July 25, 2014

Cigar Review: Tatuaje Drac (Pudgy Monsters)


One of the coolest releases ever done in terms of packaging has to be Tatuaje The Drac. With the box shaped like a coffin and the bands placed at the foot of the cigar upside down, making the cigar look like a fang when reading the band, the packaging was great and Vampiresque. The cigar itself was fairly solid, and though not nearly as good as the first release to the Monster Series, The Frank, it was a successful release as they usually all are. To be honest though, there is very little that is as good as The Frank, and the Mummy is in second place in my opinion. I think of the cigar as the classiest of the releases, and that is because of the packaging behind the stick. Speaking of the cigar though, I am not a fan of tapered heads, they just don't speak to me, but with a release like this you really can't go any other way. I remember smoking a couple in 2009, enjoying them, and smoking a Lil' Dracs in 2012 and sharing a similar opinion. Today though, I look at the Pudgy Monsters offering of The Drac and see how it compares. 

July 23, 2014

Cigar Review: Montecristo Petit No. 2

Montecristo Petit No. 2

Montecristo is probably the most well known brand in the world. Everyone knows the name and the story behind it. Along with that, the Montecristo No. 2 is probably one of the most well known cigars in the world too. It is easily the most well known figurado/pyramid/torpedo, and everyone attempts to make the next torpedo that will beat this cigar. It received the Number 1 rating from Cigar Aficionado last year, deservedly so, and along with receiving such a high rating from last year, Habanos S.A. announced the release of a smaller version of the cigar, the Petit No. 2. I was curious to see how the cigar would be, given the fact that the No. 2 is an absolute classic, so today I check out this smoke and see how the shorter version compares. 

July 21, 2014

Cigar Review: Joya Red Toro (Joya de Nicaragua)



I had the pleasure of touring the Joya de Nicaragua facilities in April and upon entering and leaving the factory I met wonderful individuals and experienced a factory that was traditional and older, but also very comforting because of that. You could feel the history around you when there and you saw it in the building surfaces and on the people's faces as well. It is a factory that is surrounded by homes and it does not come off as a factory in an industrial area, but a factory that was building within a neighborhood. Picture Arsenal Stadium and Wrigley Field, and that is what this factory is like. While there we were given some samples to begin with and we were told that it was a cigar they were working on. Nothing else was said at the time about the cigar, but instead we smoked the unknown and shared our thoughts. It was a cigar that spoke to me upon lighting, and when I found out that it was the new project from the company, I was thrilled. That new project is called Joya Red, and it is the cigar the company is featuring at this year's trade show. It is a cigar that has the company returning to their roots you can say, but what is unique is that it is crafted from the new generation of Joya de Nicaragua, Juan Martinez. Today I look at the Joya Red and it is exciting to look at this cigar while it is being showcased at the IPCPR.

July 20, 2014

Week in Review (Volume 2, Issue 23)

IPCPR is up and rolling and that means every manufacturer, smart retailer and most members of online media are in Las Vegas. I am not in the City of Sin, still working on the Mayor to welcome me back to the city, but my good friend Cigar Coop is, so check out his site for information on new releases. There is a lot of great stuff coming out, and I have covered some Drew Estate releases that were sent to me. Joya de Nicaragua will be featuring the new Joya Red, RoMa Craft will be featuring the new Neanderthal and Tatuaje/L'Atelier has a lot of great stuff they are showing off as well. One new cigar, that is not released yet, that I have been smoking a crap of is the Joya Red. Review coming soon!

July 19, 2014

Drew Estate Introduces the ACID Blondie ... Maduro at the 2014 IPCPR


Always thinking outside of the box, Drew Estate decided to play around with the popular and selling ACID brand and tweak the ACID Blondie. Featured at this years IPCPR, Drew Estate will be releasing the ACID Blondie, or should I say "ACID Brunette." Changing the wrapper from Connecticut Shade to a San Andrés Valley Maduro wrapper, the blend will now be bolder and appeal to the smoker looking for a little bit more in there Blondie experience.