August 17, 2014

My Father Connecticut Robusto (5 1/4 x 52)






Video review HERE.


This is another cigar that was sent by Justin Lacy for me to review. He sent 2 of these cigars. Thank you
Justin for your generosity.

(from the My Father website)
My Father Connecticut is going to be an extension of the already existing line My Father and My Father Le Bijou; the cigar is blended by Jose "Pepin" Garcia and his son Jaime Garcia at the My Father Cigar Factory in Nicaragua : It features an Ecuadorian Connecticut wrapper, Nicaragua Corojo 99 Binder and Nicaragua Habano-Criollo filler, all the tobacco coming out of the Garcia's farms with the exception of the wrapper which comes from Ecuador. This cigar also features a very unique aromatic leaf that gives the cigar aromas and flavors; a special fermentation process was given to this particular type of tobacco in order for it to release all the aromas and flavors that the Garcias were looking for to finish the last touch of this blend.


Wrapper: Ecuadorian Connecticut
Filler: Nicaragua Habano-Criollo
Binder: Nicaraguan Corojo 99


The cigar features the typical My Father band as the top band and a separate band beneath it signifying the fact that it is the Connecticut line. There is also a black band around the foot.

The cigar is obviously well made and very light in color; much lighter than the typical My Father cigar. The cigar is triple capped and dense.




The test draw after cutting the cap was very good. The initial flavors at light up were a nice orange citrus and nutmeg combination. There was a tremendous amount of white pepper which I rated a 9! If you like pepper it's a fantastic flavor! There are also black coffee notes at the base with some underlying roasted nuts. You cannot miss the white pepper when you light up this cigar! But...will it last???


About one inch in the initial flavor assessment is correct but you can also add some light cream. The sweet nutmeg is the primary flavor with the citrus secondary, while the cream gives both a creamy flavor. The roasted nuts and coffee are still in play. The finish is a sweet cream with some nice lingering white pepper. The cigar is medium bodied at this point.



At the lower band the citrus notes made a jump forward. The roasted nuts are also more prominent along with the sweet cream. On the finish the sweet cream is a little thicker and sweeter.



At the upper band I lost the cream notes, but the roasted nuts have some buttery flavor to them. The nutmeg is again the lead flavor followed by the citrus. The coffee notes are still in play. The white pepper has toned down from it's original intense flavor to a 7 or 7 1/2. However, on the finish the white pepper has intensified. It is very nice and adds to the sweet cream  and (now) roasted nuts nicely.



The cigar ended with the citrus notes but they are a little fainter along with the roasted nuts, which have lost a lot of their buttery flavor. I also lost the nutmeg. The coffee maintained the base. The white pepper remained at a 7 to 7.5. The lingering pepper remained very, very good. The finish was unchanged. The cigar ended on the upper range of medium bodied. Had this cigar maintained the high level of pepper that it stated with I would have rated it higher as I am a pepper fan. This is a lighter cigar from My Father and I'm sure it's targeted to draw in the lighter cigar lovers. A very good cigar and on shelves now. Fresh from the IPCPR in Las Vegas.



Score: 91

August 16, 2014

262 Cigars Revere Lonsdale (6 1/2 x 44)





Video review HERE.

NOTE ADDENDUM AT END OF REVIEW

First of all, this cigar was sent to me by one of my avid blog readers; Justin Lacy. He actually sent me 2. I sampled one of them last night to get a feel for the cigar. Today I am doing the actual review. This particular size of the 262 Revere was made exclusively for the J. Shepherd Cigar Shop in Louisville, Kentucky.


262 Cigars is all about our freedom to smoke cigars. They very much want the government to stay out of the cigar business. With this in mind they came out with the Revere line which is named for Paul Revere, and American Patriot.

This is a Nicaraguan Puro comprised of:

Wrapper: Nicaragua: Jalapa Valley
Double Binder: Nicaragua: Esteli, Jalapa
Fillers: Nicaragua: Esteli, Jalapa, Condega

This is a nice looking cigar with an oily wrapper. The cap is finished off with a twist; almost like a short pigtail. Here is a hot of the foot.





The test draw after cutting the cap was very good. The initial flavors at light up were a lot of dry wood and earth with a decent amount of pepper. It doesn't last long. About 3 minutes later they changed over to subtle sweetness of cedar and dry cocoa, coffee, cream, earth, and dry wood. The pepper is a black pepper rated at a 7.5. 



Due to technical difficulties the video jumps to the midpoint. From about the 1 1/2 inch point until now you have a nice sweet cedar with dry cocoa notes, black pepper AND red pepper rated at an 8+ in intensity, dry wood and coffee at the base. The finish is a combination of cream and dry cocoa with a mixture of red and black lingering pepper. The cigar is a solid medium bodied and shows signs that it may go a little fuller. I must say, the introduction of red pepper really made the cigar tasty!




The cigar ended with the sweet cedar with a little richness from the dry cocoa, dry wood, coffee, and the amazing flavor of black and red pepper. The finish was unchanged. The cigar ended on the upper side of medium bodied. I was very impressed with this cigar. Of course, I love Nicaraguan tobaccos and this cigar delivered. Remember, this particular size is only available at J. Shepherd Cigar Shop but hopefully it is a good representation of the other vitolas. Thank you Justin Lacy for sending this to me to try. It was a great cigar!



Score: 92

ADDENDUM

Upon reading my review the owner of J. Sheppherd Cigar Shop has made all my blog readers a generous offer. A nice discount on 262 cigars! Read below for various sizes and pricing.

They come in a corona (7.95), robusto (8.50) , lancero (9.25) , Toro (9.95) and our store exclusive, the Limited Edition pigtailed Lonsdale (9.50). All come in 20 count boxes, except the Lonsdale which comes in a box of 10. Anyone wanting to order from your readers can use the code TIMROLLINS and I will take 10% off any singles and 15% off a box purchase. If someone would like a Lonsdale box (95.00 retail) we will have $75 box special for them.  Our minimum order is just six cigars and usually come with a bonus stick(s).

All orders come directly to me as your personal cigar concierge. Call me directly at 502.741-9125.

Jason Sheppherd

August 12, 2014

A.J. FERNANDEZ CIGARS PROUDLY UNVEILS A.J. FERNANDEZ DOCUMENTARY




(Miami, Florida) August 11, 2014— A.J. Fernandez Cigars, recognized for creating some of the most acclaimed cigars in the industry proudly unveils a 13 minute documentary which went live today and can be seen on the home page of their website at:  www.ajfernandezcigars.com.



A.J. Fernandez, who has blended consistently highly rated cigars, is documented in a way that gives the viewer just a glimpse of the passion and expertise which has led many to consider him a tobacco prodigy.



Kris Kachaturian, Managing Partner of A.J. Fernandez Cigars said: “I have always stated that A.J. Fernandez will be known as a legend in the cigar industry in only a few years. I felt it was important to take advantage of the present time to document our journey. For those who are not able to visit our factory, we present them with this documentary which will bring the factory to them.”



Public Works, an award winning boutique creative agency based out of Denver, Colorado spent a week at the factory in Nicaragua and created a very unique documentary. The film is composed of beautiful cinematography, music, time lapse photography, education, and history in a way which communicates the A.J. Fernandez Cigars story in a very soulful manner.



The documentary is being announced on the heels of A.J. Fernandez’s unveiling of his latest brand, New World, which was created along with his father Ismael Fernandez who recently joined A.J. Fernandez Cigars after his retirement from the Plasencia family.



To view the documentary please visit:  www.AJFernandezcigars.com.

August 10, 2014

Ortega Serie D Black Robusto (5 x 52)






Video review HERE.


Cigars smoked for review: 1


This is the newest cigar from Eddie Ortega. It was debuted at this year's IPCPR in Las Vegas. This is the only sample I have to review. These cigars are made in the My Father cigar factory in Esteli, Nicaragua.

Wrapper: Ecuadorian Habano
Binder: Nicaraguan (Jalapa)
Filler: Nicaraguan (Esteli)


This cigar is different from the other Serie D cigars in that it's round and not box pressed. It is well made and dense.





It is also triple capped.





The test draw after cutting the cap was very good. The initial flavors at light up were a very sweet orange citrus, subtle nutmeg and cream, and a ton of black pepper rated at an 8.5. The black pepper filters over to the finish where there are almond notes with orange citrus notes. The cigar is medium bodied at this early point.


About one inch in the sweet orange citrus continues and it's dominate. The nutmeg are subtle and the cream notes take the edge off the other flavors. There are roasted almonds now on the front end. The finish is now one of a sweet cream that reminds me of a whipping cream. The lingering black pepper remains very good.



At the midpoint the orange citrus is still dominant. The nutmeg still mixes nicely with the citrus and the cream still tones down the sharp edges of the other notes. The roasted almonds are still around and there are now black coffee notes. The finish is now one of a combination of orange citrus and cream, much like an orange creamcicle. The cigar is medium to full bodied now.



You will get almost exactly one hour out of this cigar. The orange citrus notes are still the lead player along with subtle cream and almond notes, with the coffee at the base. You lost the nutmeg notes. The finish was unchanged. The black pepper remained very good throughout the cigar. It remained medium to full bodied. This was a very good cigar from Eddie which I enjoyed quite a bit. Look for these on shelves now. This is a winner for Ortega!



Score: 93

August 09, 2014

L'Atelier LAT Lancero 7 1/2 x 38






Video review HERE.


This cigar is directly from this year's IPCPR in Las Vegas. L'Atelier is the creation from Pete Johnson, his brother, and some friends and is made in the My Father factory in Esteli, Nicaragua.

Vitola: LAT Lancero
Country of Origin: Nicaragua
Length: 7 1/2"
Ring Gauge: 38
Wrapper: Sancti SpĂ­ritus Ecuador
Binder: Nicaragua
Filler: Nicaragua
Box Count: 15

This cigar is a dark brown and feels dense in the hand. It reminds me of a large pencil!




The cap is finished with a pigtail





The test draw after cutting the cap was firm but workable. The initial flavors at light up were a sweet orange citrus, nutmeg, and dry wood. The black pepper was very strong and rated at an 8 1/2. 



About one inch the flavors are just like I initially described. The orange citrus is very sweet while the nutmeg is a dry nutmeg and you also have dry wood. The black pepper is very intense. The finish is a sweet pudding-like cream with a lot of lingering black pepper.




2 1/2 inches in the nutmeg notes are very prominent. The citrus notes are secondary. There is a brown sugar sweetness now to go along with the dry wood notes. The black pepper continues to be very strong. The cigar is medium to full bodied at this point. The cigar is burning evenly. 




With about 2 1/2 inches remaining the wood notes have now changed over to black coffee. The nutmeg and citrus notes are still in play and the black pepper is still very good, although it has toned down just a bit to an 8. The finish is now a toasted cream with some sweetness, along with the lingering black pepper. The cigar is on the upper edges of medium to full bodied.




With about 1 1/2 inches remaining the nutmeg note have gone away. The citrus notes are still around but not that intense. The dry wood notes are back to go along with the black coffee. The black pepper remains very good and the finish is the same. The cigar is now full bodied.




This cigar has taken much longer to smoke than I thought. For me, the first half of the cigar was much better than the second half. I enjoyed the sweet orange citrus and nutmeg with dry wood notes. You lost a lot of those in the second half. The cigar did, however, achieve full bodied status. Don't mistake what I'm saying; I did enjoy the cigar but if it had stayed just as it was in the first half it would have achieved a much higher rating. As it is it's a very good cigar and on shelves now.



Score: 92

August 08, 2014

E.P. Carrillo Introduces La Historia cigars "A Family Tradition"‏



The Perez-Carrillo family enjoys as rich a history as the cigars they produce. Ernesto Perez-Carrillo Jr. throughout his distinguished career has been supported by members of his family.  These family members are accredited with their own sizes within the La Historia line - El Senador (5 3/8 X 52) pays homage to Ernesto Carrillo Sr., Dona Elena (6 1/8 X 50) is named after E.P. Carrillo's wife Elena, and E-III (6 7/8 X 54) is for his son Ernesto Perez-Carrillo III.



Presented in a beautiful felt lined box, all cigars are box-pressed and bands are adorned with elegant artwork. Each stick is bound by an oily Mexican San Andres wrapper and Nicaraguan long-fillers lay beneath an Ecuadorian Sumatra binder. This medium to full-bodied cigar is robust with notes of coffee, cocoa and black cherry which are accented by a delightful spice in the finish. Knowing this would be representative of his loved ones, Ernesto Jr. ensures an enjoyable experience waiting inside every box.



Please enjoy this La Historia interview with Ernesto. Youtube

 
Consistently highly rated cigars.... Back to Back Robb Report highest honors for Best of the Best, INCH 2012 & EPC Edicion Limitada 2013.  Contact your local tobacconist and ask for the new La Historia or other fine E.P. Carrillo cigars today!  E.P. Carrillo Home Page


August 03, 2014

1502 Nicaragua Robusto (5 x 52)





Video review HERE.


The 1502 Nicaragua contains tobaccos from the four main growing regions of Nicaragua: Esteli, Jalapa, Condega, and Ometepe. This cigar fits right in between the 1502 Emerald and 1502 Ruby - as a "medium plus" cigar. The 1502 Nicaragua is the latest creation from 1502 cigars.

I have no info on which leaves are wrapper, binder, or filler. The cigar is well made and box pressed with a partially closed foot.




The test draw after cutting the cap had just a bit of firmness making it a perfect draw. The initial flavors were sweet pink grapefruit citrus, nutmeg, cream, and a lot of dry, roasted nuts. There is white pepper rated at a 6.5. The finish at this early stage is roasted nuts and sweet cream with some lingering pepper.


1 1/4 inch in there is a little earthiness mixing in with the other described flavors. All the initial flavors are still in play. The cigar is medium bodied and burning very evenly. The sweetness of the pink grapefruit has increased. The roasted nuts are also prominent while the nutmeg is a bit subtle. The cream smooths everything out nicely. The finish now is a sweet cream with just a touch of roasted nuts. The lingering pepper has increased somewhat. This cigar has a lot of typical 1502 flavors. This cigar is a little stronger than the emerald but close to the strength of the ruby.




About 2 inches remaining and the nutmeg notes have increased. The earthiness I spoke of before is now a black coffee. The roasted nuts and cream are about the same. The finish is a straight sweet cream with the lingering pepper. The cigar is increasing in strength. It is now a high medium but not quite medium to full bodied. This is a unique flavor for 1502 but very enjoyable.



At the end the pink grapefruit really came out. The nutmeg is subtle while the coffee and roasted nuts are unchanged. The white pepper has intensified to a 7.5. The finish is spectacular; sweet cream with some citrus notes. The lingering white pepper is still very nice. The cigar is now medium to full bodied and you can feel the ligero kicking in. The 1502 guys really know how to blend a cigar. I am quite impressed with this cigar. I feel sure they have a winner here. Look for them anywhere that sells 1502 cigars and House of Emilio cigars.



Score: 93

August 02, 2014

Montecristo Espada Guard (6 x 50)







Video review HERE.


(from the Cigar Aficionado website)
Altadis USA, owner of the non-Cuban Montecristo brand, has been releasing one creative iteration of Montecristo after the next. On July 1, tobacconists will receive the Montecristo Espada, a bold blend marking the first time that a Monte has been rolled with only Nicaraguan tobacco.

Featuring a Cuban-seed Habano wrapper and binder from Jalapa, the cigar combines several different Nicaraguan tobaccos in the filler from Jalapa, Ometepe and Condega.

The new smokes are made in Nicaragua at Nestor Plasencia's Plasencia Cigars S.A. factory and are a collaboration between Plasencia and the Altadis blending team, known as the Grupo de Maestros.

Espadas come packaged in striking suede boxes of ten, each adorned with three bands: a primary Montecristo band, a foot band that reads "Espada" and an ornate certificate wrapped around the middle of the smoke. Spanish for "sword," Espada is also a reference to the rapiers found on the iconic Montecristo logo, which was reinterpreted for this line to focus on a single sword rather than the traditional six.

Wrapper: Habano
Binder: Jalapa
Filler: Ometepe, Jalapa, and Condega

The cigar comes in three sizes; Ricasso, 5 inches by 54 ring, Guard, 6 by 50 (reviewed today) and Quillon, 7 by 56—and they're set to retail for $11.25 to $12.50 each.

Each tobacco used in the Espada is vintage dated and listed on the inner lid of the box.


The cigar is very well made. The color is a light brown. After cutting the cap the test draw was a bit firm but very smokeable. The initial flavors were a semi-sweet grapefruit citrus with a lot of dry wood notes and some cream notes. There was white pepper rated at a 7. The cigar comes across at this point as mild to medium.


About 1 1/4 inch in the cigar has picked up in sweetness. The flavors are more of an orange citrus or sweet cedar at this point. The massive amount of dry wood and (now) roasted nuts overwhelm the sweet notes making it difficult to pin them down. The cream notes make it more difficult to tell whether they are orange citrus or cedar. The bottom line is there are a lot of dry wood and roasted nut flavors. The finish is a sweet cream with very little lingering pepper. The cigar is medium bodied now.




2 1/2 inches in the sweetness has picked up a little more. I'm going with a sweet cedar as the main sweet flavor. There are also some nutmeg notes. There are still light cream notes and a ton of roasted nut and dry wood notes. The sweet cedar is a little more intense than the dry wood and roasted nuts now, which make the cigar the best it's been so far. 




Down to the band with about 2 inches remaining the sweet cedar is still in charge. I lost the nutmeg and cream notes. The dry wood and roasted nut flavors are elevated. The cigar comes across as medium to full bodied, at best but it has a very sneaky ligero. The taste leads you to believe it's one way but the power of the ligero can be felt. Normally the flavor body of the cigar and the power go hand in hand but not in this cigar. You can definitely feel the ligero!




The cigar ended with the nice cedar notes and lots of roasted nuts. You can really feel the ligero. You may have heard people speak of a "ligero buzz". You have that in this cigar. Therefore the cigar is full bodied. The finish remained one of a sweet cream with a little more lingering pepper. As with any Montecristo cigar you must try it and see what you think. To me, the cigar missed the mark in a couple of places. If you like a strong ligero cigar you should really try this one!



Score: 88