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August 03, 2021

Tatuaje T110 Broadleaf (4 3/8 x 52)





Video review HERE.


(Description taken from Halfwheel.com website)

Pete Johnson of Tatuaje has been teasing the addition of the T110 Broadleaf and the T110 Sumatra for a while on social media, and is now beginning to release details on the cigars. The two new variants swap out the Ecuadorian habano wrapper of the original cigar for either a Connecticut broadleaf or Ecuadorian Sumatra leaf, both of which Johnson uses elsewhere in his portfolio of cigars. They will also wear secondary bands indicating they aren’t using the same wrapper as the original T110.

The cigars are all short robustos that measure 4 3/8 x 52, and use the same Nicaraguan binder and filler across the three variations. Each has an MSRP of $10 and comes in boxes of 25 cigars, with 2,400 boxes of both the Broadleaf and Sumatra versions being produced, compared to just 1,000 boxes of the Ecuadorian habano version. For that latter cigar, 400 boxes were made exclusively for R. Field Wine Co. in Honolulu, Hawaii, and which are indicated as such by adding the store’s logo to the cliche.

Pete Johnson stated that once this batch of T110s is gone, he does not plan on bringing them back for three to five years, as the T110 is part of the Tatuaje Limited Series, a group of cigars that Johnson said will rotate in and out in between production runs.


Today we take a look at the Broadleaf version.


The cigar is quite dark and has an oily wrapper. It has an average feel in the hand.




The test draw after cutting the cap was a bit firm so I used the PerfecDraw tool to open the draw. The initial flavors at light up were citrus, citrus peel, brown sugar, nutmeg, leather, walnut, and black coffee. There was black pepper rated at 7 1/2. A somewhat sweet start with a lot of dark notes.



At the first third (28 minutes) there was still a little twang of citrus, citrus peel, leather, nutmeg, walnuts, and black coffee. The black pepper is still very good. The finish is black coffee and walnut with good lingering black pepper. The cigar is medium to full bodied. I rated the first third 92.




Moving through the second third (49 minutes) the leather and black coffee notes are rising. The sweeter notes are decreased. There is still nutmeg, decreased brown sugar, and decreased walnuts. The finish is leather and black coffee with improved lingering black pepper. The cigar is medium to full bodied. In this stage the cigar got a lot darker. I rated the second third 90.




The cigar lasted 1 hour 8 minutes. This cigar performed just like the Sumatra version but one tick better. In the final third I had light brown sugar, light citrus peel, a lot of leather, a lot of black coffee, light walnut, and light nutmeg. The finish is a combination of the first and second thirds; light walnut, leather, and black coffee with good lingering black pepper. The cigar is now full bodied. The cigar didn't wow me but it's not bad. I rated the final third 91.




Overall Score: 91

August 02, 2021

JR Cigar to Release Foundation Cigars El Güegüense JR 50th Collector’s Edition



The list of 50th Anniversary collaborators for JR Cigar continues to grow. Now the company is joining forces with industry icon Nick Melillo and his team at Foundation Cigars for the release of a new version of Foundation’s first cigar -- El Güegüense.   

El Güegüense, Spanish for “The Wise Man,” is the name of a Nicaraguan dramatic theater piece from the 16th Century. It is one of the oldest indigenous works in the Western Hemisphere. Melillo chose the name in honor of his love of Nicaragua and its people. In 2020, Foundation released a 5th Anniversary edition of the El Güegüense with a slightly tweaked blend – and JR Cigar’s 50th Collector’s Edition is based on that special blend.  

“It is an incredible honor to work with JR Cigar on this project and to bring a touch of Foundation Cigars to the 50th Celebration,” Melillo said. “El Güegüense was our first release and will always hold a special place in my heart, and seeing as how we just released a special 5th anniversary edition, I thought it would be perfect to turn this tweaked blend into something special for JR Cigar. “



Hand crafted in Nicaragua at the TABSA factory, the El Güegüense JR 50th uses aged Corojo ‘99 and Criollo ‘99 filler tobaccos from Nicaragua. The binder is a special Mexican San Andrés leaf that is cloaked in a flawless Corojo ‘99 wrapper from the Jalapa region of Nicaragua. The Nicaraguan tobaccos provide that signature tobacco sweetness while also adding touches of spice and a richness from the San Andrés Binder.

This cigar is offered in a custom 10-count box with a beautiful art piece on the inside cover. The artwork was designed by Melillo and Foundation Art Director Alex Garcia. Available in one size: 6 ¼ X 46 Lonsdale, just 500 boxes have been made.   

Priced at $13.00 per cigar; $116.95 per box, this cigar will be available August 17, exclusively at www.JRCigars.com.



Protocol Cigars announces 3rd release of John Doe series; John Doe 3.0



Protocol Cigars is once again proud to announce their third installment in the John Doe Series called the John Doe 3.0. John Doe is the name given to unidentified males until identification can be made at a later time. The cigars will come in a 10 count paper bundle with an MSRP of $95.00 per 10 count bundle and $9.50 per single cigar. The John Doe 3.0 will come in a 5 x 52 vitola. The cigar band is plain white paper with black lettering spelling out John Doe 3.0. All we can say at this time is that the cigar is bold and full bodied. Like prior John Doe installments, the wrapper, binder, and filler are unidentified at this time. The only available information is the birthplace. It has been confirmed that the birthplace is Estelí, Nicaragua. To be exact, The La Zona Cigar Factory, under the watchful eye of Erik Espinosa and under the tutelage of Hector Alfonso Sr. Like prior installments in the series, it will be a true limited release with only 200 bundles made available, and just like all prior installments, they will never be released again, once hey are gone they are gone forever.



This installment of the John Doe 3.0 will be released in partnership with Omertà Cigar Company for the in store event and Puro Cigar House for online sales. The release date will be Saturday, August 14th starting at 6pm Central Time. There will be a Virtual event starting at 6pm Central time on Zoom. Owner and operator Jarrett E. Jackson will be hosting the Virtual Release Party. Jarrett added: “Omertà Cigar Company and Puro Cigar House are Push-Up Pumped to join forces with Juan and Kevin of Protocol Cigars for this exclusive limited release, we are just as big of a cigar fans as are our valued customers. We strive to give our our customers distinctive and rare projects that they cannot get anywhere else. They deserve these one of a kind projects and it is our honor and pleasure to give it to them!” The link to buy the protocol John Doe 3.0 is https://puro-cigar-house.myshopify.com/



August 01, 2021

ADVentura Navigator Cadamosto (6 1/4 x 50)

 





Video review HERE.


(Description taken from Adventuracigars.com website)

Navigator is the second release from Adventura. This cigar utilizes a nautical theme.

From the ADVentura Chronicles:

With the new discovery of tobacco, ADVentura and his companion McKay joyfully went back home. The way from the island of Kiskeya back to the old world was anything but easy. Rough sea, infernal storms and a sickly crew often strained the nerves of the explorers. Nautical precision was the demand. Each route was measured, calculated and accurately recorded into the logbook. The required concentration and the pressure while navigating, called for an immediate mental relaxation. What a blessing, ADVentura and McKay had enough leaves of this delightful and exquisite herb with them! McKay hurried into the storage.

Shocked he realized that all the different tobacco leaves had ended up in a total mess due to the stormy weather. McKay picked spontaneously a couple of leaves, rolled and instantly lighted them. The freshly rolled herb revealed a medium-strong and a wonderful bouquet of mocha and roasted nut in the first quarter. Further, some leathery spicy flavours with hints of toffee and caramel aromas delighted the palate. McKay was blown away and ran excitedly to ADVentura on deck, who already had land in sight ...


Blend:

Wrapper: San Andres Maduro, Mexico

Binder: Sumatra, Indonesia

Filler: Dom. Rep., Nicaragua & Ecuador


Available vitolas:

Pinzón 5.5 x 50

Magellan 4.75 x 54

Francis D. 6 x 44

Cadamosto 6.25 x 50 REVIEWED TODAY

Cabral 6 x 54

Columbus 6 x 60


The cigar is a torpedo shape. Actually I'd call it a pyramid since it tapers the full length of the cigar after the cap. It starts out at approximately 40 ring and gradually tapers to a 50 ring at the foot. It has an average feel in the hand.




The test draw after cutting the cap was good. The initial flavors at light up were semi-sweet chocolate, cocoa, light cedar, leather, and black coffee. The start is quite dark and not very sweet. 



At the first third (30 minutes) the cigar is starting to develop the flavors. The chocolate is developing more defined notes and the brown sugar is increasing. There's a citrus peel note to go along with the light leather and black coffee. The black pepper at this point is about average. I rated it 7. The finish is semi-sweet chocolate and pretty good lingering black pepper. The cigar is medium bodied. The cigar is still very dark but it's getting some added sweetness and development. I rated the first third 91.




As I moved through the second third (50 minutes) the cigar is really starting to get better. The citrus notes are starting to come out. There are nice cocoa notes to go along with the semi-sweet chocolate. There are now nutmeg notes and increasing brown sugar. The finish is cocoa and nutmeg with very good lingering black pepper. The black pepper on the front end has increased to 8. The cigar is medium bodied. I like the improvements. I rated the second third 93.




The cigar lasted 1 hour 7 minutes. The cigar is the best it's been so far in this third. The ring gauge has steadily decreased which indicates the smaller ring cigars in this blend may be the better of the bunch. The notes now are semi-sweet chocolate, cocoa, light cedar, a drop or two of citrus, brown sugar, a small amount of toffee, very light leather, and black coffee. The cigar now is medium to full bodied. The finish is brown sugar, toffee, and very good lingering black pepper. The front end black pepper is now 8 1/2. It has steadily increased throughout the burn. I rated the final third 94. This is a good cigar that starts out dark and undeveloped but improves through the second and third stage.




Overall Score: 92.67

July 31, 2021

Southern Draw Manzanita Toro (6 x 52)





Video review HERE.


(Description taken from Halfwheel.com website)

Late last year, Southern Draw released a blend that was created to pay homage to the origins of tobacco itself.

The cigar is named Manzanita—which translates to little apple from Spanish—and while we don’t know where the tobacco comes from, we do know that the wrapper is a habano hybrid leaf, the binder is a habano leaf, and the filler contains pelo de oro, corojo 99, and ligero tobaccos. The regular production line launched in a single 6 x 52 toro vitola priced at $14.99 each packaged in boxes of 10 that are being produced at Tabacalera AJ Fernandez Cigars de Nicaragua S.A. factory.

According to Southern Draw, the somewhat unusual name came about while Abdel Fernandez, Robert Holt and Sharon Holt, along with members of their respective teams, were inspecting bales of the habano hybrid leaves that would be used for the wrapper and noticed how they had an oily, deep red color, reminiscent of the red bark of a manzanita tree.

“We have long desired to share the history of traditional tobacco and its spiritual importance and then we had an epiphany while working on names for our new cigar release,” said Robert Holt, founder of Southern Draw, in a press release. “Some nostalgic names were thrown around, but, when we saw this leaf, its deep red color, observed the texture, rolled the tabaquiados and smoked them together, there was a unanimous endorsement that Manzanita, meaning ‘little apple’ in Spanish, describing the tiny, apple-like fruit, was perfect.”


Blend and Origin:

Wrapper: Undisclosed (Habano Hybrid)

Binder: Undisclosed (Habano)

Filler: Undisclosed (Pelo de Oro, Corojo 99 & Ligero)

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

Country of Origin: Nicaragua


The cigar has a reddish wrapper and has a nice feel in the hand.




The test draw after cutting the cap was good. The initial flavors at light up were cedar, a lot of citrus peel, brown sugar, a drop of orange citrus, nutmeg, leather, and black coffee. There was a nice amount of black pepper rated at 7 1/2. Nice start.



At the first third (29 minutes) the citrus peel is a little tangy. It's sweet with the brown sugar. The nutmeg is a little elevated and it's thick and chunky. There was still light leather and a black coffee base. If you hold the smoke and let it out slowly you will get a wisp of caramel. From the light up through the first third the cigar improved. The finish is citrus peel, brown sugar, nutmeg, and pretty good lingering black pepper. The cigar is medium bodied. I rated the first third 94.




As I moved through the second third (1 hour 6 minutes) the nutmeg really rose, along with the leather. The notes are citrus peel, brown sugar, nutmeg, leather, and black coffee. But the nutmeg made the biggest gain with the leather elevating but not quite as much as the nutmeg. The cigar is still medium bodied. The finish is leather, nutmeg, and a little brown sugar with pretty good lingering black pepper. I lowered the second third score to 92.




The cigar lasted 1 hour 29 minutes. In the final third I had more of a cedar and brown sugar with the nutmeg, leather, and black coffee. The cigar seems to be a little better since the elevated nutmeg reduced somewhat. The lingering black pepper became quite elevated and nice. The finish is nutmeg and brown sugar with that very nice lingering black pepper. The cigar ended at medium bodied. The cigar made some minor improvements but not enough to change the score. I held 92 for the final third. Nice cigar.




Overall Score: 92.67

July 29, 2021

Drew Estate introduces Liga Privada Unico Serie Papas Fritas in 25-Count Boxes



Beginning in August, Drew Estate’s Liga Privada Unico Serie Papas Fritas (115 x 44) cigars will be available in new 25-count boxes, replacing the current 50-count boxes.

Upon its launch in 2012, the quirky Papas Fritas vitola quickly became one of the most beloved and popular offerings in the Liga Privada Unico Serie line. Papas Fritas’ small, handy size made the cigar an excellent choice for cigar lovers who only have a short time to enjoy a rich and savory Liga Privada.

While the packaging will be changing to consumer-friendly 25-count boxes, the uniquely constructed cigars in each box will remain the same Papas Fritas the marketplace has come to love. Featuring Drew Estate’s signature fantail, Papas Fritas delivers the rich and robust complexity of Liga Privada in a short smoke size.

From Sag Harbor, N.Y., Drew Estate’s Founder and President, Jonathan Drew, says, “Papas Fritas punch above their weight class with lots of rich heartiness that grabs your attention from the first pull. These gnarly little knockouts have extraordinary character that makes people crazy, asking ‘How they pack that little beast with so much flavor?’ I feel good about the shift from 50- to 25-count, as it makes it a bit easier for our Liga Freaks to snap up a box all quick and easy, like ‘Don’t worry, Flavor’s vision ain’t blurry.’ That’s Public Enemy by the way.”

Available only to Drew Diplomat Program participants beginning in  August, Papas Fritas will have an MSRP of $143.87/ 25-count box or $5.75/cigar.

Punch Aniversario to launch in September



Since its humble beginnings in 1840 as a cigar created for export to the United Kingdom, Punch has been a stalwart brand that has weathered many storms and withstood the test of time. It has captured the palates and hearts of generations of cigar enthusiasts, most notably discerning American smokers who continually turn to Punch for its expert craftsmanship, indulgent flavor and confident branding.

To commemorate the momentous occasion of the brand’s 180th anniversary, Punch is proud to release its most limited offering to date with “Aniversario,” a spectacular cigar befitting the Punch legacy.

Ed Lahmann, senior brand manager of Punch said, “Perhaps more than any other handmade cigar brand that has graced a tobacconist’s humidor, Punch has been symbolic of a trailblazer, a maverick and one who is unapologetically self-assured in their choices. Today, we celebrate Punch as the first name in Honduran-crafted cigars with this special release. We look forward to upholding the brand’s legacy for today’s Punch loyalists and the next generation of Punch enthusiasts.”



The Punch blending team at the HATSA factory in Danli, Honduras developed the cigar to offer an indulgent, hourlong smoking experience, giving the Connecticut Broadleaf wrapper additional cedar aging to enhance the tobacco and create a deeper, richer profile. The blend features proprietary, hand-selected leaves from the Dominican Republic, Nicaragua and Honduras and a Connecticut Broadleaf binder to create a dimensional, earthy cigar that is equally as indulgent as it is satisfying.

Punch Aniversario will be released exclusively to select brick and mortar retailers in early September and only 3,400 boxes of this commemorative blend have been produced. The cigars are presented in ten-count wooden boxes, handsomely accented with navy and gold.

Punch Aniversario Double Corona (7.25 x 54); SRP per cigar $14.99



July 27, 2021

Tatuaje T110 Ecuadorian Sumatra (4 3/8 x 52)





Video review HERE.


(Description taken from Halfwheel.com website)

After debuting in 2009 Pete Johnson has brought back the T110 in 2 different wrappers. He swapped out the original Ecuadorian Habano wrapper for Connecticut Broadleaf and Ecuadorian Sumatra, both of which Johnson uses elsewhere in his portfolio of cigars. They will also wear secondary bands indicating they aren’t using the same wrapper as the original T110. 

The cigars are all short robustos that measure 4 3/8 x 52, and use the same Nicaraguan binder and filler across the three variations. Each has an MSRP of $10 and comes in boxes of 25 cigars, with 2,400 boxes of both the Broadleaf and Sumatra versions being produced, compared to just 1,000 boxes of the Ecuadorian habano version. For that latter cigar, 400 boxes were made exclusively for R. Field Wine Co. in Honolulu, Hawaii, and which are indicated as such by adding the store’s logo to the cliche.

Once this batch of T110s is gone, Pete does not plan on bringing them back for three to five years, as the T110 is part of the Tatuaje Limited Series, a group of cigars that Johnson said will rotate in and out in between production runs.


The cigar is nice looking and has an average feel in the hand.




The test draw after cutting the cap was good. The initial flavors at light up were cedar, brown sugar, nougat, and a lot of black pepper which I rated an 8. You don't have a black coffee base at this point. Rather, you have a black pepper base. 



At the first third (29 minutes) the flavors are just like the light up. The primary flavor is the nougat, followed by the brown sugar, and cedar. The black pepper is still very good at 7 1/2. The nougat is a nice flavor but it's not a wow flavor. The finish is actually where I noticed coffee. There is a lot of black coffee and a little nougat to give it a sort of coffee with some sweet cream effect. There was a nice amount of black pepper. The cigar is medium bodied. At this point the cigar is good but not great. I rated the first third 91.




Moving through the second third (51 minutes) I had a massive influence of nutmeg. It came out of nowhere to squash the sweet nougat and brown sugar. Oh, they're still there but they are suffering. The black pepper is still very good. It's back up to around 8 again. I didn't have cedar anymore. The notes are now nougat, brown sugar, and heavy nutmeg. The finish is nutmeg and nougat with elevated lingering black pepper. The cigar is medium to full bodied. The cigar took a little hit with the nutmeg. I rated the second third 89.




The cigar lasted 1 hour 4 minutes. There was a little bounce back of the nougat and brown sugar and a retreat of the nutmeg. I'd say the nougat and brown sugar came back about 50% of what they were originally. The finish is unchanged. The cigar is still medium to full bodied. This is a nice cigar but it falls short of being really good or great. I rated the final third 90.




Overall Score: 90

Macanudo releases Vintage 2010


The world’s first Vintage cigar was created by Macanudo nearly 40 years ago to spotlight an exceptional wrapper developed in part by Mother Nature herself. Today, the Vintage tradition continues with Macanudo Vintage 2010, thanks to ideal climatic conditions, meticulous curing and precise maturation techniques perfected by the artisans of Macanudo.

The 2010 growing season saw the highest temperatures in 25 years in the Connecticut River Valley, with high humidity and optimal rainfall that yielded an exceptionally silky shade-grown wrapper tobacco. Cured and aged for an entire decade to bring forth an array of pleasing notes on the palate, this singular tobacco makes its debut in Macanudo Vintage 2010.

Ernest Gocaj who oversees the Connecticut growing operations for Macanudo said, “We could not have asked for a better growing season than we had in 2010. Yet this is only part of the story. After such a beautiful crop is harvested, the hard work begins again because the most critical process for growing tobacco is curing. Given how unique and special this crop was, we were obsessive in monitoring the tobacco throughout the eight-week curing process, and ultimately brought its very best attributes to life.”

A deeply-aged assortment of tobaccos complement this exceptional wrapper to deliver the mellow indulgence that is Macanudo Vintage 2010. The blend features Dominican Piloto Cubano 94, a proprietary Cuban-seed varietal regenerated by General Cigar’s agronomists over a ten-year process that ultimately resurrected the unique aroma and taste characteristics the tobacco possessed two decades earlier. The Dominican Piloto Cubano 94 is married to hand-selected Nicaraguan and Honduran leaves, aged three and five years, respectively. The blend is bound with a Honduran leaf.

With a fragrant cedar aroma, this creamy, mellow smoke has indulgent notes of wood and vanilla and a lightly herbaceous finish, and all the makings of an incredibly memorable smoking experience.

Macanudo Vintage 2010 will be released on August 17 in three sizes, each developed to enhance the superlative wrapper tobacco. The cigars are presented in handmade, solid wood boxes that protect 20 expertly-crafted cigars, each made by artisans at General Cigar Dominicana in Santiago, DR.

Toro Grande (6.625” x 54); SRP per cigar $11.99

Torpedo (6.25” x 52); SRP per cigar $11.99

Churchill (7.25 x 48); SRP per cigar $12.29



July 26, 2021

JR Cigar to Release 50th Anniversary Humidor


To celebrate its 50th Anniversary, JR Cigar is releasing a limited-edition humidor designed by renowned accessory designer Nick Nanavichit and his team at Nsolo Consulting Group.

Nsolo previously designed the Davidoff Winston Churchill Wooden Ashtray set as well as several other prominent boxes and accessories.

“The entire year-long 50th Anniversary campaign has been such a fun project for us – and this humidor has really got the JR Team excited,” says Nick Libretti, Brand Manager for JR Cigar. “While our cigar releases are at the forefront, we wanted to create something commemorative and special for our customers. This humidor not only celebrates our past, but also showcases our bright future,” he says.

The 100-count humidor is crafted with cedar wood for the entire interior, and its handle, feet and hinges are gold plated zinc metal. The JR 50th anniversary logo is adorned with gold foil and, inside, the 50th logo is branded into the wood and tray. The humidor also includes a space for Boveda packs.



Each of the just 50 limited edition humidors measures 16.4” W x 9.6” L x 7.17” H and carries its own production number.

Priced at $399.95, this humidor will be available July 29, exclusively at www.JRCigars.com.

July 25, 2021

ADVentura The Explorer Torpedo (6 x 52)





Video review HERE.


(Description taken from adventuracigars.com website)

ADVentura - The Explorer, the first creation of Marcel Knobel (Cuba d'Oro – Fine Artisanal Cigars) and Henderson Ventura (Tabacalera William Ventura, Santiago DR).

The Adventura cigar line highlights the fictional travels of Adventura and McKay as they travel the world.

For The Explorer the Adventura website describes their adventures this way:

It was in 1490, when the young explorer ADVENTURA and his companion McKay left Europe with their crew and started on one of their greatest adventures. Not conquests or gold treasures were their desire - their passionate drive was to discover the unknown pleasures of this world. When they were stranded on the island Kiskeya in spring 1490 and the island’s natives came closer, they saw that they held a small smouldering fire in their hands, which came from a rolled, fragrant plant. Dry leaves of this herb were rolled and at one end it was glowing. At the other end the natives were drawing the smoke with great pleasure. This sensuous activity seemed to be very inspiring for the natives.


Blend:

Wrapper: Mexican Cuban-seed Habano

Binder: Ecuadorian Sumatra

Filler: Dominican Republic, Ecuador


Available vitolas:

Short robusto-4 x 50

Corona Gorda-5 3/4 x 46

Robusto Grande-5 x 54

Torpedo-6 x 52 REVIEWED TODAY

Gran Toro-6 x 54

Gordo-6 x 60


The cigar is nice looking and well made. It has an average feel in the hand.




The test draw after taking the minimum from the torpedo cap was very good. The initial flavors at light up were about as odd as I've ever experienced; citrus peel, steak, cocoa, and earthy black coffee. There was black pepper rated at 7 1/2. I fully expect things to settle down and change as we progress but those are some unusual initial flavors.



At the first third (33 minutes) the flavors have settled down into something more normal. They are now citrus peel, brown sugar, leather, cocoa, and a lot of earthy black coffee. The finish is citrus peel and cocoa with very good lingering black pepper. The cigar is medium bodied at this point. The cigar is somewhat intriguing due to it's unique flavor combinations, especially at the light up. I want to see if the cigar develops a little more. I rated the first third 90.




As I moved through the second third (1 hour) the cigar improved. The citrus peel and brown sugar now have a little of actual citrus note making it sweeter. The leather notes are still there but the cocoa notes are not. The earthy black coffee is in abundance. There are even nutmeg notes woven throughout the flavors which actually helps the cigar. The cigar is now medium to full bodied. The finish is citrus peel, light citrus, leather, and very good lingering black pepper. To me, the cigar improved. I rated the second third 92.




The cigar lasted 1 hour 25 minutes. Nothing much changed from the second third through the end. The citrus peel, citrus, and brown sugar are about equal in amount to the leather and earthy black coffee so the cigar is somewhat in balance. The cigar is medium to full bodied. The finish is unchanged. I held 92 for the final third. Since this was the initial offering from Adventura I can see how this cigar would cause people to take note of them. It got many people's attention.




Overall Score: 91.33

July 24, 2021

diesel Crucible (6 x 52)









Video review HERE.


(Description provided by Forged Cigar Co.)

Diesel is set to roll out “Crucible,” the third and final expression in the brand’s “Elixir Trilogy.” Crucible follows the top-rated “Hair of the Dog” and “Delirium” releases which both sold out within weeks of their launch dates in 2019 and 2020.

Like previous Elixir blends, Crucible will be a limited-edition, full-bodied smoke available in just one size, with distinctive design elements that give a nod to innovation and experimentation.

Only 3,000 boxes of Diesel Crucible have been made, and the cigars begin shipping to retailers on April 26.

Senior Brand Manager Justin Andrews said, “Diesel Crucible concludes the Elixir trilogy on a high note. It’s definitely a full-bodied smoke, and definitely for an experienced palate. But it’s more than that: This cigar takes a sophisticated approach to strength. There are so many intricacies with this blend, it’s like a new experience with every draw. I know you’re not supposed to play favorites but to me, this is the best release of the series.”

Handcrafted at Tabacalera AJ Fernandez in Esteli, Nicaragua, and blended by AJ Fernandez with Justin Andrews, Crucible features an Ecuadoran Habano wrapper that AJ selected to undergo a deep aging process to further develop its bold characteristics.

When blended with a Nicaraguan binder and Nicaraguan and Honduran fillers, the experience delivers a unique Central American spice, brimming with an array of spices, hints of toasted nuts and an unexpected whisper of nougat on the palate.

Diesel Crucible will be released in a Toro (6” x 52) that will sell for an SRP of $9.99 per cigar. The cigars are presented in rustic, ten-count wooden boxes with two compartments, each containing five cigars.


The cigar is well made and is a soft box press. It has an average feel in the hand.




The test draw after cutting the cap was good. The initial flavors at light up were citrus peel, cedar, brown sugar, leather, and black coffee. There is just a minor amount of nutmeg and almost unmentionable. There was a lot of black pepper which I rated at 8. The cigar tasted like it's going to be very full bodied. We'll see.



At the first third (33 minutes) there was a lot of earthy black coffee. From the light-up through the first third the sweetness has decreased and the black coffee has increased. The black pepper is still very good. I don't have the citrus peel anymore. It's more of a cedar and brown sugar. There was light leather but you will mostly notice the elevated black coffee. The cigar is medium bodied. The finish is a creamy nutmeg and minor brown sugar with a lot of lingering black pepper. The cigar is quite dark and doesn't have a lot of sweetness. I rated the first third 91.




Moving through the second third (54 minutes) I had light cedar, light brown sugar, light toffee, leather, and elevated earthy black coffee. The sweetness is really suffering. I guess Justin likes very leathery, earthy cigars with a lot of black coffee. The finish is nutmeg, light toffee, and light brown sugar with very good lingering black pepper. The cigar is now medium to full bodied. I rated the second third 87.




The cigar lasted 1 hour 12 minutes. It kept going on the same path. I now had a lot of earthy black coffee, minor amounts of toffee, light leather, and a lot of black pepper. The finish is unchanged; nutmeg and toffee with a lot of lingering black pepper. The cigar reached full bodied in the final third. From the light up through the end the cigar lost sweetness while increasing in earthy black coffee. The cigar lost a lot of appeal. I rated the final third 83. For comparison I rated the Hair of the Dog 93 and the Delirium 91.33. In that regard I guess I'm the opposite of Justin. 




Overall Score: 87