Team Cigar Review: Espinosa 10 Years Anniversary
A couple main thoughts on the Espinosa 10 Years Anniversary. First off, this is very familiar Espinosa territory given it's flavor profile, which is a good thing. But how is this 10 year anniversary special? The good thing is, the cigar is well priced, pretty much in line with their regular production Habano offerings. Special "anniversary" aside, I recommend this one.
Cigar News: PCA Hires Antoine Reid as Director of Content
The Premium Cigar Association (PCA) announced today the hiring of Antoine Reid as its new Director of Content. In this new role, Reid will be responsible for overseeing content creation and production for PCA’s various platforms, utilizing PCA’s unique industry position to connect content with retailers, manufacturers, and consumers.
Cigar News: Ferio Tego Timeless TAA 2023 Announced
The Ferio Tego Timeless TAA 2023 is a Nicaraguan puro that was developed with the Plasencia family and produced in their Esteli, Nicaragua factory. It is available in one format, a 6” x 50 toro, in limited edition mazos of ten cigars.
Team Cigar Review: Freud Agape
A delicious cigar through and through. At first glance, given the loud (and slightly obnoxious) massive cigar band, I scoffed at the Freud Agape. But after smoking it, this was one of the most flavorful and balanced cigars that I have had in quite some time. Fans of especially Davidoff and Kelner Boutique Factory made cigars should not pass this up.
Team Cigar Review: Dunbarton Tobacco & Trust Stillwell Star English No. 27
The Dunbarton Tobacco & Trust Stillwell Star English No. 27 started well as the peatiness and later pipe tobacco notes were enjoyable. As they waned in the next two thirds, the profile was fairly average. It's just too long of a smoking experience to keep the flavor/engagement component. It's nice for a short time, but then becomes a bit mundane.
Team Cigar Review: Tatuaje Cojonú 2015
The Tatuaje Cojonú 2015 was another dependable and enjoyable release. The spice level was much more subdued than many other Habano blends I've smoked over the years, and there was enough interesting combination of flavors that kept me engaged through almost the entire review. I would definitely pick up another Cojonú 2015 if I was out, but I can also say that about most Tatuaje releases.
Cigar News: Black Works Studio Announces Rorschach Sumatra and Return of S&R
Black Works Studio (BLK WKS) will begin shipping the Limited Release S&R, and the new RORSCHACH SUMATRA. Both are hand crafted at Fabrica Oveja Negra in Esteli, Nicaragua.
Team Cigar Review: Alfonso Añejos No. 2
This Alfonso Añejos No. 2 is the route back to greatness for Selected Tobacco S.A. The early days of having incredible nuance, balance, and in general a great cigar is almost back with this release. This cigar (for the first two thirds) had such a large array of flavors that worked in great harmony. It's not often I smoke a cigar like this, but it is a treat.
Cigar News: Dunbarton Tobacco & Trust Muestra de Saka Krakatoa Announced
The cigars are crafted at Joya de Nicaragua, S.A. in Esteli, Nicaragua and approximately 3,000 boxes will be released on the initial drop. Current anticipated delivery to Select Purveyors in September of 2023.
Personal Cigar Review: Valacari The Messenger Toro
The Valacari The Messenger Toro had a nice start with a good combination of flavors. The profile dropped down a level in the second third and maintained that enjoyment level the rest of the way. The price point is really nice, but the overall experience isn't one that would draw me back to this cigar all that frequently.
Team Cigar Review: Foundation Olmec Maduro Double Corona
This Foundation Olmec Maduro Double Corona was a pleasure to smoke. The medium-full viscosity complimented the darker flavors of dry cocoa, light cream, cedar, subtle dried red pepper spice and leather very well. Compound that by AJ's world class perfection in burn and draw and you got yourself a winner.
Cigar News: Red Anchor Gains Four New Vitolas
For 2023, the new sizes are Gunner 6.5 x 43 (MSRP $20), Captain 5 x 50 (MSRP $20), Commodore 7 x 55 (MSRP $30), and an event only size Cooper 4.5 x 43 (MSRP $15). These four new sizes join the Admiral 6 x 52 (MSRP $25) which was launched at PCA 2022 and immediately sold out.
Team Cigar Review: Alec Bradley Double Broadleaf Robusto
I really enjoyed the Alec Bradley Double Broadleaf Robusto, and I will definitely be smoking it again. I will probably gravitate towards the Toro and Gran Corona vitolas, but that is how I am with Alec Bradley stuff. Very rich and filling. Great winter cigar.
Cigar News: Macanudo Inspirado Tercio Aged Announced
Macanudo Inspirado Tercio Aged is handcrafted at General Cigar Dominicana in Santiago and will ship to retailers during the first week of April. The blend will be available in two sizes and just 3,400 boxes will be released in the U.S.