Private Preview 2003: Smoke Detector

A number of notable cigars have come from a Bahamas resort that employs one of the world’s most experienced and respected torcedors, and the Graycliff Crystal cigar promises to continue that tradition. To keep those and other cigars in top form, we suggest you think outside the box and consider one of Bressay’s innovative humidors, which are fashioned from the same aluminum that sheaths the international space station. Taking care of your cigars also means choosing an equally esteemed lighter, such as the new Vortex. After all, you never know when you may have the opportunity to offer a light.

The Engineers’ Humidor

Bressay, the most technologically advanced humidor on the planet, is exactly what you would expect from David R. Kane and Jerry Garrison. At their day jobs, the mechanical engineers create hardware for the Mars Pathfinder and other extraterrestrial designs. Each Bressay Original is cut from a solid 50-pound billet of aerospace-grade aluminum, and the Bressay M2 is assembled from machine-bolted plates of the same material. The lid opens and closes—slowly and effortlessly—on hydraulic springs that prevent it from slamming shut.

The humidors, with their striking interior blue LED lights and hand-cut Spanish cedar lining, will be available sometime next year. Until then, you can get a preview at Ghost Bar in Las Vegas, where patrons are offered cigars from Bressay Originals.

Crystal Power

When public speakers are at a loss for words on a particular subject, too often they resort to borrowing a definition from Webster’s. No one should make that mistake when he or she speaks about Graycliff’s new Crystal cigar. The dictionary entry for crystal includes the word trans-parent, and no description could be further from the full-flavored character of this cigar, which was created by the master blender for Castro’s famed Cohiba, Avelino Lara.

The Graycliff Crystal is a rich, deep, chocolaty blend of sun-grown Ecuadorian wrapper aged since 1995, Indonesian binder, and a filler of Nicaraguan, Honduran, and Brazilian tobaccos, all of which have been aged for at least five years. The leaves have been primed, or harvested, from the topmost seco and ligero portions of the plant, which produce the strongest flavors. After the cigars are rolled, they are aged in cedar for six to nine months.

To ensure flawless construction, Enrico Garzaroli, owner of Graycliff Cigar Co., employs experienced Cuban torcedors. Only three torcedors have been deemed skillful enough to make the Crystal, and none can roll more than 150 cigars a day. That means when the cigar is released, it will be in short supply and costly, like many of the Cuban cigars it emulates.

Get to the Point

Since the invention of the sulphuric safety match in the mid-19th century, cigar smokers have been on a quest for the best way to light up. The butane lighter of the 1960s, the mini-blowtorch of the early 1990s, and the double-flame butane lighter each has its adherents, but it took Colibri, a company with more than 75 years of experience producing lighting instruments, to bring together all of those elements. The Vortex lighter, which will be available by 2003, features twin blue fingers of flame that merge into a superhot blue point. Remember, the size of the flame is irrelevant, it’s the heat concentrated at the top that matters.

Colibri, www.colibri.com

Graycliff, www.graycliff.com

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