March 6, 2015
In mid-July, Crux Cigars announced that they would be expanding the Passport line. This announcement came just before the IPCPR, and the announcement included two new sizes. Both of the sizes were small releases, under 5" and a 50 ring gauge, and they were releases that were attractive to a certain crowd in the industry. I think there are three divisions in the industry, in terms of the size of the cigar you smoke, and those divisions are: the 60 ring gauge crew, the toro crew, and the 40's crew. More often than not, I come across guys smoking a 6" by 60, a 6" by 52, or a cigar that is under 5 inch and has a ring gauge in the 40's. There is a great difference in what a cigar will smoke like in those three sizes, and I am one that goes for the smaller size. One of the more difficult sizes is in that smaller set, and it is the Half Corona. That is the size the Crux Cigars announced back in July of 2014, and today we check out the Crux Passport Half Corona and see how they do with the size.
Labels: Crux Cigars
March 4, 2015
In last year's Saints & Sinners kit, Pete include two vitolas that were the Tatuaje Verocu. They were the only two cigars that were easily identifiable, and it was a nice addition given that Pete announced the Verocu line would be making a return at the 2014 IPCPR. To be honest, it had been sometime since I actually smoked a Verocu, and on top of that, it had been even longer since I smoked a Havana VI. As many know or have heard, Pete has referred to the Verocu as the "Havana VI on steroids," and in my experience it was definitely a stronger and improved version of the line. I looked forward to smoking the cigars in the set, and this review could not have come at a better time with the Verocu getting a soft launch this week. The Verocu that is getting a soft launch is not this size, it's actually 3/8" longer, but let's see how this version smokes.
March 3, 2015
Belux is not a specific country; let's begin there. Sometimes with the regional program you can tell by the bands where the Habanos is designated: Alemania is for Germany, España is for Spain, and Italia is for Italy, but with bands that say Benelux or Belux, it is easy to get confused. Benelux is actually a union of three countries, Belgium, Netherlands, and Luxembourg, and Belux is a combination of Belgium and Luxembourg. You would wonder why the countries come together for a regional program, but when you look at the cost, the sizes of the country, and the market, it makes sense to come together to create a regional release and have it do very well. That is why over the years, you have seen these countries come together to have a regional release. In 2013, Belgium and Luxembourg teamed up to create the Bolívar Poderosos Edición Regional Belux, and today I look at this Rodolfo or Double Pyramid.
March 2, 2015
The Roman Empire was plagued with many terrible emperors throughout its existence. There were some great ones in there as well, but it seemed that before and/or after every great emperor there was a terrible one who really messed everything up. This made it difficult for the empire, as the good emperors had to correct everything that was messed up, or have all of his great achievements go to waste. One emperor that entered at a crappy time, but was able to do greatness and have it continue on for 21 years after the his reign came to and end was Trajan. Known as the "best ruler," for nearly 20 years he improved the Roman Empire and expanded it as well. If you read up on the Roman Empire and its emperors, his name is one that is mentioned in good taste, and that is a challenging thing to do when talking about the Roman Emperors. Because of his greatness, Quesada Cigars decided to pay tribute to him this year, nearly 1900 years after his death, and release a limitada bearing his name. The cigar is a part of the Casa Magna brand, and it is the Casa Magna Domus Magnus II Trajan.
March 1, 2015
Week in Review (Volume 3, Issue 9)
This was a terrible week again, if you are looking at what I smoked that is, but if you are checking out what I reviewed, there is some good stuff in there. I smoked stuff that covered a broad spectrum this week, and it ranged from really good to really disappointing. Overall, the week was a short week to a short month, but it was finished with the excitement of a new flagship Davidoff store in Tampa, FL. I am intrigued in attending the opening, and the store is going to be amazing. Let's check out this week!
February 28, 2015
Month in Review: (Volume 1, Issue 2)
January 2015 Highlights
February 27, 2015
Davidoff of Geneva USA announced today they they will begin construction of a Davidoff of Geneva - since 1911 store in Tampa, FL, 20 minutes away from the company's American headquarters. This will be the first licensed flagship store outside of Las Vegas, NV, and is one of several flagship stores being opened across the country. The store is slated to open late 2015, and will be opened with the partnership of Jeff and Tanya Borysiewicz from Corona Cigar Company.