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Cigar News: Diesel Announces Hair of the Dog

Cigar News: Diesel Announces Hair of the Dog

Developed by AJ Fernandez with Justin Andrews and handcrafted at Tabacalera AJ Fernandez in Esteli, Nicaragua, Diesel Hair of the Dog is a medium-to-full-bodied smoke with earthy flavor, notes of pepper and a heady aroma.

Team Cigar Review: Pier 28 Oscuro Robusto

Team Cigar Review: Pier 28 Oscuro Robusto

I almost feel like the Pier 28 Oscuro Robusto is a combination of Pier 28's Habano line and Maduro line. All in all, if you are a fan of especially the Maduro line, this should be right up your alley.

Cigar Editorial: An Interview with Henke Kelner and Klaas Kelner of Davidoff

Cigar Editorial: An Interview with Henke Kelner and Klaas Kelner of Davidoff

Developing Palates recently had the opportunity to travel to the Dominican Republic and see the operations of Tabadom Holding, Inc. from one of their farms and the PTP facility in Jicomé, to the rolling floors of CIDAV and O.K. Cigars in Villa González. We hope you enjoy these interviews.

Cigar News: Drew Estate Releases ACID Croqueta Tubo

Cigar News: Drew Estate Releases ACID Croqueta Tubo

Celebrating the power of purple times two, with 2 long filler nub smokes (2.5” x 50) within each tube, the ACID Croqueta defines the expression “one for now, one for later.” Draped in an earthy San Andres maduro wrapper, over robust Nicaraguan binder and filler.

Cigar News: Ventura Announces PSyKo Seven Nicaragua

Cigar News: Ventura Announces PSyKo Seven Nicaragua

There’s a new face and cigar on the scene at Ventura Cigar Company. Introducing PSyKo SEVEN Nicaragua by Indiana Ortez, rising cigar industry star, and daughter of tobacco industry icon Omar Ortez. Set to debut at TAA 2019, this collaboration is an addition to the popular PSyKO SEVEN brand, and offers a fresh, bold point of view from the young blender.

Cigar News: Villiger Announces La Meridiana Coming to the U.S.

Cigar News: Villiger Announces La Meridiana Coming to the U.S.

With much excitement, Villiger Cigars will introduce a European favorite, the Villiger La Meridiana to the U.S. consumer. The Villiger Meridiana was released in 1998 and has gained a loyal following, among full-flavored cigar enthusiasts in Europe. The Villiger Meridiana was conceived by Heinrich Villiger, as a way to pay tribute to some long lost Cuban cigar heritage.

Personal Beer Review: Grizzly Paw Barley Wine 2016 Vintage Edition

Personal Beer Review: Grizzly Paw Barley Wine 2016 Vintage Edition

The Grizzly Paw Barley Wine 2016 Vintage Edition was an enjoyable and satisfying beer in the barley wine category. Even though it packed a high ABV, and some in your face boozy character go with it, it never seemed to overwhelm the flavor complexity.

Cigar News: Herrera Esteli Habano Edicion Limitada Lancero Returns

Cigar News: Herrera Esteli Habano Edicion Limitada Lancero Returns

Drew Estate announces today the return of the Herrera Esteli Habano Edicion Limitada Lancero exclusively for Drew Diplomat retailers and will begin shipping immediately. This cigar will be displayed to Drew Diplomat retailers attending the TAA Trade show held March 17-21st in Casa de Campo, Dominican Republic.

Team Cigar Review: Nat Sherman Timeless Panamericana Belicoso Fino

Team Cigar Review: Nat Sherman Timeless Panamericana Belicoso Fino

The Nat Sherman Timeless Panamericana Belicoso Fino delivered some straight forward (nuts, cedar, minerals) and unique notes (barnyard and milk cream mixture). All in all, this was a good representation of a mild cigar and some fairly easy, good identifiable flavors. A good start for me in being introduced to this brand.

Cigar News: Oettinger Davidoff AG Names Dylan Austin New President for Davidoff Americas

Oettinger Davidoff AG is pleased to announce an important development for their business in the Americas. Effective immediately, Dylan Austin, currently VP of Sales and Marketing, will become President - Davidoff Americas, and will take over responsibility for the Americas business that is currently led by Jim Young, SVP, Chief Commercial Officer.

Cigar News: Henry Clay War Hawk Announced

Cigar News: Henry Clay War Hawk Announced

The Henry Clay “War Hawk” is a dedication to Henry Clay’s lasting influence. The War Hawk cigar is aptly named, as it is a bit rebellious in going against its own tradition by not using a Connecticut Broadleaf wrapper – as do most other Henry Clay brands.

Team Cigar Review: Winston Churchill Limited Edition 2019 Robusto

Team Cigar Review: Winston Churchill Limited Edition 2019 Robusto

The Winston Churchill Limited Edition 2019 Robusto is a powerful cigar and possibly the strongest Davidoff release I have smoked. It is a complex and multi-national blend which really delivers the flavors of all the tobacco involved. The transitioning between each third was fantastic and the flavors present from start to finish were stunning.

Aaron LoomisHome