July 21, 2014

Cigar Review: Joya Red Toro (Joya de Nicaragua)

I had the pleasure of touring the Joya de Nicaragua facilities in April and upon entering and leaving the factory I met wonderful individuals and experienced a factory that was traditional and older, but also very comforting because of that. You could feel the history around you when there and you saw it in the building surfaces and on the people's faces as well. It is a factory that is surrounded by homes and it does not come off as a factory in an industrial area, but a factory that was building within a neighborhood. Picture Arsenal Stadium and Wrigley Field, and that is what this factory is like. While there we were given some samples to begin with and we were told that it was a cigar they were working on. Nothing else was said at the time about the cigar, but instead we smoked the unknown and shared our thoughts. It was a cigar that spoke to me upon lighting, and when I found out that it was the new project from the company, I was thrilled. That new project is called Joya Red, and it is the cigar the company is featuring at this year's trade show. It is a cigar that has the company returning to their roots you can say, but what is unique is that it is crafted from the new generation of Joya de Nicaragua, Juan Martinez. Today I look at the Joya Red and it is exciting to look at this cigar while it is being showcased at the IPCPR.

July 20, 2014

Week in Review (Volume 2, Issue 23)

IPCPR is up and rolling and that means every manufacturer, smart retailer and most members of online media are in Las Vegas. I am not in the City of Sin, still working on the Mayor to welcome me back to the city, but my good friend Cigar Coop is, so check out his site for information on new releases. There is a lot of great stuff coming out, and I have covered some Drew Estate releases that were sent to me. Joya de Nicaragua will be featuring the new Joya Red, RoMa Craft will be featuring the new Neanderthal and Tatuaje/L'Atelier has a lot of great stuff they are showing off as well. One new cigar, that is not released yet, that I have been smoking a crap of is the Joya Red. Review coming soon!

July 19, 2014

Drew Estate Introduces the ACID Blondie ... Maduro at the 2014 IPCPR

Always thinking outside of the box, Drew Estate decided to play around with the popular and selling ACID brand and tweak the ACID Blondie. Featured at this years IPCPR, Drew Estate will be releasing the ACID Blondie, or should I say "ACID Brunette." Changing the wrapper from Connecticut Shade to a San Andrés Valley Maduro wrapper, the blend will now be bolder and appeal to the smoker looking for a little bit more in there Blondie experience.

MUWAT Nightcrawler Released at 2014 IPCPR (Drew Estate)

Keeping the party going, Drew Estate and Subculture Studios announced the release of the newest line extension to the MUWAT line, the Nightcrawler. Measuring 4.5" with a 50 ring gauge, this short robusto is the newest offering and is based off the stronger version of the MUWAT line, the Bait Fish. Customers were asking for a stronger MUWAT and Drew Estate has answered their requests. Along with a new line offering, the MUWAT line will receive a face change in terms of packaging. The line will now have new bands and logos with bolder fonts. 

Like the other MUWATs, the Nightcrawler will come in bundles of ten and will feature a San Andreas Negro Wrapper, Ecuadorian Connecticut Shade Binder and filler blend of Brazilian Mata Fina tobacco paired with Nicaraguan fillers provided by Joya de Nicaragua. Cigars will begin to ship following the IPCPR. I am looking forward to seeing the Bait Fish blend in this short robusto offering and I am glad that the company is release new MUWATS in traditional vitola offerings.  

Herrera Esteli Norteño by Drew Estate Released at 2014 IPCPR

Following the successful and sought after release of the Herrera Esteli, Willy Herrera and Drew Estate have announced the release of the newest addition in the Herrera Esteli brand, the Herrera Esteli Norteño. The cigar utilizes a Mexican San Andrés maduro wrapper, wrapper being utilized by many right now, and is followed by a Honduran binder. Underneath that is a blend of aged Nicaraguan tobacco, and the tobacco is being used from the regions of Esteli and Jalapa. There are six vitolas being released with the line and they are the...

Coronita - 4 x 46
Corona Extra - 4 3/4 x 48
Belicoso Fino - 5 x 50
Robusto Grande - 5 1/2 x 54
Toro  - 6 x 50
Lonsdale Deluxe - 6 1/2 x 44

The cigars will be available following the 2014 IPCPR and will be sent to Herrera Esteli retailers nationwide. The cigars come in 20 count boxes and are pressed cigars. I smoked a pre-release down in Nicaragua and can you tell you that it is severely pressed and almost a more industrial pressed Oval format. This is a big release for Willy as it marks his second release with Drew Estate and his first release as the companies Master Blender