May 17th, 2013
The J.C. Newman Cigar Company first showcased the Perla Del Mar cigars at the 2012 IPCPR Trade Show, and they are unlike other sticks offered by the brand. This is a milder smoke and was inspired by an old Cuban stogie with the same name and band artwork. It is Spanish for “pearl of the sea” and evokes the strong range of flavors that Newman’s brand is known for.
The wrapper is an Ecuadorian Connecticut Shade, and the binder and filler are both Nicaraguan. It is available in four sizes, including the P (3 3/4 x 56), M (4 3/4 x 52), G (6 1/4 x 54) and TG (6 x 60). The wrapper is light brown and rather silky and smooth. There is some veining, though no visible seams can be found. The band is navy blue, gold, black and white, and features the name of the stogie in gold lettering under a black and white clipper ship at sail.
The first third of the Perla Del Mar cigars starts off with cream, citrus and pepper according to reviews. The cream subsides right away and the pepper and citrus share the dominant role. During the second third, the citrus and pepper are joined by a strong wood flavor. The pepper is constantly dominant while the wood and citrus trade off as the second-strongest flavors. In the last third of the stick, some reviewers also tasted spice and vanilla. The citrus, wood, pepper, spice and vanilla are all present until the finish.
The burn and draw are both considered excellent, and the ash is a perfect salt and pepper. This stogie starts out mild in strength, though it just makes it to medium by the halfway point. The flavors are extremely robust, though, and many aficionados believe the Perla Del Mar cigars are medium to full-bodied.
May 17th, 2013
A consumer that wants to buy a menthol electronic cigarette has many choices available. The specific flavoring is obtained by purchasing flavored cartridges. These flavors do vary according to the nicotine levels and the brands. Flavor, quality, and price should all be considered when making a choice between the various products on the market.
Traditional tobacco sticks and the alternative stick have some differences. Taste is a component that remains relatively unchanged. Each device usually comes equipped with up to three different elements. Units will contain batteries, atomizers, cartridges and a signal. Each part fulfills an essential function.
The overall appearance of these products closely resembles a traditional cigarette. However, there are some differences. Water vapor is emitted instead of smoke. Also, the use of a lighter is not required as there is no tobacco to light. There is simply a bright signal at the end of the stick.
For consumers interested in pricing, the kits usually sell for around $60. These kits contain six to eight e cigarettes and include batteries, instruction manual, nicotine cartridges, and a USB adapter. The consumer is getting a lot of products for the price.
Nicotine content can also be customized to various levels. Different flavors are also available to include cherry, menthol, vanilla, and coffee. The combinations of flavors are quite unique.
Saving money is as easy as checking out the online sales. Some sales are advertised at up to 50 percent off the suggested retail price! That is quite a savings!
A quality menthol electronic cigarette can be purchased online by a consumer just by doing the right kind of research. Also, before any purchase, make sure to read all reviews.
May 16th, 2013
Gary Griffith founded Emilio Cigars in 2010 after spending years as a manager for a chain of tobacco shops. Griffith decided to create his own stogies after taking a blending trip to Central America and meeting AJ Fernandez, a famed and talented blender. Griffith’s first three blends, the AF1, AF2 and Grimalkin were initially sold out of the shops Griffith managed, but as they grew in popularity, it soon became clear that Griffith had a national following. They are particularly known for their fine cigars from Honduras and Nicaragua.
Emilio Cigars produces seven lines and distributes many more. Its products consist of the AF1, AF2, AF Suave, Serie H Maduro, Serie H Sumatra, Draig K and the La Musa (Grimalkin rebranding).
Of the seven, the AF Suave is the mildest and the Serie H Maduro is likely the strongest.
In the AF1, reviewers find caramel, coffee, black pepper and wood notes. It is complex and ages extremely well.
The AF2 is an Ecuadorian Habano Oscuro and features cedar, spice, pepper, coffee, cream and sugar cane flavors.
The AF Suave is an Ecuadorian Connecticut Shade with Nicaraguan and Honduran fillers. Aficionados tasted vanilla, spice, dried fruit and cream in this stogie. It is ideal for novices who want something complex but not too strong.
The Serie H Maduro is Jamastran Ligero maduro with dark coffee, leather, earth, cocoa, black pepper and cinnamon notes in the profile. The Serie H Sumatran comes with a Sumatran wrapper and combines strong tobacco tastes with earth and a little sweetness.
The Draig K is a Colombian Cubanito maduro with complex flavors. They include dark chocolate, spice, herbs and leather.
The La Musa, formerly the Grimalkin, is an award-winning stogie rolled in Esteli, Nicaragua. Its flavor profile contains black pepper, raisin, orange, spice, cedar and cinnamon.
May 15th, 2013
The Room 101 Namakubi EC cigars are a follow up to the brand’s successful One Shot One Kill (OSOK) release in 2012. Like the OSOK, this stogie uses an Ecuadorian Habano wrapper and a binder from Honduras. Unlike the OSOK, the blend is a combination of Dominican and Honduran tobaccos. Novice smokers will find this one hard to handle, as it is a power bomb, but aficionados should appreciate the range and strength of the flavors.
This stick is available in four vitolas, including PapiChulo (4 x 42), Filero (4 1/2 x 52), Ranfla (6 1/2 x 50) and Chingon (8 x 60). The wrapper is dark brown with a few veins present. The Room 101 Namakubi EC cigars are double banded. The primary band features the brand name in red cursive amid a black background. The secondary band features “Ecuador” in gold lettering on a white background.
The flavors in this stick remain mostly consistent throughout. It starts off with an intense burst of black licorice, leather and pepper, along with some secondary coffee notes in the background. Until the end of the smoke, this flavor combination will hold, with the black licorice remaining dominant, and the pepper, leather and coffee layers balancing in the background.
Experienced smokers rejoice, because this cigar is full-bodied and full-strength as soon as it is lit. Some aficionados found that it was better after a full meal or at the end of the day. The burn and draw are above average, though the burn does require some touching up. There aren’t too many stogies that feature black licorice in the flavor profile, but this one embraces it completely.
May 14th, 2013
The Emilio Draig K Limitado cigar is another memorable stogie from Gary Griffith’s company. Many aficionados considered Griffith’s brand to be the surprise of 2011, as several of his products ended up on top 10 lists that year. This stick follows that path of success, and its name is influenced by two sources. The word “Draig” is used to describe a Welsh dragon, and the “K” stands for Gary’s friend Ken, who passed away shortly before the final production run.
The wrapper is a Colombian Cubanito Maduro, which is extremely rare. The filler is a combination of Nicaraguan and Honduran tobaccos. The Emilio Draig K Limitado cigar has an eye-catching look, as it is nearly black and has an impressive oily sheen. The band features a red dragon amid a bright green background and medieval castle. It comes in three vitolas, including Corona (5 1/2 x 42), Robusto (5 x 50) and Toro (6 x 50). This a limited release stogie and they are moving off the shelves rather quickly.
The flavors in this stick are robust and unique. The first and second third contain a dominant taste of dark chocolate and a backup of herbs, leather and spices. Some reviewers thought the spice tasted like apple spice, which doesn’t show up often in a stogie. The final third of the stick is more traditional, with the herbs disappearing and the apple spice turning into something closer to baking spice.
The Limitada cigar is full bodied, but medium in strength, so it doesn’t overwhelm. When the product was released, Gary cautioned smokers from lighting it up right away, as it needs some additional time to breathe. Otherwise, the burn may stray a little. Reviewers echoed this sentiment, but found the draw and flavors more than compensated for it.
May 14th, 2013
One of the 2012 reconfigured blends from Luis Tiant Cigars, the Tiante Habano Rosado is the product of several masters. Even though Luis is now known for his stogies, he is also known for his time as a pitcher with the New York Yankees and the Boston Red Sox. In his golden years, Luis decided to make his passion for cigars into a second career, and started the company with his son Daniel. It took a little while for the business to get established, but with Don Pepin Garcia’s involvement, the company is hitting its stride as this fine cigar proves.
The binder and filler are both from Nicaragua and the wrapper is from Ecuador. The four vitolas it comes in includes Toro Gordo (6 x 60), Toro (6 x 50), Pyramid (6 x 52) and Robusto (5 x 50). The wrapper is medium brown rather than the expected reddish color without any noticeable oil, and somewhat toothy. The band is maroon, green and gold, with gold type spelling out the brand name.
The first third of the Tiante Habano Rosado starts off with a Pepin blast of spice that quickly calms down. Immediately after the spice settles down, it is joined with pepper, cedar, tobacco and nutty flavors. There is a balance of sweet and spicy that keeps the cigar rather interesting. Some reviewers detected cinnamon on the retrohale. The second third is less sweet, though the pepper, cedar and nutty tastes are still present. In the final part of the cigar, the sweetness disappears and finishes off with pepper and nutty notes.
Most reviewers believe that the stick is medium strength and medium bodied, though it is close to being a strong mild cigar according to others. Because the profile is deep, but not harsh, it is a great choice for experienced smokers and novices alike.
May 14th, 2013
There are many electronic cigarette flavors to choose from for people who use alternative smoking devices, from standard tobacco blends to fruit and spices. These blends are known as “e-liquids” or “juices,” and each brand is compatible with a number of them. When shopping around for a device, a smoker should consider what juices are available before selecting one, because these liquids can’t normally be used with other brands. The taste sensations also vary with the nicotine levels.
The most common juice is tobacco, and each brand normally comes with a few different blends. The standard is an American classic. It mimics Virginia-grown tobaccos that are strong and slightly sweet. Some devices can also be used with blends that taste like popular cigarette brands, like Marlboro. Exotic blends, like those from the Middle East or Eastern Europe, may also be available.
After tobacco, the most popular electronic cigarette flavors are menthol liquids. Nearly every device comes with at least one menthol juice, though it is also common to see peppermint and other minty combinations, like mint ice cream or mint tea. In addition to menthol and tobacco, fruit flavors are also popular among alternative smoking devices. The most common fruit juices are cherry and grape, though orange and strawberry are also popular. Less common are pineapple, apple, kiwi, blueberry, raspberry, coconut and grapefruit. It is best to test many, though as there are differences.
Most brands also come with a few miscellaneous liquids. The most popular of these are vanilla and chocolate. A few devices are compatible with juices that are designed to taste like some alcohols, like whiskey or brandy. Some users like spicy tastes, so choices like cinnamon and nutmeg are standard. Some brands blend spices together to create a combination that is aromatic and tasty.
May 13th, 2013
The Pedro Martin Corojo cigar was unveiled as part of the Gold series at the 2011 ICPCR tradeshow. The Gold series was released under Maria Martin after her father’s death. Each line of the series was created using a vaulted blend passed down through each Martin family generation. Perhaps even more unique than the use of a secret family recipe, each line’s binder and filler tobaccos are Nicaraguan corojo leaf.
The Pedro Martin Corojo cigar also uses the same Nicaraguan leaf for the wrapper, making it a Nicaraguan Puro. Due to strong similarities between the wrapper, binder and filler, many times these cigars end up unimpressive and bland. This was avoided with the Corojo line through expert use of the same tobacco grown in drastically different regions and times in Nicaragua.
The professional quality of this product is clear through the lack of any visible veins and seams. It delivers a flawless structure ending with a fine double cap. A mottled light brown wrapper gives this cigar an abstract finish. The tightness of the roll allowed for an easy draw that delivered a very slow-to-go even burn line, and firm white to grey ash.
Fresh cedar and earthy cacao fill the room once the box has been opened. The pre-light draw reveals a deep cedar and sweeter spice. The first third is marked by a strong cassia spice cooled by a milky woodsy profile. These notes are underscored by a soft leathery sweetness. The second third saw this sweet leather transform into a pleasantly powerful citrus zest paired with a peppery cassia taste. Both profiles were gently complimented by a background oaky creaminess. Each flavor gained strength and body to the final third and nub.
The Pedro Martin Corojo cigar serves as a model of excellence for all Nicaraguan puros and delivers a taste suited for any experienced enthusiast ready for near-perfection with a nice kick.
May 13th, 2013
La Palina El Diario Cigars were created with the intent of being an everyday smoke, which is evidenced in the positive reviews and the name “El Diario.” This stick has filler made of two tobaccos, a Nicaraguan Corojo and Criollo that are from 1999 and 1998 crops, respectively. It features a double binder of Honduran Criollo which was grown during 1998. It has a handsome reddish wrapper made of a Honduran Corojo Rosado from 1999. The age of the tobaccos used in these fine cigars is what give it its smooth smoking experience and appealing scent.
There are 7 vitolas, each with its own flavor experience due to the differences in the ratio of filler to wrapper found in each size. There are traditional sizes like the Torpedo (6.125 inches x 52 ring gauge), and the Churchill (7 inches x 50 ring gauge). There are also sizes that are unique to the brand, like the 4.25 inch by 40 gauge KB and its relative the 6 inch x 40 KB II. Other vitolas include the Robusto (5 inches x 52), the Toro (6 inches x 50), and the Gordo (6 inches x 58).
Classified as medium body, this is a smoke that has full flavor, with hints of cocoa that are offset by pepper, cedar and citrus. Coffee, nuts and leather begin to mingle with the already established flavors later in the stick and result in a well balanced complexity that is pleasing to the palate. La Palina El Diario Cigars are some of the least expensive high quality offerings from the brand, and were met with approval from reviewers.
Cigar Aficionado Magazine awarded this line 93 out of 100 points based on its appearance, overall impression, construction, flavor and smoking characteristics making them a preferred premium smokes with an affordable price point.
May 13th, 2013
The varieties of e-liquid cartridges that are available make it possible to smoke an electronic cigarette without nicotine. Besides having a wide range of flavors, there is an assortment of options when it comes to the level of nicotine. The nicotine content is measured in milligrams, and e-cartridges can be purchased with levels as low as 0 or as high as 28 milligrams. Some brands have no option higher than 16 mg, so the available cartridges might factor into the decision when choosing which company to buy from.
The differing amounts allow users to choose whether their vapor is equivalent to an unfiltered smoke, an ultra light, or anywhere in-between. People have the option of lowering the amount until they have weaned themselves entirely off of the addictive substance. The smaller the dose, the more the novelty flavorings stand out on the palette. There is a medley of flavors, some sweet, like chocolate, while others taste like menthol or fruit. The vapor produced by an electronic cigarette without nicotine is mostly composed of water, with other ingredients like vegetable glycerin, polyethylene glycol 400, propylene glycol, and concentrated flavors.
The use of these personal and discreet vaporizers results in no smell and no ash, which makes them welcome in places where tobacco is not, such as on planes or in restaurants. A single e-liquid cartridge creates enough vapor to be the equivalent of 40 traditional cigarettes, making it a cost effective alternative. There are a variety of options available. Some mimic the size, shape and coloring of traditional cigarettes, while others do not. Some have models that allow users to change the voltage on their rechargeable batteries, resulting in a hotter burn due to more power.