October 1, 2014

Cigar Review: Surrogates Satin Glove by L'Atelier Imports

The Surrogates brand is a brand that always intrigued me, and if you look at Surrogates as a part of L'Atelier Imports, it is really a brand within a brand. The brand was originally made for New Havana Cigars, owned by Dan Welsh in Columbus, Ohio, and he is one of the four players in L'Atelier. It started out with the Bone Crusher and Skull Breaker, but with the establishment of L'Atelier, they added Crystal Baller and Tramp Stamp in 2012 and in 2013 they added the Animal Cracker. The concept behind the brand is to release cigars that smoke like limited releases, but are regular production and affordable. This year marked their latest release, the Satin Glove. Each release has had a unique name, the meanings of which are only really known by the four L'Atelier members, and that keeps things fun and entertaining to the consumers who wish to know every little detail. The brand itself was a brand that never really spoke to me, that is until they released the Crystal Baller, and I am interested to see how this new release, Satin Glove, does to keep my interest in the brand and look forward to future releases.

September 30, 2014

Cigar Revisited: Illusione Cruzado Marelas Supremas

I am going to be honest to you and say that I do not know how well the Cruzado line does for Dion and Illusione Cigars. I don't see the numbers, so I can't prove anything, but I imagine that it is at the bottom of the regular production lines in terms of demand. I think Rotchildes is number one right now, followed by Original Documents or Epernay, but I don't think Cruzado is as high as it should be. The guys who have smoked the line truly appreciate it, but for some reason most smokers just know about Epernay and Original Documents. I think that stems from the fact that Cigar Aficionado has rated those brands more than his other brands, but once again I don't know all the facts. From my experience though, this is probably one of the most underrated lines on the market, not just the Illusione portfolio. I have always enjoyed the line, I love the Marios, Dantes and Domenicos Extra, and I have a lot of them aging in my humidor, but the line really saw greatness when he released the Marelas Supremas last year.

September 29, 2014

Cigar Review: Cohiba Comador

I love cigars and I love listening to Jay-Z, but the question of do I listen to Jay-Z when I smoke cigars is answered with an easy no. He is more what I listen to when I am working out and running. When it comes to the smokes, I am more of a Indie-Folk guy, but then again brother Logan calls me a total hipster. What I will say about Jay-Z and cigars is that he had possibly one of the best pieces in Cigar Aficionado that I have ever read and that he is a passionate cigar smoker. He smokes some great sticks, and when you see him smoking cigars, you can see the bands and know he knows what's up. When it was announced that he would be working with General Cigars to create a new cigar, the Cohiba Comador, I felt that the cigar was a marketing ploy to get sales, but I was still curious to smoke it. That is why I am starting this week off with the Cohiba Comador.

September 28, 2014

Week in Review (Volume 2, Issue 30)

I smoked a lot of Nicaraguan tobacco this week and more importantly, I smoked a lot of AGANORSA tobacco. I have always been a fan of AGANORSA tobacco, I think it is the best in Nicaragua, but some of these recent releases have come from phenomenal crops. With that being said, it is tobacco that ages wonderfully. There are great bends with the tobacco, and you can find these blends with Casa Fernandez, Illusione and others. It is easy to say that AGANORSA, is becoming a personal favorite. Besides AGANORSA tobacco, I smoked some new stuff, Cordoba & Morales and Cohiba Comador, and found them both great releases. I also revisited some old cigars, L'Atelier LAT and a La Palina Pasha which both smoked incredible. Anyways, let's take a look at what I smoked.

September 27, 2014

Product Review: Adorini HumiSave Bag

How many of you have used the Humidor Bag by Arturo Fuente that is powered by Boveda or even the XIKAR HumiStore Bag? If you are like me, you have used them quite frequently and found that they are great for storing cigars for a good period of time when a humidor is not available. They are affordable and that makes them an easy purchase as opposed to buying a new travel humidor or even a new humidor. I know I have used them for extended periods of time in the past, and I have always found them to keep the cigars in great condition. I prefer the Humidor Bag over the XIKAR option, mostly because I don't care for water pillows, and the reason I don't care for water pillows is because I believe they are messy and not as reliable as the Boveda packs. The Humidor Bag is more expensive, but overall the price difference is not too great and it has a better quality to it, so it is worth the extra money. A new player to this game of "humidor bags" though is Adorini. They are a European company that focuses primarily on the European market, and recently I was contacted about their products. They make gorgeous humidors  that are of very high quality, buttoday I look at their "humidor bag," and see how it works and compares with the bags readily available in our cigar shops.

September 26, 2014

Cigar Revisited: L'Atelier LAT52

So there have been a couple brothers who have asked my input on cigars that I reviewed a while back. They know I reviewed them, but they wanted my input now on them. They wanted to know if I still had originals and how they smoke with age or even new production of the original releases that I reviewed. Because of that, I have decided to start this Cigar Revisited section and come back to cigars that I reviewed and provide my thoughts. I am interested to see how this goes because there will be some that are worse, better and the same. Today I look at the L'Atelier LAT52.

Cigar Review: Cumpay Robusto (Maya Selva Cigars)

Maya Selva Cigars is a company that is really blowing me away with their lines lately. Gabriel Alvarez contacted me about them when he was first joining the company, and when I began tasting their products I quickly saw why he joined them. They are a company that has got some true gems in their portfolio, and in Europe they do quite well. Till he joined them I never smoked their stuff or really heard about them, but now that they are entering the United States market I am glad to be smoking them and informing my America readers of their sticks as they work their way into stores. They have a portfolio that covers a lot of areas, and I can say with ease that the brands they have now will reach out well to the modern smoker. It is quite funny actually, a lot of these brands have been on the market for years now, but the smokers nowadays are beginning to favor these styles of smokes so the timing is perfect. They are a company that focuses on Honduras, both for production and tobacco, but today I look at their Nicaraguan puro Cumpay, and see how it smokes.