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Super Roller Crowned in Miami

Feb 28, 2006 | By David Savona
Super Roller Crowned in Miami
Arthur Mayclin is the latest addition to the El Credito Cigars Hall of Fame. Mayclin, a native of Elk Grove, California, won the fourth annual La Gloria Cubana Super Roll two weeks ago, besting a field of six other amateur rollers duking it out in Miami.

The Super Roll pits the cigar-rolling kings from each of the previous year's Cigar Aficionado Big Smokes. This year's finalists included one queen, Veronica Castaneda of Chula Vista, California, who was vying to become the first female champion of the contest. She and Mayclin joined Paul Benfer of Hazlet, New Jersey, Gerry Curry of Carlsbad, California, Carey Smolensky of Buffalo Grove, Illinois, Michael Reuveni of Paramus, New Jersey, and Bob Zarnetske of Norwich, Connecticut, for the finals at El Credito factory, where some La Gloria Cubanas are rolled.

El Credito Cigars flew the contestants (each with a guest) to Miami for the weekend contest, which included dinners on South Beach and in Little Havana, plus plenty of work in the cigar factory. Each was tutored in the art of rolling cigars, and unlike the preliminary contests at Big Smokes, each now had to make a cigar from scratch, bunching as well as rolling. The only tools used, aside from their hands, was the crescent-shaped chavetta knife used to slice the wrapper leaf.

Only four contestants were left after Saturday's contest, and on Sunday they rolled against one another to determine the winner. The cigars were judged by El Credito's Michael Giannini and La Gloria Cubana's famed Ernesto Perez-Carrillo. Smolensky took fourth place, Reuveni third and Castaneda second.

In addition to his newfound fame, Mayclin also won a humidor, adorned with another a golden chavetta, that came with 100 La Gloria Cubana cigars, each with a custom band. Mayclin also received a pipe-shaped cigar made by one of El Credito's most talented rollers, Roberto Ferreiro.

La Gloria Cubana (Non-Cuban)

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