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Puro Sabor Festival, Nicaragua, 2015


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The Asociación Nicaragüense de Tabacaleros (ANT) has formally announced the fourth annual Puro Sabor Festival will take place between Jan. 14-17 in Managua and Estelí. The festival begins much like last year in Managua, Nicaragua’s capital, although the opening dinner will be held at the Crowne Plaza Terrace.

The following day, attendees will be transported north to Estelí, the country’s cigar capital. Lunch will be at A.J. Fernandez’s Tabacalera Fernandez S.A. factory before guests are invited to visit factories that are members of ANT: A.J. Fernandez, Tabacos Cubanica S.A. (Padrón), La Gran Fabrica Drew Estate, Fabrica de Tabacos Joya de Nicaragua S.A., My Father Cigars S.A., NACSA, TABOLISA (Oliva), J.C. Newman’s PENSA, Plasencia Cigars S.A., STG Estelí (General Cigar Co.), Tobaccos San Rafael and Rocky Patel’s TAVICUSA. In addition, tobacco processors ASP Nicaragua and GK Tabacos de Nicaragua will welcome attendees.

That night a party will be held at the Plaza Domingo Gadeda.

On Friday guests will visit the farms of ASP, A.J. Fernandez, Plasenica, Nicaprosa and Padrón before having lunch at NACSA’s Gualupe farm. In addition to lunch, there will be an opportunity for attendees to roll cigars. The festival concludes with a gala and auction at a country club in Estelí Friday night. Saturday morning guests will head back to Managua. It is very much a similar itinerary as last year’s festival with the exception of the opening party and lunches.

“Our county is internationally recognized for producing the best cigars in the world, thanks to our rich volcanic soil, ideal climate conditions and decades of hard work and experience,” said Nestor Andrés Plasencia, president of the ANT, in a press release. “PURO SABOR is a unique opportunity to visit one of the most exotic countries in the world, enjoy its best products, smoke our best cigars, and come together with us, the ones who make it all happen.”

Tickets, which include all expenses (hotel, meals, ground transport, etc.) other than airfare and optional afterparties are $700 and $850 depending on hotel preferences.

Worth the trip!

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Publié par le 12 décembre 2014 dans Actualité, English


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Where to buy your cigars in Boston

Boston! Friendly and most welcoming city, mixing tradition and history with modernity!

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In a recent but too short visit to the cradle of the american revolution, I happened to visit a few cigar friendly places.

Here’s what I found:

First, in the up north Italian district called « Little Italy », on Hanover Street,

I discovered a nice cigar bar and lounge called Stanza dei Sigari.

292 Hanover Street, Boston, Ma 02113 Tel: 617-227-0295.

Stanza dei Sigari, Boston

Stanza dei Sigari, Boston

The place is busy from opening to closing with people

from all walks of life who come for a moment of relaxation

while enjoying a cocktail and a cigar. The personnel is

knowledgeable, smiling and those girls will ask you

questions about your tastes before offering you what

they think you will like. In terms of choices, the cars

contains around 50 vitolas ranging from $12., up to $35.or so.

Personnally I enjoyed an Arturo Fuente Hemmingway

cigar that was excellent, coupled with a coffee Martini that was also very goodI must say.

Very good pairing according to me.The humidor is stocked with more products than those offered on the cigar card

but it is not the widest choice I’ve seen in a Lounge bar. The cocktail and Martini list is excellent.Service is excellent

and cigarette smoking is allowed too. No expresso coffee machine in the place though. Strange in an Italian bar!

A good place to either watch some sports with friends or spend time enjoying life more quietly with people

you like around a good vitola.












I also managed to find one of the oldest B&M Cigar and Pipe Tobacconnist in America.

L.J. Peretti Co Inc., 2 1/2 Park Square Boston Mass 02116 Tel: (617) 482-0218 
















Established in 1870, this cigar and pipe shop imposes respect and shows lots of tradition. With its yellowished walls,

you can tell it’s history in the making. Hanging on those walls are ancient posters, photos of celebrities who visited

the shop back then and all sorts of old and new smoking accessories for cigar and pipe smoking.

Just open the door and you are kind of sucked in a big time warp. Once inside, the personnel is handsome,

specialized and very knowledgeable. They are willing to spend all the time you need to help you make your selection

with friendly advices and support. You can also, in case you know what yo want, go from one humidor to another and grab,

check smell ant touch your upcoming purchase since, besides the closed humidors, the whole place is humidified.

And yes, you can smoke inside! As for the cigar choice, it is wide and on the more classical brands side of things.

The do carry some new releases but few of that more flashy stuff that’s on the market these days as well as older vitolas

and a rarities. Accordingly, you will also find all other cigar accessories needed for the enjoyment of your favorite vitola.

And they ship all over the world including Canada where they ship regularly. Just ask Tom! Prices are very affordable and competitive. I do definitely recommend L.J Perretti all serious cigars and pipe smokers.

Here’s the selection I made and brought back home:

CIgares achetés chez L.J Peretti à Boston

CIgares bought at L. J. Peretti co. in Boston: Davidoff(Nicaragua), La Aroma de Cuba(Marquis), Arturo Fuente,

Padron, La Flor Dominicana, Jamie Garcia, Epernay Illusione, Hoyo de Monterry(US)Dark Sumatra, Juan Lopez,

Asylum, Partagas(US)1845, E.P. Carillo Short Run Serie 2013, L’Atelier, Quesada 40th Anniversary, Camacho,

The Foundry Element serie(Carbon), Saint Luis Rey box Natural & Maduro.

Happy smoke!



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Publié par le 5 juillet 2014 dans English


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