Video review HERE.
Headlines Cigar has been re-blended and re-branded for a new launch in 2015. Arby Sosa from Antillian Cigar Corporation, as the exclusive distributor for Headlines Cigar, collaborated with Dee from Fusion Cigar and the Master Blender, Don Amadiz in creating this blend.
Headlines Cigar is being made out of the Tabacalera Real factory in Tamboril, Dominican Republic.
The Headlines Second Edition is a maduro with a Dominican Habano Oscuro wrapper and a Dominican Piloto Cubano binder. Nicaraguan and Dominican Piloto Cubano are used for the ligero and Dominican Andullo and Dominican 20-20 make up the rest of the filler. The strength of the Headlines Second Edition is also full-bodied and will MSRP between $7.50-$8.50.
Arby Sosa of Antillian Cigar stated, "I've never been a part of creating an all-Domincan Puro, so this was an exciting project for me. It took over 6 months to perfect both blends, but we are all impressed with the final result. I believe in this cigar and hope all cigar fans will venture out and try this one, and I know they will be happy."
5 1/2 x 60; Page 1 (REVIEWED TODAY)
6 x 54 torpedo; Page 2
6 x 50; Page 3
Each size comes in 20-count boxes, with MSRP set for between $7.50 and $8.50 per stick.
The cigar is very dense. It is a medium to dark brown. Here is a shot of the dense foot.
After cutting the cap the test draw was very good. The initial flavors were a combination of sweet boysenberry and licorice. There is quite a bit of earth notes. There is black coffee at the base. The cigar is medium to full bodied because of the dark notes. The pepper is a white pepper rated at a 7.
About 1 1/2 inches in the cigar is not burning evenly but I want to let it try to do it on it's own. The flavors are now a boysenberry and sweet cedar. The licorice notes have gone away but the sweetness has elevated. The earthiness has toned down. The coffee remains at the base. Before when I said the cigar was medium to full bodied I am revising it back to a medium. The flavors have evened out somewhat.
A little past the midpoint the flavors are still the sweet cedar. The boysenberry notes are fading. The earthiness has elevated again and there is a lot of coffee notes at the base. The cigar is heavy on the darker notes right now. The cigar is medium to full bodied now. The finish is a toasted cream with some earthiness and lingering white pepper. The cigar has made some changes but it seems it is still going through the change process.
The cigar ended with the sweet cedar and some dry wood notes. It still had earth and coffee notes. The cigar ended at medium to full bodied. The finish was unchanged. For those of you who like earthy cigars this should make a nice cigar for you. The cedar was very nice and sweet. As you could tell there were several sweet flavor changes throughout the burn. You will get a long smoke out of this cigar as you can see.