Rocky Patel LB1 Is All About Balance

Rocky Patel LB1 Is All About Balance

Get the Distinctive New LB1 at James & Sons

Rocky Patel remains one the finest and most popular cigar brands on the market by continually offering high-quality cigars at affordable prices. The latest Rocky release, the LB1, does this well.

The LB1 is all about balance, using a blend of complimentary tobaccos from five different primings of the tobacco plant grown in three different countries. The wrapper is a gorgeous capa priming (picked from the top of the plant) grown from a Habano seed at the farm of Finca la Vega in Ecuador. The binder is ligero – primings from the upper middle part of the plant – grown at the farm of Finca la Musica in the Jamastran Valley of Honduras. The fillers are a beautiful blend of viso and seco – primings from the bottom third of the tobacco plant – grown at Rocky Patel’s Nicaraguan farms in Esteli and Condega. Just imagine the number of hard-working farm hands required to cultivate all these tobaccos.

The packaging also stands out. The box lid features a tobacco plant with leaves labelling the primings, farms, and countries each are grown in. It goes a step further with each box uniquely identifying the name of the master who rolled the cigars at Rocky Patel’s El Paraiso factory in Danli, Honduras. Giving credit to the unsung craftsmen involved in producing these beauties is pure class and should be replicated throughout the industry. The toro smoked for this review was rolled by Adalid Garcia.

While Rocky simply adopted LB1 from the pre-production factory code of the cigar, instead of giving it a fancy title for marketing, it’s interesting to note that “LB” is an abbreviation of the Latin word “libra”, which means balance or scales (like the astrological sign), in addition to a second meaning for the Roman unit of pound by weight. While maybe not intentional, it could be said that LB is a perfect name for the cigar because it reflects the fine balance of the five distinct tobaccos blended into one lovely smoke.

The LB1 toro burns evenly without requiring a relight and produces a flaky dark gray as. The cigar is medium-bodied and offers pleasant well-balanced notes of citrus, grass, toast, leather, and rich coffee.

James & Sons Tobacconists, a proud authorized retailer of Rocky Patel Cigars, currently has a stock of three LB1 sizes: Robusto (5½”x 50), Corona (6”x 44), and Toro (6½”x 52). The Rocky Patel LB1 is the newest addition to our store’s finely-curated selection of premium cigars. Come in and find out why we love them.

(Photo by James & Sons Tobacconists.)

Tasting Notes: Nat Sherman Metropolitan Habano

Tasting Notes: Nat Sherman Metropolitan Habano

A distinct, complex, medium-bodied smoke from a classic brand that is of the quality of cigars twice as expensive.

NAT SHERMAN METROPOLITAN HABANO series is made of all Nicaraguan tobacco, with the wrapper originating from seeds from Havana, Cuba. Pristinely constructed in Nicaragua, the cigars have nicely-rolled flat veins, nearly-invisible seams, and a perfect cap. They are medium-bodied smokes with meatiness from the Habano wrapper.  The flavors are complex and well balanced, with each size offering a little something different:

ROBUSTO:  nuts, wood and citrus, with a lovely creaminess that develops. (90 points, Halfwheel.com)

GORDO:  nuts, caramel and coffee. The finish is toasty and leathery. (91 points, Cigar Aficionado)

TORO:  nuts and wood with a bit of hay and leather that are supplemented with rich notes of dark fruit and cream. (87 points, Cigar Aficionado)

Overall, these are some of the finest smokes in the classic Nat Sherman Metropolitan series. It's hard to find a better cigar for about an Alexander Hamilton ($10) and they’re of a quality that easily competes with cigars twice as expensive.

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Weekly Summer Events Calendar

Weekly Summer Events Calendar

Mark your calendars! James & Sons is pleased to announced our weekly July and August cigar events, all on Friday nights at our downtown store. Try new smokes and take advantage of great deals on some of the best brands on the market.

  • July 19, 6-10 pm — VILLIGER

  • July 26, 6-10 pm — NAT SHERMAN (incl. Epoca and Timeless series)

  • August 2, 7-10 pm — TATUAJE (incl. Nuevitas and Surrogates)

  • August 9, 7-10 pm — CAMACHO

  • August 16, 7-10 pm — ROCKY PATEL

  • August 23, 7-10 pm — ASHTON (incl. La Aroma de Cuba and San Cristobal)

  • August 30, 7-10 pm — VENTURA (incl. Archetype, Psycho and Foundry)

Brand representatives will be available to assist customers in selecting cigars. We look forward to hopefully seeing you at our Friday night events this July and August.

Taverna Novo Spirits, Food & Cigar Sampling Event

Taverna Novo Spirits, Food & Cigar Sampling Event

Where there’s smoke… there’s wood fire.

James & Sons Tobacconists is pleased to be a part of Taverna Novo’s premiere spirits, food and cigar sampling event on Thursday, June 27th from 6-9 pm.

Every attendee will receive Taverna Novo’s incredible and very special food, premium cigars, and a sampling of Woodford Reserve®, One With Life® Tequila, premium wines and all sorts of swag. Every attendee will also receive a $25 gift card to Taverna Novo as a special thank you for attending.

Well regarded for its authentic Italian cuisine, serious wood-fired pizza, and the staff’s deep, expansive wine knowledge, Taverna Novo is a perfect venue for this premiere Saratoga event. This event will take place on the restaurant’s spacious, covered patio, located at 62 Beekman Street.

The cost is $125 per person. Reservations may be made by calling and prepaying with a credit card or you can pay at the door on the evening of the event. For more details, contact the restaurant at 518-886-1680.

Be sure to check out Taverna Novo’s glowing restaurant review in the Albany Times-Union here.

Memorial Day Weekend $7 Cigar Sale & Other News

Memorial Day Weekend $7 Cigar Sale & Other News

MEMORIAL DAY WEEKEND SALE

James & Sons is marking down a wide selection of cigars to just $7 for members and $8 for non-members for Memorial Day Weekend (Friday through Monday). The discounts are nearly 50% off on some of our most popular brands and the lowest prices we’ve ever offered! The sale will includes a nice variety of sizes, shapes, and tobaccos origins. You don’t want to miss this! 

WIN A MEAT SMOKER WITH OLIVA CIGARS: Customers purchasing Oliva Cigars in May at James & Sons are automatically entered in our drawing for a $500 Masterbuilt meat smoker and other prizes. The more you buy, the more chances you have of winning. More details here

CIGAR NIGHT AT THE ANGEL’S SHARE: Join us for Cigar Night at 9 Maple Ave's Angel's Share Sampling Society event on June 4 at 7 pm. Enjoy fine cigars in the bar while sampling Irish whiskey, scotch, bourbon, and a cocktail. Stay tuned for details here.

VISIT US AT SARATOGA RACE COURSE: James & Sons is the Exclusive Cigar Vendor at Saratoga Race Course and we’re looking forward to Opening Day on July 11. The nearly two dozen varieties we’ll offer at our track location will include such great brands as Ashton, Archtype, Psycho, Camacho, Rocky Patel, and Nat Sherman.

JOIN THE BLACK DIAMOND CIGAR CLUB: Saratoga’s exclusive cigar club offers members and their guests a relaxing, first-class smoking experience in our private clubhouse on our historic building’s second floor overlooking Broadway. Learn more here.

Win a $500 Masterbuilt Meat Smoker With Oliva Cigars

Win a $500 Masterbuilt Meat Smoker With Oliva Cigars

Buy Oliva cigars at James & Sons in May to enter a drawing for a $500 Masterbuilt meat smoker and other prizes.

First Prize: Masterbuilt 340G Meat Smoker ($500 value, details below)

Second Prize: Box of Oliva Double Toro Connecticut Cigars, Cutter & Lighter ($150 value)

Third Prize: James & Sons Tobacconists 20 oz. Tumbler ($30 value)

Originating in Cuba, OLIVA CIGARS have been offering the ultimate variety of blends, flavors and selections since 1886. All the tobaccos are fully cured, fermented and aged to perfection, so you will always experience a rich, satisfying smoke that will never overpower. 

Oliva cigars offered at James & Sons include Connecticut Reserve, Series G, Series O, Series V, the rare Serie V Melanio Gran Reserve Limitada, Nub 460, and Nub Café.

  • Buy 4 cigars, get 1 ticket entered for the drawing.

  • Buy 10 cigars, get 3 tickets entered for the drawing.

  • Buy 20 cigars, get 20 tickets entered for the drawing.

Drawings to be held at the store on Friday, May 31.

THE MASTERBUILT 340G BLUETOOTH DIGITAL ELECTRIC MEAT SMOKER enables the novice or BBQ pro to achieve delicious home-smoked meats. Using Bluetooth Smart technology, a built-in meat probe thermometer, and a patented side wood chip loading system, you’ll be able to achieve perfect results for a variety of smoked flavors.

Master the art of smoking meat with a Masterbuilt smoker while smoking rich, satisfying Oliva cigar from James & Sons Tobacconists.

Major Announcement

Major Announcement

Things are about to get even better for James & Sons Black Diamond cigar clubhouse members. 

We’re beginning the first phase of a renovation to our Cuban Lounge which we expect to take at least a few days. In the meantime, the English Lounge will remain open for access to our private club members and their guests. James & Sons will begin a renovation of the English Lounge later in the spring, which will further enhance the cigar club membership experience. Thank you to our members for bearing with us while we complete this work.

James & Sons’ Black Diamond Club offers members a relaxing, first-class smoking experience in our private clubhouse on our historic building’s second floor overlooking Broadway and the grand four-star Adelphi Hotel.  Membership grants the privilege of 24-hour year-round access to the private English and Cuban smoking lounges, complete with personalized Spanish cedar humidor lockers, complimentary beverages, wireless broadband internet access, large-screen televisions, and a climate controlled environment that provides an oasis for comfortable smoking in the cold winter and hot summer seasons. Members also receive a 15 percent discount on cigar purchases and 20 percent on entire boxes. 

Stop in any time to inquire about membership or for a tour.

James & Sons Smokin' Party for "The Big Game"

James & Sons Smokin' Party for "The Big Game"

Seventh Annual
SMOKIN’ PARTY FOR “THE BIG GAME”
Sunday, February 3, 2019
Event begins at 5:30. Kickoff at 6:30.

James & Sons Tobacconists
360 Broadway, Saratoga Springs

$25 locker member. $30 general admission.
Includes 2 cigars, food, beverages, and more!
Limited seating. Pre-registration requested, but not required. Sign up and pay at James & Sons.

For more information, call the store at (518) 581-7274.

PARTY WITH US ON FRIDAY!

PARTY WITH US ON FRIDAY!

James & Sons Tobacconists cordially invites your and your guests to our CUSTOMER APPRECIATION PARTY on Friday, January 18, 2019 starting at 6:00 p.m. at our store, located at 360 Broadway, Saratoga Springs. Free food, refreshments and entertainment by “Jimmy Suits”. Store-wide sale of up to 35 percent off of purchases. James & Sons Tobacconists would like to thank you for making 2018 one of our best years ever and kick off 2019 right. Please join us for an enjoyable evening.

Humidor & Cigars Raffle for the Stand Up and Play Foundation

Humidor & Cigars Raffle for the Stand Up and Play Foundation

James & Sons Tobacconists, a proud supporter of the Stand Up and Play Foundation's Capital District chapter, is holding a raffle for a humidor and cigars. From now until the end of December, customers may purchase single ticket for $5 or five tickets for $20 for the chance to win a beautiful cedar-lined humidor, humidification packs, cigars, cutter, and lighter (a $100 value).

Funds raised will support disabled veterans and other disabled Capital District neighbors through the Stand Up and Play Foundation, a volunteer-based nonprofit organization. Its mission is to enhance the lives of wheelchair users and amputees by providing a remarkable piece of equipment – the Paramobile – that allows them to stand up and play sports. The foundation provides a unique combination of adaptive equipment and well-trained volunteers to give users a previously unimagined level of freedom and independence.

Victorian Streetwalk Open House

James & Sons Tobacconists will be having an open house for the Victorian Streetwalk, a great Saratoga tradition, being held on Thursday, November 29th. As part of the open house, our private first-floor members lounge will be open to anyone purchasing a cigar. This is a great opportunity to warm up with a relaxing smoke and free coffee.

Tours will also be available of our exclusive Black Diamond Clubhouse, which offers members an affordable, relaxing, first-class smoking experience in our private member lounges on the building’s second floor overlooking Broadway and the grand four-star Adelphi Hotel. Membership grants the privilege of 24-hour year-round access to the English and Cuban smoking lounges, complete with personalized cedar humidor lockers, complimentary beverages, wireless broadband internet access, and a climate controlled environment that provides an oasis for comfortable smoking in the hot summer and cold winter seasons. Members also receive a 15 percent discount on cigar purchases and 20 percent on entire boxes. Stop in any time to inquire about membership or for a tour.

Stand Up And Play Foundation Italian Dinner & Cigar Event

Stand Up And Play Foundation Italian Dinner & Cigar Event

A benefit for the Stand Up and Play Foundation Capital District of NYS Chapter

ITALIAN DINNER & CIGAR EVENT

Friday, December 7, 2018
6:00 pm to 10:00 pm
$50 per person

James & Sons Tobacconists 
360 Broadway, Saratoga Springs, New York

RSVP to Mark Boucher at meboucher327@gmail.com

Attendees will enjoy a delicious homemade Italian dinner, including Penne alla vodka and antipasto, and a free cigar. The event will offer a 50/50 raffle and silent auction. Funds raised will support disabled veterans and other disabled Capital District neighbors.

Stand Up and Play Foundation is a volunteer-based nonprofit organization that is changing the lives of wheelchair users and amputees thanks to a remarkable piece of equipment – the Paramobile – that allows them to stand up and play sports. The foundation provides a unique combination of adaptive equipment and well-trained volunteers to give users a previously unimagined level of freedom and independence.  With your help, the Stand Up and Play Foundation Capital District Chapter will be able to provide local wheelchair users and amputees the opportunity to participate in sports, improve their health and well being, and simply have a good time. 

New to the J&S Humidor: Aganorsa Signature

New to the J&S Humidor: Aganorsa Signature

James & Sons is proud to be one of the select tobacconists in America to offer some of the very rare, beautiful new Anganorsa Leaf Signature Series cigars. According to the blender Eduardo Fernández, “Signature Selection is blended with our best refined aged tobaccos selected from our most exclusive lots in our farms in Nicaragua.” The cigar has been aged for seven years and only 500 boxes have been produced, making it highly-sought after and difficult to find.

The cigar uses all Nicaraguan tobacco, including Corojo ’99 rosado claro wrapper from Jalapa for the wrapper and binder. The filler is a strong media tiempo leaf blended with Corojo ’99 and Criollo ’98 from Estelí and Jalapa.

Less than a tenth of all tobacco plants end up producing the rare medio tiempo leaves, which grow on the top of the plant above the ligero leaves. The growing process requires the leaves to be left on the plant 50 percent longer, resulting in the curing process beginning while the leaves are still on the plant.

On the palate, the cigar is full flavored, with a body that ranges from medium to full. It starts off nutty and earthy with a touch of pepper. The cigar becomes more creamy, with notes of citrus, dried fruit and wood. The cigar remains smooth and complex, a pure delight to smoke.

James & Sons is proud to offer the Aganorsa Signature Selection in three sizes: Robusto (5”x 52), Belicoso (6¼”x 52), and Corona Gorda (6”x 44).

The Alec Bradley Fine & Rare 2018 Edition is Here!

The Alec Bradley Fine & Rare 2018 Edition is Here!

The widely-anticipated arrival of the annual release of Alec Bradley’s Fine & Rare series is finally here and James & Sons is one of the appointed tobacconists lucky enough to receive a few of the limited 2,500 produced for global distribution this year.

The 2018 Fine & Rare is the JRS10=(86), a grand toro measuring 6½”with a ring gauge of 56 produced at the Raíces Cubanas factory in Danlí, Honduras. Only two of the factory’s elite rollers are entrusted with producing these masterpieces. Due to the complexity of using so many tobaccos, a roller can only produce up to 75 per day.

The cigar is an impressive blend of ten different tobaccos: a Honduran wrapper grown in Trojes, a double binder and seven fillers of proprietary tobaccos from Nicaragua and Honduras.

While the smoke is medium bodied, the variety in the number of tobaccos creates remarkable complexity and full flavor. The palate includes notes of citrus, wood, dark fruit, and rich, toasty creaminess. Some earthy and peppery notes develop in the second half.

The amount of labor that goes into producing this exquisite ten-tobacco cigar is stunning. This limited cigar is a special treat that should be savored.

New to the Humidor: Romeo & Juliet 1875 Nicaraguan

New to the Humidor: Romeo & Juliet 1875 Nicaraguan

James & Sons has received its first shipment of the new Romeo & Juliet 1875 Nicaraguan cigars, a well-blended beauty produced by Nestor Andrés Plasencia’s fifth-generation tobacco company, which moved from Cuba after the 1959 revolution. Placencia produces a cigars for a large number or brands, including Alec Bradley, Casa Magna, Ghurka, Nestor, Padilla, and Rocky Patel, among others.

The Romeo & Juliet 1875 Nicaraguan is finely constructed, with tight, smooth seams and well-pressed veins. The Nicaraguan Romeo is beautifully presented in an attractive orange and white double band with gold lettering and comes in four sizes, including the Bully (5”x50), Toro (6”x50, Churchill (7”x52), and Magnum (6”x60).

The flavors start off with complexity, with rich notes of cedar, toasted wood, black pepper, and reoccurring creaminess. Some may detect a hint of pleasant earthiness or hay as well. The cigar never gets above medium bodied, so it will appeal to most smokers.

The draw is perfect and the cigar produces a good amount of smoke. The burn is somewhat wavy, but not requiring not requiring any relights, and the ash is firm.

Overall, this is one of the best recent releases from Romeo J Juliet and comes at an affordable price.

Cigar Edition of the Angel's Share Sampling Society

James & Sons Tobacconists is teaming up with 9 Maple Ave for the Angel's Share Sampling Society event on Tuesday, October 2nd starting at 7:00 pm. James & Sons will have fine cigars for purchase to be enjoyed at the bar while sampling a great selection of drinks selected by 9 Maple. For $35, attendees will sample the following:

The Irish Whiskey: Bank Note Blended 5 Year Old

The Single Malt Scotch: Kaiyo – Japanese Mizunara Oak

The Bourbon: Spring Hill

The Cocktail: Kentucky Turf – Made with Bourbon and Amaretto over ice, garnished with an Orange twist.

The Music: Dave Weckel Live

This is one of the two annual Angel's Share gatherings where you can legally enjoy a fine cigar in the bar. We hope to see you there!

Alec Bradley Cigar Event Friday, September 21

James & Sons Tobacconists will be hosting an special event featuring Alec Bradley cigars on Friday, September 21 from 5 pm to close. The event will feature special deals on all Alec Bradley cigars. Mr. John Troiano from Alec Bradley Cigars will be at the store to introduce customers their wide selection, including the following:

PRENSADO: The box-pressed Prensado series is blended with proprietary estate-grown Corojo tobacco from the Trojes region of Honduras. It is one of the few cigars in the world to earn the prestigious “Cigar of the Year” award from Cigar Aficionado magazine, which received a coveted score of 96 points, making it a classic.

PRENSADO LOST ART: One of our favorite releases of 2017, the cigar is made with a flawless, smooth, oily Honduran Corojo wrapper, double binders using Nicaragua and Honduras tobaccos, and fillers from Nicaragua and Honduras. See James & Sons Smokes Notes story about this cigar here.

BLACK MARKET: A medium-to-full bodied cigar with Nicaraguan leaf for its wrapper and a flavorful Sumatran binder wrapped around fillers from small yield farms in Honduras and Panama.

BLACK MARKET ESTELI: A fine representation of some of the best Esteli, Nicaraguan tobaccos available, this cigar features Esteli-grown leaf in its wrapper, binder (blended with Honduran) and filler. It’s medium-to-full body is quite pleasing.

TEMPUS NICARAGUAN: The Tempus uses a Jalapa-grown wrapper, a double binder of Nicaraguan tobaccos that enhances the depth of the cigar, and full-bodied Ligero and Viso tobaccos grown in the three Nicaraguan regions of Esteli, Condega, and Jalapa.

POST EMBARGO: Made using premium Honduran tobacco for its wrapper and tobaccos grown in Honduras and Nicaraguan in the binder and filler. The cigar pays homage to cigar smokers exploring the tobaccos of different countries and regions after the American embargo of Cuban cigars.

James & Sons Tobacconists is located at 360 Broadway (corner of Phila Street; across from the historic Adelphi Hotel) in Saratoga Springs.

Ventura Cigars Event

Ventura Cigars Event

James & Sons Tobacconists is proud to host a cigar event on Friday, August 31st from 6 to 10 pm with Ventura Cigar. A representative from Ventura is joining us to share with customers about their impressive portfolio of premium boutique brands that include Archetype, Case Study, Psycho Seven, and Project 805. Whether you prefer mild, medium or full bodied smokes, Ventura has a boutique cigar that you will enjoy.

The event is a great opportunity to take advantage of savings on Ventura Cigar and to stock up your humidor.  James & Sons Tobacconists is located at 360 Broadway (corner of Phila Street across from the historic Adelphi Hotel)

Smoker with Tom Durkin & Terry Finley; Nat Sherman Cigar Event

JAMES & SONS TOBACCONISTS
cordially invites you and your guests to the

THOROUGHBRED RACING SMOKER SERIES
with guests

TOM DURKIN
Eclipse-Award Winning NYRA Race Caller (retired)
and
TERRY FINLEY
West Point Thoroughbreds President & CEO

Friday, August 17, 2018
7:00 to 8:00 pm

James & Sons Tobacconists
Black Diamond Club Cuban Lounge
360 Broadway, Second Floor, Saratoga Springs

Open to the public. The price of admission is purchasing any two cigars from our store’s walk-in humidor prior to the beginning of the event. Seating is limited and will be made available on a first-come, first-served basis.

Messrs. Durkin and Finley will be sharing about their experiences in Thoroughbred horse racing and answering questions from attendees while everyone enjoys smoking their premium cigars.

Mr. Durkin was the NYRA race caller from 1990 to 2014 at Saratoga, Belmont and Aqueduct race courses, as well as NBC's broadcast race caller for the Triple Crown races from 1984 to 2010. He received the Eclipse Award of Merit in 2015, one of the highest honors in the Thoroughbred racing community.

Mr. Finley founded West Point Thoroughbreds in 1991, one of the most successful racing partnerships in the history of Thoroughbred racing. The company manages an equine portfolio of more than 70 horses and has over 500 investor partners. West Point's Always Dreaming won the Kentucky Derby in 2017. 

NAT SHERMAN CIGARS EVENT
Friday, August 17, 2018
6:00 to 10:00 pm

James & Sons Tobacconists
360 Broadway, First Floor, Saratoga Springs

Special deals will be available on  Nat Sherman cigars. A representative will join us to help customers find just the right cigar for their particular tastes.

Cigars and Horses With Dale Romans, Thoroughbred Trainer

JAMES & SONS TOBACCONISTS
cordially invites you to an event with

DALE ROMANS

Eclipse Award-Winning Thoroughbred Trainer
Monday, July 30, 2018
6:00 to 8:00 pm

James & Sons Tobacconists
Black Diamond Club Cuban Lounge
360 Broadway, Second Floor, Saratoga Springs

Open to the public. The price of admission is purchasing any two cigars from our store’s walk-in humidor prior to the beginning of the event. Seating is limited and will be made available on a first-come, first-served basis.

Mr. Romans will be sharing about his experiences in horse racing and answering questions from attendees. Some of Mr. Romans’ notable wins include 2011 Preakness Stakes with Shackleford, 2015 Travers Stakes with Keen Ice (upsetting triple crown winner American Pharoah at Saratoga), as well as winners of the Dubai World Cup and multiple Breeders’ Cup champions. In 2012 he was awarded the Eclipse Award for Outstanding Trainer.