November 24, 2020

JOYA NINJARAGUA: A BLEND FOR A HIGHER RANK


THE PREMIER COLLABORATION BETWEEN CIGAR DOJO AND JOYA DE NICARAGUA

Tuesday, November 24, 2020 — "Ninjaragua, the legendary status achieved by ninjas when they have become authentic Nicaraguan cigar warriors. To become a Ninjaragua is to achieve a higher-level spiritual state." Dojoverse Wisdom.

Joya Ninjaragua is the premier collaboration that embodies the innovative spirit of two pioneers in the industry that by themselves have ignited popular imagination: Cigar Dojo, the first and largest social cigar app in the world,  that has built strong friendships among cigar lovers around the globe since 2012, and Joya de Nicaragua, the factory that in 1968 ignited the industry in what is now the preferred country of origin for premium handmade cigars smokers in the US. Dojo and JDN have both helped shape the cigar industry, and now have come together to do it once more.


This exclusive collaboration began to be forged in the early years of the Dojo community during Drew Estate's Cigar Safari down in Nicaragua, and the enlightening visits to the country's oldest cigar maker and the University of Cigars: Joya de Nicaragua. It was down in Estelí where the core essence of DE, Dojo and JDN began to meld and a new triangular alliance began to blossom, with the two former showing the way to the future of the cigar world, while JDN reaffirmed the authenticity and legacy of cigar craftsmanship.

"I've considered myself a Dojonite since early on. I love the community that Sensei and his crew have built and I personally carry their badge often. Now, to be able to share our heritage exclusively with the community makes me feel not only humbled and honored, but also excited to bring a new level of enjoyment of Nicaraguan cigars to the Dojoverse. This is a project of more than two years in the making, a cigar for a higher rank; one that could only be achieved jointly with the Dojo," said Juan Ignacio Martínez, Executive President of Joya de Nicaragua S.A.


This blend comes in only one vitola, a 6 x 50 toro. Exclusive for the United States, it will be available in 6 count triangular packs, with an MSRP of $8.95 per stick. Each vertex of the triangular pack represents the core of Drew Estate, Joya de Nicaragua and the Dojo.

"Getting a chance to work with Joya de Nicaragua was a bucket-list item for the Dojo team and having a group of Dojo members help with the blend at the factory in Nicaragua makes this a very special release." - Eric Guttormson, owner of Cigar Dojo.


The cigars will be sold exclusively through Smoke Inn Cigars on Dec. 4th at 12pm (EST). Pricing has been set at $53.70 MSRP per box ($8.95/cigar), with the affordable starting point intended to encourage multiple box purchases that take advantage of the triangular boxes’ unique stacking capabilities. Ninjaragua will be formally launched through an online event with Master Sensei, Abe Dababneh, and Juan Ignacio Martínez at 7pm (EST). During the event, special giveaways will be made available for customers, and a very special raffle will be announced, stay tuned for more details.


Brand Breakdown

Wrapper:   Nicaraguan Habano Criollo

Binder:  Nicaragua

Filler:  Nicaragua

Factory: Fábrica de Tabacos Joya de Nicaragua S.A

Production: Limited Edition (450 bundles of 6 cigars)

Packaging: 6-ct Bundles

Vitola: 6 x 50 Toro

Price: $53.70 ($8.95/cigar)

Available for sale: Dec 4th, 2020 12pm EST

Retailer: Smoke Inn 

November 23, 2020

Two Undercrown Limited Editions Now Shipping Nationwide


Monday, November 23, 2020 — Miami, Fla- Drew Estate announces today that it is now shipping both Undercrown ShadyXX and Undercrown Dojo Dogma Maduro to Drew Diplomat Retailers nationwide. Drew Estate announced the 2020 editions of Undercrown ShadyXX and Dojo Dogma Maduro during the #DESummerTakeover campaign and highlighted them on Freestyle Live: Special Edition.

Both the Undercrown ShadyXX and Dojo Dogma Maduro share a powerhouse blend that is similar to the Undercrown Corona Viva. Both cigars feature a toothy Mexican San Andres maduro wrapper, spicy Connecticut Stalk Cut Habano binder and showcase the highest quality plantation Nicaraguan and Brazilian filler tobaccos.

From Sag Harbor, N.Y., Jonathan Drew, president and founder of Drew Estate, adds, “Both Eminem and Drew Estate were quintessential underdogs. Everyone laughed at the two of us, claiming that we didn’t have a chance, that we didn’t fit the mold, and that we didn’t belong. Well ... of course the story reads on and ya’ll know how it ends up ... both underdogs rise above to break the mold and become legends. The Shady Series celebrates the Drew Estate torcedors in Nicaragua for their contribution to the world of cigars ... determination, raw talent, and natural bad-ass-ness ... as they birthed the prince of a cigar brand that we call Undercrown. Oh, and in regard to the Dojo Dogma ... well that shit’s just straight fire ... Nuff said !!”


The ShadyXX is a 5 x 50 box-pressed belicoso that is well-aged and packs a punch, while remaining smooth and sophisticated during the entire smoke. ShadyXX is packaged in an elegant, gold embossed 10-count petaca that highlights this 2020 limited release. The MSRP for Undercrown ShadyXX is $104.00 per box.




The Dojo Dogma Maduro is unique within the core vitolas of Undercrown Maduro.  It is a 6 x 56 box-pressed toro that is packaged in a stunning 10-count box that also signifies that the cigars are a limited edition release for 2020. The MSRP for Undercrown Dojo Dogma Maduro is $107.87 per box.


CASA CUEVAS CIGARS NOW AVAILABLE IN THE UNITED KINGOM

(Miami, Florida) November 23, 2020— Casa Cuevas Cigars announces that the Casa Cuevas line of cigars is now available to the United Kingdom public. New World of Cigars ltd., (a popular online entity specializing in boutique cigars) represents the first-time entry of Casa Cuevas into the European market. The U.K. public can purchase Casa Cuevas Cigars New World of Cigars at www.NewWorldofCigars.com

Peter Wareham, Owner of New World of Cigars said:” During my travels to the U.S. I smoked my first Casa Cuevas cigar. I was hugely impressed with the blend, construction, and knew that the Casa Cuevas brand would be warmly received by the European market. New World of Cigars values great cigars and the people behind the brand. Being family owned, the Cuevas family takes pride in upholding the values of their five-generation cigar history.”

“We are excited to partner with Pete Wareham and New World of Cigars team. We look forward to working closely with them to introduce the Casa Cuevas brand to the European market,” stated President of Casa Cuevas Cigars Luis Cuevas Jr.



Mavros Cigars, a new Mexican cigar company, to debut soon



Mavros is a new brand of premium, Mexican, hand-rolled cigars. Our cigars are made by a torcedor (master cigar roller), with 70 years of experience, and a cigar cooperative in San Andrés Tuxtla, Veracruz with a 150-year-old tradition, that now works exclusively with Mavros Cigars.

Our debut line of cigars is called “Revolucionarios” – in honor of the Mexican charro generals who used to smoke them during the revolution of 1910.

In the wake of the Cuban war of independence, two brothers fled to México. They brought with them tabaco negro Cubano, Cuban Black Tobacco plants.

The brothers settled in Veracruz and established their cigar plantation and company in the area of San Andres Tuxtla. The ideal climate and land, and the unique mixing of Cuban tobacco with Mexican soil, established it as a premiere tobacco growing region.

In the prelude to the Mexican Revolution of 1910, the workers of the cigar company organised a series of strikes. The outstanding quality of the cigars, paired with the ideological force of the workers’ class identity, made these puros the favourite smoke of Mexican revolutionaries – especially among the charro generals who fought, on horseback, for the land to be returned to the people.

After the revolution, the tobacco farms were nationalized in agrarian reforms and working conditions improved in the cigar factories. Years later, the workers in San Andres Tuxtla organised yet another a major strike, continuing their tradition of labour organising. The owners caved, closed the 120-year-old company and left the top of the line, antique machinery to the workers.

It became the first and only cigar cooperative in México.

This cooperative now works exclusively with Mavros, continuing a centuries old tradition of creating master blends of Cuban Black Tobacco grown in San Andres Tuxtla’s fertile, volcanic, nutrient rich soil.

Our torcedor (master cigar roller) draws on his 70 years of experience to create Revolucionarios ‒ a line of cigars that embodies the legacy of the Mexican revolution.

Mavros Cigars should be available in early 2021.


Website: www.mavroscigars.com

Instagram: @mavroscigars

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/mavroscigars/








November 22, 2020

Tabernacle David by Foundation Cigar Co. (5 x 54 Perfecto)






Video review HERE.


(Description taken from Cigar-coop.com website)

Foundation Cigar Company has announced the addition of two perfectos to The Tabernacle line. Keeping to the biblical inspiration for this theme, the new perfectos are called David & Goliath.

The Tabernacle David is a 5 x 54 perfecto while The Tabernacle Goliath is a 5 x 58 perfecto. Both David & Goliath will be packaged in 25-count boxes. Like the rest of The Tabernacle line, production for the David & Goliath perfectos comes from AJ Fernandez’s factory in Estelí, Nicaragua. The blend features a Connecticut Broadleaf wrapper over a San Andres Mexican binder and fillers from Nicaragua and Honduras.

“The Tabernacle blend in these two sizes deliver depth, complexity, body, and flavor. These sizes are special because they complement an amazing blend of some of the best tobaccos in the world,” commented Foundation Cigar Company owner Nicholas Melillo.

Pricing is set at $300.00 per box for the David and $350.00 per box for the Goliath.


Blend and Origin

Wrapper: Connecticut Broadleaf

Binder: Mexican San Andres

Filler: Honduran, Nicaraguan (La Soledad)

Country of Origin: Nicaragua

Factory: Tabacalera AJ Fernandez Cigars de Nicaragua S.A.


Vitolas Offered

The Tabernacle is available in six sizes. All sizes will be in 24-count boxes with the exception of the lancero which will be in 12 count-boxes.

David: 5 x 54 REVIEWED TODAY

Goliath: 5 x 58

Torpedo: 4 1/2 x 52

Robusto: 5 x 50

Corona: 5 1/4 x 46

Toro: 6 x 52 (reviewed 1/28/17)

Lancero: 7 x 40

Double Corona: 7 x 54


The cigar is beautiful. I love the shape and the ornate bands. It has an average feel in the hand.




The test draw after cutting the cap was very good. The initial flavors at light up were hints of orange citrus, lots of orange peel, brown sugar, nutmeg, and black coffee. There was black pepper rated at 7 1/2.



At the first third (24 minutes) the cigar had slightly more orange citrus notes. Predominantly the cigar has more orange peel but the citrus notes did increase slightly. The black coffee is not overly heavy at this point. The finish is nutmeg with a touch of citrus notes. The cigar is medium bodied. I rated the first third 92.




As I moved through the second third (45 minutes) the cigar changed enormously. Now the cigar has large amounts of black coffee and nutmeg with hints of orange peel and micro-hints of brown sugar. The cigar is full bodied. The finish is black coffee with nutmeg. The lingering black pepper is moderate. The cigar had a massive change and it was not for the better. I rated the second third 87.




The cigar lasted 1 hour 3 minutes. The final third was pretty much a carbon copy of the second third; lots of black coffee and nutmeg notes. The average person probably won't notice anything else. But there are slight hints of orange peel and brown sugar. The cigar is full bodied. The black pepper is pretty good but for the most part smoking this cigar is like smoking a cup of black coffee. I held the score of 87 for the final third. I had high hopes for this cigar but they did not materialize.




Overall Score: 88.67

November 21, 2020

Tabernacle Goliath by Foundation Cigar Co. (5 x 58 Perfecto)






Video review HERE.


(Description taken from Cigar-coop.com website)

Foundation Cigar Company has announced the addition of two perfectos to The Tabernacle line. Keeping to the biblical inspiration for this theme, the new perfectos are called David & Goliath.

The Tabernacle David is a 5 x 54 perfecto while The Tabernacle Goliath is a 5 x 58 perfecto. Both David & Goliath will be packaged in 25-count boxes. Like the rest of The Tabernacle line, production for the David & Goliath perfectos comes from AJ Fernandez’s factory in Estelí, Nicaragua. The blend features a Connecticut Broadleaf wrapper over a San Andres Mexican binder and fillers from Nicaragua and Honduras.

“The Tabernacle blend in these two sizes deliver depth, complexity, body, and flavor. These sizes are special because they complement an amazing blend of some of the best tobaccos in the world,” commented Foundation Cigar Company owner Nicholas Melillo.

Pricing is set at $300.00 per box for the David and $350.00 per box for the Goliath.


The cigar is beautiful. Well made and very dark. The band is also very beautiful. The cigar is very fat and has a nice feel in the hand.




The test draw after cutting the cap was very good. The initial flavors at light up were orange citrus, citrus peel, brown sugar, leathery nutmeg, and black coffee. There was a nice amount of black pepper which I rated at 8. The start is rather dark with some nice sweet notes.



At the first third (29 minutes) I had a lot of orange peel, a tiny amount of orange citrus, a little brown sugar, a lot of slightly leathery nutmeg, and a lot of black coffee. The black pepper is still very good. The lingering black pepper is excellent. The finish is orange peel and nutmeg. The cigar is medium to full bodied. The cigar has some sweetness and a lot of dark notes. I rated the first third 92.




As I moved through the second third (50 minutes) the cigar is transitioning more and more to very dark. The black coffee is heavy. The orange peel is still there but the orange citrus notes are gone. There is hardly any brown sugar. There are still plenty of nutmeg notes with light leather. And there is still plenty of black coffee. The black pepper remains very good. The cigar is full bodied. The finish is unchanged. I had hoped the cigar would go the other direction and get sweeter but it didn't. When you compare this cigar to the original Tabernacle it is very different even though the blend is reported to be the same. I rated the second third 89.




The cigar lasted 1 hour 14 minutes. In the final third the flavors continued to change. The orange peel went away. There was a faint amount of brown sugar. The nutmeg is now straight nutmeg without any leathery notes. There was still a lot of black coffee. The black pepper remained very good. The cigar is very full bodied. The finish is nutmeg and black coffee with good lingering black pepper. This cigar made some massive transitions. The original Tabernacle received a score of 93. This cigar is not anywhere near that level. I rated the final third 87.



Overall Score: 89.33

November 17, 2020

Dissident Rant (4 1/2 x 46 Petite Corona)






Video review HERE.


(Description taken from Cigar-coop.com website)

Dissident Cigars has announced three small-batch lines – Rant, Rave, and Tirade. These are three new blends that are being incorporated into the portfolio.



If the names sound familiar, they were originally vitola names in the Dissident Soapbox when the brand was first introduced in 2013. When Benjamin Holt acquired the brand, he overhauled the Soapbox line and used more traditional names. Now the Rant, Rave, and Tirade line have all new life.

“This has been a project that has taken quite some time to bring to fruition. Of course, COVID-19 has created some issues that many of us have had to overcome, but I am happy that these cigars can finally be released. They are all three very distinctly different. There is something for everybody in this line up,” stated Benjamin Holt in a press release.

Holt continues, “I am referring to these as ‘small batched’ cigars rather than ‘limited edition’ because they don’t meet my personal definition of ‘limited edition’. And I intend to release these more frequently than ‘limited edition’ cigars have traditionally been released.”

Dissident Cigars are produced at Fabrica Oveja Negra in Estelí, Nicaragua. The brand is distributed by Oveja Negra Brands.

Rant features a Pennsylvania Broadleaf wrapper over an Ecuadorian binder and a combination of Nicaraguan and Dominican fillers. It is available in one size – a 4 1/2 x 46 Petite Corona. It is presented in 20-count boxes with each cigar priced at $10.00.


Wrapper: Pennsylvania Broadleaf

Binder: Ecuadorian

Filler: Nicaraguan, Dominican

Country of Origin: Nicaragua

Factory: Fabrica Oveja Negra

Petite Corona: 4 1/2 x 46


The cigar is short and dark. It has an average feel in the hand for a petit corona.




The test draw after cutting the cap was good. The initial flavors at light up were citrus, citrus peel, brown sugar, light caramel, leathery nutmeg, and earthy black coffee. There was nice black pepper rated at an 8, minimum. The cigar is sweet and dark with earthy qualities.



At the first third (27 minutes) the flavors continue just like they started. The sweeter notes have risen to match the earthy black coffee. The cigar is full bodied. The finish is orange peel, nutmeg, and a lot of lingering black pepper. The cigar has nice flavors and power. I rated the first third 94.




As I moved through the second third (52 minutes) all the flavor notes are still in play. The finish is now nutmeg, orange peel, and black coffee. There is still a lot of lingering black pepper. The cigar is full bodied. This is a little powerhouse with good flavor. I held the score of 94 for the second third.




The cigar lasted an impressive 1 hour 11 minutes. Not bad for a petit corona. This has been a consistent cigar. All the notes are still in play but now there is one flavor addition; chocolate. It hasn't had an impact until now but it works well with the other notes. The cigar was full bodied pretty much from the start. Lots of dark notes with plenty of sweet notes. I held the score of 94 for the final third.



Overall Score: 94

November 15, 2020

Dissident Rave (5 1/2 x 52 Box Pressed)






Video review HERE.


(Description taken from Cigar-coop.com website)

Dissident Cigars has announced three small-batch lines – Rant, Rave, and Tirade. These are three new blends that are being incorporated into the portfolio.

If the names sound familiar, they were originally vitola names in the Dissident Soapbox when the brand was first introduced in 2013. When Benjamin Holt acquired the brand, he overhauled the Soapbox line and used more traditional names. Now the Rant, Rave, and Tirade line have all new life.

“This has been a project that has taken quite some time to bring to fruition. Of course, COVID-19 has created some issues that many of us have had to overcome, but I am happy that these cigars can finally be released. They are all three very distinctly different. There is something for everybody in this line up,” stated Benjamin Holt in a press release.

Holt continues, “I am referring to these as ‘small batched’ cigars rather than ‘limited edition’ because they don’t meet my personal definition of ‘limited edition’. And I intend to release these more frequently than ‘limited edition’ cigars have traditionally been released.”

Dissident Cigars are produced at Fabrica Oveja Negra in Estelí, Nicaragua. The brand is distributed by Oveja Negra Brands.

Rave is an Ecuadorian Connecticut wrapped blend that uses an Ecuadorian binder and a combination of Nicaraguan, Dominican, and Pennsylvania Broadleaf fillers. It’s available in one size – a 5 1/2 x 50 box-pressed Robusto. It is presented in 20-count boxes with each cigar priced at $10.50.


The cigar is well made and golden brown in color. It has a light feel in the hand.




The test draw was effortless after cutting the cap. The initial flavors at light up were a cedar with notes of apple, brown sugar, touch of cream, and a lot of earthy black coffee. There was black pepper rated at 7 1/2 to 8. 



At the first third (20 minutes) the apple flavor is subdued and seems to be moving away. But the brown sugar notes have increased. So, the cedar now has elevated brown sugar notes attached. There is still plenty of black pepper and the black coffee base. It's odd but I do not get any nutmeg in this cigar. There are a lot of bottom level notes and very nice upper level sweet notes. I rated the first third 93.




Moving through the second third (39 minutes) the cedar, brown sugar, and cream became very faint. The earthy black coffee and black pepper remained very elevated. The cigar is medium to full bodied. The cigar took a big dip. Oddly enough the cigar is not that bad since the sweeter flavors are there but they are faint. I rated the second third 90.




The cigar lasted only 53 minutes. That's too fast for a 5 1/2 x 52. If you remember I mentioned the draw was effortless. The cigar was not soft but it burned very fast. In the final third the sweeter notes made a small comeback. I got more cedar, brown sugar, and cream. The earthy black coffee and black pepper remained quite elevated. The cigar ended medium to full bodied. I rated the final third 91. 



Overall Score: 91.33

November 14, 2020

Dissident Tirade (5 1/2 x 46)






Video review HERE.


(Description taken from Cigar-coop.com website)

Dissident Cigars has announced three small-batch lines – Rant, Rave, and Tirade. These are three new blends that are being incorporated into the portfolio.


If the names sound familiar, they were originally vitola names in the Dissident Soapbox when the brand was first introduced in 2013. When Benjamin Holt acquired the brand, he overhauled the Soapbox line and used more traditional names. Now the Rant, Rave, and Tirade line have all new life.

“This has been a project that has taken quite some time to bring to fruition. Of course, COVID-19 has created some issues that many of us have had to overcome, but I am happy that these cigars can finally be released. They are all three very distinctly different. There is something for everybody in this line up,” stated Benjamin Holt in a press release.

Holt continues, “I am referring to these as ‘small batched’ cigars rather than ‘limited edition’ because they don’t meet my personal definition of ‘limited edition’. And I intend to release these more frequently than ‘limited edition’ cigars have traditionally been released.”

Dissident Cigars are produced at Fabrica Oveja Negra in Estelí, Nicaragua. The brand is distributed by Oveja Negra Brands.

Tirade is a San Andres wrapped blend using an Ecuadorian binder and a combination of Nicaraguan and Dominican fillers. It’s available in one size – a 5 1/2 x 46 Corona Gorda. It is presented in 20-count boxes with each cigar priced at $10.00.


Wrapper: San Andres Mexican

Binder: Ecuadorian

Filler: Nicaraguan, Dominican

Country of Origin: Nicaragua

Factory: Fabrica Oveja Negra

Corona Gorda: 5 1/2 x 46


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




The test draw after cutting the cap was good. The initial flavors at light up were a pronounced orange citrus, brown sugar, light cinnamon, dark chocolate, dark roasted, full bodied black coffee, and a dry pasty nutmeg. There was black pepper rated at 7 1/2 to 8. The cigar tastes very powerful.



At the first third (24 minutes) the orange citrus notes have increased making the cigar sweeter. The brown sugar and cinnamon are still there, as well as the nutmeg, dark chocolate, and black coffee. The dark chocolate is not as pronounced but the black coffee comes through in abundance. You must smoke this cigar very slowly in order to get the best flavors. It burns very slowly and will not burn evenly if you go too fast. The cigar is full bodied. The finish is nutmeg and a touch of orange citrus with a nice amount of lingering black pepper. You have some very nice front end flavors and a lot of deep rear end flavors. I rated the first third 94.



As I moved through the second third (47 minutes) the nice, sweet orange citrus has changed to an orange peel. I don't see this happen often. The brown sugar still give it sweetness but not quite as much. The nutmeg is elevated. The black coffee is also elevated. The dark chocolate, which is unsweetened, just floats between the nutmeg and black coffee in a rather low amount. The black pepper is at least what it was and seems to be slightly increased. The finish is unchanged but the lingering black pepper has moved up. Even with the abrupt change from straight orange citrus to orange peel the cigar did not lose much appeal. I rated the second third 93.



The cigar lasted 1 hour 3 minutes. In the final third the sweetness bounced back a little. The lead flavor went back to an orange citrus but the sweetness was not to the level of the first third. The nutmeg remains pronounced, as well as the black coffee. The dark chocolate continues to float near the bottom of the flavors due to the high level of black coffee. The cigar remains full bodied. The finish is unchanged. This was a good, powerful, dark noted cigar with nice sweetness. I rated the final third 93.



Overall Score: 93.33