Today brings us the Est. 1844 No. 50-xtra in a 6x50 vitola. Est. 1844 is somewhat of an enigma as there's not much info on them out there. What I do know is that it has a San Andres Maduro wrapper and Nicaraguan long-fillers and binder. It has flavor notes of classic tobacco, earth, leather, pepper and chocolate. This is simply put a really great cigar. When you factor in it's box price of $49.95 for all vitolas it is one of the best values out there as well. I chose this to be today's cigar to pay homage to a classic American hero. One year ago today Maj. Richard "Dick" Winters passed away. Maj Winters was considered one of the top commanders of World War II. He commanded Company "E", 2nd Battalion, 506th Parachute Infantry Regiment, 101st Airborne Division. His decorations include the Distinguished Service Cross, Bronze Star with one Oak Leaf Cluster, Purple Heart
Bronze oak leaf cluster, Presidential Unit Citation with one Oak Leaf Cluster, American Defense Service Medal, National Defense Service Medal, European-African-Middle Eastern Campaign Medal with 3 service stars and arrow device, World War II Victory Medal, Army of Occupation Medal, Croix de guerre with palm, French Liberation Medal, Oorlogskruis with palm, Belgian WWII Service Medal, Combat Infantryman Badge, Parachutist Badge with 2 combat stars, Medal of the City of Eindhoven. His leadership and courage was made famous by the book and mini series "Band of Brothers". Maj Winters is a classic example of leadership, patriotism and heroism just as the Est. 1844 is a classic example of a great cigar. Thanks for everything Maj. Winters.