Alec Bradley Prensado Lost Art Cigars One of the Best Recent Releases Available

Alec Bradley Prensado Lost Art Cigars One of the Best Recent Releases Available

Six years after Alec Bradley’s classic Prensado Churchill received Cigar Aficionado’s Cigar of the Year, the Prensado has made a return with the new Lost Art series.  If you enjoyed the original Prensado, you’ll enjoy the new one.  According to Alan Rubin, owner of Alec Bradley, Prensado Lost Art was created to compliment the original Prensado line, with a “natural succession” through introducing “unique variations that still live up to their original namesake.” 

Prensado Lost Art is produced in Honduras at the well-regarded Raices Cubanas factory, which has produced other brands such as 7-20-4, Illusione, Viaje, La Palina, Padilla, and Casa Fernandez.  Lost Art is produced in five vitolas, all of which are box pressed, including Robusto (5”x 52), Gran Toro (6¼” x 52), Churchill (7”x 50), Torpedo (6½” x 52), and Double T (6”x 60).  For this vertical tasting, the Churchill, Gran Toro, and Robusto vitolas were sampled.

The tobaccos used for the Prensado Lost Art include a flawless, smooth, oily Honduran Corojo wrapper, double binders using Nicaragua and Honduras tobaccos, and fillers from Nicaragua and Honduras. The constructed is immaculate, with double caps, tight seams that are virtually invisible, and some occasional small veins that have been rolled flat.  To the touch, the cigars feel just right, with a bit of spongy give when pressed between two fingers.  When smoked, they have a medium draw that provide a good amount of smoke.

Churchill

The Prensado Lost Art Churchill initially offers earthy notes and flavors of toasted bread, a touch of citrus, salt, and spicy pepper, leaving a dry, medium finish on the palate.  About an inch and a half into the cigar, the flavors became less earthy and more rich, rounded, and complex, with notes of cream, charred cedar, and toasted walnuts.  Midway into the cigar, it becomes more refined and remains complex, with notes of cedar and spicy pepper in the front and a long finish (you can taste the cigar in the mouth long after exhaling).  For the final third , the strength and flavor complexity intensifies, with a lovely touch of mustiness (like that found in some Davidoff and Avo cigars) and vanilla in the background.

This Churchill was an impressive start to the vertical tasting.  According to Matthias Clark’s Fine Tobacco NYC Blog the Prensado Lost Art Churchill, “is full of charisma and is, dare I say it, a bit of a show off. The flavors come and go, playing off of each other wonderfully, making this a worthy follow up to the original Prensado line.”  I concur.

Gran Toro

The Gran Toro initially offers rich, complex smoke containing flavors of cocoa, cappuccino, and a touch of cedar and hazelnut in the background.  The cigar is medium bodied and finish is medium in length.  The flavors remain well balanced and complex in the middle third of the cigar, with more prominent notes of cedar and an exquisite sweet creaminess.  The last third is nutty, with some somewhat harsh notes that appear in the background on a few draws (the only shortcoming of any of the Lost Art cigars tasted).

Robusto

The Robusto started off with an impressive, complex blend of flavors, including black pepper, cedar, bittersweet chocolate, and espresso.  It’s the richest of the three cigars sampled.  The flavors and body are medium-to-full and have a short finish.  The second third of the cigar become more creamy and nutty, with the spiciness moving to the background with a touch of wood.  The smoke is smooth and quite enjoyable.  Woody notes stand out in the final third, with creamy and nutty notes in the background.

All three of the vitolas sampled burned quite well, with either a sharp edge or slightly wavy (never varying by much more than a quarter-inch).  The cigars did not require any relighting or touching up.  The ashes were flaky and light whitish-gray color that fell off after about an inch.

Cigar Aficionado's recent tasting of four of the vitolas in the Alec Bradley Prensado Lost Art series awarded the cigars an average of 90 points and the Churchill size received a score of 93 points from the Fine Tobacco NYC Blog.

Overall, the Prensado Lost Art Churchill, Gran Toro and Robusto are damn good cigars worthy of being deemed natural successors of the original classic Prensado.  They’re easily some of the best recent releases on the market and worth every cent.

NY Gov. Andrew Cuomo Proposes Massive Cigar Tax Hike

NY Gov. Andrew Cuomo Proposes Massive Cigar Tax Hike

Governor Andrew Cuomo proposed a massive annual statewide $23 million tax hike on cigars as part of his proposed Executive Budget released in January.  This would be accomplished by changing the way state cigar taxes are calculated, which would result in a 160 percent tax hike (raising the current tax rate of 28.5 percent to 75 percent).

One analyst recently estimated that a cigar currently on the shelf for $7.00 would increase to $9.50 due to the tax hike.  And for a box of 20 of these cigars, the increased taxes would add an additional $50 to the price.  For more expensive cigars, the increase would be even greater.  Should the proposal become law, it would likely bring about the closure of some small businesses and lost jobs. 

In an attempt to close New York State’s $4.4 billion deficit, Gov. Cuomo proposed a package of $1 billion in tax hikes.  Despite Republican Senate Majority Leader John Flanagan responded to the proposed package of tax hikes with a bold “No”, Republicans have failed kill similar cigar tax hikes in the past.  

Historically, when New York finds itself in financial deficits, it has turned to cigar tax hikes. In 2009, the state hiked taxes on cigars from 37 percent of the wholesale price to 46 percent. The following year, cigar taxes went up again to become the highest in the nation.  In addition to the tobacco tax, cigars are subject to a 4 percent state sales tax.  

Stay tuned to see how Gov. Cuomo’s proposed cigar tax hike plays out in the budget negotiations this year.  Republicans hold a narrow majority in the State Senate, which the Democrats will try to take away in the November elections this year. 

Gov. Cuomo is also up for re-election this year.

Hidden Gem: Partagas 1845 Extra Oscuro Rothschild

Hidden Gem: Partagas 1845 Extra Oscuro Rothschild

There is a wide range of great cigars for every palate in the humidor at James & Sons Tobacconists, with many of the boutique and limited edition cigars selling quite well. There are also several exquisite sticks that are sometimes overlooked for one reason or another. On our Facebook page, we’ve been trying to highlight some of these hidden gems (including bargain-priced cigars) that don’t quite fly off the shelves, but we consider having been overlooked due to their high quality. That’s the case with the Partagas 1845 Extra Oscuro Rothschild, which is masterfully crafted, delicious, and inexpensive (costing less than $10).

The Extra Oscuro (“blackish” or “dark” in Spanish) is a bold, full-flavored cigar crafted with a pitch-black U.S.A. Connecticut-grown Havana-seed Oscuro wrapper, La Vega Especial binder from the Dominican Republic, and a powerful blend of Ligero fillers from Nicaragua and the Dominican Republic. 

Oscuro wrapper leaves are typically taken from the top priming or uppermost part of the tobacco plant. Oscuro provides a smaller, thicker and spicier leaf than traditional Connecticut Broadleaf. These leaves are sometimes also called the corona (“crown”) or medio tiempo (“half time,” meaning they’ve been left on the plant 50 percent longer). The extended exposure to sunlight causes the leaves to begin curing on the plants, creating darker, richer, and more flavorful leaves prior to the typical fermentation process.

After being harvested, the dark Connecticut-grown Partagas Oscuro leaves are fermented for a shorter time and at lower temperatures than typical broadleaf tobacco. After fermentation and before manufacturing, the Oscuro leaves are aged in barrels, which cause them to become even darker, almost totally black. 

The cigar sampled for this review is a Rothschild size measuring 5¼” with a ring gauge of 50. It is constructed quite well, with a thick, oily, slightly veiny wrapper and tight seams (especially for the thickness of the leaf). To the pinch, it has uniform sponginess which provide just the right amount of draw when lit. 

The special process required for the Partagas 1845 Extra Oscuro’s tobacco results in an equally rare and unique flavor profile that is similar to some of the powerful, distinctive full-flavored sticks produced by Don “Pepin” Garcia’s Nicaraguan factory for Pete Johnson’s L’telier Imports under the Surrogates brand (such as the Bone Crusher, Animal Cracker, Skull Breaker cigars, which are also available from James & Sons Tobacconists). Partagas’ 1845 Extra Oscuro compares well to fine boutique brand cigars, and, at such an affordable price, is quite noteworthy.

After lighting the cigar, you can tell that the it is complex yet smooth, offering a unique blend of well-balanced flavors, including rich notes of charred wood, robust espresso, a touch of pepper, sweet black licorice, and leather. Thanks to the Oscuro tobacco wrapper and Ligero fillers, the complex, full flavors and long finish on the palate are reminiscent of the way a peaty Talisker Scotch, smoky Lapsang Souchong black tea, or blue English stilton cheese awakens and delights the palate. The finish or aftertaste is just as pleasing as when it first touches your lips.

The cigar produces a good amount of aromatic smoke that is a pleasure to take in. It burns evenly without requiring any relighting and has a white flaky ash. 

If you’re looking for an affordable hidden gem in the humidor at James & Sons Tobacconists, the Partagas 1845 Extra Oscuro Rothschild is one worth trying.

James & Sons Super Bowl Party

James & Sons Super Bowl Party

Sunday, February 4, 2018
Bravo Restaurant, 3246 South Broadway, Saratoga Springs
Doors open at 2 pm.  Food at 5 pm.  Kickoff at 6:30 pm.

Limited availability.  First come, first served.
Sign up and pay at James & Sons Tobacconists.
$40 in advance or $50 at the door.
Includes cigar, tortellini, braciole, chicken marsala, meatballs, dessert and coffee.  Cash bar. 
 

Cigars and Italian Dinner for Charity

Cigars and Italian Dinner for Charity

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

Friday, December 16, 2017
6:00 pm to 10:00 pm
$50 per person

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

RSVP to Christopher Zito at cmzito@gmail.com 

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. 
 

James & Sons Tobacconists Christmas Party

James & Sons Tobacconists Christmas Party

JAMES & SONS TOBACCONISTS CHRISTMAS PARTY
Friday, December 8th, 7:00 pm to close

Join us at the store for an enjoyable night that includes
Food from Hattie's Restaurant
Beverages served by a professional bartender
The serenading sounds of Jimmy "Suits"
Great deals on Foundation Cigars

SPECIAL DEALS ON FOUNDATION CIGARS
The Tabernacle, The Wise Man (El Güegüense), Highclere Castle, Charter Oak
Buy five and get one free
Buy a box and get five free

Cigar Sale, New Fuente Cigars, Holiday Party

Cigar Sale, New Fuente Cigars, Holiday Party

BLACK FRIDAY CIGAR SALE

James & Sons Tobacconists is offering savings of 15 to 30 percent on a wide selection of great cigars this week, including on Black Friday, through Monday, November 27th. Stop in to restock your humidor. 

NEW TO THE HUMIDOR

The James & Sons Tobacconists humidor now has one of the highest rated and hottest cigars on the market: the Arturo Fuente Don Carlos Eye of the Shark. According to Cigar Aficionado, which recently rated it a 94, "[i]ts lush draw delivers big notes of cedar, nuts and leather with a finish that smacks of cider. Tasty and complex."

In addition to the Eye of the Shark, we have several new boxes of Arturo Fuente Anejos, an annual limited release of cigars using the same premium aged binder and filler tobaccos as the acclaimed Opus X series.  The wrapper is USA Connecticut-grown broadleaf aged three to five years, including part of that time in cognac barrels.

HOLIDAY PARTY FRIDAY, DECEMBER 8th

James & Sons Tobacconists annual holiday party is once again upon us. Join us at the store beginning at 7:00 pm on Friday, December 8th for great food from Hattie's, the serenading sounds of Jimmy "Suits", and an enjoyable evening of cigars and drinks. All are welcome.

Highclere Castle Cigar Launch Event

Highclere Castle Cigar Launch Event

James & Sons Tobacconists is proud to announce that we will be hosting a very special launch event for the premier Highclere Castle Cigar on Monday, November 6th from 2-4 pm. Special guests will include George Herbert, 8th Earl of Carnarvon, and master blender Nicholas Melillo, founder of Foundation Cigars

Globally recognized as the iconic face of the award-winning television drama Downton Abbey, Highclere Castle is now producing a cigar reminiscent of those enjoyed there during the 19th and early 20th centuries.

To create and produce the cigar, Highclere Castle Cigar Company has partnered with world-renowned cigar producer Nicholas Melillo, the former head of Drew Estate Nicaragua. Nicholas formed Foundation Cigar Company in 2015 to craft hand-made cigars in Estelí, Nicaragua, and Highclere Castle is the latest cigar in Foundation’s exceptional line.

Highclere’s rich cigar history goes back to 1862, when cigars were first introduced to England. The tradition at Highclere Castle has always been to retire to the library after dinner for a cigar and whiskey. In 1922, the current Earl’s great-grandfather undoubtedly celebrated his and Howard Carter’s discovery of King Tut’s tomb with a cigar in hand. Recently, Highclere Castle’s archivist discovered letters and personal account records of Lord Carnarvon’s cigar purchases in the early 1900s from dealers in London as well as the Ritz Hotel.

Melillo subsequently crafted a cigar that reflects that historic flavor profile and smoking style. The Highclere Castle Cigar is hand rolled in Estelí, Nicaragua, using a Connecticut Shade wrapper, and both Criollo and Corojo from the volcanic soils of Jalapa and the island of Ometepe. The binder is made from Mata Fina, a dark tobacco from Brazil. The blend is finalized with an exclusive hybrid seed the company has named Nicadán. The resulting smoke is exceptionally creamy and elegant, with notes of pepper, citrus, leather and fireplace.

Alec Bradley Cigar Event

Alec Bradley Cigar Event

James & Sons Tobacconists will be hosting an special event featuring Alec Bradley cigars on Thursday, November 2nd from 6 pm to close.

A representative from Alec Bradley Cigars will be at the store to introduce customers their wide selection of well-regarded cigars, including the newly released Fine & Rare BR1213, Prensado Lost Art, and Black Market Esteli cigars.

Special deals include:

  • Buy 4 event cigars get 1 free
  • Buy 10 event cigars get 3 free
  • Buy a box of event cigars and get 5 free

Cigar Dog® Apparel

  • Save 15 percent off of all Cigar Dog® apparel, including hoodies.

Exclusively for Black Diamond Cigar Club Members

  • Save 20% on boxes of event cigars

The Fine & Rare BR12-13 is a limited release 6” torpedo with a ring gauge of 52. The cigar is medium- to full-bodied smoke using ten different blended tobaccos.  The cigar received a rating of 92 from Cigar Aficionado and only 2,000 boxes were produced.

Prensado Lost Art is Alec Bradley’s long awaited follow-up to its 96-rated 2011 Cigar of the Year. It is a rich medium- to full-bodied cigar with a Honduran Corojo wrapper, a dual binder of Nicaraguan and Honduran tobaccos, and fillers blended from the same countries. The Lost Art is available in five vitolas: Robusto (5”x 52), Gran Toro (6¼“x 52), Churchill (7”x 52), Torpedo (6½”x 52), and Double T (6”x 60).

Black Market Esteli is a medium- to full-bodied cigar with a wrapper made of Nicaraguan tobacco, a binder of Nicaraguan and Honduras tobaccos, and the filler is Nicaraguan.  Black Market Esteli is available in five vitolas: Robusto (5”x 52), Toro (6”x 52), Torpedo (6½”x 52), Churchill (7”x 52), and Gordo (6”x 60).

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

Friday the 13th Tatuaje, L'Atelier and Surrogates Cigar Event

Friday the 13th Tatuaje, L'Atelier and Surrogates Cigar Event

James & Sons Tobacconists is proud to be hosting an event featuring the great family of Tatuaje, L’Atelier and Surrogates boutique cigars on Friday, October 13 from 5 pm to close. James & Sons will be offering great deals on these premium cigars.

Dan Welsh, Surrogates cigar brand manager for L’Atelier Imports, will be at the store to introduce customers his extensive lineup of outstanding cigars, including the Tatuaje Limited Edition Skinny Monster series.

Special deals include:

Cigar Dog® Apparel

  • Save 15 percent off of all Cigar Dog® apparel, including hoodies.

Exclusively for Black Diamond Cigar Club Members

  • Save 20% on boxes of event cigars

Stop by James & Sons Tobacconists to experience the different blends that and take advantage of the great deals available.

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

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Cigars at 9 Maple Ave

Cigars at 9 Maple Ave

James & Sons Tobacconists will be selling cigars for your INDOOR smoking pleasure tonight at 9 Maple Ave's Angel's Share Sampling Society event. Enjoy a fine cigar while sampling a great selection of drinks. This is one of the two annual Angel's Share gatherings where you can legally enjoy a fine cigar in the bar. See you there!

Angel’s Share Sampling Society Meeting at 9 Maple Ave.

Tuesday, October 3rd at 7 PM

Attendees will be enjoying a fine selection of drinks. As always it is $25. 

The Irish Whiskey: Drunken Sailor (New)

The Single Malt Scotch: Old Ballantruan (New)

The Bourbon:  Willet Kentucky Straight Bourbon (hard to get!)

The Cocktail: The Preakness: A variation of a Manhattan made with Bourbon, Carpano Antica, a touch of Benedictine, and a dash of Bitters served on the rocks with an Orange twist.

The Music: Various Sonny Rollins

Review of Jaime Garcia Reserva Especial

Review of Jaime Garcia Reserva Especial

As reflected by its name, the Reserva Especial is blended by Jaime Garcia, son of cigar legend José “Don” Pepín Garcia. Jaime is known for blending the Garcia family’s well-regarded My Father series, which were such a success that the family business was named after them. The Reserve Especial was debuted at an event at The Cigar Inn in New York City and was so well received that Jaime put his own name on it for the release to the general public.

The Reserva Especial is produced in six vitolas, including Petit Robusto (4½” by 50), Robusto (5¼” x 52), Super Gordo (5¾” x 66), Toro (6” x 54), Toro Gordo (6” x 60), and Belicoso (5½” x 52). My Father has also released the Reserva Especial in multiple limited edition and regional-released versions.

The cigars feature a dark oily USA Connecticut-grown broadleaf wrapper aged for six years, a Nicaraguan binder, and rich aged Nicaraguan long fillers from the Pepin family’s farms and Oliva Tobacco Company. Like all cigars produced by My Father, these are immaculately constructed and the smoke has medium-to-full bodied profile. On the palate, the cigars have well-balanced complex notes of black pepper, leather, coffee, and dark chocolate. This is an exquisite cigar at an affordable price.

Jaime and his sister Janny has been working in the family’s cigar business since 2002. At the ripe young age of 11, their Pepin Garcia began working in his uncle’s cigar factory in Báez, Cuba. During his 30-year career in Cuba, Mr. Garcia became a master blender, working on Cohiba, Partagas, and Montecriso, among other well-regarded Habanos brands. After fleeing from Cuba to Nicaragua in 2001, Mr. Garcia made his way to Miami’s Little Havana where he started his own cigar factory in 2002. His first client was Pete Johnson whom he produced the Tatuaje brand for. The success of his work with Tatuaje led to him starting his own cigar brand. The demand for his cigars required him to move his headquarters to an industrial park in Doral, Florida and open a second rolling factory, Tabacalera Cubana S. A., in Estelí, Nicaragua.

In addition to the Reserva Especial, James & Sons Tobacconists has several My Father cigar brands in stock, including the Don Pepin Garcia Cuban Classic, Don Pepin Garcia Original, Don Pepin Garcia Series JJ, El Centurion H-2K-CT, Flor de las Antillas, My Father [Ecuadorian] Connecticut, My Father La Antiguedad, My Father Le Bijou 1922, and My Father The Judge.

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Blind Review of L'Atelier Identite Melange

Blind Review of L'Atelier Identite Melange

In 2012, Pete Johnson of Tatuaje cigar fame launched the brand L’Atelier (French for “The Workshop”), a name which, according to Tobacconist Magazine, “refers to the company’s role as a separate experimental laboratory for bringing out cigars that aren’t constrained by public expectations.”  Like with the Tatuaje brand, Pete Johnson teamed up with the Garcia Family to have the L'Atelier Identité (“identity”) series produced at the My Father Cigars S.A. factory in Estelí, Nicaragua, one of the finest cigar producers in the world.

L’Atelier released the Identité series in April 2017 which uses a unique type of tobacco known as Sancti Spiritus (Latin for “Holy Spirit” and the name of a tobacco-growing region in Cuba).  The tobacco is a hybrid of Criollo and Pelo De Oro tobacco seeds that you'll only find in cigars from L'Atelier.  While the L’Atelier brand uses Sancti Spiritus tobacco in all of its cigars, the Identité series is the first time it has been included in all three portions of the blend, with the wrapper grown by the Oliva Tobacco Co. in Ecuador and binder and filler grown by the Garcia Family in Nicaragua. 

The L’Atelier Identité Melangé Spécial No. 3 is toro size cigar with a dark, oily wrapper.  The cigar has a mounted Cuban-style three-seam cap on its head, is consistently tightly packed, and the wrapper leaf is thick enough to cause the seams to feel slightly raised to the touch.

The cigar is full-bodied, initially offering a powerhouse of rich and smooth flavors of dark cherry, cocoa, and creamy coffee.  The bouquet of the smoke is pleasant with floral cedar notes.  An inch into the cigar, the flavor remains rich and meaty.  The middle of the cigar is packed with flavor, featuring prominent notes of cedar with raisin, dark cherry, cocoa and cream in the background.  The last third of the cigar is less rich, but still flavorful, offering woody and leather notes.

The draw remained perfect throughout and the burn was slightly wavy, but never ventured more than a quarter of an inch apart.  The ash was white, indicating that the tobacco leaves were grown in rich, fertile soil.  The ash consistently lasted about three-quarters of an inch before falling off. 

The L’Atelier Identité Melangé Spécial series comes in three vitolas: No. 1 (4⅞”x 50), No. 2 (5⅝” x 46) and, reviewed here, the No. 3 (5⅞”x 52).  James & Sons also carries a special limited edition Robusto size that is only made available to retailers for L'Atelier events.

The cigar would pair well with a chocolate stout or cappuccino.

In addition to the Identité Melangé Spécial series, cigars created by Pete Johnson that James & Sons has in stock include La Mission du L'Atelier, Tatuaje Havana VI, Tatuaje Reserva, Tatuaje Seleccion De Cazador, Tatuaje Seventh Capa Especial, and Surrogates brands.

The review portion was a blind tasting completed without any information on the cigar, its tobaccos, or manufacturer.  The cigar was intentionally smoked slowly (two or three draws per minute) to avoid the burn getting overly hot and negatively affecting the taste and only water was consumed while smoking.

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Friday Event for The Legendary Cigars of Nat Sherman

Friday Event for The Legendary Cigars of Nat Sherman

James & Sons Tobacconists cordially invites you to

The Legendary Cigars of Nat Sherman Event

Friday, September 1st, 6:00 pm - Close

Nat Sherman, the iconic New York brand since 1930, produces an extensive lineup of outstanding luxury cigars that are sure to please every cigar palate. Come by and learn about the different blends Nat Sherman has to offer.  

Customers who purchase five Nat Sherman cigars will receive a free Jet Line torch lighter (a $20 value). 

Event Specials

Cigars
- Free Jet Line torch lighter ($20 value) with 5-packs
- Save 15% on boxes of cigars
- $25 store gift certificate on boxes of cigars at regular price
 
Cigar Dog® Apparel
- Save $10 when buying two Cigar Dog® t-shirts
- Free torch lighter on two Cigar Dog® t-shirts at regular price ($25 each)
 
Exclusively for Black Diamond Cigar Club Members
- Save 30% on boxes of event cigars
- Double reward points on boxes of event cigars at regular price

Blind Review of Ashton Symmetry

Blind Review of Ashton Symmetry

The Ashton Symmetry series was painstakingly perfected over a four-year period by master blender Carlos Fuente Jr., producer of the Arturo Fuente and OpusX brands.  Like all Ashton cigars, the production of the Symmetry series is overseen by the Fuente family at its factory in Santiago, Dominican Republic.  The Ashton Symmetry series was released in October 2014, the first addition to the Ashton portfolio in nearly a decade and the first to use Nicaraguan tobacco. 

The Symmetry series features a dark, silky Habano-seed wrapper grown in Ecuador, a Dominican binder, and Dominican and Nicaraguan fillers.  The largest in the Ashton Symmetry series is the Prestige, a Churchill-sized cigar measuring 6¾” with a ring gauge of 49.  The Prestige is very well constructed with a smooth wrapper.  To the feel, the cigar is consistently just right, lacking any soft, spongy or overly-packed hard regions on the stick.  Before lighting, the wrapper smells of Spanish cedar and leather.

The Ashton Symmetry Prestige offers a medium flavor profile that is initially woody, leathery and a touch creamy, with some walnut in the background.  An inch into the smoke, the woody flavor remains with earthiness and a touch of roasted coffee.  Mid-way through, it has an earthy, mineral-like taste with some grassiness that leaves.  The taste finishes earthy and nutty, reminiscent of an autumn day with the smell of fallen crisp, dried tree leaves.

The cigar consistently burns evenly, without requiring any relighting or touching up.  The light gray ash drops off about every half inch.  The draw is perfect, producing a medium amount of smoke. 

The Ashton Symmetry series has consistently scored remarkably well on Cigar Aficionado’s 100-point scale.  The Robusto (5”x 50) scored “94” and was ranked in the magazine’s Top 10 Cigars of 2015, the Belicoso (5¼”x52) scored “93”, the Prism (5⅝”x 46) scored “86”, the Sublime (6”x 52) scored “90”, and the Prestige, the cigar reviewed above, scored “93” points.

In addition to the Symmetry Series, James & Sons Tobacconists currently stocks the Ashton Classic, Ashton Cabinet Selection, Ashton Virgin Sun Grown (VSG), and Ashton small cigars in pocket-size boxes.  Ashton’s other brands include San Cristobal and La Aroma De Cuba, both of which are available from James & Sons Tobacconists.

The review portion was a blind tasting completed without any information on the cigar, its tobaccos, or manufacturer.  The cigar was intentionally smoked slowly (two or three draws per minute) to avoid the burn getting overly hot and negatively affecting the taste and only water was consumed while smoking.

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Great Deals on Kristoff Cigars at Friday Event

Great Deals on Kristoff Cigars at Friday Event

James & Sons Tobacconists of Saratoga Springs, NY is proud to be hosting an event featuring Kristoff Cigars on Friday, August 25th from 6 pm to close. Come by and enjoy some great deals on Kristoff Cigars and James & Sons' exclusive line of Cigar Dog® apparel.

Kristoff Cigars is one of the fastest-growing boutique manufacturers in the industry today. Kristoff's Dan Davidson will be on hand at James & Sons Tobacconists to show customers the different blends that Kristoff has to offer and the great deals available. 

Event Specials

Cigars
- Free Jet Line torch lighter ($20 value) with 5-packs
- Save 15% on boxes of cigars
- $25 store gift certificate on boxes of cigars at regular price
 
Cigar Dog® Apparel
- Save $10 when buying two Cigar Dog® t-shirts
- Free torch lighter on two Cigar Dog® t-shirts at regular price ($25 each)
 
Exclusively for Black Diamond Cigar Club Members
- Save 30% on boxes of event cigars
- Double reward points on boxes of event cigars at regular price

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

Other Upcoming Events (360 Broadway location)

Nat Sherman (Friday, September 1, 6:00 pm -- Close)

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Oliva Cigar Event on Friday, August 18th

Oliva Cigar Event on Friday, August 18th

Mark your calendars for this Friday night, August 18th, for James & Sons Tobacconists’ event featuring the outstanding cigars of Oliva.  From 6:00 pm to close, James & Sons will be offering special deals on Oliva Cigars and the popular Cigar Dog® apparel.

Oliva Cigars are widely recognized as some of the best in the world.  Oliva's Serie V Melanio was Cigar Aficionado's 2014 Cigar of the Year, a ranking which compared it against the greatest cigars from Cuba, Nicaragua, Dominican Republic, Honduras and elsewhere.  Oliva routinely earns scores of 90+ from the best cigar magazines and blogs.

According to Cigar Aficionado, “The Oliva Cigar story began in the late 1800s, when Melanio Oliva started growing cigar tobacco in Cuba. His heirs carried on the family tradition in the fields, but it was his grandson Gilberto Oliva Sr. who began making cigars.”  Following Fidel Castro's Cuban Revolution of 1959, Melanio’s grandson Gilberto Oliva Sr. fled to Spain before eventually relocating to Nicaragua where he returned to the cigar business.  It wasn’t until 1995 that that the Oliva Cigar brand was launched by Gilberto Sr. and his son, which has experienced a great deal of success producing cigars using predominantly Nicaraguan tobaccos.

For the first time since 2012, Oliva launched a new brand in 2017, the Gilberto Oliva Reserva.  The cigars are produced in two different wrapper options, a Sumatra wrapper and an Ecuadorian-grown Connecticut-seed shade leaf, both surrounding Ecuadorian binders and Nicaraguan fillers.

This is a great opportunity to try some new blends from the Oliva family of cigars and to restock your humidor for the rest of summer.

EVENT SPECIALS

Cigars

  • Free Jet Line torch lighter ($20 value) with 5-packs
  • Save 15% on boxes of cigars
  • $25 store gift certificate on boxes of cigars at regular price

Cigar Dog® Apparel

  • Save $10 when buying two Cigar Dog® t-shirts
  • Free torch lighter on two Cigar Dog® t-shirts at regular price ($25 each)

Exclusively for Black Diamond Cigar Club Members

  • Save 30% on boxes of event cigars
  • Double reward points on boxes of event cigars at regular price

OTHER UPCOMING EVENTS (360 Broadway location)

  • Kristoff (Friday, August 25)
  • Nat Sherman (Friday, September 1)

United Cigars Event Friday, August 11th

United Cigars Event Friday, August 11th

James & Sons Tobacconists is hosting a cigar event Friday, August 11th from 6:00 pm to close featuring special deals on United Cigars’ Bandolero, Byron and Fleur de La Reine brands.  Special deals are also available for the popular Cigar Dog® apparel.

Bandolero cigars are impeccably made with a consistent draw and even burn.  They are spicy medium- to full-bodied smokes that deliver notes of cedar, leather, and citrus.   The origin of the tobaccos used for Bandolero cigars are a tightly-held secret.

Byron cigars receive rave reviews for their complexity and quality from the best online cigar blogs, commonly scoring the mid to high 90s.  After being rolled, Byron cigars are aged in for one year before being packaged, allowing them to become smoother and more complex.

Fleur de La Reine cigars are rich and bold. The blend consists of Honduran and Nicaraguan filler tobaccos surrounded by a Dominican binder.  Fleur de La Reine is available in a natural Ecuadorian Sumatra wrapper and a dark U.S.A. Connecticut Broadleaf Maduro.

Events Specials
 
Cigars
- Free Jet Line torch lighter ($20 value) with 5-packs
- Save 15% on boxes of cigars
- $25 store gift certificate on boxes of cigars at regular price
 
Cigar Dog® Apparel
- Save $10 when buying two Cigar Dog® t-shirts
- Free torch lighter on two Cigar Dog® t-shirts at regular price ($25 each)
 
Exclusively for Black Diamond Cigar Club Members
- Save 30% on boxes of event cigars
- Double reward points on boxes of event cigars at regular price
 
Other Upcoming Events (360 Broadway location)

Oliva (Friday, August 18)
Kristoff (Friday, August 25)
Nat Sherman (Friday, September 1)

Blind Tasting of Perdomo 20th Anniversary Ecuadorian Connecticut

Blind Tasting of Perdomo 20th Anniversary Ecuadorian Connecticut

In 2012 Perdomo released the 20th Anniversary cigar series in two different tobacco wrappers: Nicaraguan Sungrown and Nicaraguan Maduro, both of which have Nicaraguan tobacco binders and fillers.  In July 2016, Perdomo released a third 20th Anniversary series blend with a Connecticut-seed shade-style wrapper grown in Ecuador. 

The Perdomo 20th Anniversary Ecuadorian Connecticut blend comes in the same seven vitolas as the Nicaraguan Sungrown and Maduro versions: Churchill (7”x 56), Corona Grande (6½”x 48), Epicure (6”x 56), Gordo (6”x 60), Pyramid (6½”x 60), Robusto (5”x 56) and Torpedo (6½”x 54).

The Corona Grande reviewed was perfectly constructed, with a silky golden wrapper without any blemishes.  There were two very thin veins that were well rolled out during construction and the seams are so well done that you have to look closely to identify them.  The tobacco is evenly packed throughout the cigar and the cap is done flawlessly. 

The initial draw is just right, providing an ideal amount of airflow to allow the smoker to fully appreciate the flavors of the tobaccos.  The first few puffs are smooth and the cigar has a light-to-medium flavor profile that is complex.  The cigar starts off creamy and buttery, with a finish on the palate that tastes of hay and nuts.  The hay flavor dominates in the middle of the cigar.  In the final third, notes of cedar come through.  Throughout the smoke, the flavors of the wrapper, binder and filler tobaccos are blended exceptionally well.

The burn remained quite even for most of the smoke, but became slightly wavy at times, never to the extent that it required any touching up with a flame.  The ash was firm and mostly white to light gray.  Two relights were required near the middle of the cigar. 

Perdomo cigars were founded in 1992 by Nick Perdomo Jr. as a home business in the garage of his home in Miami.  Perdomo Jr.’s father was a second-generation Cuban cigar roller who, according to the Perdomo website, was “a target of the wrath and violence inherent in establishing Castro’s ‘New Cuba’. Ambushed by pro-Castro guerrillas, he was shot and critically wounded – within view of the very home his father Silvio was arrested and abducted from.”  Mr. Perdomo Sr. escaped Cuba with the help of the Catholic Church and came to the United States.  Today, Perdomo employs thousands of workers at its factory in Esteli, Nicaragua and at the company’s headquarters in Miami, Florida.

The review portion was a blind tasting completed without any information on the cigar, its tobaccos, or manufacturer.  The cigar was intentionally smoked slowly (two or three draws per minute) to avoid the burn getting overly hot and negatively affecting the taste and only water was consumed while smoking.

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Ashton San Cristobal Cigar Event

Ashton San Cristobal Cigar Event

Offering Special Deals on Cigars and Cigar Dog® Apparel

James & Sons Tobacconists is hosting a cigar event tonight from 6:00 pm to close featuring Ashton’s acclaimed San Cristobal Quintessence and Revelation series cigars.  The event will offer special deals on cigars and the popular Cigar Dog® apparel. 
 
About San Cristobal Quintessence Cigars
Acclaimed cigar master Jose “Pepin” Garcia (founder of My Father Cigars) blends a luscious Ecuadorian Habano wrapper and the finest, premium aged Nicaraguan binder and filler tobaccos to make the world-class Quintessence cigar series for Ashton.  Captivating notes of molasses, coffee, figs, and black pepper intrigue the palate with a medium- to full-bodied finish.  In December, Cigar Journal named the San Cristobal Quintessence Robusto its “Cigar of the Year” and the series received scores of 90 in Cigar Aficionado this year. 
 
About San Cristobal Revelation Cigars
Beautiful Ecuadorian Sumatra wrapper with select, vintage Nicaraguan binder and filler tobaccos are blended to create the world-class medium-bodied Revelation cigar series for Ashton.  Like the Quintessence series, the Revelation series is produced for Ashton by the Garcia Family in Estelí, Nicaragua.  The cigars feature decadent notes of caramel, almonds and cedar that mingle with the signature spice notes found in the best Nicaraguan tobaccos.  The Revelations series has received multiple scores of 90 and above from Cigar Aficionado.
 
Events Specials
 
Ashton San Cristobal Revelation & Quintessence Cigars
- Free torch lighter with 5-packs
- Save 15% on boxes of cigars
- $25 store gift certificate on boxes of cigars at regular price
 
Cigar Dog® Apparel
- Save $10 when buying two Cigar Dog® t-shirts
- Free torch lighter on two Cigar Dog® t-shirts at regular price ($25 each)
 
Exclusively for Black Diamond Cigar Club Members
- Save 30% on boxes of event cigars
- Double reward points on boxes of event cigars at regular price
 
Upcoming Event (360 Broadway location)

Perdomo Cigars (Friday, August 4)

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