February 22, 2012

Cigar Review: J. Fuego Origen Originals

Origen Originals

There is nothing better than tracking a cigar company’s history. We all love these cigar manufacturers who have emerged in recent years and really become very popular, but it is great to see a family who has been working with tobacco in some way for generations. One of these families in which I am talking about is the Fuego Family, and their family has been involved with tobacco since 1876. The Fuego Family is now led by Jesus Fuego, who has worked closely with XIKAR on their cigars, and produced several of his own successful lines. The Fuego Family began in 1876 as a tobacco growing company in Cuba on a farm called “El Corojo.” The family eventually moved to Central America in 1995, and for 11 years the company grew tobacco and blended tobacco for cigar manufacturers. 

February 21, 2012

Cigar Review: Oliva Master Blends 3 Robusto

Master Blends 3

When you let a cigar sit for just over five years I guess it is about time to review the cigar. It actually was reviewed fairly recently by another blogger, and after reading the review it made me want to smoke one. Luckily I had almost half a box left of these cigars from when I originally bought them in January of 2007, and I think it is one of best lines that Oliva Cigar has launched. The company is very well known for their Serie V line, but they really have much more to offer than that one line. I have watched these cigars age over the years, and probably two years ago I noticed a nice amount of plume on them. The cigar is the third addition to the Liga Maestra line by Oliva Cigar, and I think one of the finest of the three. I recall when the first line came out, and the cigars themselves were laser engraved, and the box could be taken apart to make a picture frame. It was pretty darn cool. Since then the presentation has lessened, but the cigars have remained wonderful.

February 20, 2012

Cigar Review: Nestor Miranda Not For Sale

If you have ever been to a Miami Cigar & Company event then you have possibly had the pleasure of enjoying this cigar. As the name says, the cigar is “Not for Sale,” and the only people who have access to these cigars are the company’s employees. They are typically given out at events, or the reps might give them out to people to try out from time to time. It's a one size vitola, and because of that dark wrapper it seems larger. The cigar is made in Esteli, Nicaragua by Don Pepin at the ever popular My Father Cigar Factory, and measures 5 1/2" with a 54 ring gauge. The cigar is 100% Nicaraguan tobacco, and the wrapper is Habano Seed. It is classified as reddish brown Rosado, but it is definitely Oscuro in coloring.

February 17, 2012

Cigar Review: Sosa Underground Delphic

Sosa Underground
Just recently I was contacted by the Antillian Cigar Company to review some of their new products, and I was more than honored to do so. I have smoked their original line, Sosa Cigars, some time ago, but had not smoked another of their products in some time. It did incredibly well in ratings back in the late 90’s and early 2000’s, and it is a company that has continued to do well over the years. They have definitely been around longer than most, and they have built up great relations through the years with the Fuente Family and others.

February 15, 2012

Cigar Review: Cohiba 1966 Edición Limitada 2011

Before I even begin I need to apologize because I forgot to take a photo of the whole cigar before I smoked it. I know, I fucked up, but I did take some other crappy photos of the cigar, and I did spend a lot of time trying to find a picture of the cigar that looked like what I smoked. I did attach it halfway through the blog though. Mine had a slight ding in the wrapper, and I messed up the pigtail when I played with it, but the cigar smoked great. 

Released during the 2011 Habanos Festival, the Cohiba 1966 Edición Limitada 2011 was probably the most popular cigar to come out of the festival after the Montecristo Gran Reserva. The cigar was one of the three Limited Edition releases for the 2011 year, and like most Limited Editions the cigar was finished with a darker wrapper than one usually sees on Cuban cigars. The cigar is massive for a Cohiba, more importantly a Cuban, and it fits perfectly into the cigars being made for the United States market. So far the cigars have received much praise, and have been noted for wonderful flavors and being very strong. If you were not aware of when the Cohiba brand was first produced, it was in 1966, and that is why the number made it into the name. Well, it has been a year since its initial release, and I am here today to smoke it.

February 14, 2012

Cigar Review: VegaFina Sumum Edicion Especial 2010

VegaFina Sumum
More often than not we see cigars made for the United States market, and eventually they become available in Europe and they grow in popularity over there. That was not the case with this cigar. Originally intended for the European market, the VegaFina was one of the most popular Dominican cigars in Europe, and with the brands success they began to launch limited edition/annual cigars each year. In 2010 they released this cigar, the VegaFina Sumum Edicion Especial 2010. The cigar was incredibly popular in Europe, and Altadis decided to release a small batch of them to selected retailers throughout the United States. The cigar should be in shops currently, and let me tell you one thing. These cigars are really incredible.

February 13, 2012

Cigar Review: La Aurora 100 Años Preferidos

100 Años
In 2003 La Aurora was celebrating its 100th birthday as a factory/company. The company was founded by Don Eduardo León Jimenes in 1903, and to honor the company and his family, the 5th generation owner Don Guillermo León Herbert, who still owns the company to this day, launched the La Aurora 100 Años. The cigar was to be limited to four vitolas, a Robusto, Corona, Belicoso and Churchill, and limited to 400,000 cigars. The release of these cigars was scattered over the years from 2004 to 2006, but a majority of the cigars were rolled in the Belicoso vitola. The cigars were masterpieces, and I personally enjoyed the Robusto and Belicoso vitolas often. I actually still have a hand full of the Belicoso's in my humidor, but I doubt I will smoke them or even review them.

February 12, 2012

Cigar Review: E.P. Carrillo New Wave Connecticut Short Run 2012 (Exquisitos, Invictos, Reinados)

E.P. Carrillo New Wave Connecticut Short Run 2012
Before I even begin with the background and review of these great cigars I would first like to say thank you E.P. Carrillo Cigars and the Perez-Carrillo Family for giving me the opportunity to assess these cigars before they were released. You are truly a great cigar company and a great family, and I am always eager to enjoy your fabulous cigars. 

Since 2010, E.P. Carrillo Cigars has launched a limited edition cigar line called Short Run, and each year the line is limited to a certain number of boxes in each vitola, and typically limited to only three vitolas. The cigars are typically composed of tobacco that we don't see in their main lines, and usually the tobacco inside is limited itself in yield. Each year the blend is different, and every year I find myself enjoying the blends more and more. This year they decided to make a line that encompassed the great qualities of two of their lines. The New Wave Connecticut Short Run 2012 would be composed with the same wrapper from the New Wave Connecticut line, and the wrapper and filler tobacco from the Core Line Maduro. I should say that since both of those cigars made it into my Top 25 Cigars of 2011 that I imagine these cigars will be great, but the only way to find out is to smoke them.

February 11, 2012

Cigar Review: Tatuaje Seleccion de Cazador 7th Reserva

Tatuaje 7th Reserva
In about an hour I am going to be talking about this cigar on Kiss My Ash Radio, but I was hoping to get the review shot out before then. I found it difficult picking out a cigar to review for this spot on the air, and usually I would try and review something brand new, but today I am going for a cigar that has been on the market for almost two years now, and a cigar that was made to celebrate the 7th Anniversary of the company. We are coming up on the 10th Anniversary of the company, and I imagine, or better yet, I hope that the company will be releasing a cigar to celebrate ten great years, but in the meantime let us take a trip back two years to the release of the Seleccion de Cazador 7th Reserva.


February 9, 2012

Cigar Review: La Sirena Trident

La Sirena Trident
I know I have said it before, but Connecticut Broadleaf Maduro is typically not my favorite wrapper. I think the problem stems from many years of smoking cigars by manufacturers that utilized the wrapper inappropriately. Along with that, it irritated me greatly when a cigar was launched with several different wrapper shades. I felt that they ended up having to blend a cigar for three cigars, instead of blending one great cigar. Whatever the reason, I did not care for Connecicut Broadleaf, but lately I have been finding cigar that utilized the wrapper which were very enjoyable. I am a big of fan of the E.P. Carrillo Core Line Maduro which is a great cigar with that wrapper, and I have always enjoyed the Tatuaje 7th Reserva and La Riqueza, because they also showed the wrapper at its best. I guess you can say that I enjoy the wrapper, but want it on a great cigar.

February 8, 2012

Cigar Review: La Aurora Corojo Robusto

La Aurora Corojo Robusto
I can safely say that when it comes to the packaging of a cigar I could really care less. I don't, and you as well, should never judge a cigar by the band it comes in, or the box it is packaged in. I could go on a tangent here for sometime, but I believe you understand what I am saying and where I am going with this. However, sometimes the only thing a cigar really needs to get a jump over other cigars in the humidor is a beautiful band. There have been countless times where I have seen cigars gotten passed over because of the band on the cigar or because of some other insignificant factor. Whether that was the case with this cigar or not, I am here to get people to either open or reopen their eyes on this cigar.

February 7, 2012

Cigar Review: La Flor Dominican Colorado Oscuro No. 3

Colorado Oscuro No. 3

Now that I have smoked all of the new releases from Litto Gomez and La Flor Dominican this year, I find myself debating which cigar was my favorite. Right now I would have to say the Small Batch No. 4, but since it was not released at the show I am going to have to go with the Colorado Oscuro No. 3. The Colorado Oscuro in my opinion is his most creative cigar of his newest cigars, and is also very limited. Only to be released twice a year, the cigar is definitely going to be made with great and limited tobacco. I have loved the No. 4 vitola in the line since I first smoked them, and now I am focusing on the smaller and more traditional robusto, the No. 3.

February 6, 2012

Seth's Humidor on Kiss My Ash Radio 02/11/12

Whether Honest Abe and the rest of his team feel sorry for myself, or they were merely entertained by my presence last time on the show, I will be back on Kiss My Ash Radio this Saturday, February 11th, 2012 at 11:15 AM. I will be reviewing a cigar that has been on the market for nearly two years now, and it is a cigar that has been an addition to a great line that has is now for purchase in the United States and the United Kingdom.

The Tatuaje Seleccion de Cazador line is Pete Johnson's first line, and it also takes the name of the Brown Label or the Miami Label among cigar smokers. The 7th Reserva vitola is a Corona Gorda vitola that was released in 2010 to honor the lines 7th Anniversary, and unlike the rest of the line which features an Ecuadorian Habano wrapper, this particular cigar is draped with a beautiful Connecicut Broadleaf Maduro.

Tune in to the radio show Saturday morning to hear me talk about this cigar and god knows what else. Hopefully the interview will be informative, but I promise you that no matter what it will be entertaining. Let's get some comments in the KMA Shout box!   

February 5, 2012

Cigar Review: Padron 1964 Anniversary Series "A" (Maduro)

Padron 1964 Anniversary Series "A"
With three hours till kick off of the Super Bowl, I find myself picking out cigars that I will want to smoke tonight. Of course, I saw this cigar in my humidor and since recently smoking it, I decided to review it before the game and smoke it once again. This is a cigar that is perfect for a game like the Super Bowl, because it is a cigar that provides a great amount of flavor throughout that is fairly consistent, a cigar that burns wonderfully, and a large cigar that is perfect for the length of most of the football game because of its size. Like all Padron Cigars, it is nothing but great, but this cigar is particularly exceptional.  

February 3, 2012

Cigar Review: Undercrown by Drew Estate (Gran Toro)

Undercrown Gran Toro
One thing that I always give Drew Estate credit for is that they are not afraid to use tobacco. They are very experimental with the tobacco the purchase, and because of that they get some very enjoyable cigars. While they are known for their infused cigars, they have currently been capturing the attention of the non-infused cigar market with recent products. We all know of the successful Liga Privada No. 9 and the Liga Privada T52, but I think there greatest achievement was with one of their newest lines, the Undercrown. Since the success of the Liga Privada line, Drew Estate had to cut down its consumption of the Liga Privada Cigars in house, and the result was the Undercrown. The rollers began making this cigar for themselves to smoke, and used the same type of tobacco that was in the Liga Privada line, just used different primings. With the great success it had at home, and I imagine with test samples, the company decided to launch the line in 2011, and what a treat it has been.

February 1, 2012

Cigar Review: La Flor Dominicana El Museo

El Museo Box Cover
In 2009 Litto Gomez of La Flor Dominicana teamed up with Ruben and Isabel Toledo to create a cigar that would benefit the Latin American Museum in East Harlem of New York City, El Museo del Barrio. The museum is the most leading museums on Latin American culture in New York, and unfortunately I have never had the opportunity to visit it when I have been in New York. At the time, Litto released 2000 boxes of 24 cigars each, and they sold for around $600 a piece. The cigar is no longer in production, but the cigars are still available in certain retailers across the country. Named El Museo, the cigar features a gorgeous artistic band, and comes packaged in a beautiful off-white lacquer box that has been hand painted by artists Ruben Toledo. The packaging features a mambo dancer posing quite seductively, and smoking a cigar. You can see the smoke from the cigar form the shape of a butterfly, and all around her is vegetation local to Latin America and the warm tropics.

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