A Crazy Morning Routine and Quick Smokes

Walt in the AM

When it comes right down to it, I am a creature of habit. I thrive on routine and find great comfort in it. Throw off my schedule and suddenly I’m stressed out and over analyzing the situation. As you would imagine, this means I have a morning routine that I very much like to stick to.

During the work week my iHome alarm sounds at 4:00am. I have the alarm situated across the room so that I have to get out of bed to turn it off. On occasion, I’ll turn it off and lay back down for a minute. Just in case that minute turns into falling back to sleep, my Fitbit Charge HR begins buzzing at 4:03am (my iHome runs a little fast so the alarms are about 5 minutes apart). Just in case the buzzing on my wrist isn’t enough to wake me, the alarm on my iPhone sounds at 4:05am.

I know what you are thinking ‘Holy Shit, Walt… What the hell is wrong with you?’ I don’t like to be late for work because that would disrupt my routine. It is the sad truth of the matter.

Anyway, the only wild card in my week is Friday. I don’t know what to expect when I get to work. Sometimes there is someone to open up the office and let me in and sometimes I have to wait for the owner (which means sitting in the parking lot for a half hour).

I could simply leave later in the morning but that would just be crazy. I’d much rather leave at my usual time and take the gamble. Besides, it is a great opportunity to slip in a morning cigar before work. My usual 35 minute commute isn’t quite long enough for a short smoke but if I wind up waiting, the extra time means spending it relaxing with coffee and a cigar.

I’ve tried a variety of quick smokes in the morning but I haven’t found the one. Either I throw too much away and feel like I’ve wasted a good cigar or the cigar just doesn’t do it for me – in terms of flavor / body / finish.

The other week I was in Sir Stogies and Tim mentioned that he brought in some new short smokes. Amos de Santiago in a Perla / Petite Corona format (they are in the neighborhood of 40 x 4.00). He had them in four different wrappers so I picked up one of each for $3.95 per single.

For the past few weeks I’ve been smoking through them on my Friday commute. I have one wrapper left to try (a barber pole) but so far I’m impressed. Some wrappers taste better than others but all of them have smoked very well. The next time I’m in the shop I think I’ll pick up a couple of each and plan on a formal review.

At any rate, the whole point of this post was to flush out some of your favorite quick smokes. What do you light up when you are short on time but want but still want an impressive cigar?

Amos de Santiago