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Friday, January 30, 2015

Cigar News: Viaje Super Shot Returns for 2015

Viaje Super Shot Packaging (Photo Credit: Viaje Cigars Facebook)

Viaje Cigars has announced that the Viaje Super Shot, a short smoke reminiscent of a shotgun shell will be making a return for 2015.   Viaje President Andre Farkas has confirmed to Cigar Coop it will be the Criollo wrapper blend that will be making the return for 2014.  It is the first time since 2013 that the Criollo wrapper blend of this Nicaraguan puro is coming back.

Assessment Update: Avo Limited Edition 2011 85th Anniversary (Part of Avo's Greatest Hits Sampler)

Assessment Updates will be posted on this web-site to: 1) Assess "pre-review" cigars that were not given a rating or score (typically pre-release cigars); 2) Provide numeric ratings to cigars previously assessed prior to the implementation of the numeric scoring system; 3) Provide a re-assessment and re-score of a previously assessed/score cigars. Today, we re-assess Avo Limited Edition 2011 85th Anniversary with the version included in the Avo's Greatest Hits Sampler. This was a cigar we originally assessed (but did not score) back in March, 2011.

Avo Limited Edition 2011 - 85th Anniversary 

Thursday, January 29, 2015

Cigar Review: RoMa Craft Tobac Aquitaine Venus

RoMa Craft Tobac Aquitaine Venus

The Aquitaine Venus is a limited production cigar that was released by RoMa Craft Tobac as a part of their Aquitaine line.  The Venus introduced what RoMa Craft has called a petit salamones vitola into both the Aquitaine and CroMagnon lines.  Both Venus releases were released as shop exclusives.  While the CroMagnon Venus found a home at R. Field Wine Company in Honolulu, Hawaii, the Aquitaine Venus would head at Doc James Tobacco located in Westchester County, New York. In addition to these shops, the Venus blends can be found at select RoMa Craft Tobac events.  Today we take a closer look at the Aquitaine Venus.  Overall, I have considered the Aqutiaine line to be the best line in the RoMa Craft portfolio.  While my personal preference has always been toward the box-press Blockhead and parejo shapes with in the Aquitaine line, this salamones really knocked it out of the park.  Without a doubt, this is the best vitola in a line that has some very good vitolas; thus earning our "Belle of the Ball" ranking for best size.

Cigar News: House of Horvath to Distribute Las Cumbres Tabaco in Canada


José Blanco's Las Cumbres Tabaco is heading north of the border.  Yesterday Cigar Aficionado reported that House of Horvath will become the distributor in Canada for Las Cumbres Tabaco - makers of Señorial cigars.

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Cigar News: S.T. Dupont to Open Shop-in-Shop at Nat Sherman Townhouse in New York


Luxury accessories company, S.T. Dupont will be open a shop in a shop at the Nat Sherman Townhouse in New York City.  The arrangement will make a wide range of S.T. Dupont products at Nat Sherman's flagship retail store located in midtown Manhattan.

Cigar News: Punch Rare Corojo Returns for 2015; Introduces El Diablo and Limited Edition Rare Lapiz Offerings (2015 Preview)


The Punch Rare Corojo, an annual limited production release by General Cigar Company is returning.  As a part of the 2015 release, General Cigar will add an eighth vitola to the usual annual offerings called El Diablo.  The company will also release a special limited edition release for 2015 called the Rare Lapiz.

Cigar News: Moya Ruiz Cigars to Release "The Rake" in 2015


Moya Ruiz Cigars has confirmed to Cigar Coop that it's next project will be called "The Rake".Word of this project first surfaced last month in an interview Moya Ruiz Cigars co-founder Danny Moya did with Juan Cancel. At that time Moya told Cancel the Rake was going to be a full-bodied, full-production line for 2015.

Cigar Review: Quesada Keg

Quesada Keg

The Quesada Keg is a limited edition cigar that recently has arrived on retailer shelves.  This release of this cigar is meant to coincide with St. Patrick's Day celebrations as this cigar is designed to be enjoyed with an Irish Stout. This isn't the first cigar made by Quesada that is meant to pair with a malt liquor as the annual release Quesada Oktoberfest is designed to be enjoyed with a traditional marzen beer. In addition to the Quesada Keg being a completely different blend from the Oktoberfest, there is also one other significant difference - namely it is made at the Plasencia factory in Nicaragua as opposed to Quesada factory in the Dominican Republic. While Quesada's Casa Magna brand is made at Plasencia, this marks the first Quesada branded cigar to be made outside the Dominican Republic. Recently I have had an opportunity to smoke the Quesada Keg. Overall this is an outstanding blend - and one that I can definitely see being ideal paired with a stout.