Friday, August 30, 2013

Davidoff Nicaraguan

Released this year, the Davidoff Nicaraguan is truly a ground breaking cigar for them. This marks the first Nicaraguan puro ever produced by Davidoff. It comes fully backed by the blend master, Henke Kelner. For this review, I'm smoking the short corona, which is a 3.75×46 ring gauge. So, let's take a look to see what we find.
My pre-light inspection finds a sweet wood tone. The Nicaraguan wrapper has minimal veining and the cigar feels firm to the touch. A classic black and silver Davidoff cigar band is neatly wrapped around it with a secondary gold band noting the name Nicaragua . The cigar features a well aged blend of Nicaraguan tobacco and is finished off with an expertly wrapped triple cap.
Upon lighting up, my taste buds are greeted with a natural tea and light earth tone. A dry bark aftertaste settles on the palette and gels nicely with the flavor profile. Large plumes of smoke are released with every puff that impress me, given the size of the cigar. The draw is a classical Davidoff, firm yet almost airy. The cigar is quite impressive to this point.
The second third of the cigar reveals light espresso, leather, and maple syrup like sweetness. The burn has remained even throughout, just as you would expect from a Davidoff cigar. I'm further impressed with a toasty undertone of wood and cream that intermittently weaves its way into the wheel house of flavors. On the final third, the cigar moves from a mild to medium-bodied that borders on full. The flavors noted beforehand can all be found, but a core of tea, wood, and spice are the staples.
The Davidoff Nicaragua can easily be an everyday go to cigar. The complexity and smoothness of the smoke will make this a fan favorite. If you want to experience a classic Davidoff cigar with a twist, this cigar is it. It embodies all the traditional Davidoff qualities. It adds a nice punch by combining premium Nicaraguan tobacco with the smoothness and tradition of the Davidoff name.

Monday, August 26, 2013

Tatuaje 10th Anniversary


Pete Johnson is back at it again and celebrates his 10th year in the business with this great looking cigar. The Tatuaje 10th Anniversary uses the traditional Cuban triple cap and has a closed foot. The cigar smells of cedar and earth while a vegetal and floral taste is found on the cigar. He uses an Ecuadorian Habano leaf wrapper that is seamless. Its chocolate brown coloring reveals a slight oiliness to the wrapper giving it a nice patina finish.
 
As I light up, I'm hit with a smooth nutty flavor. Subtle tones of baking spices and wood are in the background. A sweetness that I can't quite place is also noted and adds nicely to the characteristics of the cigar. The draw is spot on. It offers just enough pull so you don’t feel like you're just sucking on air, but you're not having to overwork either.

The quality of the cigar is nothing short of premium. No soft spots are found, the burn is dead even, and the cigar is smooth. Fragrant cedar laced aromas are found in the dense smoke adding another enjoyable dimension to the cigar. I'm at the halfway marker now; a light citrus tone emerges on the palette along with notes of pine nuts and coffee beans. The peppery tones start to pick up as I get closer to the final third. Right now, there is a nice three inch ash on the cigar that refuses to come off.
 
The final portion of the cigar is marked with a full-bodied profile. Flavors of black pepper, wood, spices, and notes of cinnamon are predominate. The cigar has remained consistently smooth from start to finish. The flavors intermingle with great complexity offering nice changes throughout. This cigar could be enjoyed literally any time of the day. As a mid-morning cigar it would offer you a kick as it's a medium to full-bodied, but very smooth. The same could be said if you chose to smoke it as an after lunch cigar. It would pair nicely with an after dinner cocktail.

Tatuaje 10th Anniversary Cigars

Thursday, August 22, 2013

The Rich History Of Davidoff Cigars


Zino Davidoff was born in 1906 in Kiev, Ukraine. With pogroms taking place in Russia, the Davidoff family was forced to flee the country. They settled in Geneva Switzerland. It was there that Zino found his love of cigars; it wasn’t long until he opened a tobacco shop. At a young age, Zino found himself traveling the country of South America and eventually making his way to Cuba. Once there, Zino fell in love with the people and tobacco and in 1947, he began producing his Chateau Selection cigar line. This was the beginning of a fourty-three year long love affair with Cuba; he produced some of the most highly sought after cigars in the world during that time period.

During the 1980's, several disputes took place with the production facility and Davidoff Cigars moved their entire facility to the Dominican Republic in 1990. This was a hard decision and one the company did not take lightly. The Davidoff name had become the symbol of luxury that all the cigar brands looked to emulate their quality and success that Davidoff  enjoyed. Not wanting to lose their edge or reputation, Davidoff set out to produce once again the finest cigars on the market - now with Dominican grown tobacco.

Davidoff Cigars chose the finest tobacco available and rebuilt using the same standards for quality they did in Cuba.  It wasn’t long before they reemerged and regained their title of producing some of the finest cigars in the world. Today with dozens of different cigar lines and a plethora of followers, the Davidoff brand is still regarded as a leader in the luxury cigar world.  All Davidoff Cigars go through a four year aging process, only after they harvest and cultivate some of the best grown tobacco in the Dominican Republic.

Below you will find just a small sampling of what other highly rated publications have to say about Davidoff Cigars:

Cigar Insider:
“This cigar has good color and texture. The smoke is tremendously rich, with black cherry notes and an earthy complexity. The finish is warm and toasty.” 94

 
Cigar Aficionado
“This very spicy cigar also has strong flavors of cedar wood and coffee, and a smooth, creamy finish that lingers on the palate.” 92

 
Cigar Aficionado
“A solid corona with an oily, veiny wrapper and jagged cap. A slightly spicy start develops into cedar, citrus and dried apple flavors. Flavorful and pleasant.”

Friday, August 16, 2013

The Ultimate Cigar Clearance Sale!


Today, we're taking a look at a small sampling of cigars that are available from Corona Cigar Company. These are available at closeout prices. With over 500 different products, in the closeout section, it would be impossible to bring you reviews on all of them. Rest assured, the closeout section is full of delicious premium cigars, just like the reviews below. So, grab your favorite cocktail and check out the cigar reviews. When you're done, click the link at the top of the page and be prepared to be amazed! Discounted prices include over 70% Off of selected Boxes and Bundles as well as Buy-One Get-One FREE on singles. These blowout prices are only available at Corona Cigar Co. while supplies last.  Remember, Corona Cigar Co. is your one stop shop for all things cigars!
Discount Cigars
 
La Gloria Cubana Reserva 
 
As I inspected this cigar, you can't help but to look at the gorgeous wrapper. It's a Connecticut broadleaf and at first glance it appears to be completely seamless. A further inspection reveals a thin hairline seam. The same can be said for the veining. Very fine and almost non-existent.
 
As I began to light-up and the flavors start to accumulate, I'm hit with a strong mixture of black pepper and jalapeno. It's not overpowering, but it gets your attention before it settles down to a nice earthy overtone. I'm also getting a citrus and cedar aftertaste on my palette. It's light and is complimentary to the earthy tones.  The ash forming is pure white and remains firmly attached at the inch and a half point.
 
Produced in the Dominican, you will notice a medium to full-bodied profile. As I start to edge into the halfway point, I'm experiencing stronger peppery tones. They appear to be in the black pepper department with hints of Tia spices. Gentle wasps of fruitiness lurk in the background and are slight but enjoyable when found. As I smoke my way through the midway point of the cigar, the ash finely releases revealing a glowing cherry ember in the center.
 
The cigar has been a fantastic smoke up to this point. The draw is what you would want and I haven’t had to touch the burn on it yet. The final portion of the La Gloria Cubana Reserve is marked with more earthy tones of wood and bark. The pepper and spice tones mentioned are consistent from start to finish, while strong aromas of cedar are released with every puff. 
 
My conclusion is: this is a great cigar that I could definitely see myself smoking every day. It has lots of complex flavors and is very consistent and smooth. The MSRP is reasonable, but the closeout pricing that Corona Cigar is offering, makes it a no-brainer.  La Gloria Cubana Reserva Cigars 
 
  
La Aurora Barrel Aged
 
My pre-light inspection of the La Aurora Barrel Aged starts with a gentle aroma of sweetness. It's enticing and I found myself wasting no time in lighting up. The Corojo wrapper is flawless. The seam is virtually non-existent and the wrapper has a semi-oily appearance. I'm smoking the Torpedo size for the review, but the La Aurora Barrel Aged is available in several different sizes.
 
As I typically light my cigars with matches, I grabbed one and put it to the foot of the cigar. It lit relatively easy and within seconds was producing large voluptuous clouds of smoke. I immediately taste warm toasty notes.  They gradually gave way to exquisite tones of rum with a fruity apricot flavor that stayed in the background. I should note that the Corojo wrapper used is aged extensively in 40 year old rum barrels. The flavor and aroma is exquisite with tones of the wood from the barrel as well.
 
The construction appears to be of the finest quality. No soft spots were found and the draw is what I would consider to be perfect. I have a three inch white ash on the end and it has yet to show signs of wanting to fall off. At this point, I'm quite impressed with the La Aurora Barrel Aged cigar. The price point is relatively inexpensive and I could smoke this cigar everyday.
 
I'm beginning to pick up sweet cedar tones as I've now entered the back portion of the cigar. They are intermingled with rum and oak tones from the barrel aging process. As I get closer to the nub, a spicy tone emerges. It's medium flavored and notes of walnuts, cinnamon, and light coffee beans can be found.  My parting thoughts on the La Aurora Barrel Aged cigar is: it's a very consistent and flavorful cigar. While not overly complex, the flavors that are found are excellent. It's well made and the tobaccos used are perfectly aged, releasing aromas and notes that I particularly like. With Corona Cigar offering them at 45% off on the box price, this is another cigar I will look to add to my humidor without hesitation. La Aurora Barrel Aged Cigars
 
 

Fonseca Serie F
 
For all of you who enjoy Fonseca Cigars this particular cigar is more of a medium to full-bodied smoke. It stays true to its Fonseca Cigar roots, but kicks things up a notch. Let's take a look at it a little closer.
 
The wrapper used is a Connecticut Sungrown. It has a matte like finish to it with almost no visible veins showing. It's quite impressive and beautiful to look at. The cigar itself has a nice earth and cedar aroma and is finished off in the traditional Cuban fashion with a triple cap. Placing the cigar in my mouth, I get a citrus aftertaste. Also, it has a subtle sweetness to it.
 
Lighting up, I'm treated to a sweet grass tone that is soon followed by pine nuts. They both have nice characteristics to them and remain on the palette for sometime. The first half of the cigar is consistent with toasty overtones and bits of wood. The draw is excellent and large plumes of smoke are found in abundance. At the halfway mark, the cigar begins picking up with notes of pepper and spice entering the fray.
 
On the back half, you definitely start to get a more full bodied profile that is promised in the billing of the cigar.  Coffee, cinnamon, spice, and undertones of leather are all found. While not overly powerful, they offered enough to please my palette. Fruity notes are also found in the background, but you have to dig a little to find them. The Seir F finishes long with peppery and spice overtone.
 
This is an excellent cigar for anyone who wants to take that next step up from smoking milder cigars. I would consider this to be between a mild/medium to full-bodied cigar. It has an excellent flavor profile with premium tobacco and a nice smooth smoking characteristic. Fonseca Serie F Cigars
 
 

CAO Gold Maduro
 
Firm to the touch, the CAO Gold Maduro has a dark oily Brazilian wrapper. The appearance of the wrapper glistens against the contrasting gold laden cigar band. I'm smoking the petite corona size for this review and it drips with a heavy earthy aroma. The cigar is touted as being a mild-bodied cigar, so let's check out the flavor profile. 
 
After toasting the foot. I now have a nice quarter inch ash on the end. The main flavor I've experienced thus far is that of sweet cedar. Very mild, the cigar is producing a large amount of smoke for its size. Hints of cinnamon are also found with intermittent tones of spice. The cigar is burning fast and I have a one inch ash now that has formed on the foot.
 
Tasty nuisances of espresso have started working there way to the front of the cigar. The draw is slightly tight but remains in the acceptable range. Toasty buttery undertones are found but are fading into non-existence. Notes of green pepper, spice, and dark chocolate all emerge as I smoke my way past the first third and enter the second third. The dark colored ash falls off at the three inch mark, but the burn remains steady continuing on.
 
I've been remarkably amazed at the mildness of the cigar. I've yet to experience any harsh or remotely full-bodied tones whatsoever. The final third is marked with more espresso, dark chocolate, and toasted cinnamon tones.
 
If you enjoy mild cigars but want to experience a slight twist to them, the CAO Gold Maduro is a perfect choice. Ever so mild, the maduro adds a nuance of flavors you won't find in your traditional mild cigars. A clever twist by, Tim Ozgener, this is a great smoke and one sure to appeal to both Maduro fans and the mild cigar smoker. CAO Gold Maduro Cigars
 

Tuesday, August 13, 2013

The History of Montecristo Cigars



In 1935, on the island of Cuba, a man by the name, Alonso Menendez had a vision for creating a particular premium cigar. After he purchased the Particulares Factory, Alonso set to work on his vision.   The name Montecristo was chosen and was a tribute to a famous novel at the time, “The Count of Monte Cristo” by Alexandre Dumas. Teaming up with his British distributor, John Hunter Morris and Elkan Co. Ltd, they designed the famous (Cuban) Montecristo logo. The following year, 1936, with all the success that the Montecristo brand was having, Alonso formed a new business with a partner. He named it Menéndez, García y Cía.  

The very next year, Alonso and his new partner purchased the H. Upmann factory from J. Frankau SA. They moved production of the Montecristo Cigar line to the new factory. The following years proved to be a wild success for the Montecristo cigar brand. Then in 1961, after Fidel Castro's takeover of the country and nationalizing of the cigar industry, Menéndez and García were forced to flee the country. Having all they owned stripped away from them, they fled to the Canary Islands. They immediately set up a tobacco factory and continued to produce the Montecristo cigar brand. Eventually, due to the fact that the Cuban government had taken over the Montecristo factory, Alonso and Garcia were forced to shut down, because of trademark infringements. Still seeing an opportunity, they traveled to the Dominican Republic and once again opened up a new factory producing the Montecristo cigar line, for the U.S. Market. They chose a town called, La Romana and set to work for a third time, rebuilding everything from scratch. The U.S. had an embargo in place on Cuba, thus they wouldn’t recognize the Cuban trademarks; this gave Alonso and his partner freedom to produce the Montecristo brand once again.

Today,  Altadis SA owns the Montecristo brand and is the marketer/distributor for the U.S. They offer a wide variety of cigars under the Montecristo name. The brand has grown substantially since its Dominican inception. Montecristo now has dozens of different cigar lines, as well as over ninety plus different options that include shape, size, and wrapper choices. They harvest and use the finest Dominican tobacco available on all their cigars, producing highly sought after gems. To this day, Montecristo Cigars are still one of the most popular cigars on the U.S. market.

Wednesday, August 7, 2013

Corona Cigar Co. Awarded “Best Cigar Lounge in the United States”

Rarely does one have the good fortune to live near a cigar shop that stocks over two million cigars and boasts a retail shop of 8,500 square feet. Deep in the heart of Orlando, Corona Cigar Co. has become an icon and cigar heaven for cigar connoisseurs around the world. With all this in mind, it probably won't surprise you that Corona Cigar Co. has added to its trove of recent awards. Recently, at the annual IPCPR, the largest cigar show in the U.S, owner of Corona Cigar, Jeff Borysiewicz received the prestige Cigar Ambassador award from Cigar Journal Magazine. The award was for all his work in making sure that cigar smokers maintain their right to light up a fine cigar.

On the heels of the Cigar Ambassador Award comes Corona Cigar Co.’s latest recognition from Cigar City Magazine. In their most recent summer issue they have given the title of “Best Cigar Lounge in the United States” to Corona Cigar Co. With three retail locations in Central Florida to choose from, they have put a capital L in luxury when it comes to cigar lounges. Lisa Figueredo, publisher of Cigar City Magazine notes that, “In searching cigar shops across America Corona Cigar Co. is just simply head and shoulders above any cigar shop we could find. They simply have the best selection of cigars and provide the ultimate cigar smoking experience.”

With this latest distinction coming from Cigar City Magazine, Jeff Borysiewicz states, "We feel truly honored to be recognized as "Best Cigar Lounge in the U.S.". It's a true testament to all the hard work our dedicated team of employees demonstrate every day. We are so grateful to Cigar City Magazine and their staff for this great honor."
 
The largest store is in downtown Orlando. It boasts 8,500sqft of pure cigar smoking bliss. In Jeff's words, he wanted to create the “Ultimate Cigar Experience” and if you have ever had the chance to visit one of them, I think you would agree! This location has a world-famous Diamond Crown cigar lounge. You can also taste and experience a number of different fine wines and aged ports that span a number of different countries. In addition, they have a number of premium house brand cigars that have received high marks from cigar lovers who have traveled cross-country just to come and sit in the lounges and smoke the Corona Cigar brands. For those not so lucky enough to make the trip, no worries, Corona Cigar also has a large online retail website. You will be amazed as you browse through the entire selection of cigars that they keep in stock.

The second location in South West Orlando is home to the world headquarters for Corona Cigar Co. This is the original store that Jeff opened in 1996. It offers 5,000 square feet of humidified space and has a cigar menu of over two million cigars. The majority of cigars are in the five to ten dollar range. Also, you will find rare and exclusive cigars, including vintage pre-embargoed Cubans. It truly is an amazing experience and one you won't forget.

The third store is located in Lake Mary-Heathrow right off Interstate 4, in the Colonial Town Park Center. This location is home to the Montecristo Cigar Lounge where you will find a plethora of premium cigars and leather chairs for the ultimate cigar relaxation. You can experience live music every Friday and Saturday night as you sit back and enjoy a cocktail and a smoke. Outside the door to the shop is a vast array of fine dining to choose from including a number of steak houses and seafood restaurants.

Other cigar publications have also made similar bold statements. Cigar Aficionado Magazine made this statement about Corona Cigar Co. this past July: (They're) “the largest, best-stocked cigar shops in America". Drawing cigar enthusiasts from around the world, I think it's safe to say if you're looking for that one-of-a-kind cigar experience. It's worth the trip to visit any of the Corona Cigar Co. lounges and bask in the world of premium cigars. It is there you will discover the reasoning behind Cigar City Magazine’s choice for the “Best Cigar Lounge in the United States.”

best online cigar store