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On this day in 1887, Groundhog Day was celebrated for the first time at Gobbler’s Knob in Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania. According to the tradition, if a groundhog comes out of its hole on this day and sees its shadow, it gets scared and runs back into its lair, predicting six more weeks of winter weather; if it doesn’t see a shadow, it means we’ll be welcoming an early spring. We all know how desperately we need this winter to go away so, if you can, keep an eye out for the groundhog and let’s hope for an early spring. The cold weather is keeping us from doing a lot of things that we love, including smoking a great cigar. Celebrate this holiday, wait for the spring and stay warm with the Groundhog Day Cigar Sampler.
Avo Syncro Nicaragua Toro (6 x 54) AVO Syncro Nicaragua is a four-vitola release and it draws the inspiration from the idea of synchronizing Dominican and Nicaraguan tobacco, similar to synchronizing different instruments to create music. The blend uses a darker Ecuadorian Connecticut wrapper, Dominican binder and fillers from the Dominican Republic, Nicaragua’s Ometepe and Olancho, Peru. AVO Syncro Nicaragua starts stimulating the back area of the palate with complex spicy and peppery flavours evoking a wild character at the beginning due to the pronounced Nicaraguan and Peruvian filler tobacco.
Montecristo Pilotico Toro (6 ¼ x 52). The cigars feature a rare Dominican Pilotico seed that has been rebirthed by Pepe Mendez’s family-owned operation, Jose Mendez & Company, and the Grupo de Maestros. This rare and prized tobacco is the result of the very special relationship they have. The Dominican Pilotico’s complex and robust smoke features an Ecuadorian Sumatra wrapper, Dominican binder, and both Nicaraguan and Dominican Pilotico filler, all of which give this cigar a nutty, leathery, and sweet-tasting profile, as well as a robust aroma and a slow burn that aficionados can truly savor and appreciate.
Romeo San Andres Toro (6 x 54) The very first Romeo Y Julieta to use a wrapper of Mexican origin, the San Andres Cigar is another knockout cigar that is born out of collaboration with cigar legends AJ Fernandez and Master-Blender Raphael Nodal of Aging Room fame. The hero of this revolutionary cigar is clearly the dark and dreamy eponymous Mexican wrapper, surrounding a blend of tasty Nicaraguan and Dominican tobaccos nestled in a spicy Nicaraguan binder. The Romeo San Andrés, the 5th entry in to the Romeo by Romeo Y Julieta line, is a well-balanced and robust cigar, full of complex flavors and a scent that is truly unique and immensely aromatic.
Montecristo Platinum Toro (6 x 50) It combines a dark, rustic looking Mexican Cubano wrapper with a Dominican binder and a complex, all long filler blend that includes tobaccos from Nicaragua, Peru and the Dominican Republic, A special cigar for both the consummate and the aspiring connoisseur, the Montecristo Platinum Series cigars stand far apart from the rest of the field.
Rocky Patel Vintage 1990 Toro (6 ½ x 52) The Rocky Patel 1990 Vintage, the first cigar to bear Rocky Patel’s name. Twelve year old age wrapper with 8 year old fillers, this cigar is a nice nutty rich cigar, yet smooth and balanced. Any cigar aficionado will tell you that when Rocky blends a cigar, it tends to lean towards the sophisticated palate. It's really not for the novice. Rocky says that when blending tobaccos from various regions, it takes greater skill and knowledge but the end result is the symmetry and marrying of all these flavors to produce a great tasting cigar. “I blend every cigar myself. It's absolutely time-consuming and painstaking. I'll literally go through a hundred blends until I settle into a palate winner. Most of my blends are a year in the making.”
Avo Syncro Nicaragua Toro 6 x 54
Montecristo Pilotico Toro 6 ¼ x 52
Romeo San Andres Toro 6 x 54
Montecristo Platinum Toro 5 x 50
Rocky Patel Vintage 1990 Toro 6½ x 52