack some of my own. During my last two trips to the annual IPCPR Convention, I made sure to have several cigars on hand. You may find that kind of crazy being that I was going to a cigar convention, but at times you just want to smoke something you know you will enjoy without the surprises of convention samples.

Do you pack cigars even when
You don’t expect to be smoking them?

4 comments On They had no good cigars there, I left the place in disgust

  • I have packed cigars when we take a weekend trip or something, but never when we just go running to stores and such. I do pack plenty though, as I found out when we went to Skyline Drive last year. I think I packed 12 or 13 cigars for the weekend and smoked 2 🙂

    Mike

  • I’m with Mike, I always take cigars and often an accompanying beverage, even when I know there may be cigars available.

    Where I Mike and I differ is during the summer my 5ct traveldor is always stocked and in my computer bag…

  • I always expect to smoke them, and I always pack more than enough. I went away for four days I think, and I brought about two boxes with me! I even found shops close to where we were staying and couldn’t help but to buy more. When the time comes for a cigar I don’t want to miss it.

  • I bring my travel humidor (tupperware container) every time I go to an all day getaway, whether it be a day at the lake, or a picnic or BBQ. I pack a ton with me. I have this fear that I will show up with cigars for only myself, and there will be other part-time cigar smokers who would have really loved the chance for a smoke. I try to figure out who is going to be at the get-together, and from there I try to select a cigar for each person that I think they would enjoy based on thier usual choice in beer..stronger cigars for the Sam drinkers, mild for the bud light guys, and a stiff backhand for the Mich.Ultra “men”. Anyway, it always turns out that it’s me alone at the edge of the party with my cigar of the week, whatever that may be.

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