“Being Cuban, born in Cuba, it’s a part of our heritage,” says owner Sandy Cobas. “Part of our tradition.”
The cigars are all handmade, by Cuban rollers, whom she calls artists. “There’s modern machines, but it’s not a fully handmade cigar,” Cobas explains. “You can’t modernize something that’s so good.” Some of the rollers even bring their tools over from Cuba.
Even in the current economy, Cobas’ cigar business is succeeding. “People, unfortunately, they’re going through a lot, and one of the things that relaxes you is a cigar.”
Word of mouth and confidence in her product has helped Cobas grow the company. “We’re so confident in our product that a customer will come in, and we’ll offer them a cigar to smoke. Instead of selling it to them, we’ll say, ‘Here. Try this cigar, and see if you like it.’ It’s kind of risky because who knows if they’re gonna like it or not,” Cobas says. “But we’re so sure of our product that we give it to you to try before you even buy it.”
Billy Perdomo, from Perdomo Cigars, stopped by CigarVlog.com recently and as usual we had not only a good conversation but a couple of outstanding smokes.
Back when the Perdomo “Champagne” line was first being introduced I remember being intrigued by the pale golden cellophane they used to put the finished cigar sticks in. Billy talks about how that particular cellophane sparked up comments which eventually ended up being used as a name for the cigar itself.
Perdomo 10th Anniversary Champagne cigars.
Leave us a comment on whether, in general, you prefer a “Natural” or “Maduro” wrapper on cigars. We’ll choose one winner at random and send them this handsome double guillotine cigar cutter shown below! This fun giveaway will end at midnight on June 21st.
Another week has rolled around with Father’s Day getting closer! This year it will be Sunday, June 17th. With us today, discussing one of the best value premium cigars out on the market Brick House, is Alan from the JC Newman Cigar Co. JC Newman is America’s oldest family owned premium cigar maker. They create the ultra-premium Diamond Crown and Diamond Crown MAXIMUS to Cuesta-Rey, La Unica, Brick House, El Baton, to value-priced Quorum cigars and Factory 59′s.
From the Brick House website:
In 1937, J.C. Newman launched Brick House to honor his family and heritage. The vintage Brick House cigar label depicts the pastoral setting of J.C. Newman’s childhood home – the only brick house in his village. A place that was not only a home, but it was also the town’s tavern. There, locals and visitors alike gathered nightly to eat, drink, smoke, and enjoy each other’s company. Brick House cigars are premium Nicaraguan puros featuring an exclusive Nicaraguan Havana Subido™ wrapper and Nicaraguan filler for a complex, flavorful premium cigar.
If you’re looking for a well balanced, complex and flavorful cigar, one that won’t “Break the Bank” then we can highly suggest you try Brick House cigars! Flavors rsnge on this from a sweet earthiness to a slight subtle hint of spice. I’d say creamy smooth and toasty too!
Thank you Alan. Always a pleasure visiting with you! Happy Father’s Day to you, Bobby Newman and all the other wonderful dads out there!
To our readers: Leave us a comment about your what some of you favorite times of day are to smoke a cigar and we’ll choose 1 winner at random. That lucky 1 person will win a beautiful ceramic Brick House ashtray! This contest will end at midnight on June 10th, 2012.
I happen to love this photo! To me it shows how just how relaxing it is to smoke a great cigar! That’s Ricky Rodriguez on the left.
CAO cigars has been a long time personal favorite of mine and right now they are running a very unique promotion. Featured in this week’s video is Grace, from the General Cigar Company and yours truly from CigarVlog, discussing it. Thank you Grace!
From their site: http://www.caocigars.com
1. Visit your local smoke shop to get a free tri-pack of the unreleased cigars with purchase of any 6 CAO cigars*.
2. Sign in through Facebook or create an account.
3. Rate the cigars at your leisure.
Every time you rate another cigar, the number of entries you receive will double, starting with 2 entries for the first one. You don’t have to rate all three at once, but the sweepstakes ends June 30, so get to rating.
Share your ratings to increase your entries.
After you tell us what you think, tell everyone else what you think and we’ll make it worth your time by further doubling your entries for each rating you share. Rate and share all 3 and you’ll get 64 entries!
Many thanks to Grace for helping with this video! Looking forward to what cigar is chosen. Will it be the C? The A? The O? Don’t wait too long tho. As of today there’s only 40 days left to get in on this.
Leave us a comment about how you think our new Vlog is doing so far and we’ll be happy to enter you into our latest giveaway! 1 random winner will be chosen and will receive this super duper red hot momma smokin’ CAO ashtray! Contest ends May 21st!Be sure to follow us on twitter: we are @CigarVlog and we’ll keep you posted on all our new articles and of course any contests going on! Thanks!
A tasty new cigar, the Romeo cigars by Romeo y Julieta, is just arriving at select cigar shops. Sizes currently being made at this time are a Robusto 5″ x 54, Churchill 7″ x 56, Toro 6″ x 54 and Piramide 6″ 1/8 x 52 We are told that a special team at Tabacalera de Garcia was chosen to create the Romeo cigar due to it’s complexity. Romeo offers you a more full bodied, deeper richer smoke, than the other cigars in the well known Romeo y Juliet line and one of the reasons we think is their use of a Ecuadorian Habano for the wrapper. Substantial ring sizes on all of these show a trend towards a more “Hefty sized” smoke we’ve been seeing more and more of.
Here is what Romeo and Julieta has to say about the tobacco used in the Romeo cigars:
Wrapper: Select Dark Ecuadorian Habano: The natural cloud cover of the Ecuadorian tobacco growing region combined with the rich volcanic soil yields a lovely, supple and well burning leaf. This wrappers are selected for their dark, rich color and robust taste.
Binder: Select Dominican Olor: A specially selected Olor binder is mountain grown. The high humidity and fresh morning breezes result in a naturally sweet binder tobacco which adds balance and character. The alluvial porosity of the soil along with its unique mineral content produces a binder with excellent combustion and a full round flavor.
Filler: Blend of select Domincan Piloto and Olor tobaccos: Specially selected Dominican Piloto tobaccos grown in the south along the winding river beds known for soil rich on minerals. Blended with a special selection of dark Olor tobaccos grown in low lying rich soils combined together for a complex, full bodied blend and a rich tasting cigar with a lovely white ash.
We love having contests and doing giveaways so here’s another one for you. Leave a comment letting us know the first cigar you ever smoked! We will choose 1 winner at random from all entries on May 18th. Winner will receive 5 Romeo cigars plus a Lotus Vertigo laser lighter to fire them up with!
Once in a while a cigar comes along and the moment you see it, even from a distance, there’s a certain “something” about it that tells me “This is going to be a good one”. Happy to say the San Lotano cigars were just that type cigar! Not a company to sit on their laurels a new maduro has been added to the extremely popular San Lotano Oval Cigars. Here’s Jeff, our sales representative for San Lotano telling me about this new – and soon to be released – cigar. Take it away Jeff!
We will update with more news as we get it on this new blend from AJ Fernandez.
Your comments are always welcomed and appreciated!
Here is Trish, who many may know from Bonita Smoke Shop, and Alfredo, sales representative for the Ortega Cigar Co talking about the exciting new Serie D line of cigars.
Comments welcome! Tell us which cigar size you usually choose to smoke as a “go to” size and we will enter your name in our random drawing for an assorted 5 pack of these great new Serie D cigars! One winner. Drawing held on April 27, 2012. We’ll post the winner here.
The winner of our “GoTo” size cigar contest is Jake! Congratulations! Just sent you an email Jake and hope you’ll enjoy Eddie’s “Serie D” selection of cigars. Happy smoking!
Bonita Smoke Shop hosted Senor Pepin Garcia this past Friday for a cigar event. It was nice to have the luxury of some extra time and the opportunity to sit in my office and talk one on one with him about cigars. Not an easy task since we did have the Spanish/English language barrier going on. In reality that barrier simply evaporated as we began talking cigars!
We smoked cigars, had some coffee and began talking about the sun’s strength, amounts of rain and quality of the soil and how each of those interconnected variables affects the flavor of tobacco. How certain areas, in different countries with their own weather patterns and tobacco fields, produce the various “flavors” we taste in the cigars. Pepin has a gift of being able to take those various “flavors” and blend them into cigars that have had some of the highest rating in the business.
Now that we had found a common “language” we continued on talking about family values, the past, present and future of premium cigars. Next up was food (those of you that know me just said “of course”!) and how we both loved the delicate filled pastries called Cuban Pastelitos! More about those in another post!
Thanks to Pepin himself and Joaquin of My Father Cigars for all his hard work and for making this event a memorable one!
Alan, our Account Representative from the Oliva Cigar Company, visiting Bonita Smoke Shop. We discuss the Oliva V Lancero wrapper and the effect of the ratio of wrapper to binder/filler in cigars.
Oliva Serie V Cigars – Ligero Especial
Rated an outstanding 94!
Oliva Serie V cigars are a complex, tantalizing blend of the highest quality Nicaraguan long filler tobaccos. Expertly blended with the specially fermented Jalapa Valley ligero, and finished with a high priming Habano Sun Grown Wrapper.
Blending Notes:The Oliva Serie V cigars are expertly blended to deliver you a complex, satisfying, full body taste while maintaining an unparalleled smoothness.
The flavorful Oliva V blend cigars exhibit complex tobacco with rich coffee and dark chocolate tones. A subtle and well balanced spice is present throughout.
“When a cigar scores 94 points, everyone notices. But when a cigar scores 94 points and retails forless than $7, it is proof that a near-classic smoke does not have to be inordinately expensive.”