Habano Belicoso

Debonaire Takes Over US Distribution Early

Debonaire CigarsDebonaire House was poised to take over distribution, sales and marketing of its products in the U.S. at the beginning of next year. Yesterday I get a message from Phil saying he’s has decided to do so a bit earlier, as in right now kind of earlier.

In a press release the company announced that it would end its U.S. distribution agreement with Drew Estate effective Jan. 1, 2019, choosing to distribute cigars out of a facility in the Dominican Republic. For distribution Debonaire will now be using the United Parcel Service (UPS) Cigars Direct shipping meathod, which will allow the company to ship cigars directly from its factory in the Dominican Republic to its tobacco retailers in the U.S.

In the press release Phill Zanghi III (President of Debonaire) said this about working with the DE team. “Working with the great team at Drew Estate over the past two and a half years has been a rewarding experience, I am blessed and humbled by the successful partnership our companies have enjoyed together, and likewise blessed by a twenty-year plus friendship with Jonathan Drew. Many blessings to Jonathan and Drew Estate for their partnership and support over the years.”

“Debonaire House has now reached the point where we need to possess captive distribution for our Debonaire Ultra Premium, Indian Motorcycle and Debonaire House brands, and today’s announcement is an important milestone in the ongoing evolution of our company. We are very excited about the future of the Debonaire Ideal and look forward to the next chapter in our company’s journey.”

From the Drew Estate side Jonathan Drew, President of Drew Estate had this to say “The relationship of Debonaire House and Drew Estate goes back over 20 years. We are super excited to have played a role in bringing Debonaire House Products to Market and being part of the Debonaire Ideal journey.”

Glenn Wolfson, ceo of Drew Estate also had positive words about this change in distribution. “Drew Estate will continue working with Phil and his team to help them prepare for a successful launch of their new business operations after the first of the year. Phil is a great friend, a truly honorable businessman, and he will always remain part of our Drew Estate family. I have no doubt that he and his team will be very successful in their new business venture, and we wish Debonaire House all the best.”

Debonaires catalog consists of Debonaire Ultra Premium, Indian Motorcycle and Debonaire House brands and are produced by De Los Reyes in the Dominican Republic. For more information on their lines be sure to check out some of the previous articles such as Debonaire Sagita Petite Lancero, Debonaire Daybreak Toro, Debonaire Habano Belicoso, or visit their website at www.debonairehouse.com

 

Debonaire Habano Belicoso

Debonaire Habano BelicosoWhile looking through my humidor the other day trying to decide what to smoke I came across some Debonaire Habano Belicosos. After smoking it I knew what would be the next cigar I would write about. Obviously from my previous articles about their cigars I’ve had great luck and this one doesn’t fail to deliver either.

The look of the cigar itself is enticing and draws you in. The wrapper is milk chocolate in color with a nice light oily sheen to it and some light veining. The seams are tight, the body feels full but not over stuffed, the cigar gives to some light pressure between the fingers but it does not damage the integrity of the roll. The smell from body reminds me of sweet raisins, old leather and a bit of ceder. From the foot the raisin and ceder smell are more apparent and rich tobacco is present.

The cap cuts with no issues. The cold draw is easy giving just a slight resistance. The flavor from cold draw is a burst of natural tobacco flavor. It lights easily and burns sharp from the start. The first few pulls give a nice mellow flavor and an excellent amount of meaty smoke production.

The first half maintains a nice balanced mellow flavor of dark chocolate, leather and a touch of sweetness. The burn remains even and does not require touching up.

In the second half the flavor profile begins to open up a bit with a nice tobacco flavor becoming more prominent along with some earthy notes and red pepper towards the end, however the sweetness is still lingering in there. The construction holds through the entire cigar and the burn is sharp and did not have to be evened out or touched up at any time. The smoke remained plentiful as well.

Debonaire has another winner with this cigar. With its medium body flavor it’s a great cigar to pair with just about anything and can be appreciated by just about anyone. It has a solid construction, great quality tobacco, and due to it’s 6×54 size it’s going to be a cigar you can really kick back and enjoy for a bit. I’d say if your looking for a cigar to really sit down and appreciate on a special occasion or when you have a bit of free time with friends and want a quality stick this is the one to grab.

 

Wrapper: Nicaraguan Habano

Binder: Dominican

Filler: Nicaraguan and Dominican

Vitola: 6×54

Price: $14.00

Website: debonairerum.com/cigars/

Rating: 4.7 out of 5 pints