Posts Tagged ‘Nicaragua’
Rocky Patel Premium Cigars is upgrading its popular Edge line with a pair of sawed-off 60 ring gauge cigars—the new B-52 Corojo and B-52 Maduro. “Rocky wanted to come out with something short in the first quarter,” said executive vice president Nish Patel. “It’s been so cold in the United States and people just don’t have time for a regular-sized cigar. So he wanted to do something that has a ton of flavor, that’s a short smoke and bigger ring gauge that people can smoke in 45 minutes.” The Edge B-52 is still billed as a medium to full-bodied smoke in both the Corojo and Maduro versions. While Patel is not disclosing all the specifics of the filler, the cigars feature two binders—one Honduran, one Nicaraguan—and a ligero that Patel claims is very distinct. “Panamanian ligero is one of the secret fillers,” Patel told Cigar Insider. “That’s in our normal Edge too.” The Edge B-52 is available in one size, a 4 1/2 X 60.
First look is a graham cracker colored Corojo wrapper with slight tooth and notable vein. Pre-light draw with slight sweet notes of earth, barnyard and cedar. Upon first light flavors of leather, earth and mild floral undertones. After cruise control burn notes of cedar and earth pick up with nuances of sweet leather and hints of roasted salty nuts. Final third all flavors balanced perfectly with notes of burnt cedar, leather and deep rich earth that never peaked past medium bodied strength, but very flavorful in every aspect. Construction was flawless! Enjoyed on a damp rainy day the burn line was razor sharp with zero re-lights needed. Perfect for a quick cigar, but not rushed. Smoke time was about 45 min in duration and most definitely a regular added to anyone’s cigar rotation.
Cigar Smoke Rating: 89
Size: 4 1/2 X 60
5 Pack Purchased from Mikes Cigars
Drew Estate’s newest creation is Nica Rustica, a one-size line measuring 6 x 52 with a pigtail cap and closed foot. The cigars meant to be rustic and medium to full in bodied are crafted by hand from a blend of Nicaraguan filler tobaccos (a combination of Estelí and Jalapa), a Mexican binder from San Andrés and a wrapper leaf of Connecticut broadleaf grown in the open sunlight of the Connecticut River Valley. The big maduros come in boxes that resemble crates, with 50 cigars per box, divided into two paper-wrapped pyramids containing 25 cigars each. The cigars carry the name and image of “El Brujito,” an ancient term meaning shaman or witch doctor to the people of Estelí, Nicaragua, where the cigars are made. The colorful box features a detachable lid with a notch, meant to be hung in a cigar store or your own cigar oasis.
First look is a rustic looking Connecticut broad leaf wrapper that’s rough to the touch with generous tooth and a pig tailed cap. Pre light draw had slight resistance due to the closed foot with flavors of dried fruit, earth and slight spice on the lips. First light the draw opens up with with flavors of earth, bitter leather and a nice pepper nuance. The Nica Rustica has a chewy feel to it while the wrapper smolders with thick creamy white smoke that’s become the signature of Drew Estate cigars. After cruise control burn flavors of cocoa and charred wood with the leather notes kicking up a notch blending perfectly with nuances of white pepper and rich earth. Final third the strength gears down from high to a consistent medium body with flavors of leather, muted cocoa, earth and slight spice but nothing like the pepper notes at cruise control that turned to more of a background spice. Construction was beautiful and rustic looking. The aforementioned wrapper smoldered with thick white smoke from start to finish, the ash held past the inch point but never broke pre maturely. The Nica Rustica has found its place of honor in the Drew Estate line up, it’s appropriately priced and certainly lives up to the title of the every day cigar created by the innovative artisans at Drew Estate.
Size: 6 x 52
Wrapper: Connecticut Broadleaf
Binder: San Andrés Negro
From the 2011 Studio Tobac tour sampler comes the Nub San Andreas Maduro, this was an event only purchase and has been sitting for the better part of 2 years. I felt enough time had gone by and it was time to enjoy some of the goodness inside, so continues the great Nub phenomenon. Created by Sam Leccia in his tenure with Oliva, one could only wonder and be amazed about a cigar that boasts all sweet spot. Nub is a line of short, stout and well-filled smokes blended to capture the perfect essence of a cigar. These cigars are completely made by hand with some densely packed long fillers that allow each stick to burn slowly while maintaining a smoking time comparable to conventional sized cigars. After Sam’s departure from said company, one could only wonder about the fate of the Nub? Well friends not to worry, enter Studio Tobac who has not only continued the line under the umbrella of Oliva cigars but given us tasty wonders like the Nub Dub, Cain, San Andreas Maduro and the Nub USA. In Short (no pun intended) love or like, the Nub is alive and well! Rest assured with the Studio Tobac world tour coming to a cigar shop near you, make sure to get your hands on a 2013 sampler and start smoking.
First look was a tightly packed oily San Andreas maduro wrapper that had the gritty texture of shark skin. Pre light draw with flavors of barnyard cedar and wood with notable spice on the lips and palate. Upon first light flavors of charred wood, coffee and subtle black pepper in the back of the throat.
After cruise control burn flavors of dark chocolate, earth and black coffee with slight spicy notes of black pepper still hanging around. Final third most of the spicy pepper notes have disappeared with underlying flavors of coffee, chocolate, burnt wood and slight leather balancing out to a medium bodied finish. Construction was sturdy and flawless with just very slight resistance on the draw that opened up at cruise control burn.
2011 studio Tobac event sampler
Nub San Andreas Maduro
Size: 4 1/2 x 66
Wrapper: San Andreas Maduro
Last year, Gran Habano announced a new project, S.T.K. Miami (S.T.K. stands for Stay True Kid) a new series of special lines made at Gran Habanos new Miami factory. The projects are intended to be small batch in nature using limited tobaccos. The first two S.T.K. releases were announced and released last year: Opium and Zulu Zulu. Barracuda is a handsome-looking puro with an all-Nicaraguan blend of rare Esteli & Jalapa Ligero long-filler, Jalapa binder, and a Nicaraguan Habano 2002 wrapper.
5 pack of STK Barracudas purchased from Podman Cigars. First thing I noticed was the dissimilar band sans the fish? I contacted George Rico via twitter about the different look and he assured me it was the same cigar, I kinda dug the silver barracuda and was a bit disappointed but none the less was stoked to score these.
First look of the Barracuda Robusto is a veiny Ecuadorian Habano wrapper with a fair amount of tooth and a pigtail cap. The aforementioned band was a cool looking teal color without the fish, but read Barracuda in silver.
Pre-light aroma smelled of rich dark earth, barnyard and plain dry toast. There was a slight resistance on the Pre-light draw that had flavors of cedar and spice.
First light is where this Gran Habano is different for the flavor profile most of us are use too, first inch was filled with spicy nuances of pepper, cedar, earth and leather.
After cruise control burn, the pepper notes mellowed a bit balancing out flavors of cedar, roasted nuts, leather and charred wood.
Final third, the spicy notes picked back up with black pepper, coffee, earth, charred cedar and almonds. Construction felt rustic and the burn started a bit crooked. It burned fissures down the wrapper, but it soon caught up and corrected itself. The dark ash held tight in this High-medium to Full-bodied cigar. Your definitely going to want to get your hands on these fish before they swim away for good!
George Rico commented on our Instagram Smokinstills ” I am making three hundred boxes for the rest of the year in that size, My size!” Kudos on the Cudas George this is an amazing cigar!
Size: 5 x 50 Robusto
Wrapper: Ecuadorian Habano
Pete Johnson announced his decision via his FB page, to make a mid-production switch on the upcoming Avion 13 release from Habano to Broadleaf. As a result, he now has 7,500 cigars that have the Habano wrapper that will be released to retailers as limited.
Tatuaje’s Avion is the extension of the Fausto line that produces a special size each year. For 2013, the size rolled is a perfecto measuring 6 7/8 x 52. Similar to the Avion 11, which was 6 5/8 x 48/52. This perfecto has a tapered head and foot instead of the entire body. Trying to avoid any confusion at the retail level between the two cigars, Pete decided that for 2013, the production Avion 13 would receive an update in the form of a Broadleaf wrapper and have a second reserve band added to it.
First look is a beautiful seamless Ecuadorian Habano wrapper. Pre light draw was effortless, despite the tapered foot that was loaded with cedar and notable spice on the palate.
After torching you are treated to flavors of mild red pepper with coffee, slight leather and earthy undertones.
After cruise control burn the draw is almost effortless, strong flavors of pepper and spice are really starting to pick up, not overpowering but balancing out with flavors of coffee, cedar and pepper notes most noticeable in-between draws. Final half the spicy flavors have intensified with pepper, black coffee and cedar notes that evolved perfectly into a full bodied and extremely well balanced cigar from start to finish. Perhaps in the future these Avion 13′s will become a full production cigar.
Size: 6 7/8 x 52 Perfecto
Wrapper: Ecuadorian Habano