For the second year in a row, Phil Zanghi’s Debonaire House was a part of the Drew Estate booth at the IPCPR Trade Show. While I still miss the stagecoach and motorcycles that were once a part of the Debonaire booth, there is one constant that was still very much present- the passion and energy of Phil Zanghi. At the this year’s trade show, Zanghi showcased a project that has been in the works for a couple of years – Debonaire Daybreak. This is the long-awaited Connecticut Shade offering by Debonaire House.

After working on some blends, Zanghi came full circle and ended up using the Connecticut Shade wrapper on the original Debonaire blend featuring a Dominican binder and a combination of Dominican and Nicaraguan. It is available in six sizes: First Degree (Short Perfecto), Sagita (Petite Lancero), Robusto, Corona, Toro, and Belicoso.

As the core of his philosophy is the Debonaire Ideal – which are the positive interactions that come about over a cigar. In terms of a Connecticut Shade wrapper, because it is a popular size among cigar enthusiasts, it fits in perfect with the Debonaire Ideal concept. Meanwhile Zanghi says the Daybreak name stems from the first cigar.

Interview: Phil Zanghi, Debonaire House

At this year’s trade show, we were able to get a one on one interview with Mr. Debonaire himself, Phil Zanghi. In this segment we not only discuss Daybreak, but also discuss plans for Indian Motorcycle Cigars, Zanghi’s new brand manager Jared Ingrisano, some of the packaging changes for Debonaire – and of course the Debonaire Ideal.

Photo Credits: Cigar Coop