AFGL: Eddie, Traviata and Super Bowl

February 3, 2012 · Posted in AFGL, Cigar Industry, Sports · Comment 

A Few Good Links for this week will cover Eddie Ortega’s new venture, a new edition to the La Traviata line and something about a football game.

1. Eddie Ortega has left EOBrands to start the eponymous Ortega Cigar company. Eddie isn’t going for the limited edition nor the mass market crowd. Instead, he’s going after the happy medium in between the two saying that he wants somewhere around 300 accounts with retailers. He hopes that this will be a mutually beneficial relationship and that quality will remain high. I’m sure I speak for most cigar smokers by saying “I hope so too.”

And why would anybody think otherwise? EOBrands produces the 601 brand of cigars as well as Cubao, which are both highly thought of by many cigar smokers; Eddie’s cigars should be as good. Here’s a little peak into what he’s up to:

All the brands comprise a rich and complex blend of tobaccos grown in South and Central America with Nicaraguan tobaccos from Esteli and Jalapa giving it the prevalent flavors topped off with an excusite (sic) choice of Mexican Maduro; Ecuador Habano; Connecticut Broadleaf or Connecticut Natural.

2. There’s a new La Traviata on the way and it is the La Traviata Luminoso Maduro. This cigar weighs in at 4.5″ x 50 with a Connecticut Broadleaf wrapper and should go for slightly more than $5.00 a stick. Personally, I liked the Ecuadorian wrapped La Traviata better than the maduro but maybe this one will change my mind.

3. The Super Bowl is this Sunday barring any Tom Clancy-esque hijinks by nuclear physicist Islamofascists. I don’t have a dog in this fight (is that okay to use that analogy when talking about football nowadays?) and never do when it comes to football. Still, it is an event that cannot be passed up.

What cigar(s) are you going to smoke during the game?

What’s Your Super Bowl Cigar?

January 30, 2009 · Posted in Cigar Community, Featured · 2 Comments 

The Super Bowl is the biggest sporting/entertainment event each and every year. It’s the one day everyone gets together to watch the same game. In honor of this very special sports day you should have an awesome cigar to smoke while watching grown men nearly kill each other.

Some obvious choices for me would be these:

Montecristo #2 (Cuban)

God of Fire (any of them)

Padron 1964 Anniversary

Rocky Patel Sun Grown

Each of these cigars I have smoked and I have loved them. But the perfect Super Bowl cigar needs to be something to behold; gigantic yet delicious – peppery yet refined. Luckily, the good guys at Cigar Aficionado, David Savona in this case, have produced a list of just such cigars HERE.

Need a list of big cigars to choose from for the Super Bowl? Heres a great list from Cigar Aficionado.

Need a list of big cigars to choose from for the Super Bowl? Here's a great list from Cigar Aficionado.

The Ashton VSG has always looked good. Didn’t much like the AB Maxx. I have an Illusione in the humidor but it isn’t this big momma. I would go with the Tatuaje not only because it’s the only cigar made in America (football is America’s game after all) but I do enjoy their cigars.

Want some other opinions?

Click on the pictures here to go to the next cigar on Cigar Aficionado’s list.

Gary Manelski at likes the AB Maxx Freak.

Do any of you have a special cigar set aside for the Super Bowl?