Featured Cigars – October 2014

Hello everyone,

There are 100s of new cigars released every year, with new ones hitting the shelves in what feels like every other every week. It’s tough to keep up with all the new releases even when it’s your full time job, let alone keep track of blends and whose making what. As a consumer it can be downright overwhelming.

As such, we’ve decided to do a monthly list of six featured cigars, in an attempt to help you at least partially sift through the madness. These are simply six cigars that have stood out to us in recent time. While there may be some variance, we’ll be aiming to have two new cigars featured, one cigar that offers exceptional flavor for a great price, two tried and true cigars, and one cigar that we feel has flown under the radar.

 

Price Structure:

$ = >7.50

$$ = 7.50-13.50

$$$ = 13.50+

 

New to the Humidor:

La Flor Dominicana 1994

  • Cigar: La Flor Dominicana 1994
  • Wrapper: Mexican San Andres
  • Binder: Dominican (La Canela)
  • Filler: Dominican (La Canela)
  • Strength: Full-
  • Price Point: $$

What we like about it:

 This year Litto Gomez and his wife Ines celebrate 20 years in the cigar business with the release of the 1994. This cigar is a bit milder than the traditional LFD portfolio, but the 1994 certainly has no shortage of flavor. The 1994 has all the characteristics of a great steak – big, meaty flavor, smooth pepper, leather and a touch of earthy sweetness. Best of all, the 5x5o rubusto “Conga” clocks in at only $7.50 MSRP. Box worthy, for sure.

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  • Cigar: La Boheme (Boutique Blends, makers of Aging Room and SWAG)
  • Wrapper: Ecuadorian Habano
  • Binder: Dominican
  • Filler: Dominican
  • Strength: Full-
  • Price Point: $$

What we like about it:

Take everything you’ve come to know and love about Aging Room’s cigars and add an entirely new level of sophistication to it. A perfect combination of sweet and spicy. The profile is dry and creamy, with contrasting caramel, oak, cedar, and pepper flavors. Fresh off the truck, right out of the box the La Boheme is absurdly balanced. It has just the right amount of black and white pepper sizzle. Easily one of the best representations of what Dominican tobacco is all about.

Great Flavor at a Great Price:

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  • Cigar: Cubanacan Habano
  • Wrapper: Ecuadorian Habano
  • Binder: Ecuadorian
  • Filler: Nicaraguan
  • Strength: Medium+
  • Price Point: $

What we like about it:

The Cubanacan Habano is an absolute flavor bomb. It has a few core notes that it does extremely well, and it delivers consistently from start to finish. It has a very hearty, meaty profile made up of sweet earthy flavors as well as pepper, hay, and cedar. While their profiles are different, fans of cigars like the Curivari BuenaVentura, Illusione Rothschild, and the Tatuaje Tattoo should look into adding the Cubanacan Habano to their rotation. At $6.50 for a rothschild robusto you’ll be hard pressed to beat it.

 

The Tried and True:

Cigars on a budget

  • Cigar: CroMagnon (by RoMa Craft Tobac)
  • Wrapper: Connecticut Broadleaf
  • Binder: Cameroon
  • Filler: Nicaraguan
  • Strength: Medium+

What we like about it:

RoMa Craft Tobac is one the most interesting boutiques to pop up in recent years. The CroMagnon is one their first blends, and arguably their most famous. It has a rich, complex profile that highlights a savory contrast of meaty, earthy Nicaraguan flavors against the creamy rich chocolate flavors from the CroMagnon’s Connecticut Broadleaf wrapper. Throw in some exotic nuances from its Cameroon binder and you have a recipe for a great cigar.

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  • Cigar: Illusione Epernay
  • Wrapper: Nicaraguan Corojo ’99 Rosado
  • Binder: Nicaraguan
  • Filler: Nicaraguan Corojo and Criollo
  • Strength: Medium

What we like about it:

 For every rule there is an exception, and then there is Illusione. There are good cigars, and there are great cigars; then there are the rare cigars that are truly exceptional. Illusione has had more truly exceptional blends since their 2005 inception than most companies will have in their lifetime.

The Epernay is one Illusione’s most successful blends. It’s a medium bodied cigar, light in strength, but incredibly full in flavor. The Epernay is an exercise in balance and complexity. The profile is thick and creamy, with light sweet earthy notes and smooth white and black pepper undertones. In addition, you’ll be treated to light-roasted coffee notes, soft floral spice, and feint hints of leather.

Under the Radar:

Regius Dominican

  • Cigar: Regius Dominican
  • Wrapper: Dominican Habano
  • Binder: Dominican
  • Filler: Dominican
  • Strength: Medium

What we like about it:

One thing I’ve always appreciated most about all of Regius’ cigars is their uniqueness. The biggest criticism you can give a cigar is to say that it tastes like “just another cigar”. Regius does not suffer from this issue. Cuban-esque in the sense that the flavors are bold and dominant while also incredible smooth. The profile is predominantly creamy with a caramel sweetness, nuts, and a slight bit of spice through the finish. This is a great cigar no matter what framework you view it through, but it gains the most respect from just how distinct it is.

About Joseph Carroll

I am an enthusiast of all things cigars - from the experience of smoking, to becoming engrossed in their culture. In an age increasingly dominated by technology and automated manufacturing, I consciously strive to retain an appreciation for pursuits based around concepts like craftsmanship, passion, and artistic expression. I believe that quirks and flaws are often what gives art its beauty. I aim to embrace both the good and the bad in my writing, as I think both sides of the coin are necessary to capture something in its entirety. In my spare time I enjoy reading, exceeding speed limits, and nursing my fetish for all things Koenigsegg Automotive.
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