April 2020

Malasia gets the CSWC cigars. Even though all the qualifiers for the 2020 season of the Cigar Smoking World Championship are canceled, the cigars are still being distributed globally. And the next country to receive the cigars is Malaysia. Last year, we entered the Cigar Smoking World Championship competition in Kuala Lumpur. We planned to do the same again this year, but the event got canceled. Then there was a shimmer of hope, with a local judge, before the covid-19 pandemic shattered our dreams of beating the competition for some great prices.

The cigars are specially blended for the competition. And they are still going to be released in the South East Asian country. The local partner of the Cigar Smoking World Championship, Trinidad Cigar Group, confirmed that the cigars are coming. Patel blended the cigar with his team and Marko Bilic, founder of the CSWC. During the blending process, they not only took the flavor and strength of the cigar into consideration. They also tested the technical properties and burning behavior. And the smoke speed and the impact on the taste of the cigar.

The blend

The cigars are made at Rocky Patel’s TAVICUSA Factory in Esteli, Nicaragua. Patel and his business partner Amilcar Perez-Castro own that factory. They also own some plantations in Nicaragua. Patel also works closely with the Plasencia factory in Danli, Honduras where a lot of other Rocky Patel blends are produced. For the Rocky Patel CSWC cigars, Patel and his team picked filler tobaccos from Nicaragua and Honduras. The binder is Nicaraguan. The wrapper is Mexican San Andres. There are three sizes being produced. The competition cigar is the 5⅛x42 Mareva. From the first-ever Cigar Smoking World Championship, this has been the size. At first with the Montecristo #4. Later with the Macanudo Inspirado. 2020 is the first year in which Rocky Patel is the official supplier for the cigars for the Cigar Smoking World Championship.

Besides the Mareva, which are available in boxes of ten cigars, there are two other sizes. Those are the 5×50 Robusto in boxes of 20 cigars. And the 6×52 Toro, also available in boxes of 20 cigars. For now, only the Mareva is scheduled to land in Malaysia. But if the feedback is positive, the other sizes are likely to be imported as well. Currently, Malaysia is under lockdown, as soon as it ends, Rocky Patel will ship the cigars.

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