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September 23, 2021

ATL Cigar Co Announces the ATL Magic

ATL Cigar Co (www.atlcigar.co) announces the launch of its fourth line of cigars, the ATL Magic.  To be released to ATL Cigar Co’s network of 50+ premium cigar retailers on October 16, 2021, the ATL Magic celebrates a city full of passion and mystery, gems and ghosts.   

A single 6x54 vitola created in partnership with Master Blender Luciano Meirelles of Ace Prime - Tabacalera Pichardo in Esteli, (Mil Dias, Luciano The Dreamer, The Traveler, and many others), the ATL Magic features a unique flavor and aroma developed using different fillers of Nicaragua, including the very special Pueblo Nuevo region.  

While Pueblo Nuevo contributes the dominant features of the cigar, long fillers from Esteli and Jalapa also contribute to a rounded, sweet and earthy flavor profile.  A San Andres wrapper caps off this complex, medium-plus blend, adding another chapter to the ATL story.

ATL Magic will ship in October in bundles of 10 and boxes of 20, and retail for $9.75.

Leroy Lamar, President of ATL Cigar Co, commented on the launch: “Working with Luciano Meirelles has been a distinct pleasure for me and our team.  Our shared values - from proper fermentation of the leaf to financial and social support of the farmers and production team - give us great hope for the future of our partnership with Luciano and the Ace Prime - Tabacalera Pichardo family.”

Luciano Meirelles added, “We have very few private labels we are working with, however the ATL Cigar team’s passion for people and for Atlanta culture is contagious.  Although they are a relatively new brand, ATL Cigar Co demonstrates a passion for doing things in the time-honored tradition of premium cigars. It’s not hard to see why they’ve grown so fast in their first year in the industry.”

Learn more about the creation of the ATL Magic: https://youtu.be/e6ttyuAodC4  

About ATL Cigar Company

ATL Cigar Company is committed to bringing diverse groups of people together around a shared premium cigar experience. With unique blends developed in partnership with leading tobacco farms and factories, we believe the country's greatest cigar city deserves its own line of great cigars.  With a retail footprint of more than 50 stores that is growing on a weekly basis, ATL Cigar Company is poised to be one of the fastest-growing boutique cigar brands of 2022.

September 22, 2021

HUMIDIFGROUP USA TO UNVEIL NEW SMART PACKAGING TECHNOLOGY BY WAY OF FERIO TEGO CIGAR CO.




HumidifGroup USA, a world leader in luxury packaging, design, and accessories for the tobacco industry brings to the public its new Smart Packaging technology, in conjunction with the launch of Ferio Tego Cigar Co. Ferio Tego Cigar Co. is the latest venture for Michael Herklots, former executive at Nat Sherman. The Smart Packaging technology enhances the consumer experience by way of NFC technology. Smart Packaging immerses the end-user with information, slick videos, and education with a simple tap of the phone. HumidifGroup is the first packaging company to create this technology the tobacco industry.



With more than 30 years in market, HumidifGroup felt it was time to embrace the latest in technology. HumidifGroup USA ushers in this technology by embedding an NFC chip within the cigar box or cigar accessory that is created for their customer. With a simple TAP of a smartphone, Smart packaging tech offers the most secure authentication system and opens a wide channel for the customer’s experience and interaction. Users will enjoy amazing features such as VR, AR, pairing notes, tap to reorder and much more. The new Ferio Tego Cigar Co. brand will be the first to market with HumidifGroup Smart Packaging technology.

Ferio Tego Cigar Co., the brainchild of Michael Herklots and Brandon Scott who are both former Nat Sherman Executives. Ferio Tego Cigar Co. wanted to introduce their brand in a new and innovative way, to further connect with the consumer. With a simple tap of your iPhone on the Ferio Tego Cigar Co. box will open a browser that showcases video, cigar descriptions, and company information.

Michael Herklots, Principle of Ferio Tego Cigars said:” Smart Packaging by HumidifGroup allows us to control our messaging and ensure that we are communicating clearly to our audience. Packaging is an important part of the Ferio Tego Experience. Smart packaging technology allows collectors to receive real-time information and communication about Ferio Tego and our products. Our retail partners work tirelessly to run their businesses, a challenge made only greater these last 18 months. Smart packaging allows us to assist them, keeping the most helpful details and stories of Ferio Tego right on the product itself, delivered straight to a smart phone.”

Smart Packaging solution turns the product into a powerful digital platform and enables logistics optimization. HumidifGroup feels strongly that their Smart Packaging technology will change the way the cigar industry does business.


Videos: 

Augmented reality

Smart packaging

Interactive Shop

Product authentication

Tap to reorder


September 21, 2021

Viaticum 2021 Toro (6 x 48 Box Pressed)







Video review HERE.


(Description taken from Cigar-coop.com website)

At the 2021 Premium Cigar Association (PCA) Trade Show, Oveja Negra Brands showcased the 2021 edition of its Black Label Trading Company Last Rites Viaticum. This year’s edition will introduce two new vitolas into the limited-edition line.

Viaticum was introduced two years ago at the IPCPR Trade Show. It was a cigar introduced to commemorate Black Label Trading Company’s sixth anniversary. It’s an offshoot of Black Label Trading Company’s Last Rites line. Viaticum uses the same tobaccos as Last Rites, but uses different proportions and incorporates different primings.

The blend features an Ecuadorian Maduro wrapper over a Honduran Habano binder and a combination of Nicaraguan and Honduran tobacco. It was introduced in 2019 in a 5 x 54 box press. For 2021, Viaticum brings in two new box-pressed sizes – a 6 x 48 Toro and a 6 3/4 x 40 Lancero. 


Blend and Origin

Country of Origin: Nicaragua

Wrapper: Ecuadorian Maduro

Binder: Honduran Habano

Filler: Nicaraguan, Honduran

Country of Origin: Nicaragua

Factory: Fabrica Oveja Negra


Vitolas Offered

Robusto: 5 x 54 (Box Press)

Toro: 6 x 48 (Box Press) REVIEWED TODAY

Lancero: 6 3/4 x 40 (Box Press)



The cigar is a nice box press and very dark. I chose this size because of it's smaller ring. It has an average to light feel in the hand.




The test draw after cutting the cap was very good. The initial flavors at light up were a nice tangy cedar with orange citrus, a caramel/toffee mix, nutmeg, and a generous amount of black coffee. There was a large amount of black pepper rated at 8 to 8 1/2. A very nice, sweet, dark noted start.



At the first third (21 minutes) the flavors are exactly like I described them initially. The cigar is medium to full bodied and it seems to be moving up. The finish is cedar, brown sugar, nutmeg, and a little black coffee. The lingering black pepper is very good. The cigar is very tasty at this point. I rated the first third 95.




As I moved through the second third (40 minutes) I lost the tangy orange citrus but the cedar is still there along with the caramel/toffee, nutmeg, and quite a bit of black coffee. The black pepper is still up around 8. The finish is unchanged and it still has very nice lingering black pepper. The cigar is now full bodied. The cigar lost just a slight amount due to the loss of the citrus notes. I rated the second third 94.




The cigar lasted 59 minutes. The citrus notes made a little comeback. The cigar is back to a nice sweetness and the black coffee dropped back to it's previous amount. I now had some tangy citrus/cedar notes, toffee/caramel, light nutmeg, and black coffee. The cigar is full bodied. The finish is unchanged. This is a fantastic cigar. I rated the final third 95. I can definitely recommend this cigar and I feel sure any of the other sizes are just as good.




Overall Score: 94.67

September 20, 2021

Drew Estate Announces Bitcoin Sweepstakes*



Drew Estate is about to make someone a whole lot richer!!! During its latest Freestyle Live show on the company’s Facebook Live page (facebook.com/drewestatecigar), Drew Estate announced that it will hold a Bitcoin Sweepstakes, with numerous incredible prizes during upcoming Freestyle Live events, including a Grand Prize of one full Bitcoin for a lucky fan to be announced during the Feb. 17, 2022, edition of Freestyle Live.

Entry into the unheralded Drew Estate Bitcoin Sweepstakes is simple. During each of the company’s three upcoming Freestyle Live events—Oct. 15 and Nov. 11 in 2021, and Jan. 20, 2022—the company will randomly select the names of five people who attend the online show and comment during specific times in each broadcast as potential winners of an assortment of fantastic prizes. The five winners from each of these three shows will create the contestant pool of 15 people eligible to win the Grand Prize Bitcoin. At the conclusion of the Feb. 17, 2022 edition of Freestyle Live, the Grand Prize winner will be randomly selected from this group.

Created in January 2009, Bitcoin is the largest and best-known cryptocurrency. As of mid-September 2021, a full Bitcoin was worth around $46,000! Those who have kept an eye on Bitcoin over the years know that its price can be volatile and can go way up or way down with little warning. While it is impossible to predict what Bitcoin’s value will be on Feb. 17, 2022, when Drew Estate holds the random drawing for the Grand Prize, one lucky Drew Estate fan will have a chance to get in on the action with one full Bitcoin of his or her own!

“Drew Estate’s primary mission in our 25 years has been our authentic, groundbreaking and never-ending pursuit of improving the quality of peoples’ lives by encouraging them to be themselves and celebrate diversity and individuality together,” says Jonathan Drew, Founder and President of Drew Estate. “Through the manifestation of revolutionary cigars like ACID and Liga Privada, as well as groundbreaking experiences we enjoy with our loyal fans at events such as Barn Smoker or Cigar Safari, we’ve become part of so many wonderful people’s lives, building our dream of ‘The Rebirth of Cigars.’ Drew Estate’s Bitcoin Sweepstakes is an unprecedented pathway for us to continue the development of peer-to-peer, decentralized love of the premium leaf and passion for our time-honored tradition. We know how to keep the fire burning and keep the DJ spinnin’.”

Each of the upcoming Freestyle Live shows will be aired on Drew Estate’s Facebook Live page (facebook.com/drewestatecigar) beginning at 7 p.m. Eastern, and the sweepstakes entry period during each show will be early in the broadcast. Visit https://drewestate.com/freestylelivebitcoingiveawaytermsandconditions/ for official rules and entry details, and make sure to show up on time for Freestyle Live! Always interactive and entertaining, Freestyle Live shows last for approximately two hours and offer previews of Drew Estate’s new cigars, swag, events and other surprises, as well as sweepstakes and contests for both consumers and premium retailers. Be sure to tune in on Oct. 15 and Nov. 11, 2021, and Jan. 20, 2022, to learn all that’s new at Drew Estate and participate for a chance to win a Bitcoin.

*NO PURCHASE OR PAYMENT NECESSARY TO ENTER OR WIN. Open to legal residents of the 50 U.S./D.C. (excluding MA & MI), age 21+. Void where prohibited. Entry Periods start at 7:00 PM ET and end at 07:45 PM ET on 10/15/21, 11/11/21 and 01/20/22. ARV of all prizes: $71,585.24. Odds of being selected an Entry Period Prize winner will depend on the number of eligible entries received per Entry Period. Finalist’s odds of winning Grand Prize: 1:15.: One (1) entry per person per Entry Period. For full Official Rules, click here. Sponsor: SWI-DE, LLC, 12415 SW 136th Ave Suite 7 Miami, FL 33186.

CASA CUEVAS CIGARS REBRANDS THE CASA CUEVAS PRENSADO BRAND

Casa Cuevas Cigars announces that the Casa Cuevas Prensado line has added a secondary band to distinguish the Prensado from the Casa Cuevas core line of cigars.  The Casa Cuevas Prensado line features a Habano and a Maduro version.


Launched in 2017, the Casa Cuevas Prensado is a follow up to the Casa Cuevas core line of cigars. The addition of the secondary band will further distinguish this from the original Casa Cuevas core line.

Luis Cuevas President of Casa Cuevas Cigars said, “Because the Prensado is a 6 X 48, we felt that it was too similar in gauge to our Toro, which is 6 X 50.  Thus, after much feedback on this issue from retailers and consumers, we knew it was time to accentuate the branding so as to fully distinguish the Prensado from the Toro when a consumer is simply looking at the layout of the cigars within a box.  The Prensados, or box-pressed cigars, are a personal favorite of my father, my son, and I.   We look forward to getting behind the Casa Cuevas Prensado and re-introducing the line in this new way.”

Although blended in the same manner as the Casa Cuevas Core line of Maduros and Habanos, the Prensado really accentuates the flavor of the wrapper and binder since less filler is used in order to press the cigar into its rectangular shape.  Additionally, Master Blender Luis Cuevas, Sr. believes in making sure that box-pressed cigars are pressed for enough time to maintain their shape. Which means these cigars take longer to roll out to market than their traditionally shaped counterparts. 

Luis Cuevas, Sr. states, “Prensado cigars need adequate time being pressed.  This is non-negotiable in our factory.  Perfection takes time.”

The Casa Cuevas Prensado Habano is composed of an Ecuadorian Habano wrapper, Nicaraguan binder, and Dominican/Nicaraguan fillers.  




The Casa Cuevas Prensado Maduro is composed of a Mexican San Andreas Maduro wrapper, Nicaraguan binder, and Dominican/Nicaraguan filler. 



Both blends are made in the Cuevas family-owned Las Lavas Cigar Factory located in Santiago, Dominican Republic.

Both blends are available in one size, a 6X48 box pressed.

MSRP:

Casa Cuevas Habano: $8.20

Casa Cuevas Maduro: $8.40

The newly branded Casa Cuevas Prensado’s started shipping at the beginning of September.



September 19, 2021

Sensei’s Sensational Sarsaparilla (5 1/2 x 52 Belicoso)





Video review HERE.


(Description taken from Cigar-coop.com website)

Sensei’s Sensational Sarsaparilla, a collaboration released by Espinosa Cigars in conjunction with Cigar Dojo, is returning. This time Sarsaparilla will be returning as an ongoing national release. The cigar launched at the 2021 Premium Cigar Association Trade Show.

Sarsaparilla made its debut in 2014 as was actually the second Cigar Dojo collaboration. Sarsaparilla was a very popular beverage in the old west and was often believed to be a remedy for a number of health conditions. Sarsaparilla is a drink that is still popular today because of its distinct and complex flavor.  Cigar Dojo founder Eric Guttormson said the name was derived because the cigar exhibits the flavor of the beverage.

The original blend and original size for the Sarsaparilla also return. The blend features a San Andres Mexican wrapper over a Nicaraguan binder and filler. The cigars come in one size – a 5 1/2 x 52 belicoso (there was a 6 x 50 size done in 2016).

While the original Sarsaparilla was packaged in bundles and sold through Famous Smoke Shop, the 2021 edition will be packaged in ten-count boxes and sold nationally at Espinosa retailers. The cigar will be an ongoing limited release with the first shipment is slated for August 20, 2021. Pricing is set at $10.00 per cigar or $99.95 per box.


Blend and Origin:

Wrapper: Mexican San Andrés

Binder: Nicaragua

Filler: Nicaragua (Condega | Estelí)

Country of Origin: Nicaragua

Factory: La Zona


Vitolas Offered:

Belicoso: 5 1/2 x 52


The cigar is well made and dark brown. It has an average or above feel in the hand.




The test draw after cutting the cap was good. The initial flavors at light up were licorice, vanilla, brown sugar, nutmeg, and white pepper rated at 7. The lingering white pepper is already showing it's presence and it's nice. The flavor notes are somewhat like the sarsaparilla drink initially.



At the first third (39 minutes) another flavor associated with sarsaparilla appeared; wintergreen. It's primarily on the finish. The front end flavors are like they were initially; licorice, light vanilla, brown sugar, and nutmeg. The wintergreen is light on the finish with licorice and brown sugar. The lingering white pepper is pretty good. The cigar is medium bodied. The flavors are nice but very unusual. I rated the first third 92.




Moving through the second third (1 hour 2 minutes) I had light licorice, brown sugar, and a lot of an earthy black coffee. The finish is wintergreen and light nutmeg. The wintergreen is very prominent on the finish, not on the front end. The cigar jumped to full bodied in the second third. This cigar is quite different from other cigars I've reviewed. It almost catches you off guard. But due to the elevation of black coffee in the second third I rated the cigar 90 at this point.




The cigar lasted 1 hour 32 minutes. A good burn time. In the final third I had light licorice, nutmeg, light brown sugar, and wintergreen. It finally appeared on the front end. The finish is heavy wintergreen. There is a nice amount of lingering white pepper. The cigar is full bodied. The flavors in this cigar are very unique that will appeal to a lot of people but it didn't really grab me. I rated the final third 91. It made a slight improvement. Even though it's not something that I typically gravitate toward it's well worth trying. If you're looking for something out of the norm this is it.




Overall Score: 91

September 18, 2021

The American Double Robusto by JC Newman (5 1/2 x 56)





Video review HERE.


(Description provided by JC Newman)

Handcrafted in J.C. Newman’s historic El Reloj cigar factory in the “Cigar City” of Tampa, Florida, The American is the first 100% all-American cigar.  This new vitola (5.5” x 56) is the thickest The American cigar to date.  It is packed in boxes of 20 with a suggested retail price of $17.50.

“The United States has a rich tradition of cigar making dating back to the first crop of tobacco planted in Virginia in 1612,” said Drew Newman, fourth generation owner of J.C. Newman.  “Cigar tobacco was grown in every American Colony and many Founding Fathers, including George Washington and Thomas Jefferson, were tobacco farmers.”

The American is rolled with an exclusive Florida Sungrown wrapper, a Connecticut Broadleaf binder, and a blend of Connecticut Havana and Pennsylvania Mennonite filler tobaccos.  With a thicker ring guage, the Double Robusto has an extra leaf of Pennsylvania ligero tobaccos, making it the strongest The American cigar.  All of the packaging, from the wood in the cigar boxes, to the paper for cigar labels, to the cellophane that protects each cigar, is made in the United States as well.

Cigar enthusiasts who visit J.C. Newman’s 111-year-old El Reloj cigar factory in Tampa can see The American being rolled and learn about the history of American cigar making in the J.C. Newman Cigar Museum. 



The cigar looks nice and has a nice feel in the hand.




The test draw after cutting the cap was good with a touch of firmness. The initial flavors at light up were cedar, light citrus, citrus peel, creamy nutmeg, leather, and black pepper rated at 7 1/2. Nice start.



At the first third (28 minutes) some things have changed. There are still notes of citrus peel, brown sugar, leather, nutmeg, and black coffee. The finish is leather and nutmeg with good lingering black pepper. The cigar is medium bodied at this point. The cigar is not quite as sweet as it was at the outset because it had citrus notes. I rated the first third 92.




As I moved through the second third (56 minutes) the darker notes of leather and black coffee rose just a little. The citrus peel is still there but the brown sugar suffered just a bit. The cigar is medium to full bodied. The finish is unchanged. I rated the second third 91.




The cigar lasted 1 hour 14 minutes. In the final third the cigar made a rather large move up. The citrus notes came back, the black pepper elevated to an 8+, and the cigar reached full bodied. All good things. The black coffee and leather fell back in line allowing the other notes to come back out and the addition of citrus notes really helped. I rated the final third 93. For comparison, the toro version I reviewed on March 20th received a score of 92.33. This cigar is just about as good. I'd call them pretty even.




Overall Score: 92

September 17, 2021

Drew Estate Launches Deadwood Leather Rose Petite Corona



Leather Rose, the boldest of the four bewitching Deadwood sisters, is showing off a new side of her sultry personality with Drew Estate’s launch of the Deadwood Leather Rose Petite Corona (4 x 43). The latest tale in the Deadwood saga, Leather Rose Petite Corona was revealed during Drew Estate’s Freestyle Live on facebook.com/drewestatecigar on Sept. 16 and will be available nationwide beginning in October.



According to legend, Leather Rose rode back into the town of Deadwood and reunited with her sisters Sweet Jane, Fat Bottom Betty, and Crazy Alice, after leaving with one of her richest clients for parts unknown. Some say she made her fortune robbing banks before rejoining her sisters in Deadwood’s most notorious brothel.



The spiciest of the Deadwood ladies, Leather Rose features a rich maduro wrapper around an aromatic and exotic blend of aged dark air-cured tobaccos that offers an enchanting bold and sweet profile with notes of cedar, oak, white pepper and earth that will leave you longing for more.



From Sag Harbor, N.Y., Jonathan Drew, Drew Estate’s Founder and President, comments, “The four sisters of Deadwood are a notorious bunch of mysterious, wild, rebellious and provocative ladies whose infamous tales from the Old West are revealed with every puff of their captivating cigars. Like Leather Rose herself, Leather Rose Petite Corona is a sidewinder of a cigar that’s bad to the bone. She will capture our hearts but will never be owned. She’ll keep you warm during these crisp Autumn nights, but she’ll prove once again that love is for suckers, but cigars are for lovers.”

Shipping to retailers nationwide beginning in October, Deadwood Leather Rose Petite Corona will be presented in 24-count boxes and will have an MSRP of $166.74/box or $6.95/cigar.

LA GLORIA CUBANA PRESENTS CRIOLLO DE ORO



La Gloria Cubana presents “Criollo de Oro,” a new, limited edition collection named after the hybrid varietal developed by crossing two Cuban seed tobaccos: the versatile Criollo ’98 with the rare Cuban seed Pelo de Oro.

The new, two-cigar collection is handcrafted by artisans at the El Credito Cigar Factory in Santiago, D.R. and will ship to retailers in October. Only 3,100 boxes in total will be released.

La Gloria Cubana Criollo De Oro begins with the proprietary Criollo de Oro wrapper grown in the humid microclimate of Mao, Dominican Republic. There, in the island nation’s picturesque Cibao Valley, the sungrown leaf matures with abundant natural oils that contribute to the cigar’s uniquely robust characteristics.

To achieve the finely balanced, medium-bodied profile, the artisans of La Gloria Cubana have punctuated the rich Criollo de Oro wrapper with a hearty Connecticut Broadleaf binder, and a blend of Nicaraguan and Honduran filler tobaccos. The result is a provocative smoke that celebrates the nuances of the wrapper, layering it with notes of tobacco sweetness, earth, cedar and citrus. A slightly spicy aroma lends an added dimension to the experience.

Steve Abbot, senior brand manager for La Gloria Cubana, commented, “We created Criollo de Oro in the La Gloria Cubana in the tradition of blending proprietary and traditional tobaccos to deliver exciting smoking experiences. Our artisans have delivered a cigar with a distinctive taste profile, crafted according to the brand’s meticulous standards. We’re confident that Criollo de Oro will appeal to a wide range of discerning premium cigar enthusiasts.”

Criollo de Oro features an art deco-inspired band that highlights the brand’s iconic Lady La Gloria marque and carries the imagery to its elegant, dark wood-toned box.

Criollo de Oro Toro (5.75” x 54); SRP per cigar $10.49

Criollo de Oro Churchill (7” x 48); SRP per cigar $10.99



Black Label Trading Co. releases ARAPOSA as a Fox Cigar Bar exclusive



Black Label Trading Company (BLTC) is pleased to announce the release of ARAPOSA as a Fox Cigar Bar exclusive; hand crafted at Fabrica Oveja Negra in Esteli, Nicaragua.

"Araposa is dark, rich and extremely well balanced. This cigar has bold flavors and just the right amount of spice on the retro hale. The flavors of black cherry, anise and bitter cocoa let you know this is a Black Label cigar. The Nicaraguan fillers are topped with an Ecuadorian Habano binder and wrapped in both Mexican San Andrés and Ecuador Corojo," says James Brown, creator of BLTC and partner at Fabrica Oveja Negra.

ARAPOSA will be available at Fox Cigar Bar in Arizona.

Country of Origin: Nicaragua

Wrapper: San Andrés and Ecuador Corojo

Binder: Ecuador Habano

Filler: Nicaraguan

Robusto – 5.5 x 54 Box Press (10 count pack)

September 16, 2021

The 2021 Exclusive Liga Privada Unico Serie Pancetta Edition Coming to Barrister Cigars and Wooden Indian Tobacco Shop



The 2021 edition of Drew Estate’s Liga Privada Unico Serie Pancetta will soon be available exclusively at Wooden Indian Tobacco Shop in Havertown, Pa., and Barrister Cigars in Union, N.J. The cigar will be available at the two retail locations beginning on Oct. 1.

The Liga Privada Unico Serie Pancetta (4 ¾ x 50, Short Belicoso) is a savory, spicy and hearty cigar that embodies elements of two powerhouse blends in the Liga Privada family. The cigar features the same Connecticut Stalk-Cut and Stalk-Cured Habano capa that wraps the Liga Privada T52; and it utilizes the same bold Brazilian Mata Fina capote and intense Nicaraguan and Honduran tripa leaves that are used for the Liga Privada Unico Serie Feral Flying Pig. This year’s edition of Liga Privada Unico Serie Pancetta features a second band on the foot that identifies it as an exclusive release for 2021.

From Sag Harbor, N.Y., Drew Estate’s Founder and President, Jonathan Drew, says, “Two of the first retailers to believe in our vision for Liga Privada and support our story of Stalk-Cut and Stalk-Cured tobaccos from the Connecticut River Valley were our close friends at Wooden Indian and Barrister. Their love and passion for Liga Privada is matched only by the deep, rich, commanding and authoritative presence of this bangin’ cigar.”

“We are proud to bring you the Liga Privada Pancetta for the third annual release,” David Mayer, the owner of Wooden Indian Tobacco Shop, shares. “Thank you to Drew Estate for making this possible and the community for supporting us through this difficult year and a half. #DE4L.”

Barrister Cigars’ owner, David Mallow, adds, “Pancetta is the perfect marriage of the best Liga Privada has to offer. It’s Feral Flying Pig blend with a T52 wrapper in a Short Belicoso size. The boldness of the Feral Flying Pig filler and binder paired with the tastiness of the Stalk-Cut and Stalk-Cured Habano wrapper really shines in the Short Belicoso format. Dave Mayer and I couldn’t be happier with the blend selected for our Liga Privada Lounge Exclusive cigars.”

The Liga Privada Unico Pancetta will be available in 24-count boxes with an MSRP of $299.00/box, or $12.46/cigar. They will be sold exclusively at Wooden Indian Tobacco Shop and Barrister Cigars beginning on Oct. 1. The cigars may be ordered from Wooden Indian Tobacco Shop via its website at woodenindiantobacco.com; or they may be purchased from Barrister Cigars by calling 908-964-3000.

September 14, 2021

All Saints Dedicación Mitre (5 x 54 Round Torpedo)





Video review HERE.


(Description taken from Halfwheel.com website)

All Saints Cigars was started on November 1, 2019, which happens to be All Saints Day. It was started by Micky Pegg, Frank Layo and Martin Corboy.

This year they are adding a vitola to their inaugural line named Dedicación. The new vitola is called Mitre. It is a 5 x 54 round torpedo that will have an MSRP of $9.95 and is also sold in boxes of 20. This line is also made at Rocky Patel Premium Cigars, Inc.’s TAVICUSA factory in Estelí, Nicaragua. The cigar uses a Mexican San Andrés wrapper over a Nicaraguan binder and fillers from Nicaragua.


The cigar is nice looking and features a pointed cap with an abrupt transition. The cigar has a nice feel in the hand.




The test draw after cutting the cap was pretty good but I used the PerfecDraw tool to open the draw a bit. The initial flavors at light up were a lot of citrus peel, a minor amount of orange citrus, some brown sugar, a thick, chunky nutmeg, and a very earthy black coffee. There was black pepper rated at 7 1/2 to 8. A rather dark start with some sweetness.



At the first third (27 minutes) the cigar is burning very evenly. There is a little more sweetness at this stage. The citrus peel is not quite as prominent. There is a little more of an actual orange citrus with brown sugar. There are also some toffee notes. The nutmeg is still there and it's in abundance but it's held in check somewhat by the uptick in sweetness. There is still plenty of earthy black coffee. The finish is quite a bit of nutmeg with a minor amount of toffee with pretty good lingering black pepper. The cigar is medium bodied at this point. I rated the first third 92.




Moving through the second third (53 minutes) the cigar turned much darker. The black coffee became elevated. All the notes are still in play but the coffee notes are cloaking some of the sweeter notes. The cigar is medium to full bodied. The finish is nutmeg, black coffee, and a thread or two of toffee. I rated the second third 90.




The cigar lasted 1 hour 9 minutes. The cigar managed to get back a little of the sweetness it had in the first third. The black coffee toned down a little. The finish is unchanged. The cigar reached full bodied. This is a nice cigar. Worth a try. I rated the final third 91.




Overall Score: 91

JR Cigar to Release Oliva Serie V Melanio JR 50th



BURLINGTON, N.C. – One of the highest rated and beloved cigars in the industry will be joining the JR Cigar 50th Anniversary Series with its first ever rounded size for the U.S.

The Oliva Serie V Melanio, a special tweaked version of the Oliva Serie V was first introduced in 2012. Since then, it has been one of the most consistently ranked cigars in the industry, garnering several 90+ ratings and a Cigar Aficionado #1 Cigar of the Year award in 2014. Up to now, all Melanio releases in the U.S. have been in the box-pressed format.

For this special Anniversary Series, Oliva has brought a rounded, parejo vitola to the American market for the first time. “Oliva is honored to be a part of the 50th anniversary celebration of JR Cigar,” says Cory Bappert, CEO of Oliva Cigars. “We felt it was fitting to do a special size from our most prestigious line to commemorate such a historic occasion.”   



The Oliva Serie V Melanio JR 50th is hand rolled at Tabacalera Oliva de Nicaragua S.A. It uses aged Nicaraguan tobaccos for both the filler and binder. This is followed by a rich and flavorful Ecuadorian Sumatra wrapper. Notes of dark chocolate, coffee and cedar combine for a rich yet refined smoking experience. 

The cigar is rolled into a rounded 6X50 Toro, the first rounded Melanio ever released in the U.S. These magnificent cigars are packaged in boxes of 10. Notably, this is a limited run project.  

Priced at $15.00 per cigar; $127.50 per box, this cigar will be available September 15 exclusively at www.JRCigars.com.