Cigar Release: Gurkha The Rogue

Gurkha The Rogue

Using a carefully selected blend of tobaccos, Rogue is a bold, box-pressed cigar with a pronounced complexity and richness on the finish, beautifully constructed with an un-finished foot. The blend features a golden Ecuadorian, Habano wrapper, combining a rare Ecuadorian binder with a specially chosen blend of 3-year aged ligero’s from Nicaragua, Honduras and Dominican Republic. This full-flavored cigar has complex tasting notes of spice; rich tobacco and roasted chestnuts that make this blend the optimum cigar for indulgence.

Rogue is available in 20-count wooden boxes and the following vitolas: 51/2 x 46 Rascal, 5 x 52 Tyrant, 6 x 54 Ruthless, 6 x 60 Bamboozle and 6 x 66 Armageddon. MSRP: $5.99-$11.99

Cigar (Re-)Release: Torano Reserva Selecta

Torano Reserva Selecta

The Toraño Family Cigar Company has reintroduced their venerable Reserva Selecta premium cigar line. The box design has been face-lifted, but the cigar’s award-winning blend remains untouched. This comes after fourteen years as the centerpiece of their broad portfolio of top-rated boutique premium cigars. Reserva Selecta was among the earliest of many Toraño cigars to gain a 90+ rating.

First debuted in 1999 as their “Millennium Cigar,” the Reserva Selecta went on to become one of the Toraños’ most successful brands. It celebrates the Family’s heritage in dark tobacco and fine cigars that dates back almost a century to 1916.

Four shapes are offered: 5" x 50 Robusto, 7-1/4" x 48 Churchill, 6" x 52 Torpedo and the new 6" x 60 BFC. All the tobaccos in Reserva Selecta are aged a full 3-5 years. That plus the selection of meticulously blended tobaccos makes Reserva Selecta a “sophisticated mild-to-medium smoke with balance and harmony,” according to President Charlie Toraño. The Toraños have faithfully held to the cigar’s original top-rated blend recipe ... Connecticut shade wrapper; Indonesian binder; and Dominican, Nicaraguan and Honduran filler ... with no changes whatsoever. The secret to Reserva Selecta’s worldwide success is the blend, preserved in the Family’s “blend book” that holds the recipes to it and all other Toraño blends.

The presentation for Reserva Selecta has undergone a face lift. The cigars were originally sheathed in cedar and presented in crystal tubes. The box held 20 cigars in two removable trays with compartments for the individual cigars. As Charlie Toraño reveals, “Consumers and retailers continue to heap praise on the blend, but have asked us to eliminate the tubes to save both cost and shelf space.” The newly reintroduced cigars are presented in cellophane sleeves and packed in high-quality but more conventional boxes of 20. The new presentation eliminates the cedar sheaths, crystal tubes and compartmentalized trays. In addition to reducing the packaging costs substantially, the boxes are now considerably narrower allowing retailers to display more Toraño cigars in a given space. The Reserva Selecta band has also been updated to reflect the Toraño’s new band logo, although it retains its iconic blue color.

Manufacturer’s suggested retail prices for the Reserva Selecta line fall between $6.95 and $8.30. Explains Toraño, “Offering this most popular cigar in fresh packaging and at a reduced price will introduce Reserva Selecta to an entirely new audience. Sales have remained strong and steady since 1999, and the steps we’re now taking will keep it a bedrock cigar with us.”

Cigar Release: Camacho Blackout 2013 Limited Edition

Camacho Blackout

The New Camacho BLACKOUT Limited Edition 2013 utilizes tobaccos from 4 different years. Wrapper grown in 2006, Binder from 2009, Fillers from 2003, 2008, 2009.

The rolled cigars were then aged together another 2-years, when the normal marrying process is normally just a few months. Wrapper, which was picked from the top 2/3’s of the plant, was fermented differently than most tobaccos. A process known as “press-fermentation” was used by placing additional weight on the top of the “pilones” (piles where the tobacco ferments), which intensifies the internal temperatures. The tobacco is worked hard, but carefully, then allowed a longer than usual resting period once packed in bales for aging.

Leaves from the top 2/3’s of the plant get additional sun ripening, which boosts the level of sweetness with additional sugars being creating during the process of photosynthesis. The heavy oil noticed on this wrapper leaf is as a result of the plants natural defenses, the plant tries to protect itself by creating more oils to fend off the sun’s glare.

Camacho Blackout will be pre-sold at the IPCPR show and is expected to ship in late September.

Camacho Blackout

New Cigars from La Flor Dominicana

La Flor Dominicana PR department sent me some beautiful pictures of cigars the company is going to release at the IPCPR 2013 in Las Vegas, and I thought I'd share them with you (click to enlarge).

Factory Press Limitado

La Flor Dominicana Factory Press Limitado

We've aged and set aside the darkest Sumatra wrappers we could find for the 2nd installment of this special release. Combined with a Nicaraguan binder and our estate grown Dominican fillers, this cigar provides a rich and powerful flavor worthy of its prestigious name.

Chapter 1

La Flor Dominicana Chapter 1

UPDATE: Here is our review of the La Flor Dominicana Chapter One

The brainchild of Antonio Gomez, this box pressed Chisel is the first of its kind. In the words of Litto Gomez: "He made it fatter, and he flattened it." It is adorned with a high priming Brazilian Oscuro wrapper and combined with a Connecticut Broadleaf binder and our estate grown Dominican fillers resulting in the fullest bodied Chisel to date!

Double Ligero "A" Collector's Edition

La Flor Dominicana Double Ligero A

First released in 2007, the Double Ligero "A" has become a subject of lore only to be found in the humidors of determined cigar collectors around the world. This will be the first time that the "A" size has been rolled in LFD's factory since 2008. This 47x9 Special Edition combines a Ligero Sumatra wrapper with fillers and binder from their farm in the Dominican Republic. The box is a tribute to the completed factory expansion and is artistically adorned with its image.

Double Ligero DL-854

La Flor Dominicana Double Ligero DL-854

This is an addition to the Double Ligero line. This full bodied beast weighs in at 8x54.

Cigar Release: Room 101 Master Collection One

Room 101 Master Collection One

Room 101 Master Collection One is a new blend that is going to be pre-sold at the upcoming IPCPR. You can download a document with more information here, it's almost a piece of art.

Cigar Release: Gurkha Prize Fighter

Gurkha Prize Fighter

The East India Trading Company is proud to announce the much-anticipated launch of 'Prize Fighter', that will unveil at this summer's IPCPR trade show in Las Vegas, NV. Named after historic boxing fighters from the 1900's, Prize Fighter brings another meaning and a new dimension to the hand-made cigar category by offering a premium smoking experience at an affordable price-point.

Made under the blend masters from K Hansotia & Co, Prize Fighter is a consistent, mild-medium bodied cigar with a smooth and elegant flavor profile that can be enjoyed at anytime of the day. This hand-crafted cigar showcases a gorgeous Connecticut shade/Ecuadorian wrapper, that pairs perfectly with an Ecuadorian/Indonesian binder and a 3-year aged Dominican filler.

Gurkha Prize Fighter Box

"We are very excited and optimistic about the launch of Prize Fighter," said Juan Lopez, National Sales Director of Gurkha Cigar Group. "We like to call this product 'recession proof', due to its affordability and great quality. This is a new venture for the company as we enter into the value-priced cigar category. We have very high expectations for this brand."

Prize Fighter will be available in 3 sizes: 5 x 52 robusto, 6 x 54 toro, 6 x 60 XO and packaged in 20-count bundles, 60-count/3 compartment trays and specially designed fresh-lock pouches (5 cigars per pouch/8 pouch outer). MSRP: $1.70-$1.99 per cigar. Manufactured in the Dominican Republic.

Gurkha Prize Fighter

Cigar Release: Torano Vault D-042

Carlos Torano Vault

Fourth-generation cigar and tobacco producers, Toraño Family Cigar Company, has introduced its second Vault premium cigar. The new handmade Blend D-042 joins the top-rated Vault Blend A-008 which was launched in 2011.

This latest “Blend from the Vault” combines select Central American tobaccos, but with an unusual addition. According to President Charlie Toraño, “My father and I discovered a rare Pennsylvania leaf, while on a 1998 tobacco trip. Extensive experimentation revealed it to be an excellent enhancement to the filler tobaccos in Blend D-042, which we recorded in the blend book in 2004. The Pennsylvania tobacco’s flavor perfectly balanced the Nicaraguan filler combination. The original blend had a Sumatra Ecuadorian wrapper which was a popular choice at the time and widely available. In making some small adjustments to the original blend, we added a Habano Ecuadorian wrapper and the result was impressive. Blend D-042 is a powerful smoke, but with long and lingering sweet spice notes, it is very rounded and flavorful. It’s a fitting addition to our Vault line, complementing our runaway top-seller and widely distributed Vault Blend A-008.”

Vault Blend D-042 is available in three parejo shapes ... a BFC (6" x 60), Robusto (5" x 52) and Toro (6" x 50) ... plus a Torpedo ( 6-1/8" x 52).

Smokers can see Vault blend D-042 on retailers’ shelves in early August . Manufacturer’s suggested retail pricing for the line are $7.20 to $8.50.

A new La Casa del Habano opens in Belgium

La Casa del Habano Gent opening

In May 2013, Belgian cigar aficionados got some exciting news - another La Casa del Habano boutique was opened, now in Gent. This country now boasts three 'casas' - the other two can be found in Antwerp and in Knokke. You might already have heard about the Knokke's boutique, managed by Dominique Gyselinck and Frédéric Dechamps. The same team is behind the Gent's shop, so if you're passing by don't forget to have a look (Google Maps >) at their range of fresh Habanos.

Photo (left to right): Dominique Gyselinck, Tony Hoevenaars (Cubacigar's CEO), Frédéric Dechamps, Madame Mirtha Hormilla Castro (Cuba's Ambassador in Belgium) and Monsieur Néstor Valera ("La Casa del Habano" franchise director).

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