Our Rep’s Corner guest today is Phil Kanaby from Alec Bradley. He’s a cool guy, and for those of you who don’t know him, here’s a brief background…
Phil worked at a store in Houston called Stogies, and was manager for 3 years, and was fortunate enough to get a call from George Sosa from Alec Bradley in January of this year. This is his first venture as a cigar rep. You can say he is a fresh young rookie in the Texas cigar industry. Phil’s smoking career started out stealing Short Stories (Arturo Fuente) from his old man when he was a teenager, that’s how he got his start smoking.
Phil, what cigar’s would you like to talk about with us today?
American Classic Blend is Alec Bradley’s newest cigar released May 20th of this year. it features a Honduran Connecticut Shade wrapper, Nicaraguan binder & filler. This cigar is very a very smooth medium bodied cigar, in the classic American tradition. This cigar is also one of the few Alec Bradley cigars made in Nicaragua. The price point is from 3.95-5.50. This is going to be one of the best cigars in the market at this price point. Be on the look out for the American Classic Blend at Cigar Pointe very soon
We’ve been seeing another resurgence in the Tempus Maduro as of late. It’s a Tempus with a San Andreas Mexican maduro wrapper, it’s a nice medium bodied maduro with tons of flavor and a touch of sweetness.
We just released the Alec Bradley Family blend GS 57 (6×60) this was in honor of our national sales director, Geroge Sosa. The Family Blend is the highest rated cigar of 2010 in Cigar Aficionado, this is a perfect every day smoke and medium bodied.
Is there anything new we can be expecting this year?
Some exciting surprises at the July IPCPR show. Stay tuned…. a limited release ultra premium full bodied cigar expected some time in the Fall.
What is your favorite drink/drinks to pair with cigars?
Scotch with cigars no question. Don’t really vary much. My “go to” Scotch is Laphroaig 10 year, I’ll take that all day with a Prensado Grand Toro. Another one of my favorite is Ardbeg Uigeadail. After all that, there is nothing like a cold Shiner Bock in the Texas heat with a Tempus Maduro.
What are your desert island cigars?
That would have to be the AB Tempus Magistri Maduro.
Okay, and now your favorite cigars outside of Carlos Toraño?
Ashton VSG Sourcer, Padron 1926 No. 1 Maduro, Illusione Epernay Le Ferme and 601 Blue Label great maduro great price.