Paul, I like that Davidoff quote; nothing could be more apropos, could it? Without the right circumstances, a fine cigar is little better than a giant cigarette, whilst given the right circumstances, the experience knocks on the door of transcendence.
Thanks Adrian. Ghostwriting is indeed a miserable pursuit; all the effort, little of the credit and less still of the money. I've done several movie treatments, which are actually harder work than the dialogue, but when the treatment is done a "big name" screenwriter can be brought on board for less money and quickly breeze through what remains of the work. Not that I would really want to put my name to any of the things that I've done for the screen anyway; there are so many competing egos at play that by the time anything is actually done, every ounce of life has been squeezed out of it. Anyway, I shall read your chapter; I've written quite widely on food/wine pairing as well as one article on finding unconventional matches for cigars, such as aged Calvados, high-quality, aged rum, small-batch Bourbon & rye and all those peculiar liqueurs that one finds all over Europe - it can be quite an interesting subject upon which to exercise oneself. I don't drink much these days, but I do find that a Crown Royal 12y.o. Manhattan goes down beautifully with an Esplendido...