and forty-three firefighters were tragically killed at the World Trade
Center on September 11, 2001, and to honor the 10th anniversary of their
heroism, Jaime Garcia of My Father Cigars has teamed up with Casa de
Montecristo of Chicago to create a special smoke.
The My Father Commemorative 911 will actually be two different cigars packaged in a box of 20. Nine cigars will feature a Habano Rosado wrapped smoke with a '96 Corojo binder. The other eleven cigars will be covered by an "Oscuro Oscuro" wrapper.
If "oscuro oscuro" sounds familiar, it's because you have seen it on Garcia's Le Bijou 1922 line of cigars. According to Michele Wendt, an employee of Casa de Montecristo, the Commemorative 911 smoke is actually a cross between the My Father Le Bijou and the 2011 Limited Edition blend.
Although the wrappers will be different, the cigar will be only one size—a Toro that is 5 1/2 inches by 54 ring gauge. It's an extremely limited release, as only 343 boxes will be made available for $199.95. Wendt said $40 from each box sold will be donated to a designated charity that supports families of the fallen firefighters.
"Our main intent with this project is to get the money into the hands of the specific victims' families," said Wendt.
Wendt said the idea for the commemorative cigar was actually suggested to Mike and Sam Khalil, the owners of Casa de Montecristo, by a customer named Jeffrey Holst, who is actually a battalion chief from Firehouse No. 1 in Lombard, Illinois.
Garcia has told Casa de Montecristo that the cigars will arrive at the lounge on September 27. Boxes can be pre-ordered at 911cigars.com.
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