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Gurkha Goes Big

February 19, 2015 · By · No Comments

Gurkha Cigars, which claims to have the world’s most expensive cigar—His Majesty’s Reserve – is going upscale once more with another pricy stick.  His Majesty’s Reserve is infused with Louis XIII Cognac and that costs about $2500 per bottle -- each one of the cigars costs about a grand.  The newest entry to Gurkha is going to be called the Maharaja, which will only cost $500 per cigar.  The new Maharaja, according to the release, is a “secret blend of the best quality tobaccos available” using a Maduro wrapper over Dominican binder and filler.  If you are looking for this one, good luck - it is extremely limited. Only 1,000 cigars are to be made.  They will come in humidors of 10 and there are only going to be 100 boxes.

New Punch

General Cigar has a much more affordable option…the new Punch Signature.   The company just announced the yearly release of the Punch Rare Corojo and now comes the Signature. Now not many details are available about it yet…the cigar debuts the first of March.  But in the meantime, the sarcastic Mr. Punch is in full glory, accepting twitter photos and making comments about them making memes on his new webpage.  (Example: Don’t smoke premium cigars, you must like Sex and the City too)

The new Punch is coming out of General’s Honduran factory:

Master Blender Agustin Garcia hinted that Punch Signature “was inspired by the original Punch” and that it “mixes tradition with modern tastes.” He also said that he and his team “spent three years developing the blend.”

Here is info on the box and band…

The band is a re-creation of artwork developed in the 1800s for the first Punch cigars. The back of the band features Mr. Punch and his dog, Toby - a throwback to the original Mr. Punch character.

The box will hold 18 cigars and features an acrylic window on it.  Details about the blend and prices will be released as we get closer.

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Winston Re Done

December 16, 2014 · By · No Comments

Davidoff Winston Churchill

About 7 years ago a new cigar came on the scene called Winston Churchill.  It was named, aptly, for the man who not only loved cigars, shepherded Britain through World War II, but also lent his name to that famous size vitola.  The cigar did ok, but not great.  At this past summer’s trade show, Davidoff CEO Hans-Kristian Hoejsgaard said he had plans to revamp the line and that he has done.  Last week in New York, the company unveiled the new Davidoff Winston Churchill.  According to the company’s news release, the new line of luxury Davidoff Winston Churchills represent the multi-faceted personality of their namesake; the Aristocrat, the Artist, the Commander, the Raconteur, the Statesman and the Traveler.

According to the legend’s great grandson Randolph Churchill:

 "A great cigar was Churchill's favourite travelling companion and, whether he was being Statesman, Commander, or dinner party guest, he was rarely without one. As a descendent of American pioneers, through his mother Jennie Jerome of New York, and of aristocratic British military figures - the Dukes of Marlborough - through his father, he knew the significance of history and the value of time. And he always had time for a cigar."

The new line uses an Ecuador Rojiza wrapper over San Andres binder and five tobaccos for the filler from the Dominican Republic and Nicaragua.    The sizes will initially be 4, a petit corona measuring 41 x 4.5”, a robusto at 52 x 5.25”, a toro at 54 x 6” , naturally the churchill at 47 x 6.875”.  The cigars will start showing up on shelves next year.

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Pricey Padron

December 03, 2014 · By · No Comments

Padron

At this past summer’s Trade Show we noted Padron was celebrating its 50th anniversary and to that end the company was coming out with a special cigar and humidor.  The humidor was filed with 50 special cigars and it was thought that the price for the humidor and cigars would be $5,000.  Whoops, according to Cigar Aficionado the price is now wrong.  The humi and cigars now will retail for $6,000.  To be fair at the time, the company said it did not know what the thing would cost.  The other thing, according to CA, is that the company is going to allow for refills. That was one of the selling points at the show but apparently the family went back and forth on it finally settling on the idea of making refills available, but only to the owners who must register their individually numbered humidor online. (The Padrons also say the humis will come with something like a car title so they can be sold or transferred.) The humidors themselves are limited to 1,000 and should be shipping this week or next.

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Bubba's Smokes

August 26, 2014 · By · No Comments

Bill Clinton has been out of office now for almost a generation (14 years) but still in the limelight of course.   He is known as someone who smokes cigars (as seen in this photo from Reuters in 1999) and where he put them caused news during his presidency. This past week, he made cigar news again.   Kaizad Hansotia—the C-E-O of Gurkha – says the former President is a big fan of “His Majesty’s Reserve” cigars which fetch—are you ready? --$1,000 per stick.

"We hunt for the most exotic tobaccos around the world," Hansotia said, rationalizing the nearly $1,000 price tag. The company produces about 20,000 boxes per year, and has a three-year waiting list. Clients include business leaders, royal families and dignitaries. A-List celebrities like Matthew McConaughey -- and apparently one former president -- also smoke the company's premium cigars.

Now according to the news reports, Clinton may not actually smoke the HMR regularly instead Hansotia says Bill likes the Beauties, which only cost $600 each.  That must mean that Bill is not buying them from JR…. Of course Gurkha makes a lot of different cigars and many are available in 5 packs. But the HMR is not available in the 5-pack ….yet.  heh.

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