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Cigars: Le Bijou is Don Pepin’s Homage To His Father Born in 1922

My Father 1922 Le Bijou cigars are handmade in Nicaragua. While the original My Father was made secretly by Don Pepin’s son Jaime, Le Bijou is Don Pepin’s homage to his own father, born in 1922. French for the jewel, Le Bijou lives up to its billing! Notoriously difficult to grow, Pelo de Oro wrapper leaves (dubbed Nicaraguan Habano Oscuro) cloak a well-aged, full-bodied blend of Nicaraguan tobaccos.

A sweet, creamy start gives way to some spice and bold tobacco flavor. Le Bijou 1922 exudes a robust array of flavors delivered in a remarkably smooth fashion. Complex, unique and satisfying – the Garcia Family’s new star!

My Father Le Bijou 1922 received Cigar of the Year honors for 2015 and an impressive 97-point rating, noting: “It takes a profound understanding of cigar tobaccos to create a smoke that conveys uncanny impressions of dark chocolate-covered raisins, savory leather and a sweet-and-salty finish that resonates on the palate.

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It all began from a very humble beginning when Jose Pepin Garcia and his family established a very small cigar factory in Little Havana in 2003. Jose Pepin Garcia could not have imagined at that moment that his love and passion for cigars would help him to build one of the most recognized companies in the cigar industry. His companies have become synonymous with highly rated and well-distinguished brands. Read More

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The LifeStyle: Southern Hospitality Cigar Time & Liquor – Katy, Texas

Nestled within the Houston-Woodlands-Sugar Land metropolitan area, sits a wonderful cigar lounge where smokers can relax, have a drink and enjoy Texas hospitality. Cigar Time & Liquor, Located in Katy Texas offers its customers over 5,000 sq ft of lounge space, an extraordinary walk in humidor with a vast selection of premium and unique cigar blends.

Customers may also take advantage of membership options which has its privileges. Membership with Cigar Time offers a VIP loft with lockers,  poker, pool, flat screen TVs, a bar and plenty of leisure seating. The lounge has a state of the art air filtration and circulation system for its customers comfort.

Conveniently located next door is Liquor Time. Liquor Time is the sister store which provides aficionados with the opportunity to DrinkGood Whiskey while they SmokeGood cigars. Stop by and meet the friendly and knowledgeable tobacconists available to assist you with your tobacco and cigar accessory needs.

Cigar Time & Liquor is located at: 20940 Katy Freeway, Suite K Katy, TX 77449. For information on cigar events, membership and other inquiries call (832)321-4311.

Distilled Spirits: Chief Brand Jameson Irish Whiskey Born in 1780

In 1780, the Scottish businessman John Jameson purchased the Bow Street Distillery in Dublin. It was not long before his chief brand, Jameson Irish Whiskey, would become internationally popular. The Bow Street distillery was previously producing around 30,000 gallons annually but by the turn of the nineteenth century the distillery was producing over a million gallons. John Jameson was keen to produce the best product possible, sourcing the finest ingredients.

Furthermore, John triple distilled his product when most others were double distilled; he believed this produced a smoother product. During the early nineteenth century, John Jameson’s son, John II, expanded the facilities which were, by this time, among the largest in Ireland. John II’s son John III further expanded the brand and when his son John IV came to power at the helm of the Jameson brand, he found himself in charge of a global brand.

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Like many Irish whiskeys Jameson is triple distilled, compared to the typical 2x distilled of Scotland and America, which removes more “impurities” and gives it more of a light clean flavor. Think of how vodka brands hype their 6, 7, 8, etc, distillations to achieve an even cleaner and lighter spirit. Jameson is also a blended Irish which means the 3x distilled malt whiskey is blended with grain whiskey which lightens the flavor and texture even more.

Overall Jameson is a tasty whiskey that I enjoy for what it is. It’s not my first choice neat, but on the rocks it’s nice and as a mixer it’s excellent. In my opinion the Jameson original is a little lighter on flavor than Bushmills white label and a smidgen unbalanced with the grain alcohol showing up a bit too much on the nose and palate to be a daily drinker for me. One of my favorite, it’s decent stuff and I’m happy to see so many people “discovering” Irish whiskey because of it.

Today, Jameson is the best selling Irish whiskey in the world.

Tasting Note

The nose is full and floral with a smooth sweetness. Marmalade and fudge, Madeira and a little cut grass note. The palate is thick and of good body with notes of orchard fruits, both fresh and cooked with a little vanilla cream. The finish is of medium-length with spice and honey.

The Jameson Whiskey Production Process

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The LifeStyle: Cigar Pairing of the Month #SGDG It’s a Lifestyle”

Yamazaki and LFD 1994 Pairing

1994 Litto and Ines Gomez purposefully (and brilliantly) set aside the most exceptional fillers and binders from their La Canela farm in the Dominican Republic to create LFD’s 20th Anniversary Rumba commemorative cigar. Surrounding the complex and powerful blend is a sweet and savory Mexican San Andres wrapper. Like LFD’s other premiums, the 1994 is a full-bodied cigar that’s totally off the hook; made with love, pride, and decades of patience.

The latest trend among whisky geeks is to be in the know about the burgeoning market for “world whiskies,” those that arise from locations other than the traditional brown spirits nations of Scotland, Ireland, United States and Canada. What some hipsters mightn’t have sussed is that in Japan distilling isn’t the latest fad. Since 1923, Suntory has been making whisky at its flagship distillery Yamazaki—a very Scots-like location in a misty vale at the convergence of three rivers. The spirit’s conjunction with this cigar has a very East meets West charm to it.

Yamazaki Single Malt Aged 18 Years (86 proof; 18 years old; $250 per 750 ml. bottle)

APPEARANCE: Medium amber tone with a Champagne sparkle.

NOSE: A rich aroma full of black cherries, spice vanilla, chocolate, sawdust and Christmas pudding.

PALATE: In the mouth it defines its spice with chewy nutmeg, vanilla and a smattering of ginger. The fruit expands to include pears, lychee and plums, the later two giving it an Eastern taste. A hint of peat also appears on the palate.

FINISH: The long encore includes a sweet oak finish with walnuts, caramel and orange peel.

CIGAR PAIRING: This matchup is an object lesson on how one tiny element can make a partnership blossom. The whisky’s peat, which seems a mere afterthought following almost two decades in wood, awakens my palette. Delicious notes of citrus, chocolate and some molasses as an afterthought on the finish of the smoke. The one thing that I am really noting how medium bodied this cigar is the in comparison to other cigars such as the Ligero and Double Ligero. As the first third of the cigar comes to a close the molasses really begins to stand out and a sweetness becomes the focal point with some citrus remaining on the finish.

The LifeStyle: Stixx & Stilettos Networking Group Geared to Female Cigar Lovers

Founded in 2015, Stixx & Stilettos is an event driven organization shaped for professional women. The events, attended by both women and men, promote Financial Awareness, Cultural Enrichment and Entrepreneurship. It was created to allow women the ability to network while enjoying a great Cigar.

The group was founded by Monica Cooper, an Award Winning Realtor and Author, and Power Attorney Vanessa Olivier, two native New Yorkers who met at a Cigar Lounge less than two years ago. After running into one another at many events, the ladies realized they had many common interests. Be sides being successful women of color and cigar enthusiasts, both enjoyed writing, networking, empowerment and event planning. Both agreed that women were smoking cigars in larger numbers, yet there was a lack of events for women who enjoyed the pastime.

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While it is geared towards Ladies of the Cigar Leaf, men are invited as well and have become an essential part of Stixx and Stilettos. Since its birth, Stixx and Stilettos has hosted numerous events and meet-ups. As a result of the group’s success, the duo initiated the “Women Run The World Tour”, a four-city tour sponsored by Whiff Out Odor Control products and partnered by Kafie 1901 Cigars.

The event launched in Washington, DC in February, 2016 and has tour stops in Atlanta, Miami, New York and will end with a five-day trip to Cuba in September. Each stop includes a night of networking, premium cigars and spirits and is attended by some of the hosting city’s most elite Female and Male cigar enthusiasts.

This summer, they created Stixx and Stilettos Academy, a conservatory designed to help women learn more about cigars and the art of the cigar culture. In addition, female entrepreneurs, scholars, and authors are invited to come out and share their brand and/or facilitate workshops that will enrich and empower the lives of attendees. The academy takes place every Wednesday from June through August.

In less than two years, Stixx and Stilettos has already gained a reputation as an elite group with a powerful vision of being more than just women who smoke cigars. Instead, they are a group created to empower women to “Act like a lady, but think like a Boss!”

Monica Michelle, CVO and Director of Brand Development

Born and raised in White Plains, NY, Monica Michelle is a Novelist, Entrepreneur, award-winning Realtor and an all-around businesswoman. Since childhood, business and leadership were in her genes. She created and sold handmade pot holders to neighbors through her version of a “lemonade stand”. Then with the help of their father, she and her brother successfully worked an underground candy operation while in elementary school. By the time she was in her early adulthood, she successfully opened and operated a Nail Technician business while acquiring a BS degree from Norfolk State University in Virginia.

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She went on to gain an MS degree from Iona College. Over the years, Monica founded a few businesses such as Shopaholics, Inc., a personal Concierge and Errand company; and Brown Eyed Beauties (BEB), bi-monthly brunch series geared toward the cultivation of friendships and fellowship for African American women as well as charity and philanthropy. Currently, BEB has two chapters, its founding chapter in New York and as of August 2015 an Atlanta, GA chapter.

In 2010, Monica penned her first novel, Lucky, No. 5, a contemporary women’s fiction novel about a single woman’s pursuit at finding love. This unconventional story tells a tale that many new millennium women can relate to. Lucky was published in 2013 by her own Publishing House, Novelista Publishing, which offers mainstream novels in the genres of Women’s and Children’s fiction. Lucky, No. 5 currently maintains a 4.5 of 5 star rating on Amazon and Good Reads. Currently, Monica is working on the second and third installments in the “Lucky” Series. As a result of her literary work, Monica is being honored in March 2016 by the City of White Plains Youth Bureau (for which she was an active member as a

child) and well as Delta Sigma Theta Sorority. She too will be a featured author and guest speaker on Independent publishing at the National Book Club Conference in Atlanta in August 2016. Today Monica is an award winning Associate Broker/Realtor and Relocation Manager for Better Homes & Gardens Realty in White Plains, NY. Monica has over 14 years of professional experience in Real Estate and 20 years in Human Resources and Relocation management. She currently remains a resident of White Plains, NY.

Vanessa Olivier, Promotions and Networking Specialist

Vanessa Olivier was born in Brooklyn New York with Guyanese and Haitian roots, and a strong commitment to community and family. She is currently a successful attorney who specializes in Criminal law at her own practice in addition to doing legal work for a number of major law firms in the New York City Area.

Prior to beginning her legal career, Vanessa began building her skills in event promotion, entrepreneurship and leadership during high school, becoming a facilitator and trainer of fellow student leaders. That experience drove her to empower students at her college, Amherst College and landed her the position as the Diversity Coordinator and Assistant Director of Residential Life at the young age of 21. In both positions Vanessa worked diligently to empower and train student leaders.

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She began her legal career as a prosecutor in the Queens County District Attorney’s Office. Since then, Vanessa transferred her dedication to advocacy, education, diversity & leadership into her position as an attorney at her own firm. In addition to private legal practice, Vanessa is a Co-founder and the Promotions & Networking Specialist for Stixx & Stilettos. Her proven leadership ability and excellent interpersonal skills have enabled her to develop valuable relationships with clientele and business partners.

Vanessa is an energetic professional with over 20 years combined experiences through her background as an education administrator, lawyer, and event promoter. She uses her multi-faceted skill sets and depth of knowledge to help design, orchestrate and execute exciting networking experiences that focus on financial literacy, cultural awareness & entrepreneurship, as well as incorporating social media platforms to expand the Stixx & Stilettos network.

Vanessa spends her downtime working as a community leader and mentor of actively matriculated students at Amherst College. This work earned her the Distinguished Alumni Award in March 2015. She currently remains a resident Brooklyn, NY along with her three beautiful children.

 

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Music: Diana Krall Pure Elegance and Grace A Style of Her Own

While I’m a new fan of Diana Krall, I have to say that she’s such a great talent, and I’m so glad that there’s an artist like her out there making music. In this day of “Mainstream Pop”, hearing someone who has real musicianship is a much needed change of pace. The first time I saw Diana was when I was watching Jazz Central on BET a few years ago, and I was truly impressed, but I never really tried to find out anything more about her, until this year. I was searching on the Internet and I found her rendition of “Christmas time is here”. I was totally blown away, and I had to find more.

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From the very first song, “Let’s face the music and dance”, with its steamy bossa nova, smokey delivery from Diana, and smooth string accompaniment, it’s really hard to put this album down. All of the arrangements are extremely well done, and Diana brings out all of the emotions of each song like she’s lived through them all. Especially the title track. I couldn’t stop listening to it.

I just hit the replay button, and fell into the lush sounds of the strings, the warm guitar, while I fell in love with Diana’s soothing, comforting voice. VERY few albums have ever done that to me before, and I can’t wait for her next effort so she can do it to me again.

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Now I can understand that people are mad that Diana doesn’t show off her great piano chops, and those who claim that she’s selling out, but I have to totally disagree. Diana doesn’t have to go the route of so many artists and use their albums to display how great they are; she just wants the music to show for itself. As for the selling out thing, she is more popular, yes. Being nominated for Album of the year proves that, but can’t an artist be allowed to grow, and even expand out of their genre ever so slightly? This album is NOT Pop and ESPECIALLY NOT elevator music. Having strings on a jazz album is also not a sign of selling out either. While the strings were certainly not needed, as she sounds just as great with just her trio, the strings just added a whole other dimension to the songs. I’m glad that she went that route, as it made for a wonderfully splendid album.

It couldn’t come any more highly recommended. Go get it now. And while you’re at it, newcomers should go and get her other albums as well, so you can see that her talent isn’t just a one-album affair; it’s the real deal.

Cigars: Arnaldo Gonzalez 90 Mile Trek To Freedom Created FDG Cigars

When Arnaldo Gonzalez made the 90 mile journey from Cuba to the Florida Keys in 1980, he was in search of a life of freedom and prosperity and that is exactly what he found. As a third generation in the tobacco industry, he grew up watching his father and grandfather work the fields of Cuba. With knowledge of the business in tow, he fled the Communist regime put in place by Fidel Castro to try his hand in the U.S. market. This wonderfully crafted gem is a tribute to that 90 mile trek to freedom, fittingly named, Flor de Gonzalez 90 Miles.

Receiving an appropriate 90 rating from a number of top cigar magazines, 90 Miles is a Cuban-esque blend that calls back to the Havanas of old. Handmade with aged Nicaraguan long-fillers and a Nicaraguan binder, 90 Miles grabs your attention right off the bat. A shimmering Habano Rosado wrapper graces the outside giving this prize aesthetics second to none. Starting with strong notes of a delightful natural sweetness mixed with cedar and leather and working its way to complex hints of earth, pepper, and spice, this is one blend that you are going to want to come across.

90 Miles Nicaragua R.A.

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This cigar is a tribute to Roberto Alonso belated Director of Sales and Marketing of FDG Cigars.  He was a best friend to Arnaldo and a mentor to Yadi.  Roberto was the creator of the 90 Miles name during a sales trip to Chicago.  We made this cigar in his favorite size (lancer) a limited edition all Nicaraguan puro to honor his name with this cigar.  We dressed the box and band with a sketch he had made on a napkin while on a trip to Nicaragua back in 2011.  He put Nicaragua R.A (his initials) at the bottom of the napkin as a signature and this is why we called it like we did.

 

90 Miles 1980 Edition

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They say they don’t make it like they used to… and this is why we developed the 90 Miles 1980 Edition. This cigars delivers a complex and unique flavor profile created by the blending of two of the best tasting wrappers out there. Not only are these wrappers both aged for five years, but the marriage between the two are like no other and had not been put together by any other cigar company in the market until we did. We are talking about San Andres natural maduro Mexican wrapper with Connecticut Broadleaf wrapper used as a binder.  This is why this double wrapper cigar along with the perfectly aged and fermented fillers from Nicaragua with a dash of Dominican is one of the most flavorful cigars you will experience.

 

90 Miles Reserva Selecta

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Special cigars are no longer for special occasions. Presenting the Flor de Gonzalez, 90 Miles Reserva Selecta. Meticulously blended for over a year and blended with premium slowly aged 5 year tobacco the Reserva Selecta was the second extension to the 90 Miles line of cigars. Notes of black pepper and spice and a more robust smoke that the original 90 Miles.

 

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90 Miles 1980 Edition Torpedo

Flor de Gonzalez Cigars proudly introduces the first series of “90 Miles”. Made from selected and specially fermented and aged tobacco that offers a smooth taste cigar aficionados can appreciate. This line of cigars is an all Nicaraguan filler puro blended with the finest tobaccos from all three tobacco growing regions of Nicaragua.

 

 

About Flor De Gonzalez

Flor de Gonzalez Cigars was established in 1993. The founder, Arnaldo Gonzalez, grew up in the tobacco fields of Las Villas in Santa Clara, Cuba where his father and grandfather were both tobacco growers. Arnaldo’s father passed away when he was a young boy, but his grandfather taught him everything he knew and before he passed away Arnaldo had already developed a passion for tobacco and everything that evolved around that business.

In 1980 he had to leave his native land through a third country to escape from the unmanageable communist regime, but his passion, knowledge and background for tobacco left with him and after a few years of hard work the dream of owning his own cigar factory came true.

Flor De Gonzalez started by manufacturing a few hundred cigars per week in Hialeah, Florida, which were sold at the storefront of the factory. Pretty soon the manufacturing increased to thousands among thousands of cigars and selling to distributors and retailers all over the United States. The brand has been consistently rated by Cigar Aficionado and Cigar Snob magazine amongst some of the best cigars in the world.

In 1997 when the industry boom came to a halt the factory in Hialeah that was “Up in Smoke” (figuratively speaking) they found themselves struggling to survive. While many factories closed their doors, Flor De Gonzalez Cigars decided to move 95% of the manufacturing to Nicaragua and there they started making a quality cigar that would be affordable to the everyday smoker. Thus making a small margin, the objective was to maintain a quality cigar in a post industry boom market. The theory worked out because here they are today, still serving their clients.

Arnaldo really went back to his roots when in 2004 when he started growing tobacco in Ecuador. The family grows exceptional quality Connecticut, Habano, Sumatra and Broadleaf wrappers which are sold to the industry as well as used in their products. The debut of the first crop went on their 15th year Anniversary cigar. A limited edition line called “15 Aniversario” that was beautifully wrapped with an elegant Connecticut Desflorado wrapper.

Back in 2002 Arnaldos youngest daughter Yadi Gonzalez-Vargas joined her dad and became part of the industry. Arnaldo has taught her the ins and outs of the business. She is in charge of their Miami operation which specializes in boutique lines such as their original blend the Gold Series. Yadi also oversees their manufacturing in Nicaragua, distribution of the cigars and handles the private label clients. She is literally hands on with the blending and full operation of the business.

Our personal guarantee stands behind every cigar we manufacture. We are our most demanding clients“.

The LifeStyle: First Edition of the Mulsanne at the Auto China 2016 Show

Making its official debut this week at the Beijing Auto Show is the new Bentley Mulsanne Extended Wheelbase First Edition, which offers an additional 250 mm of rear legroom. The Crewe, UK-based luxury brand claims the Mulsanne EWB First Edition is “the most generously proportioned pinnacle luxury limousine in the world.” Production is limited to just 50 examples.  The special series comes with a host of interior upgrades, including the tailor-made Mulliner sterling silver vanity kit inlaid into the rear picnic table.

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The set was created by Asprey of London and comes with a vanity mirror, hair brush, and a comb which can be hidden in the customized picnic table made by Mulliner. There are also “First Edition” accents here and there: special tread plates, a diametric overlay on the rear seat picnic tables, and Union Jack-inspired seat embroidery. Rounding up the specialist changes, Bentley is delivering its First Edition flagship with a bespoke “Flying B” hood ornament and a champagne cooler.

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Just 50 units of the Mulsanne “First Edition” will be produced, spread across the entire range: Mulsanne, Mulsanne Speed, and the ultra-luxurious Mulsanne Extended Wheelbase (EWB). Landing in China is the EWB First Edition, which also comes with a ripple-patterned Fulbeck veneer from a 350-year-old English walnut tree. This one was acquired at an auction for an “undisclosed record price” specifically with this car in mind, The rest of the First Edition units will have an Antique Ash veneer. Next to the Mulsanne in Beijing the automaker is also bringing the Flying Spur V8 S and a customized Bentayga by Mulliner with a one-off veneer set depicting the mountain scenery from where the high-end SUV got its designation.

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Cigars: Caldwell Cigars Innovation Passion Development

Robert Caldwell has burst onto the boutique cigar scene like some sorta supernova, and it seems like there’s no stopping his meteoric rise. You see, he makes cigars his way he scours farms across the globe for the best tobacco leaves, tests and retests his blends until he gets the exact flavors he’s looking for, and keeps production limited in an effort to deliver a superior product. I’m telling you once you try a Caldwell cigar you will count yourself among his growing legion of fans.

Years of blending, generations of expertise and centuries of tradition have all factored into the making of great cigars — and Caldwell Cigars is no exception. Innovation, passion and development by companies such as theirs have been key in the effort to bring you the best cigar smoking experience known to man since he first rolled up a leaf and smoked it. And it’s hard to argue that with hard work like this, the premium cigar world is now the best it’s ever been.

EASTERN STANDARD CIGARS

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Eastern Standard cigars have begun earned a reputation as a head-turner…and with the boutique cigar market on fire, Caldwell is surely deserving of a slice of the action with this one. Part of the Caldwell Collection, Eastern Standard utilizes “Grade A” tobaccos, all rare and hard-to-find. Meant to smoke on the milder end of the range, Caldwell Eastern Standard does it and then some, rounding out to medium via the Dark Connecticut wrapper. The flavors are fat and complex; order now, and see…

KING IS DEAD CIGARS

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The King Is Dead cigars come by way of Robert (Wynwood Cigars) Caldwell. The company uses very rare tobaccos, like the 2008 Dominican Negrito wrapper used on this selection. The core blend uses various amounts of vintage Dominican Corojo Ligero, Negrito Viso, and HVA (Habano Vuelta Arriba) with a Corojo binder. A short blast of cedar, sweet spice and red pepper open the show, then taper-off to a mostly cedary and very satisfying medium-full puro. ORDER A BOX NOW and taste for yourself.

LONG LIVE THE KING CIGARS

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Long Live The King cigars come from Robert (Wynwood Cigars) Caldwell. The company uses very rare tobaccos, like the shimmering 2008 Corojo Dominicano wrapper used on this selection, while the core blend uses various amounts of vintage Corojo Ligero Dominicano, Viso Pelo De Oro Peruano, and Habano Ligero Nicaraguense. The cigar starts out with a blast of earthy spice, quickly settling into flavors of dark tobacco and cedar, while building to a very exotic full-bodied smoke.

BLIND MANS BLUFF

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Caldwell Cigar Company has made waves in the cigar industry. For the annual IPCPR Trade Show of 2015 Blind Man’s Bluff was featured. Blind Man’s Bluff features a Ecuadoran Habano wrapper, a Criollo binder from Honduras, and fillers composed of San Vicente viso from the Dominican Republic and Criollo ligero and what Caldwell calls Generoso ligero sol from Honduras. Rolled in Davidoff’s Agroindustrias Laepe S.A. in Honduras, the same factory where Camachos are produced these cigars are perfectly crafted.

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The LifeStyle: The Life Of Davidoff Cigars Is The Life Of Zino Davidoff

The story of Davidoff Cigars is much different than any other cigar manufacturer today. Generally speaking, a cigar company was either born in Cuba and moved after the Revolution, or simply started up somewhere in the U.S. or Latin America. Not Davidoff Cigars though. No, the story all starts with one man: Zino Davidoff. The eldest of four children, Zino was born to a Jewish family in present day Ukraine while it was still under the control of Soviet Russia. His parents were tobacco merchants in Kiev, with many loyal customers searching out their products. However, due to political turmoil and heavily anti-Semitic sentiments that reached almost genocidal levels, his family emigrated to Geneva, Switzerland in 1911 for a better life, opening a new tobacconist shop in 1912. After his schooling was finished, he traveled to South America to tour around the tobacco fields and learn more about the cigar trade in Argentina, Brazil, and Cuba where he eventually ended up working for two years.

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Upon returning to Switzerland in 1930, he took over his parent’s shop and grew the modest storefront into a booming business as a result of his newfound knowledge of cigars and tobacco in general. Along with continuing the business’s tradition of blending custom made cigarettes, Zino started importing premium hand-rolled Cuban cigars, and to store them in the proper environment, he invented the first ever climate-controlled humidor in the basement of his shop.

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Perhaps the biggest moment for Zino was when he received a call from SEITA, the French tobacco monopoly during WWII. Basically, the Nazi’s were goose stepping all over France and the French didn’t want the Nazis to confiscate the two million habanos they had stored in a customs warehouse. Zino jumped on the opportunity to buy them all up and his shop was the only store in the world with a consistent supply of premium Cubans. The money he made by selling these cigars funded what is now the most premier cigar manufacturer in the world, Davidoff Cigars. Originally it started with only Cuban blends such as the Chateau lines, but Zino’s ties with Cubatabaco ended when quality started to falter under the state owned monopoly’s hands. Zino personally set ablaze over one hundred thousand of his own cigars saying they were not fit to be smoked due to the low standards.

He eventually opened his Dominican operation in 1990, right before the American cigar boom, and Davidoff Cigars soon became the king of the cigar world. With the transition to the Dominican factory, Zino created the flagship Davidoff Aniversario line, popular among every cigar circle and a testament to the quality and flavor Davidoff is known for. Throughout the years, and to keep up with the ever changing palates of consumers, in 2001 the Davidoff Millennium came into existence – a strong yet still wonderfully flavorful smoke for the ages. In recent years, the company made waves of husky-kid-nailing-a-cannonball proportions with their brand new Davidoff Nicaragua being premiered in late 2013 and the acquisition of Camacho Cigars from Christian Eiroa.

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When you buy and light up a Davidoff Cigar, you’re not simply buying a stogie to smoke. You’re buying a rich history that started in turmoil, suffered through two World Wars, the Cuban Revolution, yet still maintained the standard of excellence Zino’s father held in that small tobacco shop in Kiev. Today, Davidoff is still going strong and will continue to create premium cigars that will be appreciated by even the most discerning smoker.

Today

Davidoff Cigars are to the cigar world as Bentley is to the car industry. There’s simply no better recognized brand in the entire world. Of course, many believe these to be the cigar of the bourgeoisie; they’re nothing short of an amazing cigar meant for anyone to enjoy any moment of the day. They’re known for their absolutely flawless quality control, having the best of any cigar manufacturer in existence, and incredible overall consistency.

Cigar Line

Escurio
A night in Rio inspires an adventure of taste

Winston Churchill
There is only one Winston Churchill. There is only one cigar to bear his name.

Oro Blanco
The rarest cigar for the rarest of moments.

Classic
Fresh floral scents mingle with earthy, woody notes, and the barest hints of a sweet, clean, creamy aftertaste.

Mille
Mille series redefines the timeless elegance of the Classic Blend with slightly wider ring gauge formats.

Nicaragua
The new Davidoff Nicaragua – Discovered by and appreciated by those in the mood to explore.

Grand Cru
Leaves from carefully selected fields are used to create this unmistakable blend: woody, slightly spicy, with an earthy aroma.

Puro D’Oro
Exceptionally pure and deeply rich, the Puro d’Oro blend was created using only the finest tobaccos from the Dominican Republic.

Millennium Blend
The Davidoff Millennium blend celebrates a transition. A beautiful shift to to a new millennium filled with fresh horizons.

Special
Davidoff’s Special Series marks the renaissance of emblematic classic shapes; robustos, culebras, perfectos and other figurados.

Aniversario
The exquisite aroma and carefully balanced blend of tobaccos declare the Aniversario range worthy of the most important times.

Maduro
The Maduro series presents intense yet smooth aromas of nuts, caramel, and honey with sweet twists of dark chocolate and chili.

Primeros
Imagine being able to stop life momentarily and enjoy time to pause and reflect.

Limited Editions
Superlative craftsmanship is supported by deep heritage all in the service of delivering unforgettable moments of pleasure.

Royal
Davidoff’s Royal Series is expertly and meticulously crafted for life’s happiest occasions.

Colorado Claro Line
The Davidoff Colorado Claro line is based on the Special line formats but carries a very rare wrapper.

Cigarillos
First created over 40 years ago, Davidoff cigarillos are now the most popular cigarillos in the world.

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