Monthly Archives: November 2013

Bodega Cigars Launch

Bodega

Estelí Nicaragua  – November 21, 2013 – Bodega Premium Blends ( @Cigar_G @BodegaCigars) is excited to announce the official release date of their first line: Reunión. Reunión features two different yet complimentary blends: Aperitivo and Digestivo. It’s designed to give the cigar enthusiast two experiences in one box.

 

Reunión Aperitivo is a proprietary blend from Nicaragua. With Habana wrapper from Jalapa region, this Nica Claro distinguishes itself from the Digestivo not only visually but also by its flavor profile. It’s a medium strength, medium body cigar characterized by black pepper, earthy and barnyard notes.

 

Meanwhile, a wrapper of Mexican origin dresses the Reunión Digestivo. Digestivo’s crowning exterior was born in the San Andres Valley. With the Digestivo, BPB has chosen to marry the rich Nicaraguan features of the filler and binder with the San Andreas Negro wrapper to achieve a more full body experience. It’s the perfect way to cap off a meal.

 

Launched in a 20 cigar count box containing 10 each of Aperitivo and Digestivo, Reunión is offered in three vitolas:

 

Toro 6 x 52

Double Robusto 5 x 54

Corona Gorda5.5 x 46

 

Stephane Barjolin, BPB co-founder, confirmed the year-end release date today while executing his final quality control tour in Estelí. As announced at IPCPR earlier this year, the House of Emilio will distribute Reunión. The Reunión line-up will be landing on U.S. soil in mid December and available at your local tobacconist shortly there after.

“After a two year long journey of tasting, excluding, qualifying and re-qualifying Blends, we couldn’t be happier with the final product” said Ron Plante, Chief Brand Officer.

 

“I can’t believe we’ve finally arrived. It’s the pinnacle of our journey. We believe in our concept, we believe in our product and it’s our way of giving back to our brotherhood.” stated CEO Gino Domanico aka @Cigar_G.

 

”We know the bulk of work remains. Our goal is to have as many members of our fraternity try Reunión. And we’re all up to the challenge.” added BPB CFO Rob Mariani.

 

Bodega Premium Blends is a Boutique Brand focused on offering only Premium, hand rolled Cigars. BPB is proud to invest in your Life’s moments.

 

For further details please contact us at info@bpbcigars.com For any retail inquiries contact Emilio Cigars at www.houseofemilio.com or call 1 800 552 2639.

Follow us on Twitter: @BodegaCigars or @Cigar_G and ask for Reunión by name.

Headley Grange Drumstick Limited Edition Cigar Review

Headley Grange Drumstick

Let me start by saying how much I love a good lancero. With the delicious blends that have been introduced by The Crowned Heads over the past couple years I couldn’t wait to get my hands on these. A heads up as well, my final score will be on the bottom as usual but I’ve decided to do away with numbers next to each section. If you’re interested look at the Scales of Justice page for my breakdown.

Background;

The Drumstick is manufactured at Ernesto Perez Carrillo’s Tabacalera La Alianza in the Dominican Republic. Interestingly enough this is the first lancero to come out said factory. The cigar is comprised of an Ecuadorian Sumatra wrapper, binder and fillers both being Nicaraguan.

Construction and Pre-Light;

The drumstick has small veins present throughout, giving it a rustic look and feel. The cigar is packed extremely well offering no soft spots. It is really a beautiful representation of a lancero topped with the perfect pigtail. A pre-light sniff offered up some nuts, wood notes, a slight coffee note, and a little spice. I almost opted to just pull the pigtail but being a creature of habit I gave it the good old straight cut. The dry draw gave me more nutty notes, wood, a slight leather, and spice.

Flavor;

The Drumstick starts out beautifully. The cigar offers wonderful flavors of nutty notes, wood, and a spice note that is just right. Throughout the first third these notes were the most prevalent. At times I picked up a slight coffee sensation. The nut and wood notes blended so perfectly forming the most delicious profile topped off by the spice note at the end and through the nose.

The second third continued with the nut and wood. In this third I also picked up a note of hay breaking through from time to time. along with that the coffee was also a tad more noticeable than the first third. The flavor profile to this point had been absolutely outstanding. The dominance of nutty, wood, and spice notes accompanied by the introduction of coffee and hay gives this cigar a really unique twist. A tasty twist at that.

The final third saw yet another introduction of leather to the profile. In many cigars I’ve usually noticed that the core flavors begin to diminish in the final, not the case here. The wood, nut, and spice notes added with the leather remained till the very end. A nubbable cigar if there ever was one.

Draw, Burn, & Ash;

The draw was fabulous from beginning to end. No complaints from me.

The burn was almost razor-sharp throughout my experience. Towards the very end the cigar seemed to lose a little of the burn and putter out, but again this took place at the end.

The ash was great. Strong yet at times seemed as though it may fall easily but surprised me by holding on. It wasn’t the strongest I’ve encountered but not the weakest either.

Conclusion;

Jon Huber is quoted as saying that he wanted to produce a cigar that hit like the drums from the song “When the levee breaks” by Led Zeppelin. In my most humble opinion he has, along with the master blending skills of E.P. Carrillo, attained this goal. The Headley Grange Drumstick’s flavors resonate on the palate as does beautiful music in the ears and soul. It is a fantastic cigar presented in the sometimes difficult vitola of lancero. One of the best I’ve had the pleasure to smoke. It is absolutely box-worthy and I’d suggest at least that being as they are limited. I’ve already gone through half a box and just today ordered one from Smoke Inn. Try it my friends, you’ll love it. As always I thank you for reading and long ashes to all! -Evan

The Greek’s Scales of Justice;

Final Score;

94

 

 

 

 

Nomad S-307 Cigar Review

Nomad S-307

 

If there’s anything one can respect about a company, it’s when they continually produce a product that doesn’t disappoint. Owner of Nomad Cigar Company Fred Rewey seems to me, the type of person that understands this philosophy and embraces it. I reviewed the Esteli Lot 1386 a while back. That being the first step into Nicaraguan cigars rather than the usual Dominican from Nomad, proved worthwhile, producing a cigar that was different from the original lines yet just as excellent. The S-307, subject of this review, marks the second Nicaraguan blend by Nomad and also adds another dynamic, box-pressed. Also notable is the S, meaning Sumatra.

Background;

The Nomad S-307 is manufactured in the factory Of AJ Fernandez in Nicaragua and distributed by The House of Emilio. As previously mentioned the “S” stands for Sumatra, and the “307” references the square miles of Esteli. It is available in three vitolas; Toro, Robusto, and Torpedo, the Toro being subject of this review.

Construction & Pre-Light; 18/20

The S-307 as stated is a box pressed cigar. It sports an Ecuadorian Sumatra wrapper, Ecuadorian Habano binder, and Nicaraguan filler. There were no visible veins in the two I smoked. Slightly noticeable wrapper seams were present yet not terribly noticeable. Pre-light sniff offered some sweet notes, spice, and coffee notes. A whiff of the foot offered some natural tobacco, spice, and a hint of sweetness. A straight cut to the cap and the dry draw gave me natural tobacco, sweet notes, and slight pepper spice.

Flavor; 19/20

The S-307 started up with some notes of wood and sweet floral hints. On the back of things was a very slight pepper. The wood and sweet notes were the primary players throughout the first third of the cigar. At times I picked up some notes of coffee as well.

The second third continued with the sweet notes, wood, and coffee. There also seemed to be some natural tobacco flavors in play. The pepper became a tad more evident but never very strong. Here and there I also thought that some leather was noticeable. I’ll have to try to smoke some more of these to check my notes. It won’t be hard, trust me.

The final third stayed true to the woody, sweet profile. The pepper stayed at a nice even level keeping the cigar nice and smooth. The coffee was pretty much an after thought, although I thought I still noticed it from time to time. The cigar is a must nubber and delicious to the very end.

Draw, Burn, & Ash;

The draw was absolutely perfect. Plenty of great smoke from pull to pull. 20/20

The burn for the most part was nice and even. I noticed some wavy moments in the second third but nothing that got out of hand. 17/20

The ash throughout the first third was perfect. In the second third it seemed a tad less strong but nothing that caused problems. 18/20

Conclusion;

Nomad Cigar Company has definitely become one of my favorite companies. The continuing devotion to excellence speaks volumes of Fred’s character and caring for his lines. The result of his hard work and enthusiasm shows in his offerings. I’ve said in a tweet that I’ve never met a Nomad I didn’t like, I’m glad it has stayed that way and have high hopes for the future. This is another box-worthy cigar from Nomad. Try it you won’t be sorry. As always I thank you for reading and long ashes to all! -Evan

The Greek’s Scale of Justice

Final Score 

92