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IPCPR 2013 Rocky Patel Cigar Interview with Nimish Desai in Las Vegas about the Nimmy D Cigar

BOOM! that’s not Thunder again…its the newest addition by Nimish. Hear Nimish tell all right here & now!….

Nimish really doesn’t like to be in front of the camera doing promos but for SEGALandCIGARS (we go back around eight years) he will make an exception! Thanks Nimish! LAST YEAR, it was the THUNDER that was running havoc thru the cigar industry as a whopping powerhouse of a cigar.. This year for the 2013 IPCPR trade show, Nimish decided to make a cigar more like him: medium to full body, yet still with a bit of a kick to it, but with some added sweetness in there for good measure and added depthness…Be prepared to try the latest addition coming in October 2013… Personally:I smoked several of these pre-release cigars that Rocky had personally handed to me to sample and I really enjoyed them…but I was so nervous after having smoked the THUNDER, thinking it was going to slam me against the wall! But alas, luckily for me, The new Nimmy D did not.It was so pleasant & sweet…..just like my friend Nimish!

IPCPR 2013 Rocky Patel interview RP Royale & Platinum cigars coming soon


Rocky Patel is a ROCK STAR in the cigar world. Everyone knows the name and everyone at the wholesale international trade show for premium cigars IPCPR 2013 wants to talk to Mr. Popular. How did I eventually catch him??? I don’t know, but I did. After knowing Rocky personally for around eight years, I still had to wait for his many photo ops with loyal customers who were attending the show. Rocky Patel introduced five new lines at the show and I had him talk to me about two of them: RP Royale and the PLATINUM. I smoked them both and I really enjoyed the Platinum the best, but like Rocky said, this cigar is for the more experienced smoker and might be a “bit too much” for the occasional smoker. If you know and truly appreciate fine top quality cigars, keep your look out for the PLATINUM coming 4th quarter to a specially selected retailer near you. And listen to ROCKY who said “these cigars will be hard to find…”

IPCPR 2013 Alec Bradley interview Las Vegas with Sam Philips VP


So much new and exciting things happening at ALEC BRADLEY. AB threw the biggest BASH for the IPCPR industry at the PALMS Hotel here in Las Vegas. The bar was open and the drinks were flowing and the DJ was mixing! What else? GOLDEN TICKET give aways! Whaaaaaaaat? That is right, Willy Wonka’s Golden Ticket give away was to be found inside 10 wrapped up “CHOCOLATE BAR” that looked just like Willy Wonka’s bar BUT, whats better than chocolate? How about THREE Alec Bradley Cigars….A night to remember and AB is a force to be reckoned with at the IPCPR.

Alec Bradley new releases OUT OF SPACE IPCPR2013

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Here are the three new releases:
Nica Puro
Mundial
Raices Cubanas (1941)

I’ll smoke ’em & share shortly!!

IPCPR 2013 Las Vegas Opening day preview

Greetings from Las Vegas, just a quick hello

KEEP CHECKING BACK for more ….

IPCPR 2013 Las Vegas Cocktail Party

I’m here for all of you!

20130713-215045.jpgMy ear is to the ground listening for all the latest and greatest that the premium rolled cigar industry has in store for us all for the next 12 months!
There are several “players”, that have not shown up…some others are bigger while others are separating….General Cigar & Altadis companies are pulling their Boutique brands off on their own to show that they are more distinctive. Bravo boys, good move…it seems that the more things change, the more they stay the same. So many brands are coming out with 3-5 NEW lines at this show. Imagine that! 100+brands with NEW items! DO THAT MATH! That is well over 500+ new items are being shown for the very first time here @ the IPCPR 2013. I’ll be honest and tell you, NO ONE person or publication will be able to review them all! WoW! Imagine being a retailer?? What should they do? What CAN they do? They certainly can’t buy ALL the new items… Not even half… Not even a quarter??!!
Stay tuned to SEGALandCIGARS to find out this week MORE exciting news as the Trade Show officially kicks off Sunday July 14th at the Sands Convention Center here in hot & steamy LAS VEGAS.

BOLD by NISH Patel & Rocky Patel IPCPR 2013

20130713-170128.jpgBOLD by NISH Patel is being first shown here in Las Vegas @ IPCPR 2013.
Thanks to Rocky Patel for sharing this new cigar with SEGALandCIGARS.
Rocky & I go back eight years….he loves to share ESPECIALLY new products that he is proud of.
And BOLD is one of those cigars.
Funny though, I was expecting it to be BOLD like THUNDER by Nimish; but lucky for me, it was not. It was yummy & delicious but it did not knock me over(that’s not fun). BOLD is a well flavored rich spectrum cigar with lots of assorted flavor displays. A very different cigar from the more “milder” XEN by NISH. NISH has told me for years he personally appreciates a BOLD cigar, and now he has one….
Here’s the inside scoop from Rocky Patel & the IPCPR 2013

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Coming soon to your local tobacconist.

CHECK BACK FREQUENTLY to
SEGALandCIGARS for updates on the international wholesale trade show for premium rolled cigars …

Las Vegas trip IPCPR 2013

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“All my bags are packed, and I’m ready to go”…
I’ve got my cigars packed for the IPCPR show,
Soon I’ll be sharing all the new cigars for you all to know,
So please keep checking back here to say hello.

Happy 4th of July- How do you celebrate FREEDOM?

Enjoying a Rocky Patel FREEDOM Cigar in my backyard in San Diego,Ca

Enjoying a Rocky Patel FREEDOM Cigar in my backyard in San Diego,Ca

Freedom.

What is it?

Noun
  1. The power or right to act, speak, or think as one wants without hindrance or restraint.
  2. Absence of subjection to foreign domination or despotic government.

Hmmm…. I’m kinda sad after reading that definition…. I THOUGHT we HAD Freedom here in the USA, but alas, I was wrong…

item no.2 above states that Freedom is “Absence of subjection to foreign domination or despotic government.”

Sadly we NO LONGER have that here in the good ole USA.

Can we do things for our self or TO our self WITHOUT the government telling us what we can and can NOT do? Sadly NO!

I am so HAPPY that I do not live in Calabasas, California but rather inside the city limits of San Diego, California.

In Calabasas, one may not smoke anywhere….if your backyard backs up to another person’s property, they can call the police for violating THEIR “CLEAN AIR”.

What about US? the law abiding cigar smoker just trying to enjoy ourselves peacefully?

Well ALL I can say is I live and LOVE living in San Diego California where I CAN enjoy my self and share a cigar anytime and most outdoor places with friends.

I hope Everyone is Having a Great 4th. NOW, Go grab yourself a hand rolled premium cigar and exercise your right to smoke (unless you live in Calabasas :-( )

Enjoying a Rocky Patel FREEDOM Cigar in my backyard with beautiful women-HAPPY 4th!

Enjoying a Rocky Patel FREEDOM Cigar in my backyard with beautiful women-HAPPY 4th!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

You wanna make HELP make a difference? Support my friends @ C.R.A. who are TRYING to protect our Freedom to SMOKE…

http://www.cigarrights.org/membership.php

 

 

 

Father’s Day. We should remember them MORE than once a year!

Charles Maurice Sussman(Suzy) on the left BIG PHIL (SEGAL) right

Charles Maurice Sussman(Suzy) on the left
BIG PHIL (SEGAL) right

My Dad, “BIG PHIL” is on the right, and my Grandpa Charlie is on the left. Unfortunately, they didn’t live long enough for me to share a cigar with them. I was a late bloomer (I started smoking cigars at 40).

This year was the first year in 19 years I did not get to celebrate Father’s Day with my kids. I am traveling thru Europe on a cigar mission and my son is in Australia for a cousin’s bar mitzvah. I told both my kids, “Hakuna Matata”, “No worries”, we will celebrate Father’s Day when we all back in town. Seems simple enough, right?

BUT, WHY do we only “remember” our Fathers on Father’s Day? Hmmm…

Many times when I light up my cigar I only wish that my foreFATHER’s (not four), were still around to sit down for a long chat and a smoke…I think about that often, not only on Father’s Day…

The top is down, it's raining, I'm driving 160 kph(100 mph), perfect time for a smoke

The top is down, it’s raining, I’m driving 160 kph(100 mph), it’s a perfect time for a smoke

I remember very well sitting in the back seat of my Dad’s 911 Porsche (before they were convertibles). According to my memory, my dad smoked whenever he was in the car. So if I was in the backseat and the windows were up (maybe it was raining), I would be inhaling all the smoke as a 6-9 year old kid. But of course, he always opened a tiny vent or cracked the window ever so slightly to allow 50% of the smoke to escape…

Sunset Scandinavia Style

Sunset Scandinavia Style:
Sunsets are more beautiful when you can SEE them, hence=convetible

FAST FORWARD…all of my 911’s have been convertibles, therefore I would only smoke my cigars when the top is down. For all those who know me very well…my top is ALWAYS DOWN…rain…cold…super hot & sunny…the top stays down.

Today was a good day. Why? I got to smoke THREE big fat cigars while driving my car! I started the day with the Punch Limitada Suiza (Conde 109) that I got when we were with our friend Yannick in Basel, Switzerland. The Conde 109 is a roughly 90 minute smoke depending on the the environmental conditions (eg: windy convertible car driving very fast!). This PUNCH helped us get through the horrible traffic leaving Stockholm which was over an hour! Thank goodness for my PUNCH!

Stockholm water view- made up from 14 different isands with ~50 bridges! GORGEOUS

Stockholm water view-
made up from 14 different isands with ~50 bridges! GORGEOUS

After exiting Stockholm and heading south, it was time for a snack and a chance to light up another “friend”. This time I chose the Siglo VI, from the jar I got in Dusseldorf. The jar was fantastic as it has preserved the cigars integrity as far as construction AND humidity. The wrapper was so smooth and silky to the touch on my lips with the powerful chocolate notes that I like in the Cohibas. It burned extremely well despite my excessive speed and wind shear! When choosing the appropriate smoke for a convertible car drive, I always suggest something medium to full bodied and large ring gauge and long length.

The wind is blowing away the smoke quickly so you need to be able to taste the cigar, and you need length and girth to make the cigar last at least an hour so you don’t have to keep relighting new cigars every 20-30 minutes…

driving whilst smoking the Punch Suiza Conde 109

driving whilst smoking the Punch Suiza Conde 109

What else do you need?

I am extremely lucky to have a girlfriend who travels with me who knows how to choose a cigar, prepare a cigar(punch or cut), light it properly and most importantly, while driving, will aid me in “fixing” the cigar…(needs a relight, adjusting torching due to canoeing,etc).

After lunch, it was time for some good earthy fun in the sun(or lack thereof) with a luscious MonteCristo Edmundo, that I also got in the jar in Switzerland that has protected the cigars during the whole trip. Thank goodness for that idea!

All in all, I was able to smoke a total of three cigars all while driving today on a 7-8 hour drive from Stockholm, Sweden to Malmo. Thank goodness for my Girlfriend who helped  me so many times….It is very difficult and downright dangerous to be “preparing” your cigars while driving +100 mph…

Oh yes, Father’s Day. So, in conclusion, I only DREAM that roles could have been reversed and that my Dad would have had convertible 911’s like me so I could have enjoyed breathing the fresh air while he enjoyed his cigars and more importantly, it would have been the best Father’s Day gift EVER, if my Father could be with me today. HERE’s to you Dad…This one’s for you….I love you Dad…

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