Friday, April 29, 2016

Cigartacular MDF Benefit

On May 28, 2016, Havana Smoke Shoppe in Jackson, Ms. Will be holding its 2nd Annual Cigartacular. What makes it different this year is it will be a benefit for the Mississippi Diabetes Foundation. We all know someone who is effected by this disease and the funds raised will stay in Mississippi.

This years event is spectacular, with several things planned during the day. It begins at 10:30 a.m. that morning as those in the poker run gather with the run itself starting at 11:00 a.m. entrance to the Poker Run is $15 this also gets you a nice plate of boiled crawfish. All five of their stores are involved in the Poker Run and the best hand in vehicles and on motorcycles wins very nice cigar prizes.

They are also holding a Mississippi Idol Contest. Those interested it’s a $25 entrance fee and you must be registered by 12:00 p.m. as the contest with three judges begins at 1:00 p.m.. Cash prizes plus trophies will be awarded.

Did I mention crawfish? T'Beaux's will be cooking crawfish that day so be ready for amazing flavor!

With all those events going on, there are still other surprises during the day. Havana Smoke Shoppe asks you to bring the family, invite your friends, and come join them for a day of fun and help a great cause.

I’ll be there as well, come say hello!


Havana Smoke Shoppe also wants to thank every one who is helping and also our great cigar companies who are donating cigars and other items to support this benefit. Thank you so much.

If you have a cigar brand and would like to help, email me at

Thursday, March 24, 2016

Perdomo Edicion De Silvio

Its rare that we get to do something special for someone in our lives that we love, look up to and owe much to. Nick Perdomo has done just that in a grand way with Edicion De Silvio, a honored tribute to his late grandfather Silvio Perdomo. Its an all Cuban seed blend and only the Perdomo family knows the originality of them. The cigar is so unique that only a hand full of the most talented torcedors are allowed to create them.
I will try to keep this brief, but to know this cigar one must know the history behind it.
The story of Perdomo starts with its roots to San Jose de las Lajas, Cuba, an agricultural and industrial municipality located 27 kilometers southeast of Havana, where Silvio Perdomo was raised. Mr. Silvio first began with cigars with Cuesta y Cia in the early 1930’s latter going to the H. Upmann factory for several years, then to Partagas until 1959. His son Nick Perdomo Sr. started in 1948 with Marin & Trujillo then joined his father at Partagas.
Unfortunately this is where history takes a tragic turn for the family. When Castro took over, the next several years were to say the least trying ones. Mr. Silvio and Nick Sr. faced many harsh times under the communist revolution from arrest and imprisoned to Nick Sr. being shot and critically wounded.
Eventually Nick Sr. escaped Cuba and made it to Washington, D.C. and for the next 15 years making several attempts to gain the release of his father from Cuba. During this time he started business and saw the birth of Nick Jr. and William his sons.
The family moved to Miami and eventually reunited with Mr. Silvio. Days were spent sitting and rolling cigars in the kitchen still practicing the craft they knew so well. Nick Jr. soon learned the grand craft and the family passion of the leaf.
After serving in the U.S. Navy, Nick Jr. sought to make the dream a reality of making cigars, and in 1991 Nick Jr., his father and grandfather, began a factory in Little Havana. 1996 saw a growing business for Perdomo as they moved the manufacturing end to Esteli, Nicaragua. But even in this time of growth tragedy hit the family as Mr. Silvio Perdomo passes away on November 11th of that year.
Today Nick Jr. carries on the grand tradition of Perdomo and what a fitting way to honor his grandfather with a great premium cigars, the Edicion De Silvio.
Normally my reviews are in story form but for this cigar I sat in my favorite chair out on the patio with no distractions save the cloudy sky. It has a nice perfect wrapper with few veins that is neither bothersome nor obtrusive. The oils are evident at a glance which is always a good thing. Construction is perfect, and the quality shows in this one. The band is is distinguished. The pre light smell has hints of sweet grass and cocoa, and the feel along the cigar show no soft spots and is wonderfully rolled. One cut and torched, the first hit was peppery at the start, hits the taste buds and the nose, which tell me there may be some spice latter on. I was surprised however that shortly after lighting the pepper calmed down, never disappearing, and the flavor of smooth roasted nuts with a slight dash of cocoa came forward. This stayed ever changing in which flavor was predominate for the majority of the smoke but variations and additions lay ahead. Nearing the half way point, the roasted nut and cocoa flavor were showing there colors in a wonderful way with a very slight acidic tang on the pallet. Past the mid point and heading for the home stretch, the pepper spice at the beginning now had returned near the end and I was very delighted when the addition of a mild syrupy flavor, which reminds me of the taste of what we used to call black strap syrup, came to the mix of enticing tastes.
The Perdomo Edicion De Silvio, while not inexpensive, is worth every penny. A true high grade premium cigar in every manner of the word, and a fitting tribute.

These cigars can be found at Havana Smoke Shoppe

Cut, Light, Puff, Enjoy

Cut, light, puff and enjoy. Simple words that open up a world of possibilities to the cigar smoker including our freedom to do so. Fine hand rolled cigars is a business for some, a hobby for others, but for all an item of sheer pleasure. We cigar smokers come in various shapes and sizes, languages, occupations and life styles, be they male or female. Nevertheless, no matter who the are or what their status is in life, the one thing each shares is a passion for hand rolled cigars.

What is a cigar after all but leaves that have been cured and rolled into a cylinder shape and consumed? However, they are so much more. Expert blenders, rollers, artists, etc. that work in unison to create a master piece of art work that delivers to the cigar lover a never ending combination of wrappers, binders and fillers to give blends that deliver the pleasure that each seeks. To sit and clip a cigar, letting the torch touch the foot of a prime blend causing the smoky essence trapped within to flow from its captivity, drawn through the cigar then engulfing the palate. The flavors of the cigar with its smoky transformation bringing to the receiver true relaxation and the joy the seek. A fascinating thing about cigar smokers, we can be strangers but when cigars are lit or talk of them commence, it is an instantaneous icebreaker making friendly conversations, laughter and even causing friendships to be created.
Its true cigar smokers, writers, companies and retailers are somewhat of a community, somewhat of a family. It’s odd how the outside world misunderstands our passion or enjoyment. Today we have politicians and certain groups who in there misguided thought patterns and not so hidden agendas, try to take away the things we enjoy. What they seem not able to understand is that unlike cigarettes, cigars are not a habit but our pleasure, not our addiction but our satisfaction. The problem is, and do not be fooled by their comments, they do understand they just do not care. They care not about what you want as long as their agenda gets fulfilled. What they actually seek is to regulate and take away the thing we enjoy. Different attempts are always made but our freedom to enjoy fine cigars still exists.
It’s wonderful to have an object that people from so many different walks can sit and enjoy together. It does not matter if you a seasoned smoker or someone new to the world of cigars, we are all equal when it comes to the pleasure. What a variety we have that we can choose from, all manner of blends and shapes, from those who like the very mild to those who tackle the heavy hitters of strength. It really does not matter how strong a cigar you smoke, mild or strong, all are equal. There are many of us who write about the thing that we so enjoy, we talk of a plethora of different flavors, tones and notes. Words written of the good and bad points of different cigar, some we like and some not. Should someone read cigar reviews? Yes of course, a cigar smoker should read anything they can. Should someone let a review make his or her decision on to buy or not to buy a cigar? Absolutely not. We all like different things, try it and make up your own mind. 
The next time you walk into a B&M, one where you can smoke at, select a great stick, sit back and be glad that you are still free to do so.


Review: Private Blend from Stone

Every once in a while you run across a diamond in the rough, a surprise, something unexpected. This is the case with Private Blend from Stone. I was introduced to this cigar at my shop and like all cigar shops I see many cigars and am hardly every surprised anymore. But when I fired this cigar up I was surprised. Inspection of the cigar show great construction with an even oily sheen to it with few veins. Prelight aromas of aged tobacco, slight earth and spice greeted the senses.
Once lit, I was greeted with a very pleasing pepper spice mixed with hints of mild coffee and earth. Shortly into the cigar, the flavors of spice blended perfectly with the earth notes and the coffee was becoming more of a dark roast mix. The smoke is slightly creamy giving a pleasant feel to the palate.
I walked out to the deck at the shop to sit and enjoy this cigar as I was becoming intrigued with the flavors being given. It was a beautiful day and some of our great customers were on the deck talking and smoking.
As I sat out in the sunshine I was coming to the second third of the cigar. The spice was still present but had mellowed, with flavors of earth building along with the dark roast coffee becoming more of a chicory essence, and a mild almond starting to come into play. the spice that remained wrapped the flavors together wonderfully giving a splendid mix upon each draw. Speaking of draw, this cigar has a perfect draw and not once was any difficulty given.
Moving into the final third, hints of leather began to show along with a very slight taffy sweetness. The earth has taken on a dark loamish flavor blending great with the chicory. The spice has returned and the final draw gave a perfect finish with leather, earth, chicory and that very nice hint of slight sweetness.
Do yourself a favor and try this cigar, its a great blend and sure to please.


Cigars reviewed can be found at Havana Smoke Shoppe