Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Press Release - Famous Smoke Shop / Oliva Collaboration


Famous Smoke Shop is a leading online distributor of discounted premium cigars. The company specializes in offering the web’s widest selection of cigars at the lowest prices. Famous has just released a new cigar line in collaboration with Oliva Cigar Co. The new release is Inferno 3rd Degree cigars, and they are exclusively available at Famous Smoke Shop. The first shipment has just arrived at the company’s warehouse and is currently available for sale on their website. The company has expressed that the new brand will be available in limited quantities, but is not a one-time release and will be a consistent offering for the foreseeable future.

The Inferno 3rd Degree is the third release under the Inferno umbrella. The first brand in the series, Inferno, was introduced in 2012, with the Flashpoint hitting the market a year later. The Inferno 3rd Degree is a new blend, designed to provide sophisticated and complex flavors to satisfy every cigar smoker’s taste buds. This blend will be made in small batches and production on the brand will be limited.

Inferno 3rd Degree cigars utilize a blend of all Nicaraguan tobaccos with a triple-fermented Ligero and Viso longfiller core, and a Habano-seed binder, all encased in another silky Habano seed wrapper. The result is a full strength cigar with dark, rich flavors, with a slight natural sweetness to round out a customer’s smoke. Already hailed as the best of the trio under the Inferno name, it seems as if this cigar will soon take the industry by storm.

“This is a fine cigar with incredible flavor,” said Famous Smoke Shop editor John Pullo. “Inferno 3rd Degree cigars are made by Oliva which already has a sterling reputation for their consistency and quality. This is nothing short of another outstanding cigar in their arsenal. The interesting thing about this that not many people may know, is that it maintains a low price tag for customers to take advantage of because the tobaccos are mainly all grown on Oliva’s farms. That means our customers get premium tobacco without the inflated cost of Oliva buying an outside grower’s tobacco. It’s a genius farm to table concept which resulted in this top shelf cigar.”

The Inferno 3rd Degree cigars are available in four sizes – a 7 x 50 Churchill, a 6 x 60 Double Toro, a Robusto 5 x 50, and a 6 x 50 Toro. With Famous’ full box discount pricing, customers can enjoy this new offering with individual retail prices which range from $5.80 to $6.50 per cigar. People interested in learning more about the Inferno 3rd Degree or Famous Smoke Shop should visit Famous-Smoke.com or call 800-564-2486.


Press Release - Camacho Cigars collaboration


LOS ANGELES, CA (APRIL 8th, 2015) –– Camacho Cigars and Rob Weiss are proud to introduce the BG Meyer Gigantes, an exciting new line extension and third addition to the BG Meyer by Camacho collaborative portfolio. Gigantes, which will begin shipping nationwide in mid-April, is set to debut on the heels of Cigar Aficionado’s 90-point rating of the BG Meyer Standard Issue; the first release by Camacho and Rob Weiss.

“The new BG Meyer Gigantes pays tribute to those towering spirits that have lead us to action by example. Titans of character. Fearless pioneers. Those legends that influence our lives. Inspire our own personal journey. They are giants that walk among us and we celebrate them. As we do you, those who dare to blaze a trail in creating a legend of their own,” said Rob Weiss.

The concept for the cigar comes as a play on the legendary Gigante, which is traditionally a format known for robust flavors. The combination of larger ring gauges, along with a hearty Nicaraguan-grown Habano wrapper make the new Gigantes a unique new addition to the portfolio. A notch above medium in intensity, the new Gigantes features a Brazil Mata Fina binder and high-grade filler tobaccos from both Nicaragua and the Dominican Republic. The binder and filler tobaccos in the Gigantes blend have been aged at minimum six years, while the wrapper has been at rest since 2007.

Dressed in 20ct boxes that have been draped with black Oak veneer, the new line will begin shipping on Wednesday, April 15th and is set to retail from $10.00 - $13.00 per cigar. The BG Meyer Gigantes comes in four formats: 52 x 4, 54 x 5, 56 x 6 and 60 x 7. All BG Meyer cigars are hand-built at AgroIndustrias Laepe, S.A. in Danli, Honduras.

Press Release - Famous Smoke Shop / Room 101 Collaboration

Famous Smoke Shop is a leading online distributor of discounted premium cigars. The company specializes in offering the web’s widest selection of cigars at the lowest prices. Famous has just released a new cigar line in collaboration with Room 101 cigars. The new release is Room 101 El Mas Chingon cigars, and they are exclusively available at Famous Smoke Shop. The first shipment has just arrived at the company’s warehouse and is currently available for sale on their website. The company has expressed that the new brand will be available in limited quantities due to the supply of rare tobaccos used to blend the cigar, but is not a one-time release and will be a consistent offering for the foreseeable future.


The Room 101 El Mas Chingon is another addition to Matt Booth’s already wildly popular cigar line, and seeks to be one of their best cigars yet as this young blender moves up the ranks in the cigar industry. This blend will be made in small batches and production on the brand will be limited, with each one measuring at a 60 ring gauge.

Room 101 El Mas Chingon cigars utilize a blend of rich tobaccos from the Dominican Republic, Mexico, and Honduras for perfectly balanced spice, sweetness, and tobacco, with a deep earthy follow-through. The cigar wrapper is a well-fermented, naturally semi-spicy, Ecuadorian Habano leaf that complements this well-balanced cigar for a great complexity with flavors that come and go throughout the entire smoke. This is a medium-bodied cigar that will appeal to smokers who enjoy bold flavors without enduring a lot of strength. It’s great for those who enjoy mild cigars wanting to explore heavier cigars, and a comparable offering to those who enjoy stronger cigars.


“This is a cigar for the ages,” said Famous Smoke Shop Executive Editor Gary Korb. “From the moment I lit up this cigar, I knew it was going to be special. I typically enjoy everything Room 101 releases, and the El Mas Chingon has the potential to become the company’s all-star stogie. What’s even more impressive to me is the sheer variety in terms of sizes along with a low price tag. It is sure to attract cigar lovers because of the multiple sizes offered, and keep them coming back through its affordability.”

The El Mas Chingon is available in four sizes – a 4 1/2 x 60 Rothschild, a 5 1/2 x 60 Robusto, a 6 1/2 x 60 Double Toro, and a big 7 ½ x 60. With Famous’ full box discount pricing, customers can enjoy this new offering with individual retail prices that range from $6.50 to $8.00 per cigar. People interested in learning more about the Room 101 El Mas Chingon or Famous Smoke Shop should visit Famous-Smoke.com or call 800-564-2486.



Monday, April 13, 2015

Drew Estate Smoking Monk - Imperial Stout

Information:
Country: Nicaragua
Wrapper: India
Filler / Binder: Unknown
Length: 6.5”
Ring: 54
Cost: $9.00

Background:  Drew Estate seems to have a pulse on the market and what people are looking for. While a lot of people choose to drink various hard liquors when smoking a cigar, there is also a contingent that enjoys a good beer. Jonathan Drew is one of those people. So what did he do? He made a cigar that would be accentuated by a particular type of beer (Hefewiezen, Imperial Stout, American IPA, Porter, or Triple Belgian) you were drinking.

Appearance (0-20):  If I were to walk up to a rack of cigars, this wouldn’t be the first one I would look toward. That is to say, the branding is rather on the bland side. Varying shades of brown and bronze on the Monk label fade seamlessly into the stick itself, where the foot band is black and rather unremarkable also. When picking up the stick and examining it, you can see it has a decent foot and there are no real blemishes or heavy veins to worry about, but again a large part of the battle is getting someone to pick up the smoke in the first place.
Score: 14

Construction (0-20): The Imperial Stout version of this is silky to the touch with very little oily feel. There are a couple of areas along the cigar that there are slight gaps in tobacco.  The initial cut revealed zero debris. From a first scent perspective, it gave off an odor that you could compare to a really rich pipe tobacco. Airflow was a little on the loose side, but that was expected given the gaps in tobacco that I could feel. The same slightly open nature continued throughout the entire stick. The ash was also indicative of some construction issues, since it didn’t hold well and the lines were uneven at best. The ash itself was a bright grey to almost white color.
Score: 14

Strength (0-20): Touted as medium to fill in strength, it definitely fits those qualifications. If nothing else, it is on point there.
Score: 19

Flavor (0-20): The smell of pipe tobacco was a bit of a giveaway as to where the flavors might go. The sweetness was definitely apparent, which was reminiscent of the Isla Del Sol, where it hits a milk chocolate taste. And much like the Isla, the bitterness of the heavier coffee flavor gives it a decent balance, especially when it’s paired with a nice creamy nature and a slight pepper kick. It’s rather straightforward on the flavor profile, but that isn’t always a bad thing. When targeting this as a cigar that is perfect to pair with a specific beer, the stability of the flavor outweighs the want for a smoke with more complexity since it works well to pair between the two and compliments the beer rather than takes away from it.
Score: 15
 
Value (0-20): I can’t, in good conscience, give this a really high score. A lot of the elements in this cigar are good, but I will take a Java over this at the same price any day.
Score: 14

Additional Notes: Paired with water at Cigars International.

Overall (0-100):  Time and time again I have noted that I really do enjoy an occasional flavored cigar. The elements are there on this one to hit it out of the park, but it seems like they can’t make solid contact.  From a conceptual standpoint, I love it. The idea that beer lovers can connect two of their favorite pastimes, beer and cigars… is wonderful. But the whole thing just lacked that little bit of extra finish from my standpoint. The appearance is somewhat lackluster, the construction is mediocre, and the pricing is a bit on the high side. The flavors are certainly there from a pairing standpoint, and the strength is right on… but I don’t think I would revisit this without some sort of change in the overall concept. Maybe I was simply hoping for more, given that I enjoy Drew Estate cigars, or that I desperately want this kind of concept to succeed. But alas, its but a pipe dream for now.
Score: 77












Thursday, April 2, 2015

Liga Privada Undercrown Robusto


Information:
Country: Nicaragua
Wrapper: Mexico
Filler / Binder: Brazil, Nicaragua / Connecticut (US)
Length: 5”
Ring: 54
Cost: $7.28

Appearance (0-20): Honestly, what’s not to like about the look of the Liga Privada Undercrown? The nice rich coloration on the exterior is set off perfectly by the navy and copper label. There is some comedy in the regal looking band, as the emblem has the normal Liga logo with the crown placed underneath instead. Drew Estate simply stopped there, leaving the cigar to speak for itself.  No discoloration and a nice looking foot showing off the mixture of tobacco within.   Score: 19/20

Construction (0-20): This stick is packed well, and has a nice firm consistency. It is extremely even with little to no variance when pertaining to the wrap, straightness, etc. No visible cracks throughout, only small veins, and a clean cut with very little debris. Post cut the draw was nearly prefect, however there was a bit of an issue with a slightly uneven burn.  Score: 17/20

Strength (0-20): This definitely drops in the medium to full range, which is right where it is billed at being in. It really is perfectly balanced between strength and flavor.   Score: 19/20

Flavor (0-20): To some extent it’s tough to nail down just one single flavor profile for the Undercrown. Complexity really is the name of the game. There’s a bittersweet chocolate flavor that is well complimented by a spicy earthy tone. Throw in some cedar, black coffee, and other slight spice notes. And the beauty of the smoke is it’s an ever changing landscape for the pallet. And the transitions between those flavors mesh well, though there were a couple of minor times where the transition was abrupt.   Score: 19/20

Value (0-20): $7 and change really isn’t a bad price for a cigar of this quality. It may not break the bank, but it also doesn’t fall into the realm of being an extreme bargain. That being said, for something of this stature, it’s well worth the price of admission as it will stand tough against anything in the $6 to $8 range.   Score: 19/20

Additional Notes: Smoked at Cigars International but the cigars were provided by FamousSmoke Shop.

Overall (0-100):  Drew Estate did a fantastic job taking elements of their other Liga Privada lines and fused them together into this cohesive smoke with its own unique identity. It’s creamy and sweet with an equal balance of bitter coffee and pepper. The simple flavors are layered in such a way that it leads to a brilliant complexity. The price is absolutely where it needs to be and the construction and appearance are pretty well on point. I really can’t find much to argue with on this smoke and would pick one up at any given time and be really happy to do it.  Score: 93/100