Aaron Loomis

Personal Cigar Review: H. Upmann 175th Anniversary

Personal Cigar Review: H. Upmann 175th Anniversary

Overall, the H. Upmann 175th Anniversary was average throughout. I was looking forward to this specially fermented wrapper, but it was run over by the typical AJ Fernandez flavor profile which was disappointing. The flavor profile and price will likely steer me away from revisiting. I'd love to see this wrapper used by another blender just to see what it could do.

Cigar News: PCA Launches Page to Show Status of Cigar Shops During COVID-19 Outbreak

As a way for us to promote our members who are offering new ways to service customers at this time, we have created a webpage that lists out all stores in a given state, location, and what they are currently offering (curbside, to-go, limited customers in store, delivery, etc.). This is constantly being updated as we get information in from our retail members.

Team Cigar Review: Diplomático by Mombacho Robusto

Team Cigar Review: Diplomático by Mombacho Robusto

The Diplomático by Mombacho Robusto is a nice addition to the portfolio for the brand and this is a cigar I'd have no problem returning to. I'd really like to pair it with the Diplomatico rum to see how they work together, but this isn't a cigar that requires a pairing as it stands up well on its own. I just hope that the construction issues don't appear in future experiences.

Developing Palates

Shelter in Place vHerf

With most everyone on lock down and getting stir crazy, we put together a vHerf to hang out with members of the industry and just relax and conversate and we had quite the cast of characters join in.

Cigar News: Herrera Esteli TAA Exclusive 2020 Announced

The Herrera Esteli TAA Exclusive is a 6 x 52 Toro features a rich Connecticut Broadleaf wrapper, bold Brazilian Mata Fina binder, and lush Nicaraguan fillers. For 2020, the boxes have been re-designed to complement the other Herrera Esteli lines and also feature the bold red banding that signifies Willy Herrera’s exclusive projects.

Cigar News: Dissident Home 2020 Releases Early

Cigar News: Dissident Home 2020 Releases Early

Intended for a full release next month, Dissident is releasing a partial allocation of its limited edition HOME 2020 to select retailers this week in an attempt to support some of its retail partners.

Cigar News: Cigar Dojo's Bonsai Returns

Cigar News: Cigar Dojo’s Bonsai Returns

With demand outpacing supply, the decision was made to bring the cigar back in its original size and blend, being offered exclusively through Smoker Friendly International, LLC, including their online presence, as well as through many of their brick and mortar locations throughout Colorado, Wyoming, Montana, Nebraska, North Carolina, Missouri, and Florida.

Cigar News: H. Upmann 1844 Añejo Announced

Cigar News: H. Upmann 1844 Añejo Announced

The 1844 Añejo will come in boxes of 25 and offered in three sought after sizes: 6x54  Toro, 5x50 Robusto and 6x60 Magnum. The MSRP will range from $7.10 to $8.10 per cigar.

Personal Cigar Review: Joya de Nicaragua JOYA Copper Corona Gorda

Personal Cigar Review: Joya de Nicaragua JOYA Copper Corona Gorda

The Joya de Nicaragua JOYA Copper Corona Gorda started fairly average and remained that way the whole time. It's possible that the tight draw muted the flavor a bit, but what was presented were some general flavors that can be found in any number of cigars. The price point is nice for this line and would lead me to being open to trying other vitolas to see how they smoke.