Robert Caldwell burst onto the cigar scene last year, placing a cigar in Cigar Aficionado’s Top 25 in addition to garnering some great reviews for his blends. I had the good fortune of smoking The King is Dead several years ago and was absolutely amazed at the flavors, complexity and smoothness of this blend. Caldwell Cigars was very small at that time. Today, we at ABC are thrilled to welcome Caldwell Cigars to our growing family of cigar partners.
It was in early 2015 when I first met Robert at a karaoke bar in Danli, Honduras. I was in the country visiting the Camacho manufacturing plant while Robert was working in Honduras on a new blend. What an experience to smoke a Long Live the King with its creator! I found him to be a fountain of information on tobacco, blending and overall cigar knowledge–success was clearly right around the corner.
ABC Fine Wine & Spirits is proud to partner with Caldwell Cigar Company to bring several blends to our guests:
- Eastern Standard is a mild to medium smoke with a Connecticut Hybrid Ecuadorian Wrapper, Habano Dominicano binder and a filler of Dominican and Nicaraguan tobaccos. Smooth and complex and a definite winner.
- The King is Dead wears a Dominican Negrito wrapper over a Dominican Corojo binder and is packed with a variety of Dominican filler leaves. It is another mild to medium smoke with a vast array of flavors showing through.
- Long Live the King is a world-class smoke that creeps into the medium to full strength range with its Dominican Corojo wrapper and binder and a very unique filler blend.
- Blind Man’s Bluff breaks the mold on most of the Caldwell cigars in that it is not a Dominican-produced cigar but rather an offering out of Honduras. Sporting an Ecuadorian Habano wrapper, a Honduran binder and a filler of Dominican and Honduran tobaccos, this is an outstanding medium-bodied smoke that exhibits rich and creamy flavors.
If you have never experienced a Caldwell cigar you are missing out on the magic that tobacco has to offer. Every type of tobacco has its own unique characteristics and there is an art to blending these flavors. “The purpose of Caldwell Cigars is to go wherever we must go to find the most exotic flavors we can,” Robert Caldwell says. “The Caldwell Collection is made up of a number of very unique brands that utilize these premium rare tobaccos.”
Steve Mungeer, Category Manager: Premium Cigars & Craft Beer
Certified Retail Tobacconist
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