Hoyo de Monterrey Hermosos No 4 Anejados (TBS DIC 06) — whiskysnob’s Blog

 

We’re having our first Anejados today, it’s the first one to show up in my local La Casa.. Vitola: Hermosos No 4 (48 x 127 mm) (Corona Extra). History: a 2015 release, aged Habanos series. Overview: very smooth, oily dark brown wrapper, an aged smoke with an Anejados band, amazing construction, tremendous looking cigar, probably […]

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Cigar Advisor Weighs in on the Newest FDA Cigar Regulations

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Cigar Advisor, the nation’s premiere online cigar magazine, proudly serves cigar enthusiasts with a uniquely down-to-earth perspective on the enjoyment of premium cigars. The magazine has just published a review of the newly-deemed FDA rule that extends the agency’s intent to regulate more tobacco products — including premium cigars — under the Family Smoking Prevention and Tobacco Control Act (FSPTCA). Titled “FDA Cigar Regulation: Effects of the 2016 Deeming Rule,” Managing Editor John Pullo addresses the impact this new authority granted to the FDA will have on the premium cigar market, and the market uncertainties it has created.

“There are a number of ‘untolds’ in the document. These are the numbers, processes, costs and more that the Agency hasn’t defined yet… perhaps, because it can’t. That’s why we wanted to address these regulations — they’re important for cigar enthusiasts to understand,” says Cigar Advisor Managing Editor John Pullo. “They have the very real potential to negatively impact the consumer — and in more ways than just the choice of premium cigars available for sale.” He’s compiled an analysis of the stricter FDA regulations that affect the production, marketing and sales of tobacco products that were announced this month, titledFDA Cigar Regulation: Effects of the 2016 Deeming Rule. Released as a 499-page document on May 5, John examines four of the most prominent issues created by the FDA decision for stronger regulation.

John notes one particular concern immediately: “The damage that is likely to be done to the manufacture and marketing of premium cigars by this decision is sweepingly broad, but done in a way that’s extremely vague. That is worrisome.” He specifically points to the newly-ordered “substantial equivalence” verification process for premium cigars that entered the market after 2007, and how “there is a lot of gray area here.” Pullo argues that cigar manufactures are placed in an immediate disadvantage by the agency, as the inner workings of the tests that FDA plans to run on the products at hand are “unclear, have no benchmarks established, and the costs — and how they’re figured — are seemingly guesses, at best.” He also believes that this ruling places the legalization of Cuban cigars in America in limbo.

The Cigar Advisor analysis discusses the banning of cigar sampling, age verification for the purchase of cigars, and the steps that retailers have already taken to be in compliance with existing age restrictions for the purchase of tobacco products by those under the age of 18. “These laws already exist,” he says.

Prominent Cigar Retailer Introduces Baptiste by Oliva Cigars

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Famous Smoke Shop, the leading online distributor of discounted premium cigars, specializing in offering the web’s widest selection of cigars at the lowest prices, has just added a new, affordably-priced line to its stable of Oliva cigars. Named “Baptiste by Oliva,” the line features a full-bodied blend of diverse Nicaraguan long-fillers rolled in a flawless Ecuadorian-grown Habano wrapper leaf.

The Baptiste line is presented in the following four shapes in boxes of 20 cigars:

Presidente (7″ x 52) MSRP – $5.81/cigar

Grand Robusto (6″ x 60) MSRP – $6.15/cigar

Toro (5½”x 54) MSRP – $5.63/cigar

Torpedo (5½” x 54) MSRP – $5.81/cigar

The name was reportedly inspired by the character, “Andre Baptiste,” the ruthless Liberian dictator played by Eamonn Walker in the 2005 film, Lord of War, starring Nicholas Cage, which may account for the knife-shaped “t” in Baptiste as seen on the label.

However, as Famous Smoke Shop Brand Manager, Tarah Sutter, points out: “The smoke may be ‘decadent,’ but it’s not wicked like the Baptiste character in the movie; although you could say that it’s ‘wicked-good.'”

Baptiste offers a well-balanced, full-flavored smoke imbued with an earthy-spicy character that reveals notes of cedar, black coffee, and a hint of pepper on the finish.

“Those who enjoy smoking cigars like the Oliva Serie O, Oliva Serie V, and Vindicator by Oliva will find the new Baptiste by Oliva cigars especially satisfying, as well as cigar smokers who are typically drawn to the best full-bodied Nicaraguan cigars,” added Ms. Sutter.

FDA Defies Congressional Intent…Subjects Premium Cigars To Federal Regulation

Today, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) Center for Tobacco Products released their 499 page final rule that would deem additional tobacco products subject to the Federal Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act, as amended by the Family Smoking Prevention and Tobacco Control Act (“Tobacco Control Act”).  Under today’s release, premium cigars have been deemed and will be subjected to the “option 1” regulatory framework, which in some respects treats premium cigars in harsher terms than that of cigarettes and other tobacco products.

Since the original filing of the proposed rule on April 25, 2014, and the closing of the comment period on August 08, 2014, Cigar Rights of America (CRA) and hundreds of thousands of cigar aficionados across Ameria have been actively advocating on multiple fronts within the Obama Administration that premium cigars should not be included in any form of a final rule.  Unfortunately, the FDA and the Obama Administration have rejected and cast aside any rationally objective approach to developing this regulation.
When Congress gave FDA the authority to regulate tobacco products in 2009, they did so specifically with the stipulation that in order to subject a product to regulation FDA must demonstrate that the specific product(s) possess issues of underage consumption and health and mortality impact through addiction, both which have never been associated with premium cigars. Congressman Hal Rogers (R-KY), Chairman of the House Appropriations Committee stated during the debate on the Fiscal Year 2017 Agriculture Appropriations bill that, “premium cigars were never intended to be in the original Tobacco Control Act.”
Congressional intent can also be seen through lens of legislation, where beginning in the 112th Congress through today, 289 different members of the House of Representatives and 26 members of the Senate have co-sponsored legislation that would exempt premium cigars from FDA regulation.
J. Glynn Loope, Executive Director of CRA, stated in reaction to today’s release that, “the inclusion of premium cigars in the final rule by FDA is yet another clear indicator that the agency never intended on complying with the Congressional mandate in the 2009 Act, and that the agency is clearly overstepping its authority in its zealous pursuit of unjustified regulations.”
Loope went on to further say, “Due to today’s actions by FDA, Cigar Rights of America will continue concentrating its efforts on the pursuit of the legislative exemption adopted by the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Appropriations, and CRA is calling on Congress to act this year to protect the premium cigar retail community, the availability of legal products to America’s adult consumers, and to address the political and economic threat that this regulation passes throughout Latin America.”

Drew Estate Liga Undercrown Shade Gran Toro Cigars Review

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“With Willy Herrera placing an Ecuadorian Connecticut shade leaf around Undercrown innards, the man has instantly created a game changer,” says Tommy Zman referring to the latest Cigar Advisor panel review video on Drew Estate’s new Liga Undercrown Shade cigars. Cigar Advisor, the premium cigar news & information website of Famous Smoke Shop — a leading online distributor of discounted premium cigars, specializing in offering the web’s widest selection of cigars at the lowest prices — uploaded the four-man critique to their YouTube channel today.

“I think this cigar might actually attract new smokers to the Drew Estate brand who might have been intimidated by the strength of the [original] Liga line and the herbal infusion of the ACID cigars line,” added Zman.

Blended with Dominican Criollo ’98, Nicaraguan Corojo and Criollo longfillers, Sumatra binder, and an Ecuadorian Connecticut wrapper, Undercrown Shade is also the first release blended by Drew Estate Master Blender, Willy Herrera, that does not fall under the Herrera Estelí brand family.

Shot at Leaf Cigar Bar & Restaurant in Easton, PA, other members of the panel include Cigar Advisor editors & writers, John Pullo, Gary Korb, and Jonathan Detore. The cigar chosen for the review was the 6″ x 52 Undercrown Shade Gran Toro. Some of the comments the panelists offered about the new blend were strikingly similar regarding its strength:

“It’s great for mild-bodied smokers looking to break into a medium-full bodied cigar with a silky smooth Connecticut wrapper. They get what they’re used to up front, while being taken into the next higher level gradually and gently,” said Mr. Detore.

“It’s a radical departure from the original Undercrown we’re all used to smoking,” said Mr. Pullo. “Pacing yourself can help in experiencing some of the different flavors this cigar has to offer. It’s deceiving — you expect mild flavor because of the wrapper, but this Shade boasts some serious body.”

“If the Gran Toro is an example, experienced cigar smokers will undoubtedly take to the Liga Undercrown Shade selection,” said Mr. Korb. “New and less-experienced cigar smokers may have to adjust their heads a little. If you’re used to the sweetness often found in a lot of Connecticut wrapper cigars, you’ll find very little of it in here…this smoke has a lot ofmachismo.”

To get the most flavor out of it, the panel also recommended that smokers let the Undercrown Shade rest a minute or more between puffs.

“I believe Willy was looking to keep some of the body and richness of the original Undercrown in the mix, but allowing it to be consumed in more of a bite-size manner,” added Mr. Pullo, “meaning [it’s] for those who maybe don’t have the interest in, or the appetite for a full-bodied cigar. And that’s why I think Undercrown Shade is such a departure for Drew Estate.”

To watch the Cigar Advisor review of the Undercrown Shade Gran Toro, click here.

Famous Smoke Shop is the nation’s #1 discount retailer of premium cigars online, offering one of the largest selections of handmade cigars, machine-made cigars, cigar humidors, and accessories. Famous offers the web’s lowest prices on a wide selection of cigar brands including Acid, Davidoff, Macanudo, Romeo y Julieta, Ashton, Padron, Oliva and Perdomo cigars, and many more. Famous offers their customers the best prices on all premium cigars as well as friendly and knowledgeable customer service.

The pairing of Syndicate 58/6 scotch with a Montecristo Platinum Series cigar

Yesterday, we took to pair the very rare and exquisite 12-year-old Syndicate 58/6 scotch whiskey with a cigar that would complement its rich and intense flavor. There were several cigars I could have chosen for this pairing and I settled on the Montecristo Platinum Series cigar. It is important when pairing a cigar and the drink of your choice that one does not overpower the other.

Syndicate 58/6 scotch whiskey is rich amber gold with shimmering sandy bottom highlights.
Photo Used with permission by The Baddish Group

Although one of the photos shows the scotch in a glass without ice, I did add two cubes of ice after an initial tasting of the Syndicate 58/6. This is a scotch you will want to savor and enjoy unmolested by dissolving ice. Like most lovers of scotch, I like mine cold; and though I would not normally recommend this, it may be worth keeping this scotch chilled in your bar refrigerator or wine chiller so you can enjoy the cold temperature without the ice to affect the Syndicate’s taste as it is rich and smooth.

The Syndicate 58/6 is a premium blended scotch whiskey and is not your average premium scotch. It has a very long history being founded in 1966 by William Muir (Bond 9) Limited (Founded in Leith, Scotland in 1823) and the original blend was distilled in 1954 by Marshall Taplow for their most important customers. In the United Kingdom, Syndicate 58/6 is appreciated by Members of the House of Lords, High Court Judges and a wide range of leading professionals from throughout the United Kingdom. Syndicate 58/6 is blended using a ‘Solera’ system whereby additional whiskeys are blended with the older stock. They include 18 single malt whiskeys and four single grain whiskeys. Syndicate 58/6 still contains small quantities of the 1958 blend and is put in four year old Oloroso Sherry casks which give the whiskey an exceptionally smooth and distinctive taste.

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Cigar Review: Davidoff Special R

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Yesterday, we smoke and review the Davidoff Special R cigar. Davidoff is one of my favorite lines of cigars and next week I will review their Nicaragua cigar.

The Davidoff Special R cigar as I smoked it on June 1, 2014.
Photo Credit: Karl Dickey  View all 5 photos

The Special R is a mild Robusto with an Ecuadorian wrapper and a 50 ring gauge and is about 5 inches in length. The Special R has been available since 1999 and though not the best Davidoff has to offer, it is still a smooth, affordable and enjoyable smoke. And when I say ‘affordable’, I mean affordable by Davidoff standards as they are a premium line of cigars. The cigar can be picked up as a single stick for around $12 to $13.

Coming out of the Dominican Republic, the Special R will last about 35 minutes or so. I did not find any problems with the draw as some have reported over the years, although it did burn slightly uneven. The uneven burn was not from user error or improper humidity, however, more likely a result of production.

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Four Roses Small Batch Bourbon paired with Romeo y Julieta Reserva Real cigar

Today, we will pair an excellent small batch bourbon with one of the finest cigars. Four Roses Small Batch Bourbon is one of the very best light-bodied bourbons available so it is important to pair it with a similar light-bodied cigar. There are several cigars to choose from such as the H. Upmann Monarcas Tubos or Montecristo Junior. For this review I chose the Romeo y Julieta Reserva Real which is a light to medium strength cigar and it turned out to be a terrific combination. Of course, everyone is different in their tastes, which is why it is important to trying things on your own and keep notes of your likes and dislikes. If you keep a journal, such as this, after a year, you will have a full and complete catalog of what suits you best.

So, what is bourbon? Bourbon is a whiskey; however, as they say, “All bourbon is whiskey, but not all whiskey is bourbon.” Bourbon is simply (and legally) American-made whiskey, starts off with at least 51 percent corn and must be aged (stored) in a new white oak barrel which can only be used once. Also, often people think bourbon must be made in Kentucky, but this is not the case – anywhere in America will do.

Four Roses Small Batch Bourbon is one of the best bourbons I have enjoyed. Today, I did so straight (without ice) in a regular glass tumbler so I could enjoy the aroma and taste without dilution from ice. Again, it comes down to how you enjoy your bourbon with or without ice. When ordering at your local bar, it is best to leave out fancy words like “neat” or “straight” if you prefer it without ice, because half the time, the bartender will serve it to you with ice anyway – even at high-end bars. I know some, that prefer their drink with only one ice cube; yet, if not specific when ordering, the glass will come back half full of chopped ice. It’s all in what you prefer, there is no right or wrong way to drink bourbon.

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iRobusto website offers cigar companies opportunity to better engage cigar enthusiasts

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iROBUSTO is a website that features innovative marketing opportunities for cigar companies and a social interactive approach to its visitors and members.

New online magazine, iROBUSTO.com, announced today that it will be delivering new and exciting talking points for the cigar community. The iROBUSTO slogan, “iROBUSTO. Do U?” encapsulates the passion of cigar enthusiasts. Any cigar enthusiast, passionate for cigar enjoyment will understand the slogan’s carefree in your face style. A company representative stated, “It’s not that we are loud and boisterous about cigars, we’re regular folks. We have a love for sharing our cigar experiences with each other, however, if you don’t like what we stand for, that’s your problem.” The site focuses on the popular USA market and plans on bringing more information to UK residents about “New World” cigars.

“The prices on Cuban cigars in the UK are very high…” said site owner, Mark Swanson. “Cuban cigars are great, however, there are awesome cigars coming out of places like Nicaragua and Honduras these days. British cigar enthusiasts should be looking to find less expensive premium cigars and if they’re not, they’re missing out on some beautiful cigar experiences.”

The site caters to the USA and UK market already with a growing community on Google+. Members enjoy posting pics of cigars using unique hashtags like, #cigarselfie, #cigarplanking and many others. G+ member, Jason J, expresses, “I’m sure I speak for a good lot of the iROBUSTO community when I express how much we have enjoyed the #cigarbattle.”

The iROBUSTO site plans to have a weekly cigar review on YouTube, columns called, “The 10 Second Kiss” and “#5R4 – 5 Reasons For…” that will rely on member participation to come up with the topics and entertainment in exchange for vouchers and prizes for their favourite cigars.

The staff at iROBUSTO will be working together with its visitors and advertisers in enhancing the site with an eye to improving on the already great experience for G+ members, Twitter followers and fans on other social media such as Facebook, Instagram and Pinterest.

'All American Don' cigar series announced by Don Abram Harris Cigars

Don Abram Harris Cigars, LLC has announced the development of the new series called “All American Don.” This ten-episode doc-soap will give viewers a sneak peak to show what it takes to maintain a successful cigar business in America. In order to complete production and editing, creator Abram Harris has launched a Kickstarter campaign. The goal is to raise $100,000 by March 18, 2015.

From the time Abram’s father, Jerome Harris, was a kid until he grew up, he slaved away in the tobacco fields in Southern Maryland diligently learning the trade of the tobacco and cigar industry.  To get out of the fields and to better support his family he joined the military.  Abram heard many stories about how hard his father worked in the tobacco fields, which gave Abram a passion to be a part of the cigar industry, not as a field worker but as a cigar manufacturer.  This along with his love of cigars played a great part in building the first African-American cigar manufacturing company, Don Abram Harris Cigars, LLC.

Today, they produce one of the most successful and trusted brand cigars. With quality and care, they have made their mark in the hearts of cigar-lovers. The delicious flavor and mesmerizing aroma of each cigar gives users a memorable experience that many enjoy and love. Now, Abram wants to give the world a glimpse into how the business is run. This mini-series will show the challenges he encounters every day as he interacts with cigar lounges around the nation. Viewers get to meet the friendly staff and his beautiful wife, who is his rock and confidante. It shows the realness of the business and gives people a deeper understanding as to why their cigars are named one of the best in the world.

With comedic humor and sentimental moments, people get to know Abram Harris, the man behind the successful cigar manufacturer. As a prominent African-America entrepreneur, he works hard every day to build a legacy for the Harris family name. Individuals learn important life lessons and entrepreneur skills about how to establish and run a flourishing business in America.

Funds from the Kickstarter campaign will be used as seed money to get production going. It will cover equipment, travel, editing, and other expenses to complete the project.

To make a contribution, please visit the campaign by clicking here. If the campaign does not receive enough funding, the project cannot move forward. So hurry and be part of this project today to help shed light on how the unique cigar industry is run.

For those who cannot make a donation, please be sure to share this on Facebook and Twitter. The more awareness the better! 

‘All American Don’ cigar series announced by Don Abram Harris Cigars

Don Abram Harris Cigars, LLC has announced the development of the new series called “All American Don.” This ten-episode doc-soap will give viewers a sneak peak to show what it takes to maintain a successful cigar business in America. In order to complete production and editing, creator Abram Harris has launched a Kickstarter campaign. The goal is to raise $100,000 by March 18, 2015.

From the time Abram’s father, Jerome Harris, was a kid until he grew up, he slaved away in the tobacco fields in Southern Maryland diligently learning the trade of the tobacco and cigar industry.  To get out of the fields and to better support his family he joined the military.  Abram heard many stories about how hard his father worked in the tobacco fields, which gave Abram a passion to be a part of the cigar industry, not as a field worker but as a cigar manufacturer.  This along with his love of cigars played a great part in building the first African-American cigar manufacturing company, Don Abram Harris Cigars, LLC.

Today, they produce one of the most successful and trusted brand cigars. With quality and care, they have made their mark in the hearts of cigar-lovers. The delicious flavor and mesmerizing aroma of each cigar gives users a memorable experience that many enjoy and love. Now, Abram wants to give the world a glimpse into how the business is run. This mini-series will show the challenges he encounters every day as he interacts with cigar lounges around the nation. Viewers get to meet the friendly staff and his beautiful wife, who is his rock and confidante. It shows the realness of the business and gives people a deeper understanding as to why their cigars are named one of the best in the world.

With comedic humor and sentimental moments, people get to know Abram Harris, the man behind the successful cigar manufacturer. As a prominent African-America entrepreneur, he works hard every day to build a legacy for the Harris family name. Individuals learn important life lessons and entrepreneur skills about how to establish and run a flourishing business in America.

Funds from the Kickstarter campaign will be used as seed money to get production going. It will cover equipment, travel, editing, and other expenses to complete the project.

To make a contribution, please visit the campaign by clicking here. If the campaign does not receive enough funding, the project cannot move forward. So hurry and be part of this project today to help shed light on how the unique cigar industry is run.

For those who cannot make a donation, please be sure to share this on Facebook and Twitter. The more awareness the better! 

Best Cigar Prices Offering The Finest In "Cuban Heritage" Cigars

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Since the U.S. enacted the trade embargo against Cuba in 1961, Cuban cigars, which have long been regarded as the best in the world, have been illegal in the United States. This restriction on access to Cubans has resulted in an increased desire for them, as the embargo has created a “forbidden fruit”-type appeal to the cigars. Many Americans are intrigued by the notion of Cuban cigars, but what they don’t realize is that one need not travel to Cuba to enjoy a fine cigar – the real essence of Cuban cigar tradition is already available here in the U.S.

After the Cuban Revolution in 1959, many Cubans emigrated to America seeking alternative political or economic conditions. Some of these were tobacco growers and cigar-makers, who brought with them trade secrets and authentic Cuban tobacco seeds. Some of the most skilled Cuban cigar workers continued to cultivate tobacco and produce cigars in countries with climates similar to Cuba, such as the Dominican Republic, Honduras, and Nicaragua. As a result, the cigars originating from these countries, under the supervision of Cuban expatriates, carry on the tradition in excellence that was established in Cuba.

Best Cigar Prices Director of Marketing and Certified Master Tobacconist Jeff Brown has traveled extensively sampling and researching cigars in several different countries, including Cuba, and has found that cigars produced in the Dominican Republic, Nicaragua, and other countries compare favorably against those being produced in Cuba. “Thanks to Cuban expatriates like Padron, Nestor Plascencia, and Rafael Nodal of Aging Room cigars, the techniques and customs once closely guarded by Cuban cigar blenders are now used to cultivate tobacco and create cigars that are available for sale in the U.S.”, Brown stated. “These guys brought over the Cuban seeds and their special skill set, and the resulting cigars are as good as, if not better than, Cubans. The quality control standards used by Padron and other factories are far superior to many factories in Cuba, which is another factor that sets U.S.-legal cigars apart – simply put, the cigars we buy here in the States are far more consistent and well made than most Cuban cigars.”

Best Cigar Prices carries a wide variety of cigars from brands with Cuban roots like Padron, Plasencia, Aging Room, Don Pepin, Raices Cubanas, and many others, at the lowest prices available on the internet. The company invites you to try cigars from these “Cuban heritage” companies for yourself and see how they compare to the legendary Cuban cigars.

Best Cigar Prices is a leading online distributor of discounted premium cigars, serving cigar aficionados worldwide since 1997. The company’s global headquarters in Drums, Pennsylvania features a state of the art, warehouse-sized cigar humidor that ensures quality and freshness in every cigar shipped. Best Cigar Prices offers a diverse range of cigar deals, discounts, and specials designed to make cigar shopping an easy, affordable, and rewarding experience for consumers.

Best Cigar Prices Offering The Finest In “Cuban Heritage” Cigars

Best Cigar Prices

Since the U.S. enacted the trade embargo against Cuba in 1961, Cuban cigars, which have long been regarded as the best in the world, have been illegal in the United States. This restriction on access to Cubans has resulted in an increased desire for them, as the embargo has created a “forbidden fruit”-type appeal to the cigars. Many Americans are intrigued by the notion of Cuban cigars, but what they don’t realize is that one need not travel to Cuba to enjoy a fine cigar – the real essence of Cuban cigar tradition is already available here in the U.S.

After the Cuban Revolution in 1959, many Cubans emigrated to America seeking alternative political or economic conditions. Some of these were tobacco growers and cigar-makers, who brought with them trade secrets and authentic Cuban tobacco seeds. Some of the most skilled Cuban cigar workers continued to cultivate tobacco and produce cigars in countries with climates similar to Cuba, such as the Dominican Republic, Honduras, and Nicaragua. As a result, the cigars originating from these countries, under the supervision of Cuban expatriates, carry on the tradition in excellence that was established in Cuba.

Best Cigar Prices Director of Marketing and Certified Master Tobacconist Jeff Brown has traveled extensively sampling and researching cigars in several different countries, including Cuba, and has found that cigars produced in the Dominican Republic, Nicaragua, and other countries compare favorably against those being produced in Cuba. “Thanks to Cuban expatriates like Padron, Nestor Plascencia, and Rafael Nodal of Aging Room cigars, the techniques and customs once closely guarded by Cuban cigar blenders are now used to cultivate tobacco and create cigars that are available for sale in the U.S.”, Brown stated. “These guys brought over the Cuban seeds and their special skill set, and the resulting cigars are as good as, if not better than, Cubans. The quality control standards used by Padron and other factories are far superior to many factories in Cuba, which is another factor that sets U.S.-legal cigars apart – simply put, the cigars we buy here in the States are far more consistent and well made than most Cuban cigars.”

Best Cigar Prices carries a wide variety of cigars from brands with Cuban roots like Padron, Plasencia, Aging Room, Don Pepin, Raices Cubanas, and many others, at the lowest prices available on the internet. The company invites you to try cigars from these “Cuban heritage” companies for yourself and see how they compare to the legendary Cuban cigars.

Best Cigar Prices is a leading online distributor of discounted premium cigars, serving cigar aficionados worldwide since 1997. The company’s global headquarters in Drums, Pennsylvania features a state of the art, warehouse-sized cigar humidor that ensures quality and freshness in every cigar shipped. Best Cigar Prices offers a diverse range of cigar deals, discounts, and specials designed to make cigar shopping an easy, affordable, and rewarding experience for consumers.

Davidoff Cigars announces Winston Churchill range of cigars

Davidoff announced the renaissance of a line of cigars bearing the name of and befitting the world’s most iconic cigar aficionado Sir Winston Churchill.

Davidoff Winston Churchill Event New York, CEO Hans-Kristian Hoejsgaard and Randolph Churchill, Photo credit: Sandra Hamburg

Sir Winston Churchill was a man who was the very embodiment of “Time Beautifully Filled”: a man who revelled in a varied life with its many experiences. A man of many layers and many dimensions. A man whose many facets added up to a personality which set him apart. Davidoff Cigars share the same values. These qualities are reflected in this elegant multifaceted  Winston Churchill range of cigars from Davidoff. For these reasons, it is fitting that they bear his name and seal.

The aim was to craft this new range of exceptional cigars as uniquely diverse as the man who inspired them. The Davidoff Masterblenders have embraced and accomplished an exciting challenge: blending cigars of a complex character with a rich mixture of fine qualities drawing on and harmonising the tobaccos of Nicaragua, Mexico,Ecuador and the Dominican Republic. The Great Man’s persona, the trait of character, was the inspiration for the chosen formats.

“We feel sure that Sir Winston would have enjoyed sharing one of these exceptional cigars which surely do justice to one of the most celebrated cigar lovers in history: The Aristocrat, The Artist, The Commander, The Raconteur, The Statesman, The Traveler – these are cigars of character,” said Hans-Kristian Hoejsgaard, CEO of Oettinger Davidoff AG.

Randolph Churchill, Sir Winston’s great-grandson said: “A great cigar was Churchill’s favourite travelling companion and, whether he was being Statesman, Commander, or dinner party guest, he was rarely without one. As a descendent of American pioneers, through his mother Jennie Jerome of New York, and of aristocratic British military figures – the Dukes of Marlborough – through his father, he knew the significance of history and the value of time. And he always had time for a cigar.”

This exclusive cigar range from Davidoff is composed of a new characterful blend. It is crafted with tobaccos coming from four different countries. It took time, patience and perseverance to create these fine cigars, and to deliver these exceptional blends with the complex character and refined sophistication aficionados would expect from Davidoff. The blend maintains the expected refinement and elegance of a Davidoff cigar, while pushing particular palate stimulations and flavours further. Strength of the blend is medium to full body with a wide palette of exciting flavours and aromas. The cigars are adorned with a beautiful shiny and oily wrapper with a slight reddish touch. Due to the different Seco tobaccos, the cigars deliver an excellent, even burn and a firm white ash.

Filler:
Piloto Mejorado Seco (Dominican Republic)
Piloto Seco (Dominican Republic)
Hybrid Olor/Piloto Seco (Dominican Republic)
Esteli Seco (Nicaragua)
Condegas Seco (Nicaragua)

Binder:
Negro San Andres (Mexico)

Wrapper:
Ecuador Rojiza (Ecuador)

The Davidoff Winston Churchill cigar range

Petit Corona (41 RG x 4 1/2)
The Winston Churchill Petit Corona is the shortest cigar in the range. Due to the smaller RG and the size, this cigar feels stronger and delivers less pronounced flavour nuances in the body. Beautiful pepper flavours together with dark coffee and toasty notes are dominating. Available in boxes of 20 Petit Corona cigars.

Robusto (52 RG x 5 1/4 )
The strength is slightly decreased and the flavors are more overt. The complexity of the cigar is more amplified and the flavours more pronounced. Leather with dark coffee flavours take a front role with a creamy aftertaste. Available in boxes of 20 Robusto cigars.

Churchill (47 RG x 6 7/8)
In this majestic format, the aromas are more pronounced, the flavours are multiple and the nuances of the different tobaccos are more independent. The body of the cigar is very present, and the mouthfeel smoke delivers beautiful flavours of chilli pepper and cedar wood in the beginning, leather and roasted flavours in the second third, and finishes off with creamy and nutty notes. Available in boxes of 20 Churchill cigars.

Toro (54 RG x 6)
Carrying the largest ring gauge in the Winston Churchill range, it is a grand cigar, from the first spicy, leathery, woody notes through the creamy, sweet influences of the Mexican binder to the final triumphant mix of flavours, courtesy of the Nicaraguan filler tobaccos from Esteli and Condegas. Available in boxes of 20 Toro cigars.

Launch and availability
Davidoff has created its new Winston Churchill packaging with the utmost care and attention. The wooden cigar boxes have been lovingly crafted in an elegant white design showcasing the iconic silhouette of Sir Winston Churchill.

The Davidoff Winston Churchill cigars will be available to cigar aficionados at selected Appointed Merchants in the US, starting in February 2015, and at Depositaires/Davidoff Flagship Stores worldwide from March 2015.