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Romeo y Julieta RyJ Wide Churchill

It’s 7pm on a Saturday night, you haven’t eaten since lunch, the sun is setting, what does one do?

Grab some Dark rum over two cubes of ice, some 5 layer bean dip from Trader Joe’s , a bag of tortilla chips and fire up a big fat Romeo Y Julieta Habano Wide Churchill. 5 1/8 x 55. It’s not a strong cigar, so it really hits that magic sweet spot before dinner.

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Sitting in my backyard watching the sun set over the California coastline somehow makes this perfect cigar …. better….
I really enjoy the wide girth of this WIDE Churchill over the narrower gage (47mm) traditional RyJ Churchill. As the sun drops and I exhale a plume of smoke into the foreground of the golden sky. This is how I picture heaven to be…. Perfection …..

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Unreleased Double Edmundo Montecristo

I really enjoyed enjoyed smoking the Unreleased Double Edmundo Montecristo during the 2013 Habanos Festival last month in Havana. The two we smoked were slightly plugged. Very sad. The taste is very yummy & delicious. Leather hints with earth flavor undertones. It tastes very “Montecristo” style, the way I like it. If I didn’t have to suck so much, I would enjoy it more… But there is something very cool to smoke a cigar that will not be available for another 8-10 months. I just hope they are better later…..

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*Trying the New Unreleased Double Edmundo Montecristo*

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“Gift box of 3”

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They are beautiful. Note the new fancy label to prevent counterfeiters …

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A Day @ Havana Phil’s in Greensboro,NC

Owner Havana Phil, himself, shared with SEGALandCIGARS.com the new Cohiba PirĂ¡mides Extra, the first figurado in the regular-production Cohiba line. We both decided that this cigar which debuted @ the 2012 Festival Habanos is magnificent.

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Highlights of the 2013 Habanos Festival XV

This is the inside press coverage from SegalandCigars.com!

The 15th Annual Habanos Festival in Havana, Cuba was held this past week, and boy did we have an amazing time! From field and factory tours to cigar rolling 101, how to make the famous Havana Club mojito and fancy gala’s, the Habanos Festival has something for everyone. We had a great time meeting people from all over the world who all share the same passion – THE CIGAR..

Below are some highlights of the wonderful people we met with during the festival – some for the first time, others we like to consider long time pals. Coming soon – we’ll have an inside look at the cigar making process, from the field to the factory.

SegalandCigars.com shares the Partagas Serie C No. 3 Edicion Limitada 2012 with James Suckling of JamesSuckling.com at the Habanos Festival XV.. Both of us agree this is one fantastic smoke! Get it while you can because they are already hard to come by.

SegalandCigars tries to get the inside scoop from Nestor Valera, the director of all 160+ La Casa Del Habanos retail shops worldwide. He will neither confirm nor deny the existence of over 1 million boxes of Cuban cigars sitting in warehouses in Havana waiting to be distributed to the United States as soon as U.S. government policy changes!

SegalandCigars shares a moment with two generations of Castro's (Left to right) Fidelito (Fidel Castro's son), and Fidel Castro's grandson (who tells us his favorite line of cigars is the Montecristo OPEN, which debuted in 2009)

David Savona, the Senior Editor of Cigar Aficionado, shares a laugh with SegalandCigars at the Habanos Festival XV Gala Night. Being a fellow press person in the cigar industry, we bumped into each other constantly at the festival! We both agreed that the Cohiba 1966 Limitada 2011 and the Montecristo 520 Limitada 2012 will become great classics. Again, these classics are already extremely difficult to come by.

The new 2013 Co-President of Habanos S.A., Luis Sanchez, shared with SegalandCigars that even though cigar smokers have very few places to smoke these days, international sales of cigars increased by 6% in 2012, and he is still very happy that his home country of Spain remains the largest market in the world.

Englishman Simon Chase, a good old friend to SegalandCigars, who started in the cigar industry over 35 years ago with Hunters and Frankau. He is probably one of the most knowledgeable individuals when it comes to Cuban Cigars. He shared with SegalandCigars his favorite store in Havana to buy Guayaberas.

Danny Glover, along with his wife Eliane Cavalleiro from Brazil, joined in the festivities at the Habanos Festival XV. Danny was very happy to meet SegalandCigars when he realized we were both from Southern California.

The new Co-President of Habanos S.A. for 2013, Cuban Walfrido Hernandez Mesa, formerly VP of Finance. He was excited to see SegalandCigars since we last met two years ago, and shared that while his new position is a lot of hard work, it is incredibly rewarding.

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The Bar is Open-It’s 5:00pm @ IPCPR

It's 5 O'Clock....

Join me, Nish & Rocky Patel for Drinks @ the IPCPR Show
After three long days selling millions of dollars of cigars to retailer’s around the world during the ONE Wholesale trade show of the year, it is time to kick off your shoes and chill out!
I think I smoked between 8-12 cigars today… I lost track… We ALL have cigars in our mouth basically all day long until around 3am…

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Here’s the scoop IPCPR 2012 Alec Bradley

there is no ONE called "Alec Bradley"

Allen Rubin explains that he named his company after his TWO sons… Alec & Bradley!
This is such an exciting show for the company after being named the maker of the #1 Cigar of 2012: the Presado
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Alec Bradley IPCPR 2012 pre-Party!

Dancing Drinking & Smoking Alec Bradley's

On August 2nd, the pre-Party was thrown by Alec Bradley. An amazing event held at a local nightclub and they gave away their top selling cigars the TEMPUS and the BLACK MARKET. BOTH of which receive THUMBS UP from SEGALandCIGARS.com. The evening was filled with loud club music and unlimited drinks-what could be better….SMOKING Great Cigars, dancing all night long and drinking….where else can you SMOKE your cigars and go drinking in a club environment? LIFE is GOOD at the IPCPR…
more to come…..

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IPCPR 2012 Orlando with ROCKY PATEL et al… stay tuned for MORE

Enjoying a fine Rocky Patel with Rocky!

Yes SEGALandCIGARS is here in Orlando, Florida checking out the annual International Cigar wholesale Event of the year….
The latest info will be posted this week. The show begins Today August 3rd!
Are you ready??

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Highlights from the XIV Habanos Festival

Day Four of the XIV Habanos Festival in Havana, Cuba… and what a festival it has been so far. Here are some highlights:

 


Day One featured Jim Belushi, in a fantastic Blues Brothers style performance! He was wowing the crowd and working up a sweat. After his performance, I caught up with Jim over a beautiful cigar.

Paul Segal and Gordon Mott, palling around at one of the highlights of the event – The Cigar Rolling Seminar.

Gordon is the Executive Editor of Cigar Aficionado magazine.

Here’s a shot of James Suckling and I, smoking the Trinidad T Rebusto, a brand new cigar in commemoration of the 520th anniversary of the discovery of tobacco in Cuba. The cigar features a special band to commemorate the anniversary.

James Suckling is one of the world’s foremost experts on Cuban cigars, as well as the former European Editor of Cigar Aficionado and the former Senior Editor of Wine Spectator. I always enjoy hanging out with James on these trips!

Here’s David Savona and I, holding up the brand new 2012 Montecristo Limitada. This Limitada is bigger than the Grand Edmundo, with a 54 ring gauge. This is one big cigar! Look for my reviews of these never before seen cigars, coming soon.

David Savona is the Senior Editor of Cigar Aficionado magazine, as well as the Director of Cigar Aficionado online.

 

Stay tuned for more highlights from the XIV Habanos Festival, including reviews of these fantastic and highly exclusive cigars! Until then, this is Paul Segal, signing off.

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Smokin’ with Belushi, and More To Come!

SegalandCigars.com will be bringing you some fresh, exciting, new content very soon, so stay tuned.

At this very moment, we are uncovering all of the latest and greatest in the cigar world, brought to you directly from Havana, Cuba.

In the meantime, enjoy this awesome pic – Jim Belushi and I, at the Hotel Nacional en Cuba. Smokin’ a few stogies..

 

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