Monday, April 4, 2016

April Cigar of the Month! Sobremesa!

A couple of weeks ago,* we had the pleasure** of travelling north a wee bit to Kurt Kendall's Twins Smoke Shop for a Steve Saka Sobremesa Seminar and Shindig. (Also in  attendance, his awesome wife and partner-in-crime Cindy! Hi Cindy!)

If you've met me, you know I am such a nerd, which flares at embarrassingly (mostly for Valentino) high levels. So while the rest of the dozenish folks sat back, relaxed, and listened to Steve tell us tobacco tales, I did this:

Nerd level: Expert!
Also, if I relax, I fall asleep.
I'm taking the Certified Retail Tobacconist (CRT) exam while we're at IPCPR this summer. Rather than studying the book, I'd probably learn more by following Steve around,*** listening to him Talk Tobacco. You guys! He knows...all the things! And generously helps you understand all the things too!

As a matter of fact, tonight Valentino and I get to woohoo**** it up with him again! He's hosting a Sobremesa tasting at Millonzi's in West Warwick, RI, thanks to Paul Joyle and Mr. J's Havana (in the same town). Don't worry--I'll have a new tablet to fill!


We know what you're thinking (because we thought the same thing): What's a sobremesa and is it catchy?

Short answers: An awesome thing and I wish.

You know when in the movies (not so much in real life) after dinner the characters sit around the table chatting, drinking, enjoying a cigar and each others' company? That is sobremesa--appreciating life and its simple pleasures. No direct English translation, either in words or practice, exists. That makes me have the sad. Anyone interested in starting a Sobremesa Lifestyle Movement (SLM) with me? I'll try not to fall asleep when I relax!

Steve's Sobremesa, the first cigar from his Dunbarton Tobacco & Trust, is composed of an Ecuador sungrown wrapper, Mexican binder, and long filler from both Nicaragua and the US and created at the Joya de Nicaragua factory in Nicaragua.

Your vitola choices (so far)!
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Have you ever seen over a dozen guys simultaneously swoon? That actually happened when the (not-so) dirty dozen(ish) all lit up during the Twins' event. Throughout the smoke, the lot mentioned cocoa and earthiness, but as the evening progressed, chatter moved on to cedar and creaminess. As a professional second-hand smoker, I found the cocoa most notable--when I picked my head up from the notebook, at least. Oh! And Valentino gave Sobremesa the highest praise: He purchased a box, which is now mostly gone. Thankfully, a restocking will soon commence! Maybe even today! Wheeee!

We've gotten some members of the French Alliance
to organize the giveaway for us.
There's always that one guy perpetually on coffee break, isn't there?
He's living the Sobremesa lifestyle. At least that's what he told the general.

Working hard for you.
Many winners this time around!
Exactly how many will require math.
Math is dumb.
Steve, the very awesome and generous Steve, gave us a ton***** of these cigars to share with you, thus making the Sobremesa this month's Cigar of the Month.  How can you be one of many winners? Start here:

a Rafflecopter giveaway


*Another example of the time-space continuum issues frequently occurring in Penny World.

**It's a little over an hour drive. I fell asleep in the car almost instantly. I. Am. Awesome.

***NOT in a creepy-stalker way. More like a Deadhead/groupie kind of way.

****Haha. And this is irony at its best.

*****Exaggeration

36 comments:

  1. Are those French Alliance Legos included in the contest? This is a fantastic opportunity to sample a cigar I have not seen. Thank you and thanks to Mr. Saka.

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  2. Still haven't been able to try one. On the look out

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  3. Still haven't been able to try one. On the look out

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  4. Ive only had one and it was great, I'm down for the lifestyle change!

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  5. There's a lot of hype over this cigar and I also would love to try them. He's one of the brains behind some of the Liga blends so this has to be amazing. Thanks for the chance.

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  6. Been dying to try them heard lots of good things (aka cohibaguru on twitter )

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  7. I have one restin in the humi & can't wait to try!

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  8. Have smoked several and one of my top 5 from 2015

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  9. Have smoked several and one of my top 5 from 2015

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  10. the flavour profile of the Sobremesa sounds delicious. thank you Penny for the awesome giveaway!

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  11. have heard crazy good things about these

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  12. I've committed to the Sobremesa lifestyle by putting a picture of Saka on my humidor!!

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  13. I ordered a few from Cigar Fed a few months ago. Awesome cigar! I would love to win a few for my humi...

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  14. Actually I've been living the Sobremesa lifestyle for a while. Now I know what to call it. Would love to try these.

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  15. Wanna try these, Saka done good in the past.

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  16. Cannot get enough of these. Wish I'd known you were at Twins a few weeks back. I'd have said hi. I was the one with the cowboy hat and the stupid questions about consistency.

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  17. Smoking one of the Gran Imperiales now... never want it to end!

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  18. oh man... I need this so hard!

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  19. Great cigars made by someone who knows great cigars

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  20. love the sobremesa! thanks for the giveaway

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  21. If I win I'll some them, thus living the lifestyle

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  22. I don't know what the Sobremesa Lifestyle is but I love it!

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  23. Sobremesa Lifestyle is my lifestyle!

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  24. The lifestyle is what got me started!

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  25. I set up my deck with a outdoor heater so that when it gets chilly a combo of a good drink and a Sombressa Cigar wont interrupt our sombressa

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  26. I set up my deck with a outdoor heater so that when it gets chilly a combo of a good drink and a Sombressa Cigar wont interrupt our sombressa

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  27. Every cigar, every day is an expression of the Sobremesa lifestyle! Better than therapy. And much more pleasure.

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  28. Steve is the preeminent expert on cigars and fishing! Great giveaway, thanks!

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  29. Cocoa...an essential element of the Sobremesa lifestyle movement!

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  30. Would love to try these..haven't been able to find them yet.

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  31. Would love to try these..haven't been able to find them yet.

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  32. Thanks for the contest! Would love to smoke them.

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