It's that time of year again, so let's get going by checking out an impressive selection of holiday gift items for the cigar smoker from General Cigar. With the exception of the Brioso Gigante Collection, all of the following gift items will be available at cigar retailers beginning in November 2013:
CAO Champions Sampler II
The CAO Champions Sampler II includes OSA Sol and LX2, in addition to the best blends from the original Champions Sampler collection. Cigar lovers who seek the full spectrum of top-rated offerings from CAO need look no further than this attractive black leather travel humidor. The cost of this sought-after sampler is $78.20.
CAO Cuban Press Sampler
CAO proudly presents the Cuban Press sampler. Formed by an old-world trunk press that is far more elaborate and time-consuming than today's methods, the unique, boxy-square shaped smokes are only available as part of this special collection. Representing the Brazilia, Italia, MX2 and LXs blends, the artisanally-formed cigars command attention and are a must-have for the true CAO enthusiast. The suggested retail price for this sampler is $71.40.
Flavours by CAO Sampler
Complete with six Corona cigars from our most popular flavor-infused offerings, Flavours by CAO is a delight for the senses. A virtual potpourri of taste nuances awaits the premium cigar smoker who seeks to indulge in the finest mild tobaccos subtly accented by the unique, natural flavorings. For those who wish to indulge in CAO's collection of flavours, this special sampler offers a guided tour. This flavourful collection has an SRP of $22.80.
Brioso Gigante Collection
Created exclusively for brick and mortar, comes the Brioso Gigante three-pack. For an unbeatable SRP of $11.99, this value-priced sampler packs a punch with three, large ring, full flavor smokes from the popular Brioso line. This collection arrived at retail in October, and is now available.
Honduran Power Collection
Sophisticated lovers of the leaf demand big, bold smokes, and our Honduran Power Collection delivers that in spades. Containing one of each of the most robust Honduran blends, these brawny smokes will punctuate the full-bodied smoker's palate with outstanding flavor. The SRP for this power pack is $19.99.
Partagas Clasico Collection
For 170 years, Partagas has set the standard by which all premium cigars are measured. To celebrate this legendary brand, a Toro was created and housed exclusively in a nostalgic tin. Inspired by a pre-revolution Partagas package, the vintage-looking tin doubles as a travel case to protect the four Partagas cigars contained inside. Having an SRP of $29.99, this collection might be considered a collector's item.
Partagas Fabrica Ashtray
Celebrate one of the most enduring premium cigar brands with the limited edition Partagas ashtray. This sturdy keepsake is crafted of solid crystal glass and lends sophisticated style to any smoking occasion. Showcasing the iconic Partagas fabrica, this collector-quality ashtray is sure to become a permanent fixture in man caves, and luxury smoking lounges alike. The SRP is $49.99.
Holiday Gift Chest
General Cigar's holiday gift chest is back and better than ever. This gorgeous wooden trunk contains three varieties of handsome wooden cigar boxes, created solely for inclusion in this special presentation. A total of thirty individual cigar boxes are housed inside, including perennial classics such as the "Best of the Dominican" and "Best of Honduras" collections. New for this year is the "Best of Nicaragua" collection featuring CAO's finest offerings. General's most popular brands such as Macanudo, Partagas, Punch and Hoyo de Monterrey are represented in this treasure chest. Each "Best of" collection will cost $29.99 (SRP).
Macanudo Collection with Lighter
As America's top-selling premium cigar brand, Macanudo Cafe and Maduro are universally appealing to those devoted to handcrafted cigars. With a windowed view of the impeccably constructed cigars available only in this special pack, a branded torch lighter is included for free, making the deal even sweeter. This collection has a suggested retail price of $45.99.
Partagas Collection with Lighter
What's better than smoking a full-bodied Partagas Black Label cigar? How about having the bold flavor of Partagas 1845 on hand for future smoking occasions? This special pack from Partagas contains a total of six cigars, with the added bonus of a branded torch lighter. This rich assortment has an SRP of $45.99.
Macanudo Cru Royale Collection with Ashtray
Macanudo Cru Royale has taken a bold place in the medium-bodied cigar segment, as its Ecuadoran Habano ligero wrapper continues to please even the most tenured smoker. To honor the continued success of this important Macanudo expression, General Cigar custom-built a sturdy silver ashtray which reflects Cru Royale's modern aesthetic and protects five of the brand's top-selling Gigante frontmarks. This attractive package has an SRP of $49.99.
Club Macanudo Ashtray
Cigar lovers everywhere can now own a piece of the world's premier cigar lounge, with the elegant Club Macanudo ashtray. Styled after the very ashtrays used by celebrities, athletes and luminaries who frequent the legendary New York City hot spot, this luxurious symbol of the good life has a suggested retail price of $29.99.
Cohiba Black Travel Case
Substance and style prevail in this deluxe carbon fiber travel case, created to protect three Cohiba Black Gigante cigars. As striking as it is sturdy, the boldly lacquered case is sure to lend an air of James Bond sophistication to any smoking occasion. Discriminating, well-heeled cigar enthusiasts who desire the rich, complex flavor of Cohiba Black will surely incorporate this world-class offering into their collections. This exclusive offer will retail for $79.99.
Partagas Benji Menendez Master Series Robusto
Benji Menendez is a legend whose storied career in the premium cigar business spans more than 60 years. The 2009 release of his namesake Master Series earned the cigar a spot in Cigar Aficionado's coveted Top 25 cigars of the year. In honor of the world's most beloved cigar master, General Cigar proudly presents a special release of the "Master Series Robusto" frontmark. An allotment of the 10-count box has been imposed with a suggested retail price of $89.90.
The Bespoke Collection
Those who take ownership of our Bespoke Collection will be counted among the world's most elite cigar connoisseurs, for this anthology is a tour de force born of the enduring art of the blend. General Cigar's most prized creations await the collector who will be entrusted with an assortment of cigars that can only be likened to rare gems. Bearing the nuances of the brand's Jamaican beginnings, Macanudo Vintage 1988 cigars are nestled among Partagas Decadas 1999 and Cohiba Edicion Diamante, gloriously enveloped in 1980 Cameroon wrapper. To ensure the protection of the treasured cigars contained within, General's Dominican artisans have painstakingly handmade each humidor. A mere 100 Bespoke Collection humidors will be released for sale. This limited masterpiece will have an SRP of $1,999.
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