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Pappy Van Winkle Tradition

Pappy Van Winkle TraditionAs someone who drinks bourbon on a daily basis the idea of the Pappy Van Winkle Tradition cigar was an exciting event for me. Whether it had anything to do with the whiskey itself really didn’t matter it was the idea that a blend had been made for us whiskey drinkers and gotten the seal of approval from Julian Van Winkle himself. I might have been a little over zealous in texting photos to everyone I knew once I got them using the unicorn emoji and #bejealous but like I said I was excided. (What can I say, my friends and I are all immature.)

Willy Herrera made this particular blend during his tour of the Drew Estate factory in Nicaragua while deciding to join the Drew Estate team. Several other blends where given to Julian to sample and ultimately this was the one he found himself going back to and like that the Tradition was born. Now that we have the quick history behind it, on to the important stuff.

Construction of the cigar is solid as is the case with pretty much anything you get from Drew Estate. The seams on the wrapper are tight and even and the feel of the cigar throughout the body is full with no dead spots. The wrapper itself has very minimal veining giving it a smooth complexion. The color is a light roasted coffee bean with a just a hint of the oily sheen you’d expect from an Oscuro. The feel of the cigar is full but yielding to pressure between the fingers

The smell from the body is woodsy and semi-sweet. From the foot there is the distinct smell of raisins, leather and, perhaps it’s my imagination because of the excitement but bourbon as well. I choose a straight cut for this cigar and the cap comes off easily and has no effect on the integrity of the cigar. The pre-light draw is firm but not to the point that you feel you’re fighting with it. The pre-light flavor is that of fresh brewed tea and hay.

It lights easily and burns evenly as it starts with mild resistance on the draw. The cigar produced plenty of smoke that had a light mouth feel and had a nice sweet scent. The initial flavors to me were spice and pepper with a citrus finish but remained mellow making this an easy to smoke cigar and paired well bourbon. This flavor carries on for the first half of the stick.

The second half of the smoke shows the peppery flavor becoming slightly more prominent with the taste of fresh bread and hints of leather nudging its way on to the pallet. The ash was light grey and held tightly for the duration of the smoke, only falling off when requested. The burn stayed consistent and even through the duration of the cigar.

The overall construction of this cigar was top notch and the Belicoso size was perfect for me. The flavors were fantastic and were blended to the point that none of the flavors were overpowering but mingle together to as a great smoke. This made for a rich, complex smoke that you could either pay attention to all of the subtle nuances or just sit back and relax and enjoy. Not surprisingly this cigar paired very well with bourbon but could easily be enjoyed with coffee or sparkling water. If you happen to come across these pick up whatever you can because you will not be disappointed.

Wrapper: Ecuadorian Habano Oscuro

Filler: Indonesian and Dominican

Sizes: Coronita 4 x 46, Robusto Grande 5.5 x 54, Toro 6 x 50, Belicoso Fino 5 x 50

Also available in these sizes but only available in certain ways.

Churchill 7 x 48: Exclusively available at Drew Diplomat Spirits Retailers

Lonsdale 6.5 x 44: Box Exclusively at Drew Diplomat Rewards Events in October, November and December 2017

Corona 5.5 x 44: Available exclusively from Jonathan Drew and Julian Van Winkle

Price: $21.00-$26.00

Website: Drewestate.com

Rating: 4.7 out of 5 pints

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DR Colorado Meet Up

 

finalIts finally happening! The first annual DR Colorado Meet Up!!!
On June 3rd plan on being at Havana Manor Louisville starting at 3:00 P.M. and going until closing. (Location information for the shop is available at the bottom of this page.) Not only are we getting the hospitality of such a nice facility BUT we are also fortunate enough to have Illusione Cigars there to party with us and of course their rep will be offering member specials throughout the day so be sure to have your patches and coins on you.IMG_0937

This event will also be a BYOB so make sure you bring food and whatever you like to drink to share with everyone and lets make this a great time. We look forward to seeing everyone out there and having a few cigars with the family. As always even though this is an official DR member event non-members are always welcome to come and join the fun and get to see what we’re all about. See you there!!!

BYOB

Havana manor Louisville @havanamanor on Instagram
1124 W Dillon Rd
Ste 4 Louisville, CO 80027
(303) 666-6134

 

Texas Chapter CATS Fest Meet Up

img_0032Heck yeah! If your in Texas or even close to the state you won’t want to miss this one. Texas is having their official annual meet up this year at CATS Fest V in Bulvetde, TX (that’s basically San Antonio). Will be kicking things off Friday May 26th in the evening at the CATS pre-party and of course we’ll really be getting things going on Saturday May 27th at the event.

As usual the La Quinta is home base for everything and where the majority of us will be staying. Information on tickets and booking a hotel are available at the CATS Fest website: Catsfestival.com

For specific information contact your chapter officers and they will give you all the details on when and where we will all be meeting. Hope to see a ton of us out there this year!

The address for the event is:

401 Obst Road Bulverde, Texas 78163

Florida DR Crawfish Boil 2017

Mark your calendars everybody because it’s almost that time of year again. The time for the DR crawfish boil. This year its happening on April 29th at DR HQ S&M Smoke Shop in Fort Pierce. It starts at 5:00 and goes until we feel like stopping. As usual we’ll be supplying the food you bring the booze!

This year we are happy to have Moya Ruiz to be the cigar sponsor for this event and Nelson himself just might be stopping by to party with us. As always there will be great cigar giveaways, raffles and discounts on products. Last year was a great event and we are hoping to make this event even better. Look forward to seeing you all there again.

As always there is a ton of space at Steve and Missy’s and the humidor is always stocked for us!

Here’s the address and phone number for the event:

1001 S US Highway 1
Fort Pierce, FL — 34950
772 801-5104

LA/MS Meet Up To Support PTSD

img_0031That right there’s another LA/MS meet up. Its time to show some love and support to the men and women who have and still are serving America. PTS is a real and serious issue and its time to try to give back a little. Kicking off at noon on March 11th to try to help we’ll be holding an airsoft long shot competition. There will be a $10.00 entry fee with all proceeds going to the PTSD Foundation of America. Along with trying to help we’ll be there to have fun and have some healthy competition. There will 1st, 2nd and 3rd prizes given to the winners of the competition. This is will be a kids friendly event however there will also be cigars and tobacco available thanks to Smokem If You Gotem Cigar shop.

While this is an official DR event it, as always, is open to the public. We look forward to seeing everyone out there!!!

The address for the event is: 41462 Fire Tower Rd, Ponchatoula, LA 70454

Latitude Zero – Experimental Lancero

img_0928What’s up Ruffians? Today you’ll be reading about my experience with the Latitude Zero Experimental Lancero. I recently purchased a 5 -pack of these smokes for $10 on CigarBid.com and decided to don my white lab coat and begin some experimenting for myself.

This cigar grips your curiosity and keeps it until you take that first puff. The Experimental Lancero boasts a 2009 Ecuadorian Cameroon wrapper and an eye-popping 3” yellow cigar band. Equally as impressive is the Nicaraguan Criollo ’98 binder and Nicaraguan Criollo ’98 long fillers that comprise the body of this stick. Olivia Tobacco company hit pay dirt when this combination was put together.

Prior to receiving the Experimental Lanceros, I did some research and read some reviews from several brothers and sisters of the leaf. It was truly a mixed bag of compliments and complaints. I read plenty of reviews raving over the complex flavor and oaky aroma. For every one of those reviews, I would come across a review complaining about construction coming undone do to the size of the cigar label or the cigar needing a month to rest to get the best flavor. These reviews left me a little skeptical about the Experimental Lancero but still excited to try out a new smoke.

After receiving the cigars, I sat down in my relax spot and sparked it up. I waited until I was almost ¼ through the smoke before I made up my mind. This stick passed the test. It was a beauty. I am a fan of a Medium to Full Flavored smoke, so this was a hit for me. The flavor was smooth and enjoyable. Many people have described it as having “cedar undertones” but my pallet could not distinguish that. The construction was great and attributed to the even burn and quality of the cigar. The issues regarding the cigar label did not directly affect me. Though the label is large (3”), I had no issues with its removal. Furthermore, the cigar label removal didn’t result in any damage to the cigar as I had read in previous reviews. My experience with the Latitude Zero – Experimental Lancero was great. I enjoyed the cigar so much, following my initial purchase, I shared my 5-pack with some friends and purchased another 5-pack for myself.

If you haven’t already, go out and pick up a 5- pack of these tasty treats and experiment for yourself. The results will not disappoint.

Sprezzabox Men’s Accessories

sprezza1There are tons of companies springing up these days offering deals on clothing that would knock your socks off. Most of these companies boast a premium clothing package, valued at $150+, delivered to your door monthly at roughly 50% -60% off. Sounds great, right? For approximately $60 a month you could be decked out without ever leaving the comforts of home. The only issue is when you finally get your package, you aren’t 100% sure that everything will fit.   There’s nothing worse than showing up to a social event in a pair of 36 waist jeans that fit like 34s.

Insert Sprezzabox. The “store to door” men’s accessory gurus. Each month Sprezzabox assembles a dynamite assortment of goodies, valued at $100 or greater, that is sure to add a bit of spice to your wardrobe. What makes this package different than the competitors?   No sizing issues. The best part about accessories is that they do not need to have much of a fit. Each package comes with a variety of items up to and including a neck tie, cufflinks, grooming kits, beard and shave creams, and pocket squares.   You don’t just get the clothing accessory to accentuate your outfit, you also get enough grooming equipment to ensure you are dapper from head to toe.

Each box is eloquently packaged and delivered directly to your mailbox. For this service, you have the option of paying $300 up front (approximately $25 a month) or for those who aren’t interested in being committed for a year, you can opt to pay $28 a month and cancel your subscription at any time.   This may not be the bottom to top set up you are looking for but, it is an alternative to that ever looming $60 monthly bill. For the price of roughly a few pitchers, you could slowly diversify your wardrobe and smash all the formal/ social scenes.

After you receive your monthly box, the savings continue. Sprezzabox often provides you with a discount code to purchase products from the vendors that make up your monthly box. Though discounts vary, you will still be able to capitalize on the deals for roughly 30 days after you receive your box for the month.

For this holiday season gift yourself a subscription to Sprezzabox. I hope this tip has been helpful and as always Ruffians, stay Distinguished.

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Sprezza Necktie: Retail $30

Bedford and Broome Pocket Square: Retail $18

Weekend Casual Socks: Retail $10

Gents Lounge Tie Clip: $25

MRKT Sunglasses Case: Retail $15

Niche Multi-Wash: Retail $3.99

 

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Countless Mara Necktie: Retail $65

Sprezza Cufflinks: Retail $20

Paul Evans Socks: Retail $20

Classic Business Card Holder: Retail $15

Fashion Anchors 6-Pack; Retail $3

Frey For Men Detergent: Retail $4