Sunday, April 06, 2014

Unusual Packaging, AKA More Cigar Art

We're in receipt of another one of those wonderful cigar samplers from, wherein we broaden our horizons in the cigar department.  This sampler... billed as My Buddy Tim's "Best-Ever Sampler"... looks like this:

OpusX Lost City Robusto (5.25"x50)
Ashton ESG 20-Yr Salute Churchill (7"x49)
Montecristo White Toro (6"x54)
Don Carlos Edicion de Anniv. Robusto (5.25"x50)
Padron '64 ANNIV.Exclusivo Natural (5.5"x50)
Ashton VSG Robusto (5.5"x50)
Camacho Triple Maduro Robusto (5"x50)
Casa Magna Domus Magnus II Optimus (5.75"x52)
Oliva Master Blends III Robusto (5"x50)
Romeo by Romeo y Julieta Piramides (6.1"x52)
Camacho Corojo Robusto (5"x50)
Montecristo Media Noche Churchill (7"x58)
Cohiba eXtra Vigoroso 652 (6"x52)
Camacho Criollo Robusto (5"x50)
Diamond Crown Julius Caeser Toro (6"x52)
Graycliff Crystal (White Band) PG robusto (5.25"x50)
Partagas Benji Homage Toro (6.5"x54)
Camacho Connecticut Robusto (5"x50)
Once we're done with all 18 of these sticks we'll have fodder for another cigar band post... but that's at least a week or more away.  What we're on about now is the rather unique packaging on that Partagas Benji Homage.  Like this:

The cigar came wrapped in a single layer of thin tissue paper and was banded on both the outside and inside of the tissue wrapper.  Interesting, eh?  One wonders if the individual sticks come wrapped like this when you buy 'em by the box.  Or mebbe the sticks aren't sold "by the box," mebbe they're only available individually.  That wouldn't surprise me, as Partagas bills this cigar as a special release.

We only took a couple o' draws on this cigar while taking the accompanying photos, so now it's out to the verandah to continue as we've begun... with beer!

Update, 45 minutes later... We are disappointed; our example of the Benji Homage was a bust.  It's my habit to smoke my cigars in a leisurely fashion and by that I mean I take a draw every three-to-four-to-five minutes and let the stick idle in the ashtray in between draws.  A good cigar will allow you to do just that and such was NOT the case with this Benji Homage.  This cigar required constant touch-ups with a lighter just to keep it burning and further required constant  draws to keep it burning... which resulted in a way-too-hot smoke.  I gave up halfway through the stick and let it die in the ashtray.  What a pity.


  1. I loves me some cigar art, too. I have some really nice boxes that I particularly like. Onyx Reserve mini belicoso, A. Fuentes Exquisitos, La Gloria Cubana that looks like a book labelled Tale of Two Cities. Very cool............

    1. I've done a few posts on notable cigar boxes I've had. I remain amazed at the effort the manufacturers put into the art work on their packaging.

  2. Seems the wrapping was their way of putting lipstick on a pig.

    1. Either that or I got a hold of a bad one. Those things happen from time to time... after all, the cigars are hand-made.

  3. tampon dans le cendrier06 April, 2014 18:17

    At first I thought it was a tampon...

    1. That's about the first thing that popped into my head, too.
      I'm happy I am not alone in that thought.

    2. Sounds like it burned about as well as a tampon, too................

    3. I've never tried to light a tampon but I can't see those things burning any worse than this cigar did.


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