October 30, 2014

The Cigar Dojo Loyalty & Rewards Program For Cigar Shops

If there is one thing that brick and mortar cigar shops have lacked that large online retailers have possessed, it has been the ability to reward its local customers frequently with purchases. Because the stores are typically smaller than these online stores, they have not had the power to get larger deals and goods from manufacturers. Well, that problem is coming to a close and we can thank Cigar Dojo for that.  

The Cigar Dojo Loyalty & Rewards Program is the 1st-ever viral cigar rewards program for brick and mortar cigar shops. With this new feature, users will be encouraged to purchase at their local cigar shop, incentivised by prizes that are completely customized by each and every shop in the program. As the customer earns points, they will create a viral “buzz” on social media for participating cigar shops. And best of all, the program runs itself. Cigar shop owners no longer need to create hand written notes to track rewards or purchase expensive point of sale equipment.

“Creating a viral loyalty & rewards program that benefits both the customer and the cigar shop was our goal and we believe we have created something very special.” stated Eric Guttormson, owner of the Cigar Dojo. He continued, “Not only does this new feature help shops retain and reward their loyal customers, but it helps bring in new customers as well. We are very excited and proud that we can help brick & mortar cigar shops strengthen their business.”

The Cigar Dojo app has a cigar shop locator already, but now with the Loyalty & Rewards addition, cigar shops can connect with their customers on a whole new level. “This is just the beginning. We have huge plans for the new Loyalty & Rewards Program. We are already working on the next phase, which will allow shop owners their own online admin dashboard that will give them access to view trends and analytics regarding their loyalty program, as well as send messages to the people who are using the program. Just imagine how powerful that data will be for the shop owner. We are also planning to allow shop owners the option to tie the rewards program in with their existing point-of-sale machine for an even more robust system. We are committed to making this the best loyalty & rewards program - period,” stated Mr. Guttormson.

Cigar Dojo is a free app that can be downloaded for iPhone or Android at their respective app stores.

The new feature is rolling out now and will cost a small annual fee for the shop owner. Cigar shops are encouraged to contact Cigar Dojo to have their shop set up for the program. More details on the program can be found at http://bestcigarapp.com/loyalty

October 29, 2014

Cigar Review: Señorial 65th Anniversary (Prerelease)

On Monday, October 27th, Jose Blanco announced his new cigar, the Señorial 65th Anniversary. (You can see the announcement here.) This marks the first limited edition for Las Cumbres Tabaco, and is a follow up to the flagship line Señorial. The cigar is made to celebrate Blanco's 65th birthday and is expected to be released mid-November. For those curious, the cigars have been rolled and are in the aging room. The blend is not a modified version of Señorial, but is in fact a Dominican puro. Blanco has been working on and testing the blend for some time, before the release of Señorial, and it goes to show that he is not just throwing a blend out but taking his time. I smoked a prerelease back in the Spring, absolutely loving the cigar, and wanted to share my thoughts on it to get everyone super excited for the national release that is expected next month.

October 28, 2014

Cigar Revisited: Intemperance BA XXI A.W.S. (RoMa Craft Tobac)

When it comes to preferred sizes for a cigar, the Lonsdale is probably my first choice. I love lanceros, I think they are great, but more often than not blends today are doing better in the 40's. Now, if you can make a great cigar with a ring gauge in the 30's, have at it, but when blended in the 40's, it is a little easier and more of a succes. With that being said, when you have a cigar that has a ring gauge in the 40's, I find that it is showing the complete blend. Some will say that a 50 ring gauge is providing equal shares between wrapper and filler, but I disagree. I believe that when you get to the mid and high 40's, that is when you are seeing all angles of the blend. A true Corona Gorda and Rotschild are perfect for that equality level and that is why I love the sizes. Now, when you go lower from there, that is when you really begin to taste the wrapper and it becomes more dominant. Eventually there is a cutoff point where it is mostly wrapper and not filler, but before you get to that point you hit the Lonsdale format. The Lonsdale is a vitola offering that shows a lot of wrapper flavors, but it is just big enough to show those filler characteristics as well. That is why I find the Intemperance BA XXI A.W.S. to be a great success.

October 27, 2014

Cigar News: Las Cumbres Tabaco Announces The Señorial 65th Anniversary

Earlier this morning, Las Cumbres Tabaco announced their newest offering. The cigar is titled Señorial 65th Anniversary, and the release honors Jose Blanco's 65th birthday. The cigar is a Dominican puro and is finished with a Piloto Cubano wrapper from La Canela that is six year-old. The binder is Dominican Corojo, also from La Canela, and the filler, each with 5 years of age, is composed of Dominican Piloto Cubano Ligero from La Canela, Dominican Viso from Jacagua farm and Dominican Corojo Seco from Gurabo farm. All the tobacco comes from the farms of Jochy Blanco, Jose's cousin. It comes in one vitola offering, a figuardo titled Perfecto Elegance, and measures 5 3/4" with a 55 ring gauge.

Cigar Review: El Oso Papa by Warped Cigars

Cigar Coop could not have put it better than when he said "If I could invest in stock, in any boutique cigar company, I would choose Warped Cigars." This boutique company that is all things Miami is on the rise and there is a reason for that. They are producing some tremendous cigar and offering them in a style which is very Miami style. Miami always gives off this vibe that is Cubanesque and at the same time modern, and Warped Cigars is definitely that. I recently reviewed the two main lines in La Colmena, one of three current lines, but today I look at his other cigar coming out of El Titan de Bronze and see how it smokes. This is a little different than La Colmena, it is a little bit more "regular production," but don't let that fool you, it is still very limited. Anways, let's look at the new El Oso and focus on the Papa vitola.

October 26, 2014

Week in Review (Volume 2, Issue 33)

This week was a week that was packed full of Tatuaje smokes and the reason for that is because of the new Jekyll that is out and the fact that I got my Saints & Sinners kit as well. Overall, all the Tatuaje smokes I had were incredibly enjoyable and they are cigars I would buy over and over again. I always find that his cigars do well for me, and even if they are not mind blowing, they are entertaining. I smoked the new Hoyo this week as well and all I can say about that is wow! The cigar is a great addition to the brand and is a cigar I would come back to over and over again. I highly recommend everyone pick some up, and with the cigar being available in ten and 25 count boxes, it is not painful to get. Besides those, I smoked the new and limited La Colmena, and this is a unique cigar. The packaging is terrific and along with that is a cigar that is beautiful in appearance and great in flavors. Warped Cigars is a company that I am paying a lot of attention to and I recommend that you all seek out their cigars and give them a try.

What Embargo?: Episode Diecisiete: Cubanesque, What Does It Mean?

Last night Cigar Coop filled in for Catfish on What Embargo? and instead of doing the show we had planned out, which will be postponed to the second show in November, Cigar Coop and I decided to talk about the term Cubanesque. We discussed our thoughts on the term and cigars in the United States that are "Cubanesque." From packaging to the actual cigar, Coop and I shared out thoughts on a term that is somewhat controversial in certain circles.

Check out the video below.