Tuesday, May 26, 2015

June's Cigar of the Month: A La Aroma de Cuba and Ashton Cigars Giveaway!!

First, congratulations to Jason W, Garron F, and Timothy W for winning the May hoopla!  

The other day, which actually was the other day and not three or ten months ago like usual... This is A LIE. I started this blog post a month ago.

Dammit. Lost control of the sentence.
Anyway, while Valentino travelled throughout the wilds of Tennessee, catching fish and smoking cigars, he left me with one task: Go to the Ashton event at Habanos in Pawtucket, RI and ask our pal Jon Murphy to pony up some La Aroma de Cuba EEs (Edicion Especial). (I would pay, of course, and Valentino had asked him to bring them, but I like the way that sounds--like I'm a badass.*)
 Attending the event meant I received a La Aroma de Cuba Mi Amor and Mi Amor Reserva--a gift for gracing them with my presence! (Okay, maybe everyone else got them too. ::sulks::) Sitting amongst my cigar-smokin' pals, I second-hand sampled these beauties in all their glorious glory. If you haven't tried them, you totally should.  If you have, you should get more.

Here are the deets about these beauties (the cigars, not the pesky owl):

La Aroma de Cuba Mi Amor:
Strength: Medium to Full
Wrapper: San Andreas Maduro
Binder: Nicaragua
Filler: Nicaragua
Tasting Notes: Crisp spices, rich cocoa, creamy almonds, and sweet espresso

La Aroma de Cuba Mi Amor Reserva:
Strength: Full
Wrapper: San Andreas Oscuro
Binder: Nicaragua
Filler: Nicaragua
Tasting notes: Peppery caramel, hickory, dark chocolate, and succulent spices
As an aside, you have GOT to know
which La Aroma de Cuba is my favorite.
See that? The name? Right there? Yeah...
From the Ashton website: "An old Cuban brand from the late 1800s, La Aroma de Cuba was abandoned and off the market for more than 100 years. In 2002, courtesy of Ashton, La Aroma de Cuba is reborn into the modern era of cigars. The original artwork was recovered and salvaged to preserve the brand's rich history and vintage Cuban motif."
Exactly this.
Now if you've ever met us in person, you know that I'm the Radar O'Reilly of this partnership and he is Colonel Blake.  Or Colonel Potter, if you prefer those seasons of M*A*S*H. There's a reason he's the face of the blog. His social abilities know no bounds. At events, while I sit behind the laptop, pounding out whatever feels like spilling from my mind at that moment, I thrust Will into his hand and say "Picture!" Or if I'm in dire need of details or other bits of info, I say, "Go ask [whoever] about [whatever]."  And he totally does. He's quite awesome. I am the most socially awkward person to ever roam the earth. We're a great team.
But! While he was off fishing with Caballero #2, I actually sauntered into the Ashton event on my own.** I coaxed Will*** to take a couple of pictures with Jon Murphy. I picked up T's EEs. And...
Will and Jon

ANYWAY! This was the point of the whole story:
I asked Jon if Ashton would be willing to sponsor this month's giveaway. Yes! I asked all by myself!****
And he said yes.  And then shared this loot with me--and by association, with one of you! (But you'll have to wait until May 25th-ish. Make that JUNE 25th because someone has a deadline issue. So...)
The minimum loot:*****
Of course we have some hoops for you to jump through. Yeah, we make you work for it. And by work, we mean clicking some keys. We swear you won't even muster up a sweat. SO! Look for the Rafflecopter entry thingamabob below and cross your fingers!
a Rafflecopter giveaway
And in the meantime, go get some of these babies. Let us know what you think about these La Aroma de Cuba cigars in the comments for a chance to win a super extra prize.  Yes, you must be specific. (I am a writing professor, after all.) What's that? You want to know what this extra prize is?
Me too. Stay tuned.


*Anyone who has ever met me will tell you I am about as far away from being a badass as a person can be, while still living on planet earth. Unless you bother someone I love--then all bets are off, and I'm thisclose to getting a tattoo that says "badass."  Temporary tattoo, of course.
**I'm making this sound like it was a tragic, horrible undertaking. It wasn't. But I'm going for the drama.
***By way of purchasing shots of Patron...little bastard.
****Only took close to 50 years. Shut up, you.
*****You know by now how we roll, always adding extra stuff...


  1. You look pretty today ๐Ÿ˜‰. I had one of these last year and maybe it's time to revisit them. Thanks Love Of The Leaf crew. Good luck everyone.

    1. Thank you! I brushed my hair!
      And I'm happy to give Valentino's stuff away!

  2. Other than White Owl, which brand of cigar does Will like best?

    1. You win the internet today for the White Owl comment.
      He's looking to get his grubby feathers on the Padron 50th Anniversary humidor. I now wear the key around my neck.

  3. Had a "new blend" & loved it. I have a Mi Amor resting in the humi & am really lookin fwd to trying it. Curious though, is it Jon or "John" in that pic? ๐Ÿ˜‰

    1. D'oh! Thanks! I fixed it--like it never happened (except we know the truth)!

  4. Great contest. I already have some of these resting in the Humi.

  5. Congratulations to my friend Garron and the other May winners. LADC are some fine smokes going out in June!

  6. Thanks for the contest! great cigars!

  7. Thank you for the contest!, you look pretty today

  8. Awesome contest, appreciate the kindness & congrats to who ever wins!

  9. I have not yet had the pleasure. Maybe we can change this. But thanks for asking Ashton for sponsoring this.

  10. Thanks for another great contest!!

  11. Leafy madness!!! You rock!!

  12. Excellent prizes!


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