If you are looking for classic Partagas flavor, look no further than the Partagas Serie D No. 6, released in 2014. This (very) petit robusto measures just 90 mm with a 50-ring gauge. What’s great about the small size is that you can smoke this stogie fast—from start to finish in about 15-25 minutes, depending on your smoking speed. That is perfect if you are a busy 9-5 worker and want to spoil yourself on your lunch break before getting back to the grind. Usually I really prefer to kick back and relax with a stogie, but now and again, you just don’t have the time. Is this the perfect smoke for those rushed interludes of luxury? Let’s find out.
One week ago we reviewed another tool from Screwpop - their cigar cutter. Courtesy of Brett from Screwpop Tool, we had three of these cutters to give away to our readers, here are the winners, randomly chosen via randomizer.org:
Hialeah Gardens, Florida (May 22, 2015) - Six years after its initial release, Erik Espinosa of Espinosa Premium Cigars has announced that the "Murcielago" will fly again and should be landing in humidors nationwide after its re-debut at the 2015 IPCPR Convention & Trade Show in July.
The Murcielago (Bat in Spanish) was first released at the 2009 IPCPR by EO Brands. It had a short production run due to the split with the original makers of the blend (Inspector's note: Don Pepin Garcia?). "Once the partnership with the manufacturer dissolved, we kept the name, but they kept the blend" says Espinosa. Shortly thereafter EO Brands (Erik and his partner Eddie Ortega) went their separate ways with Erik keeping the rights to Murcielago in hopes of re-launching the brand.
Says Espinosa, "It was one of my favorite cigars. It took us three years, but myself along with my staff, painfully dissected all the Murcielagos we could find, tasting test blend after test blend until we got it right. We couldn't rush it, there weren't that many surviving Murcielagos out there to begin with but we managed to reverse engineer the cigar. I am very happy with the results and to me they are even better than the originals, because I am making them myself in my own factory at La Zona in Esteli, Nicaragua."
The Murcielago logo and band have been modernized with a sleeker look and a cutting edge box design; the cigar itself remains a medium to full-bodied blend that is semi-box pressed and wrapped in a beautiful Capa Negra Wrapper from Mexico with Nicaraguan filler. The initial release will be in three vitolas, the Noir (5 x 52), the La Lune (6-1/2 x 54) and the Nocturne (5 1/2 x 56). Pricing will be announced prior to the IPCPR.
You may remember our reviews for a few other Screwpop Tool accessories, like the Screwpop Cigar Punch. They’re a great company that makes some handy and innovative cigar supplies, and recently we received their newest product to try, the Screwpop Cigar Cutter.
The Screwpop Cigar Cutter is exactly what it sounds like. It’s a gadget designed to make it fast and easy to cut your cigars. It’s a tiny thing, not much bigger than a straight razor, and not too far off in appearance either. It’s small enough to fit on your keychain, doubles as a bottle opener (because really, why not?), and is flat enough to go inside your wallet. You can take it with you on the go. It’s perfect for the golf course or anywhere else.
Is it the sharpest cigar cutter we’ve ever seen? No, it’s not, and there may be times when you would want something a little more heavy-duty. But it is easy to use. It’s almost effortless to cut tapered cigars. As for the rest, even those with higher ring gauges aren’t too tricky to deal with. You set the cigar upright and hold it steady with one hand while you fit the cigar cutter over the end with the other. Once you have the fit just right, you just pinch the sides together, and the end usually comes right off. It’s easy to make adjustments if you have to. Incidentally, we tested it on bottles too, and it’s a cinch to use for that purpose as well.
What’s the ring at the bottom for? That’s just a handy attachment you can use for your keychain and so on. It makes it easy to carry the cutter with you wherever you go. You never know when you’ll need a cigar cutter handy, and this way, you’ll always have one.
All in all, it’s a great little gadget, sleek, simple, sophisticated, and very affordably priced—just $14.95.
Excited to try it? Courtesy of Screwpop Tool, we’re giving away three of these cutters to our valued readers! Entering is easy. Just leave a comment on this post! Tell us about your favorite cigar accessory or any Screwpop Tool products you’ve had the pleasure of trying.
This contest is open internationally. In one week, the winners will be randomly selected. Thank you for entering, and good luck to all our entrants!
During the last couple of months, we've posted two excellent articles originally published in an Italian cigar magazine called CigarsLover: "The Bands: the Whole Colour of Tobacco" and "Lighting a Cigar: the Method of Jacques Puisais". Another issue of the magazine was recently released (download it here - there's even an article written by yours truly!) and we're back with another featured article, written by Didier Houvenaghel, that covers the cigar ash and its different aspects.
The white spots that sometimes appear on the ash
Those white spots show that the burn is more complete in those particular areas. That means that, for some reason, the combustion is either improved in those spots or worsened around them.
Stocking up on supplies for your first humidor? Building a wineador? One essential you absolutely must buy is a hygrometer. A hygrometer measures the level of humidity in your humidor, and lets you know if it is too high, too low, or just right. If your humidity drops too much, your cigars will dry out. If your humidity rises too high, your cigars will get musty, possibly even moldy, and may even attract pests. Hygrometers come in two main types: analog and digital. Analog hygrometers work using a spring which tightens or loosens depending on the humidity level. Digital hygrometers are electronic sensors. How do you know which to choose?
Sam Leccia is well known for his long association with Oliva. In 2012, he was able to break away and start up his own premium cigar company (after a few unpleasant setbacks involving Oliva in 2011). The Leccia Black is one of a duo of “Black and White” cigars, the other of course being the Sam Leccia White, made in Nicaragua. The Black is manufactured in the Dominican Republic, and comes in four sizes: Corona, Robusto, Toro, and XO (Gordo). It comes wrapped in an Ecuadorian Habano with a Nicaraguan Rosado binder enclosing a filler blended of Dominican and Nicaraguan ligeros, Brazilian viso, and “Dark Fire” tobaccos which have been wood-fire-cured.
The fire-cured aspect of this cigar makes it truly unique. The majority of cigars are made with air-cured tobacco. Fire-curing removes moisture and is generally used for pipe and chewing tobacco. This process results in a “smoky” flavor. Doesn’t just the sound of that make you excited? Let’s check it out!
We’ve been getting quite a lot of questions about temperature-controlled humidors lately and it was about time to come up with an answer! The following guest article comes courtesy of Squidot.
Wineador: a wine cooler converted for use as a humidor.
When I was looking for info on this topic I found a lack of a good singular source, instead having to go to multiple sites/forums to find the answers to my questions. I thought it would be helpful to compile my findings and the options you have available when going this route. If anyone wants to add something please let me know in the comments. Let's get started !
Why a wineador?
The main reason people choose wineadors as their preferred storage method is the temperature controls. This can be very handy if you live in a hot climate like me. I don't really want to keep my entire downstairs at or below 70 degrees for the sake of my cigars. With my wineador I am easily able to keep my sticks at a pretty constant 64 degrees. It also has a fan that will circulate air, which is very nice.
Another reason is increased storage capacity. You could also go with “coolidoors” but you wouldn't have temp controls or airflow. And also...
Aesthetics. Many people, myself included, really like the way they look once you get custom drawers in there.