Another Visit to Cigars International Hamburg and the Gurkha Contest Winner

It’s been a while since I’ve written a “normal” blog post, and you’re just going to have to wait a little longer since I’ve contracted the funk that my wife had just after Christmas.  I don’t even want a cigar, except that I fantasize about the day when I will feel like smoking one again.   Combine that with a first day back to work after 11 days off, I’m lucky to have the cognitive powers to construct this post.  However, I can tell you about Sunday’s cigar journey.


As I said, my wife had been sick and really needed to get out of the house. If it had been just about any other cigar store it probably wouldn’t have been a good call, but the new Cigars International Super Store in Hamburg, PA is well ventilated and more of a destination than just a cigar shop.  We went there to meet up with Corey (@czerbe) and Walt (@WaltW of Stogie Review) and hang out for a while. I grabbed a few Undercrown Corona Vivas and promptly lit one up.  These are a fine smoke, but both examples I smoked while there had some issues in the middle of the cigar where undercrownthe wrapper wanted to stop burning. I don’t know if that’s because the store is kept a little too humid or what (the whole  enormous space is kept humidified).  Nobody else seemed to have a problem with their cigars and Walt mentioned having issues with that size.  I haven’t myself in the past and it’s unusual to get a poorly made cigar from Drew Estate, but it really didn’t detract from my overall enjoyment.  At one point we phoned in an order to the Red Robin and they delivered it to our comfy leather chairs. It was a great day and I even got to save some shipping by hand delivering Corey’s Day 11 prize.  It was a great way to spend an afternoon, especially chain smoking Undercrowns.  Glad I got that in before getting sick!


Gurkha_contest010113I’ve held you hostage long enough, it’s time to announce the winner of the Gurkha Goodies!  Thanks again to Oliver at Gurkha for sending us the good stuff! selected 29 and taking out past winners I declare Jake to be the winner! E-mail me with your details so I can ship this stuff to you!


That’s it for me, I’m going to bed…until the next time,






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8 Responses to Another Visit to Cigars International Hamburg and the Gurkha Contest Winner

  1. Steve C

    Congrats Jake! MMmm Gurkhas! Happy New Year! (I’d let you keep the backpack if I had won, Craig! LOL). Thanks to Craig and Gurkha!!!

  2. czerbe

    Craig Great to finally catch up with you and your Wife, had a great time lets do it again soon!

  3. The Commish

    The Cigar’s International Site is on my “bucket list”. Order almost all my cigars thru them.

  4. Jake

    Thanks to Craig and Gurkha for the contest and prize =) Info sent!

  5. Tommy Berry - Quo155

    Congrats Jake!

    Great contest Craig…looking forward to a great year!

  6. Mike Kestel

    Been ordering from them for years shure would be nice to walk through with an empty humidore!