Monday, October 14, 2013

5 Vegas Limitada 2010

Country: Nicaragua
Wrapper: Nicaragua (Habana 2000)
Filler / Binder: Nicaragua
Length: 6.2”
Ring: 52
Cost: $6.00

Appearance (0-20):  Many of the Limitada line carry the same style of dual banding with the Limitada band separate from the year. This cigar is no exception. Silver, gold, red, and white grace these bands and look solid on the light landscape of the Habana 2000 wrapper. It’s a decent looking stick for the most part, thought here are a few larger veins that are a little concerning. Thankfully they seem to be closer to the cap. Otherwise, it looks decent, though if it were not a limited run, I may never have picked it up.  
Score: 16

Construction (0-20): Slightly soft to the tough, the cigar feels perfectly packed. The cut and burn completely verify that feeling. The cut (as shown in the picture) reveals nearly no excess tobacco and (also shown) the ash held on very well. There was some slight deviation on the burn, but it was slow and cool with a great pull. No complaints on this one.  
Score: 19

Strength (0-20): Marked as a full strength sort of cigar… its close. Consider this one closer to the full range, but only tiptoeing into it.
Score: 17

Flavor (0-20): Initially it’s a little on the bland side, but within just a few puffs there is a nice pepper blast that intensifies with each draw. The backdrop of cedar has some slight bitterness to it, but it works decently well. As it progresses, the bitterness fades a bit and leather and toast notes poke through. But the taste is quickly reversed, bringing back the bitter nature, though it was a bit more on the earthy side. Not quite one dimensional, but close.
Score: 16

Value (0-20): $6 for a stick like this isn’t too bad. Its solid overall with some decent (though somewhat one dimensional) tastes.
Score: 16

Additional Notes: Paired with water at in my garage. It’s all about ambiance!  

Overall (0-100):  5 Vegas typically does a pretty good job with their Limitada lines, though this one in particular didn’t do it for me. Overall it’s a solid cigar with an outstanding construction, but I would be looking for something a little more flavorful… whereas this one is very much a one trick pony. The pepper and slight bittery tobacco flavors actually play well on each other, but there is little more than that aside from some nuances. For the price, I would veer toward some other sticks but all in all the price isn’t terrible. My advice – put an extra couple of bucks aside and upgrade to a better stick – the 5 Vegas Limitada 2008. That is the year you want.

Score: 84

Emilio Cigars adds another Master Retailer (Smokin' Joes of TN)

Knoxville, TN

Smokin' Joes named House of Emilio Master Retailer

Nathan McIntyre, House of Emilio National Sales Director announced today the addition of Smokin Joes in Knoxville, Tennessee as a Master Retailer. 

"Mike and Cody Hicks have been an amazing supporters of House of Emilio, and passionately love our cigars. It's an honor to work with a tobacconist such as Smokin Joes" says McIntyre. 

Cody Hicks, General Manager added "We have always done well with boutique brands, but Emilio took off like a rocket. Everything under this umbrella is top notch and the people behind the scenes are some the best in the industry. We're very excited for what the future holds for our relationship with all the greats involved here. The partnership between ourselves and House of Emilio just seems natural."

Customers with questions may call (865) 584-9010 for more information, or visit Smokin Joe's three locations at:

737 Louisville Road
Alcoa TN 37701

6110 Papermill Drive
Knoxville TN 37919

120 South Central Avenue
Knoxville TN 37902

Friday, October 4, 2013

Outland Cigars (North Carolina) Joins House of Emilio Master Retailer Family

Nathan McIntyre announced today the addition of Outland Cigars, Charlotte, NC as a House of Emilio Master Retailer.

"Tom, Mark, and the staff at Outland supported us early on," says McIntyre. "They've been dear friends and great supporters, and as House of Emilio grew, they grew with us. It's an honor to have them in this special group."

"Outland Cigars is thrilled to be recognized as one of a handful of retailers nationwide to be awarded Emilio's distinguished "Master Retailer" program," says Mark Boley, Outland Cigars Manager. "House of Emilio is one of the most prominent boutique lines in the U.S. They are one of THE companies to watch in the coming years. Great cigars, great people!!"

For more information, find Outland Cigars at 14185 Ballantyne Village Way, Charlotte, NC 28277 or 4625 Piedmont Row Drive, Charlotte, NC 28210. Interested customers may also call (704)369-5500.

Thursday, October 3, 2013

Rocky Patel Vintage 2003 Cameroon

Country: Honduras
Wrapper: Cameroon
Filler / Binder: Nicaragua and Dominican Republic
Length: 5.5”
Ring: 50
Cost: $8.00

Appearance (0-20):  The shiny navy and white dual bands give this cigar a nice initial look to cover a decent looking stick. Coloration of the tobacco is consistent with some minor imperfections. There are some smaller veins of note, though nothing that would be a cause for too much concern. It’s not a cigar I would be implicitly drawn to, though I wouldn’t walk away from it either.
Score: 17

Construction (0-20): A lot of people tend to swear by RP and his standards for cigar manufacturing, but I find that it doesn’t always implicitly hold true. This stick is an example of that. The initial cut was a bit messy, and the draw was very loose. While it burned cool, it was rather flakey and inconsistent in terms of keeping a decent line. The ash, however, did hold on for over an inch at a pop. It was really quite disappointing, as through three different sticks, I had the same issues with each of them.
Score: 12

Strength (0-20): Medium to full billing it stands up to that relatively well. No real complaints here.
Score: 18

Flavor (0-20): Initially there is a sweet caramel and rich leather taste to introduce you to the smoke. It’s really well balanced and there are nuances of spice, earthiness, and cedar. The blend remains relatively unchanged with the exception of the earthiness, which begins to ramp up slowly and finally peaks around the 2/3 point of the cigar. From time to time there are hints of pepper, but nothing overpowering in any way.
Score: 16

Value (0-20): $8. Hmm. not quite the price I want to pay for something like this. I felt like it should hover closer to the $5 range, and even there might be a bit of a stretch. It’s not out of this world for the pricing, but it also isn’t great.
Score: 13

Additional Notes: Paired with water at Cigars International.

Overall (0-100):  I know a lot of people who will swear by Rocky Patel, but I personally have found the majority of his smokes to be on the boring side of things. There are some asides, of course, but this one is no exception. There are some decent flavors held in the Vintage 2003 Cameroon (caramel, earth, leather, cedar) but they more or less are the same throughout. Aka no real complexity. It’s still pleasing to the palate and has its place… just not when I’m looking for something with more flavor. There’s some nice strength behind it but with both an alright appearance and some construction issues… I would likely steer clear for its retail price.

Score: 76

Tuesday, October 1, 2013

More news from Emilio Cigars

Wooden Indian Tobacco Joins House of Emilio Master Retailer Family

Nathan McIntyre announced today that Wooden Indian Tobacco of Havertown, PA has received the designation of “Master Retailer” by House of Emilio. 

“Master Retailers are a special group of brick and mortar tobacconists,” says McIntyre. “It is our desire that each be known not only as a fine tobacco shop, but also as an expert resource on the House of Emilio lines. Dave and his staff at Wooden Indian have been supporters of House of Emilio for a very long time, know our cigars, and we are honored to name them a Master Retailer.”

In order to qualify, retailers agree to not only carry a broad spectrum of House of Emilio facings, but their staff must undergo training to assure consumers they are fully familiar with all the blends in House of Emilio.

"Over time, more Master Retailers will be announced," according to McIntyre, "in various markets around the country."

Wooden Indian Tobacco is located at 95 South Eagle Road, Havertown, PA 19083, and interested consumers may call (610) 449-7001 for more information.