Cigar Release: JM Dominican Classic Maduro

JM Dominican Classic

JM Tobacco, Inc., one of the first cigar makers to introduce and build its broad product line of value-priced premium cigars, is now producing the new JM Dominican Classic Maduro long-filler, handmade boutique cigar. It joins the JM Dominican Classic Connecticut, which the company introduced at this year’s national tobacco trade show in Las Vegas.

Quoting company president Anto Mahroukian, “JM Tobacco came out of IPCPR 2013 with sufficient momentum, based on orders and interest, to go full-speed ahead with new products. JM Classic Maduro is the first in this new direction for JM ... boutique cigars. And, watch what’s coming right over the horizon.”

JM Classic Maduro is actually a double maduro, with both wrapper and binder being made of top-quality Connecticut Broadleaf tobacco. Mahroukian says the company was fortunate to obtain this select Connecticut maduro leaf, as the entire harvest has sold out. He describes the result of these two powerful tobaccos being combined in a cigar, stating, “We were surprised, during our blend testing and development, to find the two tobaccos married so seamlessly. This is usually not the case with two maduros in one cigar ... they often compete with each other. Though full-bodied, JM Classic Maduro displays amazing sweetness, but without overpowering the palate. We call it ‘sweet boldness.’”

Four JM Classic Maduro shapes are now available from JM Tobacco: 6" x 44 Lonsdale, 5-1/2" x 50 Robusto Grande, 6-3/4" x 50 Churchill, and 6" x 52 Pyramide. A box of 20 cigars retails for $120, and its black color theme and design is compatible with the existing, well-recognized JM cigar presentations.

Liga Privada No. 9

Liga Privada No. 9 Robusto

Origin : NicaraguaLiga Privada
Format : Toro
Size : 6 x 52
Wrapper : Connecticut Broadleaf Ligero Oscuro
Filler : Honduran/Nicaraguan
Binder : Plantation-Grown Brazilian Mata Fina
Hand-Made
Price : ~$12
More info about purchasing Liga Privada No. 9 cigars...

Manufactured by Drew Estate, the Liga Privada was actually blended to be the exclusive cigar for the company president. Then the company thought that it was good enough to sell as their premium blend and voila, the Liga Privada No. 9 (Private Blend) was born. Of course, being a fickle aficionado myself, I often take the back stories with a grain of salt. I often wonder if these niche ultra-limited cigars are made more to capitalize on the trend in limited cigars. My research told me that it was heralded the Hottest Cigar in America in the July 13, 2013 issue of Cigar Aficionado’s online newsletter, Cigar Insider. Funny thing is, when I purchased this cigar I had never heard of it, or read the article yet. I bought mine in June of 2013. What made me buy it was its stunning appearance and classy look.

Read the full review of Liga Privada No. 9...

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.”

7 Cigar Myths Debunked (or not…) [infographic]

Today we would like to show you some of the most common cigar myths in the form of an infographic (click for a larger version). We hope you enjoy it, please share it with your friends if you like it!

Cigar Myths Debunked

Any other subjects that could be covered via an infographic? Feel free to suggest in the comments area below!

Amazon $14 Gift Certificate Giveaway

Amazon

As I stated in my best cigar books post, proceeds from sale of books would be given back to one lucky reader in the form of a gift certificate. Here is another one. It is a gift card for $14 that can be redeemed on Amazon.com (doesn't work on .co.uk or .fr).

Just leave a comment on this post to be entered in the draw. The winner will be announced in one week, next Thursday.

Tortuga 215 Edición Limitada 2011 Torpedo

Tortuga 215 Edición Limitada 2011 Torpedo

Origin : Dominican Republic
Tortuga CigarsFormat : Torpedo
Size : 6.25 x 56
Wrapper : Nicaragua
Binder : Honduras
Filler : Honduras, Nicaragua
Hand-Made
Price : $8.80 each

I had never heard of the Tortuga brand. This past summer while vacationing in the United States I happened upon them while in a popular local cigar shop/lounge. I saw this in their new release area with its deep burgundy band and the all too familiar these days “Limited Edition” secondary gold band. I picked one up to smoke in the store while I continued my shopping. I enjoyed it so much I picked up a couple more. These cigars are marketed as extremely limited cigars. Their website lists all the retailers around the country that sell them if you are interested in giving one a try. I doubt they’ll be sold out because of their relatively unknown status. These boutique cigars were readily available for sale at the shop I bought mine at. Finding them at all of their listed retailers may be difficult but worth the effort.

Read the full review of Tortuga 215 Edición Limitada 2011 Torpedo...

Sunday’s Cigar Cartoon: “drop by Cuba”

Drop by Cuba

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