March 30, 2015

Jose Blanco Blending Seminar on Cigar Federation

Jose Blanco, owner of Las Cumbres Tobacco and the individual behind Señorial, will be doing a live, online blending seminar on Cigar Federation! There are going to be two different times that you can attend: April 29, 2015 at 8PM EST or May 2, 2015 at 3PM EST, and I will be co-hosting on May 2nd, 2015.

The blending seminar is a must, and it is an incredible experience for any passionate cigar smoker! Jose is world renown for his in-depth and insider blending knowledge. It’s an opportunity for a rare look behind the curtain of how true premium cigars are created.

With this show, you will have the opportunity to blend along with Jose by getting a blending kit from the CigFedStore. Your blending packet will include: (1) Tasting Note Card, (1) Four Wrapper Blending Cigar, (2) Binder/Filler Only Blending Cigars and (3) Señorials. This will be different and more in depth than Jose's previous sessions because we have the binder/filler cigars to smoke before and during the show, and he will be going more in depth, with much more information. I hope you all participate in the seminar, and see on you on May 2nd, 2015!

This is a private event and purchase of the blending packet is the price of admission. To purchase click here.

Cigar Review: Viaje Jalapeño

Earlier this month, Andre Farkas of Viaje announced their two newest lines/early Spring releases. The cigars were called Senior Andre's Chicharrónes and Jalapeño, and Andre is going for a food theme with this release. Chicharrón is a traditional dish from Spain that typically uses fried pork rinds, and Viaje's release paid tribute to that by having three blend offerings in the release- Original, Bold, and Spicy. The boxes feature a drawing of a torero and boar, and the three cigars come in one box of 90 cigars, 30 cigars each. The other release, the one that was most appealing to me, was the Viaje Jalapeño. This release was coming out of Raices Cubanas, and with no tobacco disclosed, was rolled in a perfecto manner featuring brilliant packaging. With my love for jalapeños, I had to smoke and review the cigar. Enough of the introduction though, let's take a look at this cigar.

March 29, 2015

Week in Review (Volume 3, Issue 12)

Seth's Humidor
Week in Review (Volume 3, Issue 12)

This was a great week, and there was nothing this week that disappointed me. All the cigars I reviewed and smoked were constructed wonderfully, and more importantly they showed fantastic flavors. For the most part, it was a battle of Nicaraguan puros vs. Cuban puros, and while the countries produce tobacco that is very different, and hard to truly compare, both countries had some great offerings. It is hard to say which one I prefer over the other, they are both appropriate at different times, but I find myself smoking more Cuban puros rather than Nicaraguan puros. I can tell you in confidence that the cigars coming out of Cuba do not all taste the same and they are not the same blend, simply given different bands. Are there some similarities between some brands coming out of Cuba? Absolutely, but the same goes for Nicaragua, Honduras, and the Dominican Republic. That is what happens when you create a cigar with tobacco from one country and limited regions. I could give everyone at least ten different Nicaraguan puros that taste almost identical to one another, and they are more similar to one another than comparing ten Cuban brands to one another. Following up on that, I could list a couple factories in Nicaragua that are producing blends that have tasted nearly identical year after year, despite being labeled as a "new blend." It is easy to point the finger at Cuba and say "what they do is wrong," but the truth is that the people pointing fingers are far from perfect as well, and they make plenty of mistakes also. 

March 28, 2015

Cigar News: Espinosa Especial Unveiled by Espinosa Cigars

On Thursday, March 26th, 2015, Espinosa Cigars announced their newest cigar as a company, the Espinosa Especial. The cigar, quoting Erik Espinosa, "is a new line, a new blend, a new cigar, but it's everything you have come to expect from Espinosa Cigars and La Zona. The cigar is going to be released to the market in April of this year, and the cigar will come in ten count boxes. Pricing was not announced in the press release, but given  the cigar comes in ten count boxes, box purchases will not be out of the question to any smoker.

The cigar will be offered in three vitolas: No. 1 (6 1/2" with a 48 ring gauge), No. 4 (5" with a 52 ring gauge), and the No. 5 (6" with a 54 ring gauge.) The cigar comes with a Mexican Capa Negra wrapper, and it has a binder and filler blend that are made up of Nicaraguan tobacco from the four major regions- Esteli, Jalapa, Condega, and Ometepe. The cigar is not aimed to be like the Espinosa Maduro, but is a new concept that has its own distinct personality. Espinosa has really led the way with Mexican wrappers, and that goes back to 2009 with the release of the Murcielago. The tobacco has and was used before Murcielago, but Espinosa was one of the first to use the tobacco with pride, acknowledging its strengths.  

March 27, 2015

Cigar Review: Davidoff Maduro T (Toro)

Davidoff is known for many things, and while what they are known for varies depending on the individual, I guarantee that no one says they are known for the Davidoff Maduro. There are few smokers I know who have truly treasured the Maduro offering from the company, and this is a blend that has been on the market for seven years now. I know many Davidoff smokers who have smoked through almost the entire portfolio, but when I ask about Davidoff Maduro, they tell me they have never had it. I don't get it, and I have stopped trying to understand it, but to this day I continue to rave about this line. After the Millennium Blend, it is my favorite line from the company, and it is very different than anything else Davidoff has done. What makes the release even more interesting is that the wrapper used is Nicaraguan, and the company went in a totally different direction than they have with past releases. Enough of the introductions though, let's look at the Davidoff Maduro T.

March 26, 2015

Habanos Critic Review: Cohiba Siglo V (2005)

In 1992, Habanos S.A. celebrated 500 years since the arrival of Christopher Columbus in Cuba, and with that celebration, they released the Linea 1492 Series. The Habanos would not actually be released to the market until 1994, but for those 500 years, they had five releases in place. They ranged from Siglo 1 to Siglo V, and they were releases the increased in length as they increased in numbers. They added a sixth, and the most well known of the Siglos in 2002, the Siglo VI, and what makes it odd was that they broke away from the tradition of having a release for every hundred years. The next release due would technically be in 2092, and if that happened I would be thoroughly impressed. We'd all be dead by then, but you never know. Anyways, we have covered the Siglo IV and Siglo VI, and today I cover a Siglo V. What makes this review great though is that it is not a recently released Siglo, bearing the new band, but rather a 10 year smoke from 2005.


Habanos Critic Review: Montecristo Churchills Añejados

In December of last year, Habanos S.A. announced a new vision and concept, especially for Habanos S.A., and it was called Añejados. It can be translated as Aged Habanos, and the idea behind is that Habanos S.A. would be releasing aged Habanos, something they don't do. These Habanos are between five and eight years old, and they have aging in Habana all that time. The releases would be limited to two Global Brands, and those brands would be Montecristo and Romeo y Julieta. The vitolas would be existing vitolas, and what makes these releases even more interesting is that the vitolas used in each brand are popular vitolas for the opposing brand. The Montecristo brand would have an aged Julieta No. 2, and the Romeo y Julieta brand would be receiving a Pirámides. Brother Catfish recently reviewed the Romeo offering, but today I look at the Montecristo Churchills Añejados.