Camacho SLR (Special Limited Reserve) the long filler blend made entirely of authentic, Honduran grown Corojo tobaccos. Patiently aged and deliciously full flavored, these long-leaf Corojos are housed inside a spicy Jamastran binder then wrapped In a dark Honduran grown Habano wrapper that has been extra fermented to achieve a dark maduro and oily sheen, today’s morning smoke. First light was full of deep rich earthy woody notes and slight spice. After cruise control burn flavors of coffee, chocolate, cinnamon and cocoa with earthy sweet cedar. All flavors evolved into a complex Medium to Full bodied cigar that was an enjoyable pairing with morning coffee.
Size: 4.5 x 50
Wrapper: Honduran Habano Maduro
Rick Rodriguez who heads up blending for CAO said, “We haven’t changed any CAO blends since we took over the brand. But that doesn’t mean we couldn’t put our spin on one of them. We added a new wrapper, made the original wrapper the binder, and cranked the whole thing up with more ligero.”
This CAO Box press is made with Ligeros from the Dominican Republic, Honduras and Nicaragua with a Brazilian/Nicaraguan binder. The wrapper being a rare Habano Grueso leaf cultivated only in limited quantities. First light was an easy draw with slight spice and flavors of coffee and earth. After cruise control burn the coffee notes increased with nuances of dried fruit and chocolate. The finish was long on the Medium to full bodied cigar with added notes of spice, wood and cocoa.
Size: 6 x 60 Box-Pressed
From L’Ateliar imports comes the next line of amazing cigars in the LAT line, the LAT 46 Selection Speciale. The LAT 46 uses higher primings of the Sancti Spiritus wrapper giving it a much darker appearance than the first three cigars of the previous line. Shipping has already started with a Maduro slated for a May 30 launching at Casa de Montecristo featuring Pete Johnson, Sean Casper Johnson, K.C. Johnson and Dan Welsh. First light gave slight subtle pepper notes with coffee, leather and earth. After cruise control burn slight spice was still present, with nuances of a sweet nutty cocoa flavor and hints of coffee that evolved into a medium bodied perfectly constructed cigar.
The “Lost Art” collection of crystal ashtrays from Drew Estate pays tribute to the vintage designs of the past. Truly works of art they capture a spirit of the vintage age of tobacco from a time when the words of Thomas R. Marshal reined “What this country needs is a really good five-cent cigar”. These two designs “Chief Broadleaf” and simply “The Moon” are two designs available at the Drew Estate Store via Drew Estate online and will add a touch of elegance to your man cave or Cigar Oasis either as a display item or fully functional ashtray.
The Liga Privada Unicos UF-13 has a Connecticut Broadleaf wrapper, Brazillian Mata Fina binder, Cuban Seed Nicaraguan and Honduran filler. UF stands for “Unico Fuerte” Big things come in small packages and this cigar is no exception. First light was a smooth easy draw that produced tons of smoke, typical from the Liga Privada line by Drew Estate. After cruise control burn sweet cedar and spice were present, half way point had hints of white pepper, earthy undertones and a sweetness that was present at first light pleasantly re appeared. The UF-13 was a complex cigar that was packed with full flavor from start to finish and an absolute pleasure to smoke.
Wrapper: Connecticut Broadleaf
Binder: Brazillian Mata Fina
Filler: Cuban seed Nicaraguan / Honduran
Size: 5.5 x 52