Fans of premium-quality San Andrés wrapper leaf are gonna want to check out, Black Abyss, a brand-new handrolled premium cigar crafted by José “Jochy” Blanco, the guy who grows the leaf for a bunch of Boutique Blends cigar brands, including Aging Room and Swag, both of which have collected tons of high ratings in cigar magazines (the Aging Room Quattro F55 Concerto took second place in Cigar Aficionado's top 25 of 2013). Anyway... Black Abyss is handmade at Tabacalera Palma in the Dominican Republic and, while it is full bodied, it’s cleverly designed for not just smokers of super-strong cigars. It’s … Continue reading the story "JR Cigar releases Black Abyss"
Kurt A. Kendall has introduced a new boutique cigar in time for Fall, 2014. “Factory 57” is a 100% long-filler, all handmade premium cigar that features a complex five-nation blend. Kendall’s continuing research into the history of his boutique cigar company’s namesake, 7-20-4 Cigars has unearthed information on the venerable brand, whose factory was located in Manchester, New Hampshire, near Kendall’s present headquarters. Opening its doors in 1874, it grew to become the world’s largest supplier of premium cigars, until the Cuban Embargo cut off its supply of Havana leaf. The original 7-20-4 Cigars died in 1964. The name “Factory … Continue reading the story "Kurt A. Kendall Creates “Factory 57” Boutique Cigar, Named for Original 7-20-4 Factory Designation"
Country: Nicaragua Shape: Toro Wrapper: Nicaragua Filler: Nicaragua Strength: Med-Full MSRP: around $7 My Rating: 4.25 Stars! It has been awhile since I have posted a cigar review, I guess life is getting in the way. This particular cigar I received is intriguing. The website for these guys is at http://www.table36.com/ and layout is interesting. The cigar itself is pretty well constructed and looks great. From the website: "We knew this follow-up would not only have to stand up to Fellowship which was the perfect launching pad for this line, but it would have to stand on … Continue reading the story "Table 36 Integrity Toro Cigar Review"
Richmond, VA -- General Cigar Company announces the launch of Comador, a super premium cigar developed in partnership with Shawn "JAY Z" Carter. Comador was developed under Cohiba®, the preeminent luxury brand owned by General Cigar, and marks JAY Z’s first collaboration in the handmade cigar category. Shawn “JAY Z” Carter said, “I worked with Cohiba because I knew they’d take my vision of a luxury cigar and bring it to life in the right way. We took our time working on this, to get the blend to exactly where … Continue reading the story "Press Release: COHIBA DEBUTS COMADOR CIGAR IN PARTNERSHIP WITH SHAWN “JAY Z” CARTER"
The other day while sipping a fine single malt scotch and enjoying some nice cohiba cigars I was wondering which country made the best cigar. It really is a loaded question in the fact that many different companies make brands from multiple countries. The Dominican Republic can produce cigars that are really mild or really peppery or spicy like the Opus X from Fuente. Nicaragua mainly produces a spicy, gritty, and raw tobacco flavor. Honduras is known for the Jamastran strain that Camacho uses in the their full line of cigars, a strong and spicy full bodied tobacco. This bring … Continue reading the story "Cigars and Countries of Origin"
Kurt A. Kendall, founder of 7-20-4 Cigars, has added two regular-production additions to his portfolio of resurrected archaic brands. Both are hand-made, 100% tobacco boutique premium cigars, entirely separate from his existing 7-20-4 premium line. Both are parejos only and share several characteristics ... they are crafted at Tabacos de Oriente (Danli, Honduras), with five years of aging on their tobaccos, plus six months on the finished cigars. Neither contains ligero ... relying instead on the other tobaccos in the blends to gain their flavor. Their triple-capped heads prevent unraveling, and they … Continue reading the story "Kurt A. Kendall Announces Regular Production for Hustler and New Spider Brands"
Toraño Family Cigar Company is releasing just 3,000 boxes of Exodus Finite, their latest boutique cigar. The cigar is a true puro, not seen from Toraño for many years. Hand-made in Nicaragua, Finite contains only Nicaraguan tobaccos from four different growing regions ... their diverse flavor profiles enhance the balance and harmony between them. Finite’s blend combines an all-Nicaraguan filler of Esteli, Condega and Ometepe tobaccos, a Jalapa binder, and Habano-seed Jalapa wrapper. Vice President of Sales and Marketing, Bruce Lewis, explains, “Although the wrapper and binder are both grown in … Continue reading the story "Toraño Family Debuts Latest Exodus Boutique Cigar … the Limited-Production “Finite”"
Miami, FL June 6th, 2013 – Everybody loves a good sequel, and the Casa Miranda Chapter 2 is set to debut at IPCPR which is being held this year in Las Vegas, NV. The follow up to the original which was made in Miami at the famed El Titan de Bronze, will be made at My Father Cigars S.A in Esteli, Nicaragua. According to Jason Wood; VP of Miami Cigar & Company, “Just like any great novel, our story continues to gain momentum with the release of Chapter 2 at this years’ IPCPR. I look … Continue reading the story "“Casa Miranda Chapter Two”"
Davidoff launches the Masters Edition 2013 “Club House” Toro: the perfect cigar for enjoyment over 9 holes of golf.
Basel, May 2013: Davidoff tobacco masters have created these very special Limited Edition “Club House” Toro Cigars with moments of shared pleasure in mind. The connoisseur’s choice, wherever he or she is relaxing, particularly enjoying the fairways on a golf course. Creation of the Davidoff Masters Edition 2013 “Club House” Toro For this cigar, the Davidoff Master Blenders decided to play the long game, taking adventurous, sometimes risky, shots. They mixed rare and specially matured tobaccos, focusing on delivering … Continue reading the story "Davidoff launches the Masters Edition 2013 “Club House” Toro: the perfect cigar for enjoyment over 9 holes of golf."
La Gloria Cubana® is making a bold departure from its Dominican roots with the launch of two new Nicaraguan collections, the first-ever La Glorias to have Nicaragua as the country of origin. Both expressions will mark the expansion of the top-selling Serie R line which started the large ring, full flavor craze back in 1999. According to Michael Giannini, General Cigar’s director of innovation, “When Serie R debuted, we established a market for bold cigars, and inspired other manufacturers to follow suit. We’re shaking things up again, by further expanding the size … Continue reading the story "LA GLORIA CUBANA TO LAUNCH ITS FIRST NICARAGUAN CIGARS"
Basel, April 2013. Inspired by Zino Davidoff’s pioneering spirit, we at Davidoff Cigars have made it our mission to bring the modern aficionado a variety of taste experiences and cigar smoking pleasures. Our experts, led by master blender Hendrik “Henke” Kelner, unceasingly explore every opportunity to create new and diverse ways of ensuring time spent enjoying each and every Davidoff cigar is time beautifully filled. For this challenge, Henke and his team embarked on a worldwide search for tobaccos that would enable us to create a unique cigar. The search landed in the tobacco fields of Nicaragua. Preparing, curing and ageing this … Continue reading the story "Journey into Davidoff Nicaragua Explore Adventure Discover"
CAO Brazilia Carnivale is hitting cigar shops as we speak. The 6 ½” x 60 box-pressed beauty is a limited edition release that puts an innovative spin on the popular Brazilia blend. “Carnivale” is made with ligeros from the DR, Honduras and Nicaragua, and a binder from Brazil. The wrapper is a rare Habano Grueso leaf cultivated only in small quantities. Rick Rodriguez who heads up blending for CAO said, “We haven’t changed any CAO blends since we took over the brand. But that doesn’t mean we couldn’t put our spin on one … Continue reading the story "Press Release: CAO Brazilia Carnivale Hits Retail"
Country: Dominican Republic Shape: Toro Wrapper: Maduro Filler: Dominican Strength: Mild MSRP: around $4 My Rating: 3.5 Stars! This is a very interesting cigar for me. I have been a huge Thurman Thomas fan since I was a kid and collected all of this football cards. When Stogieboys sent me some cigars influenced by him I was very interested to say the least. Here is what the Stogieboys website says about them: "Hall of Fame running back Thurman Thomas is a consummate professional. An avid cigar enthusiast, Thurman Thomas has created this exquisite new cigar brand and StogieBoys … Continue reading the story "Thurman Thomas Hall of Fame Toro Maduro Cigar Reivew"
“For years,” reports Anto Mahroukian, president of JM Tobacco, “our JM’s premium cigars have included 5.5" x 62 Gordo and 6.75" x 62 Gordo Grande shapes. Now, with smokers moving to large ring-gauge shapes, we’re offering our new Gordito, a short, fat 4" x 62. Gordito has joined all four existing lines of JM’s Dominicans ... Connecticut Shade, Corojo, Sumatra and (Connecticut broadleaf) Maduro. We feel this new shape will gain a following, because it delivers a 30- to-45-minute smoke that is filled with the same rich, complex … Continue reading the story "JM Tobacco Debuts New JM Dominican Premium Cigar Shape … “Gordito”"
Kurt A. Kendall, founder of today’s 7-20-4 Cigars, has once again explored cigar history, reintroducing a second dusty brand ... “Hustler” ... a trademark that hails back to the late Nineteenth Century. It follows the company’s introductions of the 7-20-4 and 1874 boutique lines. In 2009, Kendall breathed new life into the venerable “7-20-4" brand name, acquiring the trademark for the original 7-20-4 line. It was named after the 1874-founded manufacturer in Manchester, New Hampshire. The company became the world’s largest cigar producer, until the 1962 Embargo killed its supply of … Continue reading the story "Kurt A. Kendall Dips into Cigar History with 7-20-4 Cigars’ New “Hustler” Boutique Brand"