Jas Sum Kral Red Knight Lancero

Jas Sum Kral Red Knight Lancero

Origin : Nicaragua
Jas Sum Kral CigarsFormat : Lancero
Size : 7 x 38
Wrapper : Ecuadorian Habano Light Claro
Filler : Undisclosed
Binder : Half Mexican San Andres/Half Jalapa Seco Leaf
Hand-Made (factory: New Order of the Ages (NOA))
Body : Medium to Medium-Full
Price : $9.50 each

From JSK’s website:

The idea came from one man, Riste Risteski, who was disappointed with most cigars currently available on the market. Smoking mainly Cuban cigars, he wanted to create a profile which maintained Cuban standards, while adding an interesting yet elegant twist. He wanted to add value to what is already a saturated boutique market. Being Macedonian and both large in stature AND personality, the name for this cigar came easily, JAS SUM KRAL, I AM KING in English.

He noticed many of those calling themselves boutique cigar makers, weren’t involved in the actual blending process. He decided the only way to properly create JAS SUM KRAL, was to set out to find the right factory. After speaking with several trusted individuals in the industry, he decided on New Order of the Ages, owned by master blender, Noel Rojas.

Upon arriving in Esteli, Noel suggested getting right to work. Having discussed with Noel prior to arriving Noel already had a profile in mind. Riste and Noel sampled leaf after leaf of the finest tobacco. Finally assembling what is sure to change the boutique cigar market. We are extremely proud and excited to release JAS SUM KRAL. We hope that you will join Riste on this journey.

Riste is a hard-working guy who is very present on social media. It’s been fun to watch his boutique brand take off, and great reviews have come flooding in over and over. Let’s take a look at the JSK Red Knight Lancero.

Read the full review of Jas Sum Kral Red Knight Lancero...

Guess the Best Cigar of the Year and Win a Box

Guess the Best Cigar of the Year

Mike's Cigars is currently running a contest with a chance to win a box of this year's best cigars, as chosen by Cigar Aficionado. In order to win, you simply need to... guess that best cigar.

You can enter the contest by clicking here. Contest ends on December 11th.

VIPCigars Contest Winners!

Partagas Contest

We are a little late in announcing winners for the Cuban cigars contest we ran in November. We had almost 1,000 participants, a record! This definitely has something to do with the exceptional prizes we had, thanks to Tobias from VIPCigars. Here are the lucky readers who won:

Congrats! Please contact us to claim your prizes. And, as usual, stay tuned for more contests! :)

Fidel Castro Dead at 90, New Oliva, Montecristo

Fidel Castro Dead at 90

An astounding number of famous people have died in 2016 … and now we can add none other than Cuba’s cigar-toting President, Fidel Castro, to the list. Fidel Castro’s health had been deteriorating for some time, and he passed away on Friday, November 25th.

Everyone will remember Fidel Castro for something different. To some he was a heroic revolutionary, to others a tyrannical despot. But for the cigar industry, he was a revolution. It was Fidel Castro who made Cuba’s cigar brands and factories state property, nationalizing the entire industry.

Cuban cigars are of course known the world over for their quality. If you live in the USA, you have struggled to get your hands on them for decades thanks to long-standing trade embargoes between the two countries. But ever since President Obama started normalizing affairs with Cuba, that has started to change. You can now travel to Cuba and bring home as many cigars as you want.

Looking to the future now, we have no idea what to expect for Cuban cigars, or for trade between the USA and Cuba. With Fidel Castro gone and Trump the president-elect in the USA, it is impossible to guess at what will happen next. I suggest snapping up as many cigars as you can now; who knows how long open trade will be in place. It is best to take advantage while we can.

In the meantime, at least the rest of this week’s news is decidedly positive. Not a lot is going on in the regulatory world, but we have a number of new and returning cigar releases to report.

New and Upcoming Releases:

  • The Oliva Serie V Maduro 2016 has made its way to retailers. It is basically identical to last year’s version. Measuring 6 x 60, it has a Mexican San Andrés wrapper and carries a price of around $10 per stick. The total number which will be produced is 60,000.
  • A new box-pressed Montecristo cigar is being manufactured by Tabacalera AJ Fernandez Cigars de Nicaragua S.A. in Nicaragua. This blend features Nicaraguan and Honduran fillers inside a Mexican San Andrés binder and an Ecuadorian Sumatra oscuro wrapper. It comes in five sizes: Churchill (7 x 50), Figurado (4 x 52), Gordo (6 x 58), Robusto (5 x 52) and Toro (6 x 50), and will cost between $9.95-$12.50.
  • Several of Tatuaje’s cigars are making a comeback, among them the highly sought-after Pork Tenderloin. The other two cigars which will once again be made available include the Porkchop and Le Vignoble. All three are being re-released as part of Pete Johnson’s Oh F*ck I’m Lost tour. During the tour, Johnson will visit seven different cities and participate in events at nine different retailers. This is the perfect time to restock on some of your favorite Tatujae cigars which you have been missing!
  • If you have been searching for the CAO Amazon Basin in the USA, good news—the sold-out brand is making a comeback in a single size, a 6 x 52 Toro. The Amazon Basin sold out very quickly in 2014, so act fast to grab a box of these before they are gone.
  • A new Cuban exclusive has just been released, the Saint Luis Rey Marquez. This cigar was first offered to participants attending the Partagás Festival in Havana a couple weeks ago. The cigar measures 5 7/8 inches with a 54 ring gauge, and comes in boxes of 10. Only 7,500 boxes are being produced. You can purchase a box of Saint Luis Rey Marquez cigars for 116 CUCs.
  • Drew Estate is bringing back Pappy Van Winkle cigars this year with a couple new sizes. In 2015, the only sizes available were Toro and Robusto. In 2016, the brand will add Churchill and Pappy Drew Limitada sizes. The latter is a distinctive figurado based on the Liga Privada Feral Flying Pig. The new cigars are currently being shipped to retailers, but are already available to order online.

Thanks for checking in with us for this week’s cigar news updates! Be sure to check back again soon!

2016 Black Friday / Cyber Monday Deals

Black Friday cigar deals

Black Friday and Cyber Monday cigar deals, carefully hand-picked for you. This post will be constantly updated, bookmark for future reference!

  • JR Cigars - a few available cigar deals, including 40% off Oliva & Nub boxes. New deals should progressively appear. Check them out here.
  • Famous Smoke offers a $40 discount on all orders over $150. Roughly amounts to a 25% discount. Click here and use code 40BFAFF.
  • Cigar Terminal - the already popular All-Stars Cuban Samplers are again discounted for Black Friday. A selection of 10, 20 or 30 Cuban sticks, starting at $69. Good value!
  • Summit Cigars - 50% off a selection of interesting cigars with code BLKFRI50.
  • CigarsFor.Me - free shipping on Black Friday with code "BLACKFRIDAY" (no minimum order, all deals on this page), and same conditions for Cyber Monday (the code is "CYBERMONDAY", all deals can be found here).
  • Neptune Cigars - a very good 20% off your basket BF Special. Once clicked on the promotional page on their site, it is applied to your cart.
  • Rodrigo Cigars - this shop is an excellent source for boutique cigars. For Black Friday, Rodrigo offers a discount on all "Rodrigo Collection" cigars. Use code RODRIGO15 for purchases under $59 (15% discount), code RODRIGO20 for purchases under $99 (20% discount) and code RODRIGO30 for purchases over $99 (30% discount).

  • Cigar Page is changing its deals every 5 minutes... can you keep up?
  • Cigar Federation - $2.50 off all singles with code BFSS. You can check their selection of singles here.

Spotted a nice cigar deal? Let us know in the comments area and we'll add it to the list.

Cubans CONTEST : Win Boxes of Partagas and H.Upmann !

Partagas Contest

We've been talking a lot about Cuban cigars lately. With the ban on Cuban cigars being lifted in the US, many aficionados might change their consumption habits.

Today we've got a special contest for you. Tobias from VIPCigars, a Cuban cigars retailer based in Switzerland, is offering the following prizes:

H. Upmann Half Corona

Sounds good? Please use the widget below to enter the contest. You'll need to answer a couple of quick questions and you're in :) And if you share the contest with your friends, you'll get extra entries!

VIP Cigars Cuban Cigars Giveaway

PS Contest open worldwide, you have to be of legal age to smoke in your country. The winners will be chosen randomly and announced in two weeks, on the 1st of December.

Crowned Heads Le Careme

Crowned Heads Le Careme

Origin : Dominican Republic
Crowned Heads CigarsFormat : Canonazo
Size : 5 7/8 x 52
Wrapper : Connecticut Broadleaf Grade A Dark
Filler : Nicaraguan
Binder : Ecuadorian Sumatra
Hand-Made (factory: Tabacalera La Alianza S.A.)
Price : $8.95 each
More info about purchasing Crowned Heads Le Careme...

Crowned Heads Le Careme is a new release for 2016. They went with a culinary theme for this cigar, as the name pays tribute to Marie-Antoine Careme. He was a famous French chef who is well known for pioneering culinary arts like mother sauces and popularizing the soufflé in the 1800s.

Jon Huber blended the cigar, and the owner of the factory where this cigar is made, Ernesto Perez-Carillo, Jr., said, “This cigar tastes like chocolate soufflé blended this cigar.”

Personally, the blend profile is basically my dream combination. If I were to blend my own cigar, this would be one of my first ideas. So, that sounds AMAZING and let’s see what we get from Le Careme.

Read the full review of Crowned Heads Le Careme...

Ballot Results, Fuente Updates and More

Viaje exclusive cigar for Atlantic

You may be aware that a number of ballot measures were up last week for raising cigar taxes in several states. In this week’s cigar news updates, I will let you know what happened. There is not a whole lot in the way of other news right now, but there are some Fuente updates and a new release from Atlantic Cigars.

New and Upcoming Releases:

  • If you have shopped for Arturo Fuente Don Carlos cigars recently, you may have noticed a change in their appearance. While the cigar itself is unchanged, the band is now different. The red background has been replaced by a black one for a new look.
  • Atlantic Cigar Co. is celebrating its 20th anniversary with a brand new Viaje release. This release is exclusive to the retailer and can only be purchased directly from Atlantic Cigars. Called the Viaje Atlantic 20th Anniversary WLP 20th Limited Edition Toro, it measures 6 x 52 and comes box-pressed. The blend is a Nicaraguan puro with Cuban-seed fillers an a criollo wrapper. It is being manufactured in Honduras, and costs $9 per cigar. Only 400 boxes are being produced, each containing 10 cigars.

Legal News:

  • The Dallas City Council just voted 8-6 to ban smoking in Dallas parks. While this is not great news, there are some exceptions to the ban. You can for example smoke at the State Fair of Texas in Fair Park. You also can still smoke at city-owned golf courses as well as the Elm Fork Shooting Range. So while we’d obviously prefer there were no ban, we can at least say that the city council has taken steps to ensure that cigar smoking is still permitted in outdoor venues where it is popular.
  • S.B. 2765 is a new bill which could limit the state taxes on New Jersey cigars. Right now the taxes on New Jersey cigars are set at 30% of the wholesale price. If passed, the bill would set a cap which would bring down costs for all cigars with a MSRP of $3.40 or more. For a cigar priced at $9, that could mean a $1 reduction in price. Let’s hope this passes.
  • Finally, the biggest news concerns last week’s polls. As you probably know, a few different measures pertaining to cigar taxes were on the ballots in North Dakota, Missouri, Colorado, and California. Voters in Missouri, North Dakota, and Colorado defeated the measures, so cigar taxes in those states will not be going up. In California however, Proposition 56 passed. Over sixty percent of voters backed the measure, which will drive up cigar taxes by an astonishing 153%. Right now cigar taxes in the state are 27.3%. Going forward the new tax should be around 69.2%. This change will go into effect on July 1st of 2017, so if you live in California, get your expensive purchases out of the way ASAP.

Thanks for checking in with us for this week’s cigar news updates. Be sure to check back in with us soon for more news!

Free cigars, fresh content

Join our 6,000+ subscribers and get access to exclusive cigar giveaways and all of our best articles!