Jay-Z Launches Comador, a “Super Premium” Cigar

Jay Z Smoking a Cigar

Jay-Z is best known for his hip hop hits, but he’s also known for his love of cigars. Jay-Z has graced the cover of Cigar Aficionado, and has actually brought his own cigar roller along with him on his musical tour with Justin Timberlake so that he could enjoy a backstage “gentleman’s club” with friends and associates. While the big news in the music world this week focuses on Jay-Z’s nine Grammy award nominations, in the cigar world we’re excited about the singer’s announcement that he is launching his very own “super premium” cigar dubbed Comador in partnership with Cohiba/General Cigar (General Cigar owns the license to use the Cohiba brand outside of Cuba).

This isn’t a cigar you’ll be able to casually stroll into your local tobacconist and pick up for a few bucks. “Super premium” describes not only the “rare, proprietary” tobaccos the cigars will contain, but also their price tag. Seven Comador cigars will cost about $210, which comes out to about $30 per cigar. A full set of 14 will cost almost $1,000 if you order them in the limited edition box set. So while this will be a luxury cigar, it isn’t priced so far out of the market as to be unaffordable to the average person. Thirty bucks is luxurious, but hardly inaccessible for a unique smoking experience.

Discussing the partnership with Cohiba, Jay-Z said, “I worked with Cohiba because I knew they’d take my vision of a luxury cigar and bring it to life in the right way.” Jay-Z sat down with Cohiba brand leaders and talked about the cigars he enjoys and the notes that he likes best. From there, the team worked to combine different tobaccos until they had something that Jay-Z really loved and was happy to associate his name with. “He knows what he likes when he sees it,” explained General Cigar President Dan Carr.

What is the Comador like? The tobacco leaves have been hand-selected from Central America and the Caribbean. The Havana seed Connecticut-grown wrapper is said to be crafted from rare tobacco leaves “prized for (their) exquisite flavor and deep, lustrous appearance.” The Comador was designed to offer a smooth, mild smoking experience with a slow, even burn, perfect for veteran smokers and newbies alike. If the Comador is successful, it could be the beginning of a bright future for Jay-Z and General Cigar. “We’re viewing this as a long-term partnership,” said Dan Carr.

Kristoff Corojo Limitada Torpedo

Kristoff Corojo Limitada Torpedo

KristoffOrigin : Dominican Republic
Format : Torpedo
Size : 6 1/4 x 52
Wrapper : Nicaraguan
Filler : Nicaraguan
Binder : Nicaraguan and Dominican
Hand-Made
Price : ~$9 each
More info about purchasing Kristoff Corojo Limitada cigars...

Glen Case’s Kristoff cigar company has been through some rough times since its inception thanks to distribution and production problems. They have however gotten the attention of the world with high-quality premium cigars like the Kristoff Corojo Limitada Torpedo. The stogie is made largely from Cuban seed Dominican Habano tobacco. Production of this cigar is limited to about 16,000 per year—thus the higher price point.

Read the full review of Kristoff Corojo Limitada Torpedo...

Ortega Serie D #8

Ortega Serie D No. 8

Origin : NicaraguaOrtega
Format : Robusto
Size : 5 1/2 x 50
Wrapper : San Andreas, Mexican maduro
Filler : Nicaragua
Binder : Nicaragua
Hand-Made
Price : ~$7 each
More info about purchasing Ortega cigars...

Eddie Ortega is a big name these days. Only recently, Ortega set out on his own, after parting ways with EO Brands, the company he founded with Erik Espinosa. Serie D is the first selection offered by Ortega’s new solo company, and includes 5 different sizes in natural or maduro (this review is for the maduro). The filler and binder leaves are grown in Jalapa and Esteli in Nicaragua, while the wrapper comes from San Andreas, Mexico.

Read the full review of Ortega Serie D #8...

You Asked, We Listened: a printable Cigar Flavors Wheel!

Cigar Flavors Wheel poster

Last year, we published an article about the main cigar flavors, illustrated with a Cigar Flavors Wheel. The article has received some great feedback and one thing that a lot of you asked about was the possibility to print out the flavors wheel as a poster. At that time, it wasn't possible...

But we sat down and redrew the wheel in hi-res, so that now you can have it on your wall! We chose Redbubble to handle the printing/shipping based on their reputation. If you order, please come back here and let us know how it went. We are also open for other suggestions. Enjoy!

>>> Click here to order a poster with the Cigar Flavors Wheel <<<

Sunday’s Cigar Cartoon: “false emergency”

False emergency

“Lunette C” Cigar Holder Winners

Lunette C Cigar Holder

Last week we ran a giveaway for two hand-made cigar holders for golf carts crafted by Mark from the Small Batch Innovator company. We've had some great response and here are the two winners:

  • Rick S
  • JohnH

Please get in touch with us to claim your prize, don't forget to include your shipping address.

Many thanks to Mark and those who participated, stay tuned for more contests in future!

Buying cigars in Athens, Greece

Where to buy Cigars in Athens

Today I am bringing you another short travel report with a focus on cigars. In November I spent a few days in Athens, Greece and thoroughly enjoyed my stay. The weather was marvellous (+15 C on average) and there were very few tourists (as far as I know in the summer the city and the main attractions like the Acropolis get quite crowded).

Athens turned out to be a very pleasant city, especially if you enjoy ancient ruins. Quite a few nice bars and restaurants, just make sure you read some reviews before venturing in - the only time I didn't, I found myself in a shady taverna with a waiter who obviously didn't know his maths since he wanted me to pay x 2 the menu prices. The magic word "police" seemed to calm him down though.

As for cigars, I found one shop with a good selection and it was right next to the central square (Syntagma or Parliament square). It's called Miamis (Google Maps >).

Miamis - cigar shop in Athens

The place features a nice walk-in humidor, a decent choice of both Cubans and non-Cubans and friendly managers. If you find yourself in Athens, do not hesitate to source your cigars in Miamis.

Miamis Cigar Shop

Sunday’s Cigar Cartoon: “elementary, my dear Watson”

Elementary, my dear Watson

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