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While it is still September, the German tradition of drinking lots of beer and eating tons of food is now underway in Munich. The 16-day festival will run until the first weekend in October (it began on Saturday). And what goes better with beer than cigars? Especially one made specifically for the heavier German beers of this time of year? Yup the Quesada Oktoberfest is back in stores now and this year there is a very special size of the Perfekto Oktoberfest. The Perfekto is a 5.75” x 52 blend of all Dominican tobaccos. The previous releases of the Oktoberfest had a nice band with the Quesada Q in the center. Trouble was you could not tell one vintage from another, so this year the band has changed, with more of a Munich look. It will allow consumers to determine which vintage is which. The Oktoberfests are limited editions and come in 6 sizes ranging from the Uber at 6” x 65 to the Krone at 5” x 43. Prices run from $7.25 to $9.50. Pick some up and try to pair them with beer…. Please just don’t use Corona or Coors Light with 'em.
new cigars · Quesada
While last year marked the 10th anniversaries of both Tatuaje and My Father cigars, this does seem to be the year of birthdays. Manuel Quesada and his family marked 40 years in business earlier this year with the release of their 40th anniversary line. The 40th anniversary cigars used a nice dark San Andres wrapper over Dominican binder and a combination of Dominican and Nicaraguan fillers. These were limited cigars with a box press, but the good thing is the same cigars, albeit in different shapes, will be available on an ongoing basis.
La Flor Dominicana is celebrating its 20th anniversary. Ernesto Perez Carrillo is marking 5 years, which doesn’t sound like much but when you consider this is Ernie’s second (or third) time around. He began with El Credito and his father back in 1977 working out of the little Miami factory. While the Carrillos made El Credito, they also started making an old Cuban brand, La Gloria Cubana. The success of La Gloria helped the company grow, to the point that in 1999, Perez-Carrillo sold it to Swedish Match. Swedish Match eventually bought General Cigar and merged the El Credito factory into its Dominican operations. Ernie stayed with General until 2008 when he retired. But by the next year, Ernie opened EP Carrillo cigars in the Dominican Republic. His Tabacalera La Alianza is now marking its 5th birthday. Perez-Carrillo makes the E-Stunner, the popular Inch line of cigars including this year’s special Inch Short Run and the New Wave Connecticut.
The company with the biggest birthday this year though is Padron, which is marking its 50th year. Starting in 1964 Jose Orlando Padron started selling his first cigars. The first cigars the company made were medium fill but soon Padron was making cigars in Nicaragua. The company’s backbone is the Padron series. The 3000 is their biggest seller and during the cigar boom, Padron did not hike prices and kept stores with product, earning a lot of respect from tobacconists. Even today, the Padron Londres retails for under $4. The Padron’s ventured into the high end premium market with what was called the Anniversario (today called the 1964 anniversary series). Going a bit up the scale, Padron brought out the 1926 series to mark the 75th birthday of Jose Orlando Padron. 5 years later, the 1926 80 years came out to mark his 80th birthday. The Padrons also have the Family Reserve Series which was rated 94 in 2013. This year the family is putting out the 50th anniversary cigar as part of the Family Reserve Series in a 5” x 54 size. Cost is $25. There is another cigar the company is making but in very limited quantities. It comes in a special 50th anniversary humidor which we showed you from the show. The cost for the humidor and cigars is $5,000.
cigar industry · new cigars
Ok this is probably a name that you don’t know. The company has been making and selling cigars in Europe for many years and only last year did it start knocking on U-S doors. The cigars are made in Danli, Honduras at the company’s factory. This year at the trade show they upped their presence. Most of the company’s cigars are medium bodied and fairly reasonably priced.
The lightest one is the Tabacalera Zapata which uses a Connecticut seed grown in Honduras for the wrapper over a Nicaraguan binder and fillers from Honduras, Nicaragua and Mexico. It is considered a mild to medium smoke, perhaps good for the morning. It comes in 5 sizes from a 5.625” x 46 Corona, to a 5” x 50 Robusto, a 6” x 52 Toro, a 55” x 54 Torpedo and a 6” x 60 Toro Grande. List prices run between $5 and $8.
The Placeres Reserva is a step up from the Zapata. It uses a Habano seed grown in Jalapa, Nicaragua over a Costa Rican binder and Honduran and Nicaraguan fillers. It too has 5 sizes : Marevas at 5” x 42; Estrellas at 5” x 50; Belicosos at 5.5” x 52; Colosos at 6” x 54 and the 6” x 60 Toro Grande. List prices run from just under $6 to just over $8.
The Miro is the strongest cigar with a medium to full body, using Sumatran wrapper over Nicaraguan binder and Honduran and Nicaraguan fillers. There are 5 sizes, but this one starts with the Momentos at 4” x 48 that was introduced at the show, Robusto at 5.25” x 50, Toros at 6” x 52 Torpedo measuring 6.125” x 52 and Gordos at 6” x 60. List prices run from $6 to $8.
The newest line from Kuuts was its Nicaraguan blend. Again medium bodied, but with a touch more flavor. The stick uses a Habano seed grown in Ecuador for the wrapper and then binder and fillers from Nicaragua. Coming in 5 sizes from the above mentioned Momentos, to a Pequeño at 4.5” x 58, Robusto 5” x 52, Toro 6’ x 52 and a Gordo Especial at 7” x 60. List prices are just under $5 for the Momentos to just under $7 for the big boy.
Kuuts · new cigars
Yeah that is Fabrica Unidas, not what you were thnking. F-U is the home of the brands for Christian Eiroa and they have been busy showing a lot of new stuff at the past show. Christian added some new extensions to his lines and a new signature one. The Asylum Ogre has been out for a while. It has a Candela and a Nicaraguan wrapper in a barber pole. The original Ogre was a 7 x 70 big boy. This year, Eiroa and Tom Lasuka realized some people didn’t like the biggies, so they have come out with an Ogre 550, which is 5” x 50. Much easier to smoke. The candela combination gives it an interesting flavor, a bit better perhaps than the traditional Connecticut mix. Oh, and if you realllly love big cigars, there is always the 6” x 80 Ogre.
The Asylum 13
Asylum has come up with a new line addition to the Asylum 13 edition. Tom Lazuka says he is responding to customers in coming out with this new size, but Christian Eiroa says yeah right and Eiroa picked the name. Called 99 Problems it is a traditional lancero. Eiroa says the name is apt because retailers often ask for traditional sizes, but then once they get to the stores, they do not sell. So the box holds 99 of the lanceros and Eiroa figures once a retailer buys it, HE now has the 99 problems to sell. The lancero will retail for $7.
Speaking of lanceros, Edgar Hoill who has his OSOK (One Shot One Kill) line with Eiroa and his Edgar Hoill line, is also making a new lancero in the EH line. Called EH Lancero it is a true 7” x 38 and uses ligero from Jalapa and Esteli. The wrapper is a dark Habano. It provides flavors like the OSOK line but in a smaller ring gauge. The Lancero retails for $10 in boxes of 25.
As for Christian himself, he has his signature line of Eiroa…the first time he has put his name on a cigar. They are more full bodied, but not over the top and are Honduran puros. At the show, he released a new extension to the line called CBT which stands for Capa, Banda and Tripa—wrapper, binder and filler—and all are Maduro. (Guess they can’t call it triple maduro anymore.) The result is a very rich tasting smoke. Prices are similar to the original Eiroa running from $9 to $12.
Asylum · Eiroa · Hoill · new cigars
One of the newer things at the Davidoff booth was the recently released Camacho Ecuador. The cigar with the blue band and box actually came out just before the show, but it was prominently featured at the booth. The new Camacho uses a Habano seed grown in Ecuador for its wrapper with a Brazilian Mata Fina binder and high priming Honduran tobaccos along with Pelo de Oro ligero from the Dominican Republic for fillers. It comes in 5 sizes from a 5” x 50 Robusto to a 6” 60 Gordo and prices start just under $7.
Davidoff also continued the Camacho Liberty Series for 2014, which also uses the Habano Ecuadoran wrapper but it is from 2005. This cigar contains a 2006 Corojo binder and fillers from both the Dominican Republic and Nicaragua. It is only one size, 11/18 and comes in 20 count boxes with a total production of only 2,000 boxes. They retail for $17 each.
Another addition to the Camacho line is the Double Shock. The logo for this cigar is the rare double-tailed scorpion. Davidoff says this barber pole type of cigar was made in the Danli factory with tobaccos from 5 different countries. The wrappers are, again, the Ecuadoran Habano but paired with a dark San Andres leaf creating the barber pole effect. The binder is Criollo and the fillers are from the Dominican Republic, Honduras and Pennsylvania. The double shock is limited to 1,000 boxes of each size. They come in three sizes, Toro, Figurado and Gordo and the retail is from $11.50 to $13. They should hit store shelves in October.
Finally, part of the Camacho “Board of the Bold” is Hollywood writer, producer and director Rob Weiss. He is best known for the HBO series Entourage. Weiss now has partnered with Camacho and Davidoff to form the B.G. Meyer Company and has released a couple of cigars. The first line is the Standard Issue, which uses Nicaraguan tobaccos made at AgroIndustrias Laepe S.A. in Danli—the old Camacho and now Davidoff factory. It comes in five sizes, again from the 5” x 50 Robusto to a 6” x 60 Gordo. Prices are from $8-10. The second cigar is called Slackers which is a smaller stick being sold in 4 packs. Whereas the Standard Issue is medium to full, Slackers is more on the mild side with an Ecuadoran Connecticut wrapper, Dominican binder and fillers. Cost will be about $4 each.
Camacho · Davidoff · IPCPR · new cigars
Speaking of Jochy Blanco, he has been a busy man. Not only does he make all of Boutique Blends cigars, but he also is making his cousin Jose Blanco’s Señoral line of cigars. (Yes they are both named Jose Blanco, which is why Jochy uses his nickname.) But somehow, Jochy found time to make another new cigar, Black Abyss. This is what you expect from his factory Tabacalera La Palma, bold flavors with great construction. He uses a San Andres maduro wrapper over Corojo binder and criollo fillers. They are very reasonably priced with the MSRP ranging from $4.50 to $5.50. The only bad news is that they sell out fast.
boutique cigars · new cigars
Boutique Blends at the show had several interesting cigars. If you don’t know the company you probably do know the cigars. They are the ones behind Aging Room. The first cigar out of that series was the M-356, which debuted in Cigar Aficionado’s top 25 list for 2011. Heck of a way to start. For 2013, the Quattro F55 was named the number 2 cigar of the year by CA (only a Cuban beat it.) Both of these cigars, like all of the Aging Room products are limited. The company uses special aged tobaccos and once they run out that is it. The M-356 is about out of production (the tobacco is just about gone) so get them while you can. For this year, the company had another limited production cigar called Aging Room, Bin No. 1. This is what Rafael Nodal calls a strong cigar with flavor. And strong it is, I would recommend it after a steak dinner. He and master blender Jochy Blanco are using some really old tobacco that is very strong, but the age on the tobacco makes the cigar very smokable.
Another new entry from Boutique is La Boheme. Unlike the Aging Room lines this one will be in regular production and not limited. It uses an Ecuadoran Habano wrapper over Dominican Habano filler and binder. It comes in 4 sizes: Mini at 3.5” x 46 (which happens to be co-owner Hank Bischoff’s favorite size), Pittore at 5.125” x 52, Poeta 5.75” x 54 and Musico at 6.25” x 60. It is medium to full bodied with a great taste. The SWAG line is another regular production line. It comes in the SWAG-S , the SWAG Puro Dominicano and now the new addition to the line-up is the SWAG Black. Unlike the other SWAG cigars, the black is more full bodied, using a Habano seed wrapper over Dominican fillers and binder. It will be coming in four sizes from the 4.5” x 48 up to 6 x 60. List prices are $6.95 to $8.98. The last limited production item is the M020 ffortissimo. It is the sequel to last year’s M-21 it uses San Andres wrapper over Habano Dominican filler and binder and it too is full bodies. It comes in one figurado size 5.75” x 47, boxes of 10 and retails at about $14.
boutique cigars · new cigars
Rocky Patel is launching several new lines. The Super Ligero is an amped up stick which uses a Habano St. Augustin wrapper with a special hybrid called super ligero and double ligero. Coming in four sizes from a lancero up to a sixty ring gauge the price is $7-$8. The company also is launching a Cameroon version of the Decade. Same blend as the regular Decade just with a Cameroon wrapper. It will come in three sizes and will run $9.75 to $11.25. He also has Catch 22, a line without his name on the brand. This is a value play with pricing starting at $4.50 for a Rothschild up to $5.50 for a 6” x 60.
Probably the most fun and politically incorrect launch is Prohibition. The cigars are packed in mason jars, 16 to a jar and come in a crate. If you have seen Boardwalk Empire, think about how the booze was smuggled into the U-S during Prohibition. Says Rocky, “ With the current atmosphere against tobacco we are probably heading towards a time of Prohibition again, so I wanted to make a statement and I hope get people fired up about working to stop this proposed control by the FDA.”
The cigars in the jars have either a Connecticut Broadleaf wrapper or Mexican San Andres. The binder is Brazilian Matafina and the filler is all Nicaraguan. They are one size 6.5” x 52 and will retail for $8.
Rocky also is making a bigger Edge…the 7” x 70 Howitzer in both Corojo and Maduro. It will retail for $10.
IPCPR · new cigars
Jon Huber over at Crowned Heads is releasing a new line addition called Jerico Hill. This augments the original Four Kicks, Headley Grange and J.D. Howard Reserve. The company began only in 2011 and has scored some impressive hits. The Jerico Hill. The name was inspired by Johnny Cash’s version of Cocaine Blues from the Live at Folsom Prison album. The song is about a guy who is brought to justice by a sheriff from Jerico Hill…hence the name. The wrapper is a dark San Andres leaf over Nicaragua filler and binder. Most of the cigars from Crowned Heads come from the factory of Ernesto Perez Carrillo in the Dominican Republic…but this one comes from Pepin and the My Father factory in Nicaragua. It brings a new flavor to the line. It comes in four sizes from 5.125” x 44 up to a 6” x 54 with prices ranging from $7.95 to $9.75.
Speaking of the Perez-Carrillos, Ernesto’s daughter Lissette wanted to bring out a cigar as an homage to the family’s Cuban roots. The result is La Historia featuring a beautiful band showing Lissette’s grandmother in Cuba on one side and Lissette herself in Miami on the other. The blend is medium to full using a Mexican San Andres wrapper over Ecuador Sumatran binder and Nicaraguan fillers. There are three sizes –6.125” x 50, 5.375” x 52 and 6.875” x 54 with prices running from $7.75 to $8.75.
At Toraño, Charlie Toraño is putting his name on a cigar this year. It is called Captiva named for the small island off the southwest coast of Florida and one of Charlie’s favorite places. The cigar uses a nice oily Ecuador wrapper over Nicaraguan fillers for a medium to full bodied smoke with very good flavors. It comes in 4 sizes and is priced from about $8 to $9 for the 6” x 60.
IPCPR · new cigars
Going through last week and the show was certainly interesting. New people with new cigars and some old favorites. I never did get to everyone even though things seemed quieter than normal, probably because of the bigger space we are in. I want to try to cover more stuff, so today we’ll do some quick hits.
Padron is showing its latest creation the 50th anniversary. This specially aged cigar comes in a fantastic gold trimmed humidor. There is not an agreement on the price but most likely it will retail for between $4,700 and $5,000. The humidor is trimmed with real gold and holds 50 of the special 50th cigars. The deal is that if you buy one of the 500 humidors the company is making, you will be able to re-stock the humidor by being able to buy more of the cigars for the next five years.
Pete Johnson released the Tattoo robusto earlier this year. It is a $5 retail cigar. Here at the show, as promised, Pete released three more sizes in the Tattoo line: a 6” x 50 Toro for $5.50, a 6.125” x 52 Torpedo for $6 and a 5.5” x 58 Toro Grande for $6.50.
Over at L’Atelier there is the new Extension de la Racine... extention of the root. This year it is a torpedo at 6.125” x 52. The ER 14 uses a Criollo wrapper with the Sancti Spiritus in the binder along with all Nicaraguan fillers to give the unique L’Atelier taste. It will run $9.50 and is a limited run. K.C Johnson and Dan Welsh also are adding to the Surrogates line with Satin Glove which uses a San Andres wrapper for full flavor . It comes 7” x 47 and box pressed with a retail of $8.75. They are also adding to their Special Selection collection with the LAT Torpedo for $9.50 and the 38 Special a 7.5” x 38 lancero for $9.75. The special selection uses a higher priming wrapper for more strength and flavor.
IPCPR · new cigars