This summer brought several opportunities to visit some of the great golf locations in Canada (thanks Dad) on both sides of the country. In Ontario, I visited Glen Abbey, but didn’t have a chance to play there. In Whistler, I played back to back at the two courses right in the Village, Whistler Golf Club and Chateau Whistler. Obviously all 3 courses were beautiful and worth visiting, and each has a unique flavour in its design and presentation. Chateau was the most challenging of the 2 Whistler courses for me, because any errant shots went straight into trees and were gone forever. There is something magical about being on a course like Chateau where you’re surrounded by trees and mountains during the entire round; it really feels like a getaway. To highlight the experience I sparked a cuban that I felt would highlight my day at Chateau and by no means overshadow the other sensory experiences of a great golf day.
The Juan Lopez Petit Corona is a textbook cuban cigar, with above average but not flawless construction and a sweetly earthy prelight aroma. After lighting, there were easy-going leather flavours with a bit of spice that left a touch of bitter dryness. This cigar was very well behaved, especially staying lit despite inconsistent puffs on the golf cart and greenside grass between shots. The cigar lasted about 4 or 5 holes, a little short, but its a small cigar so I smoked it right to the nub. With a few sips of scotch from the flask and an incredibly memorable setting, smoking this little cuban was a great experience.