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Black Works Studio KATO and KIller Bee Lonsdale Release

 

PRESS RELEASE

February 16, 2017— Black Works Studio (BLK WKS) is pleased to announce the upcoming release of GREEN HORNET “KATO” and KILLER BEE LONSDALE: Hand crafted in Esteli, Nicaragua at Fabrica Oveja Negra.

 

These cigars are available at select BLK WKS retailer events beginning March, 2017.

 

“We are very excited to launch these new additions to the Killer Bee and Green Hornet lines. These cigars will be released as event only in very limited quantities. Both of these cigars are unique versions of the original blends and highlight the creativity of our factory. I wanted something special for our retailers who support us with events and these two cigars are exactly that,” said James Brown, creator of BLK WKS and owner at Fabrica Oveja Negra.

 

GREEN HORNET “KATO”

Country of Origin: Nicaragua

Wrapper: Ecuador Maduro w/a Candela swirl cap & closed foot

Binder: Nicaraguan Habano

Filler: Nicaragua

  • Petite Corona – 4.5 x 46 (20 count) MSRP $9.50

 

KILLER BEE LONSDALE

Country of Origin: Nicaragua

Wrapper: Ecuador Maduro w/a Connecticut linear cap

  • Binder: Nicaraguan Habano

Filler: Nicaragua

  • Lonsdale – 6.5 x 42 (20 count) MSRP $9.00

 

BLK WKS cigars are an expression of art showcasing the talent, technique and tobacco behind boutique cigar factory; Fabrica Oveja Negra. Available for purchase through Boutiques Unified. For more information contact info@BlackLabelTrading.com.

Foundry Tobacco Company Presents Temple Hall Estates

Foundry Tobacco Company Presents Temple Hall Estates

History takes many forms, from words in books to stories handed down through generations. Foundry Tobacco Company’s new Temple Hall Estates collection is a story of heritage, best told through smoke.
The Temple Hall Cigar Factory was born of necessity. During WWII, England needed to keep its currency within the commonwealth to support the war effort. As the Brits were among the world’s largest buyers of Cuban cigars at that time, many Cuban cigar masters expatriated to British-held Jamaica to continue to supply this important market. The Temple Hall cigar factory quickly became a big-time player. Years later, when the Castro regime took control of Cuba, Ramón Cifuentes, the father of Partagas, assumed the day-to-day operation of the factory. His legendary attention to detail and exacting standards quickly put Temple Hall on the map, and it became known as one of the world’s premier cigar factories.
When the Temple Hall factory was acquired by General Cigar in the 1960s, Edgar Cullman, then chairman of the company, saw tremendous promise in Ramón and ultimately transferred him to the Dominican Republic where he played a pivotal role in developing the company’s strict standards for cigar making and quality assurance.
Justin Andrews, sales manager for Foundry Tobacco Company had this to day about the brand, “Temple Hall Estates pays homage to the factory in Jamaica, and the people who shared Ramón Cifuentes’ love for the art of cigar making. This new line is made in Santiago, DR, according to the techniques set forth at Temple Hall by Ramón.”
A silky, elegant, and flavorful smoke reminiscent of the cigars crafted at Temple Hall under the tutelage of Ramón Cifuentes, Temple Hall Estates is made with a Connecticut Shade wrapper over a Mexican San Andrean binder. Proprietary Dominican Piloto Cubano leaves grown in Mao, DR and harvested from all three grades (volado, seco and ligero) and Mexican San Andrean long fillers round out the blend and deliver enticing notes of earth and cedar.
Andrews noted, Temple Hall Estates rounds out the Foundry Tobacco Company portfolio by offering a mild, smooth-smoking cigar not previously represented in the FTC Heritage Series which includes Ramón Allones and Bolivar.”
Temple Hall Estates is available in four classic sizes listed below, and is now shipping to cigar retailers across the U.S. The brand will be supported with in-store educational events beginning in March and taking place at cigar shops across the country.
5.5 x 49 – SRP per cigar is $6.99
6 x 50 – SRP per cigar is $7.49
5.25 x 54 – SRP per cigar is $7.99
7.5 x 49 – SRP per cigar is $8.49
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It’s been a while…

Hey there my old friends. The Greek has been on somewhat of a hiatus, and for the I apologize. Life catches up sometimes and focuses shift. Happily I can say most of my focuses have been positive. I won’t bore you with the details.
However I am back. I’ll be sharing my opinions as much as possible and actually will be adding another one of my passions to the site. Personal home and portable audio. So get your palates ready for good cigars, and you ears ready for the bliss of getting lost in your favorite jams with great equipment to do so.
Thanks for hanging in there to whoever reads this. I’ve missed you all!

Epicurean Cigars Gonzo Santeria Cigar Review

Gonzo Santeria

I’m pretty sure Gary’s trying to put a spell on me, as a matter of fact on the cigar industry as a whole. Steven Ysidron has aided him with the creation of the Epicurean Gonzo Santeria. It’s no secret that the House of Emilio has become a powerhouse with a portfolio that will knock your socks off. So how do you think the addition of this cigar will do? Read on for my personal opinion of it…

Background;

The Epicurean Cigars Gonzo Santeria is a Nicaraguan cigar composed of a San Andres Wrapper, Double Binder of San Andres and Jalapa, and the filler consists of 2009 Nicaraguan Jalapa and Condega. The cigar is of course distributed by the House of Emilio and available on the Cigar Fed Store.

Construction & Pre Light;

I smoked the Heina, 6×52 box-pressed Toro for this review. The cigar displayed some visible veins and wrapper seams, no soft spots. A sniff of it offered some spice and cocoa on the nose. The foot gave a bit more spice, cocoa, and earthy tones. Lighting was a cinch on I was off…

Flavor;

The Santeria started off with primary notes of coffee, cocoa and earth. Also present were subtle notes of pepper spice and a dried fruit note. The pepper was a little more noticeable on the retrohale. The coffee, cocoa, and earth were the most prominent throughout the first third for me, coca being the lesser of the flavors. The pepper and dried fruit were there but stayed in the background.

The second third saw a rise in the pepper spice and coca. These flavors replaced the dried fruit which had faded into the background. I picked up extremely slight notes of the fruit here and there but it had all but gone later in this third. The cocoa, pepper, and earth became the primary players in the second third, with the coffee following a close second.

The final third saw the earth, spice, and coffee become the primary notes. The fruit, and coca were all but a memory. The cigar was a definite nub-worthy smoke.

Draw, Burn, & Ash;

The draw was great from beginning to end. Never too loose or too tight. Great smoke output.

The burn was excellent. Not exactly razor-sharp, but nothing that required any attention.

The ash held strong for about an inch or so in, after that it only yielded to my tap of the ashtray.

Conclusion;

Epicurean cigars has a home run of a cigar here. The complexity, flavor, and strength were all superb. It kept things interesting from foot to nub. I look forward to getting some more of these to enjoy in what hopefully will be upcoming cigar-friendly weather. The only issue I have is the 50 count box. I’m personally not one to buy more than a box of 20 or so at a time, but that’s me. I will without a doubt be purchasing a couple of 5 packs to smoke and stash away to see what age does. The House of Emilio has a great addition to their already robust portfolio with the Gonzo Santeria. Again don’t forget their available on the Cigar Federation Store. As always I thank you for reading and long ashes to all! -Evan

The Greek’s Scales of Justice;

Final Score;

92

 

J•R AVAILS THE ULTIMATE IN LUXURY BY WELCOMING DAVIDOFF CIGARS & ACCESSORIES

J•R Cigar, the world’s largest cigar store, proudly announces it will now offer their vast, discerning customer base a diverse
selection of highly regarded tobacco products and smoking accoutrements by
Davidoff Cigars. The long-awaited collaboration between these two esteemed leaders in the premium-cigar landscape is
exciting news for cigar enthusiasts

The Davidoff name is synonymous with craftsmanship, sophistication and elegance. Every stage of the cigar making process is controlled by Davidoff, crop-to-shop. It’s a simple way of ensuring unparalleled quality, time after time. Zino Davidoff believed in the importance of time. How it should, at every opportunity, be filled beautifully. Time lies at the heart of the Davidoff philosophy.
It is, after all the one thing everyone at Davidoff – then and now – has dedicated to cultivating, drying, curing, blending and tasting the very best tobacco in the single-minded pursuit of creating the very finest cigars.

Rob Norris, CEO of 800-JR Cigar, Inc., provided his company’s perspective on the Davidoff alliance,
“Our aim at JR Cigar is to offer our loyal consumers the opportunity to taste and enjoy the best and widest variety of Premium cigars in the US. This new collaboration with our partners at Davidoff of Geneva is an exciting new step for us, and if initial sales are anything to go by, our consumers are also incredibly excited.”

To suit the needs of all cigar enthusiasts, J•R will offer the following Davidoff premium cigar lines:

Aniversario Series Mille Series

Classic Series Nicaragua Series

Grand Cru Series Puro D’Oro Series

Maduro Series Special Series

Millennium Blend Series Cigarillos & Small Cigars

To order Davidoff cigars, please call 1-800-JR CIGAR or visit www.jrcigars.com

Drew Estate Announces Undercrown “Dogma” Commemorative Cigar & “5 Days of ‘Dogma’” Giveaway

Miami, FL – Drew Estate announced today their plans to release a new size within their Undercrown cigar line. The size will be called Undercrown “Dogma”, and has been created to celebrate the one-year anniversary of the online community Cigar Dojo. The blend of “Dogma” is based on the Undercrown Corona ¡Viva! and is comprised of Mexican San Andreas wrapper, Connecticut Stalk-Cut Habano binder, and Nicaraguan & Brazilian Mata Fina fillers. The “Dogma” will come in a 6 x 56 box-pressed vitola.

When asked about the “Dogma” project, Jonathan Drew said, “we have been major supporters of Cigar Dojo from the beginning. A handful of Drew Estate employees, myself included, are Dojo members, and we have always been floored by the support Drew Estate has received on the app and website. When Eric (owner of Cigar Dojo) approached us about coming up with this special commemorative cigar, it was a no-brainer. My dad, “Baitfish” Gary, came up with the name ‘Dogma’.”

The “Dogma” will be a limited run of 10-count bundles, and will be sold exclusively through Smoke Inn, a South Florida cigar retail chain, owned by Abe Debabneh. For those based outside of Florida, the cigars will be available through Smoke Inn’s web store. The “Dogma” will be priced at $9.95 MSRP per single and $99.50 MSRP per 10-count bundle.

The flavor profile of the “Dogma” aligns with that of the Corona ¡Viva!, featuring notes of cocoa, earth, and a rich spicy character. If you enjoy the Corona ¡Viva! but would like a longer, 56 ring gauge smoke, the “Dogma” will be a new favorite.

In tandem with the release of the new “Dogma” size, Drew Estate will be running a social campaign and giveaway through their website which will allow consumers to try the cigar before it hits the market. To enter, visit http://drewestate.com/dojodogma. Unfortunately, the giveaway is not available in MA, MI, and VA due to anti-tobacco promotion laws within those states.

The Undercrown “Dogma” will be available for pre-order Friday, March 28th, 2014, through SmokeInn.com. In the meantime, make sure to enter Drew Estate’s “5 Days of ‘Dogma’” giveaway for your chance to try the cigar before anyone else in the country. If you have any questions, please contact Drew Estate’s Public & Media Relations representative, Johnny Brooke, at jbrooke (at) drewestate (dot) com.

About Drew Estate:

Founded in New York City in 1996 by two former college fraternity brothers who shared a dream to become world-class cigar makers. Jonathan Drew and Marvin Samel led Drew Estate to become one of the largest and fastest growing cigar companies in the world. Under their mantra “The Rebirth of Cigars”™ Drew Estate has defied the odds by innovating new elements to the cigar industry with their unique tobaccos and blending styles that have attracted new and old cigar enthusiasts. In their Gran Fabrica Drew Estate, their Nicaraguan headquarters, Drew Estate produces successful brands such as ACID, Herrera Estelí, Java by Drew Estate, Kentucky Fired Cured, Liga Privada, My Uzi Weighs a Ton, Natural, Nica Rustica, Tabak Especial and UnderCrown.

Blessed Leaf Kairos Release!

March 13, 2014! !
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Kyle Hoover and Chris Kelly, the leaders of BlessedLeaf.com, a
Christian cigar-based ministry, announce the release of the long anticipated Blessed Leaf
Kairos.
“This is a project that has been in our hearts for over a year. Our vision was to produce a great
cigar with vintage tobaccos and have the proceeds go to ministry and missions efforts.” noted
Kyle Hoover.
“For this project, we went back to our roots: Nicaraguan tobacco! This is a Nicaraguan puro in
the Ezra Zion genre of blending. Since we are doing this for The Lord, it had to be the best work
we could possibly do!” added Chris Kelly.
The Blessed Leaf Kairos is a 52 x 6.25 box press. The wrapper is Corojo 99 Rosado. The filler
includes ligeros from Esteli and Jalapa. Total production is 4000 cigars of 100 boxes and 5
packs.
The Blessed Leaf Kairos is produced at the Casa Fernandez factory in Miami, Florida.! !
“We chose the name Kairos because of it’s unique meaning to this project. Kairos is defined as
a specific moment in time when the Divine intervenes directly into your life. To us, there is a duel application. Obviously, as a person smokes the cigar they will have a “heavenly” smoking
experience. Secondly, that the support raised for Christian missions will impact people’s lives
with the gospel of Christ.” added Hoover.! !! The Blessed Leaf Kairos will be available for pre-order on BlessedLeaf.com and CigarFederation.com. The official launch herf will be on April 2 on BlessedLeaf.com

Miami Cigar to Serve as Exclusive US Distributor of Viva República

Miami Cigar & Sirena Seal

Miami Cigar to Serve as Exclusive US Distributor of Viva República
MIAMI – March 19, 2014

Viva República, Inc. and Miami Cigar Co. are pleased to announce an exclusive distribution agreement effective April 1st 2014. Miami Cigar will sell and distribute all Viva República lines in the United States.
In addition to the brand joining Miami Cigar’s premium product offerings, the brand creator, Jason Holly, is joining the Miami Cigar team. He will concentrate on developing existing brands and work on creating new projects, while visiting accounts nationally for events and sales support. When questioned about the acquisition Jason Wood, VP of Miami Cigar, had this to say, “We plan to increase our emphasis on traditional channels,” he said, “It is time for the cigar industry to see the new Miami Cigar, the addition of (Jason) Holly is exactly what we needed to get a jump start to our 25th Anniversary campaign.”
Founded by Nestor and Mariana Miranda in 1989 the Company is celebrating its 25th year in business.
“We are proud to be adding a growing new brand in the same year we are celebrating our 25th
Anniversary,” said Miranda, “Even after two-plus decades and millions upon millions of cigars, we’re not ready to slow down.”
“I was thoroughly impressed with the Miranda’s and Jason Wood,” said Holly, who attended Harvard University, “We share similar values, key relationships and both see enhanced growth potential resulting from our complementary skills and resources.”
“I am proud to have Viva República in the Miami Cigar family of lines we distribute.” said Wood. “In adding Holly we bring on another valuable team member, who has seen the industry from the traditional retailer’s eye. He is highly creative and can add to our strategy immensely.” When asked about future Viva República releases Holly said he would continue to rely solely on León’s factory. “It’s home. The factory is modern and well run, boasts a fantastic tobacco inventory and is owned by a great friend,” Holly said.
With the pending release of the Nestor Miranda Collection, the addition of Viva República and plans to enhance its sales mechanisms, Miami Cigar could be in for one of its most exciting years since its founding.
“We have spent some serious time evaluating our practices and look forward to implementing positive changes that will enhance our brand identity,” said Wood.

About Miami Cigar Co
Miami Cigar Co is proudly celebrating its 25th Year in Business as a distributer of premium cigars. Founded by Nestor and
Mariana Miranda the company is currently run by Vice President Jason Wood. In addition to the Nestor Miranda brands the
company also boasts the Tatiana, Don Lino and Casa Miranda brands. MCC also serves as the exclusive United States distributor
for La Aurora, S.A.

About Viva República
Viva República was founded in 2012 by former brick and mortar retailer Jason Holly. Holly partnered with Guillermo León and
his La Aurora factory as the exclusive manufacturer of the company’s Viva República brand. In addition to winning an award in
the “Best in Show” category at the IPCPR in 2013, the brands sales have steadily increased. Current releases include Rapture,
Rapture Maduro and Guerrilla Warfare, with new additions shipping shortly.

Partagas 1845 Introduces Two New Collections

Partagas 1845 Introduces Two New Collections
The Sequel That’s Second to None

Richmond, VA—General Cigar Company is proud to announce the expansion of the acclaimed Partagas® 1845 line with two unique, channel-specific collections debuting in mid-March.

Partagas 1845 Extra Fuerte was created exclusively for sale at brick and mortar cigar shops, and Partagas 1845 Extra Oscuro will be available only through internet and catalog retailers. Each new collection has its own distinctive blend.

Alan Willner, vice president of marketing for General Cigar explains, “These new collections enhance the taste spectrum of Partagas 1845 which is one of the best-selling blends in our portfolio. We anticipate that the appeal of these new Partagas 1845 cigars will be shared equally among those who favor the heritage and craftsmanship of classic brands, and those who seek to expand their smoking repertoires with exciting new tastes.”

Partagas 1845 Extra Fuerte is a full-flavored cigar featuring high priming tobacco for a deep, rich smoking experience. The wrapper is a dark, lustrous Ecuadoran Habano ligero, and the binder is Habano Connecticut binder. The blend is bold, with Dominican Piloto Cubano, peppered with Nicaraguan tobacco from three growing areas: Gurdian, Esteli and ASP. With its eye-catching band that features a silver and black color scheme, Partagas 1845 Extra Fuerte will be easy to find at retail.

Extra Fuerte will debut with these four frontmarks, each protected in boxes containing 20 cigars: Robusto Gordo
(5.5” x 52), SRP per cigar $7.49; Gigante (6” x 60), SRP per cigar $7.99; and Double Corona (7.5” x 54), SPR per cigar $8.19 and Supremo (7” x 58), SRP per cigar $8.49.

Partagas 1845 Extra Oscuro is a robust smoke with a unique flavor unto its own. Extra Oscuro’s blend begins with an oily Connecticut Havano Oscuro wrapper. The binder is a proprietary Dominican leaf and the blend features a selection of the most full-flavored tobaccos that the Dominican Republic, Honduras and Nicaragua have to offer. A silver band with royal purple accents differentiates the Extra Oscuro line.

Extra Oscuro is also a five-cigar collection, with each frontmark packed in 18 count boxes. The line includes Robusto Gordo (5.5” x 52), SRP per cigar $7.26; Double Corona (7.5 x 54), SRP per cigar $7.75; Rothschild (4.5” x 50), SRP per cigar $7.01; Gigante (6” x 60) SPR per cigar $8.03, and Supremo (7” x 58), SRP per cigar $8.47.

Partagas 1845 Extra Fuerte and Extra Oscuro are presented with the same innovative band positioning and patented vertical box format that debuted with the original Partagas 1845 line in 2012.
Jhonys Diaz (vice president of operations) led blend development on both new collections, collaborating with General Cigar Dominicana’s development team which includes Francisco Rodriguez (general manager of operations) and Yuri Guillen (production manager).
About Partagas Cigars
Partagas cigars are produced by General Cigar Co. Inc., which manufactures and markets handcrafted cigars for the premium market. Committed to delivering cigars of the finest quality, General Cigar also produces Macanudo®, Cohiba®, La Gloria Cubana®, CAO®, Punch®, Hoyo de Monterrey®, Excalibur®, and several other leading premium brands. In addition, the company grows its own premium Connecticut Shade wrapper tobacco, as well as natural and candela wrapper in the Dominican Republic. General Cigar also operates Club Macanudo®, a cigar bar in New York City. Based in Richmond, VA, General Cigar sells through tobacconists nationwide. For more information, please visit www.cigarworld.com.
® Partagas, Macanudo, Cohiba La Gloria Cubana, CAO, Punch, Hoyo de Monterrey, Excalibur and Club Macanudo are registered trademarks of General Cigar Company.

Nomad Connecticut Fuerte Cigar Review

Nomad Connecticut

If you still haven’t gotten to know the superb company that is Nomad Cigar Company, I’m not sure why you still smoke cigars. Stop now, you’re not paying enough attention. Having smoked and enjoyed every cigar Fred has come out with, I was unsurprisingly anticipating smoking the Connecticut Fuerte. Add to the fact that this cigar was to add some kick to the light side of Connecticuts and my excitement grew more. Read on for my thoughts…

Background;

The Connecticut Fuerte is of course by Nomad Cigar Company and a member of, and distributed by the House of Emilio. If you’re looking for some, look no further, Cigar Fed Store. The cigar is composed of an Ecuadorian Connecticut wrapper, Ecuadorian Habano binder, and fillers from the Dominican Republic and Nicaragua.

Construction & Pre Light;

The Connecticut Fuerte is a beautiful looking cigar. There are a few noticeable veins, and very faint wrapper seams. It is packed well and gives off a barnyard type aroma along with a faint sweet tobacco note. The foot gives some spice and wood. A straight cut to the cap yields a dry draw of sweet tobacco and nuts.

Flavor;

The Connecticut Fuerte started off with some delicious nutty notes accompanied  by a slight pepper spice. It gave a beautifully creamy sensation with just the right kick to it. Throughout the first third the nut and spice were present along with notes of wood and sweet tobacco here and there.

The second third brought the wood and sweet tobacco notes more to the forefront. The nutty notes were still present. The spice also kicked up a tad in this third. The creamy sensation also stayed in play adding such a tasteful accent to this already enjoyable cigar.

The final third saw the nutty notes and pepper stay as the dominant notes. The cream was still there but a little more faint. Nubbing this was a must and a pleasure.

Draw, Burn, and Ash;

The draw was absolutely phenomenal. A plentiful amount of smoke on each pull. Was never too tight or too loose.

The burn was as I’ve decided to deem it; “The Nomad Coefficient.” It was as splendid as most of the Nomads I’ve enjoyed. Just about razor-sharp from beginning to end.

The ash was as strong as they come, showing off the craftsmanship of this cigar. Stellar!

Conclusion;

It’s no secret that Nomad Cigar Company has found the secret to success. I personally have been impressed with every offering in their portfolio. Fred’s cigars have made my top of the year lists and I doubt this will change. As for this cigar, it was absolutely splendid. It was a bit stronger than a normal Connecticut, but not terribly stronger. It definitely, in my humble opinion, is one of the best Connecticuts I’ve enjoyed. I’ve already placed a box purchase with the Cigar Federation Store as I see it becoming a normal smoke in my rotation. Usually when I think of a Connecticut, its reserved for morning or early afternoon. Not the case here. I see myself being able to enjoy it at any time of the day. The flavor throughout the cigar makes it an excellent experience and a compliment to Nomads already exceptional repertoire.

The Greek’s Scales of Justice;

Final Score;

93