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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??

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.

Smokin’ with Belushi, and More To Come! 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..


Rocky Patel Interview @ IPCPR 2011 Cigar Trade Show in LAS VEGAS

SEGALandCIGARS went to LAS VEGAS for OUR Audience. The work we do for our fans… We surveyed the area and Hooked up with our Friends NISH & Rocky Patel & Sam Philips of Alec Bradley. WHAT’s NEW Guys???

Cigar Review: Rocky Patel 15th Anniversary Corona Gorda (Nicaragua)


SEGAL and CIGARS was in Las Vegas with the IPCPR and Rocky Patel! In Rocky’s honor, check out our latest vid, all about the Rocky Patel 15th Anniversary cigar. A fantastic smoke, indeed.

Cigar Aficionado gives the Rocky Patel 15th Anniversary Corona Gorda a rating of 88. This cigar  is 6 inches long with a ring gauge of 46.

Average price for this stellar smoke is around $8.99 per stick; although price may vary depending on your state.

Thompson Cigar FREE SHIPPING With Purchase of $99 or More!

Cigar Review: Romeo Y Julieta Short Churchill (Cuba)

In this episode of Segal and Cigars…

Segal smokes the Romeo Y Julieta Short Churchill


So – What’s the difference between a regular churchill and a short churchill? And why is it called a churchill anyway??

The Churchill cigar is said to be named such in honor of Sir Winston Churchill (and if you don’t know who that is, GOOGLE him!) Winston Churchill was an avid cigar smoker, at one point smoking 8-10 cigars PER DAY… now that’s serious smokin’!

The Churchill cigar is about a 1hr-1.5hr smoke. It is a LONG cigar. The short Churchill? Well, it’s just that – a shorter version of the Churchill.

To explain further – think of terms like Churchill, Torpedo, Corona, etc as general terms. Just like many restaurants would carry a small, medium, and large soda, many cigar makers carry Churchills, Torpedos, and Coronas.  The DIFFERENCE is in the maker. A Romeo Y Julieta Churchill could be quite a different smoke from say, a Hoyo de Monterrey Churchill. Get it??

And in case you were wondering….. CLICK HERE to check out my AWESOME red lighter, which has a cigar punch on the bottom. It’s a dual flame jet lighter with a window so you can see how much fuel is left. Very cool, and very convenient! AND it comes in many colors (although RED is the best in my opinion).


Cigar Review: Partagas Serie D No. 4 (Cuba)

In this episode of Segal and Cigars…

Watch Segal discuss what is considered a classic among cigar aficionados.. The Partagas Serie D No.4

Question of the day – To punch or to cut?

Segal wants to know: What’s your favorite robusto? (For those newbies, the term “robusto” refers to the size or guage of the cigar)

For your info..

The cigar featured in this episode is the Partagas Serie D No. 4, otherwise known as the “Partagas D-4”

A delicious robusto - The Partagas D4


Cigar review: Bolivar Belicosos (Cuba)

A 30-40 minute walk needs an appropriate cigar. And it was a “LIP Burner”! It was just too good to put down until….it burned my lips! That is a LIP Burner! Will SEGAL burn his LIPS??? Watch the video below…

Torpedo? Pyrimade? What? Check out the video to see & hear.

Torpedo” and “Pyrimade” refers to the SHAPE of the cigar. A torpedo/pyrimade cigar has a sharp, narrow, pointed head.. like this!

A Torpedo... The Bolivar Belicoso!

How to cut a Torpedo? Check out the video for all the info..

Proper lighting techniques

What do you do when you are finished with your cigar??? SEGAL tells all!!!

Cigar Rolling @ Cohiba Factory (El Laguito) in Havana, Cuba

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