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Colibri Daytona – as published in Halfwheel

CigarVolante is the licensed representative for The Colibri Group in Virginia and North Carolina. They can be reached at 901.626.3993 or rwbarker@cigarvolante.com .


If there’s one cigar accessory company who has been on a focused mission to overhaul its portfolio in recent years, it’s been Colibri. While the company had a good bit of heritage and legacy behind it, Colibri also went through a rough patch several years ago where it seemed that consumer confidence was shaken, products weren’t meeting expectations, competitors were chewing up the market around them and a bankruptcy.

But over the past two to three years, the company has been conducting a significant overhaul of its portfolio, updating existing accessories with new features and technology while also bringing out a number of new items to fill in gaps and reach new customers. With its most recent cache of new products unveiled at the 2017 IPCPR Convention & Trade Show, Colibri made a concerted effort to deliver the majority of its new products in the $50-60 range, which it considered the midrange of cigar accessories. The company felt that its portfolio needed updating in this segment, and a number of advancements in the internal components of its lighters enabled it to both update some existing products as well as release a number of new offerings.

Two of those new products were single flame lighters inspired by the world of auto racing, the Rally and the Daytona ($59), which began shipping to retailers in November.

The Colibri Daytona offers a familiar design to those who have explored the range of lighters on the market, particularly the higher end designs, and namely the S.T.Dupont Défi Extrême.    (At something less than $300 – RB)

It uses a single action side-squeeze ignition, with the ridged lever on the right side of the lighter doing the work of retracting the lid that covers the torch, getting the butane flowing, and providing the spark to get the torch firing. The mechanism is firm but far from a challenge to operate, with the lever able to be squeezed comfortably from a number of points.

While I can’t speak with absolute certainty on this, I can’t recall a single instance where the Daytona did not ignite on a first try. A good reason for this appears due to the six air intake vents—three on both the front and back of the lighter—which help deliver an abundance of oxygen to help with the initial combustion. Those six vents are also split up with four near the ignition and jet, and another two closer to the top of the lighter. This also helps the lighter ignite at altitude, which the company says it will do up to 12,000 feet above sea level.

The flame itself is one of the tighter I have seen, allowing it to be both precise and powerful, making quick work of pretty much any cigar I put in front of it while also able to touch up a cigar easily and without scorching the wrapper. It comes out of the middle of the Daytona’s top panel, equidistant from your fingers as they hold the body. While the top of the lighter does get warm during use, that heat never strays to my fingers and I can’t recall ever wanting to stop using the lighter for the sake of avoiding a burn.

Large easy-to-use adjustment knob on the new Colibri Daytona, single-flame butane lighter
Large easy-to-use adjustment knob on the new Colibri Daytona, single-flame butane lighter

Adjusting the height of the flame may be the easiest I can recall doing on a lighter, as a large, diagonally-ridged wheel sits at the bottom of the lighter. Flip the Daytona over to confirm which direction you need to turn the wheel to achieve your desired result and that’s it. The Daytona won’t light with the adjuster turned all the way down, while it will offer a sizable flame at its most open, and while I rarely used it at its most open, it never belched butane, keeping a tight flame, though longer than ideal for my liking.

The lighter also won’t ignite in an inverted position, providing a bit of safety for when it’s in your pocket. Additionally, the safety mechanism appears to stay engaged until the lighter has been turned completely right side up, another added piece of protection.

Large fuel tank and fuel gauge on the new Colibri Daytona, single-flame butane lighter
Large fuel tank and fuel gauge on the new Colibri Daytona, single-flame butane lighter

Opposite the ignition lever is a large, clear piece of plastic that reveals the fuel tank with Colibri’s signature blue tinting that makes it incredibly easy to see how much fuel remains. The fuel tank is quite sizable as evidenced by the overall size of the lighter, not to mention that Colibri says that the design of the lighter allows for a fuel tank that is upwards of 50 percent bigger than the standard single-flame torch with a push-down ignition.

The tradeoff that comes in size versus fuel capacity of the Colibri Daytona is the main thing I would consider a drawback of the lighter. While it still fits in a pocket or travel humidor without too much issue, it is notably bigger and heavier than other single flame torches on the market. The latter is the lesser of the two concerns for me, though its size does take up a fair amount of space in my 5-count travel humidor and restricts me from packing a Churchill or lancero if I want the Daytona to ride along inside. In bigger boxes, where it can stand on its side, it’s not as great of an issue, though I rarely carry a bigger box outside of travel.

As my daily lighter for upwards of two months, the Colibri Daytona did nothing but light cigars quickly and easily while impressing me and several friends with its quality and design. Additionally, if there’s one thing that I came to associate with the Colibri Daytona lighter, it’s texture. Seemingly every surface has its own, and it adds a subtle but appreciated touch of stability.

With an MSRP of $59, there is certainly a premium being asked for when it comes to considering the Colibri Daytona, though this is one lighter whose case I’d plead. The design is impressive, the build quality even more so, and the performance only adds on. If all you want is a single flame torch, there are certainly a number of less expensive options, though if you want it with both design and durability, the Daytona is a worthwhile choice.

The Colibri Daytona is offered in eight colors: black, blue, brushed chrome, brushed gunmetal, neon green, neon orange, neon yellow, and red. Each is offered with a gift box and two-year warranty.

The Wineries and Distilleries of Virginia Wine and Cigar Trail™

What better place to highlight the synergy between cigars and wine than Virginia, the birthplace of the American tobacco industry, the new home of one of the fastest growing wine producing regions in the country, and a Wine Enthusiast Top 5 Wine Travel Destination for 2012.

Drinking wine and smoking cigars are similar aesthetics, marrying a combination of sensations; the bouquet of the wine, the room aroma of the cigar, the feel of a dry wine or a full smoke in your mouth or the complex flavors of either and both playing on your palate. Combine that with the camaraderie that goes along with the enjoyment of both and you describe the foundation for The Virginia Wine and Cigar Trail.

The Virginia Wine and Cigar Trail highlights those wineries that promote and cater to this shared aesthetic.


The Wineries and Distilleries of The Virginia Wine and Cigar Trail™

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(Wineries are listed approximately North to South.)


Catoctin Creek Distillery

Catoctin Creek is completing their new distillery and tasting room and we will be the exclusive cigar vendor in their tasting room.


Notaviva Vineyards

Notaviva is unique for their wine and music pairings. Now we add cigars to the mix. A unique and beautiful experience.

Fabbioli Vineyards

Pairings – Doug Fabbioli has a selection of wonderfully complex wines that pair beautifully with cigars and two fire pits that are the perfect setting for enjoying the combination.  http://www.fabbioliwines.com/

Hidden Brook Winery

Pairings  – A lovely setting in a newly constructed log cabin makes a perfect backdrop for complex and delicious pairings.  http://www.hiddenbrookwinery.com/

Loudoun Valley Vineyards

Pairings – A casually elegant setting, great food and entertainment make this a fun place to share an aesthetic indulgence. http://loudounvalleyvineyards.com/

The Barns at Hamilton Station

Pairings – Beautifully restored buildings and barns including a Cigar Cave that is a great place to smoke a cigar and drink a glass of wine in the cooler months. http://www.thebarnsathamiltonstation.com

Bogati Bodega and Vineyard

Pairings – “It’s all about the Wine,” inspired by the wines of Argentina, and now the cigars. Unique and fun. http://www.bogatibodega.com.

Veramar Winery

Veramar has 15 wines that are ranked 85 or higher by Wine Enthusiast. Great wines and great wine and cigar pairings. http://www.veramar.com.

Three Fox Vineyards

Pairings – A Virginia Winery with an Italian theme that includes, courtyards and beautiful vistas. http://www.threefoxvineyards.com/

Unicorn Winery

Pairings – A wonderful wine and the perfect cigar match in a gazebo overlooking a tranquil pond. That’s Unicorn Winery. http://unicornwinery.com/

Potomac Point Winery

Pairings – The Potomac Point wines have a subtle complexity that create marvelous pairings with an equally complex and subtle cigar. The patio is lovely with a rock fireplace and space heaters for you winter smokers. Home of “Humidor Hill”. http://www.potomacpointwinery.com/

Holly Grove Vineyards

Pairings – Located on a cove off of the Chesapeake Bay, Holly Grove has some beautiful and secluded places to hide away with a bottle of wine and paired cigars. Holly Grove has a full selection of cigars that are perfect matches for their wines. http://www.hollygrovevineyards.com/

Keswick Vineyards

Pairings – Keswick takes pleasure seriously. Pair that with Civilized Indulgence and you may have the perfect setting for wine and cigar pairing. http://www.keswickvineyards.com/

DeVault Family Vineyards

20 minutes from Appomattox on 32 acres that include a tennis court, pool, volley ball and now Panacea Cigars. http://www.devaultvineyards.com/

Ramulose Ridge Vineyards

Pairings – Come for the wine, stay for the view. A brand new winery with lovely wines, a great space, the best selection of Panacea Cigars in the area and a lady that is passionate about her cigar smoking. We love our lady cigar smokers. http://www.ramuloseridgevineyards.com/

Attimo Winery

Attimo is dedicated to celebrating the everyday moments of life; their wines are named after them. You will find very interesting wine styles, flavors that will entice and entrance, and a new 4 Seasons Porch this fall for cigar smokers. http://www.attimowinery.com/

Sans Soucy Vineyards

Pairings – Located in the heart of tobacco country, Sans Soucy has embraced the cigar/wine aesthetic, with wines grown and aged on a converted tobacco farm imparting a hint of tobacco flavors to selected wines. You will love their tasting room, a converted tobacco sorting shed.  http://www.sanssoucyvineyards.com/

Rosemont Vineyards

Pairings – Our Southern Virginia wineries are a tribute to the tobacco heritage in Virginia. Rosemont uses a unique gravity feed winery that reflects the Rose family approach to a minimalistic approach to their wines http://www.rosemontofvirginia.com/


Panacea Pairings – Potomac Point Winery

The Potomac Point Winery is a beautiful, Mediterranean style building that has private arbors, sweeping views, and a Tuscan style courtyard where E! and I joined Wine Club Manager and Festival Event Coordinator Michelle Patterson and Tad, Catering Chef and fellow cigar smoker, for an afternoon of wine tasting and cigar pairing last fall. I know this sounds like an arduous task but someone had to do it! 

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Good Fellas Cigars Review of The Panacea Green Broadleaf

Panacea Green Broadleaf

by GoodFellasCigars



Wrapper: Pennsylvania Broadleaf

Binder: Dominican Habano

Filler:  Dominican and Nicaraguan

Shape:  Toro

Size:  6 x 52

Country: Dominican Republic

Strength: Full

Price Range: Approx $6.40

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Panacea White Corojo “Hitch Pin” (from CigarInspector.com)

White Corojo Hitch Pin