August 14, 2016

Caldwell Cigars Eastern Standard Midnight Express Pyramid (6 x 50)

Video review HERE.

(Description taken from website)
Caldwell Cigar Company’s maduro offering, the Eastern Standard Midnight Express had its official launch at the 2016 IPCPR Trade Show.

Eastern Standard Midnight Express uses the Araparica Connecticut Shade Hybrid leaf found on the company’s Eastern Standard line. The difference is the leaf is subject to additional fermentation to transform it into a maduro wrapper.

The Eastern Standard Midnight Express is packaged in 20 count boxes and is available in the following sizes: 
Corona (5 3/8 x 46)
Robusto (5 x 50)
Toro (6 x 52)
Pyramid (6 x 50) REVIEWED TODAY
Pricing ranges from $10.00 to $13.80.

The cigar is a dark brown but not the typical look of a maduro cigar. The foot is the largest ring and it tapers quickly and consistently to the cap. 

The test draw after cutting the minimum from the pointed cap was very good. The initial flavors at light up were an earthy chocolate and coffee. There is a minor amount of sweetness in the chocolate and comes across as a lightly sweet cedar with some brown sugar. The cigar does not start off overly sweet. There was black pepper rated at a 7 1/2.

About 1 1/2 inch in the burn is already off. I want to try and let it catch up on it's own. I am losing some of the massive earthy notes. The cigar is medium bodied. The finish is a sweet cream with some influence of the chocolate. The sweetness has picked up and it appears to be coming from the brown sugar. This is a rather dark noted cigar but it lacks significant sweetness. 

Around the midpoint I am still fighting the burn. I may have to touch up the cigar. There are a lot of chocolate notes, brown sugar, coffee, minor amount of earthiness. There is now a small amount of butter noted which helps. The cigar is medium to full bodied now. 

With about 2 1/2 inches remaining I had to touch up the cigar. The burn did not even out. The cigar is the best it's been so far. There are a lot of chocolate notes, more butter notes,  brown sugar, touch of cedar, and coffee. The pepper is improving and is up close to an 8. The cigar is medium to full bodied. The finish is unchanged. There is an average amount of lingering black pepper. The sweetness has improved greatly at this point.

The cigar ended on the uptick. The cigar continued to get better the smaller the ring gauge got. There are a tremendous amount of chocolate, brown sugar, and cedar notes. The coffee held the base. The slight amount of buttery notes greatly helped the cigar. The first third of the cigar I would rate an 88. The midpoint I would rate a 90 and the final third a 92. In the end I rated the overall cigar a 91. With the cigar improving so much as it burned and got to a smaller ring gauge I wonder how a small ring cigar in this version would be.

Score: 91

August 13, 2016

Anastasia Opera by Caldwell Cigars (6 x 52)

Video review HERE.

(Description taken from Cigar Aficionado website)
Caldwell has joined forces with Ernesto Perez-Carrillo of EPC Cigar Co. to create Anastasia, the follow-up project to The Last Tsar, a Caldwell cigar brand that depicts Nicolas II, the last Tsar of Russia on its band artwork. The new cigar shows an image of Princess Anastasia, the long lost daughter of Nicolas II, on its band. 

Anastasia has shipped to a small group of retailers in the United States and Europe and is available in four sizes: 
Caspia, at 5 3/4 by 43 ($12.50)
Kartel, 5 by 49 ($13.30)
Mercure 7 by 47 ($14.00)
Opera, 6 by 52 ($14.70) REVIEWED TODAY

The cigar ships in 20-count boxes and is rolled at Perez-Carrillo's Tabacalera La Alianza S.A., located in the Dominican Republic.

Caldwell Cigar Co. has declined to release full blend details of its new cigars at this time. 

The cigar is a light-medium brown color and well made. It has a slightly above average feel in the hand.

The test draw after cutting the cap was very good. The initial flavors at light up were a sweet whipping cream and apricot mix. The pepper was a white pepper rated at a 7 1/2. There were also some light coffee notes at the base.

One inch in and the flavors are changing bit time. There are now mango/apricot notes, brown sugar, and black pepper rated at an 8 1/2. Yes, the white pepper changed to a large amount of black pepper in one inch. The finish is a brown sugar laden cream with a nice amount of lingering black pepper. The change was major but nice. The mango and apricot flavors are quite unique but I like them!

Close to the midpoint the flavors are about the same. The black pepper remains very good. There is a touch of sweet, creamy butter attached to the front end flavors. The cigar is medium bodied. The finish is about the same.

At the end I still had the mango/apricot flavor with some buttery notes and black pepper. The cigar hit medium to full bodied. The finish was unchanged. If this cigar had an abundance of richness this could easily be my cigar of the year but it lacked significance richness. Caldwell Cigars has a very good cigar here and the added touch of the Carillo's really helps this cigar stand out. It will do well for Caldwell. I enjoyed it quite a bit.

Score: 92

August 12, 2016

Consigliere‏ by CAO (General Cigar IPCPR Release)

There was a great CAO cigar that came in a red lacquered box. One day it was gone. Everyone assumed it was sleeping with the fishes.

A certain crew of guys who smoke CAO made us an offer we couldn’t refuse. They said bring back that wise guy cigar, or else. So we delivered the goods.

CAO Consigliere is a straight sequel -- the five-country blend is the same as before, the one that made it to Cigar Aficionado’s Top 25 list in 2006.

Consigliere is handmade in Nicaragua, with a Brazilian Mata Fina wrapper, bound with a Honduran leaf and features a blend of Nicaraguan, Dominican and Colombian leaves. This is a bold cigar with flavors of espresso, wood and spice.

Consigliere will be pulled back in as a full-time member of the CAO family starting in October, with suggested retail prices that are less than the original. Three new sizes were created for the launch. They are:

Associate -- 5 x 52; SRP per cigar is $6.99

Soldier -- 6 x 54; SRP per cigar is $7.99

Boss -- 7 x 56 Torpedo; SRP per cigar is $8.99

Rick Rodriguez, CAO’s blender/ambassador was mostly tight-lipped about the new Consigliere launch. “Right now, all I can say is leave the cannolis and take the cigars. Capisce?”

Rick will hit the road later this year, doing events across the U.S. to celebrate the return of this tough guy smoke.


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Twitter: @caocigars

Instagram: @caocigars

August 10, 2016

Cohiba Macassar‏ (General Cigar IPCPR New Release)

Distant from even the most primitive modes of transportation, Indonesian Macassar is arguably the most difficult ebony in the world to procure and one of the world’s most beautiful exotic woods. In a fitting tribute to this extraordinary work of nature, the artisans of Cohiba have created Cohiba Macassar, a new collection that lends itself to extravagant smoking occasions as readily as it does to life’s most treasured moments.

Only the finest leaves were selected to meet the exacting standards of taste and aesthetics set forth for Macassar. As such, this super-premium expression is made solely of proprietary tobaccos, each aged for more than four years including a year of finishing in Dominican rum barrels.

The blend of Cohiba Macassar is centered on a supple Connecticut Havano wrapper grown in a micro climate that helps to achieve a richer, more flavorful tobacco, yet with far less yield than traditional plants. To deliver a refined wrapper with barely perceptible veins, only the finest seco leaves are chosen for Cohiba Macassar.

The blend is made with a proprietary Dominican seed cultivated by Cohiba’s agronomists in Mao, complemented by a Nicaraguan Jalapa leaf grown exclusively for Cohiba. The Connecticut Broadleaf binder is aged six years to impart a mellow flavor and optimal combustibility.

Cohiba Macassar brings forth nuanced notes of wood and spice. The flavor is distinctive and unmistakable, bearing subtle references to other blends in the Cohiba portfolio.

Handcrafted in the Dominican Republic, Cohiba Macassar will make its debut fine cigar shops nationwide beginning in August. This remarkable collection will be a full-time addition to the Cohiba portfolio and will be launched with three sizes, each protected in 10-count boxes.

Toro Grande -- 6 x 52; SRP per cigar is $21.99

Gigante -- 6 x 60; SRP per cigar is $23.99

Double Corona -- 7.25 x 54; SRP per cigar is $24.99


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Twitter: @cohiba

Instagram: @cohibacigars

August 09, 2016

General Cigar/La Gloria Cubana Serie R Esteli Maduro

La Gloria Cubana is launching two new lines, one created solely for sale at brick and mortar cigar shops and the other developed for internet and catalog retailers.

La Gloria Cubana Serie R Esteli Maduro

Serie R Esteli made Cigar Aficionado’s list of the Top 25 Cigar of 2014. With a 91 rating, the magazine called the line “one of the best La Glorias in years.” This outstanding collection is now being extended to include a new Maduro offering created exclusively for brick and mortar retailers. Made with the same Nicaraguan-forward blend that won the brand critical acclaim, the new expression is wrapped in rich Connecticut Broadleaf to deliver a cigar that’s medium in strength, deep in sweetness and brimming with leather notes and spice.

La Gloria Cubana Serie R Esteli Maduro began shipping in July, and is available in three sizes. Each box contains 18 cigars.

No. 54 – 6 x 54; SRP per cigar is $6.99

No. 60 -- 6 x 60; SRP per cigar is $7.49

No. 64 – 6.25 x 64; SRP per cigar is $7.99

La Gloria Cubana Serie R Black Maduro

With large ring vitolas, deep, rich flavor and a bold Nicaraguan blend, La Gloria Cubana Serie R Black debuted as an unbeatable addition to the Serie R line. The trend continues with the addition of La Gloria Cubana Serie R Black Maduro. This deep and full-bodied smoke delivers a powerhouse of flavor, filled with pepper, earth and coffee notes and the slightly sweet, creamy taste that can only be found with an aged Maduro wrapper. With an SRP of less than $8, Serie R Black Maduro has all the makings of a top-selling new smoke for cigar lovers who demand Nicaraguan flavor at an accessible price.

La Gloria Cubana Serie R Black began shipping in July and is available in three sizes through internet and catalog retailers only. Each box contains 18 cigars.

No. 58 – 6.875 x 58; SRP per cigar is $7.79

No. 60 -- 6 x 60; SRP per cigar is $7.49

No. 64 – 6.25 x 64; SRP per cigar is $7.99

La Gloria Cubana

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Twitter: @LaGloriaCubana

Instagram: @lagloriacubana

August 08, 2016

General Cigar releases Hoyo La Amistad

The legendary Hoyo de Monterrey brand continues its bold march into the future with an intriguing, limited edition collaboration called La Amistad. The blend was developed by AJ Fernandez, the Cuban expat cigar maker best known for producing highly-rated cigars in Nicaragua.

Hoyo La Amistad is bold and full-bodied, and showcases the artisanal cigar making techniques and modern packaging of the new Hoyo launched earlier this year. Named for the camaraderie forged when creating this exciting new release, La Amistad means friendship in Spanish.

Alan Willner, vice president of marketing for General Cigar said, “AJ Fernandez embodies the same ethos as the Hoyo brand. His passion for the craft of cigar making is what led us to collaborate with him on La Amistad. This collection combines AJ’s love of tobacco and blending with the knowledge of Hoyo’s cigar makers in Honduras and Nicaragua.”

AJ Fernandez noted, “I grew up very near to the Hoyo de Monterrey farm and I have always had a love for the brand. When it came time to develop this blend, I put my heart and soul into it. To me, this project represents how far my family and I have come since Cuba, and how our expertise in tobacco continues to be recognized. This cigar represents the best of me and my factory and I am proud to be a part of this collaboration.”

La Amistad is brawny and robust, with notes of leather and spice. The wrapper is a bold Ecuadoran Habano, bound with a Nicaraguan leaf cultivated by AJ Fernandez in Esteli. The blend features powerhouse Nicaraguan tobacco from Esteli, Ometepe, Condega and Jalapa.

La Amistad is handcrafted at the AJ Fernandez cigar factory in Esteli, Nicaragua. It will be available in four sizes beginning in September. They are:

Rothschild – 4.5 x 50; SRP per cigar is $6.49

Robusto – 5 x 54; SRP per cigar is $7.59

Toro – 6 x 50; SRP per cigar is $7.79

Gigante -- 6 x 60; SRP per cigar is $7.99

Facebook: Hoyo De Monterrey/Excalibur Cigars
Twitter: @hoyocigars
Instagram: @hoyocigars

July 31, 2016

Warped Cigars Corto X46 (4 1/2 x 46)

Video review HERE.

(Description taken from website)
Warped Cigars has announced the 2016 installment in the annual limited edition Warped Corto line will be a 4 1/2 x 46 vitola known as the Warped Corto X46. The new X46 made its debut at the 2016 IPCPR Trade Show.

The Warped Corto line made its debut in 2015. The cigar is a limited cigar where each year a new size will be introduced. Previous edition sizes are retired once production sells out. Last year’s installment was a 4 1/2 x 50 vitola known as the X50 – which was positioned as the strongest cigar in the Warped Cigars portfolio to date. The name Corto translates to “Short” and this is appropriate for the vitolas that have been produced for this line.

The new Warped Corto X46 is a Nicaragua puro made at the TABSA factory in Nicaragua. The cigar features a slight box-press. It X46 features a slight box-press. The cigars will be packaged in 25 count boxes. Pricing will be $8.50 per cigar.

Wrapper: Nicaraguan
Binder: Nicaraguan
Filler: Nicaraguan
Country of Origin: Nicaragua (TABSA)

Vitolas Available:
X46: 4 1/2 x 46 (REVIEWED TODAY)
X50: 4 1/2 x 50

The cigar is beautiful with a perfect wrapper which is a medium brown in color with no blemishes or veins. The cigar has a nice feel in the hand for such a short cigar.

The test draw after cutting the cap was very good. The initial flavors at light up were a dense black pepper, light black licorice flavor with roasted nuts. These flavors will no doubt change but those are the flavors you get right at light up. The black pepper was rated at an 8 1/2.

3/4 inch in the cigar is making major changes. Now there are light pink grapefruit notes with brown sugar and a buttery cream. That's a nice change; great flavors.

1 1/2 inches in and the burn is absolutely perfect. The flavors are the same as the last segment but you can add light coffee notes at the base. The pepper is now rated at an 8. The finish is a sweet cream with some lingering black pepper. The cigar is medium bodied. The flavors are starting to settle down.

Around the midpoint there are now sweet caramel notes. There is still a light pink grapefruit that you notice right at the beginning of the flavors and then it quickly changes to a buttery caramel with brown sugar with coffee at the base. I would say the cigar is medium to full bodied now. This is the best the cigar has been so far.

The cigar ended with some minor changes. I lost the pink grapefruit notes but still had the brown sugar with light caramel notes and roasted almonds with coffee. The pepper remained very good and the finish was unchanged. The cigar was medium to full bodied. I found this to be a very good edition from Warped Cigars. The cigar made some nice changes. I was impressed with the cigar. Look for them and give them a try.

Score: 93

July 30, 2016

Ezra Zion Brass Knuckles XL (6 x 54)

Video review HERE.

When Brass Knuckles was launched it Sold Out in 2.5 hours. The feedback from the fans was overwhelming. Everyone wanted more Brass Knuckles! The initial offering was 4.75 x 52 and had a total production of 840 cigars. 

The vision of the Brass Knuckles blends are to showcase the best Medio Tiempo and Esteli & Jalapa Ligeros that we've ever smoked! EVER!

Very little is known about this cigar so I am assuming it uses the same basic leaves that the initial production cigar.

Size: 6 x 54
Wrapper: Corojo 99
Filler: Nicaraguan Medio Tiempo, Esteli/Jalapa Ligero

Total Production: 525 cigars (I'd call that an ultra small batch!)

There is nothing special about my getting these cigars. I signed up for updates on the Ezra Zion website. I received an email about the offering of these cigars so I bought a 5 pack. 

The cigar is a dark brown and looks spectacular with the tiny metal brass knuckles as the band. The cigar has a very dense feel in the hand.

The test draw after cutting the cap was great. The initial flavors were a sweet creamy flavor with a lot of brown sugar. There is a sprinkling of citrus but you don't get it until the end of the creamy brown sugar. There was a nice amount of black pepper rated at an 8. 

1 inch in there are now thick caramel notes to go along with the brown sugar. The caramel has a touch of butter also. The citrus notes are gone. There is also some black coffee as a base. The finish is a caramel-like flavor with some nice lingering black pepper. The cigar is medium-plus bodied. Not quite medium to full but leaning that way. There is a lot of sweetness in this cigar.

Around the midpoint the flavors have not changed but I must say again, there is a lot of sweet brown sugar and caramel in this cigar. The coffee notes are highly elevated mixing well with the brown sugar and caramel. I had hints of dark chocolate but they did not last. The cigar is now medium to full bodied. There is a nice caramel finish, just like before, with lingering black pepper.

I got a very long burn time out of this cigar. The cigar finished with the massive amounts of brown sugar and caramel. The coffee played a big part as it was quite intense and mixed well. The finish was unchanged. The cigar hit full bodied shortly after the midpoint. This was a very good cigar. Great, sweet flavors with full bodied aspects. If you were lucky enough to snatch some of these let me know what you think but for me it's a winner!

Score: 92

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 — EstelĂ­, 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 MartĂ­nez, 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


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

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

Video review HERE.

(Description taken from 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