Pride, perseverance and above all, passion. These are the principles that have guided Partagas for more than 170 years. Today, General Cigar celebrates the venerable brand with a new cigar that honors the heritage of Partagas in blend, box and band.
“We set out to create a retrospective blend that celebrated the very best of Partagas to date, and took great pride in putting together the ingredients, just like coming up with a very special recipe. This was a group effort, with our blenders in the Dominican Republic and Central America working with the marketing team to achieve the final taste,” said Jhonys Diaz who led blend development.
Jhonys and his team developed the blend more than ten years ago, patiently saving it for a special release. Each of the tobaccos in Heritage tells a story of the brand, bringing forth flavor nuances from some of the brand’s most popular releases.
As Honduras is renowned for growing the best wrappers in Central America, Partagas Heritage is made with a reddish wrapper developed exclusively for this launch. This proprietary leaf was grown in the revered volcanic soils of the Olancho San Agustin (OSA) Valley and burns to a stark white ash and is reminiscent of the wrapper used on Partagas Spanish Rosado. Only viso leaves were selected for Partagas Heritage, to deliver fine veins and beautiful color, while imparting complexity and a touch of sweetness.
The flavor of the OSA wrapper extends to the CT Broadleaf binder which imparts another dimension of subtle sweetness with notes of cinnamon.
The blend of Partagas Heritage delivers spicy notes, derived from Honduran Jamastran leaves, and the same Dominican Piloto Cubano and Mexican San Andres tobaccos that comprise Partagas 160.
Simplistically-elegant box details give a nod to previous releases of Partagas while the sophisticated gold band is reminiscent of the Partagas 150 band. The cigars are protected in wooden boxes containing 20 cigars each.
Rothschild (4.5 X 50); SRP per cigar $8.49
Churchill (7 X 49); SRP per cigar is $9.99
Gigante (6 X 60); SRP per cigar is $9.59
Robusto (5.5 X 52); SRP per cigar is $9.59
General Cigar Co. is a leading manufacturer and marketer of handcrafted cigars for the premium market. The company is owned by Scandinavian Tobacco Group. Committed to delivering cigars of the finest quality, General Cigar’s skilled artisans produce Macanudo®, Cohiba®, La Gloria Cubana®, Partagas®, CAO®, Punch®, Hoyo de Monterrey®, Excalibur® and several other leading premium brands in the company’s Dominican, Honduran and Nicaraguan factories. In addition, the company cultivates proprietary tobacco which is used exclusively in its blends and has a dedicated R&D practice that develops new varieties of tobacco and revitalizes vintage seeds. General Cigar also operates Club Macanudo®, a cigar bar in New York City. In 2010, General Cigar entered into a joint venture agreement with Plasencia Group to expand its leaf growing and processing expertise and increase its access to tobacco. Based in Richmond, VA, General Cigar sells through tobacconists in the U.S. and exports selectproducts to 62 countries. For more information, visit www.cigarworld.com.
by Randy Mastronicola
The cigar universe is diverse in many ways. However, most agree that social interaction and an appreciation for finer things initially attracted us to the culture. Cigars, wine, cognac, coffee and myriad other pleasures are there for the taking. We’ve made memories, established friendships, learned about different world cultures and developed our identities based on our passions. Those new to cigars are clean slates. The following tips will help them find their way and give us seasoned veterans an opportunity to revisit the rules. We’ll put “10” in the Tenets of Good Cigar Etiquette.
Miami, Florida, November 30th, 2016- Gran Habano announces the release of Los Tres Reyes Magos, a limited-edition box of culebra style cigars just in time for the holidays.
Los Tres Reyes Magos or “The Three Kings,” is a box of 10 culebras (32×7″) that utilizes a blend of the Gran Habano #1, #3, and #5 blends respectively. This release is manufactured in Honduras and is now available to retailers nationwide.
Villiger Cigars, The Macallan, and Highland Park to host VIP pairing lounge during this exclusive event.
(Miami, Florida) November 29, 2016— Sabor Havana Cigars is ready to host their 16th annual end of year event, which brings together cigar aficionados, industry notables, and influencers. The annual “Smoke This” event has become a Miami tradition hosted by Sabor Havana Cigars, which is known for being the premier cigar shop in Miami. Live music, premium cigars, catered food, and premium open bars await guests this Saturday, December 3rd, from 2PM to 6PM at Sabor Havana located at 2600 NW 87th Ave Suite #3 Doral, Fl. 33172.
Jorge Valdes and Aquiles Legra, owners of Sabor Havana, create the perfect setting at the event. The festivities will take place under an oversized tent, featuring cigars from the top brands in the industry, open bars and food courtesy of Sushi Sake, Diveito Italian Restaurant, and Chef Paella. The event will also feature a private lounge presented by The Macallan/Highland Park and Villiger Cigars for those looking for more exclusivity.
The Smoke this event will feature the who’s who in the industry to include, Arturo Fuente Cigars, Padron Cigars, Villiger Cigars, Davidoff Cigars, My Father Cigars, Rocky Patel Cigars, Miami Cigars, Perdomo Cigars, Oliva Cigars, Tatuaje Cigars, L’Atelier Cigars, C.L.E. Cigars, Espinosa Cigars, Atladis Cigars, Boutique Blends Cigars, Plasencia Cigars, Caldwell Cigars, General Cigars, A.J. Fernandez Cigars, Gurhka Cigars, Ashton Cigars, Drew Estates Cigars, La Grand Llave Cigars, Arandoza Cigars, Luna de Estelí Cigars, and La Rosa de Sandiego Cigars
For Jorge Valdes and Aquiles Legra, cigars were once just a hobby that slowly turned into a side business. After retiring from their respective industries, Jorge and Aquiles finally decided to dive into his true passion, cigars. Open since 1999, Sabor Havana has had a distinguished existence in the city of Doral. Receiving the key to the city in 2012, Sabor Havana has played an important part in the city’s growth.
Tickets for “Smoke This” can be purchased at Sabor Havana Cigars located at 2600 NW 87th Ave Suite #3 Doral, Fl. 33172.
By: Randy Mastronicola
Coffee is a passion shared by many and National Espresso Day on November 23rd is likely to inspire many of us to seek out a good java jolt.
Nat Sherman’s Michael Herklots, Vice President of Retail and Brand Development, offers us a couple of pairing suggestions that will add a little spirit to your espresso experience.
“Inevitably, cigars last longer than espresso. Personally, I like sparking water on the side. I’ll generally light the cigar first while waiting for the espresso. Then, I enjoy the espresso with the cigar and continue with the cigar once the espresso finishes, accompanied by the sparkling water. The latest espresso is Espresso Corretto, which is espresso served with liquor inside. Anise flavored liqueurs are typical. Rye or Bourbon is great as well, as are grappa and some rums. As for a cigar to pair, whatever you’re in the mood for.”
Much like cigars, coffee is a language unto itself, and most of us would agree there is no shortage of dialects.
Herklots continues, “Regarding espresso, I like mine ristretto (short) and without sugar. I recommend a Nat Sherman Timeless No. 5. It’s a small format with great flavor that remains cool but it’s the perfect accompaniment.”
If you’re in the mood to indulge your sweet tooth, here’s another recommendation from Herklots, “Cortadito, is a short and sweet Cuban Espresso, which pairs nicely with The Nat Sherman Panamericana Secreto. The notes of earth and leather offer a nice contrast to the sweet espresso. Or you can go Affogato style. Hot coffee, cold ice cream, and a Nat Sherman Timeless Nicaraguan make for a wonderful dessert.
This all sounds like good advice to us. Feel free to get a jump on your Thanksgiving festivities by indulging with an espresso and a fine stick on National Espresso Day.
By James Hills
Did you join us in June for the 6th Annual West Coast Cigar & Spirits Tasting event hosted by Cigar & Spirits Magazine and presented by Drew Estate Cigars and Ketel One Vodka. If you did then you were among the more than 600 enthusiasts that joined us for an evening complete with premium cigars, entertainment, and a chance to taste new spirits breaking into the market along with age old classics that we know well. As guests entered the pavilion where the event was held they were treated to a red carpet treatment, setting the mood for an evening where everyone could feel like a celebrity.
The thing I love about “festivals” is that it’s a great opportunity to discover new things without feeling like you might have made a mistake. The downside of many other festivals though is that turns into a drunken party where everyone is sloppy. Not so at this event. Instead, the atmosphere was more like a group of friends hanging out and celebrating their mutual passion.
Sure, there was plenty to drink but this was about something more – the readers of Cigar & Spirits having an opportunity to feel special while meeting with reps from their favorite cigar and alcohol brands.
A favorite spirit vendor of the evening was Ketel One, who served mixologist inspired cocktails featuring their traditional and flavored vodkas. Also in attendance was Zacapa Rum, who offered a tasting and pairing seminar during the show which was exceptionally well received, and filled up within minutes of opening.
One of the more interesting vendors this year included “America’s Smoothest Rum” Gubba Gold Rum from Colorado inspired by a rum that the owner discovered in St. Martin. Today, they use a technique that dates back to the 1800’s to produce an exceptionally smooth sugar cane rum that’s infused with fruits, spices and herbs.
For many people tequila is still a spirit that is met with a shake of the head, but the reality is that today’s top tequilas are as high quality as any scotch. As it deserves to be, tequila was well represented that night but one of my new favorites is Tears of Llorona. It is a 100% blue agave spirit that is aged for nearly five years in three different oak barrels that previously held scotch, sherry, and brandy. The final product is more like a cognac than a typical tequila because it has inherited some of the essence of each of those other spirits. While I enjoy margaritas as much as the next guy, this Extra Anejo is designed to be sipped slowly and enjoyed – perhaps while enjoying a fine cigar …
Lucky for us, upon checking in, all guests were provided with a swag bag! These generous bags were filled with samples, swag, and perhaps best of all a punch card for cigar samples ranging from Drew Estate, Zander-Greg, Rocky Patel, Ventura Cigar Company, Alec Bradley and many more!
Guest then had the opportunity to walk around and meet with the more than a dozen cigar vendors who were sharing some of their finest product. One of the highlights of the evening were the exquisite ashtrays on display and provided by Gramm Works, who make several lines of CNC Machined Ashtrays and travel humidors, each fashioned from blocks of solid aluminum.
While this year’s event is over, we’ll be announcing details for 2017 shortly and we hope to see even more of you here in beautiful sunny southern California for an evening of smoking and drinking with friends and your favorite brands.
This year was the biggest and most successful event in the six years of holding the West Coast Cigar & Spirits Tasting. We extend our thanks to all our sponsors; Ketel One Vodka, Drew Estate Cigars, Zacapa Rum, Montecristo Cigars, Ventura Cigar Company, NOLET’S Gin, Gubba rum, Zander-Greg Tobacco Products, and Decada Tequila and of course to you, our readers as well!
This tabletop humidor may seem familiar to some enthusiasts of the finest in locksmith craft. And quite rightly so, because a similar model is integrated into the safes of our series “The Fortress”. After numerous customer requests, we are now offering a tabletop version. And, of course, it also has a number of features that are unrivaled.
This begins with the fact that the humidor can be opened by simply pulling out a drawer, whereas other humidors usually have a flap-hinged mechanism. The interior is made of original Spanish cedar and is atmospherically showcased by LED spotlights. The heart of every humidor is, of course, the humidifier. In the case of our new tabletop humidor, a CIGARSPA product has been perfectly integrated into the drawer. Its performance can be monitored at any time with the help of a hygrometer, barometer, and thermometer made of brushed stainless steel.
And because your individual desires are our first concern at Döttling, the interior of this unique object is naturally also configurable as a wonderful storage box for watches. Naturally, the noblesse of the interior must be matched by the exterior. For this reason, we chose to cover the humidor in high-quality calfskin. However, numerous other surfaces, including wood or a high-gloss varnish, are possible upon request.
Cigar Zen is excited to announce its new humidification system, BLÜME, coming to Kickstarter on November 8, 2016. BLÜME is a first-of-its-kind active and fully-connected humidifier that pairs ultrasonic humidification with an inventory management app for both iOS and Android.
Update, Now Available on IndieGoGo: https://igg.me/at/blume-by-cigar-zen
For the first time ever, desktop, end-table and small cabinet humidor owners can reap the benefits of ultrasonic humidification – rather than systems that utilize a fan to enable evaporation, BLÜME uses atomizing transduction which means ultrasonic waves create tiny water droplets that are then released into the air, creating a much more even humidification.
The connected app paired with the BLÜME humidification device acts as both a hygrometer and inventory management system. Humidity sensors on either side of the device send real-time data to the BLÜME app, which then provides notifications when the water reservoir needs to be refilled, if humidity levels alter unexpectedly and when battery power is running low. In terms of inventory management, users enter their cigars’ information into the app’s database as they place cigars into their humidor. The app monitors the progress of aging of each specific cigar, notifying the user when their cigars have been optimally aged and are ready to smoke. This system simplifies the process of aging cigars for even the most novice of smokers, taking away the guess work that often comes with humidification.
Cigar Zen Co-Founder Lee Cocking says, “BLÜME is about enabling that perfect cigar smoking experience for every cigar smoker. It’s about bridging the long-standing gap between cigar craftsmanship and modern technology.”
Kickstarter pricing details are as follows:
Super Early Bird: $195
Early Bird: $225
Regular Kickstarter Contribution Price: $245
Kickstarter Exclusive Premium Gold-Plated Model: $995
BLÜME will initially be available in two standard finishes; brown embossed faux-leather or carbon fiber, each with a chrome base. The unique look of BLÜME has been meticulously designed to compliment any humidor.
About Cigar Zen
Cigar Zen is co-founded by friends and cigar lovers Lee Cocking and Rob McKeon. Together, they aim to bring perfection to every cigar smoker’s experience, using their vast knowledge of technology, product craftsmanship and of course, cigars.
For more information, including media inquiries, please contact: [email protected]
It’s that time of year again… The annual Toast for Toys holiday fundraiser! Last year we raised over 400 toys for underprivileged children. Tickets are on sale today and we only have 120 tickets for this exclusive event, so don’t wait!
Give back this year; purchase a pre-sale ticket and bring one brand new, unwrapped toy. You will be able to sample some of the best cigars and enjoy some of the finest spirits in the world, a well over $200 dollar value, all while giving back to the community.
Pre-sale ends on November 11th. Tickets go up to $75 next week, so get your tickets today. A limited amount of tickets are available. This event will sell out!
Date & Time
December 15th, 2016
6:00pm- 9:00pm PST
Aliso Viejo Country Club
32 Santa Barbara Drive
Aliso Viejo, CA 92656
(Tamboril, Dominican Republic) – Today the President of El Artista Cigars,
Radhames “Ram” Rodriguez announced the first boxes of Big Papi by
David Ortiz began shipping this week from Doral, FL. The much anticipated cigar line makes its way onto hundreds of retail shelves this week, fulfilling IPCPR 2016 pre-orders.
The first boxes shipped Monday morning, and El Artista expects thousands of boxes to reach retailers by Friday. Mr.Rodriguez stated, “The response from retailers and consumers has been overwhelming. We get calls every day.” Big Papi by David Ortiz was blended by Ortiz under the supervision of El Artista, thus Mr. Ortiz’s public involvement in the brand is important to El Artista. The release of Big Papi was timed with the end of his commitment to the 2016 baseball season, “We wanted to ensure David Ortiz’s attendance at events across the country.” says Jonas Santana Marketing Manager for El Artista.
The first of many scheduled appearances of David Ortiz at Big Papi events
is set for November 3rd at Cávo Nightclub in New York City. “This is an exclusive event for a hand-selected group of individuals who were integral in the launch of the brand,” states Mr. Rodriguez “we are excited to share the launch with our close friends and colleagues. There are many public events scheduled for 2017.”
El Artista plans to hold several events featuring David Ortiz at retail stores and at large-scale consumer events internationally in Dominican Republic and United States. Mr Ortiz will be available for photos in a meet & greet
setting. Event dates are TBD and will be published on the company website at www.elartistacigars.com
ABOUT EL ARTISTA CIGARS
Tabacalera El Artista S.R.L. started operations in Tamboril, Dominican
Republic in 1956. Today TEA is one of the nation’s largest producers of
premium cigars. TEA produces millions of cigars each year and distributes
throughout Europe, Canada, United States, and Asia. Additionally, TEA
manages farms in the Caribbean and South America where it grows
premium tobacco leaf which it utilizes in its proprietary blends as well as
sells to top cigar manufacturers in Nicaragua, Honduras, and Dominican
ABOUT SILVERLEAF STRATEGIES
SilverLeaf Strategies (formerly Misfits Marketing) is the Public Relations
Agency of Record for El Artista and Tobacco & Cigar Distribution Corp.
Ft. Lauderdale, FL- October 27, 2016- Turn that ho-hum, empty wall space into a celebration of the cigar lifestyle. ‘Alec Bradley #CigarArt’ wall art has been designed to proudly hang anywhere a cigar is enjoyed. Twenty-nine limited edition styles of canvas were produced in small quantities, per style, for the inaugural release. They will be available to retailers and consumers alike.
“Cigar smokers are passionate people,” said Alec Bradley President, Alan Rubin. “They want to immerse themselves in every facet of the culture. You will find our Red Badge hanging all over the place. We thought it was time to create something else our fans could proudly display.”
‘Alec Bradley #CigarArt’ will be available to purchase at Authorized Alec Bradley Retailers across the country, as well as on the Alec Bradley website.
Three sizes will be available for purchase- 18” X 18,” 18” X 36” and 36” X 18.” MSRP for the 18” X 18” pieces will be $39.95 per canvas. MSRP for the 18” X 36” and “36 X 18” pieces will be $49.95 per canvas.
For more information on ‘Alec Bradley #CigarArt’ or to find an Alec Bradley Authorized Retailer, please visit www.alecbradley.com .
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About Alec Bradley Cigars
Founded by Alan Rubin in 1997, Alec Bradley Cigars has been acknowledged as one of the world’s leading producers of fine, handmade premium cigars. Alec Bradley has received the cigar industry’s highest critical acclaim for its Prensado, Maxx, Tempus, Sanctum, and Black Market premium cigars, to name a few. Their commitment to satisfying cigar enthusiasts worldwide is demonstrated by their passion for excellence, creativity, and the highest quality standards.
Wednesday, October 19, 2016 — Miami, FL – Drew Estate announced today the exclusive release of the Pappy Van Winkle Family Reserve Barrel Fermented Churchill and the Pappy Drew Limitada to Pappy & Company, the online store of the Van Winkle Family located at www.pappyco.com.
From the Wynwood Safehouse, Jonathan Drew, “I just checked the shipment in the Miami Warehouse yesterday. We really went out of our way to make sure that people could order them, and receive them in time for this year’s holiday season. The Pappy Drew Limitada is an extremely limited release, featuring the barrel fermented ‘Tapa Negra’ style wrapper, in a barrel head shape vitola that’s similar to the Feral Pig.”
The Pappy Van Winkle Family Reserve Barrel Fermented cigar is a 100% long-filler, premium cigar made totally by hand in very small batches at La Gran Fabrica Drew Estate in Estelí, Nicaragua. This historic cigar features a “barrel fermented” “tapa Negra”-style wrapper over a Mexican San Andres base wrapper, as well as aged Nicaraguan Filler tobaccos, personally selected by John Drew. It is the perfect choice for pairing with any of the Van Winkle bourbon and rye products.
The Pappy Van Winkle Family Reserve Barrel Fermented Churchill is presented in 7 x 48 vitola and packaged in 10 count boxes with an MSRP of $17.00 each, while the Pappy Drew Limitada is presented in a barrel head 4 7/8 x 60 vitola packaged in 3 count soft packs that are only available as a gift from the Van Winkle Family when you purchase a box of the Pappy Van Winkle Barrel Fermented Robusto, Toro, and Churchill together.
There exists a group of men whom are responsible for all the ratings that come from Cigar & Spirits Magazine. The 10 men who comprise this panel all hail from different backgrounds, yet possess a single overarching similarity – their love and appreciation of premium cigars.
The Cigar & Spirits Tasting panel isn’t a new concept; in fact, the tasting panel itself has a strict process that is followed for each cigar that is rated by Cigar & Spirits Magazine – a process which is steeped in the traditions that our industry has come to expect over the years.
First off, every cigar that is received for review is un-banded and then affixed with a plain numbered band. Our scoring official is the only one who knows what each cigar is, and she’s responsible for compiling and averaging each tasting panel members scoring cards.
Tasting panel members smoke and rate each cigar based on a set of characteristics designed to assign a numerical grade based on how well the cigar is constructed, how well it was blended and its overall desirability.
All cigars start out rated at 100 points. From there,points are deducted for items such as poor construction, low-quality materials, burn issues, and lack of flavor.
Once a panel reviewer finishes a cigar, theyturn their completed tasting card in to our scorekeeper who then compiles and averages the scores.
In order for a cigar to even qualify to appear in Cigar & Spirits Magazine, it must attain a rating of 80 or higher. This insures that we only recommend the very best cigars to our readers, and precludes non-premium cigars from appearing upon these hallowed pages.
Meet The Experts
With great power comes great responsibility and these experts take their responsibility very seriously, which is why they’ve requested we keep their true names and identities secret.
Mr. X – The Chief of our panel, Mr. X has over 40 years of experience in the premium cigar and tobacco industries. Originally from Cuba, he has an affinity for medium bodied cigars and Cuban Rum. He states his music preferences as The Rat Pack and The Rolling Stones.
Mr. O – A Brazilian-Portuguese transplant at a young age, Mr. O is known for his love of rich, full bodied cigars and Sangria. We call him Mr. Charuto. In his free time, you can find Mr. O outdoors smoking his favorite puro while hunting upland game birds and blasting old Merle Haggard songs in his pickup truck. His 22 years of experience make him an influential member on the tasting panel.
Mr. K – The Kingman, Mr. K is an affluent countryman from Ireland who loves a good Irish Whiskey and a full bodied cigar. His 19 years of cigar industry experience is nearly overshadowed by his poor music choices…most notably, his being an unapologetic Bieber fan, for which he is constantly harassed by the other members of the tasting panel when he takes control of the music in the smoking room.
Mr. Y – Known inside the panel as Mr. “Why Not?” is the troublemaker of the group. A fiend for street tacos and Añejo tequila, Mr. Y always seems to sniff out the best local eateries and his fondness for mild bodied cigars is matched only by his love of his Ducati, which he rides every weekend. His 17 years of cigar experience is backed by an exceptional palate.
Mr. M – Originally from Canada (or so he claims), Mr. M enjoys mild-medium cigars, Bourbon Whiskey, and Penguins Hockey…a life decision that no one quite understands. His knowledge of premium cigars extends back 14 years to when he first started working in a cigar shop out of college.
Mr. Q – The youngest member of the tasting panel, Mr. Q has 8 years of experience with premium cigars and is our resident “early adopter” always sporting the latest wearable tech gadget and accessories. His collection of fine Dominican cigars is outmatched only by his collection of tech devices.
Mr. V – He got his nickname for his love of Vegas, gambling, fast women and faster cars. His favorite past times include watching F1 races and flying private. He also claims to be a “Platinum Member” of the Mile High Club. His premium cigar experience clocks in at 26 years and counting.
Mr. B – Our very own Italian stallion, Mr. B has 18 years of industry experience and loves Bordeaux, cannoli and full bodied cigars. Everyone thinks he’s connected yet he maintains “There’s no such thing as the mafia.” He also claims that no one has ever told him “No,” which explains why he’s on our tasting panel.
Mr. W – Introduces himself to everyone as an M.D. which he then expounds on by clarifying by saying he’s a “Money Doctor”. Medium bodied cigars, single malt scotch, and the finer things in life are his favorite things. 26 years of cigar smoking experience make him a valued member of the tasting panel.
Mr. F – Growing up in Texas, Mr. F is a cowboy through and through. He spends his weekends making homemade moonshine, smoking medium-full bodied cigars and watching Professional Bull Riding. Mr. F claims his one weakness in the world are “those women in their daisy duke shorts.”
Stay tuned for more information about the members of the tasting panel, as we dive further into the tasting process in future issues.
By Benjamin Winokur
Rare, vintage aged tobacco? Check. Silky Connecticut shade wrapper? Check! Exceptional craftsmanship and construction? Check again. These are just a few of the qualities possessed by the Montecristo Vintage Connecticut.
The Montecristo Vintage Connecticut No. 3 is a 5 ½” X 44 corona that comes from the Tabacalera de García in the Dominican Republic. The filler is comprised of an expert blend of tobaccos from Peru, the Dominican Republic, and Nicaragua; it is finished off with a 2008 Vintage Connecticut Shade Grown wrapper. It should come as no surprise that this wrapper comes from Altadis’ very own farm in Connecticut. Fun fact, the red barn and field on the label are images taken on that same farm.
To start off, this is a beautifully presented cigar with the unique box and band artwork. The cigar itself is no slouch either, once you remove that large center band you’re faced with a golden-honey Connecticut shade wrapper that is smooth and velvety to the touch. Upon lighting the Montecristo Vintage Connecticut is smooth and mild, offering soft touches of white and black pepper on the nose during retrohale, with buttery and cream notes throughout.
Paired with the Montecristo Vintage Connecticut is a generous pour of Ron Zacapa 23 Solera, served neat. Fruity, sweet, and with a soft boozy tobacco on the nose, Zacapa 23 is a staple in my bar, going well with nearly any cigar you send its way-and this time is no exception. Long on the finish with a rich full body of spiced dark chocolate, it is undeniably stronger than its pairing mate. The white and black pepper that come on the retrohale from each puff of the Montecristo Vintage Connecticut serves to tie the flavors together, creating an overall pairing of give and take. Oftentimes I work to find complimentary flavors, but in this one it’s more about the contrast, and appreciating what each component of the pairing brings to the whole.
Moving through the second half of the Montecristo White Series Vintage Connecticut, the pepper ramps up on both the palate and nose, giving some extra body to the otherwise mellow smoke. Smooth through the end, the cigar never goes a tick above medium, resulting in a spirit dominant pairing where the Montecristo Vintage Connecticut is playing sidekick to the Ron Zacapa 23 Sistema Solera and its stronger and fuller body of flavor.
I really enjoy pairings like this from time to time because it makes me pause, and really analyze the smoke as it rolls across my palate. It’s amazing the way different flavors interact, and how a slightly stronger spirit can bring out flavors in a cigar, or a stronger cigar supplementing flavors in a softer spirit.
By Greg Mays
Don’t you just love cigar names nowadays? The Intemperance Brotherly Kindness has a slight shaggy foot, making it a good-looking cigar and an easy one to light. The understated ring is handy, particularly for the ring-on smokers amongst us. Also featuring an Ecuadorian Connecticut wrapper, the Intemperance lights sweet, with touches of leather and cream. There is a very faint barnyard flavor, though I found it to be more like damp wood than manure and hay. When engaging with Casamigos again, I was surprised to find it take on a spicier profile, imparted by the wood it’s aged in. It delivers a raw oak bite and less of the toasted barrel; something I had not detected in my first pairing.
The wrapper on the Intemperance became more vanilla-forward as it smoked, and the construction was impeccable. The cap is a little bit over wrapped, helping construction to hold together; regardless of the cut you prefer, a welcome quality for a cigar in this price range.The pairing between Casamigos Añejo and the Intemperance is a tight fit: there is an interplay of apricot, vanilla, spice and wood that is tightly woven from start to finish, and you’ll realize this is an excellent pairing. The Connecticut wrapper is commonly chosen to pair with tequila, and with Intemperance’s blend of Indonesian binder and Nicaraguan and & Dominican filler, the interplay is spot-on.
Greg Mays is the Managing Editor of Simple Cocktails (simplecocktails.net). You can follow him on Instagram and Snapchat at @simplecocktails.
By Benjamin Winokur
Cigar ashtrays and travel humidors seem to be a dime-a-dozen these days. There are hundreds, if not thousands of cigar accessories out on the market today that are designed to improve your cigar enjoyment experience.
Often, people wonder if ashtrays are really an item that can be reviewed- there really isn’t much to them right? I mean, what does an ashtray need other than a place to rest your cigar and a bowl deep enough to hold the ash so it doesn’t blow everywhere each time a fan or the wind kicks up.
This was a question I set out to answer when GRAMM Works provided me with their Cinque Forte, and Stag ashtrays.
The Cinque Forte is a 5-finger ashtray, CNC machined from a solid block of aluminum that weighs in at 3.5 pounds. If nothing else, it makes for a great self-defense weapon in a time of need. The Stag, is a smaller, single finger ashtray that is designed for when you only need a cigar rest and ashtray for yourself. For the last few weeks it has become my “go-to” ashtray when I’m writing. It has a small footprint and is well balanced. I can set it on a coffee table, or even the arm of my chair or couch and it stays put thanks to the extra weight and heft. The only downside is that it does fill up rather quickly with ash, but is to be expected due to the smaller size.
The Cinque Forte is also an excellent ashtray, the bowl deep enough to collect plenty of ashy; however, I found that when multiple people tried to use the ashtray, there wasn’t enough room for all the cigars to sit around the circumference without all the sticks hitting each other in the center (unless everyone is smoking Robusto or shorter cigars). That being said, it was the only caveat I could find with the ashtray, making it a product I’m eager to recommend.
Another fantastic product that GRAMM Works sent in to us for review is their 7” Built Churchill Tube. Also manufactured from aluminum and CNC machined, it features a built in hygrometer on the cap, holds up to 5 cigars (also available in a single-cigar carrier, sans the hygrometer cap), and even has a place to hold a Boveda pack in the bottom cap. It is also lined with a strip of Spanish cedar on the inside of the tube. I have used this cigar tube EVERY. SINGLE. DAY. Since I received it. Whether I’m just driving around to appointments, golfing, or hanging out at a barbecue with friends, it works exactly how it was designed.
Finally, a less well-known product that GRAMM Works provides are CNC Machined shot glasses. Yes. Shot glasses. They’re aluminum. They’re solid. And they work as you would expect. Where would any self-respecting Cigar & Spirits enthusiast be without a set of shot glasses to go along with their new cigar ashtray and carrying tube?
You can learn more about GRAMM Works at www.grammworks.com and for a limited time they are offering 30% off your order with the code cigarandspirits30 at checkout.
By Paul O’Brien
Cruising West along Melrose Avenue, the trend center of the universe, you’ll hit a pair of landmarks that have anchored the Fairfax District for decades: the Fred Segal clothing shops, and the Hollywood Improv. Los Angeles cigar lovers need only walk a few feet past the world famous comedy club to step into a landmark of their own. The V Cut Cigar Lounge has been serving up premium handmade cigars since the tail end of the 90s cigar boom; today, they’re preparing to celebrate their 20th anniversary next summer.
Partying along with owner Taz Ahmadi will be a dedicated and diverse group of smokers. Over the years, the open and cordial atmosphere the Ahmadi family has cultivated here has won them the loyalty of customers representative of one of the most culturally diverse cities in America. On any given day, white, African American, Asian and Arab “brothers and sisters of the leaf” saunter in for a quick business meeting, a lengthy laptop screenwriting session, or a competitive game of backgammon. Tonight, a young group of yarmulke-clad teachers from the local Jewish school smoke Tatuajes on the patio and talk NBA basketball.
The space is as comfortable and unpretentious as its clientele. The floor is polished concrete. A pair of leather chairs, several couches, and café-style seating make the space modular enough to accommodate any size group. 25-foot ceilings keep the smoke at a nice distance no matter how big of a crowd is gathered around the game on TV. On cigar tasting event nights–which happen about once a month–you can enjoy the live band, hors d’oeuvres and a bar (the only time the lounge serves alcohol).
Featuring an array of accessories, from cutters (“V” and otherwise) and Boveda humidification packs, to desktop humidors and exclusive lighters from S.T. DuPont, The V Cut has what you need. But as is the case with any great lounge, the walk-in humidor is the star of this Hollywood story. Industry luminaries like Arturo Fuente, Padron, and the aforementioned Tatuaje command ample real estate on these shelves, alongside a well-curated selection of boutique lines from RomaCraft, Illusione, Caldwell, D’Croissier, Avo and many, many more.
If coffee and cigars is your thing, or you fancy a bite to eat, the family operates the V Café right next door, as well as a juice bar on the corner. Technology buff bonus- The Wi-Fi is fast and free.
Yes, you may spot a celebrity client or two; professional athletes visiting from out of town to shoot a commercial or negotiate a new deal always seem to find the place. The proximity to the Improv means that if your favorite comic smokes a cigar now and then, he’ll find his way in. They come back because the savvy regulars know how to give fame its berth, and the staff is expert at rustling up something for every palate, from the daily smoke to the more exotic request.
The V Cut is open Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m., and on Sundays from Noon to 8 p.m.
The V Cut Smoke Shop and Lounge
8172 Melrose Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90046
By Benjamin Winokur
Featuring an Ecuadorian Connecticut wrapper, with binder and filler tobaccos from the Dominican Republic, the Montecristo White Series is a lovely Connecticut Shade Wrapped cigar with a mild body of flavor a mild strength.
Sweet on the initial draw, immediately upon lighting there is toasty burst of flavor and an absence of the usually expected bitterness that is often present in Connecticut tobacco.
When paired up with this month’s featured pairing spirit, Ron Zacapa Centenario Sistemo Solera 23, there is a beautiful nectar sweetness from the Ron Zacapa with hints of raw sugar, that when paired with the Montecristo White Series reminds me of a fresh apricot jam.
Throughout the smoking experience of the Montecristo White there is a zesty and refreshing pepper that is present on the nose, it nicely counteracts the sweetness of Zacapa, providing some much needed balance and contrast to the pairing.
With such a mild cigar, I was hesitant to pair it with Zacapa served neat, and while it is a tasty pairing, I think this combo would truly be a home run if you were to serve this with a splash of ginger beer (not ale) and a squeeze of lime, a la Dark & Stormy. Purists will probably pout and throw their arms up and say “you don’t mix Zacapa!” I say do what tastes best to you and satiates your palate. For you purists, read on! There is a pairing that is right up your alley just below…
Wrapper: Ecuadorian Connecticut
Binder: Dominican Republic
Filler: Dominican Republic
Romeo y Julieta Aging Room
From the same family as our #1 Cigar of 2015, this Romeo y Julieta was a collaborative project between Boutique Blends and Altadis to create a cigar that evoked the deep flavors that Boutique Blends is known for with the smooth and sultry flavors we’ve come to expect from Romeo y Julieta.
Very sweet on the initial light, this belicoso showcases soft fruit notes with hints of caramel and vanilla. This medium bodied cigar is full of flavor and makes for a tantalizing pairing alongside the wonderfully rich and full flavored Zacapa Rum.
The entirety of the smoking experience is dominated by sweet and superbly balanced flavors which beautifully accentuate the similar notes present in Zacapa Rum. Notes of molasses and brown sugar are drawn out from this Solera rum by the similar delicious notes which come puff after flavorful puff from the Romeo y Julieta Aging Room Cantaor Belicoso. If it’s smooth and rich flavors you seek, this is a pairing made just for you.
Wrapper: Habano Dominicano
Binder: Habano Dominicano
Filler: Habano Dominicano
Benjamin Winokur is the Editor-in-Chief of Cigar & Spirits Magazine and a Certified
Salesforce Tobacconist. You can follow him on Instagram & Twitter @CigarJedi
Davidoff Cigars unveils the Exclusive Limited Edition cigar for the 20th Anniversary of Corona Cigar Company 2016.
Basel / Tampa, September 2016. To celebrate the successful business relationship between Oettinger Davidoff AG and Jeff Borysiewicz, Owner of Corona Cigar Company, Davidoff’s Master Blenders have created a uniquely tailored blend, which includes filler tobacco of Mr. Borysiewicz’s own Florida Sun Grown Tobacco. This very special and unique blend approved and blended by Davidoff commemorates the 20th Anniversary of the Corona Cigar Company and their success in the cigar industry.
“We are very proud to be working with Davidoff and there is no way better to celebrate our 20 year milestone of becoming a leader in premium cigar retailing. Our unique and exclusive Florida tobacco farm has truly allowed our company to come full circle as a premium cigar retailer as well as the world’s only grower of prized Florida cigar tobacco. We are excited to be able to share with fellow aficionados this unique Davidoff cigar that is blended with our 2014 crop of heirloom Florida Sumatra seed tobacco that was grown on our farm in Clermont, Florida,” says Jeff Borysiewicz, president and founder of Corona Cigar Company.
“The Borysiewicz family has been trusted colleagues of Davidoff for over 20 years. As one of our largest partners, the collaboration to create a 20th Anniversary Exclusive Edition incorporating
FSG was a natural decision. Davidoff and Jeff Borysiewicz share many of the same philosophies and principles regarding cigar retailing and tobacco cultivation. It’s important for Davidoff to support Jeff and his family in their efforts to grow and protect the premium cigar industry in the US,“ says Richard Krutick, Vice President of Marketing, Davidoff of Geneva USA.
About Davidoff Exclusive Corona FSG 20th Anniversary
An elegant bespoke Exclusive Edition is now available for customers at any of the Corona Cigar Companies’ three locations. In collaboration with Jeff Borysiewicz and Corona Cigar Company, the percentage of Florida Sun Grown filler tobacco was reviewed and quality controlled under the same meticulous standards required of every Davidoff cigar. Each cigar box features the Corona Cigar Company logo along with the FSG logo. These editions are extremely limited and will be an exciting proposition for cigar collectors. The Florida Sun Grown tobacco adds a unique, spicy
flavor and complexity, when combined with Davidoff’s exquisite aged tobaccos delivers exceptional flavor and palate stimulation. “The cigar is finished with a gorgeous Ecuadorian Rojiza wrapper. This truly unique blend results in a rich, full bodied luxurious smoke,” says Jeff Borysiewicz, president and founder of Corona Cigar Company.
Size: 6 x 52
Filler: Florida Sun Grown and Dominican Republic
Binder: Mexico – Negro San Andrés
Wrapper: Ecuador Connecticut Rojiza
The Davidoff Exclusive Corona FSG 20th Anniversary boxes are available in limited quantities at any Corona Cigar Company locations. Retail locations in Florida include: Downtown Orlando, Sand Lake and Lake Mary.
Corona Cigar Co.
7792 W. Sand lake Rd.
Orlando, FL 32819
Corona Cigar Co.
127 South Orange Avenue Orlando, FL 32801
Corona Cigar Co.
Located in Colonial TownPark
1130 TownPark Avenue Lake Mary, FL 32746
Oettinger Davidoff AG
CH – 4002 Basel / Switzerland Tel. +41 61 279 36 24 [email protected] oettingerdavidoff.com davidoff.com
[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]By Amanda Keeley-Thurman
The love of cigars is more than just a hobby. For many, it is a lifestyle; a lifestyle with a rich history in culture and exploration. The first cigars can be traced back to the ancient Mayans, but it wasn’t until Christopher Columbus and his crew discovered tobacco in the Americas that cigars gained widespread popularity. The world fell in love with this rolled, sweet smelling tobacco; a timeless love that is worth traveling for.
The passion for cigars and travel go hand in hand. Travel, as well as cigars allows us to relax, learn and indulge. So, where should a cigar lover like you travel?
From Europe to the Caribbean, there are fabulous destinations around the world that will have cigar fans booking flights and leaving town. Some destinations are obvious, but others might be a bit surprising. See for yourself!
Honduras is known for fantastic landscapes and thriving ecosystems, like the Rio Platano Biosphere Reserve. Honduras has adventure, such as kayaking, diving and snorkeling at Roatan, or rafting at the Rio Cangrejal. There is history at the Mayan ruins of Copan. Most importantly, there are cigars. Be sure to visit Carretera al Paraiso and take the Rocky Patel Cigar Factory tour and see the breathtaking Jamastran Valley tobacco fields.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]
France is home to the Quai d’Orsay cigar line. Although, Quai d’Orsay is produced in Cuba, it is rather hard to find outside of France. So, it looks like a trip to Paris is in order. While you are there, have a cigar in the oldest cigar shop in Paris a La Civette du Palais-Royal, where Napoleon and Casanova were said to be customers. For a truly unique experience, stop by Art Tabac and try the owner’s specialty made cigars in the smoking room.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]
Switzerland and cigars, you say? Yes, Switzerland is a great destination for those who love cigars. For starters, they have the Davidoff-Schiff ship.
Holding numerous cigar events such as the Smoke on the Water event held once a month, this floating party cruises along on Lake Zurich providing cigar connoisseurs with a magical evening filled with cigars and even a few Swiss celebrities.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]
Okay, so Las Vegas doesn’t have historical tobacco fields, but is a great place to travel if you love to smoke cigars. Why? Because it is one of the few places anywhere, that you can enjoy
a cigar indoors and sometimes for free when you are gambling!
Plus, Las Vegas is home to some of the biggest tobacco conventions. A night cap at Casa Fuente isn’t a bad idea either. Located inside the Forum Shops at Caesar’s Palace, it has a
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Nassau is home to Graycliff cigars, but visiting the Bahamas offers way more than just a factory tour. Stay at the family owned Graycliff Hotel for a complete cigar travel experience. Built in 1740, the Graycliff Hotel is Nassau’s first hotel and has made the National Register of Historic Places. The Graycliff boutique brand cigars use the complex entubado method and accommodations include a different Graycliff cigar each evening for turndown service. Talk about sweet dreams.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]
Say what? Not as sexy sounding as Miami, but Tampa used to be the cigar capital of the world! Ybor City, a neighborhood in Tampa, holds the annual Cigar Heritage Festival and is home to many famous cigar makers, including Arturo Fuente and J.C. Newman families. Considered a National Historic District, Ybor City is deeply rooted in cigar history, but this town is very much in the present with a happening nightlife and hub of fantastic Latin American restaurants.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]
Want Cuban culture in the U.S? Then get to Miami. Little Havana is home to the oldest cigar factory in the U.S, the El Credito Cigar Factory. Although you can’t get real Cuban Cigars in the U.S, they do offer pretty close contenders. The cigars sold in Little Havana are grown in Dominican Republic and Nicaragua, but grown from Cuban tobacco seeds. Plus, Miami has great beaches and a hot night life![/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]
Increasingly popular among travelers, Nicaragua has a ton to offer from volcanoes to explore like Cerro Negro, gorgeous beaches and great surf, and let’s not forget the amazing coffee. For the cigar lover a visit to the cigar capital, Esteli, is a must.
Sign up for Drew Estate’s Cigar Safari for a full hands-on cigar experience. Esteli Cigarros, is a recommended stop for those who love cigars as it includes a free factory tour along with a tour of the tobacco fields. At Plasencia Cigars, where Casa Magna, Rocky Patel and Alec Bradley cigars are made, visitors get a chance to create their own blend. Also, don’t miss seeing the Perdomo tobacco
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Whether you like to keep it low-key with a leisurely round of golf on the La Cana Golf Course or want to seek some excitement on the Jarabacoa Adventure, all cigar lovers will agree that Dominican Republic is a must. In Santo Domingo, visit the Tabacalera De Garcia Factory, the largest in the world! Also in the Dominican Republic are La Aurora Cigar World, Davidoff Factory, Tabacalera Palma Field and factory, Quesada Cigars Factory, Tabacalera La Alianza EP Carrillo Factory, La Flor Dominicana tobacco field and factory, Don Lucas Cigars, and the De Los Reyes Cigar field and factory.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]
It is no surprise that Cuba would make the top destination when it comes to loving cigars. Not only are Cuban cigars considered (by many-not all) to be the best, thanks to Cuba’s perfect environment for growing high-quality leaves and the Cuban’s expertise in cigar making, but it is also a very exciting time for travel! The recent changes with travel allowances have made it easier for U.S citizens to visit Cuba. Cigar lovers will want to set up a tour of Havana cigar factories such as the Partagas Cigar Factory, the oldest in Cuba. Get out to the countryside and visit the tobacco plantations such as the Vuelta Abajo region where the finest Habano tobaccos are harvested. Don’t forget to enjoy every cigar with Cuban Rum like Havana Club. Tastings and pairings are readily available in Cuba! Plan your trip for February and enjoy the formal Habanos Festival celebrating Cohiba and Romeo y Julieta.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]Amanda Keeley-Thurman is a freelance writer, blogger and bartender with a passion for fine cigars, stiff drinks and great adventures. She has been sharing her stories in Cigar & Spirits Magazine since 2011, and regularly provides hot travel advice on her blog HotMamaTravel.com[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]
It isn’t uncommon these days to have a premium cigar feature the name of a sports star, but in the case of Big Papi, baseball superstar David Ortiz had a hand in creating this fantastic new smoke, which was originally made by El Artista just for his personal enjoyment. Watch the video for all the details!
By: NICK HAMMOND
A cracking ‘new’ cigar hit the UK market the other week, albeit only briefly.
At the annual Hunters & Frankau Summer Party (Hunters are the only Cuban importer and distributor for the UK) the special ‘birthday’ edition new Montecristo was revealed on these shores for the first time. Retailers are still eagerly awaiting enough to actually sell it to their customers, though.
I can tell you, it’s a cracker.
One connoisseur, whose opinion I value, told me having tried it back in Havana in February, it was the best cigar he had ever smoked. Wow.
Now, I wondered whether the dancing girls, rum, sunshine and sleeplessness had gone to his head, but he assured me he was fully compos mentis when he made his assessment.
It’s not unheard of for versions of new cigars released first in Cuba to be somewhat, ahem, different, by the time they arrive on these shores. The inference from those in the know is that somewhere along the line, not the same quality of tobacco is used to produce the ‘regular’ cigar as the few that were rolled for the Festival. Habanos, of course, totally refute this.
Anyway, it was with great anticipation that I got my grubby paws on the Montecristo Anniversario 80, a monster of a cigar that filled my evening and my palate with equal aplomb, created to celebrate the birthday of the grand old dame of Cuban marques.
It’s 6 1/2ins x 55 Ring Gauge, too fat by far for me normally BUT – I’ll make an exception on this occasion. Sweet, smooth, medium in body and building in flavour throughout the smoke, by the end I was making the most of every last lingering puff. If they are all like these, what a treat. Get your hands on some, I’d love to know what a year or two of age will do to them.
Montecristo Anniversario 80, 6 ½ ins x 55RG, expected retail price in the region of £35 in the UK.
BOTL and MPI announce the Operation Esteli Fabretto Scholarship Fund!
As a close out step to Operation Esteli 2015, and in an effort to help bring awareness to Operation Esteli 2016 which is about to begin, I am incredibly proud to announce that BOTL, through MPI, will be providing scholarships for three students that have graduated from our sponsored school in Esteli to attend college in Nicaragua in the fall. These scholarships will pay for ALL expenses related to obtaining a degree to include tuition, study materials, housing, and meals.
Working in tandem with Fabretto, we selected our scholars from a group of recommended students that have attended the Maria Auxiliadora Center in Esteli. Decisions were made based on the students scholastic accomplishments, their families, and their activities outside of school.
While the OE Scholars attend college we will track their accomplishments throughout their degree program (reporting annually), and intend on having BOTL representatives present in Nicaragua to attend their graduation once they finish school.
The 2015 OE Scholars are:
Carmen Zeledon. Carmen will be attending Farem Esteli and will be pursuing a degree in Graphic Design.
Jason Centeno. Jason will be attending Farem Esteli in the fall and will be pursuing a degree in Industrial Engineering.
Angel Ruiz. Angel will be attending the Intituto Politenico de Esteli and will be pursuing a degree in Automotive Engineering.
It is the goal of BOTL and Operation Estelí to add additional scholars every year that OE continues.
Education is one of the keys to escaping poverty. Allowing a child to attend a local university that otherwise would have never gone to school will open the door to new opportunities and pave the way to bring not only the student, but his entire extended family into a better existence for generations to come.
Thanks once again to all that participated in OE 2015. Without your help, BOTL could have never made this happen. It is our commitment to continue to serve those in need.
Cigar & Spirits Magazine is proud to be a sponsor and a part of Operation Estelí.
Springfield, VA (May 17, 2016) – Omar de Frias is proud to announce the company’s latest blend, the Bianco Boxer. The Bianco Boxer will be soft launched at 10 locations nationwide before making its official debut at this year’s IPCPR show in Las Vegas. “Similar to the Fratello Boxer, we modified the filler blend in the Bianco Boxer to highlight a different flavor profile from its Father the Fratello Bianco.” Said de Frias.
The Bianco boxer will debut at a 6 ¼ x 52 Box Press Torpedo with an MSRP of 10.00 per cigar. “The Bianco Boxer will join forces with one of our bestselling sizes, the Fratello Boxer.” said de Frias “One of our goals with The Boxer line is to show our consumers how modifying the ratio of filler tobacco can change the profile in a cigar.”
Fratello Bianco Boxer is blended with a beautiful San Andres Negro Wrapper, Dominican Binder and features Pennsylvania, Nicaraguan and Peruvian filler with a different percentage ratio from the Fratello Bianco. The Bianco Boxer joins The Fratello Boxer and the Fratello Boxer Series.