April 24, 2019



Wednesday, April 24, 2019 — Miami, FL- Drew Estate announces today the shipping of ACID Plush and ACID Croqueta to retailers nationwide. These two Purple powerhouses in the ACID lineup were showcased at the 2019 TAA conference held at Casa de Campo in the Dominican Republic and are already in high demand. 

Continuing the celebration of the 20th Anniversary of ACID, these two Purple ACID’s reach new heights of aroma and taste. Presented in a 5.5” x 50 premium ACID blend, ACID Plush is rich, dense and wonderfully aromatic. Plush features a shimmering Broadleaf maduro wrapper and lush Nicaraguan binder and fillers. The ACID Croqueta defines the expression “one for now, one for later,” as we present two longfiller croquetas, each 2.5” x 50 within one glass tube. Draped in an earthy San Andres maduro wrapper, carefully rolled over robust Nicaraguan binder and filler, the Croqueta is a perfect sensorial experience of ACID when you want a complete cigar experience, but you’re short on time.


From the Wynwood Safehouse, Jonathan Drew President and Founder notes, “The celebration of twenty years of ACID is truly significant for the modern cigar culture. ACID’s impact is unquestionable and will live on forever. Ask yourself, how many people you know who first became interested in cigar culture after smoking a Kuba or Blondie? It wasn’t just another smoke, it was the connection of kindred spirits. If you’re reading this, there’s a good chance you journeyed into cigar culture with ACID cigars. Today we celebrate in deep, powerful purple, with the national release of Plush and Croqueta. Long Live ACID!!”

Each ACID Croqueta Tubo features two 2.5”x 50 cigars, with an MSRP of $8.40 per tubo, and are shipped in bundles of 25.

The ACID Plush is sold in a 24-count box with an MSRP of $230.40.

Altadis U.S.A.announces the release of the Montecristo Espada Oscuro


FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. – Altadis U.S.A., maker of world-renowned premium cigars announces the release of the Montecristo Espada Oscuro. The Montecristo Espada Oscuro is a follow-up cigar to the Montecristo Espada, which earned a top 20 honors by Cigar Aficionado in 2015.

Once again, the “Grupo de Maestro’s” (Montecristo’s highly regarded group of Master Blenders) were given access to the Plasencia’s library of tobaccos. The goal was to pair the world’s best blenders, with the premier tobacco growing family, creating the ultimate adult cigar smoking experience.

Like the original Montecristo Espada, the Montecristo Espada Oscuro is a Nicaraguan Puro. However, in addition to the excellent Nicaraguan tobaccos used for the binder and filler it also includes an extremely rare and well-aged Habano Rosado Oscuro wrapper. This special wrapper was discovered in the vast Plasencia library, by Rafael Nodal (Head of Product Capability for Tabacalera USA). Nodal along with Grupo de Maestro member Pedro Ventura and the Plasencia family worked together to find the perfect final blend.

Rafael Nodal said: “I am honored to have worked together with the Grupo de Maestros and the Plasencia family on this project. I not only feel that we created a blend that is worthy of the Montecristo Espada name, but also added a new dimension to the smoking experience, with the addition of this special Habano Rosado Oscuro Wrapper.”

Eddy Guerra, Sr. Brand Manager of Altadis U.S.A., stated. “We are extremely excited about the Montecristo Espada Oscuro. The success of the original Espada we felt, gave us mandate to push the envelope, to give our customers another great blend that can proudly sport the Montecristo Espada band. This cigar will give the Espada adult smokers a nuanced smoking experience that will deliver on flavor and richness.”



The Montecristo Espada Oscuro will be available in May and will be expressed in three vitolas:

Ricasso: 5 x 54 $13.27 MSRP

Guarde: 6 x 50 $13.80 MSRP Quillon: 7 x 56 $14.60 MSRP

DIESEL TO LAUNCH WHISKEY ROW SHERRY CASK IN PARTNERSHIP WITH RABBIT HOLE



Diesel Cigars and Rabbit Hole Bourbon have reignited their partnership with Diesel Whiskey Row Sherry Cask, a new, three-cigar collection shipping to all channels on June 3, 2019.

Diesel Whiskey Row Sherry Cask is a cigar with epic depth and sublime flavor. Developed by Justin Andrews, blended by AJ Fernandez and handcrafted at Tabacalera AJ Fernandez in Esteli, Diesel Whiskey Row Sherry Cask features Nicaraguan-aged tobaccos cultivated on three continents. This exciting new collection once again calls upon a proprietary aging process developed by AJ to deepen the complexity of the smoking experience by barrel-aging the binder leaves.

Diesel Whiskey Row Sherry Cask is centered around a rare Arapiraca leaf from Central Brazil’s Alagoas region. This binder leaf was selected for aging in Rabbit Hole’s Pedro Ximénez Sherry barrels to bring forth subtle notes of honey, vanilla and molasses. When blended with spicy Nicaraguan Habano and crowned with a lustrous Connecticut Broadleaf wrapper, this Maduro cigar is a study in contrast, as cigar meets bourbon, salty meets sweet and earth meets spice.


Justin Andrews, senior brand manager for Diesel cigars said, “With Diesel Whiskey Row Sherry Cask, we set out to expand the Diesel portfolio by offering cigar and spirits lovers a deeper sensory experience and I believe we have delivered that in spades. This new blend is perfectly suited to pairing with a fine spirit, stands up equally well on its own, and has all the makings of another runaway success for Diesel.”

Kaveh Zamanian, founder and whiskey maker of Rabbit Hole said, “For our second collaboration with Diesel, we selected our rich and aromatic Pedro Ximénez sherry casks for AJ to use in the tobacco aging process because we knew they would lend a stunning complexity to the blend. ‘Sherry Cask’ speaks to the power of our partnership with Diesel and our collective focus on combining heritage technique and refined innovation to heighten the experience of fine cigars and spirits.”

Diesel Whiskey Row Sherry Cask will be available in three sizes, each presented in 20-count wooden boxes that give a nod to Rabbit Hole’s unique branding.

Robusto (5” x 52); SRP per cigar is $8.49

Toro (6” x 50); SRP per cigar is $8.99

Gigante (6” x 58); SRP per cigar is $9.49

Diesel Whiskey Row debuted in June 2018 and marked the first collaboration between Diesel and Rabbit Hole. It was the first cigar to feature a binder leaf aged in Rabbit Hole’s bourbon barrels and generated a significant following among cigar lovers nationwide.









April 21, 2019

Padilla Finest Hour Oscuro Robusto (5 x 52)






Video review HERE.


Padilla Cigar Company has a new line that is inspired by celebrated cigar enthusiast Winston Churchill. the Padilla Finest Hour.

Padilla Finest Hour draws its inspiration from Churchill’s legendary “This was their finest hour” speech that he delivered to the House of Commons on June 18, 1940 as Great Britain was in the midst of the Second World War.

Today we look at the oscuro.

Finest Hour Oscuro
Wrapper: Ecuadorian Connecticut Broadleaf
Binder: Nicaraguan (Double)
Filler: Nicaraguan, Honduran
Country of Origin: Not Disclosed


Vitolas available:
Robusto: 5 x 52 REVIEWED TODAY
Toro: 6 x 52
6 x 60: 6 x 60



The cigar is almost jet black. Compare the color of the cigar to the band and they almost match. The cigar has an average feel in the hand for a robusto of this size.





The test draw after cutting the cap was good. The initial flavors at light up were a tangy orange citrus, sweet dark chocolate, caramel and/or brown sugar, a small amount of nutmeg, and a lot of black coffee which could be an espresso. There was plenty of black pepper which I rated at 7 1/2 to 8. This cigar, at this point, is much better than the sungrown which I reviewed last weekend.




About 1 inch in the cigar is burning evenly and has a pretty white ash which is tight. The flavors have settled down. The flavor which was either brown sugar or caramel is definitely caramel. There is a lot of tangy orange citrus which is equaled by the sweet dark chocolate. The caramel in the mix give is even more sweetness. You can detect the nutmeg but it's rather minor. And, the black coffee base is very good and deep. The black pepper is moving up and is definitely an 8 now. Actually, the black pepper is one of the stars of this cigar. 




At the first third (26 minutes) the flavors are just like the previous segment but the black coffee is now an espresso and definitely elevated. It's very deep and dark. The other flavors of citrus, dark chocolate, caramel, and nutmeg are all still in play. The cigar is medium to full bodied. The finish is one of nutmeg, light caramel, and a nice amount of lingering black pepper. The cigar is impressive so far. I rated the first third at 91.




At the second third (49 minutes) nothing much has changed. The espresso did tone down a little to more manageable amounts. The cigar became more in balance. The cigar is very close to full bodied now. The cigar tastes full bodied. The finish is unchanged. The black pepper remains very good. For the second third I maintained the score of 91.




The cigar lasted 1 hour 4 minutes. The citrus became more of a cedar in the final third. I still had plenty of the sweet dark chocolate, caramel, and espresso. There was an average amount of nutmeg that only accentuated the cigar. The black pepper is excellent in this cigar; definitely a star of the cigar. Plus, it's also very good on the finish. The finish is unchanged. The cigar is very close to full bodied; call it a high end medium to full. This has been a very good cigar. I held the score of 91 for the final third. 


Overall Score: 91

April 20, 2019

Herrera Esteli Norteno Toro (6 x 52)






Video review HERE.


Herrera Esteli Norteno blend showcases extensively aged tobaccos from the Esteli, and Jalapa growing regions of Nicaragua, coupled with a spicy Honduran Binder, and a rich, bold Mexican San Andrés maduro wrapper in the following core vitolas:

Herrera Esteli Norteno
Robusto Grande 5 ¼ x 54
MSRP $227.94/ Box of 25

MSRP $241.94/ Box of 25

Herrera Esteli Norteno Lonsdale 6 x 44
MSRP $231.94/Box of 25

Herrera Esteli Norteno Piramide Fino 5 x 50
MSRP $269.94/ Box of 25

Herrera Esteli NortenoShort Corona Gorda 5 7/8 x 46 
MSRP $203.94/ Box of 25



Blend info:
Wrapper: Mexican San Andrés maduro
Binder: Honduran
Filler: Nicaraguan (Esteli and Jalapa)




The cigar is very dark and well made. The wrapper is not oily and appears to be coarse.





The test draw after cutting the cap was good. The initial flavors at light up were orange citrus, quite a bit of caramel, brown sugar, and cinnamon, sweet dark chocolate, and a full flavored, deep black coffee. There was a nice amount of black pepper which I rated at 7 1/2 to 8. At the outset I did not detect any nutmeg in the mix.




At the first third (34 minutes) the flavors continue to improve and pop. The orange citrus is very sweet and tangy. The brown sugar, cinnamon, and caramel have increased. I now have a thread of nutmeg and leather. Not much but detectable in the mix. The dark chocolate continues to be very sweet and dark. The black coffee is full bodied dark roast. The black pepper seems to be increasing. The finish has citrus, caramel, and nutmeg with a nice amount of lingering black pepper. The cigar is medium to full bodied. This type of maduro has what I like; high pitched sweeter flavors, lower level sweeter flavors, and plenty of dark notes. The cigar is rather balanced at this point. For the first third I rated the cigar at 94. 




At the second third (1 hour 13 minutes) the nutmeg rose considerably. So much it took away some of the sweeter notes. Everything is still there but now it's watered down by the nutmeg. The cigar is close to full bodied. The finish also has more nutmeg now along with the other flavors of citrus and caramel. For the second third I dropped the score to 92.




The cigar lasted 1 hour 42 minutes. A very nice burn time. In the final third the sweetness came back somewhat. The nutmeg toned down but the black coffee became elevated which also took away from the sweetness. So, it's basically a wash. The cigar is full bodied and the finish is basically unchanged. This is a good dark noted cigar. For the final third I held the score of 92. These should be available anywhere that handles Drew Estate but you can also purchase them HERE.



Overall Score: 92.67

April 19, 2019

Micallef Migdalia Toro (6 x 52)






Video Review HERE.



(Description taken from Cigaraficionado.com and MicallefCigars.com websites)
In an uncertain era when many cigarmakers are proceeding cautiously in the face of aggressive government regulations, a bold new cigar company has entered the playing field with guns blazing—Micallef Cigars. The Texas-based company launched seven cigar lines last year and has everything in its extensive portfolio, from an $8 smoke all the way up to a cigar that retails for more than $40. Though still a newcomer to the cigar industry, brand owner Al Micallef says he’s prepared to tackle any challenges that may lie ahead. 

“I learned very quickly that you’ve got to run a cigar company like any other business,” said Micallef in a phone conversation with Cigar Aficionado. “You better be dedicated to put the time and the effort in.”

Micallef started his cigar company in 2016 when a chance encounter introduced him to two cigarmakers from the Gómez Sanchez family. 

By Micallef’s account, the Gómez Sanchez brothers, Joel and Edel, were driving through Texas when their car broke down. Stranded, the brothers stopped at the nearby Silver Leaf Cigar Lounge, in Fort Worth, Texas. They offered to roll some cigars for the patrons. Micallef, an avid cigar smoker—who spends many afternoons at the lounge—happened to be there and tried their cigars that same day.

“They had some car trouble and stopped in the lounge. They said to the manager, ‘Can we roll some cigars for you?’ The cigars were so popular they stuck around for three days.”

Micallef says he was so impressed with the Gómez Sanchez brothers’ cigars that he asked them if they would create a personal cigar just for him.

He later came to find out that the Gómez Sanchez brothers are from a Cuban cigar family with three generations of experience in the industry. The family patriarch, Pedro F. Gómez, once rolled cigars at the H. Upmann factory in Havana, Cuba, and later worked as a factory supervisor at the Nueva Matacapan factory in Mexico (owned by the Turrents). His daughter-in-law, Migdalia Sanchez, worked at the Partagás factory in Cuba. His grandchildren, Joel and Edel Gómez Sanchez, also worked in cigar factories in Cuba before moving to Miami, then Mexico and finally Nicaragua, where the family operates its cigar factory.

Migdalia Sanchez, daughter-in-law of Pedro F. Gomez, was born in 1947 in Guantanamo, Cuba. At 17 she graduated from the School of Tobacconists in Havana. Migdalia was chosen to represent Cuba in various international exhibitions. She is widely known for her contributions to the tobacco industry and has been awarded several times as one of the best cigar rollers in the world. She also came up with the secret blend for this cigar. 


Blend:
Wrapper:  4 year old San Andres Habano
Binder:  4 year old Sumatra
Filler:  4 year old Nicaraguan and Dominican



The cigar has a beautiful band; very ornate. The cigar has a very dense feel in the hand.





The test draw after cutting the cap was good with just a bit of firmness. The initial flavors at light up were quite a varied assortment; mango, orange peel, lots of cinnamon, caramel, light brown sugar, leather, light nutmeg, and light black coffee. There was a light black pepper, almost a white pepper, which I rated at a 7. There are so many flavors in this cigar and they are in a nice mix. They mix very well together. 




About 3/4 inch in the flavors have settled down nicely. There is now a mango/cedar type flavor with the nutmeg mixing higher in the mix now, brown sugar, cinnamon, clean-fresh leather, caramel notes, and the black coffee remains quite light. All these flavors mix very well and there is plenty of sweetness. The black pepper is increasing. 




At the first third (34 minutes) I must repeat myself; the flavors are mixing well. The flavors are just like I previously described but the orange peel has left the mix. The cigar is medium bodied leaning toward medium to full. The finish is leather, caramel, and light lingering black pepper. This is one of the most unique cigars I've reviewed in a long time. It's unique flavors make it appealing. I rated the first third at 92.




At, or close to the midpoint I am 1 hour into the cigar. The lead flavor now is more of a cedar. There is still brown sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg, caramel, leather, and black coffee. The cigar is now medium to full bodied. The finish is now nutmeg, leather, and cedar. The lingering black pepper has increased. 





At the second third (1 hour 27 minutes) The cedar has a little twang to it now. The caramel and nutmeg are making a great flavor when they mix. There is more cinnamon than brown sugar and it's tingly. There is still the leather and the black coffee is somewhat elevated. The cigar is very close if not full bodied. The finish is unchanged. The cigar continues to be interesting because it's so different. I maintained the score of 92.





The cigar lasted an amazing 1 hour 58 minutes. This was a very interesting cigar. The flavors were quite intriguing. The cigar burned evenly and slowly. I still had the twangy cedar, light brown sugar, caramel, tingly cinnamon, nutmeg, leather, and black coffee. The cigar is a low grade full bodied. The finish is nutmeg, cedar, caramel, and a nice amount of lingering black pepper. This is not an every day cigar for me but it is one that should be in the mix. I like it. In fact, I will be reviewing another Micallef cigar in the coming weeks; the Micallef Grande Bold Nicaragua Toro. I maintained the previous scores of 92 for the final third.


Overall Score: 92

April 16, 2019

Drew Estate Flying Pigs Soar into Humidors for their Seasonal Release


Tuesday, April 16, 2019 — Miami, FL- Drew Estate announces today the seasonal release of their Flying Pig vitola, including Liga Privada No. 9 and T52, Undercrown Maduro, Shade and Sun Grown, as well as Kentucky Fire Cured.

The Flying Pig is one of the most desired vitolas in the company’s portfolio, presented in a 100mm x 60 ring gauge vitola, and is a favorite amongst cigar enthusiasts worldwide. The shape is based on  a photograph of an 1895 cigar salesman’s size selection case. It is one of the most complicated vitolas to manufacture due to the unique size and signature pig-tail, which requires specialized training of the buncheros and rolleras at the factory.

From the Wynwood Safehouse, Jonathan Drew President and Founder of Drew Estate notes, “The Flying Pig franchise has become an iconic Drew Estate vitola. In addition to the flavor, taste and aroma, there’s something unexplainably exciting about smoking a DE pig… it simply commands your attention when you open your humidor at home and makes your mouth water. It’s psychological warfare, the pig versus everybody. We are changing the distribution process to release piggies twice a year, Spring and Late Fall.”





Kicking off this seasonal release is the Kentucky Fire Cured Flying Pig, featuring a Kentucky seed tobacco, grown and fire cured in Hopkinsville, Kentucky, along with Nicaraguan and Brazilian fillers. The cigar is wrapped with a Mexican San Andres wrapper to round out the blend profile. Packaged in 12 count boxes with an MSRP of $115.17.










The Undercrown Maduro, Undercrown Shade, and Undercrown Sun Grown Flying pigs are packaged in 12 count boxes with an MSRP of $153.17, with Undercrown Shade and Undercrown Sun Grown Flying Pigs exclusive to Drew Diplomat Retailers. The Undercrown Maduro features a Mexican San Andres Maduro wrapper, Connecticut Stalk Cut and Sun Cured Habano binder, and Brazilian Mata Fina and Nicaraguan Habano filler leaves.














The Undercrown Shade Flying Pig features an Ecuadorian Connecticut Shade wrapper over a Sumatra binder with Dominican and Nicaraguan Filler leaves.
















The Undercrown Sun Grown features a Sun Grown Sumatra wrapper with a Connecticut River Valley Stalk Cut and Sun Cured Habano binder with fillers from Nicaragua.












Rounding out the release, the Liga Privada No. 9 and Liga Privada T52 Flying Pigs are packaged in 12 count boxes with an MSRP of $181.17 and are exclusive to Drew Diplomat retailers. The No. 9 features a Connecticut Broadleaf wrapper, Plantation Grown Brazilian Mata Fina Binder and filler leaves from Nicaragua and Honduras.













The Liga Privada T52 features a Connecticut River Valley Stalk Cut and Sun Cured Habano Wrapper, Plantation Grown Brazilian Mata Fina Binder and filler leaves from Nicaragua and Honduras.


Debonaire House & Indian Motorcycle® Announces the Indian Motorcycle® Connecticut Shade Canadian Exclusive


Toronto, Canada: Debonaire House and Indian Motorcycle® announce the
Indian Motorcycle® Cigars Connecticut Shade, launching in May as an exclusive
for Canadian retailers through distribution partner Brigham 1906.

Re-introduced into the premium cigar market in 2015, Indian Motorcycle Cigars is
a licensed product between Debonaire House & Indian Motorcycle / Polaris. The
core line of Indian Motorcycle Cigars has been extended and packaged in a 20ct
box boasting a lighter leather top than its counterparts. Also, each cigar will be
adorned with a Canada foot-ring. The sizes offered during the period of Canadian
exclusivity through Brigham 1906 will be:

• Indian Motorcycle® Connecticut Shade Robusto – 5”x50
• Indian Motorcycle® Connecticut Shade Toro – 6”x52

Philip S. Zanghi III, Founder of Debonaire House, commented: “Firstly, this is a
super exciting project with Brigham, a great company filled with great people! I’ve
known Dan and team for what seems like 20 years or so, once we began
distribution in Canada we all felt the fit was perfect right away: Indian 1901 with
Brigham 1906; Connecticut Shade was a no-brainer for Canada’s favorite
motorcycle company! I am excited to visit with and enjoy this great cigar with the
fine retailers and consumers of such a fine outfit in Canada when we launch in
May.” Many of Brigham’s Canadian retailers have already signed on to host the
new cigar in their footprints launching in May.

April 14, 2019

Padilla Finest Hour Sungrown Robusto (5 x 52)






Video review HERE.


(Description taken from Cigar-Coop.com website)
Padilla Cigar Company has a new line that is inspired by celebrated cigar enthusiast Winston Churchill.

Padilla Finest Hour is a 3 blend line.

Padilla Finest Hour draws its inspiration from Churchill’s legendary “This was their finest hour” speech that he delivered to the House of Commons on June 18, 1940 as Great Britain was in the midst of the Second World War.

There will be three blends. The Padilla Finest Hour Connecticut will feature an Ecuadorian Connecticut wrapper over a double Nicaraguan binder and fillers from Honduras. Finest Hour Sungrown is a 100% Nicaraguan puro highlighted by a Habano seed wrapper. Finally, Finest Hour Oscuro features a Connecticut Broadleaf wrapper, double Nicaraguan binder and a combination of Nicaraguan and Honduran fillers. All three blends will be offered in three sizes: Robusto (5 x 52), Toro (6 x 52), and 6 x 60. Each size is presented in 20-count boxes. The company is not disclosing the factory name.

Today we look at the sungrown. I have only one sample so this will be a first impression review.

Finest Hour Sungrown
Wrapper: Nicaraguan Habano
Binder: Nicaraguan
Filler: Nicaraguan
Country of Origin: Not Disclosed
Factory: Not Disclosed

Robusto: 5 x 52 REVIEWED TODAY
Toro: 6 x 52
6 x 60: 6 x 60



The cigar is a reddish brown and a little light in the hand.





The test draw after cutting the cap was effortless. The initial flavors at light up were an apple, table sugar, bitter nutmeg, leather, and a light black coffee. There was white pepper which I rated at a 7. The apple flavor was rather unique. I would expect an all Nicaraguan cigar to have a citrus or cedar flavor so the apple flavor was a surprise for me.




At the first third (19 minutes) some of the bitterness in the nutmeg has gone away but not all of it. The lead flavor continues to be an apple. The leather is light. The coffee is light. The cigar is mild to medium bodied, which is also a surprise. The cigar is not popping with me at this stage. This is not a typical Nicaraguan cigar. I rated the first third at 85.




At the second third (40 minutes) there was a touch of cedar that appeared with the apple flavor. The table sugar is still the sweetness. The leather is a little more pronounced. The nutmeg still has some bitterness. The black coffee is very light. The cigar is medium bodied at this point. The finish is nutmeg, apple, and leather with decent lingering black pepper. (yes, black pepper on the finish) The cigar is not moving in a positive direction for me yet. I rated the second third at 84.




The cigar lasted 57 minutes. In the final third I lost some sweetness due to the elevated leather and black coffee notes. The cigar is medium bodied and the finish is unchanged. This cigar did not hit on many cylinders with me. The lead flavor continued to be a light cedar, mostly apple flavor with basic table sugar sweetness, bitter nutmeg, and at this point elevated leather and black coffee. I rated the final third at 83.


Overall Score: 84

April 13, 2019

Villiger Cigars La Meridiana Toro (6 x 54)









Video review HERE.


With much excitement, Villiger Cigars will introduce a European favorite, the Villiger La Meridiana to the U.S. consumer. Recently obtaining a 92 rating by Cigar Journal, the Villiger Meridiana was released in 1998 and has gained a loyal following, among full-flavored cigar enthusiasts in Europe. The Villiger Meridiana was conceived by Heinrich Villiger, as a way to pay tribute to some long lost Cuban cigar heritage.

The Villiger La Meridiana bases its historical roots, in a long forgotten Cuban factory named “La Meridiana”. The factory owned by Pedro Murias, was once of the largest and most well-known cigar factories, which determined the cityscape of Havana at the end of the 19th century. Sadly, Murias was forced to sell La Meridiana factory due to unrest in Cuba during the Cuban war of Independence. The sale went through shortly after the war ended in 1898, and just like that, Pedro Murias along with the original La Meridiana cigar factory became a fading memory.

The resurrection of “La Meridiana” came from Heinrich Villiger’s love of everything Cuban. During his many trips to Cuba he discovered the name and rich history of the Meridiana factory, and thought to create a full-flavored cigar, beautiful and elegant enough to carry on the La Meridiana name in honor of Pedro Murias.

Wrapper: Nicaraguan
Binder: Nicaraguan
Filler: Nicaraguan



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





The test draw after cutting the cap was very good. The initial flavors at light up were a pronounced orange citrus, peach, brown sugar, cinnamon, leather, and black coffee.  The peach flavor is rather unique in cigars but it is very nice. There was black pepper which I rated at an 8 and it's very nice when retrohaled. 




At the first third (27 minutes) the cigar is blossoming. The combination of citrus and peach is quite sweet and quite tangy. There is plenty of brown sugar and cinnamon. There is also plenty of black pepper. The leather is in just the right amount and does not overshadow the cigar. Neither does the black coffee. There is also a thread of nutmeg that is in the perfect amount. The cigar is pretty much in balance. Nothing overshadows anything else. It all works together nicely. The cigar is medium to full bodied. The finish is peach, nutmeg, and cream with some nice lingering black pepper. I rated the first third at 95.




The second third (57 minutes) had the cigar staying true to the previous trajectory. There are some nice caramel notes now. There is also a touch of caramel on the finish. The cigar is full bodied at this point. The front end flavors are now orange citrus, peach, and cedar and they are the lead flavors. The brown sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg, leather, and black coffee closely follow. The cigar is not quite balanced due to the sweeter flavors taking the lead but that's ok. The cigar continues to impress me. I maintained the score of 95 for the second third.




The cigar lasted 1 hour 21 minutes which was a little quicker than I expected due to the nice feel it had in the hand at the outset. But, in the final third the same great flavors continued. Nothing much changed. The cigar is still full bodied and the finish is unchanged. This is a very sweet cigar with some power and nice leather and nutmeg notes. The finish is very good. The pepper is also very good in this cigar. Villiger has a very good cigar here and I'm happy that they brought it to the US. I maintained the previous scores of 95 for the final third.


Overall Score: 95