Crush and Roll West is an annual event held in Paso Robles, California. This was my fourth year attending the event and I wanted to chronicle my experiences from this year.
The Rocky Mountain Cigar festival is always a great event with good people, and awesome vendors. It has been growing steadily since it’s inception in 2011. Unfortunately I was deathly ill last year and wasn’t able to attend and see the new venue. This year I was feeling great and ready to smoke, and it didn’t disappoint. Joined by our panelist Jack, we conquered almost the entire festival.
The Garcia family, owners of My Father Cigars, has acquired a hybrid wrapper grown in Connecticut and, with it, created a new brand: El Centurion H-2K-CT. Scheduled for release at the IPCPR trade show next month, this will be a spinoff of the core El Centurion line. The new cigar is named after the H-2K-CT Connecticut wrapper type, which the company said is proprietary to El Centurion. But it isn’t a Connecticut wrapper in the usual sense. This isn’t shade grown or broadleaf, but a Cuban-seed strain of tobacco grown in open sunlight and cultivated in the Connecticut River Valley.
“Overall, the cigar was smoking pretty well in the beginning. There were interesting flavors and a good burn. But the final third really made it hard to give an overall rating, because this may have just been a one off error, and more than likely was.” -Jerad (Cigar Federation)
“Although the wrapper was a little darker than most Connecticuts, I believe this was one. It was medium bodied the whole way through, and had lots of flavors. I really enjoyed this cigar form start to finish. It could be smoked at any time of the day. The quality of the construction and the tobaccos is very high, and I appreciate that. I would definitely buy a box of these.” -Emmett (rhetorik)