When thinking of the great Dominican cigar families, there are 3 that come to mind right away. There are the Fuentes, The Gomez Family, and of course the Quesadas. For close to half a century, the Quesadas have been one of the leading cigar manufacturers in the Dominican Republic. Their knowledge of cigars and tobacco is almost incalculable. It is safe to say that along with the Plascencia’s, they are amongst the wisest members of the cigar industry. To celebrate 40 years of making some of the worlds finest cigars, the Quesadas decided to release a limited edition smoke that is now seen as one of their best projects.

 The Quesada 40th Anniversary was a special project spearheaded by Rachel and Patricia Quesada as an homage to their father, the great Manuel. It is meant to celebrate the great achievements the company has made over 40 years in the cigar business. The 40th is a phenomenal, bold and complex smoke. It uses aged Dominican tobaccos for the filler and binder along with an aged San Andres wrapper for that extra rich taste. Notes of leather, dark chocolate, earth and cedar combine effortlessly to bring you one of the finest smokes the family has ever created.

 This cigar is more then just a cigar, it is a celebration. It is a reminder to everyone in the industry that the Quesada family is a force to be reckoned with, they have been for a while and they will be in the future. You can enjoy the entire line of Quesada cigars right here at Serious Cigars.

When talking about small batch or boutique cigars, Viaje is one of the names mentioned time and time again. They have some great general releases, but it is their limited releases that have really made them one of the most sought after brands on the market. We have the pleasure of having a number of their limited cigars, including the brand new Scotch Bonnet from their pepper series. To help introduce some of their new cigars to our customers, we decided to run a contest on some awesome Viaje swag, however we are going to run this contest a bit differently.

 So for this contest we actually have two amazing prizes. If you go to our facebook page, youll see an awesome, limited Viaje t-shirt. If you go check out our Instagram page, youll see a ceramic Viaje ashtray. Ive decided to run it this way in order to keep up with our ever growing number of entries. However, the rules stay the same. Whether on the Facebook page, or the Instagram page, you need to follow us, like the picture, tag three friends and comment. Best comment on each page will win that prize.

 Even if you don’t win, make sure to check out our massive collection of Viaje cigars right here at Serious Cigars.

 The state of South Dakota is known for three things. First is the national landmark of Mount Rushmore. Next, is the worlds largest motorcycle rally that meets every year at Sturgis. Finally, is the historic city of Deadwood. This former frontier town is famous for its Wild West stories, including being the town where legendary gunfighter Wild Bill Hickock was finally gunned down. HBO made one of its most popular TV series based upon the town, making it known to a modern audience. Located in the town is one of the worlds finest cigar lounges, Deadwood cigars, an old style tobacconist and cigar bar. The owners actually became one of the first retail shops to carry Drew Estate products, way back in the day. After the brand became successful, they teamed up with Jonathan drew to create their own line of cigars.

 Deadwood Cigars combine the historic Wild West element of the town with the biker culture that has become prominent over the past few years. The art work for each of the cigars is straight Americana tattoo style, while the names are just as crazy as the blend. With sizes such as the Fat Bottom Betty or the Crazy Alice, Deadwood cigars fit perfectly into the Drew Estate portfolio.

 The team at Serious Cigars are very happy to now sell Deadwood Cigars. Through a combination of terrific tobacco, creative artwork, and top of the line marketing, Deadwood have become some of the most requested cigars in the Drew Estate portfolio, and you can enjoy them right now at Serious Cigars.

Every Winter, all the major cigar publications release their lists for what they consider the best cigars of the year. While Cigar Aficionado is considered the biggest list, it is a combination of all these opinions that really solidify a cigar as a top choice for the year. There has been some controversy in recent years that many of the smaller, boutique manufacturers don’t receive the same recognition as the bigger companies. For example, companies such as Padron, Fuente and Oliva always have a cigar in the Top 25, usually in the Top 10. However, with the rise of the Boutique manufacturer, we now have companies making outstanding products in very small batches and these cigars deserve their place among the pantheon of cigar greats. This year, we actually saw a good amount of boutique companies be named to the various lists, which may show a changing of the guard. Lets take a look at some of the cigars that were named to numerous Best of 2018 lists.

1. The Illusione One-Off- The OneOff brand was originally created in the early 2000s by a man named Andrea Molinari, an Italian who ran a high end cigar lounge in Milan. He contracted the cigar out to the Plasencia family who created the blend. It was a very popular boutique brand for a few years before being bought and sold a few more times and eventually being forgotten, until now. Dion bought the OneOff brand in 2017 and intended to bring it back to life, which he now has done. The OneOff is now being brought back to Nicaragua, albeit to a new factory. Tabacos Valle de Jalapa, the master minds behind Warped and Casa Fernandez. Dion has refused to comment on the actually blend, but we can assume that Aganorsa tobacco will be involved.

2. Foundation Wise Man Maduro- I have been talking about this cigar for over a year. Nick Melillo is a true master of his craft and nothing proves it more than this follow up to his original release, El Gueguense. To have his original cigar in the Top 25 and the sequel in the Top 3 just a year later is beyond impressive. The Wise Man Maduro is one of the best cigars on the market hands down. Its beautiful construction combined with its amazing blend of tobaccos and that flawless Mexican wrapper make it a must have for any cigar smoker. We cannot wait for what he thinks of next.

3. JFR Lunatic Habano- While Aganorsa Leaf and Casa Fernandez are household names for most cigar smokers, their JFR line may be relatively unknown for many online shoppers. When the brand was first released in 2005, the JFR stood for “Just For Retailers” meaning it was a brick and mortar only cigar. The Lunatic may be well known for their massive sizes, but this Short Robusto is a perfect smoke for Nicaraguan enthusiasts. Its well balanced, complex, well-constructed and has one of the best price points on this list.

4. Tatuaje Fausto- The Tatuaje Fausto has been a mainstay in the Tatuaje line for a number years. It doesn’t have illustrious portrayal of the Tatuaje TAA, or the rare and limited characteristic of the Pork Tenderloin, but it is one of the best and most popular cigars Pete Johnson ever put out there. This medium to full bodied cigar combines aged Nicaraguan tobacco with a select, Ecuadorian Habano wrapper to create a rich and bold smoke with complex flavors, top notch construction, and an amazing price point.

The 2018 Cigar of the Year winner is in, and it couldn’t have gone to a more accomplished individual. EP Carrillo has finally earned the honor of having the best cigar of the year, after more than 2 decades of making some of the most popular cigars on the market. However, Ernesto is not letting the win go to his head, he is already back in the lab creating new and unique cigars. One of his latest projects is a new sub brand to is bold and legendary Inch series.

 The new Inch is known as the Ringmaster. Just like the rest of the Inch line, the Ringmaster boasts a larger than usual ring gauge, with each size measuring at about a 64. While Ernesto is well known for his prowess in Dominican tobaccos, the Inch Ringmaster is in fact a Nicaraguan puro, showing his versatility and blending talents. This complex smoke emits wonderful notes of sweet spice, butterscotch, and coffee with the slightest touch of citrus as well.

 While big ring gauge cigars are not for everyone, it is safe to say that if there was one that the general populace would enjoy, it’s the Ringmaster. This medium body smoke has near perfect construction, smoke production and a copious amount of flavor. Enjoy yours today at Serious Cigars.

Gurkha cigars are known for two things: a plethora of rich, enticing blends and their ridiculously awesome giveaways. Gurkha is a very military themed company, with many of their best cigars such as the Ancient Warrior, the Genghis Khan and the Assassin all taking their inspiration of notions of battle. This had led the company to focus many of their accessories and giveaways around a military theme.

 We have seen several awesome products from Gurkha outside of their great cigars. They have a whole series of knives that actually hold an edge and are quite affective. At some events, they’ve been known giveaway a sniper rifle, which is so crazy its awesome. However, their most popular giveaway has to be their military style backpacks.

 So for this weeks Serious Contest, we are offering up one of these limited bags for our loyal customers. They are durable, light and equipped with as many pouches and straps as you can think of. They are awesome for travelling and also a great place to keep your cigars on the road. Along With the bag, we also have one of these amazing Gurkha knives. It uses high end steel and holds an edge like nothing you’ve ever seen. So for the next two days, visit our Facebook or Instagram page.  Share, like, tag three friends and comment on the picture. Whoever leaves the coolest comment will win.

 Don’t forget, this contest only lasts 48 hours, so the minute you see this head over to our social media pages and share, like, and comment for your chance to win this awesome backpack from Gurkha.

 When you take one of the most prolific blenders and team him up with the company that revolutionized infused cigars, you get a premier product for everyone to enjoy. That is exactly what happened when Rocky Patel teamed up with Drew Estate for a new line of infused cigars. He didn’t want it to be too sweet or seem like a gimmick. He wanted a great cigar, with real aged tobaccos and an infused coffee flavor. This is where the Java line was born, and it continues to be one of the best selling infused cigars in the world.

 While many infused cigars are too aromatic or have unusual flavors such as strawberry or cherry, Java utilizes a more popular and rich flavor profile. Many tobacco varieties, Broadleaf for example, have a natural profile consisting of notes of coffee and espresso. So to have a cigar infused with coffee flavor is not that weird, in fact its genius. The notes of creamy coffee, vanilla and mocha combine for a vivacious profile, perfect for a new smoker or someone who wants to pair it with their favorite cup of joe. These cigars are hand crafted in the legendary Drew Estate factory, making their construction of the highest quality.

 The Java is not only the most popular coffee infused cigar out there, it is one of the best selling infused cigars on the market, second only to the Acid line. If you are looking for a terrific morning smoke to enjoy with your coffee, pick up the Rocky Patel Java right now at Serious Cigars.

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