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!

La Jugada Prieto Robusto

La Jugada Prieto Robusto

Origin : NicaraguaLa Jugada Cigars
Format : Robusto
Size : 5 x 50
Wrapper : Mexican San Andreas Maduro
Filler : Nicaraguan
Binder : Nicaraguan
Hand-Made
Price : ~$8
More info about purchasing La Jugada Prieto...

La Jugada is a medium-strength cigar by Moya Ruiz. According to Danny Moya and Nelson Ruiz, the cigar’s creators, the name “La Jugada” translates to “the play” or “the move,” and is a reference to their beloved game of dominoes. The cigars are all handrolled at Erik Espinosa's "La Zona" Factory in Esteli. You can find more information about the blend and more great pictures like the one above on Moya Ruiz official website. I had a chance to smoke one of these recently, and have to agree; it is a pretty nice experience.

Read the full review of La Jugada Prieto Robusto...

Bolivar 108 (Regional Edition Spain)

Bolivar 108 (Regional Edition Spain)

Origin : Cuba
Format : Corona GordaBolivar
Size : 142 x 18 mm (5.6 x 46)
Ring : 46
Intruduced in : 2010
Hand-Made
Price : $20+ each
More info about purchasing Bolivar cigars...

Bolivar is one of the most prominent brands for Cuban cigars. The Bolivar 108 Regional Edition Spain (2010) is not the best known release from this brand, but that is because its release was extremely limited and exclusive. These came out in 2010, and were targeted to the Spanish market. 108 in the name refers to 108 years, a celebration of Bolivar’s anniversary. Only 4,000 were made in total, sold in boxes of 10. These cigars seem to receive almost universal acclaim, and my own experience with the Bolivar 108 has been just as excellent.

Read the full review of Bolivar 108 (Regional Edition Spain)...

General Cigar Hires Sam Leccia, Acquires Leccia Tobacco

Sam Leccia

Today, General Cigar announced more major changes (just a few days after the acquisition of Torano cigar brand). Firstly, they have made the decision to hire Sam Leccia, famous to have worked on Cain and Nub cigar lines when he was at Oliva Cigar Company, to serve as “Cigar and Blend Specialist.” Secondly, they have acquired Leccia Tobacco Company as part of the deal. Beginning today, they will take over the marketing and distribution duties for the Black, White, and Luchador lines.

Sam Leccia has cultivated a reputation for unique approaches to crafting and marketing cigar lines. His contemporary blends are inspired by traditional blends, but put a modern twist on the flavors and aromas. That same creative quality is evident in his marketing campaigns. He will bring that same expertise and innovation to the table at General Cigar, where he will continue working on his own brands as well as other cigars manufactured by the company. This partnership should have incredible results for both parties.

Expressing his optimism about the new hire, Dan Carr, president of General Cigar, stated, “I am impressed with what Sam has achieved. He broke into the industry, worked tirelessly for years, and made a name for himself by developing interesting cigar brands. Sam will provide additional creative talent to complement the enterprise of our existing team.”

Sam Leccia stated, “To say that I am thrilled to be joining General Cigar Company is a gross understatement … Having creative freedom, access to the resources of General Cigar, and the ability to work with the company’s master blenders and tobacco experts is like a dream come true.”

Fallen Angel by A.J. Fernandez

Fallen Angel by A.J. Fernandez

Origin : NicaraguaA. J. Fernandez Cigars
Format : Robusto
Size : 5 x 52
Wrapper : Ecuadorian Sumatra Oscuro
Filler : Nicaraguan Ligero
Binder : Nicaraguan
Strength : Full
Hand-Made
Price : $5 each
More info about purchasing Fallen Angel cigars...

Construction

A.J. Fernandez is famous for stating, “To make the best cigars, you must have the finest raw materials…” Fallen Angel comes draped in a wrapper leaf that most would call “the finest raw material.” The stunning Ecuadorian-grown Sumatra Oscuro wrapper leaf is a dark chestnut color. It is incredibly smooth with very few veins. The mouth-watering wrapper cloaks potent Nicaraguan ligero long filler. The length of the five-inch stick is plump and well rolled and finished with a neat box press. The double cap squarely mounted and cuts cleanly with my Colibri Monza Punch Cutter.

Read the full review of Fallen Angel by A.J. Fernandez...

CigarsFor.me giveaway winners

Cigarsfor.me contest winners

We hope you had fun participating in our recent contest which consisted in checking out CigarsFor.me, a cigar shop providing personalized cigar suggestions. We received some very nice response. Time to announce the winners! The following five CigarInspector.com readers will be getting a personalized 5-pack sampler:

  • Jim J
  • David Y
  • Chase A
  • Lance B
  • Jacob A K Sr

Congrats everyone! Please stay tuned for more contests in future by subscribing to our newsletter, if it's not already done! (some contests being exclusive to subscribers)

General Cigar Acquires Toraño

General Cigar acquires Torano

General Cigar (known for their CAO and Macanudo brands, among others) announced on Thursday, September 11th, that they have acquired Toraño Cigars. The transfer took place on the same date as the announcement, and is the union of two legendary cigar companies. With a century of experience in the industry, Toraño has developed a number of prominent blends, including Exodus, Loyal, Casa Toraño, Vault and Master Collections. These popular lines will remain unchanged under General Cigar. General Cigar will see to it that they are produced with the same quality and care as ever.

Speaking about the acquisition, Dan Carr, president of General Cigar stated, “The acquisition of the Toraño brands represents an opportunity for us to strategically expand our portfolio. Our companies have been intertwined for over 50 years and I look forward to working with Charlie Toraño on plans to celebrate the upcoming centennial and to carry forward the vision, passion and innovation that is synonymous with the Toraño name while also leveraging our resources to bring even greater excitement and reach to our trade partners and consumers.”

General Cigar and Toraño have been working together ever since the Toraño family left Cuba. Reflecting on their long partnership, Charlie Toraño stated “There is no other company that I would rather have continue my family’s legacy.”

How to Remove an Unwanted Smell from Your Humidor

How to get rid of unwanted smells in a humidor?

Recently we received the following question from one of our readers:

"I've been storing some cinnamon-flavored cigars in my humidor and, even one month after I removed them, the humidor still smells of cinnamon, which is affecting my other cigars. How can I get this smell out?"

There are a lot of cases where something like that may happen. Maybe you have a situation similar to our reader’s, and some stogies you stored with a particularly strong aroma are starting to affect the other cigars. Or maybe you just bought a brand new humidor and the cedar smell of the wood is particularly strong, and that is impacting the flavor and aroma of your cigars. Or perhaps you were using your humidor for some other storage application, and whatever you had in there previously left an odor behind it.

Whatever the situation, there is a solution! Or several solutions, as it turns out.

  • Let it air out. Sometimes, this is all it takes! Just leave the humidor open for a few days and let the smell die down. This works very well with new humidors that have an overly strong wood smell and can work great in other situations too. Placing the humidor outdoors during this process can work very well so long as you do not need to worry about precipitation.
  • Wipe down the inside of the humidor with isopropyl alcohol or denatured alcohol. You do not need to use a lot. Wait for the box to dry (leave it open so that it can air out thoroughly). After about a day, the aroma will hopefully be gone.
  • Baking soda may also do the trick. You may already use this to keep odors out of your fridge. Keep it in a container so that it doesn’t spill, and take out your cigars before you place the baking soda inside. Remove the baking soda as soon as the odor is gone and put your cigars back. This process could take up to a week, but it works great for a lot of odors.
  • Try a glass of whisky or brandy. If airing out the humidor doesn’t get rid of the smell, this non-conventional tactic may work to clear out the old smell. The “drawback” is that the new smell will linger for a long time even after you take the glass out again. The reason I say “drawback” is because some people actually like the impact this has on their cigars, and deliberately put a few drops of whisky in their humidors whether they need to get rid of an odor or not. Close the humidor when you try this technique.
  • I've also heard people say that placing thinly sliced potatoes inside a closed humidor for a few days can also help you get rid of unwanted smells. Disclaimer: I haven't tried this technique.

As you can see, there are a number of different options you can try, so there is no need to give up on your old humidor. Just be sure to take care of your cigars during the process. In the future, it would be wise to store flavored cigars elsewhere (this part you have probably figured out on your own!).

What tricks have you used to successfully clear out unwanted odors from your humidor? Please share in the comments below!

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