|100 Años W. Curtis Draper|
When your store has been open for 125 years you know you are doing something right. While several manufacturers are celebrating their 10th, 15th, and 15th Anniversary, W. Curtis Draper is celebrating their 125th. You are looking at a tobacco shop that has seen the rise of Industrialization, Women's Suffrage, Spanish American War, World War I, The Roaring Twenties, The Depression, World War II, The Cold War, Civil Rights, Kennedy Assassination, Vietnam War, Watergate, 1973 Oil Crisis, Miracle on Ice, Regan Revolution, First Iraq War, Impeachment of Clinton, Conflicts in Somalia and Bosnia, September 11th Attacks, The War on Terror and more. That is one heck of a list, some I had to look up. Anyways, with others releasing cigars in honor of their 15th Anniversary, W. Curtis Draper strikes back with releases honoring their 125th. Their first release was the popular Tatuaje Cabaiguan WCD 120 Redux, and following that we have he second release, which is the La Aurora 100 Años W. Curtis Draper 125th Anniversary.
We all know that in 2003 La Aurora was celebrating its 100th birthday as a factory/company, and in honor of the years they released a certain cigar, the La Aurora 100 Años, but do we all know the history of W. Curtis Daper? Well, I will share the information from their website rather than retype it, and let you know a little more about this great shop...
"W. Curtis Draper Tobacconist, has been a Washington DC, institution for over 124 years. Draper’s, the third oldest tobacconist in the U.S., was founded in 1887 by William Curtis Draper. Mr. Draper remained owner of the shop until 1946, when he sold it to an employee, Mr. William Martin. Mr. Martin was an accountant by profession, but had been helping around the shop for a number of years. Bill Martin was owner until 1990, when he passed away, leaving the business to his wife and an employee of over 20 years, John “Duke” Cox. In 1999 John Anderson, an employee of Drapers, and Duke bought the remaining shares and become the owners. 2004 Matt Krimm joined the Drapers family as an employee and subsquently in 2005 he and John Anderson became owners upon Duke’s retirement. In 125 years Draper’s has only known five ownership groups, a small number in this era."
source - W. Curtis Draper History: W. Curtis Draper Fine Tobacconist
|Beautiful and Simple Packaging|
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When I get into the second third of the cigar I am finding the strength level increasing, and with that the flavors are becoming more pronounced. The spice and coffee flavor flavors have really made a forward presence in this third, and I have also been picking up some nutty characteristics. There is still that wood, hay and barnyard flavor profile present, and that wonderful leathery finish. It's really capturing those flavors known in the 100 Años line, and also the strength. I would say the strength level in this third is around the full body level, and along with that the burn line has really corrected itself and I am getting a solid burn line with that lovely charcoal gray ash.
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|100 Años W. Curtis Draper|