January 13, 2019

Tatuaje El Triunfador Original Robusto (5 x 50)






Video review HERE.


(Description taken from Cigar-Coop.com website)
For the first time in nearly a decade, the El Triunfador Original line is getting a line extension. At this year’s 2018 IPCPR Trade Show came word that a Robusto size vitola is being added to El Triunfador Original, the broadleaf wrapper edition of El Triunfador.

El Triunfador was originally released in a classic 7 1/2 x 38 featuring a Connecticut Broadleaf wrapper over Nicaraguan binder and filler. When El Triunfador was expanded to be a brand, it was originally targeted for the European market and featured a more dialed back blend with an Ecuadorian Habano wrapper. Eventually, the El Triunfador line was released in the U.S. market. The Broadleaf El Triunfador remained and became known as the El Triunfador Original.


Wrapper: Connecticut Broadleaf
Binder: Nicaraguan
Filler: Nicaraguan
Country of Origin: Nicaragua (My Father Cigars SA)


Vitolas Available
Robusto: 5 x 50 REVIEWED TODAY
Lancero: 7 1/2 x 38



The cigar is finished with a pigtail cap.




The cigar has an average feel for a robusto.





The test draw after cutting the cap was good. The initial flavors at light up were a dry cedar with some nice brown sugar, a frothy cream somewhat like a whipping cream, light chocolate notes, minor amounts of nutmeg, and black coffee. There was a nice amount of black pepper which I rated at a 7 1/2. The cigar has a very white ash.




At the first third (21 minutes) the cigar increased it's sweetness. The dry cedar and brown sugar are very sweet. There are a few tinglings of cinnamon. There is also a smooth sweetness of caramel. The whipping cream flavor has transitioned over to a sweet caramel. There is a touch of chocolate. Not that much, actually, but it's nice to have. There is also a nice black coffee base. While there is some minor nutmeg on the front end you really get most of it on the finish, which is one of chocolate, caramel, and nutmeg. There is also a nice amount of lingering black pepper on the finish. The cigar is medium bodied at this point. For the first third I rated the cigar at a 92.




The second third (36 minutes) had the same flavors as the first third but the whipping cream notes came back to join the caramel notes. The nutmeg and chocolate continue to be subtle. The flavors mix very well together. The cigar is still medium bodied. The finish is unchanged. The cigar has not changed enough to move it up or down so the second third score remains at 92.




The cigar lasted 57 minutes. In the final third the cigar got a little darker. There were more black coffee notes which took away some of the sweetness. But not a significant amount. I also lost the whipping cream notes. The cigar is still sweet but not quite as sweet as the second third. I rated the final third at 91. This is a good, short cigar with nice flavors. Anyone who is a fan of Tatuaje should like this cigar. You can purchase these cigars HERE.


Overall Score: 91.67

January 12, 2019

Leaf by Esteban (Toro 6 x 52)






Video review HERE.


(Description taken from Cigar-Coop.com website)
The Leaf by Esteban is a collaboration between Leaf  & Bean retail shop owner Jim Robinson and Esteban Disla of Nica Sueno. 

The Leaf by Esteban utilizes an Ecuadorian Habano wrapper over a hybrid wrapper of Jalapa Criollo and Corojo. The fillers come from the growing regions of Estelí, Jalapa, and Condega. The cigar was only produced in one size – a 6 x 52 Toro. The cigar is produced at Fabrica de Tabacos Nica Sueno, the factory co-owned by Disla and Skip Martin. Nica Sueno is also the factory that produces the RoMa Craft Tobac brand.

Leaf by Esteban has been produced on a more limited basis – compared to Leaf by Oscar.  The packaging has changed from the original, with the newer Leaf by Esteban’s having a more rustic look similar to the Leaf by Oscar.


Wrapper: Ecuadorian Habano
Binder: Jalapa Criollo/Corojo Hybrid (Nicaragua)
Filler: Estelí, Jalapa, and Condega (Nicaragua)
Country of Origin: Nicaragua ( Fabrica de Tabacos Nica Sueno)
Toro: 6 x 52



The cigar has an oily wrapper and has a pretty good feel in the hand.





The test draw after cutting the cap was good. The initial flavors at light up were a sweet cedar, brown sugar, a small amount of whipping cream, cinnamon, nutmeg, light leather, and earthy black coffee. There was a nice black pepper which I rated at an 8 and it's very good on the retrohale. 




At the first third (19 minutes) the flavor notes are very close to the initial assessment. In place of the light whipping cream I now got dry cocoa. Not sure how you go from whipping cream to dry cocoa but that's what it was. The other flavor notes are the same. The nutmeg is a creamy, slightly dry type and it's woven all through the other front end flavors and carries over to the finish. The finish is nutmeg, dry cocoa, and brown sugar with a nice amount of lingering black pepper. The cigar is medium bodied at this point. For the first third I rated the cigar at 91.




At the second third (48 minutes) the flavor that keeps bouncing around (whipping cream to dry cocoa) is now a sweet caramel. So now you have a nice sweet cedar with brown sugar and caramel, cinnamon, nutmeg, light leather, and black coffee (not so earthy any more). Actually there are more leather notes in the second third than the first. The finish is now nutmeg, caramel, and a nice amount of lingering black pepper. The cigar is a low grade medium to full bodied. The cigar is nice but nothing spectacular for me. The score, however, remains at a 91 for the second third.




The cigar lasted 1 hour 10 minutes. That's rather short for a 6x52 toro. I thought I'd get a longer burn time. You still had sweet cedar, brown sugar, caramel, dry cocoa (yes, they came back), light leather, nutmeg, black coffee, and nice black pepper. The black pepper was the star of this cigar for me. The cigar is medium to full bodied. The finish was unchanged. For me, the flavors in the final third lost a little something. They were average. This is not a bad cigar but it's just not anything special. I rated the final third at an 89.


Overall Score: 90.33

January 11, 2019

Drew Estate Shipping Herrera Esteli Norteño Edicion Limitada Churchill


Thursday, January 10, 2019 — Miami, FL- Drew Estate announces today it is shipping the Herrera Esteli Norteño Edicion Limitada to Drew Diplomat retailers nationwide.

Originally released in 2015, the Herrera Esteli Norteño showcases extensively aged tobaccos from the Estelí and Jalapa growing regions of Nicaragua, coupled with a spicy Honduran binder and a rich, bold Mexican San Andrés maduro wrapper. This year’s release features cigars rolled in 2016 aged two years using the original molds from the initial production.  Packaged in 15 count boxes, this 7 x 48 box pressed Churchill features a modified blend of the original Norteño allowing for a smoother and complex smoke.

From Little Havana in Miami, Master Blender Willy Herrera notes, “The Norteño Edicion Limitada continues to be one of my favorite projects at Drew Estate. This cigar showcases the complexity in the blending process, requiring tweaks of the classic Norteño blend to really shine in the Churchill Vitola.”

The Herrera Esteli Norteño Edicion Limitada Churchill is available in 15 count boxes with an MSRP of $217.96.

January 06, 2019

Tabernacle Havana Seed CT No. 142 Toro (6 x 52)






Video review HERE.


(Description taken from Cigar-Coop.com website)
At the 2018 IPCPR Trade Show in Las Vegas, Foundation Cigar Company and Nicholas Melillo debuted their American-grown Habano seed offering known as the Tabernacle Havana Seed CT No. 142. The cigar is the second blend under Foundation’s Tabernacle brand.

The Tabernacle Havana Seed No. 142 features a unique a hybrid wrapper grown in Connecticut. In a press release, Melillo commented, “I’ve been working with particular farmers in the valley since 2014 to help optimize the plant’s overall health while maintaining the seeds unbelievable flavor characteristics. The culmination of these efforts involved combining the seed with Havana Seed #38 and Havana Seed #1207, also known as Page-Comstock — The end result is Havana #142.”

Melillo also added that there was an extended fermentation process the Havana #142 leaf required, “While the leaf is incredibly oily and full flavored, the leaf itself is quite thin, making for an extended fermentation process, and at lower heat. The tobacco has been curing for almost 3 years in Nicaragua under the watchful eyes of Abdel Fernandez and myself. The tediousness involved in developing Havana Seed CT #142 is well worth it, as the leaf is incredibly flavorful and unlike any other tobacco in the world.”

In addition to the Havana Seed #142 wrapper, the blend consists of a San Andres Mexican binder and a combination of Nicaraguan and Honduran tobacco — very similar binder and filler components to what is found in the Connecticut Broadleaf portfolio. The cigar is available in four sizes:  Corona, Robusto, Toro, and Double Corona.

The Tabernacle Havana Seed CT No. 142 features similar artwork to the original Broadleaf Tabernacle cigar including an illustration of King Haile Selassie of Ethiopia.


Blend Profile
Wrapper: U.S. Connecticut Havana Seed #142 Grown in Connecticut
Binder: San Andres Mexican
Filler: Nicaraguan (Estelí, Jalapa), Honduran (Jamastran)
Country of Origin: Nicaragua (Tabacalera Fernandez)


Vitolas Available
Corona: 5 1/4 x 46
Robusto: 5 x 50
Toro: 6 x 52 REVIEWED TODAY
Double Corona: 7 x 54



The cigar is extremely well made and has a nice feel in the hand.





The test draw after cutting the cap was good. The initial flavors at light up were chocolate, dark roasted black coffee, nutmeg, and caramel. There are almost buttery notes to the cigar. The cigar has a very smooth flavor to it. There was black pepper noted at a 7. 




At the first third (30 minutes) the flavors have meld together very nicely. As the cigar transitioned through the first third it continued to be very smooth. There are quite a bit of nice chocolate notes, black coffee, caramel making the cigar sweeter, and a creamy nutmeg. The cigar is a high end medium to full bodied at this point. The finish has a lot of aspects of chocolate and some of the caramel. There is a modest amount of lingering black pepper. During the first third the black pepper has moved slightly up on the front end. The first third was very impressive. I rated the first third at a 94.




At the second third (59 minutes) the only things that changed were I got light cedar notes in the front end mix and the cigar reached full bodied status. The other notes were just as previously described. The cigar maintains the smoothness that I've spoken about so much. For a cigar called Connecticut this has little to no Connecticut characteristics. Plus, look how dark the wrapper is. At this point there is no reason to lower (or raise) the score of 94.




The cigar lasted 1 hour 29 minutes. This cigar burned almost perfectly from start to finish. The burn line remained straight and even. In the final third I lost the faint cedar notes. But, with our without them they did not make or break the cigar. The nutmeg notes are very creamy. They are not intrusive but add a nice semi-richness and more smoothness to the overall flavors. The cigar is very full bodied in the final third. The front end flavors are just as previously described; nice chocolate notes with plenty of dark roasted black coffee, caramel, and nutmeg with a nice amount of black pepper. With nothing changing of any consequence I am maintaining the same score of 94 for the final third. This was a very good dark noted cigar with ample sweetness and power. You can purchase these toros HERE and they are also available in singles and 5 packs. All other sizes of the cigar can be purchased HERE.


Overall Score: 94

January 03, 2019

Cubariqueño Cigar Co. announces the release of the Protocol John Doe Series

Cubariqueño Cigar Co. announces the release of the Protocol John Doe Series for ‪BerkeleyHumidor.com‬. John Doe is the name given to unidentified body’s until identification can be made at a later time. The cigars are available in 10 count bundles with pricing set at $75.00 per bundle. The first installment of this series is a limited run of only 300 bundles in a 5 X 50 Robusto size. The project is available now online only. Cubariqueño Cigar Co. does not know the origin and has no other blend information on JOHN DOE until a proper identification can be made and next of kin notified. 

Wrapper- Unknown 
Binder- Unknown 
Filler- Unknown


December 16, 2018

The Top Rated New Cigars of 2018


The Top Rated New Cigars
of
Year end video review HERE.


The reviews for 2018 are in the books. I must say, this was a very good year for new cigars. As you know, I mainly review the new releases each year and this is my year end recap of the best of the best. In total I reviewed 86 cigars this year. Now, I did not get to every cigar released this year but I put a pretty good dent in them.

Don't forget that since most new cigars come out at the IPCPR in July I an still working my way through all the new releases.

Since I expanded my rating scores I had cigars all over the scale. My Top 25 cigars come from scores of 93 or above.

In this post I will show all 86 cigars reviewed with their scores and date reviewed. I am highlighting the top 10 newly released cigars. Links to the Top 10 are provided. A simple search based on the cigar name can be performed to see any review you choose. A link to the Youtube review is shown in each review.

When I look at the list of cigars I am blown away at the number of great cigars I reviewed this year. The list below of my top 25 is solid. I stand behind each rating. In fact, I have purchased boxes of many of my top 25 and will continue to buy them.

Be sure to subscribe to my Youtube channel and you'll get the latest video review as soon as it posts.

As a rule I place year end ratings in numerical order. However this year I had one particular cigar that performed one way during the review and entirely different in later samplings. For this fact it is placed out of numerical order in order to take into account the burn issues I encountered when having numerous other cigars after the review. You will see the note about this below.

I'm not like some reviewers. I won't make you wait to see my number 1 cigar of the year. I will reveal the Top 10 in order, from 1-10. So without further ado here are my Top Rated New Cigars of 2018.


(6 x 54)
Reviewed 12/2/18
Score: 96

Candy-like baby aspirin orange citrus and the apricot preserves are extremely rich and buttery. There are also tons of brown sugar and cinnamon...nutmeg, caramel, and light clean leather. The lower level flavors of black coffee and black pepper are also very nice. The cigar flows from the sweeter notes to the dark notes in a smooth transition. 





(6 3/4 x 43)
Reviewed 7/21/18
Score: 95

Sweet, pink grapefruit which changes to an orange citrus and then to a sweet cedar, ample amounts of cinnamon and brown sugar, white chocolate, and a nice, mild black coffee base. 





(6 x 48)
Reviewed 1/20/18
Score: 95
(debuted in mid to late 2017)

Candy-like orange citrus, cream, cinnamon, brown sugar, honey, heavy leather, and a black coffee base. There was a massive amount of black pepper rated at an 8 1/2. Full bodied.




4
(7 1/4 x 57 Salomon)
Reviewed 11/3/18
Score: 95

Candy-like orange citrus with a lot of brown sugar and cinnamon attached. Those three mix well and are in about the same percentage. There is a touch of nutmeg bridging over to a modest amount of black coffee. At the first third (28 minutes) there are a lot of caramel notes giving the cigar even more sweetness. The second third (1 hour 10 minutes) had light leather notes combining with the nutmeg.



5
(6 1/4 x 52)
Reviewed 10/28/18
Score: 94

Aganorsa Leaf is the formerly named Casa Fernandez. Spiced apple, caramel, nutmeg, brown sugar, cinnamon, and black coffee. There was a nice amount of black pepper which I rated at an 8. The cigar lasted a whopping 2 hours 7 minutes!



6
(7 1/4 x 48)
Reviewed 11/10/18
Score: 94

Pays homage to the classic horror film character, The Bride of Frankenstein. Tangy, sweet orange citrus, lots of brown sugar, a little cinnamon, caramel, nutmeg bridging over to light chocolate fudge and an earthy black coffee. There was black pepper rated at 7 1/2. 


7
(5 1/2 x 52)
Reviewed 8/18/18
Score: 94

Sweet chocolate, brown sugar, tangy citrus, black coffee, and nutmeg. There was nice black pepper which I rated at a 7. 



8
(6 x 52)
Reviewed 12/8/18
Score: 94

Citrus/papaya combination, quite a bit of cinnamon, some brown sugar, molasses, nutmeg, quite a bit of dark roasted black coffee and semi-sweet dark chocolate. There was a nice amount of black pepper which I rated at an 8. 



9
(7 1/2 x 38)
Reviewed 8/4/18
Score: 94

Tangy, sweet orange citrus. It almost tastes like a literal orange! There was also a lot of white chocolate, along with brown sugar and cinnamon, nutmeg. There was a light black coffee base. 



10
Warped Cigars Black Honey 
Youtube review
(5 x 48 Belicoso)
Reviewed 5/26/18
Score: 94
(Re-entered the market in late 2017)

Although this cigar did not come out this year it is new enough to be included.
Honey (rather appropriate), cedar, cinnamon, and nutmeg. A very light black coffee base which could almost be mistaken for a deep, dark brown sugar flavor. The honey is extremely sweet but it is somewhat contained by the nutmeg notes. The cinnamon notes accentuate the honey and the cedar rounds it out.





No. 11 - 25:

11.
Debonaire Maduro Sagita (short lancero) 5 1/2 x 38) 7/8/18
Score: 94

12.
Espinosa Las 6 Provincias LHB (6 x 54) 9/1/18
Score: 93

13.
Espinosa 20th Anniversary (6 x 46 Corona Larga) 11/4/18
Score: 93

14.
Crowned Heads Court Reserve XVIII Sublime (6 x 54) 11/17/18
Score: 93

15.
Serie Gran Reserva 1988 by Warped Cigars (5 1/4 x 50) 10/7/18
Score: 93

16.
Todos Las Dias Double Wide Belicoso (4 3/4 x 50) 1/7/18
Score: 93

17.
My Father Cigars La Gran Oferta Lancero (7 1/2 x 38) 10/14/18
Score: 93

18.
Don Pepin Garcia 15th Anniversary Limited Edition 2018 Toro (6 1/2 x 52) 6/16/18
Score: 93

19.
Protocol Probable Cause Corona Gorda (5 5/8 x 46) 8/11/18
Score: 93

20.
Grimalkin Toro (2018) (6 x 50) 6/23/18 ***
Score: 94

21.
Romeo San Andres Toro (6 x 54) 3/31/18
Score: 93

22.
Sindustry (2018) Lancero (7 x 38) 7/15/18
Score: 93

23.
Crowned Heads Four Kicks Mule Kick Limited Edition 2018 (5 7/8 x 52) 5/13/18
Score: 93

24.
Mi Querida Gordita (4 x 48) 1/14/18
Score: 93

25.
H. Upmann Connecticut Grupo de Maestros Toro (6 x 50) 10/20/18
Score: 93

*** You may notice that the number 20 cigar has a rating of 94. When I reviewed it the cigar burned perfectly. In subsequent samplings the cigar fails to burn properly. Although it draws well it does not stay lit. I have smoked several since the initial review and all have burned badly. They are properly humidified but perhaps they need a long rest to burn properly. For this reason I have dropped their placement in the year end ratings. Although the flavors are amazing the burn issues must be taken into consideration.


Other 93 rated cigars:
Viaje Jalapeno 2018 (4 7/8 x 50) 1/30/18
Macanudo Inspirado Red Robusto (5 x 50) 4/7/18
Perdomo Edicion de Silvio Sun Grown Torpedo (No. 2) (6.1 x 54) 7/28/18


92 rated:
Villiger Cigars La Vencedora Toro (6 x 50) 2/18/18
Archetype Initiation Toro (6 x 52) 3/17/18
Viaje Carolina Reaper (4 7/8 x 50) 4/14/18
CAO Zocalo (6 x 60) 5/19/18
Florida Sun Grown Belicoso (6 1/2 x 54) 6/30/18
Ramon Allones Habano Oscuro Toro (6 x 52) 7/8/18
Protocol Official Misconduct (6 x 50) 8/5/18
Cornelius & Anthony The Mistress Corona Gorda (5 1/2 x 46) Quick Review 8/31/18
Hoyo La Amistad Black Toro (6 1/2 x 52) 11/24/18


91 rated:
Fratello Novetta Atlantis (Boxer) 6 1/4 x 52 3/24/18
David P. Ehrlich Tremont Robusto (5 x 52) 4/15/18
Debonaire Daybreak Toro (6 x 50) 4/28/18
Debonaire Habano Belicoso (6 x 54) 6/9/18
Diesel Whiskey Row Robusto (5 1/2 x 52) 6/24/18
Las Calaveras EL 2018 LC54 (6 x 54) 7/7/18
Illusione OneOff Corona (5 1/2 x 42) 7/29/18
Punch Diablo Diabolus (5 1/4 x 54) 8/12/18
Cornelius & Anthony The Gent Toro (6 x 50) 8/25/18
Balmoral Añejo XO Connecticut Gran Toro (6 x 52) 10/6/18
Montecristo Nicaragua Series No. 2 (6 1/8 x 52) 10/13/18


90 rated:
Fin de Los Mundos Toro by Nomad Cigar Company (6 x 50) 1/6/18
La Flor Dominicana Factory Press 2017 (6 1/2 x 58) 2/10/18
Patina Habano Bronze (Toro 6 x 52) 3/9/18
One Off Piramides by Illusione Cigars (6 1/8 x 52) 7/14/16
Hiram & Solomon Veiled Prophet Monarch (6 x 54) 9/3/18
Joya Silver Toro (6 x 52) 9/29/18
My Father Cigars La Gran Oferta Toro (6 x 50) 9/30/18
Black Label Trading Co. 2018 Morphine lancero (7 ¼ x 42) 9/29/18
Felix Assouline II Saints Perfecto (5 x 52) 11/18/18
Romeo y Julieta 1875 Nicaragua Churchill (7 x 50) 12/1/18


89 rated:
Black Label Trading Co. Deliverance Nocturne Perfecto (5 x 56) 1/28/18
La Madrina Robusto (5 1/4 x 54) 3/30/18
Perez-Carrillo Encore Majestic (5 3/8 x 52) 6/3/18
Black Label Trading Co. 2018 Morphine Robusto (4 1/2 x 50) 9/2/18
La Gloria Cubana Esteli Robusto (4 1/2 x 52) 9/10/18


88 rated:
La Flor Dominicana La Volcada (7 x 48) 1/27/18
Warfighter Cigars Garrison 7.62 Toro (6 x 52) 5/5/18
Joya de Nicaragua Clasico Torpedo (6 x 52) 7/22/18
Cornelius & Anthony The Mistress Toro (6 x 50) 8/26/18
CAO Nicaragua Granada (6 x 50) 9/23/18
Balmoral Anejo XO Gran Toro (6 x 52) 10/21/18


87 rated:
Viaje Holiday Blend Christmas Tree (4 x 60) 1/1/18
Warped Cigars Lirio Rojo 2018 (5 1/2 x 44) 2/4/18
Santa Muerte Short Robusto by Black Label Trading Co. (4 3/4 x 52) 3/25/18
Nomad Signature Toro (6 x 50) 9/22/18
Felix Assouline Havana Sunrise Reserve Prelude (4 3/4 x 52) 11/25/18


86 rated:
Montecristo Epic Craft Cured (6 x 52) 1/13/18
Gilberto Oliva Reserva Robusto (5 x 50) 1/21/18
Leon Jimenes Prestige Churchill (7 x 47) 2/24/18
Southern Draw Rose of Sharon Toro (6 x 52) 3/4/18
Archetype Axis Mundi Robusto (5 x 54) 3/18/18


85 rated:
Gurkha Blendmaster's Cask Toro (6 x 52) 2/3/18
Crux Epicure Toro Extra (6 1/4 x 52) 2/11/18
La Aurora Preferidos Ruby Toro (5 1/2 x 54) 5/6/18
Villiger Cigars San'Doro Maduro toro (6 x 50) 6/10/18
Cohiba Spectre (7 1/4 x 54) 11/23/18


84 rated:
Southern Draw Kudzu Toro (6 x 52) 3/3/18


82 rated:
Warfighter Field 7.62 Robusto (5 x 52) 4/22/18


So there you have it. An impressive list if I do say so myself. Is your favorite on the list? Do you agree with my top cigars listed? Feel free to comment. I am one opinion in a sea of reviewers but I stand firmly on my decisions. I hope you have enjoyed this year's reviews. Be sure to watch any of them on Youtube also. As we slide into a new year I am already looking forward to reviewing a bunch of new cigars that are just waiting to be reviewed. Please come back and join me for brand new reviews starting in early 2019.

December 10, 2018

Drew Estate Now Shipping Herrera Esteli Brazilian Maduro and Repackaged Herrera Esteli Habano and Herrera Esteli Norteno


Monday, December 10, 2018 — Miami, FL- Drew Estate announces the shipping of the Herrera Esteli Brazilian Maduro as well as the repackaged Herrera Esteli Habano and Norteno to retailers nationwide today. The new look for Herrera Esteli and the Brazilian Maduro were introduced at the IPCPR 2018 trade show held in Las Vegas.

The Herrera Esteli Brazilian Maduro features a dense Plantation Grown Mata Fina wrapper, over a Connecticut River Valley Broadleaf binder with fillers from Nicaragua. Manufactured at La Gran Fabrica Drew Estate, the Herrera Esteli Brazilian Maduro was blended by Willy Herrera is presented in 5 vitolas:


Herrera Esteli Brazilian Maduro Robusto Grande 5 ¼ x 52
MSRP $227.94/ Box of 25

Herrera Esteli Brazilian Maduro Toro Especial 6 x 52
MSRP $241.94/ Box of 25

Herrera Esteli Brazilian Maduro Lonsdale 6 x 44
MSRP $231.94/Box of 25

Herrera Esteli Brazilian Maduro
Fino 6 x 52
MSRP $269.94/ Box of 25

Herrera Esteli Brazilian Maduro Short Corona Gorda 5 7/8 x 46 MSRP $203.94/ Box of 25



From Little Havana Miami, Master Blender Willy Herrera, notes, “With the Herrera Esteli Brazilian Maduro, I wanted to bring the Mata Fina to the forefront of this blend. This tobacco has such a unique texture and it showcases the lush floral and earthy notes I wanted to capture in this cigar. In addition, now that the Herrera Esteli line has been repackaged blending modern simplicity with classic Cuban style, it really shines on our retailers’ shelves and brings unity to the brand.”

Each will be presented in unified Herrera Esteli Branding and will now be packaged in 25 count boxes.



Herrera Esteli Habano blend features an Ecuadorian Habano wrapper, Honduran Binder, and filler leaves from Nicaragua, presented in the following core vitolas:




Herrera Esteli Habano
Robusto Grande 5 ¼ x 52
MSRP $227.94/ Box of 25

Herrera Esteli Habano
Toro Especial 6 x 52
MSRP $241.94/ Box of 25

Herrera Esteli Habano
Lonsdale 6 x 44
MSRP $231.94/Box of 25

Herrera Esteli Habano
Piramide Fino 6 x 52
MSRP $269.94/ Box of 25

Herrera Esteli Habano
Short Corona Gorda 5 7/8 x 46 MSRP $203.94/ Box of 25






Herrera Esteli Norteno blend showcases extensively aged tobaccos from the Esteli, and Jalapa growing regions of Nicaragua, coupled with a spicy Honduran Binder, and a rich, bold Mexican San Andrés maduro wrapper in the following core vitolas:




Herrera Esteli Norteno
Robusto Grande 5 ¼ x 54
MSRP $227.94/ Box of 25

Herrera Esteli Norteno
Toro Especial 6 x 52
MSRP $241.94/ Box of 25

Herrera Esteli Norteno
Lonsdale 6 x 44
MSRP $231.94/Box of 25

Herrera Esteli Norteno Piramide Fino 5 x 50
MSRP $269.94/ Box of 25

Herrera Esteli Norteno
Short Corona Gorda 5 7/8 x 46 MSRP $203.94/ Box of 25




The Herrera Esteli Habano, Norteno and Brazilian Maduro are shipping to retailers today. The Herrera Esteli Miami will be shipping in January.

December 08, 2018

Sin Compromiso Seleccion no. 2 (6 x 52)









Video review HERE.


(Description taken from Cigar-Coop.com website)
The new release from Dunbarton Tobacco & Trust is Sim Compromiso. It is the first box-pressed blend to be released by Steve Saka.

“Sin Compromiso is the result of over three years’ of experimental black tobacco harvests in Mexico, Ecuador and Nicaragua and the culmination of my experiences as a cigar blender,” stated Saka in a press release. “The marquee’s name translates to ‘no compromise’ and that is the exact approach I took when creating this cigar. This blend is a direct reflection of all the skills I have learned and developed over the last twenty plus years and I am genuinely excited to share it with my fellow cigar smokers.”

The blend features a San Andrés Negro “Cultivo Tonto” wrapper, a hybridized “Thin Ligero” Ecuadorian Habano wrapper, and ndependent plantation grown Nicaraguan filler. The cigar is produced at the Joya de Nicaragua S.A. facility in Nicaragua

Sin Compromiso will initially be offered in five soft-box pressed sizes presented in 13-count matte lacquered boxes. The five sizes include:  Selección No. 2 Torpedo (6 x 52), Selección No. 5 Parejo (6 x 54), Selección No. 7 Parejo (7 x 56), Selección “Intrépido” (5 5/8 x 46) and the Selección “Espada Estoque” (7 x 44). Pricing will have an MSRP in the range of $15.95 to $18.45 USD. Each vitola is sleeved in Spanish Cedar.



Blend Profile
Wrapper: San Andrés Negro “Cultivo Tonto”
Binder: Hybridized Ecuador Habano “Thin Ligero”
Filler: Independent Plantation Grown Nicaraguan
Country of Origin: Nicaragua (Joya de Nicaragua)


Vitolas Available
Selección No. 2 Torpedo: 6 x 52 REVIEWED TODAY
Selección No. 5 Parejo 6 x 54
Selección No. 7 Parejo 7 x 56
Selección “Intrépido” 5 5/8 x 46
Selección “Espada Estoque”: 7 x 44




The cigar is box pressed and very dark. Even the foot shows how dark the filler tobacco is. 





The test draw after cutting the torpedo cap was good but I decided to use the PerfecDraw tool to make it "perfect".  The initial flavors at light up were a citrus/papaya combination, quite a bit of cinnamon, some brown sugar, nutmeg, quite a bit of dark roasted black coffee and semi-sweet dark chocolate. There was a nice amount of black pepper which I rated at an 8. The cigar is very dark noted but there are nice sweeter notes to counteract them.




About one inch in (15 minutes) the cigar settled down to some different flavors; cedar, cinnamon, brown sugar, nutmeg, molasses, dark chocolate, black coffee. The finish is a nutmeg/caramel type flavor with a nice amount of lingering black pepper. 




At the first third (31 minutes) the flavors are very much the way they were once the cigar settled down. There is a marked increase in the nutmeg. It seems to be a creamy nutmeg. There are caramel notes that underlie the cedar/cinnamon combination. The molasses notes are fainter than they were at the one inch point. The dark chocolate and the black coffee are still somewhat prominent. The cigar is medium to full bodied. The finish has aspects of nutmeg and dark chocolate with very light caramel notes at this point. The lingering black pepper remains nice. The cigar continues to be very dark noted. This is a good dark noted cigar. For the first third I rate the cigar a 94.




At the 2/3 point (1 hour 2 minutes) the front end flavor has reverted back to more of a citrus with aspects of a citrus peel. When those combine with the cinnamon and increased brown sugar you get an interesting flavor. The caramel helps with the overall sweetness. The nutmeg is still there to bridge the sweeter and darker flavors. The overall sweetness is somewhat subtle and not in your face but it's not light. The dark chocolate and black coffee remain somewhat prominent. The black pepper is still very good but somewhat toned down. I would say it's more of a 7 at this point. The finish is unchanged. The cigar is a low grade full bodied. The cigar is interesting. It is so dark noted but it has interesting sweeter notes. For the second third I maintained the score of 94.




The cigar lasted 1 hour 30 minutes. In the final third the flavors remained about the same but there was a slight loss in overall sweetness. There was an elevation in the dark notes and the nutmeg which toned down the sweeter notes. The cigar is full bodied. The finish changed a little. It became one of nutmeg and dark chocolate. The lingering black pepper was pretty consistent and very good all the way through. The dark notes outweigh the sweeter notes; 55-45. There is a lot of internet hype about this cigar and for good reason. It is a very good cigar. For the final third I rated the cigar a 93.


Overall Score: 94 (93.67)