Table 36 (web: www.table36.com)
I first smoked a Table 36 cigar, the Fellowship (blended and produced via Alec Bradley, featuring a filler mix of Honduran leaf grown on Raices own farm in Trojes and Nicaraguan leaf from the Jalapa valley. These long filler tobaccos are all tied together with a Honduran Criollo 98 binder and wrapped in a rich Honduran Habano “Colorado Subido” leaf), last year at the 2012 CHATWEETUP. I absolutely adored the smoke, but later had difficulty in finding a Florida retailer that carried the brand. The closest I could turn up was in the panhandle, some 8 hours’ drive from me. So, they had fallen off my radar for a while. I saw the booth at IPCPR, and made a trip over to introduce myself. If you’re not familiar with the line, you should get yourself over to their website to check out the backstory and origin of the brand. They have a really cool story, and a code of ethics/behavior that I can get behind – in addition to some great cigars. There are a number of company reps I want to bring on as guests for Half Ashed, and Table 36 is near the top. They’re putting out some cigars that I think deserve more attention. In the time since last year’s show, they also released the Integrity – a “Jalapa wrapper atop a double binder of Esteli and Jalapa which in turn secures ligero from both Condega and Jalapa all fashioned into a stylish soft box press.” The new line from them is called the Peacemaker, and will be shipping this Fall. I’ll be paying attention; the product quality and character is there for something great in the industry. I’d love to find these on my local shop’s shelves….