June 21, 2017

Casa de Montecristo celebrates opening of new premium cigar lounge in Nashville





NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Special launch events are planned for the opening of a new “ground-up” Casa de Montecristo premium cigar lounge here in Nashville. The premium cigar lounge is now open.

Events take place July 21 and 22 at the lounge at 600 Ninth Avenue, in Nashville’s Gulch area. Events include music by a local DJ, product tasting, premium liquor, raffles and premium goodie bags. Special VIP celebrities also will be on hand.



“This new 3,200 sq. ft. lounge features a walk-in humidor, private patio space for 20 and a full bar,” says Steve Lochan, chief executive officer of Casa de Montecristo. The lounge will house more than 200 brands of premium cigars, including exclusive and hard to find selections. “We’re excited to bring Casa de Montecristo to such a vibrant and central Nashville neighborhood. This will be a great fit for us.”

A decade in the making, the Casa de Montecristo program opened its first Casa de Montecristo location in 2008. The program includes company-owned stores and licensed-based partnerships with some of the top established premium cigar retailers in the country.

The rare Casa de Montecristo moniker is awarded only to premium cigar stores and lounges that exemplify the luxury, quality and lifestyle that have been associated with the Montecristo brand.

Visit the website www.casademontecristo.com for full addresses, events, and in-store promotions for the sixteen Casa de Montecristo stores:

- Casa de Montecristo Chicago

- Casa de Montecristo by Smoke Inn (Boynton Beach, Fla.)

- Casa de Montecristo by Prime Cigar & Whiskey Bar (Miami)

- Casa de Montecristo by Cigar Inn at 2nd Avenue (New York City)

- Casa de Montecristo by Cigar Inn at 73rd Street (New York City)

- Casa de Montecristo Dallas

- Casa de Montecristo Austin

- Casa de Montecristo Nashville

- Casa de Montecristo by Tampa Humidor

- Casa de Montecristo Washington, D.C.

- Casa de Montecristo by JR Cigar (Mooresville, N.C.)

- Casa de Montecristo by JR Cigar (Paramus, N.J.)

- Casa de Montecristo by Serious Cigar (Champion, Houston)

- Casa de Montecristo by Serious Cigar (West Loop, Houston)

- Casa de Montecristo by Serious Cigar (JKF, Houston)

- Casa de Montecristo by Serious Cigar (Webster, Houston)

June 18, 2017

CAO Fuma Em Corda Robusto (5 x 50)






Video review HERE.


Known as the Indiana Jones of the cigar business, Ernest Gocaj traveled to Brazil in 2012. There, in the Amazon, he met natives who cultivated a rare variety of tobacco. The tobacco Ernest discovered was Brazilian Bragança tobacco, the foundation of CAO’s Amazon Basin.

Fast forward to 2015. Ernest returned to Brazil, this time to the Alagoas region in the center of the country. There he was witness to an ancestral fermentation method that produced tobacco with flavor like nothing else. In the Alagoas, the natives fermented Arapiraca tobacco in ropes and call the tobacco Fuma Em Corda. Ernest put the fermented tobacco in his mouth and chewed it to experience the aroma and flavor. He instantly knew he was on to something. To get his hands on as much of this tobacco as he could, Ernest told the farmers he would take all of that year’s harvest, right then and there.



The tobacco ropes were shipped to Honduras and CAO’s blending team took over. This is the story of CAO Fuma Em Corda.

With the tobacco delivered safely to Honduras, Ernest stepped out and Rick Rodriguez (blender/ambassador) stepped in. Together with the CAO blending team, Rick built the blend around the Brazilian Araparica tobacco. In a nod to Amazon Basin, Rick and the team included Brazilian Braganca in the blend for Fuma Em Corda. They added Honduran and Nicaraguan tobaccos, to bring a deeper dimension of spice to the salty, earthy flavor of the Brazilian leaves. A Cameroon binder was chosen to deliver a solid burn, and the blend was wrapped in a Honduran Colorado wrapper to deliver a cigar with notes of leather, roasted coffee and black pepper.

CAO Fuma Em Corda is a limited edition blend that will never be re-released. Just 3,000 boxes have been made for sale only at cigar shops, and by the time the cigars hit retail later this month, they will sell out in the blink of an eye. The cigars are made in Honduras, packed in rustic wooden boxes and only available in a 5 x 50 Robusto, selling, if you can get them, for $8.99 per cigar. Twenty-count boxes will sell for $179.80.

CAO Fuma Em Corda is also being released in limited quantity, in a 6 x 58 Toro. Selling only through Internet and catalog retailers, the Toro will retail for $10.49 per cigar, or $209.80 for a box of 20.

One final note: Ernest returned to Brazil for one last time. He scored his last batch of Amazonian rainforest tobacco, for another limited release. Stay tuned for more on the final installment of the CAO Brazilian tobacco trilogy.


The cigar is a touch rough looking but the rope vine band seems to fit the look. Here is a shot of the foot.





The cigar is a dark brown and the rope vine band seems to fit the cigar persona. The test draw after cutting the cap was very good. The initial flavors were a sweet, pink grapefruit citrus, brown sugar, and an earthy black coffee. There was black pepper which I rate at a 7 1/2 to 8. 




About 1 1/2 inches in (30 minutes) the flavors are about like I initially described but now you can add in chocolate notes and a dash of whipping cream flavor. The finish is an earthy chocolate cream with some lingering black pepper. The cigar is medium bodied at this point. 




As I approached the rope band (50 minutes) the whipping cream has morphed over to a sweet caramel. The other flavors are pretty much unchanged. The coffee is not as earthy as it was before. The black pepper remains very good. The finish is unchanged. The cigar is the upper end of medium bodied. 




As the cigar ended (1 hour 6 minutes) the chocolate notes became elevated. The cigar had a good mix of flavors. It ended medium to full bodied. The finish was unchanged. This was a very good cigar that is quite different in flavors from the regular Amazon Basin. I am very curious how the larger ring Gage of the toro will affect the flavors. I hope to sample those and report back on any differences. As far as this cigar goes it was quite enjoyable with nice sweet flavors. It's too back it's a one and done production. You better grab them while you can!


Score: 94

June 17, 2017

Protocol Probable Cause Lancero (7 1/2 x 38)





Video review HERE.


(Description taken from Cigar-Coop.com website)
The Protocol Probable Cause Lancero is the first-line extension to Cubariqueño Cigar Company’s Protocol Probable Cause line. The Probable Cause was launched as in 2015 and was the sophomore release to Cubariqueño Cigar Company. Probable Cause introduced a San Andres Maduro offering into Cubariqueño Cigar Company’s portfolio. It is a blend and size particularly close to Cubariqueño co-founder Juan Cancel as it brings together his favorite cigar wrapper (San Andres) and his favorite size (Lancero). This past May, the Protocol Probable Cause Lancero had a soft-launch at Berkeley Humidor in New Jersey with a formal launch planned for the 2017 IPCPR Trade Show.


Blend Profile

The Protocol Probable Cause features a San Andres Mexican Maduro wrapper over Nicaraguan tobaccos. As with all Cubariqueño releases, the Probable Cause is made at Erik Espinosa’s La Zona factory in Estelí, Nicaragua.

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


Vitolas Available

The new lancero becomes the third vitola in the Protocol Probable Cause line. Originally Protocol Probable Cause was launched in one rounded size (robusto) and one box-press size (churchill). The lancero is another box-press offering.

The lancero is a 7 1/2 x 38 vitola. While box-pressed lanceros are not uncommon, there are very few 38 ring gauge box-pressed ones out in the market (most are 40 ring gauge). La Zona has also produced a 38 ring gauge box press with the 601 La Bomba Warhead III by Espinosa Cigars

The Protocol Probable Cause is offered in ten-count boxes. The lancero was recently launched in soft pack bundles.

Lancero: 7 1/2 38 (Box Pressed) REVIEWED TODAY
Robusto: 5 x 52
Churchill: 6 1/2 x 48 (Box Pressed)


Although the cigar is quite small in diameter it is beautiful to look at and very well made. As described above, it is box pressed.





The test draw after cutting the cap was good. The initial flavors (which I got almost immediately after lighting the cigar) were a candy-like orange citrus, brown sugar, caramel, chocolate, black coffee which could almost be called an espresso, and black pepper rated at an 8. This is a great start!




One inch in (12 minutes) the flavors are mixing so well. They are almost like a fermented mixture. They have that sort of feel. All the flavors are easily tasted. Now there is the addition of cinnamon. Just an amazing assortment of flavors. The pepper is woven throughout the flavors. The finish is a sweet caramel with nice lingering black pepper. The cigar is a low grade medium to full bodied at this point. The cigar has a slight buttery aspect to it also. It is quite sweet and rich. In a word, great.




A little over halfway (39 minutes) the cigar is still consistent tasting. The only thing that has changed is the length. The strength is a solid medium to full bodied. The flavors continue to amaze me. I am impressed with this cigar.




As the cigar ended (1 hour 9 minutes) the only thing that changed in the flavors were the citrus notes decreased slightly but the other notes of brown sugar, caramel, chocolate, coffee, and black pepper remained very good. The finish was unchanged with those great caramel notes and lingering black pepper. The cigar reached full bodied status in the final stages. This is an amazing cigar that must be tried. Simply great.


Score: 96



June 16, 2017

VILLGER CIGARS PRESENTS THE “LA FLOR DE YNCLAN” CIGAR BRAND AT THE 2017 IPCPR IN LAS VEGAS




(Miami, Florida) June 16, 2017— Villiger Cigars proudly announces that the Villiger - La Flor De Ynclan will be presented at the 2017 IPCPR in Las Vegas this coming July 2017. The creation of every cigar carries a story, and this is no different. The La Flor De Ynclan is a special cigar, diligently crafted by Heinrich Villiger and master blender Jose Matias Maragoto of ABAM Cigar Factory in the Dominican Republic.

Heinrich Villiger, chairman of the board of Villiger Soehne AG, came across a young ambitious Cuban native 22 years ago in the Dominican Republic. That Cuban, Jose Matias Maragoto was an unknown cigar maker, who was beginning a new life in a new country. Fast forward two decades, the once untested Matias Maragoto is the overseer of all Villiger made product made in the DR. The Flor de Ynclan cigar, is the fruition of a bond between two different men from different backgrounds, over the love of tobacco.

Villiger Cigars produced a small batch of La Flor De Ynclan over a decade ago. Unsatisfied with the final result; the decision was made to cease production. The tobacco was set aside and aged, while Matias meticulously tweaked the amount of the Indonesian, Dominican, and Nicaraguan tobacco within its Ecuadorian wrapper. Present day, the La Flor De Ynclan is what both imagined it could be.

Heinrich Villiger stated: “The La Flor De Ynclan cigar has been an ongoing labor of love for us. We feel that there is a difference between a good and great cigar, Matias Maragoto and I hope you feel the same.”



The La Flor De Ynclan is a cigar that presents a distinct full-flavor experience, due to the extended aging of the tobacco. Choice Nicaraguan and Dominican filler tobacco, along with a true Indonesian binder, wrapped in a beautiful Ecuadorian wrapper make the La Flor De Ynclan a cigar that has been worth the wait.

The Villiger – La Flor De Ynclan is expressed in three sizes and comes in 25 count boxes.

Robusto 5X50 $11.00

Torpedo 6X52 $12.00

Churchill 7X48 $12.00


ABOUT VILLIGER SONS LIMITED AND VILLIGER NORTH AMERICA: Villiger Sons Limited was established in 1888 by Jean Villiger in the small town of Pfeffikon, Switzerland, where Villiger remains headquartered to this day. The company manufactures and sells more than 1.5 billion cigars annually, world-wide. Today, under the leadership of Heinrich Villiger, the company prides itself in its commitment to quality, in all their products made in many countries around the globe.

OLIVA LAUNCHES THREE NEW INFERNO CIGARS WITH FAMOUS SMOKE SHOP


EASTON, PA – Famous Smoke Shop, the largest American-owned distributor of discounted premium cigars online, has announced the extension of their Inferno line with three new cigars. Made in collaboration with Nicaragua’s Tabacalera Oliva, these new premium cigars will be made in Oliva’s factory and are available exclusively at Famous Smoke Shop, in store and online.

The new additions include Melt, Scorch, and Singe, representing the fourth, fifth, and sixth additions to the Inferno cast. Oliva and Famous Smoke Shop have been collaborating on the Inferno brand since 2012 with the debut of the original blend; subsequent releases have included Inferno Flashpoint and 3rd Degree premium cigars.


These new lines run the gamut in vitolas, strength, and the types of tobaccos used: Melt is a true Nicaraguan puro, box-pressed in a sun grown Broadleaf wrapper, Habano binder, and ligero filler. This premium is geared toward the connoisseur’s palate; full-bodied, full flavored, and complex with notes of cocoa, leather, earth and spice.




Scorch brings a mellow and complex profile to the table with a medium-bodied blend of Nicaraguan Habano filler, a Cuban-seed Habano binder, and a decadent African Cameroon wrapper. “The Cameroon wrapper has a unique flavor that really complements the Nicaraguan filler in a way that’s almost too good to be true,” says Jim Charnley, Director of Purchasing and Merchandising at Famous Smoke Shop.




Singe, also a Nicaraguan puro, brings more full-bodied flavor to the smoker’s palate with a Sun Grown wrapper and a hearty, yet sweet profile. “One of my new favorites. Singe is a solid, full-flavored Nicaraguan puro, loaded with sweet, spicy and nutty flavors. Oliva’s outdone themselves once again with another great smoke at a great price,” says CigarAdvisor.com Executive Editor, Gary Korb.


Just in time for summer, Inferno has turned up the heat while Famous Smoke Shop has kept the prices low on these new premiums. Each cigar is available in Famous’ exclusive 20 count humidor jars, a cigar storage system introduced in 2016 – and known now for their ease of use, stylish look, and eco-friendliness. All of the new Inferno selections are also available as 5-packs and singles.


Inferno Melt

Churchill 7 x 50 ____________________________________ $8.75 SRP per cigar or $99.99 per jar

Robusto 5 x 50 _____________________________________ $7.95 SRP per cigar or $90.99 per jar

Torpedo 6 ½ x 52 ___________________________________ $8.25 SRP per cigar or $94.99 per jar



Inferno Scorch

Churchill 7 x 50 ____________________________________$8.75 SRP per cigar or $99.99 per jar

Robusto 5 x 50_____________________________________$7.95 SRP per cigar or $90.99 per jar

Toro 6 x 50 _______________________________________ $8.25 SRP per cigar or $94.99 per jar



Inferno Singe

Churchill 7 x 50 ___________________________________ $8.75 SRP per cigar or $99.99 per jar

Robusto 5 x 50 ____________________________________ $7.95 SRP per cigar or $90.99 per jar

Toro 6 x 50 _______________________________________ $8.25 SRP per cigar or $94.99 per jar



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.

June 13, 2017

CAO LAUNCHES FUMA EM CORDA



It started with Amazon Basin and the journey contines with CAO Fuma Em Corda, a new limited edition release made with the world’s most rare Brazilian tobacco.



A trilogy is in the making…

Known as the Indiana Jones of the cigar business, Ernest Gocaj traveled to Brazil in 2012. There, in the Amazon, he met natives who cultivated a rare variety of tobacco. The tobacco Ernest discovered was Brazilian Bragança tobacco, the foundation of CAO’s Amazon Basin.

Fast forward to 2015. Ernest returned to Brazil, this time to the Alagoas region in the center of the country. There he was witness to an ancestral fermentation method that produced tobacco with flavor like nothing else. In the Alagoas, the natives fermented Arapiraca tobacco in ropes and call the tobacco Fuma Em Corda. Ernest put the fermented tobacco in his mouth and chewed it to experience the aroma and flavor. He instantly knew he was on to something. To get his hands on as much of this tobacco as he could, Ernest told the farmers he would take all of that year’s harvest, right then and there.



The tobacco ropes were shipped to Honduras and CAO’s blending team took over. This is the story of CAO Fuma Em Corda.

With the tobacco delivered safely to Honduras, Ernest stepped out and Rick Rodriguez (blender/ambassador) stepped in. Together with the CAO blending team, Rick built the blend around the Brazilian Araparica tobacco. In a nod to Amazon Basin, Rick and the team included Brazilian Braganca in the blend for Fuma Em Corda. They added Honduran and Nicaraguan tobaccos, to bring a deeper dimension of spice to the salty, earthy flavor of the Brazilian leaves. A Cameroon binder was chosen to deliver a solid burn, and the blend was wrapped in a Honduran Colorado wrapper to deliver a cigar with notes of leather, roasted coffee and black pepper.

CAO Fuma Em Corda is a limited edition blend that will never be re-released. Just 3,000 boxes have been made for sale only at cigar shops, and by the time the cigars hit retail later this month, they will sell out in the blink of an eye. The cigars are made in Honduras, packed in rustic wooden boxes and only available in a 5 x 50 Robusto, selling, if you can get them, for $8.99 per cigar. Twenty-count boxes will sell for $179.80.

CAO Fuma Em Corda is also being released in limited quantity, in a 6 x 58 Toro. Selling only through Internet and catalog retailers, the Toro will retail for $10.49 per cigar, or $209.80 for a box of 20.

One final note: Ernest returned to Brazil for one last time. He scored his last batch of Amazonian rainforest tobacco, for another limited release. Stay tuned for more on the final installment of the CAO Brazilian tobacco trilogy.

June 11, 2017

Protocol Themis Robusto (5 x 52)






Video review HERE.


(Description taken from Cigar-Coop.com website)
Cubariqueño Cigar Company is going Connecticut Shade for its third blend, the Protocol Themis. While the Themis will have its official launch at the 2017 IPCPR Trade Show.

The name of the cigar keeps to the company’s law enforcement motif as partners Bill Ives and Juan Cancel both serve as law enforcement officers. It also pays tribute to the Greek heritage of managing partner William Agathis. This is because Themis is the name of the Lady of Justice symbol Themis who was the Titan goddess of divine law and order. According to Cubariqueño, the Themis was the brainchild of Agathis who worked closely with La Zona’s Hector Alfonso Sr. to create the blend.

The blend itself features an Ecuadorian Connecticut wrapper over Nicaraguan binder and filler. The cigar will be available in two rounded vitolas, a 5 x 52 Robusto and a 6 x 52 Toro. Both sizes will be available in ten count boxes. Production will be at Erik Espinosa’s La Zona factory in Esteli, Nicaragua.


Blend Profile
Wrapper: Ecuadorian Connecticut
Binder: Nicaraguan
Filler: Nicaraguan
Country of Origin: Nicaragua (La Zona)


Vitolas Available
Robusto: 5 x 52 (SRP $9.69)
Toro: 6 x 52 (SRP $9.89)



The cigar is a golden medium brown and has a fairly good feel in the hand.




The test draw after cutting the minimum from the cap was very good. The initial flavors were dry cedar, brown sugar, whipping cream, and black pepper rated at a massive 8 1/2. You especially get a massive dose when you retro hale. 



About 1 1/2 inches in (19 minutes) the flavors have not changed. But, I neglected to mention the black coffee at the base. The massive amount of black pepper may have hidden it on the initial assessment but it's there. The cigar is medium bodied at this point. The finish is a buttery cream with some nice lingering black pepper. 



Just past the midpoint (39 minutes) the whipping cream notes have decreased. In their place there are some low level chocolate notes which have some sweetness. There is still the dry cedar, brown sugar, and black coffee, as well as nice black pepper. The black pepper has decreased slightly to around an 8. The cigar is medium to full bodied now. 



The cigar ended at 1 hour 5 minutes. The flavors remained consistent to the end. The cigar remained medium to full bodied. I also smoked the toro size and I preferred it a little more. It had more of the whipping cream notes. I would rate the toro a 92. This was a good cigar and rounds out the Protocol lineup with a Connecticut wrapper. These will be widely available after this year's IPCPR. Look for them shortly after that.


Score: 91


June 08, 2017

Protocol Coffee Press Release

Cubariqueño Cigar Company is excited to announce the release of three Protocol branded coffees in partnership with Layne Coffee Co. The Protocol Azul, Protocol Rojo, and Protocol Oro have all been methodically crafted to be paired with each prospective cigar. Cubariqueño Cigar Company teamed up with Layne Coffee Co., which is a ”small batch” specialty coffee roaster, because of their focus on quality and consistency. Working hand in hand with Layne Coffee Co., Cubariqueño cupped countless coffees in order to bring an experience which would enhance and complement each Protocol cigar. Each coffee uses highly rated specialty beans and is sourced from respected growers all over the world. The details of each coffee are given below.




Protocol Azul (Blue) - has been specifically blended to go with the Original Protocol. Just like Nicaraguan cigars, Nicaraguan coffee has exploded in popularity over the last several years. Protocol Azul is a dark roast which utilizes Fair Trade and Organic coffee beans from the Jintotega region of Nicaragua. This coffee was chosen to pair with the Protocol because the dark chocolate notes pair wonderfully with the bold flavor and spice of the cigar. Protocol Azul is a dark roast, sold in 12oz bags and retails starting at $14.95.





Protocol Rojo (Red) - is crafted to be paired with the Protocol Probable Cause. The Probable Cause is bold, sweet, spicy, and earthy. It needs a coffee which can stand next to it. Protocol Rojo is just that. Using AA Grade Kenyan Beans from the Nyeri Region, Rojo is a blend of the rare and highly sought after SL-28 and SL-34 varietals. The Protocol Rojo stands up to the bold flavors and aromas of the cigar. It is full bodied and bold. This coffee was chosen to pair with the Probable Cause since it's fruitiness and red wine flavor can go toe to toe with the cigar.  Protocol Rojo is a medium roast, is sold in 12oz bags, and retails starting at $18.95.




Protocol Oro (Gold) - has been created to go with the Protocol Themis.  Unique cigars should have a unique coffee. The Themis isn't your daddy's Connecticut, and the Protocol Oro is different due to the honey process it undergoes. Basically, the coffee fruit is left on the bean which imparts delicious fruity and sweet notes. This coffee was chosen to pair with the Protocol Themis because it's sweetness and creaminess unlocks additional complexities in the cigar.  Protocol Oro is a medium roast, sold in 12oz bags and retails starting at $14.95

The Protocol Azul, Protocol Rojo, and Protocol Oro are now available for purchase on Layne Coffee Co.’s website. Each order is roasted fresh, meaning once the order is placed it is roasted, hand ground to your liking and shipped. This ensures you will receive the absolutely freshest coffee you could possibly have. Purchase can be made at the following URL > https://www.laynecoffee.com/collections/protocol-coffee




About the Cubariqueño Cigar Company and Layne Coffee Co. Partnership:
Cubariqueño Cigar Company is working on expanding the brand into other genres within the cigar world. Coffee and Cigars go hand in hand. The team of Cubariqueño Cigar Company and Layne Coffee Co. are working together to take your cigar smoking/coffee drinking experience to the next level. Consumers interested in trying anyone of these offerings can go to https://www.laynecoffee.com to buy them directly from the website.

About Cubariqueño Cigar Company:
Cubariqueño Cigar Company has been on the market since May 2015. Their inaugural launch consisted of the Protocol Cigar in two vitolas. Their entrance into the Cigar Industry made quite a splash. Both Bill Ives and Juan Cancel came from cigar social media roots, along with their third partner Bill Agathis, the trio has made their presence known in the cigar world and continue to do so. In a very short time in the business, they have received several 90+ ratings and even a Cigar of 2016 award. As of today, Cubariqueño has eight facings across their three different lines. There are three vitolas in the Protocol, three vitolas in the Protocol Probable Cause, and two new offerings in the Themis. You can find Protocol Cigars at your local Brick and Mortar Cigar Shop.

About Layne Coffee Co.:
Layne Coffee Co. is based in Austin, Texas. It sources unique single-origin coffees, creates unique blends, and is on a mission to make the world of coffee both interesting and fun.  All coffee is roasted fresh after orders are placed. The coffee can be shipped as whole beans or hand ground to the buyers specifications for a nominal fee. Layne Coffee Co. strives to make premium high quality coffee affordable, provides $2.95 flat rating shipping, and includes a free sample with every shipment.

May 31, 2017

Altadis U.S.A. Introduces Monte by Montecristo AJ Fernandez



FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. – The release of Monte by Montecristo AJ Fernandez brings a
new dynamic element to the collaboration between AJ Fernandez and Altadis U.S.A.
“The Monte by Montecristo line was launched in 2013 to add new dimension to the
traditional Montecristo portfolio—a stronger cigar at an affordable price point,” Altadis
U.S.A. says. “ Today, we’re building on its success with consumers by partnering with AJ
Fernandez to deliver the new Monte by Montecristo AJ Fernandez, crafted to appeal to the
adult consumer demographic with a taste for stronger, bolder smoking experiences,” the
company said.

The new Monte by Montecristo AJ Fernandez is a robust, medium to full-bodied cigar.
Cloaked in a Dark Ecuadorian Habano wrapper and bound with a Corojo ‘98 binder, it
delivers a stout, chocolatey aroma. A Criollo ‘98 and Piloto Cubano Dominican filler yield a
nutty and caramel sweetness. For those who like bold flavor, this smoke will not disappoint.

AJ Fernandez has produced some of the most exciting blends of the past decade by
combining old world technique with his own unique style at his factory in Estelí, Nicaragua.
AJ Fernandez’ reputation for making strong, exquisitely crafted cigars is exceeded with the
new Monte by Montecristo AJ Fernandez.

The Montecristo legacy was born in 1935 when Alonso Menéndez, owner of the Particulares
Factory in Cuba, was inspired by the torcedores’ book of choice at the time, The Count of
Montecristo. Since then the Montecristo brand has grown into one of the world’s most
regarded brands among adult cigar smokers. Today the legacy lives on with the new Monte
by Montecristo AJ Fernandez—a bold choice that’s refreshingly accessible.

Available in sizes:
Toro 55x 6”  MSRP $11.00
Robusto 54x4 ¼  MSRP $10.80
Belicoso 54x6 1/8  MSRP $11.25
Corona 44x5  MSRP $10.50

Box count: 20
Horizontally pressed cigars

May 29, 2017

Viaje Zombie Antidote (6 1/4 x 50)









Video review HERE.

(Description taken from Cigar-Coop.com website)
The Viaje Zombie Antidote is back for, but this time with a twist. Viaje Cigars will release a new size of the Zombie Antidote measuring 6 1/4 x 50 that will feature a rounded head and a torpedo foot. The cigar is also the latest installment in Viaje’s Collector’s Edition series.

The Viaje Zombie Antidote made its debut in 2014. It has been an annual release since. Each year the Antidote has been 6 1/2 x 44 lonsdale. Since the Viaje Zombie Antidote 2017 Collector’s Edition is larger, it is being nicknamed a “double dose”.

This Viaje Zombie Antidote 2017 Collector’s Edition is being packaged in 25 count soft bundles. While the prescription jars we have seen the Antidote packaged in over the past 3 years do not appear to be back for 2017, the bundles resemble the packaging for a syringe.

The Collector’s Edition series was introduced in 2012 and provides a special cigar size for those who like to “collect” Viaje cigars. The Collector’s Edition releases have been “one and done” – meaning once the cigars are gone, they are gone. 

Farkas has explained there is a theme with these Zombie releases. The story goes that Viaje WMD (Weopon Mass Destruction) explodes. Because of radiation from the explosion, people end up mutating into “Zombies“.  The Zombie Super Shot helps arm people for what Farkas calls the “Zombie Apocalypse”.  The only way to cure the Zombies is with the Zombie Antidote.

Blend details have not been disclosed.


The cigar features a large prescription cover that explains the usage of the antidote. The name band is actually located at what would be, in this case, the foot. You have to remove all the bands before smoking. The cigar is described as a reverse torpedo. You will notice a small hole in the cap end.





The end you light; the reverse torpedo end, has no visible cut tobacco to light, but you light it anyway. I have actually experimented with smoking these cigars from both ends.





I lit the torpedo end and I could actually draw through the small open hole in the cap. The draw opened up as you smoked the cigar. The initial flavors were a candy-like orange citrus that reminded me of the orange candy in a Pez dispenser, brown sugar, and coffee notes. There was black pepper rated at an 8. There seemed to be a cream flavor that tied all the flavors together. 




2 inches in (44 minutes) and you can see it is a slow burning cigar! That's a very good thing. The flavors are about like I initially described but now there is some of that signature vegetable-like flavor that I seem to find in a lot of Nicaraguan cigars. The candy-like orange citrus is very sweet and the brown sugar adds more sweetness. The finish is an earthy cream with a small amount of lingering black pepper. The coffee notes are quite prominent. The cigar is medium to full bodied.




 The cigar lasted 1 hour 49 minutes! A nice, long burning cigar. The orange citrus moved away from the candy-like flavor and more like a normal orange citrus. The brown sugar remained very good, as well as the black coffee, which actually elevated as the cigar went along. The vegetable flavor remained intertwined in the front end flavors. The cigar remained medium to full bodied. I lost any resemblance of cream notes along the way. The black coffee gave the cigar a thick depth. The pepper remained good and the finish was unchanged. This is a limited edition cigar so if you see them snatch them up. I found this to be a very good cigar.


Score: 92