Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Illusione Singulare Phantom 2011

Illusione is becoming one of the most sought after cigars in the industry. Always receiving high marks, ranked in Cigar Aficionado’s Top 25 of 2010, Illusione is on the cutting edge of the cigar industry. Enter Dion’s next concept: 1 size, 1 blend and different concept every year limited edition cigar. The first limited edition in the lineup is the Singulare Phantom, a Nicaraguan Puro. It is only available in a 6 x 50 size and uses a secret blend of Nicaraguan tobacco hailing from an undisclosed location.

The cigar is beautifully finished; the wrapper is silky smooth and shows it was expertly rolled by one of Nicaragua’s finest. With a cut and a light, the Singulare Phantom coats the palate with a slight spice and sweet cedar. These flavors evolve into a prominent spice with a slight cinnamon quality. From start to finish, the Illusione Singulare Phantom is one of the smoothest, medium bodied, full flavored cigars available. If the availability wasn’t limited this cigar could easily place highly on Cigar Aficionado’s Top 25 cigars for 2011.

Get your Illusione Singulare Phantom's at http://www.coronacigar.com

Thursday, May 26, 2011

Para japon

“Para Japon” cigar was created by La Aurora. Proceeds are being donated to relief efforts for Japan in wake of the catastrophic earthquake that rocked Japan in 2011.

The Para Japon cigar is available in only 1 size, a 5 x 50 robusto. The cigar is beautifully wrapped in Nicaraguan tobacco; bound together by Dominican tobacco; and blended with selected tobaccos from Cameroon, Brazil and Dominican Republic.

This cigar has an exquisite blend of tobaccos that provides a rich earthy complex smoke with lots of flavor, hints of spice, well balanced with an intense aroma and a long finish.

Friday, May 13, 2011

Art Deco by Nestor Miranda

May 6th was free cigar day for most retailers. Nestor Miranda was giving away an Art Deco cigar with any cigar purchased. I'd smoked one of these at the IPCPR and really enjoyed it, however, when they came in the shop I was on a Liga Privada T52 binge. On free cigar day I smoked an Art Deco and was floored. It is a really good cigar. It flew under my radar and I'm sorry I have missed its tasty goodness for so long, so I have been making up for lost time by smoking a lot of the Art Deco.

The Art Deco is a full bodied cigar with a medium strength. It is spicy with a woody undertone and a subtle sweet molasses note. This is a fantastic everyday affordable smoke. Get your Art Deco cigars at http://www.coronacigar.com/

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Join the Conspiracy

Join the Conspiracy

So walking the store looking for something I haven’t had in awhile and I spotted the Room 101 Conjura Edition. With our upcoming event for Room 101 in a couple of weeks I thought I would revisit this tasty smoke.

The Room 101 Conjura Edition features a Rosado wrapper (Specially selected for Room 101), Honduran binder and Dominican and Nicaraguan tobacco filler. Released in 2010 by Camacho for Los Angeles based jewelry designer, Matt Booth.

Getting down to the nitty-gritty, the Conjura is a rich, complex smoke with smooth, approachable characteristics. Think of it as the cigar that will keep you guessing. A strong, airy spice is prominent throughout the entire cigar with nuances changing almost every puff. Roasted coffee, cedar, leather, hay, white pepper, and even some flavors that I couldn’t put my finger were present throughout the cigar. Camacho Cigars and Matt Booth have out done themselves this time and I can’t wait for what they have in store for us with the rest of the Limitado series.

Thursday, May 5, 2011

Timely Smoke

So our friendly Alec Bradley Rep, Kevin, came by and dropped me off one of the new Tempus maduros. So I decided to fire it up and see how it goes.

The Alec Bradley Tempus Maduro is delicious. It is medium to full bodied with heavy flavors of earth and cocoa with a prominent black pepper spice.

Alan Rubin, Owner of Alec Bradley Cigars, has been ramping up his cigars. He's been featured in Cigar Aficionado's Top 25 Cigars 3 consecutive years in a row!

Who knows what the feature will hold, but time will tell...Fire up a Tempus and enjoy time well spent.

Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Zino Platinum Z Class: A High End Luxury Smoke at a Moderate Price

I know I have said it before, but I love new cigar arrival day at Corona Cigar Co. Today we received our shipment of Zino Platinum Z Class. I have been awaiting this cigar for a few weeks now as it has been touted as being medium to full bodied. Since I smoke predominately in the medium to full bodied category I like to see if cigar makers actually make good on their claims of full bodied status. The Zino Platinum Z Class definitely delivers.

The Z Class is not a strong cigar but it is most certainly full bodied. It has loads of flavor and a very nice nose spice when retro nasally exhaled. Each size is supposed to have a slightly unique profile. So far I have smoked a 550 R (robusto) and am currently smoking a 654T (toro). To be honest the only difference I have made out is the robusto seemed to be slightly stronger. Both have really delivered on taste and at $8 to $12 a cigar I will definitely be smoking more of these.

These are currently available only as pre-release at select Davidoff retailers, so look for these online at CoronaCigar.com or call 1-888-70- CIGAR.

Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Jaime Garcia Reserva Especial: A Second Chance

When the My Father Limited Edition 2011 released it blew my mind. If I could, I would smoke that cigar nonstop, however, due to its price and limited nature it is an impossibility. This has led me to start smoking regular line My Father and My Father Le Bijou.

Tonight I was selecting a My Father to smoke and sitting next to the My Father line in our store was the Jaime Garcia Reserva Especial. I have to be honest, when this cigar first came in the store I smoked one and hated it. Maybe it was me, maybe the cigar was a little fresh, I don't know, but it did not work for me. I decided to give the cigar a second chance. They looked great sitting on the shelf. I picked one up and smelled the foot. It smelled amazing. I smelled the wrapper and it too smelled wonderful. "Yep, I'm smoking this cigar," I said to myself.

After finishing my cutting a lighting ritual I took my first test puff I decided the cigar deserved a blog post. It was really, really good, and I was wrong to not have given it a second chance earlier. The Jaime Garcia Reserva Especial is rich and full bodied. The most interesting characteristic, and I hesitate to share this, but I swear I tasted notes of coconut on the finish. Without going into further subjective tasting notes, the cigar is fantastic and the price point makes it even better. This is definitely an everyday cigar that smokes like a high end special occasion cigar. Call Corona Cigar Co. for availability 1-888-702-4427.