The Nomad C-276, the latest release from Fred Rewey, is packed with five different Nicaraguan filler leaves including two ligeros and some Omatepe for good measure. After the initial Nomad release from the DR, Fred has gone "Nica Crazy" like the rest of the industry and the C-276 is full-on Nicaraguan cigar.
The C-276 is box pressed and available in 21-count…Continue
I love the idea of a group of retailers coming together to create a brand for the national market. Why I love it is because it helps out consumers. With a brand that is controlled by retailers, you keep lines alive. Production may never be high, but if you are a store owner and a certain cigar does well in your store, the cigar will continue to be…Continue
Thursday the news broke of the acquisition of Toraño Family Cigars by General Cigar Co., which came as a surprise to many, none more than the employees of Toraño Family Cigars, some of whom are actual family. Many saw this as a small company selling to a big company to save the brand before the FDA regulations put them out of business. I’ve been a fan of both companies, and have or had friends in both. I can’t help to feel let down by Charlie Toraño in the way he, from an outsiders…Continue
Added by Craig Vanderslice on September 14, 2014 at 5:54pm — No Comments
The Nomad Cigar Company has been in existence for just two years, but it has made its mark on the industry with some quality products. One such blend is the S-307, released late last year. The box-pressed stick is Nomad’s first produced in Nicaragua, via the Tabacalera AJ Fernandez.
CIGAR STATS: The S-307 features an Ecuadoran Sumatra wrapper enclosing…Continue
Added by Jason Zahner on September 12, 2014 at 8:52pm — No Comments
This is review of the original "Face" release (as part of the Monster Series) and is found at 406cigars.com. This cigar had 4 years of age.
-Wrapper -Mexican San Andreas
Montecristo is a weird brand for me. When I first got into Habanos, I never liked Monte. I remember my buddies whom are more experienced collectors speaking about their love for the brand, but I never got it. However, once I experienced a few aged Edmundos and No 2’s, I started seeing why the brand had potential and explored the line. For me, the Edmundo and Petite Edmundo just pop, along with recent production No 2. Knowing how popular the Sublime release was, I figured…Continue
The Lou Rod Double Nickel is the first new release from the company in a year and is meant to be their "I'm back" statement. It definitely has the looks, lets see if it has the goods. Excuse the pics, I JUST moved and all of my cigar supplies are still in boxes.…
I had the very cool opportunity to try a prototype of a cigar that is soon to go to production. I'm excited to write this blog because I can't help but feel like I was able to participate at the beginning of something that will be big!
Here are some details:
Brand: José Carlos
Maker: Bill Davies with Tobacco Locker Cigars
Size: 6 x 54
Wrapper: Mexican San Andres
Richmond, VA -- General Cigar Company today announced the acquisition of the Toraño Family Cigar Company brands. This acquisition will strengthen General Cigar’s market position and enhance the company’s product mix to deliver greater value and innovation to its retail customers and consumers. It will also allow General Cigar to further expand its exceptional portfolio of leading brands by offering opportunities within the company’s international footprint, while presenting…
First, let’s get some news out of the way. I know you all like contests, and my friends at Joya de Nicaragua are having one. From Sept. 9th to Sept. 24th every 4 days they will draw a winner for a box of the new Joya red. They are giving away a box of each size over the two week contest. I’ve had the good fortune of smoking several of these in the toro, robusto and corona size and they are terrific cigars. Head on over to JoyaCigars.com/winjoyared/ or click the graphic on the top of…Continue
Added by Craig Vanderslice on September 10, 2014 at 8:19pm — No Comments
I’ve been eagerly waiting for the Joya Red to come into retailers, so lucky for me I got a chance to weasel a few from the Joya de Nicaragua crew at the Rocky Mountain Cigar Festival last August. Poor Richard’s is getting these in, so if what I’m about to say sounds good to you, go pick some up at Bozeman’s best B and M.
-Country – Nicaragua…
Added by Kid Corona on September 10, 2014 at 12:00pm — No Comments
The Herrera Esteli Tienda Exclusiva for Barrister Cigars officially released on September 2nd. Matt was at the debut, and posted about it here. Barrister Cigars is the first store to receive a release in the Tienda Exclusiva project. Tienda Eclsuiva, which means store exclusive, is the ability for Drew Estate to create specific releases under the Herrera Esteli banner.
One of the companies that was personally exciting for me was Mombacho. Although their factory is in Granada, Nicaragua, their head office is located in Toronto, Canada. As a fellow Canadian it was interesting to me that a cigar company would make a go of it in the difficult tax market here.
The Tierra Volcán line was launched at this year’s 2014 Las Vegas IPCPR, and it was great to have the opportunity to try some of their line. They will be available in…Continue
If you can name any cigar manufacturer out there that grabs the attention of more cigar smokers than Pete Johnson, I would be impressed. When I say cigar smokers by the way, I mean the cigar smokers like myself and you who are reading this. I don’t mean the guy who comes into the shop on Fridays and picks up a handful of Fuentes, Rocky Patels, etc. The…Continue
Once of the companies that was new to me at the IPCPR 2014 was Kuuts. Kuuts is based out of Jacaleapa, Honduras and the Kuuts name is derived from the Mayan word for cigar. The Kuuts Nicaraguan blend is their fourth release, and I’m looking forward to trying the other 3 blends already available.
After staring the week smoking the newest offerings from Villiger Cigars, I figured I’d continue a trend and smoke some other cigars originating from the same factory in the Dominican Republic, Tabacaleras Palma. This seems to be the hot factory these days, and they are, no doubt, making some tasty smokes. I started on Thursday with the Aging Room M356 Forte. This is a really cool shaped perfecto, measuring 5 7/8″ x 40-56-40, tapering on both ends. This is a classic, old-school…Continue
Added by Craig Vanderslice on September 7, 2014 at 8:27am — No Comments
My journey into the world all started with one cigar, the H Upmann No 2. Granted, before I ran into this specific cigar, I had several experiences with Habanos, but my Diesel Unholy Cocktail for breakfast, Dark Corojo for lunch, palate had yet to truly appreciate everything Cuba had to offer. I remember the first time I smoked an aged Upmann No 2, it was an old band, from 2004, that was gifted to me from a good friend. What ensued, was an NC apocalypse of sorts, and I…Continue
Added by Catfishbluezz on September 5, 2014 at 8:37am — No Comments
Two days ago Jon Huber announced his newest cigar, the Mason Dixon Project.
After bugging the crap out of Jon for the last two days, he finally broke down and gave me two pictures.
It’s no secret that I’ve been impressed with what Villiger Cigars has been doing in the premium cigar market over the last few years. I’ve enjoyed many of their cigars since Roy MacLaren has taken this helm, and this year’s releases were all made at the very hot Tabacalera Palma factory. After a busy weekend of smoking great cigars celebrating my birthday and Labor Day, I wrapped up the long weekend with the Trill Toro, a 6″ x 54 parejo. A few weeks ago I smoked the 4½” x 62 Torpedo…Continue
Toronto ‐ September 2, 2014 - Bodega Premium Blends @BodegaCigars today announced its participation at the annual Toronto International Film Festival, TIFF, the premier Film event in North America. According to B.A.D. PR “TIFF draws in top media and celebrity from all over the world with the Premiere’s of the Industry’s best films [.] TIFF consistently manages to draw a broader and further exclusive crowd year after year”
On the heels of its pre-Oscar party celebration earlier this…Continue
Added by Matt Ross on September 3, 2014 at 6:30am — No Comments