March 7, 2014
Jose Blanco informed me this morning that production on his new cigar Señorial began today. As mentioned in my earlier post, the cigars are being rolled in the Dominican Republic and are being rolled at Tabacalera La Palma. The cigars are being composed of tobacco that is at least two years old and once rolled will rest before packaging. The final blend is mostly Dominican, but there is some Nicaraguan tobacco being used with an Ecuadorian Habano wrapper. The line will initially be five vitolas: a 5 1/2 inch by 46 ring gauge Corona Gorda, a 5 1/4 by 52 Robusto, a 6 by 54 Toro, a 6 1/4 by 52 Figurado and a 6 by 60 Gordo.
At the beginning of February I reviewed the FHK Stature. I was not a fan of the cigar, but Ezra Zion was very positive that I would enjoy the Truth, so they reached out to me again to review the smoke. It is a cigar that is more my speed, much smaller ring gauge, and I have been told by Chris and Kyle that this was the size they blended the cigar in. When I originally smoked the Stature I picked up a lot of the Brazilian tobacco flavors and I thought that it was nice to taste the flavors, but thought that it was too much and was looking for a little bit more from the wrapper and Nicaraguan tobacco. I am interested in seeing the differences, because I know there will be some differences, so let's move on to the cigar and get this review on.
Labels: Ezra Zion Cigar Company
March 5, 2014
Last year at the 2013 IPCPR, Lou Rodriguez showcased the newest addition to the Lou Rodriguez portfolio, and also released its first 60 ring gauge cigar. The cigar is called Lou Rod, and it has been a huge hit for retailers across this nation. Every retailer I have spoken with says it moves like no other, and that is because of the wonderful price, size, great construction and amazing flavors! It is one of my favorite 60 ring gauge cigars, and there is only three in that category. With the success of the Lou Rod, the company wanted to continue with that large smoke, but at the same time make it a shorter smoke. While keeping the ring gauge, the company decided to shed some inches from the length and bring it down to a nub like format. This was thrown around last fall, but it has not been released as of yet. Today, I look at the Snub Nose, which is soon to be hitting the shelves.
Labels: Lou Rodriguez
March 3, 2014
When individuals talk about tobacco and the position of leaves on the plant the most common names you hear of are seco, viso and ligero. Most people know that seco is at the lowest and ligero is the highest, but in reality there are more breakdowns than that. That does not take into account volado or even corona, and you can even have further breakdown with that. There are typically 5 to 8 primings on a tobacco plant, and it takes around 5 to 8 weeks to harvest the tobacco. You work your way up until you are in the corona phase, and during that time more sunlight and nutrients are making it to the top leaves which is making them richer and stronger. There are occasions however that there are two additional leaves above the corona phase. They are not always there, and the leaves are very small and special. These leaves are called medio tiempo and they are very limited. Not all tobacco plants have them, and they are leaves that are incredibly flavorful and have a nice bit of strength with that. They have been used for sometime, but it really wasn't until 2010 when Habanos S.A. announced the Behike that they began grabbing attention. Since then manufacturers have stated that they are using it in the blend, and this year Andre Farkas announced that he would be using the tobacco in his new Exclusivo Leaded.