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.   

November 18, 2014

Week in Review (Volume 2, Issue 36)

Yes, it is Tuesday and not Sunday, but I got tied up with some family matters and have been down for the count as well. I am finally feeling up to writing about cigars, so that is why I am completing my Week in Review and then will be able to focus on smoking again. There are some special cigars that I want to put up for review next week, but in the meantime, enjoy my thoughts on these sticks and see what can happen to a cigar after sitting in the humidor for 90 days.

Crowned Heads & Cigar Federation Head To London with The Buckingham

As some may know, in April of 2014 Cigar Chat and Crowned Heads announced that they would be coming together to create an exclusive cigar for Cigar Federation. The cigar would be called TexiCali, and it paid tribute to the home states of co-hosts, Logan Lawler and Rob Rasmussen. No further information was revealed at the time, and we were all left on the edge of our seats, waiting for the release.

It is now mid-November and the cigar has been announced with new and additional details. The release is set for November 20th and marks the final limited release from Crowned Heads for 2014. The cigar has a new name now, The Buckingham, and the name change came about with the acquisition of Cigar Federation by Logan Lawler from the heads of Ezra Zion Cigars. Both Huber and Lawler wanted the new name to represent the new owner of Cigar Federation and mark the "changing of the guard."

The Buckingham will be a limited and retailer exclusive release, and total production is set at 2,000 cigars. The cigars will come in ten count mazos and will be unbanded. The blend is being disclosed as being Nicaraguan tobacco in the filler and binder, with the wrapper being Mexican San Andres. The cigar will be made at My Father Cigars S.A. The cigar will be a single vitola release and will be a Corona Gorda measuring 6" with a 46 ring gauge. 

Cigar News: Drew Estate Announces Limited Holiday Run of Liga Privada Único Serie Ratzilla

On Tuesday, November 18th, 2014, Drew Estate announced that the company would be releasing a limited number of Liga Privada Único Serie Ratzillas this holiday season and that they would be going to stores that participate in the companies program, Drew Estate Drew Diplomat Program. The cigar was originally released in 2012 as a one time release and since then  has been sought after in high demand.

The Ratzilla is a larger version of the Dirty Rat and is a super Lonsdale. The cigar measures 6 1/4" with a 46 ring gauge and features a Connecticut River Valley Stalk Cut & Cured grown Habano seed wrapper. The binder on the cigar is Brazilian Mata Fina seed, and has filler tobacco from Honduras and Nicaragua. I consider it to be the best cigar that Drew Estate has produced, and the cigar is made at La Gran Fabrica Drew Estate in Esteli, Nicaragua.

My review of the Ratzilla can be found here. 

November 17, 2014

Cigar Review: Ashton Symmetry Prestige

For nearly ten years, Ashton is a company that has focused on two brands, San Cristobal and La Aroma de Cuba, and one country, Nicaragua. They have been putting a lot of focus on those two brands and the production of them out of My Father Cigars S.A. They have had a lot of success with them, having them do well with end of the year ratings, but this year they announced their return to the Dominican Republic. The cigar has been in the works for years, being delayed due to tobacco issues and other items, but it is now here. The cigar is called Symmetry, and as I said earlier, it is the first new release to come out of the Dominican Republic in nearly ten years. The company returned to their close friends, the Fuente Family for this cigar, and I know I am not the only person to be excited about this partnership. With cigars like the Ashton ESG, Ashton VSG and Ashton Aged Maduro, they have made some incredible cigars in the DR and I am looking forward to seeing how the Symmetry smokes.