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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)


Fred “Godfadr” Rewey, Nomad Cigar Company

Twitter: @Godfadr

Phone: 855-MYNOMAD (or 855-696-6623)

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.

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


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.


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…


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.

Global Premium Cigars releases new cigar, the 1502 Nicaragua

1502Global Premium Cigars is pleased to announce the release of its newest cigar, the 1502 Nicaragua. Global Premium Cigars is a tobacco company which is proud of its Nicaraguan heritage. The new cigar continues the company’s tradition of excellence and is the only cigar in the 1502 cigars line that is 100% pure Nicaraguan tobacco. 

Nicaragua is one of only two countries in the world which can produce cigars entirely from their tobacco. The 1502 Nicaragua epitomizes this birthright, as it is made from tobacco from all four regions of Nicaragua: Esteli, Condega, Jalapa, Ometepe.

“This cigar was created for my newborn son. So that he never forgets his roots – 100% Nicaraguan,” said Enrique Sanchez, President of Global Premium Cigars.

The 1502 Nicaragua is packaged in a golden wrapper with a white band. It is a medium to medium-plus cigar that is stronger than the 1502 Line’s Emerald. The cigar will be available in the Robusto vitola, measuring 5 X 50, and in boxes of 30 cigars, box pressed. Retailers are urged to order them in time for their customers. 

D’Crossier introduces L’Forte at IPCPR

Heralding a new era in artisanal cigar craftsmanship, we are proud to introduce L ’Forte, the newest addition to the D ’Crossier Cigar family. One of the most exclusive premium cigars available anywhere in the world, this exclusive new line, L’Forte, will be a limited production run of only 2000 numbered boxes each year. Carefully and meticulously produced in every aspect, these handcrafted cigars are fashioned as a result of the most demanding and comprehensive sorting process that we have ever developed with leaves originating from Nicaragua and the Dominican Republic.  Our yearly aging process is based on a rotation of 24,000 cigars, allowing us to inspect and ensure the quality of the L’Forte supply. We humbly claim to use the best and most aged Spanish cedar in the cigar world today, aging without cellophane and artificial odors to deliver your ultimate smoking pleasure. Fashioned with a Costa Rican wrapper that has itself been aged for 2 years, L’Forte is available in four sizes which we consider to perfectly showcase the exquisite balance of this blend, delivering a complex, delicate and sophisticated mélange of full tobacco flavors.

Available September 2014.


La Flor Dominicana to introduce new items at 82nd IPCPR trade show in Las Vegas this year

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La Flor Dominicana will introduce the following items at this year’s IPCPR trade show in Las Vegas, July 20th – 23rd.

La Flor Dominicana 1994 Limited Edition Beer Stein - In honor of our 20th anniversary we have created a very special cigar uniquely packaged in a beautiful porcelain beer stein. The cigar is made with tobaccos that were set aside several years ago in anticipation of this very special occasion. The complex and powerful flavors of this cigar originate from the best fillers and binder grown on our farm in the beer steinDominican Republic and are complemented with a sweet and savory Mexican San Andrés maduro wrapper. This blend is as special as the occasion it serves to commemorate and is symbolic of the quality and pride with which La Flor Dominicana has built its name. The packaging is a toast to our friends and loyal fans that have supported us over the years. It is because of them that our passion for making cigars is as strong as it has ever been. Cheers!

1994 - In addition to the limited release, a very similar blend will be made

1994available in 4 sizes, a 58 x 6 “Aldaba”, a 52 x 6.5 “Rumba”, a 52 x 5 “Conga”, and a 54 x 7 “Mambo”. The blend will feature the same fillers & binder, but with a natural San Andrés wrapper. This line will be a permanent addition to our portfolio.

capituloCapitulo II - A great sequel should pick up where the first left off, and the highly anticipated continuation to Antonio Gomez’s Chapter 1 does just that. An entirely new blend was created for the familiar box pressed Chisel shape, and though the tobaccos may be different, Capitulo II promises power and flavor all the same. This cigar features a gorgeous Nicaraguan Colorado wrapper which adorns a sweet Ecuadorian Habano binder and robust Dominican fillers. Sweetness, spice, and power are what define this story.

Salomones - The La Flor Dominicana Salomones is a subject of great lore salomonamong cigar collectors worldwide. We are ecstatic to announce that a very small quantity of these will once again be made available at this year’s IPCPR in both natural and maduro. These cigars have been maturing for years in our aging room and promise to provide an unbelievable experience of complex flavors and aromas like no other Salomon ever has!

digger ashtrayDigger Ashtrays - Cigars these days have outgrown the accessories made to complement them. Being pioneers of the large cigar craze that has taken off over the last few years, we have noticed this problem more than most. This is why we are introducing a new line of ashtrays, Digger ashtrays to be exact. Beautiful, refined, and practical, these ashtrays have never met a cigar they couldn’t hold. They will be available in full porcelain and solid mahogany with metal trim.

 digger porcelin

La Flor Dominicana is a vertically integrated premium cigar company, where we proudly control the process from the seed to the final grading, inspecting and packing process. Our tobaccos are grown at our farm in La Canela, Dominican Republic. Our factory is located in Tamboril.

Berger & Argenti Entubar V3-D Tres Hombres; Cigar review


Berger & Argenti’s Entubar V3-D was first announced during the 2012 IPCPR in Orlando, Fl. There are two vitolas of this blend; the Tres Hombres (5 ½ x 64) and Tres Leches (6 1/2 by 64).

I received a single sample of the Tres Hombres vitolas as a gift from Al Argenti when I ran into him during the IPCPR event. So, doing the math, this cigar had about 2 years of age at the time I smoked it.

The Entubar V3-D’s blend is comprised of a Nicaraguan Maduro Jalapa wrapper leaf, an unknown binder and three levels of filler: Esteli Ligero (longest protrusion), Viso Condega (second protrusion) and Seco Jalapa (flush with wrapper).

The Entubar V3-D is certainly an unusual looking cigar. There is a huge brown band with Berger&Argenti all across it and a thin yellow and black band below it with the name V3-D. At the foot is the advisory band that tells you to thoroughly toast the foot before smoking.

Looking past the bright and shiny bands, the Maduro wrapper leaf is dark, oily and has one or two prominent veins. The cigar has a nicely applied triple cap. There is a sweet cedar and tobacco aroma coming from the wrapper. The foot has an earthy scent and the cigar is firm to the touch.

The pre-light draw is easy, which I attribute to the entubar rolling method. Typical (for me) Nicaraguan tobacco flavors of sweet berries are present at this point. At a full inch in diameter, this cigar is quite a bit larger than my regular smokes.

Enough of the poking and prodding, it’s time to light up and smoke!

After following instructions and completely toasting and lighting the entire foot, the cigar produces a tremendous amount of smoke. The cigar develops a firm gray ash, has an even scalloped burn with a thin carbon ring. There is a mild, spicy sensation on the exhale and peppery flavors on the palate.

The second third has a good balance between strength and body. The main flavor profile is an earthy tobacco base with pepper notes.

Coming into the home stretch, the strength increases and the more peppery spice sensations increase on the exhale. The tobacco notes remain constant to the end and the cigar has a long finish.

At $17.50 MSRP for the Tres Hombres and $20.00 MSRP for the Tres Leches, this is not an everyday smoke for most people. The Entubar V3-D is a great cigar with good flavors and balance and certainly worthy of a treat now and again.

Pedro Martin in the news with IPCPR updates

With a brand new makeover to a consistent premium blend, Gurkha Cigar Group is proud to announce the reintroduction of Pedro Martin Ruby and Maduro Cigars.  Gurkha welcomed Maria Martin and the Pedro Martin brand under the corporation’s umbrella in the spring of 2013 and closed the year with the release of the Limted Edition 2013.  “The Limited Edition 2013 has had a wonderful reception by retailers nationwide,” says Maria Martin, Pedro Martin Brand Ambassador.  “Many of our customers have repeatedly asked for the popular Pedro Martin brands and now we are happy to finally be able to introduce them once again.”

The Pedro Martin Maduro and Ruby cigars are set to be re-released at IPCPR this month.  These medium to full body, full flavor cigars include the traditional Pedro Martin blends with a brand new look and feel under the same watchful eye of Arsenio Ramos in TABASA ESTELI NICARAGUA.  Set to incorporate the customary feel of old world Cuba, family tradition, and a matter of pride, Gurkha has paired with Maria Martin to honor the famed master blender of cigars himself: Pedro Martin, with a brand new band and box.  The Pedro Martin Maduro includes a Mexican San Andrés Wrapper, Nicaraguan Maduro Binder, and Nicaraguan Filler to incorporate the flavors of spice, caramel, sweetness, and cocoa.  The Pedro Martin Ruby includes a Red Colorado Corojo Wrapper, Nicaraguan Binder, and Nicaraguan Filler for another medium to full body profile.  Both cigars will be available in the following three sizes: Robusto (5×50), Toro (6×52), and XO (6×60) with an MSRP set between $7.50 and $10.10 per cigar.

“I am beholden to both Juan Lopez and Kaizad Hansotia for giving me the opportunity to honor my father through the Gurkha brand.  I know dad is looking down and proud to see his legacy continue,” said Maria Martin, Official Brand Ambassador to the Pedro Martin line.  With all these Pedro Martin releases, Gurkha Cigar Group could not be more proud of the hard work and dedication that the company has pulled together to present these new cigars to both new cigar lovers and aficionados alike.  Be on the lookout for these new brands and other traditional favorites from Gurkha Cigar Group at your local retailer.

More information on Gurkha Cigars: can be found on the company’s:

Facebook: Gurkhacigars
Twitter: @Gurkhacigars

VegaFina Sumum Edición Especial 2010; Cigar review

sumumThe VegaFina Sumum was originally released two years ago as a limited edition, but earlier this year, is was re-released as a full production cigar in three sizes: Robusto (54 x 5″),Toro (54 x 6″) and Magnum (60 x 6″). “Sumum” is Latin for “the highest, greatest or summit.”

The cigar’s blend is comprised of an Ecuadorian grown Cuban seed wrapper, a Dominican binder leaf and a combination of filler leaves from Nicaragua, Dominican Republic and Peru.

The cigars I used for this review came from Altadis. When they arrived, I made some notes about their appearance before letting them rest.

The Sumum’s wrapper is a medium brown color with a mottled appearance. The cap is nicely formed and the cigar has some visible veins and seams.

Once these cigars were ready to smoke, I took them out and examined them once more. The wrapper and foot both had slight cedar notes along with a rich tobacco aroma. The cigars were also firm to the touch with no soft spots.

The pre-light draw was firm and I could pick up on some berry flavors from the filler.


After I had lit the cigar and got about a quarter of an inch in, the draw loosened up a bit and I picked up on some nutty flavor notes. The ash was a bit flakey and white in color. The cigar burned slowly and was a bit wavy but, no touch ups were needed. After about an inch and a half, the ash dropped off. During this first third, the primary flavor was mild tobacco with a short finish.

There weren’t many new developments in the second third with the exception of some spice on the exhale.

As I get into the last third of the cigar, things begin to change. The strength picks up and there is a long, spicy finish with some chili pepper heat at the very end.

The VegaFina Sumum Edición Especial 2010 was a very enjoyable cigar. I would consider it to be a medium strength and full bodied smoke.