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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!



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



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,






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Jose Carlos Habano Cigar

Last month when Kevin Shahan, maker of the Cigar Prop, sent me a cigar prop to try out, also included a cigar. Like me, he finds it difficult to send a package without including extra goodies. Kevin is a great guy, I hope that I get to meet him one of these days, he has a true love of cigars and all that goes along with them.  The cigar he included is a brand created by the proprietors of his local cigar José Carlos Habanoshop, Tobacco Locker in Port Charlotte, Florida. The brand is called Jose Carlos, named after a particularly resilient orphan the owner of the store met in Nicaragua. The Jose Carlos line apparently comes in several wrapper varieties, Habano, Sumatra, Corojo, Connecticut and San Andres,  around a Nicaraguan filler blend. The brand website lists Habano, Corojo and Connecticut, while the Tobacco Locker website offers Habano, San Andres and Sumatra. It could be that the San Andres and Sumatra are store exclusives and the others are distributed to other retailers, I’m not sure. Maybe the brand owners will offer some clarity in the comments.  Anyway, Kevin quite generously sent me a Habano in the 6″ x 60 size, which I smoked last night.


Jose Carlos_Habano_60The Jose Carlos Habano 60 measured a bit under 60 ring gauge, which is OK with me. The wrapper was a nice, chocolate-brown, and it felt quite well rolled. The burn and draw were exceptional and it smoked for e good ninety minutes with no problems. The flavor to me was largely cedar, very woody with a hint of sweetness in the first half, which settled into a rich, tobacco goodness in the second half. I couldn’t think of another cigar to compare this to.  It was a nice, medium bodied cigar. Many thanks to Kevin for sharing this cigar with me, give his Cigar Prop a look, it’s a handy tool.


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






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