Awhile back I wrote one of my most controversial reviews of the Davidoff Short Perfecto. It seems that many of the Davidoff lovers came out to bash my review, and I don’t blame them. I was so disappointed with the Short Perfecto that I only smoked one stick and did not want to revisit it. So I decided to give the Special Series a second chance this time and properly give it a fair shake. So I went out of my way to procure a few samples of my favorite vitola- the robusto. I had high hopes in Davidoff proving me wrong. So did they succeed in turning this Davidoff sceptic into a believer?
Cigars by a pipe tobacco company you ask?,… well yes it is. Trust me, I had my doubts about this cross over attempt as many of you out there may have had also. My first thought was that I was going to get a cigar that smelled of Black & Milds and tasted of,… well,… cheapness. But Villiger Stokkebye doesn’t do cheap or bad tobacco, they usually go all out.
Weeks ago I was sent a variety pack by the company that included the La Libertad (Honduran) line and the “Fuerte” version of the same Villiger 1888. After smoking them all, I have to lean towards the regular Villiger 1888, their top of the line regular production cigar. So here goes,…
Origin : Dominican Republic Format : Robusto Size : 5 x 50 Wrapper : Nicaraguan Habano Filler : 3 part Nicaraguan Ligero/1 part Dominican Seco Binder : Dominican Hand-Made Price : $7-$8 each
Augusto Reyes and his brand of cigars are quite new to me. I have never heard nor smoked any of his cigars before. Well today was as good a time as ever, since the guys at the Augusto Reyes factory sent over some samples of their new Urban Robusto. I was quite intrigued by the branding for this cigar and the unique packaging. The use of graffiti peaks a slight interest, but doesn’t really do anything for me. Call me a traditionalist I guess. So let’s see how the Urban performed.
Up until a few months ago, I had never had the opportunity of smoking anything by Augusto Reyes. When the chance came to try this Dominican beauty I had to seize it. I received this cigar awhile back and after seasoning this cigar in my humidor for those couple months, it was its turn to be smoked. So the other night, I came home from work, did my preliminary research to find out what are all of the tobaccos that are used to make this stick, then it was time to indulge in this cigar.
Origin : Dominican Republic Format : Perfecto Size : 5.7 x 54 Wrapper : Dominican Corojo Filler : Dominican Long-Leaf Ligero and a single leaf of 12 year aged Dominican Binder : Dominican Hand-Made Price : $4.50-$5.00 each More info about purchasing 5 Vegas Relic cigars...
5 Vegas cigars have always been hit or miss with me. But a few years back I received one of these in a sampler pack, and absolutely loved it. When I was given the opportunity to review this cigar for the first time, I had to do it. This is one of my personal favorite cigars with the 5 Vegas name.
The Arturo Fuente Short Story Maduro is not your typical cigar. Originally, only 200 cigars were given out at the 1999 and 2002 Cigar Family Celebrations combined. Surprisingly, the Short Story Maduro was shown at the 2011 International Premium Cigar & Pipe Retailers Convention (IPCPR) earlier this month. Keeping with tradition, Arturo Fuente is only releasing 1,000 boxes of the cigar to select retailers that purchased twenty or more boxes of Arturo Fuente cigars at the trade show.
My favorite 'cheap smoke' comes from one of the biggest names in the business, Arturo Fuente. Known for their uber-premium Opus X and Hemingway lines, it's nice to know that Arturo Fuente also makes quality cigars with a budget-friendly pricetag.
The cheap smoke that I really like is the Arturo Fuente Chateau Fuente Maduro Rothschild. It's a mild to medium blend which has a nice cocoa flavor. At just under $4 a stick (when you buy a box), its a price that you just can't beat and a cigar you can afford to light up daily.
Origin : Dominican Republic Format : Toro Size : 6.5 x 54 Wrapper : Dominican Republic Filler : Nicaragua/Dominican Republic Binder : Dominican Republic Hand-Made Price : $7.00-$8.00 More info about purchasing Panacea cigars...
In the last couple of years, there have been several new cigar companies that have transcended the need to just create a good cigar. Some of these new cigar companies are trying to project themselves not only as a cigar maker/factory but a lifestyle brand within the cigar industry. All of us know the most famous of these brands, such as Drew Estate and Tatuaje. But Pete’s Tatuaje brand and Jonathan Drew seem to be the old players on a team of new school stars which consist of 262 Cigars, 13th Floor Cigars, Viaje, Room 101, and last but not least Panacea Cigars aka Flatbed Cigar Company. Many of the brands stated above have gone “modern” with their branding even including graffiti in their labeling and merchandise (i.e. “Urban” Cigars by Augusto Reyes and clothing by Tatuaje), modern rock or even hip-hop as influential muses for their cigar creations, unconventional vitola sizes, and even political/social movements in an attempt to break the mold of the conventional cigar brand. Flatbed Cigar Company seems to have gone in a completely opposite direction, trying to keep it “old school” in their vision, but not “old school” in the sense of Cuba, Nicaragua, or Dominican, but instead towards a vision of “Old School Americana.” Flatbed Cigar Company harkens to the historic pasts of years gone by in the country sides of Pennsylvania, and its rich past as one of the largest producers of cigars in the world. Their packaging is unique in the fact that cigars are sent not in boxes but in vintage looking tin cans or old wood crates. Sample packs are packaged in old burlap sacks, and even their clothing reminds me of Dickie’s work wear from decades ago. But don’t let unique packaging fool you, Flatbed’s concentration is on the leaf, and nothing more. Their stated philosophy is “put all the money into tobacco. If we focus on making great cigars they will sell themselves over time.” With good marks from several different reviewers, I don’t doubt their philosophy will hold true.