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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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.”

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.


Cigar Review: Davidoff Special R


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.


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.


Shon Brooks "Star Cigar" and Greatest Hits Board NASA Rocket

The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) will launch the S.O.B cigar™ and all the Brooks Entertainment Inc. brands on a rocket to the Red Planet. Shon Brooks is receiving more ink and press in the media from his latest invention of the ‘Star Cigar’ after signing contracts with Cox Media and the Hard Rock Casino. NASA technical engineers have confirmed loading the Brooks Entertainment Inc. brands on board a highly classified microchip sensor for the rocket launch. The Brooks Entertainment Inc. luxury brands has released 2 new cigars to the United States and to the Dominican Republic which are the Churchill and Panatela cigars. (www.SOBcigars.com) The Shon Brooks ‘Star Cigar’ has evolved on top of the charts. The Churchill, Robusto, Torpedo and Panatela cigars have been shipped to the Cosmopolitan, Las Vegas for launching while at the same time being available for purchase at the Westin, PuntaCana, (Dominican Republic) through Starwood Hotels (SPG) distributors. The S.O.B Cigar ™ and Brooks Entertainment Inc. brands will punch through the earth’s atmosphere as precious cargo at approximately 17,000 MPH.

Brooks Entertainment Inc. is calling the multiple country hotel and casino launches a “Trial by Fire”. The “Trial by Fire” of the Shon Brooks “Star Cigar” will be launched and burn through the earth’s atmosphere at the Cosmopolitan, Las Vegas while at the same time, being available for purchase through the five star Westin Puntacana Resort & Club. Brooks Entertainment Inc. has donated 11% of the S.O.B cigar profits to Laura Mercier Ovarian Cancer Fund. http://lnkd.in/bVtJB4C

As noted, Shon Brooks is a Time Warner – TV Editorial Excellence Award Winner for covering the Olympic Games, Game Changer by Invention Magazine, named Superhero by ‘On Wall Street’ Magazine, and Financial Planning Magazine. Brooks Entertainment Inc. now emerges as a member of Smoke Magazine’s Top 36 Cigar manufacturers in the world. As a golden rule, being one of the top in the world for manufacturing luxury premium cigars has driven up the market price of the S.O.B™ cigars ™. His autographed memorabilia continues to increase in value from creating history in both the United States and in the Dominican Republic. Last May, fans reported Shon Brooks autographing and donating a historic guitar to the Hard Rock Puntacana for setting Chart Records in Smoke Magazine and for making award winning hits.

Brooks Entertainment Inc. dba. Brooks Financial & Entertainment Consultants ratings has spiked further with the anticipation of the launch of a new 24/7 On Demand Television Network Channel on the Cox Media Countour TV platform. The package has over 320 channels, all premium movie channels such as Sundance, Hallmark, Lifetime, Epix, Fearnet, Starz including Movie Paks of Encore, Showtime, Cinemax, HBO and more. No corporate sponsors have been revealed as of yet for the new Brooks Entertainment Inc. television channel, however, Lincoln Financial Group confirmed sponsoring the entire NFL season promotional package with Cox Media for Brooks Entertainment Inc.

Shon Brooks is one of the leaders on the IMDB http://www.imdb.com/name/nm3779078/, and when asked about obtaining this huge television sponsor for S.O.B TV™, he says “It was amazing to work with the Head of Operations for the GA Channel, John Thomas, at Lincoln Financial Group. It reminded me of a time in grade school when my father gave me tickets to watch the Philadelphia Eagles play at Veterans Stadium (Now Lincoln Financial Field). The tickets were given to him by Wally Henry and team member of the Eagles. I was fortunate as a elementary school student to dine with the players, wives, and head coaching staff after the game while being at the stadium. The motivational talks before and after the game in the locker room left a lasting impression on how to persevere and win. I took the motivational messages directly to heart because I thought that they were talking directly to me, since I was in the room.”

Shon Brooks got his start in television writing, producing, and hosting career as a teenager right out of high school. He gained experience on Southwestern Cable TV (now Time Warner) and Cox Communications (now Cox Media) by producing a show called, “Making A Difference.” He learned how to host and produce shows from the network supervisors in their Public Access television studio on the weekends while working pro bono.

Ron Hebert, studio supervisor of Time Warner said, “Shon Brooks has been instrumental in assisting several producers with their studio productions since I first met him. Shon was a SWCTV certified community producer and was qualified to schedule the production facilities on an “as available, first come, first served basis.”

Thereafter, Shon won his first major contract with the United States Olympic Committee ( #USOC ) to write, produce and host this same variety show called, “Making A Difference,” for the Summer Olympic Games. This became the official creation of Brooks Financial & Entertainment Consultants.

Colette Duncan, Associate Director of The United States Olympic Committee said, “The staff and athletes of the Olympic Training Center are pleased to appear on your show this season. As evidenced by previous shows, I know that the interviews you conduct with our new director, Benita Fitzgerald, and several of our athletes will be professional and fair. Good luck on your upcoming season.”

The show later won a Time Warner award for the “Talk Show Category” at the Del Mar Fair Video Expo, says the Entry Supervisor, Teresa A. Barth of the Del Mar Fair.

At the same time, Shon earned his way through college by working at Continental Airlines (now United Continental Holdings), New York Life, and Brooks Financial & Entertainment Consultants until graduation. After graduating from college he gained more popularity for creating a timeless television show called “S.O.B”™ that empowers young people to take control of their lives and become successful adults. The S.O.B television™ show’s high profile broadcast includes traffic spots during the 76 Academy Awards, NFL Network, NBA, Fox Sports 1, ESPN, NCM Media Networks, and multiple television cross-channels. The brand now embarks on approximately 4 billion views unplugged including China with the release of the Brooks Entertainment Inc. international brands. http://www.pakistan.tv/videos-shon-brooks-interview-with-don-king-%5By0XFPq-uZrg%5D.cfm, #SOBTELEVISION.

Shon Brooks of Brooks Entertainment Inc. invented a cigar for the gifted critical thinker and extreme competitor based on astuteness, innovation, creativity, intelligence, and being accountable for one’s status. This brand was created for the ‘Vanquisher’ in making wise choices and decisions in life.

The S.O.B™ Dominican cigar brand’s heritage is from Tabaqueria Carbonell CXA founded in 1894. Shon Brooks discovered Jose Rivas in the same area where Christopher Columbus once sailed in 1492 to help with the earlier prototypes. Brooks Entertainment Inc. has coined the phrase of planet Mars as being the ‘Cigar Planet’, because when looking at the red planet, it look like the exact image of a lit S.O.B Cigar.

The NASA government URL boarding passes for Brooks Entertainment Inc. are the following:

NASA 1 S.O.B Cigars: http://mars.nasa.gov/participate/send-your-name/orion-first-flight/?cn=697075

NASA 2 Brooks Financial & Entertainment Consul: http://mars.nasa.gov/participate/send-your-name/orion-first-flight/?cn=697966

NASA 3 Save One Bank: http://mars.nasa.gov/participate/send-your-name/orion-first-flight/?cn=698800

NASA 4 Shon Brooks Star Cigar: http://mars.nasa.gov/participate/send-your-name/orion-first-flight/?cn=700174

NASA 5 Stock Picker: http://mars.nasa.gov/participate/send-your-name/orion-first-flight/?cn=699115

NASA 6 Brooks Entertainment Inc.: http://mars.nasa.gov/participate/send-your-name/orion-first-flight/?cn=696753

Nasa 7 Fran Shatone: http://mars.nasa.gov/participate/send-your-name/orion-first-flight/?cn=699514

NASA 8 Making A Difference, Shon Brooks W/ USOC: http://mars.nasa.gov/participate/send-your-name/orion-first-flight/?cn=1272828

NASA 9 S.O.B Television by Shon Brooks: http://mars.nasa.gov/participate/send-your-name/orion-first-flight/?cn=698387

Brooks Entertainment Inc. has found that these multiple country cigar and space launches may knock on the door of setting a Guinness World Record considering a safe return from Mars with NASA. (http://www.guinnessworldrecords.com/Search.aspx?q=most+brand+launches). When we asked the CEO of Brooks Entertainment Inc. about their brands going into orbit with NASA, Shon Brooks says, “Our mission has always been to work with the best and the brightest people. At the same time, keeping our corporate affiliates, clients and sponsors proud to be partnered with our corporation. The more innovative we become, means, the more innovative they become! As for NASA, it has always been a dream to be a part in any project involving NASA. Nonetheless, whether it be big or small, we thank them for allowing us to join the mission.”

Brooks Entertainment Inc. and Shon Brooks, will attempt to be the first on many levels in taking their brands to Mars on December 4, 2014 at 7:05 A.M (Eastern Standard Time). This is always music to the ears of affiliates, clients, and corporate sponsors in being associated with the first TV show, gamers, and Cigar brand to ever venture to Mars atmosphere. Brooks Financial/Entertainment/Technology takes all the risk, and Brooks Financial/Entertainment/Technology receives all the reward.

NASA’s website reminds all pirates, hackers, copyright, and trademark offenders that “Unauthorized attempts to upload or change information on Caltech/JPL servers are strictly prohibited and may be punishable by law, including under the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act of 1986, and the National Information Infrastructure Protection Act of 1996.”

“The S.O.B™ luxury cigar brand was created for the ‘Vanquisher’ that plays the cards that has been dealt in life to win and not fold! It is vital that you remain ethical at all times even though others may bend the rules of life. Pressing on is when you begin to obtain Rock Star status!” (Says Brooks Entertainment Inc. company mission statement)