Isabela Cigars

May 13, 2021

J.C. Newman Celebrates Founder's Day on Saturday, May 15th, 2021


TAMPA, FL — America's oldest, family-owned, premium cigar manufacturer, J.C. Newman Cigar Company will celebrate several May milestones with one celebration called, 'Founder's Day' with local food and coffee vendors, live entertainment, tours, and games on Saturday, May 15. This is a family-friendly event.

 What: Founder's Day Celebration

When: Saturday, May 15, 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.

Where: J.C. Newman’s El Reloj Cigar Factory, 2701 N. 16th Street, Tampa, FL 33605

The normal hours at J.C. Newman Cigar Co. are Monday – Friday, 9 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. This event - held on a Saturday - will give the public an opportunity to see our recently completed factory restoration project and experience the history of cigar city while celebrating other milestones.

May 5 is the day J.C. Newman Cigar Co. was founded, and May 26 is Julius Caeser “J.C.” Newman’s birthday. Founder's Day is a combined celebration of these dates.

Food will be available from food trucks Calicatessen, Street Surfer, Kona Ice, and Commune and Co. Coffee. Alcoholic beverages will be available for purchase and poured by Spunky Spirits. Live entertainment will be provided by Shawn Kyle.

To be mindful of COVID-19, the tours will be for up to ten guests only. To ensure a space is available, we encourage you to book online ahead of time. Tours can be booked at the following link: https://www.jcnewman.com/visit-us/

The museum is free and will be open to the public for exploring for the entirety of the day, but we do ask that if you purchase a cigar, you smoke it outside on one of our available tables – ashtrays will be provided! Be sure you are following us on Instagram to get 10% off your purchase in our museum and factory store.

Parking will be free and available across the street from J.C. Newman on Columbus Ave.

May 12, 2021

Isabela Cigar Company releases 2021 Isabela PepperHead Gordo



Isabela Cigar Company is releasing our latest creation out of our IMAGINE studio, the 2021 Isabela PepperHead Gordo . For this release, we take you on a magical journey to far away lands, and their myriad of different exotic peppercorns and spices , a true “tour de force” of twisting turning everchanging transitions of flavors. 

To effect the myriad of multiple reveals in this blend, we utilized multiple different strains of high-priming tobaccos, each of which was aged at different lengths before blending,  with an additional 4+  years of post production aging , to meld the tobaccos into a harmonious blend of many many different flavor reveals, a true “ebb and flow” experience ! 

This Vitola was blended and produced at the same sessions that yielded the highly rated 2019 PepperHead corona, and though we projected this release to be made available shortly after the 2019 PepperHead corona release, we quickly realized that , due to the large amount of high-priming tobaccos we used for this large Vitola, it necessitated more aging than anticipated !

The 2021 PepperHead Gordo is a mammoth 6x60 vitola

-2500 total cigars produced

-available at Official Isabela Retailers

MSRP $10.95



May 11, 2021

Protocol Sir Robert Peel Natural Corona Gorda (5 5/8 x 46)








Video review HERE.


(Description provided by Protocol Cigars)

Protocol Cigars is proud to announce the first line extension in the Lawmen Series. The Sir Robert Peel, both natural and maduro, will be offered in a Corona Gorda 5-5/8 X 46 format. This time however, the company has gone to a round format as opposed to a box pressed format like it’s predecessor. The blends are exactly the same as the original offerings. The Protocol Sir Robert Peel Natural Corona Gorda will have the Ecuadorian Rosado wrapper, while the Maduro will have the Pennsylvania Broadleaf. Like the original release both will have the same exact Nicaraguan binder and filler. The MSRP for the Sir Robert Peel Corona Gorda in both offerings will be $11.50 per single stick and a box at $115.00. The cigar is being produced at La Zona in Esteli Nicaragua under the watchful eye of Hector Alfonso Sr. The Protocol Sir Robert Peel will be offered in 10 count boxes and will be a national ongoing full production release. 

Juan Cancel, co-owner and founder stated the following... “The Sir Robert Peel was such a different project for us. We wanted to do something out of our comfort zone. It has been such a huge success that we want to expand the Lawmen Series with not only the Protocol Eliot Ness, but also with the Sir Robert Peel Corona Gorda. I can’t think of a better size to expand the Sir Robert Peel Line than with a Corona Gorda!”

Kevin Keithan, co-owner added... “This cigar in the Corona Gorda Size is absolutely fantastic. If your a fan of the original Sir Robert Peel, then you are going to adore this vitola. You taste so much more of the wrapper in the Corona Gorda. I think people will be very pleased!”


Blend and origin:

Protocol Sir Robert Peel Natural Corona Gorda:

Wrapper: Ecuadorian Rosado

Binder: Nicaraguan

Filler: Nicaraguan

Country of Origin: Nicaragua

Factory: La Zona S.A.

Round Corona Gordo: 5-5/8 X 46



The cigar is quite nice looking and well made. 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 citrus combining with peach, brown sugar, light caramel, nutmeg, light black coffee. There was a lot of black pepper rated at an 8. It lasts very long and actually acts as a base flavor. The cigar is very sweet. Very good start.



At the first third (30 minutes) all the flavor notes are still there and the caramel is developing. There is now a little more black coffee at the base which helps the cigar with depth. The cigar is medium bodied. The finish is citrus, peach, nutmeg, and a lot of lingering black coffee. So far, this is a very good cigar. I rated the first third 95.




Moving through the second third (58 minutes) the cigar continued to be very sweet. The nutmeg seems to have risen in the second third. The sharp sweetness of the citrus and peach are toned down somewhat. The cigar is now medium to full bodied. The finish is unchanged. The rise in nutmeg did not hurt the cigar too much. I rated the second third 94.




The cigar lasted 1 hour 17 minutes. The sharp sweetness of the citrus and peach rebounded. The nutmeg went back to it's manageable amount. The cigar reached full bodied. The finish has more citrus and still has the very nice lingering black pepper. The original review on this cigar in the 6 x 52 size scored 93.33. To me, this is a better cigar. It probably is due to the smaller ring. This is a very good, sweet cigar with great flavors. The Protocol Sir Robert Peel Natural Corona Gorda is a winner. I rated the final third 95. Cigars available for sale HERE.




Overall Score: 94.67

May 10, 2021

Montecristo and B.R.M Chronographes Partner For Exclusive Humidor Release


FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. – Montecristo’s drive for excellence takes on new meaning in late May 2021 with the limited release of the Montecristo B.R.M Humidor. With only 32 of these humidors made, this highly exclusive cabinet is a first of its kind, featuring a built-in automatic watch winder and a custom-made timepiece by French luxury watchmaker Bernard Richards Manufacture (B.R.M) and a rare selection of 40 limited edition Montecristo B.R.M Edition cigars manufactured by the Plasencia family for the iconic Montecristo brand.


“Montecristo was already associated with a great French writer Alexandre Dumas,” says Frederic Gasser, President of B.R.M Americas. “It’s a great privilege to add a French name to that legendary cigar and we are looking forward to a fantastic adventure by launching this exclusive timepiece combined with some special cigars and this truly amazing box. We also look forward to adding to this exclusive Montecristo B.R.M collector’s collection in the future,” Gasser says.

The storied cross-sword marque and the emblematic Montecristo yellow, as represented in the design of the watch and the humidor, have become a symbol of excellence in the world of handmade premium cigars. A bar that was set high over the years is maintained passionately by the most highly skilled cigar blenders and cigar craftsmen in the world.

Each numbered iconic Montecristo B.R.M Edition humidor features 40 Montecristo B.R.M Edition cigars in one size, 52 x 6. “We are very proud of the rare blend that was used for the Montecristo B.R.M Edition cigar. It represents the highest-quality, 100% Nicaraguan tobaccos from the exclusive Plasencia family reserve,” says Rafael Nodal, Head of Product Capability at Tabacalera USA.


The cigar showcases a custom blend that incorporates tobaccos from four of the best tobacco growing regions of Nicaragua:

• Wrapper: oily and extra aged from Jalapa

• Binder: from Ometepe

• Filler: a selection of tobaccos from Condega and Estelí

The result is a medium to full-bodied cigar. Very flavorful, complex and sophisticated, which represents the best of the land of volcanoes. Nicaragua.

The Details:

MSRP: $11,000 (includes the following):

Montecristo B.R.M Edition Cigar – One size, Toro 52 x 6 (40 cigars) per humidor

Humidor: Just 32 will be available, each numbered humidor incorporates an innovative built-in automatic watch winder into the design

Luxury Montecristo B.R.M Watch:

· Limited: Only 32 manufactured

· 44mm (diameter size) stainless steel case

· Swiss made ETA automatic movement modified in-house at B.R.M workshop in France

· Skeleton dial (the watch face), reveals the inner workings of the watch movement

· Sapphire crystal (glass) on the front and back of the watch

· Fleur-de-lis at the “8” position on the dial

· The crown which winds the watch is “screwed down” (for water resistance) and is in black PVD and sports the Montecristo logo

· Custom leather “racing” strap with Montecristo color scheme

· Water resistant to 100 meters

· 5-year warranty

May 09, 2021

Protocol Eliot Ness Maduro (6 x 52 Box Pressed)







Video review HERE.


(Description provided by Protocol Cigars)

Protocol Cigars is proud to announce the release of The Protocol Eliot Ness. It is the second installment of the newly created “Lawmen Series.” The Protocol Eliot Ness will continue the more refined and regal look of last year’s release of the Sir Robert Peel.

The company has created the “Lawmen Series,” which Sir Robert Peel was the first installment. Continuing with the company’s law enforcement theme, they have created the Protocol Eliot Ness. The concept is that criminals are so often glorified in Hollywood and in media. Very rarely do the men and woman who work tirelessly to bring these criminal to justice are ever recognized. This is where the “Lawmen Series” comes in. The “Lawmen Series” will pay homage to the law enforcement personnel that bring these glorified criminals to justice. 

Eliot Ness was a Federal Agent in the Bureau of Prohibition. This agency was created in 1920 to enforce the National Prohibition Act of 1919. Eliot Ness was assigned to Chicago, Illinois. In 1931 Eliot Ness arrested American Gangster Al Capone. That year adorns the Protocol Eliot Ness Band. The Protocol Eliot Ness was created to honor this dedicated and hard working law enforcement officer. 

Another first time and bold move by Protocol Cigars was to offer the Sir Robert Peel in a Natural and Maduro. To keep with that history, the Protocol Eliot Ness will also come in a Natural and Maduro offering. Both blends are Nicaraguan Puros, where all tobacco comes from Nicaragua. The natural will have a Double Habano wrapper/binder with Viso/Seco/Criollo fillers. The maduro will have a beautiful dark and oily Nicaraguan Broadleaf. Both the natural and maduro share the same habano binder. The natural’s filler are Viso/Seco/Corojo from Esteli and Jalapa. There is something very special about these 2 blends. It is the first time Protocol Cigars have offered a cigar with no ligero tobacco in the blend. Kevin Keithan, co-owner states: “We wanted to do something new and exciting for us. This is the first blend we offer to the market that has no ligero tobacco. A far cry from our first offering in 2015 that had quadruple ligero in the filler. So all the strength and power of the blends come from the other tobaccos. It is a very unique smoking experience, especially for those who are used to smoking Protocol Cigars. We are super excited about this project!” The Protocol Eliot Ness will come in 10 count boxes in a 6X52 Boxed Press Vitola. The MSRP will be $119.50 and available by mid to late fall and will be a full production line. 

Another first for the company is that the Protocol Eliot Ness will be manufactured at AJ Fernandez’s San Lotano Factory in Ocotal, Nicaraguan, under the direction of Erik Espinosa. The cigar was blended by Protocol Cigars, under the guidance of La Zona’s blender Hector Alfonso Sr. “We really wanted this cigar to be done with a Connecticut Broadleaf, unfortunately it’s very scarce right now. We are fortunate enough to have a great relationship with AJ Fernandez. AJ offered us the use of his proprietary Nicaraguan Broadleaf, which lead to his offer to actually manufacture the cigars in his factory. The Protocol Elliot Ness will be manufactured using his tobaccos, while following the blend we created. We are eternally grateful to AJ Fernandez, Erik Espinosa and Hector Alfonso Sr. for their help in making this project a reality!” Said Juan Cancel.  


Blend info:

Protocol Eliot Ness Maduro:

Wrapper: Nicaraguan Broadleaf

Binder: Habano, Esteli 

Filler: Viso/Seco/Corojo: Esteli/Jalapa 



The cigar is very well made and dark. The maduro version has a blue ribbon at the foot. The cigar has an average feel in the hand.




The test draw after cutting the cap was very good. The initial flavors at light up were sweet chocolate, a lot of black coffee, dry cedar, nutmeg, light citrus peel, and a little brown sugar. The chocolate notes are something between straight milk chocolate and dark chocolate. Nice start.



At the first third (29 minutes) the black coffee notes are morphing over to espresso. There are still nice sweet chocolate notes, a little cedar, brown sugar, more of the citrus peel, and nutmeg. There is nice black pepper rated at 7 1/2 to 8. The finish is chocolate and nutmeg with nice lingering black pepper. The cigar is medium bodied. The cigar is very dark and quite tasty. I rated the first third 93.




Moving through the second third (54 minutes) the chocolate is more of a sweet dark chocolate. There were still dry cedar, brown sugar, nutmeg, and espresso. The citrus peel notes seem to have disappeared. The cigar is quite dark but has nice sweetness. The strength is now medium to full bodied. Don't think the cigar has no power because it has no ligero. The finish is dark chocolate, espresso, nutmeg, and very good lingering black pepper. I held 93 for the second third.




The cigar lasted 1 hour 11 minutes. The final third was much like the rest of the cigar; dark and sweet. All the flavor notes are still in play. The cigar is quite dark but has nice sweetness. Plenty of dark chocolate and plenty of espresso. The cigar ended full bodied. Remember, there is no ligero in the blend but the cigar still has strength. The finish is brown sugar, cedar, dark chocolate, a little espresso, and very good lingering black pepper. I held the score of 93 for the final third. The cigar made several minor changes along the way but overall this is a very good maduro. You can purchase these fine cigars HERE.




Overall Score: 93

May 08, 2021

Havana Q Double Toro by JC Newman (6 x 54)





Video review HERE.


(Description provided by JC Newman)

Did you ever wonder what makes Cuban tobacco so rich and flavorful? Is it the tropical climate? maybe it’s the volcanic soil? Or is it because of the natural nutrients washed down from nearby mountains over the centuries that has made the soil so especially fertile? Whatever the reason, you are about to experience the taste of Cuba.

The new cigar Havana Q is a cousin of the J.C. Newman value cigar, Quorum, the number 1 selling bundle cigar out of Nicaragua. These are another value brand cigar, but with important differences. Havana Q comes in a variety of larger ring-gauges, to cater to the modern cigar smoker's contemporary preferences. Havana Q is also offered in a vacuum sealed humi-bag, making it ideal to store in a variety of brick and mortar locations, offering flexibility to even the smallest of smoke shops.

Handmade at the J.C. Newman PESNA factory in Estelí, Nicaragua, Havana Q is rolled with genuine Havana-seed wrapper grown by the Oliva family on the aluvial plains at the foot of the Cotuguay Mountains in the renowned Guayas tobacco-growing region of Ecuador. The special soil and climate there are comparable to the famed Vinales Valley in the Pinar del Rio province in Cuba. 


Blend and origin:

Wrapper: Ecuador Havana Seed

Binder: Nicaraguan

Filler: Nicaraguan

Size: 6” X 54

Factory: PESNA factory in Estelí, Nicaragua



The cigar has a very nice weight in the hand. Quite dense feeling.




The test draw after cutting the cap was a bit firm. Based on previous samples I expect the draw to open up as the cigar goes along. The initial flavors at light up were light citrus, light brown sugar, heavy citrus peel and nutmeg, light raw almond at the base of all those flavors, and a light black coffee base. There was light white pepper rated at 6 to 6 1/2. 



At the first third (37 minutes) the cigar is close to the way it started. There was a little increase in the citrus and brown sugar notes. The other notes are still about the same. The white pepper is now around a 7 intensity. The finish is heavy nutmeg and citrus peel with pretty good lingering white pepper. The cigar is medium bodied. The cigar has nice flavors but it doesn't have much depth. The cigar is not too bad. I'm rating the first third 87.




As I moved through the second third (1 hour 8 minutes) the cigar improved. The black coffee increased making a very nice base. Overall the cigar is coming together. The citrus and brown sugar have increased giving the cigar a nice sweet flavor. The finish is nutmeg and light citrus with good lingering white pepper. The cigar is having a very good burn time, also. I rated the second third 89.




The cigar lasted an impressive 1 hour 38 minutes. The flavors are just like they were in the second third but a little weaker. The nice, sharp citrus notes are a bit dulled. The cigar is now medium to full bodied. The finish has a little more citrus with nutmeg with nice lingering white pepper. I rated the final third 88. Overall this is a good cigar. For a budget cigar it's quite nice. You can purchase these cigars HERE.




Overall Score: 88

May 07, 2021

Drew Estate 25th Celebration Bash Set for Texas on September 25th


Friday, May 7, 2021 — This year marks the 25th anniversary of Drew Estate and The Rebirth of Cigars Movement. To celebrate this momentous occasion, the company is inviting you, consumers, retailers and cigar media to its epic blow-out birthday bash, entitled “DE25.” DE25 will be held on Sept. 25 at the Southfork Ranch in Parker, Texas, part of the Dallas/Fort Worth Metropolitan area. The DE25 celebration will include the unveiling of Drew Estate’s newest brands, with a first-to-experience approach for consumers and trade partners together.

Guests who purchase tickets to attend DE25 will receive an onslaught of “packages” worthy of the company’s single biggest milestone event in its history. Before the event, ticket-holders will first receive at their homes a pre-party package of goods that includes exclusive, next level DE25 swag. Later, upon arrival at the Southfork Ranch (made famous in the television show “Dallas”), attendees will receive a numbered commemorative box that is sure to become a serious collector’s item that contains 9 premium Drew Estate cigars. Additionally, guests will receive a very high-end DE25 backpack filled with DE25 branded items, including first-class cigar accessories, plus other surprises that we cannot divulge today.


The DE25 event extravaganza will begin at 2 p.m. with a tailgate pre-party. Attendees will enjoy appetizers, Drew Estate cigar brand sensory activations and other new experiences that the company is planning to roll out exclusively for the event, all the while savoring their favorite Drew Estate cigars. The celebration will ramp up at 6 p.m. when guests are invited inside the beautiful event space for the full-monty experience, including live music performances, a full dinner, lots of great spirits ... and even more Drew Estate swag and cigars. During DE25, Drew Estate will debut its new major brand releases, as well as several new cigar sizes to existing brands, giving guests the exclusive opportunity to be the first to see, touch and smoke them.

From Wynwood, Miami, Jonathan Drew, Founder and President of Drew Estate says “I imagine that most people are drawn to DE because of our company culture, lifestyle brand, and product innovation ... but first and foremost we are a company with a huge heart, which has served as our North Star through 25 orbits around the Earth’s sun. I look forward to DE25 in the deepest sense, to spend this emotional and proud moment with each of you. I can’t wait to see everyone with us, together, on this historic day.”


Since 1996, Drew Estate has led The Rebirth of Cigars Movement, shaking up the premium cigar industry in a disruptive and irreverent New York style that invites everyone to be themselves and celebrate their uniqueness, while enjoying a premium cigar. Based on innovative brands, experiential events, and a heavily embraced company culture, the Drew lifestyle brand has grown from a small retail kiosk selling premium cigars inside the World Trade Center into a cigar-making juggernaut with one of the world’s largest cigar factories, La Gran Fabrica Drew Estate in Estelí, Nicaragua.

Every step of the way, Drew Estate has relentlessly worked to strengthen its connection with loyal fans, as well as the family of brick & mortar retailers who sell them. Far from being a self-congratulatory slap-on-the-back, DE25 will be a massive extravaganza of gratitude and appreciation for the good people who believe in Drew Estate and continue to journey with the company, one glorious puff at a time.

DE25 attendance will be limited to 2,500 guests. Drew Diplomat members and Drew Estate retailers may purchase tickets at a discounted “Early Bird Special” rate of $350 beginning on May 7 at 3 p.m. Eastern through May 13. Tickets go on sale for the general public on May 14 and cost $400. General admission tickets may be purchased at drewestate.com/de25 starting May 14th.



Drew Estate Unveils Undercrown 10 to Commemorate its “Decade of Dedication”


Thursday, May 6, 2021 — Drew Estate is commemorating ten years of Undercrown with the global release of Undercrown 10, a bold new ultra-premium addition to Undercrown’s current premium lineup of Maduro, Shade and Sun Grown expressions.

A Decade of Dedication video.

To celebrate the brand’s anniversary in 2021, Drew Estate is getting “All Dekked Out,” a tag line that denotes Undercrown 10’s elegant packaging and reinforces the pride of Undercrown’s ten years of excellence. The new, sophisticated packaging is surpassed only by Undercrown 10’s complex, rich and bold blend of ultra-premium aged tobaccos that includes the highest priming of Mexican San Andres dark wrapper, the very finest Broadleaf binder from the Connecticut River Valley, and a tripa blend of select and rare Nicaraguan tobaccos.


“Undercrown 10 offers smokers an experience of Mexican hot chocolate ... naturally sweet with hints of raisin and cacao ... waves of intense black pepper ... along with notes of sun-dried cherries, espresso, woodiness and earthiness,” says La Gran Fabrica Drew Estate Factory Spokesman, Pedro Gomez.

Undercrown 10 will debut with four core vitolas: Toro (6 x 52), Robusto (5 x 50), Corona (5 x 43) and Corona Doble (7 x 50), each available in 20-count boxes. 



A limited-edition Undercrown 10 “Factory Floor Edition” (6 x 46 Lonsdale) will additionally debut in July. The Undercrown 10 Factory Floor Edition is packaged in commemorative 20-count boxes, and includes a unique “tobacco leaf library,” offering each lucky purchaser the opportunity to see, smell and touch the very leaves that Drew Estate’s torcedores painstakingly chose for Undercrown 10’s new powerhouse blend. 



Finally, the Undercrown 10 Tuani Belicoso (6 x 52) will be exclusively available in a special 2-count presentation coffin/box at Undercrown 10 events hosted by Gomez.

Jonathan Drew, Drew Estate’s Founder and President pontificates, “Undercrown is a noble prince of a brand, both humble and loyal, who is now to become a king. The new UC10 expression represents its super-premium platform, sealing the brand’s destiny ... as the good king whose brand promise is gratitude for our talented team at La Gran Fabrica. The new UC10 is so incredibly important to Drew Estate that we gave it two slogans, ‘A Decade of Dedication’ and ‘All Dekked Out.’ Add those two slogans to ‘Born on the Factory Floor,’ and the Shakespeare really unfolds.”

Born on the factory floor at La Gran Fabrica Drew Estate, the Undercrown brand is a passionate testament to the creative talent, dedication and self-determination of Drew Estate’s torcedores. Blended with many of the same rare vintages found in Liga Privada, Undercrown quickly became a grand slam for Drew Estate as consumers felt a deep personal connection to the grass-roots firebrand that celebrates the typically unheralded working-class heroes employed at the Drew Estate cigar factory.

Undercrown 10’s core vitolas will ship to retailers beginning in May. MSRPs for the Undercrown 10 cigars will be: Robusto $235/box or $11.75/cigar; Toro $240/box or $12/cigar; Corona Doble $270/box or $13.50/cigar; and Corona Viva $210/box or $10.50/cigar. Undercrown 10 Factory Floor Edition will debut in July with an MSRP of $272/box or $13.60/cigar.



May 06, 2021

MACANUDO GOLD LABEL RETURNS TO RETAIL

Macanudo Gold Label is making its annual return for a limited time only and is marking the occasion with a new, limited edition parejo.

Originally released in 2002, the line was inspired by a special golden Connecticut Shade leaf and has, for nearly two decades, remained a perennial favorite among discerning cigar aficionados.

Laurel Tilley, Macanudo’s brand ambassador said, “Year after year, anticipation for the annual release of Macanudo Gold Label continues to build. The brand boldly bucks the trend for powerhouse smokes with its alluringly mellow, creamy notes, offering cigar lovers the opportunity to create indulgent, memorable moments. I’m looking forward to enjoying this amazing smoke with cigar lovers across the country.”

Macanudo Gold Label will be available for shipment to retailers between today and July 30, 2021 or until this year’s allotment has been depleted. A total of eight frontmarks will be available, including the Gold Label “Gigante” which is a new, limited edition release for the 2021 season.

Macanudo Gold Label cigars are named for the brand’s golden wrapper leaves harvested from the first and second primings of the Connecticut Shade tobacco plant. Exposed to less sunlight which allows more natural sugars to remain, each leaf is extremely thin and remarkably supple with barely visible veins. The result is a texture that is especially smooth and silky, and a subtle hint of sweetness on the palate.

The Capa Especial (special wrapper) is combined with the first and second primings of Mexican San Andreas tobacco which is used as the binder, and features a blend of Dominican Piloto Cubano and Mexican tobaccos. The result is an extraordinary cigar with the traditional smoothness of a Macanudo and a unique note of sweet earth not found in any other cigar on the market.

Presented in boxes with gold foil accents, Macanudo Gold Label is available in these large-cigar sizes:

Hampton Court Tubo (5.5” x 42); SRP per cigar $10.29

Lord Nelson (7” x 49); SRP per cigar $10.79

Tudor (6” x 52); SRP per cigar $10.49

Duke of York (5.25” x 54); SRP per cigar $9.99

Gold Pyramid (5” x 54); SRP per cigar $10.49

Shakespeare (6.5” x 45); SRP per cigar $9.79

Crystal (5.5 x 50); SRP per cigar $10.79

*New for 2021* Gold Gigante: (6” x 60); SRP per cigar $10.49



CASA CUEVAS CIGARS TO LAUNCH “PATRIMONIO” AT THE 2021 TOBACCO PLUS EXPO IN LAS VEGAS



(Miami, Florida) Casa Cuevas Cigars announces that they will unveil the Patrimonio cigar brand at the Tobacco Expo Plus taking place at the Las Vegas Convention Center from May 12th through May 14. The Patrimonio cigar brand translates to Patrimony in English. It is dedicated to Luis Cuevas Sr. and to the paternal lineage of the Cuevas tobacco history which began over a 100 years ago.  The Cuevas family’s tobacco history began when Juan Cuevas, a Spanish expatriate, began growing tobacco in Cuba in the mid 19th century.

The Patrimonio is the brainchild of Luis Cuevas Jr. and son Alec Cuevas. While the Patrimonio was created in conjunction with Master Blender Luis Cuevas Sr. at the Cuevas family-owned Las Lavas Cigar Factory in Santiago, Dominican Republic, the name of the new line, its significance, and its packaging was not revealed to Luis Cuevas, Sr. until the blend itself was finalized.  This was in order to surprise Cuevas, Sr. with a line that is an homage to him, his father, and his grandfather.

Luis Cuevas Jr., President of Casa Cuevas Cigars stated: “Patrimonio is a project that is extremely near and dear to my son Alec and myself. When my father left Cuba, he left tobacco behind. Years later, after rebuilding in the U.S.A., he was able to revive our family tobacco history by opening his cigar factory in the Dominican Republic. Because of my father’s perseverance, our family legacy continues to live on.”

Patrmionio is a full-flavored, full-bodied cigar. The blend features tobacco from various regions, with the purpose of creating an extremely complex blend with richly bold flavors. The Patrimionio is composed of a Honduran Corojo wrapper, Ecuadorian Habano binder, and filler made up of Peruvian, Nicaraguan, and Dominican tobaccos.

The Patrimonio blend will be available in three vitolas and packaged in 20 count boxes.

5 X 54—Robusto Gordo  $10.50

6 X 52—Toro                   $11.00

6 X 60—Gordo                $11.50




 

May 05, 2021

JOYA DE NICARAGUA CELEBRATES 200 YEARS OF NICARAGUAN INDEPENDENCE WITH THE LIMITED-EDITION DOS CIENTOS CIGAR


This year marks the bicentennial of Central America’s independence from the Spanish empire. After years of fighting, the region gained its independence and right to self-government, leading to the creation of five separate nations, Guatemala, Honduras, El Salvador, Costa Rica and, of course, Nicaragua. Joya de Nicaragua, Nicaragua’s first premium cigar manufacturer and one of the region’s most iconic names, will celebrate this monumental occasion with the one-time release of Dos Cientos. The super-premium and limited-edition cigar embodies the history of the region, showcasing tobaccos from several of the Central American countries that gained their liberty 200 years ago. Dos Cientos will debut during Freestyle Live: Special Edition on Drew Estate’s Facebook page (facebook.com/drewestatecigar) on Thursday, May 6th beginning at 7 p.m. Eastern.

“For us there is always a link between the past and the present,” says Juan Ignacio Martinez, the President of Joya de Nicaragua. “We are who we are today because of the decisions that were made hundreds of years ago. Dos Cientos pays tribute to those 200 years and who we are today as the leading cigar producing country and region in the world.”



Dos Cientos will be exclusively available to Drew Diplomat  Program participants beginning in late August, and it will be part of Joya de Nicaragua’s Obras Maestras family, which includes Cuatro Cinco, Cinco Decadas and Numero Uno. Dos Cientos (6 x 54, Gran Toro) will be a medium-bodied blend that’s smooth, yet complex. It will be available in 21-count boxes, with one cigar that’s individually wrapped in special paper that is intended to be enjoyed during a virtual celebration of Central American Independence on Sept. 15.

Joya de Nicaragua invites everyone to attend the virtual celebration on Central American Independence Day to commemorate the last 200 years of Central American history and enjoy Dos Cientos together.

“Tobacco was ever present as we created our own economic, political and cultural identities. That was the moment in which we became what we are today as a region. We want to celebrate that achievement of our own birth as a country and as a region, paying tribute to the Latin Americans and to all who have achieved independence to craft their own destiny,” says the owner of Joya de Nicaragua, Dr. Alejandro Martinez Cuenca.



May 04, 2021

Crux Guild Robusto (5 x 50)





Video review HERE.


(Description taken from Halfwheel.com website)

Crux Guild made it's first appearance at the 1015 IPCPR trade show. Recently Crux made a change in the appearance of their cigars with new bands and boxes.

The Crux Guild uses an Ecuadorian habano wrapper, a Nicaraguan binder and Nicaraguan fillers. Like the rest of Crux’s lines, it’s produced at Plasencia Cigars S.A. in Estelí, Nicaragua.

Available in 5 sizes:

Crux Guild Corona (5 1/2 x 42) 

Crux Guild Robusto (5 x 50)  REVIEWED TODAY

Crux Guild Toro (6 x 50) 

Crux Guild Toro Extra Marblehead (6 1/2 x 52) 

Crux Guild Robusto Extra (5 1/4 x 54)


While each box contains 20 cigars, it’s not in the format you might be familiar with, as each box contains four paper-wrapped five-packs of cigars.


Blend and Origin:

Country of Origin: Nicaragua

Factory: Plasencia Cigars S.A.

Wrapper: Ecuadorian Habano

Binder: Nicaragua

Filler: Nicaragua


The new bands are much simpler than the original ones. Basic colors and lettering. The cigar is a medium brown and has an average feel in the hand.




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



At the first third (28 minutes) the flavors are changing in percentages. There is a nice orange citrus, cedar, brown sugar, a lot of orange peel with bitterness, a lot of nutmeg, light leather, and black coffee. You will really notice the bitterness of the orange peel, It stands out. The finish is orange peel with a touch of sweetness, nutmeg, and modest lingering black pepper. The cigar is medium bodied. The flavors are very nice until you get the blast of bitter orange peel. At this point I rated the cigar 91.




As I moved through the second third (55 minutes) things changed a lot. The leather, nutmeg, and bitter orange peel blossomed. They exploded. The sweet notes are still there but they are very overmatched. It's not even a fight. The cigar is still medium bodied. The finish is bitter orange peel and nutmeg with improved lingering black pepper. The cigar took a huge turn. This cigar is following the same path a the other 2 samples I smoked. I rated the second third 86.




The cigar lasted 1 hour 13 minutes. The cigar stayed on the same path. There is a minute amount of sweetness. Almost undetectable. The leather is very heavy now. The nutmeg and bitter orange peel are still quite high. The cigar is a low grade medium to full bodied. The finish is unchanged. This cigar started off nice with sweet flavors but quickly took a turn toward bitterness and heavy leather. Actually, the cigar was the best from light up through the first 1/2 inch. I rated the final third 80.




Overall Score: 85.67