March 22, 2017

The Davidoff Famous 75th Anniversary Cigar Available now at Famous Smoke Shop

EASTON, PA – Famous Smoke Shop, the leading online distributor of discounted premium cigars, specializing in offering the web’s widest selection of cigars at the lowest prices has just announced the arrival of the Davidoff Famous 75th Anniversary cigar. Blended exclusively for Famous Smoke Shop, this limited edition cigar, of which only 500 boxes were produced, is offered in one size, a 6" x 50 Toro format with a secondary band that reads: "75 Years of Famous Smoke Shop," and is sure to become a collector's item. The Davidoff Famous 75th Anniversary cigar is one of several special editions made for Famous Smoke Shop by some of the world's leading cigar manufacturers to honor the retailer's 75th year in business, including Romeo y Julieta, and Padrón cigars, with more in the works.

"Everything about this cigar is special," said Jim Charnley, Famous Smoke Shop's Director of Purchasing & Merchandising. "Davidoff and Famous have always stood for offering cigar smokers the very best in quality and selection, and being a Davidoff Appointed Merchant, we're proud to have a limited edition Davidoff cigar we can now call our own."

The cigar offers a full-flavored blend of specially-aged long-fillers from the Dominican Republic and Nicaragua embraced by a Mexican San Andrés Negro binder, and finished in a flawless, dark-natural Habano wrapper grown in Ecuador. The smoke, itself, issues notes of earthy berries, cocoa, cedar, and spice on a long and luxuriously creamy finish.

Davidoff Famous 75th Anniversary cigars are presented in varnished boxes of 10 cigars with specially designed interiors that pay recognition to Famous Smoke Shop.

"Smooth, with a mellow bite – right in my wheelhouse," said John Pullo, Managing Editor for "The chance to sit and enjoy a smoke like this Davidoff comes along once in a lifetime – glad this 75th Anniversary happened during mine."

"I want to thank everyone at Davidoff for the great job on this 75th Anniversary presentation," added Famous Smoke Shop CEO, Arthur Zaretsky. "My parents, David and Rose, who opened Famous Smoke Shop in 1939, would have been very honored."

Davidoff Famous 75th Anniversary Cigar

Strength: Full

Size: 6" x 50

Wrapper: Ecuador Habano

Filler: Dominican Republic / Nicaragua

Binder: Mexican San Andrés Negro

Prices (MSRP): $220.00/box of 10, $110.00/5-pack, $22.00/cigar

See more information on Davidoff Famous 75th Anniversary cigars here.

About Famous Smoke Shop
Famous Smoke Shop is the nation’s #1 discount retailer of premium cigars online, offering one of the largest selections of handmade cigars, machine-made cigars, cigar humidors and accessories. Famous offers the web’s lowest prices on a wide selection of cigar brands including Acid, Davidoff, Macanudo, Romeo y Julieta, Ashton, Padron, Oliva and Perdomo cigars, and many more. Famous offers their customers the best prices on all premium cigars as well as friendly and knowledgeable customer service.

Partagas Heritage introduced by General Cigar

Pride, perseverance and above all, passion. These are the principles that have guided Partagas for more than 170 years. Today, General Cigar celebrates the venerable brand with a new cigar that honors the heritage of Partagas in blend, box and band.

“We set out to create a retrospective blend that celebrated the very best of Partagas to date, and took great pride in putting together the ingredients, just like coming up with a very special recipe. This was a group effort, with our blenders in the Dominican Republic and Central America working with the marketing team to achieve the final taste,” said Jhonys Diaz who led blend development.

Jhonys and his team developed the blend more than ten years ago, patiently saving it for a special release. Each of the tobaccos in Heritage tells a story of the brand, bringing forth flavor nuances from some of the brand’s most popular releases.

As Honduras is renowned for growing the best wrappers in Central America, Partagas Heritage is made with a reddish wrapper developed exclusively for this launch. This proprietary leaf was grown in the revered volcanic soils of the Olancho San Agustin (OSA) Valley and burns to a stark white ash and is reminiscent of the wrapper used on Partagas Spanish Rosado. Only viso leaves were selected for Partagas Heritage, to deliver fine veins and beautiful color, while imparting complexity and a touch of sweetness.

The flavor of the OSA wrapper extends to the CT Broadleaf binder which imparts another dimension of subtle sweetness with notes of cinnamon.

The blend of Partagas Heritage delivers spicy notes, derived from Honduran Jamastran leaves, and the same Dominican Piloto Cubano and Mexican San Andres tobaccos that comprise Partagas 160.

Simplistically-elegant box details give a nod to previous releases of Partagas while the sophisticated gold band is reminiscent of the Partagas 150 band. The cigars are protected in wooden boxes containing 20 cigars each.

Rothschild (4.5 X 50); SRP per cigar $8.49

Churchill (7 X 49); SRP per cigar is $9.99

Gigante (6 X 60); SRP per cigar is $9.59

Robusto (5.5 X 52); SRP per cigar is $9.59

About General Cigar

General Cigar Co. is a leading manufacturer and marketer of handcrafted cigars for the premium market. The company is owned by Scandinavian Tobacco Group. Committed to delivering cigars of the finest quality, General Cigar’s skilled artisans produce Macanudo®, Cohiba®, La Gloria Cubana®, Partagas®,

CAO®, Punch®, Hoyo de Monterrey®, Excalibur® and several other leading premium brands in the company’s Dominican, Honduran and Nicaraguan factories. In addition, the company cultivates proprietary tobacco which is used exclusively in its blends and has a dedicated R&D practice that develops new varieties of tobacco and revitalizes vintage seeds. General Cigar also operates Club Macanudo®, a cigar bar in New York City. In 2010, General Cigar entered into a joint venture agreement with Plasencia Group to expand its leaf growing and processing expertise and increase its access to tobacco. Based in Richmond, VA, General Cigar sells through tobacconists in the U.S. and exports select products to 62 countries. For more information, visit

March 18, 2017

Viva Republica Advanced Warfare Lancero (7 x 35)

Video review HERE.

(Description taken from website)
At the 2016 IPCPR Trade Show, Viva Republica showed off a new line extension to both its Guerrilla Warfare and its Advanced Warfare lines in the form of a lancero. Both line extensions become the third vitola to each of the lines.

Advanced Warfare

Wrapper: Ecuadorian Sumatra
Binder: Connecticut Broadleaf
Filler: Dominican, Nicaraguan, Pennsylvania
Country of Origin: Dominican Republic (La Aurora SA)

Lancero: 7 x 35 REVIEWED TODAY
Petit: 4 x 41
Corona: 5 1/4 x 43

This cigar looks just like a pencil. It is long and thin. Here is a shot of the foot.

The test draw after cutting the cap was just a bit firm but very workable. The initial flavors were a very sweet cedar and loaded with brown sugar and sprinkles of cinnamon. There was also some caramel mixed in. The cigar is almost buttery rich. There was ample black pepper which I rated at an 8. It lingers very nicely on the finish, which is one of a caramel and cream flavor. 

1 1/2 inches in (11 minutes) I am changing my mind on one point. There is so much tangy sweetness in the cigar I am now saying it is an orange citrus instead of a cedar. The cedar may be laying dormant but for now it is definitely an orange citrus. The sweetness in this cigar is at a 10. It is very sweet. Almost candy-like. The pepper is amazing. I love black pepper in a cigar and this one has it! The cigar is medium bodied at this point. The finish is unchanged. The two stars of this cigar are the massive sweetness and the massive black pepper. 

2 inches in (19 minutes) there is now chocolate and black coffee. To be honest they may have been there in the beginning but the overwhelming sweetness might have overshadowed them. The dark notes actually add some roundness to the cigar. The finish continues to be very pleasing also. 
At the midpoint (35 minutes) the caramel notes are really coming out. The main front end flavor may be orange citrus or it may be cedar. There is plenty of brown sugar, caramel, and cinnamon. The chocolate and coffee continue to round out the cigar and add depth. The pepper remains very good. The cigar is moving toward medium to full bodied. 

The cigar lasted one hour. The orange citrus is definitely gone. The cedar is very light. The main flavors now are massive amounts of caramel, brown sugar, and cinnamon. The pepper has to be close to a 9 at this point. The coffee and chocolate continue to hold a nice base. The cigar is medium to full bodied now. The finish is unchanged. This has been a very, very good cigar and different from the corona, which I reviewed in August of 2015. That cigar got a score of 95. This cigar, while a little different, is equally as good. I loved it. Put this on your must try list.

Score: 95

March 12, 2017

Pappy Van Winkle Family Reserve Barrel Fermented Robusto (5 1/4 x 52)

Video review HERE.

(Description taken from website)
Late in 2014, Drew Estate announced a partnership with Pappy & Company to produce a small batch cigar line to be distributed exclusively by Pappy & Co. The concept of this project would be to create a cigar could be paired with Pappy & Company’s Van Winkle bourbon and rye products. The resulting line would be known as the Pappy Van Winkle Family Reserve Barrel Fermented Cigars. The first two sizes of the Pappy Van Winkle Family Reserve Barrel Fermented line would be in the form of a Robusto and Toro.

There are two key innovative features that went into this blend. For starters the company incorporates some of its Kentucky-grown Fire-Cured tobacco into the blend. After the Kentucky tobacco undergoes a fire curing process, it is then put into barrels where it is not simply aged, but fermented right in the barrel. The actual fire-curing and fermentation processes take place in the U.S. before the tobacco is sent to Drew Estate’s La Gran Fabrica in Nicaragua.

The use of Fire Cured tobacco is not new to Drew Estate as they have incorporated it into its Kentucky Fire Cured line. Most cigars utilize air curing. This where where the tobacco is hung in a barn for several weeks to remove moisture from the leaf. With Fire Cured tobacco, hardwoods are kept on continuous, low smoldering flames to remove the moisture. Typically this process is used for pipe and chewing tobacco. Fire-cured tobacco is cured quickly and it results in a smokey, camp-fire like flavor in the final product.

The barrel fermented Kentucky tobacco is incorporated and used as a “tapa negra” wrapper over a Mexican San Andres base wrapper. The name “Tapa Negra” translates to black cap and this name is appropriate because the Kentucky wrapper rests on the cap of the cigar creating a segmented wrapper effect.

Blend Profile

In addition to the two wrappers found on the Pappy Van Winkle Family Reserve Barrel Fermented cigar, the blend contains Nicaraguan tobaccos that were personally hand-selected by Drew Estate co-founder Jonathan Drew.

Wrapper: Kentucky Fire-Cured / Barrel Fermented Tapa Negra, Mexican San Andres Base
Binder: Nicaraguan
Filler: Nicaraguan
Country of Origin: Nicaragua (La Gran Fabrica Drew Estate)

Vitolas Available

Pappy Van Winkle Family Reserve Barrel Fermented Cigars are available in three sizes limited production sizes. Each of these sizes are available in ten count boxes. The Limitada size is a vitola that is reminiscent of a Liga Privada Unico Serie Feral Flying Pig. At the time of this assessment, the The Pappy Drew Limitada is only being sold in three packs and is available as gift when consumers purchase at least one box each of the Churchill, Toro, and Robusto sizes.

Robusto: 5 1/4 x 52 REVIEWED TODAY
Toro: 6 x 52
Churchill: 7 x 48
Limitada: 4 7/8 x 60

The cigar looks very cool with the two wrapper colors. The Tapa Negra wrapper is somewhat oily. The cigar has an average feel in the hand for a cigar of this size.

The test draw after cutting the cap was very good. The cold draw had tons of hickory smoke flavors. The initial flavors at light up were marshmallow cream with brown sugar, caramel, and a ton of black pepper rated at an 8 1/2 to 9. You really get a massive amount of pepper when you retro hale. The finish is one of the hickory/smokey flavors and marshmallow cream with a nice amount of lingering black pepper. The black pepper is thick and nice. 

1 1/2 inches in (17 minutes) the flavors are about like I described in the first segment but now there are some sweet cedar notes and hickory smoked flavors. The cigar is medium to full bodied. The finish is marshmallow cream with brown sugar and lingering pepper. This is a nice, sweet cigar. I was close to the band so I removed it and exposed the Tapa Negra wrapper which ran about 1 1/2 inches from the cap. 

With about 2 inches remaining (36 minutes in) I am about 1/4 inch from the Tapa Negra wrapper. The flavors are about the same with more of that hickory/smokey flavor and black coffee notes. This is the first time I got coffee notes in the cigar. You still have plenty of the marshmallow cream, brown sugar, caramel, and cedar. The cigar is still medium to full bodied but it's moving up. The finish is unchanged. This cigar has surprised me. If there were any thoughts that this was a gimmick cigar you can forget it! It's the real deal. These are $13 apiece and available in 10 count boxes on the Pappy Van Winkle website

With about 1 inch remaining (47 minutes) I'm into the Tapa Negra wrapper. The flavors are now heavy with black coffee, or you may even call it espresso. It's the dominate flavor. I could still taste sweet cedar but the other flavors were too overwhelmed. The pepper remained very good. The cigar is now full bodied. The finish has coffee influence on it also. 

The cigar ended at 55 minutes. There were still heavy coffee, or espresso notes at the end with more sweet cedar. It increased in the final inch or so. It has some nice sweet brown sugar with it. The pepper was still very good. The cigar was full bodied. The finish was unchanged from the last segment. I was very impressed with this cigar. Drew Estate did a great job for Pappy Van Winkle. This was my first experience smoking this cigar. It was actually sent to me by Eric Webster, a friend of mine from Charlotte, NC. Thank you very much for sending 2 of the to me. It has been fantastic. I highly recommend you try these. You will not be disappointed. Fantastic cigar!

Score: 94

March 11, 2017

Protocol Probable Cause Churchill (6 1/2 x 48)

Video review HERE.

The Protocol Probable Cause is the sophomore release by Cubariqueño Cigar Company.

The name of the company, Cubariqueño pays homage to Ives’ Cuban heritage and Cancel’s Puerto Rican heritage. The name of the brand, Protocol pays homage to law enforcement, where the duo serve as police offices in New York City.To produce their cigar, Cancel and Ives turned to Erik Espinosa’s La Zona factory.

Wrapper: San Andres Maduro
Binder: Nicaraguan
Filler: Nicaraguan
Country of Origin: Nicaragua (La Zona SA)

Vitolas Available

The Probable Cause is available in two sizes. The Robusto offering is a rounded cigar while the Churchill is a box-pressed offering. The cigars are packaged in ten count boxes.

Robusto: 5 x 52
Churchill: 6 1/2 x 48 REVIEWED TODAY

The cigar is very dark and box pressed.

The cap is triple capped.

The cigar has a nice feel in the hand. Here is a shot of the foot.

The test draw after cutting the cap was very good. The initial flavors were a sweet orange citrus, coffee, dark chocolate, and a fudge type flavor. The sweet notes of citrus are very nice and obvious. The dark notes do not overwhelm them. There is also some orange peel, or orange zest which seems to bridge between the orange citrus and the darker notes.

About 1 1/2 inches in (19 minutes) the fudge like flavor is now a brown sugar. You still have the sweet orange citrus, dark chocolate, and coffee. The black pepper is rated at a 7 to 7 1/2. The finish is a dark chocolate with light cream notes and some lingering black pepper. The cigar is medium bodied at this point. The cigar is somewhat in balance. The sweet notes and dark notes are about equal.

At the midpoint (36 minutes) the flavors are just about the same. The cigar is pretty much balanced. The orange zest, or orange peel is still noticeable but it does not detract from the main flavors. The coffee notes are becoming more prominent. The cigar is reaching toward medium to full bodied. The finish is unchanged.

With about 2 inches remaining (51 minutes) the dark chocolate and citrus are the two main flavors. The brown sugar is somewhat subtle and the coffee holds the base. The pepper remains good at average to a little above. The cigar is a low grade medium to full bodied.

The cigar ended (1 hour 20 minutes) with a continuation of the nice, sweet orange citrus notes, dark chocolate, coffee, and light brown sugar. The orange peel, or zest, seemed to decrease but it was always noticeable. The cigar ended at medium to full bodied. In the final third the finish gained a little more sweetness. There seemed to be some of the orange citrus on the finish to go along with the dark chocolate and cream. 

Score: 93

March 06, 2017

Glamour, the Most Exclusive Montecristo at Closing of the 19th Habano Festival

Photo taken from website

(From the website)
The 19th Habano Festival, the world’s largest international powwow on the Habano culture, came to a close following a weeklong celebration teeming with to-dos. The Gala Night brought down the curtain and provided the right setting to launch Linea 1935, the brand’s most premium rollout ever.

Guests puffed on the three vitolas from the new Linea 1935, two of them unseen in the Habanos portfolio: Maltés (ring gauge 53 x 153 mm long) and Dumas (ring gauge 49 x 130 mm long), while Leyenda (ring gauge 55 x 165 mm long) took the format of the special Montecristo 80 Aniversario edition unveiled in a limited way back in 2015 to mark the brand’s 80th anniversary.
The closing gala night featured world-class Cuban artists such as Latin Grammy-winning singer Haila, David Torrens, the Litz Alfonso Ballet Company, and Armenia-origin Spanish-Lebanese violinist Ara Malikian.
The traditional humidor auction topped things off once again. This time around, traditional humidors from the Cohiba, Montecristo, Romeo y Julieta, Partagas, Hoyo de Monterrey and H. Upmann humidors sold under the gavel for a grand total of 1,265,000 €, money that was totally raised for Cuba’s public healthcare system.
The 2016 Habanos Awards were also presented during the closing night. The winner in the Communication Category was journalist, writer and contributing writer for the Cigar Aficionado magazine, Gordon Mott. In the Business Category, the award went to Edward Sahakian in recognition to the development of the Habano in the UK, while Josefa Acosta Ramos, \with over 60 years of experience in the Cuban tobacco industry, walked off with the top prize in the Production Category.
Puro Tabaco (Chile), and his representative Felipe Rojas, was the unanimous winner of the 16th International Habanosommelier Contest, while Slavomir Marek Bielicki (UK) and Krystian Hordejuk (UAE) finished second and third, respectively.
The 19th edition of the Habano Festival set a new milestone with a grand total of 2,000 guests from over 50 countries, who took a firsthand look at the most significant world launches of habanos.

March 05, 2017

La Palina Nicaragua Oscuro Robusto (5 x 52)

Video review HERE.

(Description taken from website)
At the 2016 IPCPR Trade Show, La Palina Cigars introduced its new La Palina Nicaragua line. As the name indicates, this is a line being made in Nicaragua – a first for Palina. The line features two blends an Oscuro and a Connecticut Shade, the latter being another first for La Palina Cigars. Finally, the La Palina Nicaragua showcases the company’s recently introduced new second logo.

The La Palina Nicaragua line being is made at A.J. Fernandez’s Tabacalera Fernandez. Working with Fernandez isn’t a complete surprise. La Palina CEO Clay Roberts had previously worked for Fernandez as Vice President of Marketing, so there was an obvious connection to be made here.

The La Palina Nicaragua Oscuro features an Ecuadorian Oscuro wrapper over Nicaragua binder and filler. Three sizes were showcased: Robusto, Toro, and Gordo. Each size is available in 20 count boxes.

The La Palina Nicaragua is also showcasing the new second “LP” logo.  This logo was first seen on the box of the TAA Exclusive Cigar, La Palina Bill’s Blend.  Roberts informed Cigar Coop, the “LP” won’t completely replace the image of Paley’s grandmother Goldie Drell Paley and that the Goldie image will remain on the company’s more premium offerings.

Wrapper: Ecuadorian Oscuro
Binder: Nicaraguan
Filler: Nicaraguan
Country of Origin: Nicaragua (Tabacalera Fernandez)

Robusto: 5 x 52 REVIEWED TODAY
Toro: 6 x 50
Gordo: 6 x 58

The cigar looks nice and has an oily wrapper. It has an average feel in the hand for a robusto of this size.

The test draw after cutting the cap was very good. The initial flavors were massive amounts of leather and black coffee. There are sweeter notes of light tangerine citrus, brown sugar, cinnamon, and buttery whipping cream. There is a massive amount of black pepper at the beginning which I rate at a 9. The cigar has a very dark feel. The cigar is coming across as full bodied from the start.

One inch in (18 minutes) the tangerine citrus is an afterthought. There is still a lot of leather and black coffee with whipping cream, brown sugar, and cinnamon as your sweet notes. The heavy leather and coffee notes dominate the cigar. The black pepper has toned down to an 8. The finish is one of leather and whipping cream with some nice lingering black pepper. The cigar has a full bodied feel and you can start to feel some ligero.

At the midpoint (38 minutes) the leather and coffee remain the lead flavors. The sweeter flavors are lighter now but still consist of whipping cream, brown sugar, and cinnamon. The pepper has fallen off a little once again, down to a 7 1/2 now. The finish is unchanged in flavors but the leather notes are elevated. 

As the cigar ended (1 hour 8 minutes) the leather and black coffee continue to dominate. The sweeter flavors dropped to whipping cream and brown sugar. The pepper remained very good and the cigar is still full bodied. The finish is unchanged. This was a good, heavy, dark noted cigar. It's a little too heavy for my every day cigar but it's a good cigar when you want something full with plenty of dark notes. Of course, it has plenty of black pepper, which is always a plus with me. Look for these anywhere that sells La Palina cigars. 

Score: 91

March 04, 2017

Warped Cigars Lirio Rojo (5 1/2 x 44)

Video review HERE.

This version of Warped Cigars is fairly new. It came out in 2015 but may be new to a lot of you. It is all Nicaraguan and has no band. It is a medium brown in color and is triple capped.

Wrapper: Nicaraguan, AGANORSA
Binder: Nicaraguan, AGANORSA
Filler: Nicaraguan, AGANORSA

As you can see it features the Aganorsa tobacco which is also used in the Guardian of the Farms that I recently reviewed. The cigar is available in one size, the corona, and it has an average feel in the hand for a cigar of this size.

The test draw after cutting the cap was very good. The initial flavors were sweet orange citrus, brown sugar, and caramel, along with some whipping cream. The black pepper is very good. I rate it at an 8 1/2 to 9 at the beginning. Quite peppery. I am not getting a lot of the vegetable type flavor that I noticed in the Guardian of the Farms cigar. Since this cigar is all Aganorsa I thought that was worth mentioning. I get a little of the vegetable flavor but it is light. The caramel notes really tone down the citrus and brown sugar notes. It is actually quite smooth. 

About one inch (13 minutes) in the flavors seem to be in an even mix. The black pepper is still the only thing out of balance. It is massive and that's ok with me. The cigar is medium to full bodied. The finish is a combination of caramel and cream with plenty of lingering black pepper.

Just past the midpoint (29 minutes) the cigar is very consistent. Nothing much has changed. I like the way the caramel and whipping cream combine with the citrus and brown sugar. It's a very nice flavor. The pepper remains very good. The finish is unchanged. You still have a slight amount of the typical vegetable flavor but again, it's quite light. The cigar is still medium to full bodied but it is approaching full bodied. 

The cigar ended at 52 minutes. It also ended much like it has been burning all along. One thing that was not as evident until just after the midpoint is black coffee. You can really notice a nice black coffee base now. The other flavors are still, for the most part, in balance. The citrus notes decreased slightly but not enough to hurt. The pepper remained very good throughout. The finish was unchanged. The cigar hit full bodied in the final third. 

Score: 93

February 24, 2017


EASTON, PA – Famous Smoke Shop, the largest American-owned distributor of discounted premium cigars online, has announced a new cigar release: Romeo y Julieta House of Verona. This new premium cigar is debuting exclusively at Famous Smoke Shop, and is the latest they have done in collaboration with Romeo Y Julieta. Previously, RyJ and Famous collaborations have resulted in some highly rated and well-received cigars including House of Montague and House of Capulet.

This exciting new addition takes its name from the ruling family of Verona, who take their name from the Italian town where Shakespeare based his fateful tale of Romeo and Juliet. Prince Escalus of Verona, the patriarch of his family, was the well-respected mediator and personification of law and order. He demanded a peaceful resolution to the ill-fated families of Montague and Capulet. Much like the members of the Verona family, this cigar lives up to the iconic RyJ brand, providing a rich, medium-bodied, and peace-loving smoke. In the end, this Prince uttered the profound final words of the drama, "For never was a story of more woe, Than this of Juliet and her Romeo.” Offering the distinctively rich flavors of Romeo Y Julieta, the House of Verona is less intense than previous additions; featuring a semi-sweet three-nation blend of Dominican, Nicaraguan, and Peruvian filler that adds a complex layer of earthiness and a slight spice that tingles the tongue. The rich Nicaraguan binder goes on to complement the sweet-as-pie flavors of Cubano San Andrés wrapper that top everything off.

“House of Verona is the ‘Goldilocks’ of the Romeo Y Julieta lineup,” says John Pullo, Managing Copywriter of Famous Smoke Shop. Pullo, who was among the first at Famous Smoke Shop to sample the House of Verona, stated, “There’s more to it than just the buttery subtleties of the RyJ Capulet; it’s less intense on the palate than the Maduro-wrapped Montague. Not too strong, not too mild - it fits in between them ‘just right’.”

This exclusive cigar is hand rolled in the Dominican Republic, in the highly renowned Tabacalera de Garcia alongside the rest of RyJ’s ultra-premium cigars. House of Verona is a luxury quality cigar, available at Famous at an astonishingly low pre-order price of around $5 per cigar.

The House of Verona comes in boxes of 20, eco-friendly humidor jars, 5-packs, and singles, and are available in an attractive array of vitolas including; Churchill, Corona, Robusto, Toro, and Short Magnum.

Short Magnum (5 ½ x60) $5.04/cigar SRP

Robusto (5 x54) $4.29/cigar SRP

Toro (6 x50) $4.84/cigar SRP

Churchill (7 x52) $4.89/cigar SRP

Corona (5 ½ x44) $4.39/cigar SRP Experience the theatrical flavors of the House of Verona, only at Famous Smoke Shop.

About Famous Smoke Shop
Famous Smoke Shop is the nation’s #1 discount retailer of premium cigars online, offering one of the largest selections of handmade cigars, machine-made cigars, cigar humidors and accessories. Famous offers the web’s lowest prices on a wide selection of cigar brands including Acid, Davidoff, Macanudo, Romeo y Julieta, Ashton, Padron, Oliva and Perdomo cigars, and many more. Famous offers their customers the best prices on all premium cigars as well as friendly and knowledgeable customer service.

February 19, 2017

Partagas Serie D no. 6 (3 1/2 x 50)

Video review HERE.

(From the website)
Serie D only includes vitolas with a 50 ring gauge and, with the introduction of the Serie D No. 6, will comprise three vitolas.

Partagás Serie D No. 6 (ring gauge 50 x 90 mm length, Vitola de Galera -Factory Name- D No. 6), showcases the Partagás character, but concentrated into an even shorter format, allowing its aromas to be released and its intense flavoured enjoyed in a shorter format, with a smoking time of around 15 minutes, which is ideal for the modern situations affecting smokers all over the world.

Like all the Partagás Series, it includes the characteristic red and gold band, which has become a reference in the Partagás brand and also across all Habanos brands.

This new Serie D also includes two innovative types of presentations:

SBN (Semi Boîte Nature) branded box, but with 20 units and with all the Habanos in a spectacular double layer.

An attractive and practical special 5-unit box in the colours of the Series.

Another image innovation is the visible sticker with the Serie D colours, which will be extended to the other 2 vitolas in the Serie D No. 4 and Serie D No. 5 . Also included on this box for the first time by Serie D is an external papeleta -rectangular seal on the short side of the box- that will make the brand’s wooden boxes more readily identifiable, similar to the one introduced at one stage by Serie E.he 

The cigar is a lighter medium brown in color. It is visibly short; much shorter than a usual robusto cigar. The cigar has a light feel in the hand due to it's short length.

The test draw after cutting the cap was very good. The initial flavors were a dry cedar and a slightly buttery brown sugar. There was a nice black pepper rated at an 8. There was also a nice black coffee base but the black pepper pretty much disguises it. 

At, or near the midpoint (20 minutes) there is a noticeable cinnamon. It actually appeared shortly after my initial impressions. The cedar is moving away from the dry cedar and it's more of a standard sweet cedar. There are still flashes of dry cedar here and there, however. The cigar is medium bodied by American standards. The finish is a light cream with some nice lingering black pepper. 

The cigar ended at 35 minutes. The flavors pretty much continued to the end. The cigar never moved much past medium bodied. The cedar continued to move back and forth between a dry cedar and a sweet cedar. The lightly buttered brown sugar and cinnamon notes continued, as well as the black coffee. The black pepper was very good in this cigar on both the front end and the finish, which continued to be a light cream. This was a good, short cigar. Perhaps the Nicaraguan, Dominican, and Honduran cigar manufacturers should think about producing some short cigars for today's fast paced world. I picked up this cigar at the Cancun LCDH in December. It was an enjoyable, short cigar.

Score: 92