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A Bad Day in Copenhagen? LoL ! Let’s fix that!!

Nyhaven (New Harbor) (built in the 17thC) that's new?

Nyhaven (New Harbor) (built in the 17thC) that’s new?

It’s an absolutely magnificent day here in Copenhagen, Denmark. Unfortunately, today has not been a good day for me. Why you ask? Thanks for asking!

Because here it is, 5:30 on a beautiful day, and I still haven’t smoked a cigar. So we came to Nyhavn, a colorful 17th century waterfront canal, filled with tourists and overpriced mediocre restaurants.

 

Enjoying a meal in Nyhaven

Enjoying a meal in Nyhavn

I saw a perfect waterfront table for sitting down and smoking at a nearby tourist restaurant, albeit without ashtrays on the tables. So I proceeded to ask the gentleman working there, “Pardon me, are we able to smoke here?” He looked back at me with a silly grin, saying, “Of course you can smoke here, we’re outside!” Then I had to explain to him that in the United States, we are not free to smoke at outdoor restaurants, even though we are outside. OH WHAT A PLEASURE IT IS to be able to sit outside, enjoy a good meal, and smoke a cigar.

start small before a meal:Bolivar Short Belicoso Limitadas 2009

start small before a meal:Bolivar Short Belicoso Limitadas 2009

I sat down and I lit myself a Bolivar Short Belicoso Limitadas 2009. Out came my creamy fish soup and I realized I couldn’t taste my cigar anymore! It’s very mild and lacking full flavor. LIFE IS TOO SHORT TO BE SMOKING A CIGAR YOU ARE NOT THOROUGHLY ENJOYING! In accordance with my own rule, I proceeded to change to a Hoyo de Monterrey short Belicoso Limitada 2011. This cigar is more complex, more full bodied, rich and tasty.. A better accompaniment to my creamy fish soup on the harbor.

Gooooood Morning Hamburg

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What a way to wake up…
The finest espresso made into a delicious cappuccino @ the famous BALZAC’s Coffee & a yummy full bodied COHIBA SIGLO VI. We are walking around the lake sipping a cappuccino & smoking a near perfect cigar. We picked up these SIGLO VI’s in a ceramic jar that was made in 2010 for Germany & Switzerland markets only. They keep the cigars well sealed, stored & protected from the elements.
Good luck trying to find one! They have become a rare find.

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Hamburgers in Hamburg & more…

What does a traveler do when visiting Hamburg, Germany?

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EAT A HAMBURGER!! Get it…..???
(@”The Bird”in the St. Pauli area)

No, but let’s be serious for a moment please…Since I have a CIGAR BLOG, this should be about cigars!! So…

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LET’s talk C I G A R S !!!
Cuban Cigars, that is….
And boy oh boy , what a selection…
And who better to talk to about CUBAN CIGARS, but a Dusseldorfian himself(but now he’s a “Hamburgerian”) who has been to CUBA over 80 times in the past 20 years, Christophe Wolters of La Casa del Habano in Hamburg

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I met Christophe many years ago and we have stayed in close contact. He is one helluva super nice guy who truly knows CUBA & CUBAN CIGARS! He even helped translate one of the best books on Cuban Cigars.

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-Please, when in Germany, please stop by for a drink, and look around, and of course mention you read it here!

-When we were in the store, Christophe shared with us a Partagas seriesE no.2. -How unbelievably delicious.
-After dinner @ Rive (by the River), we ended the evening with an all time classic-Montecristo #2.

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WHAT A FANTASTIC TIME IN HAMBURG with an equally fantastic guy. Please visit him digitally @
LCDH Hamburg

Now, I must bid Hamburg bye bye and I’m off onto another city….

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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 …

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.

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…

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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