“Everything’s bigger in Texas.” So goes the saying, and it’s certainly what inspired Alec Bradley to name this massive 7 x 70 monster of a cigar the “Texas Lancero.” Why create such a huge cigar to begin with? According to sales representative Phil Kanaby, it’s what buyers were demanding. Let’s see what it’s like to smoke such a massive cigar.
Room 101 Cigars, the well-known luxury brand maker based in Los Angeles has recently come out with a new cigar line that is named Ichiban. With this series of cigars they will be awarding exclusivity of each vitola to only one retailer. A high honor to say the least. This third addition to the line is called the Ranfla, resembling a bit of a cross between a perfecto and a salamon, and has been awarded to Doc James Tobacconist located in Shrub Oak, NY and Mamaroneck, NY.
In addition to its exclusivity, this line is also a limited run, so if your interest is peaked after reading this it is time for you to stock up your humidors. Now on to the review…
This cigar caught my interest because it’s a Nicaraguan puro, but I heard that it was a lot milder than most. It’s also part of a “certified” organically grown and cured line, and those were both points of interest. It comes in seven different sizes: 6×50 (Toro), 6.25×44 (Corona), 6.25×52 (Piramide), 4.75×52 (Robusto), 7×48 (Churchill), 4.5×36 (Nesticos), and 4.25×40 (Tins). I gave the Robusto a try to see if it would be as interesting as I hoped. And guess what—it was.
Last November, we reported the exciting news that Vegueros decided to release three new vitolas and also change up their brand image a bit. There were four vitolas in the Vegueros line before: Especial No. 1, Especial No. 2, Mareva, and Seoane. With the brand reboot, we have the following new vitolas: Tapados, Entretiempos, and Mañanitas (which I reviewed in January). All of them are made in Western Cuba rather than Havana. After a delay, they are now available in stores around the globe. There has naturally been a lot of hype surrounding this release, so I wondered whether the cigars would live up to it. For this second review of the brand, I decided to try the Tapados.
If you are looking for classic Partagas flavor, look no further than the Partagas Serie D No. 6, released in 2014. This (very) petit robusto measures just 90 mm with a 50-ring gauge. What’s great about the small size is that you can smoke this stogie fast—from start to finish in about 15-25 minutes, depending on your smoking speed. That is perfect if you are a busy 9-5 worker and want to spoil yourself on your lunch break before getting back to the grind. Usually I really prefer to kick back and relax with a stogie, but now and again, you just don’t have the time. Is this the perfect smoke for those rushed interludes of luxury? Let’s find out.
Sam Leccia is well known for his long association with Oliva. In 2012, he was able to break away and start up his own premium cigar company (after a few unpleasant setbacks involving Oliva in 2011). The Leccia Black is one of a duo of “Black and White” cigars, the other of course being the Sam Leccia White, made in Nicaragua. The Black is manufactured in the Dominican Republic, and comes in four sizes: Corona, Robusto, Toro, and XO (Gordo). It comes wrapped in an Ecuadorian Habano with a Nicaraguan Rosado binder enclosing a filler blended of Dominican and Nicaraguan ligeros, Brazilian viso, and “Dark Fire” tobaccos which have been wood-fire-cured.
The fire-cured aspect of this cigar makes it truly unique. The majority of cigars are made with air-cured tobacco. Fire-curing removes moisture and is generally used for pipe and chewing tobacco. This process results in a “smoky” flavor. Doesn’t just the sound of that make you excited? Let’s check it out!
Origin : NC Format : Robusto Size : 5 x 50 Wrapper : NC Filler : Virginia Cavendish Binder : NC Hand-Made Price : $7.50/cigar via durangocigars.com
We would like to thank Jordan from Durango Cigars for providing a free sampler for this review.
Durango cigars are cigars made with pipe tobacco. This cigar was a “Fox and the Hound” which is, according to the Durango Pipe Tobacco Cigar website, “a light bodied Virginia Cavendish, aged with vanilla beans to offer a creamy, lightly sweet taste and memorable pipe aroma.” The website does not specify origin of tobacco or if other cigar sizes are available. The site implies these are hand rolled with aged tobacco. Opening the bag containing the cigars, I was accosted by the aroma of pipe tobacco, as if I had just opened a jar of pipe tobacco.
The Aging Room Maduro was one of five new blends from Rafael Nodal’s Boutique Blends in 2013. Nodal specifically created the Aging Room brand in order to produce small batch releases using rare tobaccos. The Aging Room Maduro is quite a popular and critically acclaimed cigar, and could easily become the mainstay blend for the line. It is available in five vitolas, the Presto, Rondo, Mezzo, Major and Alto. For this review, I smoked the Mezzo, which measures 6 x 54.