Cigar News: Alan Fonseca returns with Salamanca Cigar Group

             The Don has returned! Alan Fonseca, formerly of Ezra Zion, has come out with his own brand, the Salamanca Cigar Group. I can tell you from hanging out with him, he has been working hard on his new brand for quite some time. I have been lucky enough to sample many of his new and upcoming releases, and they have all been fantastic, with flavors appealing to all palates. For his initial release, the Salamanca Cigar Group has two brands, Joseph NicaVana, and Glandon Family. The crests on the bands associate with his family and his wife Beth Fonseca’s family. The name Salamanca, is the town where his family is from in Spain.

             Each of the brands has two releases, both in one size each for initial release. The Glandon family has the Sir Leland, which is a shade grown Habano, and the Matthew, a dark Colorado wrapper that is almost a maduro. The Sir Leland is medium bodied, with a nice spice and changes that I think will appeal to many smokers, as I enjoyed it the most, and it appealed to spicier smokers. The Matthew is a smooth cocoa bomb, medium in nature, and wonderful on the palate. The Joseph NicaVana brand hosts the Mesmerize and NicaVana blends, which are both darker in nature. The Mesmerize uses a San Andreas wrapper, and is very reminiscent of a legendary San Andreas blend that I adore. The NicaVana is the fullest of the four releases, with a pronounced spice and ligero flavor, perfect for after dinner or Logan’s breakfast. All four blends are Nicaraguan puros, outside of the San Andreas wrapper on the Mesmerize. Each blend also employs a double binder and AA grade aged tobacco from the Plasencia factory.  

The releases are as follows:

Sir Leland: 5.5x52

Matthew: 6x54

Mesmerize: 6.5x54 box press

NicaVana: 6.25x52

             While I cannot comment on the releases to come, I will say this. Watch out for the Salamanca releases, as they are only on the West Coast for the next year and a half. I can tell you what is released is very good, and what is coming will blow your socks off. The Don is back, and his new brand speaks volumes of his blending ability. Here are some pictures of the event and packaging as well. I attended the release party, and Alan went all out, with bagpipes, drink pairings, giveaways, and a custom Diamond Crown humidor to commemorate the evening in a raffle with 100 cigars. 



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Comment by Charlie on June 28, 2015 at 9:46pm

Very nice...I'll keep my eye out!

Comment by Catfishbluezz on June 30, 2015 at 8:58am

Charlie, you may see them up in OR. He is sticking to the West Coast. Alan is the original blender for Ezra Zion. Most of his stuff is a tad bold for my tastes, but I would guess more you and Logan. His new releases I have not had enough experience with yet, other then knowing the NicaVana is totally your route lol. All the others I have had on friend cigar store palate, and all of them are fuller then my normal tastes. So far, they have been received very well by our customers. 

Comment by Docwill on June 30, 2015 at 9:29am

I would hazard a guess that the Sir Leland is more suited to my palate?

Comment by Catfishbluezz on June 30, 2015 at 10:05am

Yes Doc, it has a decent amount of spice up front, then gets nice and sweet. I enjoyed it. i need to revisit the Matthew and Mesmerize.

Comment by Docwill on June 30, 2015 at 10:11am

The Dark Colorado wrapper intrigues me, so let me know on that one.

Comment by Catfishbluezz on June 30, 2015 at 11:01am

Both are colorado, one is pulled two weeks before maduro, one is pulled one week before maduro. The Matthew is very smooth, excellent smoke, the NicaVana is much fuller, not my cup of joe.

Comment by Stefan Lindblad on June 30, 2015 at 2:13pm

Any stores in WA getting these? 

Comment by Charlie on June 30, 2015 at 3:48pm

I'll have to keep my eye open...no shops sell EZ locally but there is a good market up here.

Comment by Catfishbluezz on June 30, 2015 at 4:56pm
@stefan I'm not sure, I will ask him next time I see him. My guess is yes, as he had some good industry friends in WA.

@charlie there is no connection to EZ, only that he blended all their original releases up to last ipcpr and the tantrum PA. He blended the tantrum, inception, Reagan, FHK, and collective I believe. I do think Cali, AZ, NV, and OR are his markets for now. My guess is he will open accounts he had with ez before he left. He only wants stores he trusts with good relationships with owners.
Comment by Charlie on June 30, 2015 at 5:00pm

Got ya...I'll keep my eye out...I love a good Nica puro!

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