Flaviar Review & Giveaway – New Way to Discover Spirits

Flaviar Welcome Pack

Cigar monthly clubs and beer monthly clubs have been there for ages. I've looked at some of those clubs in the past only to find a second-choice selection of smokes for a regular retail price (at best). But it seems like the subscription boxes trend revived the monthly clubs and brought them at the next level. Flaviar is one of the new actors in this field (and we partnered with them to offer you a gift - keep on reading!).

Flaviar's monthly tasting box contains three curated spirits (whisky, rum, gin, cognac...). The drinks are nicely presented and accompanied by tasting notes. Update: each tasting sample is 45ml, so there are 135ml total in the box. I found that one sample was enough to do two decent tasting shots (or three small tasting shots). Enjoyed one or several of the spirits? They are available by bottle in the shop (some items might require registration to see). I have already used a similar concept for wine and it went well - of course, everything depends on the selection. As you can see from the picture below, I did receive a box (disclaimer: free of charge) with 5 whisky samples from Flaviar. In fact I really liked all of them except perhaps the Amrut Indian whisky which was somewhat rough. The peaty Swiss Santis is very interesting, while Nikka and Glenmorangie are well-known brands that do not require a special introduction. If all their boxes are equally good, this might be a very good way to discover new stuff. I can also see it working really good as a gift.

Flaviar Tasting Instructions

Flaviar also developed an alternative to tasting notes called Flavour Spiral, which is a more visual way to discover a particular spirit's flavor description. Too innovative? Time will tell.

Now on to the perks. Courtesy of Flaviar, we've got a complimentary rum tasting box, called "Here Be Pirates, Yo-Ho!" to give away to one of our lucky readers, simply use the widget below to enter. As usual, a quick question and some sharing options - good luck everyone! The winner will be announced in one week.

Flaviar Giveaway

Contest open to 18+ y.o. residents of Europe and the United States.

Swiss Cigar Bank Giveaway – Name Your Favorite Cubans!

What's your favorite Cuban cigar?

We've regularly hosted various cigar contests this fall and here's another great one! Today's contest is courtesy of Swiss Cigar Bank, a Cuban cigars retailer from Switzerland. Check out their selection and feel free to use the code 'cigarinspector' when ordering for a 5% discount.

The contest's objective is to determine our community's favorite Cuban cigars. And the prize will consist of a 5-pack which might feature some or all of these cigars (depending on the stock). Who knows, it might look like the one pictured above... We've got five such 5-packs to give away to Cigar Inspector's readers. To enter, use the widget below (it's probably familiar to most of you now!) and answer one simple question: what is your favorite Cuban cigar? As usual, there are some additional ways to enter - don't forget to share the contest with your friends for extra entries!

Swiss Cigar Bank Giveaway

In one week, not only we'll announce winners but we'll also publish the poll results!

The contest is open worldwide. All participants must be of legal age to smoke in their countries.

!Contest! La Casa del Tabaco Bruges

La Casa del Tabaco

Today, we're celebrating the opening of the La Casa del Tabaco in Bruges, Belgium. A new concept imagined by our friends Dominique and Frédéric (creators and managers of the well-known La Casa del Habano Knokke), La Casa del Tabaco, sells both Cuban and non-Cuban cigars in the heart of the beautiful Bruges, also known as the Venice of the North.

The online shop combines Cuban offerings from the LCDH and non-Cuban cigars sold by La Casa del Tabaco. There's also a wide choice of spirits (rum, whisky...) and cigar accessories. By the way, each order placed in October will include one free La Casa del Tabaco cigar, which is a surprising blend of Cuban and Nicaraguan fillers (50/50).

To celebrate this new venture, La Casa del Tabaco and Cigar Inspector are giving away five 5-pack samplers of the house blend to our lucky readers! Answer a couple of easy questions using the widget below and you're in - and don't forget to share the contest with your friends using your unique link to increase your chances to win.

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

La Casa del Tabaco Bruges Giveaway

PS Contest open worldwide, you must be of legal age to smoke in your country of residence.

Giveaway! Five+ 5-pack Samplers from CigarsFor.Me

CigarsFor.Me 5-Pack

Once again we are partnering with CigarsFor.Me, an online cigar shop that recommends you cigars based on your personal tastes. You just answer a few questions about your preferences and the site will show you cigars you are most likely to enjoy. The selection is deliberately narrow as each cigar is hand-picked. Grayson Ervin, the founder of CigarsFor.Me, has five 5-pack samplers to give away to our readers. The best part is that those 5-packs will be personalized according to your Tasting Profile (you can see an example on the photo above).

In order to enter, just use the widget below. There are plenty of ways to enter, each one of them increases your chances to win. We really recommend you share this contest with your friends : not only you get more entries for doing this, but there's another incentive - we'll throw in another 5-pack for every 100 participants! Good luck!

CigarsFor.Me October 2015 Giveaway

UPDATE: We just crossed 100 participants, which means we now have SIX 5-packs to give away! Use the widget above to share the contest with your friends and increase your chances to win!

UPDATE #2: Great news! Over 200 aficionados participated in the contest so far, that's another 5-pack added to the prize pool!

UPDATE #3: It took some time, but we crossed 300 participants. Eight 5-packs to give away so far!

UPDATE #4: The contest is over, thanks for participating! We announced the winners in the widget above.

The contest is open to 19+ y.o. United States residents. We will announce the winners in one week.

Giacomo Cigars Contest Winner

Giacomo Cigars Winner

Last week we reviewed a cigar called Giacomo Maduro Robusto and, thanks to Ryan from Giacomo's Cigars, we had a 5-pack to give away to one lucky reader.

We've had a great response with 150+ participants, thanks to everyone who left a comment! The lucky winner is Steve Camadeco, please get in touch with us to claim your prize.

Stay tuned for more contests in future!

Amazon Contest Winner


The winner of the $44 Amazon gift certificate is Leigh Max. Congrats! Please get in touch to claim your prize.

Long ashes everyone - and stay tuned for more contests in future!

PS If you would like to support CigarInspector.com, feel free to make your Amazon purchases through this link. Thank you!

Amazon $44 Gift Certificate Giveaway


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 $44 that can be redeemed on Amazon.com (doesn't work on .co.uk or .fr).

Just leave a comment on this post to be entered in the draw. The winner will be announced in one week, next Thursday.

PS Want to support CigarInspector.com? Just do your Amazon purchases through this link.

Help Out Cigar Artist Darrel Morris, Get Free Cigars!

Viaje Limited Edition Print

Many of you will remember the feature and giveaway we ran for cigar artist Darrel Morris late last year. It was a very popular feature that garnered a lot of wonderful comments and participation. For those of you who might have missed it, Darrel Morris is an amazing artist who works in scrimshaw, which is engraving into bone or ivory. His drawings are remarkable in their detail and realism. They capture not only form, but texture, and most importantly, his love for cigars.

Darrel is in something of a jam. Six years ago, he and his wife lost their jobs in the recession. While they’re working again and finally starting to make ends meet, they’ve been served up a foreclosure notice on their home—despite their payments being current. They can still save their home, but they need to raise a ton of money fast to make it happen.

You can help out!

Darrel is holding another giveaway. His goal is to make 100 artwork sales. Entering is easy—you just go to his website (here's the link to the available works) and order something. At the time of writing, Darrel was approaching 20 sales. Or you can just spread the word about this contest, it will also help.

When he hits 100 sales, Darrel will select 10 random contestants to receive cigar bombs! Each package will include at least five premium cigars. If he goes over 100 sales, he will increase the number of bombs proportionally. We at Cigar Inspector will also send a 5-pack to one of the contestants to support Darrel's project, so this makes 11 bombs in total.

Darrel is a great guy and an amazing artist, and I know a lot of you here love his work. So please consider purchasing some beautiful art for your home and help Darrel save his. No matter what happens, you’ll get some great art, AND you’ll have a chance to win free cigars!