April 23, 2014

Cigar Review: WCD 127 Tatuaje Limited Edition

When it comes to cigars made to honor retail anniversaries the manufacturer that comes to mind is Pete Johnson. I can see why retailers do this, they know it will sell because of the crazy Tatuaje fans out there, but they also do it because Pete knows how to make some incredible cigars. I have enjoyed so many of his cigars, whether they are current regular production cigars or limited edition sticks, and he has a cigar that really speaks to every smoker. You may not care for a specific cigar of his, but believe me when I tell you that there are a lot of guys out there who do love that specific smoke. Following up on that, I have found that his products definitely have markets. I don't think any other manufacturer really captures that. Throughout the country certain Tatuaje cigars sell better than others and I have always noticed this when going into different retail stores to see a limited Tatuaje selection. I have always asked the retailer and they often respond by saying that these are the cigars that do well in their market. Last month W. Curtis Drapers, one of the oldest cigar stores in the nation, announced their newest retailer limited anniversary release, and that cigar was the WCD 127 by Tatuaje Cigars

April 21, 2014

Cigar Review: San Cristóbal de la Habana El Príncipe

In the 18th Century the Spanish found that Habana was constantly getting attacked by the English. They had secured the interior part of the island from attack but failed to secure the harbor that was facing the New World. So in order to protect the city they built four forts around the Port of Habana. One of these forts was and is still called Castillo del Príncipe, and can be found on the western most end of the harbor. The most well known fort is probably Morro Castle, but we will talk about that later. Our second piece of history revolves around the original name of the city of Habana. When the city was first established in 1519 it was called San Cristóbal de la Habana. San Cristóbal pays tribute to the Patron Saint, Saint Christopher, and Habana pays tribute to what is believed to be the Indian name of the site where the city lies today.

April 18, 2014

Cigar Review: VegaFina Sumum Edición Especial 2010 Toro

What I find hysterical is that this post was actually published for a short period of time without an introduction. It just goes to show that when you set up a review in advance that you better make sure the review is ready to be posted. I am sure I had plans of writing an introduction, I always do, but I totally forgot. To that, I apologize Altadis. I am honored that you reached out to me and sorry that I returned the favor with no introduction.

April 16, 2014

Cigar Review: CroMagnon Fomorian Barber Pole

I have to begin by saying that when you start at La Gran Fabrica Drew Estate and then head over to Nica Sueño there is a massive difference in the factories. Besides size, number of rollers, cigars being produced and bottles of Flor de Cana, there are noticeable differences between the two companies. In both factories I felt very welcomed, and while the two are very different, I loved them both about the same. While relaxing in Nica Sueño, which did not seem like a factory as much as a work space/man cave in the garage, I was able to drink some terrific rum, smoke tobacco from Pueblo Nuevo, talk with Skip and then smoke some regrowth ligero from Lancaster, PA. (Yes, that tobacco was a beast.) It was such a great experience and so last night I was remembering my time in the factory and decided to light up a cigar that was given to me but is not being released. The cigar is the Fomorian Barber Pole, and I felt that it was important to get the review up quickly while remembering my time with Skip and after thoroughly enjoying the cigar.   

Cigar Review: Debonaire Sagita Petite

Every cigar smoker knows Rocky Patel and Rocky Patel Premium Cigars. What some don't know is that before he was Rocky Patel Premium Cigars he was Indian Tabac Cigar Company. He did not use his name because at the time he did not feel comfortable enough in putting his name on the brand. What a lot of people don't know is that he had a business partner when he first started and that partner was a man by the name of Philip S. Zanghi III. Zanghi eventually parted with ways with Rocky and would remain out of the industry for many years. Then in 2012 he returned and he made a return with Debonaire Cigars. Partnering with Daniel Sinclair, Zanghi returned with the Debonaire brand, and it was a brand that was limited to three vitolas. Eventually in 2013 he added two vitolas to the line and one of those vitolas was the Sagita Petite.

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