(He buys a box of cigars, insures them, smokes them all, makes a claim, buys more, then ultimately gets thrown in jail on 24 separate counts of arson.) But now we know Paisley loves cigars, especially Cubans and Dominicans.
7thIn 2010 to honor seven successful years of the Seleccion De Cazador line Pete Johnsonreleased a new size in the line, and made it available in two differentwrappers. The cigar is known as the 7th,and since then Pete has added a third option in terms of the wrapper, but haskept the filler and binder the same.
I've mentioned many times that 2011 was definitely the year of the Ecuadorian Connecticut wrapper cigar. Over the past couple of years, many companies have been trying to do something innovative or different beyond the mild/mild to medium Ecuadorian Connecticut cigars.
Buffalo Trace Distillery named Brand Innovator of the Year for 2012 by Whisky Magazine. Master Distiller Emeritus Elmer T. Lee also named Ambassador of the year.
The Isle has been hosting a Jazz Festival, originally sponsored by Black Bottle, Lagavulin took over the reins a couple of years ago. We were on the Isle while the 2011 Jazz Festival was going on and managed to pick up one of the special bottlings.
Recently, I reviewed the Ecuadorian Connecticut Shade wrapped edition of the the My Father Le Bijou 1922 Federal 91st Cervantes which is an exclusive release for Federal Cigars in New Hampshire. If you have not had a chance to read my assessment of that stick, I recommend you check it out here when you have a chance.
The Liga Privada Serie Unico UF-13 is currently a cigar that is primarily being used as an event-only cigar by Drew Estate. As we will discuss, the UF-13 has its roots back to the Liga Privada T52.
Dorset County Council’s Trading Standards officers are urging retailers to take care when buying vodka at extremely cheap prices, after discovering examples of illegal alcohol.
It does a competent range of flavour despite the aforementioned flaws, the hop oils and resin complement the sweetness well. There is also an unusual peppermint touch to the finish that works well with the hop oils to round it out.
Edinburgh Gin, which is produced in small batches from the farm and is distilled by the Spencerfield Spirit Company using the finest Scottish botanicals, is already proving a hit with Waitrose customers.
The Tobacconist Association of America is ramping it up when it comes to the exclusive cigars released under their banner. Hot on the heels of the Tatuaje TAA blend is this special release of the Jaime Garcia Reserva Especial in a nice box-pressed torpedo size.
Dave Hovde's saying it may be a bit cool this weekend at the beach, but still pretty nice for the first Avila Beach Tequila Festival. It's at the Avila Beach Golf Resort. You'll get tastings of tequilas, beer and cocktails.
Isle of Jura 10 yo (40%, OB, +/- 2010) - Isle of Jura 24 yo 1988/2012 (51.3%, Archives, bourbon, cask #752) - Isle of Jura 23 yo 1988/2011 (56.3%, Villa Konthor)
The Los Blancos Cigar Company was founded in the USA in 1998 and is now operating as Blanco Cigars. The family has a history in the industry which can be traced back to Pinar del Rio province of Cuba.
The farm-to-bottle distillery has just launched its second offering, Fitch's Goat Whiskey, within just a couple of months of debuting its first successful spirit, Smith's Premium Vodka.
The new blend was a collaboration between Jhonys Diaz, Francisco Rodriguez, and Yuri Guillen of General Cigars. The legendary Benji Menendez served as an advisor for the project. According to the press release, Diaz and his team worked through 50 different blends before coming up with the final blend.
The last year has been a bumper one for new whisky releases. As the category continues to grow in both sales and consumption across the globe, many companies are developing and releasing more and more products to meet or drive consumer demand.
The KB stands for Kill Bill. When the La Palina El Diario KB was first announced in Cigar Aficionado this past fall, La Palina owner Bill Paley said he was unable to finish the first prototype of the petit corona of the El Diario - thus the name "Kill Bill" (or KB for short).
For this week’s group review we sat down to smoke the new CAO OSA Sol in a large ring gauge toro size (lot 54). One thing we could all agree on with this cigar is that it lacks complexity.
The Ortega Cigar Company was founded in 2012 by Eddie Ortega, formerly the “O” in EO Brands, makers of 601, Cubao, and Murcielago. In early 2012 Eddie left EO Brands to launch Ortega Cigars and the Serie D is their first release.
It its slightly sour and greenery filled, mainly sour berries in style. There is a good bitterness from all the hop alternatives they used, though nowhere near IPA level. Also the whole thing leads into a slight peppermint toothpaste/ mouthwash element which comes in. Not heavily, but definitely odd.
This cigar is box pressed, constructed well, and packed/rolled nicely. Pre-light aroma was tobacco and earth. The cigar lit very easily, and stayed lit all the way through with very little touch up required.
The Age of Discovery is a new release from the famous Speyside distillery of Glenfiddich. The bottling was originally released at this time last year, but exclusively to the travel retail/Duty Free market - now it gets a full general release.
LEX12 cigars, recently launched by S&M Brands, are designed to appeal to consumers with an eye for premium products, in both the cigarette and little-cigar market.
Released during the 2011 Habanos Festival, the Cohiba 1966 Edición Limitada 2011 was probably the most popular cigar to come out of the festival after the Montecristo Gran Reserva.