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Friday, April 18, 2014

Cigar News: Viaje Exclusivo Corona Gorda Shipping to Retailers (Cigar Preview)

Viaje Exclusivo Corona Gorda
Back in February 2014, Viaje Cigars President Andre Farkas was a special guest on our Stogie Geeks show and announced that the Viaje Exclusivo Corona Gorda would be released as a small batch shipment.  Information has now surfaced on Viaje's Facebook page that the cigar is now heading to retailers.

The Exclusivo blend started as a personal blend for Farkas.  The 5 5/8 x 46 Viaje Exclusivo Corona Gorda was originally an "unofficial" event only cigar for Viaje.  Last year, Farkas introduced a new blend - the Viaje Secret Sauce as Viaje's event only cigar.  This marks the first time the Corona Gorda has been released outside of being an event only cigar.

Cigar News: Skip Martin of RoMa Craft Tobac Provides Update on 2014 Activities

Skip Martin, co-owner of RoMa Craft Tobac made a surprise call-in to Episode 92 of Stogie Geeks and gave us a short update on some things happening with his company.

Martin updated us on the Neanderthal release.  This was a cigar he had broke some news about when he was on Episode 75 of Stogie Geeks.  Neanderthal has been a project in the works for two years and it is still something to be worked on.   The intent of the Neanderthal is to be a super strong. flavorful cigar.   Martin described it as a "a very complicated cigar to make - a complicated size, a complicated shape.. and the blend is very complicated". The Neanderthal has now evolved into a cigar that will feature a San Andres wrapper, a Connecticut Broadleaf binder, and 8 filler tobaccos.  The cigar is only being released in one size.  Some of the tobaccos used are from Condega, Jalapa, Esteli, Pueblo Nuevo, Dominican Olor and a leaf called Pennsylvania Double Ligero.

Assessment Update: Cuenca 5 Anniversary Robusto

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 provide an assessment rating and score to the Cuenca 5 Anniversary in Robusto size. This was a cigar we did an assessment for in the box-press torpedo format back in January 2013.

Cuenca 5 Anniversary - Robusto
The Cuenca 5 Anniversary is a collaboration between Hollywood, Florida retailer Cuenca Cigars and blender A.J. Fernandez.  The cigar was originally made to commemorate the retailer's five year anniversary  It was originally sold in the Cuenca Cigars store, but is also being distributed to sell. The line was launched in early 2013 in a box-pressed torpedo and since then there are two additional sizes that have been added.  Today, we take a closer look at one of those sizes - the box-pressed robusto.

Cigar News: Alex Goldman Discusses Royal Gold Cigars on Stogie Geeks

Alex Goldman, President of Royal Gold Cigars was our special guest on Episode 92 of Stogie Geeks.  On this episode he discussed the company, the products he made, the relationship with Swisher International and gave us some insights in some potential new projects.

Royal Gold Cigars was announced back in early 2013 as a premium cigar division of Swisher International.  The company is headed by Goldman who is a long-time industry veteran.  He has partnered with many leading cigar factories to make his blends.

Cigar News: Ocean State Cigars to Release J. Grotto Silk Lancero and J. Grotto Anniversary Line (Exclusive)

On Episode 92 of Stogie Geeks, our own Stogie Santa broke news on a couple of new projects by Ocean State Cigars.   The first will be a lancero line extension to the J. Grotto Silk line while the second will be a new line called the J. Grotto Anniversary.

The J. Grotto Silk line was introduced back in 2012.  It contains an Ecuadorian Connecticut wrapper, a double binder featuring Criollo 98 and Indonsesian tobacco as well as filler from Trojes, Honduras and Jalapa, Nicaragua.  The J. Grotto Silk Lancero becomes the fifth size available in this line and will measure 7 1/2 x 40.  It is expected to be released prior to the 2014 IPCPR Trade Show in Las Vegas.  The J. Grotto Silk Lancero was released based on consumer demand and feedback.

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Cigar Review: Tatuaje 10th Anniversary Belle Encre Reserva

Tatuaje 10th Anniversary Belle Encre Reserva
The Tatuaje 10th Anniversary Belle Encre Reserva is limited edition Connecticut Broadleaf wrapper version of the Tatuaje 10th Anniversary in the Belle Encre (perfecto) shape.  Late last year, Tatuaje founder Pete Johnson was a guest on our Stogie Geeks show and did a great job at laying out what was to come in 2014.  Johnson still had a few surprises up his sleeve - and the Belle Encre Reserva was one of them.  This cigar has recently made its way to retailers, and I have recently had an opportunity to smoke this cigar.  This was a cigar that continues to showcase Johnson's skills as a master of Connecticut Broadleaf - and a cigar that has the potential to even get better.

Cigar News: Viaje Zombie 2014 Series Heading to Retailers

Photo Credit: Viaje Cigars' Facebook page
Back in February, Viaje Cigars President Andre Farkas was a special guest on our Stogie Geeks show and shared many of the details for the 2014 Zombie series.  Information on this release has now surfaced on both Farkas' and the company Facebook page.

As Farkas first said on Stogie Geeks, the Zombie 2014 release will consist of a Nicaraguan Criollo blend (Black and Green box) and a Maduro blend (Black and Red box).  As in the past this will be an ultra-limited production and go to a small number of retailers.  For 2014, this is heading to R. Field in Hawaii, Atlantic Cigars, and the Cigar Republic.  Both cigars will have be a 5 x 52 robusto with the tapered foot.  The cigars are packaged 20 per box.

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Cigar News: CAO Flathead Sparkplug (Cigar Preview)

CAO is adding a fifth vitola to its CAO Flathead line.  The CAO Flathead Sparkplug will add a 4 1/2 x 50 size into the line.  The Sparkplug has been already making its way around the country at various events, but Cigar Aficionado is reporting the line is already shipping to retailers.

The Flathead line was the third regular production core released by CAO since the brand was absorbed into the portfolio.  The Flathead is an all-box press line of vitolas and the Sparkplug follows suit here.