Lockdown Luxury!

As you will know, last night the whole of NZ was thrown into another lockdown due to the delta variant of Covid-19 being transmitted in the community. Here's hoping that all of you are well and not affected too much by the lockdown,

If last lockdown is anything to go by, we are likely to get a bunch of time to enjoy some good stogies before we go back to normal, and we are already seeing a lot of you taking advantage of the short notice time off and enjoying a cigar!

Photo from my father Trevor at his property south of Auckland, enjoying The T this morning.

SO looking at that positive note, and in celebration of the fact that everybody's favourite NZ online premium cigar retailer is an essential service and open for business, let's look at my picks for a lockdown of luxury.

#1 CAO Amazon Basin

Ahhh, The CAO Amazon series. This line of cigars has produced some of the best sticks CAO have ever released, and that is saying something.

Grown in a remote region in the Amazon Rainforest, Amazon Basin uses a rare tobacco called Bragança that is organically grown on unspoiled tropical land and only harvested once every three years.

  • Maker: CAO

  • Wrapper: Ecuadorian Sumatra

  • Binder: Nicaragua Filler:

  • Brazilian Braganca, Colombian, Dominican Republic

  • Origin: Nicaragua

  • Strength: Medium/Full

This is a must try stick and the perfect time is now.


#2 Warped Guardian of the Farm

Two of the greatest come together once again!

Casa Fernandez and Warped Cigars, who collaborated on the Warped Futuro line in 2015, have teamed up once again for a new release called Warped Guardian of the Farm.

The Guardian of the Farm cigars use vintage AGANORSA leaves from the Fernandez family tobacco vaults that was reserved for its personal blends. At the 2016 IPCPR Trade Show, the two companies showed off its second collaboration project called “Guardian of the Farm”.

The Warped Guardian of the Farm line is a tribute to the guard dogs of the AGANORSA tobacco farms in Nicaragua. Each of the names of the sizes correspond to one of the dogs: Campeon (6” x 52 Toro), J.J. (5 ¼” x 50 Robusto), and Apollo - Seleccion de Warped (6” x 44 Lonsdale).

The Apollo Seleccion de Warped is a limited edition release and has a secondary band.

The Warped Guardian of the Farm is a Nicaraguan puro whose blend includes a Jalapa Shade Corojo ’99 wrapper, a Corojo ’99 binder, and a Corojo ’99 and Criollo ’98 filler blend.


#3 Sin Compromiso - Varita Magica Lancero

The legend Steve Saka at it again.

The Sin Compromiso Seleccion Varita Magica (originally released under the name Selección Espada Estoque. Saka changed the named after he realised Altadis U.S.A. has an offering under that name.) is a medium strength Churchill by Steve Saka, master blender and owner of Dunbarton Tobacco & Trust.

Handmade by Joya de Nicaragua, the Sin Compromiso Seleccion has a Mexican San Andres Colorado wrapper and an Ecuadorian Habano binder, which houses the Nicaraguan filler to create a medium to full-bodied smoke.

Most people will tell you that you cannot go wrong with any cigar from Steve 'El Jefe' Saka and this is no exception. Get at it.


#4 Liga Pravida No.9

I have written about this cigar many-a-time, and reviewed it before as well where it earned a massive 96 points!

Liga Privada translates to Private Blend and the Liga Privada #9 is exactly that. Originally created as a 'not for sale' stick by the then Drew Estate president, Mr Steve Saka who as you know, since moved on from DE and formed his own brand, Dunbarton Tobacco & Trust.

The 'Liga 9' as it is commonly called, contains seven different tobaccos from seven different plantation blocks and the wrapper is hand fermented for 18+ months.

Once rolled the cigar is aged for a further 12 months before release.

What makes this line even more special is that its not just made by anyone in the DE factory, there are only 4 pairs certified to roll them and each pair are limited to crafting a maximum of 250 sticks per day, ensuring that they take their time and make them perfect!

So there you go, thats my top 4 cigar picks for a Lockdown in Luxury! What have I missed? What will you be smoking if it's not one of these?


This blog was written while enjoying the outstanding Plasencia Alma Fuerte, which would have been in my list today if I didn't currently have all the NZ stock in my own humidor already....


Enjoy your read with a good cigar.