This week’s cigar deals (Oct 12 2013)

Scary Sampler

Three cigar deals, carefully hand-picked for you.

  • 15% off at Famous - for the Columbus day (check this comic about Columbus if you want to know more about the man), Famous Smoke is offering a 15% discount on all orders over $100. Use coupon ZMAN1492 on their site.
  • Cigar Sweepstakes - not a deal per se, but Best Cigar Prices is giving away a pack of 27 cigars to one lucky fan. You can enter here.
  • The Halloween Scary Sampler - $19.99 for a 5-pack - check out these cigars with scary names like Ghostship or Zombie Apocalypse, the sampler also includes a Diesel Unholy Cocktail, available at CheapHumidors.

Spotted a nice cigar deal? Let us know!

TobakkoNacht – The Antismoking Endgame

TobakkoNacht - The Antismoking Endgame

“This notice is to inform you that due to a recent change in our apartment policy, you must cease and desist smoking, or vacate the premises within 30 days. We know that you have been living here in our complex for the past fifteen years, and you are a valuable resident. Unfortunately, our tenants have complained, and there is nothing we can do.”

How many times have you received a notice like that? Or been told that you cannot hold a job because you smoke, or even that you will lose a relationship if you do not decide to give up your cigars, cigarettes, or pipe? Any cigar aficionado has gone through an experience like this at least once, if not numerous times. Even if it hasn’t happened to you yet, it is more or less a guarantee that it will eventually.

It’s important to be free to choose the lifestyle that we want. Over the years, tobacco smokers have seen their rights systematically stripped away or threatened. Usually when policymakers bring up a new tobacco law, they cite health concerns as the basis. Friends, family members, landlords, and employers typically do the same. Have you ever wondered about where those statistics come from and what they mean?

Michael McFadden is a graduate of the statistics and propaganda analysis program offered by the University of Pennsylvania. Since graduating, he has worked to promote social change through peaceful activism. He is well known for a previous publication, Dissecting Antismokers’ Brains. His new book, TobakkoNacht (available Amazon), further dissects the statistics which are promoted as facts by antismoking campaigners.

Here are some examples:

One type of statistical aberration McFadden talks about is the “almost zero” logical fallacy. Many statistics about smoking involve comparisons between environments with toxins from cigarette smoke and environments without them. A study may show that there is “53 times as much of the toxin” in the smoking environment, which then frightens the reader. But if the non-smoking environment contains almost zero of that substance, 53 times that amount is still very, very little, and may even be within a safe range.

Tobakkonacht by Michael McFaddenAnother great example is an antismoking study conducted by Dr. Nogueira-Filo et al. called “Low- and High-Yield Cigarette Smoke Potentiates Bone Loss During Ligature Induced Periodontitis.” This study was cited repeatedly by anti-smoking campaigners as a basis for stating that gum disease is caused by secondhand smoke in any amount. What the campaigners failed to mention was that the study was conducted on rats, and that the rats were repeatedly placed in a single cubic foot of space while smoke from cigarettes was pumped in three times a day. This is equivalent to burning almost a thousand cigarettes in a phone booth measuring eighty cubic feet. To top it off, the scientists had torn abrasions in the rats’ gums. The gums were struggling to heal while the rats were subjected to the repeated torture, after which they were put down and dissected. Not only is this an absurd comparison to a standard “smoking environment,” but are these really the kinds of people you want lecturing you on health or morality?

All of this isn’t to say that smoking tobacco has no effect on your health, or that secondhand smoke has no effect either. But you should do your own research and understand where statistics come from before you put your faith in them. The fact is, a lot of what is out there (from both sides unfortunately) is misinformation. It is politically and economically motivated, and smoking is just the beginning. What’s next? Soda? Meat? It may sound paranoid, but take a look at an ingredients list on a food package sometime and start trying to understand what does and doesn’t go into the food you eat and the beverages you drink. It’s shockingly challenging.

Misinformation is rampant in modern life; that might be one of the only facts which is easy to distinguish. Moderation is a good thing when it comes to any personal habit—too much soda isn’t good for anyone, and neither is too much tobacco. But most smokers aren’t shutting themselves up in telephone booths with thousands of burning cigarettes. And if you’re a cigar smoker who simply enjoys an artfully crafted stogie now and again, you owe it to yourself to understand the health risks your habits do and do not impose based on the information which is actually out there. TobakkoNacht is a good start, and once you’ve read it, you’ll be ready to participate intelligently and thoughtfully in any debate about the effects of tobacco.

Quick links: you can find some excerpts on the official website, or purchase the book from Amazon ($27.95)

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Cigar Release: JM Dominican Classic Maduro

JM Dominican Classic

JM Tobacco, Inc., one of the first cigar makers to introduce and build its broad product line of value-priced premium cigars, is now producing the new JM Dominican Classic Maduro long-filler, handmade boutique cigar. It joins the JM Dominican Classic Connecticut, which the company introduced at this year’s national tobacco trade show in Las Vegas.

Quoting company president Anto Mahroukian, “JM Tobacco came out of IPCPR 2013 with sufficient momentum, based on orders and interest, to go full-speed ahead with new products. JM Classic Maduro is the first in this new direction for JM ... boutique cigars. And, watch what’s coming right over the horizon.”

JM Classic Maduro is actually a double maduro, with both wrapper and binder being made of top-quality Connecticut Broadleaf tobacco. Mahroukian says the company was fortunate to obtain this select Connecticut maduro leaf, as the entire harvest has sold out. He describes the result of these two powerful tobaccos being combined in a cigar, stating, “We were surprised, during our blend testing and development, to find the two tobaccos married so seamlessly. This is usually not the case with two maduros in one cigar ... they often compete with each other. Though full-bodied, JM Classic Maduro displays amazing sweetness, but without overpowering the palate. We call it ‘sweet boldness.’”

Four JM Classic Maduro shapes are now available from JM Tobacco: 6" x 44 Lonsdale, 5-1/2" x 50 Robusto Grande, 6-3/4" x 50 Churchill, and 6" x 52 Pyramide. A box of 20 cigars retails for $120, and its black color theme and design is compatible with the existing, well-recognized JM cigar presentations.

Liga Privada No. 9

Liga Privada No. 9 Robusto

Origin : NicaraguaLiga Privada
Format : Toro
Size : 6 x 52
Wrapper : Connecticut Broadleaf Ligero Oscuro
Filler : Honduran/Nicaraguan
Binder : Plantation-Grown Brazilian Mata Fina
Price : ~$12
More info about purchasing Liga Privada No. 9 cigars...

Manufactured by Drew Estate, the Liga Privada was actually blended to be the exclusive cigar for the company president. Then the company thought that it was good enough to sell as their premium blend and voila, the Liga Privada No. 9 (Private Blend) was born. Of course, being a fickle aficionado myself, I often take the back stories with a grain of salt. I often wonder if these niche ultra-limited cigars are made more to capitalize on the trend in limited cigars. My research told me that it was heralded the Hottest Cigar in America in the July 13, 2013 issue of Cigar Aficionado’s online newsletter, Cigar Insider. Funny thing is, when I purchased this cigar I had never heard of it, or read the article yet. I bought mine in June of 2013. What made me buy it was its stunning appearance and classy look.

Read the full review of Liga Privada No. 9...

Cigar Release: Gurkha The Rogue

Gurkha The Rogue

Using a carefully selected blend of tobaccos, Rogue is a bold, box-pressed cigar with a pronounced complexity and richness on the finish, beautifully constructed with an un-finished foot. The blend features a golden Ecuadorian, Habano wrapper, combining a rare Ecuadorian binder with a specially chosen blend of 3-year aged ligero’s from Nicaragua, Honduras and Dominican Republic. This full-flavored cigar has complex tasting notes of spice; rich tobacco and roasted chestnuts that make this blend the optimum cigar for indulgence.

Rogue is available in 20-count wooden boxes and the following vitolas: 51/2 x 46 Rascal, 5 x 52 Tyrant, 6 x 54 Ruthless, 6 x 60 Bamboozle and 6 x 66 Armageddon. MSRP: $5.99-$11.99

Cigar (Re-)Release: Torano Reserva Selecta

Torano Reserva Selecta

The Toraño Family Cigar Company has reintroduced their venerable Reserva Selecta premium cigar line. The box design has been face-lifted, but the cigar’s award-winning blend remains untouched. This comes after fourteen years as the centerpiece of their broad portfolio of top-rated boutique premium cigars. Reserva Selecta was among the earliest of many Toraño cigars to gain a 90+ rating.

First debuted in 1999 as their “Millennium Cigar,” the Reserva Selecta went on to become one of the Toraños’ most successful brands. It celebrates the Family’s heritage in dark tobacco and fine cigars that dates back almost a century to 1916.

Four shapes are offered: 5" x 50 Robusto, 7-1/4" x 48 Churchill, 6" x 52 Torpedo and the new 6" x 60 BFC. All the tobaccos in Reserva Selecta are aged a full 3-5 years. That plus the selection of meticulously blended tobaccos makes Reserva Selecta a “sophisticated mild-to-medium smoke with balance and harmony,” according to President Charlie Toraño. The Toraños have faithfully held to the cigar’s original top-rated blend recipe ... Connecticut shade wrapper; Indonesian binder; and Dominican, Nicaraguan and Honduran filler ... with no changes whatsoever. The secret to Reserva Selecta’s worldwide success is the blend, preserved in the Family’s “blend book” that holds the recipes to it and all other Toraño blends.

The presentation for Reserva Selecta has undergone a face lift. The cigars were originally sheathed in cedar and presented in crystal tubes. The box held 20 cigars in two removable trays with compartments for the individual cigars. As Charlie Toraño reveals, “Consumers and retailers continue to heap praise on the blend, but have asked us to eliminate the tubes to save both cost and shelf space.” The newly reintroduced cigars are presented in cellophane sleeves and packed in high-quality but more conventional boxes of 20. The new presentation eliminates the cedar sheaths, crystal tubes and compartmentalized trays. In addition to reducing the packaging costs substantially, the boxes are now considerably narrower allowing retailers to display more Toraño cigars in a given space. The Reserva Selecta band has also been updated to reflect the Toraño’s new band logo, although it retains its iconic blue color.

Manufacturer’s suggested retail prices for the Reserva Selecta line fall between $6.95 and $8.30. Explains Toraño, “Offering this most popular cigar in fresh packaging and at a reduced price will introduce Reserva Selecta to an entirely new audience. Sales have remained strong and steady since 1999, and the steps we’re now taking will keep it a bedrock cigar with us.”

7 Cigar Myths Debunked (or not…) [infographic]

Today we would like to show you some of the most common cigar myths in the form of an infographic (click for a larger version). We hope you enjoy it, please share it with your friends if you like it!

Cigar Myths Debunked

Any other subjects that could be covered via an infographic? Feel free to suggest in the comments area below!

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