For those not familiar with the Broad Street Bullies, it is the name given to the Philadelphia Flyers hockey team during their 1972-1973 season. Under this moniker, The Flyers went on to win the Stanley Cup twice in 1974 and 1975. During this time Hockey Hall of Famer, Bernie Parent was the Flyer’s winning goaltender. In these seasons he won the Vezina Trophy for Best Goaltender and the Conn Smythe Trophy as MVP in the playoffs. His jersey #1 was retired by the Philadelphia Flyers on October 11, 1979 and in January, 2017 Bernie was named one of the 100 Greatest Players by the National Hockey League. The Broad St. Bully #1 cigar is a boutique blend cigar especially created for Bernie by blender Nish Patel of Rocky Patel Premium Cigar Company.
The premium blend of undisclosed filler and binder lie in a lush chocolate hued Ecuadorian Habano wrapper leaf creating a well-balanced medium-bodied smoke.
The BSB No. 1 might be a small cigar, but it offers quite a lot of variety in the flavor department. There is an explosion of red pepper right off the top. Once the pepper simmers, notes of coffee, chocolate and earth appear then hints of sweet citrus move in. The BSB No. 1 remains spicy throughout without ever becoming too harsh or bitter.
If you are ever in Philly, check out the Broad Street Bullies Pub located in the Xfinity Live entertainment complex. The nostalgic neighborhood pub features memorabilia from the legendary Broad Street Bullies team of the 1970’s. The gastropub offers 48 drafts on tap and traditional bar food. Being from Philly, I’m particularly fond of the crispy cheese steak egg rolls with onions, peppers and Sriracha ketchup.