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IPCPR 2015 - New Releases Part I
By admin
7/27/2015 12:49:00 PM  

New IPCPR 2015 Cigar Releases!

We are featuring some of the latest cigar brands from the 2015 IPCPR show below. Read on for more information on the hottest brands from the trade show and keep posted for when they will be available on our website!


Caldwell Blind Man's Bluff

Caldwell Blind Man's Bluff

Caldwell Cigar Company has made waves in the cigar industry. For the annual IPCPR Trade Show of 2015 Blind Man's Bluff was featured. Blind Man's Bluff features a Ecuadorian Habano wrapper, a Criollo binder from Honduras, and fillers composed of San Vicente viso from the Dominican Republic and Criollo ligero and what Caldwell calls Generoso ligero sol from Honduras. Rolled in Davidoff's Agroindustrias Laepe S.A. in Honduras, the same factory where Camachos are produced these cigars are perfectly crafted. Blind Man's Bluff is available in three sizes: 5 x 50 Robusto, 6 x 52 Toro, and 660 a 6 x 60 offering.


Rocky Patel 20th Anniversary

Rocky Patel 20th Anniversary

With 20 years in the cigar industry Rocky Patel is commemorating his accomplishments with the 20th Anniversary by Rocky Patel. This cigar has a beautiful sun grown Honduran wrapper. The filler in this celebratory cigar is a Honduran Jamastran tobacco as well as binders from Esteli and Jalapa Nicaragua. Available in six sizes, these box-pressed beauties are a hit for any Rocky Patel fan.


Rocky Patel Tabaquero by Hamlet Paredes

Rocky Patel Tabaquero by Hamlet Paredes

Rocky Patel has an ace up his sleeve. That ace is one of Cuba's most sought after rollers and blenders, Hamlet Jaime Paredes. This cigar pays no homage to Shakespeare, but to another great virtuoso.  Blending a great cigar is an art form that many do not possess. Hamlet has rolled at many of the famous cigar factories in Cuba before Rocky Patel gave him the chance and means to burst into the American market. This cigar is very multi-national, meaning the complexity will be outstanding. The wrapper used is dark and oily San Andres maduro. The binders both come from premium tobacco plants in Brazil and Mexico. The filler used is a flavorful Nicaraguan Tobacco. This cigar is available in 5 sizes to meet the needs of all smokers.


La Mission du L'Atelier

La Mission du L'Atelier

La Mission du L'Atelier pays homage to the famed winery in France, Chateau La Mission Haut-Brion. This winery is the pinnacle of greatness, so why wouldn't L'Atelier try to duplicate their prominence. This winery has earned seven 100 point vintages. This constitutes the wine as extraordinary. Enough about wine though. This cigar uses L'Atelier's go to tobacco, Sancti Spiritus. The wrapper is a Mexican San Andres. The binder and filler are Nicaraguan Sancti Spiritus. La Mission du L'Atelier is available in several sizes. Each size has a corresponding year, each year is when Chateau La Mission Haut-Brion was given a 100pt scoring. La Mission du L'Atelier is a box-pressed offering with a pigtail cap. You be the judge if this cigar lives up to the moniker.


D'Crossier Selection 512

D'Crossier Selection 512

Owned and operated by Isaias Santana Diaz, Pure Aroma Cigars introduces D'Crossier's Flor de D'Crossier Selection No. 512. This offering from D'Crossier is a little easier on the wallet than its Costa Rican counterpoint. Diaz originally is from Havana, Cuba but has lived in the United States since 1995. He named his company's main brand D'Crossier as a tribute to his great grandfather Francisco Crossier. The Flor de D'Crossier Selection No. 512 features tobaccos from three countries. The wrapper is an Ecuadorian Habano. The Binder is a Costa Rican Sumatra. The Filler is both Dominican and Costa Rican. Flor de D'Crossier Selection No. 512 is available in six vitolas and fifteen count tins.


Espinosa Habano 2015

New Espinosa Habano

Re-branded and re-blended are all you need to know for the Espinosa Habano. Erik Espinosa felt that the Habano line of cigars he has produced for the last few years was not where it should be. Still hand rolled in La Zona Factory in Estelli Nicaragua this cigar has more flavor then its predecessor. Wrapped in a creamy yet spicy Nicaraguan Habano wrapper this cigar is an easy medium bodied smoke. This cigar is available in three sizes. The No. 4: 5 1/2 x 50, The No. 5: 6 x 52, and The No. 8: 6 1/8 x 58, all available in twenty count boxes.


Espinosa Especial

Espinosa Especial

Erik Espinosa is not new when it comes to Mexican Tobacco. The Espinosa Especial blend highlights this Mexican Capa Negra wrapped cigar. This dark, earthy, and oily wrapper makes this release something special. With binders and fillers from four growing regions in Nicaragua (Condega, Esteli, Jalapa, and Ometepe) this cigar will be full flavored and full bodied. This exceptional release from Erik Espinosa is one of the main highlights from La Zona during the IPCPR 2015 Trade Show. Available in 10 count boxes and three vitolas, these cigars are going to be packed with flavor and strength.


Murcielago

Murcielago (New)

The bat is back! Erik Espinosa re-launches Murcielago. Back in 2009 Espinosa released one of his most sought after blends, Murcielago. This cigar was awesome. Thing is, it was made in the My Father Factory. After Espinosa and Eddie Ortega parted ways years back the blend was lost. It has taken years to clone his once masterpiece by reverse engineering the original cigar. The new Murcielago has been modernized and the packaging and band have the iconic Lamborghini lines. The wrapper used on this revamped line is a Mexican Capa Negra Tobacco. The binder and filler are undisclosed but they are Nicaraguan. Erik Espinosa claims that this new release of the Murcielago is better then the old. You can be the judge and decide by purchasing one or all three of the new vitolas.


La Palina Family Series Miami

La Palina Family Series Miami

Bill Paley's first cigar he has ever produced has gotten a total makeover. He has taken the La Palina Family Series to the renowned El Titan de Bronze factory in Miami Florida. The La Palina Family Series Miami is claimed to be his "finest tasting" super premium cigar to date. With all cigars tobaccos change from year to year. Bill Paley did not want this amazing cigar to be forgotten. He has re-blended this cigar with the help of well know blender Willy Herrera and Aixa Vazquez, ETBs master blender. Three vitolas will be available The Pasha 7 x 50 brushed foot churchill, Babe a 5 ¼ x 50 robusto and Alison a 6 x 52 torpedo. The wrapper used on this cigar is an Ecuadorian Corojo 98. The binder is an Ecuadorian Habano and the filler is Nicaraguan tobaccos from Jalapa and Esteli.


Caldwell Junior Varsity

Caldwell Gibraltar Extra, Murcias Especial, Sevillana Reserva - New Packaging and Blends

Caldwell Cigar Co. has had the Gibraltar, Murcias, and Sevillana lines in the past. After discontinuing the "Junior Varsity" line it is time for a rebirthing. The Iberian Express has been born. These cigars are no longer in the backseat. This now premium line boasts some of the best tobaccos that could be found. The Gibraltar Extra has a wrapper from Ecuador, a Dominican binder, and a filler blend of Dominican, Nicaraguan, and U.S. tobaccos. The Murcias Especial features a Brazilian wrapper, a Dominican binder, and Dominican and Nicaraguan fillers. The Sevillana Reserva will feature an Ecuadorian Connecticut wrapper, a Dominican binder, and a combination of Nicaragua and Dominican filler.


El Gueguense by Foundation Cigar Co.

El Gueguense by Foundation Cigar Co.

Nicholas Melillo, of Foundation Cigar Company, has been in the cigar industry for some time. His inaugural release is the El Gueguense, meaning "the wise man". This cigar possesses some serious flavor and body. We'll just say "full" for both aspects. The blend incorporates Criollo 98 and Corojo 99 tobaccos from Jalapa and Esteli. It features leaves from third, fourth, sixth, and medio tiempo primings. Presented in twenty-five count boxes this cigar is something else. Available in five vitolas this brand has everything going for it. Try one of these amazing smokes.


La Imperiosa by Crowned Heads

La Imperiosa by Crowned Heads

In 2014 there was a cigar known as Las Calaveras LE 2014. It was highly sought after and production was limited. Jon Huber knew he had something special. La Imperiosa by Crowned Heads is that same blend. La Imperiosa means the imperative. It was an old Cuban brand from the 1900's. Unlike the fabled Las Calaveras LE 2014 this permanent line has new sizing, Corona Gorda 5 3/4 x 46, Magicos 4 1/2 x 52, Double Robusto 6 3/8 x 50, and Dukes 5 1/2 x 54. This cigar has an Ecuadorian habano oscuro wrapper covering binder and filler tobaccos from Nicaragua. The demand was set and now everyone can rejoice. The La Imperiosa by Crowned Heads is here to stay.


Don Reynaldo by Warped

Don Reynaldo by Warped

Don Reynaldo is a tribute marca to Kyle Gellis' father, who introduced him to cigars as a young kid. Growing up his father taught him about cigars and the lifestyle that accompanied them. From construction issues, flavor profiles, proper way to cut and light, to the art itself, Kyle's passion would not have been ignited if it weren't for him. Gellis wanted to thank and honor him for all the support he has given him and blend a cigar that combined the flavor profiles he loved.Rolled down at El Titan de Bronze in Little Havana, Miami by true category 9 master rollers from Cuba, this special vitola installment will be offered in an extremely limited release of 100 boxes of (10), for a total of 1,000 cigars.


Futuro by Warped

Futuro by Warped

Warped and Casa Fernandez are proud to announce a collaboration for 2015, Futuro. Futuro started as an idea at the 2014 IPCPR in Las Vegas between Kyle Gellis of Warped and Max Fernandez, son of Eduardo Fernandez of AGANORSA. The idea behind Futuro was simple but overly complicated, create a flavor profile and experience like nothing Warped nor Casa Fernandez has done previously. Utilizing AGANORSA's material from their "vault", a section of their storage facility under lock and key and home to their most prized material, life was given to this AGANORSA puro. Futuro will be offered in 2 vitolas in SLB's of 20. The selected sizes and shapes were individually chosen by Kyle and Max to reflect their own preferences while blending Futuro.


E.P. Carrillo Selecion Oscuro

E.P.Carrillo Selecion Oscuro

Introduced at the 2015 IPCPR Trade Show in New Orleans E. P. Carrillo has a new offering, the Seleccion Oscuro. This is the first San Andres Oscuro wrapped cigar in E.P.C's portfolio. The binder is Ecuadorian and the filler is Nicaraguan. The cigar has a medium to medium-full bodied profile. This cigar has notes of pepper, wood, and sweetness. Available in six sizes this expansion is one that every aficionado should try.


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E.P. Carrillo New Wave Connecticut Reserva - Toro Review
By GC
11/20/2014 12:39:00 PM  

E.P. Carrillo New Wave Reserva Connecticut Toro (6 x 52) - Cigar Review

Background / Blend Info:

Originally revealed at the Inter-Tabac Cigar Show in Dortmund, Germany, the E.P. Carrillo New Wave Reserva is a new cigar from EPC Cigar Co. initially produced for the European market and now being distributed to the U.S. The cigar was introduced in tandem with the new E.P. Carrillo Cabinet. 

EPC Cigar Co. has released various blends with an Ecuadorian Connecticut wrapper, including limited edition cigars such as the EPC NWC Short Run 2012 and EPC Medalla D'Oro, as well as the regular production E.P. Carrillo New Wave Connecticut. Ernesto Perez-Carrillo is noted as saying that the leaf used for the wrapper on this particular cigar is darker in color due to it being a higher priming on the plant. The binder used in the blend is a Connecticut Broadleaf and the fillers a mix of Nicaraguan and Dominican tobaccos. 

Initial Thoughts: 

I've personally always been a huge fan of Ernesto Carrillo's blending prowess, the man truly is a top notch cigar maker. His ability to pack an enormous amount of flavor into a medium "body" cigar is an attribute not matched by many. As stated by Carrillo the wrapper on the New Wave Reserva Connecticut is very dark by Connecticut standards, if I was given this cigar blind, I would have guessed another leaf was used. The wrapper is smooth to the touch and overall the construction of the cigar is very solid. Let's fire this baby up!

First Half:

The cold draw gives some sweet tobacco and hay flavors. Toasting the foot gave off a nice aroma of roasted nuts. My initial few draws were met with a really enjoyable sweetness, very similar to the pre-light draw. I would describe the flavor as honey and nuts, some leather up front with a light creamy body so far. I tend to smoke Connecticut wrapped cigars very slow as to not get a bitter taste and to try to enjoy the nuance of a milder smoke. I'm taking the same approach with this cigar, as Carrillo's blending really needs to be paid attention to sometimes to really appreciate it. The draw is on the looser side, but not too much so, and so far the burn line has been fairly straight with some touch ups here and there.. I'm not sure if it's from the Broadleaf binder or the Nicaraguan tobacco, but there is a faint enjoyable spice creeping in that's especially noticeable when I retrohale. 



Second Half:

The ash was very solid and actually held on for at least a few inches before falling off in a solid chunk. As the cigar transitioned to the 2nd half the body started to build to more medium than mild, as well as a new woodsy flavor entering into the mix. The sweetness is still on the forefront and is playing a major role in the overall flavor. I would describe it as an earthy sweet, not an artificial sugary taste, but more like a honey or vanilla. It's very nice and contributing to a very enjoyable aroma. I would say to this point the cigar is probably a bit heavier and more aggressive than most milder Connecticut wrapped cigars, and for me that's a huge plus. I generally enjoy a fuller bodied cigar but could definitely see myself smoking this in the morning or as a first cigar of the day. For smokers who stick to Connecticut and milder cigars, this might be a great change of pace if you're looking for something with a bit more kick, but not overly strong. The cigar finished with more of the same flavors, with some gaining some intensity as well as the spice through the nose becoming more pronounced. 

Final Thoughts.. 

Overall after smoking this EPC blend, I can easily see this cigar slotting excellently into their catalog. It's a great gatekeeper between the New Wave Connecticut and the Core Line or Cardinal blends. If you're already a fan of the complex blending of Carrillo, and you're looking for something a bit more complex and fuller than the New Wave Connecticut, then the NWC Reserva is a perfect match. I found the cigar to be very enjoyable, easy going yet offers a lot by way of flavor and complexity.. I can't see any aficionado smoking this new EPC and not being entertained and satisfied. Keep your eye's peeled as we'll have the EP Carrillo New Wave Connecticut Reserva up on the website any day, available in 4 sizes:

Robusto: 5 x 50

Toro: 6 x 52

Supremo: 5 1/8 x 56

Immensos: 6 x 60





Enjoy!!

~GC


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Nat Sherman Epoca Perfectos Review
By GC
7/29/2014 5:05:00 PM  

Cigar Review:

The Nat Sherman Epoca is Available Now - Click Here to Purchase

Nat Sherman Epoca Perfecto (5 3/4 x 52)

Nat Sherman has resurrected one of their oldest brands, actually the first they offered on the premium market, called the Epoca, to commemorate their long standing history in the cigar industry. The Epoca uses the same packaging artwork from the original release, which was a "clear" Havana, meaning it contained Cuban tobacco, but was sold in the States prior to the embargo. Released at IPCPR 2014, the Nat Sherman Epoca was produced by the Quesada's in the Dominican Republic. It uses a golden brown Ecuadorian Connecticut wrapper with Nicaraguan and Dominican fillers.

Nat Sherman Epoca Perfectos

Appearance:

The Nat Sherman Epoca, especially the Perfecto has a very retro look to it. The packaging is an absolute throwback and does what the brand sets out to do, harken back to the clear Havana pre-embargo blend that it was. A super smooth, golden brown Ecuadorian Connecticut wrapper shines in the light, seamlessly encasing the cigar. Overall a very appealing looking cigar.

Burn / Draw / Construction:

The burn and draw on the Nat Sherman Epoca was nothing short of perfection. Once again, the cigar mimics a Cuban with a white, flakey ash, but unlike the forbidden fruit, this cigars burn line was like a laser. The draw had just the right amount of resistance, offering the ability to "sip" or pull big plumes of smoke. The construction was good also, firm but not too much so.

Nat Sherman Epoca Perfectos

Flavor:

Pre-light draw consists of an sweet tobacco and hay like flavor. The Epoca starts off fairly mild and creamy with a light, nutty sweetness and an enjoyable aroma that's similar to some Cuban cigars. Also similar to some Havana's is the medium body, yet medium to full amount of flavor that the cigar exudes. As the Epoca burns past the halfway point, the sweet creaminess remains in the forefront with a nice amount of spice through the nose with a retrohale. The final third approached a hair over medium in body and introduced some nice cocoa flavor, along with more natural nutty and leather notes. The aroma continues to be fantastic, it smells of vanilla and some coconut. A very smooth and enjoyable mix of flavors. Definitely complex enough to keep you guessing, but completely enjoyable and approachable to someone who isn't super experienced.

Nat Sherman Epoca Perfectos


Overall Thoughts:

I thought the Nat Sherman Epoca was a fantastic cigar. If the companies aim was to manufacture a cigar with retro styling and milder "Cubanesque" flavor and body then they nailed it. I'm very interested to try some of the other sizes, particularly the smaller ring gauges, which may produce a little more strength. The Quesada's have been blending excellent medium body cigars for many years and recently with brands like the Espana and the Jalapa, they've shown they can create a milder cigar that's packed with nuance and interesting flavor. I usually reach for a milder cigar early on in the day, this Epoca would be a perfect cigar to enjoy with coffee in the morning. For fans of Nat Sherman cigars, or the Quesada Family's blending, this cigar is a must try. Also if you're looking for a mild to medium cigar with true characteristics of a Cuban, add this one to your short list.

Nat Sherman Epoca Perfectos

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Keep your eye's peeled, we will be releasing many other new releases from the 2014 IPCPR for the next month or so, hopefully weekly. Subscribe to our emails here if you don't already and also check back to this blog for more news and reviews.

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La Flor Dominicana Factory Press Limitado Cigar Review
By J. Wood
1/16/2014 4:15:00 PM  

La Flor Dominicana Factory Press Limitado Cigar Review

Wrapper: Ecuadorian Sumatra

Binder: Nicaragua

Filler: Dominican Republic

Size: 6 ¼ x 60



La Flor Dominicana’s Factory Presses have been some of the most well-regarded cigars for quite some time. The Factory Press idea came to Litto Gomez as a way to show his customers how the factory pressing process worked. He ended up releases large boxes that were filled with box pressing trays to give his customers a closer look at how the sharp pressing on the cigars is achieved.


The first Factory Press was released in 2005, with subsequent releases almost each year. At the 2013 IPCPR Trade Show in Las Vegas, La Flor Dominicana showcased the release for 2013-2014, the Factory Press Limitado. This cigar is quite large, measuring in at 6 ¼ x 60.




While many, if not most, of the Factory Press releases were shipped in cases that contained individual pressing trays, this release is being sold in 12-count boxes, that are more like the individual trays.


This particular Factory Press is being characterized by LFD as the second release of the Factory Press Limitado, and does not have an accompanying Roman Numeral, like the other Factory Presses. The cigar’s band carries a simple F.P.L. to designate which cigar this is.


For this release, Litto Gomez sought out the darkest Ecuadorian Sumatran wrappers he could find. This specially aged wrapper is combined with Nicaraguan binders and Dominican long fillers.

Atlantic Cigar still has a decent amount of inventory on the LFD Factory Press Limitado. If you are interested, you can check it out here. This is a limited release, so once the cigars are sold, that's it.



Appearance:


The Factory Press Limitado carries a smooth wrapper that has a mottled dark brown color. The veins are hardly visible. For a cigar that is a “gordo” size, it feels very manageable due to the box-pressing. The cap is well applied. Overall, this is a very attractive looking cigar.


Tasting:


Before lighting the cigar, there are smells of mild and sweet tobacco accompanied by fruit rind and hard candy. The cold draw has flavors of hard candy, raisins and cedar.



1st Third:


There was a mild pepper spice at light, joined by flavors of cedar and an initial sweetness. The draw offered slight resistance, which produced good amounts of smoke. The cigar started medium-bodied. Flavors of apple peel lingered on the palate and was later joined by some woodiness, which developed into molasses and hickory.




2nd Third:


The smoke on the Factory Press Limitado is remarkably cool. The cigar stayed steady throughout the middle, with the hickory and molasses sticking around. Some citrus notes develop in the background. The hickory presented occasionally more as a cedar note. the smoke is remarkably cool, stiff ash, hickory and molasses stick around. The cigar remained medium-bodied. The ash was nice and stiff, hanging on for over an inch.


Final Third:


The spice returned in some measure at the end of the cigar, but instead of a peppery spice, it presented more along the lines of nutmeg and cinnamon. The sweetness hung around and was accompanied by licorice, sweet hicko
ry, molasses and some saltiness. The cigar stayed medium-bodied until the end, though the nicotine content was a bit sneaky.




Overall:


The La Flor Dominicana Factory Press Limitado was much sweeter and more medium-bodied than I expected considering a lot of other LFD releases. The sweetness was balanced nicely with some interesting fruit, wood and mild spice, so that it never became overwhelming. The box-pressing goes a long way to making the sheer size of the cigar much more manageable. The Factory Press releases have always been a favorite of mine and this cigar fits into that trend nicely.


Estimated smoking time: 1 and ½ to 2 hours


Atlantic Cigar still has a decent amount of inventory on the LFD Factory Press Limitado. If you are interested, you can check it out here. This is a limited release, so once the cigars are sold, that's it.

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Estella by Espinosa Cigar Review
By J. Wood
1/14/2014 2:29:00 PM  

Estella by Espinosa Cigar Review

Wrapper: Nicaragua

Binder: Nicaragua

Filler: Nicaragua

Size: Robusto Extra, 5 ½ x 52

Factory: La Zona, Esteli, Nicaragua




Erik Espinosa began working in the cigar industry in 1997. During the early 2000s, he teamed up with Eddie Ortega to create EO Brands, which produced Murcielago, 601, and Cubao cigars. In 2012, he went out on his own and opened up his La Zona factory, where he continues to make outstanding cigars using some of the best premium aged tobaccos, such as La Zona, La Jugada, and 601.


In 2013, the guys at Atlantic Cigar began working with Espinosa to develop a small-batch cigar that adhered to the quality and blending style that has made Espinosa such a star in the industry. The final result, which has now been released in early 2014, is Estella by Espinosa, a medium to full-bodied Nicaraguan puro.





The Estella by Espinosa is made at the La Zona factory in Esteli, Nicaragua. Estella is produced in small batches twice a year. It has been released in 3 sizes: a Robusto Extra, a Grand Toro and a Grand Corona. The cigar are available in 10-count boxes or 25-count bundles.


I tried the Robusto Extra for this review.

If you are interested in trying the Estella by Espinosa, you can check it out here.




Appearance:


The Estella by Espinosa has a slightly oily wrapper that has a medium brown color. The texture is consistent and silky with a slight grain and minimal veins. The cigar is finished with a triple seam cap and feels well-packed with only a slight give when squeezed. The Robusto Extra size is good for those looking for a slightly larger robusto, but still want to enjoy a thicker and shorter smoke.


Tasting:


The unlit cigar offers aromas of barnyard, leather and dried fruit. Once cut, the cigar’s cold draw has mild sweet tobacco flavors with caramel, raisins and cedar.





1st Third:


There was very little spice on the light, with woody flavors upfront. The spice built and provided flavors of cinnamon and pepper. There was a hickory aftertaste with layers of sweetness. The draw was easy and provided good amounts of smoke. The strength began around medium-bodied.