Vote for the Best Cigars, Accessories & Lounges on Cigar Journal | Katman

Our friend, Dr. Rod Kurthy’s PerfecDraw company has been nominated in the top 5 contenders for Cigar Accessories. If you vote for him, and he wins, he will pay all fees for you and a guest to visit Ukraine and Bejing for 4 nights/2 days. Exceptions are for travel, hotel, expenses, and food. He will cover the cost of a cab to the Cobra Bar. He’s been pretty good to my readers; and those that have purchased his poker tool and cigar glue should pony up to the bar and do him a solid. He will be grateful and so will I.

“As the most anticipated awards in the cigar industry that are decided on by public vote, the Cigar Trophy Awards honor the great knowledge, enthusiasm and commitment and the hard work of those within the cigar industry.

“Cigar Trophy winners are determined through a two-step process. During the nomination round, readers have submitted their top candidates for each category. Those who have received the most nominations have moved on as finalists. During the voting round from June 20-27, winners are chosen from the category finalists.

“For a full list of the nominees in all categories, visit

“Please note that the voting is only accessible to registered users and that the website uses cookies. By participating in the voting, you agree to the voting guidelines.

“Register now or log in here to cast your votes. The voting phase will end on June 27, 2018.”

2018 Cigar Trophy Nominations
Best Brand Cuba:
Partagás Maduro
Quai d’Orsay
Ramon Allones

Best Cigar Cuba:
Cohiba Edición Limitada 2017, Talismán
Hoyo de Monterrey Añejados Hermosos No. 4
H. Upmann Magnum 54
Montecristo 80 Aniversario
Trinidad La Trova

Best Brand Dom. Rep:
A. Fuente Gran Reserva
Davidoff Winston Churchill Late Hour
E.P. Carrillo Encore
Gurkha Cellar Reserve
La Aurora ADN

Best Cigar Dom. Rep:
A. Fuente Hemingway Classic
Davidoff Nicaragua Toro
Diamond Crown Julius Caeser Toro
La Flor Dominicana La Volcada
Villiger Flor de Ynclan Torpedo

Best Value Dom. Rep:
Cusano Dominican Connecticut
Kristoff Original Maduro
La Galera Habano
León Jimenes Doble Maduro
VegaFina Nicaragua

Best Brand Honduras:
Alec Bradley Prensado Lost Art
Camacho American Barrel Aged
Eiroa First 20 Years Colorado
Oscar Valladares The Oscar Maduro
Rocky Patel Vintage 1999 Connecticut

Best Cigar Honduras:
Alec Bradley Texas Lancero
Camacho Liberty 2017
Cavalier Genève White Series Diplomate
Plasencia 146 Cosecha Toro
Flor de Selva Grand Pressé Maduro

Best Value Honduras:
Asylum 13 Corojo
Flor de Copan Maduro
Macanudo Inspirado White
Kafie 1901 Don Fernando Maduro
Villa Zamorano

Best Brand Nicaragua:
A.J. Fernandez Enclave Broadleaf
Drew Estate Undercrown Sun Grown
My Father La Opulencia
Perdomo Reserve 10th Anniversary Champagne/Connecticut
Plasencia Alma Fuerte

Best Cigar Nicaragua:
Alec Bradley Nica Puro Diamond
Joya Black Toro
L’esprit de Vérité 2013
Micallef Reserva Limitada Privada
Padrón 1964 Anniversary Series Presidente Maduro

Best Value Nicaragua:
Brick House Double Connecticut
Cain Daytona
Oliva Serie O
Padrón Classic Series
Rocky Patel Fifty-Five

Best Brand Other Countries:
Casa Turrent 1901 (MX)
Cornelius & Anthony Cornelius (USA)
Mbombay Gaaja (CR)
Toscano (I)
Villiger Tobajara (BR)

Cigar Accessories:
Colibri V-Cut
Davidoff Travel Humidor
Xikar VX2

BURN by Rocky Patel, Pittsburgh
Cigaragua, Amsterdam
Cigar Lounge Palais Hansen Kempinski, Vienna
Herzog am Hafen, Berlin
The Cabinet Cigar & Whisky Lounge, Kuala Lumpur


6 replies

  1. LOL!! Thanks for your enthusiasm Phil. This came out of nowhere. Go figure! We’re an American company, and The Cigar Journal is international, with just 20% of its circulation being in the USA. So to to be among the five finalists by public voting is simply amazing. Very exciting!

    Thanks bud.


  2. This should be a slam dunk, Rod. Look at your competition…
    A travel humidor? Ha.
    And two more cutters that the world so sorely needs.
    Your inventions are equally super inventive and in the case of the poker; GROUNDBREAKING!
    Groundbreaking deserves to win. It should be no contest.

    I just realized that when you win, you will try to remember the little people but once you begin hanging with Jennifer Aniston and Tom Hanks, you will forget about us and outgrow us. We can say we knew you when you were just a little prick.

    At this juncture, I should explain to readers that have never read about my relationship with Dr. Rod.
    We are gay lovers.
    (This is where I should just end the comment and hit publish)
    But I won’t. I’m not gay and I’m pretty sure Rod isn’t either…not that there’s anything wrong with that.

    Rod and I are from the same hometown: Long Beach, Ca. But not only did we grow up in the same town, we are the exact same age.
    We went through the 1950’s and 1960’s in a great place to live. We hung out at all the same places. We were teens during “Peace, Love & Understanding.” Going to Licorice Pizza to get the new Beatles album.

    But we went to different high schools. Yet it wasn’t uncommon for everyone to mingle.
    Here is the thing. I never officially met Rod while growing up. It’s only been in the last couple years that we have gotten to know each other.

    Rod and I have had conversations that have plopped us into Mr. Peabody’s Wayback Machine. All the wonderful places we hung out that disappeared ages ago.

    And he can’t be all bad because with all the irons he has in the fire in his highly successful career surrounding dentistry, dental inventions, whitening inventions, and now cigar accessories, the man is busy but still takes the time to saunter down memory lane with the only poor Jew in Wisconsin.

    He’s a good man. I call him my friend. I believe in his imagination and the ability to make things happen. I believe 100% in his cigar accessories.
    But still, even though he is a fabulously wealthy man that eats caviar and toast points with his cigar in the morning…(I’m still smarter than him).

  3. Gee Uncle Phil…I just don’t know what to say……other than “what a great bullshitter you are!” 😉


  4. Congrats to Dr. Rod !!
    You certainly have my vote. Your products not only save time and money..,but they greatly enhance the pleasure of cigar smoking. I personally own 2 PerfecDraw tools and use PerfecDraw cigar glue.
    If you have not used these products, you are really missing out on truly enjoying the flavors of your favorite cigars as intended by the blender !
    You’re the best Dr. Rod ! And of course kudos to Mr. Phil.
    Respectfully,. Bill Joynes

  5. I voted. So easy anyone can do it!

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