Cigar Review | La Palina Family Series Miami Pasha
It’s been six years since the revival of La Palina, and six years since the inception of the Family Series.
Graycliff Cigar Company produced the original Family Series, out of the historic Graycliff Inn in Nassau, The Bahamas—though production stopped several years ago, largely due to the high taxes incurred from importing tobacco into The Bahamas.
While the company’s arrangement with Graycliff came to a close, it had begun developing a relationship with yet another prolific boutique cigar factory—El Titan de Bronze, who is producing the re-blended line in Little Havana, Miami. Click here to continue reading.
Cigar Review | Henry Clay Tattoo
Enter Henry Clay Tattoo, a collaboration between tobacco-giant, Altadis USA and Pete Johnson, owner of Tatuaje Cigars and L’Atelier Imports. Click here to continue reading!
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Cigar Review | My Father Limited Edition 2015
Towards the end of June, screeches of excitement echoed across the land—word broke that the My Father Limited Edition 2015 was coming, and Don Pepin Garcia fans began to swoon.
This year marks the 5th anniversary of the original My Father Limited Edition, which released in 2010. This is, however, only the fourth cigar released under My Father Limited Edition branding—the company payed tribute to the tenth anniversary of Pepin’s namesake brand, Don Pepin Garcia, in 2013, and there were no limited releases in 2014. Click here to continue reading.
Ashton Symmetry Cigar Review
Late last year, Ashton Distributors, Inc. shipped the long awaited Ashton Symmetry, the first new offering under the company’s flagship Ashton brand in nearly 9 years.
Production is being handled by the Fuente family, who handles the production of the company’s Classic, Cabinet Selection, Aged Maduro and VSG lines. The blend utilizes an Ecuadorian habano wrapper, and Fuente-grown binders and fillers from the family’s farms in both the Dominican Republic and Nicaragua—Chateau de la Fuente and Villas Gonzales in the DR, and Un Buen Vecino in Esteli, respectively.
The cigar is currently offered in 5 sizes, and come in boxes of 25: 5 5/8 x 46 Prism, 5 x 50 robusto, 6 x 52 Sublime, 5 1/4 x 52 Belicoso and 6 3/4 x 49 Prestige. Click here to read the full review.
Soneros Maduro by Cubanacan Cigar Review
Two years ago, Cubanacan Cigars introduced Soneros at IPCPR 2013.
The brainchild of Cubanacan’s master blender, Omar Gonzalez Aleman, Soneros is blended to pay tribute to “the flavors, aromas and blends of the past”. The past, in this case, refers to Aleman’s years in the Cuban tobacco industry, during which he rose to the position of general manager at the famed La Corona Cigar Factory.
Soneros utilizes tobacco that is said to be aged for a minimum of five years, and is offered in two variations—habano claro, and maduro. Both are wrapped over a binder from Ecuador, and fillers from Nicaragua. It was initially offered in four sizes— 5 3/4 petit sublime, 5 1/2 x 60 gran robusto, 5 1/2 x 60 campana (belicoso), and a 6 x 52 toro. The following year the company added a 5 5/8 x 46 corona gorda to the portfolio, available in both wrappers. Click here to read the full review.
Cigar King Receives Defense of Liberty Award from Cigar Rights of America
Mitchel Hirsh, owner of Cigar King accepting the CRA Defense of Liberty Award
Cigar King is both proud and honored to announce that we received Cigar Rights of America’s annual “Defense of Liberty” award on July 21, 2014.
The Defense of Liberty is a yearly award given to a select number of retailers in acknowledgement of their contributions and continued support of Cigar Rights of America and their efforts to protect the rights of those who enjoy premium cigars across the United States.The award was delivered in person by Glynn Loope, who currently serves as the executive director of the CRA. Click here to read the full article.
EIROA CBT Maduro Cigar Review
Just three short years after Christian Eiroa’s return to the cigar industry (following the sale of the Camacho brand to Oettinger Davidoff group in 2008) came to fruition with the formation of CLE Cigar Co., the company’s portfolio is stacked with some of the most in-demand brands on the market. Among those is the EIROA line, which is positioned as the ultra-premium offering from CLE.
The EIROA line was introduced in June 2013 alongside the opening of an all-new factory in Honduras, Aladino Cigar Factory. The release of the line marked the first time in Christian Eiroa’s long tenure in the cigar business that he has produced a line that carries his family’s name. This past summer, shortly before IPCPR 2014, an addition to the line, called the EIROA CBT Maduro…Click here to read the full article.
HR “HIROCHI ROBAINA” BY CUBANACAN CIGARS REVIEW
Easily one of, if not the most exciting cigars this year comes courtesy of Cubanacan Cigars, formerly Mederos Cigars, with the unveiling of their newest project – HR. These seemingly ambiguous set of letters are in fact a set of initials, belonging to none other than Hirochi Robaina. While that name will no doubt ring a bell with many, I suspect that a fair percentage of cigar smokers in the United States may be unfamiliar with the Robaina name.
Authors Note: I have opted to write a relatively brief but comprehensive history of the Robaina family. If you are already familiar with the Robaina family, or simply have no interest, feel free to scroll past the introduction and straight to the specifications. Thanks!
The story of the Robaina family is really the story of three men, and it would be a disservice to the family’s legacy to not acknowledge each of them at least briefly. The Robaina family has been a staple in Cuban tobacco since they began operations in 1845. While not the man who originally entered the family into the tobacco business, Maruto Robaina is the man responsible for planting the seeds for the family to rise to prominence in the tobacco industry in Cuba. Through continuous finesse and care, the Robaina’s became known for having incredibly high yields of tobacco suitable for wrapper leaf. At one point in the family’s legacy, they were seeing suitable yields of around 80%, while nearly every other farm was seeing yields of around 30%. Their tobacco has been used, at one point or another, in many of Havana’s most famous blends.
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LARANJA RESERVA BY ESPINOSA CIGARS REVIEW
Today we’ll be reviewing the Laranja Reserva, the newest release from Orestes “Erik” Espinosa. Before we get into that, let’s pause for a brief moment to touch upon the history of the company.
Erik Espinosa is a man who embodies the classic cigar story – born in Cuba, before moving to Miami shortly thereafter. Growing up in a city known for its historically rich cigar culture, Espinosa quickly fostered his own interest tobacco. Formally entering the industry in 1997, Erik has worked nearly every facet of the cigar industry – from owning his own
retail store to working as a representative for companies such as Alec Bradley, Drew Estate, Gurkha and Rocky Patel.
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Twenty years ago this year, a husband and wife settled into the Dominican Republic with the goal of establishing themselves in the cigar industry. That couple is Litto and Ines Gomez, and the result of their efforts is La Flor Dominicana. Continue reading