Friday, January 31, 2014

Japanese Company to purchase Jim Beam

If you haven't figured it out by now, I like NPR. Not only do you get great and informative world news but you get stories that are interesting and can effect our daily lives as consumers of the finer things in life.

Even though this blog is primarily dedicated to the cigar and wine pairings I have, from time to time, paired my cigars with the finer brown liquors.

So when I heard the breaking news from NPR on the pending sale of the Jim Beam company to a Japanese company my ears perked up.

Marker's mark pairs so well with many full bodied cigars that I hate to think that this transfer of ownership will have an effect on the quality of this fine spirit. Marker's mark already toyed with the idea of watering down this whisky but now, under new management, this topic could be reopened.

For the complete story, read it on NPR

Kentucky Whisky sounds much better than Yokohama Whiskey doesn't it?

Wednesday, January 29, 2014

The Cork versus the Screw Top Controversy

Wine, we do love our wine.

But how we perceive the value of a bottle of wine doesn't start with our taste buds, it starts with our eyes.

In America we have some preconceived notion that if a bottle of wine isn't corked but rather sealed with a screw top it must be cheap wine, but in reality this isn't so.

NPR just did a great story on this on going debate,  Check out the full story at NPR

Monday, January 27, 2014

More Smoking Bans

It seems just when NY is trying to repeal it's smoking ban in public parks, other cities are trying to make it tougher.

The newest city is good ol' Bean Town, Boston.

Add them to the list of cities like Atlanta, San Francisco and LA.

You can read the entire article on Cigar Aficionado 

Friday, January 24, 2014

Get Them While You Can

2014 marks the end of more than 250 skus from the 
General Cigar portfolio.

This is probably the largest reduction in a company's portfolio in recent memory. The reductions look like a total cut of some of their less popular brands to size reductions in their core offerings.

Check the list below to see if your favorite smoke is on the chopping bock.

Astral GRV ’96 (Both Sizes)
Astral Natural (Both Sizes)
Astral Maduro (Both Sizes)
Astral Talanga Valley Selection (All Three Sizes)
Bances (11 SKUS)
Lonsdale (5 1/2 x 50)
Toro (6 x 52)
Corona (5 1/2 x 44)
Robusto (5 1/2 x 50)
CAO Brazilia
Tubo-Chango (6 1/2 x 50)
Anaconda (8 x 58)
CAO America
Constitution (6 x 50)
Bottle Rocket (7 x 50)
CAO Cameroon
Small Cigar (4 x 38)
Corona (5 1/2 x 42)
Napoleon (4 1/2 x 46/40)
CAO Flavours
Caramelo Joe (All Four Sizes)
Eileen’s Dream Robusto (5 x 48)
Gold Honey Robusto (5 x 48)
Earth Nectar (All Four Sizes)
CAO Gold
Lonsdale (6 1/2 x 44)
Tubo-Aurum (6 1/2 x 50)
Perfecto (5 x 50)
Robusto (Glass Tubes)*
Torpedo (Glass Tubes)*
CAO Gold Maduro Double Corona (7 1/2 x 54)
CAO Gold Vintage
Crémant (6 x 52)
Bouchon (4 7/8 x 60)
CAO Italia
Positano (6 x 50)
Novella (4 1/2 x 46)
Piccolos (4 x 38)
Tubo-Largo (6 1/2 x 50)
Box-Press (5 1/2 x 55)
CAO La Traviata
Animado Maduro (5 5/8 x 46)
Favorito Maduro (5 1/2 x 52)
CAO Maduro Churchill (6 7/8 x 48)
Corona 5/3-Packs
Corona Especiale (6 1/2 x 42)
Triangulo (6 x 54)
Don Rex It’s a Girl (5 1/2 x 50)
Don Tomas Cameroon Collection (All Six Sizes)
Don Tomas Maduro 10/10*
Don Tomas Sungrown
Cetro # 2 (6 1/4 x 44)
Coronitas 10/10*
Rothschild (4 1/2 x 50)
Dunhill Aged
Romanas (4 1/2 x 50)
Samans (6 1/2 x 38)
Tabaras (5 1/2 x 42)
El Credito Bundles (Four SKUS)
Excalibur Legend (All Three Sizes)
No.V Maduro (6 1/4 x 45)
No.VI Maduro (5 1/2 x 38)
No.VII Maduro (5 x 43)
Banquets (6 3/4 x 48)
Havana Honeys Blackberry (Three Sizes)
Havana Honeys Honey Rio Petit Corona
Havana Honeys Rum
Cigarillos (Crystal Tube Upright Display)
Rio Petit Corona
Havana Honeys Vanilla Rio Petit Corona
Helix Maduro
Cylinder (Aluminum Tube) (6 1/2 x 44)
Tubular (Aluminum Tube) (5 x 50)
X748 (7 x 48)
Helix Natural
Esplendidos Tins (4 3/16 x 32)
Super 8 (8 x 54)
XP Pyramid (6 x 54)
Helix Remix Amaretto Esplendidos Tins (4 3/16 x 32)
Helix Remix Café Royale
Esplendidos Tins (4 3/16 x 32)
Petite Corona (5 x 38)
Hoyo de Monterrey
Cafe Royales Natural (5 5/8 x 43)
Churchills Maduro (6 1/4 x 45)
Churchills MM (6 1/2 x 45)
Demi-Tasse EMS (4 x 39)
Demi-Tasse EMS Boat*
Double Corona MM (6 3/4 x 48)
Estelo Tubo EMS (5 x 52)
Governors MM (6 1/8 x 50)
Margaritas EC (5 1/4 x 29)
Margaritas EC Boat*
Margaritas Cedar Box*
Presidents Maduro (8 1/2 x 52)
Presidents MM (8 1/2 x 52)
Presidents EMS (8 1/2 x 52)*
Presidents Maduro (8 1/2 x 52)*
Super Hoyo Maduro (5 1/2 x 44)
Hoyo de Monterrey Reposado en Cedros (All Three Sizes)
Hoyo de Tradicion Corona (5 3/4 x 45)
La Escepcion (All Four Sizes)
La Gloria Cubana
Corona E. L. NAT (7 3/4 x 44)
Crown Imperials MAD (9 x 49)
Gloria Inmensas MAD (7 1/4 x 48)
Glorias En Cedros NAT (Aluminum Tube) (6 3/4 x 48)
Glorias En Crystal (Crystal Tube) (6 3/4 x 43)
Glorias MAD (5 1/2 x 43)
Hermoso MAD (4 1/2 x 48)
Medaille D’or No. 1 NAT (6 3/4 x 43)
Medaille D’or No. 2 MAD (6 1/4 x 43)
Medaille D’or No. 2 NAT (6 1/4 x 43)
Medaille D’or No. 3 MAD (7 x 28)
Medaille D’or No. 3 NAT (7 x 28)
Medaille D’or No. 4 MAD (6 x 32)
Medaille D’or No. 4 NAT (6 x 32)
Minutos MAD (4 1/2 x 40)
Minutos NAT (4 1/2 x 40)
Minutos NAT (4 1/2 x 40)
Panetela De’Luxe NAT (7 x 37)
Panetela De’Luxe MAD (7 x 37)
Torpedo No. 1 MAD
La Gloria Cubana Reserva Figurados
Felicias MAD (4 5/8 x 49)
Flechas Especiales MAD (6 1/2 x 49)
Flechas Especiales NAT (6 1/2 x 49)
Selectos De Lujo MAD (7 1/4 x 54)
Selectos De Lujo NAT (7 1/4 x 54)
Piramides Classico NAT (7 1/4 x 56)
Regalias Perfectos MAD (6 1/4 x 57)
Regalias Perfectos NAT (6 1/4 x 57)
La Gloria Cubana Serie R
Serie R En Crystale (6 x 54)
Serie R Pequenos (4 3/16 x 36)
Lord Beaconsfield (Seven SKUS)
Los Statos (All Three Sizes)
Baron de Rothschild 5/5s*
Duke of Wellington (8 1/2 x 47)
Majesty (6 x 54)
Macanudo Cru Royale Court (4 3/16 x 36)
Macanudo Gold Label Nugget (4 x 60)
Macanudo Maduro Duke of Devon (5 1/2 x 42)
Macanudo Robust
Baron De Rothschild (6 1/2 x 42)
Duke of Devon (5 1/2 x 42)
Petit Corona (5 x 38)
Portofino (7 x 34)
Prince Phillip (7 1/2 x 49)
Macanudo Vintage 2000 (All Four Sizes)
Macanudo Vintage 2006 (Both Sizes)
Macanudo Vintage Maduro 97 (All Three Sizes)
#1 5/5s*
#4 (5 x 38)
#4 5/5s*
#6 (6 x 34)
8-9-8 (6 7/8 x 44)
Almirantes (6 1/4 x 47)
Aristocrat (6 x 50)
Humitube (6 3/4 x 43)
Maduro #10 (7 1/2 49)
Maduro #8 (6 1/4 x 48)
Maduro Naturale (5 1/2 x 50)
Padre (6 x 50)
Partagas Black Label Corona (5 1/2 x 45)
Partagas Limited Reserve Decadas 1999 (All Four Sizes)
Partagas Serie S (All Five Sizes)
Partagas Spanish Rosado (All Eight Sizes)
Café Royales Maduro (5 5/8 x 44)
Double Corona MM (6 3/4 x 48)
Largo Elegantes EMS (7 x 32)
Largo Elegantes MAD (7 x 32)
Lonsdale EMS (6 1/2 x 43)
Presidents MM (8 1/2 x 52)
Punch Maduro (6 1/4 x 44)
Punch MM (6 1/4 x 44)
Punch Deluxe
Chateau M EMS (5 3/4 x 46)
Chateau M Maduro (5 3/4 x 46)
Chateau M MM (5 3/4 x 46)
Royal Coronations Maduro (5 1/4 x 44)
Punch Gran Puro
Lagunas (4 x 38)
Libertad (5 x 52)
Punch Grand Cru
Monarcas EMS (Aluminum Tube) (6 3/4 x 48)
Prince Consorts EMS (8 1/2 x 52)
Prince Consorts MM (8 1/2 x 52)
Punchito EMS (4 x 50)
Robustos MAD (5 1/4 x 50)
Superiores EMS (5 1/2 x 48)
Punch Rare Corojo 10th Anniversary (5 x 50)
Sancho Panza
Aragon (6 1/4 x 54)
Primeroso (6 3/4 x 47)
Toledo (6 x 60)
Sancho Panza Extra Fuerte
Cadiz (6 1/8 x 54)
Pamplona (4 1/2 x 50)
Seville (6 x 60)
Topstone Connecticut Broadleaf (Eight SKUS)
Vega Talanga (Four Sizes, All Except Azul Belicoso)
Villa de Cuba (Three SKUS)
Vilazon Deluxe (Five SKUS)

Many of these items are still available for purchase at the moment but will no longer be available once current stock is depleted , so check with your favorite cigar shop or online retail and get them while they are still around. 

Sunday, January 19, 2014

Ecuador's new Contribution

Ecuador is making some really great contributions in the cigar industry as of late.
There is a really good article in January's issue of Cigar Aficionado that talks about this, check it out.

Equity in Ecuador's Cuban-Seed Wrapper

Friday, January 17, 2014

Cigar Clearance Sale  is having a clearance sale, really a cigar clearance sale. This is something that rarely happens int he cigar industry. Maybe you'll see a humidor on sale, maybe an ashtray or cutter, but cigars?

Not just those cigars you keep in your humidor for those friends who really don't know a good cigar, but cigars from companies like, AVO, Camacho, Partagas, Gurkha and a lot more.

Some of these prices are slashed over 50%. I would definitely check out Cigar.Com for their  clearance sale and jump on these deals now before the choice sticks are gone!

And OK, so the photo has nothing to do with a sale on cigars, but it does get your attention!

Thursday, January 16, 2014

New Cigar Magazine

If you like reading about cigars, cigar lifestyle and cigar news, then check out the Cigar Journal.

This is a newer magazine that is bilingual but has plenty of informative news, stories, ratings and reviews.

Colin Ganley, Editor in Chief, Cigar Journal
In speaking with the editor, Colin Ganley, we talked in depth on their review system. They take no advertising dollars to have a cigar review. All their tests are blind tests using unbanded cigars and is totally unbiased. The Cigar Journal panel carries out these blind tastings and the ratings reflects the average of the eight person panel.

If you check out their winter 2013 ratings you'll find the top 5 cigars are

  1. Oliva Serie V Special Edition 2012 Diadema
  2. Punch Edicion Limitada 2013 Serie D'Oro #2
  3. Perdomo 2th Anniversary Sun Grown Corona Grande
  4. Padron Family Reserve #45 Maduro
  5. Oliva Serie V Melanio Figurado

Having smoked all of these cigars I have to say that I agree with their top 5 just maybe not the order. And you will also find, not a single Cuban in the bunch as opposed to that other magazine.

So, check out the Cigar Journal for yourself, I think you'll agree it's a very well done cigar magazine.

Wednesday, January 15, 2014

A special cigar of the day. Circa 1880 Washington World's Extra cigars. #vintagecigars #cigarart #cigars #oldcigars #luxury Available at

via Instagram

This cigar dates back to the 1880 and is still smokable!

Henry Clay is on the tax stamp if that helps you with the age.

These cigars and other rare cigars are available through as part of their Luxury Collection.

Drew Estate Giveaway

If you're a fan of Drew estate cigars or just a cigar smoker you're going to want to enter this contest.

Drew Estate Ultimate Giveaway.

Tuesday, January 14, 2014

World Wine Facts

Some Wine Facts

According to Wines & Vines, the value of wine sold worldwide is now more than $100 billion.

There are over 800 wine regions in the world, with more than 60 wine producing countries in the world.

The six major wine importers into the United States:

1.       Italy 30.5%

2.       France 22%

3.       Australia 15.6%

4.       Argentina 6.6%

5.       Chile 6.3%

6.       Spain 6.2%

These six countries account for over 87% of the total wines imported into the U.S.

The top 10 producers of wine in the world:

1.       France

2.       Italy

3.       Spain

4.       United States

5.       Argentina

6.       Australia

7.       China

8.       Chile

9.       South Africa

10.   Germany

Over 50% of all wine production in the world is from Italy, France, Spain and the U.S.


Drink Up!


Sunday, January 12, 2014

Brits loosing interest

Financial Times: Cigars face extinction in Britain by 2026.

Wednesday, January 8, 2014

A really great inexpensive cigar is now available at #Guerra #cigars #cigar #smoking #cigarsmoking #thecigarlounger #cigarsinternational

via Instagram

Yes, Guerra, that micro batch cigar I have been talking about from the Abe Flores camp, is finally available!
It is available at Cigars International, and starts at only $49 a box.

You really can't go wrong.

Friday, January 3, 2014

New Boutique Cigar that will Surely Impresss

This is something I have been waiting for, for a few months now. I was able to be apart of this new cigar and I couldn't be more pleased with it.

Guerra is a specialty production, blended in the Dominican Republic bu a small boutique manufacturer.

At first glance the cigar and it’s packaging looks Cuban. From the colors and artwork on the box to the wrapper and pigtail of the cigars.

The cigars boasts a  Criollo 98 Ecuadorian wrapper, a Dominican Habano binder and the fillers are a blend of premium  Nicaragua &  Dominican tobaccos.

It is an very well balance medium bodied cigar that is smooth from head to foot. It has a beautiful mottled wrapper that you can tell has been aged for many years. It is a true Dominican cigar in flavor and  it has just a touch of pepper coming from the Nicaraguan tobaccos used in the filler. Overall it is a true Dominican cigar boasting those subtle notes of a creamy sweetness and just a touch of cedar and spice at the finish.

The brand owners wanted to focus on the rich history of Cuba when creating the brand. Guerra means "war" in Spanish and the inside vista sports an image of Cuban native Hatuey, Cuba's first national hero. Hatuey led the rebellion against the Conquistadors in 1512 when Cuba was invaded. After being betrayed by his own men, Hatuey was given the chance to repent and chose to die rather than giving up his beliefs. This incredible true story had a big impact on the brand owners, which is why they created Guerra; a brand that signifies liberty and independence. A statue of Hatuey still stands today in Havana Bay, Cuba.