At the 2012 IPCPR Trade Show, Alec Bradley launched the new Alec Bradley Connecticut cigar. This cigar marks the third year in a row Alec Bradley has launched a Connecticut Shade wrapper cigar.
Cigar smokers have been given an extra month to submit their choices for the C.A.O. Last Stick Standing promotion. General Cigar Co., owner of the C.A.O. brand, originally designed the contest to run from April 1 to the end of June.
The Arturo Fuente Hemingway Short Story is a part of the the Fuente Hemingway line from the Fuente Family. The Hemingway lines include many popular offerings including the Between the Lines, Work of Art, Best Seller, and Masterpiece.
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 ~68~ stands for the year in which Dion Giolito was born. In describing the story line, Dion makes reference to the fact that this cigar is the smallest because it reflects the year in which he was born, but he also makes references to Paul Garmirian and Zino Davidoff, who he says were large influences in him making his first line.
Last month, we explored the My Father Commemorative 911 by Jaime Garcia Blend 343 10th Anniversary Rosado. This is one of two retail-exclusive cigars that are packaged together made by My Father Cigars exclusively for Casa de Montecristo in Countryside, Illinois.
Definitely not a looker, the TAA is a very rough-looking cigar. It has a dark brown, dry, and very veiny wrapper. The covered foot makes it kind of look like a turd. And the triple cap is carelessly applied. The TAA is a soft box-press cigar and has very noticeable seams. The triple cap is very crooked and sort of oblong.
The Merlion by La Sirena, the latest blend to join Miami Cigar and Company's La Sirena brand will have a national launch at Burns Tobacconist in Chattanooga, Tennessee on July 27 and July 28th.
This sun grown blend is a relatively new offering in the Alec Bradley American Classic line. The Alec Bradley American Sun Grown Blend is avalable in six sizes: Corona (42 x 5 1/2), Robusto (50x5), Toro (50x6), Churchill (48x7), Torpedo (52x6 1/8) and Gordo (60x6)
Construction is excellent and it’s a thick, dark chocolate brown stick with uniform color and smoothness. The stick has a bit of toothiness. A wonderful aroma of dark espresso and leather can be sniffed on the stick along with leather and tea at its foot.
The wrapper on this sample was a medium-dark brown in color with some medium and fine veins to it. The wrapper also had a good amount of oils to and and was fairly smooth to the touch. The very ornate band reminds me of a classical painting. My wife decided to abscond with the band once I took it off she liked it so much.
The chocolaty looking wrapper glistened with oil. It just looked appetizing, and I could find no real flaws. The smell of the wrapper was sweet, earthy, and woody. The smell of the foot was a slight barnyard along with spice.
E.P. Elencos OscuroLast year, E.P. Carrillo released a limited run cigar called the E.P. Carrillo Edición Limitada 2010. This cigar was actually ranked #8 on Cigar Aficionado's Top 10 list for 2010.
A few weeks ago, Cigar Aficionado reported that Room 101 Cigars was planning a late 2012 limited production release called the Room 101 Daruma. Since then, the February 21st edition of Cigar Insider has released additional information about this release.
The original Chaveta uses Nicaraguan and Dominican fillers, a Dominican binder, and a Brazilian Bahia Maduro wrapper; I can’t tell from the website how much filler is held in common with the Maduro, but the Habano uses Nicaraguan, Dominican and USA Broadleaf filler, a Dominican binder, and a “Habano” wrapper.
The Tatuaje line is a complex line. For every cigar sold, there is a different opinion. This stick is a Nicaraguan puro and is in the Med/Full bodied range.
With the line dedicated to three vitolas, ranging between 60 and 64, the flagship vitola in the line is the No. 64. A ring gauge of 64 is equivalent to 1 inch in diameter, and it is a massive cigar. All three cigars are massive in dimensions, and the samples I received were all beautiful in appearance.
Sunday afternoon was beautiful, and after over-indulging at a Mother’s Day brunch with my family, I sat down with a E Doble robusto courtesy of the folks at Smoke Inn. This reasonably priced robusto is made by Eric Espinosa of EO Brands fame exclusively for Smoke Inn.
A few months ago Altadis announced they were adding another chapter to a timeless love story, ROMEO by Romeo y Julieta. Romeo Y Julieta is one of the oldest, and most well known cigar brands, Romeo takes a bold twist on this classic line.
This cigar features a highly complex flavor profile for an Ecuadorian Connecticut Shade with notes of cream, berry, spice, and coffee. Of the cigars I smoked with this blend, each smoke was consistent from one to the next.
Covered in the same style band as the Elencos Series by E.P. Carrillo, the cigar is limited to 500 boxes of 10 cigars each. Each and everyone of those 5,000 cigars is made in their factory down in the Dominican, Tabacalera La Alianza S.A., and made under the strictest of conditions in the Cuban fashion.
The wrapper on this cigar was a very nice reddish brown in color. It has lots of oils and some tooth to it as well. The veins that were present were fine and medium in size.
The Diamond Crown Julius Caesar from J.C. Newman is made by the Fuente Family. It was made to honor J.C. or Julius Caesar Newman, the founder of JC Newman cigars. The Julius Caesar is part of the “super” premium cigar line from JC Newman which also includes the Diamond Crown, and Diamond Crown Maximus.
Romeo by Romeo y Julieta is the newest release by Altadis to the U.S. market, and the release is a cigar that is meant to grab the attention of the ever growing and popular demand of smokers. People are looking for more full bodied cigars, and with that being asked for, smokers typically would not gravitate towards the traditional Romeo y Julieta cigars.
The L40 is a stunning cigar to look at. The Conneticut Habano wrapper is dark with some really graininess to it, a number of veins, and a good bit of toothiness. The cigar is slightly oily to the touch as well. The name band is simple and elegant at the same time with the Unico crest on one side and the L40 in a handwritten style of font on the other.