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Introducing the Chateau de Kevin Rothschild

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For an inaugural post, I hoped for something that might differ from everyday stogie blog fare. So why not start with a smoke I can guarantee you haven’t seen before? With sloppy caps and lumpy heads, these bear all the hallmarks of amateurism. And for good reason – they’re the first handful of smokes I’ve ever rolled.

No, I’m not pimping a new brand. They’re the product of a cigarmaking class with master torcedor Wallace Reyes, built from Ecuador wrapper, Indonesian binder and Dominican/Honduran filler. The bunches were made a couple of weeks ago, and wrappers applied on January 14th.

To give you an idea of how tricky this can be, it took me an absurd two hours to make my first ten acceptable bunches and ten minutes apiece to apply the wrappers. Recognizing a proper bunch by feel is art unto itself. Keeping maximum tension on the wrapper leaf without tearing it is another. Even cutting the caps requires more coordination than I’d imagined. [Read more →]

January 30, 2008   9 Comments