Brickhouse cigars were released at the 2009 IPCPR show in New Orleans. This line of cigar was originally introduced by the J.C. Newman Company in 1937. It has recently received a rating of 91 by Cigar Aficionado. It is a Nicaraguan puro featuring a Havana Subido wrapper grown in Esteli. It comes in four vitolas, with the Churchill being featured today.
Below is the sixth and last dual review in our series of 6.
Stephen: I was down in New York City this past week and brought this good looking corona with me for one of my smokes during the trip. I enjoyed it sitting on a bench near Battery Park while looking at the Statue of Liberty on a beautiful sunny morning.
The Select Cabinet Reserve has the same fillers and binders from Honduras and Nicaragua as the Tempus. The difference here is the Honduran wrapper which comes from Trojes farm. The SCR cigars are also made in the same factory, Fabrica de Tabacos Raices Cubanas S. de R.I. in Honduras as the Tempus.
Ed: The Alec Bradley SCR line of cigars (Select Cabinet Reserve) was released in 2009. The cigar has some interesting features to it; first, the wrapper hails from the Trojes region in Honduras which will give the cigar a naturally sweet taste in the smoke. The second feature is a double binder from Honduras and Indonesia. This double binder should give the cigar added firmness and stability.
Up for review this time is the much acclaimed Camacho Triple Maduro. In typical American style if something is good, more of it must be better. So this cigar became the first to sport all Honduran Maduro tobacco. I smoked the 11/18 which tapers at the head and foot of the cigar.
Ed: Excalibur 1066 is a product from Hoyo de Monterrey (General Cigar). The cigar is named for the year of the Norman Conquest of England. Although William the Conqueror led the Normans to victory, several of the vitolas are named after King Arthur and several of the members of the court (Galahad and Lancelot). Today’s dual review feature is named after the Merlin - Arthur’s wizard, prophet, and adviser. In the Excalibur 1066 line, Merlin is the name given to the robusto.
Stephen: According to the Cigar World website, this line is no longer called the Excalibur 1066, it's now the Excalibur Cameroon. However, they don't say that any change was made to the blend. These cigars are available in 4 sizes and are made at the Honduras American Tabaco factory in Cofradia, Honduras.
Origin : Honduras Format : Robusto Size : 5 x 50 Wrapper : Pennsylvania Maduro Binder : Ecuadorian Filler : Nicaraguan Strength : Full Bodied Hand-Made Price : ~$6-7 each
This is a guest cigar review by Austin Fruechting, a cigar aficionado and entrepreneur. Feel free to follow him on Twitter!
My name is Austin Fruechting, and I have been a cigar enthusiast for the past few years. I began smoking a pipe seven years ago and dabbled in cigars. After a couple years, cigars became my dominant preference. I believe there is nothing better than to socialize around, or relax with, a cigar, especially if paired with a good scotch or wine. Some of my favorite cigars include most of the Tatuaje line, Padron 64’s & 26’s, and Oliva V’s & Cains. I am an entrepreneur and my passion for business and for cigars has lead to the opening of my own cigar and wine bar, The 7th Street Reserve, which is scheduled to be open in the summer of 2010.
This is cigar is part of Rocky Patel’s limited release series and was gifted to me by a great BOTL.
This little puppy, known as Christian's Blend, is currently unique to the Signature Blends travel bag, which only includes 4 CLEs, is an extremely limited and hard to find cigar. Thanks to Matt for hooking me up on the BOTL forum.
At the recent celebration of my mother-in-law's marriage I had the opportunity to share a beer and cigar with my sister-in-law's husband (my brother-in-law-in-law?). He is a smoker, but not of tobacco products, so I wanted to give him something with a good flavor, but that wouldn't have him running to the bathroom. Enter the Por Larranaga Cuban Grade. A while ago I discovered this cigar as a cheap, favorable, mild cigar that is perfect with coffee, or to pass out to non-smokers.