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Jul 4

Quesada Tributo Alvaro Cigar Review

Posted on Monday, July 4, 2011 in Cigar Reviews

 

Quesada Tributo Alvaro Cigar Review

This 6×52 torpedo stick features a mottled dark chocolate wrapper with small veins, tight invisible seams, a slightly toothy satin feel and a rich, oily, musty tobacco aroma. First light reveals a medium bodied wood flavor, airy and parched but with an oily mouthfeel on the finish. Draw is on the snug side with good smoke output. The first third brings flavors of an oily nut and wood, with the same long finish. 40 minutes in at the 1/2 way point flavors transition slightly to an oily nut and deep wet earth with a bit of a strength kick. Ending at 1:20 minutes, the last third only added a bit of warm licorice flavor at times, and added to the strength.

Jun 20

Press Release: TORAÑO FAMILY CIGAR COMPANY READY TO UNVEIL ITS NEWEST BRAND “LOYAL”

Posted on Monday, June 20, 2011 in News


TORAÑO FAMILY CIGAR COMPANY READY TO UNVEIL ITS NEWEST BRAND “LOYAL” AT 2011 IPCPR IN LAS VEGAS

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

(Miami, FL) June 20, 2011: Toraño Family Cigar Company is proud to announce the launch of the family’s newest brand: Loyal, which will be hitting the shelves this July. The Toraño family will unveil its newest creation at the upcoming 2011 IPCPR in Las Vegas.

“Carlos Toraño Sr. has always maintained that anyone who enjoys a cigar deserves to smoke a great Toraño blend at an affordable price. For decades, Carlos and his son, Charlie, have remained loyal to this philosophy of providing outstanding value to cigar lovers. Loyal provides value, quality, consistency, and most importantly, an abundance of flavor.”

“Our new brand Loyal is dedicated to my father’s long standing commitment to provide exceptional quality cigars without breaking the bank. To him cigars were never a far reaching luxury, but one of life’s simple pleasures”, said Charlie Toraño president, Toraño Family Cigars. Loyal will be available in a 5×56 Robusto, a 6 1/8 x52 Torpedo, a 7×47 Churchill, and a 6×60 BFC, all with an MSRP between $4.95-$5.50.

Displayed in attractive 21 count boxes, the Loyal blend features fillers from Nicaragua and the Dominican Republic, combined with a Nicaraguan binder and dressed in an oily Ecuadorian Sumatra seed wrapper. Loyal is a solid, medium bodied smoke, that intrigues the palate with a spicy, peppery start and then transitions to a variety of rich flavours with notes of coffee and brown sugar.

The announcement of Loyal comes on the heels of recent exciting news from the Toraño Family Cigar Co. In the past 30 days Toraño announced distribution agreements with Graycliff and the Sam Leccia Cigar Co. The Toraño’s see no slowing down till the IPCPR in Las Vegas as they are putting the final touches on yet another brand which will be announced in the coming weeks. Stay tuned!

A leader in the cigar industry, Toraño Family Cigar Company is a four generation company currently based in Miami, FL. It enjoys a rich heritage and history in tobacco growing and manufacturing. For more information: www.torano.com. Please also follow Toraño on Face book: Toraño A family Cigar Company or on Twitter: @TORANOFAMCIGARS.

Jun 1

Fuente Fuente Opus X XXX Belicoso Cigar Review

Posted on Wednesday, June 1, 2011 in Cigar Reviews

Fuente Fuente Opus X XXX Belicoso Cigar Review

This 5 5/8×49 cigar otherwise known as the Power Ranger, or Triple X, or X3, features a dark brown firm and smooth wrapper with a mottled splotchy appearance, minimal veins, tight seams, even construction and a soft perfume like aroma.  First light reveals a perfect draw, tons of full bodied smoke with very dry black pepper and tobacco flavors with an (more…)

May 25

Don Abram Harris El Jefe Cigar Review

Posted on Wednesday, May 25, 2011 in Cigar Reviews

 

Don Abram Harris El Jefe Cigar Review

This 5×48 box pressed stick offers a butter soft mottled dark brown oily wrapper with small veins you can see but not feel, invisible seams, a double cap and firm even feel. The aroma is a rich chocolate that you can smell several inches away. First light reveals a very firm draw but decent smoke output with very peppery tobacco medium-full body flavors and an oily zingy long finish. The first third mellows to a medium body of just oily aged tobacco. By the start of the 2nd third flavors had changed slightly to include a creamy earth note, but it’s light and blends well with the tobacco core. 55 min in the 2nd third ends adding a bit of a creamy mocha flavor and brings the body to a medium-full again. Ending at 1:10 min where it started getting hot and the flavors washed out, the remainder showed no further changes. Thank you very much to Don Abram Harris Cigars for sending this for review!

May 19

Ave Maria Lionheart Cigar Review

Posted on Thursday, May 19, 2011 in Cigar Reviews

Ave Maria Lionheart Cigar Review

This 5.5×55 box pressed stick offers a soft smooth and firm dark brown wrapper with minimal veins, tight seams and sweet barnyard aroma first light reveals a perfect draw with (more…)

May 9

Partagas Cifuentes Diciembre Cigar Review

Posted on Monday, May 9, 2011 in Cigar Reviews

Partagas Cifuentes Diciembre Cigar Review

This 5.5×49 slightly box pressed stick offers a dark brown slightly lumpy wrapper with minimal veins, tight invisible seams, a soft construction paper like feel and a soapy aroma. First light reveals (more…)

May 5

Di Fazio Picoso Double Robust Cigar Review

Posted on Thursday, May 5, 2011 in Cigar Reviews

Di Fazio Picoso Double Robust Cigar Review

This 5×60 stick offers a deep brown wrapper with minimal veins, tight seams, a soft velvety feel and a very firm solid pack with an oily tobacco aroma. First light shows a tight draw with minimal smoke output, smooth oily tobacco flavors and a long tobacco finish. The first third brings a better draw with good smoke output. Flavors are a medium bodied smooth oily creamy textured slightly sweet earth with the same on the long finish. The 2nd third changes slightly morphing the tobacco flavor to a soft leather but on the light side. Ending at 1:25 the last third showed little change, just getting deeper in the aftertaste. Thank you to DiFazioCigars.com for providing this sample for review!

May 1

Pinar Del Rio BOTL.org Small Batch Cigar Review

Posted on Sunday, May 1, 2011 in Cigar Reviews

Pinar Del Rio BOTL.org Small Batch Cigar Review

This 6×46 corona gorda cigar features a dark brown wrapper with small and medium veins, a firm and lumpy appearance with a very oily smooth feel and sweet soapy aroma. This cigar was produced exclusively for the online forum community botl.org in 2010. First light reveals (more…)

Apr 28

Press Release: J.C. Newman Introduces New Brick House Size

Posted on Thursday, April 28, 2011 in News

Press Release: J.C. Newman Introduces New Brick House Size

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Shanda Lee

April 28, 2011 Vice President of Marketing

slee@jcnewman.com

J.C. Newman Introduces New Brick House Size

Brick House cigars are now available in a sixth size, the Short Torp

TAMPA, FL – Brick House cigars have taken the country by storm since their introduction to the marketplace in 2009. Due to its wide-spread popularity, J.C. Newman is adding a sixth size to the Brick House line, a 5 ½” x 52 pyramid, the Short Torp.

“We are excited to introduce a new Brick House size to cigar lovers nationwide,” said J.C. Newman President, Eric Newman. “The new Short Torp is guaranteed to live up to the reputation of flavor and construction Brick House has earned.”

Originally launched in four sizes, J.C. Newman expanded the line last year by adding Mighty Mighty, a whopping 6” x 60 that packs a mouthful of flavor. The new pyramid shape allows for a concentration of flavors in the head of the cigar, creating an exceptional and unique smoking experience.

The Short Torp will be officially released at the International Premium Cigar & Pipe Retailers trade show in July but Brick House Bash attendees can get a sneak peek of the cigar starting mid-May.

Each cigar is handmade in Nicaragua using the finest Nicaraguan tobaccos and wrapped in a one-of-a-kind Havana SubidoTM leaf. Recently named one of Cigar Aficionado’s top 25 cigars of 2010, Brick House offers one of the best cigars in the world at a price any connoisseur can afford.

Name: Short Torp

Wrapper: Nicaraguan Havana SubidoTM

Size: 5 ½” x 52

Binder: Nicaraguan

MSRP: $4.95

Filler: Nicaraguan

Packaged: Box of 25

Website: www.brickhousecigars.com

Founded in 1895, J.C. Newman is America’s oldest family-owned premium cigar makers and also the last operating cigar factory in Cigar City. With a portfolio of famous brands from the ultra-premium Diamond Crown and Diamond Crown MAXIMUS to Cuesta-Rey, La Unica, Brick House, El Baton, to our value-priced Quorum and Factory 59′s, the J.C. Newman name is synonymous with excellence in cigar manufacturing. To learn more about J.C. Newman Cigar Company or find a Brick House Bash near you, visit www.jcnewman.com.

Apr 19

Gran Habano Vintage 2002 Robusto Cigar Review

Posted on Tuesday, April 19, 2011 in Cigar Reviews

Gran Habano Vintage 2002 Robusto Cigar Review

This 5×50 dark brown oily wrapped cigar features minimal veins, a slick firm pack, invisible tight seams and a rich tobacco aroma. As I toast this up I talk a little about what ‘vintage tobacco’ means. First light reveals a very mild airy smoke with an earthy flavor and woody aftertaste with a great draw. The first third quickly develops to a mild-medium creamy smooth woody taste on the draw with a slightly bitter but oily wood finish. The 1/2 way point comes fairly quickly 25 minutes in, only adding a slight sweetness to the draw flavors. Ending at 45 minutes, the last third shifts just slightly, bringling a touch of licorice to what was just a general sweetness. Thank you to fan Megladon8 for supplying this sample fro review, I really appreciate it brother!

Apr 17

Punch 10th Anniversary Rare Corojo Robusto Cigar Review

Posted on Sunday, April 17, 2011 in Cigar Reviews

Punch 10th Anniversary Rare Corojo Robusto Cigar Review

This 5.5×50 stick offers a dark brown box pressed wrapper with a slight Colorado red hue, an even spongy give, light pack, minimal veins and invisible seams. It has a soft paper like texture and a chocolate aroma. First light reveals (more…)

Apr 9

Di Fazio Connecticut Torpedo Cigar Review

Posted on Saturday, April 9, 2011 in Cigar Reviews

Di Fazio Connecticut Torpedo Cigar Review

This 6×50 torpedo features a light tan soft pliable wrapper with some color variation, minimal veins, tight seams although with slightly ragged edges and a sweet tobacco aroma. First light reveals a medium body smoke with a perfect draw, flavors of a buttery, oily but dry tobacco and a soft long finish. The first third develops to a buttery nut flavor with plenty of smoke and a good burn. The 1/2 way point comes at the 30 minute mark and the 2nd third only adds a little bit of sweetness to the mix. Ending at 1 hour the remainder of the cigar showed no further transitions. Thank you very much to DiFazioCigars.com for supplying this for review!

Mar 27

Alonso Menendez Robusto Mata Fina Cigar Review

Posted on Sunday, March 27, 2011 in Cigar Reviews

Alonso Menendez Robusto Mata Fina Cigar Review

This is a 5×52 stick with a very stiff dark chocolate wrapper offering small veins, invisible seams,tight construction and a sweet chocolate aroma. First light reveals (more…)

Mar 18

Hoyo de Monterrey Epicure No. 2 Cigar Review

Posted on Friday, March 18, 2011 in Cigar Reviews

Hoyo de Monterrey Epicure No. 2 Cigar Review

This 4.8×50 stick hails from Cuba, offering a dark brown satin wrapper with minimal veins, tight seams, a firm even construction and soft tobacco aroma. First light reveals (more…)

Mar 12

Vega Fina Toro Cigar Review

Posted on Saturday, March 12, 2011 in Cigar Reviews

Vega Fina Toro Cigar Review

This 6×50 stick offers a light tan wrapper with a very soft smooth feel, small veins, tight seams, a soft spongy give and a soft tobacco aroma. First light reveals a great draw, decent smoke output and a medium bodied flavor of a dry tobacco with creamy smoke. The first third is a bit on the plain side but smooth and well blended, giving a creamy wood flavor with a bit of pepper. The finish is short and clean, just leaving a touch of zing. The 2nd third starts at the 20 min mark with the ash falling in one big chunk. Flavors shift from the wood to a light creamy leather while construction remains perfect. Ending at the 1 hour mark where it began to get very warm, the last third showed no changes, just the same great flavors and performance as the 2nd. Thank you very much to The Tobacco Depot in Crystal River, FL for providing this sample!