The Espinosa Laranja has been one of my favorite lines from Espinosa Cigars. In April. Espinosa released the Laranja line in Escuro with 3 vitolas, robusto grande, corona gorda and toro, which was well received. For IPCPR 2019, they decided to release a 4th vitola to the line in a lancero. The lancero is being […]
Southern Draw has been exploding on the cigar scene for a while now and has been releasing from very interesting cigar lines. One of their more popular blends in the Cedrus released initially in 2018 at IPCPR. The Cedrus pay homage to the Lebanese Cedar tree that has been used for a few millennia in […]
This year at IPCPR, Balmoral Cigars introduced a new line extension to their Anejo XO line called Nicaragua. This new line uses select tobaccos from Nicaragua for the wrapper and filler. They use a Nicaraguan Habano tobacco for the wrapper and an unknown Nicaraguan tobacco in the filler. You can watch our interviews with President […]
Altadis released the H. Upmann Nicaragua by AJ Fernandez Finca La Lilia 2009 in September of this year as a limited edition extension to the popular H. Upmann Nicaragua by AJ Fernandez line. The tobaccos used are from the first tobacco crop from AJ Fernandez farm, La Lilia, in 2009. The cigar is only available […]
In September, I was lucky enough to meet up with our friend, Jon Huber of Crowned Head Cigars, during one of their Roadshow events that happened to be at one of my local shops, Harbor Cigars, in Destin, FL. The event was standing room only with great cigars, great deals, and great food and drinks. […]
Nat Sherman release two limited editions to their regular line up this year at IPCPR 2019 in Las Vegas. The first one was a Timeless Limited Edition and the Epoca Limited Edition which we are reviewing here. Both cigars were well received at IPCPR and I was able to smoke a few of each one […]
Black Label Trading Company is known for their special release cigars that come out annually during different times of the year. One of the most anticipated cigars is the Last Rites. This year, the Last Rites is a little different from the normal yearly Last Rites release. This year, James Brown, owner of Black Label […]
It’s time once again for another issue of Brian’s The Week In Smoke. In case this is your first Week in Smoke, be advised that it covers many (though not necessarily all) of the cigars I’ve smoked in the past week (or the past month, or however long it has been since the last issue), […]
In the Joya de Nicaragua section of the vast Drew Estate booth we talk to Andres Dietta about the new Connecticut wrapped Antaño CT, the Obras Maestros, the Numero Uno, a cigar that was originally created for Nicaraguan ambassadors, and finally the Cinco Décadas Fundador.
We met up with Boris Wintermans, President of Royal Agio, and Francisco Batista, master blender, to discuss what is new at Balmoral Cigars.