Monday, May 28, 2012
Today brings us the Room 101 Namkubi in a 4x48 Roxxo vitola. The Namakubi is a special limited release blend by Matt Booth. The Namakubi has an Ecuadorian Habano wrapper with a Honduran binder with Honduran and Dominican fillers. The Namakubi features notes of espresso, wood and leather throughout with a slightly sweet finish to round out it's balanced complexity. I chose this to be today's Memorial Day Cigar. Matt Booth is a veteran of the Marine Corps Infantry so I saw no better cigar for today. I hope everyone and their families have a great and safe holiday weekend. I ask that you all take a moment and remember why it is that we have Memorial Day. Many brave Americans have fought for our freedom and have paid the ultimate sacrifice by giving their lives for their country. You may be gone but you and your sacrifices will always be remembered! Thank you for all you did...
Sunday, May 27, 2012
Today brings us the 5 Vegas Cask Strength II in a 6x60 box pressed Firkin vitola. I can honestly say this has to be one of my favorite 5 Vegas cigars. They come package in a mini barrel when purchased by the box. It has a Nicaraguan Corojo wrapper with multi country fillers to include Nicaragua and the Honduras. You'll get an earthy, leathery and chocolaty cigar with the Cask Strength II. I chose this to feature today as two major races are both happening today with the Indianapolis 500 and the Coca Cola 600.
Today brings us the La Reloba Seleccion Mexico in a 5x50 Robusto vitola. The La Reloba line comes to us courtesy of the My Father Factory. Given that it has high expectations and it does not disappoint. The Seleccion Mexico has a Mexican San Andreas Maduro wrapper with it's binder and filler being Nicaraguan. It's got a classic maduro sweetness with earth, pepper, spice, wood and nuts. I chose this to feature today as a blind grab out of the humidor.
Today brings us the San Lotano Maduro in a 5x52 box pressed Robusto vitola. San Lotano is brought to us by AJ Fernandez. It features a San Lotano Maduro wrapper, a Honduran binder and fillers from the Dominican Republic, the Honduras and Nicaragua. It's earthy and peppery with spice, chocolate and coffee that all work with each other to give a great full bodied experience. I chose this to be today's cigar because on this day in 1977 Star Wars Episode IV A New Hope was released. What has happened since nobody could have imagined. Star Wars has become one of the most popular and profitable movie series of all times.
Today brings us the Outlaw 13 in a 6x52 Toro vitola. The 13 was a 2010 release by Outlaw Cigar Co. The story as I understand it is that Dion Giolito, of Illusione, and Jonathan Drew, of Drew Estate, got together and created the Nostros cigar. After receiving the cigar Dion decided that it wasn't what he was looking for and sent them back to JD. Then Outlaw swooped in and snatched up the stock and thus the 13 was born. The blend is being kept secret by Outlaw. What I do know is that it has a classic tobacco core with pepper, spice and a nice sweetness to it as well. I chose this to feature today as the Brooklyn Bridge was opened on this day 1883 after 14 years of construction.
Today brings us the Rocky Patel Decade in a 6.5x52 Toro vitola. The Decade has long been regarded as one of the best cigars produced by Rocky Patel. He created it to celebrate the 10th anniversary of Rocky Patel Cigars. It features a Ecuadorian Sumatra wrapper with Honduran long fillers. Pepper, leather, wood and coffee make up the flavor profile. I chose this to feature to pay homage to Owen Hart who lost his life on this day in 1999. Owen was a great wrestler who was always entertaining. Thanks for all the great memories!
Today brings us the 5 Vegas Series 'A' in a 4.5x44 Anomaly vitola. The people behind 5 Vegas wanted to bring a full bodied maduro to their line up and thus the Series 'A' was born. It has a Costa Rican Maduro wrapper with a three country blend to make up it's filler profile. You'll get a leathery and chocolaty core with earth, pepper and spice. I chose this to feature today to pay my respects to those lost and to those still recovering from the damage of the F5 tornado that ravaged Joplin, MI and took the lives of 116 people. I can't imagine what they've been through but wanted to let them know there are those of us who are still keeping them in our thoughts and prayers.
Today brings us the Tarazona Classic in a 6.5x52 Torpedo vitola. Eddie Tarazona owns and operates Tarazona cigars. He is a great guy. He donates $5 from every box to the Miami Humane Society Animal Rescue. I can't help but to love and respect that he does this. Ok so onto the cigar the Tarazona Classic features a Sumatra wrapper with it's binder and fillers coming from Nicaragua. It's a creamy, spicy, peppery, earthy and sweet cigar with classic tobacco that comes through to complement the other flavors. I wanted to feature this today to celebrate the 60th birthday of the one and only Mr.T!!!
Today brings us the Berger and Argenti Entubar in a 5 3/8x54 Robusto vitola. Berger and Argenti is a newer company to the cigar world being founded in 2009. The Entubar is one of the most creative designs I've ever seen in a cigar, which causes it to have an Advisory Foot Band. There's a center tube that sticks out from the foot and runs through the whole cigar. This tube consists of all ligero tobaccos. The fillers and binder that surround it are Nicaraguan and it has a Ecuadorian Connecticut Desflorado wrapper. You'll get a peppery, nutty, toasty, spicy and sweet cigar with the Entubar. I chose this to be today's cigar to be homage to Levi Strauss and Jacob Davis receiving their patent for blue jeans with copper rivets. They revolutionized jeans with their design and I feel like the Entubar design is revolutionary as well.
Today brings us the Gurkha Beast in a 6.5x56 vitola. The Beast is a limited production cigar by Gurkha with only 1000 boxes being produced annually. The Beast is wrapped in a well aged Costa Rican Maduro wrapper with it's fillers being a mix from the Dominican Republic, the Honduras, and Columbia. You'll get a chocolaty, earth and woody smoke with a full classic maduro sweetness to it as well. I chose this for today's cigar to celebrate London Fletcher's 37th birthday. London is a beast of a LB and has had a very long and productive career. I may not be a Redskins fan but I enjoy watching him play on a weekly basis. Happy Birthday London!
Friday, May 18, 2012
Today's brings us the Tatuaje T110 in the only size it was ever made, 4.3x52. Only 200 boxes of 25 cigars, 5,000 total, were made and were all sold by a single cigar shop in Hawaii. Hailing from Nicaragua the T110 features all home country tobaccos in it, which just so happen to be all ligero. The T stands for thermonuclear and the 110 is the MM of the cigar. This cigar is a total beast! With booming pepper, leather, pepper, spice, pepper, a chocolately sweetness and pepper this cigar is a power bomb on the taste buds. I chose this to feature today to pay tribute to the Apollo 10 Mission which launched on this day in 1969.
Thursday, May 17, 2012
Today brings us the Oja Oscuro Destacado in a 6x52 Toro vitola. Oja is a new boutique cigar company with their factory being in Esteli, Nicaragua. They have 3 cigars and 3 different vitolas for each, Destacado which is a 6x52 Toro, a Distinguido which is a 6x54 Torpedo and the Artefacto which is a 6x60 Corona Grande. The Oscuro features a Brazilian Arapiraca wrapper. You can expect a full bodied cigar with earthy and coffee flavors with a classic maduro sweetness and hints of spice throughout. I chose this to feature today as I was just gifted it from a great BOTL and am very excited about it.
Today brings us the Intemperance BA XXI Avarice in a 4.5x52 Short Robusto vitola. Intemperance is brought to us by RoMa Craft Tobac. The BA XXI has a Brazilian Arapiraca wrapper and comes to us from their factory, Fabrica de Tobacco NicaSueno in Esteli, Nicaragua. You'll get a woody and nutty core that has flavors of coffe, earth, chocolate and pepper to compliment it's core flavors. I chose this to be today's cigar to pay my respects to Spc. Leslie H. Sabo, Jr whose widow is being presented with his Medal of Honor from his actions in Vietnam. While on patrol Spc. Sabo and his fellow soldiers were ambushed he charged the enemy position and killed multiple enemy soldiers. He then protected another soldier's life by throwing a grenade that landed near them and shielding the other soldier with his own body causing injuries to himself. Then after being shot multiple times he crawled to the enemy bunker and tossed in a grenade that killed the remaining enemy fighters and it took his life as well. A true American hero was finally given the award he so courageously earned over 40 years ago.
Tuesday, May 15, 2012
Today brings us the Room 101 Connecticut Robusto in a 5x50 vitola. The Room 101 Connecticut is billed by Matt Booth as a "Connecticut with a kick". With a Ecuadorian Connecticut wrapper, a Corojo binder and fillers from the Dominican and Honduras this isn't your average Connecticut. With flavors of pepper, earth and a creamy sweetness that brings you the best of Connecticut wrappers without slacking on the flavor and body. I chose this to be today's cigar to stick with the same theme as yesterday. I wanted to feature this today as to celebrate and thank everybody who has been so supportive of the blog. It recently crossed over 20K views. I choose the Room 101 Connecticut because of all the support Matt has given the blog. Again thank you everybody who has enjoyed and been so supportive of the blog!
Today brings us the Jaime Garcia Reserva Especial in a 4.5x50 Petit Robusto vitola. In 2010 Jaime Garcia, son of legendary blender Don Pepin Garcia, released his Reserva Especial line. This cigar comes with the quality and Cuban heritage that the Garcia family is known for. The Reserva Especial has a Connectictut Broadleaf wrapper, with a Nicaraguan binder and fillers. It has flavors of classic tobacco, dark chocolate, wood, pepper and earth. I wanted to feature this today as I only have the one to photograph and wanted to feature it so I can smoke it.
Today brings us the Arturo Fuente Opus X El Scorpion Natural in a 6 3/8x50 box pressed saloman. The El Scorpion Natural comes in the yearly Funete Cigar Family Charitable Foundation 22 count humidor box. Each cigar comes in it's own coffin and each box is serialized and comes with a certificate of authenticity. The El Scorpion Natural has a Opus X Rosado wrapper and binder with an Opus X blend for the fillers. You'll get flavors of classic tobacco, pepper, wood and leather. I chose this to be today's cigar to honor all the mothers out there, esp mine, my sisters and my fiance. Happy Mothers Day!
Today brings us the La Aroma De Cuba Marquis in a 5x54 Robusto vitola. The Marquis is a new old addition to the La Aroma De Cuba line. By this I mean it was discontinued and then brought back. The Marquis features it's wrapper and binder from Honduras and fillers from Honduras and Nicaragua. With flavor notes of pepper, wood, coffee and a sweetness this may not be the most complex cigars but it is a very consistent with great construction, draw and burn. Wanted to do a 2 day celebration for mothers day with this being the first one. Hope all the moms out there have a fantastic mothers day!
Friday, May 11, 2012
Today brings us the RD Eleven Hundred in what I estimate is a 6x52 toro vitola. Ryan Danger is known for his custom motorcycles. Now he is venturing into the realm of cigars. I was given this cigar by my buddy Brett at Tobaccology to try out and feature on here. I don't know really anything about them yet besides that they are produced by Rocky Patel in his factory. Wanted to feature this today to help get the word out on this new cigar. I will be refeaturing it with a review as soon as I smoke it. I hear great things and it looks like it's going to be a fantastic cigar. Be on the lookout for this one!
Thursday, May 10, 2012
Today brings us the Tatuaje Anarchy in it's only size a 6.125x48-52 Perfecto vitola. The Anarchy was created by Pete Johnson and Abe Dababneh who owns and runs Smoke Inn Cigars. The story as I know it is that Abe approached his good friend Pete Johnson when he wanted to make an exclusive Smoke Inn exclusive cigar and thus the Anarchy was born. This was a limited release of only 1,500 boxes containing 15 cigars each. It has an Ecuadorian Habano wrapper with it's binder and fillers coming from Nicaragua. You'll get a smooth cigar with flavors of spice, leather, sweet chocolate, coffee, wood, earth and pepper. I know I featured this somewhat recently but it's the best cigar to honor Adam Yauch, MCA, of the Beastie Boys. MCA passed away over the weekend of cancer. I've been a Beastie Boys fan for longer than I can remember. MCA was always my favorite. Thanks for all the great music. You will be missed MCA...
Wednesday, May 9, 2012
Today brings us the Diesel Crucible in it's only size a 6.5x52 vitola. The Diesel line has been a huge hit among full bodied cigar enthusiast and the newest edition is a limited one. The Crucible comes to us from AJ Fernandez. Only 1,000 boxes of 12 were made which comes to 12,000 total Diesel Crucible cigars produced. It has an Ecuadorian Habano Medio Tempo wrapper, a Honduran binder and fillers from Nicaragua and the Honduras. I found this cigar to be a departure from the typical full bodied signature that AJ Fernandez has with his spice and pepper bombs. It is a smooth and elegant med-full to full bodied cigar. An earthy and leathery core is complemented by pepper and spice off of the foot that develops into wood, coffee and sweet chocolate. I wanted to feature this today, it's a few days late, but to honor the birthday of one of the greatest men to live. On May 7th 1976 Lt. Mike Murphy was born. He is a Navy SEAL Medal of Honor recipient who gave his life trying to save his men in Afghanistan on June 28th 2005. Under intense enemy fire Lt. Murphy made a last ditch effort to save his men exposed himself to enemy fire to make a satellite phone call to their base. As a result he was shot during the call, then finished it and then went back to fighting ultimately giving his life in service of his men and his country. Thank you for your exemplary leadership and sacrifice Sir. You will never be forgotten...
Tuesday, May 8, 2012
Today brings us an accessory instead of a cigar. Matt Booth has introduced a line of Room 101 iPhone cases that are simply bad ass. Made by Mimeocase they are made of aluminum so they aren't as heavy as they look but they do a really great job protecting your phone. The art work and etching done on them is top notch. It has a good feel in the hand and goes into and out of the pocket with ease. I wanted to feature this today to help spread the word on these as they are a great accessory for cigar enthusiasts. If you are a Room 101 fan then this is a must have accessory for you. If anybody is interested in getting one hit up firstname.lastname@example.org and they'll take care of you.
Today brings us the My Uzi Weighs A Ton Toro in a 6x60 vitola. MUWAT is produced by Drew Estate's Subculture Studio with Joya de Nicaragua and is their first joint blend. The blend consists of Nicaraguan and Brazilian Mata Fina long fillers, a Connecticut Capote binder and a San Andres Maduro wrapper. With a earthy core that features a slight sweetness, cinnamon, spice and a leather this cigar is a medium bodied surprise. I chose this to feature today to celebrate the massive historical event that occurred on this day in 1945. General Alfred Jodl, Chief of the Operations Staff of the Armed Forces High Command of Germany, signed the unconditional surrender terms at Reims, France, ending Germany's participation in World War II.
Today continues the CigarFest spotlight with the Gurkha Black Dragon in a 7x56 Imperial Presidente vitola. The Black Dragon that we know and love today isn't how the Black Dragon started. Originally released in 2006 they cost$1,150.00 each. Which made them the most expensive cigar ever made. They released 5 boxes of 100 cigars made from hand-carved camel bone. The blend consisted of very old and limited tobaccos. They released it in 2007 in a much more economic fashion. The blend consists of a Connecticut Maduro wrapper, a Cameroon binder with Dominican fillers. It's a creamy cigar with flavors of earth, spice, coffee and a classic maduro sweetness to it. >
Sunday, May 6, 2012
Today brings us the Tatuaje Drac in it's fang-shaped torpedo 6.75x52 vitola. Pete Johnson has one of what I think the coolest reoccurring limited release themes in his famed Monster Series. The Drac was #2 in the Monster Series. It is a Nicaraguan Puro with a Habano Maduro wrapper. The Drac gives you flavor notes of chocolate, leather, spice, woody and small hints of mint throughout that makes this a fantastic cigar. I wanted to feature this cigar today to pay homage to the official public opening of the Eiffel Tower on this day in 1889.
Thursday, May 3, 2012
Today continues CigarFest spotlight week. Today brings us the Alec Bradley Fine and Rare in a 6x52 Toro vitola. The Fine and Rare is very unique in that it utilizes 10 tobaccos in it's blend. It was blended at the Raices Cubanas Factory in the Honduras. Each one of the cigars is numbered and features the signature of the man behind Alec Bradley Cigars Alan Rubin, the VP Ralph Montero, the project manager, the roller and the buncher. The Fine and Rare features a Honduran wrapper from the Trojes farm, dual Honduran and Nicaraguan binders and undisclosed filler tobaccos. Only 1,111 boxes were released with 1,000 of them containing 10 of the toros, 100 boxes containing 10 toros and 10 torpedos, and 11 charity boxes containing 10 toros , 10 torpedos and 10 perfectos. You'll get a leather, earth and wood core complemented by pepper, spice, nuts and fruit notes.
Today brings us the Man O War Maduro in a 6x60 vitola. The Man O War Maduro is the most limited Man O War cigar. It is limited to the Perfecto Sampler and the War Chest. There honestly isn't much out there on the Maduro. What I can tell you is that I've smoked a few of them now and they're fantastic cigars. Earthy, leathery, spicy, cocoa, coffee and a classic maduro sweetness and classic tobacco flavors make this cigar powerful but elegant. I chose this to feature today to celebrate what SEAL Team 6 and the CIA accomplished last year in their raid that took out the most influential terrorist in the world. On this day 1 year ago Osama Bin Laden lost his life in the raid and justice was finally brought justice to the victims of many terrorist attacks that he organized and/or funded and to those lost fighting the wars on terror. A huge thanks to all those involved!
Tuesday, May 1, 2012
Today is day 2 of my CigarFest spotlight week. Today brings us the My Father Le Bijou 1922 Toro in a 6x52 vitola. My Father Cigars are known as one of the best manufacturers and some of the best cigars out there. My father was started in 2008 by Jamie Garcia and their factory in Esteli, Nicaragua located at the Garcia Family Industrial Park opened in 2009. My Father was created by Jamie to pay his respects to his dad Don Pepin Garcia. The Le Bijou 1922 was created as a tribute to Jamie's grandfather who was born in 1922. The Le Bijou 1922 is a Nicaraguan Puro with a Habano Oscuro wrapper. This medium bodied cigar features prominent flavors of oak, sweet dark chocolate and classic aged tobacco with touches of pepper throughout.