October 30, 2020

Partagas Limited Reserve Decadas 2020, brick and mortar exclusive

The finest tobaccos of the past decade come to life with Partagas Limited Reserve Decadas 2020, an artistically-blended, limited edition release.

A spectacular example of tobacco mastery, this rarefied offering features deeply-aged tobaccos that deliver an exquisite and refined smoking experience.

Matt Wilson, senior brand manager of Partagas said, “Partagas Limited Reserve Decadas 2020 brings our venerable Cameroon tobacco to life in an intriguing way through an exclusive blend developed solely for this release. For cigar smokers who appreciate the depth of aged Cameroon wrapper and who seek extraordinary smoking experiences, Partagas Limited Reserve Decadas 2020 is the ultimate super-premium indulgence.”

As with previous releases of Partagas Limited Reserve Decadas, this distinguished offering features Cameroon wrapper leaves from the exceptional 2008-2009 growing season. Only an average of three per thousand leaves from that very crop were hand selected to adorn Partagas Limited Reserve Decadas 2020. More than a decade later, this spectacular wrapper returns, this time surrounded by a unique blend of aged tobaccos.


The limited edition, super-premium offering boasts a blend of proprietary tobaccos from the Dominican Republic (Piloto Cubano from the 2009 crop) and a Mexican San Andreas leaf cultivated in 1997-1998. A Mexican San Andres binder from the 1997-1998 growing season completes the blend.

The experience of Partagas Limited Reserve Decadas is one of complexity, as the aged tobaccos come together to deliver notes of cedar, earth and wild honey.

Developed to optimize the tobaccos that comprise Partagas Limited Reserve Decadas 2020, the blend will be released in a single size called “Dalia.” Meticulously handcrafted according to the exacting standards set forth by Ramón Cifuentes, the legendary Cuban cigar maker who developed the Partagas brand, the 6.75” x 43 Dalia will sell for $17.99 per cigar, until the limited supply of 2,500 boxes is depleted.

Partagas Limited Reserve Decadas 2020 will be sold exclusively through brick and mortar retailers.

Partagas Limited Reserve Decadas 2020 is presented in crystal tubes with a hand-applied wax closure. Each box contains ten cigars. Handcrafted by artisans at General Cigar Dominicana in Santiago, D.R., Partagas Limited Reserve Decadas ships to retailers on November 2, 2020.


October 29, 2020

DIESEL RELEASES EXCLUSIVE WHISKEY ROW SHERRY CASK BLEND FOR HOLIDAY 2020


Diesel is ringing in the 2020 holiday season with a new twist on its wildly-popular Whiskey Row Sherry Cask blend. Created exclusively for the 2020 holiday season, the barber-pole wrapped cigar comes in just one size, packed in a branded and bonded tabletop whiskey barrel.

The 5” x 56 Gordo bears the blend’s original Connecticut Broadleaf wrapper and is intermixed with a Connecticut Shade wrapper to deliver interludes of unexpected creaminess. The blend was developed by Justin Andrews, blended by AJ Fernandez and is handcrafted at Tabacalera AJ Fernandez in Estelí.

Diesel Whiskey Row Sherry Cask calls upon a proprietary aging process developed by AJ to deepen the complexity of the blend by barrel-aging the rare Brazilian Alagoas Arapiraca binder leaf in Rabbit Hole’s Pedro Ximénez Sherry barrels. This process brings forth subtle notes of honey, vanilla and molasses. When blended with spicy Nicaraguan Habano leaves and crowned with natural and maduro Connecticut wrappers, the result is a cigar that delivers all the makings of an ideal smoking experience: spice, creaminess, subtle sweetness and complexity.

The cigars are presented in a keepsake wooden whiskey barrel that holds ten cigars and includes a lid that doubles as an ashtray. This special offer was produced in limited quantities and will sell for a suggested retail price of $124.99 for the cigars and barrel. Diesel Whiskey Row Sherry Cask ship to retailers on October 26, 2020.

The original Diesel Whiskey Row Sherry Cask launched in 2019 and has received critical acclaim, including a 91 rating from Cigar Aficionado, and inclusion in Cigar Snob’s list of the top 25 cigars of 2019.

October 27, 2020

Viaje Zombie Collector's Edition 2020 Green (5 1/2 x 54 figurado)








Video review HERE.


(Description taken from Cigar-coop.com website)

While Viaje is known for keeping information low-key on its releases, when it comes to the Viaje Zombie series, it’s as low key as it comes. This year, the Viaje Zombie Series is being released in three blends: Green (Natural), Red (Maduro), and Black (Unknown). In addition, the Zombie Series will be a part of Viaje’s Collector’s Series – getting a special one time release in the form of a 5 1/2 x 54 figurado. The announcement of the line came early this month and now the cigars have begun to arrive at retailers.

Viaje’s “Collector’s Edition” designation was first introduced in 2012. It provides a special cigar size for those who like to “collect” Viaje cigars. The Collector’s Edition releases have been “one and done” – meaning the cigars are made once and there are no plans to make more.

Since 2014, the Viaje Zombie has been released in the Zombie Green and Zombie Red lines. The Zombie Black is not completely new, as it had been seen in a release aimed at the cigar market in China.

All three Zombie blends are presented in the signature 20-count elongated box the line is known for.


Today we take a look at the Green.


The cigar is a very dark for a natural. It has a decent feel in the hand and the foot, like the others, is closed.




The test draw was ok taking into account the foot is closed. The initial flavors at light up were a somewhat tangy, sweet citrus, brown sugar, a little cinnamon, leathery nutmeg, and light black coffee. The sweeter flavors are almost dwarfed by the leathery nutmeg. You get the leathery nutmeg micro-seconds after the sweeter notes. There was light black pepper initially rated at 6 1/2 to 7.



At the first third (31 minutes) the leather and nutmeg are really increasing. They take away from the sweeter notes of citrus and brown sugar. The cinnamon has greatly reduced and almost gone. There is orange peel in the mix, also. The black coffee is much less in this cigar than the other 2. The black pepper has risen to a solid 7. The finish is a leathery nutmeg with modest lingering black pepper. The cigar is medium bodied. The cigar is ok at this point; not great. I rated the first third 91.




Moving through the second third (1 hour 6 minutes) there was modest improvement. The citrus and brown sugar are slightly improved. The nutmeg and leather are still very much elevated. The cigar is medium to full bodied. The finish has a lot of leather and nutmeg with improved lingering black pepper. The cigar is slightly better so I raised the score to 92 for the second third.




The cigar lasted 1 hour 33 minutes. The best burn time of all 3. The citrus notes are now more like cedar with light brown sugar. There is still quite a bit of nutmeg and leather. The black coffee became elevated to a moderate amount. Not nearly as much as the Black or Red. The black pepper reached 7 1/2. The cigar is full bodied. The finish is unchanged but the lingering black pepper is pretty good. The best it has been. Overall the sweet notes went back to the way they were in the first third so I lowered the score to 91 for the final third. This cigar has been the best of the 3 but it's not great. In conclusion, the Zombie Collector's Edition 2020 did not overly impress me.



Overall Score: 91.33

CAO LAUNCHES VISION


CAO proudly presents Vision, a limited edition cigar inspired by the fans of CAO and the tutelage of the brand’s Blender/Ambassador Rick Rodriguez by the legendary Benji Menendez.

“Whether traveling across the world visiting cigar shops and even in doing virtual events as I have been for the last several months, the CAO fans always tell me that CAO Cameroon is one of the absolute best Cameroons on the market. It got me thinking about the time I spent learning the art of leaf priming and selection with Benji Menendez. Back then he loved Cameroon wrapper (he still does, by the way), and he spent a lot of time teaching me which tobaccos are the best for bringing out the Cameroon’s natural sweetness. I’ve never developed my own blend with a Cameroon wrapper, and I thought it was time to do it, to share my take on a Cameroon-wrapped cigar with Benji and the fans of CAO. It’s my way of saying thank you for this amazing career I have in the cigar business,” said Rick Rodriguez.

Rick and the CAO blending team in Nicaragua experimented with dozens of combinations before ultimately meeting Rick’s ideal of what CAO Vision should be. Calling upon the knowledge imparted in him by Benji Menendez and based on the preferences of his own seasoned palate, Rick settled on a blend that features tobaccos from three countries and four growing regions.

After meticulous selection for aesthetics and flavor, only the finest Cameroon wrapper leaves were chosen for CAO Vision. The delicate, toothy wrapper was placed over an Ecuadoran Sumatra binder and Nicaraguan Habanos fillers from Estelí and Jalapa. The result is an unforgettable cigar that delivers elaborate notes of nuts and spice and culminates in a subtly-sweet finish.


Just as Benji Menendez’s knowledge was a gift to Rick, Vision is a gift to the fans of CAO who continue to support the brand year in and year out. CAO Vision is packaged as such, in a custom-made, 20-count humidor, constructed out of Spanish cedar with piano hinges. The humidor features cascading lights that illuminate the sheen of the Cameroon wrapper and underscore the cigar’s meticulous construction.

Handcrafted at STG Estelí in Nicaragua, CAO Vision will be released in just one size, a 7” x 50 Churchill called Vision which will sell for a suggested retail price of $18.99 per cigar. For the U.S. market, 2,500 boxes will be made available beginning on November 9.

In support of the brand’s popularity in export markets, CAO will release 2,000 boxes of Vision to select retailers in Europe and Asia.



October 25, 2020

Viaje Zombie Collector's Edition 2020 Red (5 1/2 x 54 figurado)






Video review HERE.


(Description taken from Cigar-coop.com website)

While Viaje is known for keeping information low-key on its releases, when it comes to the Viaje Zombie series, it’s as low key as it comes. This year, the Viaje Zombie Series is being released in three blends: Green (Natural), Red (Maduro), and Black (Unknown). In addition, the Zombie Series will be a part of Viaje’s Collector’s Series – getting a special one time release in the form of a 5 1/2 x 54 figurado. The announcement of the line came early this month and now the cigars have begun to arrive at retailers.

Viaje’s “Collector’s Edition” designation was first introduced in 2012. It provides a special cigar size for those who like to “collect” Viaje cigars. The Collector’s Edition releases have been “one and done” – meaning the cigars are made once and there are no plans to make more.

Since 2014, the Viaje Zombie has been released in the Zombie Green and Zombie Red lines. The Zombie Black is not completely new, as it had been seen in a release aimed at the cigar market in China.

All three Zombie blends are presented in the signature 20-count elongated box the line is known for.

Today we look at the Red.


The cigar is pretty much black. It is very dark. The foot of this cigar is closed.




The test draw was somewhat lacking due to the closed foot but it gave a hint that it will be ok when the cigar is lit. The initial flavors at light up were a lot of unsweetened dark chocolate and black coffee. a touch of brown sugar, and quite a bit of a citrus peel/nutmeg mix. There was black pepper rated at 8+. The cigar is very dark noted but it has a little sweetness initially.



At the first third (27 minutes) the sweetness has not increased. It is very low. The predominant flavors are unsweetened dark chocolate and black coffee. The citrus peel notes are a little toned down but they still combine with a lot of nutmeg. There is just a slight amount of brown sugar. The black pepper remains very good. The cigar is medium to full bodied. The finish is mostly nutmeg with a little dark chocolate and pretty good lingering black pepper. This cigar has less sweetness than the Black that I reviewed yesterday. I rated the first third 87.




Moving through the second third (55 minutes) the cigar is marginally better. The sharp dark chocolate and black coffee notes are smoother. There is still very little sweetness. Still quite a bit of nutmeg. The orange peel is still subdued. The black pepper remains very good. The cigar is still medium to full bodied. With the smoothness I raised the score to 88.




The cigar lasted 1 hour 17 minutes. It was about like it was in the second third but now there are some nice dry cedar notes that actually added some "sweetness" to the rather bland dark chocolate and black coffee. The other notes are still in play but you focus on the dark chocolate and black coffee. The cigar hit a low grade full bodied. The finish is unchanged. This is an extremely dark noted cigar with minimal sweetness. I held the score of 88 for the final third.



Overall Score: 87.67

October 24, 2020

Viaje Zombie Collector's Edition 2020 Black (5 1/2 x 54 figurado)








Video review HERE.


(Description taken from Cigar-coop.com website)

While Viaje is known for keeping information low-key on its releases, when it comes to the Viaje Zombie series, it’s as low key as it comes. This year, the Viaje Zombie Series is being released in three blends: Green (Natural), Red (Maduro), and Black (Unknown). 





In addition, the Zombie Series will be a part of Viaje’s Collector’s Series – getting a special one time release in the form of a 5 1/2 x 54 figurado. The announcement of the line came early this month and now the cigars have begun to arrive at retailers.

Viaje’s “Collector’s Edition” designation was first introduced in 2012. It provides a special cigar size for those who like to “collect” Viaje cigars. The Collector’s Edition releases have been “one and done” – meaning the cigars are made once and there are no plans to make more.

Since 2014, the Viaje Zombie has been released in the Zombie Green and Zombie Red lines. The Zombie Black is not completely new, as it had been seen in a release aimed at the cigar market in China.

All three Zombie blends are presented in the signature 20-count elongated box the line is known for.

Today we look at the Black.


The cigar is well made and the figurado foot is closed.




The test draw after cutting the cap was not expected to be good but it had a slight draw. The draw opened up after lighting the cigar. The initial flavors at light up were a lot of earthiness. The black coffee is quite earthy. There is a cedar with a little brown sugar, dry nutmeg, and the earthy black coffee. There was black pepper rated at 7 1/2. 



At the first third (26 minutes) the lead flavors are now more of a citrus with orange peel. There is some brown sugar and a pasty nutmeg. There are still massive earthy black coffee notes. The finish is nutmeg with decent lingering black pepper. The cigar is medium bodied. The cigar is good but not great. I rated the first third 92.




Moving through the second third (51 minutes) the earthy black coffee continues to dominate. I think it may be why this cigar is called "Black". The citrus sweetness is diminished. There's a touch of sweetness from brown sugar. I still had the orange peel and nutmeg. The cigar is now medium to full bodied. The finish is still straight nutmeg with nice lingering black pepper. The massive earthy black coffee is holding the cigar back. I rated the second third 90.




The cigar lasted 1 hour 15 minutes. In a small way the sweetness did come back. There is a little more of a citrus note. The cigar is still medium to full bodied. This cigar is very dark with the massive earthy black coffee. The cigar is slightly better. I rated the final third 91.



Overall Score: 91

October 23, 2020

Drew Estate to donate $50,000 to Operation: Cigars for Warriors during its virtual Barn Smoker Live event on Nov. 14


Friday, October 23, 2020 — Miami, FL- Drew Estate announces today that it will donate $50,000 to Operation: Cigars for Warriors (CFW) during its virtual Barn Smoker Live event, which will broadcast directly from the Florida Sun Grown farm in Clermont, Fla., on Drew Estate’s Facebook page (facebook.com/drewestatecigar) on Nov. 14, from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m.

Due to COVID-19, Drew Estate cancelled the five Barn Smoker events that had been planned for 2020 in Connecticut, Kentucky, Pennsylvania, Louisiana and Florida. Instead, Drew Estate decided to Bring the Barn to the People, announcing its Barn Smoker Good Will Act, through which Drew Estate fully refunded all Barn Smoker ticketholders, sent each of these ticketholders all the incredible swag they would have otherwise received at the in-person events, and decided to showcase a virtual Barn Smoker open to all adults free of charge.

In 2014, Drew Estate hosted its first Barn Smoker at Hopkinsville, Ky. The event brought premium cigar consumers onto a real American tobacco farm and educated them on how the dark fire-cured tobacco used in the company’s Kentucky Fire-Cured cigars is grown, processed and finished. The event, which included local cuisine and spirits samplings proved so popular that the company has expanded its Barn Smoker program to a total of five annual events.

Jonathan Drew, founder and president of Drew Estate, notes, “I kinda view life as a great big mosaic of stories. As a tobacco man, I love the deep, raw, emotional and authentic stories of real American tobacco farmers and families. One of our goals at Barn Smoker is to immerse our DE family into farm life and premium leaf culture. This year, we have a virtual spin on things, but the team is hard at work loading in super duper surprises and cool shit. I have to say that most of all, I'm just lookin’ forward to chillin’ with you guys. Much love!”

A hallmark of each Barn Smoker has been assisting CFW, a 501(c)(3) charity that has shipped approximately 1.2 million cigars to deployed troops and has also provided them with boutique coffee, cigar accessories and other items. Drew Estate’s association with CFW dates to before the charity’s establishment in 2012 when Drew met CFW’s CEO, Storm Boen, and provided legal advice on how to set up a charity.

“Drew Estate has been our biggest supporter and J.D. [Jonathan Drew] has always been a big proponent of ours,” Boen says. “His legal background provided the foundation for Operation: Cigars for Warriors. Since then, he’s ensured that we are at all of Drew Estate’s Barn Smokers, which has helped us a lot, especially after 2016 when the FDA declared that manufacturers couldn’t donate cigars to troops anymore.”

Prior to 2016, Drew Estate had donated more than 150,000 cigars and has also donated approximately $250,000 to the charity to date. While the FDA now prohibits cigar companies from donating cigars to charitable causes, it still allows cigar companies to donate money to charities. A portion of each Barn Smoker ticket sold supports CFW, and Drew Estate also donates raffle items to raise additional money for the CFW at every Barn Smoker event. Despite not holding in-person Barn Smokers in 2020, Drew Estate will add another $50,000 to its charitable contributions to CFW on November 14th.

“While Covid-19 has seriously impacted all of us, it has had a tremendous effect on charitable contributions worldwide, but the missions these charities serve have not diminished,” says Drew Estate CEO, Glenn Wolfson. “In the face of tremendous challenges brought on by the pandemic, Cigars for Warriors continues to successfully fulfill its mission of sending deployed soldiers and sailors cigars and other much needed items they request. With gratitude to these brave men and women serving overseas, Drew Estate is proud to support Cigars for Warriors and we encourage everyone to consider donating their cigars, time or money to this worthwhile charity.”

Financial donations to Cigars for Warriors may be made via PayPal. Cigar donations may be made at an authorized Cigars for Warriors donation center or sent to Attention: Cigars for Warriors at 8585 SW Hwy 200 Unit # 16, Ocala, FL 34481. For more information, visit cigarsforwarriors.org.

October 20, 2020

Super Deluxe Robusto by Black Label Trading Co. (5 1/4 x 52)






Video review HERE.


(Description taken from Cigar-coop.com website)

The cigar features a San Andres Maduro wrapper over an Ecuadorian Habano binder and Nicaraguan fillers. The cigar is available in three box-pressed sizes: Petite Corona, Robusto, and Lancero. Each is available in 20-count boxes. Production is handled at Fabrica Oveja Negra in Estelí, Nicaragua.

“Super Deluxe highlights everything I love about bold tobacco. The combination of Nicaraguan fillers and Mexican wrapper work together to create a rich, dark, earthy profile, with subtle spice and layers of complex flavors,” said James Brown, creator of Black Label Trading Co. and partner at Fabrica Oveja Negra in a press release.

Distribution is handled by Oveja Negra Brands.


Blend and Origin

Wrapper: San Andrés Maduro

Binder: Ecuador Habano

Filler: Nicaragua

Country of Origin: Nicaragua

Factory: Fabrica Oveja Negra


Vitolas Offered

Petite Corona Box Press: 4 1/2 x 48 – MSRP $9.00

Robusto Box Press: 5 1/4 x 52 – MSRP $11.00 REVIEWED TODAY

Lancero Box Press: 7 x 42 – MSRP $11.50


The cigar is very dark, almost black. It has an above average feel in the hand for a robusto.




The test draw after cutting the cap was very good. The initial flavors at light up were citrus, brown sugar, touch of cinnamon, underlying caramel, pasty nutmeg, sweet dark chocolate, and black coffee. The sweeter flavors are more subtle than the darker notes but the cigar has nice sweetness. There was a nice amount of black pepper rated at an 8. Nice start.



At the first third (25 minutes) there is a capsule of citrus, brown sugar, increased cinnamon, caramel, creamy nutmeg, dark chocolate, and black coffee. The creamy nutmeg is smoothing out the entire cigar. The sweet notes are not as sharp and they even affect the darker notes. When compared to the Bishops Blend or Nocturne this cigar does not have the "in your face" sweetness and flavors. The nutmeg has smoothed out this cigar. The cigar is medium bodied. The finish is citrus and brown sugar along with a lot of nutmeg that is also smoothing out the finish. There is quite a bit of lingering black pepper. I rated the first third 94.




Moving through the second third (48 minutes) the cigar is still very smooth but the sweeter notes seem to be popping their heads up a little. One thing that is unmistakable is the increase in black pepper. It has really moved up. I would say it's up to 9 and there is also more on the finish. The cigar is medium to full bodied; almost full bodied. With the uptick in sweetness and black pepper I raised the second third score to 95.




The cigar lasted 1 hour 4 minutes. In the final third the black coffee became very elevated. The dark chocolate is not very noticeable. The nutmeg has become dry. The front end flavors are now more of a cedar with light brown sugar, cinnamon, and light caramel. The black pepper is still quite elevated. The cigar is full bodied. The finish is unchanged. The cigar is not as sweet with the elevated black pepper and dry nutmeg. I rated the final third 93.



Overall Score: 94

October 19, 2020

CASA DE MONTECRISTO BY PRIME CIGAR REBRANDS AS “EMPIRE SOCIAL LOUNGE”


Casa De Montecristo by Prime Cigar & Whiskey Bar in Brickell-Miami, known as the premier luxury cigar lounge, has rebranded to its new incarnation, Empire Social Lounge. Empire Social Lounge Miami-Brickell is in the heart of Miami’s business district, at Brickell’s newly built 1100 Millecento residential tower. Empire Social Lounge is the evolution of the award-winning Prime Cigar brand. The proprietors felt it was time to up the ante to the already highly regarded and award-winning Prime Cigar brand.

This rebrand of the venue comes on the heels of the recent announcement, of a sister location: Empire Social Lounge at Downtown Dadeland, (which opened its doors last month).

2020 marks an exciting time of growth for proprietors, Jason Reznik, Ryan Leeds, and Peter Bernstein, who are excited to unveil the new brand in its respective two locations. This change brings an array of unique programing, promotions, and events that members as well as patrons can experience. Guests of Empire Social Lounge Brickell and Downtown Dadeland will continue to experience the same “Sophisticated Relaxation” that was associated with the Prime Cigar brand.



Earning the title of Miami’s Best Cigar Lounge multiple times by the Miami New Times, the 4,700 square foot location has become one the most popular venues in Miami’s most dynamic neighborhood, Brickell, where business and nightlife seem to live together seamlessly. The upscale bar and lounge feature a walk-in humidor, full bar stocked with exclusive and hard to find whiskeys, member’s lounge, and private board room. Custom furniture and design elements (which exude simple elegance) please the cigar aficionados, or those looking for a unique experience, rare whiskey, craft cocktails, or a nightcap.

One important feature that sets Empire Social Lounge apart is the state-of-the-art air control system. This innovative system provides 80 tons of A/C and replaces 100 percent of the air constantly. This system was of great importance to the proprietors, as they wanted customers to enjoy themselves in the upmost comfort.



The Prime Cigar/Empire Social Lounge brand was born out of the life experiences between father and son. Ryan Leeds and his father shared a close relationship, as they bonded over the love of premium cigars, fine spirits, traveling, and all things luxury. Ryan was inspired to bring together best elements of his travels under one roof. Today, guests come from all over the world to experience “Sophisticated Relaxation.”



October 18, 2020

Fonseca Cedros by My Father Cigars (6 1/4 x 52)









Video review HERE.


(Description taken from Cigar-coop.com website)

Less than a year after acquiring the Fonseca cigar brand, My Father Cigars has shipped its first rework of the storied marque.

The new Fonseca by My Father is completely different from the non-Cuban Fonsecas that were produced by the Quesada family, the former brand owners, in the Dominican Republic. Whereas Quesada-made Fonsecas typically included a mix of tobaccos from the Dominican Republic, Mexico and the United States, the Fonseca by My Father is rolled entirely from tobacco grown in Nicaragua, the same country where the new cigars are rolled.

Though technically these are not the first Nicaraguan-made Fonsecas, the new Fonsecas from My Father are unique because all of the tobaccos used to roll them were grown by the Garcia family, founders of My Father Cigars. The highlight of the new smokes is the dark-but-ruddy, shade-grown Corojo ’99 wrapper that covers each one.

Fonseca by My Father began shipping on August 28 in the following six sizes in boxes of 20: Belicosos, measuring 5 1/2 inches by 54 ring gauge ($10.60); Cosacos, 5 3/8 x 42 ($7.75); Petit Corona, 4 1/4 by 40 ($7.00); Robusto, 5 1/4 by 52 ($9.50); Toro Gordo, 6 by 55 ($11.20); and Cedros, 6 1/4 by 52 ($11.00) REVIEWED TODAY.

The Fonseca cigar brand is more than 100 years old, founded in Cuba in the 1890s by Don Francisco Fonseca. The brand was distinctive for its tissue-wrapped cigars, a tradition the Garcias are continuing by covering the Cosaco size in tissue paper. Additionally, the Cedros-sized Fonsecas will be individually covered in cedar.

My Father will also be producing five-count tins of the Cosacos size, which will retail for $39. Those tins, however, will not be shipping next week with everything else, but sometime later.

Like all cigars from My Father, Fonseca is rolled at the My Father Cigars factory located in Estelí, Nicaragua.


The shade-grown corojo wrapper looks more like a Connecticut that a corojo. The cigar has a light to average feel in the hand.




The test draw after cutting the cap was very good. The initial flavors at light up were a light cedar/citrus, some brown sugar, quite a bit of an orange peel, and earthy nutmeg an black coffee. There was black pepper rated at 7 1/2. The cigar comes across as being rather mild at the outset.



At the first third (25 minutes) the cedar/citrus lead flavor is a little hard to find. It's greatly reduced. There is still brown sugar to help with some sweetness. But the orange peel has become somewhat bitter. The nutmeg and black coffee continue to be earthy. The cigar is medium bodied. The finish has some bitterness also. It has orange peel, which is somewhat bitter, and nutmeg with decent lingering black pepper. I rated the first third 88.




Moving through the second third (53 minutes) the cigar somewhat improved. The bitterness decreased but not entirely. The brown sugar and (now) cedar has increased. The nutmeg is creamy and smooth. There is still an earthy black coffee base. The orange peel is not as bitter. The finish is unchanged. I rated the second third 90.




The cigar lasted 1 hour 17 minutes. Not that long for a toro of this size. The final third reverted back to the way it was in the first third. The enjoyability of the cigar went back to that stage. The bitterness came back to about the same level. I still got the cedar and brown sugar but the the bitterness of the orange peel is still there. Perhaps these cigars will mellow out with some substantial humidor time but I'm not interested in that. I believe a cigar should be ready to smoke when it's released. The cigar is close to being good but it's not quite there. I rated the final third 88.



Overall Score: 88.67