Background: Founded in 1882, by the already existing factory Antonio Allones, who decided to launch a new brand for fine cigars. Without modesty, the brand was named “El Rey del Mundo” which literally means “The King of the World”, specialized in Tripla Larga, Totalmente a mano production (long filler completely handmade), sourcing tobacco grown in the premium Vuelta Abajo zone in the western part of Cuba.
Origin : Nicaragua Format : Lancero Size : 7 x 38 Wrapper : Ecuadorian Habano Light Claro Filler : Undisclosed Binder : Half Mexican San Andres/Half Jalapa Seco Leaf Hand-Made (factory: New Order of the Ages (NOA)) Body : Medium to Medium-Full Price : $9.50 each
The idea came from one man, Riste Risteski, who was disappointed with most cigars currently available on the market. Smoking mainly Cuban cigars, he wanted to create a profile which maintained Cuban standards, while adding an interesting yet elegant twist. He wanted to add value to what is already a saturated boutique market. Being Macedonian and both large in stature AND personality, the name for this cigar came easily, JAS SUM KRAL, I AM KING in English.
He noticed many of those calling themselves boutique cigar makers, weren’t involved in the actual blending process. He decided the only way to properly create JAS SUM KRAL, was to set out to find the right factory. After speaking with several trusted individuals in the industry, he decided on New Order of the Ages, owned by master blender, Noel Rojas.
Upon arriving in Esteli, Noel suggested getting right to work. Having discussed with Noel prior to arriving Noel already had a profile in mind. Riste and Noel sampled leaf after leaf of the finest tobacco. Finally assembling what is sure to change the boutique cigar market. We are extremely proud and excited to release JAS SUM KRAL. We hope that you will join Riste on this journey.
Riste is a hard-working guy who is very present on social media. It’s been fun to watch his boutique brand take off, and great reviews have come flooding in over and over. Let’s take a look at the JSK Red Knight Lancero.
Origin : Dominican Republic Format : Canonazo Size : 5 7/8 x 52 Wrapper : Connecticut Broadleaf Grade A Dark Filler : Nicaraguan Binder : Ecuadorian Sumatra Hand-Made (factory: Tabacalera La Alianza S.A.) Price : $8.95 each More info about purchasing Crowned Heads Le Careme...
Crowned Heads Le Careme is a new release for 2016. They went with a culinary theme for this cigar, as the name pays tribute to Marie-Antoine Careme. He was a famous French chef who is well known for pioneering culinary arts like mother sauces and popularizing the soufflé in the 1800s.
Jon Huber blended the cigar, and the owner of the factory where this cigar is made, Ernesto Perez-Carillo, Jr., said, “This cigar tastes like chocolate soufflé blended this cigar.”
Personally, the blend profile is basically my dream combination. If I were to blend my own cigar, this would be one of my first ideas. So, that sounds AMAZING and let’s see what we get from Le Careme.
Origin : Nicaragua Format : Corona Size : 5.6 x 46 Wrapper : Nicaraguan Corojo Filler : Nicaragua Binder : Nicaragua Hand-Made Factory : Casa Fernandez Body : Medium Price : $10.50 MSRP More info about purchasing Warped cigars...
Warped is a rising star boutique brand (as far as I’m concerned, they have arrived) founded by Kyle Gellis. In recent years, they’ve received accolades for their unique blends, and if you haven’t delved into the Warped brand yet, now is the time. A great place to start is with La Hacienda (“The Estate”). Warped brought back an old Cuban brand for this blend, and this Nicaraguan puro has been a home run, and it’s a staple in my humidor. I’m amazed at the consistency in performance and flavor profile.
You are probably familiar with the Edición Regional program from Habanos S.A. This is a program where Cuban cigar brands create unique limited-edition cigars for exclusive distribution to retailers in particular countries. One interesting aspect of this program is the fact that all the release ideas must be initiated by the distributors, who must also provide the financial underwriting.
The program first launched back in 2005, and since then many Cuban brands have participated (except for global brands like Cohiba, which are prohibited from participation). One which did not until 2013 was Rafael González.
Rafael González’s entry is an exclusive for Germany. Having heard good things, I decided to give it a try. Let’s check it out.
If you ask a random cigar smoker about the Nub Cameroon 358, you may get any of a wide variety of responses. This is a cigar which seems to inspire love or hate reactions. They were quite popular when they were originally released, but since then, interest in them seems to have ebbed a bit.
Nub Cameroon 358 cigars are manufactured by Oliva Cigar Co. and marketed under the Studio Tobac name. The motto for the cigars is, “Just the sweet spot.” Nub Cameroon 358 is designed to be a relatively quick smoke with ideal flavors from start to finish. Does it measure up? I decided to find out.
Origin : Dominican Republic Format : Short Robusto Size : 4 x 52 Wrapper : Connecticut Ecuador Filler : Nicaraguan, Dominican, and Peruvian Olancho Binder : Dominican Republic Hand-Made Price : ~$8 each More info about purchasing Avo Syncro cigars...
If you are an Avo fan, then you know that Avo Uvezian has his roots as a jazz pianist. Calling on that background, he has named this blend the Avo “Syncro” after the concept of musical synchronization. The goal with this cigar was to “synchronize” the experience of smoking Dominican and Nicaraguan tobaccos. The cigar also contains tobaccos from Ecuador and Peru. The Nicaraguan tobacco is of particular interest as it comes from a volcanic island in the center of Lake Nicaragua called Ometepe. Is the Avo Syncro Nicaragua truly a “synchronization” of tobacco flavors? I smoked the Short Robusto to find out.
Origin : Nicaragua Format : Toro Gordo Size : 6 x 60 Wrapper : Connecticut Broadleaf Filler : Nicaragua, Dominican Republic Binder : Ecuador Connecticut Hand-Made Price : ~$8-9 each More info about purchasing CAO Flathead...
Usually when you think about cigars, you think about Central and South America, where premium cigars usually are made. If cigars are going to have a regional theme, usually it is going to reflect some aspect of South or Central American culture.
CAO Flathead V660 cigars are made in Nicaragua, but they are an exception to the rule. Thematically, they are designed with a box-press shape which is intended to hearken to the engine blocks in classic American hot rods. You will notice the same theme reflected in the stylish retro design of the red and white bands as well as in the packaging (which even includes a cool vintage-style pinup). It is the kind of clever branding you might mistake as a gimmick, but these are definitely not just “novelty” cigars.