Liga Privada T-52

Liga Privada T52

Origin : NicaraguaDrew Estate
Format : Toro
Size : 6 x 52
Wrapper : American Habano
Filler : DR, Honduras, Nicaragua
Binder : Brazilian Mata-Fina
Hand-Made
Price : ~$10-14 each
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Drew Estate's Liga Privada No. 9 has received a fair amount of hype. Known mostly for flavored and infused cigars, when Drew Estate ventures into more traditional lines of cigars it always raises some eyebrows and draws attention. Their Liga Privada line of cigars seems to be their best received offering of traditional smokes. The T-52 is a new cigar in the line that hasn’t even been released yet. It is set to be released at this year's IPCPR convention. T.G., a very generous brother at The Herf Hut Cigar Forum, offered to share one of these new cigars that he was lucky enough to get his hands on a little early. Thanks T.G., I really appreciate it.

The really special thing about this new cigar is the wrapper. It is a new, never used before and exclusive wrapper that the folks at Drew Estate have dubbed “Stalk Cut Habano”. Rather that trying to tell the story myself I’ll just quote the information that T.G. sent me that he got from Jonathan Drew. In this explanation the wrapper is referred to as American Habano, but apparently they have changed their minds and decided to refer to it as Stalk Cut Habano. Read on…

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EO 601 Habano Toro

EO 601 Habano Toro

Origin : Nicaragua
Format : Toro
Size : 6 x 50
Wrapper : Nicaraguan Habano
Filler : Nicaragua
Binder : Nicaragua
Hand-Made
Price : ~$6.50 each
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The 601 Habano is a cigar that I've enjoyed time to time for a while now. For me it has consistently represented a solid value and experience. I decided it was time to enjoy a 601 Toro that I've had in my humidor since last October.

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Alec Bradley introduces “Vice Press” cigars

Alec Bradley Vice Press

This is a new blend from Alec Bradley. "Vice Press" will be presented in three formats featuring extra-large ring gauges: 5 x 64 robusto, 6.5 x 62 toro and 7 x 60 torpedo.

From the press release:

The blend consists of a diverse combination of Nicaraguan, Honduran and Mexican long-fillers with a double binder consisting of Costa Rican and Colombia tobaccos pressed inside a dark, oily Nicaraguan Jalapa wrapper leaf. The smoke is medium-bodied with a creamy texture and dense, robust undertones enhanced by a natural sweetness for which Jalapa Valley wrapper is known.

Originally introduced in 2007 as an addition to the Alec Bradley MAXX series, Vice (whose double entendre name was inspired by its box-pressed shape), was presented in an awe-inspiring chest of 50 cigars with sliding Spanish cedar trays.

Alec Bradley Cigars will officially debut the new Vice Press cigars in New Orleans at the annual International
Premium Cigar and Pipe Retailers (IPCPR) trade show in August.

Cigar Reviews of the Week #64 (Jul 18 2009)

As usual, here are some cigar reviews worth reading:

Rocky Patel Summer Collection 2009

Reviewed by Jerry at  The Stogie Review

The Great Torpedo says that this is the best Rocky's seasonal collection he's had.
Read the full review here...

Tatuaje Havana VI Angeles

Reviewed by Tom at  Keepers of the Flame

The petit corona gets an impressive 90- rating from cigarfan.
Read the full review here....

Robusto Sampler at Tinderbox.com

Tinderbox has a nice deal on a 10-pack robusto sampler which includes cigars like Rocky Patel Vintage, Don Pepin Cuban Classic or CAO Gold. 34% off and free shipping.
Check it out here!

Partagas Serie D No. 5 Limited Edition 2008

Partagas Serie D No. 5 Limited Edition 2008

Origin : CubaPartagas
Factory Name : Short Robusto
Size : 110 x 19.84 mm (4.3 x 50)
Ring : 50
Weight : 11.66 g
Hand-Made
Price : ~$15 each
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I was happy to put my hands on this cigar because the Partagas Serie D No. 5 LE 2008 sold out very fast in my local cigar shops and I almost forgot about it. Following the trend, it is a short robusto that is supposed to pack a full array of flavors in a small vitola. A mini-PD4, in other words. With all the leaves aged for at least two years, this cigar should be smokeable immediately.

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Rocky Patel Sun Grown Toro

Rocky Patel Sun Grown Toro

Rocky PatelOrigin : Honduras
Format : Toro
Size : 6.5″ x 52
Wrapper : Ecuadorian Sumatra
Filler : Brazilian, Dominican, and Nicaraguan
Binder : Nicaraguan
Hand-Made
Price : $6 each
More info about purchasing Rocky Patel Sun Grown...

Rocky Patel’s Sun Grown has been around for a while now. It is unique in my opinion because it seems to be universally respected among cigar smokers as a good, tasty, quality cigar. Yet it doesn’t have any of the hype or pomp and circumstance around it that other widely respected cigars have, like the VSG or even the Oliva Serie V just as an example. It seems to fly just below the radar, but ask someone about it and you will almost always here “That’s a great smoke, one of my favorite Rockys!” Don’t ask about it, and you’ll probably never hear it mentioned. That just strikes me as odd an unique.

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Don Pepin Garcia Blue Label Fundadores

Don Pepin Garcia Blue Label Fundadores

Don Pepin Garcia cigarsOrigin : United States
Format : Lancero
Size : 7 1/2 x 38
Ring : 38
Wrapper : Nicaraguan Corojo Oscuro
Filler : Nicaragua
Binder : Nicaragua
Hand-Made
Price : $9 each
More info about purchasing Don Pepin Garcia Blue Label cigars...

Everybody knows Don Pepin Garcia. Everybody has smoked at least one cigar rolled by the man, be it a EO 601, a Tatuaje or a Cabaiguan. It's no surprise that he produces cigars under his own brand - Don Pepin Garcia Blue was introduced in 2005 and had its band redesigned since then. This lancero is a Nicaraguan puro produced in the El Rey de los Habanos factory in Miami. It retails for approximately $9 per piece.

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“White Beer” – light and refreshing

Witbier

The summer considerably changed my drinking habits. Both of my pairing favorites, red wine and single malt have become less pleasant in this 30°+ C weather. This is why I've been enjoying a lot of witbier lately and thought I should share the info with you.

Witbier or bière blanche ("white beer") in French is a very pale, cloudy ale. With a high level or wheat, it is usually spiced, either with coriander, spices, herbs or orange peel. With the alcohol by volume at about 5%, this is a very refreshing drink, perfect for the summer.

From my experience, it doesn't alternate a cigar's flavor much, so I can recommend pairing white beer with all kinds of cigars, from mild to full-bodied. A slice of lemon will make the beer even better. My favorite one is from Belgium (Hoegaarden), but I also appreciate the Edelweiss from Heineken. In the United States, from what I've found online, the most popular are Allagash White and Blue Moon Belgian White. Enjoy your summer as much as I do!

Do you like witbier? What are your favorite brands?

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