July 24, 2016

Look for new reviews on new cigars!!!


It's that time of year. The IPCPR, the International Premium Cigar and Pipe Retailers convention is going on NOW. And, with it come new cigars. I'll start reviewing them next weekend! Hopefully they will be readily available in the weeks to come. Most will not hit your local shops for a few weeks but you can get a first look at them with my review comments. I'm excited to try them all! Look for my reviews starting next weekend and feel free to comment on them.

I am also accepting new cigar samples from manufacturers for review. If you want your cigar reviewed please contact me.

Drew Estate announces Liga Privada No. 9 Flying Pigs, Liga Privada T52 Flying Pigs, and Liga Privada Unico Serie Velvet Rats for Drew Diplomat Retailers



Sunday, July 24, 2016 — Miami, FL – Drew Estate announced today the release of Liga Privada Unico Serie Velvet Rats, Liga Privada No. 9 Flying Pigs and Tubos, and Liga Privada T52 Flying Pigs and Tubos to Drew Diplomat Retailers. The cigars will be displayed in Drew Estate’s booth (Booth #2403) at the IPCPR Convention and Tradeshow held July 24 – 28, 2016 in Las Vegas, Nevada.
The Flying Pig is one of the most sought-after sizes in the company’s portfolio presented in a 4 ½ x 60 parejo vitola and is a favorite amongst collectors. It is one of the most complicated vitolas to manufacture due to the unique size and signature pig-tail which requires specialized training of the buncheros and rolleras at the factory level. Both the Liga Privada No. 9 Flying Pig and Liga Privada T52 Flying Pig will be packaged in 12 count boxes with production forecasted at 4,000 boxes of each making this the largest release of Flying Pigs in the companies history. The Liga Privada No. 9 Flying Pig features a Connecticut River Valley Stalk Cut Broadleaf Wrapper, a Plantation Grown Brazilian Mata Fina Binder, with filler from Honduras and Nicaragua. The Liga Privada T52 Flying Pig features a Connecticut River Valley Stalk Cut & Cured Sun Grown Habano Wrapper, a Plantation Grown Brazilian Mata Fina Binder, with Filler from Honduras and Nicaragua.


The Liga Privada Unico Serie Velvet Rat measuring 6 1/2 x 46, features a Connecticut Broadleaf “High” Mediums Wrapper, Plantation Grown Brazilian Mata Fina Binder, and fillers from Nicaragua and Honduras. It is equally complicated to manufacture due to the signature fan tail at the head of the cigar.

From his Safe House in Wynwood, MIami, Jonathan Drew stated, "It is finally time to bring Liga Privada No.9 Flying Pigs and T52 Flying Pigs, as well as those luxurious Velvet Rats to Drew Diplomat Retailers throughout the U.S.  It's important that Drew Diplomats are able to snag these little gems, although we are only going to release them in stages for production purposes, as they are difficult to construct.  Liga Privada Flying Pigs - put some respect on my name."

The Liga Privada No. 9 Flying Pig was originally released in November 2009 with a total production of 2000 Boxes of 12, while the Liga Privada T52 Flying was originally released a year later in October 2010 with a slightly larger total production of 3,000 Boxes of 12. The Velvet Rat was previously released in October of 2012 at Tesa Cigars, limited to 100 bundles of 10, and in 2015 at the first annual Connecticut River Valley Barn Smoker, and in 2016 through the Drew Diplomat Rewards Event program.

July 23, 2016

Cabinetta is now part of JOYA's modern lineup





Saturday, July 23, 2016 — Estelí, Nicaragua – JOYA DE NICARAGUA REBRANDS ITS ACCLAIMED AND UNCONVENTIONAL CABINETTA. Joya de Nicaragua Cabinetta Serie is a crowd favorite around the globe. Its unconventional two toned wrappers or Doble Capa, makes it very attractive to the eye. However, its creamy smoke with peppery notes and mild to medium strength is what keeps captivating consumers.

To put the Cabinetta back in the spotlight, as well as to establish it as one of the top signature mild smokes in the US, JDN has revamped its image and migrated Cabinetta under the new JOYA brand name and portfolio.


“Cabinetta might be one of the favorite cigars of the JDN team. It’s a brand that we have always enjoyed, specially paired with a hot cup of Nicaraguan coffee. We wanted to give some love back to it, not only by revamping its packaging, but also, by giving it a new identity. We are sure the new Joya Cabinetta will help us expand our offering to modern smokers while continuing to satisfy the needs of retailers and consumers seeking for flavorful experiences without aggressive strength” Juan Martínez, President of Joya de Nicaragua, said.

“Besides improving its packaging, we will also release 3 new sizes into the market. But most importantly, we followed our customers’ requests to increase the length of the Doble Capa by almost an inch. Previously, consumers had the unique opportunity of smoking a mild blend while also tasting spicier notes from the criollo wrapper tip from contact with their lips. Some were adventurous and smoked to the nub to actually taste some of the criollo wrapper on the tip. With the new Cabinetta, reaching  and experiencing that wrapper change will be easier, which makes it even more enjoyable.” Mario Perez, Commercial Manager of Joya de Nicaragua, said.

Since the release of the first JOYA line, the brand has quickly gained popularity among consumers due to its friendlier blends and contemporary design. Cabinetta (Mild) will continue to spread the message of JOYA, one that is full of energy and excitement and will complement the portfolio together with Joya Red (Medium) and its newest addition, Joya Black (Medium).

The Joya Cabinetta will be available in 20 count boxes and priced similarly as the Joya Red, ranging from $5.00 to $7.50 per cigar. It will also be available in the following sizes:

Corona Gorda 5 1/4 x 46
Robusto 5 x 50
Toro 6 x 52
Belicoso 6 x 54
Churchill 6 7/8 x 48

JOYA CABINETTA will be presented to all retail shops during the upcoming IPCPR 84th Annual Convention and Trade Show in Las Vegas in July 2016. Initial shipments will be available at the retail stores by late August 2016. Drew Estate will distribute the brand in the USA as part of our exclusive agreement. Joya Cabinetta will also be available worldwide through our International Marketing Division and JDN’s partners.

Fans of Joya Cabinetta are encouraged to download Drew Diplomat the official mobile application of Joya de Nicaragua which is now available in the App Store for iPhone®, and iPod Touch® and on Google Play™ for Android™. For more information head to drewdiplomat.com.



About JOYA DE NICARAGUA S.A.

JOYA DE NICARAGUA S.A., is a family owned, Nicaragua-based cigar factory that handcrafts traditional cigars for the premium luxury cigar market. Founded in 1968, it is Nicaragua’s oldest cigar factory in operation and home to the legendary JOYA DE NICARAGUA® brand of cigars. JDN is regarded by many as the patriarch crafter of robust, unique puro blends of locally grown black tobaccos, and its cigars are sold in more than 43 countries around the world. For more information, please visit www.joyacigars.com.

Flor de D’Crossier Selection No. 512 Corona Gorda (5 1/2 x 46)





Video review HERE.


(Description taken from Cigar-Coop.com website)
The Flor de D’Crossier Selection No. 512 is the newest line released by Pure Aroma Cigars.  Pure Aroma Cigars is owned and operated by Isaias Santana Diaz.  Based out of Miami, Pure Aroma Cigars is best known for the D’Crossier line of cigars produced in Costa Rica. Recently the company has also entered into a distribution agreement with Espinosa Cigars. The Flor de D’Crossier Selection No. 512 introduces a more valued priced cigar line with a suggested retail price ranging in from $6.00 to $7.20. Diaz is also known for delivering cigars with packaging that makes for some beautiful packaging.




Diaz originally is from Havana, Cuba but has lived in the United States since 1995. He named his company’s main brand D’Crossier as a tribute to his great grandfather Francisco Crossier. Originally Crossier came over to Cuba from France in search of a place to expand some vineyards he owned. It was there where Crossier expanded his passion for cigars. Diaz founded the company to complete his great grandfather’s legacy.

In terms of the No. 512, this pays homage to the location in Costa Rica where D’Crossier cigars were first made back in 2008.


Wrapper: Ecuadorian Habano
Binder: Costa Rican Sumatra
Filler: Costa Rican, Dominican
Country of Origin: Costa Rica


The Flor de D’Crossier No. 512 is available in six sizes:

Coloniales: 5 1/8 x 44
Corona Gorda: 5 1/2 x 46 REVIEWED TODAY
Hermosos No. 2: 5 7/8 x 48
Magnificos: 5 7/8 x 52
Campana: 6 x 54
Geniales: 6 1/2 x 54


The cigar is a golden brown in color and very well made. It has an average feel in the hand.




The test draw after cutting the cap was very good. The initial flavors were brown sugar, honey, and cream with light coffee at the base. The pepper is a white pepper rated at a 7. The cigar is mild to medium bodied.


About 2 inches in the pepper is changing over to a black pepper. There are now sweet caramel notes to go along with the brown sugar and honey. The pepper has risen in intensity also. The finish is a caramel and cream with a little lingering black pepper. The cigar is medium bodied at best. The addition of caramel really helped the cigar.



With 2 inches remaining the flavor notes have held steady. The caramel is very nice and the brown sugar makes it better. The honey adds even more sweetness. The coffee is subtle. The cigar is still medium bodied. This cigar has surprised me. It has some very nice sweet flavors.



The cigar ended much like the last segment. Again, the cigar surprised me with it's nice flavors. The only negative might be it lacked power but the nice flavors make this a must-try cigar. Look for these in your local shops. I have seen them online also. Well worth trying. Good cigar.

Score: 91

Caldwell Cigar Co. & Drew Estate release All Out Kings



Saturday, July 23, 2016 — Miami, FL – Caldwell Cigar Co. and Drew Estate announced today the release of the collaborative All Out Kings brand. The new cigar will be displayed in Caldwell Cigar Co.’s booth at the IPCPR Convention and Tradeshow held July 24 – 28, 2016 in Las Vegas, Nevada.

The collaborative project was announced earlier this year at Cigar Federation's Cigar Safari where Robert Caldwell, Founder of Caldwell Cigar Co., Jonathan Drew, Founder of Drew Estate, and Willy Herrera, Master Blender of Drew Estate, led the tours blending session where attendees collaborated together with Caldwell, Drew and Herrera to create blends and lay out the rules they couldn’t break.

Jonathan Drew from his Wynwood, Miami Safe House stated, “Collaboration with Caldwell and Willy was super fresh. It was great to watch the magic come together from each of the crews . There is a lot of creativity birthed into ALL OUT KINGS, which will resonate from the cigar taste profile to the imagery that smashes the expected. This is an extended family collaborative that knows how to get down.”

All out Kings will be distributed in the United States by Caldwell Cigar Co. When asked about the project, Robert Caldwell, from Lago di Lugano, Switzerland stated, “Caldwell Cigar company has been an adventure for me from the day we began. We set out day one to do things differently. We had a lot of challenges and success in launching our brands in 2014. One of the ambitions of the company was to collaborate with other brands. Our biggest success is about to debut. People have been asking me for years when I was planning to release a Nicaraguan cigar. When John started kicking around ideas with me, I knew it was our time to let the ball roll in Nicaragua. It is a great compliment to our company to be able to work together with Drew and Willie and the Swag Cave Crew on this special project."

All out Kings debuts with Tobaccos from La Gran Fabrica Drew Estate in Esteli, Nicaragua including Connecticut Stalk Cut and Sun Cured Habano Wrapper, with Indonesia Sumatra Binder, and filler comprised of Jalapa Viso, Esteli Viso, Dominican C-98 Seco, and Connecticut Broadleaf Ligero. When asked about the blend, Willy Herrera, from Miami, Florida noted “Working with Caldwell was challenging because he is very specific on what he likes and does not like with a maduro blend. Creating a cigar that he could enjoy while still staying true and giving it my signature spice was a delicate balance that I looked for in our numerous blending sessions at Joya and Drew.”



All out Kings will be released in four sizes: Smash (5 x 52), Gimme 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.

Fans of Caldwell Cigar Co. and Drew Estate are encouraged to download Drew Diplomat, the official mobile application for the All Out Kings Project 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

To learn more about the Collaboration, visit http://drewxcaldwell.com

July 22, 2016

Viva Republica to release the "Art of War" at the 2016 IPCPR in Las Vegas‏

 


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE


MIAMI - On July 21, 2016 attendees of the International Premium Cigar and Pipe Retailer trade show will be introduced to Viva Republica’s Art of War, a larger sized parent brand to the company’s popular Warfare Series.


The Art of War, handmade at La Aurora, along with all of the company’s releases, will be featured in four sizes: Robusto (5” x 50) $8.50, Corona Gorda (6” x 47) $9.50, Toro (5.5” x 54) $10.50 and Gran Toro (6” x 58) $11.50.



Enveloped with Stalk-Cut Connecticut Broadleaf over a binder of Ecuadorian Sumatra, and filled with various priming’s from Colombia, Dominican Republic and Nicaraguan. Finishing off the construction, the head cap is adorned with a pigtail and the foot covered in Dominican Candela, a tease to the consumer about the journey that lies ahead.




Named for the epic military and philosophical strategy book by Sun Tzu’s The Art of War, one of its key strategic tenets is to “Appear weak when you are strong.” The use of a candela foot is both a visual and consumptive homage to Master Sun.
“We have always had an issue with extrapolating the Guerrilla and Advanced blends to larger ring gauge vitolas,” said Jason Holly, owner of Viva Republica. “This is not the same blend, but keeps the with spirit and profile of the smaller vitola Warfare.”


Drew Estate announces the release of Herrera Estelí Miami, and additional Herrera Estelí Packaging Configurations



Friday, July 22, 2016 — Miami, FL – Drew Estate announced today the release of Herrera Estelí Miami as a line extension to the Herrera Estelí Brand. The new cigar will be displayed in Drew Estate’s booth (Booth #2403) at the IPCPR Convention and Tradeshow held July 24 – 28, 2016 in Las Vegas, Nevada.



Willy Herrera known for his signature Cubanesque blending style was recruited to join Drew Estate in 2011, after running the El Titan de Bronze factory since the late 90s. The factory is known for being one of the few remaining hand made cigar factories in the United States and employs only Level 9 rollers from Cuba who continue to manufacture cigars in traditional Cuban style, including tubing the filler and finishing with a triple cap.

Willy spent the first 3 years at Drew Estate, predominantly in Estelí, Nicaragua adapting to working at La Gran Fabrica Drew Estate, a factory with access to some of the most innovative and diverse black tobaccos in the world. In 2013, Drew Estate released the Herrera Estelí Brand, a medium bodied, spicy, cubanesque cigar, and followed up in 2014 the release of Herrera Estelí Norteño, a full-bodied maduro, as his sophomore release.

The new Herrera Estelí Miami debuts in a 5 ¾ x 48 corona vitola packaged in 10 count boxes with an MSRP of $130.00 per box. The blend features an Ecuadorian Habano Oscuro Wrapper, Ecuadorian Sumatra Binder, and Dominican and Nicaraguan Fillers. The unique attribute of the new release is that it is produced at El Titan de Bronze Factory on Calle Ocho in Little Havana, Miami, Florida.

When asked about the new cigar, Drew Estate Master Blender Willy Herrera stated, “The journey at Drew Estate has taken me to new countries, and almost every state in the union. After 5 years, it was time to come home and work on a project where it all began for me. Going back to my roots and in my home where I was brought up has been such a blessing.”

In addition to the new Herrera Estelí Miami, the Herrera Estelí line will offer new packaging configurations including a Display Tray and refill bundles in the core Herrera Esteli Vitolas including the Herrera Esteli Toro, Piramide Fino, Lonsdale, Robusto, and Short Corona.

Fans of Herrera Esteli are encouraged to download Drew Diplomat the official mobile application of Drew Estate – The Rebirth of Cigars 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


VENTURA CIGAR TO UNVEIL NEW ARCHETYPE CIGAR LINE AT IPCPR



ARCHETYPE LINE FEATURES FIVE NEW BLENDS TO BE SHOWCASED AT UPCOMING TRADE SHOW

Thursday, July 21, 2016 — Ventura Cigar is ready to stun the senses of the cigar world again with the launch of its new super-premium cigar line, Archetype, which will debut at the International Premium Cigar & Pipe Retailers (IPCPR) trade show in Las Vegas on July 25th, 2016.  Archetype continues the Ventura Cigar tradition with a full line of five (5) highly-complex, yet perfectly balanced cigar blends. Each vitola is artfully crafted with a unique blend of rich, flavorful tobaccos carefully bound in a pristine wrapper—and features stunning visual imagery of the “hero’s journey” mythology on the boxes and bands—all working in harmony to create a mesmerizing visual and taste experience.

Archetype Series ‘B’ consists of two (2) Nicaraguan blends created in collaboration with Drew Estate that will be extremely limited and initially allocated only to retailers carrying the full Ventura Cigar line.



Initiation has an Ecuadorian Habano wrapper and is available in Corona 5x46 ($9.99), Robusto 5x54 ($10.99), Toro 6x52 ($11.99), and Churchill 7x48 ($12.99). The unique blend of Nicaraguan tobaccos opens up with heavenly aromas, floral notes, white sage and orange zest that intensify throughout the smoke.



Axis Mundi features a Maduro Habano wrapper available in Corona 5x46 ($10.49), Robusto 5x54 ($11.49), Toro 6x52 ($12.49), and Churchill 7x48 ($12.99). This sublimely balanced Nicaraguan powerhouse delivers rich, complex layers of spice, dried figs, maple syrup and charred oak.
According to Jason Carignan, Chief Marketing Officer, “the Archetype brand is inspired by the work of psychologist Dr. Carl Jung and the writings of mythographer Joseph Campbell who defined ‘archetypes’ as the constantly repeating characters who occur in the dreams of all people and the myths of all cultures. Campbell discovered through his study of world myths is that the ‘Hero’s Journey’ is a common storytelling arc that has been retold in infinite variations since time began.” Cigar smoking is really no different; we gather and we weave our tales as we share a couple of sticks and a glass of fine whiskey.

Fans of the Archetype Initiation and Axis Mundis collaborative products between Ventura Cigar Company and Drew Estate are encouraged to download Drew Diplomat the official mobile application of Drew Estate – The Rebirth of Cigars 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

Archetype Series ‘A’ and Series ‘B’ will begin shipping to retail customers on August 1, 2016. Both the Serie A and Serie B will be distributed by Phillips & King International.

About Ventura Cigar Company

Ventura Cigar Company is a boutique cigar brand born in sunny southern California that is on a mission to create memorable, complex cigar blends that move the senses and reward the discriminating palate. Their flagship PSyKo SEVEN brand unsettled humidors nationwide with in-your-face packaging and multiple award-winning blends that earned 90+ ratings in Cigar Aficionado, Cigar & Spirits and Cigar Snob.

July 21, 2016

Drew Estate announces packaging updates to Tabak Especial at IPCPR



Thursday, July 21, 2016 — Miami, FL – Drew Estate announced today packaging updates to their Tabak Especial Negra and Tabak Especial Dulce Cigars. The new packaging will be displayed in Drew Estate’s booth (Booth #2403) at the IPCPR Convention and Tradeshow held July 24 – 28, 2016 in Las Vegas, Nevada.



The Packaging update includes the following sizes:

Tabak Especial Negra Belicoso (5 x 54) packaged in 24 Count Boxes with an MSRP of $8.70 per Cigar
Tabak Especial Negra Colada (4 x 38) packaged in 24 Count Boxes with an MSRP of $5.60 per Cigar
Tabak Especial Negra Corona (4 ¾ x 46) packaged in 24 Count Boxes with an MSRP of $7.25 per Cigar
Tabak Especial Negra Robusto (5 x 54) packaged in 24 Count Boxes with an MSRP of $8.65 per Cigar
Tabak Especial Negra Toro (6 x 52) packaged in 24 Count Boxes with an MSRP of $9.15 per Cigar
Tabak Especial Negra Dark Roast Cafecitas (4 x 32) packaged in 10 count Tins MSRP of $18.00 per Tin
Tabak Especial Dulce Belicoso (5 x 54) packaged in 24 Count Boxes with an MSRP of $8.70 per Cigar
Tabak Especial Dulce Colada (4 x 38) packaged in 24 Count Boxes with an MSRP of $5.60 per Cigar
Tabak Especial Dulce Corona (4 ¾ x 46) packaged in 24 Count Boxes with an MSRP of $7.25 per Cigar
Tabak Especial Dulce Robusto (5 x 54) packaged in 24 Count Boxes with an MSRP of $8.65 per Cigar
Tabak Especial Dulce Toro (6 x 52) packaged in 24 Count Boxes with an MSRP of $9.15 per Cigar
Tabak Especial Dulce Light Roast Cafecitas (4 x 32) packaged in 10 Count Tins with an MSRP of $18.00 per Tin



Jonathan Drew, from his Wynwood, Miami Safe House, “Tabak Especial filled the void of Kahlua Cigars back in 2007. Its hard to believe that its been over 10 years since we went live with it. Tabak has been a critical building block to the ‘coffee infused segment,’ which we consider the perfect cigar for your daily grind.”

Fans of Tabak Especial are encouraged to download Drew Diplomat the official mobile application of Drew Estate – The Rebirth of Cigars 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

Drew Estate introduces Undercrown line extensions including the Undercrown Shade Flying Pig



Thursday, July 21, 2016 — Miami, FL – Drew Estate announced today the introduction of the following Undercrown Lineup: Undercrown Shade Flying Pig, Undercrown Shade Tubos, Undercrown Shade Churchill, Undercrown Shade 10 Count Metal Tins, Undercrown Maduro Churchill, Undercrown Maduro Tubos, and Undercrown Maduro 10 Count Metal Tins line extensions. The new cigars will be displayed in Drew Estate’s booth (Booth #2403) at the IPCPR Convention and Tradeshow held July 24 – 28, 2016 in Las Vegas, Nevada.


Released at the 2011 IPCPR Tradeshow, the Undercrown Maduro is a blend developed on the factory floor utilizing primings not used in the Liga Privada blends by the rollers of Liga Privada for their own smoking pleasure. Featuring a Mexican San Andres Negro Wrapper, a Connecticut River Valley Stalk Cut & Cured Sun Grown Binder, as well as Brazilian Mata Fina and Nicaraguan Fillers, the Undercrown Maduro line will now include a Tubo (6 x 50, $10.25), a Churchill (7 x 48, $8.27), and an Undercrown Maduro 10 Count Tin (4 x 32, $18.00 per Tin).


Released at the 2015 IPCPR Tradeshow, the Undercrown Shade is a collaboration between Willy Herrera and the Undercrown Maduro Factory blending team to develop a shade blend. Featuring an Ecuadorian Connecticut Wrapper, a Sumatran Binder, as well as Dominican Criollo 98, Nicaraguan Criollo, and Corojo Fillers the Undercrown Shade line, will now include a Flying Pig (3 15/16 x 60, $12.88), a Tubo (6 x 50, $10.56), a Churchill (7 x 48, $9.27), and an Undercrown Shade 10 Count Tin (4 x 32 $18.00 per Tin).
Founder of Drew Estate, Jonathan Drew from his Wynwood, Miami Safe House stated “It was amazing to witness the release of the Undercrown Flying Pig exclusively in Holland, and how many boxes ended up back in States. Hundreds of consumers, retailers, and Media visited Cigar Safari this past year and were able to try the Undercrown Shade Flying Pig at our La Gran Fabrica Drew Estate. Releasing the Shade pig was a natural progression in the development of the Shade line, this Flying Pig really kicks ass.”

Fans of Undercrown Cigars are encouraged to download Drew Diplomat the official mobile application of Drew Estate – The Rebirth of Cigars 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

July 20, 2016

Drew Estate debuts Kentucky Fire Cured Swamp Thang and Swamp Rat at IPCPR to be formally released at the Kentucky Barn Smoker


Tuesday, July 19, 2016 — Miami, FL – Drew Estate announced today the introduction of the new Kentucky Fire Cured “Swamp Thang” and Kentucky Fire Cured “Swamp Rat” line extensions. The line extension will be displayed in Drew Estate’s booth (Booth #2403) at the IPCPR Convention and Tradeshow held July 24 – 28, 2016 in Las Vegas, Nevada.

This thing should not be, and it's a deeply disturbing yet pleasing smoke. Deep in the swamps it is lurking, waiting to be discovered. By pairing this deliciously sweet candela wrapper with the smoky & tasty Kentucky Fire Cured tobaccos, an eerie mystery has been revealed for a unique and powerful experience.

The new sizes include the 6 x 52 Kentucky Fire Cured Swamp Thang Toro (MSRP $8.75), a 5 x 54 Kentucky Fire Cured Swamp Thang Robusto (MSRP $8.29), and a 6 x 46 Kentucky Fire Cured Swamp Rat (MSRP $7.50). The new sizes will be available in 10-ct green craft paper bundles similar to the current Kentucky Fire Cured lines, as a refill to the new display trays, which will only be available for retail use.
From Wynwood, Miami, Jonathan Drew stated “We continue to demonstrate our leadership in the Fire Cured Tobacco segment, making history as the first company to blend Candela and Kentucky Fire Cured Tobaccos in the premium segment. It is sure not to be like any other Candela cigar you have ever smoked.”

Consumers, Retailers, and Media who are interested in being the first to try the Swamp Thang and Swamp Rat sizes are encouraged to attend the Kentucky Barn Smoker on October 1, 2016 in Hopkinsville, Kentucky when tickets are released later this year at www.barnsmoker.com.

Fans of Kentucky Fire Cured Cigars are encouraged to download Drew Diplomat the official mobile application of Drew Estate – The Rebirth of Cigars 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

July 17, 2016

Hammer + Sickle Berlin Wall Robusto (5 x 50)





Video review HERE.


I first had this cigar at the 2014 Big Smoke in New York City. I recently saw them at my local shop. I was told they were selling very good so I decided to try them again. I bought some robustos and today I am reviewing the robusto version.

Wrapper: Honduran Criollo
Binder: Dominican
Filler: Honduran, Dominican


The cigar has a metal band which is unique. It has an average feel in the hand for a robusto.




After cutting the cap the test draw was very good. The initial flavors were cinnamon, tea berry, and cream with an earthy black coffee base. There was black pepper rated at 7. 



About 1 inch in there is now a touch of butter and some brown sugar. Initially there was not much sweetness in the cigar and the added butter and brown sugar help. The finish is a thick cream similar in flavor to a tapioca pudding with some lingering black pepper. The strength is medium bodied. The cigar became a little more interesting. It could use more sweetness. You should smoke this cigar slowly to get these flavors.



At the midpoint the cigar is the best it's been so far. There are a lot of buttery cinnamon and brown sugar. The pepper is moving up on the finish and it's probably doubled since the beginning. The front end pepper is about the same. The cigar is still around medium bodied. The band, which is metal, has to be rolled back carefully to avoid hurting the cigar. 



The cigar ended just shy of one hour. Fairly typical for a robusto. The flavors are about the same at the end but my problem with the cigar is there is not enough intensity of those flavors. I like the flavors but I wish the cigar had more of them. I lost the tea berry notes shortly after the midpoint but the buttery cinnamon and brown sugar were nice. The cigar made it to a low grade medium to full bodied strength.

Score: 88

July 16, 2016

Avo Syncro Nicaragua Fogota Short Torpedo (4 1/2 x 52)





Video review HERE.


From the Davidoff website:
Fogata, meaning bonfire or campfire in spanish, was the inspiration for this special new cigar. It is one of Avo Uvezian's favorite settings to share unforgettable and intimate moments with his closest of friends. With Syncro Nicaragua Fogata, we went off the beaten path in search of more intense taste experiences and are proud to now share with you this vibrant new blend in our portfolio.

Having savored the spicy, sweet notes from Isla Ometepe, our Syncro Series now ventures deeper into the rugged landscape of Nicaragua - collecting and composing wilder, richer, more intense flavors. Pushing ourselves into new frontiers for experiences that reveal an unexpected and powerful strength from within. Venturing north into the dark, mountainous soils of Nicaragua's Esteli and Condega regions, our Master Blender has captured the strength and spice from this rugged, yet fertile terrain.

Wrapper: Ecuador - Habano 2000 Clara  
Binder: Mexico - Negro San Andreas  
Filler: Nicaragua - Esteli Ligero / Condega Visus   
                Dominican Republic - Yamasa Visus / Piloto / San Vicente Ligero  


This is a nice size cigar. In today's restricted smoking areas this is a nice short cigar. The cigar is nicely made and has a very long torpedo cap. Here is a shot of the foot.




I was able to take the minimum from the long torpedo cap and the test draw was very good. The initial flavors were sweet pink grapefruit, sweet cream, and an earthy coffee. There was white pepper rated at a 7 1/2. Nice sweet start.


About one inch in and the lower band needs to be removed. There are now some nice brown sugar notes and butter. The cigar is medium bodied. The finish is cream with some citrus influence. There is also some lingering white pepper.



About 2 inches in there are now cinnamon notes. It seems to be competing with the pink grapefruit. With a short cigar it's nice to have several changes. The other notes are still in play.



You get around 40 minutes out of this cigar. The flavors are very nice; pink grapefruit, cinnamon, brown sugar, and butter with some earthy coffee. The pepper was about the same throughout, as well as the finish. I did not think the cigar got above medium bodied. I found this to be a great, short cigar. I do not know how the longer versions stack up but this size is great. 

Score: 93