Posts Tagged ‘Fine Cigar’
Monday, July 29th, 2013
The Cuba Aliados Corojo cigar line is deemed by many to be as rich and unique in flavor as it is in history. Rolando Reyes Sr., now deceased master cigar maker, created the series using Nicaraguan Corojo wrapper, Ecuador-Sumatra binder, and Piloto Cubano filler from Nicaragua and the Dominican Republic. Products in the series are hand-rolled at the Reyes Family Cigars factory in Danli, Honduras. Translated from Spanish, the name of the line means “Cuba allies” – quite possibly a reference to Reyes’ birth country from which he was driven out under the Fidel Castro regime after his assets, including his factory, were seized.
Stogies in the line are available in a number of sizes: Lance, Piramide #2, Piramide #3, Regordo, Belicoso, Toro Extra and Robusto.
Although the Cuba Aliados Corojo cigar series (along with other Reyes Family Cigars products) meets with disapproval from a small but vocal group of critics, the vast majority of reviews are overwhelmingly stellar. The secret, some say, lies in allowing the smokes to develop their full potential in a humidor for several weeks or even months. Many reviewers have expressed their surprise at the vast difference this relatively simple technique produces, reporting tremendous rewards in terms of a superior smoking experience as a result.
Overall, reviewers say the stogies feature an excellent draw and construction across the board, regardless of size. Earthy tones are said to dominate, with a little sweetness noted at the beginning and, in some cases, at the end as well.
Many consider the cigars in the series as must-tries and have added them to their list of favorites.
Reyes was 89 years old when he died in 2012, but his company remains in the hand of family members dedicated to honoring his legacy.
Monday, July 29th, 2013
The Trinidad Paradox cigar was introduced at the 2012 IPCPR Trade Show by Altadis, and is another attempt to reinvigorate some of the company’s brands. This stick epitomizes Altadis’s preference for Mexican tobaccos produced by the Turrent family. While many companies prefer Mexican maduro wrappers, Altadis bucks the trend with this stick. It’s not the most complex smoke available, but reviewers say its flavors are bold and balanced well.
This stogie comes in four vitolas, including Robusto (5 x 54), Toro (6 x 54), Belicoso (6 1/8 x 52) and Churchill (7 x 57). The wrapper is a Mexican Criollo, the binder a Dominican Piloto and the filler a blend of Dominican tobaccos. The Trinidad Paradox cigar is medium brown and has a silky appearance.
The first third of the stick contains a strong punch of black pepper, which quickly gives way to honey sweetness. The honey is the dominant flavor in this part of the stick, and will remain the boldest taste throughout the smoke. During the second third, natural tobacco and earthy notes join the black pepper in the background. In the last third of the stogie, the black pepper grows in intensity, but never eclipses the honey in terms of strength.
Most of Altadis’s products are full strength and recommended for experienced smokers. This stick, though, is easier to handle. It is a full-bodied stick that’s medium in strength. It performs well in terms of burn, and has a slightly tight draw that gives way during the first inch of the cigar. Several reviewers stated that this smoke would be the perfect transition for a novice looking for something a little stronger.
Saturday, July 27th, 2013
Christian Luis Eiroa’s lifelong exposure to cigars, tobacco growing and manufacturing led to the formation of CLE Cigars, a relative newcomer to the industry who’s really not a newcomer at all.
Christian Eiroa is the son of Julio Eiroa, the patriarch of the renowned Camacho Cigars Company. Honduran-born and practically raised in the tobacco fields, Eiroa showed little interest of following in his father’s footsteps as a young man. Fate, however, eventually landed him squarely on the steps of his father’s company when the finance company he was working for was sold. The rest, as they say, is history.
The young man embraced the tobacco industry with both arms, determined to find a way to procure tobacco at a time when supply was extremely limited. Christian Eiroa became entrenched in his father’s company and it didn’t take long before he took over the family’s esteemed Caribe Imported Cigars business in Miami.
Years later, Camacho was bought by Davidoff in 2008, and four years later, in 2012, Christian Eiroa decided to write his own ticket in the business by forming CLE Cigars under the parent company Fabricas Unidas.
Christian Eiroa’s company gained rave reviews with the initial release of the Cuarenta, named so in celebration of Christian Eiroa’s own 40th birthday. In addition to the Cuarenta, the company also introduced the Corojo and the Connecticut.
Now aficionados are anticipating the taste of the EIROA and CLE PLUS, both set to appear on the market in June/July 2013. Smokers have high expectations in these new releases, hoping the new arrivals will live up to their hopes of unique flavor and exquisite craftsmanship.
Friday, July 26th, 2013
Cuba Aliados Special Edition cigars have been highly praised by smokers who noted that the superb construction results in a steady burn and an exceptional draw.
• One aficionado stated that the burn was almost perfectly straight from start to finish.
• The light gray ash is peppered by black flecks and holds for well over an inch.
• Reviewers were impressed by way the cigar remained lit and produced generous amounts of smoke.
These medium to full-bodied cigars are the creation of Rolando Reyes. They are hand-rolled in Danli, Honduras. Like all Cuba Aliados lines, they are known for:
• A balanced blend of fillers
• Fine Maduro wrappers
• Larger than average ring size
Aficionados praised the blend of flavors that vary throughout the entire smoking experience. They also noted that each flavor dominates for a while, and then drops back while another comes to the surface.
• Smokers noted a wood-like taste in the pre-light, which became spicy upon lighting.
• A strong earthy taste almost immediately moves to the foreground as the spice drops back into the background.
• A leather taste shows up in the second third. Then, different flavors begin to compete for the palate’s attention.
• The final third blends everything together into a very powerful earthy experience.
Cuba Aliados Special Edition cigars feature a blend of Nicaraguan and Dominican fillers, Corojo wrappers from Honduras, and binders from Nicaragua. They are only available in Toro Negro.
Smokers complimented the following features:
• The smooth cap and neat, straight sides
• The leathery feel of the wrapper between the fingers
• The nice, natural brown color of the wrapper.
The ring gauge measures 54-56—slightly larger than other Toros.
Saturday, July 20th, 2013
Since 2012, RoMa Craft cigars has been producing premium blends that have attracted excellent reviews from many publications. The groundwork for the company, though, was cemented years before Skip Martin and Michael Rosales formalized their business agreement. Martin and Rosales combined their companies, Galveston Bay Tobacco and Costa Rican Imports, after collaborating on several projects, including the construction of a manufacturing facility in Nicaragua.
In 2010, Martin and Rosales met tobacco virtuoso Nica Sueño in Esteli, Nicaragua. Together, the three worked out of Sueño’s garage to blend and practice rolling excellent stogies. In 2011, Sueño’s wife insisted they take the tobacco operations elsewhere, and the three built their factory in response. In 2013, RoMa Craft cigars added 2,500 square feet to their thriving factory.
The company manages several brands, but its three blends, the CroMagnon, the Aquitaine and the Intemperance are the best known among aficionados. The CroMagnon is the brand’s initial release and earned a spot on several industry top cigar lists. It is full bodied and comes with a Connecticut Broadleaf wrapper, a Cameroon binder and Nicaraguan fillers. It produces complex savory, sweet, spicy and smoky flavors.
The Aquitaine is a spinoff of the CroMagnon and uses the same fillers and binders in the blend. It comes with an Ecuadorian Habno Ligero wrapper that adds spice to the smoke’s profile. It is available in the same vitolas as the CroMagnon.
The Intemperance is a rustic, minimalist stick that is available in two wrapper styles. The Intemperance EC comes with an Ecuadorian Connecticut wrapper while the Intemperance BA comes with a Brazilian Arapiraca. Both are loaded with sweet, nutty and toasty flavors that don’t overwhelm.
Saturday, July 20th, 2013
The Reyes family is known for producing blends that conjure cedar and woody flavors, and the Cuba Aliados Miami Edition cigar continues the trend. Compared to other figures in the industry, the Reyes family is rather private. As a result, this blend has only received a little bit of attention. However, its strong construction and well balanced blend has garnered approval among aficionados. In 2012, Ronaldo Reyes Sr., the founder of the company, passed away, but this blend is a reminder of his expertise in the industry.
The wrapper is a Habano and the binder is a Sumatra from Ecuador. The fillers are a wonderful blend of Dominican Republic and Nicaragua tobaccos. The Cuba Aliados Miami edition cigar comes in three formats, including Robusto (5 x 50), Toro Viejo (6 x 53) and Valentino (7 x 49). The wrapper is medium brown and has some veining, though it is free of any hard or soft spots to speak of.
The flavors in this stick are said to be fairly uniform throughout. The first third introduces strong notes of cedar and wood, with black pepper in the background. Reviewers stated that the cedar and wood flavors were uniquely refined, giving them extra boldness. In the second third, the black pepper fades out and is replaced by leather flavors that slowly ramp up. The cedar and wood are still the dominant tastes. In the final third of the stogie, the leather increases in intensity even more, to the point that it is the primary flavor right before the finish.
This stick is medium to full bodied and medium to full in strength. Reviewers scored it very high in terms of burn and draw. While the flavors don’t change much throughout the smoke, they are perfectly presented, making for an interesting experience.
Thursday, July 18th, 2013
The one thing that stands out about Nording 50th Anniversary cigars is the amazing way they blend a variety of flavors together without diminishing the distinctiveness of any one taste. This seems to be the general consensus of all aficionados who have reviewed these medium strength cigars.
The first, second, and final thirds of the smoke blend together a delightful variety of notable tastes. There is a sharp, but not overpowering mineral taste overlaid by a blend of coffee, earthiness, and spices like cinnamon, nutmeg, clove, and red pepper. Wood notes are present throughout as well, with some reviewers noticing floral notes in the second third of the cigar. Aficionados complimented the smooth creaminess that appeared in the second third to accomplish this unique blending of variety and smoothness that remained consistent all the way to the nub.
Reviewers immediately noted an aroma of hay, cocoa, and spices, mixed with just a hint of cedar, as soon as they lighted the foot. This aroma then translates to flavors that mingle and dance on the palate throughout the final third. The burn has been described as being razor sharp, with the fine gray ash holding tight down to the nub.
Nording 50th Anniversary cigars feature a highly attractive, double banded Toro Grande construction. The slightly oily wrapper reveals a nice dark, reddish color with moderate veins that show throughout its surface. Slightly heavy in the hand, it is described as being both tight and comfortable. The wrapper is Ecuadorian, while the binder and filler are aged Nicaraguan tobaccos.
Nording 50th Anniversary cigars are rolled at the Tavicusa factory, located in Esteli, Nicaragua, by expert teams. Recommended for both novices and experienced smokers alike, this anniversary release is already in consistent production and is expected to be around for a long time to come.
Saturday, June 22nd, 2013
Glen Case named Kristoff Kristania cigars after his son Kristopher and daughter Brittany. Founded in 2004, Case’s boutique cigars have taken off and become one of the most recognizable brands among the smaller blenders. Their products have earned them significant acclaim, and this stick is no different. It is one of the few cigars that manage to offer something to novices and experienced smokers alike.
This stick features Dominican fillers and binders wrapped in a Nicaraguan Criollo Habano leaf. The paper is milk chocolate brown, has some veining and is rather dry to the touch. Kristoff Kristania cigars are available in three sizes, including Robusto (5 x 50), Toro (6 x 52) and the third vitola which remains unnamed (5 1/2 x 60).
During the first third most reviewers tasted wood and black pepper first. Neither is harsh or intense, and they are quickly joined by a sweet cedar spice that becomes the dominant flavor. In the second third, a delightful vanilla cream emerges and is a primary note along with the sweet cedar. The pepper and wood are both still present, but the wood fades as the smoke transitions into the final third. During the last couple inches, the black pepper spikes in intensity and becomes the boldest note. The sweet cedar fades out and the vanilla cream remains strong with the pepper until the end.
These cigars are medium strength, yet full bodied. Novices will find them easier to handle than most full-bodied smokes and aficionados will still be able to appreciate the deep flavors present. The burn and draw perform admirably, with neither hindering the experience. They can be purchased at a value price, which makes them a smart choice for someone looking to fill some humidor space.
Monday, June 10th, 2013
Michael Giordano’s company is known for its nontraditional approach to the industry, and none of his products embody this as well as the Cult Blood Red Moon cigars. These petite sticks pack a ton of flavor into a small profile, and reviewers were impressed with how they matured in a humidor. Although they are considered medium in strength, they stretch the definition with some bold and complex notes. They are available in packages of five or bricks of 50.
These stogies are available in two vitolas, including Mini Corona (4 3/4 x 42) and Mini Perfecto (4 3/4 x 44). The Cult Blood Red Moon cigars feature an Ecuadorian Habano wrapper and binders, and fillers from Nicaragua. The wrapper is medium brown and has a rustic look to it with some veining. There is no band, but a well-done cap ties everything together.
Strong flavors are produced as soon as the stick is lit, and it doesn’t stop until the nub is put out. After a punch of red pepper, reviewers detected bold cocoa and cream notes in the first inch, cemented together with a delicate sweet taste. More notes emerge in the middle portion of the stogie, including cedar, nuts and coffee. The red pepper is a primary flavor, along with the cream and cedar. In the final portion of the stogie, the flavors all grow in complexity and begin to meld together. The red pepper grows in intensity, pushing the strength close to full. It ends with strong notes of the pepper, cream and cocoa. The finish is not harsh or bitter in the least.
Reviewers were impressed with the complexity and depth of the notes, though they were also happy with the burn and draw. Although each stogie only lasts for about 30 minutes, the Cult Blood Red Moon cigars is said to be an intense ride.
Monday, June 10th, 2013
The Avo 787 cigars are premium sticks that blender Hendrik Kelner and owner Avo Uvezian created for smokers who appreciate a richer flavor profile. Uvezian entered the tobacco industry late in his life, moving to Puerto Rico only after a legendary career as a traveling musician. In Puerto Rico, he met Kelner and immediately formed a bond with the talented stogie producer. Most of Uvezian’s products are on the milder side, but this one is a solid medium that packs sweet flavors in an attractive package.
These sticks come in four sizes, including Robusto (5 1/4 x 50), Perfecto (5 7/8 x 50), Piramides (6 1/2 x 54) and Churchill (6 3/4 x 48). The wrapper is from Ecuador and is a Connecticut sun grown leaf. The binder and filler are both from the Dominican Republic.
The first third of the Avo 787 cigars feature coffee, nuts and earth in the flavor profile. While the coffee is the strongest of the three, they are well balanced. While transitioning into the second third, the reviewers noted the coffee notes disappearing, with sweet leather joining the earth and nuts. The earth is the dominant taste, but gives way to the leather by the end of the second third. During the last couple inches the nutty flavor is said to disappear completely. The earth and leather both take turns as the stronger taste, and are mixed with a burst of black pepper that lasts to the nub.
Reviewers appreciate the strong construction in these sticks. The wrapper is completely free of any veining or seams and the band is a classy brown, white and gold. The burn and draw are both solid and don’t get in the way. Some reviewers found that the Avo 787 cigars really had a chance to shine once they are given a chance to age in a humidor.