August 11, 2020

Killer Bee Swarm (5 x 46)










Video review HERE.


(Description taken from Cigar-coop.com website)

 Black Works Studio has announced a new extension to its Killer Bee line known as the Killer Bee Swarm. This limited edition cigar marks the brand’s Fabrica Oveja Negra foray into the world of Cameroon wrappers.

The Killer Bee Storm consists primarily of a Cameroon wrapper, but it also has a Maduro and candela linear cap. The cigar also utilizes a Nicaraguan Habano binder and all Nicaraguan fillers. The cigar comes in one size – a 5 x 46 Corona. It is presented in 24-count boxes with pricing set at $10.50 per cigar.

“To say I’m excited about this release is an understatement. Cameroon is one of my favorite tobaccos and I’ve worked a long time to develop a cigar that highlights the distinct profiles it possesses. The Swarm is bold, spicy and extremely complex. It’s very unique, but also true to the style of the Killer Bee line,” said James Brown, creator of Black Label Trading Company, Black Works Studio and owner at Fabrica Oveja Negra in a press release.

Black Works Studio is distributed by Oveja Negra Brands.



Blend and Origin

Wrapper: Cameroon with a Maduro and Candela linear cap ​

Binder: Nicaraguan Habano

Filler: Nicaragua

Country of Origin: Nicaragua

Factory: Fabrica Oveja Negra



Vitolas Offered

Corona: 5 x 46



The cigar is very well made and nice to view. It has an average feel in the hand. Unlike others in the Killer Bee series this has an open foot.




The test draw after cutting just a bit from the cap was very good. The initial flavors at light up were a very sweet caramel, cedar, brown sugar, a touch of cinnamon, a lot of a pasty, dry nutmeg, and black coffee at the base. There was nice black pepper rated at 7 1/2 to 8. The cigar has a very sweet start.



At the first third (20 minutes) the flavors are about like they started But, there are now buttery notes. At times during the first third I had flashes of citrus influence but very light. The cigar is very sweet. The nutmeg actually tones down the massive sweetness a little. The pepper is very good. The finish is one of caramel with a touch of nutmeg and very nice lingering black pepper. The cigar is medium bodied at this point. A very tasty cigar. I rated the first third 95.



Moving through the second third (42 minutes) the cigar made some moves. The black coffee notes rose which made the cigar darker and the sweeter notes slightly decreased. The nutmeg is still holding strong and the black pepper is still very good. The finish is basically unchanged but the caramel now has some toasted qualities. I rated the second third 94.



The cigar lasted 1 hour 3 minutes. The final third was basically a carbon copy of the second third. Nothing much changed. The coffee notes were still elevated and the sweeter flavors were in the same intensity as the second third. The black coffee has some earthiness. The cigar is a solid medium to full bodied. The finish is now back the way it was in the first third without the toasted notes. Overall this is a very good Cameroon cigar with all the qualities. Very enjoyable. I held the score of 94.



Overall Score: 94.33

August 09, 2020

JSK F**k the FDA (6 x 52)

 


Video review HERE.


(Description taken from Cigar-Coop.com website)

Jas Sum Kral (JSK) Cigars has let its opinion of FDA regulations known in a product release. Last month the company has announced the soft-launch of its JSK F**k the FDA Cigar.

Much of the blend details have not been disclosed – other than the company has said the cigar features a Mexican San Andres wrapper and “Air Cured Tobacco”. The cigar itself is a 6 x 52 Toro. It will be packaged in ten-count bundles selling for $99.99.

The bundles are wrapped in paper featuring documentation from the FDA’s Deeming Rule.

The cigar initially was soft launched at owner Riste Ristevski’s Ristefari event held in March. The cigar is now heading to five select retailers. The company says in one month the cigars will go to other retailers who carry the core JSK lines. Later this year, the cigar will head to the international markets.

The following are the five select retailers receiving the initial allocation:

Golden Leaf Cigar (Hobart, Indiana)

Omerta Cigar Lounge (Oklahoma City, Oklahoma)

Rudy’s Cigar Lounge (Fort Wayne, Indiana)

Stateline Cigar Lounge (Newark, Delaware) (I have dealt with Stateline several times)

Tobacco Land (Munster, Indiana)


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



The test draw after cutting the cap was very good. The initial flavors at light up were cedar, brown sugar, a little chocolate, a lot of a vegetable type nutmeg, and a lot of black coffee. There was nice black pepper rated at 7 1/2. The nutmeg is so much of a vegetable type flavor it reminds me of avocados. This is a very dark cigar but it has nice sweetness. Can a cigar taste angry?



At just 12 minutes in the flavors have settled down nicely. There is now a cedar/citrus combination and the brown sugar is nice. There are still light chocolate notes and the vegetable nutmeg. Of course, there is a nice black coffee base. All the flavors are mixing very well together.



At the first third (38 minutes) the cigar is in line with the previous description. The flavors are mixing well and nothing really stands out. The citrus/cedar notes have a little orange peel now. The black pepper remains very good. I would say it's not quite as good as the Tyrannical Buc that I reviewed yesterday but it's close. The finish is coffee, chocolate, and nutmeg with a nice lingering black pepper. The cigar is medium bodied but it's leaning heavily toward medium to full. The cigar is very good. I rated the first third 93.



Moving through the second third (1 hour) the cigar is rocking along just about like it has been. The only thing different is I am getting flashes of graham cracker. Not a lot, but faint hints. I still had the citrus/cedar, brown sugar, light chocolate which is now dark chocolate, vegetable type nutmeg, and black coffee. I thought the cigar would rocket to full bodied at this point but it's still only around medium to full. The finish now has whiffs of the graham cracker, chocolate, and nutmeg. The lingering black pepper remains very good. I maintained the score of 93 for the second third.



The cigar lasted 1 hour 21 minutes. This has been a fairly consistent cigar. There were not many changes. There was the addition of orange peel early on and then some graham cracker notes later but that's about it. Even the strength maintained stable at medium to full. In the final third I still had the flashes of graham cracker. The chocolate notes tasted a little more like sweet chocolate in the final third. The black pepper remained very good on both ends. The finish is unchanged. With not much changing I maintained the score of 93 for the final third. This is a good cigar. Check with the shops listed above and pick up a few.

Overall Score: 93

August 08, 2020

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Tyrannical Buc Maduro Dobles by Jas Sum Kral (JSK) Cigars




(Description taken from Cigar-Coop.com website)
The year 2019 has proven to be very busy for Riste Ristevski and his company Jas Sum Kral (JSK) Cigars. It has seen the company introduce four blends into the market. Two of the blends are from the much talked about CBD-infused JSK Nuggs line. The other line is also a two blend line known as Tyrannical Buc. With Tyrannical Buc, Ristevski decided to introduce a line intended to be a powerhouse line with both a Maduro and a Connecticut Shade wrapper option using what he describes as a “double ligero.”  


The name “Tyrannical Buc” is fitting for this cigar. When Tyrannical Buc was announced, the name Tyrannical was described as: 1) exercising power in a cruel or arbitrary way 2) characteristic of tyranny; oppressive and controlling. The “Tyrannical” part of the name is attributed to the power and boldness of the Tyrannical Buc blend. The company says “The Tyrannical Buc introduces brothers and sisters of the leaf to a style of power so intoxicating, it is guaranteed to rule even the most independent of palates.” As for the Buc part, it’s a nickname of Ristevski’s.



Blend and Origin
In addition to the Connecticut Broadleaf wrapper, the Tyrannical Buc Maduro consists of Nicaraguan tobaccos for the binder and filler. Production is handled out of the Tabacalera de Aragon, a boutique factory in Estelí, Nicaragua where JSK moved production almost two years ago.

Wrapper: Connecticut Broadleaf
Binder: Nicaraguan (Jalapa)
Filler: Nicaraguan (Condega and Estelí), Pennsylvania
Country of Origin: Nicaragua
Factory: Tabacalera de Aragon



Vitolas Offered
Both the Tyrannical Buc Maduro and Connecticut offerings are available in the same four sizes. Each is packaged in 15-count boxes.

Magnum: 4 x 48
Generosos: 5 1/2 x 40
Golem Buc: 5 1/2 x 60
Dobles: 6 1/2 x 50 REVIEWED TODAY




The cigar is very well made and the wrapper is oily. The cigar has a nice feel in the hand.


The test draw after cutting the cap was good. The initial flavors at light up were sweet chocolate, orange peel, brown sugar, a thick, pasty nutmeg, and a lot of black coffee. There was very nice black pepper rated at 8. At 1/2 inch in the brown sugar starting coming out more. Nice start.





At the first third (32 minutes) the ash was still intact. The flavors are about like the cigar started but now there are cinnamon notes. The pepper in this cigar is very good. It's intense but smooth. There are a lot of dark flavors in this cigar but it has nice sweetness. The cigar is medium to full bodied at this point. The orange peel is a little subdued due to the elevated brown sugar. The finish is chocolate and nutmeg with nice lingering black pepper. I rated the first third 95.






As I moved through the second third (1 hour 15 minutes) the sweetness dipped and the darker notes elevated. The cigar is now full bodied. The finish is unchanged. The black pepper remains very good. With the sweetness dip I rated the second third 93. 






The cigar lasted 1 hour 40 minutes. In the final third the sweetness made somewhat of a resurgence. Not quite to the level of the first third but better than the second. The cigar remains full bodied. The finish was unchanged. I raised the final third score to 94.

August 06, 2020

DIESEL PRESENTS “ESTELí PURO”

A highly-anticipated release from Diesel is set to make its debut next month. Called “Estelí Puro,” the full-time addition to the Diesel lineup was created in collaboration with AJ Fernandez.

This tobacco-forward release is poised to become a core product in the Diesel portfolio.

The collection harnesses the strength and complexity of Estelí’s renowned tobacco which comes from the darkest and most dense of Nicaraguan soils. Each of the tobaccos that comprise Diesel Estelí Puro were hand-selected from AJ’s farms to meet specific requirements set forth by the Diesel team. The wrapper was harvested from La Lilia, the binder from San José and the fillers from several plots including AJ’s celebrated San Lotano farm.

Senior Brand Manager Justin Andrews said, “Estelí Puro represents the future of Diesel in that the story of the blend is told by the tobacco itself. With Estelí Puro, we made a collection that is completely unique in its bold flavor profile, yet has many of the attributes that have made the other Diesel expressions a cigar of choice among dyed-in-the-wool smokers. This is a cigar that demands the smoker’s full attention with deep and balanced flavor, a strong presentation and an attractive price point.”
Blended by AJ Fernandez, handcrafted at Tabacalera AJ Fernandez in Estelí, Nicaragua and developed by General Cigar’s Justin Andrews, Diesel Estelí Puro is made with hand-selected leaves that are cultivated, processed and aged by AJ’s team. Heady aroma and spice dominate, lending body and dimension to the cigar, and delivering a smoke for experienced palates.

Diesel Estelí Puro will be available in three sizes, sold in 20-count boxes and will begin shipping to retailers on September 1.

Robusto 5.25” x 54 -- SRP per cigar $8.99

Toro 6” x 54 -- SRP per cigar $9.49

Gigante 6” x 60 -- SRP per cigar $9.99


August 05, 2020

Altadis announces The Great Return of Oliveros Gran Retorno


FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. – From the creators of the award-winning small batch Aging Room line, Altadis U.S.A. is relaunching Oliveros Gran Retorno, now back with Extra Añejo.

The Oliveros Gran Retorno is a small batch series of cigars featuring tobaccos that have undergone a unique aging process – with extra age in each of the three different stages. Most notable is the 33+ months of aging given these premium cigars inside individual cedar boxes which have always provided Oliveros Gran Retorno a complex flavor profile.

When the strategic alliance of Altadis U.S.A. and Boutique Blends Cigars was announced in May 2017, it was decided to immediately concentrate on the expansion of the Aging Room Small Batch brand and prepare the Oliveros line for a later release.

For the relaunch Rafael Nodal, Head of Product Capability for Tabacalera USA, enlisted the help of long-time friend, mentor and Cigar Hall-of-Famer Nestor Plasencia Sr. Together with the Plasencia team, they meticulously chose the blend of tobaccos for the cigars and then began the process of aging the tobaccos and the cigars to perfection.

The result is the Oliveros Gran Retorno and a three-stage aging process that entailed aging the tobaccos in traditional bales for 24 months. The cigars then remained “reposado” in the factory Cedar Room for six months before being packed and aged for more than 33 months in their individual cedar boxes in company’s state of the art humidor in Tampa, Fla. That is over five years of aging.

“I love to create new flavors and new experiences,” Nodal explained. “This unique three-stage aging process revealed different characteristics at every step of the way. I loved observing how the tobaccos were becoming a beautiful marriage of flavors as they continued to mature.”

The Oliveros Gran Retorno is presented in three frontmarks that pay homage to different genres of music – the Swing (50 x 6), Banjo (52 x 4 ½) and Fiddle (54 x 6) – and will be available in three different wrappers: Connecticut, Habano and Maduro. The Oliveros Gran Retorno Connecticut will be released in late August, followed by the Habano in October, and finishing off the line will be the Maduro in December.

All blends are 100% Nicaraguan Tobacco from the Plasencia family’s private reserves, with the exception of the shade wrapper, which is a Connecticut seed grown in Honduras by Plasencia.

The wrapper variants will all be line priced per below:

August 04, 2020

Tatuaje MBS FK (4 x 50)







Video review HERE.



(Description taken from Halfwheel.com website)
The MBS FK is a new extension to Tatuaje’s incredibly popular Monster Series, a 4 x 50 that is based off of The Krueger release from 2016. The Krueger was the ninth release in the series, which draws on famous movie monsters for its inspiration; in this case, it’s Freddy Krueger from the Nightmare on Elm Street franchise.

Tatuaje’s Pete Johnson says this version is a bit more powerful than the original version. As for the MBS part of the name, that stands for Monster Bomb Squad. Future additions to the MBS line are “up in the air but the plan is to have them,” Johnson said.

The cigar is priced at $8.50 per cigar before taxes, with 1,800 bundles of 10 cigars produced, a total of 18,000 cigars.



Wrapper: Mexican San Andres
Binder: Double Nicaraguan
Filler: Nicaraguan




The cigar is dark and has a pigtail fuse at the cap. The foot is closed.






The test draw after cutting the cap was good. The initial flavors at light up were sweet cedar, brown sugar, nice amount of cinnamon, a lot of a thick nutmeg, chocolate, and black coffee. There was black pepper rated at 7 to 7 1/2. 





At the first third (24 minutes) I still had the same flavors but the chocolate has no sweetness. It's an unsweetened dark chocolate. The nutmeg is still quite thick. The black coffee and black pepper seems to have increased. The finish is cedar and nutmeg with a very nice amount of lingering black pepper. The cigar is medium/medium to full right now. The cigar has nice sweetness and a lot of dark notes with a thick nutmeg. I rated the first third 94.






Moving through the second third (42 minutes) the lingering black pepper is increasing. The cigar is now full bodied. The front end cedar and brown sugar is nice and at times the cedar has a little twang, but faint. The nutmeg is still very thick. The cigar is holding it's own. I held the score of 94.






The cigar lasted 56 minutes. In the final third the heavy nutmeg and black coffee continued to elevate. The cigar is still full bodied. The finish is unchanged. The nutmeg is very dry now. The black pepper on the front end did tick up a little and it kept going up on the finish. The front end sweeter flavors dipped just a bit due to the elevated nutmeg and black coffee. This is a good little powerhouse cigar. I rated the final third 93.




Overall Score: 93.67

August 02, 2020

Aladino Cameroon Super Toro (6 x 52)






Video review HERE.


(Description taken from Cigaraficionado.com website)
JRE Tobacco Co. is adding a unique twist to its Aladino brand with an offshoot called Aladino Cameroon, a new cigar wrapped in a Honduran-grown Cameroon cover leaf that the Eiroa family planted in the Jamastran Valley.

The new Aladino Cameroon cigars are made with only Honduran tobacco, retaining the signature Corojo binder and fillers of the original Aladino line. The Corojo-seed tobaccos are grown by the Eiroa family as well.

The line will be available in three sizes: Robusto, measuring 5 inches by 50 ring gauge ($8.80); Lonsdale, at 6 by 43 ($7.80); and Super Toro, 6 by 52 ($9.80) (REVIEWED TODAY). Made at the Fabrica de Puros Aladino S.A. factory in Honduras, the smokes come packaged in 24-count boxes.

Industry veteran Julio Eiroa, who founded JRE Tobacco with his son Justo, developed Aladino Cameroon after purchasing some Cameroon seeds from tobacco brokers and planting them in the Jamastran Valley about five years ago. According to the company, the wrappers on the upcoming Aladino Cameroon are a little over two years old.

Cameroon tobacco is traditionally grown in both the Republic of Cameroon and the Central African Republic; it is a variety of tobacco that originated from Sumatra seeds imported from Indonesia to Africa. In the premium cigar sector, it’s usually used as wrapper and tends to be quite expensive.




The cigar is a medium brown and has an average feel in the hand.






The test draw after cutting the cap was very good. The initial flavors at light up were a dry cedar, brown sugar, touch of cinnamon, touch of caramel, dry nutmeg, and light black coffee base. To get the best caramel notes hold the smoke a second or two and release it slowly. Since this is not a true Cameroon wrapper the flavors are not as intense as authentic Cameroon but they are very nice. The start is quite sweet.





At the first third (30 minutes) there is a little richness popping up. The caramel notes are coming out a little more. There is a lot of cedar and brown sugar to go along with the caramel notes. There is a nice black pepper rated at 7. The nutmeg has toned down allowing the sweet notes to blossom. The finish has caramel and dry nutmeg with a nice amount of lingering black pepper. The cigar is medium bodied at this point. Nice flavor notes. I rated the first third 94.






As I moved through the second third (56 minutes) the cigar made a small change. The nutmeg notes that have a  lot of vegetable qualities now have risen a little. The black coffee is quite subtle. The sweeter notes toned down just a bit and I did not have as much richness. The cigar is moving toward medium to full bodied. The finish is unchanged. The cigar is still nice but it lost just a little. I rated the second third 93.






The cigar lasted 1 hour 20 minutes. In the final third the sweeter notes and richness came back. That hardly ever happens. The nutmeg toned down and the cigar pretty much reverted back to the way it was in the first third. The cigar is now full bodied and a noticeable full bodied. The finish is unchanged. This is a good cigar with a lot of Cameroon-esque qualities while not a true Cameroon. I rated the final third 94.





Overall Score: 93.67

August 01, 2020

Muestra de Saka Unstolen Valor (6 x 52)













Video review HERE.


(Description taken from Cigar-coop.com website)
Unstolen Valor, the long-awaited fifth installment of Dunbarton Tobacco & Trust’s Muestra de Saka series is now available from retailers.

While Muestra de Saka is a series of blends designed by Dunbarton Tobacco & Trust Master Ligador Steve Saka, the Unstolen Valor is a different project. It’s a blend that was developed by Raul Disla, the General Manager of the Nicaraguan American Cigars S.A. (NACSA) factory in Estelí, Nicaragua.

Disla has been in charge of overseeing and executing production of the Dunbarton Tobacco & Trust Mi Querida and Umbagog lines (which are both produced at NACSA). Saka challenged Disla to come up with a series of “personal best” ligas for himself. Saka says he fell in love with this blend and asked for permission to use this blend and incorporate it to the Muestra de Saka line. Disla would grant that permission. That blend has been dubbed “Unstolen Valor.”

The Unstolen Valor is a Nicaraguan puro. The cigar comes in one size – a 6 x 52 parejo. Like the other Muestra de Saka releases, each individual Unstolen Valor is packaged in a coffin. The coffins are packaged seven per box.




The cigar has an oily wrapper and a very dense feel in the hand.






The test draw after cutting the cap was very good. The initial flavors at light up were cedar, brown sugar, caramel, cinnamon, leather, nutmeg, and black coffee. There was black pepper rated at 7 to 7 1/2. A nice sweet start. The leather is not overpowering. The nutmeg makes a nice bridge from the sweeter notes to the darker notes. The flavors hint that the cigar may have some power down the road.





At the first third (38 minutes) the leather and black coffee notes started coming out. There is quite a bit of nutmeg. The sweeter flavors are a little subdued with the rising of the darker notes. The cigar is medium to full bodied. The finish is leather, nutmeg, and a minute amount of cedar and brown sugar. The lingering black pepper is pretty good. The first third is very good. I rated it 94.






As I moved through the second third (1 hour 16 minutes) nothing much has changed. I still had the same notes in about the same amounts. The only change is the cigar is now full bodied. The finish is basically unchanged. I noticed from time to time the intensity of the sweeter notes rose and fell slightly. Overall the cigar is very consistent to this point. I maintained the score of 94.






The cigar lasted 1 hour 44 minutes. A very good burn time. In the final third the sweeter notes that sometimes rose and dropped in the second third seem to have dropped almost completely. There are still hints of cedar but the brown sugar and caramel are almost completely gone. The leather, nutmeg, and black coffee still hold the majority of flavors. The cigar is still full bodied. The finish is unchanged. The cigar took a turn downward in the final third. I rated it 91. The first 2/3 were so good the overall score will be very respectable.



Overall Score: 93