Delaware Cigar Festival

Ultimatecigarparty.com teamed up with Overacigar.com to bring you all the action from the 8th Annual Delaware Cigar Festival held at Delaware Park Race Track. It was an absolutely gorgeous afternoon at an absolutely gorgeous venue. There were plenty cigars, food, alcohol, horse racing, and casino games to keep everyone busy. Vince from overacigar.com and I interviewed brand owners and sales rep to bring you the latest and greatest information from the companies in attendance.      

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Emilio Series H Maduro – Toro

An outstanding all around smoke that is a perfect model for a traditional cigar I expect when looking for some relaxing quiet time. The Series H was Gary Griffith’s debut cigar after creating his own company, Emilio Cigars after years in the construction industry. He blended this inaugural release during his first trip to Central America prior to meeting his dear friend A.J. Fernandez, who was instrumental in a few of Griffith’s more recent blends. I was introduced to Emilio Series H about six months ago when her father, Gary…

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Emilio Cigars Draig Cayuquero – Robusto

A well-constructed cigar with an incredible flavor profile blended for the discerning cigar smoker. The Draig Cayuquero is the second release in Emilio’s Draig line. The Draig, which means dragon in Welsh, is a limited production, small-batch line of cigars by Emilio Cigars using a different factory and a different blend each year. The Draig uses unique tobaccos that are rarely found in most of today’s cigars. It is yet another line that successfully demonstrates Gary Griffith’s mastery. From Gary Griffith’s Facebook page: “There is a small town in the…

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La Musa Μελέτη (Melete) – Toro

An exquisite cigar with a deep, rich and complex flavor profile that can be enjoyed any time of the day and worshiped by experienced cigar smokers. Named in honor of a dear friend of Gary Griffith, the La Musa (the Muse) line by Emilio Cigars features four distinct blends derived from Greek Mythology. La Mousa, being the original is followed by three other blends named after the original Plutarchian muses: Melete, Aoide, Mneme. The Melete (Μελέτη) is the first of the three muses released by Emilio Cigars and according to…

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Up Close and Personal with Kyle Hoover – Co-Founder of Ezra Zion Cigar Company

Kyle Hoover, co-founder of Ezra Zion Cigar Company, has turned a long-time passion for cigars into a top-notch brand that rivals some of the premier names in the business. Founded in 2012, Ezra Zion blends some of the industry’s most flavorful boutique cigars. Each one of their cigars uses specially selected tobaccos from Nicaragua to create a memorable smoking experience. “I know a lot of companies talk about their tobacco being the best thing ever, but we source the top five percent of the AA Grade Nicaraguan stuff,” said Kyle….

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Guayacan – Robusto

A very pleasantly tasting smoke that remained consistent and flavorful. Like most of you, I had never heard of this cigar until Gary Griffith of House of Emilio introduced me to this gem. Guayacan is made by Noel Rojas who hails from Pinar Del Rio, Cuba where he worked on tobacco farms since his early teen years. Then this young man dabbled in cigar blending himself until the Cuban government shut him down. He then turned to wood working before that, too, was shuttered by the oppressive government. He named…

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What is so special about boutique brands? – Everything!

Like a micro-brew or single malt scotch, a boutique cigar is like the jewel in an Ethiop’s ear- The gem of the cigar industry. Many people often define ‘boutique cigars’ with a definitive production number. That is not accurate. What labels a cigar ‘boutique’ is the craftsmanship and passion behind the process. While it is true that boutique cigars are produced in far fewer quantities than the ‘main stream’, mass produced companies like Atlantis and General Cigar it is not the absolute definition of a boutique cigar. Tobaccos utilized in…

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Ezra Zion Jamais Vu – Exquisito Box Press (6.25 x 52)

Like most of you, Ezra Zion was a company I did not know much about, and in turn, never tried one of their cigars until now.  This Jamais Vu was a gift from House of Emilio founder Gary Griffith and I owe him a million thanks for introducing me to this Nicaraguan Puro that deserves every one of the awards that has been bestowed upon it. The story behind the name, ‘Ezra Zion’ is one for the ages. The company has three founders of which two lost children at a…

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Inside the Life of Gary Griffith – Founder of Emilio Cigars and House of Emilio

            Gary Griffith, founder of Emilio Cigars and House of Emilio, is a long-time cigar smoker who has spent a lifetime submerged in all things cigars – smoking, studying and admiring. But, it wasn’t until twelve years ago when Griffith retired from the construction industry and took a part-time job at a local brick-and-mortar cigar shop that roused his desire to start blending his own brand. “After thousands of hours spent in cigar factories just absorbing all the wonderful knowledge I could gain, I decided…

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