Cigar Review – Hoyo de Monterrey, Le Hoyo du Prince

Origin : CubaHoyo de Monterrey
Format : Almuerzos (petit coronas)
Size : 130mm (5 1/8") x 40 (15.87mm)
Price : € 7,90 / $ 9.30 each
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Le Hoyo du Prince is an attractive medium-format Cuban cigar, offering some unique, subtle sensations of honey with spice notes, amidst an often patchy progression when smoking this stick in the 'small corona' category. Officially at 40 ring gauge, the Hoyo du Prince can vary a little towards the thicker side, making it quite similar in vitola to a Cuban Mareva (42 x 129mm) such as the Montecristo No 4.

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News of the Week (September 02, 2017): New Aging Room, Alec Bradley and More

Aging Room Quattro F55 Blend

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Welcome to our latest cigar news post! In this week’s post, we’ll take a look at some new releases and discuss some changes in the industry. We’ll also touch down on a few important legal updates.

New and Upcoming Releases:

  • To kick it off, this has been an exciting month for Aging Room fans. As you likely know, in 2013, Founder Rafael Nodal produced the Aging Room Quattro F55 blend in collaboration with Jochy Blanco. Now, a new version of that award-winning cigar has been released, this time with a Mexican San Andres Morrón wrapper and Dominican Habano binder and filler. The cigars are box-pressed and will be limited to a run of 40,000 boxes per year, each containing 10 cigars.
  • Another exciting new release is Alec Bradley’s TAA Exclusive cigar, Black Market Illicit. While this is not the first time Alec Bradley has developed a cigar exclusive to TAA, it has been quite a while—the last time was 2013 (the Prensado Figurado). Owner Alan Rubin has described the Black Market Illicit as the original Black Market “on steroids.” It consists of a Nicaraguan filler, a Honduran and Nicaraguan binder, and a Nicaraguan wrapper. You can only buy it in one size: a 6x50 Toro.

Industry News:

  • In our first item of industry news, Beat Hauenstein, previously the COO of Oettinger Davidoff, has just taken over as the CEO. Hauenstein has been with the company since 2003. The previous CEO, Hans-Kristian Hoejsgaard, is departing so that he can focus on his external board and consultancy duties.
  • In other industry news, Drew Estate has recently announced that it is partnering up with STG Canada. Effective August 28th, STG Canada is the manufacturer’s new exclusive distribution partner in Canada.

Legal News:

  • Let’s give the bad news before the good. Unfortunately for residents of Buffalo Grove, Illinois, it is no longer possible to purchase tobacco at age 18. The minimum age has been raised to 21. Curiously enough, the entire village health commission rejected the ordinance, but the village board voted it into effect anyway. Let’s hope that means that there is enough resistance to eventually get this new restriction overturned for Buffalo Grove’s 40,000 residents.
  • In other discouraging news (don’t worry—it hasn’t been all bad this month on the legal front), New York City’s Committee on Health has passed several items of anti-tobacco legislation. Combined, these are going to have a significant impact on the cost of cigars in the city. The new legislation will set minimum thresholds for cigar prices, so starting next year, it will be a lot more expensive to shop for stogies locally. The only upshot is that some of the extra revenue will be going to public housing programs in the city.
  • In very good legal news, the FDA has given the premium cigar industry more time to send over information on the manufacturing and ingredients of their cigars. The original deadline was next February, but it has now been moved to August 2021. This means that the industry has been granted a significant extension of time to push for exemption from the harsh new FDA restrictions on tobacco products. This is a conversation which the FDA seems increasingly interested in having, so it is now more important than ever for those in the cigar community to lift up their voices and be heard.

Thanks for stopping by to check out the latest news in the cigar world! Check back with us soon for more updates!

Cigar Review – Hoyo de Monterrey Epicure Especial

Origin : CubaHoyo de Monterrey
Format : Gordito
Size : 141 X 50
Price : ~$14+ each
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The Hoyo de Monterrey Epicure Especial was first introduced in 2004, part of Habanos SA Limited Edition series. It then became a current production cigar from 2008. During the 4 first year of production, the Epicure Especial could be in cabinet of 50. There are still some around on the market and cigars from these cabinets have aged so well.

Draw : ★★★★★½
Burn : ★★★★★☆
Flavour : ★★★½☆☆
Aroma : ★★★☆☆☆
strength : ★★★½☆☆

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Cigar Review – Horacio Colosso 2016

Size : 140 x 60
Wrapper : Equator
Filler : Nicaragual
Binder : Costa Rica
Price : ~$13 EUR / 15 USD

As you may have followed I have discovered Costa Rican cigars not long ago with the great El Septimo brand. Since then I have tried to find more cigars from this region and heard about Horacio. Sadly, only the binder is from Costa Rica, the filer is from Nicaragua. The brand used to produce with Costa Rican fillers before moving to Nicaragua in one of the best tobacco growing part of the country.

Draw : ★★★★½☆
Burn : ★★★★½☆
Flavour : ★★★★☆☆
Aroma : ★★★★☆☆
strength : ★★★★½☆

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Cigar Review – Balmoral Anejo XO Lanceros FT Edición 2016

Balmoral CigarsOrigin : Dominican Republic
Format : Lanceros (Laguito No.1)
Size : 192 x 38
Wrapper : Brazilian Arapiraca
Filler : Dominican Republic, Nicaragua, Brazil
Binder : Dominican Olor
Price : ~$11 EUR / 12 USD

Dutch company Balmoral dates back to the 1890s, and is distinctive in Europe for having both very popular ranges of short-filler machine-made slightly upscale cigars - like their 'Sumatra' line using Indonesian Java - Sumatra, Brazilian & Havana Remedios tobaccos - but also 5 lines of hand-rolled premium cigars, including this Anejo XO.

Draw : ★★★★★★
Burn : ★★★★★★
Flavour : ★★★★½☆
Aroma : ★★★★☆☆
strength : ★★★★★☆

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Buffalo Music and Cigar Festival – USA Event

Western New York’s first ever cigar and music festival is coming to town on September 23rd. Novices and aficionados alike (and even non-cigar-smoking music lovers) are welcomed to this single-day event brought to us by Orchard Park’s own Buffalo Cigars.

Fellow cigar lovers know Buffalo Cigars is WNY’s very own “Cuban style slice of cigar heaven” featuring over 30,000 cigars in inventory, hundreds of cigar accessories, cigar lockers and a gorgeous lounge to relax in.

As a Buffalo Cigar & Music Festival attendee, you’ll enjoy a day dedicated to celebrating the legacy of cigar smoking, accompanied by an all-day lineup of music, great beer and a ton of food. Cigar Lover & VIP ticket holders will be greeted with a gift bag containing approximately 15 premium cigars, a cutter and other great cigar-related items. Food will be plentiful, with a pig roast on site, hamburgers, hot dogs and more (all included with an admission ticket). In addition, a variety of local food trucks will be available all day during the event. Beer will be provided and served by Hamburg Brewing Company, the festival’s official beer sponsor. Hall of Famer Thurman Thomas and maybe even a few other special guests will be in attendance for meet-and-greets and to sign autographs!

VIP tickets are available for purchase and include access to the Ventura VIP Tent Lounge where guests can enjoy comfortable lounge seating and exclusive meet & greets with special guests. The VIP ticket also includes extra beer tickets and a commemorative Buffalo Cigar Fest t-shirt.

Cigar Showcases will take place from 2:00pm – 6:00pm throughout the festival. Guests can stop by the Cigar Vendor Tent to watch various cigar-related presentations hosted by special guests from major cigar & accessory manufacturers. Cigar vendors include XIKAR, Altadis, General Cigars, Romeo y Julieta, Cohiba, Foundry, CAO, Ventura Cigar Co, Brioso, & MORE! All cigar vendors will have their cigars and accessories available for purchase.

You have 3 options.

Cigar Lover: $99
This ticket gets you a cigar freshly hand-rolled by Buffalo Cigars’ own Alejandro, all you can eat food (pig roast, burgers, dogs+) and 2 beers at the fest, access to all cigar vendors/showcase areas, and a goodie bag filled with at least 15 premium cigars to take home. Additional beer purchased at nominal price (Must be 18+)

VIP Aficionado- $139
The VIP experience comes with additional perks, such as access to the VIP tent lounge, meet-and-greets with special guests, and preferred & reserved parking. Plus, you get 3 extra beers. (Must be 18+)

Concert Only- $29
Everyone’s welcome at this event, even if you aren’t a cigar lover. In fact, there’s a ticket just for you. With a Concert Only ticket, you can enjoy the music all day long, and purchase plenty of food and beer on-site.

Get ready to light up, drink up, eat up, and celebrate at the Buffalo Cigar & Music Festival. For this event, coming close, but no cigar is a major misfortune. Mark your calendar, get tickets while they last, and thank us later.


DATE: Saturday, Sept. 23

TIME: 12-8 p.m.

WHERE: Wings Meeting Place Pavilion, Orchard Park, NY


Cigar Review – Punch Punch (Cuban)

Origin : CubaPunch
Format : Coronas Gordas
Size : 143 x 46
Origin : Cuba
Brand Strength : Medium
Price : ~$8-11 each
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Punch was created in 1844 by Don Manuel López of Juan Valle & Co, this makes it one of the oldest brand still in production.It was creating with an eye on the fast growing British market where a humorous magasine of the same name was in vogue at that time. Today most of Punch production is being rolled at la Corona Factory in Havana

Draw : ★★★★½☆
Burn : ★★★☆☆☆
Flavour : ★★★★☆☆
Aroma : ★★★★☆☆
strength : ★★★☆☆☆

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Cigar Review – Davidoff Winston Churchill Late Hour Robusto

DavidoffOrigin : Dominican Republic
Format : Robusto
Size : 5 x 50
Wrapper : Ecuador - Habano Marron Oscuro
Binder : Mexico - Negro San Andres
Filler : Dominican Republic - San Vicente Mejorado Visus / Piloto Seco / Olor Visus
Nicaragua - Esteli Visus / Condega Visus
Price : ~$17.5 each
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Davidoff is one of the most famous cigar brands worldwide. The brand was first famous for its Cuba cigars until 1991-1992. Then for their Dominican cigars. But in the past few years we have seen them exploring the world with new complex blend such as this Winston Churchill Late Hour.

Draw : ★★★★★★
Burn : ★★★★½☆
Flavour : ★★★★½☆
Aroma : ★★★★☆☆
strength : ★★★½☆☆

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