Isabela Cigars

November 30, 2021

HVC Black Friday 2021 (4 3/4 x 54 Short Toro)





Video review HERE.


(Description taken from Cigar-coop.com website)

Black Friday, the day after Thanksgiving, is known as the biggest shopping day of the year. It’s a day in our culture that has taken on a life of its own. Each year since 2015, HVC Cigars has released a limited edition cigar meant to coincide with Black Friday.  HVC has now announced its Black Friday 2021 Limited Edition. The cigar is scheduled to ship in the late October/early November timeframe.

The HVC Black Friday 2021 is one of the more intriguing blends in the series. It will be the first HVC Black Friday cigar to use a Connecticut Broadleaf wrapper. The cigar features all Nicaraguan tobaccos including a heavier component of Corojo 2012 with Criollo ’98 for the filler and binder.

The national release of the Black Friday will be in a Short Toro size measuring 4 3/8 x 54. A total of 600 50-count boxes were produced. Production is handled out of the Tabacos Valle de Jalapa S.A. (TABSA) factory. Pricing is set at $9.50 per cigar.

HVC was the first company to release a Connecticut Broadleaf cigar from TABSA with the HVC Broadleaf Selection. To date, this is believed to be the only other cigar to come out of TABSA with a Broadleaf wrapper. 


I reviewed the Black Friday 2019 and it received a score of 90.33.


The cigar is very dark and actually has a nice feel in the hand.




The test draw after cutting the cap was good. The initial flavors at light up were citrus peel, a little brown sugar, nutmeg with a doughy consistency, and black coffee. There was black pepper rated at 7 1/2. Pretty good start but the doughy notes are a little detracting.



At the first third (40 minutes) the cigar is burning very slowly, which is a good thing. I now had light notes of citrus peel with light notes of brown sugar, nutmeg with reduced doughy notes, chocolate, and black coffee. The finish is citrus peel, some of those doughy notes, and light brown sugar. The lingering black pepper is pretty good. The cigar is medium bodied leaning toward medium to full. The doughy notes hold it back but it's still a nice cigar. I rated the first third 92.




As I moved through the second third (1 hour 5 minutes) the cigar improved. There are now citrus notes giving some sweetness. There are also nice brown sugar notes, creamy nutmeg without the doughy notes, chocolate, and black coffee. The black pepper is still very good. The finish is nutmeg, light citrus, and good lingering black pepper. The cigar is now medium to full. The cigar improved. I rated the second third 93.




The cigar lasted 1 hour 28 minutes. The cigar's ash was very tight. I had one ash in the ashtray that fell off about halfway through the smoke. In the final third the cigar held ground. The citrus notes remained and are very nice. The cigar is medium to full bodied. The doughy notes are still there and hold the cigar back but it's still pretty good. But I held the score of 93. This is the best Black Friday cigar I've had.




Overall Score: 92.67

November 29, 2021

Espada by Montecristo Signature Limited Edition – COMING HOLIDAYS 2021

A signature element of the iconic Montecristo label – the crossed swords, or “Espada” in Spanish – is coming to life symbolically with the arrival of Espada by Montecristo Signature in select retail humidors beginning as early as December 2021. 

The Espada by Montecristo Signature, created at the Plasencia Factory in collaboration with acclaimed master blenders, Rafael Nodal and the Grupo de Maestros features a signature blend and a wealth of aged tobaccos from the Plasencia Family’s legendary tobacco library. This rare, limited edition represents the true artisanship and highly skilled blending that made the Montecristo brand famous throughout the world. Packed with valiant tobacco flavors and unparalleled complexity, this unique 55 x 6 gem delivers an intriguing blend as each tobacco’s signature has a distinctive moment to take center stage.



The blend uses a Colorado Claro wrapper grown in the Jalapa region of Nicaragua – dark brown in color, smooth silky texture in mouth feel, and a rich, full taste full of chocolate and spice. This unique wrapper compliments a skillful combination of binder and filler tobaccos from the Estelí region of Nicaragua that provides intense earthy, sweet and spicy flavors.

As might be expected, the inspired creators of this beautiful one-of-a-kind, limited-edition cigar gave it just one size and vitola, or name:  55 x 6 – “Valiente” – for the valiant character each tobacco brings to honor the signature crossed swords that is Montecristo.  Now well represented with the sword-inspired Espada by Montecristo Signature.


The Details

Wrapper:                                 Nicaraguan

Binder:                                    Nicaraguan

Filler:                                       Nicaraguan

Strength:                                 Medium

Size and Frontmark:               55 x 6 - Valiente

Box MSRP:                             $150.00 (10 Count Box)

JR Cigar to Release Dunbarton Tobacco & Trust Ltd Edition "EM" Maduro



JR Cigar is set to release the final cigar in its year-long 50th Anniversary collection. For this project, JR Cigar is honoring the company’s own history and the people who made it happen by teaming up with legendary blender and former JR Cigar Executive Consultant Steve Saka of Dunbarton Tobacco & Trust.

Due to his status as one of the most in-demand cigar makers and his long history with JR Cigar, Steve was a natural choice to join this celebrated campaign.

For the Dunbarton Tobacco & Trust Limited Edition “EM” Maduro, Steve also combines the past and the future. The “EM” part of the cigar name is a nod to Ed McVey, former buyer for JR Cigar and a legend himself. For the future part of this equation, Steve sees this blend as a potential national release.

“This is a prototype of a Mi Querida liga we’re developing as a possible addition to our brand portfolio,” Steve says. “Our current code name for the project is “MQ Black” as it is intended to be ringed with black bands.” “It is only fitting that this cigar first be used to celebrate JR Cigar’s 50th Anniversary as its inspiration was the maduro cigars that Ed McVey, the longtime cigar buyer, and I smoked during our tenure over two decades ago at JR.”

The Dunbarton Tobacco & Trust Limited Edition “EM” Maduro is hand-rolled in Nicaragua at the storied NACSA facility. NACSA has a long history with both JR Cigar and Steve, as that is where all his Mi Querida and Umbagog lines are made. With a blend consisting of aged fillers from Nicaragua, Honduras and the Dominican Republic, the cigar is bound with a San Andrés Negro binder and finished off with a stunning Connecticut Broadleaf No.1 Dark wrapper.

The crafted blend is reminiscent of the style of the heavy broadleaf cigars that Steve enjoyed during his tenure at JR Cigar. Steve himself describes the blend as “bold, full flavored, rich and decadent!”

Available only in a 7.25 x 54 vitola, a size preferred by both Steve and Ed, these bold, rich cigars are packed in custom boxes of 10. Just 500 boxes have been made.

Priced at $149.50 per box, or $14.95 per single, this cigar will be available December 1st, exclusively at www.JRCigars.com.



November 28, 2021

Crowned Heads CHC Serie E Hermoso (6 1/8 x 48)





Video review HERE.


(Description taken from Cigar-coop.com website)

At the 2021, Premium Cigar Association (PCA) Trade Show, Crowned Heads introduced the second installment of its CHC (Crowned Heads Court) line called Serie E. The Serie E draw’s is inspiration from Eddie Van Halen’s iconic guitar solo from the 1978 track “Eruption.”

“I listened to that solo and saw it as a sonic metaphor for smoking this cigar,” explained Crowned Heads co-founder Jon Huber in a press release. “From the drum and bass intro, which I saw as the cutting-lighting-prep of the cigar, to the mixing of triads and harmonics which I compared to the complexity of the flavor profile, to the bottoming-out dive bombs that was reminiscent of the finish of the cigar, it all paralleled seamlessly. The CHC Serie E smoking experience is a medium-plus-bodied dance on the edge between technical mastery and random entropy, resolving in a balanced, melodious harmony.”

To produce the CHC Serie E, Crowned Heads once again turns to Tabacalera Pichardo. This is the Nicaraguan factory owned by Don Eradio Pichardo and Luciano Meirelles, the principals behind Crowned Heads’ strategic alliance partner Ace Prime. The cigar features an Ecuadorian Habano Oscuro wrapper over a Jalapa Nicaraguan binder and Nicaraguan fillers from Pueblo Nuevo, Ometepe, and Jalapa. The cigars will be available in four sizes, each packaged in 20-count boxes. Pricing is set between $10.25 and $12.25 per cigar.


Blend and Origin

Wrapper: Ecuadorian Habano Oscuro

Binder: Nicaraguan (Jalapa)

Filler: Nicaraguan (Jalapa, Ometepe, Pueblo Nuevo)

Country of Origin: Nicaragua

Factory: Tabacalera Pichardo


Vitolas Offered

Hermoso No. 2: 6 1/8 x 48 REVIEWED TODAY

5150: 5 1/2 x 50

Petite Edmundo: 4 3/8 x 52

Sublime: 6 1/2 x 54


The cigar's band has the artwork and colors from Eddie Van Halen's guitar. It has an average feel in the hand.




The test draw after cutting the cap was good with a touch of firmness. The initial flavors at light up were an orange syrup, citrus peel, brown sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg, and earthy black coffee. There are hints of whipping cream in the midst of the flavors. There was black pepper rated at 7 to 7 1/2. An interesting start.



At the first third (27 minutes) the citrus notes now have a strawberry preserve type flavor attached with them. There are also brown sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg, and earthy black coffee notes. There also seems to be a caramel richness in the cigar. I didn't have the whipping cream notes. The cigar is medium bodied. The finish reminds me of a vanilla wafer with pretty good lingering black pepper. A varied series of flavors. I rated the first third 92.




As I moved through the second third (54 minutes) the hints of whipping cream are back. The lead flavor is now more of a sweet cedar rather than any citrus or strawberry. There were also brown sugar and cinnamon notes. There is a lot more nutmeg and a little more earthy black coffee. The finish is unchanged. The cigar is still medium bodied but leaning toward medium to full. The cigar has sweetness but it's gotten somewhat earthy. I rated the second third 90.




The cigar lasted 1 hour 20 minutes. There are now light cedar, light strawberry notes, brown sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg, and earthy black coffee. The cigar is a low grade medium to full bodied. The finish is unchanged; vanilla wafer with good lingering black pepper. I rated the final third 88. This cigar, while having sweetness, is not for me. I could smoke it again but it's not something I would gravitate to.




Overall Score: 90

November 27, 2021

JC Newman Perla del Mar Corojo Toro (6 1/4 x 54)





Video review HERE.


(Description taken from JCNewman.com website)

Perla del Mar is a historic cigar brand that traces its roots to Cuba.  In 1905, four Cuban brothers started hand rolling cigars using tobacco grown on their family’s farm in Cuba.  They named their company Perfecto Garcia Brothers and called their cigars “Perla del Mar” because of the beautiful Caribbean waters that surround Cuba.  As the popularity and demand for their cigars grew, the brothers built a large cigar factory next to J.C. Newman’s El Reloj factory in Ybor City, Florida.  Perla del Mar was one of the leading premium cigar brands in the early 1900s.  J.C. Newman’s new Perla del Mar cigars honor the brand’s historic legacy. 

Perla del Mar features special, hand-selected, aged binder and long filler tobaccos from four distinct regions in the lush mountains of Nicaragua: Pueblo Nuevo, La Reina, Condega, and Jalapa.

Perla del Mar cigars feature a Tampa-style press to help the natural flavors of its unique tobaccos to marry together and deliver an extremely satisfying smoke. 


Available vitolas:

Toro 6 1/4″ x 54 REVIEWED TODAY

Double Toro 6″ x 60

Corona Gorda 5 1/2″ x 46 (reviewed 3/2/21)

Robusto 4 3/4″ x 52

Short Robusto 3 3/4″ x 56


The cigar is a sharp box press. Looking at it from the foot it's more of a rectangular box press which makes it easy to hold between the fingers. The cigar has a nice feel in the hand.




The test draw after cutting the cap was good with a touch of firmness. The initial flavors at light up had a lot of citrus, brown sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg, and a light black coffee base. There was nice black pepper rated at 7 1/2 to 8. A nice start.



At the first third (35 minutes) there were some citrus peel notes. The brown sugar has more of a light caramel note. There were still nice citrus, cinnamon, and nutmeg notes to go along with the light black coffee base. The black pepper continues to be very good. The finish is light caramel and nutmeg with very good lingering black pepper. The cigar is medium bodied. Nice first third. I rated it at 92.




Moving through the second third (1 hour 9 minutes) the cigar has not changed much. The black coffee is a little more noticeable. The citrus has a little cedar influence. I still had brown sugar and cinnamon. There is not really caramel notes anymore. It's more of a brown sugar. The black pepper remains very good. The cigar is still medium bodied. The finish has hints of brown sugar, citrus peel, and nutmeg with very good lingering black pepper. All in all not enough changed to change the score. I held the score of 92 for the second third.




The cigar lasted 1 hour 37 minutes. In the final third the black coffee rose to a nice amount. It actually helped the cigar. Other than that the cigar did not change much. I had more of a citrus note alone rather than one with cedar influence. The elevated black coffee helped round out the cigar. The cigar is medium to full. The finish is unchanged. With the additional black coffee at the base I raised the final third to 93. This is a solid cigar. Good flavors without a lot of changes. You can purchase these fine cigars HERE.




Overall Score: 92.33

November 26, 2021

UNITED CIGARS RAISES MONEY WITH ATABEY BLACK NFT FOR CIGAR RIGHTS OF THE WORLD


In April of 2021, United Cigars released the first NFT (Non-Fungible Token) cigar in the world; Atabey Black. The Atabey Black NFT digital art was designed by Nelson Alfonso of Selected Tobacco who is best known for his cigar lines: Atabey, Byron and Bandolero. The concept was created to raise funds for Cigar Rights of the World, a charitable organization for the cigar world. According to their website (www.cigarrightsoftheworld.com), “Cigar Rights of the World is a global platform whose goal is protecting cigar passionado’s rights, not linked to any continent or culture, manufacturer, corporation, language or religion, political affiliation or position.”

The NFT’s for the Atabey Black were launched on the peer-to-peer marketplace www.opensea.com limited to 25 single cigars and 10 boxes. As the first cigar NFT in the world to hit the market, the NFT’s of the single Atabey Black sold out quickly at an asking price of $50/.24 ETH. While there are still a few NFT boxes left, the opening bid of $999 /.48 ETH didn’t have enthusiasts running away. With the year coming to an end, United Cigars will be donating the proceeds from the sales to Cigar Rights of the World in December.

Atabey Black NFT’s may see more shelf space then just the online NFT marketplace in the near future, with a first look for those that have ownership of an NFT. Director of Operations for United Cigars, Oliver Nivaud said, “This was a concept met with skepticism but ultimately we wanted to raise awareness for Cigar Rights of the World and support the foundation. What started as a conversation over dinner may turn into something tangible, we may see more from Atabey Black.”


United Cigar began as a US based cigar store chain in 1901 growing to nearly 3,000 shops. United Cigar eventually became part of the corporation that bought Marvel Comics in 1968. The United Cigar chain represented the interests of the Consolidated Tobacco Company; the tobacco trust that controlled the American Tobacco Company.

Today United Cigars distributes and manufactures premium cigars within the United States. Distribution agreements with Selected Tobacco (Atabey, Byron & Bandolero) as well as Jose Dominguez cigars. United Cigars has its own brands including the quick-selling bundle line Classic, La Gianna Havana, and our flagship brand United to name a few. 

Ferio Tego Generoso (6 x 50)








Video review HERE.


(Description taken from Cigar-coop.com website)

Ferio Tego, the new cigar venture started by former Nat Sherman International employees Michael Herklots and Brendon Scott, has announced the official launch of the Ferio Tego brand of premium cigars. There will be two limited offerings at first, Ferio Tego Elegancia and Ferio Tego Generoso.

Today we look at the Generoso.

The Ferio Tego Generoso is being produced by the Plasencia factory at their factory in Estelí, Nicaragua. The blend features a Honduran shade-grown wrapper, over a Nicaraguan binder and Nicaraguan fillers.

Both blends are offered in a 6 x 50 Toro format, packed in custom travel humidors of ten cigars each. The humidors are hand-made by Humidif Group’s Cigar Box Factory in Estelí and come preloaded with the company’s Gelly Humidity Control packs to ensure the cigars are properly maintained after they are acquired.

“Our 2021 Ferio Tego offerings are quite different from one another in style and pedigree, yet both share a commonality of balance and body”, commented Michael Herklots, co-owner of Ferio Tego LLC, in a press release. “A mild cigar need not be thin on the palate nor flavor deficient, and a bolder cigar does not need to be ferocious and aggressive. We worked very hard together with the factories to achieve a full-bodied mouth feel and presence across both blends in order to establish a ‘house style’ so to speak, while still preserving the elegant expression of creamier brighter notes of Elegancia, and the generous presentation of dense savory notes of Generoso. Both blends stand on their own much the way a winery offers a Chardonnay and Cabernet Sauvignon together.”

Pricing for both blends of the Ferio Tego 2021 will be $210 MSRP per humidor of ten cigars.

“We have worked very methodically these last several months, carefully considering every decision, ensuring that we are on solid ground before taking another step”, added Brendon Scott, co-owner of Ferio Tego LLC. “We are excited to finally launch Ferio Tego in the U.S. and bring these wonderful new offerings to market. And we are equally excited for the relaunch of Timeless and Metropolitan in the coming months.”

Distribution for Ferio Tego is being handled exclusively by Davidoff of Geneva USA for the United States and its territories.



The cigar appears to be well made and has an average feel in the hand.




The test draw after cutting the cap was a little firm but workable. The initial flavors at light up were cedar, citrus peel, brown sugar, cinnamon, light leather, and black coffee. There was a lot of black pepper which I rated at 8. It's a pretty good start. Nothing really stands out but the flavor mix is nice.



At the first third (35 minutes) the cigar is about like it started. I had cedar, quite a bit of citrus peel, brown sugar, cinnamon, a little more leather, and black coffee. The finish is cedar, brown sugar, and nutmeg with good lingering black pepper. The cigar is medium bodied. The flavor notes are better than average although not outstanding but I like the mix. I rated the first third 92.




Moving through the second third (1 hour 3 minutes) the leather notes have morphed over to straight earth. Now there was a little cedar, some brown sugar, some cinnamon, citrus peel, and a lot of earthy black coffee. The finish is earthy black coffee with very good lingering black pepper. The cigar is still medium bodied. There is an abundance of earthy black coffee. I rated the second third 89.




The cigar lasted 1 hour 27 minutes. The earthiness toned down a little. The dry cedar, brown sugar, and cinnamon had a chance to increase. The finish is light brown sugar, nutmeg, and earthy black coffee with very good lingering black pepper. The cigar is now medium to full bodied. The cigar improved to "my line" so I rated the final third 90. For a cigar costing $21 apiece I expected something better. As it turns out it's "ok" with me.




Overall Score: 90.33

November 23, 2021

Preview of the Isabela Mammoth; now available


 

Video description HERE.


Isabela Cigars has a new release and the name is fitting for this beast; Mammoth. It's available in 2 sizes; 7x70 and 8x80. Yes, you read that correctly. These are, by far, the biggest creations to ever come from Isabella. I will be reviewing the 7x70 version in early January but wanted to let everyone know about these cigars so that you can purchase them before they are gone.

Here is what Johnny, owner of Isabela Cigars, says about the cigar:

We had multiple multiple requests from our Retailers for a larger gauge cigar, similar to the Guerrillas.

The Guerrillas, previously our largest vitola, has been a lights out hit for us. That blend was a very difficult blend for us, as its a 6 x 60, and it was extremely challenging to create a blend in that large of a vitola, to inject the personality of ISABELA into such a large format, as well as to effect multiple transitions ...so challenging in fact, that it took a couple of years of trials and 38 failed blend creations to get it right.

The Mammoth presented those same long forgotten challenges, as well as many new ones....with so much filler and such large ring gauges, trying to get the right mix of tobaccos to yield our unique identity, as well as effect multiple transitions, along with having to make custom molds for the MAMMOTH, then finding a roller that can craft such a beast, was as close to the impossible that we have come to , yet ! However , it was also a unique challenge, and by the time we started realizing this may not work, we had already invested 2 years of trial blends and thrown away hundreds of failed samples.

We finally got the blend nailed down and PERFECT... and crafted 100 Boxes of each size...7 x70 and 8 x80

We NEVER took into consideration the amount of tobaccos each cigar used, as when you look at a 6 x 60, you think " well, its only an inch longer and 10 more points on the ring gauge", but in actuality, the 7 x 70 takes almost TWICE the amount of tobaccos used as the 6 x 60, and the 8 x 80 , almost 3x the amount of the 6 x 60.

All at a time of regular rising of tobacco prices almost monthly.

Then , the cost to make such a LARGE Box, to fit these Beast. AND add to that, the weight of each filled box, and the cost of shipping each one. We never figured or thought of the economics of scale for this Creation.

So we finally, after starting 3 years ago, produced, aged and readied what we feel is the ONLY Craft and Blend of this SIZE, on the planet, that actually combines a full reveal of multiple transitions of ever-changing flavor profiles, with Cuban Artisan Master Craftsmanship, a ONE OF A KIND Creation.

Due to the above mentioned costs, this one is the truest "labor of love", with an MSRP of $13.95 and $14.95, respectively.

With the MAMMOTH series, we are striving to do something a bit different, than most of our IMAGINE Ltd releases, we are shooting for a twice a year release, and will be growing the MAMMOTH series to include a 6 x 60 and a 6 x 70, in the future.

Most of this release will ship direct to ISABELA Official Retailers, with smaller amounts available for direct purchase. Both a List of Official Retailers, as well as Online Ordering for smaller quantities, is available at our website www.isabelacigarcompany.com.

So don't miss out on this Mammoth sized cigar! Visit their website today or one of their retailers before the Mammoth becomes extinct! (for now, anyway)



THE DAVIDOFF GASTRONOMY SERIES: THE MIAMI EDITION TAKES PLACE DURING ART WEEK 2021



Davidoff Cigars, proudly announces that their “Gastronomy Series” will return during Miami Art Week, when close to 100,000 art lovers and eventgoers will once again descend all over Miami. The weeklong event in collaboration with Sunny’s at Lot 6 will be located at 7357 NW Miami Ct., in the Little River area of Miami from Wednesday November 30th through Saturday December 4th, 2021.

Due to COVID- 19, annual festivals, and the most nationally and internationally recognized annual events were postponed. December 2021 marks the time where Davidoff Cigars looks forward to bringing the public the ultimate lifestyle event during Miami Art Week. Those wanting to enjoy a journey of the senses are invited to dine at this exclusive location and enjoy their after-dinner cocktails at the Davidoff Lounge. The lounge will feature a delicious array of specialty cocktails and spirits selected to pair perfectly with one of Davidoff’s world-class and iconic cigars.

Sunny’s, the pop-up that celebrated much popularity during the pandemic, is the brainchild of the same team behind Jaguar Sun. The beloved eatery returns this winter serving a wide selection of steaks and seafood, all cooked over a live fire. Guests can expect all their favorites from the original menu to return, along with an expanded seafood and raw bar selection, more sides, and vegetarian options. The menu will also feature brand new cocktails and the signature assortment of ice-cold martinis and Manhattans, poured tableside, re-creating the outdoor steakhouse experience. This extraordinary culinary experience, curated to speak to the most sophisticated palate, will finish with an exquisite Davidoff Cigar.

The Davidoff Lounge at Sunny’s will be open Wednesday November 30th through Saturday December 4th, 2021, and dinner reservations will be available by booking via their website: www.jaguarsunmia.com.

The Davidoff Gastronomy series during Art Week promises new and innovative culinary flavor experiences paired together with beautiful, classic Davidoff cigars. We invite you to join us…



November 22, 2021

StillWell Star by Dunbarton Tobacco & Trust Shipping Nationwide



Dunbarton, NH – Dunbarton Tobacco & Trust® (DTT) has begun shipping its highly anticipated StillWell Star® handcrafted luxury pipe tobacco cigar to its Purveyors.

The initial release includes four unique expressions, each representing a particular pipe tobacco genre custom blended by the famed head blender, Jeremy Reeves, of the legendary American pipe tobacco maker Cornell & Diehl® (C&D). Our master ligador, Steve Saka, then crafted four different independent cigar blends to best showcase each of these pipe tobacco styles to cigar smokers.

“Sometimes the stars just align.” states Saka. “Although handmade cigars are my first passion, I have also been a pipe smoker for over three decades. During an impromptu discussion with Jeremy as he was sharing with me that really enjoyed my cigars, I replied in kind that I was a big fan of his pipe tobaccos. I think he was surprised when I just started rattling off some of my favorites and why. And then it really caught his interest when I told him that for decades I had been using some of my favorite C&D tobaccos added into cigars just for my own enjoyment.”




Saka continues, “He expressed an interest in trying them and it was at that moment the basic concept for StillWell Star was born - to see if it was possible to do what I was doing privately to scale. Honestly, this was one of the most extensive and difficult blending processes I have ever engaged in – it involved sampling hundreds of existing pipe blends, then a myriad of custom pipe blends crafted solely for this project and ultimately hundreds of variations of cigars to get them just right. For me the goal was to make a cigar that delivered a truly different experience to the cigar smoker, but also stayed true to the style of pipe tobacco each featured. Although these are cigars first and not a pipe replacement, I wanted the seasoned pipe smoker to be able to spark up a Bayou No. 32 and instantly recognize the citrus zest and unique umami aromas and tastes of a classic “vaper” pipe blend that they would enjoy in a bowl.”

“While there have be pipe tobacco cigars offered in the marketplace in the past, they have typically been of subpar quality in both their tobaccos and construction. They also tend to be uber sweet and syrupy on the palate.

I don’t smoke that, I don’t make, I don’t want that. The StillWell Star’s puros are crafted for balance and nuance with the absolute best pipe and cigar tobaccos available with meticulous attention paid to their leaf, their blends and their crafting. It truly is the world’s first Luxury pipe cigar and I am genuinely excited for my fellow cigar smokers to enjoy this new experience,” states Saka.




StillWell Star is offered in 4 unique, classic pipe blends:

Aromatic No. 1: The finest of aromatic Black Cavendish, Golden Virginia and Burley pipe tobaccos added to a mild, Nicaraguan puro to provide a delightfully smooth and room pleasing smoking experience. Each cigar is delicately finished with a cabeza dulce. Strength: Mild-Medium

English No. 27: A quintessential mix of Burley and Turkish leaf with a generous portion of Cypriot Latakia pressed cake paired with Nicaraguan cigar tobaccos. Rich and decadent, this is a Latakia-Lover's puro worthy of being smoked in an English Manor House. Strength: Medium-Full

Bayou No. 32: A combination of Bright and Red Virginia leaf with the most select St. James Parish Perique pipe tobacco added to a medium-bodied Nicaraguan puro. It rewards the smoker with a classic yet entrancing, any time of the day relaxing experience with a spicy finish. Strength: Medium Plus.

Navy No. 1056: A crumble cake of stoved Red and Golden Virginias with a touch of "Naval Rations" combined with Orientals and Latakia expertly blended with dark air-cured black cigar leaf, this puro rewards the smoker with a unique, aromatic indulgence. Strength: Medium

Crafted at Joya de Nicaragua, S. A., the StillWell Star has intentionally been released in just a single 6 x 52 parejo format as DTT wants the smoker to focus on their flavors and room notes, not their size. Packed in 13ct boxes that contain an integrated shelf talker describing the unique pipe tobaccos in each, the cigars retail for $15.30 MSRP each.

Initial availability of these cigars will be limited due to pre-release demand.





November 21, 2021

Reviver 2021 by Cigar Dojo and Aganorsa Leaf (6 x 50)





Video review HERE.


(Description taken from cigardojo.com website)

ReviveR first launched in the summer of 2018 with a limited run of 3,000 cigars. The blend was developed by Max Fernández, tailored to Cigar Dojo’s tastes through the selection of Corojo and Criollo leaves primarily from Aganorsa’s farms of Jalapa, Nicaragua. This region is known for producing a sweeter smoking character, in comparison to the more fiery tendencies when heading south to Estelí. With ReviveR, the two combine to offer a zesty profile through the retrohale, followed by a clean, sugarcane-like finish.

“I’ve had the privilege of working on several Cigar Dojo collaborations at two different companies, and it’s always a rewarding experience,” commented Terence Reilly, Aganorsa Leaf vice president of sales & marketing. “That said, ReviveR has a special place in my heart, as it’s the blend that put Aganorsa on the map for a lot of consumers when it debuted in 2018. ReviveR is a perfect expression of Aganorsa’s unique flavor and aroma, and I’m excited we brought it back for another release.”

For 2021, the cigar returns in its original 6″ x 50 toro format and blend, with slightly refreshed packaging to distinguish this release from the original run. This includes the use of a raw Aganorsa tobacco leaf within each slide-lid box, allowing cigar hobbyists the chance to experience its aromas before the rolling process, as is done on tours to the Aganorsa Leaf factory in Estelí, Nicaragua. Additionally, ReviveR’s bands have been updated to emphasize the cigar’s palindrome-inspired logo and profile, which is intended to revive even the most hardened of palates.

Eric Guttormson, owner of Cigar Dojo, commented, “If ever there was a Dojo collaboration that needed to come back, it’s this one. I have made no secret about the ReviveR being one of my favorite Dojo releases, and I couldn’t be more excited about its return. We wanted to refine the branding a bit this time around, but the cigar itself is identical to the 2018 version, because if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.”

As with the original release, ReviveR (2021) will be sold exclusively through online retailer Atlantic Cigar Co. Production has been increased from 300 to 500 boxes for 2021. 


Wrapper: Corojo ’99 (Jalapa, Nicaragua)

Binder: Criollo ’98 (Estelí, Nicaragua)

Filler: Criollo ’98 | Corojo ’99 (Jalapa, Nicaragua)

Factory: Aganorsa Leaf (Nicaragua)

Production: Limited Edition (500 boxes of 10 cigars)

Packaging: 10-ct Boxes

Vitola: 6″ x 50 (Toro)

Price: $110.00 ($11/cigar MSRP) | $89.10 ($8.91 Dojo discount)

Release: Oct. 8, 2021

Retailer: Atlantic Cigar Co.



The cigar is very well made 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 very Aganorsa-like; citrus, citrus peel, brown sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg, nougat, and black coffee. There was very good black pepper rated at 8. A very good start.



At the first third (50 minutes) and yes, that time is correct, the flavors are much like they started but with one difference. The nutmeg has an Aganorsa-like flavor of a sour-type vegetable. The other notes are still in play. The cigar continues to be very sweet but the sour nutmeg is a slight negative. The finish is nutmeg and brown sugar with good lingering black pepper. The cigar is medium to full bodied. The cigar has dropped a point from the initial light up but still very good. I rated the first third 94.




As I moved through the second third (1 hour 26 minutes) the sour-type nutmeg really toned down. The black coffee came out a little more. The citrus notes now taste more like a cedar. The citrus peel doesn't seem to be there anymore but there is plenty of brown sugar and cinnamon. The nutmeg is a regular type and there is a nice black coffee base. The cigar is still medium to full bodied. The finish is still nutmeg and brown sugar with very good lingering black pepper. The cigar went through some changes but the net score change is unchanged. I maintained the score of 94 for the second third.




The cigar lasted 1 hour 50 minutes. The cigar continued to change a little. Now there are fairly light cedar notes with a lot of brown sugar and cinnamon. There seem to be caramel notes in the mix too. There is light nutmeg and plenty of black coffee. The black pepper is still very good. The finish is unchanged. The cigar is still medium to full bodied. There have been some changes in this cigar but it's been good from start to finish. I held the score of 94 for the final third. Seek these out. They are good.




Overall Score: 94