December 29The Strong Culture Of Jamaican Cigars
Jamaica, located in the Caribbean Sea, not far from Cuba, is an island well known for its historic tradition of cigar manufacturing. The distribution of cigars, throughout the United States and the rest of the world, has been conducted from Jamaica for hundreds of years. The strong tradition and culture of Jamaican cigars is world renowned. For those of us who enjoy smoking cigars, there is no greater pleasure than a cigar which has been hand-rolled using premium Jamaican tobacco. The climate and soil of Jamaica is very similar to that of Cuba. This led to a strong and thriving tobacco industry. The tobacco leaves grown in Jamaica are used to create fine Jamaican cigars using centuries old methods. In past years, the cigar industry was one of the most successful industries in Jamaica, but economic and weather conditions led to a decline in the Jamaican cigar industry. These conditions included an increase in labor costs as well as a severe hurricane in 1988. If it were not for the efforts of Barrington House Premium Jamaican Cigars, the Jamaican cigar industry might have collapsed entirely and the rich, historic tradition of Jamaica cigars would have been lost.
Barrington Adams, of Barrington House Premium Jamaican Cigars, has been the source of the revival of cigar manufacturing in Jamaica. He took the charge of Barrington House in order to give something back to his native Jamaica. Barrington Adams was a successful businessman in New York City, when he traveled to Jamaica in the 1990s to discover the cigar industry in a state of near collapse. Jimmy Chang, who had risen to near cult-like status as the master blender for the Cuban Montecristo and left Cuba after the revolution to settle in Jamaica to run the heralded Combined Tobacco Company, had suffered a severe stroke and was extremely disabled. Mr. Adams discovered that the employees of Combined Tobacco had not been paid for over six months. Mr. Adams then took over the company, changing the name to Barrington House Premium Jamaican Cigars. Making a determination to lead the Jamaican cigar industry back to its former status as one of the world’s premier sources of fine cigars, Mr. Adams reinvests 100% of the income derived from sales back into the company. For him, it is a labor of love and a chance to give back to the land which always retained a special place in his heart.
Barrington House is the only producer of true Jamaican premium cigars. Other companies may label their cigars “Jamaican” or “Jamaica”, but only Barrington House manufactures premium cigars in Jamaica, hand-rolled, using only the finest prime Jamaican tobacco.
Barrington House has created several lines of premium cigars, ranging from those that use Jamaican leaf as filler to the reintroduction of the famous Santa Cruz Jamaican Puro. The fine art and traditions used by Barrington House employ the finest blends, such as that used in the original Jamaican Macanudo first blended by Jimmy Chang (Barrington House is not presently associated with Macanudo which is now a registered trademark owned by General Cigar Company). Jimmy Chang’s original Jamaican blend is available as the “Guaranteed Jamaican Founders Edition” and as the vintage “Fundadores” available through Barrington House.
Barrington House has brought back the finest traditions of the Jamaican cigar industry, long known for fine and mild tobaccos and the highest quality smoking experience.
December 295 cigars for Beginners
Smoking can ease pressure from life although it will affect our health.
smokers should enjoy all of the cigars on this latest and greatest list of top cigars for beginners.
CAO Criollo cigars are made entirely with tobaccos from Nicaragua. These are mild-to-medium cigars and an excellent choice for the beginner. The flavor is great right from the start. Initially there are floral hints, the taste of chestnuts, coffee, and a subtle sweetness. Halfway through a slight peppery flavor creeps in and builds slowly to a nice finish. The Criollo’s are also full of great aromas like mushrooms and cedar.
Casa Torano cigars are made by the Torano family in Honduras. The Casa Torano is a mild-to-medium cigar that is packed with flavor. This cigar is mild enough for a beginner, but has a complex flavor that will satisfy most seasoned smokers, also. The taste is rich and smooth, and very enjoyable all the way down to the last two inches of the cigar.
Macanudo Hyde Park
Macanudo is the top selling premium cigar brand in the United States. These cigars are made by the General Cigar Company in the Dominican Republic. The Macanudo Hyde Park Café is a real pleasure to smoke, as it produces lighter tastes of almonds, cashews and fresh herbs. A great choice for beginners, and can be used as a benchmark to evaluate other cigars. Also, see our review of the Macanudo Hampton Court.
Gispert is a mild-to-medium bodied cigar made in Honduras. This is a very easy smoking cigar. It has an earthy and woodsy flavor with hints of leather. The aroma is quite pleasing also, with wood and leather undertones. And for only about $2 per stick, the price is very reasonable.
Helix Blue Tubular
The Helix Blue Tubular cigar has a very enjoyable mild flavor, and is also mild in strength. This cigar would be a great choice for a beginner cigar smoker, or for an experienced smoker who enjoys an occasional Black and Mild cigars. The cigar is made by the General Cigar Company in Honduras, and has some similarities to their more expensive and popular line of Macanudo cigars. Helix cigars are also available as artificially flavored cigars called Helix Remix, which are also prescribed for new cigar smokers.
December 29How to Choose a Cigar?
For the young Cigar Entrepreneur, choosing the right smoke can be the most difficult of matters. One has to know what one is looking for, as well as looking at. There is such a wide variety of high-profile cigars on the market today, that one just about has to have some instruction prior to that first purchase.
First, we will cover the subject of flavor. The layman would assume that all cigars are made from the same tobacco, as well as have the same flavor. The truth is, there is a massive variety of tobacco flavors available, each particular flavor having its own level of intensity. Your own personal favorite could very well be one that everyone else despises. Everyone has a different pallet for a cigar. Regardless, the actual mix of tobacco, the time elapsed since the making of the cigar, the condition it is in (storage, humidor, etc) and what you have drank or ate before or during the smoking of the cigar all have a bearing on the actual taste.
As far as only being one flavor of tobacco initially grown, this also is a fallacy. Tobaccos will attain different flavors depending upon the soil in which that particular plant is grown. In addition, different parts of the actual tobacco plant are utilized to define a particular flavor. All of these factors are blended together by cigar gurus who know what will go well with what to produce an original and excellent cigar.
With all this in mind, we can assume that picking that right cigar is going to be difficult at best. It takes more than just a random pick or a glance. It takes knowledge.
First, always refer to a smoker. If you know someone within your circle that enjoys a good high-quality cigar, ask him or her about what they like. Tell them your favorite flavors of food and fruit. This will give them a good idea as to what will lay best on your pallet. If you don’t know a connoisseur of fine cigars, ask the individual that runs your cigar shop. He/She may not smoke, but you can be certain that they know what cigar smokers come back for over and over.
Once you have chosen a cigar for consideration begin your inspection. Before we go too deeply into this, however, let’s discuss the occasional white powdery substance that you may come across on a cigar. Do not let this turn you away, as this is what is called “Bloom.” Bloom is simply the result of ageing on a cigar and is in no way a bad thing. Actually, it may very well be considered a positive aspect. This enhances the flavor. Mold, on the other hand, should be avoided. If a cigar is kept at extreme levels of humidity, it will form a blue-green tint on the packaging. Avoid it at all costs.
Ask yourself if you would prefer a mild cigar, or a more full-flavored smoke. If you would lean more towards the full-flavor option, then choose a cigar with a larger ring. The ring is the actual diameter of the cigar. The larger the diameter, the more intense, and multiple blends you will experience.
Another way to get a feel for the taste of a cigar is the smell. Take a good whiff of it. If the smell is overwhelming, then it will likely be very strong. Take notice that we use the word “likely” in that reference. This is not always the case. Some smokes smell a level or two more intense than they actually taste.
Next, how long do you want to smoke a cigar? Common sense tells us that the longer the cigar, the longer the smoke-time. However, another way to tell is to gently squeeze the cigar ¾ of the way up. If it seems very tight, it will have a more difficult draw and take longer to smoke. If it is loose, the smoke will proceed at a faster rate.
Moving on, we have the construction of the cigar. Does it appear lumpy or feel loose at spots here and there? If so, you probably do not want it. You see, the creation of a good hand-rolled cigar is actually considered a work of art in some circles. The way a cigar looks is at least 40 % of the selling value. If it does not look good, it is far more difficult to move, commercially speaking.
In choosing the right cigar for you, the one and only true manner is to just shop around. Research reviews online. There are a number of very effective and consistently updated review sites, such as Cigar Inspector. These sites will give you individual reviews by people who have tried the cigar. Then, once you pick out one to try, do not go in with the attitude that if you don’t like this one, you will never try another. Expect to invest a little time in finding your perfect cigar. Even then, when you find that perfect Robusto or Maduro, keep shopping. Variety is truly the spice of life.
December 29Home Insurance Quote: Home
Home insurance comes with many responsibilities, one of which is to have adequate home insurance that not only protects you, but also your family. If you rent a house or an apartment, renters insurance is also a good idea. The number one reason people go without home insurance or renters insurance is affordability, or the perceived notion that these type of insurance products are expensive. The truth is that with a little bit of planning you can get home insurance quote or renters insurance quote that may change that notion.
Back in the day, getting a home insurance quote would involve calling your existing insurance company, dealing with your agent, and taking whatever rate was offered to you. Well, it no longer has to be that way. You can get an online home insurance quote with relative ease these days. What’s more, you can get multiple quotes from multiple insurers. This puts you at a significant advantage, allowing you to shop for the best available home insurance quote. And of course this can also be done for renters insurance, car insurance, or for whatever other insurance needs you may have.
Now, this is all available to us, thanks to the advancements of the Internet. It’s important to understand, however, that the elimination of an agent, means a bit more homework on your part. Things may be cheaper and easier by utilizing the power of the Internet, but you’ll be missing guidance from a qualified agent. So, you’ll need to take a look at what type of coverage you need, what specifically you need to cover, and how much. These are important areas of guidance that will be lacking, due to the lack of advice. So, it’s important to do some due diligence, rather than just finding the best rate and going with it. It’s also important to note that you should try to work with high quality insurance companies rated “A” or better. You’ll more than likely be paying into a policy for years, and you’ll want to make sure that company is around when you need them most. All insurance companies are not created equal, some will weasel out of claims at every chance they get, and that’s why quality is so important.
By having several insurance companies compete for your business, you’ll be assured the most competitive rate. What’s recommended when getting a home insurance quote is to get a quote from about five insurers. But, make sure those five insurers are higher quality insurance companies. You’ll be amazed at just how reasonable home or renters insurance can be. Renters are often renting, because they don’t have the big bankroll to purchase a home. With these individuals, every dollar spent should be scrutinized. Apartment rental insurance, for example, can provide for very affordable rates. It is not unusual to see renters insurance at lower than $20 a month. This not only protects your belongings, but also protects you in the form of liability issues. Because renters insurance doesn’t involve ensuring the physical property, much like home insurance has to, it is considerably more affordable. At these rates, there is no reason not to go with renters insurance coverage, so take the first step and get insured today.
Taking the first step in purchasing adequate home insurance, is even more important when you own a home. With home values still close to all-time highs, our homes are not only the place we live, but also our largest investment. Our families rely on the sanctity of our homes. With natural disasters so prevalent these days, it should be a reminder to us that we should have full home insurance coverage. If you live in a flood or an earthquake zone, make sure that you have either flood or earthquake coverage. Many home insurers don’t include this type of coverage in their policies. If you can’t purchase it as a rider within your policy, you have access to coverage through government protection. Home insurance protects against liability, as well as disaster. This is very important, as protecting you, your family, and friends from these issues should be paramount.
Your landlord may require some form of renters insurance. Your lender will most certainly will require that you carry a certain level of home insurance. For either, it is not only dangerous to go without coverage, but dangerous to go without adequate coverage. Make sure you have sufficient coverage that will protect you and your family. You can get a competitive home insurance quote online for free these days, so take advantage of it.