May 25, 2015

Cigar Review: Eastern Standard Cake Walk (Caldwell Cigar Co.)

I continue with my reviews of the new Caldwells today and I am focusing on one of the two new offerings in the Eastern Standard line. The new cigar is called Cake Walk, and it is a monstrous cigar when compared with the original line offerings. Initially I did not think Eastern Standard would be a line that spoke to me and would have ranked it third in the Caldwell Collection Series, but I found that overall the line was my second favorite when looking at the Caldwell options. What helped it out even more was when they released the limited vitola lancero, The Silk Road. My experience with the ling though is that it does better young while losing some of those outstanding qualities with age, so today I jump on one of the new cigars and smoke it while it is young. Let's take a look at the Eastern Standard Cake Walk and see how it smokes and compares to the original offerings. 

May 24, 2015

Fresh Roasted by Lost & Found for Cigar Circus

Lost & Found has recently announced their latest Lost & Found release,  Fresh Roasted, and this is the second retailer exclusive from the company and 11th for the year. The cigar is being released for the upcoming event, Cigar Circus, and it is an event held at The Humidor in Wichita, Kansas. Total release number is 1,000, and the cigar is a petit robusto that measures 4 1/2" with a 50 ring gauge. The cigar is a Nicaraguan puro and features a Nicaraguan Habano wrapper. Besides being a Nicaraguan puro, the cigar was also made in Nicaragua at an undisclosed factory. Cigar Circus will take place on June 13th, 2015.

Cigar News: Siempre Tamboril Announced By Tony Bellatto

In the late summer of 2014, Tony Bellatto, Geno Bellatto, and Matt Waris were making a follow up trip to the Ventura Factory after their initial blending of La Barba Purple and were introduced to some incredible tobacco by Henderson Ventura when there. The opportunity to use the tobacco in a blend was too good to pass up, so Siempre Tamboril was born. The cigar is not technically a La Barba, but will be handled by the company, and is going to be a price friendly cigar with prices ranging from $4.50 to $8.00.

The blend utilizes an Ecuadorian Connecticut wrapper with a blend of Dominican Corojo Ligero and Dominican Habano Vuelta Abajo Seco. Production will be regular but in small batches, and there will be four cigars made available to selected retailers across the country, with an exclusive size for two retailers. The four readily available cigars will be a Perla (4" by 42), Robusto (5" by 50), Corona Gorda (5 2/4" by 50), and a Toro (6" by 50). The exclusive size will be a corona for Havana House West and Fine Ash Cigars.  

May 23, 2015

Cigar News: Murcielago Fly Agains With Espinosa Cigars

On Friday, May 22nd, 2015, Espinosa Premium Cigars announced that the Murcielago line would make a return to the market. It has been six years since the cigar was first launched under EO Brands, but with the dissolution of EO shortly after the release, there was only a small run that made it to market before it ceased to exist. Because of his love for the cigar though, Espinosa brought back the cigar and it will be showcased at the trade show this year in New Orleans. The cigars will be hitting shelves shortly after the show.

Murielago is Spanish for bat, and the line was first launched in 2009. At the time, it featured a Mexican San Andres wrapper over Nicaraguan binders and fillers, and was made in Nicaragua at My Father Cigars. The cigar was very special for Espinosa, so when the company dissolved he took ownership of the line with the intention of relaunching the line when the time came.

For the past three years Erik Espinosa and the company have been working on the new Murcielago, and they redid everything for the resurrection. The blend will feature a Capa Negra wrapper from Mexican and have Nicaraguan fillers and binders. The cigars are being made at La Zona in Esteli, Nicaragua, and will be semi-box pressed. While the tobacco breakdown look similar, the blend will be different. The cigars will come in three vitola offerings, none of which are figurados, and they are the Noir ( 5" by 52 ring gauge), La Lune ( 6 1/2" by 54 ring gauge), and Nocture (5 1/2" by 56 ring gauge).

Pricing has yet to be determined on the cigars but will be finalized at the trade show. The cigars will come in 20 count boxes and besides being a new cigar, the packaging will be new as well having a more modern flare. Espinosa is quoted in saying that "he is very happy with the new Murcielagos, and believes they are better than the original release versions."  A senior representative with the company did inform me that there are plans for figurados in the future, more than likely next year, and that they will more than likely be round rather than pressed. For the first year, the company wanted to play it safe.

May 22, 2015

Cigar Review: Long Live The King Lock Stock (Caldwell Cigar Co.)

Last month, Caldwell Cigar Company announced that their three premium lines would be receiving vitola additions. The King Is Dead would be receiving a Lonsdale, Eastern Standard a Toro and Pyramid, and Long Live The King a Belicoso. The announcement was not a surprise in my opinion because I did not foresee the company announcing a new line. They had six lines released last year, having a huge and successful inaugural year, and the company's first limited edition line is being sent to retailers as we speak. The company has announced its presence as being young and something different, and it is a company that has been edgy and speaking to a large number of retailers. While the packaging and design may be more to the liking of the younger cigar smoking generation, it is when the seasoned and older smokes light up the cigar that they understand the appeal. The appeal is not merely because of the packaging, but because of the greatness in the cigars. Today I look at the latest addition to the Long Live The King line, and this is my favorite line from the company. As mentioned earlier, the addition is a belicoso, and it goes by the name Lock Stock.   

May 20, 2015

Cigar News: Drew Estates Announces Nica Rustica "Belly"

This afternoon, Jonathan Drew shot a promotonal video on Instagram featuring the newest Nica Rustica, "Belly,"  that was shortly followed by a press release. The new cigar, which is being named "Belly," will be the second vitola in the Nica Rustica line and will be a 7 1/2" by 54 ring gauge belicoso. 

The cigar will be avaible in 25 count packs, very similar to the current Nica Rustica El Brujito, and will retail for $7.95 a cigar. Nica Rustica was first launched in 2013, and quickly became an in demand cigar from Drew Estate. The new cigar, "Belly" will be released at Louisville Water Town Park, in Louisville, Kentucky, and the release date is July 30th, 2015.

The Nica Rustica "Belly" will feature a Connecticut Broadleaf wrapper, Mexican San Andreas binder, and a filler blend of Nicaraguan tobacco from Jalapa and Esteli, Nicaragua. I am interested in seeing how this cigar smokes. I enjoyed the original Nica Rustica, thinking it was a solid release from the company, and I am curious to see what a 54 ring gauge will do to the blend as well as the tapered head.   

Cigar Review: Illusione Fume D'Amour Lagunas

If you pay attention to my site and what I review and smoke, you will notice that I am huge supporter of Illusione. It is a brand I can truly get behind, and it is a brand that has never disappointed me as a consumer. Probably my least favorite offerings from the company are the Candela and Maduro, and I think those are fantastic as well, especially in the ~888~ offering. Illusione has a cigar for all occasions in my opinion, and no matter the strength and body of a particular cigar, they are always flavorful. Last year he released a new line, Fume D'Amour, and it was a line that really spoke to me and grabbed my attention. I felt that it delivered some of those lighter and complex flavors present in the Epernay line, but at the same time was slightly fuller in terms of body and strength. I reviewed the Clementes back in September of last year, loving it,, and today I look at the Lagunas