Seattle’s parks now smoke-free… and tobacco-free

Seattle's parks now smoke-free... and tobacco-free

Okay, this one is so ridiculous that I just couldn't miss it. According to a article, Seattle Parks superintendent T. Gallagher imposed a complete tobacco ban on all city's parks. Yes, this even includes smokeless tobacco...

In other words, Gallagher is intent on using his power as parks superintendent not only to protect park patrons from the occasional whiff of someone else's cigarette smoke but to protect them from the ill effects of their own unhealthy habits. Hence the inclusion of smokeless tobacco, which poses no conceivable threat to passers-by (and also is much less hazardous to consumers than cigarettes). For those worried about getting hit by tobacco juice spray: Consumption of oral snuff such as Skoal Bandits or Camel Snus does not require any spitting. Such discreet, smokeless consumption of tobacco does not even trigger the "concerns that smokers set a poor example for children" mentioned by the Seattle Times. Yet under Gallagher's new policy, any park visitor caught with such contraband will be summarily ejected, the better to serve his department's "fundamental mission to support the health and well-being of Seattle residents."

Cigar of the Week: La Riqueza

Full-flavored and medium-bodied, La Riqueza, released in 2008, was a considerable change from what we've become used to when it comes to Pete Johnson's babies. With a Connecticut broadleaf wrapper, this is no longer a Nicaraguan puro, and due to the nature of this leaf, it lost some of the visual appeal. However, the construction and the flavor more than make up for it.

La Riqueza #3

  • Lee said that La Riqueza #3 was one of the most full-flavored cigars that he ever tried.
  • Tom at Keepers of the Flame enjoyed his cigar despite a slight bitterness at the end and thinks that the ageing will get rid of this weak point.
  • Tony Casas, on the other hand, simply says that this is one of his best cigars hands down.

Where to get it?

La Riqueza #3, a corona gorda, can be found online for anywhere between $7 and $9. Compare the prices here.

Esencia Belicoso

Esencia Belicoso

Origin : NicaraguaEsencia Cigars
Format : Belicoso
Size : 5 1/2 x 52
Wrapper : Nicaragua
Filler : Nicaragua
Binder : Nicaragua
Price : $187.99 for a box of 21
More info about purchasing Esencia cigars...

The Esencia cigars were introduced in 2008 by Brothers of the Leaf, LLC. The cigars are Nicaraguan puros which come in five vitolas: a 5.63 X 46 Corona Gorda; 5.13 X 42 Petit Corona; 4.88 X 50 Robusto; 7 X 47 Churchill, and today’s featured cigar a 5.5 X 52 Belicoso. The Brothers of the Leaf also manufacture the Palio cutter.

Read the full review of Esencia Belicoso...

Tatuaje J21 Reserva

Tatuaje J21 Reserva

TatuajeOrigin : Miami, FL
Format : Robusto
Size : 5 x 50
Wrapper : Nicaragua
Filler : Nicaragua
Binder : Nicaragua
Price : ~$10-11 each
More info about purchasing Tatuaje J21 Reserva cigars...

Please welcome Joe K, our new reviewer. Here is a short intro that he wrote:

Joe K calls the upper Midwest home, currently residing in Wisconsin with his wife. Although he smoked cigars on and off throughout the past 8 years or so, it was not until this past year that he grew a certain affinity for them. While traveling, he mentioned to a business associate that he was looking for some cigars for his mates in light of his upcoming nuptials. That business associate generously gave him a La Riqueza #3. Finding it and the following two so enjoyable, Joe went out and bought a box of the La Riqueza #3's the very next day. Most enjoyable for him are Medium to Full bodied smokes that offer a lot of complexity and flavor changes.

Today, he reviews a Tatuaje J21 Reserva. Enjoy!

If I can say one thing about Tatuaje, it is that they are very confident in their product. Instead of relying on overly flashy bands and packaging, the cigars are allowed to do their own talking and the J21 does not stray. The standard solid brown background, adorned with the Tatuaje signature and Fleur de Lys, is very unassuming. The only indication that this is a unique smoke is the addition of a second “Reserva” band, which adds some definition but is still remarkably simple.

Having received this stick from a fellow BOTL who somehow managed to let this one sit for a while, I was not surprised to notice the buildup of plume on this cigar. A very nice sheen presented itself on the surface of the wrapper due to the delicious oils coming forward. A prominent smell of pepper came through when testing the foot.

Read the full review of Tatuaje J21 Reserva...

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Tatuaje Boris (The Frank out of Costume)

Tatuaje Boris (The Frank out of Costume)

TatuajeOrigin : Nicaragua
Format : Churchill
Size : 7.0″ x 49
Wrapper : Sumatra Ecuador Rosado
Filler : Nicaraguan
Binder : Nicaraguan
Price : $12 each
More info about purchasing Tatuaje cigars...

By now most every avid cigar smoker knows about Tatuaje Cigars and the Monster Series of cigar release by Tatuaje every October around Halloween. The Monster Series Started in 2008 with the release of #1 The Frank, a box pressed Double Corona in a blood spattered coffin. In 2009 #2 The Drac, a dark torpedo in a shiny black coffin was released to an absolute frenzy of fans trying to get ahold of the very limited cigar. 2009 also marked the first edition of the Monster “Out-of-Costume” Series of cigars. This first edition is a Churchill called Boris, named after the actor Boris Karloff who made Frankenstein’s Monster famous in his portrayal of the role in the classic 1931 film Frankenstein. It is a very clever marketing scheme that I think is a lot of fun.

Read the full review of Tatuaje Boris (The Frank out of Costume)...

Wrappers A-Z: Costa Rican

Costa Rica

Of all the countries that produce cigars, Costa Rica is perhaps one of the most overlooked when it comes to cigar wrappers. Despite this, Costa Rican puros are quite popular, and being puros, they use wrappers grown domestically. Sadly there isn’t a whole lot of info out there on wrapper leaves grown in this country, but with rich volcanic soil and a tropical climate, Costa Rica is well poised to produce excellent tobacco wrappers. The majority of the leaves produced in this country are dark and maduro wrappers.

Read the full review of Wrappers A-Z: Costa Rican...

Joya de Nicaragua Cabinetta Serie Release

Joya de Nicaragua Cabinetta Serie Release

Update: here is our review of the Joya de Nicaragua Cabinetta.

I just received a press-release from Drew Estate about their new line of cigars, Cabinetta. I was quite surprised when I read it as Joya de Nicaragua is well known for their rather powerful cigars, such as the Antano line. Cabinetta, on the other hand, will be mild to medium in body. It's already available at 75 B&Ms across the country and Drew Estate will slowly expand its availability during 2010. As Michael Cellucci, Vice President of Drew Estate said:

We believe it is important to not only explain this cigar and its blend to each retailer, but to share this smoke directly with cigar consumers. It is an exceptional smoke, but the customer who is expecting Antaño may not be satisfied, while connoisseurs who might not typically select a Joya de Nicaragua given their notoriety for strength may avoid even trying it out. This would be a terrible shame as it is an exceptional cigar of mild-medium body.

Another interesting thing about Cabinetta is that it features two wrappers. Not like a barber pole (not something I am fond of to be honest), but rather one leaf covering the entire length of the cigar (it's an Ecuadorian shade) and another one, Nicaraguan Criollo, covering the head. It would offer a completely different and unique flavor and aroma.

Dr. Alejandro Martinez Cuenca, JdN’s owner and master blender comments:

We at Joya de Nicaragua have always been known for creating full flavored, full bodied cigars in our Antaño line. I found that there was a demand for a cigar that the consumer could smoke at any time of day. Because of that, we’ve created the Cabinetta Serie; this cigar was exactly what we were looking for, something that’s not too strong, but still has that distinct Nicaraguan flavor profile. This cigar is almost always my first of every day. As for Drew Estate’s decision to continue introducing it slowly into the marketplace, I am confident that it is the right decision for this particularly unique cigar and will afford it the
opportunity to be sampled and enjoyed by all.

The Cabinetta Serie is cello-sleeved and is available in 24-ct, sliding lid boxes in four sizes:

  • Cabinetta Serie No. 2 - Belicoso - 6 x 54 - $6.55 p/cigar
  • Cabinetta Serie No. 4 - Robusto - 5 x 52 - $5.55 p/cigar
  • Cabinetta Serie No. 7 - Toro - 6 x 50 - $6.05 p/cigar
  • Cabinetta Serie No. 11 - Corona Gorda - 5 ¼ x 46 - $5.05 p/cigar

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