E.P. Carrillo E Stunner; Cigar review

EstunThe E Stunner from E.P. Carrillo debuted last year at the 2013 IPCPR. The cigar’s blend is comprised of an Ecuadorian Sumatra wrapper, a Nicaraguan binder and filler leaves from the Dominican Republic and Nicaragua.

The E Stunner is available in five vitolas; Corriente (4 X 46), Siboney (5 X 50), Brahman (5 1/2 X 54), Taurus (6 X 52) and Limousin (6 X 60).

The Ecuadorian Sumatra wrapper is a mottled, rich brown color. There is a well formed triple cap and the body is firm to the touch. There are visible seams and veins.

The pre-light draw is firm and I pick up notes of cedar / tobacco on the wrapper and some sweet raisin aromas on the foot.

I light up the cigar and there is an immediate pepper flavor on my palate and a mild spice through exhale. This spice sensation lingers in my sinuses. This first third is one of the most powerful I have experienced.

There is a slight flake to the ash, which is gray in color. The E stunner also produced a great deal of satisfying smoke.

Moving into the second third, there is even more pepper and spice in the cigar’s profile. The cigar had a great, even burn and did not require any touch ups.

Finally into the home stretch, the cigar’s  strength increases and the cigar’s flavor profile is one of enormous pepper with earthy tobacco and coffee notes.

There are no two ways about it. The E.P.Carillo is a  ull bodied,  full strength blend with lots of strong pepper and spice. This is a very intense cigar and an excellent experience if you like this particular strength / body profile.

 

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Drew Estate announces “Drew Diplomat” App & Consumer Loyalty Program

Drew Estate, Inc. announced today the “Drew Diplomat” Consumer Loyalty Program, which includes a mobile application for all smart devices, as well as a desktop version. This exclusive new program provides members with the ability to earn Points by checking-in Drew Estate Cigars and attending events at retail locations throughout the world, as well as social networking functions and unparalleled access to La Gran Fabrica Drew Estate.

Michael Cellucci President of Drew Estate, “The Drew Diplomat program bridges the gap between the old world of the premium cigar industry and the modern technological platforms available today. Our goal was to ensure that Drew Estate delivers the best possible way for our consumers to interact with the company and our brands. Innovation is the heart of what drives us, not only in the manufacturing process, but in all aspects of the consumer experience. This program is a clear example of the tireless drive to be thoughtful trailblazers.”

In 2013, Jonathan Drew assembled a team nicknamed “SLAB,” lead by Executive Director Mario Takeyama. When reached for comment, Takeyama said, “Our team was created with one objective: the connectivity between technology and premium tobacco. This is something we have been working on in secret for a year and a half now.”

Heading the “Drew Diplomat” Consumer Loyalty Program is Customer Loyalty & Advertising Specialist Sam Morales, who according to Jonathan Drew “is a specialist with a true street fighter mentality, definitely Drew Estate Subculture approved. SLAB intends on launching the Beta Program in the fall.”

Drew Diplomats can expect to spend their points on one of a kind artwork and swag from Jessi Flores (Director of Subculture Studios in Estelí, Nicaragua); Lifestyle swag from Creative Director Joey Reichenbach in Miami; and trips to Cigar Safari at La Gran Fabrica Drew Estate. Jessi Flores notes, “We never had a way to get our artwork to final consumers in the United States in a sustainable way. This groundbreaking application explicitly connects each creative Drew Estate team member to our support base worldwide.”

Consumers who are interested in Beta testing the program should visit
http://drewestate.com/ipcpr and enter Drew Estate’s giveaway for a chance to win one of three prize packs:

• Liga Privada MEGA Standing Humidor/Ashtray

• A signed box of Liga Privada Feral Flying Pigs & an IPCPR Exclusive
Subculture Studios Stinky Ashtray

• A signed box of Liga Privada UF-13 Dark

Beta testers will be chosen from those who enter. Sam Morales notes that, “we are going to need everyone in the Drew Estate family to help to make Jonathan’s vision come true. This is the first program of its kind in the industry.”

For more information about the Drew Diplomat program, please visit Drew Estate’s booth at the 2014 IPCPR tradeshow in Las Vegas, NV at Booth #210. Also, please use Drew Estate’s hashtag #DEipcpr on any posts relating to Drew Estate and IPCPR. Lastly, follow all of Drew Estate’s IPCPR coverage at http://drewestate.com/ipcpr.

About Drew Estate:
Founded in New York City in 1996. Drew Estate has become one of the fastest growing tobacco companies in the world. Under their mantra “The Rebirth of Cigars”™, Drew Estate has led the “Boutique Craft” movement by innovating new elements to the tobacco industry with their unique tobaccos and blending styles that have attracted new and old cigar enthusiasts. In their Gran Fabrica Drew Estate, the Nicaraguan headquarters, Drew Estate produces a variety of brands such as ACID, Herrera Estelí, Kentucky Fired Cured, Liga Privada, MUWAT, Natural, Nica Rustica, Tabak Especial, UnderCrown, and Java by
Drew Estate.

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Tsuge Pipe announces “Four Seasons” and “God Series”Pipe tobacco lines

Tsuge Pipe announced today that they will be debuting eight new
pipe tobaccos at the 2014 IPCPR tradeshow in Las Vegas, NV. Tsuge will have a
booth within the Drew Estate booth at the tradeshow and will have the new
tobaccos available for sampling and ordering.

The eight blends are broken down into two lines: “The Four Seasons” and “The God Series”. Each line will feature four different blends, available in 50g tins at an MSRP of $14.95. The eight blends are expected to hit store shelves in October of 2014.

“The Four Seasons” is a line of aromatic blends that are meant to capture the
essence of the four distinct seasons in Japan. The names of the blends are below:

• “Spring: First days of Spring”
• “Summer: Summer Daydream”
• “Autumn: Mystery of Autumn”
• “Winter: Winter’s Embrace”

“The God Series” is a more traditional collection, featuring Latakia, Perique, Virginia, Burley, Dark Fire Cured and other select tobaccos from across the globe. The names of the blends are below:

• “Fujin: God of Wind”
• “Raijin: God of Thunder”
• “Ryujin: God of Dragon”
• “Gunjin: God of Samurai”

The Tsuge Pipe Tobacco lines will be available for purchase in the United States
through Drew Estate. Drew Estate and Tsuge Pipe Company Ltd. announced in May a new strategic alliance between the two companies, making Drew Estate the exclusive distributor of Tsuge in the United States and Canada.

For more information about the Tsuge Pipe Tobacco lines, please visit Drew Estate’s booth at the 2014 IPCPR tradeshow in Las Vegas, NV at Booth #210. Also, please use Drew Estate’s hashtag #DEipcpr on any posts relating to Drew Estate and IPCPR. Lastly, follow all of Drew Estate’s IPCPR coverage at http://drewestate.com/ipcpr.

About Tsuge:
TSUGE Pipe has paved the way of the Japanese pipe making with Kyoichiro who
dedicated his life to pipes. The global brand TSUGE continues to step forward as a bearer of smoking culture in the future. Pipes of the TSUGE brand are made with infinite passion and excellent techniques of the craftsmen. The unparalleled beauty and quality have attracted pipe lovers around the world.
About Drew Estate:
Founded in New York City in 1996. Drew Estate has become one of the fastest
growing tobacco companies in the world. Under their mantra “The Rebirth of
Cigars”™, Drew Estate has led The “Boutique Craft” movement by innovating new elements to the tobacco industry with their unique tobaccos and blending styles that have attracted new and old cigar enthusiasts. In their Gran Fabrica Drew Estate, the Nicaraguan headquarters, Drew Estate produces a variety of brands such as ACID, Herrera Estelí, Kentucky Fired Cured, Liga Privada, MUWAT, Natural, Nica Rustica, Tabak Especial, UnderCrown, and Java by Drew Estate.

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Drew Estate announces “Drew Estate Pipe Collection by Tsuge”

Drew Estate announced their new “DE Pipe Collection by Tsuge”. Tsuge
Pipe will produce the new line of pipes at their Japanese headquarters. This marks Drew Estate’s first entrance into the physical pipe market, as they have previously sold pipe tobacco exclusively. Drew Estate will offer three pipe styles to start:

• The Robusto, which features a chunky bowl and is the smallest of the three
designs. The pipe has a nice portability and will fit easily into a jacket pocket.

• The Churchill, which features a tall, slender bowl that is more elegant in its
styling.

• The Belicoso, which features a tall, tapered bowl, a hybrid between the
other two pipe styles offered by Drew Estate.

All three styles will be offered in two finishes, Smooth and Sandblasted. The pipes will retail for $250 MSRP through authorized DE Pipe Collection retailers. All three pipes feature a modular design, which allows for customization through the purchase of additional bowls with varying finishes, along with stems in both bent and straight varieties. Each pipe also features a custom windscreen cap, engraved with the Drew Estate logo, which will allow for smoking even in the windiest conditions. The pipes are custom designed by Tsuge and utilize a patented aluminum technology that is guaranteed to remain cool to the touch during smoking.

When asked about the DE Pipe Collection by Tsuge, company co-founder Jonathan Drew mentioned that, “this is something we were hoping for since the beginning of our partnership with Tsuge. To see this come to fruition is a really exciting moment for Drew Estate. I think pipe smokers nationwide are going to realize just how serious we are about the pipe industry. This is only the beginning and we are having fun.”

For more information about the “DE Pipe Collection by Tsuge”, please visit Drew Estate’s booth at the 2014 IPCPR tradeshow in Las Vegas, NV at Booth #210. Also, please use Drew Estate’s hashtag #DEipcpr on any posts relating to Drew Estate and IPCPR. Lastly, follow all of Drew Estate’s IPCPR coverage at
http://drewestate.com/ipcpr.

About Drew Estate:
Founded in New York City in 1996. Drew Estate has become one of the fastest
growing tobacco companies in the world. Under their mantra “The Rebirth of
Cigars”™, Drew Estate has led The “Boutique Craft” movement by innovating new elements to the tobacco industry with their unique tobaccos and blending styles that have attracted new and old cigar enthusiasts. In their Gran Fabrica Drew Estate, the Nicaraguan headquarters, Drew Estate produces a variety of brands such as ACID, Herrera Estelí, Kentucky Fired Cured, Liga Privada, MUWAT, Natural, Nica Rustica, Tabak Especial, UnderCrown, and Java by Drew Estate.

About Tsuge:
TSUGE has paved the way of the Japanese pipe making with Kyoichiro who
dedicated his life to pipes. The global brand TSUGE continues to step forward as a bearer of smoking culture in the future. Pipes of the TSUGE brand are made with infinite passion and excellent techniques of the craftsmen. The unparalleled beauty and quality have attracted pipe lovers around the world.

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Drew Estate announces new releases in ACID, Kentucky Fire Cured, Herrera Estelí & MUWAT lines

Drew Estate announced today that they would be releasing new extensions in their ACID, Kentucky Fire Cured, Herrera Estelí and MUWAT lines at the 2014 IPCPR tradeshow in Las Vegas, NV next week. The new cigars will include the following:

• Acid Blondie Maduro – A maduro version of Drew Estate’s popular Blondie.
Featuring a San Andrés Valley Maduro instead of the Connecticut Shade
wrapper used on the current Blondie, the new ACID Blondie Maduro will
appeal to those who desire Blondie in a bolder blend.

• Kentucky Fire Cured Sizes, “Delfinas”, “Kyotos”, & “Hamhock” – The
Kentucky Fire Cured line is being expanded by three sizes: the Delfinas (6 x
26), the Kyotos (5 ½ x 34), and the Hamhock (3 ¾ x 56). All three sizes are
based on the original KFCC blend, which features smoked tobaccos as well as
dark air cured tobaccos.

• Herrera Esteli Norteño – The “Norteño” showcases extensively aged
tobaccos from the Estelí and Jalapa growing regions of Nicaragua, coupled
with a spicy Honduran binder and a rich, bold Mexican San Andrés maduro
wrapper. The “Norteño by Willy Herrera” will be available in the following
six vitolas at select Herrera Estelí retailers nationwide.

  • Coronita – 4 x 46
  • Corona Extra – 4 3/4 x 48
  • Belicoso Fino – 5 x 50
  • Robusto Grande – 5 1/2 x 54
  • Toro – 6 x 50
  • Lonsdale Deluxe – 6 1/2 x 44

• MUWAT Nightcrawler – A 4 ½ x 50 Short Robusto based on the stronger
Bait Fish blend. A bigger Bait Fish, for fans of that blend. Drew Estate’s
customers asked for it, and they delivered. The MUWAT line will also debut a
new packaging style at the IPCPR tradeshow.

When asked about the new line extensions, Drew Estate president Michael Cellucci stated that, “we are always looking to improve our brand portfolio at Drew Estate. We strongly value customer feedback, and many of these new sizes were directly influenced by customer input. We believe that there is a cigar for every palate in the Drew Estate portfolio.”

For more information about the new sizes and brands, please visit Drew Estate’s
booth at the 2014 IPCPR tradeshow in Las Vegas, NV at Booth #210. Also, please use Drew Estate’s hashtag #DEipcpr on any posts relating to Drew Estate and IPCPR. Lastly, follow all of Drew Estate’s IPCPR coverage at http://drewestate.com/ipcpr.

About Drew Estate:

Founded in New York City in 1996. Drew Estate has become one of the fastest
growing tobacco companies in the world. Under their mantra “The Rebirth of
Cigars”™, Drew Estate has led the “Boutique Craft” movement by innovating new elements to the tobacco industry with their unique tobaccos and blending styles that have attracted new and old cigar enthusiasts. In their Gran Fabrica Drew Estate, the Nicaraguan headquarters, Drew Estate produces a variety of brands such as ACID, Herrera Estelí, Kentucky Fired Cured, Liga Privada, MUWAT, Natural, Nica Rustica, Tabak Especial, UnderCrown, and Java by Drew Estate.

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Drew Estate Mega contest giveaway

DE Ashtray contest

We giving away a Liga Privada MEGA Standing Humidor/Ashtray (Prize 1), a signed box of Liga Privada Unico Feral Flying Pigs, & a hand painted IPCPR-edition Subculture Stinky Ashtray (Prize 2), and a signed box of Liga Privada Unico UF-13 Dark (Prize 3). Register for our contest and be entered to win!

Beta Testers for the new Drew Diplomats App will be chosen from those who enter the Contest! With the new Drew Diplomats app, you can earn points for checking in Drew Estate cigars and attending events. Spend your points on one of a kind art from Subculture Studios, Cigar Safari at La Gran Fabrica Drew Estate, and Drew Estate Swag.

We’re also launching tons of new sizes in ACID, Kentucky Fired Cured, and MUWAT, along with an all-new cigar from Willy Herrera. We also have new pipes and pipe tobacco. Scroll down to check out all our new releases, as well as video from our booth at IPCPR. All the IPCPR action at Drew Estate will be hash-tagged #DEIPCPR.

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Nomad Cigar Co. releases much-anticipated C-276

 Nomad Cigar Company is pleased to announce the release of the Nomad C-276 at this year’s IPCPR in Las Vegas. 

Nomad C-276

The C-276 is a full flavored complex blend featuring five different filler tobaccos (with two Ligeros).

It also marks the second full production cigar that Nomad has done in Estelí at Tobacalera AJ Fernandez.

The C-276 rounds out Nomad’s portfolio of offerings and joins its place on the shelf with the Dominican Classic, Nicaraguan S-307, and the released-early-in-2014 Dominican Connecticut Fuerte.

The C-276 also marks Fred Rewey’s first venture into using Ometepe tobacco in a blend.

“When I was blending the C-276 I approached it in layers. I kept trying to add layers and layers of flavor but didn’t want to overpower any one tobacco in the process. At one point I was struggling to add a final component that I couldn’t quite nail down. It was suggested to me that I visit Ometepe and check out that tobacco – it was the best addition to this blend I could make – it just came together,” said Rewey.

As with the other Nicaraguan lines, Rewey creates the name of the cigar using a variety of Nicaraguan factoids.

“The “C” is for Concepción, one of two volcanoes on Ometepe Island. “276″ is the square kilometers of the island. It seemed a fitting tribute to an incredible island growing amazing tobacco.” said Rewey.

Details on the Nomad C-276 include… 

  • Wrapper: Ecuadorian Habano Oscuro
  • Binder: Nicaraguan
  • Filler: Nicaraguan
  • Factory: Tobacalera AJ Fernandez
  • Box Pressed. 21 Count Box.

Immediately available in Toro (6×50), Robusto (5×50), Torpedo (6 1/2 x 52), Toro Grande (6 x 58), Corona (5.5 x 46)

Contact:

Fred “Godfadr” Rewey, Nomad Cigar Company

Twitter: @Godfadr

Godfadr@NomadCigarCompany.com

Phone: 855-MYNOMAD (or 855-696-6623)

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Emilio Cigars La Musa Mousa; Cigar review

La Musa Mousa

Formerly known as Grimalkin, “Mousa” as you see it on the band, is the Koine (1st Century) word for Muse in Greek.

Emilio’s website only says that the cigar is made from a unique blend of carefully selected tobaccos, produced in Esteli, Nicaragua.

Other cigar review sites have detailed the blend as follows:

  • Wrapper: Habano Rosado
  • Binder: Nicaragua
  • Filler: Nicaragua

The cigar is available in four vitolas: Robusto (5×50), Toro (6×50), Torpedo (6×52) and Corona (5.5×44).

The cigars given to me for review by Emilio Cigars were of the Toro vitola.

Taking a look at this cigar, the wrapper is a medium to dark brown with small veins and sports a well formed triple cap. The cigar seemed to be of average weight and had a firm feel throughout the body. The wrapper leaf gives off a rich tobacco aroma and from the foot, I picked up on a primarily earthy scent with a slight ammonia odor.

After clipping the cap, I tasted a savory flavor on lips and some sweetness on the pre-light draw. The draw was easy with some slight resistance.

Once lit, the draw was firm throughout the smoking time and developed a firm, gray ash. The ash first dropped off at about an inch in length. The burn was razor sharp and had a thin carbon ring at all times.

During the first third of the smoke, the flavor profile was mostly tobacco flavors with a short slightly bitter finish on my palate. There was a strong spice sensation when I passed the smoke through my sinuses. The La Musa Mousa produced a tremendous amount of smoke volume.

Moving into the second third, the spice sensation smoothed out. There was a ‘toasty’ tobacco flavor with a rich, lingering finish.

During the end of the smoke, there was a spice build up on my palate that produced a tingling sensation on my tongue. The tobacco flavors were very heavy and that savory flavor that mentioned earlier was prominent on my lips.

Emilio’s La Musa Mousa is an absolute finger burner, coming in at a medium strength and full bodied cigar. The website mentions that this cigar will be available in limited quantities due to harvest conditions so I recommend you pick these up when you see them at your local tobacconist.

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Roberto Duran Premium Cigars introduces two additional cigar brands at the IPCPR: Neya & Baracoa

neya

Roberto P. Duran Premium Cigars, after a successful 2013 launch with the Azan Line of cigars and the recent announcement of the Roberto Duran Premium Cigar Brand is ready to introduce two additional cigar brands: Neya and the Baracoa Line.

Roberto Pelayo Duran is fully committed to providing a full line at this year’s IPCPR. The Addition of the premium Neya and the value cigar Baracoa will fill in the gap in the Roberto P. Duran line as the announcement was made last week that he will introduce a super-premium brand, Roberto P. Duran Cigar. 

The Neya Premium cigar brand is a premium brand which comes in a cedar 20 count cabinet.  The Filler and Binder is both Nicaraguan while the wrapper is a Habana Ecuador. The Neya line will be expressed through five sizes with the two largest sizes holding a description of F8 as they will be full bodied cigars even though all sizes carry the same blend. The Neya will retail between $4.00 and $7.00 per cigar. Neya Premium Cigar sizes: Petite Corona 5 1/8 X 42 CAB, Robusto 4 7/8 X CAB, Canonazo 6 X 52 CAB, Toro 6 X 56 CAB, and the Yanquee 6 X 60 CAB.

Roberto said:” Neya is a brand that took some time to develop as we used very well fermented leaves and well-aged Nicaraguan ligero. This is a full flavored cigar in the way that we understood the term in Cuba, which is to mean not spicy but a strongly flavored cigar which increases in strength when smoking the two larger sizes. As with all of our cigars they are rolled under strict supervision in our Nicatobacco Factory in Nicaragua.”

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Baracoa, (full name Roberto Duran Baracoa) was created as a great everyday cigar. The RD Baracoa which represents the city of Roberto P. Duran family origin in Cuba (Baracoa) is made with the same quality and care of Roberto’s other cigar lines. The filler and binder is both Nicaraguan with the wrapper an Ecuador Habana Criollo. Baracoa comes in carton 20 box count and will be represented in 9 sizes with three of them in box press form. RD Baracoa sure to please a wide array of cigar palates. The Baracoa line of cigars will retail between $3.00 and $.4.50 a cigar. Baracoa Cigar sizes: Robusto 4 7/8 X 50, Torpedo 6 1/8 X 52, Toro 6 X 52, Churchill 7 X 47 Gordito 4 X 58, Gigantes 6 X 60, Robusto 5 X 50 Box Press, Toro 6 X 52 Box Press, and Torpedo 6 1/8 X 52 Box Press.

Roberto said:” Baracoa is a true power house value cigar gives boasts plenty of quality for the price”, Roberto continued,” I am very excited to introduce Neya, Baracoa and the previously announced Roberto P. Duran Cigar Brand to the public. We are about producing top quality products and we invite everyone to our booth (3813) to experience the passion we put into all of our brands.”

Roberto Pelayo Duran began his life’s work in his homeland of Havana, Cuba where tobacco grabbed a hold of him, and never let go. Supervising the production of cigar manufacturing in Cuba was only the beginning as he later went on to assemble and manage distribution of all Cuban cigar brands for Asia at The Pacific Cigar Company Ltd. Most recently, he contributed to the new global brand marketing strategy for British American Tobacco. The creation of Roberto P. Duran Premium Cigars has given Roberto the platform to introduce a brand of cigars that offer the same quality, construction, and detail which he exceeded from those he supervised while in Cuba.

 

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JR Cigar announces Black Abyss

Fans of premium-quality San Andrés wrapper leaf are gonna want to check out, Black Abyss, a brand-new handrolled premium cigar crafted by José “Jochy” Blanco, the guy who grows the leaf for a bunch of Boutique Blends cigar brands, including Aging Room and Swag, both of which have collected tons of high ratings in cigar magazines (the Aging Room Quattro F55 Concerto took second place in Cigar Aficionado’s top 25 of 2013). Anyway…

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Black Abyss is handmade at Tabacalera Palma in the Dominican Republic and, while it is full bodied, it’s cleverly designed for not just smokers of super-strong cigars. It’s got that big, rich, bold flavor often associated with a San Andrés wrapper and it does contain some potent ligero leaf, but along with the blend’s hearty, zesty notes of dark coffee, this cigar begins and ends with a sweetness while a smooth creaminess remains throughout, making it a great choice for medium-bodied cigar fans who want to step it up in strength.

Black Abyss’s construction is top-notch, as evidenced by its extremely even burn and draw, which are made even better by an exceptionally appealing aroma.

Jochy Blanco’s Black Abyss is made in four sizes (each featuring a somewhat sinister name: Banshee, Cerberus, Hydra, and Wraith) packed in boxes of 20 cigars. If all that’s piqued your interest, you’ll be glad to know that Black Abyss cigars are also pretty reasonably priced. Starting in July, you’ll find them exclusively at JR Cigar.

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