LGC Serie R Lotus Giveaway

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I’m down for the count this week with an exquisitely sadistic flu bug, so instead of a cigar review I will pass along this bit of nifty news: General Cigar is giving away a Lotus. And that’s not a lighter, folks. That’s a 2010 Lotus Elise sports car, and it could be yours if you’re one of the five winners of a three-day, two-night stay in Las Vegas. Of those five lucky first-prize winners, one will get the key that starts the engine.

From the press release:

Richmond, VA – Serie R cigars invites its loyal legion of fans to celebrate their enjoyment of strength, refinement and performance through an exciting sweepstakes culminating in the giveaway in Las Vegas of a 2010 Lotus Elise sports car valued at more than $52,000.

Consumers of legal smoking age who make an online box purchase of Serie R cigars from Best Cigar Prices, Holt’s Cigar Company, JR Cigars, Mike’s Cigars, or Thompson Cigars between now and May 15, 2010 are automatically entered in to a drawing to win a trip to the Serie R Performance Driving School which will be held on 9/17 to 9/19, 2010 in Las Vegas. No purchase necessary. For complete official rules, visit www.cigarworld.com/lotus.

Strangely enough, the La Gloria Cubana Serie R Robusto was one of the first cigars I ever reviewed for this blog. (Long long ago, when I was young and laconic.) And having gone for a week now without a good cigar, a Serie R sounds really really good. This is what I thought of this stick in 2006:

The Serie R maduros I’ve sampled are indeed rich, hearty cigars. I was prepared to be blown away, but was pleasantly surprised by their smoothness. There is a solid woody element with a touch of sweetness on the nose. The construction and burn were perfect, which is not an easy feat with a maduro wrapper as luscious as this one. For some reason Connecticut broadleaf fermented to this hue with all its oils does not want to burn as readily as the rest of the cigar, but in this case that proved to not be true.

Slow down at the midway point to avoid a tarry aftertaste. This one does not want to be rushed. A great 30 to 45 minute smoke, and in my opinion the best LGC yet.

It’s been a while since I fired up a fat Serie R, but as soon as I get the green light from my immune system I have one clipped and ready… unless I find one of the new LGC Artesanos de Tabaqueros first. ( Read the CA blog entry for details. Sounds like a great experiment, and hopefully more than a gimmick.)


4 thoughts on “LGC Serie R Lotus Giveaway

  1. First, I am sorry to hear that you are under the weather at this time of year and not able to smoke. This Sunday, I am presenting at a tobacco club on the issues of Federal and State laws, RE: home brewing, vinting and distilling (Brew, Vint and Distill It Yourself and Enjoy It … in Prison) . I shall, therefore, smoke one for you.

    Second, I have discovered that “big tobacco[‘s]” (as Governor Rendell recently referred to General Cigar) takeover of LGC has diminished the quality quite a bit, hence the need for expensive giveaways. I once enjoyed their offerings before their corporate sell-out.

    Happy Smoking (when you are feeling better),


    • Enjoy the hell out of that cigar, Tex, and good luck with the presentation. I always wanted to know how to make pruno!

      But I honestly haven’t noticed much difference in the LGCs I’ve smoked since the “takeover” by GC. My feeling is that it was more a corporate affair than anything, but with E.P. Carrillo leaving I’ll be keeping my eye on them. I smoke the Reserva Figurados more than any other LGC, and I haven’t noticed anything different about those so far.

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