Matt Ross's Blog – February 2015 Archive (11)

Review: Garofalo Robusto

A few weeks ago, Logan passed along a package to me from Barry Stein containing a Garofalo Robusto.  Having never heard of the cigar, I conducted a bit of research and found it marketed as such:

He's not a cigar maker with a history of a Cuban family that has been growing and cultivating tobacco for generations. He does not wear a fancy hat, or ride a horse or wear a Guevara shirt like all the cliche ads in the cigar magazines. He is David Garofalo, an Italian American…

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Added by Matt Ross on February 26, 2015 at 7:00am — 10 Comments

News: More Details on the Punch Cigars Signature

On February 11th, we posted about a new release from Punch Cigars called the Signature.  We recently received the following additional information from Punch Cigars:

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Added by Matt Ross on February 25, 2015 at 9:00am — No Comments

Press Release: BCS (Impromptu) Explanation

Over the past several weeks, there has been a lot of news about an offering from Bellatto/Caldwell/Sears (formerly Impromptu).  We originally posted about it here.  Last night, we received the following from Robert Caldwell:

February 20 2015 - Miami,FL



I wanted to take the time to explain Bellatto/Caldwell/Sears (Formally Impromptu). A lot…

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Added by Matt Ross on February 25, 2015 at 8:24am — 1 Comment

Press Release: Drew Estate Announces “Pope of Greenwich Village” Cigar As Part of Smoke Inn Microblend Series

Miami, FL – Drew Estate announced today that they would be participating in Smoke Inn’s Microblend series with a new cigar named “Pope of Greenwich Village”. The new cigar will be released in Spring 2015 and will be available through Smoke Inn’s South Florida-­‐based retail stores and website.

The “Pope of Greenwich Village” will be offered in a 6x40 panatela vitola and sold in Soft Pack 10s (pictured below). The MSRP for the 10-­‐pack will be $85.00, with…

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Added by Matt Ross on February 20, 2015 at 12:45pm — 7 Comments

Review: Tabu Gold Toro

Back in January, Young of Tabu Cigars was a guest on CigarChat and detailed his three core offerings.  Young explained how he observes the KISS method with Tabu Cigars along with the rule of 3s.  Tabu Cigars offers 3 blends - Gold, Silver and Bronze.  Each blend is available in 3 different sizes - Robusto, Toro and Torpedo.  Today, we will visit the strongest offering of the three - the Tabu Gold.

Tabu Gold…

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Added by Matt Ross on February 16, 2015 at 7:00am — 10 Comments

Press Release: Black Label Trading Company Announces Fabrica de Oveja Negra in Esteli, Nicaragua

February 12, 2015 — Black Label Trading Company is proud to announce the  formation of a new cigar factory; Fabrica de Oveja Negra in Esteli, Nicaragua.  The mission of Oveja Negra is a complete focus on small batch premium cigars.



Black Label Trading Co. is taking the next step in small batch,…

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Added by Matt Ross on February 12, 2015 at 7:53am — No Comments

News: Punch Cigars Announces Signature

General Cigar contacted us with details on a soon-to-be-released Honduran-made collection called Punch Signature. Punch Signature will ship on March 2 and will be a full-time addition to the line.

Full blend details have not yet been released.  

Master Blender Agustin Garcia hinted…

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Added by Matt Ross on February 11, 2015 at 2:30pm — No Comments

Press Release: Caldwell/Bellatto/Sears Announces Impromptu

February 7 2015 (Miami,FL/Niles, OH) 51 weeks ago Robert Caldwell announced the release of an uber-boutique collection of cigars under the name Impromptu. This was before Caldwell was Caldwell but still was Caldwell. The project was renamed Caldwell/Bellatto/Sears because Impromptu proved itself to be a much more complicated name than the latter. That is neither Here nor There. What is Here is another release from C/B/S. What was There was a really cool project that was…

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Added by Matt Ross on February 9, 2015 at 6:30pm — 6 Comments

Pairing Review: The Smoking Monk of Esteli by Drew Estate American IPA

Right before Christmas, Jonathan Drew took to social media to announce a boutique project in partnership with Cigars International called "The Smoking Monk of Esteli by Drew Estate".  A selection of 5 unique blends, all in a Toro vitola, the handmade cigars were blended to be paired with specific styles of craft beer.  The five blends included in the series…

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Added by Matt Ross on February 9, 2015 at 7:00am — 5 Comments

Press Release: Viva Republica Announces Limited-Edition Cigar: Jailbreak

Miami, Florida- Viva Republica, a premium handmade cigar manufacturer is ready to launch a limited edition, one of a kind blend named: Jailbreak. Jailbreak is the latest in unique and innovative lines put forth by Jason Holly, President of Viva Republica.…

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Added by Matt Ross on February 4, 2015 at 1:30pm — 6 Comments

Pairing Review: The Smoking Monk of Esteli by Drew Estate Hefeweizen

Right before Christmas, Jonathan Drew took to social media to announce a boutique project in partnership with Cigars International called "The Smoking Monk of Esteli by Drew Estate".  A selection of 5 unique blends, all in a Toro vitola, the handmade cigars were blended to be paired with specific styles of craft beer.  The five blends included in the series…

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Added by Matt Ross on February 2, 2015 at 7:00am — 7 Comments

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