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Eight years ago, a man in Chicago decided to walk away fro a career in finance and enter the cigar business. Shortly after, the kristoff brand was born. The man was glen case, and in order to stand out in the competitive cigar market, he packaged his smokes in eye catching rustic bxes filled with shredded tobacco. Rolled at the Charles Fiairmorn factory in the Dominican Republic ( a facility that focuses primarily on the Euorpean Market), Kristoff quickly gained a small following. As the cigar gained popularity Cases was able to branch out and create more blends, one of which was the Kristoff Corojo Limitada, which came out in 2011. The Torpedo certainly got our attention with a high score last year. About 85 percent of the cigar is made with Cuban seed Nicaraguan tobacco. The rest is blalanced by leaves of Cuban seed Dominican Habano, and while the smoke is piquant and spicy, it is also balanced by leaves of Cuban seed Dominican Habano, and while the smoke is piquant and spicy, it is also balanced. The tobacco's scarcity allows Case to make only 16,000 of these torpedos a year.
Construction and Appearance: The Montecristo Cabinet Selección has a band with the same style of the Montecristo white, except under the band it saysCabinet Selección. The wrapper is a very dark brown, a little darker than many Sumatra wrappers, with mild veins and a beautiful oil to it. It features a tight cap and feels very firm and heavy in hand.
Flavor and Notes: The wrapper of the Montecristo Cabinet Selección has notes of subtle spice, grass, and some molasses. The foot has a scent which is a combination of earth, spice, grass, and a little wood. I use a straight cut to prepare smoking the Montecristo Cabinet Selección and there is a flavor which is a mix of grass, molasses, wood, nuts, and an earthiness close to mushrooms on the cold draw.
Characteristics: The Montecristo Cabinet Selección starts out with a deep sweet rich flavor with notes of grass, earth, and molasses with a nice meatiness to it, something I want to sink my teeth into. The smoke leaves a nice savory and sweet finish on the palate, and is very smooth, cool, and rich. About an inch in, there is also a little pepper which plays out on the palate, but is not present in the smoking profile. During the first third, the draw is a little tight but not unsatisfactory. The ash holds very firmly during the first third, easily to the inch mark.
EP Carrillo Cigar company announces the shipment of it’s latest creation, the INCH. Three different vitolas, No. 60 5 7/8 x 60, No. 62 5 x 62, and No. 64 6 1/8 x 64 will be produced in both Maduro and Natural wrappers. The cigar has either Connecticut Broadleaf Maduro or Ecuador Sumatra wrapper for the maduro and natural lines respectively. They share the same blend of Nicaraguan binder and Nicaraguan and Dominican (Piloto Cubano, Corojo and Criollo ’98) fillers. Both cigars are billed at medium to full.
The tobaccos that EP Carrillo have available will limit this production to less than 125,000 cigars for 2012. This may make the INCH a rare commodity, given the success of the other Carrillo releases to date.
CRA News Letter: Cigars – Just Like Jazz, Contentment Can Come in Every Stick
I am an American, by choice. That’s a unique statement given that many among us are Americans simply by virtue of where they were born, but when you choose to live in a nation, to adopt its traditions, based upon a love for what it has to offer – well – that’s special.
I know something about oppression, too. Having left my homeland of Cuba for what I knew was the freedom America offered, you have to reflect on the cost of leaving behind relatives and friends in what you know is an oppressed nation. Globally, oppression of innocent citizens simply has to end, in all forms – which is why I write this.
Oppression comes in many forms. We all know about freedom of speech, press, assembly, and basic expression – None of which we had in Cuba, and I craved to have in the United States; but what about being oppressed for just enjoying life, for being among friends, or for partaking of a perfectly legal cigar? Is that much different than ‘rights’ given by a piece of paper or law? I don’t think so. It’s about just being free – free to relax, free to dream, and free to pause with a cigar.
Music has given me everything. It allows the imagination to roam, to use the mind and heart in ways that bring a joy to life otherwise unimaginable. A cigar can have the same effect.
By sitting alone with a cigar, again, the mind and heart begin to roam. Among the rings of aromatic smoke come thoughts of good times, reflection of cherished moments, and dreams of the future. With a great cigar, time can stand still. Stress can become a distant feeling, and contentment can come easily. My goodness, that sounds like music, poetry, or staring at a great painting. You see, cigars are, indeed, an art form. No different than my music, or a classic painting or book. They each work to give meaning to life. That’s a cigar, to me.
That’s why I am a proud Lifetime Member of Cigar Rights of America. That’s why government intrusion into cigars, whether you make them, sell them, or just have one on your front porch, must stop. Join the cause of Cigar Rights of America. Tell your elected officials to stop oppression of those that simply want to enjoy life – with a cigar.