August 27, 2014

Cigar Review: Mbombay Classic Robusto by Bombay Tobak


If you head out of Los Angeles in the direction of Joshua Tree, you will hit Palm Springs. It is a desert resort city in California and is home to Fame Wine and Cigar Lounge. The lounge has been around for 12 years now and is well known for its craft beers, great selection of wine and terrific cigars. The lounge has been very successful over the years and earlier this year they announced that they would be creating their own brand, Mbombay. I was made aware of the brand through a press released they sent out earlier this year and since then the company has been investing time and money into online media, targeting smokers nationally. Today I review one of their two lines, the Mbombay Classic, and see what the company is all about and what they have to offer the industry as a manufacturer.

August 26, 2014

Maya Selva Cigars Announces Gabriel Alvarez as U.S. Director of Sales


Beginning September 1st, 2014, Gabriel Alvarez will be joining May Selva Cigars as the Director of Sales in the United States. Before joining Maya Selva, Gabriel was working with Kuuts, LLC. as Operations Manager where he handled day to day operations of the company. Before that, Gabriel was owner of a successful cigar shop in Miami, Florida that he left upon accepting the position with Kuuts, LLC.

Tienda Exclusive by Willy Herrera: Barrister Cigars Gets Store Exclusive from Drew Estate

In a press release sent from Drew Estate yesterday, the company announced a store exclusive that is going to Barrister Cigars in Union, NJ. The new release will be called Tienda Exclusive by Willy Herrera and will be available in ten count boxes. The cigar goes on sale on September 2nd, 2014, and will be on sale from 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM. Jonathan Drew and Willy Herrera will be in attendance and the cigar is set to be priced at $12.00 a cigar before taxes.

August 25, 2014

Cigar Review: Long Live The King Petit Double Wide Short Churchill by Caldwell Cigar Co.


"The throne shall never be empty; the country shall never be without a monarch." With his departure from Wynwood Cigars, it was not long until Robert Caldwell began Caldwell Cigar Co. From the beginning, Caldwell realized that this was an industry that you could not remove yourself from for a long period of time and then reenter. With his return, Caldwell has paid homage to his career in the industry and created two lines that represent that time. For his departure from Wynwood, he created The King Is Dead. The broken chair on the band and box represents the chair he had at Wynwood Cigars. With his foundation of Caldwell Cigars, he has created Long Live The King. As Caldwell told us, there is always a king, even after the previous king's death. This is one of the three premier lines that have been released this year and to be honest, this was the one that really intrigued me. At first I was not interested in Eastern Standard, was not in a hurry to try a new Connecticut, but after smoking it I fell in love with it and was only more eager to smoke this cigar.  

August 24, 2014

Week in Review (Volume 2, Issue 25)

This was a week that was dedicated to Caldwell Cigar Co. They just came into my local cigar shop and when he brings in all the facings in a variety of sizes, you really get the opportunity to smoke so many great and different sticks. I have found my favorite so far, and the review is coming out Monday, but you really can't go wrong with anything the company is putting out. They have something for the medium body to full body smokers, and all the sticks are complex producing terrific flavors. I had the opportunity to spend some time with Robert Caldwell this past Friday and besides the fact that he is a cool guy, he is a passionate individual who is close with employees and knows tobacco and the cigar industry very well.