Just the other morning I was checking up on my twitter account and what people had to say while I slept the night away. I came across a tweet from our good friend Carlos from New Jersey. Carlos directed me to a Cigar Aficionado article that he thought I might find interesting.
Boy was he right, I read the article and would up printing it to take to my local shop. The reason for taking it to the shop was due to a conversation I had with the owner, Kurt, not terribly long ago about a re-blended product he received.
That product was the new Legend-Ario by Camacho. It seems that Christian Eiroa felt that revamping the packaging and changing the blend would make the cigar a better seller. The new cigar sports a redesigned foot band and now has a band in the standard location. They will also be available in smaller count boxes to make them more appealing to consumers (They were only available in high count retailer boxes).
Kurt and I got to talking about the potential impact on sales. Being one of his customers that enjoyed the old blend, would I follow through and buy the news ones? Turns out that I don’t care for the new Legend Arios nearly as much as the old El Legend-Arios.
The Cigar Aficionado article that Carlos pointed me to had nothing to do with Camacho, but did have everything to do with the re-blending of another cigar on the market. David Savona ,Senior Editor of Cigar Aficionado, tells us in a recent post that Don Pepin Garcia will be taking over the blending of the Nestor Miranda Special Selection.
Jose “Pepin” Garcia is taking on a new cigar project. The talented cigarmaker is the new manufacturer of the Nestor Miranda Signature Selection brand.
Now I didn’t think the Special Selection was all that special, and Don Pepin Garcia can probably take it from being “nothing special” to something near and dear to the hearts of those in the dedicated Pepin following.
What made this so interesting to me was, what about all the people who are buying this cigar right now, the people who enjoy it for exactly what it is? This cigar hasn’t been on the market for terribly long and now it is being revamped. It is very possible I may think that the new blend is fantastic, but what about the guys at my local smoke shop that buy it like crazy because they like it the way it is?
cigars not soon after leaving the gate?