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Written by Gary J. Arzt

Monday, 02 February 2009

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tedsSpeaking of 'copy', I saw some advertising, or perhaps some writing about Ted's Made by Hand cigars. I'd been meaning to get to the one cigar store I knew of on Miami Beach that carries them. I know it was the name that made me curious.

When I stopped in to see Oded Ben Arie and Oscar Boruchin, at Mike's Cigars Distributors (1030 Kane Concourse, Bay Harbor Islands, FL 33154 - www.mikescigars.com - 800.962.4427), for a few minutes, before New Year's Eve, I was saved the effort.

Oded had a couple of samples of Ted's on his desk and when I remarked about the cigar; he graciously gave them to me, along with the promotional/marketing material from Ted's.

Now the only "Ted" I had heard of before, besides Ted Turner, was a failed airline that was the low cost operation of United Airlines. I didn't relate the fact to the cigar, nor consider the failure of the airline prescient, vis-à-vis the cigar. But, that's the association I made.

As for the cigars...just not my cup of tea. Regardless of which of their cigars I smoked. But, I leave it to you. I never have told my readers what to smoke; I don't do ratings; I just let you know where I stand.

My good friend, Bernie Schaked owns a company called Schakolad. Yes, the name is a play on his surname and the word Chocolate, which is his product. Chocolate? No, the finest chocolates to be found anywhere! They even make great cigars...yes, chocolate ones.schakolad-chocolate

I have taken a leaf from Manny Ferrero's play book and started to do pairings of cigars and chocolates. Manny, Vice President of Sales at Ashton started to do this years ago.

Usually, I assemble a little group, at Puros Fine Cigars, in Miami, that consists of Alejandro Alcorta, Tobacconist extraordinaire, Alex Llaneza, Al Alfonso, Kiki Rodriguez, Jose Trujillo, Carlitos Garcia and Israel Delgado.

We smoke great cigars and eat amazing chocolates; and neither overwhelms the other. That's the beauty of doing it right...I select the cigars we're going to smoke, and then Bernie selects chocolates that are 'compatible.

Try it sometime. Get a group together, smoke your favourites and have the chocolates. There may not be a Schakolad store in your area, but you can order by going to the web site http://www.schakolad.com/, or if you go to a store, be sure to tell them Bernie sent you.






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0 # What a GuyJose Blanco 2009-02-02 21:54
;-) Wish the industry would have more people like Gary, guess some people have other opinions, but he calls them the way he sees them, keep going Gary.:D

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