November 27, 2014

Cigar Review: Señorial Belicoso No. 2

Thanksgiving Day may not be the best day to put out a review, I think people are spending their day doing better things rather than getting on the web and reading reviews, but as I have been smoking this cigar recently and loving it, I thought I would post it on Thanksgiving. It's actually a cigar I will be smoking today as I find that it is a perfect cigar for the wine and food I will be enjoying today, and it is a cigar that I have been telling everyone to reach out to. The cigar is the Señorial Belicoso No. 2, and it is one of the vitolas that was released earlier this year with the Señorial brand. I know Jose Blanco has the Corona Gorda No. 5 as his favorite, that and the Paco Robusto, but the Belicoso No. 2 has become my favorite.

November 26, 2014

Cigar Review: Arturo Fuente Añejo Reserva No. 8-8-8

In 2000, the market was blessed with a new release from Arturo Fuente, the Arturo Fuente Añejo. While we were blessed with a new and popular cigar, it came about after a hardship to the Fuente Family and many others in the Caribbean. In 1998, Hurricane Georges came through the Caribbean, destroying everything in its path, including the praised farms that grew the wrapper leaf for the Fuente Fuente OpusX line. Instead of halting production completely, Carlos Fuente Jr. decided to use a unique Connecticut Broadleaf as the wrapper over their prized Dominican tobacco filler and binder used in the OpusX line. The aged Dominican filler and binder tobacco was covered in a rare five year old Connecticut Broadleaf wrapper that had been aged in Cognac barrels, and thus began the Arturo Fuente Añejo line. For 14 years the line has been in high demand, and this year they added a new and unique size to the line.

November 25, 2014

Cigar Revisited: La Palina 1896 Robusto

The first cigar by the resurrected cigar company La Palina, the Limited Edition 1896 was released in 2010 and while it was limited production, I don't know the exact numbers of its limited nature. It was a cigar that could still be found at retail locations across the nation in 2013 and heck, there might still be a couple that have them lying around in the corner of the humidor. I remember when I first lit it up, I was very pleased, and it made me look forward to future releases from the company. At the time, La Palina was working with Graycliff and Bill Paley began that relationship by working with Avelino Lara when he was still alive and working with Graycliff. If you don't know who Avelino Lara is, he was once the master blender for Castro and part of the Cohiba creation.

November 24, 2014

Cigar Review: La Aurora Preferidos Corona Especiales Diamond

2012 was a year where La Aurora really turned things around as a company and released one of the best Connecticut Broadleafs the market has seen in a long time. I believe they are still doing well with the wrapper and releasing successful blends with it, but I believe this was the cigar that truly began their success. The cigar was the La Aurora Preferidos Diamond, and is the latest regular production addition to the Preferidos brand. The Preferidos is a very unique vitola, I think it goes beyond being a figurado and delivers something more, and is a size that can not be replicated. The name itself is great, and it is a size that really shows some wonderful qualities to the wrapper applied. While it is a great size, there is an additional size that is just as great and more traditional. That size is the corona, and for this year La Aurora is releasing a limited edition run for the Mid-Atlantic region of the the Preferidos in a corona offering.

November 22, 2014

Cigar News: Drew Estate Announces Undercrown ShadyXV Premium Cigar & Partnership with Shady Records

On Friday, November 21st, 2014, Drew Estate announced their newest limited edition cigar and addition to the Undercrown line. The cigar is the Undercrown ShadyXV, and the cigar is produced in partnership with Shady Records. Shady Records is a New York-Detroit based record company and currently has artists such as D12 and Eminem working with them. Part artists include 50 Cent and Obie Trice. The cigar will be based off of the Corona ¡Viva! blend, and will be similar to the Corona ¡Viva! and Dogma.

The ShadyXV will be a box-pressed belicoso that measures 5" with a 50 ring gauge. It will feature a San Andres Mexican wrapper, Connecticut Stalk Cut Habano binder and Nicaraguan and Brazilian Mata Fina tobacco for the filler blend. Total production is set at 500 soft packs with 10 cigars being in a pack. The cigar will be releases on November 27th, 2014, and will be released to a handful of retailers in the Detroit area.

Jonathan Drew stated that "he couldn't be more amped that this project was coming to fruition," and Paul Rosenberg, partner in Shady Records stated that "this was a huge honor and he could not be more happy." Rosenberg has a been a passionate boutique cigar smoker for a long time, as well as being a large supporter of Drew Estate, so this project is very exciting for him.

The retailers that will be getting the Undercrown ShadyXV are:

Churchills, Birmingham, MI
Churchills, West Bloomfield, MI
Wild Bill’s, Roseville, MI
Wild Bill’s, Commerce, MI
Smokes on Burdick, Kalamazoo, MI
La Casa, Detroit, MI
The Wine Garden, St Clair Shores, MI
Jenuwine’s, Troy, MI
Jenuwine’s, Sterling Heights, MI
Jenuwine’s, Royal Oak, MI

November 21, 2014

Cigar Review: Tierra Volcán Clasico (Mombacho Cigars)

This is a delayed introduction, but when I initially wrote it, it was the day following the Bruins getting their asses kicked to the Maple Leafs 6 to 1. It just happened to also be 90 days since I originally threw this cigar in my humidor from my local Mombacho shop. It was a meant to be review if you ask me, so there was no other option than to smoke this beauty and review it. You may ask why the Maple Leafs aspect is important, and the reason for that is that Mombacho Cigars was founded in Toronto in 2006. While in Canada their product is called Mombacho, in the States it is called Tierra Volcán. They hit the States strong this year, teaming up with RoMa Craft for distribution, and they have been working their way into cigar shops around the nation since mid year. I reviewed the Corto back in August, enjoying it and seeing the aging potential, and today I am here to review the Clasico. 

November 19, 2014

Cigar Review: Tatuaje Saints & Sinners 2014 (Tatuaje Barclay Rex)

In 2010 Pete Johnson created a limited retailer exclusive release for a cigar shop in New York City that was celebrating it's 100th anniversary. That store is Barclay Rex, and while the store is not the most well known of stores in New York City, Cigar Inn, Nat Sherman and Davidoff are much more well known, to be a store that is now 104 years old in New York City is pretty incredible. I have never been to the store, but from my understanding it is a great store that is very elegant. It is focused predominately on pipes, that is where it all began for them, but they have a wonderful humidor as well. Anyways, Pete was asked to create an exclusive for the store and thus created the Barclay Rex 100th Anniversary. It was a full body and full strength release for the store and is one of his well known retail exclusives. I never smoked the original release, but today I am smoking the latest redux which was offered in this year's Saints & Sinners kit.