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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.

Colibri – #comebackstronger – The Sporty New Carbon-Fiber Falcon

Falcon Carbon Fiber – The sporty Falcon has gone upscale! MSRP $45

Item Description

Single jet flame cigar lighter with single action ignition, a wind-resistant angled flame to provide ample space for your cigar unencumbered by the cap. Altitude tested 7,000 ft.
  • Angled flame
  • Rubberized finish
  • Single-jet flame
  • Wind resistant
  • Single-action ignition
  • Altitude tested up to 7,000 (2,134m)
  • Fuel level window
  • Refillable butane


The Colibri Summer Special — 20% off some of our top sellers

Colibri is one of the best lighters made.  Did you know that the Pizo ignition system (turn the knob get a spark) was invented by Colibri? Who should know more about lighters than we do?

We don’t have many sales but this is a good one. These are some of our top sellers and they will be on sale for a limited time this summer.

The Boss is one of the signature Colibri lighters, triple-flame with an integrated cutter. The Julius, a double soft-flame lighter that is unique and elegant. Our Monaco is a great way to get into a quality triple-flame Colibri at a reasonable price and with a durable finish that says “Use me every day.” The Talon has been reintroduced, is compact and durable.

The S-Cut is a staple and the EX-Cut back gives you a perfect cut every time. Finally, The Colibri V-Cut is the top selling Premium V-Cut in the market right now. This is your chance to get it in the premium (and beautiful) Carbon Fiber finish.

Check with your Colibri retailer near you or contact me through this web site. We can assist. Cheers, CV!


Wine and Cigar Pairings – Riesling and The Panacea Green Pennyslvania Broadleaf

Cigar Pairing – The Panacea Green Pennsylvania Broadleaf

Have you ever brushed your teeth then drank a glass of orange juice? The bitter flavor that you get is the conflict between the alkalinity of the toothpaste and the acidity of the orange juice. Because most cigar tobacco has an alkaline base pairing a cigar with acidic wines like a Riesling results in the same conflict. That is why the Panacea Green Pennsylvania Broadleaf is so unique. Pennsylvania Broadleaf is primarily used as chewing tobacco and has a slightly acidic base. The Flatbed Cigar Company takes specially selected Pennsylvania Broadleaf tobacco to their factory in the Dominican Republic where it is aged and cured and used as the wrapper in the Green.It softens the acidity in the more acidic Rieslings and highlights the subtle fruit flavors.

The Pennsylvania Broadleaf is available here.

 Chateau Ste. Michelle Winery 2011 Riesling

Chateau Ste. Michelle Winery 2011 Columbia Valley Riesling (SRP $10): This is Washington State’s oldest winery and the area’s largest Riesling producer (I believe). The 2011 Columbia Valley Riesling is a pleasant yet uncomplicated wine with vibrant pear and stone fruit flavors, refreshing food-partnering [citrus] acidity and a faint hint of sweetness that lingers through to the crisp, clean finish. Chateau Ste. Michelle’s Columbia Valley Riesling is nationally available and for under $10 is a reliable entry-level Riesling to match with a wide variety of foods and also drinks nicely on its own. I enjoyed a few glasses with a [big] plate of Panda Express orange chicken, Beijing beef, and fried rice. The portions were so generous it was enough food for two people. Both the bottle of wine and a two entrée meal were just under $20, so try this out if you’re seeking a tasty combo for a cheap date night. Click hereto find this wine.

I have long been a fan of the Chateau Ste. Michelle Chardonnay and their Riesling is equally tasty and was easy to find at my local Raley’s grocery store for about $11. The CSM Riesling proved to be a perfect match for the Green and a good example of how the acidity in the Broadleaf wrapper softens the flavor of the wine. Before lighting the cigar the acidity borders on being tart but sipping the wine after drawing on the cigar highlights a creaminess in the wine that is not noticeable when drinking it alone. Many of the Virginia white wines over the last couple of years have a “bright acidity” and, in some cases an over acidity that can be minimized and balanced when paired with this cigar.

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™

View Virginia Wine and Cigar Trail in a larger map

(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/


2013 Tour de Panacea


Tour Information!

3 days of Wine, Cigars and Motorcycles May 25 – 27, 2013

Tour Information: Day 1 – The event is at Unicorn Winery, Amissville which will start at 3:00 pm. Ride your bike, drive your cage with your windows down, just get there. I will be “Kick Stands Up” at the Videos by the Lake parking lot just off of Seminole Trail on Lake Monticello between 9:00 and 9:30 am. We will be riding to the Alpine Inn on the I-64 Entrance to Skyline Drive where we will be dallying for for a bit, leaving between 10:30 and 11 to head up Skyline Drive to Amissville.

Day 2 – We will be Kickstands Up at 9:00 am from the parking lot just south of the Grapevine (one of our Panacea Vendors) 389 W Shirley Ave, Warrenton, VA Waterloo Station Shopping Center (540) 349-4443 ‎ · grapevinewine.com for the ride to the Pentagon for Rolling Thunder after which we will meet at Potomac Point Winery at 3:00 for our event. Feel free to go directly to Potomac Point if you choose (it is all about the choices).

Day 3 – We will be Kickstands Up from the Quality Inn Quantico at 10:00 AM for lunch at DuCard Winery at noon.

Feel free to contact me at rwbarker@cigarvolante.com or by phone (901) 626-3993 for additional details.

See you on Saturday!

CigarVolante is the combination of those indulgences that make life rich and full; things like cigars, wine, motorcycles, women that ride motorcycles, good friends; all the good stuff. After two years that has culminated in the Tour de Panacea!

Tour de Panacea is wine, cigars, wine and cigars, motorcycles and a love of the freedom. The Tour de Panacea is the celebration of the freedom to do ALL of that. We will be riding to two of the Virginia Wine and Cigar Trail wineries and, in between, riding in Rolling Thunder in Washington DC. We invite you to join us for a springtime ride, a tribute to the heroes that have kept us safe, and wine and cigars at two of the wineries of the Virginia Wine and Cigar Trail. Paul Bush, President of Flat Bed Cigar Company, manufacturers of Panacea Cigars will be joining us. Ride with him from Pennsylvania, ride with us from Central Virginia or meet us at Unicorn Winery at 3:00 pm on Saturday. You choose. That’s freedom!

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Day 1

Spend the day touring the wine country of Northern Virginia, meeting us at Unicorn Winery near Amissville, at pm or you can join us as we ride from Lake Monticello, Virginia up Skyline Drive.

Route — Lake Monticello, VA to Unicorn Winery via Charlottesville, Waynesboro, Skyline Drive, Sperryville (Route Map)

How ever you get there (if you don’t have a motorcycle, drive in with your windows rolled down!) bet at Unicorn Winery by 3PM for dinner.


Day 1 – $35 per person. Ticket includes 2 glasses of Unicorn Winery wines (retail value $15), 2 Panacea Cigars (retail value $15) (paired to your wines), entertainment, dinner by Red, Hot and Blues and an introduction to Wine and Cigar Pairings by Ron Barker.


Tickets are limited and advance purchase is recommended.

 Tickets for Day 1

Unicorn Winery is located about 15 minutes from Warrenton. Here is a list of hotels in Warrenton.  http://goo.gl/maps/koq8F

Day 2

Meet in Warrenton, VA for 9:00 am departure to The Pentagon. 12:00 pm, Rolling Thunder departs for tribute. Upon completion of the ride we will ride to Stafford, VA and Potomac Point Winery with an approximate 3:00 pm arrival


ride with E! straight to the winery and sit in the sun.

Now that’s freedom, and Civilized Indulgence.

Day 2 – $35 per person. Ticket includes 2 glasses of Potomac Point Winery wines (retail value $15), 2 Panacea Cigars (retail value $15 and paired to your wines), BBQ dinner, entertainment by Wave on Wave, book signing with Troy Mason, Iraq War Veteran, Motorcycle Rider, Cigar Smoker and Author of “Outlaw”, and an Introduction to Wine and Cigar Pairings by Ron Barker.

Tickets are limited and advance purchase is recommended.

Tickets for Day 2

There are a number of nice hotels close to Potomac Point should you decide to spend the night and ride back on Monday, Memorial Day. Hotels are listed here http://goo.gl/maps/NqL4f

Day 3

Troy Mason will be joining us for a leisurely ride across Central Virginia to Etlan, VA, home of DuCard Winery.

Day 3 – Ride to Etlan, VA with Ron Barker, Troy Mason for Lunch at DuCard Winery or meet us there at Noon for Lunch including beverage ($10 purchased at the site), book signing with Troy Mason and a brief introduction to the Wine and Cigar Pairings of DuCard Winery.


EARLY BIRD BONUS BUY – Pre-Event Only!!!

If you order today….

Get the Unicorn Winery Event ($35 Value) the Potomac Point Winery Event ($35 Value) AND a Cigar Caddy 5 stick traveling humidor with an assortment of Panacea Cigars (Retail Value of the Cigar Caddy and Cigars $70) for $120, while supplies last!

Buy 2 Events and a Loaded Cigar Caddy – HERE! – $120 including postage

We are hoping that this becomes an annual event. We now have 15 wineries in the Virginia Wine and Cigar Trail and wouldn’t it be fun to take a week and visit all of them? That would be the Grande Tour de Panacea, eh?

In indulgence,




Flatbed Panacea Red Robusto

Blog post by new friend Robert Davis on Cigar.com

It seems like a lot of my reviews get no replies, either because they are of premium cigars no one has heard about or of yard gars no one gives a crap about. This one may fall into the former category. You just don’t bump into it, but it deserves notice.

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