Wednesday Cigar Recap: Maria Mancini, Rocky Patel, and a Contest!

Seems like it’s been a busy week so far!  This post is going to be a little scattered, so please bear with me!  The good news is that the weather in south-east PA is getting more and more Spring-like, which means that it may be warm and sunny one minute and cold and rainy the next! I’ve smoked a few cigars so far this week, and had some other random cigar experiences.


The other night I took a Maria Mancini Magic Mountain for a walk.  This is one of my go-to cigars, one I grab when I want a good, familiar cigar that I don’t have to think about too much.  It’s a 6″ x 54 square presses torpedo that is a blend of Honduran and Nicaraguan tobacco that I believe is made by the Placencias in Honduras.  I rarely have had a bad cigar from this line and they always satisfy me.  The fact that they are so inexpensive is a major bonus.


This evening I went to Old Havana Cigar Co. in West Chester, PA to a Rocky Patel event.  Rocky was there, along with Mark, the local sales rep, as well as Alan Price, our local CRA ambassador and rep for a couple new lines.  I picked up an Edge Missile maduro and wandered into the lounge.  One odd thing that happened was that I heard my name from across the room and it turned out to be a dude I went to elementary school with.  I couldn’t believe he recognized me,  since elementary school was a LONG time ago.  It was nice to catch up with him over a cigar.  The shop there was very busy, it can get pretty raucous there.  I’ve only really gone to events at this particular store, and it always seems to be a big party going on.  Terrific if you’re into that sort of thing, I like a quieter environment personally.  Anyway, I got to talk to Rocky for a bit, as well as Alan, whom I’ve met several times.  I watched a little of the Flyers/Sabres game and then called it a night.  I enjoyed the Edge quite a bit, I don’t smoke a great deal of Rocky Patel cigars, and I honestly don’t know why, I generally enjoy them when I do.  It was full of flavor and constructed perfectly.


A week or two ago I purchased a Groupon for, ya know, when your wife and daughter both e-mail you a Groupon deal, you better jump on it.  Sometime in the near future I will make a $40 or so purchase which I only paid $20 for!  I’m sure I can find something.  Anyway, I e-mailed the site with a question, and received a reply from Paul Eusanio, one of the principles of the company.  I ended up having a nice phone conversation with Paul, who told me about the company.  They appear to have a pretty good selection and their pricing seems competitive.   He also offered me a discount code to pass on to you, my loyal readers.

Here are the details:

Promo code:    CigarCraigBlog (enter in promo code box in shopping cart)

10% off next order

Expires 6/30/11

Head on over to and have a look.  Paul also provided me with some of their Stogie Register Cigar Journals to give away, so leave a comment and I’ll select a random bunch of people to send these to.  I’ll announce how many when I announce the winners sometime on Sunday, April 24, 2011.  These will be mailed via USPS media mail because I ain’t made of money ya know!


That’s enough for now, I have a lot of exciting things coming up in the near future so stay tuned!

Until the next time,






Filed under Contest, Events, Review, Stores, Take a Cigar For a Walk

7 Responses to Wednesday Cigar Recap: Maria Mancini, Rocky Patel, and a Contest!

  1. Jim Benton

    You are so right about the Maria Mancini. As good as they are off the truck, they are even better, mellower, with some humidor time on them. The last one I had was about three years old (thank you Scott Richmond!) and it was sublime.

  2. Lloyd L.

    You’ve mentioned the Maria Mancini several times over the past year, so I ought to grab a couple. I alwayis appreciates good stick that comes cheap! BTW, don’t forget to leave me out of this next contest… Good luck to everyone else!

  3. Wayne Nye

    Craig as always thanks for the blog! And thanks for the coupon!

  4. MoBarbq (Wes)

    I always enjoy your blog. Not sure if anyone around here carries that brand, but I intend to look. Also, I just had a RP Edge recently and it seemed better than the last one I had smoked. Still strong, but seemed smoother.

    And this is an interesting contest. I think more of us could catch the journaling bug though.

  5. TriMarkC

    I’ve heard of the Maria Mancini before, but don’t think I’ve tried them yet. Thanks for the tip!

    Personally, I’m a big fan of Rocky Patel’s cigars (note: his website is being redesigned, so its down right now).

  6. jimbobber

    The journaling bug!?! Probably a whole lot better than catching the flu bug!

  7. Tad Smith

    I am new to your blog. Thank you for the promo code it will help. As you say in your blog, ” I ain’t made of money ya know!” Look forward to further posts.