Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Tabacum Receives Recognition


Saludos,

Greetings, tokers of tabacum nicotania. We wanted to post a link to a well-recognized cigar blog, called Nice Tight Ash, whose contributor, Shawn Pratt, has just published a Top Cigar List for 2011 and has recognized our house-rolled, Tabacums, as being worthy of a Sweet Spot Smoke.

Click here to read the list and what Shawn had to say about Tabacum.

We want to thank Shawn and Nice Tight Ash for the recognition.

If you want to order some of these well-received cigars, click here to order online.

Until the next post, siempre fumando,
Habana Port

Monday, December 12, 2011

RIP, Coco. Lover of great music & cigars.

Grayhawk band pays tribute to Coco Robicheaux at House of Blues. We'll miss providing you with Acid Blondies,CR!


Friday, December 2, 2011

Vega Fina Fridays

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Saludos,

Greetings, devotee of Vega Fina. Today we begin a month-long campaign that will occur every Friday: Vega Fina Fridays!

So how do you benefit? On every Friday in December you get 1 Vega Fina Robusto FREE with any 3 Vega Fina cigars you purchase. That's a 25% savings! Or if you purchase a box, you get your 10% box discount plus 6 Vega Fina Robustos (a $30 value) and an exclusive Vega Fina cap. In addition, anyone who comes in and wants their picture taken can be entered in The Cigar Life's Vega Fina photo contest in which they have a chance to win a free box of Vega Finas. Sounds good to us!

So start your weekends right and stop into Habana Port every Friday in December to take advantage of these deals.

Cigar Information:
These extraordinary yet affordable cigars have become one of the most sought-after cigars in Europe. Now you can enjoy these cigars without a passport. Handcrafted at the famous Tabacalera de Garcia factory, VegaFina cigars boast a luxurious, hand-selected Ecuadorian Connecticut Shade wrapper and a flavorful combination of Dominican, Colombian and Honduran long filler tobaccos with a Indonesian binder. VegaFina is a distinctly smooth, aromatic smoke with medium body that is considered by many to be a true “connoisseur’s smoke.”

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No. 5 Perla (4 x 40) - $4.69 each
Corona (5 3/4 x 43) - $5.25 each
Lonsdale (6 1/2 x 43) - $5.79 each
Robusto (5 x 50) - $5.79 each
Toro (6 x 50) - $6.05 each
Churchill (7 1/2 x 50) - $6.35 each

Until the next post, siempre fumando,
Habana Port

Friday, November 25, 2011

A. Fuente Añejos & Rare Hemingways Arrive


Saludos,

Greetings, avid apostles of Añejos. It is that time of year again and the famous, rare Arturo Fuente Añejo cigars have arrived. Rich maduro leaves aged in cognac barrels make this cigar a unique smoke. It is also home to one of the most famous shapes in the industry: the No. 77 also known as "the Shark." The Shark is the first torpedo-shaped cigar ever rolled that progresses from a rounded parejo shape to a square press.


The Shark along with the No. 46, No. 50, No. 55 and No. 60 are available now at Habana Port. Also included in our Christmas Fuente allocation, are the ultra-rare Hemingway Masterpiece Maduro and Hemingway Between the Lines, which will be offered in specially-selected samplers. Come in today or call 985-809-1818 to purchase yours before they are gone.


We also have again the Fuente Christmas Sampler which includes 2 Añejos, 2 Opus X, 2 Hemingways and 4 Double Chateaus. This will make for a great stocking stuffer for the Fuente fan so act fast as we only have a few sampler sets. Happy hunting!


Until the next post, siempre fumando,
Habana Port

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Happy Thanksgiving from Habana Port!


Saludos,

Greetings, lovers of turkey and torpedos. Habana Port Cigar Merchants would like to wish you a Happy Thanksgiving. We are very grateful for your support which without, we would certainly not be here. In order to reflect on our appreciation (and to get some rest for the upcoming Christmas Season), we are taking Thursday off. But don't worry; we will return on Friday at 10 AM for normal business hours.

Until the next post, siempre fumando,
Habana Port

Monday, November 14, 2011

Habana Port Goes to the Smokin' Grape!



Saludos,

Greetings, gentry of grapes and toro gordos. We want to announce that we will be hosting a "Smoke Night" at Covington's newest restaurant and bar: the Smokin' Grape. To be held this Friday, November 18 starting at 6 PM, patrons of Habana Port will receive exclusive deals:

Print this coupon or show it to us on your cellphone to redeem these deals.

Come out this night, as Smokin' Grape unveils their signature martini, the Smoketini which will surely be a great drink to pair with a cigar.

Remember the event date:
Friday, November 18, 2011 at 6 PM

Company Information:

Located at 70457 Highway 21, Suite 108, Covington, LA 70433, the Smokin' Grape will appeal to the epicurean. The chefs at The Smokin' Grape sizzle and sear fresh seafood and assemble mouthwatering sandwiches at the newly opened wine bar and restaurant. Diners can dunk creole-style eggplant sticks—lightly breaded and fried—or VeggieTales figurines into a pot of creole-mustard sauce or can sink incisors into thinly sliced catfish-fillet chips. The Smokin Bleu iceberg salad proffers even more sustenance with its crisp leafy greens mingling with crumbled blue cheese and bits of bacon. Five varieties of po boy, including oyster, roast beef, and ham and cheese, escort sweet-potato or french fries. A self-serve Enomatic wine bar lets patrons control how much wine they get and when they get it, preventing them from having to distract the bartender with double-jointed-eye tricks in order to get a full glass. Like them on Facebook.

Until the next post, siempre fumando,
Habana Port

Friday, November 11, 2011

Alec Bradley Fine & Rare


Saludos,

Greetings, avid aficionados of Alec Bradley. Today marks the official arrival of Alec Bradley's newest cigar called the Fine & Rare. Only 1,111 boxes were made and only the 10 best shops in each territory have been allocated this cigar. Habana Port is proud to carry this limited blend. But hurry in as it won't last long. Each box contains 10 sticks and the dimensions are 6 inches by a 52 rg. The blend is composed of 10 different tobacco leaves. Click here to read the full details as was published by Cigar Aficionado.


In order to complete the numerology of this cigar, we will smoke one at 11:11 PM tonight. We will tweet our cigar profile later.

Until the next post, siempre fumando,
Habana Port

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Barley Oak & Habana Port's Beer & Cigar Pairing Menu

Saludos,

Greetings, patrons of IPAs and pyramids. Here is the menu & cigar pricing for the Barley Oak's Beer & Cigar Pairing tonight. Don't forget your steins and we'll see you there at 5 PM!


Until the next post, siempre fumando,
Habana Port

Sunday, November 6, 2011

H. Upmann 1844 Reserve Cigar Event


Saludos,

Greetings, underlings of Upmann. We are announcing our next event which will take place this Friday, November 11, from 4 to 8 PM at Habana Port.

Here are the details of the tasting:

We will offer a "Buy 3 Get 1 Free" special on any H. Upmann cigar which is available in several lines/blends although we are debuting the H. Upmann 1844 Reserve. You are saving 25% compared to a normal purchase of these 4 cigars. Our locker members will receive a free cigar but the "Buy 3 Get 1 Free" offer is open to anyone during the event.

If you purchase any 20+ count box from H. Upmann, you will receive 10% off PLUS 6 cigars, an exclusive H. Upmann cap, and a Montecristo cutter FREE! That is a total value of $85 that we are giving away with a box deal!

Anyone who buys the 3+1 stick offer will receive a raffle ticket for Upmann giveaways that afternoon which will include cigars, shirts, caps and other merch. A box purchase will get you 7 raffle tickets.

Food and drinks will be provided as well.

And back by popular demand, we will feature the Longest Ash Contest in which the smoker who holds onto the longest ash intact will win an H. Upmann shirt and a certificate that you can use to brag to your buddies. We will also provide specially-made cards with a measure so you can see your progress as you create that long ash.

So take advantage this day, stock up and save on the world-famous H. Upmann 1844 Reserve!

Remember the event date:

Friday, November 11, 2011
4 to 8 PM


Cigar Details:

Embodying H. Upmann’s long tradition of fine cigar making, the H. Upmann 1844 Reserve might possibly be the finest H. Upmann yet. From its intricate and complex flavor sensation to the even burn and classic ash that been the hallmark of H. Upmann’s incredibly fine cigar making, the 1844 Reserve captures everything aficionados have loved about H. Upmann cigars and then some.

This superb, fuller-bodied smoke, expertly crafted in the Dominican Republic, features a robust Ecuadorian Cubano wrapper, Nicaraguan binder and Dominican filler tobaccos. Whether you are already a regular H. Upmann smoker or not, make sure not to miss this excellent cigar.

Country of Manufacture: Dominican Republic
Wrapper: Ecuadorian Cubano
Binder: Nicaraguan
Filler: Dominican

Until the next post siempre fumando,
Habana Port

Barley Oak & Habana Port's Beer & Cigar Pairing


Saludos,

Greetings, barons of brew & belicosos. The Barley Oak is partnering up with Habana Port for a Beer & Cigar Pairing! The titans of their respective industries in St. Tammany join together for a first.

Starting at 5 PM this Wednesday, November 9, come out & enjoy an array of cigars selected by Habana Port with suggested beer pairings for each.

* Alec Bradley Family Blend T.11 - Lazy Magnolia Jefferson Stout
* Padron 4000 Natural - Stone 15th Anniversary Black IPA
* A. Fuente Hemingway Signature - Kostrizter
* Brick House Toro - Boulder Beer Hazed & Infused
* Romeo y Julieta Habana Reserve Belicoso - Abita Oyster Stout
* Trinidad Habana Reserve Belicoso - Northcoast Pranqster

And just in time to watch the best sunset in town! Now, read Mark Janes' journal entry regarding the process in which we selected the cigar and beer pairings last Tuesday:

November 1, 2011

It's tough work...but someone has to do it. OK, grin if you want, because I'm referring to a beautiful Tuesday afternoon on the balcony at The Barley Oak...with cigars, beers, and two great (and learned) friends (and a few more who soon joined us).

Our chore? To smoke a sampling of cigars Luis had chosen for the upcoming cigar and beer pairing event at The Barley Oak...with the stated purpose to find at least one of the craft beers on tap at The Barley Oak that we collectively believe pairs well with each stick.

Joining me were these two “experts” (although they really don't consider that label appropriate, but do have better-than-average knowledge and palate for their respective products)...Luis Molina, cigar purveyor extraordinaire at Habana Port Cigar Merchants in Covington, and Vanessa Gomes, general manager and all-around “beer gal” at The Barley Oak pub on the Mandeville lakefront (the venue for the pairing event).

My part in this? My mutual love of cigars and craft beers had similarly resulted in a cigar and beer pairing several months ago at what is arguably (really, no argument at all) the best craft beer bar in New Orleans, which also prompted the addition of a humidor for cigar sales in said establishment. So, for some time now, I've been thinking I should introduce Luis and “Van” to do something similar north of the lake at The Barley Oak. Several weeks ago that introduction took place at Habana Port and an event date was decided. Tuesday was the day agreed to meet in advance for taste-testing and pairing menu finalization. Because of my passion for both sticks and swigs, I was invited to join them in this effort and was referred to as the “conduit” for what I
can only term the surge of brain (and palate) power that flowed between these two in preparation for the November 9th event.

I did take a few notes we decided to share about our testing procedure and results. The specifics of each cigar and the recommended beer to pair are found on the Facebook page for this event at http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=190235814386634. If you're on Facebook, please take a look and let us know if you're coming!


First up was the Alec Bradley Family Blend T11. We decided to give NOLA Brewing's seasonal Smokey Mary smoked ale a try. This is not a heavily-smoked (and often meaty) rauchbier style, but instead a lightly pecan-smoked brew. So, we found that AB's bold and complex cigar flavors simply overpowered it. Next we tried it with Stone's Escondidian 15th Anniversary Imperial Black IPA. In this case, it was the beer that overwhelmed the taste profile and we couldn't detect the wonderful character of the AB. But, the third time was indeed the charm. Thanks to Van's keen taste buds and suggestion, we gave Jefferson Stout from Lazy Magnolia a try and it turned out to be a great complement to this cigar. Always pushed with nitrogen (versus the more carbonating CO2 blend of gas) at The Barley Oak, it had just the right smooth “creaminess” along with the slight sweetness to allow flavors of both brew and cigar to shine.

Having already sampled three brews and with his memory of Padron 4000 (Natural wrapper) qualities, Luis instinctively knew that of the six cigars he brought, that one would most likely pair well with the Stone 15th Anniversary. So, that's what we tried next. And he was absolutely right. We didn't need to sample several beers to find one that worked (although that wouldn't have been bad duty); we agreed that this cigar and beer pairing was our strong recommendation in common.

Vanessa is no stranger to cigars (she is an aficionado) and Luis no stranger to beer (a homebrewer, as well), so each of them were well prepared to make pairing suggestions based on what they respectively know about each one's product forte. When Luis brought out the A. Fuente Hemingway Signature as our next cigar to pair, Van pondered the tap wall and came up with two possibilities to give a shot. The Köstritzer is a German schwarzbier (black beer) style. While dark in color, it is comparatively light in taste and not overly bitter. And while the Hemingway is certainly flavorful, we needed a beer that would again enhance both rather than have either overpower the other. From the first sip and puff, we all seemed to agree this was a great combo. But, Van had also thought we might try it with Brother Thelonious from North Coast Brewing. Before tasting, I would have agreed that this Belgian style dark ale might pair well...but as good as the brew itself is, we all found the combination a little off-putting for some reason. We decided to consider ourselves lucky with the schwarzbier and move on.

The Brick House Toro was next. (By the way, there was plenty of water to cleanse the palate after each beer and/or cigar.) Vanessa suggested we try Moylan's Extra Special Bitter...and on a hunch, also brought Saint Arnold's seasonal Christmas Ale. For whatever reason, I ended up with a hemp/pot kind of aftertaste from the pairing with ESB and Van picked up on that herself. We laughed that that might in itself be enough to encourage others to pair, but decided to look for something less specifically reminiscent. The “winter warmer” from SA wasn't a bad choice; in fact, we all gave it a hearty “maybe”...but Val decided to go back to the drawing board one more time. So, out came Hazed & Infused from Boulder Brewing. She was right on target. This hazy brew had just the right qualities to match perfectly with what Claudius (Van's “squeeze”) considered a unique smoke worth taking back to German friends.

Time was flying by and we all had other plans for the evening, yet two more sticks awaited our pairing savvy. Next was the Romeo y Julieta Habana Reserve Belicoso. Frankly, it's just a delicious cigar. For this, Van decided to grab a bottle of Samuel Smith Nut Brown Ale. There's a nutty quality in this cigar that it was thought the Nut Brown might complement, but we all agreed it missed the mark. We tried Warsteiner Dunkel, too...but that pairing just lacked pizazz. I'll take credit for suggesting we give Abita's new Select series Oyster Stout a try. This time I was spot on. Seemed a very balanced and exciting pairing.

Finally, out came the Trinidad Habana Reserve Belicoso. We gave Saint Arnold Fancy Lawnmower a try, but this normally crisp and refreshing German Kölsch style beer just seemed unpleasantly thin when stacked against the richness of the Trinidad. Van suggested instead that North Coast's Pranqster, a Belgian style strong pale ale, might stand proudly with this cigar. We gave it a go and all three found quick agreement. To be honest, we all tried one more and enjoyed the beautiful Pas De Dieux saison from High & Mighty Brewing best with this cigar. But, it's very doubtful that brew will still be available on the 9th. Something about the flavorful spiciness and farmhouse funk just made it an exceptional pairing. But, no problem, the Pranqster does very nicely, thank you.

I'm often asked what characteristics are considered to match cigars and beers. There's no one right answer. In some cases, the two pair well because they have harmonious flavors, such as a spiciness/peppery or floral/citrusy quality found in both cigar and beer, or a similarity of sweet or common notes like chocolate, coffee or toffee. In other cases, it's a wonderful contrast and dissimilarity that makes for an interesting and delicious pairing (like the bite of a bitterly hoppy IPA with some naturally sweeter and milder smokes). What I can say for certain is that it is not as simple as the general belief that cigars with maduro wrappers pair well with dark brews such as stouts and porters. Think of all the dark wrapped cigars you've smoked and how different they can be from one another (not all maduro wrappers have the same taste and aroma). The same is true of stouts, which all are dark in appearance but there's a huge difference between a dry/lighter-bodied Irish stout and a rich, thick sweeter “chocolate” stout. Pairing is not automatic, it's inspired. And that's why we assembled the Three Pairing Amigos (ok, one amiga) to take on the challenge.


So, there you have it. You know the cigars. You've heard our collective pairing recommendation for each one. Come to The Barley Oak on Nov. 9 and judge for yourself. After all, taste is absolutely subjective and it won't hurt our feelings if you choose to disagree and find a better pairing of your own (in fact, we hope you'll come back here and comment about it!) We simply offer this guidance in a spirit of friendship among herfers and beer geeks. The rest is up to you!

~Mark Janes

So we hope to see you out at the Barley Oak for what will surely be a memorable event!

Until the next post, siempre fumando,
Habana Port

Monday, October 3, 2011

The new Padilla by Studio Tobac


Saludos,

Greetings, patrons of Padillas! The new Padilla by Studio Tobac has landed in our humidor today. A limited-batch cigar, we had a chance to sample this cigar in July, and all we have to say about this cigar is, "Wow." Very full-flavored and complex, the cigar is made by Oliva's Studio Tobac department (who creates Nub and Cain) for Ernesto Padilla of Padilla Cigars.

The strength is about medium-strong but the smoke is very clean. If you are a fan of Oliva's Serie V line, this cigar is very similar but with even more flavor. A complex spectrum of coffee, earth, light cream and the right balance of spice are sure to garner a Top 25 ranking. If not then shame on you, CA, because this is one incredible cigar.

We only received a limited amount so hurry into the shop to get yours while you can.

Until the next post, siempre fumando,
Habana Port

Saturday, October 1, 2011

2011 Toast Across America Cigar Event



Saludos,

Greetings, orators of Opus. Habana Port Cigar Merchants is proud to host the 2011 Toast Across America Cigar Event in our shop this year. The limited engagement is a special one.

Date: Friday, October 28, 2011
Time: 6-8 PM

Cost: $65 per attendee (includes 2011 TAA cigar sampler which includes an Opus X and a Julius Caesar made only for this event).

This is a limited engagement and we expect to sell out of these cigar packs fast, so hurry to purchase yours today.

For those not familiar with Toast Across America, here are some details as TAA posts on their website:

First debuting in 2003, this unique fundraiser brings together fine tobacconists and cigar enthusiasts from all over the world for one amazing evening. This year the Fuente and Newman families have released two limited edition cigars exclusively for the Toast Across America – one Fuente Fuente Opus X Figurado and one Diamond Crown Julius Caeser Figurado – that are not available on the open market. These cigars are placed in exquisite commemorative packaging and sold through only the best smokeshops at signature Toast Across America cigar events that include cigar tastings, entertainment, cocktails and much more. Thanks to the Fuente and Newman families, the Toast is underwritten so that all proceeds go directly to the Cigar Family Charitable Foundation.


Click picture for more details

Until the next post, siempre fumando,
Habana Port

La Flor Dominicana Cigar Event

Saludos,

Greetings, HP fans. We would like to inform you of our next cigar event here at Habana Port Cigar Merchants which continues the next few months of a plethora of top-rated cigars being featured in the shop.

The next cigar tasting and event will be hosted by La Flor Dominicana, the cigar company that started the boutique cigar movement. And this event comes just in time as their much-anticipated new cigars have just landed in our humidor. The event will take place Saturday, October 8, 2011 from 1 to 4 PM.

Here are the details of the tasting:

We will offer a "Buy 3 Get 1 Free" special on any LFD cigar which is available in several lines/blends. You are saving 25% compared to a normal purchase of these 4 cigars. Our locker members will receive a free cigar but the "Buy 3 Get 1 Free" offer is open to anyone during the event.

If you purchase any 20+ count box from LFD, you will receive 10% off PLUS 7 cigars free.

Anyone who buys the 4-stick offer will receive a raffle ticket for La Flor giveaways that afternoon which will include cigars, sampler packs, and the rare LFD Airbender cap. A box purchase will get you 7 raffle tickets.

Food and drinks will be provided as well.

And back by popular demand, we will feature the Longest Ash Contest in which the smoker who holds onto the longest ash intact will win a La Flor freebie. We suggest you purchase the Digger (the Double Ligero beast that appeals to large cigar fans) to win this contest.


So take advantage this day, stock up and save on the great small-batch cigars from La Flor Dominicana!

Remember the event date:
Saturday, October 8, 2011
1 to 4 PM

Company Details:

La Flor Dominicana is a creation of Ines and Litto Gomez. This company created the boutique movement that has taken the cigar world by storm. Always made in small lots, LFD represents passion, art and quality. The lines we represent in the humidor include the ever-full-bodied Double Ligero (Rush Limbaugh's favorite cigar), the Ligero, Ligero Cabinet (Oscuro), the Air Bender (whose Chisel received the 10th spot in Cigar Aficionado's Top 25 List for 2010), the Premium Line, Reserva Especial, the Coronado by LFD, the Mysterio and Double Press.

*NEW* La Flor Dominicana Diadema Duo (Natural and Maduro)

The La Flor Dominicana Diadema Duo (Natural & Maduro) is a limited production pair of giant diadema cigars in a coffin that debuted in 2011. These full-flavored smokes are extremely smooth and represent the philosophy of La Flor Dominicana.

The Natural Diadema has a Habano Nicaraguan wrapper while the Maduro is a Habano Nicaraguan Ligero wrapper. Both cigars in the pack have Dominican binder and filler. A light earth and wood flavor profile will last you about 85 minutes. The strength is about medium.

And during the event only we will offer 10% off this 2-count box! Wow, what a deal. Normally the cigars are $32.95 but save more by purchasing the set for $29.65! These cigars are a limited release so be sure to stock up while you can!




*NEW* Casa de Tabaco (featuring the Air Bender Maduro)

In true creative fashion, Litto Gomez has done it again! The much anticipated La Flor Dominicana Casa de Tabaco (featuring Air Bender Maduro) is an amazing handcrafted Casa de Tabaco humidor. That's right. This piece was created to look like a tobacco curing barn, but this also functions as a cigar humidor as well.

The tobacco house comes with 24 Air Bender Maduro cigars measuring 6 1/2 inches by a 54 rg. The humidor has a tray to store a lighter and a cutter and the humidor will accept any humipack-type humidification unit.

The wrapper is a Habano Brasil maduro leaf while the binder and filler are the same as the Air Bender "Natural" (which is all-Dominican). A dominant earth and sweet toastiness proliferate the palate and the cigar burns for about 65 minutes. The strength is about medium to medium-strong.

This is a limited release so be sure to stock up while you can! (See picture above)

We hope to see you here for the event!

Until the next post, siempre fumando,
Habana Port

Thursday, September 15, 2011

Cigar Roller Demo Packages

Saludos,

Greetings, seekers of cigars. We would like to inform you of a service that we now offer: a cigar rolling demo. Create a buzz during your next outing whether it is a wedding, party or corporate event by offering a live cigar roller as he demonstrates the art of the torcedor!

Click on the following picture to read the details!



We can also customize packages if you do not want to purchase our House-Rolled cigar. Call us at 985-809-1818 or email us at info@habanaport.com for more information or to reserve a date for your next social!

Until the next post, siempre fumando,
Habana Port

Monday, September 5, 2011

Happy Labor Day!



Until the next post, siempre fumando,
Habana Port

Monday, August 29, 2011

Habana Port Fantasy Football League 2011


Saludos,

Greetings, Habana Port football fans! With the NFL lockout finally done and pre-season games in full swing, Habana Port would like to invite you to join our inaugural Fantasy Football League.

Even you have never participated in a fantasy football league, don't worry. We'll be glad to take your money. Seriously though, you don't have to be a football guru to pick the great players. Yahoo's FFL Interface makes it easy with a few clicks to become a great team manager. Take a look at the details and let us know if you are interested in paying the fee and joining us in some good rivalry and smokes! Hurry though as there are only 14 spots!

$75 entry fee buys you a team in the shop league and gets you a chance to win the following:

1st Place: $625 in store credit & Engraved Team Plaque to be permanently displayed in the shop
2nd Place: $150 in store credit
3rd Place: $75 in store credit

Bonus: Every week (except during playoffs), the team with the highest score will win a store prize whether it is a cigar, a Xikar accessory or other shop goodie.

Draft Date: Sunday, September 4, 2011 at 1 PM CST (online)

To join our League, call us at 985-809-1818 during store hours or email us at info@habanaport.com and we will walk you through payment and log-in details.

Until the next post, siempre fumando,
-The Commish, Habana Port

Monday, August 22, 2011

Brick House Bash


Saludos,

Greetings, HP fans. We would like to inform you of our next cigar event here at Habana Port Cigar Merchants. We know it has been a while since our last bash, but we needed to take a break from the Summer heat. Anyway, we will have a great Fall which will be full of cigar events every month.

The next cigar tasting and event will be hosted by J.C. Newman Cigars who will feature one of their hottest cigars: Brick House. It will occur Saturday, September 10, 2011 from Noon to 3 PM. If you have not heard, Brick House received the No. 17 spot in Cigar Aficionado's coveted Annual Top 25 List for their Robusto. And rightly so because Brick House exudes a smooth and flavorful profile, mostly in the earthy and woody spectrum. And the best part? This cigar retails in the $5 to $6 range! So you get a great cigar for a fantastic price.

Here are the details of the tasting:

We will offer a "Buy 3 Get 1 Free" special on any Brick House cigar which comes in 6 sizes including the newest vitola called Short Torp (5 1/2 x 52) which is being debuted at the Brick House Bash ONLY! You are saving 25% compared to a normal purchase of these 4 cigars. Our locker members will receive a free cigar but the "Buy 3 Get 1 Free" offer is open to anyone during the event.

If you purchase any 20+ count box from Brick House, you will receive 10% off PLUS 8 cigars (valued at over $45).

Anyone who buys the 4-stick offer will receive a raffle ticket for Brick House giveaways that afternoon which will include cigars, sampler packs, Brick House apparel and ashtrays. A box purchase will get you 7 raffle tickets.

Home-cooked BBQ and drinks will be provided as well.

So take advantage this night, stock up and save on Brick House cigars!

Remember the event date:
Saturday, September 10, 2011
Noon to 3 PM

We hope to see you here for the event!

Until the next post, siempre fumando,
Habana Port

Saturday, July 23, 2011

Avo 787 Lands in the Humidor

Saludos,

Greetings, aficionados de Avo.  Take a look at the newest cigar arrival: Avo 787.  This cigar sports an Ecuador sungrown Connecticut seed wrapper with Dominican Piloto, San Vicente and Olor fillers bound with a San Vicente binder.

Currently, we just offer the Toro (6x54) to see how they will be received here.

What is the flavor profile? Check out our Twitter feed where we will tweet the summary soon.

Until the next post, siempre fumando,
Habana Port


Friday, July 15, 2011

Ernesto Padilla Interview

Saludos,

Greetings, fans of Habana Port! Check out this YouTube video we published of an interview with Ernesto Padilla, founder and owner of Padilla Cigars. He stopped by our shop Tuesday on his way to the 2011 IPCPR Cigar Trade Show which will be in Las Vegas next week and we interviewed him about his line of cigars, his company and new cigars to be debuted. Check this video out and our YouTube channel for other videos.



We proudly carry Padilla cigars. For more information about this great line of cigars go to his official website.

Until the next post, siempre fumando,
Habana Port

Saturday, July 2, 2011

Happy Independence Day



Until the next post, siempre fumando,
Habana Port

Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Viaje 2011 Summer Releases


Saludos,

Greetings, vanguards of Viaje. If you're a fan of one of the hottest cigars currently on the market, you're in for a treat. Many Summer-time limited releases from this micro-batch company have hit our shelves and are up for sale. Here is the list:


Reserva Oro VOR DT (5 3/4x52) - $12.85 ea.
Reserva Platino VPR DT (5 3/4x52) - $12.85 ea.


Summerfest 2011 Torpedo (5 1/4x52) - $9.90 ea.
Summerfest 2011 Toro (6x50) - $10.35 ea.

TNT (6 1/4x56) - $11.55 ea.

C4 (5x56) - $11.55 ea.

We have received a very limited allotment and in fairness to all of our loyal customers, we are placing a sales procedure on these cigars. Here are the terms:

Walk-in Customers:
Reserva Oro - 3 per customer per day
Reserva Platino - 3 per customer per day
SF - 3 per customer per day
TNT & C4 - 5 per customer per day

Mail Order Customers:
Same limits as Walk-Ins with the addition of a mandatory purchase of a Viaje Sampler valued at $50 which includes the following selection:
1 Holiday Torpedo
1 Oro Delicado (6x50)
1 Platino Jefe (7x50)
1 50-50 Red No.3 (7x47)
1 Skull & Bones MOAB (4 1/4x54)

We feel this sales policy will give everyone a fair shot at trying these incredible cigars. If after an adequate amount of time has passed by and these cigars have not sold out, then we will lift the limits and allow open purchases of these cigars. However, we do not expect to have the cigars long enough in stock as we have had many calls regarding this batch even weeks before they arrived here.

To place an order, stop by our shop or call us 985-809-1818 or email us at info@habanaport.com.


Happy Hunting!

Until the next post, siempre fumando,
Habana Port

Sunday, June 19, 2011

Happy Father's Day



Until the next post, siempre fumando,
Habana Port

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

New Sign on Highway 190

Saludos,

Greetings, connoisseurs of coronas. We recently placed a new sign on Highway 190 advertising our shop. Check it out.

Until the next post, siempre fumando,
Habana Port


Monday, June 13, 2011

YouTube Video of Oliva Cigar Event

Saludos,

Greetings, lovers of lanceros. We celebrated an event with Oliva Cigar Co. Friday evening and published a YouTube video to recap the night's festivities.



In order to escape the Summer heat, we are taking a break with cigar events until September when we will feature the recently crowned Top 25 cigar, Brick House, and where you will have a chance to earn some savings that day on their cigars.

Until the next post, siempre fumando,
Habana Port

Monday, June 6, 2011

Oliva Cigar Event & Tasting


Saludos,

Greetings, HP fans. We would like to inform you of our next cigar event here at Habana Port Cigar Merchants. This next event will be hosted by Oliva Cigar Company. It will occur Friday, June 10, 2011 from 4 to 8 PM. Here are the details of the tasting:

We will offer a "Buy 3 Get 1 Free" special on any Oliva Serie O, Serie G, Serie V and the Connecticut Reserve lines. You are saving 25% compared to a normal purchase of these 4 cigars. Our locker members will receive a free cigar but the "Buy 3 Get 1 Free" offer is open to anyone during the event.

If you purchase any 20+ count box from the mentioned Oliva cigar lines, you will receive 10% off PLUS a 6-count sampler (valued at over $30) plus your choice of an Oliva hat or Oliva shirt (value of under $20).

Anyone who buys the 4-stick offer will receive a raffle ticket for Oliva giveaways that night which will include cigars, sampler packs, Oliva apparel and ashtrays. A box purchase will get you 6 raffle tickets.

Food and drinks will be provided as well.

So take advantage this night, stock up and save on Oliva cigars!

Remember the event date:
Friday, June 10, 2011
4 to 8 PM

We hope to see you here for the event!

Until the next post, siempre fumando,
Habana Port

Sunday, May 29, 2011

Ashton's Challenge Your Palate Event

Saludos,

Greetings, moguls of maduros. We celebrated an event with Ashton cigars recently and published a YouTube video to recap the night's festivities.





If you missed out on this tasting, don't worry. Our next event, to occur Friday, June 10, 2011 from 4 to 8 PM, will be with Oliva and you will have a chance to earn some savings that night on their cigars.

Until the next post, siempre fumando,
Habana Port

Saturday, May 28, 2011

Romeo y Julieta Reserve Samplers

Saludos,

Greetings, revelers of robustos and Romeos. You're in for a treat. For a limited time (while supplies last) we are offering pre-packaged 3-count samplers of Romeo y Julieta Reserve cigars for 20% off!

This is a rare occasion when we can offer such a discount so hurry in. Click on the picture below for pricing, size offerings and more details of the cigars.



Until the next post, siempre fumando,
Habana Port

Friday, May 6, 2011

Nestor Miranda National Cigar Day


Saludos,

Greetings, noble knights of Nestor Mirandas. Today marks Nestor Miranda National Cigar Day and you can join the fun here at Habana Port.

As one of Miami Cigar & Co.'s authorized Nestor Miranda retailers, Habana Port is offering a great deal to start your weekend right. If you are one of the first customers to come in today and purchase any cigar, you will receive a FREE Nestor Miranda Collection Art Deco Robusto Grande, a 5 1/2 by 54 cigar that scored 90 points in a recent Cigar Insider taste test. The smoke is wrapped in Nicaraguan leaf, with an interior blend of Dominican and Nicaraguan tobaccos. It's made in Nicaragua by My Father Cigars.

The fine cigar is offered gratis from Miranda's company Miami Cigar, the distributor of several cigar brands, including Nestor Miranda and La Aurora. The company stresses that the smoker can purchase any cigar to qualify for the free smoke (it doesn't have to be one distributed by the company). The giveaway will last until supplies run out.

So hurry on in and take advantage of this freebie!

Until the next post, siempre fumando,
Habana Port

Wednesday, May 4, 2011

My Father Limited Edition 2011 Cigars

Saludos,

Greetings, lovers of limited editions. We posted previously about the 2011 My Father Humidor which contain 50 of the cigars we write about today, the My Father Limited Edition 2011! They arrived today in our humidor and we wanted to discuss the details as to why these cigars are so special.

The Garcia family decided to use copious amounts of the very rare Pelo d’Oro tobacco. With a name meaning, in Spanish, “Golden Hair”, this tobacco looks as beautiful as it tastes. Pepin says about the Pelo d’Oro, “It’s the best Cuban seed ever.” The problem, though, is that Pelo d’Oro is a farmer’s nightmare because of its susceptibility to blue mold and other pests. These risks make Pelo d’Oro a very low-yield crop and almost impossible to use in regular production. This year's L.E. was blended by Jaime Garcia, son of Don Pepin Garcia. Gorgeously packaged in 12-count boxes, these cigars will not stay on the shelf too long. Last year, smokers were scrambling to get their share and many called across state lines to find shops who still had some.



M.F. Limited Edition 2011 Cigar Specs:

Wrapper: Ecuadorian Rosado Wrapper
Binder & Filler: Nicaraguan Corojo, Criollo, Habano AND Pelo d’Oro (proprietary to the Garcia family)
Body: Medium-Full to Full

Flavors: Decadent flavors of roasted coffee, anise and bittersweet chocolate are present in different levels of intensity throughout the entire smoke.

Construction: Of course, from start to finish, the cigar is one of the most consistent and well-constructed cigars you’ll have the opportunity to smoke.

Our price: $21.95/cigar or $263.40/12count box

Until the next post, siempre fumando,
Habana Port

Monday, May 2, 2011

Habana Port Tabacums



Saludos,

Greetings, toker of tobacco. We are happy to inform you of a shop exclusive: Habana Port's Tabacums which are our house-rolled cigar. Offered in 2 wrappers (an Ecuador Habano seed and a Connecticut Broadleaf), these handrolled, long-filler cigars are a great value. Starting at $3.49 a cigar, we are offering three different sizes (a robusto, churchill and toro gordo).

Imported from Nicaragua from a factory we have contracted, these premium cigars are in the mild-medium to medium strength range and offer a well-balanced and clean experience. The natural version has a flavor profile of earth, coffee and wood while the maduro variety imparts a sweeter, toastier tone.

Look below for more details. And remember that we offer 10% off if you buy a 20-count bundle and no sales taxes if we ship out-of-state (phone: 985-809-1818 or email info@habanaport.com).

Now you can order Tabacums securely online through our sister site (CigarEarth.com) by clicking here!

Many customers have already tried these out and have expressed positive reviews. Come in today to find out for yourself!

A bounty of treasure awaits the Habana Port fan.



Sizes:
Robusto (5 x 56) - $3.49 ea or $62.85 (per 20 ct bundle. 10% off!)
Churchill (7 x 50) - $3.89 ea or $69.99 (per 20 ct bundle. 10% off!)
Toro Gordo (6 x 60) – $4.35 ea or $78.29 (per 20 ct bundle. 10% off!)

Blend:
Wrapper:
Natural – Ecuador Habano Seed
Maduro – Connecticut Broadleaf
Binder: Nicaragua
Filler: Proprietary blend of aged Nicaraguan, Honduran & Dominican long filler tobaccos.

Until the next post, siempre fumando,
Habana Port

Friday, April 22, 2011

Happy Easter!



Until the next post, siempre fumando,
Habana Port

Saturday, April 16, 2011

2011 My Father Cigars Humidor

Saludos,

Greetings, mavens of My Father cigars! We received a press release from our My Father/Don Pepin rep a few days ago. Here it is reproduced for your information:

Press Release:
Wed April 13, 2011

2011 My Father Cigars Humidor

And, now, introducing the very special, very limited 2011 My Father Cigars Humidor! This opportunity must be seen to really appreciate it. So, please, take a moment to see the images below then refer to these notes for details of this fast fleeting opportunity:

The My Father Humidors have NOT been made.

Production begins in a few weeks, will take about three months and will be based on demand.

Plans are for NOT more than 500 units.

The MF Humidor will come with 50 My Father Limited Edition 2011 and 50 Jaime Garcia Limited Edition 2011 cigars (approximately $1,800 to $2,000 worth of cigars).

Space in a pull-out drawer will be available to store a cutter and lighter (though, no lighter will be included).

Delivery of MF Humidors is expected to be in late July.

MSRP will be $1,800-2,000 (before excise and sales taxes unless shipped out-of-state).

MF accounts will be limited to one (1) MF Cigars Humidor PER store location.


Humidor from the front.


Humidor with the lid open.

Looking down into Humidor with lid open.

Humidor completely open.



Drawer slid out.



And now a few notes from us:

We are taking pre-orders for this humidor and will offer this as an entire set initially. If we don't see interest in a customer taking the entire humidor with cigars, then we will break the humidor open to sell the singles and what we will do is with every stick sold, the customer will receive a raffle ticket. After the 100 cigars have been sold, we will raffle the humidor to give away GRATIS (with only shipping charges to be added if the winner cannot come into the store to pick up). We expect to sell the entire set as is and not sell the individual sticks so let us know if you're interested.

And stay tuned to our blog or Twitter page for the update of the arrival of this rare offering!

Until the next post, siempre fumando,
Habana Port