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)

Recent News

Win Travers Tickets! Upcoming Store Events & Promotions

New Location at Saratoga Race Course

Win Travers Tickets! Upcoming Store Events

Enter our contest to win two tickets for reserved grandstand seats for Travers Day at Saratoga Race Course. 

James & Sons, exclusive tobacconist for the 2017 Saratoga Meet, announces a contest offering two tickets for reserved grandstand seats for Travers Day at Saratoga Race Course on Saturday, August 26. 

To enter the drawing, sign up for the James & Sons email list at the downtown store location at 360 Broadway in Saratoga Springs.

The drawing will occur on the evening of Friday, August 18th at the James & Sons downtown store.  (The winner does not have to be present to win.) 

Upcoming Events & Promotions

James & Sons also has an exciting calendar of upcoming events and special promotions.  The events, all running from 6:00 pm to close, include deals on the following premium cigars:
•    Ashton (Thursday, August 3)
•    Perdomo (Friday, August 4)
•    Oliva (Friday, August 18)
•    Kristoff (Friday, August 25)
•    Nat Sherman (Friday, September 1)

Special promotions available at these events will include:
•    Buy a five pack of cigars and get a free torch lighter
•    Buy a box of cigars and save 15 percent.
•    Buy a box of cigars at regular price and get a $25 store gift certificate.
•    Buy two Cigar Dog t-shirts for $40 (save $10).
•    Buy two Cigar Dog t-shirts at regular price ($25 each) and get a free torch lighter.

Specials exclusively for Black Diamond Cigar Club members include: 
•    Buy a box of cigars and save 30 percent.
•    Buy a box of cigars at regular price and receive double rewards points for your purchase.

These specials are only available during the events, so take advantage of this chance to restock your humidor for the rest of summer.

To learn more about the benefits of becoming a Black Diamond Cigar Club member, visit the membership page of our website.

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