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Friday, 10 August 2012

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presleadpicThis week, we look at pundit with his own cigar line, a new smoke from an old favorite and reactions to tobacco regulations. Also, many cigarette smokers are making the switch to cigars. Who could blame them?




Talk Show Host Rusty Humphries Launches “El Presidente”

Rusty Humphries can be found spouting his line of conservative politics to three million listeners each week, but the talker recently hatched an idea for a new enterprise, and has managed to make it happen.



Humphries told the Daily Caller, “I’ve been a cigar aficionado for a long time, and I always thought, ‘Wouldn’t it be cool to have your own cigar?’…If you go to cigar shops, guys are usually there talking politics all the time, and they’re usually conservative. So I thought, ‘What a great product that would go with talk radio.’”

After a period of working with Cuban cigar legends Nestor Miranda and José  “Pepin” Garcia, Humphries was ready to introduce his seven-inch, 56-ring-gauge “El Presidente.”

Humphries explained the name: “The idea was that it was something regal. Something you would give to a president. Something that would make you feel special.” The El Presidente is described as a mild-to-medium bodied all-Nicaraguan cigar that’s not too spicy or too plain.

The first El Presidente is dedicated to George Washington, whose likeness adorns one of the cigar’s bands. Future editions will be named for other U.S. Presidents. Only 300 boxes of the cigar were manufactured, as Humphries explained

“It’s not made to be an everyday smoke. There’s not that many of ‘em…I only wanted to do a limited amount. I wanted to honor a president each time. When they’re gone, they’re gone. So each cigar is a collector’s item in its own right.”

Meet the Fattest Padrón Smoke

If you like your pleasure big, Padrón has a new cigar for you. The Padrón 1964 Anniversary Series No. 4 cigar is shipping to retailers this week, and it’s worth checking out. This hefty smoke is 6 ½ inches long with a 60-ring gauge, so it’s one big fat cigar!



The No. 4 takes its name from the birthday of Catholic saint Santa Barbara, a favorite among Cubans. According to Padrón president Jorge Padrón, “Cubans feel she is a protector. When my father was in Cuba, he prayed to Santa Barbara to help him get out.”

The Padrón team introduced the 1964 Anniversary Series No. 4 at the International Premium Cigar & Pipe Retailers trade show in Orlando, and it should be available at a tobacco retailer near you soon.

London’s May Fair Hotel Opens Cigar Room

Globetrotting cigar lovers have a new posh hangout across the pond, because one of London’s most famous hotels has opened an elegant new space where both smokers and their non-smoking friends can feel right at home.



One look at the interior of the Cigar Room in London’s May Fair hotel confirms that this isn’t your ordinary smoking lounge. The first floor is furnished with swinging chairs and daybeds scattered among the live fireplaces. Credit London cigar designer Graham Cox and the May Fair’s design team for the decadent ambiance.

Once you get inside and cease taking in the visual delights of the Cigar Lounge, you can begin perusing the extensive selection of super-premium cigars. More than forty different cigars are available, including the Cuban Behike 52 Cohiba and the Hoyo de Monterrey.

Complement your choice with one of the house’s signature martinis like the Rococo Chocolate Martini, or if you just happened to break the bank at Monte Carlo, a bottle of the Voyage de Delamain Grande Champagne Cognac for $26,340.

If the array of goodies proves a bit confusing, help is at hand from the Hunters & Frankau staff of trained Cigar Sommeliers who are ready to offer their expert advice on cigars and their cocktail pairings.

According to lead Sommelier Sophia Christoforidou, “We have hunted far and wide to indulge our patrons with superior and exciting products. We have created a well-rounded experience with complementary tastes and flavors that will appeal to the aficionado as well as those seeking a new experience in a comfortable yet luxurious and stylish area.”??

Is this a cigar lover’s heaven?

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