October 21, 2014
While medio tiempo tobacco has been used in years past, it wasn't until 2010 that it really began to be known about by most cigar consumers. It was that year that Habanos re-released the Behike and within the blend was medio tiempo tobacco. Medio tiempo tobacco is found at the highest part of the tobacco plant and is very scrace. The leaves are typically much smaller than the other leaves on the plant and you will typically only find two of these leaves. After the Behike, Casa Fernandez announced that they would be using medio tiempo tobacco in a specific limited vitola in their new line, Casa Fernandez Miami. That specific vitola was the Casa Fernandez Miami Reserva Toro, and it eventually became its own line. Since then the tobacco has been used in other blends, Casa Fernandez always disclosing when they use it, and one of the manufacturers that is using it is Viaje. Andre announced earlier this year that he would be using medio tiempo in the blend of his new tweaked Exclusivo blend, the Exclusivo Leaded.
October 20, 2014
I was struggling in coming up with an introduction to Warped Cigars and La Colmena. I could not think of anything that truly did it justice, so bear with me as my introduction is longer, but important to the company.
The idea of having your cigar assembled by one individual is an idea that is not common anymore. Yes, you can occasionally attend a cigar event where there is a roller bunching the cigar and applying the wrapper, but it is uncommon. It is even more uncommon to come across a factory where they have a roller doing the entire process. When you enter into a factory, you will have a buncher, the individual assembling the filler blend together and applying the binder, and the roller, the individual applying the wrapper. These two will be working together to create your cigar, and they are simply called a pair. But, there are some factories that apply the true Cuban method, and they have rollers doing the entire process. These rollers are ranked depending on their skills, and the highest ranking is Level 9. El Titan de Bronze is a factory that uses this method, and they are a factory located in Little Havana, in Miami, Florida.
October 19, 2014
It has been 14 days since the completion of the seasoning period of the Ammodor and it is time to give you all an update and my final thoughts. I picked out 26 cigars, random cigars from my collection, and loaded them into the Ammodor. I had a 72% RH Boveda pack available, so I placed that in there as well to use as my humidification device. I closed the lid and began my testing. I decided that I would check the humidity once a day and would check it at 09:00 AM. I left the Ammodor at my office, so I did not check it on the weekends, but come Monday morning I was opening that bad boy up and taking a look at the relative humidity level. Below are my numbers from the test period.
October 17, 2014
I believe it is safe to say that every TAA retailer loves Pete Johnson and Tatuaje. With his annual TAA exclusive release, the TAA members know that they are going to get a good stick and will be able to sell the cigar. Some they may not sell as well, but the Tatuaje TAA is a definite sale. I have smoked a handful of TAA releases over the years, and I can tell you that Pete's releases are always consistently enjoyable. Some of the other releases have not been as great, often making me wonder if the TAA members actually smoked the cigars, or had a decision in the release, but they have always gotten a good product from Tatuaje. Last year Pete changed it up on them, and instead of releasing a TAA cigar that we would expect, a box pressed cigar with a Connecticut Broadleaf wrapper, he changed it up and released a massive toro that was the Seleccion de Cazador blend. It was a nice way of honoring his tenth anniversary and the TAA, but the Tatuaje TAA guys went a little nuts. They wanted their box pressed Broadleaf offering, and this year Pete made a return of the typical Tatuaje TAA release, pleasing those individuals.
October 16, 2014
13 months ago I smoked and reviewed the L'Atelier Extension de la Racine ER13. If you read the review, you would see how much I loved the cigar, and I enjoyed them so much that I have not smoked them often, but rather when I want something that is special. I think it is a great cigar for many reasons, and it is a cigar that when I smoke, it makes me say, this was a cigar that was made for me. The name, Extension de la Racina, is translated as Extension of the Root, and it is the annual limited release from L'Atelier Imports. Production is not set at a certain number, but is determined by the order volume that is received at the IPCPR Trade Show. I appreciate how they release the cigar and how they determine how you have to get the cigar, it says a lot and truly sets expectations for everyone to be better and more for the industry.What makes the ER13 so good to me is the flavor profile delivered and the vitola that the cigar is rolled in.
October 15, 2014
The Exclusivo line by Viaje is an interesting line for Viaje and is really their Tatuaje Black Label. This was the blend that Andre had made for himself and it even features a Nicaraguan Criollo wrapper. The Corona Gorda is very well known, it is not readily available, but I have found that the Super Lance and Lancero for Atlantic Cigars are just as enjoying. Production is very limited on this cigar and more often than not you are seeing it produced in a manner that is truly limited, and not so much seasonal. The line has become available in a handful of sizes over the years, but in 2012 a new size was released and it was a very unique release. To date, it is till as unique as it once was, and that is because it is the only box-pressed Exclusivo. That cigar is available at only one shop, and that shop is Tower Pipes & Cigars in Sacramento, California.