Owned by the Quesada family, and rolled at the Matasa factory in the Dominican Republic, the Fonseca CXX Anni cigars are being produced in celebration of the brand's 120th year in existence. According to the 2011 Volume 16 No.1 issue of Smoke Magazine:
“…a special blend limited to only 120,000 cigars in three different sizes… the new blend commemorates the brand’s Cuban roots, tapping Cuban-seed fillers grown in the Dominican Republic and Nicaragua, Cuban-seed Dominican binder, and a rich, intensely flavored sungrown Habano Veulta Arriba wrapper from a microfarm in the Navarrete region.”
The Fonseca CXX Anni is available in the following sizes: 46 x 6 3/8 Corona; 52 x 5 7/8 Robusto; and 60 x 4 7/8 Gordo. Prices range from $7.00 to $9.00 depending on the size.
The lancero vitola seems to have fallen from favor with most contemporary cigar smokers. It’s understandable in today’s time-crunched society that a longer length cigar with a tiny ring gauge, which forces you to take more deliberately slow draws to avoid excess heat, holds relatively less interest from a purely practical standpoint. Perhaps a cigar with an origin in Hollywood can persuade smokers that they’ve been missing something.
Origin : Dominican Republic Format : Proprietary Kanú (based on perfecto) Size : 6 x 54 Wrapper : Brazilian Maduro Filler : Dominican Binder : Their binder is proprietary and they simply refer to it as ‘MBC’ Hand-Made Price : ~$10
This new and unique shape by Iconic Leaf, the Kanú, was inspired by a Kayak boat. Iconic Leaf sent me a couple samples last autumn for review along with some promotional material. I wanted to give these cigars some resting time and as our winter hit early, I decided to put off smoking them until the time was right.
All of Iconic Leaf's cigars are produced in their factory; Tabacalera Leyendas Cubanas in Santiago de los Caballeros, Dominican Republic. They roll all of their cigars entubado style and every leaf in the Recluse is fermented for two years.
At first glance the cigar resembles a box-pressed perfecto but to my eyes it actually resembled an Italian made 'Toscano' in a larger, more refined format. Don't snip it in the middle though as you would a Toscano! (*wink*) Thankfully the company offers instructions on where to snip the cigar in their boxes. I did not get these with my two review samples and as such I found the draw on the first one quite tight. I did snip more off the second one and found the draw much improved.
The function of a perfecto is that the different components from wrapper to filler allow for the cigar to go through subtle flavor transitions. Iconic Leaf Cigars advises that by developing this one of a kind shape the smoker is able to get a slow, cool burn as a result of the benefit of pressing along with flavor transitions. Iconic Leaf refers to their process as "specific and unique; a one of a kind process". Their company literature provides that "Every cigar has a story to tell. You have to read this book page by page. This one will not allow you to jump chapters. It is a novel."
Remember I rated their Recluse Toro higher than the Alec Bradley Prensado in flavor so I was more than curious as to how this shape would fare and whether it would alter the flavor profile at all.
The promotional material shipped with the cigars indicated that the cigar has "subtle cornering and is aerodynamic in fashion. It was a painstaking process to perfect this new shape but we have mastered it. The shape smokes razor sharp with a full easy compliment of flavorful smoke on the draw. It is a masterpiece!". Let's put this to the test shall we?
Origin : Dominican Republic Format : Robusto Size : 5 x 50 Wrapper : Connecticut Broadleaf Maduro Filler : Cameroon Binder : Dominican Hand-Made Price : ~$5.00 each
Appearance : The Gurkha Legend Robusto looks good enough. A nice band, a matte wrapper with minimal veining and slightly visible seams. The cigar is comprised of Connecticut Broadleaf Maduro wrapper of medium brown color with a pale reddish tint. It is a blend of various aged Dominican filler leaves bound with Cameroon leaf. A very bold band covers this cigar.
Launched back in late April of 2010, the Davidoff Puro D’Oro Series is credited to the famous Hendrik Kelner. According to the April 13, 2010 issue of Cigar Insider the wrapper leaves for these cigars are “grown in Yamasá, an area of the Dominican Republic north of the capital city of Santo Domingo and far from Santiago and its surrounding tobacco fields.” This cigar by far bears the darkest wrapper in the Davidoff Collection (minus the maduro line). Also, worth noting is that at that time the Puro D'Oro was the first new Davidoff release in more than 10 years (since then, the brand releasedmany morenew blends).
This week I decided to review a cigar that has hit the blogosphere with running success. The Four Kicks brand by Crowned Heads is produced by Ernesto Perez Carillo in the Dominican Republic for owner Jon Huber and Mike Conder. Being relatively new to the cigar world the brand has received very high accolades already, so let's see how the Four Kicks fairs.
Available in 24 count boxes the Four Kicks consist of the following vitolas :
As spring is upon us we are all looking forward to cutting the grass again… yeah right. The good news is with more daylight and warmer temperatures the cigars smoking will increase along with barbecues and good outdoor fellowship.
This week I wanted to review a semi new cigar. Being released in May of 2011 the Zino “Z” Class line is defined as a stronger / powerful / more full-bodied line without a hefty price tag. The “Z” Class cigars come packaged in sleek streamlined metal tin boxes of 20. These cigars are currently available in the following sizes:
654T (Toro) 5 7/8 x 54
550R (Robusto) 4 7/8 x 50
546P (Pyramid) 5 ¼ x 46
and 643C 5 5/8 x 43
This line will typically run you from $8 – $12 which is much less expensive than your regular Zino/Davidoff makeshift brands. Let’s see how the 550R fared.
Coming from the oldest premium cigar company in the United States, the J.C. Newman Cigar Company is responsible for the production of many familiar brands such as Diamond Crown, Cuesta-Rey, Brick House, and El Baton. In the summer of 2012 the bilingual magazine Cigar Journal published an article/interview with Eric and Bobby Newman, owners of the J.C. Newman Cigar Co. According to the Cigar Journal ‘quote’:
This line (Diamond Crown Julius Caeser) of super premium cigars was created in 2010 to honor the founder of the J.C. Newman Cigar Company’s 135th birthday and the 115th anniversary of the company. Julius Caeser Newman’s likeness appears on the cigar label.