Cigar Edition of the Angel's Share Sampling Society

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

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

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

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.

Oliva Cigar Event Friday, July 27

Oliva Cigar Event Friday, July 27

James & Sons Tobacconists is hosting an Oliva Cigars event on Friday, July 27th from 6 to 10 pm.  Stop by to learn more about the farming, blending, manufacturing and tasting notes of Oliva's wide selection of cigars, enabling every customer to find just the right cigar for their smoking preference. 

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 the 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, which has experienced a great deal of success producing cigars using predominantly Nicaraguan tobaccos."

UPCOMING CIGARS STORE AND GALA SEASON EVENTS

UPCOMING CIGARS STORE AND GALA SEASON EVENTS

Mark your calendars! Track season starts Friday, July 20 and James & Sons Tobacconists has a full calendar of cigar events scheduled.  Events offer special savings on featured brands and provide attendees the opportunity to learn more from brand representatives about the farming, blending, manufacturing and tasting notes, enabling every customer to find just the right cigar for their smoking preference. We’ll also be selling cigars at some of the finest local fundraiser galas of the season.

Store Events (360 Broadway, Saratoga Springs unless otherwise noted)

  • Camacho – Friday, July 20
  • Abel Exposito – Saturday, July 21
  • Oliva – Friday, July 27
  • United – Friday, August 10
  • Nat Sherman – Friday, August 17
  • Ashton – Friday, August 24
  • Ashton – Saturday, August 25 at James & Sons Saratoga Race Course store
  • Ventura – Friday, August 31

Fundraiser Events

  • Saturday, July 21 – “The White Party” Gala for Saratoga Bridges at Saratoga National Golf Club (details)
  • Saturday, July 21 – Ballet Gala at Saratoga Performing Arts Center (details)
  • Tuesday, July 31 – Second Chance Sports Gala at National Museum of Dance (details)

We look forward to seeing you.

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.

Stay on top of the latest James & Sons Tobacconists specials, events, and reviews by following us on TwitterFacebook, and Instagram. Learn more about affordable James & Son’s cigar club memberships offering year-round 24-hour access to our private English and Cuban smoking lounges, personalized Spanish cedar humidor lockers, invitations to members-only events, and other benefits.

UNITED CIGARS EVENT JUNE 22nd

UNITED CIGARS EVENT JUNE 22nd

FRIDAY, JUNE 22, 2018
6:00 pm to Close


$10 gets you two cigars to sample (a $20 value).

A representative from United Cigars will be here to introduce customers to their line of fine hand-rolled stogies.

Great deals on all United Cigars, including $10 off of boxes and an additional 10% off of United purchases.
Special deals of $5 off are also available for all purchases of the popular Cigar Dog® apparel.

United Cigars brands include: ATABEY, Bandolero, Byron, Fleur de la Reine, Jose Dominquez, and La Gianna.

ATABEY cigars are produced in limited quantities by the “Selected Tobacco” factory in Costa Rica. The leaves of these cigars have many origins and are from caribbean and central America countries. These luxury cigars only can be bought in a few stores around the world which are certified by the manufacturer. We're proud to sell them at James & Sons Tobacconists.

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 are available in very limited quantities and are produced in a small factory in Costa Rica. Byron cigars sit in an aging room for period of 1 year (well beyond the usual average of 60 days), allowing the oils in the leaves to blend and form a more sophisticated, mature flavor. After aging, they are packaged in untra-luxurious porcelain jars, super elaborate humidors and state-of-the-art cigar humitubes.

FLEUR DE LA REINE cigars are both rich and bold. The blend consists of Honduran and Nicaraguan filler tobaccos surrounded by a Dominican binder. There are two wrappers available; Ecuadorian Sumatra is highlighted in Natural and it’s U.S.A. Connecticut Broadleaf in the Maduro version.

JOSE DOMINGUEZ Signature Series cigars uses an Ecuadorian Connecticut wrapper over Dominican and Pennsylvania broadleaf tobaccos, while the maduro has a core of Nicaraguan and Dominican tobaccos, wrapped in a Mexican San Andrés leaf. Manufactured at Magia Cubana factory in Santiago, Dominican Republic.

LA GIANNA Havana Natural offers a blend of Honduran tobacco’s making up all the filler and binder but surrounded by a golden U.S.A. Connecticut shade-grown wrapper. The Maduro is a "ramped up "version of the original blend that is complex and sweet with a ton of flavor.

Enjoy Cigars and Drinks at 9 Maple Ave. Event

Enjoy Cigars and Drinks at 9 Maple Ave. Event

James & Sons Tobacconists will be selling cigars for your INDOOR smoking pleasure at 9 Maple Ave's Angel's Share Sampling Society event on Tuesday, June 5th starting at 7:00 pm. 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. We hope to see you there!

The Irish Whiskey: Kinahan's Blended

The Single Malt Scotch: Lismore 18 Year Old

The Bourbon: Five Feathers Pure Rye Malt Whiskey

The Cocktail: Whiskey Smash - Made with High Proof Rye, Simple Syrup, Fresh Mint and shaken in a Low Ball.

The Music: Something that grooves!

It’s $35 for all four of these gems, which comes along with a knowledgeable break down of the distillery, the nose, and the flavors. Come join us!

Join Us and Aganorsa Cigars in Supporting Out of the Pits Dog Rescue

Join Us and Aganorsa Cigars in Supporting Out of the Pits Dog Rescue

Join James & Sons Tobacconists for an

AGANORSA LEAF CIGARS EVENT

Friday, May 25th, 4:00 pm – 8:00 pm
360 Broadway, Saratoga Springs, New York

Event Specials on Aganorsa Leaf Cigars
Buy 4 and get 1 free; Buy 10 get 3 free; Buy a box get 5 free and a cutter.

Aganorsa Leaf cigar brands include Guardian of the Farm, JFR, Lunatic, and Miami.

DRAWING

When purchasing Aganorsa Leaf cigars now through May 25th, you will also be entered for our drawing to win prizes for the event: 

WIN an entire box of Guardian of the Farm Apollo cigars
(Rated Cigar Aficionado’s No. 8 Cigar of the Year)
Other prizes include a $50 store gift card and James & Sons swag

James & Sons Tobacconists and Aganorsa Leaf Cigars Team Up to Benefit Out of the Pits Dog Rescue

For every Aganorsa Leaf cigar purchased May 1st-25th, $1 will be donated to Out of the Pits dog rescue.

DOUBLE YOUR CHANCES OF WINNING YETI MERCH AT OUR CAMACHO CIGARS EVENT ON FRIDAY, APRIL 27th

DOUBLE YOUR CHANCES OF WINNING YETI MERCH AT OUR CAMACHO CIGARS EVENT ON FRIDAY, APRIL 27th

Purchase Two or More Camacho Cigars Now Through Friday to Double Your Chances of Winning YETI Coolers, Tumblers and Camacho Cigars

Everyone buying two or more Camacho Cigars at James & Sons Tobacconists between now at Friday, April 27th will receive double the amount of tickets for our drawing giving away YETI merchandise and Camacho cigars totaling nearly $900.

James & Sons will host a Camacho Cigars event on Friday, April 27th that will include special deals on Camacho cigars and a drawing giving away a YETI Tundra 45 hard cooler ($350 retail), YETI Hopper 20 soft cooler ($250 retail), YETI tumblers, and Camacho cigar packs.

Exclusively this week, you will double your chances of winning YETI merchandise by buying Camacho cigars:

Buy 2 Camacho Cigars, Get TWO Tickets for YETI merchandise drawing
Buy 4 Camacho Cigars, Get SIX Tickets for YETI merchandise drawing
But 10 Camacho Cigars, Get SIXTEEN Tickets for YETI merchandise drawing
Buy 20 Camacho cigars, Get FORTY Tickets for YETI merchandise drawing

Cigar Master Franklin Pichardo Rolling at Derby Party, Saturday, May 5th

Cigar Master Franklin Pichardo Rolling at Derby Party, Saturday, May 5th

New Stock of Premium Cigars Blended and Rolled Exclusively for James & Sons Tobacconists

Among the finely-curated selection of premium cigars available in its Spanish-cedar-lined walk-in humidor, James & Sons Tobacconists is proud to offer an exclusive line of house cigars, blended and rolled by cigar master Franklin Pichardo. James & Sons Tobacconists just reloaded its stock of premium house cigars blended and rolled exclusively for its Saratoga store and now is a good time to stock up or give them a try. 

Franklin has been producing our exclusive house cigars for years. They're made of Dominican and Nicaraguan tobaccos rolled with Connecticut, maduro, and barber-pole style wrappers in multiple vitolas, including coronas, toros, torpedos, Churchills, and salamones, among others.

And with Spring finally arriving, horse racing begins to have a greater impact in the community, with the Oklahoma training track open, the harness track running, increased media attention on Triple Crown races, and several local Kentucky Derby parties taking place on Saturday, May 5th.

We're happy to announce that our exclusive cigar master Franklin Pichardo will be in town rolling cigars on Saturday, May 5th at the James & Sons table at Saratoga National Golf Club Kentucky Derby Party. James & Sons will have nice selection of premium cigars for attendees to enjoy as well as Franklin's freshly-rolled cigars.

During track season, Franklin can be found most weekends at the James & Sons Tobacconists track store at historic Saratoga Race Course with a crowd around his rolling table watching as he constructs our fine cigars. Franklin will likely be smoking one of the cigars he rolled or an exclusive Arturo Fuente cigar.

Franklin learned the cigar craft as a teenager at the Fuente factory in Tamboril, Santiago on the Dominican Republic. Working there for 15 years, Franklin was the exclusively roller of the Fuente Fuente Opus X Perfexcion No. 2.

After his day is over at the track, Franklin continues to attract a crowd of onlookers in the evenings while rolling outside of the James & Sons Tobacconists store on bustling Broadway, where track goers are finishing their days at the restaurants and shops.

Stop in to James & Sons to load up on our exclusive house cigars rolled by Franklin, join us at the Saratoga National Golf Club Kentucky Derby Party, and be sure to visit our track store at the Saratoga Race Course during the racing meet.

Score YETI Merch When Buying Camacho Cigars at James & Sons

Score YETI Merch When Buying Camacho Cigars at James & Sons

Everyone buying two or more Camacho Cigars at James & Sons Tobacconists between now at Friday, April 27th will be eligible to win YETI merchandise totaling nearly $900.

A raffle drawing will be held at James & Sons every Friday in April to select someone who will win a YETI tumbler and a 4 pack of Camacho cigars ($70 retail per set).  

James & Sons will host a Camacho Cigars event on Friday, April 27th that will include special deals on Camacho cigars and a raffle drawing for a YETI tumbler set as well as a YETI Tundra 45 hard cooler ($350 retail) and a YETI Hopper 20 soft cooler ($250 retail).

You can enter the raffle drawing to win YETI merchandise by buying Camacho cigars:

  • Buy 2 Camacho Cigars, Get 1 Raffle Tickets for YETI merchandise
  • Buy 4 Camacho Cigars, Get 3 Raffle Tickets for YETI merchandise
  • But 10 Camacho Cigars, Get 8 Raffle Tickets for YETI merchandise
  • Buy 20 Camacho cigars, Get 20 Raffle Tickets for YETI merchandise
     

Win the Ultimate Sports Fan Experience!

Win the Ultimate Sports Fan Experience!

ANNOUNCING AN EVENING OF MIRACLES: 
MIRACLE ON ICE FANTASY CAMP
with the 1980 U.S.A. Olympic Hockey Team

Sunday, March 25, 2018
Lake Placid, New York

With each purchase of a box of cigars at James & Sons Tobacconists completed by Tuesday, March 20th, you become eligible to win the ultimate hockey experience for you and your guest with the 1980 USA Hockey Team members.

The package includes:
- Meet and greet with the team
- Team-signed USA ’80 hockey jersey presentation at Herb Brooks Arena
- Cocktail reception and dinner at the Olympic Sports Complex
- Lake Placid bobsled experience ride
- Evening mingle in the hospitality suite at High Peaks Resort
- Overnight lodging

WINNER WILL BE SELECTED FROM A DRAWING HELD AT THE STORE ON TUESDAY, MARCH 20 AT 7:00 PM. 
WINNER MUST BE IN ATTENDANCE TO CLAIM YOUR PRIZE.

Saturday Whiskey and Bonfires Event at Saratoga Winery

Saturday Whiskey and Bonfires Event at Saratoga Winery

An Event Supporting the Saratoga WarHorse Foundation

Saturday, February 24th, 3:00 pm to 6:00 pm

The Saratoga Winery

462 Route 29 West, Saratoga Springs, New York

  • Cigars from James & Sons Tobacconists
  • Whiskey from Upstate Distillery
  • Smoked BBQ Menu
  • Live Music by Patrick Sharrow
  • Bonfires
  • Saratoga WarHorse Raffles
  • Free Admission

10 percent of bar sales will be donated to Saratoga WarHorse

 

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.

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.