June 29, 2015
Earlier this year, Maya Selva Cigars said they would be working on a new vitola for the Flor de Selva and Flor de Selva Maduro lines. The new vitola would be a toro, and the plan was for it to be released at the 2015 IPCPR. The reason for the addition was due to demand from American consumers and retailers wanting a vitola of this nature in both lines. It was officially announced this month that this new vitola, the Toro, would be released and that would be showcased at the IPCPR trade show in New Orleans, LA. Both lines would receive this new addition, and it was an announcement that I was very pleased with. I love both the Flor de Selva and Flor de Selva lines, both very different and yet great, and I am interested in seeing the response from the market on this release. Today I look at the Flor de Selva Maduro Toro and see how this new release smokes and see if it lives up to the reputation that the Flor de Selva Maduro line currently has.
June 26, 2015
In mid-February, Davidoff announced a new series of cigars that would be titled Davidoff Exclusive Series 2015. A total of five cigars would be included in the series for the first year, and the cigars would be released exclusively to their specific store(s). Each cigar would be tailored for their specific store(s), and besides the stores announced very little information was released. The five releases went to Davidoff Flagship Stores in Tokyo, Hong Kong, and New York City (Madison Avenue Store), and the other two went to Davidoff stores in Russia and Heinemann’s Top Duty Free Shops. Heinemann's consist of 25 stores throughout European airports. Today I focus on the "American release," the Davidoff Exclusive Madison Avenue.
June 24, 2015
Last year was a tremendous year for Crowned Heads and whether or not you cared for all of the releases, you can't deny that they put out a great number of cigars that a lot of smokers reached out to and enjoyed. With releases like Jericho Hill, Las Calaveras, and Tennessee Waltz, Crowned Heads dominated many online bloggers Top "Some Number" list, and in the end the company received a great bit of recognition including being recognized as the Brand of the Year by the Cigar Media Association. In my opinion, the company's biggest releases last year was the Las Calaveras Edición Limitada 2014, and it was the first release with My Father Cigars. It was released as a limited edition, though it is now regular production under a new name and new packaging, and it received much praise from the online community. I did not care for the release and I made that public, but a lot of people did and because of that the cigar and the Las Calaveras name has received much success.
As the company made clear, this would a be an annual limited edition release that changed in blend each year. It would always be around, though different from year to year and released for a short period of time. With the amount of success the 2014 release had, it was no surprise that smokers were eager to smoke the 2015 offering, and I was intrigued as well. Anytime you make a follow up release it can be successful or disastrous, and it can be either of those after the initial release was a success or a failure. I am curious to see where I fell in terms of enjoyment on this second releases, others as well, and so today I look at this new Las Calaveras and see if it speaks to me.
Labels: Crowned Heads
June 23, 2015
Honoring is 45th Anniversary in 2013, Joya de Nicaragua released the Joya de Nicaragua Cuatro Cinço. The cigar was limited to 45,000 cigars, and was a Nicaraguan puro composed of tobacco entirely from the Jalapa Valley. The cigars were composed of filler tobacco that had been aging in oak barrels for over one year, and the cigars came finished in the box press manner. The response was very positive from the company, and due to two years of demand from consumers and retailers, Joya de Nicaragua is bring back the brand, but with a twist. This new release will be titled Joya de Nicaragua Cuatro Cinço Reserva Especial, but unlike its limited predecessor, it will be regular production.
Labels: Joya de Nicaragua
June 22, 2015
In the summer of 2014, Roma Craft Tobac officially announced their fifth and newest line, Neanderthal. The cigar was being marketed as the strongest release from the company year to date, and it was a project that Skip Martin was working on for several years. The cigar itself is composed of a wide variety of tobaccos, and at the core is a very strong leaf from Pennsylvania. Showcased at the 2014 IPCPR in Las Vegas, Nevada, the cigar received a lot of attention and retailers were expecting the cigar in the fall of that year. The release was delayed, not making it to the market till the Spring of this year, but with the delay came much hype and an additional vitola. That additional vitola is titled SGP (Shallow Gene Pool), and it is a release that has become an exclusive for a handful of retailers while also being offered at RoMa Craft events. Today I look at this more limited Neanderthal, and see how this offering smokes.
June 21, 2015
Week in Review (Volume 3, Issue 23)
Would like to wish all the men folk out there a Happy Father's Day. With that being said, I am going to go back to my family to enjoy my Father' Day. Enjoy the read, and enjoy your Father's Day!
June 19, 2015
In late February, Smoke Inn and Drew Estate announced that they would be coming together to create the 11th Microblend release. The cigar would be called The Pope of Greenwich Village, and it would be a unique blend from Drew Estate. To no surprise, there was a lot of excitement that came with the announcement and it was the third Microblend Series to be released in under a year as Smoke Inn had the Bunker Buster and Pactum in the second half of 2014. For the most part, I have been a fan of a lot of the releases from the company, but there have been a couple that really stood out for me. Pactum and El Hijo are simply fantastic, and the same goes for the SI-15 Maduro. Teaming up with Drew Estate is going to bring a lot of positive attention, but with that comes a lot of pressure. Today I look at The Pope of Greenwich Village and see how it smokes.