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!
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’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!
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.
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 $39 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.
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'smonthly 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 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.
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!
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.
Update: this contest is over. Congrats to the winners!
PS Contest open worldwide, you must be of legal age to smoke in your country of residence.
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!