Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Famous Smoke Shop releases the Cigar Smoker's Rights Hub

Over the years, the smoking industry has faced various forms of adversity. Smoking has been banned from restaurants that meet certain financial guidelines, been taxed more heavily, had additional warnings placed on their products, etc. It is even to the point where employers can deny someone employment if they use a tobacco based product in any way.

As both a cigar smoker and a part of the review community, I feel its necessary to pass on resources so others who are passionate about our trade can equip themselves with the knowledge of what is happening in the industry. Sooooo - here it is. Famous Smoke shop recently published a Cigar Smoker’s Rights Hub. 

Per Famous - "The hub is an interactive tool that takes a deep dive into all things related to cigar smoker rights and legislation. We have exhausted our research and industry knowledge to bring you the best and most important news regarding recent FDA changes, consumer impact and what the future of cigars may look like.

You can check the guide out here: http://fda.famous-smoke.com/  "

Sunday, May 14, 2017

Ventura Cigars Infographic: 4th Generation Tobacconist Pipe Pairings

This is a slight departure from the norm, since typically we are covering cigar news and writing reviews on them. However - its in the realm of pipes (for tobacco of course) so it falls right into that same realm where we tend to enjoy. Especially since its a bit of info from Ventura Cigars, which we have had a tendency to enjoy.

Beer snobs out there will tell you that the standard pint glass from a bar is sufficient for certain beers, but honestly isnt right for every single pairing. There are different glasses for a lot of different styles of beer, which helps to accentuate the aromas and flavors and give you the best possible experience. Ventura Cigars has taken that same concept and applied it to their 4th Generation pipes and tobaccos. Check out their infographic on their pipes and the tobaccos to best pair them with!

Tuesday, May 9, 2017

Cordoba & Morales Platino review

Country: Nicaragua
Wrapper: Ecuador (Sumatra)
Filler / Binder: Nicaragua
Length: 7 5/8
Ring: 54
Cost: $12.00

BackgroundThis is the first cigar that I have ever had in my possession from Cordoba & Morales. As a company its just a fledgling in the industry, however their family history is pretty well known in Cuba. Their goal has been to bring some of that family heritage to the world. I haven't seen many of their cigars out on the retail shelves, but was lucky enough to have someone pass this on to me after it was purchased from the Cappelli Brothers Cigar Company, located in Philly.

Appearance (0-20):  With most cigars, the band is the main focal point when you see it for the first time. In this case, its the wrapper that does that for you. The wrapper is both rich looking and ragged, and is wound well around the stick. The variance in coloration goes from a toffee color to a much deeper chocolate, and the band does well to compliment this with a simple design set in silver. Across the center is "Cordoba & Morales" with the "Platino" moniker along the bottom of the band. If those portions aren't enough to be intriguing, the foot is mostly closed, and there is a pigtail like wrap at the top.
Score: 19

Construction (0-20): The appearance straddles into the constriction area here, since it has such an interesting design. The pigtail and nearly closed foot differentiate this from most of the other cigars out there, but it does follow normal design elements for the rest. It feels well packed along the stick. The only thing I really want to note here is that the wrapper is absurdly thin. There is actually one point on the stick where it tore to the touch. Otherwise, the cut was completely clean, the draw was perfect, and the burn line was nearly straight - with the ash holding for almost 3 inches before it needed to be tapped.
Score: 18

Strength (0-20): Medium to full - this does a particularly good job of sticking to the strength range with little deviance.
Score: 19

Flavor (0-20): Being so used to an immediate pepper blast, it was a nice departure from the norm to taste a really sweet beginning. The sweetness is the perfect compliment to earthy, leathery, and cocoa flavors that are the dominant the profile. As the stick progressed, cream began to mix in. Adding even further to the complexity was just the faintest hint of pepper... and mint! After reaching about the 1/3 point, the cream faded back to being a footnote, while there is a much heavier woodsy flavor instead. The former flavors (leather, earth, cocoa) are still evident, as well as a small amount of spice. It all balances out very well even though it has such a complex array of flavors. That woodsy flavor takes over in the final third, along with some bitter tones, but again the cream finds its way back.
Score: 19

Value (0-20): $12.00 is a lot to ask for a single stick, especially from a company that hasn't built that pedigree just yet. If nothing else, its a ballsy move. And it pays off. This stick is worth the cost for sure.
Score: 18

Additional Notes: Paired with Orphan Barrel Forged Oak Bourbon.

Overall (0-100): I will be the first to admit it - the Cordoba & Morales Platino took me by surprise. At $12, its a bit of a steep price for the first cigar, but this one is absolutely worth the entry. Everything is great - the rustic look with unique foot and cap, the right strength to balance things out, and a complexity that is truly superb. The Platino has immense depth of flavor, hitting on so many different levels. You will find cream, pepper, earth, leather, cocoa, mint, and bitterness. Its all just... right. If you want an outstanding stick at a premium price - grab one of these.
Score: 93

Tuesday, May 2, 2017

The Vindicator Exclusive Cigar Brands Available now at Famous Smoke Shop

Easton, PA -- Famous Smoke Shop, the largest American-owned distributor of discounted premium cigars online, has announced the release of the all-new Vindicator cigar lineup. This new premium cigar is debuting exclusively at Famous Smoke Shop, and is their latest collaboration with Altadis U.S.A.

It’s a bold new step for the brand, as the original Vindicator - a single offering, rolled with hardy ligero fillers – will be rebranded as ‘Vindicator Classic.
These new and highly anticipated new line is produced at Altadis’ Flor de Copan factory in Honduras, a landmark in the cigarmaking industry that produces several H. Upmann, Romeo, and Saint Luis Rey cigars. Famous is taking an ethereal turn with the blends, naming them Dark Lord, Chimera, Hydra, and Wraith.
Tim Person, Key Account Manager & Premium Expert at Altadis USA, said, “We’re thrilled to launch this exclusive cigar lineup with Famous Smoke Shop. The Vindicator lineup comes from one of the finest factories in Honduras – and the quality shows.
Each cigar is features a three-nation blend of rich Nicaraguan, Honduran, and Mexican long fillers, with a spicy Criollo 98 vintage binder. And while each blend smokes medium in body and strength, there’s no limit on the variety of flavors from the various wrapper tobaccos chosen to star in this cast: Chimera, named after the multi-headed creature from Greek mythology, features a dark and sweet natural Mexican Sumatra wrapper; Hercules nemesis, Hydra, is the name that graces the label of the version sporting a creamy Ecuadorian Connecticut wrapper. Dark Lord brings sweet and complex flavors to the lineup with a medium bodied vintage Habano 2000 wrapper, while Wraith rounds out the pack by adding ghostly sweetness and a bold shot of pepper via its San Andreas Morron wrapper.
Designed to be an affordable addition to a cigar smoker’s lineup, each of these premiums are packaged in Famous Smoke’s exclusive vacuum-seal humidor jars – an eco-friendly packaging choice that is easy to maintain, keeps cigars fresh, are reusable, and make traveling with cigars much simpler.
Fred Lunt, writer and reviewer for Cigar Advisor Magazine, recapped the Dark Lord on Cigar Advisors Facebook Live program: “I’ve been looking forward to this release since my first sample. They’re smooth, sweet, and peppery with amazing flavor.”
The Vindicator Series is available in three vitolas, Robusto, Toro, and Churchill – and offered in 20-count humidor jars, singles and five-packs.

Vindicator Series
Chimera (Mexican Sumatra) Dark Lord (Habano 2000) Hydra (Ecuadorian Connecticut) Wraith (San Andreas Morron)
Churchill 7 x 52 -- $4.55 /cigar SRP
Toro 5x 60 -- $4.35 /cigar SRP
Robusto 5x54 -- $4.15 /cigar SRP

About Famous Smoke Shop 
Famous Smoke Shop is the nation’s #1 discount retailer of premium cigars online, offering one of the largest selections of handmade cigars, machine-made cigars, cigar humidors and accessories. Famous offers the web’s lowest prices on a wide selection of cigar brands including Acid, Davidoff, Macanudo, Romeo y Julieta, Ashton, Padron, Oliva and Perdomo cigars, and many more. Famous offers their customers the best prices on all premium cigars as well as friendly and knowledgeable customer service.
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90 Mort Drive
Easton, PA 18040