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
Mesmerize: 6.5x54 box press
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.