I’m pretty happy to be doing this review. The Regius Black Label is one of my favorite cigar lines and I heard that Akhil Kapacee teamed up with Mitchell Orchant of Alfie Turmeaus Tobacconist in 2014 to release special editions bearing Orchant’s name, Regius Seleccion Orchant. Released originally in a robusto size and also in a torpedo size called the Campana, they recently added a Hermoso size for 2016. They took the Black Label blend and tweaked it a little …
Southern Draw released a new line extension with the Firethorn adding a lancero size called the Pome. The Pome is the same blend as the rest of the Firethorn line using an Ecuadorian habano rosado wrapper. Robert Holt, owner of Southern Draw, teamed up AJ Fernandez to make the Firethorn which is rolled in AJ’s Tabacalera Fernandez factory in Nicaragua. Let’s take a look at the specs.
- Wrapper: Ecuadorian Habano Rosado
- Binder: Mexican San Andres
- Filler: Propieritary
One of the first stops Brian and I made at IPCPR 2016 was the Fratello booth and talk with Omar de Frias about his new releases. One of the cigar lines he was introducing was the new Oro line. The Oro line is Fratello’s foray into Connecticut wrapper cigars. Omar wanted add this missing piece to his line up cigars, but make a Connecticut that was still full of flavor. He partnered up with La Aurora to create the Oro. …
At IPCPR 2016, La Palina introduced the Illumation to their extensive line cigars. Considered a “Goldie light” by La Palina, its made at El Titan de Bronze factory in Miami, FL using mostly the same tobaccos as the Goldie. The only difference is they replaced the medio tiempo tobacco with a higher priming ligero leaf. Here are the specs:
- Wrapper: Ecuadorian Habano
- Binder: Ecuadorian
- Filler: Dominican and Nicaraguan
- Size: 5 x 52
- MSRP: $10.35
The cigar is definitely Goldie-like, but …
Jose Blanco was one of the people we missed at this year’s busy trade show, and that’s something that has been bothering me ever since. So when I heard he was going to be in the area doing a blending seminar, I made a point to grab my handy GoPro and brave Atlanta traffic to meet up with him.
In this video we spend ten minutes catching up with Jose Blanco after the seminar. He talks about joining the EP …