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Liga Privada #9

30 Apr

Synopsis:
Maker: Drew Estate
Filler: Cuban-seed Nicaraguan and Honduran
Binder: Brazilian Mata Fina
Wrapper: Connecticut Broadleaf Maduro/ Oscuro
Flavors: Cofee, Dark Chocolate, Roasted Meat, Umami
Draw/Volume/Strength: +1 / +3 / 4+
Rating: 9.5
Where to Buy: Famous Smoke Shop

Do you remember your first Liga Privada #9? I do.

I was in a small cigar shop in California with a friend and fellow member of the Cigar Sasquatch team, smoking cigars with a certain vendor rep who will remain nameless, but is quite well known in certain circles. It was a Tuesday morning in 2009, and no one else was in the place except me, my friend, the vendor, and the shop owner, whom I didn’t know well, but who was acquainted with my friend.

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Liga Privada #9

“What are you smoking these days,” said the shop owner.

“Oh, this and that,” I said. “I’m liking the heck out of Hemingway lately.”

“That’s fine,” said the owner, “if you want to smoke a piece of shit.”

I didn’t immediately get up and punch him in the face because it was his place, and well, I’m a lover, not a fighter. I smiled to myself, and said, “Okay, what should I be smoking?”

The vendor handed me a Liga Privada #9.

I understand the use of hyperbole in literature and in storytelling, but if you’re going to call one of the finest cigars on the planet, one of my top 5 cigars of all time, a “piece of shit,” you better be prepared to back it up. I knew who the vendor rep repped for, so I said, “I don’t really go for flavored cigars.”

“Don’t say the ‘F-word,’” the rep replied. “And this one isn’t infused.”

He went on to tell me the story of how this cigar was blended specifically for Steve Saka, then president of Drew Estate, and was only ever intended to be smoked by him, for his private stash. That’s what Liga Privada means: Private Blend. It was never meant to go into production.

The cigar world is full of this kind of story. “We were making something just for the boss—special tobaccos, limited crops—but it was so great, we just had to scale it up.” I generally take this sort of thing with a grain of salt. But I’ll smoke anything once, so I took the cigar and lit up.

Then I had to re-sort my top 5 cigars of all time.

In the years since, Liga Privada has become a modern classic. It’s one of the most highly sought-after cigars on the market. Its near-perpetual status on back-order has only enhanced the legend of this cigar, though they’re regularly available at Famous Smoke Shop. It’s a remarkable piece of marketing, but with Liga Privada #9, it’s not just hype. This cigar changed the game, putting Drew Estate on the mind of serious cigar smokers, not just fans of their massive selection of infused product. It sparked a veritable wildfire of ever-stronger, ever bolder cigars, and spawned series of follow-up releases, all limited, all special. And they are indeed special.

The blend features tobaccos from seven different farms, including Cuban-seed Nicaraguan and Honduran longfillers, with a Brazilian Mata Fina maduro binder and a US-grown Connecticut Broadleaf Maduro Oscuro wrapper. It’s the wrapper, they say, that makes this cigar so hard to come by. It’s expensive, and produces low yields. The wrapper is nearly black, and is dripping with oils.

For this review, I smoked the Belicoso (6×52). The roll is dense, with a chewy bite. The first tastes are an explosion of coffee and rich dark chocolate, with a round, roasted, earthy background. The flavors are meaty, caramelized, and robust, with a hint of spice and a hint of sweet dancing nearly imperceptibly behind heavy velvet curtains of umami.

The draw is open (+1) from a the smallest cut of the rounded Belicoso tip, producing a huge smoke volume (+3). In the first inch, the spice that was barely present at first slides away, leaving the subtle sweetness of the Connecticut Broadleaf to enhance the meaty, caramel, and coffee flavors that remain. The smoke is bold, with notable strength (4+), but with a silky smooth texture from the Brazilian Mata Fina which defies the richness and complexity of the flavors.

The burn is self-correcting for the duration, and the pure white ash is firm and nicely scaled, holding to about an inch. The flavors remain steady, with coffee and chocolate, and a layer of roasted meats, darkening slightly, but remaining buttery-smooth until the end. It smokes to an inch and a half nub in about 90 minutes. I rate it 9.5.

I’ve been fortunate to enjoy a few boxes of #9s, having sampled each of the 4 regularly available sizes, plus one or two of the now-legendary “Flying Pigs.” I’ve had a few of the special editions, as well, along with a large number of the follow-up to the #9, the T52. They’re all excellent, among the finest cigars on the market today.

Until next time, this is the Cigar Sasquatch saying, “Love what you smoke, and smoke what you love.”

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Thurman Thomas Hall of Fame

23 Feb

Synopsis:
Maker: General Cigar
Filler: Dominican
Binder: Dominican
Wrapper: Dominican Natural and Maduro
Flavors: Natural: Vanilla, wood, nuts, leather, herbs. Maduro: Dark Chocolate, tangy-sweet, wood, earth, black pepper, herbs.
Draw/Volume/Strength:
  Natural: +1 / +2 / 3, Maduro: 0 / +2 / 3
Rating: Natural: 9.2, Maduro: 9.2

They say the most important element in comedy is timing. I endeavor to apply a certain topical relevance to my reviews, and bring them to you when the timing is most appropriate. Unfortunately this isn’t always possible.

I’ll admit, I did receive these cigars in adequate time to bring them to you in a topical and timely manner, but as regular readers will note, I’ve been on a little forced hiatus lately. Faced with the decision to wait until a more suitable time or to bring them to you now, I opted for the latter: these cigars just won’t wait.

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Thurman Thomas Hall of Fame Natural and Maduro Cigars (6x52)

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Drew Estate Natural Root

10 May

Synopsis:
Blender: Jonathan Drew
Maker: Drew Estate
Filler: Unk
Binder: Ukn
Wrapper: Ukn Maduro
Flavors:  Earthy, cocoa, herbs, coffee, subtle sweet maduro.
Draw/Volume/Strength: -1 / 0 / 3
Rating: 9.0

The Natural line from Drew Estate is an interesting concept, and possibly even more intriguing if you understand its place in the Drew Estate catalog. I selected the Root (5×55), one of 11 cigars in the line, each vitola being a blend unto itself (with the exception of the Root and Root Delux, which are presumably the same blend, as are the Jucy Lucy and Big Jucy[sic], and the Dirt and Dirt Torpedo).

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Natural Root (5x55)

If this concept sounds familiar, you may be more right than you know. The Unico Serie (which includes one of my favorite cigars from last year, the Dirty Rat) is set up the same way, with each new incarnation being a unique vitola and blend. It may be going too far to say that the Natural line is the forerunner to the Unico Serie, but I will suggest that they are both born of a similar notion.

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Padrón Anniversary Series 1964

13 Apr

Synopsis:
Blender: Jorge Padrón
Maker: Padrón Cigars
Filler: Nicaraguan
Binder: Nicaraguan
Wrapper: Nicaraguan Maduro
Flavors:  Woody, pepper, cocoa, sweet, tangy, earthy, nutty, herbal
Draw/Volume/Strength: -1 / 0 / 4
Rating: 9.5

I’ve been waiting for this moment for the past two years.

Today I’m pleased to present to you the Padrón Anniversary Series 1964. And I’m also please to inform you that today is the 2nd Anniversary of the Cigar Sasquatch. As I noted last year, the Cigar Sasquatch existed as such before this date two years ago, but since no one outside of a small group of my friends had heard the words “Cigar” and Sasquatch” used together before that date, and April 13th being the publication date of our very first review, that is our anniversary date.

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Padrón Aniversary 1964 Monarca (6½x46)

I’ve smoked literally hundreds of cigars in those 2 years, and reviewed a total of 69 of them; many of the balance will never make it to review, although a thorough scan of the Sasquatch-a-Dor shows that I could easily double my catalog of reviews without acquiring even one additional cigar. Whether this would take another two years will remain a mystery, but there is one thing I know for certain: This is just the beginning.

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Reposado ’96 Maduro

24 Jan

Synopsis:
Blender: AJ Fernandez
Maker: Tabacalera Fernandez
Filler: Nicaraguan
Binder: Nicaraguan
Wrapper: Nicaraguan Maduro
Flavors: Tangy maduro, wood, fresh tobacco
Draw/Volume/Strength: +2 / +2 / 4
Rating: 8.2

I’m trying to rid my life of clutter. Call it a New Year’s Resolution, though I never formally resolved to anything. I’ve just found myself driven lately to get rid of the things I don’t need, and to organize the things I do (and praying for the wisdom to know the difference).

My cigar collection is no exception; I had a fruitful holiday season, and voluminous though it is, the Sasquatch-a-dor was bursting at its proverbial seams. A clean-out and reorganization was in order, so I solicited the aid of a willing helper, who imagined (not unwisely) that any unwanted cigars might fall his way.

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Reposado '96 Maduro (7x58)

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CAO Brazilia Chango

21 Jan

Synopsis:
Blender: Fidel Olivas
Maker: CAO Fabrica de Tabacos
Filler: Nicaraguan
Binder: Nicaraguan
Wrapper: Brazilian Arapiraca
Flavors: Fresh herbs, white pepper spice, tropical earth → floral, semi-sweet, wood, coffee beans
Draw/Volume/Strength: -1 / 0 / 4
Rating: 9.0

The CAO Brazilia Chango is available here.

There was a time when cigar makers wouldn’t advertise the fact that their cigars contained Brazilian tobaccos. In fact, when Tim Ozenger of CAO first brought the idea to dealers prior to launching the Brazilia line in 2001, they told him to avoid saying it was Brazilian. It’s not that there’s anything wrong with the tobacco. In fact, Brazilian leaf has been a mainstay in non-Cuban cigars since the early days after the embargo. The issue was one of branding: Would cigar smokers embrace Brazil.

Thankfully, Ozgener didn’t listen to the nay-sayers, and Brazilia became one of CAO’s best performers.

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CAO Brazilia Chango (6½x50)

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Nub 464T Series Part 2: Maduro

12 Oct

Synopsis:
Blender: Sam Leccia
Maker: Oliva Cigar Co.
Filler: Nicaraguan
Binder: Nicaraguan
Wrapper: Brazilian Maduro
Flavors: Black pepper, fresh tobacco, earth, oak
Draw/Volume/Strength: -1 / +2 / 3
Rating: 9.0

Today I present the second installment in the 4-part series evaluating the principal blends in the Nub line from the Oliva Cigar Company. Nub cigars are defined by their large ring gauges and short lengths, intended to turn the entire cigar into the “sweet spot.” The line offers a variety of vitolas with none longer than 4 inches, and all with ring gauges of 58 or more.

For this series, I’ll be smoking the 464T, a Torpedo (4×64), in each of the Habano, Cameroon, Connecticut, and Maduro wrappers. I’ll be delivering these reviews in no particular order.

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Nub Maduro 464T (4x64)

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Father’s Day Special: Padrόn Churchill Maduro

19 Jun

Synopsis:
Blender: Jorge Padrόn
Maker: Piloto Cigars
Filler: Nicaraguan
Binder: Nicaraguan
Wrapper: Nicaraguan Sun-grown Maduro
Flavors: Toasted oak, dark chocolate → cocoa, earth, tobacco
Draw/Volume/Strength: 0 / +2 / 3
Rating: 9.1

In honor of Father’s Day, I’m smoking the Padrόn Maduro Churchill. I selected this cigar for the Father’s Day special for a number of reasons. First, the Padrόn organization is a family operation, and considers quality to be a matter of family honor (in fact, that’s their company slogan). Secondly, the “Padrόn Series” (sometimes called the “Thousand Series” after of the names of several of the vitolas), is considered “Everyman’s Padrόn” for its affordable price and unshakable quality. And though my father is not a cigar man (I’m pretty sure he has never smoked a thing in his life), he certainly is an “Everyman,” as I’m sure many of your fathers are.

What do I mean by that? My dad is an average Joe, hard-working, dedicated to his family, selfless and giving, slow to anger, quick to forgive, a man full of lessons (mostly of the organic kind), who did (and does) his best for a large family of modest means. He’s a man’s man, massive in stature, mild in temperament, and brimming over with experience, the stories of which he freely (and repeatedly) shares at any suitable occasion.

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Padrόn Churchill (6 7/8 x 46)

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Diesel Unholy Cocktail

02 Apr

To get a new cigar talked about in 2011, it needs to be strong. There’s a whole cadre of pundits and commentators out there who won’t even look at a cigar unless it rates a 9 on the strength scale.

Well, the Cigar Sasquatch Strength Scale only goes to 5, and I’m here to tell you, there are more important things in cigars than strength. Namely flavor and balance. And burn characteristics. And draw performance.

As regular readers may know, I don’t assign a value judgment on strength. A cigar’s strength is what it is, and I can enjoy it whether it’s a 1 or a 5, as long as it has flavor and balance. And burns and draws well. I find those factors far outweigh the strength of a cigar in determining whether or not I’m going to enjoy it.

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Diesel Unholy Cocktail (5x56)

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Liga Privada Único Serie Dirty Rat

15 Mar

The Cigar Sasquatch likes things big, and at 5×44, the Liga Privada Único Serie Dirty Rat fits nicely into that ideal.

Wait, what? Yes, you read that right. The Dirty Rat is a MASSIVE cigar. How else could a cigar feature 7 different tobaccos unless it was absolutely enormous? And that’s not all that’s big about the Dirty Rat. The flavors….

But I’m getting ahead of myself.

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Liga Privada Único Serie Dirty Rat (5x44)

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Excalibur Maduro #1

12 Feb

The great American humorist Will Rogers was famously quoted as having said, “I never met a man I didn’t like.” I can’t claim to be so magnanimous with people, but I will say this: I never smoked a Hoyo I didn’t like. And the Excaliburs are among the best.

There is a great deal of history behind the Excalibur line and its relationship with Hoyo de Monterrey, but for now, reflect upon Cuban cigar master Estelo Padron smuggling small quantities of tobacco seed off the island, and cigar legend Frank Llaneza roving around Central America finding the best places to grow it, eventually bringing Nicaraguan leaf back to Cuba, to showcase its quality.

This is another example of a cigar that is neither new nor little-known, but its classic status is based on one simple precept: Roll great tobacco into well-made cigars, and do it year after year without fail. This is what makes Excalibur a legend.

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Excalibur #1 Maduro (7¼x54)

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Tasty Tuesday: Dark and Mysterious

08 Feb

This edition of Tasty Tuesday features three dark and slightly mysterious cigars from various sources. Two are chocolaty Maduros, the third, a rich Habano, which was interestingly darker than the two Maduros. Two of them feature some component of hearty Mexican tobaccos, and they all have at least a portion of Nicaraguan longfillers. I do enjoy Nicaraguan longfillers. Read the rest of this entry »

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Cigar Sasquatch Special Edition: Holiday Gift Guide

04 Dec

Holiday Gift Guide

If you’re anything like me, you get asked one question countless times every holiday season: “What do you want for Christmas?” I also hear a lot of, “I don’t know what to get you, you always get anything you want for yourself.” And while that may be true, I’m forced to ask myself, is it that hard? Sure, I understand. Men are difficult. We’re complex in our simplicity. We’re independent, but love to be a part of the team, we’re rugged, but relish in our creature comforts, we’re predictable in entirely unpredictable ways. But with a little guidance, holiday gift giving—and receiving—can be the joyful and stress-free experience it should be.

No one who has a cigar lover on his or her Christmas list should ever have to ask “What do you want for Christmas?” I can run down the list of guys in my herf and name their top three cigars at three different price tiers, and I can also probably tell you which retailer has the best prices for each of them. But unfortunately our wives and girlfriends, mothers and sisters probably don’t know anything about cigars, and wouldn’t have a clue where to buy them or how much to pay. So this guide is not so much for the cigar lovers out there reading this, but rather, for the ones who have to shop for us. Translation: Men, forward it to your ladies.

The best thing about cigars as gifts is, you can never have too much of a good thing. I never once opened a gift of Montecristos and thought, “This is great, but I’ve already got a box of these.” It’s the ultimate answer to the question, “What do you give to the man who has everything?” Answer: More of what he loves.

Stocking Stuffers

Single cigars are a great treat for the holidays. But if you’re going to buy a single, make sure it’s something special. Most of us have a brand or blend we’ve never bought for ourselves because of the ridiculous price tag. Padron Family Reserve #45 comes to mind. But if you’re not comfortable spending $30-$40 on a single cigar (if you can find it in a single), I suggest going with something big, like the Arturo Fuente Hemingway Masterpiece.  At 9 inches long, it’s certainly an “impact gift,” but with singles readily available at B+M retailers for $18-$22, (and less on-line), it’s a great gift at an approachable price.

Accessories make great stocking stuffers too. The Xikar X8 Carbon Fiber Cigar Cutter is as stylish as it is functional, and with a lifetime guarantee, it’s a step up from the throw-away cutters on the cigar store counter. And most of us have a cigar torch (or two), but this holiday season, set the torch down and grab a handful of Davidoff Giant Cigar Matches. At under $4.00 for a box of 40, they’re probably the cheapest thing you’ll ever find with the name “Davidoff” on them, and are far more reliable than most cigar torches.

5-Packs

Everyone loves a 5-pack. They’re affordable, available, and we can usually get exactly the brands and blends we want. But for this holiday season, think variety, not just in blend, but in size and shape. If your cigar buddy always gets himself the same robustos time and time again, upgrade him to the torpedoes. The Romeo Y Julieta Belicoso is only a few dollars more for a 5-pack than the venerable Bully in the same blend, and makes a thoughtful and impressive gift. Or for an elegant option, the Oliva Serie V Lancero is a highly-rated cigar in the Cuban tradition, delivering loads of flavor in a slim package that most cigar lovers wouldn’t normally buy for themselves.

Boxes of Cigars

Box-quantities of cigars are the ultimate gift that keeps on giving. In one package, you can give hours of satisfying pleasure and enjoyment, and show yourself as a truly thoughtful gift giver. But a word or caution: Make sure it’s something he’s going to love. Now’s not the time to try him on a new blend or to throw something against the wall to see if it sticks. Every cigar lover has a favorite blend, and if you don’t know what it is, just ask! If he’s anything like my cigar buddies, he’ll be happy to tell you all about it. Chances are he even knows where to buy it at the best price.

If you find that the cigars you’re planning to give as a gift are a little out of your price range, shop around. Many retailers offer first-quality premiums in bundle packs that save money in packaging and shipping. I for one don’t care if my Excalibur #1 Maduros come in a box or a bundle pack, as long as I get them. Or for the Cohiba lovers in your herf, consider downsizing to a box of Cohiba Pequeños, small cigars that offer 20 or 30 minutes of great Cohiba flavor, at an affordable price.

And the best thing about giving boxes of cigars, if you’re lucky, your grateful recipient may just thank you with the first cigar from the box!

Holiday gift giving shouldn’t be stressful or difficult. With a little planning, and some advice from our resident Cryptozoological Cigar Lover, you’ll have more time to spend doing what you love, and celebrating the season with friends and family. And that’s about the best holiday gift I can think of.

Until next time, this is the Cigar Sasquatch saying, “Love what you smoke, and smoke what you love.”

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Tasty Tuesday: Famous Exclusive Sampler

17 Aug

For this edition of the Tasty Tuesday Sampler, I present reviews of three cigars exclusive to Famous Smoke Shop. Most retailers have house-brands, and Famous is no exception, but Famous also has an impressive selection of cigars from major manufacturers made exclusively for and available only at Famous. I selected one house brand and two manufacturer brands, which include natural, dark natural, and maduro cigars, in Churchill, Toro, and Torpedo vitolas. They are the Final Blend Churchill (7×50), the Alec Bradley Overture Toro (6×50) and the Rocky Patel Cuban Blend Natural Torpedo (6×52). Read the rest of this entry »

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Tasty Tuesday: Gispert Maduro Lonsdale

10 Aug

Gispert Cigars are another classic Cuban brand resurrected in name, and now offered by Altadis. This moderately-priced line features Honduran and Nicaraguan fillers and a Nicaraguan binder, and the Maduro version has a handsome medium-brown San Andreas Maduro wrapper. I selected the Lonsdale (6½x44) in this blend. It’s sharply pressed, with a solid roll and a smooth veinless capa, and the 5-pack as reviewed has rested 17 months.

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Cigar Sasquatch- Rocky Patel Vintage 1990 Robusto

07 Aug

Like any other cryptozoological cigar lover, the Cigar Sasquatch loves a pleasant surprise. But when it comes in the form of an incredible cigar, when I expected just an above-average smoke, well, then I get really excited.

We’ve talked about expectations before, and the dangers of having them unmet. But thankfully, sometimes the opposite is true. I once read that one of the greatest joys in life is doing a kindness in secret, and having it discovered by accident. A similar joy is when we experience some wonderful occurrence which was entirely unlooked for. Read the rest of this entry »

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Tasty Tuesday Sampler Volume 1

27 Jul

With this edition of Cigar Sasquatch, I return to the original concept for Tasty Tuesday, which is short reviews of affordable cigar brands in the never-ending quest for a diamond in the rough. It’s a chance for me to work through some singles and miscellaneous cigars in the Sasquatch-a-dor, and to check out some mystery blends that might fly under the radar. Think of it as a herf-tastic grab bag of sorts.

The cigars under evaluation today are the Cuvee 151 Robusto (5×50), the Plasencia Reserva Organica Corona (6¼x44), and the Sancho Panza Caballero (6¼x45) Read the rest of this entry »

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Tasty Tuesday: Henry Clay Brevas ala Conserva

20 Jul

Henry Clay is a classic Cuban brand originally dating from the 1840s. The current brand is hand-made in the Dominican Republic by Altadis. I chose the “Brevas ala Conserva” (5/5/8×46), a moderately small Gran Corona.

Henry Clay cigars feature a robust blend of Dominican ligero longfillers and binder, with a Connecticut Broadleaf wrapper. This is not a particularly handsome cigar. There are some rough patches in the wrapper, and a notable color gradient in the roll from head to foot. But let’s talk about that wrapper Read the rest of this entry »

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Cigar Sasquatch Independence Day Special- CAO America Potomac

03 Jul

I have to imagine the founding fathers were cigar lovers. Picture it. It’s July, 1776. You’re in Philadelphia, close to the Conestoga Valley, birthplace of the “Stogie.” You’re locked in a room with 50 or so lawyers and farmers. It’s hotter than hell, and humid, and you’ve been drinking brandy and rum since breakfast. Someone’s going to light a cigar.

So now we celebrate The Grand Experiment of a government by the people, a shocking idea, to be sure. John Adams suggested that “It ought to be solemnized with pomp and parade, with shows, games, sports, guns, bells, bonfires, and illuminations, from one end of this continent to the other, from this time forward forever more.” I’d say he hit it pretty close to the mark, but he left out one key ingredient… great cigars.

The CAO America was blended to celebrate America, and to showcase the best of America’s contribution to cigar making. I selected the “Potomac,” a beefy robusto Read the rest of this entry »

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Thirsty Thursday: The Cigar Lover’s Guide to Fine Spirits

24 Jun

Nothing goes better with a great cigar than a great beverage, and I’m often asked what the best beverage is to drink with a cigar. The traditional alcoholic beverages to pair with cigars are brandies, whiskeys and rums, or if you prefer a non-alcoholic beverage, a delicious cup of coffee. This shouldn’t be a surprise. Cigars pair well with beverages with rich, vaporous, aromatic qualities, or that offer flavors that balance or enhance those of your cigar. But certain cigars are better suited to certain beverages, and vice versa. So how do you decide what to drink and when? Allow me to offer a few suggestions.

Winston Churchill is credited with having been the first notable cigar smoker to regularly dip his cigars in brandy or port. While I don’t necessarily recommend this practice (to each his own) Read the rest of this entry »

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