IPCPR 2017: Drew Estate – FSG

IPCPR 2017: Drew Estate – FSG

posted on July 25th, 2017

IPCPR 2017: AJ Fernandez

IPCPR 2017: AJ Fernandez

posted on July 25th, 2017

IPCPR 2017: Humi-Care

IPCPR 2017: Humi-Care

posted on July 25th, 2017

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CAO Amazon Fuma Em Corda Robusto

CAO Amazon Fuma Em Corda Robusto

CAO released a cigar called the Amazon Basin in 2014 to much fanfare.  I was never able to get my hands on one, though and, to be honest, I thought it was a gimmicky cigar.  Fast forward to 2016 and I was able to get my hands on the 2016 release of the cigar at Case de Montecristo in Clear Lake, TX and I was stunned.  I really enjoyed the cigar.  It was very flavorful with a very unique flavor …

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Southern Draw Quickdraw Pennsylvania Panatela

Southern Draw Quickdraw Pennsylvania Panatela

The first cigar I ever tried from Southern Draw Cigars was the Kudzu Gordo.  As most of you know, I’m not a fan of the big ring gauge cigars, but Robert Holt, owner of Southern Draw Cigars, just asked me to give it a chance.  The blend on that cigar was tweaked just for that size.  Reluctantly, I tried it and I’m glad I did.   The box press made it more comfortable to smoke and the flavor was great.  Luckily, …

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Dunbarton Tobacco & Trust Muestra de Saka Exclusivo

Dunbarton Tobacco & Trust Muestra de Saka Exclusivo

Dunbarton Tobacco and Trust announced the Muestra de Saka at the 2016 IPCPR.  The cigar is meant to be an example of blending of unique blends from Steve Saka, owner and tobacco guru of Dunbarton Tobacco and Trust.  The Muestra de Saka will be released every year but with a different blend.  These cigars are blends that Steve is testing out a different blending style where the blend will usually be outside his comfort zone or something he wants to …

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All Out Kings Smash

All Out Kings Smash

All Out Kings was one of the most high anticipated releases from IPCPR 2016.  The All Out Kings is a collaboration with Caldwell Cigars and Drew Estate Cigars.  Both companies are known to push the boundaries in the cigar world so them collaborating on a cigar is not a surprise.  The brainchild of Robert Caldwell, Willy Herrera and Jonathan Drew, this would be Caldwell’s first Nicaraguan cigar.  The cigar will be distributed though Caldwell Cigars using tobaccos from La Gran …

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Guaimaro Robusto

Guaimaro Robusto

Guaimaro Cigars is the brainchild of Esteban Disla, co-owner of Nica Sueno, the cigar factory of RoMa Craft cigars.  Disla partnered up with Skip Martin and Mike Rosales to create RoMa Craft Tobac which produces some of the hot cigars on the market.  RoMa Craft’s most famous of which are the Cromagnon and Aquitaine lines, but Disla didn’t have his own line until they unveiled the Guimaro at the 2016 IPCPR.  I was pretty excited to see this cigar as …

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Crowned Heads Las Mareas Olas

Crowned Heads Las Mareas Olas

The Las Mareas was released in 2016 by Crowned Heads as a more Cubanesque style cigar than the rest of the lines.  The cigars were first released in limited quantities with a single silk ribbon at the foot in two sizes and then had a full release at IPCPR in 2016 in four sizes.  The cigars are made by My Father in their factory in Nicaragua.  Las Mareas means “tide” in Spanish and each vitola is named after a specific …

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Avo Improvisation Limited Edition 2017

Avo Improvisation Limited Edition 2017

The Avo Limited Edition cigars are always really good cigars and this year’s Improvisation should be no exception.  This year’s Avo limited edition is a first on two fronts.  One, it’s a box press cigar and, two, it’s in a 60 ring gauge.  I’m glad they did a box press when they decided to do a 60 ring because the box press makes it more comfortable to smoke.  Pretty much everyone knows by now that I’m not a fan of …

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Aguila Cigars – Flight Review – CONTEST (Contest ended)

Aguila Cigars – Flight Review – CONTEST (Contest ended)

I was recently approached by iHavanas to review their new Aguila cigar line produced in Nicaragua.  iHavanas is mainly known for being one of the premier sellers of Cuban cigars, but with the growing interest in Europe for Nicaraguan cigars, iHavanas has brought out their own Nicaragua cigar for this new and growing fan base.  Not much is known about the blend except that it’s a Nicaraguan blend.  Here is the information I have on the Aguila, which means “eagle” …

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Davidoff Anniversario No. 3 702 Series

Davidoff Anniversario No. 3 702 Series

Davidoff released a new series called the 702 Series in February 2017.  The 702 Series use a special Ecuadorian Habano wrapper grown exclusively for these cigars at the San Juan finca near Cotopaxi in Ecuador.  The tobacco is a hybrid of 3 cuban seed habano tobaccos.  The farm is set in the foothills of the Andes mountains with volcanic soil making the growing area rich with nutrients and covered by clouds most of the year.  The wrapper replaces the Ecuadorian …

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Drew Estate Undercrown Shade Flying Pig

Drew Estate Undercrown Shade Flying Pig

Released at the 2016 IPCPR, Drew Estate added their famous Flying Pig size to the Undercrown Shade line.  This is the sixth Flying Pig release from Drew Estate following the Flying Pigs from Liga Privada No. 9, T52, Kentucky Fired Cured, Feral and Undercrown.  The Flying Pig is a very unique small perfecto size with a pigtail cap.  They are released in boxes of 12 and have the same blend as the regular Shades.

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