Casdagli releases The Origins Exclusive Lebanon. It is a limited-edition exclusively for Club Mareva Beirut. The cigar celebrates the opening of the new club last month. It is also the first of a line of cigars carefully chosen and developed with the Lebanese Club Mareva partners.
Najat Abdo and Woody Ghsoubi are the founders of Club Mareva Beirut. And the owners of the Hand-Rolled Distribution company. Together they import and distribute several cigar brands and accessories in Lebanon. On a trip to the Kelner Boutique Factory in February 2018 they worked with Jeremy Casdagli, Marko Bilic, and Hendrik Kelner Jr. to create this cigar.
They chose a 6×56 Toro as the vitola. All the leaves for the cigars come from the tobacco library of the Kelner Boutique Factory. The wrapper is Ecuadorian Corojo. The binder is Dominican Cotui. And the filler is all Dominican from several farms, including some Dominican Kelner Family Reserve tobacco. Only 250 boxes of ten cigars are available. Each box contains the signatures of Najat Abdo and Woody Ghsoubi and a unique number.
The cedar tree that adorns the Origins cigar box is a sacred symbol of Lebanon. It also represents the deep roots Najat and Woody have developed with Jeremy Casdagli, the founder of Casdagli Cigars. And with Marko Bilić, the founder of Cigar Club Mareva and the International Cigar Smoking World Championship.
Middle eastern heritage
“Due to my family origins and heritage in the Middle East, I am extremely excited to be developing a unique line of cigars to cater to the discerning tastes of this region. Moreover having created a whole line of club cigars for Club Mareva Split, it felt only natural to design a club cigar to its sister club in Beirut “explains Jeremy Casdagli.
“It was a truly remarkable experience working closely with one of the most respected Master Blenders alive Mr. Hendrik Kelner Jr and Mr. Jeremy Casdagli of Casdagli Cigars. The process of choosing our tobacco, checking the different bales at the Kelner Boutique Factory (KBF) warehouse, getting to meet the rollers, and overlooking the extraordinary operations at the factory,” says Woody Ghsoubi.
“As many know, Woody and I are inseparable from cigars, a passion that has evolved on us for over 10 years now. The experience of choosing a blend and watching it evolve over 3-month periods repetitively is priceless and has taught us a lot. Together with Jeremy and Marko Bilić, we worked closely on all the details, from the magnet-closing box design, insert, label, and story behind the cigar. We are truly honored to work with such great people in the industry and have created the Origins, the first club cigar for Club Mareva Beirut. Together with our members in Beirut, we plan on working on many similar projects in the future,” adds Najat Abdo.