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Villiger, General Cigar, and Drew Estate Cigars

Since I posted the contest Wednesday (go enter if you haven’t already!), I have a fee more cigars than normal to post about. Bear with me, it was a pretty good week!  We’ll start off with Villiger‘s newest release, the La Flor de Ynclan. A couple of months ago a package arrived at my door that weighed about 12 pounds and I thought “what the heck is in here?” It turned out to be a little box with three La Flor de Ynclan cigars in Churchill, torpedo and robusto sizes, and a bottle of Zaffra Rum, a very generous gift, many thank to the folks at Villiger and Creativas! Most of my loyal readers know that I don’t drink, so one of these days (and I should have done it while the weather was warmer!), I’ll have to have some people over and have them sample this rum and put out a spread of Villiger cigars. From the Villiger website:

 

The La Flor De Ynclan is a special cigar, diligently crafted by Heinrich Villiger and master blender Jose Matias Maragoto of ABAM Cigar Factory in the Dominican Republic.

Heinrich Villiger, chairman of the board of Villiger Soehne AG, came across a young ambitious Cuban native 22 years ago in the Dominican Republic. That Cuban, Jose Matias Maragoto was an unknown cigar maker, who was beginning a new life in a new country. Fast forward two decades, the once untested Matias Maragoto is the overseer of all Villiger made product made in the DR. The Flor de Ynclan cigar, is the fruition of a bond between two different men from different backgrounds, over the love of tobacco.

The La Flor De Ynclan is a cigar that presents a distinct full-flavor experience, due to the extended aging of the tobacco. Choice Nicaraguan and Dominican filler tobacco, along with a true Indonesian binder, wrapped in a beautiful Ecuadorian wrapper make the La Flor De Ynclan a cigar that has been worth the wait.

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I started with the Churchill, a beautiful 7″ x 48 (close enough), with the above-mentioned components. I thought this was a terrific cigar. It was solid medium, and had a quality that I though would suite the European market well. It was complex with some citrus sweetness and a twinge of spice. There have been some Villiger cigars that I really liked, some were so-so, but this one stands apart, I think. It was very tasty, worth a try. I am disappointed that they discontinued the Trill line (made at Tabacalera Palma), although the name is kinda dumb, the cigar is good. I bought a box while I had the chance.

 

BolivarMoving on, I found myself at The Wooden Indian Tobacconist once again where Sean Williams, the Cohiba Brand Ambassador, was appearing for a meet and greet with the lounge membership. I first met Sean at the 2011 IPCPR show, in his El Primer Mundo booth. Ironically, Willie Herrera was hanging out in the booth with him at the same time, so it was also when I met Willie. I got there early and bought some General Cigar Co. cigars that I hadn’t smoked before, as well as a couple of the newer Sean_CohibaBolivars that I’ve enjoyed in the past. The only Cohibas that they had in stock were the Macasar, and I had a couple of those in the humidor already (and they are really pricey!). I was in the mood for Broadleaf, so the Bolivar 652 Toro was the smoke of choice. I know, I know, the Bolivar has a Connecticut Habano Maduro wrapper, not Broadleaf, but it was as close as I was going to get, OK?  This was released at the 2015 IPCPR show, and was Michael Giannini’s project re-imagining the Bolivar (and Ramon Allones). I like the box design, but I can’t say I love the band, it could have been classier, not Rami_Generalthat my opinion counts. I wonder what Mr. Giannini is up to? The Bolivar cigar is great, to my palate. I dig the closed foot and pigtail cap on these and they are very well priced. Anyway, it was a great evening at the Wooden Indian. Dave and his staff are top-notch and it was nice catching up with Sean ( and Rami, the area sales rep, another cool dude).  One last thing about this cigar. It’s neither on the Cigarworld.com or the Foundry websites, the only info I have is from the General Cigar Co. press info from the show.

 

LigaPrivadaSerieUnico_AI slipped back and forth between General Cigar Co. and Drew Estate this week, but I was probably heavier on the DE. I had to smoke another of the Florida Sun Grown toros since I bought a few more at the Wooden Indian charity event, and it was pretty darned tasty. Friday I couldn’t figure out what I wanted to smoke, and decided to go big and smoke a Liga Privada Serie Unico “A” that came from the Connecticut Barn Smoker. I probably should have swapped it for one from the 2014 two count box, but I was too lazy.  An “A” is a traditional Cuban size, it’s 9″ x 47, two notable examples being the Cuban Montecristo and the Sancho Panza Sancho. I took a walk with this cigar and when I got home an hour later I was just hitting the 6″ mark.  It was delicious, but due to its length, was on the milder side for a Liga Privada. It’s a good cigar, no doubt, and actually burned faster than I would have thought, I was finished in a little over two hours. From what I can tell, this is more of a T52 blend as it has the Connecticut stalk cut Habano wrapper, so I guess I’m still looking to satisfy my Broadleaf desire. I’ll find something today. These are only available at events, and are probably considered something of a unicorn in the Liga Privada world. I loved it, I thought it was delicious, but if I had ponied up a bunch of $ on the secondary market I’d have felt a little let down.

 

AcidKubaCandelaSince the current contest features a Drew Estate Acid KubaKuba Candela, I was kinda challenged to smoke one. Fortunately, I had one, as well as a couple of the little Blondie Candelas. I could have wimped out and went with the Blondie and gotten it over with, but why not just go for the gusto?  The regular KubaKuba is just distasteful to me, can’t even stand the smell.  I smoked a Kuba Maduro once in Nicaragua after about eight cigars and it was enjoyable. I entered this with as open a mind as I could muster, and, to lend credence to that, I didn’t take a spare cigar on my walk. I was committed (or should be). Happy to report that I enjoyed the cigar. The Candela wrapper has some bitterness that counters the sweet floweryness of the infusion. If one doesn’t like Candela cigars, I don’t imagine this one is going to change that opinion, because the grassy candellaness (my made up word for the day) is apparent. But, like it’s siblings in the Acid line, it’s well made with quality tobaccos. If you like the Acid line, try this, it’s probably going to be interesting. If you like Candela wrapped cigars, try this. If you don’t like either Candela or infused, I don’t know what to tell you…maybe this one would be a good change of pace, open your mind!

 

I was going to add one more cigar in here, but it’s getting long, I’ll circle back to that cigar. It was good and came highly recommended, I want to smoke another one and pay a little more attention to it before writing about it. Also, I bought a ticket to a Meet and Greet with Ernesto Carillo at the CigarCigars King of Prussia Mall store (smoke while your wife shops!) on Wednesday, October 11 which seems like a good deal, $25 for three cigars, booze and hors d’oeuvres and the chance to talk to a legend in the cigar business. Interestingly, this is a General Cigar event, featuring the new La Gloria Cubana Colleccion Reserva.

 

That’s all for now, until the next time, when we’ll select a contest winner,

 

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Contest! Cigar Prop and Tobacco Locker Cigar Bar

I guess it’s been too long since we had a contest, right?  Has to have been a couple of weeks. This time we are featuring Cigar Prop and the Tobacco Locker Cigar Bar in Port Charlotte, Florida.  Kevin, the creator of the Cigar Prop has put together a nice prize pack including two of his new Cigar Prop XC, a portable Cigar Prop that fits in your wallet. I have a prototype that has been with my in Las Vegas and at the Connecticut Barn Smoker. It’s a very handy item!  Also, courtesy of Tobacco Locker Cigar Bar, are four cigars: A Jose Carlos, a Pappy Van Winkle, an acid Kuba Candela, a Fat Bottom Betty. The Jose Carlos is Tobacco Locker’s brand and is very nice. The other three are Drew Estate products. There’s a good chance I might send a selection of cigars from my humidor to the winner as well!

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In addition to comments here as entries, go to Cigar Prop’s and Tobacco Locker Cigar Bar’s Facebook pages and “like” them.

https://www.facebook.com/cigarprop/

https://www.facebook.com/TobaccoLockerCigarBar/

We’ll select a winner next Wednesday, October 4, 2017. Usual rules apply.  Leave a comment here and good luck. Thanks to Kevin at Cigar Prop and The Tobacco Locker Cigar Bar for sponsoring this contest!

 

That’s all for now, until the next time,

 

CigarCraig

 

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Cigarnival 2014 at Famous Smoke Shop

Yesterday I had the pleasure of visiting Famous Smoke Shop‘s Cigarnival. It’s a 2 day, multi-vender event held at their Easton, PA location.  I spent several hours there hanging out with the cigar folks and enjoying a few cigars.  I attended this event last year, and they’ve made quite a few improvements in my opinion. They constructed one massive tent this year, as opposed to the multiple tents they had last year.  The food was also stepped up. At dinner time they  brought in some pigs. I swear I saw a woman walking around with a roasted pig head.  Not my thing, but the food I had was good (hotdogs and hamburgers).  There were a bunch of cool things going on at the Cigarnival, besides 800 attendees smoking their brains out, and all the great vendors whom I’m glad I got to spend some time with. Flor de Gonzales hosted a cigar rolling competition throughout the day. Attendees had the chance to put wrappers on pre-made bunches. I thought this was a great way to give consumers a glimpse into the skill it takes to make these great cigars.  There were raffles throughout the day, lots of cigars and humidors and goodies, and someone may have won $100,000 from La Gloria Cubana.  There was also a Drew Estate sponsored Casino in the evening. Last year I remember watching Rocky Patel cheat like crazy, but I didn’t hang around long enough to see if he did that again.  As I had a hour and a half drive home, I cut my visit short. Famous really puts on a great event. The vendors they had were great, the food, the cigars, the people, all top notch.

 

This is going to be a short post, with a bunch of pictures and a video, as I’ve had a busy day going on a motorcycle ride with over one hundred bikes benefiting our local SPCA.  I also had a nice Drew Estate Natural Shorty in the pool this afternoon to commemorate the occasion (the SPCA run, not spending the afternoon in the pool, the water wasn’t cold!) We ended up going back to the SPCA and adopting a new member of the family, Macha, a 3ish year old American Staffordshire Terrier (who are we kidding….she’s a Pitty). We already took a short walk with an Acid Shorty, in honor of Shorty Rossi’s Pitbull rescue efforts.  I actually like this Acid, it’s not overly infused, and once you get past the sweet cap, like the Natural, it’s a nice smoke. She did great on the leash, fortunately nobody told her she had her back left leg amputated three weeks ago. Apparently she was brought in having been found on the side of the road with a badly broken femur. She looks small in this picture, but she’s about 6o pounds. I’m looking forward to many walks with her in the future. I didn’t think we’d adopt another dog so soon, but this one was too special to pass up.

 

Busy weekend!  That’s it for now, until the next time,

 

CigarCraig

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CigarCraig’s 12 Spectacular Days of Cigar Giveaways Day 11: CAO Cigars

Wow.  Yesterday was a record breaking day at CigarCraig.com.  Not only did we hit that magical 100 comments as DocNJ foresaw  but we’ve never had so many page views since the launch of the site in 2009!  Thank you to everyone who visited and entered! Stay tuned, because this wasn’t necessarily the pinnacle! On another note, I usually am depressed about the beginning of winter, but this year I celebrated the shortest day of the year. That means the days will be getting longer from here on out which I like! Oh, you wanted to know who the winner was?  I’m droning on about stupid stuff while there’s a gift to be given!  We have a lucky winner of a whole bunch of goodies from our friends at Drew Estate!  abraxas828282, please send your address.  Do you have a loading dock, or will I need a truck with a lift gate?  Only kidding about that, but it will be a good sized package! Congrats!

 

Day 11 and I am beginning to see a light at the end of the tunnel (and the bottom of the contest humidor!) How exciting it’s been, and it just keeps getting better!  Today we are featuring the newest offering from CAO, a box of the Concert Stage, the 5½ x 60 size in the line. Also, since I saw Ricky Rodriquez a few weeks ago, he hooked me up with a couple hats and t-shirts to go along with the cigars!  I really enjoy the cigars myself (not these, the box is still sealed!), they have a nice Ecuador Habano Rosado wrapper over a broadleaf binder that combines for a nice flavor.  This gift is a box of 24 cigars, two t-shirts (a L and an XL) and two hats.

 

Thanks to Victoria at General Cigar Co. and Ricky at CAO and all the fine folks involved!  There you have it!  Leave a comment, tell your friends and check back tomorrow to see who won!

Until tomorrow,

CigarCraig

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CigarCraig’s 12 Spectacular Days of Cigar Giveaways Day 10: Drew Estate

Someone was spreading the word yesterday, because we had quite a few new readers enter.  I love that, and I hope some of you stick around!  Yesterday’s lucky winner of a box of 20 Minutes in Detroit Congress courtesy of NewestCigars.com  is Mike, who says he’s 20 minutes from Detroit!   Please send me your info ASAP so these can make it to your humidor!

 

It’s Day 10 already and what a special day today is!  Today we have an amazing collection of goodies from the fine folks at Drew Estate. They have really outdone themselves with a nice selection of stuff!  We have a Stinky Ashtray, but not just any old Stinky, a floor stand model! Also, there are three different cool Acid T-shirts (XL), a My Uzi Weighs a Ton Cap, an Undercrown cap and a Drew Estate Cutter (I love these cutters!).  As if that wasn’t enough of a prize for today, there’s a box of Acid Kuba Kuba to ice the cake!  Honestly, this could have been split up over more than one day, but it’s the 12 Spectacular Days of Cigar Giveaways!

 

Many thanks to John Brooke and everyone at Drew Estate for providing this copious bounty of goodies! Shipping on this one may break me! You know the drill!  Leave a comment to enter and check back tomorrow to see if you won (and enter tomorrow’s contest if you didn’t)!

 Until tomorrow,

CigarCraig

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