Category Archives: Cigars

General Cigar IPCPR 2014 releases; CAO Colombia

Colombia_Box_HighResIn an isolated mountainous region of Colombia near the Caribbean coast lies a region called Montes de Maria. There, for the past 15 years, a family of farmers has tended to an alluring tobacco known as Ica Mazinga. Derived from a Cuban seed first grown in Colombia in the 1820s, Ica Mazinga is a captivating varietal that burns beautifully and smokes effortlessly.

The unique flavor of Ica Mazinga is harnessed in CAO Colombia, the first cigar to prominently feature Colombian tobacco. This medium-bodied “World Blend” is a savory smoke, featuring notes of toasted nuts sprinkled with salty nuances for a distinctive smoking experience.

CAO Blender Rick Rodriguez noted, “We created the blend for CAO Colombia by experimenting with tobaccos used in the successful ‘Escaparate’ blend. We especially liked the way the Colombian tobacco was complemented by a touch of Brazilian Mata Fina. With a Nicaraguan Jamastran wrapper and Cameroon binder, CAO Colombia delivers a unique flavor experience unlike anything else we’ve ever released. We think it’s the perfect cigar to introduce the world to Colombian tobacco.”

CAO Colombia will be available beginning in August. Each of the four sizes are protected in 20-count boxes.

  • Bogota (6” x 60), SRP per cigar is $7.75
  • Magdalena (6.25” x 54 torpedo), SRP per cigar is $7.50
  • Vallenato (5” x 56), SRP per cigar is $6.75
  • Tinto (5” x 50), SRP per cigar is $6.00

General Cigar IPCPR 2014 releases; CAO Amazon Basin

CAO-AmazonBasin_HighResRare tobacco from a remote region in the Amazonian Rainforest inspired CAO’s newest creation, a small batch, limited edition release called CAO Amazon Basin.

Rick Rodriguez commented, “We had a unique opportunity to use Amazonian tobacco before anyone else in the world. We tested the tobacco and really liked the flavor, aroma and blendability, so we ran with it. The flavor is very unique — earthy and nutty with a pleasantly dry finish.”

Called “Bragança,” the tobacco is organically grown on unspoiled tropical land and harvested just once every three years. Seedlings are transplanted directly into the soil a full yard apart from each other, resulting in less than half the yield of other tobacco plants.

The leaves are rolled by hand into tubes called “carottes” where they undergo six months of natural fermentation. They are then transported out of the rainforest by canoe, taken to the mainland, and ultimately brought to the CAO factory in Esteli, Nicaragua.

There, CAO’s blenders allow the aromatic Bragança leaf to take center stage, surrounded by tobaccos curated from four different countries. Sheathed in a hearty Ecuadoran Sumatra wrapper from the highest primings, with a Nicaraguan binder and a touch of Nicaraguan leaf in the filler, CAO Amazon Basin tastes as exotic as the tropical rainforest from which it originated.

This medium-bodied CAO World Blend boasts notes of caramel sprinkled with briny nuances for an adventure into the unexpected.

CAO Amazon Basin (6” x 52, SRP per cigar $9.25) will be available in August in 18-count rustic boxes that allow the cigars inside to take precedence.

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.

 

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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)

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.