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Gurkha Year of the Dragon: The Latest Must Have!

Go to some of the finest establishments in the world, and you’ll find Gurkha cigars. Gurkha has become synonymous with luxury and with good reason. They manage to imbue every cigar with a sense of opulence not seen anywhere else in the tobacco world.

Gurkha, for those who aren’t familiar, is named after the famous Gurkha soldiers of the Indian subcontinent. Known as fierce fighters with an indomitable will, the cigars strive to maintain the same level of dedication when it comes to their tobacco’s quality.

Their latest creation only solidifies their already sterling reputation. Gurkha Year of the Dragon is the first blend made to commemorate the Chinese Zodiac. This is more than just a limited release, although only 1000 are being produced. This is an event of momentous proportions!

Don’t believe us? This blend isn’t just limited, it’s top secret! Gurkha is keeping the exact tobacco used in Year of the Dragon under wraps but has disclosed that it uses a savory Maduro wrapper. If you’re curious about the tasting notes, you’ll have to take a draw and find out for yourself. Gurkha wanted to keep every aspect of the blend a wonderful surprise!

Produced in the Dominican Republic at the Tabacalera El Artista S.R.L., Gurkha Year of the Dragon is the first event cigar for 2024. Other brands are going to have a difficult time topping this one!

Top Gifts for Cigar Lovers this Valentine’s Day

If you need a reminder, February 14th is right around the corner. The day we show the ones closest to us how much we care. You don’t want to be caught without a present for your loved one on the most romantic day of the year. We’ve all heard stories of someone forgetting the holiday and facing the wrath of their spouse upon arriving home. Here’s a chance to avert that doomsday scenario, we’ve picked out some incredible presents that are sure to please your special someone.

  1. Mike’s Valentine’s Gift Box

Give the gift of luscious premium tobacco this season with Mike’s Valentine’s Gift Box! The perfect expression of affection for the smoker in your life. Arriving right on cue for the most romantic time of the year, it’s an assortment of our finest house brands with accessories to match. Whether you’re shopping for that special aficionado in your life, or simply giving yourself the gift of top shelf taste, we’ve got you covered. Our special Miami Deco blend is designed to offer the same kind of Cuban inspired flavors that once enthralled our founder Mike Mersel. You won’t even need to wait a moment to spark up, as the box includes a cutter and lighter! Happy Valentine’s Day from Mike’s Cigars.

2. Bed of Roses Cigar Combo

If you have a passionate love for Romeo y Julieta Cigars, then you’ll fall head over heels for our Bed of Roses Cigar Combo! We stacked this combo with some of the best sticks Romeo has ever rolled. Including the exclusive Romeo y Julieta Bed of Roses Chruchill, a limited release blend previously only available as part of promotional items. Now you can enjoy the full flavor of this mysterious blend, along with some of the classic staples of the brand. Makes for an exquisite present for any longtime aficionado this holiday season. Taste one of the quintessential brands of premium tobacco with our Bed of Roses Cigar Combo!

3. EP Carrillo Triumph Trilogy

EP Carillo Triumph Trilogy brings together three of the finest cigars ever released into one package, offering a buffet of rich sumptuous savory flavors. There’s a reason this sampler bears the name triumph, as every single cigar in this collection was named one of the top two cigars of the year upon its release. Starting with the incomparable EP La Historia E-III, named the #2 cigar of 2014 for its oily, dark chocolatey tastes. Up next is the EP Carrillo Encore Majestic, voted cigar of the year 2018; the Majestic is a puro that lives up to its name with perfectly balanced spices and sweetness. The grand finale for this sampler is none other than the one and only EP Carrillo Pledge Prequel. The Prequel Pledge has earned untold critical acclaim since its release, easily taking cigar of the year 2020 as it practically redefined the luxury smoke with its symphony of flavors in every draw. The EP Carrillo Triumph Trilogy is the sampler for those aficionados who settle for nothing less than the best.

4. Montecristo White Toro Cigars Whiskey Gift Set

A gift designed for the cultured aficionado, the Montecristo White Toro Cigars & Whiskey Gift Set is guaranteed to put a wide smile on any smoker’s face. Besides four magnificent Montecristo White Toros, an already critically acclaimed cigar known for its smooth, creamy taste, this gift includes two whiskey glasses proudly emblazoned with the Montecristo logo and four whiskey stones for those who take it neat. An excellent gift for any long-time and brand new aficionados alike!

5. My Father Limited Edition Humidor Wood and Piano Finish

The My Father Limited Edition Humidor is every dedicated aficionado’s dream come true. Featuring a fully furnished interior to preserve your cigars. Sporting a polished wood finish with the artful My Father logo emblazoned on the top. Inside you’ll find a full cedar interior along with a built in hydrometer and humidifier to keep your stick in perfect smoking condition. If you’re worried about security, this humidor comes with its own lock and key!

Alec Bradley Project 40: A New Year’s Smoke.

Once the ball drops to mark the new year, our thoughts often turn inward. As tradition dictates, a new year means resolutions. More than goals or hopes, a resolution is a promise of ambition. It’s our desire to improve and live fully combined. But as anyone can tell you, keeping a resolution past February can be next to impossible.

As a way to motivate any smokers out there, we’ve got something special in mind. Part of any resolution is the belief that what you’re doing essentially improves your life. There’s only one cigar that sets out to do just that. Alec Bradley Project 40. Based on studies that claim 50% of one’s happiness comes from genetics, 10% from circumstance, and 40% from one’s own decisions. Alec Bradley hopes to carry the weight of that 40%, hence the name.

Their efforts are already bearing fruit, as Project 40 has already made it to Cigar Aficionado’s Top 25. So this year, whenever you’re struggling to motivate yourself, reach for a Project 40 and let the flavors wash over you. If that 40% of happiness is really in our control, then every so often you’re entitled to a little indulgence. Working hard is only worth it when you’re working towards something, so you need to relish every moment of leisure to make it count.

Holiday Gift Guide: 2023

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The moment that Thanksgiving dinner ends, the clock starts ticking on Christmas! Everyone is scrambling to find the right gift for the right person. If you know any cigar lovers, we’ve done the work for you. We searched high and low but finally found the ideal gifts for any aficionado.

1. Macanudo Holiday Gift Set

The Macanudo Holiday Gift Set is loaded beyond the wildest imagination with the absolute finest cigars the quintessential brand has ever offered. Along with a selection of accessories so smokers can light up from the moment they open the box!

2. My Father Toro Selection

My Father Cigars as we all know is an amazing brand of cigars producing exceptional smokes! This amazing gift sampler set is for any lover of the My Father Cigar line or for anybody who just wants to try an array of cigars from the line!! Also, a free lighter and cutter will have you smoking in no time!

3. Oliva Serie V Melanio 2023 Figurino – Figuardo

Oliva Serie V Melanio 2023 Figurino is the latest victory lap from the champion blend that soared to Cigar of the Year back in 2015. Cigar Aficionado rightly awarded the Serie V Melanio blend a near perfect 96 point rating, complimenting its deep and thoughtful profile.

4. Davidoff Aniversario No. 1 Limited Edition

Davidoff Aniversario No. 1 Limited Edition Cigars bring back the beloved blend that defines premium tobacco for many smokers. Originally released to celebrate Zino Davidoff’s 80th birthday, the revival is a brilliant gift to the cigar lovers of the world.

When it was first released, the Aniversario No. 1 was groundbreaking. Complimented for its innovation and craftsmanship when first released, the revival captures all the nuance of the original, Davidoff has decided to revive it as part of its White Band Collection. Resurrecting hallowed blends is a treat for new and old smokers alike.

5. Arturo Fuente Hands Of Time Ashtray

Arturo Fuente Queen B Hands Of Time Red Gift Set is a regal present that features one of the brand’s most iconic sticks in all its flavorful glory. The Chateau Fuente Queen B is a sumptuously sweet smoke bursting with the lavish taste of earth and cedar that’s sure to please the recipient of this gift set. In addition to the lovely Queen B, this gift set includes a stunning crimson red ashtray emblazoned with Arturo Fuente art. The ultimate choice for the holidays or any smoker’s birthday.

6. Montecristo Christmas Gift Box

For those who want to gift those close to them an authentic classical smoking experience, we humbly present our Montecristo Christmas Cigar Gift Box. Montecristo has long been one of the signature brands of the entire cigar market, as its always created nuanced sticks that run the full gamut of flavors. We collected four of their finest stogies and packaged them together to make the perfect present for the smoker in your life!

Davidoff Completes its Zodiac with the Year of the Dragon

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The limited edition cigar line is always a treat for aficionados. Sometimes it’s a surprise. A new blend that tests the waters for a full release. But sometimes it’s an annual event. Like Christmas or Thanksgiving, it doesn’t make it any less special just because we know it’s coming.

Case in point: Davidoff’s Year of the Dragon. A culmination of annual releases that have only become better with each version. Year of the Dragon tastes like each Zodiac-inspired blend was building to this. It took eight strains of tobacco to build this magnificent beast. Dominican, Nicaraguan, and Mexican tobacco for the long filler. Followed by an impressive Dominican binder, and finished with a flawless Ecuadorian wrapper

Davidoff even added an uncut foot, an exceptionally difficult feat when producing a cigar. The goal was to add an untold depth to the flavor profile. The results speak for themselves. While we all wish we could taste the decadence, Davidoff is only releasing 5160 boxes of this masterpiece. If you want to try it, you need to act now!

Ulysses S. Grant: An American Cigar Legend

In the pantheon of famous American cigar aficionados, Ulysses S. Grant stands above the rest. His vast accomplishments are only equaled by his voracious appetite for cigars. Anyone who with even a cursory knowledge of American history knows Grant’s role in fighting the civil war. But Grant’s incredible story starts long before the Civil War and continued long after. Entwined with that story was his burning passion for premium cigars.

Born in 1822, Hiram Ulysses S. Grant was born in Point Pleasant, Ohio, to his parents Jesse and Hannah. From a young age, Grant set himself apart from others. Showing an incredible ability for horsemanship from the early age of two, Grant was soon proving so adept he assisted his father’s business. Famously, when he was eleven, a traveling circus came to town with a trick pony that was trained to buck and throw off any rider. Offering a five-dollar (3700 dollars today) prize to whoever could tame it, men from all over the town lined up to try.

After so many had failed, Grant stepped forward and simply said, “I believe I can ride that pony.” With no reigns to clasp, and its mane cut short, Grant wrapped his arms around the pony’s neck. After a long and frenzied attempt by the pony to buck him off, Grant emerged victorious when the animal finally settled and let him ride.

That indomitable spirit would serve Grant for the remainder of his life. Seeing in his son the beginning embers of greatness, Jesse Grant wrote his local congressman asking that he nominate Ulysses to attend the prestigious Westpoint Military Academy. The congressman evidently saw the same in young Ulysses and followed through with his nomination.

After four years at West Point, Grant began the mandatory term of duty in the United States Army required of all West Point graduates. During that, he quickly gained a commendable service record during the Mexican-American War. Rising from quartermaster to first lieutenant, for his continued acts of bravery during battle.

It wasn’t till after his first war that Grant became an avid smoker, and it’s no wonder why. Grant soon found himself under constant stress from seemingly endlessly poor luck. Finding the leisurely pace of peacetime difficult and his superiors disagreeable, Grant left the military and settled on an eighty-acre farm with his wife Julia.

Civilian life only worsened his luck. The farm languished and Grant’s attempt to find employment as an engineer and a clerk didn’t go any better. He even attempted to start his own real estate business but to no avail. Grant was so forlorn during this period, it’s said he smoked up to twelve cigars a day to relieve his constant stress.

Things would change for Grant and the whole nation on April 12, 1861, when Confederate troops attacked Fort Sumter. Lincoln quickly called for seventy-five thousand volunteers for the Union Army. Grant was quick to answer the call, forming a local volunteer militia to assist the war effort.

Denied a recommission to his old rank by the man he would ironically replace as commander of the entire Union Army, General George B. McClellan, Grant worked his way back up through the ranks. Starting as a military aide to Ilinois Governor Richard Yates, Grant’s proven ability as a soldier soon had him promoted to Colonel.

The turning point for Grant’s life, and the entire Civil War, came with the battle of Fort Donelson. A strategic position that was key to advancing further South. Grant’s plan was dismissed by his superiors, who insisted he conduct the attack in tandem with a navy operation. Grant knew Donelson could turn the tide of war, and immediately set out to capture the fort.

After several probing attacks, Grant has a strategic retreat to meet with reinforcements. The remaining division was soon attacked by the Confederates, but Grant personally rode through miles of frozen wilderness with reinforcements to defend their position. Blocking the supply lines for the Confederate troops, the enemy retreated back into the fort only to face bombardment from the Union Navy.

The commanding Confederate Generals fled, leaving Fort Commander Simon Buckner to face Grant. When meeting to discuss an end to hostilities, Buckner asked what terms of surrender would be acceptable. Grant replied there would be “no terms but an unconditional and immediate surrender.”

Buckner complied, and Grant’s actions were the first major victory for the North in the early days of the Civil War. Grant was soon promoted by Lincoln to Major General before later being promoted to head of the Union Army. Earning the nickname “Unconditional Surrender” Grant, newspapers described Grant smoking a cigar when victoriously capturing Fort Donelson.

Becoming an instant national hero, everyday people from across that nation showed their thanks by sending Grant cigars. Legend says he received up to ten thousand before the end of the war. Now that’s a reward! Considering his achievements and love for cigars, it’s strange Grant is as closely associated with them as say, Winston Churchill. Maybe we should start calling extra-large cigars Grants?

Do you have a famous historical cigar smoker? Let us know in the comments.

Ferio Tego Takes Victory Lap with Two New Sticks.

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It was not that long ago that smokers everywhere cried out in anguish over the shuttering of the Nat Sherman brand. But hope springs eternal, as the blends that once made Nat Sherman famous, were revived under the new Ferio Tego label! All the favorites were revitalized and rechristened, from the Metropolitan to the Timeless, all heralded by two new flagship cigars: the Generoso and the Elegancia.

After a year of rousing success, Ferio Teog has decided to celebrate with two new versions of the cigars that helped forge their new identity. The 2022 Elegancia retains its polished profile using a blend of Nicaraguan and Dominican tobacco and an Ecuadorian wrapper but enhances its tasting notes with white pepper, earth, leather, and caramel. While the Generoso 2022 takes its bold blend to the next level with the taste of earth, wood, black coffee, nuts, and luscious cream; all blended by the world-famous Plasencia family.

Take a page out of Ferio Tego’s book and celebrate all the changes you’ve made this year!

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Cuba Aliados is Back!

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Some of the older smokers among us might remember the Cuba Aliados name. It was one of the many brands that rose to prominence during the cigar boom of the 90s that tragically faded away once demand slowed down. For anyone who misses its nostalgic taste, we have good news!

Oliva has announced that it’s reviving the Cuba Aliados brand with two new product lines! One will be a recreation of the original blend using Honduran tobacco under the supervision of Julio Eiroa, aptly named Cuba Aliados Original Blend. The other will be a new limited edition cigar by master blender Ernesto Perez-Carrillo, of course, called Cuba Alliados by Ernesto Perez-Carrillo.

Cuba Aliados Original is notable for changing its filler source to be a Honduran puro, while the blend was originally conceived with Cuban tobacco. Considering the embargo isn’t going away anytime soon, the switch to Honduran tobacco is understandable. Early reviews are praising Cuba Aliados Original Blend for its authenticity, mentioning a profile with the taste of mocha, chocolate, earth, leather, and notes of sweet wood.

The Cuba Aliados by Ernesto Perez-Carrillo, unlike the original blend, features a mix of Dominican and Nicaraguan tobacco for its filler and is highlighted by an Ecuadorian Sumatran wrapper that has been aged for over five years. Aficionados can expect a profile with creamy, spicy, and earthy flavors.

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20 Acres by Drew Estates: Truly One of a Kind

Drew Estates has always been keen on innovation, going above and beyond to always be on the cutting edge. This week, we wanted to spotlight a blend that not only epitomizes their commitment to innovation but just so happens to come from our very own home state of Florida.

20 Acre Farm by Drew Estate is rooted in the rich history of Florida tobacco. After the embargo, many of the best Cuban tobacconists took their talents to the sunshine state, causing a boom in the industry that helped introduce cigars on mass to America. While most manufacturers have moved to Nicaragua, the Dominican Republic, or various other nations, Drew Estates decided to return to Florida for 20 Acre Farm.

True to the name, the tobacco for these cigars is grown on an exclusive 20-acre farm here in central Florida. Taking full advantage of the state’s climate, 20 Acre is a glorious sun-grown blend bursting with natural sweetness in addition to its robust medium-bodied profile. All of it is complemented by notes of white pepper and citrus.

20 Acre hopes to be a trailblazer for other brands to begin growing in Florida. After smoking a few, I definitely think they’re onto something. Maybe the next time I’m driving home on the 826, I’ll pass a few up-and-coming tobacco farms on my way.

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Judge Rules in Favor of Smoker’s Freedom.

Every cigar lover keeps a keen eye on the news regarding regulation. Tobacco as a product is already heavily regulated, with new rules being proposed constantly. Just this past month, the FDA ordered Juul products off the market, concerning many smokers.

In an ongoing lawsuit concerning the FDA’s attempt to more closely regulate the premium cigar market, the federal judge overseeing the case has largely sided with cigar manufacturers. The judge has invited further briefing before issuing a final ruling on July 26 but has called the FDA’s attempt to impose new restrictions on cigars “arbitrary and capricious”.

A group of happy smokers

The judge further stated “The agency’s statement that ‘all cigars produce toxic smoke’ is exactly the sort of nonresponsive, circular reasoning the court faulted previously. Instead of addressing the relevant data before it, the agency resorted to a common refrain to obscure the issue,” he wrote, referring to the FDA’s claim that there was no data provided to support the idea that there are different patterns of use among premium cigar smokers, patterns that result in lower health risks. The FDA statement, he wrote, “was not accurate then, and despite litigation counsel’s efforts it is not accurate now.” 

Cigar smokers and makers alike are overjoyed at the decision and cautiously optimistic about what this means for the future of the industry,

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