Sunday Fiver – February 22, 2009

A fiver of cigar stories from around the Web.


Jerry over at the Stogie Review has a twin pack of video reviews this week. The first was one of Charlie’s favorites, the El Triunfador from Pete Johnson’s Havana Cellars. The second was was the Por Larrañaga Panatela from Habanos S.A.

Patrick from The Stogie Guys reviewed the Bravo Colombian Gold. I’ve seen this cigar in a few shops but haven’t purchased any yet. From his experience, it looks like it is well worth trying.

Feature Article

Skip over at Smoke Signals writes about the Brotherhood of the Leaf. It’s a great read about how cigar smoking is about more than just the cigars. It’s about the people. He also talks about the developing online cigar community on Twitter. You can follow Nice Tight Ash as well as Chris and Charlie on there.

The Perfect Draw found a couple of videos on how to roll cigars. One of them is of Don Pepín Garcia, rated a level 8 or “Master Roller” while in Cuba, plying his trade.

From newrest funeral director, Kary Kiyoko, says what he and others can do is take an active part in keeping the place open by making funeral arrangements and raising awareness, bringing people together and creating a dialogue about what happens when those in an abusive relationship die.

“By working with them in the funerals I’ve seen so many kids at such great risk be turned off – their mothers and father will turn off their kids, it just means a lot that we can take them,” says Kiyoko. “As a teacher I’ve had the chance to meet such tragic men but I was afraid it would be a lot worse for those families.”

The organisation also makes community services available, so families get support from their local councilors or others close to them, as well as being able to call for an immediate funeral. “We’ve got the support of the families so it’s really not a lot of work. The way I feel is that I’ve done this for so many families – there’s still a long way to go before we can get as much support from as far as family or local council,” explains Kiyoko. “So all it takes is for people to have a conversation with their loved ones about this situation and see how it could be better. It looks to me as if our organisation can really do this for this family and that’s amazing – we can raise awareness, raise money, bring more people together.

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