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Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Cigar Pre-Review: Epicurean Gonzo Santeria Chicken Bones

Epicurean Santeria Chicken Bones (Pre-Release)
Just prior to the 2014 IPCPR Trade Show, Steven Ysidron's Epicurean Cigars announced a line extension to its Epicurean Gonzo Santeria line called "Chicken Bones".  This vitola introduced a 5 x 30 offering using the Santeria blend.  The Santeria made its debut earlier this year - which an argument could be made it has been Ysidron's most critically acclaimed release to date.  From my point of view, I was most curious at what the 5 x 30 format would do to the Santeria.  Recently, I had an opportunity to smoke a pre-release of the soon to be released Santeria Chicken Bones.  Overall I found this to be an excellent addition to the Santeria line.

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Cigar News: Arturo Fuente Añejo Adds 44 Ring Line Extension (Cigar Preview)

For the first time in over 3 1/2 years, the Arturo Fuente Añejo line will be receiving a line extension.  Today, Arturo Fuente Cigars has announced an eighth vitola in being released in their limited Añejo line.  This new line extension ntroduces a figuardo that will be in the thinnest ring gauge to date - a 6 5/8 x 44 cigar.  Information on this story was broken on a story via Cigar Aficionado.

The Añejo line was introduced back in 2000 following the aftermath of Hurricane Georges.  That storm inflicted damage on several of Fuente's facilities.  As a result of damage to that storm, Carlos Fuente Jr. was fearful that he would not enough wrapper to make the OpusX cigar, so he procured some Connecticut Broadleaf to put on the OpusX blend instead - thus Añejo was born.

Cigar News: MLB Cigar Ventures Gives Update on Imperia Release

MLB Cigar Ventures, the new company by Mike Bellody has given an update on their forthcoming debut Cigar, "Imperia by Mike Bellody".

According to a Facebook post by the company, the cigars have been rolled and have been resting in the aging room at the Quesada factory.  The company said release delays were due a delay with band production and box labels.  MLB Cigar Ventures expects completion of those items by 8/25, by which the banding and boxing process will begin with shipment to the company's warehouse to follow.

Cigar Review: Tatuaje Jason (Part of the Pudgy Monsters Series)

Tatuaje Jason
The Tatuaje Jason is a part of Tatuaje's Pudgy Monsters series that was released in mid 2014.  This is the second sampler series released based on Tatuaje's Monsters Series - a cigar released on an annual basis that pays homage to a different monster / horror movie character.  In 2012, the Tatuaje Little Monsters series was released which provided smaller and thinner versions of the original Monster Series releases.  While there are two all new blends in the Pudgy Monsters Series, the Tatuaje Chuck and Tatuaje Tiff, the remainder of the set provides another set of smaller monsters, but these have larger ring gauges (in most cases the same ring gauge as the original and same length as the Little Monsters). Today, we take a look at the Tatuaje Jason, a shorter version of the Tatuaje JV13.  The name takes its name from Jason Voorhees, the main character from the horror series, Friday the 13th.  The JV13 was the 2013 release of the Monsters Series.  I had originally found JV13 blend to be the weakest of the Monster Series releases to date. With the case of the Tatuaje Jason, I found this to deliver a much improved vitola containing this blend.  In fact, this cigar was a real surprise and delivered what I had always hoped the JV13 would bring to the table. 

Monday, August 18, 2014

Cigar Review: EIROA CBT Maduro by CLE Cigars

EIROA CBT Maduro - Robusto
The EIROA CBT Maduro is the second blend to be released under CLE Cigar Company EIROA brand.  The EIROA line marks the first cigar line by company founder Christian Eiroa to carry his family's name.   It was a year ago when the first EIROA was released - which was a Honduran puro.  It was one of the most unique Honduran puros I smoked and it garnered a selection as the Cigar Coop #11 Cigar of the Year for 2013.  This year another installment is positioned - this time an all-maduro blend called the EIROA CBT Maduro. This cigar was released just prior to the 2014 IPCPR Trade Show.  Recently I've had an opportunity to smoke the EIROA CBT Maduro.  I found this to be an excellent cigar and one that provided a very enjoyable smoke.

Cigar News: San Andres by Valentia (Cigar Preview)

Farmingdale New York based Valentia Cigars has announced a new blend.  The San Andres by Valentia will introduce the company's first maduro cigar. The cigar is expected to be showcased at the 2014 IPCPR Trade Show.

Valentia Cigars was launched in 2014 and has an interesting giveback story. The company has established a program called "Valentia Assistance for Law Enforcement" (VALE). Under the VALE program, when a tobacconist orders from Valentia, a participating law enforcement agency will receive a credit for law enforcement equipment from a company called Mako.

Cigar News: Hammer + Sickle LE14 (Cigar Preview)

Hammer + Sickle cigar will unveil a limited edition cigar.   The Hammer + Sickle LE14 was made available to order to retailers at the 2014 IPCPR Trade Show in Las Vegas.  The LE14 is the second limited edition cigar to me released by Hammer + Sickle in 2014.  Earlier this year, Hammer + Sickle released the Sochi Limited Edition 2014 to Two Guys Smoke Shop in New Hampshire.

The LE14 is being made in one size - a 6 3/4 x 48.  Production is being limited to 250 boxes of 10.

Sunday, August 17, 2014

Cigar Review: Dante Vita Nova

Dante Vita Nove - Canto III
The Dante Vita Nova is the second release by Dante Cigars.  Dante Cigars was founded by two Northern Virginia-based tobacconists - Mo Fakhro and Michael Huff.  A little over a year ago, the company released its first cigar - the eponymous-titled Dante Cigar.  This is a San Andres Maduro made by Casa Fernandez at their Miami, Florida.  For the Vita Nova,  the company has once again teamed up with Casa Fernandez - this time making a natural offering with a corojo wrapper.  The Vita Nova was released earlier this year and was showcased this year at the 2014 IPCPR Trade Show.  Recently I've had an opportunity to smoke the Vita Nova and found this to be an excellent cigar.