“Smoke, Lies and the Nanny State” by Joe Jackson

A few days ago, my friend Daize sent me a link to Joe Jackson's (the musician) essay about smoking called "Smoke, Lies and the Nanny State". I just read it and thought I should share it with you.

The article tackles the issues of statistics used by antismoking zealots to back their arguments (it is very hard to actually prove that the lung cancer is directly linked to the smoking, let alone other 'smoking-related diseases'), it explains the hysteria of wide-spreading smoking bans and tells us who are the people behind the movement. Overall, a very well-written and informative article.

You can download the essay from here.

Tatuaje Noella Reserva 2009

Tatuaje Noella Reserva 2009

TatuajeOrigin : Nicaragua
Format : Corona
Size : 5 1/8'' x 42
Ring : 42
Wrapper : Nicaragua
Filler : Nicaragua
Binder : Nicaragua
Hand-Made
Price : ~$8 each
More info about purchasing Tatuaje Noellas cigars...

This is another special release from Pete Johnson and Tatuaje cigars. The first Noella Reserva was released in 2006 . . . this is the 2009 version. I have yet to enjoy the original release, but if it’s anything like this little firecracker, it will be quite the treat!

As I understand the blend, it is the same as the standard Noella. However, the wrapper is a specially selected ligero that has been aged longer than the regular version. I have seen mixed numbers concerning the production of this release, but it appears that somewhere around 5,000 were produced.

Read the full review of Tatuaje Noella Reserva 2009...

“Paris to Cuba” by Mario Grigorov – Giveaway

I was recently approached by Caitlin who represents Mario Grigorov, a well-known musician and film composer. You can find more information about Mario on his website. Mario is getting ready to release a new album, "Paris to Cuba" and we've got 3 CDs to give away to our readers. I thought that this kind of music (latin-jazz) might appeal to you because (I listened to a few songs and can confirm that) it pairs up well with a cigar and a glass of rum.

All you need to do is comment on this post to be entered to win one of the CDs. The winners will be selected next Sunday. Subscribe to the updates so you don't miss the announcement! :)
Contest open internationally.

From the press release:

The ten tracks on Paris To Cuba are the embodiment of summertime. Composed and created by Mario Grigorov, the album’s sound conjures up beautiful complexions, mid-afternoon mojitos, linen garments, and vintage Cadillacs. This is music that immediately evokes an aural landscape, a narrative of striking up a wandering romance with a stranger, a “paseo” through Plaza Vieja or a sunset on the Seine. Lilting, sensual brass sections flirt with gentle vocals on “I See”, “Every Little Movement”, and “Snake Eyes”- the three tracks which feature singer, Melissa Newman. Blending hints of Pink Martini and Buena Vista Social Club, the percussion section laps as a wave on an empty beach. It is easy for the listener to get lost in the guitar solos, mysterious accordion and nostalgic, sweeping strings. This is not your typical jazz or world record.

Father’s day discount at The Cigar Store

Folks at The Cigar Store are giving a 15% discount on everything until June 22. They co-sponsored one of our contests and overall are good guys. To qualify for the discount, just enter "TFD952AB" when checking out.

They've got some sweet deals like the Oliva Serie V Torpedo at under $150/box (review here) or the Don Ramon that we recently reviewed.

Cigar Reviews of the Week #61 (Jun 6 2009)

Some Rocky Patel reviews for your today's reading pleasure:

Rocky Patel Decade Robusto

Reviewed by Cigarfan at  Keepers of the Flame

Cigarfan thoroughly enjoys the Decade, qualifying it as 'an excellent smoke in any case'.
Read the full review here...
Read our take on the Rocky Patel Decade Lonsdale...

Rocky Patel Spring Collection

Reviewed by Lisa at  Her Humidor

Here is another very good creation from Rocky Patel, with deep and rich flavors and an impeccable construction.
Read the full review here....

Finally, thought I should let you know that The Weekly Cigar will be making a giveaway of some free sticks as soon as they cross 5.000 views. They're at 2.000 right now, let's make it happen.

Tesa Havanitas No. 1 Lancero Maduro

Tesa Havanitas No. 1 Lancero Maduro

Origin : Nicaragua
Format : Lancero
Size : 7 x 36
Ring : 36
Wrapper : Criollo '98 Maduro
Filler : Nicaragua
Hand-Made
Price : ~$12 each
More info about purchasing Tesa cigars...

I received this cigar, along with two others, in a gift pack. TESA Cigar Company is a boutique cigar company operating out of Chicago, Illinois. I haven’t had any experience with their smokes and had only read about them online. According to their website, TESA cigars are blended by Chicago area resident Chris Kelly and crafted in the TESA Cigar factory in Esteli, Nicaragua. Additionally, 10% of all purchases are donated to housing repairs, education, clothing, and sustenance for the benefit of the residents of Esteli.

I was gifted three TESA cigars: this lancero, a Reserva Real torpedo and a Vintage Especial presidente. I smoked the torpedo upon receipt and was thoroughly impressed with its flavor profile. I decided to let the other two rest for a couple months before enjoying them. After some humi time, I decided to light up this little lancero.

Read the full review of Tesa Havanitas No. 1 Lancero Maduro...

2009 Cuban Cigar Deletions

Bolivar Bonitas

Habanos SA recently announced which cigars will be removed from production in 2009. There are a couple of vitolas that I will miss for sure (especially the Bolivar Bonitas - stock up while they're still available).

List of Cuban cigars to be deleted in 2009

Davidoff Special R Tubo

Davidoff Special R Tubo

DavidoffOrigin : Dominican Republic
Format : Robusto
Size : 4 7/8 x 50
Ring : 50
Wrapper : USA/Connecticut Shade
Filler : Dominican Republic
Binder : Dominican Republic
Hand-Made
Price : ~$300 for a box of 20
More info about purchasing Davidoff Special R cigars...

This is a tubo version although it is not visible on the picture. I usually like Davidoffs even though they might be considered overpriced. On the milder side, they tend to provide a pleasant flavor and boast a reliable construction. This is what I was expecting from this tubed Special R.

Read the full review of Davidoff Special R Tubo...

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