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Former SC Lt. Gov. Andre Bauer selling Cuban cigars gifted by Castro in 2004 trade visit

This is a pretty cool story that I found this morning. 15 year old cigars! I hope they were stored properly, because damn if they were those sticks are gonna be super novelty! Now with cuban cigars most people know that it can be real hit or miss with the quality of each cigar.

Article: https://www.postandcourier.com/politics/former-sc-lt-gov-andre-bauer-selling-cuban-cigars-gifted/article_17b5a640-700a-11e9-b77d-338f064c18e1.html

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Rubio To Host Hearing On Premium Cigar Regulation!

This is a game changer for cigar lovers if you love your premium cigars read the article below to see what Senator Rubio is doing to protect our these cigars! I hope things go well and benefit all cigar lovers everywhere!

Article: https://www.cigaraficionado.com/article/rubio-to-host-hearing-on-premium-cigar-regulation

 

 

Citation:

Nagy, Andrew. “Rubio To Host Hearing On Premium Cigar Regulation.” Cigar Aficionado, Cigar Aficionado, 4 Apr. 2019, www.cigaraficionado.com/article/rubio-to-host-hearing-on-premium-cigar-regulation.

 
 
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The Brandy Crusta, a Classic New Orleans Cocktail, Has Been Brought Back to Life

New Orleans is known for its rich history centered around music, food and a “let the good times roll” attitude.

Part of that colorful history includes a celebration of all things spirits and cocktails. While the cocktail was not invented there, many believe that New Orleans was where the concept of the cocktail was truly  honed.

With that, I want to pay a special homage to the Brandy Crusta, a cocktail that was the forefather of the Sidecar and many other sour drinks, as it is believed to be the first to include a citrus note. It was invented by Italian immigrant, Joseph Santini in his own bar called the Jewel of the South in NoLa in 1840.

While the recipe has been tweaked and changed over the years by crafty bartenders all over the world, my extensive research is showing that the following is as close to the original recipe as you can find:

Brandy Crusta
Makes 1 drink

1/2 ounce lemon juice
1/2 ounce orange curacao
1/4 ounce maraschino liqueur
2 dashes Angostura bitters
1-1/2 ounces Cognac

Shake with ice. Strain into a sugar-rimmed glass. Garish with a full lemon peel.

This beautiful drink has been brought back to life by local bartenders Nick Detrich and Chris Hannah, who recently opened the bar Jewel of the South, paying homage to Joseph Santini and his original bar. It is located in the French Quarter on St. Louis St. inside the Creole cottage that dates back to the 1830s.

I know where I’ll certainly be stopping by during my next trip to NoLa!

https://www.nytimes.com/2018/12/03/dining/drinks/cocktails-new-orleans-brandy-crusta.html

https://www.nola.com/drink/2016/03/brandy_crusta_recipe_new_orlea.html

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Winston Churchill’s Top Hat, Cigars and Other Things Found in Garbage Dump

David Rose, a garbage worker in the UK, found several items that seemed to belong to Sir Winston Churchill in a garbage dump. Among them, was one of his iconic top hats, a cigar case, cigars, a signed photograph he gave his cook along with several hundred letters from Churchill.

What’s more- Rose went on BBC’s Antiques Roadshow and all items were authenticated and probably worth obscene amounts of money.

He claims he has a shed full of items he’s found throughout the years, but refuses to name where he actually works!

What I want to know is who the hell would throw away such things?? Also- I’m wondering what kind of cigars they were!

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GIVEAWAY* Spirited Smoke Launch Day Giveaway

IT’s that time! To celebrate our launch we are giving away one of the prettiest new cigars/boxes of the last year. The T by Caldwell-AJ-Booth. All you have to do is leave a comment below as well as 2 other comments on other articles or videos on the site. Winner will be announce Monday morning!!!  If you are in Instagram please follow us @spiritedsmoke.com

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Cigar Factory Closing after 104 Years of Business!

Thompson Cigars in Tampa, Florida is set to be closing by the end of 2019. If you’d like more info check out the article below! The closing of this factory will hurt 112+ people starting in June and going on until December.

 

Article: https://www.tampabay.com/business/new-owner-to-lay-off-112-and-close-tampas-thompson-cigar-outlet-store-and-distribution-center-20190326/

 

 

Citation:

“New Owner to Lay off 112 and Close Tampa’s Thompson Cigar Outlet Store and Distribution Center.” Tampa Bay Times, 26 Mar. 2019, www.tampabay.com/business/new-owner-to-lay-off-112-and-close-tampas-thompson-cigar-outlet-store-and-distribution-center-20190326/.

 
 
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We lost a Good one, Simon Chase!

Check out this article from our friends at Cigar & Spirits, it pays tribute to Simon chase who was a public figure in the cigar business. At age 74 he moves on to a better place leaving a strong legacy behind! A good read for a good man!

Article:

WE LOST A GOOD ONE – SIMON CHASE

 

Citation: 

Hammond, Nick. “We Lost a Good One, Simon Chase.” Cigar and Spirits, Cigar and Spirits, cigarandspirits.com/we-lost-a-good-one-simon-chase/.

Top 25 Cigars of 2018 According to Cigar Aficionado

If anyone knows cigars, I suppose it’s Cigar Aficionado? All in all, it seems like it’s solely a list of the big guys and doesn’t include some of the more boutique craft brands. Here’s a list of their top 10 of 2018. Big or small brands, I will take one of each, please!

https://www.maxim.com/food-drink/best-cigars-of-2018-2018-12

10. MONTECRISTO NICARAGUA SERIES ROBUSTO

9. ALEC BRADLEY BLACK MARKET ESTELÍ TORPEDO

8. OLIVIA SERIE V MELANIO CHURCHILL

7. JFR LUNATIC HABANO SHORT ROBUSTO

6. ARTURO FUENTE HEMINGWAY WORK OF ART

5. H. UPMANN SIR WINSTON

4. PADRÓN FAMILY RESERVE NO. 44 (NATURAL)

3. THE WISE MAN MADURO ROBUSTO

2. MY FATHER LA OPULENCIA TORO

1. E.P. CARRILLO ENCORE MAJESTIC