The Lone Wolf Cigar Company was present at the Snatch Premiere Party, a new TV show by Crackle at the Culver Hotel, in Culver City. Check out the pictures of the event!
At today’s Procigar tour at the Quesada Cigars factory in the Dominican Republic, the company formally announced its newest release: Manuel Quesada 70th.
The cigar is made in honor of Manuel “Manolo” Quesada Jr., who turns 70 in April. Quesada Jr. himself blended the cigar and as of now, he’s apparently not telling anyone what it is.
It’s offered in his two favorite sizes: Toro (6 x 50) and Belicoso (6 x 52)—both of which are priced at $12.95 per cigar. The Manuel Quesada 70th is limited to 1,000 boxes of 10 cigars in each size.
“My uncle has dedicated his life to cigars and all of us at Quesada cannot express in words how proud we are of him,” said Terence Reilly, gm of Quesada Cigars, in a press release. “Whether you know him well or have never met him personally, smoking the MQ 70 gives the aficionado an opportunity to connect with Manuel through the taste and avor of this blend. It truly exemplies his palate.”
Best cigar of the year rankings are always anticipated. They create discussions, thoughts and sometimes anger. I like reading about them but most of the time have not smoked the majority of the cigars in the rankings. Cigar Aficionado magazine, the mostly well respected publication, put Rocky Patel’s sun grown maduro in the number 2 slot in 2016. Maduro cigars are not my favorites but I do appreciate a well made cigar regardless how the blend is formulated. Rocky Patel cigars are for some the pinnacle of cigar making. For others they are the Walmart of smokes. Plenty choices but of dubious quality.
Here is my thoughts on the 2016 #2 ranked cigar from CA. It’s a toro smoke and not the robusto shape that were reviewed by Cigar Aficionado.
Brand/ Name of Cigar: Rocky Patel/ Sun grown Maduro Special Reserve
Country of Origin: Nicaragua
Size: 6 x 52
Wrapper: Sungrown Connecticut Broad leaf Maduro
Binder: Dual Binder, Nicaragua
Where and When smoked: Lone Wolf Cigar Lounge, Los Angeles, Ca. 2/19/17
Almost a flawless cigar with a dark chocolate wrapper, box pressed and an oily touch. There are several large veins showing but totally not an issue. The cigar band completed the smoke giving it a very luscious look. The construction was outstanding.
Flavor/ Taste and Aroma:
Initial foray was a very choice chocolate flavor with a hint of black spice in the mix. Also some notes of vanilla as we progress through the first third. The flavor was consistent with a medium strength profile no harsh or bitter hints as some maduro smokes get.
The burn was straight, cool with a pleasing to the eye grey ash. No problems with uneven patterns. Smoke continued to be faithful with the chocolate flavor.
This is a dynamite cigar with all aspects that makes the Rocky Patel Sungrown Maduro a world class cigar. The Rocky Patel brand has been an enigma to me as they can produce such a fabulous smoke and also make run of the mill smokes. I understand manufacturers need to appeal to all price points and tastes but I hope Rocky keeps aiming for a higher plane.
Here is the number breakdown.
Appearance/Construction: 4.5 out of 5
Flavor/Taste and Aroma: 4.5 out of 5
Smoking Characteristics: 4.2 out of 5
Overall: 4.3 out of 5
This is a total winner from Rocky and suggest go out a buy a assortment of all sizes.
Heading to the Lone Wolf Cigar Lounge shortly to see the Pats hopefully win. Still not decided what cigars to bring to the event. However, here is a smoke that for many has Super Bowl winner all over it.
Brand/ Name of Cigar:
Country of Origin: Cuba
Size: 5.1 x 42
Shape: Petit Corona
Where and when smoked: Long Wolf Cigar Lounge, 1/17
Solid feel without any plugs, striking chocolate brown wrapper and depending on the light it has different hues. Small veins are noticeable but not really a fault. The cigar band is simple and very classic looking.
Flavor/Taste and Aroma:
The first initial third was a smooth medium experience with a mix of pepper and earthy overtones. The description was similar to other Cuban cigars I have tasted. Experienced cigar smokers enjoy this, novices might not. Aroma is so subjective I rarely blog on this aspect but in this case, the aroma was very farm like.
The burn was slow, methodical without any hot spots or large problems. However, I did notice an uneven burn in the second third of the smoke. It managed to self correct so overall, it did not cause much impact in the overall enjoyment of the cigar.
The Monti #4 is reputed to be the best selling Cuban cigar in it’s inventory. It has been a staple for many years and this is very understandable. For cigar smokers, this is what is thought of when you think of Cuban cigars. It never fails to bring satisfaction, but as a representative of a truly outstanding cigar it is not quite there. This is a lack of overall complexity which I think is the result of it’s small size, not of any deficient quality. Otherwise this is a top line smoke.
If this is available in your cigar world, always have them in your staple. Of course availability may hinder this but as Cuban cigars are somewhat more available, I think you can score them.
Appearance/ Construction: 4 out of 5
Flavor/ Taste and Aroma: 4. 2 out of 5
Smoking Characteristics : 3.5 out of 5
Conclusion/ Overall Impression: 4 out 5
Football fans in the Lone Star State will have a special cigar to puff on during Super Bowl LI. La Flor Dominicana has crafted a new version of its Special Football Edition cigar—a unique figurado that dons a football-shaped cover leaf—and has sent it to Texas cigar retailers in anticipation of next Sunday’s big game.
“They have been made available only to LFD retailers in the state of Texas,” said Tony Gomez, vice president of La Flor Dominicana. As in previous years, the special cigars are only sold in the Super Bowl’s host state. Gomez added that out-of-state customers might be able to get their hands on them through Texas retailers that sell cigars online.
This year’s matchup between the Atlanta Falcons and New England Patriots at NRG Stadium in Houston is cause for the third release of this special cigar. Previous iterations, in different vitola sizes, were released in California for Super Bowl 50 and Arizona for Super Bowl 49.
La Flor Dominicana’s Special Football Edition for 2017 wears an Ecuadoran Habano wrapper over Dominican binder and filler. The football design on the wrapper, as well as the cap and a strip on the foot, is made from Connecticut-seed tobacco grown in Ecuador. Only 1,500 boxes of 10 have been produced, and the cigars carry a suggested retail price of $15 each.
The voluptuous figurado measures 6 1/2 inches with a ring gauge of 52 at its slimmest, swelling to 60 ring at its maximum girth. The foot of the cigar is an angular cut, which Gomez says was picked from a number of uncommon shapes.
“There’s no particular reason for the angular cut; we had about five different designs that we were choosing from and this was the one we liked best,” said Gomez.
La Flor Dominicana is no stranger to crafting esoteric vitolas. The Andalusian Bull, which was recently awarded Cigar Aficionado‘s Cigar of the Year for 2016, is also a unique figurado that brand owner Litto Gomez based off of an old cigar mold he found in Belgium.
The Special Football Edition for 2017 also isn’t the only La Flor Dominicana cigar that uses wrapper leaf as a canvas for eccentric designs. The Salomon Único cigars, a one-of-a-kind assortment of artfully constructed vitolas, was released to retailers last summer.
*Credit: Cigar Aficionado.
In 2009, Davidoff released a limited edition cigar bearing the number 702, a name given to a unique hybrid-seed that was created using three different Cuban strands of tobacco. It was then grown in Ecuador and became the wrapper for the aforementioned cigar, the Davidoff Limited Edition 2009 Selección 702. Now, the seed and the number are back.
Next month, Davidoff will formally release seven cigars under the 702 name, each in some of the company’s most noted sizes. Five sizes will be offered internationally: Entreacto (3 1/2 x 43), No. 2 (6 x 38), 2000 (5 1/16 x 43), Special R (4 7/8 x 50) and No. 3 (6 x 50).
Two other sizes 702 Series Special T (6 x 52) and Double R (7 1/2 x 50) will be offered only in the U.S. However, the Entreacto and No. 2 will only be offered in Davidoff of Geneva since 1911 flagship stores in the U.S.
The cigars are offered in both boxes of 20, as well as soft boxes of four and five.
These cigars will use the aforementioned Ecuadorian wrapper from the 702 seed over the normal binder and filler. The idea is to give a twist to some of the company’s more iconic cigars.
“It is time to unexpect. Davidoff Masterblenders have taken on the challenge to reimagine and reinvent our most iconic cigars –2000, Special R, Special T, Aniversario No. 3 among others – and give them an exciting twist for those seeking a more intense, bolder taste experience,” said Charles Awad, svp global marketing and innovation at Oettinger Davidoff AG, in a press release. “These cigars, that have defined and refined Time, are wrapped in the new 702 ‘Habano’ wrapper from Ecuador to give them a bolder edge. The 702 Series is an exciting opportunity for those who have not yet had the chance to discover, or may want to rediscover, these iconic cigars.”
Brand/ Name of Cigar: Montecristo/ Pilotico/ Pepe Mendez
Country of Origin: Nicaragua
Size: 6.2 x 52
Wrapper: Ecuador Sumatra
Filler: Dominican, Nicargua
Where and When Smoked: 1/1/2017
Attractive rich looking brown wrapper, slight veins showing but no obvious flaws or defects. Good looking labels which brings out the the oil in the wrapper. No soft spots in the handling of the cigar.
Flavor/ Taste and Aroma:
Initial third was very smooth with a combination of nuts and sweet hints of chocolate. Medium strength in the flavor with no hits of spice or pepper. Very consistent in the taste with no deviation from this combo. Aroma was sweet, not pungent with the nutty smoke dominating.
The burn was even with no hot spots or tunneling. The ash was a solid white but needed two re lights during the second third of the smoke. No real apparent reason for this as the construction for the smoke appeared well made. Maybe I missed something in my initial look.
Conclusion/ Overall Impression:
Price aside which is on the high end, I liked the overall quality of this cigar. It was consistent in flavor however there was no wow factor in this smoke. The two relights were a bit baffling so maybe it was in my handling of the cigar.
Here are the numbers:
Appearance/ Construction: 4 out of 5
Flavor/ Taste and Aroma: 3.5 out of 5
Smoking Characteristics: 3 out of 5
Conclusion/ Overall Impression: 3.5 out of 5
I appreciate a well crafted, thought out cigar which brings the consumer a variety of taste and flavor. Somehow the Montecristo Pilotico missed the mark for me. It fell a bit short on just about all avenues of an outstanding cigar.
J.C. Newman is planning a new size in its Diamond Crown Julius Caeser line, a 5 1/2 x 43 corona.
Like the rest of the sizes, the Julius Caeser Corona will come in leather-wrapped boxes of 20. Unlike the rest of the sizes, it will be priced below $10 with a suggested retail price of $9.75 per cigar.
The Julius Caeser line uses an Ecuadorian wrapper, Dominican binder and an undisclosed filler. It is named after the company’s founder Julius Caeser Newman, whose initials make up the J.C. Newman. While he shares a name with the Roman emperor, the cigarmaker spelled his last name differently, hence the unique spelling.
While a new price list from the company says the line will be released in March, a spokesperson for the company said that is not accurate. The new size was shipped last summer to comply with the new regulations from the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA), but a formal release has not been scheduled.
Here is an unusual, perhaps unfamiliar cigar that gleams with distinction but doesn’t have much market history, as it only came out last summer. The wrapper is a striking hue somewhere between red and brown and the beautiful shape is all curves and tapers. Salomones, as they’re known in cigar factories, are far from an easy cigar to craft. Look closely at the band, which is a shade of emerald green, and you see the letters “LFD”: La Flor Dominicana. The cigar is called the Andalusian Bull, and nothing about it is typical.
But nothing about its creator, Litto Gomez is typical either. With Gomez, you’ll find few of the tropes and stories typically associated with men in the tobacco business. No family history in tobacco. No Cuban lineage. No passed-down tobacco traditions. Born in Spain, but raised in Uruguay, Gomez came into the cigar industry in 1994 after a stint in the jewelry business went sour. His initial cigars were mild, but Gomez started getting the attention of premium smokers when he began producing stronger blends rolled in unusual shapes. Some will remember the El Jocko Perfecto No. 1 and all should know the wedge-shaped Chisel. Such odd shapes have become mainstays in the cigar world. Among serious smokers, the Chisel is now synonymous with La Flor Dominicana—which brings us to the Bull.
The La Flor Dominicana Andalusian Bull is a truly new concept within La Flor’s portfolio of fine cigars. The size is based on that of an old cigar mold that Gomez found in Belgium. Naming it after Andalusia was a nod to Spain, the country where Gomez was born. And the silhouette of a matador on the band represents the celebrated history of the sport of bullfighting in Andalusia. That eye-catching shade of green is similar to that found on the Andalusian flag. But there’s more to decode. The font on the band is based on Pablo Picasso’s handwriting—he loved to paint bulls—and the scrollwork reflects patterns found on a bullfighter’s uniform.
Fittingly, with this combination of heavy-handed and subtle symbolism comes a blend that is both bold and refined (like a bull and a matador). Gomez and his son Tony collaborated on the cigar and spent a fair amount of time fine-tuning the blend. The result was a cigar as intriguing in flavor as it is in appearance. It’s a combination of Corojo-seed Ecuador Habano wrapper on a blend that consists primarily of Dominican Criollo ’98 tobacco, a hybrid and a bit of Pelo d’Oro too. First impressions are bold and savory with strong notes of hickory and leather. But it continues to take on a complex spiciness of saffron and cumin as well as a slight tangy note that brings the strength and spice together quite gracefully—and it only gets better with every puff.
Gomez owns the brand and company with his wife, Ines Lorenzo-Gomez. This marks the first time that La Flor Dominicana has been awarded No. 1 Cigar of the Year.
*Credit: Cigar Aficionado