May 21, 2018

Diesel Launches Whiskey Row in Partnership with Rabbit Hole Bourbon



Diesel presents Whiskey Row, a collection blended by AJ Fernandez and developed in partnership with Rabbit Hole Bourbon, a maverick new distillery making its mark on the bourbon category. Whiskey Row features binder leaves aged in bourbon barrels, in a proprietary process developed by AJ to enhance the profile of the cigar.

Diesel Senior Brand Manager Justin Andrews said, “The partnership between Diesel and Rabbit Hole speaks of going against the grain in traditional industries. Rabbit Hole doesn’t claim to use 12 year old juice or have a 6th generation master distiller, much like Diesel doesn’t claim to be an old Cuban brand or have tobaccos that have been aged for 20 years. Both Rabbit Hole and Diesel are young, energetic brands with a unique go-to-market strategy. We knew the first time both companies sat down, there was a tremendous amount of synergy.”

Kaveh Zamanian, founder and whiskey maker of Rabbit Hole Bourbon said, “Together, cigars and great whiskey have created uncountable moments of quiet joy. Aging fine tobacco in bourbon barrels which were used to age Rabbit Hole Bourbon modernizes that great tradition. We’re excited that our partnership with Diesel gives us a hand in adding depth to what is already a profoundly enjoyable experience.”

The synergy between both brands was brought to life in 2016 when Rabbit Hole Bourbon barrels arrived at Tabalacera AJ Fernandez in Esteli, Nicaragua. AJ placed the Mexican San Andres binder in the bourbon barrels in a special configuration. The tobacco was left to rest inside the barrels, and the amount of air inside was controlled at regular intervals to ensure the bourbon flavors were imparted evenly.

AJ Fernandez says, “A lot of passion went into this process and I am very pleased with the results. Aging the binder leaf in the bourbon barrels added an unexpected layer of flavor and aroma right beneath the wrapper. When you smoke Whiskey Row, you get a unique and complex experience that engages the senses unlike any other cigar I’ve smoked.”

Diesel Whiskey Row features a three-region blend of Nicaraguan tobaccos from Ometepe, Condega and Jalapa, each aged 5 to 8 years, and enveloped in the bourbon-barrel-aged Mexican binder. The entire blend is wrapped in Ecuadoran Habano which is aged for five years.

The spice and full flavor of the Nicaraguan tobacco, with the aroma, flavor and slight sweetness of the wrapper/binder combo delivers oaky flavor notes and hints of bourbon in the aroma. Diesel Whiskey Row is a very versatile, medium-bodied smoke that plays well with bourbon and other complementary flavors.



Diesel Whiskey Row will launch in June with four sizes, each presented in 25-count boxes.

Robusto 5.5 x 52 – SRP per cigar is $7.49

Toro 6 x 54 – SRP per cigar is $7.99

Churchill 7 x 49 – SRP per cigar is $8.49

Gigante 6 x 60 – SRP per cigar is $8.99

Beginning in July, Diesel Whiskey Row events featuring pairings with Rabbit Hole Bourbon will be held at select cigar shops across the U.S. For more information, visit www.dieselcigar.com.


About Diesel

Handcrafted by artisans in Esteli, Nicaragua, Diesel cigars are “bold by design.” The brand challenges the current conventions of the handmade cigar category through the bold, unapologetic style of its Cigar Master, AJ Fernandez. Diesel cigars are unified by their deeply complex flavor which is achieved through AJ’s steadfast adherence to time honored cigar making techniques. Whiskey Row is the second brand in the Diesel portfolio, joining Diesel Grind which debuted in 2017.



About Rabbit Hole

Diversifying the spirits landscape with a modern approach to whiskey is Kentucky-based Rabbit Hole. Born in 2012 by Founder & Whiskey Maker Kaveh Zamanian in the heart of Louisville’s urban bourbon trail, Rabbit Hole unifies heritage techniques with innovative mash bills, creating unique expressions of American whiskey redefining native Bourbon language. With four signature bottles - Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey, Kentucky Straight Rye Whiskey, Straight Bourbon Whiskey Finished in PX Sherry Casks – Fingerprint Edition and London Dry Gin-Kentucky Rye Barrel Finished – Fingerprint Edition – Rabbit Hole turns the whiskey world on its tale, inviting imbibers to take a sip and dive down the rabbit hole, where “there’s no going back™.” Visit rabbitholedistilling.com.

May 19, 2018

CAO Zocalo (6 x 60)







Video review HERE.


CAO is igniting the spirit of Mexico with a new, limited edition release that coincides with the brand’s virtual tour of the Pan American Highway.

Called Zócalo, the name for a vibrant and celebratory city square in Mexico, this is first cigar in CAO’s lineup to be made with Mexican tobacco.

CAO’s Master Blender Rick Rodriguez said, “Zócalo speaks to CAO’s spirit of going off the beaten path. We’ve never used Mexican tobacco in any of our blends, so we went bold by using a Mexican wrapper leaf. It’s a special Morron wrapper grown in the San Andrés Valley and it delivers a great, earthy flavor I know the CAO fans will love.”

The filler is entirely Nicaraguan and the binder is Cameroon. All told, the blend delivers earthy spice and subtle sweetness.

Zócalo is being made in one size only, a 6”x 60 vitola called San Andrés that maximizes the flavors of the three-country blend. Individual cigars will sell for an SRP of $8.49 apiece, and will come in brightly colored, 20-count boxes, selling for an SRP of $169.80.

Only 3,500 boxes of Zocalo have been produced, and the limited release hit cigar shops on May 5.



Wrapper: San Andres Morron
Binder: Cameroon
Filler: Nicaraguan


Vitolas available:
6 x 60



The cigar is well made and has a very nice weight in the hand.





The test draw after cutting the large 60 ring cap was very good. The initial flavors were chocolate with sweetness, caramel, and a small amount of whipping cream to give it some added sweetness. There was also a nice black coffee base. There was black pepper which I rated a 7. The front end flavors have a nice sweetness.




At the first quarter (29 minutes) I had a lot of nice chocolate notes, sweet caramel, black coffee and now, a tangy cedar and nutmeg. I don't have the whipping cream notes any longer. At times the cedar tastes like a dry cedar and it combines very nicely with the caramel making a nice, sharp flavor. The finish is a creamy nutmeg with some decent lingering black pepper. The cigar is medium bodied. The chocolate notes are very pronounced and sweet when combined with the other notes. The first quarter is rated a 91.




At the midpoint (57 minutes) the cigar is burning evenly. The chocolate is now tasting very much like a fudge at this point. It has a slight, low level richness. The dry cedar and caramel continue to combine to make a very sweet, sharp flavor that is very pleasing. There is still a tangy note that lies in the background. The nutmeg notes are still in play and quite noticeable. The coffee notes continue to hold the base. The cigar is leaning heavily toward medium to full bodied. The finish is unchanged. The front end flavors are nice, sweet, and dark. With the fudge like, somewhat rich flavor emerging and the nice, sharp notes of dry cedar and caramel I am raising the midpoint score to a 93.




At the 3/4 point (1 hour 24 minutes) the fudge-like flavor and the black coffee notes are the prominent flavors. There is still the sweetness of the cedar and caramel but it's somewhat subdued due to the heavy fudge and black coffee. There is still a little background tangy note along with the nutmeg notes. The cigar is medium to full bodied. The finish has some chocolate on it also to go along with the creamy nutmeg. The black pepper has moved up somewhat on the front end and the finish. With the slight decrease in sweetness I am lowering the score slightly to a 92.




The Zocalo lasted 1 hour 50 minutes. Quite a long burn time. The chocolate fudge-ish notes and black coffee continued to be heavy with the dry cedar and caramel giving the cigar sweetness. The nutmeg notes continued as well. The cigar remained medium to full bodied. The finish is still one of chocolate and creamy nutmeg with nice lingering black pepper. This was a very good dark noted cigar. With no substantial change from the 3/4 point to the end I am maintaining the final quarter score a 92. These are available now. You can purchase these fine cigars HERE.


Overall Score: 92

May 17, 2018

VILLIGER CIGARS OPENS NEW FACTORY IN BRAZIL “VILLIGER DO BRASIL”



(Miami, Florida) May 17, 2018—Villiger Cigars continues global growth, with the opening of its new factory in Brazil, Villiger Do Brasil (which translates from Portuguese to “Villiger of Brazil”). Heinrich Villiger was present at the opening of the new factory, marking the next evolution of a long relationship between Villiger Cigars and Brazilian tobacco, dating back to Villiger Cigars’ beginnings in 1888.



Villiger Cigars’ has been importing Brazilian tobacco since 1888, which later led to establishing in 1979 a Brazilian Villiger subsidiary, and factory named Charutos Tobajara Limitada. The name Tobajara is derived from a still existing tobacco growing Indian tribe in the Amazonas area.  


The opening of the larger and more modern Villiger do Brasil factory has replaced the previous factory, but maintains its location in the same area near the second largest city in the State of Bahia, Feira de Santana. The Brazilian Villiger subsidiary has also changed to Villiger do Brasil Limitada.


Villiger Chairman of the Board, Heinrich Villiger is very passionate about Brazilian tobacco and made a point to partake in the opening celebrations of the new factory. Currently the Villiger do Brasil factory produces only Brazilian puros, to include the Villiger San’Doro Maduro, along with European exclusive brands Villiger Celebration, and the Corrida.




Heinrich Villiger said:” Brazilian tobacco holds a special place in my heart. My grandparents saw the value in Brazilian tobacco when they began Villiger Cigars as very small operation in 1888, and we have continued the tradition of using this very special tobacco in many of our brands. We feel that the hard working and passionate team at Villiger do Brasil will help us increase the awareness of Brazilian tobacco worldwide.”





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.




Follow the NEW Villager Cigars North America on social @VilligerCigarsNorthAmerica #TheOriginalClassic

May 13, 2018

Crowned Heads Four Kicks Mule Kick Limited Edition 2018 (5 7/8 x 52)






Video review HERE.


(Description taken from Cigar-Coop.com website)
Crowned Heads announced it is releasing the third installment of its Four Kicks Mule Kick LE 2012.  This year, the Mule Kick gets a twist, as it will feature a different wrapper.

The Four Kicks Mule Kick Limited Edition 2018 utilizes a dark Connecticut Habano wrapper – something that was released on the Four Kicks Maduro. The remainder of the Mule Kick Limited Edition 2018 blend are the same components found in the previous two installments of the Mule Kick.

“Anytime you attempt to improve upon something that’s already well-regarded can be a slippery slope,” commented Crowned Heads co-founder, Jon Huber in a press release. “We could’ve easily re-released the OR Mule Kick blend again; however, we wanted to take it to another level. When we added the Connecticut (Habano) wrapper to the blend, we collectively agreed that it just truly added another dimension of structure, flavor, and intensity that surpassed the OR.”

The 2018 Mule Kick will once again be produced at Ernesto Perez-Carrillo Jr’s Tabacalera La Alianza factory. It will be packaged in 10-count boxes with a total of 3,000 boxes produced. 



Blend Profile
Wrapper: Connecticut Habano
Binder: Nicaraguan
Filler: Nicaraguan
Country of Origin: Dominican Republic (Tabacalera La Alianza SA)


Vitolas Available




The cigar is quite dark and very well made. It has a nice feel in the hand; good dense feeling cigar.





The test draw after cutting the bare minimum from the cap was very good. The initial flavors were cedar, cinnamon, a few dollops of whipping cream, and a very earthy black coffee. There was black pepper which I rated at a 7 1/2. It comes across as medium to full bodied right out of the gate. 




At the first third (28 minutes) the cigar is burning very evenly and the ash is still intact. The flavors have settled down into a nice cedar, brown sugar, cinnamon, buttery honey, a flash of chocolate, and black coffee. Lots of flavor notes. The pepper is still very good and it's lingering nicely on the finish, which is one of cream and honey. The cigar is medium to full bodied at this point. I rated the first third a 92.




The second third (56 minutes) had the cedar tasting quite tangy. Perhaps it's the influence of the Nicaraguan tobacco making the cigar have some citrus type notes. You still have a lot of brown sugar and cinnamon notes. The buttery honey is still there along with a touch of chocolate. The black coffee makes a nice base. The pepper remains very good. The cigar is full bodied now. The finish is unchanged in flavor but the lingering black pepper is up. The cigar is tasting very good. I am raising the second third score to a 93.




The Mule Kick LE 2018 ended at 1 hour 24 minutes. A nice burn time for a 5 7/8" cigar. In the final third the chocolate and coffee notes became elevated. You still had the tangy cedar, brown sugar, cinnamon, and buttery honey but the chocolate and coffee notes equalled those, if not slightly surpassing them. It did not hurt the cigar but it made the overall feel quite dark. The cigar is very full bodied. I can feel the ligero now. The flavors are very full flavored and the strength is very full bodied. The finish is unchanged. I enjoyed this cigar. The Carrillo's did a good job making this cigar for Crowned Heads. I rated the final third also a 93. You can purchase these cigars HERE.


Overall Score: 93

May 09, 2018

Altadis U.S.A. Expands Distribution on Aging Room Pura Cepa



’A Rich & Exquisite Puro with a Nicaraguan Soul’


FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. – Altadis U.S.A. is expanding distribution of its latest addition to the award-winning Aging Room series: Aging Room Pura Cepa.


Pura Cepa—“pure bred” in English – is 100% Nicaraguan puro, derived solely from high-end tobaccos from the country’s finest growing regions. This exquisite cigar was composed by celebrated cigar master Rafael Nodal, and joins the acclaimed Aging Room family of decorated ”Cigar of the Year” winners and 95+ rated blends.

With Aging Room Pura Cepa, Nodal sought to compose a unique premium release that embodied the most luxurious qualities of Nicaraguan tobaccos. “I wanted a world-class cigar that ideally displayed the richness Nicaraguan soils can bring to quality tobaccos,” said the current head of Product Capability for Tabacalera USA. “With Pura Cepa, I strived to capture the very essence of the land’s core, and deliver a Nicaraguan puro blend for today’s most discerning smokers,” Nodal said.


Nodal achieved his vision of this spirited masterpiece by employing tobaccos from Nicaragua’s four major tobacco regions – Ometepe, Jalapa, Condega and Esteli – while working in collaboration with the much-respected sovereigns of Nicaraguan tobacco, the famed Plasencia family, to aid in its flawless development. The result is a bold culmination of Nicaraguan soul and a full-flavored expression which impeccably suits the Aging Room legacy.


Pura Cepa marks the newest expression to his brand’s premium small batch portfolio. The cigar, akin to all Aging Room releases, is an expression of his creativity and artistry. “All artwork, whether physical, musical, or theatrical, tells a story, and a passionately crafted cigar is no exception. When savored, Pura Cepa’s composition stems from its full-flavored depth, painting a picture that elegantly displays the nature of Nicaragua’s rich growing history,” he said.


Aging Room Pura Cepa comes in three handmade varieties: Rondo, Mezzo and Grande, with an MSRP of $12.50 - $13.50 per cigar. Each vitola will be available for purchase nationally, in 20-count boxes with distribution to all trade channels expected to begin in May 2018.



Available Sizes:          Rondo             50 x 5”   
                                   Mezzo             54 x 6” 
                                   Grande           56 x 6 ½”     

Box count:                   20

MSRP:                          $12.50-13.50


May 06, 2018

La Aurora Preferidos Ruby Toro (5 1/2 x 54)






Video review HERE.


La Aurora has added a parejo shape to their Preferidos lineup. Today we look at the toro size, a 5 1/2 x 54 offering.

Wrapper: Brazilian maduro
Binder: Dominican Piloto
Filler: Dominican


The cigar is very dark and  has a weighty feel in the hand.





The test draw after cutting the cap was good. The initial flavors at light up were dry cedar, anise, and espresso. There was a ton of espresso. There was black pepper which I rated at a 7. You actually have more lingering pepper on the finish. It's quite a dark noted cigar.




The first third (24 minutes) had the loss of the anise notes. The espresso is as dominant as before but you also have some unsweetened dark chocolate. There were flashes of fudge notes but they were faint. The cedar is more of a straight cedar and it has a minor amount of buttery notes attached. The cigar is by means rich. This is a very dark noted cigar. The cigar is medium bodied with the feel of leaning toward medium to full. The finish is a dry, semi-sweet chocolate with some lingering black pepper. I rated the first third at an 87.




The second third (53 minutes) had the cedar going back to a dry cedar. There are still massive amounts of espresso and dark chocolate with very little sweetness. The cigar remains very dark noted. The cigar is still medium bodied. The finish is still one of an unsweetened chocolate. With the lost of more sweetness I am lowering the 2/3 score to an 85.




The cigar ended at 1 hour 21 minutes. I very good burn time for a 5 1/2" cigar. The same dark notes continued as were noted at the 2/3 point. The cigar is extremely dark noted with little to no sweetness. If you like this type cigar this may be for you. I tend to desire a significant amount of sweetness in an extremely dark noted cigar. The final third score is also an 85.




Overall Score: 85

May 05, 2018

Warfighter Cigars Garrison 7.62 Toro (6 x 52)







Video review HERE.


(From the Warfighter Cigars website)
Warfighter Cigars are hand rolled in Nicaragua by the Plasencia factory and blended by the owners of Warfighter with the expert help of David Blanco. Warfighter Cigars use only premium long-filler tobacco. Our goal is to provide you a smoke that is reminiscent of your favorite caliber - that perfect blend of recoil and terminal shock. If you are out there laying it on the line, or have served us honorably, you deserve nothing less!

All of our cigars come in two versions: Garrison and Field. Every Warfighter has a duty uniform and a dress uniform. Each is essential, but they serve different purposes. For more formal situations, choose our Garrison line with the appropriate accoutrements. For the rugged stuff, the Field line with its durable and multi-purpose kit is the way to go.

The Garrison Line
- 5.56 mm Garrison has a Corojo wrapper from Nicaragua, the binder is Nicaraguan, and the filler is Nicaraguan and Honduran. (Medium Strength)
- 7.62 mm Garrison has a Rosado wrapper form Nicaragua, the binder is Nicaraguan, and the filler is Nicaraguan and Dominican. (Medium Strength) (REVIEWED TODAY)
- 50 cal has a Oscuro Maduro wrapper from Honduras, the binder is Honduran, and the filler is Nicaraguan. (Full Strength)



The cigar is well made with a very shiny band. The cigar has a very dense feel in the hand. It has a nice weight to it.





The test draw after cutting the cap was firm. I decided to go with it anyway with the thought I could always use the PerfecDraw tool if need be. The initial flavors at light up were a candy-like, baby aspirin orange citrus, cinnamon, lightly earthy coffee, nutmeg, and a white pepper which I rated at a 6 1/2. Good start.




The first third (25 minutes) had the candy-like, baby aspirin orange turning to more of a straight orange citrus but it still has candy-like aspects. There are touches of white chocolate to give it more of a candy-like flavor. There are nice cinnamon and brown sugar notes. The nutmeg is very noticeable but it does not detract. There is a touch of black coffee at the base. The pepper is about the same. The finish is one of straight cream with a touch of nutmeg and a minor amount of lingering white pepper. The cigar is medium bodied. I rated the first third an 88.




At just shy of the 2/3 point (1 hour) I used the PerfecDraw tool to open up the draw a bit. It worked very well and the flavors improved. At this point I got more black coffee notes. The orange citrus is still there but the cinnamon and brown sugar notes have equalled or slightly surpassed the citrus notes. The nutmeg is also elevated. The pepper seems to be switching to a black but it's not there yet. It's more of a mix of white and black pepper. The cigar is now medium to full bodied. The finish is the same flavors but there is more lingering pepper. The 2/3 score improved to an 89.




The cigar lasted 1 hour 30 minutes. Shortly before I got to the end my neighbor saw me in the yard and asked if I wanted some bourbon he had. It turned out to be Van Winkle 12 year Lot B. While I'm familiar with Pappy Van Winkle I was not familiar with this particular version so I looked it up online and to my amazement I found this bottle goes for around $550 and up! Wow! Needless to say I had to sample it. 






But first, back to the cigar review. The citrus notes have changed over to more of a cedar but the nutmeg, brown sugar, and cinnamon are your primary flavors. The black coffee has gone back to a nice base but not overpowering. The pepper remained good and it was still a white/black combination. The finish is primarily unchanged and the cigar ended at medium to full bodied. I enjoyed this cigar much more than the Field version. These are available now. I found these at my local shop. With the citrus changing to a cedar I lowered the final third score back to an 88.


Overall Score: 88

May 01, 2018

Drew Estate Announces Liga Privada No. 9 CORONA VIVA Pre-Release for CIGARfest 2018





Tuesday, May 1, 2018 — Miami FL - Drew Estate announces the pre-release of Liga Privada No. 9 CORONA VIVA exclusively for the Cigars International Super-Store in Hamburg, Pennsylvania for the 15th annual CIGARfest.

The #9 Corona Viva features a Connecticut River Valley Broadleaf Oscuro Wrapper, a Plantation grown Brazilian Mata Fina Binder, and Nicaraguan and Honduran Fillers. Similar in concept to the Undercrown Corona Viva, released in 2012, the No. 9 Corona Viva features the core blend with increased Ligero for a fuller and stronger taste profile.

The Liga Privada No. 9 Corona Viva is the first new release to the core sizes of Liga Privada since its original launch in 2008. The 152mm x 46mm vitola will be packaged in 24-count boxes with an MSRP of $290 per box and a special release letter from Jonathan Drew, Founder & President of Drew Estate, commemorating the launch.

From the Wynwood Safehouse in Miami, Florida Jonathan Drew noted, “10 years ago, Drew Estate created ‘Liga Privada’ the hearty, Broadleaf bully that changed the cigar world forever. Highly coveted, this rare cover leaf tobacco is historically treated as a reward to a select few industry players, reinforcing the bond of partnership between farmer and manufacturer. Thank you for the LP Fellowship of the past ten years, and for contributing to the #De4L mosaic that binds us together and enables The Rebirth of Cigars to live on and Flourish.”

The Corona Viva will be available for the in-store Pre-release launch on Thursday, May 3rd at Cigars International Hamburg Super-Store in limited quantities. Boxes will also be available for sale at CIGARfest in limited quantities.

Fans of Liga Privada are encouraged to download Drew Diplomat, the official mobile application of Drew Estate, which is now available in the App Store for iPhone®, and iPod Touch® and on Google Play™ for Android™. For more information head to http://drewdiplomat.com





ABOUT DREW ESTATE
Founded in 1996, Drew Estate is one of the largest and fastest growing cigar companies in the world. Under their mantra “The Rebirth of Cigars” Drew Estate has disrupted the premium cigar industry by creating a raw authenticity that has engaged cigar enthusiasts with iconic brands, unique tobaccos, and distinctive blending styles that attract new and old seasoned cigar enthusiasts. Their Gran Fabrica Drew Estate in Nicaragua produces more premium cigars than any other single factory in the world, producing a variety of brands including ACID, Liga Privada, Herrera Estelí, Herrera Estelí Norteño, Isla del Sol, Kentucky Fired Cured, MUWAT, Larutan by Drew Estate, Nica Rustica, Pappy Van Winkle Barrel Fermented Cigars, Tabak Especial, Undercrown, and Java by Drew Estate.

April 30, 2018

Famous Smoke Shop & Southern Draw Cigars 'Ignite Some Good' for Charity



New Cigar Release Program will "Provide hope, morale, and charity to those in need."

PRESS RELEASE  UPDATED: APR 30, 2018 06:08 EDT
Southern Draw Cigars' new IGNITE project
EASTON, Pa., April 30, 2018 (Newswire.com) - Famous Smoke Shop, the nation’s #1 discount retailer of premium cigars online, has become a founding partner in Southern Draw Cigars' new IGNITE project, a collaborative mission that combines the release of the new Rose of Sharon Perfecto cigars with an innovative charitable donation program. The official IGNITE Rose of Sharon release event will take place on Saturday, May 12th, 2018 at Leaf Cigar Bar & Restaurant located on the Famous Smoke Shop premises at 90 Mort Drive, Easton, PA 18040. Additionally, the new release will be available for purchase either online or in-store during the May 12 event.

The 6" x 56 perfectos have their own custom IGNITE bands and are presented in two custom, limited edition Famous humi-jars of 10 cigars each. Offered in both black and white versions, only 250 jars in each color will be available for sale. Both jars display the words "IGNITE SOME GOOD" along with a sticker on the top representing the designated charity; for the Rose of Sharon Perfecto, Famous Smoke Shop has chosen Cigars For Warriors. Inside each jar is an informational brochure and a humidity packet supplied by Boveda, Inc. who is also a partner in the project. Moreover, Famous allowed their exclusive jars to be used for all of the new IGNITE project releases.

The IGNITE program is a creative way for Southern Draw Cigars to dedicate new release premium cigars to provide hope, morale, and charity to those in need. Both Southern Draw and its partners have voluntarily agreed to support mutually agreed-upon charities and causes. According to Southern Draw Cigars founders, Robert and Sharon Holt, the primary focus of IGNITE will be serving active-duty, deployed, and veteran military personnel and their families, plus the needy, homeless, and hungry, many of whom are military veterans, as well as premium cigar rights and retail associations.

"Robert, who is also a U.S. Armed Forces veteran, approached us about the Ignite project and we instantly wanted to be a part of it; not only in participating in one of the releases, but also in providing our exclusive humi-jars for use across all of the releases," said Jim Charnley, Director of Purchasing and Merchandising. "When Robert offered us the Rose of Sharon perfecto for our first release, we immediately said yes!"

 Southern Draw Rose of Sharon IGNITE Perfecto


Factory: Tabacalera Fernandez

Strength: Medium

Size: 6" x 56 Perfecto

Wrapper: Ecuadorian Sun Grown Connecticut

Filler: Nicaraguan Viso/Seco, Dominican Ligero/ Piloto Cubano

Binder: Nicaraguan

Famous prices: $9.99/cigar, $99.99/Humi-Jar (Limited to 500 jars: 250 black/250 white)







About Famous Smoke Shop
Famous Smoke Shop is the #1 American-owned discount cigar retailer, home to the lowest prices on the largest selection of premium cigars, humidors, and cigar accessories in the country. With over one thousand cigar brands in stock, including Southern Draw, Acid, Davidoff, Macanudo, Romeo y Julieta, Ashton, Padron, Oliva and Perdomo cigars, cigar smokers shop at Famous Smoke Shop with confidence: every purchase is backed by the Famous Freshness Guarantee and award-winning customer service.

 About Southern Draw Cigars

Southern Draw Cigars - A Veteran Owned and Operated premium cigar brand that offers only handcrafted cigars from patiently aged, naturally fermented tobaccos.  Produced in Estelí, Nicaragua and distributed from our home state of Texas.  More information may be found at southerndrawcigars.com or Southern Draw Cigars on Facebook, @sdcigars on Instagram and Twitter.

Cubariqueño Cigar Co. announces the release of the Protocol Official Misconduct



Pennsylvania (Monday April 30, 2018) ——

Cubariqueño Cigar Co. announces the release of the Protocol Official Misconduct. The cigars are being produced at Erik Espinosa’s LaZona Factory in Estelí, Nicaragua. Protocol Official Misconduct will be available in a 6x50 format in boxes of 10. The name continues with the Protocol theme of Law & Law Enforcement as owners Bill Ives and Juan Cancel are police officers & Bill Agathis an attorney. The blend consists of an Ecuadorian Habano wrapper, Nicaraguan binder and Nicaraguan fillers from Esteli / Jalapa. Kevin Keithan, National Sales Manager stated, cigars are being classified as medium plus in strength. Initial release will be at Cubariqueno’s 3 Year Anniversary event on May 12th at the Holiday Inn located in Clinton, New Jersey through Berkeley Humidor and pre-sales will also be available through BerkeleyHumidor.com initially. Cigars will begin to ship to retailers May 15th and head to the 2018 IPCPR this summer. Cubariqueno also announces a line extension in the Probable Cause line. Keithan stated that Cubariqueno has added a Corona Gorda measuring 5 5/8 x 46 to their portfolio. Those cigars will also be made available in boxes of 10 at the Anniversary event and will also ship to retailers on May 15th.

Official Misconduct Pricing -
MSRP- $98.90 per 10 count box

Probable Cause Corona Gorda Pricing-
MSRP- $97.90 per 10 count box


April 28, 2018

Debonaire Daybreak Toro (6 x 50)







Video review HERE.


(From the Debonaire website)
Debonaire Daybreak is the third addition to the Debonaire Ultra Premium Cigars lineup.

Wrapped in Ecuadorian Connecticut Shade, the Daybreak offers a full flavor version of a Connecticut wrapped cigar and comes into market at a more introductory price. While enjoying Daybreak, smokers can expect crisp notes of spice and earthiness from the Nicaraguan fillers, a nutty and sweet richness from the Dominican tobacco in the binder and filler, and a smooth finish from the Connecticut wrapper.

In addition, Debonaire House announced today their packaging updates to the entire Debonaire Ultra Premium Cigar line, including the Habano, Maduro, and the Daybreak offerings.

Daybreak vitolas include:

Debonaire Daybreak Corona (6×46) – 20ct box w/ an MSRP of $11.53 per cigar
Debonaire Daybreak Belicoso (6×54) – 20ct box w/ an MSRP of $13.25 per cigar
Debonaire Daybreak First Degree (4×44) – 20ct box w/ an MSRP of $6.00 per cigar
Debonaire Daybreak Robusto (5×50) – 20ct box w/ an MSRP of $12.46 per cigar
Debonaire Daybreak Sagita-Petite Lancero (5.5×38) – 20ct box w/ an MSRP of $8.74 per cigar
Debonaire Daybreak Toro (6×50) – 20ct box w/ an MSRP of $13.00 per cigar REVIEWED TODAY

Phillip S. Zanghi III, owner of Debonaire House, stated while in the factory: “I have always wanted to officially produce one of our ultra premium cigars with a higher quality Connecticut wrapper; not just for the sake of producing a Connecticut, but for the sake of having a lighter wrapper option that is very present in the body and flavor expected from a Debonaire Ultra Premium Cigar.


The cigar has a nice feel in the hand. It has some weight to it.





The test draw after cutting the cap had just the perfect amount of firmness.  The initial flavors were citrus, brown sugar, white chocolate, and black coffee. There was black pepper noted and rated a 7. 




At the first third point (27 minutes) I noticed a sprinkling of cinnamon. In the underlying flavors there is just a touch of nutmeg. The citrus seems to be an orange citrus. The brown sugar and white chocolate give the cigar a nice sweetness. The coffee is very subtle. The cigar is medium bodied. The finish is one of light citrus and white chocolate with a nice amount of lingering black pepper. The flavors at this point are a good continuation from the start flavors. The first third is rated at a 90.




At the midpoint (49 minutes) the sweetness has moved up. Specifically, the orange citrus is more noticeable. The brown sugar is also nicely elevated. The white chocolate is a secondary flavor that you get immediately after the citrus and brown sugar. The nutmeg seems to have moved up a little. The black coffee base remains light. The cigar is still medium bodied. The finish is unchanged. With the elevation of sweet flavors and orange citrus I am raising the midpoint score to a 91.




The cigar lasted 1 hour 30 minutes. The orange citrus notes decrease and the brown sugar and white chocolate notes increased. The change did not hurt the cigar. The nutmeg is quite subtle now. There are still sprinklings of cinnamon. The black coffee base remains quite subtle. The finish is unchanged in flavor but the black pepper moved up. The cigar reached medium to full bodied in the second half. This has been another good Debonaire cigar. I have been pleased with their offerings. This is a Connecticut with some nice flavors and a little power. I enjoyed this cigar. The second half score is also a 91. You can purchase these cigars HERE.



Score: 91