The 2014 DC Cigar Tweetup (put on by the B&B Cigar Club) was a few weeks ago. My attendance was cut short since my wife’s grandmother passed away. Even my select few hours spent at Signature Cigars during the Meet and Greet portion of the kickoff event was fantastic. It is always nice to see old friends like Barry Stein of Miami Cigar & Company and meet so many new friends that connect with me on Instagram. People often ask, which Tweetup-like event they should attend. I’m not in the business of telling people what to do, all I can do is tell you why I choose to attend and support DC Cigar Tweetup. Its not about the cigars you get and its not about the people that are there. Its about the causes they support. Its about giving back and supporting causes that effect them personally. This year, the 2014 DC Cigar Tweetup benefited The American Diabetes Association. Through ticket sales and raffle items, the DC Cigar Tweetup raised $5,000 in support of The American Diabetes Association. We all have different priorities so I can’t speak for you but for me its all about giving back.
Now onto the All Nicaraguan edition of Week in Smoke…
Tatuaje 10 Grand Chasseur TAA 2013 – Found this little gem on a recent visit to Signature Cigars and it is impressive. The Ecuadorian Habano wrapper is shiny and oily and I’m a sucker for a closed foot. Lots of strength and pepperiness at first but then calmly transitions to a smooth creamy woodsy concoction thats delightful. Add to it a lumberjack style aroma (woodsy and piney) and you have one serious cigar on your a hands.
RoMa Craft Tobac Fomorian – I’m late for Saint Patrick’s Day and we’ve all heard the phrase “its not easy being green” when it comes to Candela style cigars. I’m no Halfwheel, I just smoke cigars but I imagine there are different kinds of Candela wrappers. Whatever strain Skip Martin and company are using is legit. The Fomorian smokes like no other boring ass Candela out there. Reminded me of sipping on some green tea with a cube or two of sugar. Sweet cedar, slight pepperiness and only a faint grassiness. Thin wrapper; hearty flavors!
CroMagnon Knuckle Dragger – It all comes back to where it began for me. The CroMagnon Knuckle Dragger is historically THE BEST cigar by RoMa Craft Tobac proven by the multiple awards I’ve given it here on Stogie Review (multiple Top 10 appearances, favorite short smoke). Assortment of semi-sweet dark chocolate, cedar woodiness with a mature spice on the finish. Most of all, I love the smokey aroma.
Intemperance BA XXI A.W.S. IV – Never heard of this release by RoMa Craft? After you are done here head on over to our friends at Halfwheel for the story of this lovely lonsdale. Strong beautiful white ash throughout. Complex is an understatement when it comes to the AWS. I picked up an assortment of flavors that had me doing some soul searching for the words to do it justice. At the end of smoking the AWS, I was left speechless.
El Centurion by My Father Cigars – I don’t know what they are doing in Nicaragua but whatever it is, I hope the gravy train never stops. The El Centurion was an old favorite of mine when it was originally released as a limited edition run a few years ago. Usually when a limited edition becomes a regular production…something is always missing. Not the case here. The El Centurion fired on all cylinders for me and smoked like a boss. Lots of nuttiness and spicy notes throughout with a nice bouquet of floral aromas.