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H. Upmann 1844 Reserve Cigar Event


Saludos,

Greetings, underlings of Upmann. We are announcing our next event which will take place this Friday, November 11, from 4 to 8 PM at Habana Port.

Here are the details of the tasting:

We will offer a “Buy 3 Get 1 Free” special on any H. Upmann cigar which is available in several lines/blends although we are debuting the H. Upmann 1844 Reserve. You are saving 25% compared to a normal purchase of these 4 cigars. Our locker members will receive a free cigar but the “Buy 3 Get 1 Free” offer is open to anyone during the event.

If you purchase any 20+ count box from H. Upmann, you will receive 10% off PLUS 6 cigars, an exclusive H. Upmann cap, and a Montecristo cutter FREE! That is a total value of $85 that we are giving away with a box deal!


Anyone who buys the 3+1 stick offer will receive a raffle ticket for Upmann giveaways that afternoon which will include cigars, shirts, caps and other merch. A box purchase will get you 7 raffle tickets.

Food and drinks will be provided as well.
And back by popular demand, we will feature the Longest Ash Contest in which the smoker who holds onto the longest ash intact will win an H. Upmann shirt and a certificate that you can use to brag to your buddies. We will also provide specially-made cards with a measure so you can see your progress as you create that long ash.

So take advantage this day, stock up and save on the world-famous H. Upmann 1844 Reserve!

Remember the event date:

Friday, November 11, 2011
4 to 8 PM

Cigar Details:

Embodying H. Upmann’s long tradition of fine cigar making, the H. Upmann 1844 Reserve might possibly be the finest H. Upmann yet. From its intricate and complex flavor sensation to the even burn and classic ash that been the hallmark of H. Upmann’s incredibly fine cigar making, the 1844 Reserve captures everything aficionados have loved about H. Upmann cigars and then some.

This superb, fuller-bodied smoke, expertly crafted in the Dominican Republic, features a robust Ecuadorian Cubano wrapper, Nicaraguan binder and Dominican filler tobaccos. Whether you are already a regular H. Upmann smoker or not, make sure not to miss this excellent cigar.

Country of Manufacture: Dominican Republic
Wrapper: Ecuadorian Cubano
Binder: Nicaraguan
Filler: Dominican

Until the next post siempre fumando,
Habana Port
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Barley Oak & Habana Port’s Beer & Cigar Pairing

Saludos,

Greetings, barons of brew & belicosos. The Barley Oak is partnering up with Habana Port for a Beer & Cigar Pairing! The titans of their respective industries in St. Tammany join together for a first.

Starting at 5 PM this Wednesday, November 9, come out & enjoy an array of cigars selected by Habana Port with suggested beer pairings for each.

* Alec Bradley Family Blend T.11 – Lazy Magnolia Jefferson Stout
* Padron 4000 Natural – Stone 15th Anniversary Black IPA
* A. Fuente Hemingway Signature – Kostrizter
* Brick House Toro – Boulder Beer Hazed & Infused
* Romeo y Julieta Habana Reserve Belicoso – Abita Oyster Stout
* Trinidad Habana Reserve Belicoso – Northcoast Pranqster

And just in time to watch the best sunset in town! Now, read Mark Janes’ journal entry regarding the process in which we selected the cigar and beer pairings last Tuesday:

November 1, 2011
It’s tough work…but someone has to do it. OK, grin if you want, because I’m referring to a beautiful Tuesday afternoon on the balcony at The Barley Oak…with cigars, beers, and two great (and learned) friends (and a few more who soon joined us).

Our chore? To smoke a sampling of cigars Luis had chosen for the upcoming cigar and beer pairing event at The Barley Oak…with the stated purpose to find at least one of the craft beers on tap at The Barley Oak that we collectively believe pairs well with each stick.

Joining me were these two “experts” (although they really don’t consider that label appropriate, but do have better-than-average knowledge and palate for their respective products)…Luis Molina, cigar purveyor extraordinaire at Habana Port Cigar Merchants in Covington, and Vanessa Gomes, general manager and all-around “beer gal” at The Barley Oak pub on the Mandeville lakefront (the venue for the pairing event).

My part in this? My mutual love of cigars and craft beers had similarly resulted in a cigar and beer pairing several months ago at what is arguably (really, no argument at all) the best craft beer bar in New Orleans, which also prompted the addition of a humidor for cigar sales in said establishment. So, for some time now, I’ve been thinking I should introduce Luis and “Van” to do something similar north of the lake at The Barley Oak. Several weeks ago that introduction took place at Habana Port and an event date was decided. Tuesday was the day agreed to meet in advance for taste-testing and pairing menu finalization. Because of my passion for both sticks and swigs, I was invited to join them in this effort and was referred to as the “conduit” for what I

can only term the surge of brain (and palate) power that flowed between these two in preparation for the November 9th event.

I did take a few notes we decided to share about our testing procedure and results. The specifics of each cigar and the recommended beer to pair are found on the Facebook page for this event at http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=190235814386634. If you’re on Facebook, please take a look and let us know if you’re coming!

First up was the Alec Bradley Family Blend T11. We decided to give NOLA Brewing’s seasonal Smokey Mary smoked ale a try. This is not a heavily-smoked (and often meaty) rauchbier style, but instead a lightly pecan-smoked brew. So, we found that AB’s bold and complex cigar flavors simply overpowered it. Next we tried it with Stone’s Escondidian 15th Anniversary Imperial Black IPA. In this case, it was the beer that overwhelmed the taste profile and we couldn’t detect the wonderful character of the AB. But, the third time was indeed the charm. Thanks to Van’s keen taste buds and suggestion, we gave Jefferson Stout from Lazy Magnolia a try and it turned out to be a great complement to this cigar. Always pushed with nitrogen (versus the more carbonating CO2 blend of gas) at The Barley Oak, it had just the right smooth “creaminess” along with the slight sweetness to allow flavors of both brew and cigar to shine.

Having already sampled three brews and with his memory of Padron 4000 (Natural wrapper) qualities, Luis instinctively knew that of the six cigars he brought, that one would most likely pair well with the Stone 15th Anniversary. So, that’s what we tried next. And he was absolutely right. We didn’t need to sample several beers to find one that worked (although that wouldn’t have been bad duty); we agreed that this cigar and beer pairing was our strong recommendation in common.

Vanessa is no stranger to cigars (she is an aficionado) and Luis no stranger to beer (a homebrewer, as well), so each of them were well prepared to make pairing suggestions based on what they respectively know about each one’s product forte. When Luis brought out the A. Fuente Hemingway Signature as our next cigar to pair, Van pondered the tap wall and came up with two possibilities to give a shot. The Köstritzer is a German schwarzbier (black beer) style. While dark in color, it is comparatively light in taste and not overly bitter. And while the Hemingway is certainly flavorful, we needed a beer that would again enhance both rather than have either overpower the other. From the first sip and puff, we all seemed to agree this was a great combo. But, Van had also thought we might try it with Brother Thelonious from North Coast Brewing. Before tasting, I would have agreed that this Belgian style dark ale might pair well…but as good as the brew itself is, we all found the combination a little off-putting for some reason. We decided to consider ourselves lucky with the schwarzbier and move on.

The Brick House Toro was next. (By the way, there was plenty of water to cleanse the palate after each beer and/or cigar.) Vanessa suggested we try Moylan’s Extra Special Bitter…and on a hunch, also brought Saint Arnold’s seasonal Christmas Ale. For whatever reason, I ended up with a hemp/pot kind of aftertaste from the pairing with ESB and Van picked up on that herself. We laughed that that might in itself be enough to encourage others to pair, but decided to look for something less specifically reminiscent. The “winter warmer” from SA wasn’t a bad choice; in fact, we all gave it a hearty “maybe”…but Val decided to go back to the drawing board one more time. So, out came Hazed & Infused from Boulder Brewing. She was right on target. This hazy brew had just the right qualities to match perfectly with what Claudius (Van’s “squeeze”) considered a unique smoke worth taking back to German friends.

Time was flying by and we all had other plans for the evening, yet two more sticks awaited our pairing savvy. Next was the Romeo y Julieta Habana Reserve Belicoso. Frankly, it’s just a delicious cigar. For this, Van decided to grab a bottle of Samuel Smith Nut Brown Ale. There’s a nutty quality in this cigar that it was thought the Nut Brown might complement, but we all agreed it missed the mark. We tried Warsteiner Dunkel, too…but that pairing just lacked pizazz. I’ll take credit for suggesting we give Abita’s new Select series Oyster Stout a try. This time I was spot on. Seemed a very balanced and exciting pairing.

Finally, out came the Trinidad Habana Reserve Belicoso. We gave Saint Arnold Fancy Lawnmower a try, but this normally crisp and refreshing German Kölsch style beer just seemed unpleasantly thin when stacked against the richness of the Trinidad. Van suggested instead that North Coast’s Pranqster, a Belgian style strong pale ale, might stand proudly with this cigar. We gave it a go and all three found quick agreement. To be honest, we all tried one more and enjoyed the beautiful Pas De Dieux saison from High & Mighty Brewing best with this cigar. But, it’s very doubtful that brew will still be available on the 9th. Something about the flavorful spiciness and farmhouse funk just made it an exceptional pairing. But, no problem, the Pranqster does very nicely, thank you.
I’m often asked what characteristics are considered to match cigars and beers. There’s no one right answer. In some cases, the two pair well because they have harmonious flavors, such as a spiciness/peppery or floral/citrusy quality found in both cigar and beer, or a similarity of sweet or common notes like chocolate, coffee or toffee. In other cases, it’s a wonderful contrast and dissimilarity that makes for an interesting and delicious pairing (like the bite of a bitterly hoppy IPA with some naturally sweeter and milder smokes). What I can say for certain is that it is not as simple as the general belief that cigars with maduro wrappers pair well with dark brews such as stouts and porters. Think of all the dark wrapped cigars you’ve smoked and how different they can be from one another (not all maduro wrappers have the same taste and aroma). The same is true of stouts, which all are dark in appearance but there’s a huge difference between a dry/lighter-bodied Irish stout and a rich, thick sweeter “chocolate” stout. Pairing is not automatic, it’s inspired. And that’s why we assembled the Three Pairing Amigos (ok, one amiga) to take on the challenge.

So, there you have it. You know the cigars. You’ve heard our collective pairing recommendation for each one. Come to The Barley Oak on Nov. 9 and judge for yourself. After all, taste is absolutely subjective and it won’t hurt our feelings if you choose to disagree and find a better pairing of your own (in fact, we hope you’ll come back here and comment about it!) We simply offer this guidance in a spirit of friendship among herfers and beer geeks. The rest is up to you!

~Mark Janes

So we hope to see you out at the Barley Oak for what will surely be a memorable event!

Until the next post, siempre fumando,
Habana Port

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2011 Toast Across America Cigar Event

Saludos,

Greetings, orators of Opus. Habana Port Cigar Merchants is proud to host the 2011 Toast Across America Cigar Event in our shop this year. The limited engagement is a special one.

Date: Friday, October 28, 2011
Time: 6-8 PM
Cost: $65 per attendee (includes 2011 TAA cigar sampler which includes an Opus X and a Julius Caesar made only for this event).

This is a limited engagement and we expect to sell out of these cigar packs fast, so hurry to purchase yours today.

For those not familiar with Toast Across America, here are some details as TAA posts on their website:

First debuting in 2003, this unique fundraiser brings together fine tobacconists and cigar enthusiasts from all over the world for one amazing evening. This year the Fuente and Newman families have released two limited edition cigars exclusively for the Toast Across America – one Fuente Fuente Opus X Figurado and one Diamond Crown Julius Caeser Figurado – that are not available on the open market. These cigars are placed in exquisite commemorative packaging and sold through only the best smokeshops at signature Toast Across America cigar events that include cigar tastings, entertainment, cocktails and much more. Thanks to the Fuente and Newman families, the Toast is underwritten so that all proceeds go directly to the Cigar Family Charitable Foundation.

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Until the next post, siempre fumando,
Habana Port
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La Flor Dominicana Cigar Event

Saludos,

Greetings, HP fans. We would like to inform you of our next cigar event here at Habana Port Cigar Merchants which continues the next few months of a plethora of top-rated cigars being featured in the shop.

The next cigar tasting and event will be hosted by La Flor Dominicana, the cigar company that started the boutique cigar movement. And this event comes just in time as their much-anticipated new cigars have just landed in our humidor. The event will take place Saturday, October 8, 2011 from 1 to 4 PM.

Here are the details of the tasting:

We will offer a “Buy 3 Get 1 Free” special on any LFD cigar which is available in several lines/blends. You are saving 25% compared to a normal purchase of these 4 cigars. Our locker members will receive a free cigar but the “Buy 3 Get 1 Free” offer is open to anyone during the event.

If you purchase any 20+ count box from LFD, you will receive 10% off PLUS 7 cigars free.

Anyone who buys the 4-stick offer will receive a raffle ticket for La Flor giveaways that afternoon which will include cigars, sampler packs, and the rare LFD Airbender cap. A box purchase will get you 7 raffle tickets.

Food and drinks will be provided as well.

And back by popular demand, we will feature the Longest Ash Contest in which the smoker who holds onto the longest ash intact will win a La Flor freebie. We suggest you purchase the Digger (the Double Ligero beast that appeals to large cigar fans) to win this contest.


So take advantage this day, stock up and save on the great small-batch cigars from La Flor Dominicana!

Remember the event date:
Saturday, October 8, 2011
1 to 4 PM

Company Details:

La Flor Dominicana is a creation of Ines and Litto Gomez. This company created the boutique movement that has taken the cigar world by storm. Always made in small lots, LFD represents passion, art and quality. The lines we represent in the humidor include the ever-full-bodied Double Ligero (Rush Limbaugh’s favorite cigar), the Ligero, Ligero Cabinet (Oscuro), the Air Bender (whose Chisel received the 10th spot in Cigar Aficionado‘s Top 25 List for 2010), the Premium Line, Reserva Especial, the Coronado by LFD, the Mysterio and Double Press.

*NEW* La Flor Dominicana Diadema Duo (Natural and Maduro)

The La Flor Dominicana Diadema Duo (Natural & Maduro) is a limited production pair of giant diadema cigars in a coffin that debuted in 2011. These full-flavored smokes are extremely smooth and represent the philosophy of La Flor Dominicana.

The Natural Diadema has a Habano Nicaraguan wrapper while the Maduro is a Habano Nicaraguan Ligero wrapper. Both cigars in the pack have Dominican binder and filler. A light earth and wood flavor profile will last you about 85 minutes. The strength is about medium.

And during the event only we will offer 10% off this 2-count box! Wow, what a deal. Normally the cigars are $32.95 but save more by purchasing the set for $29.65! These cigars are a limited release so be sure to stock up while you can!

*NEW* Casa de Tabaco (featuring the Air Bender Maduro)

In true creative fashion, Litto Gomez has done it again! The much anticipated La Flor Dominicana Casa de Tabaco (featuring Air Bender Maduro) is an amazing handcrafted Casa de Tabaco humidor. That’s right. This piece was created to look like a tobacco curing barn, but this also functions as a cigar humidor as well.

The tobacco house comes with 24 Air Bender Maduro cigars measuring 6 1/2 inches by a 54 rg. The humidor has a tray to store a lighter and a cutter and the humidor will accept any humipack-type humidification unit.

The wrapper is a Habano Brasil maduro leaf while the binder and filler are the same as the Air Bender “Natural” (which is all-Dominican). A dominant earth and sweet toastiness proliferate the palate and the cigar burns for about 65 minutes. The strength is about medium to medium-strong.

This is a limited release so be sure to stock up while you can! (See picture above)

We hope to see you here for the event!

Until the next post, siempre fumando,
Habana Port

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Brick House Bash



Saludos,

Greetings, HP fans. We would like to inform you of our next cigar event here at Habana Port Cigar Merchants. We know it has been a while since our last bash, but we needed to take a break from the Summer heat. Anyway, we will have a great Fall which will be full of cigar events every month.

The next cigar tasting and event will be hosted by J.C. Newman Cigars who will feature one of their hottest cigars: Brick House. It will occur Saturday, September 10, 2011 from Noon to 3 PM. If you have not heard, Brick House received the No. 17 spot in Cigar Aficionado’s coveted Annual Top 25 List for their Robusto. And rightly so because Brick House exudes a smooth and flavorful profile, mostly in the earthy and woody spectrum. And the best part? This cigar retails in the $5 to $6 range! So you get a great cigar for a fantastic price.

Here are the details of the tasting:

We will offer a “Buy 3 Get 1 Free” special on any Brick House cigar which comes in 6 sizes including the newest vitola called Short Torp (5 1/2 x 52) which is being debuted at the Brick House Bash ONLY! You are saving 25% compared to a normal purchase of these 4 cigars. Our locker members will receive a free cigar but the “Buy 3 Get 1 Free” offer is open to anyone during the event.

If you purchase any 20+ count box from Brick House, you will receive 10% off PLUS 8 cigars (valued at over $45).

Anyone who buys the 4-stick offer will receive a raffle ticket for Brick House giveaways that afternoon which will include cigars, sampler packs, Brick House apparel and ashtrays. A box purchase will get you 7 raffle tickets.

Home-cooked BBQ and drinks will be provided as well.

So take advantage this night, stock up and save on Brick House cigars!

Remember the event date:

Saturday, September 10, 2011

Noon to 3 PM

We hope to see you here for the event!

Until the next post, siempre fumando,

Habana Port

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YouTube Video of Oliva Cigar Event

Saludos,

Greetings, lovers of lanceros. We celebrated an event with Oliva Cigar Co. Friday evening and published a YouTube video to recap the night’s festivities.

In order to escape the Summer heat, we are taking a break with cigar events until September when we will feature the recently crowned Top 25 cigar, Brick House, and where you will have a chance to earn some savings that day on their cigars.

Until the next post, siempre fumando,
Habana Port

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Oliva Cigar Event & Tasting


Saludos,

Greetings, HP fans. We would like to inform you of our next cigar event here at Habana Port Cigar Merchants. This next event will be hosted by Oliva Cigar Company. It will occur Friday, June 10, 2011 from 4 to 8 PM. Here are the details of the tasting:

We will offer a “Buy 3 Get 1 Free” special on any Oliva Serie O, Serie G, Serie V and the Connecticut Reserve lines. You are saving 25% compared to a normal purchase of these 4 cigars. Our locker members will receive a free cigar but the “Buy 3 Get 1 Free” offer is open to anyone during the event.

If you purchase any 20+ count box from the mentioned Oliva cigar lines, you will receive 10% off PLUS a 6-count sampler (valued at over $30) plus your choice of an Oliva hat or Oliva shirt (value of under $20).

Anyone who buys the 4-stick offer will receive a raffle ticket for Oliva giveaways that night which will include cigars, sampler packs, Oliva apparel and ashtrays. A box purchase will get you 6 raffle tickets.

Food and drinks will be provided as well.

So take advantage this night, stock up and save on Oliva cigars!

Remember the event date:
Friday, June 10, 2011
4 to 8 PM

We hope to see you here for the event!

Until the next post, siempre fumando,
Habana Port

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Ashton’s Challenge Your Palate Event

Saludos,

Greetings, moguls of maduros. We celebrated an event with Ashton cigars recently and published a YouTube video to recap the night’s festivities.

If you missed out on this tasting, don’t worry. Our next event, to occur Friday, June 10, 2011 from 4 to 8 PM, will be with Oliva and you will have a chance to earn some savings that night on their cigars.

Until the next post, siempre fumando,
Habana Port

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Los Blancos Cigar Event/Tasting

Saludos,

Greetings, suitors of Sumatras. It is with great pleasure that we announce our first formal cigar event and tasting! Please join us Friday, March 25, 2011 for an evening with David Blanco, V.P. of Los Blancos Cigar Company, a small family cigar company who distributes Los Blancos and Primos cigars. We will have the event run from 5 to 8 PM. The special shall include a “Buy 3 Get 1 Free” Los Blancos-made cigar. In addition, every guest shall receive a voucher good for door prizes to be raffled during the event. Hors d’oeuvres and drinks will be provided as well. Take advantage of the fine weather and meet & join the rest of the Habana Port smoking community as we celebrate Los Blancos cigars!

For our locker customers, in addition to the above offerings, you will receive a free cigar at this event only! This is just another benefit you can enjoy as a locker customer at Habana Port. Ask us for details if you are interested in becoming a member.

If you are not familiar with this fantastic cigar company, then you are in for a treat. Los Blancos Cigar Company was founded in the U.S. in 1998 and their family’s roots can be traced to the famous tobacco-growing region of Pinar del Rio, Cuba. Cousins to the Plasencia family, Los Blancos cigars are all made in Esteli, Nicaragua in small batches and come in 5 lines:

1. Sumatra – a spicy & assertive blend with subtle hints of pepper & cocoa bean. 4/10 strength

2. Criollo – an exotic tawny blend that elicits a far-east spicy aroma with hints of oak. 7/10 strength

3. Connecticut – an elegant, earthy blend with delicate woody undertones & a nutty finish. 4/10 strength

4. Maduro – a rich & creamy blend with hints of dark chocolate & a smooth woody finish. 4/10 strength

5. Nine – well-constructed & blended for a sweet profile delivering tons of dark chocolate & leather. 10/10 strength

The Primos line is a long filler, handmade cigar that provides the smoker with a great value! We carry both lines and includes the following:

1. Primos Habana Criollo Rosado – medium-bodied, the wrapper is Nicaraguan with filler hailing from Honduras, Nicaragua and Peru. 8/10 strength

2. Primos Criollo Maduro – full-bodied smokes with a complex and sophisticated flavor. 8/10 strength

We hope to see you here!

Until the next post, siempre fumando,

Habana Port