Thursday, October 29, 2015

Drew Estate Announces ACID Supercell

Miami, FL – Drew Estate will be releasing a new Subculture cigar for Fogue & Bates in Tulsa, OK, called ACID Supercell. The new cigar will be released at an in-store event at Fogue & Bates on November 19th, 2015.  Supercell will be available exclusively at the Fogue & Bates retail shop.

The new ACID Supercell is presented in a 4 ¾ x 43 vitola, and the blend is based on the ACID Toast blend.  ACID Toast has become a popular choice among ACID smokers who are looking for a fuller-bodied ACID cigar. The blend features a maduro wrapper from the San Andres Valley and has rich tobacco notes underlying the sweet taste of the ACID infusion.

When asked about the new ACID Supercell, Jonathan Drew said that, “James George at Fogue & Bates understands the ethos of Drew Estate. He has become a virtual extension of our vision, and drives it straight to consumers in the Midwest market.  The new ACID Supercell has been meticulously created to honor James for everything he has added to our journey. The Supercell is stupid fresh.  If you find yourself in Tulsa, definitely stop by Fogue & Bates. It’s an awesome shop run by an awesome team that we call family. "

James George, owner of Fogue & Bates, commented that, “The Supercell project started four years ago, with the idea that the Toast is my favorite ACID blend. The one problem was that the larger size was sometimes too large for the occasion. Sometimes you just don’t have an hour to commit to a cigar.  From there, Supercell was born. After four years and several blend iterations, the Supercell blend is what we’ve landed on, and I’m extremely excited about it. My relationship with Drew Estate over the years has been a fantastic partnership, and I truly believe that Drew Estate is the most innovative company in the industry. I’m happy to be partnered up with them for Supercell.”

To learn more about Fogue & Bates, call or visit their retail store at:

6929 East 71st Street
Tulsa, OK 74133
(918) 488-0818


To follow all of Drew Estate’s news, follow them on social media at @drewestatecigar.

Wednesday, October 28, 2015

Southern Cigar Co - A premium monthly cigar service


Once in a while at the Cigar Broskies we have the chance to try something new during its onset. This sometimes includes new releases (like Ramon Bueso’s offerings of Genesis The Project or Genesis Habano), getting invited to interesting events, or like for this one – being able to try out a new Co’s first offering. Today we will take a look at a subscription based cigar service coming from Southern Cigar Co.

Southern Cigar Co. was started by two friends who saw a gap in the market – delivering premium quality smokes and a top flight experience to their customers. They seem to be genuinely passionate about spreading their love of cigars out there, with a focus on a superb customer experience. From a quick look at the site, you can see they have put the time and effort in to get things running. Everything there looks and feels the way it should, and it operates quickly.

So far, so good.

Pricing is a little higher than some of the other cigar of the month style clubs that I have been a part of, with a singular month being up at $39. However, most clubs don’t allow you to less than a full year. The difference here is you have the option to commit to one month, three months, six months, or a full year. The more months you commit to, the cheaper it becomes of course. This particular one drops down to $32 a month when you commit to their maximum of a one year subscription. These prices include shipping to the US, which is a bonus for anyone who lives there… and is only $5.99 / month for Canada or $13.99 / month for any other international orders.

So now with the background out of the way, and the pricing, lets take a look at the monthly subscription box itself…


The packaging: The first month’s package was sent in is a solid cardboard box with the Southern Cigar Co logo on it. It’s stamped with a design throughout on the top, as well as one side. It’s a design that is both simple and effective, while actually being deceptively detailed. Opening the box reveals a number of goodies, setting on a bed of filler to keep everything safe.


The non-cigar items: For the first month only the box comes equipped with some extra goodies. There are a couple of stickers, a triple torch lighter, and a plastic dual cutter (for both normal and v-cuts). Neither the cutter nor the lighter are the highest quality, but for the most part serious cigar smokers will have a number of these already. Personally, I tend to bring these along to places where it may get lost or confiscated – think trips, tailgating, etc. If this is your first cutter and torch lighter, it’s actually a really thoughtful set regardless of the quality. The cutter gives a nice option with the ability to use either type and it’s always good to have a triple flame butane torch to fight against the winds. The final touch is the “menu card” which is a postcard sized write-up on the cigars of the month. It includes information on the strength, wrapper, size, country of origin, and some tasting notes. The card is on a glossy backdrop and is really well made.


The cigars: Before getting into the specifics on each cigar that is in the box, I wanted to make mention about how they arrived. All of the smokes were well kept from a humidity perspective. They were packaged two to a bag with a small tube of Humicare beads to ensure that they stayed fresh. The cigars were in superb condition with no damage at all from the handling, packaging, and shipping.


EP Carillo La Historia – If you follow Cigar Aficionado at all, this one ranked up there as the #2 cigar of 2014. Speaking honestly – I don’t always agree with their assessments or valuations, but this one is spot on. Absolutely a fantastic smoke.
     
      Curivari Seleccion Privada – This is one I haven’t had the opportunity to smoke in the past, so I’m interested to see how it pans out. That being said this little boutique blend has been on my radar for a little while to give it a try.

      Blanco Liga Exclusiva De Familia Maduro – Another that I have not had the opportunity to try, this one is a rich looking smoke just waiting to be lit up. I haven’t had much luck with Blanco’s stuff in the past and I am hoping this one changes that streak.

      Oliva Serie V Melanio Maduro – Again, if you are a follower of Cigar Aficionado, you would know that the original Serie V Melanio was listed as their #1 cigar of the year. Again, I am inclined to agree. However, its only because the Melanio Maduro was not released in time to be judged for the 2014 crop of smokes. This may be better than the original. Quality smoke.

So after taking a look at each element, I can easily say that Southern Cigar Co has a lot of good things going for them. The packaging is bold without being too flashy. Their products are handled with the care they deserve and the other items that came along with it are thoughtful. The prices are in line with what you would expect from a premium cigar club, and there are discounts when purchasing multiple months. And the selection of cigars, most importantly, is one that I can really get behind.

If you are someone who wants to try new sticks each month and have it sent directly to your door – this is the kind of service for you. I actually look forward to seeing what Southern Cigar Co puts out each month, and how it evolves over time. Will there be some fun free gifts, like shirts or coffee mugs or something that show up? Maybe some hard to find cigars from time to time? Only time will tell of course, but this has the makings of something really good.


Check out Southern Cigar Co at their website, Instagram, twitter, or facebook. Special thanks to them for giving us the opportunity to try out their first mailing.











Davidoff Cigars Unveils Davidoff Tampa Exclusive

Pinellas Park, October 23, 2015. To celebrate the grand opening of Davidoff of Geneva since 1911 Tampa, Davidoff Cigars has unveiled the new Exclusive Edition Tampa. A collaboration between Davidoff Cigars and Jeff Borysiewicz, the cigar will be exclusively available at the new boutique location opening later this year.

The Davidoff Exclusive cigars that make up this edition are as unique and distinctive as the city of Tampa itself, honoring the rich history of Cigar City. A 6” x 52RG Belicoso format featuring a creamy, mild blend to match the palates of those who will have the opportunity to enjoy them, only  limited quantities will be available at the Tampa location.

“At Davidoff, our mission is to fill the aficionados’ time beautifully, delighting and surprising aficionados, by crafting exceptional cigars and creating unrivaled retail experiences. With these bespoke Exclusive Editions, we are taking service and experience to a higher and more personal level, ” says Charles Awad, Senior Vice President Marketing & Innovation at Oettinger Davidoff AG.

“Like all Davidoff cigars, the Tampa Exclusive is exceptionally crafted. However, the flavor profile of this particular cigar is somewhat different,” Davidoff Tampa owner Jeff Borysiewicz says. “We wanted a mild, creamy cigar that is a little softer on the palate...something approachable for folks just entering in the world of cigars or for those who are looking for mild, pleasing smoke.”

Davidoff Exclusive Tampa Edition 10’s
Wrapper: Connecticut Ecuador Rojiza
Binder: Dominican
Filler: Dominican
Format: Belicoso
Diameter: RG 52
Length: 6”
SRP: $20 per Cigar, $190 per Box

Launch and availability
The Davidoff Exclusive Edition Tampa will debut during the Ybor City Cigar Festival, Saturday, November 7th in Tampa and Cigar Dave’s Alpha Pleasurefest at the Rock at Seminole Hard Rock 2 Hotel & Casino on Saturday, November 21st. The cigar will officially launch in limited quantities at
Davidoff of Geneva since 1911 – Tampa, starting in December 2015.

Davidoff Cigars celebrates the Chinese Year of the Monkey

Basel, November 2015. To mark the Chinese Year of the Monkey and delight Chinese aficionados across the globe, Davidoff Cigars will be introducing a highly exclusive Chinese Year of the Monkey 2016 Limited Edition.

“Davidoff found its inspiration for this new 2016 Limited Edition in the character traits of the Chinese zodiac sign of the Monkey and in the noble material associated with the cultures of South and East Asia — bamboo. There is no better way to celebrate the Monkey’s charisma, appreciation for refinement, originality and luxury than with this beautifully crafted and original Special Toro cigar”, says Charles Awad, Senior Vice President Marketing & Innovation at Oettinger Davidoff AG.

Monkeys are clever creatures and crafty opportunists. Enthusiastic about everything, they spend their time broadening their minds and are especially fascinated with art. They, like Davidoff, see time as something to be filled beautifully. They are simply lovable enthusiasts, eager to experience all the various flavours life has to offer, flavours which Davidoff is equally eager to supply.




About the Year of the Monkey cigar
These exclusive cigars have been lovingly crafted using the rarest and most precious ingredient — time. The Special Toro with an extraordinary pigtail is seen by connoisseurs as the most majestic cigar shape. The Ecuadorian Habano Rojiza wrapper holds this unique and complex blend of Nicaraguan, Mexican, Dominican and Peruvian tobaccos which have been combined to perfection by the Davidoff Master Blenders, who share the Monkey’s pursuit of complexity and class through artistry. Finally, the cigar’s individuality is confirmed by the second ring displaying the image of the Monkey.

The ten cigars will come in a hand-crafted premium bamboo wooden box with a laser engraving shaped and designed to reflect the aesthetic origins of Chinese culture. Bamboo is one of the "Four Gentlemen" (bamboo, orchid, plum blossom and chrysanthemum). It plays such an important role in traditional Chinese culture that it is even regarded as a model for gentlemanly behaviour. In Asia bamboo is not merely a plant; it forms part of people’s lives. It epitomises qualities such as integrity, tenacity and an upright nature, the very same values possessed by any gentleman who enjoys a Davidoff cigar.

For this Limited Edition, the irrepressible Monkey will be seen in very sophisticated company. Its inimitable blend is a must have for anyone who, with a cigar in their hand and a twinkle in their eye, is searching for an entertaining companion to celebrate the Chinese New Year with.

Flavour and tobacco notes
Aficionados should enjoy this complex and balanced cigar slowly. Flavours of roasted bread, fruit, cream and a playfulness ranging from sweet to peppery notes are making this cigar worth being a “Year Of” cigar.

Format : Special Toro with pigtail
Length/Diameter: 50 RG x 6 1/2
Wrapper: Habano Rojiza Corte 3 (EC)
Binder: Negro San Andrés (MX)
Filler: Ometepe Visus (NIC), Piloto Visus, San Vicente Ligero, Hybrid Corojo/Olor Ligero (DR), Peruvian Seco (Peru)

About the Davidoff Year of the Monkey 2016 Limited Edition ashtrays
The Davidoff Year of the Monkey 2016 Limited Edition comes with two new ashtrays celebrating this charismatic sign. One of these ashtrays is a new design with a round single size. The soft and smooth edges evoke The Monkey icon while there is enough space to gather the ashes of the many Year of the Monkey cigars aficionados will enjoy. The rectangular emblematic Davidoff ashtray with two notches is also part of the Year of the Monkey accessories collection.

Tradition meets modernity with the matt and brilliant gold mixed with vibrant red to create a rich pattern evoking the many red envelopes exchanged during the Chinese New Year.

The Davidoff Year of the Monkey 2016 Limited Edition ashtrays are made in Limoges, the heart of the French porcelain industry, by Davidoff’s longtime partner who owns the prestigious "Entreprise du Patrimoine Vivant" label. The partnership guarantees that Davidoff ashtrays are crafted in the fine tradition of French porcelain.

Those travelling the world before returning to China for the celebrations may find these accessories to be the perfect Christmas gift – to fill their time beautifully.

Launch and availability
Only 8500 of the Davidoff Year of the Monkey 2016 Limited Edition boxes will be crafted. The Davidoff Year of the Monkey 2016 Limited Edition cigars and ashtrays will be available at Davidoff Appointed Merchants/Depositaires and at Davidoff Flagship Stores worldwide, starting in the USA in November 2015, followed by Europe in December 2016, and Asia in January 2016.

Drew Estate Announces Kentucky Fire Cured Hog’s Tooth - Famous Exclusive

Written by: Gary Korb


Drew Estate will be releasing a new size of Kentucky Fire Cured called “Hog’s Tooth” as a Subculture exclusive for Famous Smoke Shop in Easton, PA. The release party will take place at Famous Smoke Shop’s retail store on Thursday October 29th, 2015. Attendees of the event will be the first to be able to purchase and smoke the new size.

The Kentucky Fire Cured Hog’s Tooth is presented in a 6x46 vitola and will be packed in the traditional Kentucky Fire Cured Soft Pack 10 craft paper packaging. The blend is based upon the original Kentucky Fire Cured blend, and features Kentucky seed tobacco, grown and fire cured in Hopkinsville, Kentucky, along with Nicaraguan and Brazilian fillers. The cigar is wrapped with a Mexican San Andres wrapper.

When asked about the new size, Jonathan Drew commented: “We are constantly looking to expand the Fire Cured segment that we so passionately believe in. Hot on of the heels of the second annual Kentucky Barn Smoker event in Hopkinsville, KY, this new Hog’s Tooth size will be right up any cigar nerd’s alley. It’s a long corona size, perfect for the Kentucky Fire Cured line. We’re excited to be able to bring it to market exclusively with our friends at Famous Smoke Shop.”

Famous Smoke Shop Owner Arthur Zaretsky stated that, “Drew Estate has been a long-time partner of Famous Smoke Shop for many years and, over that time period, we’ve worked on numerous projects together. The Hog’s Tooth is our newest and one of our most exciting. The Kentucky Fire Cured cigars sell extremely well for us and we look forward to seeing how the new size fits into the already stellar lineup.” The in-store launch party will take place on October 29th, 2015 at Famous Smoke Shop, 90 Mort Dr., Easton, PA 18040. The event ticket ($29.99) will include one Hog’s Tooth cigar, one cocktail, and a BBQ dinner. Bundles of Hog’s Tooth will also be available for purchase at the event. To purchase a Ticket for this event [Click Here]


About Drew Estate

Founded in New York City in 1996, Drew Estate has become one of the fastest growing tobacco companies in the world. Under their mantra “The Rebirth of Cigars”TM, Drew Estate has led the “Boutique Cigar” movement by innovating new elements to the tobacco industry with their unique tobaccos and blending styles that have attracted new and traditional cigar enthusiasts. In their Gran Fabrica Drew Estate, the Nicaraguan headquarters, Drew Estate produces a variety of brands such as ACID, Herrera Estelí, Herrera Estelí Norteño, Kentucky Fired Cured, Liga Privada, MUWAT, Natural by Drew Estate, Nica Rustica, Nirvana, Pappy Van Winkle Barrel Fermented Cigars, Tabak Especial, Undercrown, and Java by Drew Estate.

Tuesday, October 27, 2015

601 Steel Rod

Information:
Country: Nicaragua
Wrapper: Nicaragua
Filler / Binder: Nicaragua
Length: 5”
Ring: 54
Cost: $7.73

Background:  The 601 brand, out of Espinosa Cigars, has been one that falls into the more interesting category of things. Their lines are solid, but what will often draw people to it are products like the La Bomba, which feature a very long pigtail – supposedly for lighting it like a stick of dynamite. The cigar for today, the 601 Serie Steel Rod is a more traditional cigar offering, but it is a Famous exclusive.

Appearance (0-20):  There is a lot to like about the looks on this cigar. The habano wrapper on it has a nice rich Oscuro color. It’s offset by a black and silver band with the standard 601 emblem and a “Steel” proclamation across it. The background of the label shows patterned steel to finish out the look. There are some smaller veins visible throughout but nothing that would cause any concern and the wrap job is clean.
Score: 18

Construction (0-20): When picking this up, you’ll notice the outer wrapper is silkier than anything. The packing feels firm, with a slight amount of give to it.  As noted above, there are no imperfections to note. The initial cut only had a small amount of debris, thus speaking to a solid pack job. When smoking, however, it was a slight bit tight for a majority of the smoke. The ash held for an adequate amount of time, so no issues there either.
Score: 18

Strength (0-20): Dropping directly into the full strength portion of the scale – exactly where you would expect.
Score: 19

Flavor (0-20): Initial blasts of pepper are heavy and fast for this 601, hitting you immediately and continuing throughout the first third. That’s not entirely shocking considering each of the 601 blends we have tried in the past have some manner of pepper kick (Serie Green Tronco Habano, Serie Blue, Serie White). Behind the pepper sets an earthy backdrop that helps to mellow things a bit, though it really is just a backdrop. As the first third closes out, the pepper fades back quickly and it is replaced by a really nutty flavor against that same earthy taste. There are some slight hints of other spices at this point (think nutmeg and leather) but nothing very consistent or worth noting. The final third sees the pepper return, but in a lesser extent, to match with the nutty and earthy mixture that was seen mid-cigar.
Score: 17

Value (0-20):  One of the principal ways we look at value is to question if you would buy this again at all, and if you would buy it over something else at a similar price. For this one I would definitely give it another purchase, if in the mood for it. Otherwise, there are a number of other cigars I would veer toward on a much more frequent basis.
                                                                 Score: 16                                                      

Additional Notes: Provided by the folks at Famous Smoke. Paired with water.

Overall (0-100):  I can say I definitely enjoyed this smoke, though with a few slight reservations. The 601 Steel Rod really packs a lot of punch for your buck, with some heavy pepper, nuts, and earth. There are some minor and nearly indeterminable spices that will pop up, but the cigar is somewhat straightforward as opposed to being more complex. Still, it’s well made with an above average appearance. The one sticking point may be the price. It’s not outlandish by any means, but it’s a hair on the high side for this to be a regular smoke for me. Taking it all down to the barebones: this is a good smoke for those who enjoy something heavier, and a decent price for your return… but it’s a Famous exclusive so if you want one, you will need to head over there for this pepper kick.

Score: 88




Thursday, October 22, 2015

Famous Smoke Shop Announces the Release of their Exclusive Cigar #Famous

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 #Famous to their repertoire of exclusive cigars available at www.famous-smoke.com .  In conjunction with this release a detailed video review on their new cigar #Famous is offered in association with their digital cigar and men’s lifestyle magazine Cigar Advisor. [Click Here for Video Review]  Cigar Advisor is an online cigar magazine that brings a fresh, irreverent, and down-to-earth perspective on all things cigars to thousands of smokers. In addition to educational cigar content and behind-the-scenes cigar industry articles from some of the business’s top names, Cigar Advisor delivers an array of content about a variety of topics of interest to people who enjoy the cigar lifestyle.

#Famous has been a highly anticipated release in the cigar industry due to its immense flavor and nearly flawless construction. This line has been blended by Nestor Plasencia and rolled in his factory in Nicaragua using a flavorful and semi-spicy Nicaraguan wrapper along with a mild blend of filler tobaccos to mellow the smoking experience out while still maintaining a taste that appeals to mild to full bodied smokers alike.

Cigar Advisor Copywriter and Cigar Reviewer Jonathan Detore said of #Famous ‘This is one of the most revolutionary cigars to hit the market in a long while. The flavor is a mix between creamy, nutty, vanilla, with a sweetness that brings all these notes together for a smoking experience that is nothing short of spectacularly relaxing. It’s great in the morning with a cup of coffee, preferably with some cream and sugar, or even at night after a meal as a dessert cigar. Really, it’s a great any-time of day smoke. What’s even better is the humidification jars these stellar cigars come in. It’s an air tight humidification jar that ensures each shipment of cigars is fresh from Famous shipping the cigars, to the customer receiving the cigars. For the price, you can’t get much better than #Famous.”



#Famous cigars are now available at Famous Smoke Shop, and is packaged in innovative humidification jars with the 4 x 38 Petite Corona vitola coming in a jar of 36 cigars, and a 6 x 50 Toro vitola coming in jars of 19. The individual MSRP on the Petite Corona is $2.28 and the MSRP on the Toro vitola is 4.14. People interested in learning more about #Famous Cigars or Famous Smoke Shop should visit Famous-Smoke.com or call 800-564-2486. For those interested in learning more about Cigar Advisor, log on to www.cigaradvisor.com.

Famous Smoke Shop Releases Perdomo Craft Series Stout With Yards

EASTON, PA--(Marketwired - October 21, 2015)

Famous has just released the final installment in a series of three cigar and beer pairing review videos featuring the highly anticipated Perdomo Craft Series Stout and Yards George Washington Tavern Porter. Famous Smoke in association with their digital cigar and men's lifestyle magazine Cigar Advisor brings a fresh, irreverent, and down-to-earth perspective on all things cigars to thousands of smokers. In addition to educational cigar content and behind-the-scenes cigar industry articles from some of the business's top names, Cigar Advisor delivers an array of content about a variety of topics of interest to people who enjoy the cigar lifestyle, including pairing review videos such as this one.

Perdomo Craft Series Stout is the third in a line of three cigars that have been blended to pair specifically with a particular range of beers in mind. This cigar, also called the Perdomo Craft Series Maduro, is meant to pair well with beers that are heavy and well-rounded such as a porter or stout. Each cigar is a Nicaraguan Puro comprised of a Cuban Seed longfiller core from Esteli, a binder from the Condega Valley, all wrapped in a tobacco leaf from the Jalapa Valley. Bold and rich flavors are to be expected from start to finish which is meant to go hand-in-hand with Yards Brewing Company's George Washington Tavern Porter from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

Yards Brewery Company was founded in 1994 with the specific goal of making beers that appealed to the common beer drinker who had become bored with the usual mass produced offerings available across the nation. Their attention to detail and passion for brewing has earned them extremely high rankings across the industry, and has cemented them as a favorite in the craft beer industry. From their Ales of the Revolution line comes the George Washington Tavern Porter, an almost identical replication of the Porter George Washington himself brewed. The flavors within the beer make it perfect choice to pair with the Perdomo Craft Series Maduro.

Cigar Advisor reviewer and Brand Ambassador Tommy Zarzecki said of the pairing, "I feel like an atomic flavor bomb got dropped right on my palate! I lit the cigar up and was blown away and the flavors and nuances of the beer just knocked it up a million notches. The idea behind the ales of the revolution is incredible, Yards has been brewing the beers of our Founding Fathers, so it's an incredible experience to taste what George Washington actually brewed. The pairing is insane. Absolutely insane."

Perdomo Craft Series Stout cigars are available at Famous Smoke Shop, and is packaged in boxes of 24 cigars a piece. Each of these Maduro wrapped cigars comes in your choice of a 5 ½ x 54 Robusto, 6 ½ x 54 Epicure, 7 x 54 Churchill, and 6 x 60 Gordo with an individual MSRP ranging from $7.00 to $8.50 per cigar. People interested in learning more about the Perdomo Craft Series line of cigars or Famous Smoke Shop should visit www.Famous-Smoke.com or call 800-564-2486. For those interested in learning more about Cigar Advisor, log on to www.cigaradvisor.com, and for those looking for more information on Yards Brewing Company, log on to www.yardsbrewing.com.