RTDA And The Sancho Panza Extra Fuerte Pamplona Review

Sancho Panza Extra Fuerte PamplonaI’ll admit it, I’m a little hesitant to write a new post. I’m really enjoying the huge volume of traffic I’m getting for the Oliva Serie V giveaway post, and anything new I post will likely get in the way of that. Oh well, it is a blog after all, and readers stop being readers if there’s nothing new to read!

Well, there is something new to read! It’s my second guest cigar review over on Stinkie’s CigarBeat. This time, I’ve taken on the Sancho Panza Extra Fuerte Pamplona, the most full-bodied of the Sancho Panza line. And I’ve done a much better job of photographing the cigar in action, so it’s almost like a video review. If you print it out, you could make a flip-book of the pictures and basically have a video. It really is the post that keeps on giving. (And check out the ashtray, it was a gift from my wife!) OK, you get the point. Head over to CigarBeat and see what you think of what I think of it!

Those of you who read this blog for randomness on topics other than cigars, have no fear. The substantial increase in smoky cigar posts has a lot to do with this weekend’s RTDA in Houston. After this weekend, my posts will go back to their previous levels of nicotine and carcinogens. Though you should expect a full report on RTDA. 🙂

For those of you who don’t know what RTDA (Retail Tobacco Dealers of America’s trade show) is and are curious, it’s basically the cigar world’s Super Bowl/World Series/championship-game-of-your-chosen-sport. The only difference is that instead of featuring in teams of guys in great physical shape accomplishing difficult tasks with round objects, it’s dominated by heavyset guys in Guayaberas accomplishing difficult tasks with aged tobacco leaves. And fans smoking those completed tasks. So, pretty close, but clearly better. Hey, you can’t smoke a touchdown or a home run, but you can smoke an Oliva Serie V or a CAO America! I rest my case.

One more note before I end this meta-post. (I know, I hate these posts too, but I’m smokin’, codin’ and reviewin’ my glutes off right now.) I will be at RTDA in Houson. There have been rumors, shifty glances and whispered conversations in the cigar forums. It’s getting out of hand, frankly. I just want to make this clear so everybody can get back to work. 🙂 If you’ll be in town, and want to join me for a drink and a cigar, drop me a line! Or just look for me at Slainte Irish Pub in downtown Houston!

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  1. Tiffany said,

    August 2, 2007 at 6:42 pm

    I guess it shouldn’t surprise me that there’s a line of cigars out there named after Sancho Panza.

  2. Brian said,

    August 2, 2007 at 6:52 pm

    Isn’t it great? 😀 Arturo Fuente has an entire Hemingway line. There also used to be a cigar out there called the “Sinatra My Way”, made especially to suit the tastes of ol’ Blue Eyes. (I believe it was taken off the market due to legal issues with his estate…)

  3. August 8, 2007 at 12:00 am


    I hope you enjoyed your time in Houston. I think it rained some on you, but I hope it was OK other than that.

    Did you have fun?


  4. Brian said,

    August 8, 2007 at 12:41 am

    Hi Laurie,

    It was awesome! I just got back tonight and I’m beat. My wife had to drag me away from the convention. The way I was going, I probably would have missed the flight.

    Houston struck me as a fun town. I got to see a lot more of it than I expected… I drove in every day from Katy!

  5. August 8, 2007 at 7:46 pm


    Glad I got to meet you in Houston! I’ve added your blog to my RSS reader. Hope you had as much fun as I did.


  6. Brian said,

    August 8, 2007 at 11:41 pm

    Thanks Miguel,

    Yeah, it was a blast! It was great putting faces to names! Now I’m really tempted to go to the Big Smoke in Vegas. I dunno if I’ll be able to clear that with the bosses (the one that pays the bills and the one that orders me around at home). 🙂

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