Nestor Miranda Collection

Nestor Miranda Collection 75th Anniversary Salomon 7″1/4 x 57 ring

A puro Nicaraguan created to commemorate Nestor Miranda 75th birthday. Miami Cigars hit the ball out of the park with this gorgeous cigar. It has the look, it has the flavor and it has the name. Everything about this cigar is said to be top of the line. The beautiful white and gold box wrapping the most gorgeous cigars I’ve ever seen.

Featuring two cigar bands ,one is white with gold letters and the other one completely gold which highlight the dark corojo wrapper making a very nice contrast and giving the stick a luxurious look. This Salomon shape makes this cigar even more interesting. The dimensions 7 ¼ inches by 57 makes one look at it with respect, it’s not a small cigar and of course just looking at it one can imagine how flavorful and delicious its going to be.

The first third brings notes of nuts, coffee surrounded by a touch of dates and some pepper. The pepper intensifies a bit after the first ½ inch without being overpowering, just completing the whole.

Second third the cigar delivers a touch of floral sweetness combined with notes of cedar, wood and some salt lingering around; with the taste of red pepper still in the background.

The last third of the cigar is all about nuts, cedar, and a dash of salt with some pepper. The construction is flawless, no touch up required and a perfect burning line, there’s nothing else to say. Its definitely a must try…for a special occasion or if you have a healthy budget as an everyday smoke…while you can get it, this cigar is worth every penny!!

 

5 cigars and whiskeys that go hand in hand

If you have been part of the whiskey and cigar world for a long time, you know the satisfaction of finding that perfect pairing. Whiskey and cigars go hand in hand for a reason – together, they are the epitome of sophisticated tasting pleasure. If you’re relatively new to the practice of cigar-whiskey pairing, you might be a little unsure of how to get an exceptional match. Fortunately, though it takes years to become a master in this arena, the concepts are relatively simple. Don’t let one taste dominate the other, but find flavours that bring out the best in each other. A helpful tip is to match the body of the whiskey to the body of the cigar. Don’t go for a full-bodied drink and a light-bodied smoke, as this will achieve the overpowering of one flavour.  Here are 5 cigars and whiskeys that go hand in hand:

1. Romeo and Julieta Short Churchill with Bruichladdich Islay Barley

Let’s start with something we can all agree on: Cuban cigars. This smoke doesn’t only have its country of origin going for it – Winston Churchill reportedly claimed it as his favourite, hence the name. Romeo and Julieta’s are smooth, creamy and easy to smoke, and they make a sublime match with the malty and buttery Bruichladdich Islay Barley. Together, this light pairing makes for an elegant tasting experience.

2. Camacho American Barrel Aged Robusto and Knappogue Castle 12-Year-Old Single Malt Irish Whiskey

This delicious pair is not only an excellent match, but a surprisingly affordable price for the quality. The Knappogue has been aged for 12 years in bourbon casks, giving it a malty sweetness that complements the toasty bourbon taste of the American Barrel Aged. As its name suggests, this whiskey has also been aged in bourbon barrels for a year after six previous years of aging. The similar process undergone by both the cigar and the whiskey means that these flavours round each other out and make for an exceptional complementary pair.

3. Padron 1964 Anniversary Series and Glengoyne 18

Nicaragua is another solid location to find a quality cigar, and the Padron 1964 is a prime example. Delicate, smooth, classy and with an incredible finish, this cigar contrasts with the fruitiness of the Glengoyne 18 – a whiskey that has been aged mostly in sherry casks. Though this match might seem a little contradictory, they manage to highlight each other’s differences without stifling the deep complexity of both the cigar and the whiskey.

4. Black Belt Buckle Corona Gorda and Jack Daniel’s Old No. 7

If you’re looking for a bold pairing, give this duo a try. Black Belt Buckle’s charred woody notes and earthy sweetness come out powerfully in this cigar. Therefore, to avoid overpowering the drink, it needs a strong whiskey to fight back. Jack Daniel’s Old No. 7 is just that, with a flavour that features a slight sweetness and a woody trait – the common denominators that make these two a perfectly bold match.

5. Davidoff Escurio Gran Toro With Balvenie Single Barrel 15 Year Old

Complexity is the key to this wonderfully unique pairing. Davidoff Escurio is somehow creamy, sweet, leathery and spicy, all in one glorious cigar. It goes well, then, with this Scottish whiskey featuring a delicate fruity sweetness followed by a noticeable spice. The dramatic shifts in flavours that both the whiskey and cigar display flow together beautifully.

Becoming an expert on whiskeys or a cigar master will not happen overnight, but match any of these cigar-whiskey duos and you will not be disappointed. In the end, what matters most in cigar-whiskey pairings is that you enjoy the taste that results.

How to Fix a Cigar that Burns Unevenly

Lets face it, we’re not perfect. We all have some flaws and one of those could even include how we light our cigars. It’s not always as easy as it seems and when you do light your cigar incorrectly and it burns unevenly it can really kill the mood and ruin your cigar experience. But no need to worry, that’s what we’re here for! Give us some time and we’ll make sure that you know everything on how to fix that poorly lit cigar.

Cutting your cigar properly is the first step in ensuring that you do not have an uneven burn. Regardless of if you’re using a v-cutter or a punch cutter you should always know your own preferences, as some smokers will allow up to ½ inch of uneven burn before attempting to correct it, while others will only allow up to ¼ of an inch.

Of course, while your tolerance for unevenness is a vital consideration, you’ll still need to know what to do to stop that uneven burn and ensure that your cigar lasts as long as possible. What options do you have? How can you save your cigar from an ignominious death? How will you stop this cruel torturous cigar casualty?

First, you should know that many high-quality cigars can correct themselves if you just leave them alone. Usually, the uneven burn will be corrected within a space of ½ inch. However, if the cigar doesn’t correct itself, you will need to use your lighter to ignite the tobacco and wrapper in the area that is not burning. However, if the only portion of your cigar not burning is the outer wrapper or a very light layer of tobacco, you’re advised to leave it alone.

However, if you have a large amount of tobacco not burning, you’ll need to relight the cigar. Take out your torch lighter and light it. Hold the lighter just before the unlit tobacco, but do not touch the tobacco with the flame. Instead, you should simply hold it close enough that the lighter heats up the tobacco. Take an experimental draw on the cigar and determine if the area will ignite. If it will not, you will need to move the flame a bit closer and hold it for another moment. Take another draw and the tobacco should light. Smoke the cigar gently until the uneven burn is corrected and you’ll find you can still enjoy that smoke.

See that wasn’t too bad. You just saved a cigar and that’s what is most essential at the moment. You spend your well earned money on this relaxing hobby and you deserve to have a well lit cigar that isn’t burning poorly. We may not be perfect, but we are sure as hell going to ensure that your cigars are burning bright with no problems.

Habanos S.A. presents in Bulgaria and as a world first San Cristobal de La Habana Prado

San Cristobal de la Habana Prado will be showcased by Kaliman Caribe Ltd. on 4th October at the Boyana Presidence, in Sofia, Bulgaria The new vitola is an exclusive product for Las Casas del Habano and Habanos Specialists

The presentation of the San Cristóbal de la Habana Prado is scheduled for 4th October in Sofia (Bulgaria), at the legendary and impressive Boyana Presidence. Throughout the evening, aficionados of the world’s best tobacco will be able to taste this new , as well as enjoy other experiences designed to stimulate their senses: a selection of gourmet products from several Premium brands, an exciting show, with music, dancing, famous artists, etc.

The new vitola owes its name to the emblematic Paseo del Prado, the avenue that best preserves and tells the story of Cuba’s rich architectural history.

Prado vitola extends the San Cristóbal de la Habana portfolio, whose vitolas are made “Totalmente a Mano con Tripa Larga– Totally by Hand with Long Filler” – by expert Cuban cigar rollers with filler and binder leaves from the finest tobacco plantations in Vuelta Abajo, Pinar del Rio. This Habano is distinguished for the soft to medium flavour of its blend.

The San Cristóbal de la Habana brand was sold for the first time in 1999 with a range of 4 vitolas, whose names correspond to the city’s fortresses, built between the 16th and 19th Centuries by the Spaniards to defend the main square from likely attacks: El Morro, La Fuerza, La Punta and El Príncipe.

The launched product is designed exclusively for and Habanos Specialists stores. This small detail is inscribed on the elegant and shiny band of this fabulous Habano.

La Casa del Habano is an international network of franchised stores that specialise in selling Habanos and where the most discerning smokers can enjoy the universe that surround these renowned cigars. These exclusive Habano boutiques stand out for their outstanding personalized service, advising consumers according to their preferences. On the other hand, the Habanos Specialists stores are retailers that receive this distinction from Habanos, S.A. distributors across the different markets, contributing towards spreading the Habano culture and that of its famous brands.

Kaliman Caribe is the exclusive Habanos distributor for – Albania, Armenia, Bulgaria, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, Macedonia, Montenegro, Romania, Serbia, and Slovenia. Ten Casas del Habano and two Cohiba Atmosphere lounges operate in this region.

Habanos S.A. launches for the first time in Spain and Worldwide Romeo y Julieta Tacos 2018 Limited Edition

Club Pasión Habanos presents this Limited Edition in the Spanish capital on 8th September. Romeo y Julieta Tacos 2018 Limited Edition, which its production and development process has been very thoughtful, will be present in the Spanish market since 10th September.

Tabacalera, Habanos S.A. official distributor in Spain, is launching its world preview of the Romeo y Julieta Tacos 2018 Limited Edition , a vitola that has been reclaimed from the 1970s (Tacos Imperiales, 49 ring gauge x 168 mm length) and that is released in a 25-unit regular box.

The presentation of Romeo y Julieta Tacos 2018 Limited Edition will take place on 8th September in Madrid in an event inspired by this legendary  Habanos brand and organized by Club Pasión Habanos under the “Nos une la passion – Passion unites us” slogan. Members will not only have the privilege of tasting this Habano but will also enjoy other Romeo y Julieta Habanos, as well as other experiences designed to stimulate the senses: a selection of gourmet products from several Premium brands, music, and a carefully designed cocktail dinner, together with other unexpected surprises.

All the Habanos of this Limited Edition have been made “Totalmente a Mano con Tripa Larga ” – Totally by Hand with Long Filler – and their leaves are specially selected from the Vuelta Abajo area in Pinar del Río, Cuba, the best tobacco-growing land in the world. This product’s limited and meticulous production and development processes are carried out by expert Cuban torcedores – cigar rollers – working painstakingly to meet the expectations of the most demanding Habanos aficionados.

Habanos Limited Editions are highly appreciated and awaited by enthusiasts every year. They main characteristic is that their vitolas are not included in the brands’ regular portfolios. They are distinguished by their specially selected leaves – wrapper, filler and binder -, which have been aged for not less than two years.

The term “Habanos” has been used since the late nineteenth century to identify the finest cigars in the world, although Cuban tobacco was already considered to be the best in the world back in the eighteenth century. Habanos is an internationally recognised Protected Appellation of Origin (P.A.O.), reserved for identifying cigars over 3 grams, traditionally designated under said denomination, made Totalmente a Mano -Totally By Hand – in Cuba according to the quality standards established by the Cuban tobacco industry, under the supervision of the Habanos P.A.O. Regulatory Council.

Romeo y Julieta was created as a Habanos brand in 1875, with its origin in the tragic play of the same name by that giant of English literature, William Shakespeare. Today, Romeo y Julieta enjoys great prestige all over the world and offers the widest range of vitolas in the Habanos brand, all produced Totalmente a Mano con Tripa Larga- Totally by Hand with Long Filler. Since its birth in 1875, Romeo y Julieta has become one of the best known of the Habanos cigars, and is especially valued by those who appreciate a harmonious blend with an excellent aroma.

London’s New Home of the Cuban Cigar-The opening of La Casa del Habano James J Fox in Harrods

UK cigar institution James J Fox has partnered with Harrods and the leading global cigar expert La Casa Del Habano, to create a state of the art cigar department in the world’s most iconic department store in the heart of Central London.

In the most luxurious of environments, James J Fox, and, La Casa Del Habano, remains committed to deliver superior customer service, expertize, and, products and services portfolio that will satisfy the refined palate and needs of any cigar aficionado.

The walk-in humidor designed by Europe’s leading humidor expert DeArt. Crafted entirely from the best quality Spanish cedar wood, provides the ideal environment for the entire Habanos portfolio, from the beloved classics to the rare, aged and limited editions and the sought after La Casa Del Habano exclusive lines.

Martin Brudnizki Design Studio created an opulent setting for the widest selection of premium accessories in the UK, including S.T. Dupont’s Art of Fire and their made to order Haute Couture lighters, or, Elie Bleu’s stunning hand crafted humidors, to name a few.

Cigars can be sampled on premises in a refined and intimate sampling room that comes complete with complimentary refreshments and a cutting edge air filtration system, designed by Swiss-based experts Airkel, to produce superb air quality through continuous extraction of smoke and the diffusion of clean air into the space.

Finally, a limited number of beautifully crafted Spanish cedar wood cigar lockers will be available exclusively to our Cigar Club members.

Upon joining the Cigar Club and selecting their preferred locker, the members will be able to log into their account via a dedicated website where they can manage their inventory, and check humidity and temperature levels in their locker, either online or via the mobile application.

Amongst other benefits, Cigar Club members will have an exclusive opportunity to book a table or the lounge for private events, the opportunity to pre-order any exciting new releases. These and many more services will be available via personally tailored cigar advice, in person, via telephone or email, by a dedicated Cigar Club Manager.