Cigar Jewellery Giveaway : Meet Broc Kensington!

Drew Estate Pendant

We've been featuring different cigar art lately, but we've never talked about cigar jewellery until now! As usual, keep reading for a chance to win a really cool product.

Today we're introducing you to Broc Kensington. Broc is the jeweler who outfits Jonathan Drew with all of his wears and also produces the Drew Estate jewelry seen at many events and retailer gatherings.

Here is Broc's story:

In 2012 after becoming friends with a rep for Drew Estate, we started designing some customs jewelry for him to wear at his events and such. This led to designing 3-4 pieces and sneaking me into the IPCPR in Orlando in order to show them to JD himself. I was 19 at the time and totally new to that large of an event. Nonetheless, after waiting 8 hours to speak to Jon, he was amazed at the pieces we had produced and from then on has been a mentor and the largest supporter of my work.

Undercrown Ring

Broc has an Etsy shop that features all of his work. Each piece is hand crafted, by Broc himself, in proprietary tarnish-resistant sterling silver and comes with a 1-year warranty. He's also available for custom work (contact e-mail: kensingtonwatchservices[at]yahoo[dot]com) - he does everything from engagement rings to biker style wallet chains. His Instagram channel shows some more examples of his works.

Liga Privada Pendant

Broc told us that the most popular pieces were the Liga Privada pendant and the Undercrown ring that you see on the pictures in this post - and he's willing to give away both items (worth $290 each) to our readers! How cool is that? Just comment on this post (tell us which one you prefer - the pendant or the ring - and why) to enter - this contest is open worldwide!

The two winners will be announced in one week, next Thursday.

Montecristo No. 2 Gran Reserva Cosecha 2005

Montecristo No. 2 Gran Reserva Cosecha 2005

MontecristoOrigin : Cuba
Format : Torpedo
Size : 6 (152 mm) x 52
Released in : 2011
Box code : SUB OCT 11 (1110/5000)
Hand-Made
Price : $1500 for a box of 15 cigars
More info about purchasing Montecristo cigars...

After giving Montecristo a hard time in a previous review, I felt it only fair to find another cigar of their issue that was somewhat close in age to the one I dealt with so harshly to see if the box I consumed was an aberration, or if the issues I encountered with the other product continued with this limited edition release. I am happy to say that in this case the latter applies, not the former. What one is left to wonder is how something so wrong could turn into something so right. By its taste profile, it would SEEM that this outcome was what Montecristo was shooting for with their 2008 Sublime release. Here they are using 2005 tobacco, which on its face would indicate that the stock was somewhat similar in age to the Sublime (it used 2006 tobacco). This is a conundrum I do not think I can figure out by the time this review is over. Where such utter failure turns into such utter bliss leaves me dumbstruck, but I will take them as they come.

Read the full review of Montecristo No. 2 Gran Reserva Cosecha 2005...

Four Kicks Black Belt Buckle

Four Kicks Black Belt Buckle

Origin : Dominican Republic
Crowned Heads CigarsFormat : Corona Gorda
Size : 5 5/8 x 46
Wrapper : Connecticut Broadleaf Maduro
Filler : Nicaragua
Binder : Nicaragua
Hand-Made
Price : ~$8 each
More info about purchasing Four Kicks Black Belt Buckle...

Famous Smoke Shop recently announced that Crowned Heads would be producing a special line of cigars exclusively for their shops. Called the Four Kicks Black Belt Buckle, the new cigar is an amped-up version of the original Four Kicks. Where the old Four Kicks used a Habano Ecuador wrapper, this one comes with a Connecticut Broadleaf.

In case you’re curious about the name, it comes from a song by the Kings of Leon. The lyrics go like this:

Huff men don’t take no nonsense
He’s here to rectify
He’s got his black belt buckle
And the red man’s fire in his eyes.

This cigar is brand new—it’s been available to order since December 3. I’ve finally had a chance to give it a try.

Read the full review of Four Kicks Black Belt Buckle...

Eric Renner Contest Winner

Checkmate

Last week we introduced you to Eric Renner, an artist whose oil paintings impressed quite a few of our readers - thank you for participating in the contest! As you remember, we had one customized painting to give away, and the winner is... Jon (jcheu002)! Congrats! Jon will have his favorite cigar painted in the style of "A Fuente Evening". I actually feel a bit jealous writing this, I'd love to have one of Eric's paintings in my office! :)

Thanks again to Eric and all the participants, and stay tuned for more great stuff!

Montecristo Sublime (2008 Edicion Limitada)

Montecristo Sublime (2008 Edicion Limitada)

MontecristoOrigin : Cuba
Format : Sublime (Double Robusto)
Size : 6.5 (164 mm) x 54
Released in : 2008
Box code : NOV 08
Hand-Made
Price : ~$575 for a box of 10 cigars
More info about purchasing Montecristo cigars...

If you are a dyed-in-the-wool Montecristo lover, you might want to stop reading right now. Yes, I am a huge fan of Montecristo, but this review will not be flattering, not in the least. You might want the children to leave the room on this one. In many communities in my country, we have a colloquial saying “You dance with the lady that brought you to the party”, which loosely translates to “You stick with ideas where you excel”. Montecristo would have done well to have heeded this idiom before foisting this product upon the cigar loving public. They tried to copy others by an attempt to make a “kinder and gentler” cigar. Failure. Absolute and total failure.

Read the full review of Montecristo Sublime (2008 Edicion Limitada)...

Cigar Art Feature and Giveaway: Meet Eric Renner

Eric Renner Painting

Many of you will remember the giveaway that we did with Darrel Morris a year ago. Well, now it’s time to introduce you to yet another incredible cigar artist and offer you yet another chance to win free custom artwork!

Today I want to introduce you to Eric Renner. Eric Renner is a cigar enthusiast who paints “life’s little indulgences” with stunning, lifelike detail. Eric uses oil paints and birch panels to create his remarkable works of art.

“These days it seems like we’re more busy than ever,” Eric writes on his website. “These paintings are about the small indulgences we grant ourselves when we put the stress of everyday life aside for a few hours. They are reminders of those relaxing moments, enjoying a drink, a good cigar and great conversation with friends.”

Eric Renner

Eric’s skill with a brush has received acclaim from art critics like Brian Sherwin, editor of The Art Edge, who commented, “Artist Eric Renner's still life paintings are marked by a strong sense of class and sophistication. His body of work provides a jumping point for fond memories shared between friends. The work I observed is strengthened by a striking use of color and composition—his playful use of light and form elevates the inviting feel of these works. These impressive still life paintings welcome viewers to take a seat and reflect on cherished memories."

Looking at Eric Renner’s oil paintings, I think you’ll be blown away by the degree of detail in them. His interplay of light and shadow and textures and color creates an inviting, warm ambiance and a sense of privacy and tranquility. These paintings don’t just embody the delights of cigar and fine wines, but our greatest indulgence—living in the moment and truly luxuriating in those sensory experiences. Whether it’s a moment of solitude and reflection or a moment of shared familiarity, you’ll find it reflected in Renner’s beautiful works.

I recommend you take a gander at Eric’s gallery and take one of those moments now to lose yourself in the worlds he has created. Also check out his Facebook or Instagram and follow for updates. Eric has many lovely paintings for sale, and does accept commissions!

Fuente Evening

But now’s your chance to win a custom painting for free, so let’s get onto the giveaway! Eric has agreed to do a one-of-a-kind oil painting for the winner. If you are selected, you can name one of your favorite cigars, and Eric will paint it for you in the style of “A Fuente Evening” (size: 7 inches x 14 inches). You will be able to contact Eric directly and work out the details (Eric likes to paint with the cigar in front him, so you’ll need to choose a reasonably priced option so he can pick it up at the store). Once the painting is complete, Eric will ship it to you free.

Entering is easy! Just post a comment below mentioning your favorite painting from Eric’s website; feel free to explain why you like the painting. Good luck, and thanks for participating!

PS Contest is open to US residents only. The winner will be announced in one week, next Thursday.

A Special Winter Smoke Sampler

Great Winter Smoke Sampler

A few weeks ago we published an article with a selection of our favorite short cigars for winter. Thanks to your comments, that article has since been updated with even more suggestions and became a truly valuable resource.

We went even further and partnered with our friends at Famous Smoke to give you an opportunity to purchase some of the cigars from our selection at a discounted rate. This is how the "Great Winter Smoke Sampler" was born. The 8-pack consists of the following cigars:

  • 2 x H.Upmann Sun Grown Short Churchill
  • 2 x Herrera Esteli Short Corona Gorda
  • 2 x Joya Red Short Churchill
  • 2 x Oliva Serie G Special G

The sampler is offered at $29.99 (~$3.75 per cigar), which is a 36% discount on MSRP. You can have a look and order here.

Smoking a Wet Cigar… Wait, What?

Smoking a Wet Cigar

There have been several heated discussions in blogs and forums on the web, over the benefits of wetting your cigar before smoking it. Min Ron Nee, a well respected aficionado was the one that said he sometimes puts his cigars under the tap before smoking them to enhance their flavours and the overall smoking experience. Some people said that it did seem logical, some more adventurous tried it and some simply said this was impossible! I thought I should try the experiment myself and find out if wetting a cigar would make it more pleasurable to me. To be able to compare it with a dry cigar, I picked up two Ramon Allones Small Club Coronas, in order to smoke them at the same time. Both cigars were from the same 2008 box.

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