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Friday, December 19, 2014

Cigar News: Altadis Revamps Saint Luis Rey Cigar Line (Cigar Preview)


18 months ago, Altadis USA began to reimage their Saint Luis Rey line with the introduction of the SLR Gen² cigar. Now Atladis has announced new packaging around its base Saint Luis Rey cigar line.  These changes include new bands and new boxes with a more modern flair. 

From a packaging standpoint, the Saint Luis Rey will now be available in 15 count cedar slide top boxes. The cigars will receive upgraded bands.  The primary band will be a mostly black and silver version of the existing band.  There will now also be a black and silver sheath style secondary band featuring the upgraded "SLR" logo.

Cigar News: Atladis Revamps Gispert Cigar Line (Cigar Preview)


Atladis USA has announced a revamping to its Gispert cigar line.  The revamping includes new packaging and updated banding to the cigars.

From a packaging standpoint, the Gispert will now be available in 15 count cedar slide top boxes. The cigars will receive upgraded bands including a slight tint change to a darker red on the primary band.  There will now be a secondary sheath style band added as well.

Cigar News: La Hoja Edición Clasica Maduro (Cigar Preview)


La Hoja Cigars has announced the launch of its new La Hoja Edición Clasica Maduro 1962.  The Edición Clasica Maduro features a San Andres wrapper over a Dominican and Nicaraguan tobaccos. Earlier this week, an Ecuadorian Corojo counterpart to this blend, La Hoja Edición Clasica 1962 was also announced.

Aged Selects 2014 Cigar of the Year Countdown: #12 601 La Bomba Warhead II by Espinosa Cigars

"2014 is proving to be a very strong year for excellent maduro releases and the Warhead II is among the best of them."



Coming in at #12 is the 601 La Bomba Warhead II by Espinosa Cigars.  This marks the second consecutive year that Espinosa Cigars makes the Countdown.  Last year, Espinosa Cigars qualified for the Countdown with its initial Warhead release, the 601 La Bomba Maduro Warhead by Espinosa Cigars.  That cigar finished #16 on on 2013 Countdown.  This year, the Warhead returns with a new size and a modified blend.

Cigar News: My Father Oro de Nicaragua

My Father Oro de Nicaragua (Photo Credit: Casa de Montecristo)

My Father Cigars has produced a new small batch release called Oro de Nicaragua.  The cigar will feature a special wrapper that comes from My Father Cigars and will be launched in four vitolas and has landed at Casa de Montercristo in Countryside, Illinois.

CIgar News: La Hoja Edición Clasica 1962 (Cigar Preview)



La Hoja Cigars has announced the launch of its new La Hoja Edición Clasica 1962.  The Edición Clasica features an Ecuadorian Corojo wrapper over a Dominican and Nicaraguan tobaccos The launch of the Edición Clasica is one of new new lines launched by La Hoja cigars this past week as the company also announced a maduro counterpart -  La Hoja Edición Clasica Maduro 1962.

Assessment Update: Viaje Stuffed Turkey White Meat 2014

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 the Viaje Stuffed Turkey White Meat 2014. This was a cigar we assessed (but did not score) with the 2011 version back in November, 2011.  We also assessed the 2012 version back in December, 2012.

Viaje Stuffed Turkey White Meat 2014

Thursday, December 18, 2014

Cigar Review: CAO Colombia Vallenato

CAO Colombia Vallenato

At the 2014 IPCPR Trade Show, the CAO Cigars brand under General Cigar Company unveiled the new regular production CAO Colombia.  The CAO Colombia becomes the latest cigar to be a part of CAO's World line - which pays homage to different regions of the world.  It becomes the fourth regular production cigar to pay homage to a country - with the other three being the CAO Brazilia, CAO Italia, and the CAO America.  Each of those cigars incorporate tobacco from that particular country - and the CAO Colombia is no exception as it features Colombian tobacco in the filler.  Today we take a look at the CAO Colombia in the Vallenatos format - which is a Gran Robusto.  Since Rick Rodriguez and Ed McKenna have come on board with the CAO brand in 2011, I have found the brand to be in good hands.  The CAO Colombia is another excellent offering by the duo.