January 15, 2017

Nestor Miranda Collection Corojo Robusto (4 1/2 x 50)





Video review HERE.


(Description taken from Cigar-Coop.com website)
At the 2016 IPCPR Trade Show in Las Vegas. Miami Cigar and Company launched a new blend with the Nestor Miranda Collection Corojo. As the name indicates, the cigar adds a Corojo wrapper blend into the Nestor Miranda Collection portfolio. This new offering is slated to become the fourth offering under the Nestor Miranda Collection.

The blend of the Nestor Miranda Collection Corojo is consists of all Nicaraguan tobaccos. The Nestor Miranda Collection Corojo is available in the same four sizes as the other offerings in the Nestor Miranda Collection. Consistent with the rest of the portfolio, the Nestor Miranda Collection Corojo is packaged in 20 count boxes and produced at the My Father Cigars factory.

The Nestor Miranda Collection is named for Miami Cigar and Company President Nestor Miranda. In 2014, the brand was revamped from a blend and packaging standpoint. The Nestor Miranda Collection Corojo maintains true to the Art Deco-styled packaging and is accented with yellow color.

Wrapper; Nicaraguan Corojo
Binder: Nicaraguan
Filler: Nicaraguan
Country of Origin: Nicaragua (My Father Cigars SA)

Vitolas Available:
Corona: 6 x 46
Robusto: 4 1/2 x 50 REVIEWED TODAY
Toro: 5 1/2 x 54
Gordo: 6 x 60


The cigar is well made with a triple cap. It is reddish brown in color and 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 a high pitched orange citrus with brown sugar and cinnamon attached to it along with massive amounts of an earthy coffee and black coffee. I rated the black coffee at a 7 1/2 initially. The earthy coffee is the majority of the flavors at this point. I would say it's a 60/40 split between the earthy black coffee and the sweeter notes.




About one inch in (20 minutes)the flavors have changed in intensity amounts. Now there is nutmeg and some buttery notes to go along with the other sweet notes of citrus, brown sugar, and cinnamon. The sweeter notes are now the lead flavor with the black coffee receding. The pepper has increased slightly and it up to an 8. The cigar is medium bodied and it seems to be moving up. The finish is a toasted cream with some nice lingering black pepper. The cigar is very sweet now and the combination of flavors is very nice.




At the midpoint (38 minutes) the brown sugar and nutmeg are leading over the citrus notes. There is still some cinnamon notes and some buttery notes. The pepper remains very good. The cigar is now medium to full bodied and still feels like it's moving up. The finish is unchanged. The cigar is making small changes here and there with some flavors taking the lead at any point. The flavors are very pleasing.





The cigar lasted 1 hour 5 minutes. At the end I got a very thick sweetness, like a white chocolate. The other flavors were still in play. The cigar reached full bodied. It probably hit full bodied around the final third. You can feel the ligero. The finish is more of a sweet cream rather than a toasted cream at the end. The lingering pepper remained very good. The earthy coffee is back and now in balance with the other notes. The cigar got balanced just past the midpoint. Nestor Miranda and the My Father factory got it right in this cigar. I enjoyed it very much. Good Cigar.


Score: 93


January 14, 2017

Partagas Maduro No. 1 {Aug. '16} (5 1/8 x 52)





Video review HERE.


A new Cuban Partagás cigar with a dark maduro wrapper has landed in several retail shops around the world. The 5 1/8 inch by 52 ring gauge parejo is known as the Partagás Maduro No. 1, and it's exclusive to Casas del Habanos and Habanos specialist retailers.

The Maduro No. 1 comes packed in wooden boxes of 25, and in addition to the regular Partagás band, the cigar carries a new brown secondary band embossed with the word "Maduro." The cigars inside the box are wrapped with a large, brown protective paper sleeve called a bofetón, while the outside ends of the box also has a distinctive brown costero.

The Partagás Maduro No. 1 is the first cigar in the brand lineup to use a maduro wrapper.

The cigar is a dark brown and has an average feel in the hand for a cigar of this size. Here is a shot of the foot.



The test draw after cutting the cap was decent but I used my PerfecDraw tool to improve it. The initial flavors were a cedar with a touch of citrus with massive amounts of chocolate and black coffee notes. There was a nice amount of black pepper which I rated at an 8. 




About 1 1/2 inches in (25 minutes) the flavors are pretty much unchanged. There is a ton of chocolate and coffee notes. I would call the chocolate a milk chocolate and it has a nice sweetness. The cedar and light citrus just add a little something to the mix; they are rather light in intensity. The cigar is upper end medium bodied by "our standards". In the Cuban world this is a full bodied cigar. The finish is one of chocolate with some nice lingering black pepper. 




The cigar lasted 1 hour 5 minutes. It really didn't change much. I lost all the light citrus notes but the cedar was still going strong and mixed well with the milk chocolate and black coffee. There was decent sweetness in this cigar. It ended medium to full bodied. I liked the black pepper in this cigar. It may have dropped a slight amount as the cigar went along but it was good throughout, even on the finish. At the end the finish was one of chocolate and cedar. This was a good cigar but not my favorite Partagas, which is my go-to Cuban brand. Now, as far as price; these cost $30 each so they would be in the celebratory cigar category. But, if you're traveling in the Caribbean or overseas go to a La Casa del Habano or Habano Specialist and give them a try.



Score: 92

January 11, 2017

VUDU "DAMBALLA" CIGARS NOW AVAILABLE AT FAMOUS SMOKE SHOP



New Blend from Jesus Fuego Marks 5th Vudu Cigars Release in the Series

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 announced the fifth release in their exclusive Vudu cigars series, Vudu Damballa. Like its four predecessors, Vudu Damballa comes to retail with very attractive price point, averaging just under $4.50 (MSRP) per cigar. Keeping with the mystical Haitian Voodoo theme that runs through the entire series, Damballa – the serpent spirit Sky Father and primordial creator of all life who rules the mind, intellect, and cosmic equilibrium – is illustrated on the humidor jar packaging with a jet black, snakeskin-like appearance accented by splashes of red and white. In Voodoo culture, Damballa is "The Great Master" who created the cosmos by using his 7,000 coils to form the stars and the planets in the heavens and shaped the hills and valleys on earth. Keeping the series consistent from a blending perspective, Jesus Fuego created Vudu Damballa using equal parts Nicaraguan, Honduran Criollo, and Brazilian Mata Fina long-fillers, bound them in a Brazilian Corojo leaf, and rolled them in a savory, Ecuadorian Sumatra wrapper. The result is a medium-bodied, full-flavored smoke with a well-balanced, earthy-spicy baseline.



After sampling the new blend, CigarAdvisor.com editor, Gary Korb said, "The Vudu Damballa went through some impressive changes, starting off smooth and earthy, as some peppery spice crept in, then faded-out as some roasted coffee notes entered the fray. The pepper returned at several intervals, interchanging with additional flavors along the way, which really held my interest."

Vudu Damballa is presented in collectable and refillable vacuum sealed humidor jars of 19 cigars, with the exception of the No.13, as well as 5-packs and singles.






No.3 (4¾" x 50 Robusto) $4.25/cigar MSRP

No.7 (5¾" x 50 Toro) $4.70/cigar MSRP

No.9 (6¾" x 50 Churchill) $5.15/cigar MSRP

No.13 (5½" x 46 Corona Extra) $3.80/cigar MSRP (Bundle of 13 cigars)






"Cigar smokers looking for a great value in a well-made, complex smoke with a medium-full character will find the Vudu Damballa very satisfying," added Korb. See more information on Vudu Damballa 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.

Punch to Launch Gran Puro Nicaragua



General Cigar announces the debut of Punch Gran Puro Nicaragua, a four-cigar collection that features a rich and savory Nicaraguan-forward blend.



Ed McKenna, director of marketing strategy for General Cigar noted, “Punch Gran Puro has been a true staple in humidors for over a decade and the brand’s recently-received high ratings have cemented its legacy in the handmade cigar category. For the extension of the Gran Puro line, our artisans built a blend that balances Nicaraguan tobaccos with a Maduro wrapper to deliver a layered, dimensional flavor not traditionally found in Nicaraguan-based cigars. We are confident that Punch Gran Puro Nicaragua will be a fast favorite among tenured smokers.”



Handcrafted at General Cigar’s HATSA factory in Danli, Honduras, Punch Gran Puro Nicaragua represents the ultimate in body and flavor. The cigar gets its full-bodied taste from high priming Nicaraguan binder and filler leaves which yield bold notes of pepper and cedar. The powerful Nicaraguan leaves are complemented by a hearty Connecticut Broadleaf wrapper that brings forth notes of leather to the smoking experience.



Punch Gran Puro Nicaragua will debut in February and will be accessibly priced, with suggested retail prices under $7.00 per cigar. The collection is packaged in 20 count boxes with a unique blue and green color scheme featuring Mr. Punch, the brand’s iconic mascot.



(4.875 X 48); SRP per cigar $5.29

(5.5 X 54); SRP per cigar is $6.39

(6 X 54); SRP per cigar is $6.49

(7.5 X 54); SRP per cigar is $6.99




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 www.cigarworld.com.

January 08, 2017

Villiger 1888 Robusto (4 7/8 x 50)





Video review HERE.

(Description taken from Cigar-Coop.com website)
The Villiger 1888 cigar is getting a new look. While the blend is remaining the same, the cigar is getting repackaged with newly designed boxes and bands.

Back in February 2009, the VilligerNorth America introduced the Villiger 1888 cigar into the U.S. market. 1888 represents the year that Villiger Cigars was founded and the cigar had been created to commemorate the 120th anniversary of the company.

The new repackaging symbolizes the company colors of Villiger – red, black, and white.  The new boxes emphasize bright red color. Red is also a prominent color with the new banding.

The Villiger 1888 uses the same blend that was originally created by Villiger Chairman, Heinrich Villiger. The blend consists of a Ecuadorian wrapper, Mexican binder, and a combination of Nicaraguan and Dominican fillers.  The cigars are available in five sizes: Corona, Robusto, Toro, Torpedo, and Toro Gordo. Production will also remain in the Dominican Republic.

Wrapper: Ecuadorian
Binder: Mexican
Filler: Dominican and Nicaraguan
Country of Origin: Dominican Republic (ABAM Cigars S.R.L.)

The Villiger 1888 is available in five sizes – each in 20 count boxes.

Corona: 6 x 43
Robusto: 4 7/8 x 50 REVIEWED TODAY
Toro: 6 x 50
Torpedo: 6 x 52
Toro Gordo: 6 x 60


The cigar has an average feel in the hand for a robusto.





The test draw after cutting the cap was almost effortless. The initial flavors were light dry cedar notes with ample white chocolate and sweet cream. There was black pepper rated at a 7 1/2. The cigar starts off rather mild. The finish, at this early stage, is a white chocolate with hints of dry oak with an above average amount of lingering black pepper.




A little over an inch in (20 minutes) the flavors are just like I previously described only sweeter. There is also a touch of buttery notes. The sweetness in this cigar is very thick.










At the midpoint (38 minutes) the ash is still intact. That's always impressive. I had to remove the band at this point and the wrapper came apart but I repaired it with cigar mender so all is well. The flavors are unchanged and the black pepper is now up to an 8. The finish is moving to a sweet cream but it seems to go back and forth from white chocolate to sweet cream.





The cigar lasted about 1 hour and 5 minutes. The flavors stayed consistent to the end; dry cedar, white chocolate, and buttery, sweet cream with ample black pepper. This would make an excellent morning cigar with a cup of coffee. The cigar remained rather mild ending up at mild to medium at best. The flavors were quite good. Just keep in mind this is a rather mild cigar.



Score: 91

January 07, 2017

The Judge Toro (6 x 56) by My Father Cigars




Video review HERE.


(Description taken from Cigar-Coop.com website)
The Judge is the fourth blend by My Father Cigars’ eponymous named brand. My Father Judge features a dark Sumatra Oscuro wrapper over Nicaraguan tobaccos from the Garcia family farms. This includes a double binder and three different fillers. The cigars are being offered in two box-pressed sizes (Toro and Grand Robusto). The cigars are packaged in 23 count boxes.

The Judge had its debut at the 2016 IPCPR Trade Show. It now joins the other three My Father branded blends which include the original My Father (Habano Rosado wrapped blend), My Father LeBijou 1922 (Habano Oscuro wrapped blend), and My Father Connecticut (Connecticut Shade wrapped blend).

Blend Profile:
Wrapper: Ecuadorian Sumatra Oscuro
Binder: Nicaraguan (Double: Corojo, Criollo)
Filler: Nicaraguan (Three tobaccos)
Country of Origin: Nicaragua (My Father Cigars SA)

Vitolas Available:
Grand Robusto: 5 x 50
Toro: 6 x 56 (REVIEWED TODAY)


The cigar is box pressed and well made. It features a dark brown wrapper. Here is a shot of the foot.




After cutting the cap the test draw was just a bit firm but very workable. The initial flavors were a tangy, sweet orange citrus with lots of brown sugar as a secondary flavor and quite a bit of black pepper which I rate at a 7 1/2 to 8. 


About 1 1/2 inches in (30 minutes) there has been the addition of a sweet caramel. The combination of sweet, tangy citrus, brown sugar, and caramel make for a unique flavor. It is quite sweet. There is also a dark coffee note at the base. The cigar is medium bodied. The finish is one of a caramel with some lingering black pepper. 



At, or near the midpoint (50 minutes) the flavors are, for the most part, unchanged. You get the tangy citrus right up front, quickly followed by the caramel mixed with the brown sugar. The coffee notes are now an earthy type coffee. While the black pepper remains very good it may have toned down a touch. The flavors are very close to evenly distributed at this point. The finish is unchanged. The cigar is medium to full bodied now.



The cigar stayed true to the end making few, if any changes. It lasted quite a while; around 1 hour 38 minutes. The only thing that changes was the strength. It got to a low grade full bodied status. The finish was unchanged. The cigar was very My Father-esque. By that I mean that it has all the flavors of a My Father cigar. For those of you who like other My Father cigars you will probably like this one as well. I believe I paid around $12 for this cigar at a local shop. Even though this was a large cigar it was quite enjoyable. I have not tried the robusto size. This cigar is right in my wheelhouse. I enjoyed it quite a bit.


Score: 93

January 01, 2017

Nomad Martial Law (6 x 50)





Video review HERE.


(Description taken from Cigar-Coop.com website)
 

The Nomad Martial Law is the tenth regular production blend launched by Fred Rewey’s Nomad Cigar Company. Rewey has incorporated a slogan for his company called “Be Nomad Be Anywhere”. This slogan very much applies to his approach with Nomad Cigar Company as he has produced cigars in two different countries (Nicaragua and the Dominican Republic) with several different factories. With Martial Law, Rewey turns to his fourth different factory, James Brown’s Fabrica Oveja Negra located in Esteli, Nicaragua. Working with Brown is a logical step as Rewey’s Nomad brand along with Brown’s Black Label Trading Company and Black Works Studio are both distributed by Boutiques Unified.

According to Rewey, The genesis for the Martial Law blend came as a result of blending a bolder version using the profile of the Nomad Esteli Lot 8613 as a starting point. “The Esteli Lot 8613 has been one of my most popular blends. I love the rustic nature of it but also wanted something with a bit more punch or complexity. Basically the Martial Law blend started as my wanting a double ligero version of the Lot 8613 and kind of grew from there,” commented Rewey.


The cigar incorporates tobaccos from the four major growing regions of Nicaragua: Jalapa, Condega, Esteli, and Ometepe. The cigar also features a Habano wrapper.


Wrapper: Habano

Binder: Jalapa
Filler: Nicaraguan
Country of Origin: Nicaragua (Fabrica Oveja Negra)

Nomad Martial Law comes in one size – a 6 x 50. The cigars are packaged in 12 count boxes.



The cigar is well made and has a dark brown wrapper. Here is a shot of the foot.






The test draw after cutting the cap was very good. The initial flavors were cinnamon and brown sugar mixed with what appears to be a tangerine citrus. There is a ton of black pepper which I rate at an 8. There is a black coffee base. 


About one inch in there seems to be a dark, sweet flavor of molasses. The cigar is medium to full bodied at this point. The finish is a cream with some brown sugar aspects. There is quite a bit of lingering black pepper. 



At the midpoint there is a smoothness to the cigar. There seems to be a buttery flavor in the mix now. The tangerine flavor is the lesser of the flavors due to the heavy cinnamon and brown sugar. Now, the buttery notes make the cigar much smoother. The molasses flavor and coffee make a nice base. The cigar is still medium to full bodied. 



The molasses notes tapered off after the midpoint but the buttery notes remained. They were not overblown but noticeable. The brown sugar and cinnamon continued to be the lead flavors with the tangerine giving a minor amount of support. Again, I'll say the cigar was very smooth. The cigar remained medium to full bodied. The black pepper is very good in this cigar, on both ends. This was a very good new addition to the Nomad line. This cigar is fuller bodied than their others and is very much in my "must try" list.


Score: 92

December 31, 2016

Retirement of the Red Review Shirt

Well, it's time; probably past time. It's time to retire the old red review shirt. Yes, it's been through a lot. It's full of holes and rips but it has served me well. Today, as promised, I retired it and debuted the all new review shirt!

I also debuted my first video using Wevideo and my new Chromebook. The sound was a little choppy but I think the first video came out pretty good. See what you think.

Here is the debut video of the new review shirt!

December 21, 2016

All Out Kings Shipping March 2017





Tuesday, December 20, 2016 — Miami, FL – Caldwell Cigar Co. and Drew Estate announced today that All Out Kings would be shipping in March of 2017, slightly delayed from the anticipated shipment date of November 2016. All Out Kings is a collaborative project between the two companies that was announced early in 2016, and formally released at the 2016 IPCPR Convention and Tradeshow held in Las Vegas, Nevada.

All out Kings will be shipped in four sizes: Smash (5 x 52), Give me your Lunch Money (5 ¾ x 46), Foreverlast (6 ½ x 54), and The Fourth Pose (6 x 54). The project is packaged in 20 count boxes.

Jonathan Drew was good and amped up when we caught him in front of the Wynwood Safehouse, quoting the lyrics of Biggie Smalls song Sky's The Limit "Stay far from timid; Only make moves when ya heart's in it; And live the phrase "Sky's The Limit". The Founder went on to say, "Because working so closely with Caldwell and Herrera results in a raw expression such as AOK, the extra wait is acceptable to me ... It's about the style in which we destroy, more important than the turns or money. I truly believe that Caldwell lives his brand the way we do Drew Estate."

Robert Caldwell noted, “The orders we have received on this product have been insane. When Willy approached me to let me know that he wanted to delay the shipment of AOK because he had wanted to age the cigars more, I was a bit hesitant, but ultimately I agreed it was the right decision. AOK is a special cigar. Willy knows the tobacco much better than I. I am excited for the March shipment”

From Little Havana, Miami, Willy Herrera stated, “When Rob and I began blending this project, we had to meet in the middle in terms of the strength of the cigar so that it was something Rob would enjoy as he is not typically a maduro smoker. We selected specific primings of Connecticut Habano wrapper that would be a bit more subtle, yet flavorful.  This has taken a bit more time at the sorting tables and in addition the wrapper is extremely oily by nature, which has added to the aging process. I know everyone has been waiting and I’m causing additional stress for Rob, but I won’t let them out of the aging room until I feel they are ready.”


About Drew Estate, Inc.

Founded in New York City in 1996, Drew Estate has become one of the fastest growing tobacco companies in the world. Under their mantra “The Rebirth of Cigars”TM, Drew Estate has led the “Boutique Cigar” movement by innovating new elements to the tobacco industry with their unique tobaccos and blending styles that have attracted new and traditional cigar enthusiasts. In their Gran Fabrica Drew Estate, the Nicaraguan headquarters, Drew Estate produces a variety of brands such as ACID, Herrera Estelí, Herrera Estelí Norteño, Kentucky Fired Cured, Liga Privada, MUWAT, Natural by Drew Estate, Nica Rustica, Pappy Van Winkle Barrel Fermented Cigars, Tabak Especial, Undercrown, and Java by Drew Estate.

December 19, 2016

CRAIG REYNOLDS ASSUMES RESPONSIBILITY OF ENTIRE NORTH AMERICAN BUSINESS (SCANDINAVIAN TOBACCO GROUP)




Press Release 19 December 2016

SCANDINAVIAN TOBACCO GROUP FORMS CLUSTER OF ITS NORTH AMERICAN BUSINESSES FOR CIGARS, PIPE TOBACCO AND FINE CUT

As of 1 January 2017, General Cigar, Cigars International, STG Lane and STG Canada reinforce their leading positions under one leadership. The change thereby improves the world-leading cigars and pipe tobacco business’ product offering across all customer segments.

“We are leading in handmade cigars, pipe tobacco and fine cut in the US. In every one of our business entities, we have specialised in bringing either handmade cigars or pipe tobacco and fine cut to specific customer segments.

Advancing our collaboration between entities allow us to bring products from across our tobacco categories to all our customers. We believe that this will benefit our customers and drive further growth for our business in the US,” says Craig Reynolds, Executive Vice President for Scandinavian Tobacco Group in North America.

Craig Reynolds assumes the leadership of the North American cluster when it is formed on 1 January 2017.

CEO Niels Frederiksen says: “Craig Reynolds has successfully led our entire global handmade cigars business. Today, the handmade cigar category is a growth engine in our business and accounts for more than one-fourth of our net sales and profit. We want to reinforce this development by extending Craig Reynolds’ leadership to our entire North American business.”

General Cigars holds a leading position in the US market for handmade cigars. Cigars International has built a marketleading position in online and catalogue sales of handmade cigars and pipe tobacco to consumers in the US. STG Lane is the leading manufacturer of fine cut and traditional pipe tobacco in the US. STG Canada is leading in cigars and pipe tobacco in Canada.

The four entities continue to be run as separate, stand-alone businesses with Regis Broersma, Kelly Michols and Sylvain Laporte being presidents.

December 18, 2016

Top cigars of 2016





Video review HERE.


2016 had some very good cigars hit the market. I reviewed a total of 78 cigars this year, primarily new releases, with 22 of them scoring 93 or above. Today I am highlighting those cigars scoring 93 or above in my top 10. All the cigars I reviewed this year are shown below with links to the top 22, which scored a 93 or above. Without further adieu here are my top cigars of 2016.



Size: 6 x 52 
Score: 96
Date reviewed: 11/12/16





Size: 5 1/4 x 48 
Score: 95
Date reviewed: 10/1/16





Size: 7 1/4 x 40
Score: 94 
Date reviewed: 1/9/16




Size: 6 3/4 x 52 
Score: 94
Date reviewed: 1/30/16





Size: 5 3/4 x 48 
Score: 94
Date reviewed: 11/5/16





Size: 5 x 50 
Score: 94
Date reviewed: 3/25/16





Size: 4 1/2 x 50
Score: 94 
Date reviewed: 9/4/16





Size: 5 x 40 
Score: 94
Date reviewed: 3/13/16





Size: 6 x 50
Score: 93
Date reviewed: 2/28/16





Size: 6 x 52 
Score: 93
Date reviewed: 4/16/16




There were other cigars that scored a 93 which are shown below with their ranking. A link to each of these cigars is provided. (format; name/size/date reviewed)

Score: 93
11. Joya Black Double Robusto (5 x 56) 9/5/16
12. Avo Syncro Nicaragua Fogota Short Torpedo (4 1/2 x 52) 7/16/16
13. Foundry Tobacco Co. Time Flies 550 (5 x 50) 9/25/16
14. Henry Clay Stalk Cut Toro (6 x 54) 2/13/16
15. El Oso Belicoso by Warped Cigars (6 x 48) 5/15/16
16. Warped Cigars Corto X46 (4 1/2 x 46) 7/31/16
17. MoyaRuiz Dim Mak (5 x 54) 8/28/16
18. Laranja DeSocio (5 5/8 x 54 Perfecto) 4/2/16
20. Viaje Farmer Bill Hatchet (4 1/2 x 52) 11/26/16
21. La Aurora 1962 Corojo Robusto (5 x 50) 7/3/16
22. Sobremesa Short Churchill (4 3/4 x 48) 12/4/16


The remaining cigars reviewed with scores, sizes, and date reviewed are shown below.

Score: 92
Viaje Holiday Blend 2015 (5 x 54) 1/1/16
L’Atelier SEC (6 x 50) 1/16/16
Perdomo Factory Tour Blend Sun Grown Toro (6 x 52) 1/17/16
Asylum Lobotomy Toro (6 x 50) 2/20/16
King's Cigars El Duque (4 x 50 Figurado) 3/6/16
PRE-RELEASE REVIEW: Hoyo Robusto (5 x 54) 3/26/16
Espinosa Especial No. 4 (5 x 52) 4/10/16
Black Works Studio NBK (6 x 46) 4/23/16
Black Works Studio Killer Bee (4 1/2 x 46) 4/24/16
La Hacienda Gran Robusto by Warped Cigars (5 1/2 x 52) 5/14/16
Flor de Gonzalez Spectral Aton (5 1/2 x 44) 5/22/16
Caldwell Cigar Co. Long Live the King Lock Stock (5 x 52) 5/29/16
Campesino Toro (6 x 52) 6/4/16
Fratello Toro (6 1/4 x 54) 6/12/16
Viaje Cigars TNT 2016 (6 1/4 x 54) 7/9/16
Ezra Zion Brass Knuckles XL (6 x 54) 7/30/16
Anastasia Opera by Caldwell Cigars (6 x 52) 8/13/16
Caldwell Savages Toro (6 x 54) 8/27/16
Caldwell Cigars The Last Tsar Toro (6 x 50) 9/3/16
Crowned Heads Las Mareas Olas (6 1/8 x 46) 9/13/16
Stack Cigars Lancaster Toro (6 x 50) 9/24/16
Cohiba Macassar Toro Grande (6 x 52) 10/8/16
Partagas RyR Robusto (5 1/2 x 50) 10/15/16
Dunhill Aged Maduro Short Robusto (4 x 54) 10/23/16
Crux Guild Toro Extra Marblehead BP (6 1/2 x 52) 11/19/16
A. J. Fernandez Bellas Artes Gordo (6 1/2 x 58) 11/25/16
Lucious Lyon Robusto (5 1/2 x 50) 11/27/16
Mi Querida Fino Largo (6 x 48) 12/3/16


Score: 91
Avo Syncro Nicaragua Robusto (5 x 50) 12/27/15
CAO Wicked Winter (6 1/2 x 52) 1/2/15
Davidoff Escurio Robusto Tubo (4 1/2 x 54) 1/3/15
Crowned Heads La Imperiosa Magicos (4 1/2 x 52) 1/10/16
Drew Estate Undercrown Shade Robusto (5 x 54) 1/24/16
Espinosa Habano No. 4 (5 1/2 x 50) 3/22/16
Murcielago Nocturne (5 1/2 x 56) 4/3/16
Warped Cigars Futuro Selección 109 (6 x 52) 4/30/16
Last Call by A. J. Fernandez (4 1/2 x 48) 6/5/16
L’Atelier Côte d’Or (7 x 47) 6/11/16
La Aurora 1987 Connecticut Robusto (5 x 50) 7/10/16
Flor de D’Crossier Selection No. 512 Corona Gorda (5 1/2 x 46) 7/23/16
Caldwell Cigars Eastern Standard Midnight Express Pyramid (6 x 50) 8/14/16
Macanudo Mao No. 10 (5 x 50) 10/16/16
CAO Consigliere Associate (5 x 52) 10/30/16
Warped Cigars Villa Sombra Mecedora (5 1/2 x 50) 11/20/16


Score: 90
Bloodline OPA Habano Stemma (6 1/2 x 44) 3/19/16
Villiger San'Doro Claro Toro (6 x 50) 6/25/16
Ezra Zion All My Ex's Toro (6 x 52) 7/2/16
Torano Exodus Robusto (5 x 54) 11/13/16


Score: 89
Renzulli Cuz by Espinosa Cigars (6 x 54) 5/21/16
Fratello Bianco II (6 x 50) 6/18/16
Camacho Powerband Toro (6 x 50) 6/26/16
The Hurdler from Hurdler Cigars (6 x 58) 10/22/16


Score: 88
CAO Stingy Scrooge (6 1/2 x 52) 12/26/15
Vudu Priest No. 3 (4 3/4 x 50) 2/14/16
Hammer + Sickle Berlin Wall Robusto (5 x 50) 7/17/16


Score: 87
CAO Honor Toro (6 1/2 x 52) 3/5/16


There are still many cigars that I will be reviewing from this year's IPCPR. There are also some Cuban cigars that I picked up at the Cancun LCDH that will be included in the 2017 reviews. Since I try to review primarily new cigars from this year's IPCPR the end of a calendar year is only halfway through the process since the new cigars come out in July or thereabouts. So, even though this is my year end review it is not the end of the reviews of new cigars that came out this year. 2017 will begin with more new releases so stay tuned for more reviews! Thank you for viewing my blog this year and I hope you return for more in 2017.