The cigar industry has changed quite a bit in the last decade or so. With the smaller boutique companies emerging, they tend to focus on mall small batch, limited edition lines with high quality but very low inventory. There is not a company in the market today that doesn’t have at least 2-3 hard to find limited edition cigars. However, in the early 2000s, this wasn’t really the case. With the exception of some of the Opus X line from Fuente, there weren’t really any limited productions that would become rare. Then there was Oliva.

 In 2003, Oliva released the first Master Blend Series. After its immense success they followed it up in 2005 with the Master Blend Series 2 and then finally in 2006 with the 3. Since then there have been no new Master Blend releases, but the Series 3 is in continuous production. However, in the market for rare non Cubans, the original Master Blend Series is about as rare as it comes.

They were a rich blend of purely aged Nicaraguan tobaccos. They were packaged in a very ornate wooden box with a beautiful tobacco field art print on the top. What these cigars even more unique was the fact that a laser print of the logo was etched right onto each cigar. While originally priced for $8 a piece, which was a decent price for the time period, I have seen boxes of this on the secondary market for over $2000, making them one of the prized possessions for a cigar collector.

With the creation of the Oliva Serie V in 2007, the Master Blend Series was put on hold, with only the #3 still in production. It is still an outstanding cigar with a very rich and storied history. Make sure to try out one of Olivas finest smokes right now at Serious Cigars.

The Leaf by Oscar was a monumental triumph that has rippled through the cigar industry and laid a path of success for all those involved. It was the first cigar in the Leaf by Series that has since spawned two successful sequels with the Leaf by James and the Leaf by Esteban. It also showcased now legendary Honduran blender Oscar Vallardes on a world stage. Oscar is now one of the most respected blenders in the industry and smokers cannot wait to try out his newest line. Luckily, Serious cigars has several of the newest cigars from Oscar available right now.

 The Oscar Vallardes Ciseron edition pays homage to his native land of Honduras. The art work was created by renowned minimalist artist Elmer Ciseron Bautista, one of the most honored artists in Honduras. Oddly enough, this cigar is one of the first by Oscar to not use any Honduran tobacco. Instead It uses a zesty blend of Nicaraguan tobaccos followed by a stunning Ecuadorian wrapper. It s blended almost perfectly with a rich profile that is as deep and complex as the artwork that inspires it.

 Oscar has also blended another fantastic new smoke, known as the Altar Q. This bold and rich cigar is adorned with artwork depicting the ancient Mayan civilization. It uses bold Honduran tobacco followed by a leathery Ecuadorian Sumatra bind which beautifully completes this enticing flavor profile. If you are a fan of the Leaf by Oscar series, this cigar is highly recommended.

 We are very excited to be carrying these new great cigars from such a legendary blender. Like many smaller manufacturers, cigars from Oscar Vallardes can be a bit hard to find, but you can enjoy the full line here at Serious Cigars.

General Cigar has become on of the most dominant cigar manufacturers of the past 30 years. Along with Altadis USA, they have crafted some of the best selling and most well known brands of cigars since the time of the cigar boom. While today they are known for many of their lines such as Punch, Hoyo de Monterrey, and La Gloria Cubana… it is their Macanudo line that has been their best seller and most well known brand. While the name Macanudo does have its roots in Cuba, it was not as well known as its counterparts like Partagas or Montecristo.

 General Cigar first purchased the Macanudo name in 1971. Around that time they began to make a new, mellow version of the cigar using Jamaican tobacco. While it was a huge success at the time, due to terrible weather, manufacturing was eventually shifted to the Dominican Republic. It is there that the Macanudo Café line was truly born.

 This cigar remains one of the best selling not just in the US, but in the world. It is known to be the favorite amongst high end, mellow cigar smokers and is also a great choice for the beginner. They are hand rolled with aged Dominican and Mexican tobaccos for a smooth and nutty center, while its Connecticut shade wrapper make its creamy with notes of vanilla and coffee.

 It makes sense that many of the Macanudo Café cigars take their names from British Royalty, seeing as they are a popular smoke among the worlds elite. You have the Duke of Devon, the Ascot and the Windsor for example. If you are in the market for a smooth and creamy high end cigar, enjoy a Macanudo Café right now at Serious cigars.

In the words of the great Red Hot Chili Peppers, give it away, give it away give it away now. That’s right my friends it is time for another weekly contest, this time sponsored from one of our dear friends. Nick Melillo from Foundation Cigars is a wunderkind. The Connecticut native went from working in a small retail shop to being the master blender of Drew Estate cigars. During his time there, he was instrumental in the creation of one of the worlds highest rated and most popular cigars, the Liga Privada line.

 Following his departure from Drew Estate, Nick set up his own company, known as Foundation Cigars. Each blend has received rave reviews, with the El Gueguense being named to the Top 25 cigars of the year and the El Gueguense maduro being on several Top 10 lists. Nick has become a good friend of the team here at Serious cigars and when asked about sponsoring one of our weekly contests, he couldn’t have been more enthused.

 This weeks giveaway will be a one of a kind Hat and cutter from Foundation cigars. To enter, simply go to our Facebook or Instagram page. When you see the picture of the hat and cutter, you have to like, share and comment. The best comment will be the winner and will receive these awesome items. While you’re at it, check out the full line of Foundation Cigars right here at Serious Cigars.

James Brown and the team at Black Label Trading Company is having a big year. Their brand continues to grow and each new addition showcases more and more the true talent that this company possess. James reputation has increased so much, he was even invited to create one of the newest series in the Leaf by Oscar line, the delicious Leaf by James. However, what excites me most this year is the return of beloved limited edition release, the Morphine.

 The original Black Label Trading Company Morphine was released in very limited quantities back in 2014. It was created out of the desire to give customers the big, black and bold cigar they were looking for, and it certainly accomplished that. The Morphine is a great mixture of intense stopping power combined with a refined twist. Basically its intensely flavorful but still smooth and silky.

This is the 5th Anniversary of the Morphine line and the team has something special to celebrate. The main three sizes use an Ecuadorian Maduro wrapper over Nicaraguan filler and binder tobaccos to create a dark and complex profile. The special addition this year is the Lancero size, which is actually a maduro barber pole design blending an Ecuadorian Maduro leaf with a Mexican San Andres leaf, making all the more flavorful and unique.

 Like with any fantastic Limited Edition, we expect these to move pretty fast so make sure you pick up your box of the 2018 Black Label Trading Company Morphine right here at Serious Cigars.

El Rey del Mundo” is translated from Spanish as king of the world. When it was first rolled in 1848 in Cuba, its creator Emilio Ohmstedt had envisioned it as one of the worlds leading brands, and it seems that he was right. Although it was one of the more expensive Cubans on the market, it became increasing popular due it its creative sizes, immense flavor, and quality construction.

 Following the revolution, the Cuban government nationalized the tobacco industry. The Cuban version of the El Rey del Mundo was still produced and maintained its popularity in the decades that followed. Yet, it was a more mellow smoke, and the trend was now leaning towards more full bodied cigars such as Partagas and Montecristo.

 The name was eventually sold to a small cigar manufacturer in Tampa name Karl Cuesta. His brand, Cuesta Rey still exists today and he was considered an icon for the Florida cigar business. He eventually sold the rights of the name to Villazon, the Honduran based company responsible for the Honduran versions of Hoyo de Monterrey and Punch. Even after the companies purchase by General Cigar, production on the El Rey continued. This new fuller bodied version that used an Ecuadorian wrapper found new life among the modern smokers.

 While it has still remained popular, General decided a new version of the smoke was required in order to compete with the rich and spicy cigars being rolled in Nicaragua. This newest El Rey has achieved heights equal to and maybe even passed its predecessor.

   The El Rey del Mundo Reserva Nicaragua is a pure Nicaraguan powerhouse. It is wrapped in a spicy and rich San Austin Sun grown wrapper. This is rolled over choice aged tobacco from both Honduras and the rich volcanic ash lands of Nicaragua. They are intense notes of cocoa, spice and leather, with a dash of a somewhat nutty taste on the tongue. It is a remarkable product that has seen the El Rey name spoken yet again by today’s connoisseurs.

The El Rey has stood the test of time, and continues to be a favorite among cigar shops and aficionados around the country. This newest release shows their commitment to quality, price and progressivism. Enjoy the full line of El Rey del Mundo right here at Serious Cigars.

Drew Estate is with out a doubt one of the biggest cigar manufacturers in the world. It has become an endearing fan favorite and has experimented with some pretty crazy tobacco blends, like fire cured, but has made them enormous successes. Although it wasn’t their first cigar line, the Acid line was one of the catalysts for making this company the empire it is. They were one of the first companies that successfully marketed infused cigars to the general cigar-smoking world. The Acid isn’t your normally everyday sweet infused smoke. It has a more floral tone to it. It also has an urban artistic look and feel, thanks to the art work of Scott “Acid” Chester.

Today, Acids remain exceptionally popular due to their quality and variety. There is almost no end to the list of Acid lines available. Among the most popular are the Kuba Kuba and the Blondie, with the Kuba Kuba being among the best-selling cigars in the world. Newer additions include the new Candela wrapped versions of the Kuba Kuba and the incredibly flavorful Acid Route 10.

While Drew Estate has grown considerably since the Acid line debuted and have focused more and more on their premium cigar lines, Acid remains a fan favorite. It is popular amongst novice smokers or people who just prefer a more floral, infused cigar experience. You can enjoy the entire line of Acid cigars right here at Serious Cigars.

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