H. Upmann Connossieur A

H. Upmann Connossieur A

Origin : CubaH. Upmann
Format : Robusto Extra (Genios)
Size : 5.5 x 52 (140 x 20 mm)
Ring : 52
Hand-Made
Price : ~$15
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The H. Upmann Connossieur A is quite a recent release: it started shipping to eligible shops in October 2013. It's a robusto extra or a Genios (factory name), which you might already be familiar with (hint: Cohiba Genios).

Anyway, the first thing to know about this release is that it's only available at La Casa del Habano shops and Habanos Specialists. Habanos Specialist is a label created by Habanos SA to distinguish shops that carry a wide selection of Cubans and can offer relevant advice. There are more than 500 Habanos Specialists worldwide.

The Connossieur A is available in boxes of 25 and is costs around 12 € each in Europe. I picked up a few of those in Prague and was really looking forward to trying them out, H. Upmann being a brand I really appreciate.

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Joya de Nicaragua Celebracion Torpedo

Joya de Nicaragua Celebracion

Origin : NicaraguaJoya de Nicaragua
Format : Torpedo
Size : 5 x 52
Wrapper : Nicaraguan Habano Criollo
Binder : Nicaraguan Seco
Filler : Nicaraguan Habano Seco and Ligero
Hand-Made
Price : ~$7 each
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Joya de Nicaragua is best known for their full-bodied stogies, in particular the Antaño 1970. The Celebracion was designed to mimic the Antaño experience, but not pack such a powerful punch. That way there would be a milder option available for those who prefer milder smokes. Of course, it is still a pretty potent cigar, and many smokers will still consider it to be a full-bodied smoke. I gave it a try and decided I would categorize it as medium-bodied. It’s also very spicy, and the flavors themselves are quiet strong.

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The Bands : the Whole Colour of Tobacco

History of cigar bands

I was recently contacted by Luca Cominelli, editor of an Italian magazine about cigars, CigarsLover. They are at their 6th issue now and the current issue has been translated into English. I checked out the magazine and I can say that CigarsLover's team is doing a great job - there's a lot of interesting content. You will find below an article from this issue about cigar bands, written by Paolo Topa. You can download the full issue here.

The band represents an iconic image for the contemporary smoker, influenced by different factors including the marketing operations of a brand and their need to distinguish themselves from others.

In the past, cigars didn’t have this accessory. They were just packed with the origin label. In 1830, Gustave Bock, head of a Cuban cigar firm, came up with the revolutionary idea to introduce a recognition system for cigars, in order to avoid counterfeiting when exported to the European continent. His idea was simple and very close to our modern copyright: put a paper band with his signature on each cigar so that no one could steal his work. From that moment on, the band became a necessary element to distinguish one cigar from another. Some people believe the band has a second, more practical, aim: protecting smokers’ gloves. In this context we can compare the band with the “Smoking” – born as a smoking jacket aimed to preserve gentlemen’s clothing.

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How to Pair Cigars and Beer?

How to pair cigars and beer

Hey everyone! Today I’m going to talk to you all about pairing cigars and beer. I’m really excited to have a chance to delve into this topic, so I want to give a quick shout-out to the Cigar Inspector team for letting me do this. Let’s see, a little bit about me … My name’s Robert. I’ve loved beers ever since my first ale and I’ve long been a connoisseur of craft beers—which have been more and more available in America in recent years, which is great. More recently I’ve gotten into premium cigars, and it didn’t take me long to realize that two things I love separately can go even better together.

I think that beer gets something of a bad rap. You say “beer,” and a lot of people drift right back to their college days when they were imbibing lots of cheap booze and playing embarrassing drinking games. Or you might think about the hundred cheap empty beer cans in your neighbor’s backyard. The beer landscape is transforming in America, though. Microbreweries are on the rise and it’s a lot easier to get your hands on a top-shelf craft beer than it was in the past. Imported beers and high-quality local beers are both more widely available, and we’re talking about a whole different world now.

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This week’s cigar deals (Oct 05 2014)

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Three cigar deals, carefully hand-picked for you.

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Tatuaje Cojonu 2003

Tatuaje Cojonu 2003

TatuajeOrigin : Nicaragua
Format : Toro
Size : 6.5 x 52
Wrapper : Nicaragua
Filler : Nicaragua
Binder : Nicaragua
Hand-Made
Price : ~$12-13
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The Tatuaje Cojonu 2003 is part of a line which was, back in time, an extension of the original La Seleccion de Cazador Reserva line (Pete Johnson's first line). Cojonu, short for cojonudo which is Cuban slang for "ballsy", was supposed to be stronger and fuller than other Tatuaje cigars. There were several releases within this line since, which were extensively covered on CigarInspector.com: we have reviewed the Tatuaje Cojonu 2009 twice and the Cojonu 2012 Reserva.

When I saw the 2003 version in Brussels, I immediately acquired three of these beauties. Don't get too excited though, the "2003" on the band doesn't mean that they were rolled 11 years ago, it's just the year they were blended. Furthermore, these cigars originally featured a Nicaraguan wrapper and now sport an Ecuador-grown leaf. Quite a neat marketing trick!

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Rocky Patel Sungrown Robusto

Rocky Patel Sungrown Robusto

Origin : HondurasRocky Patel
Format : Robusto
Size : 5 ½ x 50
Wrapper : Ecuadorian Sungrown Sumatra
Filler : Dom. Rep. & Nicaraguan
Binder : Nicaraguan
Hand-Made
Price : $6-7 each
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This week I decided to go with a cigar I haven’t smoked for about 4 years. For some reason the Rocky Patel Sungrown Robusto really caught my eye in the shop the other day, so I decided to pick a few up.

Rocky Patel has truly made his mark in the cigar world. Through hard work and hours of travel/promotion his name is one of the most sought after in the premium cigar market. With over 30 different blends to his name, Rocky Patel hits the cigar industry at every level for all aficionados. Everything from a $4.00 Nicarao to his $12.00 RP Decade there are possibilities for all budgets and palates.

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Amazon $33 Gift Card Giveaway

Amazon

As I stated in my best cigar books post, proceeds from sale of books would be given back to one lucky reader in the form of a gift certificate. Here is another one. It is a gift card for $33 (again!) that can be redeemed on Amazon.com (doesn't work on .co.uk or .fr).

Below is a widget that allows you to participate in the contest (if you're reading this via e-mail, you need to click through to the blog post). You can earn entries by subscribing to our newsletter (if you're already subscribed, you still get the entries!) or doing some social sharing (Tweeting, liking on Facebook, etc.). Let us know in the comments area if something doesn't work as expected.

Cigar Inspector's Amazon Gift Card Giveaway

The winner will be announced in one week, next Thursday. Enjoy!

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