Southern Draw 300 Manos Habano

“The new project, called 300 Hands, features a pair of cigars, 300 Hands and 300 Manos, a nod in both English and Spanish to the approximate number of steps it takes to produce a cigar, and more importantly the people whose hands touch your cigar on its journey, and in this case, on its journey from Nicaragua to the United States. In a press release, the company calls the project “a celebration of the most distinctive tobaccos born of Nicaragua’s special combination of soil, temperature and sunlight, of differing yet refined processes and most notably, the tobacco stained hands that meticulously perform every step required to produce a Southern Draw cigar.”

300 Hands uses a Nicaraguan maduro wrapper leaf grown in the country’s Estelí region, while the binder comes from Indonesia and the filler hails from Nicaragua and the Dominican Republic. 300 Manos, which is pronounced trescientos manos, uses an Ecuadorian habano wrapper, binder from Cameroon, and fillers from Nicaragua and the Dominican Republic.

Both lines are being made at Tabacalera AJ Fernandez Cigars de Nicaragua S.A. in Estelí, will come in 10-count bundles, and are being offered in the same five vitolas and prices:

  • 300 Hands/300 Manos Petit Edmundo (4 3/4 x 52) – $5.99 (Bundles of 10, $59.99)

  • 300 Hands/300 Manos Coloniales (5 1/4 x 44) – $6.19 (Bundles of 10, $61.99)

  • 300 Hands/300 Manos Corona Gorda (5 5/8 x 46) – $6.29 (Bundles of 10, $62.99)

  • 300 Hands/300 Manos Piramides (6 1/8 x 52) – $6.39 (Bundles of 10, $63.99)

  • 300 Hands/300 Manos Churchill (7 x 48) – $6.49 (Bundles of 10, $64.99)

It’s also a limited release, with 15,000 cigars per size and blend being made, for a total run of 150,000 cigars. The company is also producing 250 display trays for its retailers.

“We want to share this story with the masses and have priced this cigar line in an unbeatable range of $5.99 – $6.49 while expanding our charitable giving strategy to Nicaragua,” said Sharon Holt, co-founder of Southern Draw Cigars. She added that the company will distribute 25 percent of its profits to those Nicaraguans that offered their honest stories and identified specific needs in and around their own communities.

The cigar also comes at a time when the country is undergoing civil unrest and widespread violence as part of government reforms to its healthcare and pension system.

“We have high hopes for a better Nicaragua as they fight to overcome decades old struggles that have just recently escalated into what has been deemed a ‘newsworthy’ crisis, “ stated Robert Holt of Southern Draw in a press release.”

I am very happy to have the opportunity to try this new product and to have a relationship with genuine people with a desire to give back. Robert, Sharon and the rest of the team at Southern Draw are really setting the bar high and I think the cigar community has an opportunity to make an impact. With that said, let’s check out this project and see what we get shall we?

I have the 300 Manos 5.6 x 46 Corona Gorda available to review.

Blend Profile:

Wrapper: Ecuadorian
Binder: Cameroon
Filler: Nicaraguan, Dominican
Size: 7 x 48 Churchill
Strength: Medium

Country: Nicaragua

Factory: Tabacalera Fernandez
Price: $6.29

Appearance:

The cigar features a medium brown wrapper with small veins, very smooth leaf, and tight seams. The band is white with black lettering. Very simple design but a nice looking presentation. Notice the square end of the cigar in the 2nd photo.

Pre-Light:

The cigar feels firm with no soft spots. Out of the wrapper I get heavy notes of barnyard, hay, earth and pepper. After a few minutes of airing out, I pick up the same from the foot but also notes of caramel, and almost graham cracker sweetness. I use a V-cutter to open the cap and the cold draw is perfect. Open but not loose with a touch of resistance. I get notes of hay, wood, roasted nuts, pepper and coffee. I am very curious about this cigar.

1st Third:

After toasting the foot, the initial draw offers a good blast of pepper, tons of smoke production, wow I did not anticipate that one! There is a semi-sweet cocoa, wood (oak possibly) and earth notes. Very different from anything I remember from SDC in the past. About 1/2 inch in and things begin to change up some. I am getting some cedar, spices, and a hint of dried fruit sweetness. Possibly raisin. This is one complex smoke. It is early into this one but this certainly does not smoke like a cigar under $7. The draw is perfect, burn was a touch wavy and shortly after taking a pic, the ash dropped and it evened out nicely. Tons of smoke coming out of this thing. Clouds up for sure with this one! As I end the first third, I am getting some espresso notes, wood and pepper on the finish. The sweetness that was there has faded. Strength is medium.

2nd Third:

Entering the halfway mark, the burn evens out, performance is on cruise control. Ash won’t hold past more than a half inch or so and I have dropped a few taking pictures. I am getting notes of coffee beans, cedar, that dried fruit again and sweet notes of caramel and vanilla. There are notes of dark chocolate bitterness that make an appearance and fade away. It seems the more I get into this, more and more flavors show up. Very complex blend with a ton of surprises along the way. Strength is staying a solid medium.

Last Third:

The weather is taking a turn for the worse so I am being forced to finish this a little faster than I hope to. As I move into the final third, again the profile changes back and forth. Many of the same notes from the first and second third take turns making an appearance and then fading to the back. I am really having a hard time putting this one down because you find a little something different at each draw. Notes of cedar, spice, pepper, dried fruit, caramel, coffee and smoky wood round this one out. Performance was great throughout. Great draw, tons of smoke, slightly wavy burn as the wind started to pick up. Strength was medium plus only because I had to pick up the pace to beat the rain. I think it would have been medium to the end.

Final Thoughts:

As I smoked this cigar, I found myself trying to wrap my head around the fact that this is a $6.49 (MSRP) stick. I think the complexity, flavor, construction and performance of this cigar rivals cigars twice the cost. I have had other cigars in that $10 – $15 price point that were not as good as this. The only minor thing with this one was the ash. It would not hold very long so every time I set it down for a pic, even if I was careful, it fell. If that is the worse of my issues, I will take it.

This is a great cigar for beginner smokers to try, it’s easily affordable, medium strength, but I feel that even more advanced smokers would enjoy this one as well because it is complex enough to hold your attention. For me, this one is a no brainer and I would definitely purchase a bundle. I was hoping to see Robert in person this week in Virginia but thanks to the upcoming hurricane, that will have to wait.

So there you have it. My opinion of the 300 Manos Habano from Southern Draw Cigars. I say very well done and if you see this stick anywhere, grab it and let me know what you think about it. Be sure to leave your thoughts, comments and questions here. Follow us on social media, and join the Facebook group (CigarHawk Group) for some great interaction with some great people. As always, until next time #longashefullglasses.

Southern Draw Cedrus "The Hogan"

I received the press release about this one just before IPCPR and was very interested in this project. Not to go back and recap the entire thing but this project was a very special one for Robert and Sharon Holt

CEDRUS – THE HOGAN, the origin of the name:

1. Faith: The Latin name is Cedrus libani or Lebanese Cedar trees were highly sought after for ancient woodworking. The woods high quality, pleasant scent and firmness made it a popular building material for Holy temples, palaces and sailing vessels. Cedars popularity endures today as it is the most utilized wood in the premium cigar industry and the image of the CEDRUS tree serves as the biblical inspiration for our brand art.

2. Flora: Western Red Cedar known as “the Hogan”, native to the Pacific United States, growing to 200’ tall and living up to 1,000+ years, this tree demonstrates the firm, reliable and beautiful characteristics of cedar. Our bridge to an ancient symbol and a wood that has proven valuable through the ages.

3. People: We offer tribute to Phil and Shelly Hogan, a relationship that began in 1996, a friendship turned “closer than family”. Their love and support of Southern Draw Cigars began in 2014 when they rallied family and friends to support our mission even in the face of uncertain risk. Their contributions have been as steadfast and enduring as the cedar tree even as they have humbly remained in the shadows of our early successes. Phil, U.S. Navy Retired, is the most honorable and accountable guy we know and someone who we could only aspire to be like and Shelly, has been a tireless supporter of all things we do, a helping hand of 20 years that has quietly contributed much to SDC’s early success. The gracious and generous Hogan’s will now be celebrated with their own incomparable hand crafted cigar. We offer you an opportunity to get to know them during IPCPR 2018, they will be available to share their stories of military service, international travel and a limited amount of their new cigar.

I was gifted the opportunity to try this one out so without delaying this anymore, let’s get to what you came here for.

Cedrus “The Hogan” Belicoso Fino

Blend Profile:

Country of Origin: Nicaragua

Factory: AJ Fernandez Cigar Co.

Wrapper: Besuki TBN – Sumatra, Indonesia

Binder: Habano 2000- Esteli, Nicaragua

Viso: Piloto Cubano – Dominican Republic

Criollo 98 – Esteli, Nicaragua

Seco: Habana 92 – Quilali, Nicaragua

Ligero: Corojo 99 – Jalapa, Nicaragua

Size – Belicoso Fino 5.5 x 52 (box pressed)

Number of Cigars – 5,000 total 10 count, numbered boxes, 1,000 total 10 count refill bundles (60,000 cigars 2018)

Price – $11.99 each MSRP, $118.99 10 count box

Appearance: This is a really nice looking cigar with a medium to dark brown wrapper with reddish hue in the sunlight. The wrapper has small veins and really tight seams. The tapered, pyramid shape comes to a nice box press. The Olive green and gold dual bands really make for a nice presentation. The artwork and bands really work well on this cigar.

Pre-Light: The cigar feel firm with no soft spots. Construction is very well done. I pick up notes of barnyard, wet hay, a touch of sweetness and a faint hint of pepper. From the foot I get more of the same and some wood notes. I use a straight cut and the cold draw is good. Open with some resistance but not tight at all. I get mostly earth, hay and a hint of wood notes.

1st Third: After I toast the foot, the first draw reveals a little pepper up front, cedar, straw, and earth. The draw is good, burn is great, and nice smoke output. As I move a little further in, I start to pick up some smoky charred wood notes, tobacco, and cedar. There is a touch of sweetness that might be dried fruit like dark cherries but I can’t pinpoint it exactly. Performance is on cruise control. The blend works well with a very earthy profile with notes of cedar throughout. Strength is medium for me.

2nd Third: As we move into the second third everything pretty much stays consistent. Subtle changes here and there as I move through the halfway point. I pick up some pepper, cedar, earth and a faint hint of a grassy/floral note. Not cut grass but not clove. It doesn’t hang around very long and is gone. The draw is perfect, great smoke production, the burn is a touch wavy. Strength is still holding at medium.

Last 3rd: Not much in the form of change. Consistency is very much in play here. A good earthy, woodsy profile that has not really switched up from the start. Because it has been so consistent, I decided to veer from my norm and try pairing some Witherspoon’s Texas Bourbon Whiskey (I had to go with something else from Texas, anything else seemed wrong) with it to see how it fairs. The combination works very well together is about all I am going to say about it. I am far from a bourbon expert and have not honed my skills on bourbon notes but I can tell you that the bourbon compliments the cigar and vice versa very nicely. As I get down to the nub on this one, performance has not been an issue. Slightly wavy burn but no touch ups needed. Strength towards the end is maybe medium plus.

Final Thoughts: Overall a very enjoyable smoke from start to finish. I would have liked to have had a few more changes in the profile along the way to keep me on my toes a bit but that’s my personal preference. If you like consistency, you will find that here for sure. It is a good blend that is earthy and woodsy. Performance was spot on the entire time. Very well constructed, easy to smoke and enjoy and stayed a solid medium strength until the very end. It’s a great project and I am very glad I had the opportunity to spend some time with it.

So there you have it. My opinion of the Southern Draw release Cedrus “The Hogan”. I hope that you enjoyed it. Please feel free to share it, leave comments, questions, suggestions here as well. Don’t forget to follow us on social media and join the fun in the Cigar Hawk Group on Facebook.

Until next time #LongAshesFullGalsses friends. See ya.

Southern Draw Cedrus “The Hogan”

I received the press release about this one just before IPCPR and was very interested in this project. Not to go back and recap the entire thing but this project was a very special one for Robert and Sharon Holt

CEDRUS – THE HOGAN, the origin of the name:

1. Faith: The Latin name is Cedrus libani or Lebanese Cedar trees were highly sought after for ancient woodworking. The woods high quality, pleasant scent and firmness made it a popular building material for Holy temples, palaces and sailing vessels. Cedars popularity endures today as it is the most utilized wood in the premium cigar industry and the image of the CEDRUS tree serves as the biblical inspiration for our brand art.

2. Flora: Western Red Cedar known as “the Hogan”, native to the Pacific United States, growing to 200’ tall and living up to 1,000+ years, this tree demonstrates the firm, reliable and beautiful characteristics of cedar. Our bridge to an ancient symbol and a wood that has proven valuable through the ages.

3. People: We offer tribute to Phil and Shelly Hogan, a relationship that began in 1996, a friendship turned “closer than family”. Their love and support of Southern Draw Cigars began in 2014 when they rallied family and friends to support our mission even in the face of uncertain risk. Their contributions have been as steadfast and enduring as the cedar tree even as they have humbly remained in the shadows of our early successes. Phil, U.S. Navy Retired, is the most honorable and accountable guy we know and someone who we could only aspire to be like and Shelly, has been a tireless supporter of all things we do, a helping hand of 20 years that has quietly contributed much to SDC’s early success. The gracious and generous Hogan’s will now be celebrated with their own incomparable hand crafted cigar. We offer you an opportunity to get to know them during IPCPR 2018, they will be available to share their stories of military service, international travel and a limited amount of their new cigar.

I was gifted the opportunity to try this one out so without delaying this anymore, let’s get to what you came here for.

Cedrus “The Hogan” Belicoso Fino

Blend Profile:

Country of Origin: Nicaragua

Factory: AJ Fernandez Cigar Co.

Wrapper: Besuki TBN – Sumatra, Indonesia

Binder: Habano 2000- Esteli, Nicaragua

Viso: Piloto Cubano – Dominican Republic

Criollo 98 – Esteli, Nicaragua

Seco: Habana 92 – Quilali, Nicaragua

Ligero: Corojo 99 – Jalapa, Nicaragua

Size – Belicoso Fino 5.5 x 52 (box pressed)

Number of Cigars – 5,000 total 10 count, numbered boxes, 1,000 total 10 count refill bundles (60,000 cigars 2018)

Price – $11.99 each MSRP, $118.99 10 count box

Appearance: This is a really nice looking cigar with a medium to dark brown wrapper with reddish hue in the sunlight. The wrapper has small veins and really tight seams. The tapered, pyramid shape comes to a nice box press. The Olive green and gold dual bands really make for a nice presentation. The artwork and bands really work well on this cigar.

Pre-Light: The cigar feel firm with no soft spots. Construction is very well done. I pick up notes of barnyard, wet hay, a touch of sweetness and a faint hint of pepper. From the foot I get more of the same and some wood notes. I use a straight cut and the cold draw is good. Open with some resistance but not tight at all. I get mostly earth, hay and a hint of wood notes.

1st Third: After I toast the foot, the first draw reveals a little pepper up front, cedar, straw, and earth. The draw is good, burn is great, and nice smoke output. As I move a little further in, I start to pick up some smoky charred wood notes, tobacco, and cedar. There is a touch of sweetness that might be dried fruit like dark cherries but I can’t pinpoint it exactly. Performance is on cruise control. The blend works well with a very earthy profile with notes of cedar throughout. Strength is medium for me.

2nd Third: As we move into the second third everything pretty much stays consistent. Subtle changes here and there as I move through the halfway point. I pick up some pepper, cedar, earth and a faint hint of a grassy/floral note. Not cut grass but not clove. It doesn’t hang around very long and is gone. The draw is perfect, great smoke production, the burn is a touch wavy. Strength is still holding at medium.

Last 3rd: Not much in the form of change. Consistency is very much in play here. A good earthy, woodsy profile that has not really switched up from the start. Because it has been so consistent, I decided to veer from my norm and try pairing some Witherspoon’s Texas Bourbon Whiskey (I had to go with something else from Texas, anything else seemed wrong) with it to see how it fairs. The combination works very well together is about all I am going to say about it. I am far from a bourbon expert and have not honed my skills on bourbon notes but I can tell you that the bourbon compliments the cigar and vice versa very nicely. As I get down to the nub on this one, performance has not been an issue. Slightly wavy burn but no touch ups needed. Strength towards the end is maybe medium plus.

Final Thoughts: Overall a very enjoyable smoke from start to finish. I would have liked to have had a few more changes in the profile along the way to keep me on my toes a bit but that’s my personal preference. If you like consistency, you will find that here for sure. It is a good blend that is earthy and woodsy. Performance was spot on the entire time. Very well constructed, easy to smoke and enjoy and stayed a solid medium strength until the very end. It’s a great project and I am very glad I had the opportunity to spend some time with it.

So there you have it. My opinion of the Southern Draw release Cedrus “The Hogan”. I hope that you enjoyed it. Please feel free to share it, leave comments, questions, suggestions here as well. Don’t forget to follow us on social media and join the fun in the Cigar Hawk Group on Facebook.

Until next time #LongAshesFullGalsses friends. See ya.

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Om Mani Gold Label Maduro

Today we take a look at another first for me. Om Mani Gold Label Maduro is one that I have not had before. My buddy Garrett Johnson introduced me to them about 8 or 9 months ago. Yes I know, I am WAYYYY behind on getting reviews done.

“OM MANI is a cigar and lifestyle brand aimed at helping to motivate, inspire and help people be more conscious in the moment enjoying life -especially when smoking our cigars- but also life in general.The purpose of our cigars is to remind you that the moment is now for you to enjoy, be inspired, be motivated and to be awakened. We are helping people to be in the moment creating lasting memories and not get caught up in the stresses of the world while smoking our cigars. However our life quotes can be used to help in ones day to day living.” – Pete III, Om Mani Cigars Owner (Credit SmoothDraw.com website)

I am not familiar with this brand and this is the very first one I have tried so I am not sure what to expect from them. You can find out more about them and their cigars by clicking here https://www.ommanicigars.com/

Let’s get this one started and see what we get.

Blend Profile:

• Origin – Honduras
• Wrapper – Connecticut Broadleaf (Brazilian Midnight)

• Binder: Sumatra
• Filler – Nicaraguan

Appearance:

This cigar features a dark brown broadleaf wrapper with a lot of small to medium veins. It is a toothy wrapper with tight seams and 2 black bands. I do not know enough about Buddhism to even take a guess at the face of the artwork on the band. The dual bands make for an intriguing design but very well on this cigar.

Pre-Light: The cigar looks and feels well constructed, firm but not hard with no soft spots. From the barrel I pick up notes of sweet cocoa and wood, as I move further towards the top I get more barnyard and fermentation. The foot gives me a milk chocolate sweetness, cedar and hay. Using a V-cut, the cold draw has some resistance to it. I get notes of hay, cedar and that familiar maduro sweetness.

1st Third:

As I get the foot toasted I notice I am not getting much smoke through the cigar, first draw really does not offer much smoke. I finally get to use my PerfecDraw tool. A quick run of the tool through the cigar, a simple few twist, pull it out and like magic, the plug is gone and we can get down to business. This tool is a must have! I am sold on it.

Now that I have some flow, I pick up a heavy maduro sweetness, strong cedar, light cocoa, and some dried fruit. The draw is working out fine, burn is slightly wavy (I attempted to set up a photo and broke the ash off before I could get it) ash was holding about 1/2 inch. A little bit further into the 1st third and I get some hints of pepper on the finish with a little earthy profile.

2nd third: As we make our way to the halfway point, no major changes in the profile. Very consistent blend. The flavor profile is mainly that maduro sweetness, cedar, cocoa with a hint of roasted nuts added in. I normally do not pair anything while I am doing a review but since this one has remained so consistent, I decided to venture out a bit. I decided to try a dark red wine (Cabernet Sauvignon) to see if things changed up a bit. Mission accomplished. The wine alone is very fruity with a dark cherries profile, the cigar added a nice smoky flavor to it and opened it up nicely. The wine added a nice charred oak, very woodsy profile. A touch of black pepper remains on the finish. The draw is still doing well, burn slightly wavy. Strength is medium to me.

Last Third: Moving into the last third, no real changes at all. Everything remains on par for the remainder of my time with this cigar. Performance was the same as well.

Removing the band of this cigar, as with all Om Mani cigars, reveals an inspirational message. Here was mine.

Final thoughts: The Om Mani Maduro was a very consistent smoke from start to finish. Almost to a fault. While I enjoyed the flavor profile a lot, I hoped at some point it would offer something different here and there. That’s a personal opinion and does not reflect negatively on the cigar itself. If you like consistency, you will really like this cigar. The maduro sweetness and heavy cedar really stay at the forefront of this cigar and remain throughout the smoke. There are a few subtle changes here and there but at the heart of the blend are those 2 major flavors. I think this would pair nicely with coffee in the morning, or, as I did, with a glass of red wine.

So there you have it. Feel free to leave any thoughts, comments or questions here. Follow us on social media and be sure to join the CigarHawk group on Facebook. Until next time…#longashesfullglasses

Flor De Cesar Toro Largo Review

I was super excited to see this press release hit my email back in April and knew this would be a great project to follow.

April 19, 2018 — BNB Cigars is pleased to announce the return of Flor de Cesar. The 2018 vintage is hand crafted in Esteli, Nicaragua at Fabrica Oveja Negra.

“ One of the toughest decisions when deciding to release the latest edition of Flor de Cesar was finding a boutique factory with the passion to consistently create high quality, complex cigars. We asked ourselves “ What factory has created the most unique cigars on a regular basis?” The answer was clear, James Brown and Oveja Negra. Throughout the entire process he was extremely helpful and guided us in the right direction. From the beautiful Mata Fina wrapper to the outstanding construction, when you light up a Flor de Cesar, you’ll know why we fell in love with this blend “ said Vince Hillanbrand of BNB Cigars.

” BNB is a great supporter of Black Label Trading Co., Black Works Studio and Oveja Negra. I was honored they chose Oveja Negra to do the 2018 vintage of Flor de Cesar. It was a fun project and it’s an incredible cigar!” said James Brown Owner/ Operator of Oveja Negra

Let’s jump right into this one and see what we get.

Blend Profile: Toro Latga 6.5 x 50

Wrapper: Brazilian Mata Fina

Binder: Honduras
Filler: Nicaragua, Dominican, Brazil

Appearance: The band is the first thing that you notice when you look at this cigar. The shiny skull really stands out against the backdrop of the light/medium brown wrapper. The wrapper has small to medium veins and tight seams. There are some cigars that just really make a presence and this is one of those. The band and artwork really work with the wrapper and the feel of this cigar.

Pre-light: The construction of the cigar looks and feel good. It is firm with no soft spots anywhere and it does not feel heard in any spots. I pick up notes of hay, spice, earth and as crazy as it sounds, there is a subtle minty note that I pick up. I asked my wife to tell me what she got from it and she said the same thing. It isn’t much, but it is certainly there. This cigar has a closed foot so no real change there. I open the cap and the cold draw is open with a touch of resistance. I get notes of spice, hay and earth from it.

1st Third: After toasting the foot, the first draw offers a touch of pepper, spice, and cedar. It is very creamy and the blend is really nice. As I get a bit more into it, I pick up a touch a sweetness that I can’t yet place, along with cedar and roasted nuts. The draw is good and the burn is even. Strength is medium to me. I begin to pick up a bit more earth tones and some subtle grassy/clove notes.

2nd Third: As I move into the halfway point, everything is pretty much the same, but then again it isn’t. There are a lot of complex flavors going on but nothing really leaps out at you. No big changes and the performance is also on cruise control. I start to get a touch of sweet cocoa notes mixed with the heavy cedar and some slight floral notes. Strength is more medium plus at this point.

Last third: The blend becomes more woodsy, sweet with a touch of floral notes. I get a touch of pepper on the finish. Much like it was at the very beginning of the first third, just a nice, flavorful blend that keeps you going back to it. Again no really crazy transitions but still enough that you know it has changed up a bit. Certain notes take the front and then fade to the back and are replaced with something else, but it all works. This is a very intriguing smoke for sure. The draw is still good, burn is still the same and the strength is around that medium to medium plus range.

Final thoughts: This is a really intriguing cigar that is very complex and I think it is one of those cigars that every time you smoke it you could legitimately find something new each and every time. While the profile doesn’t make drastic changes and shifts, it seems very consistent but at the same time, you definitely pick up on some changes along the way. This is a really great project and Fabrica Oveja Negra and BNB Cigars did a really nice job with this one. It is no secret that I am a fan of the cigars coming out of Fabrica Oveja Negra but all bias aside, this is a great smoke. If it wasn’t I would say so.

So there you have it. My thoughts on the Flor de Cesar from BNB and Oveja Negra. Hopefully you had the opportunity to score some of these to try. Feel free to leave your comments, thoughts, and questions here.

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Until next time #longashesfullglasses

Kolumbus K-Negro

I found out about Kolumbus cigars through my friend Garrett Johnson over at www.smoothdrawcigars.com. If you aren’t familiar with them, head over and check them out. They specialize in ultra rare boutique brands. They are also one of the only places you can find this Kolumbus cigar. Tell them you read about it here.

You can also visit http://kolumbuscigars.com/welcome/ to find out more about them. They have a really nice website with a ton of great info and educational articles on their blog.

Kolumbus Cigars are each unique and exclusive premium cigars completely handmade in La Palma, Spain. Each cigar is made of carefully selected leaves, long filler of 100% natural palmero tobacco, aged in Spanish cedar cellars and wrapped with the utmost care. You can find out more about palmero tobacco by visiting http://kolumbuscigars.com/the-cigar-from-la-palma/.

I reviewed my first Kolumbus cigar back in 2017 and the Connecticut made my Top 5 Connecticut’s for the year. While I rarely smoke Connecticut’s, this was certainly one that got my attention. Since I am more of a maduro smoker, I was really intrigued to see what this one brings. So let’s jump into it and see what we get.

Blend:

Piramide 6.5 x 52

Wrapper: Nicaraguan Oscuro

Filler: Breña long filler of 100% natural tobacco, aged in Spanish cedar cellars

(info from http://www.smoothdrawcigars.com)

Appearance: This cigar features a medium/dark brown wrapper with small/medium veins throughout.The band is black and gold with the name displayed on the front. Simple yet elegant design. The cigar has a nice oily sheen on it and has a few small bumps throughout.

Pre-Light: The cigar is constructed well with tight seams and a firm feel with no soft spots. I pick up notes of barnyard hay, slight pepper, cedar, and cocoa from the barrel and more of the same from the foot. I use a straight cut on the pointed cap and decide to cut a little further down to open it up just a bit more. From the cold draw I get notes of hay, tobacco, cocoa and earth. The draw is open with a slight resistance.

1st Third: As I get the foot toasted and take my first draw I get notes of sweet cedar wood, cocoa, maybe a hint of coffee and a nice sweetness. There is a earthy, grassy profile that is subtle but definitely noticeable in the background. The sweetness is between a dried fruit and honey. As I move further into it, the strength is medium, the draw is good, and the burn is even. A very nice, easy, enjoyable cigar so far.

2nd Third: As I move into the halfway mark, I am getting notes of dark chocolate, some wood notes, and hints of coffee beans. While the blend changes a bit, the flavor from the first third still make an appearance throughout. A little further in and the blend changes into a more woodsy, earthy profile. Performance remains the same. No changes with the burn or draw. Still medium (to me) in strength.

Last Third: As I move into the final third, I pick up that honey sweetness and a hint of nutmeg possibly. The cedar and cocoa return also. The profile is woodsy, yet sweet with a touch of dark chocolate and coffee bean. I have really enjoyed this blend as the various profile changes throughout. The strength is medium to medium plus, the burn is slightly wavy and the draw is still good with a slight resistance.

Final thoughts: For me, this is another winner from Kolumbus Cigars. This was a very nice blend with a number of profile changes and complex flavors. This was medium strength moving into a medium plus towards the end. This is a good cigar for anyone from beginners to seasoned cigar smokers. I feel this has enough of complexity to satisfy both. If you are interested in trying these, you can find them here. https://smoothdrawcigars.com/product-category/exclusive/

I am definitely a believer in this brand. If you are looking for something different, rare and good, look no further. I don’t think you will be disappointed by these.

So there you have it. My thoughts on the Kolumbus K-Negro. Feel free to leave your thoughts, comments or questions here. Don’t forget to follow us on social media and join the CigarHawk Group on Facebook.

Until next time, #longashesfullglasses.

Amendola Family Cigar Co 5 x 52 Maduro

I had the opportunity to meet Jeffery Amendola at Top Leaf Cigar Lounge in Winston Salem a couple of weeks ago at a Cigar Rolling/Release event. I picked up a few of their cigars to try out and decided to review this one.

If you haven’t heard of Amendola Family Cigar Co here is a little info about them.

About Amendola Family Cigar Company:
At Durham-based Amendola Family Cigar Company, we are driven by our passion to create premium cigars and pride ourselves in being loyal to meet the arduous standards it takes to create a quality product. “Passion driven, Loyalty Made.” Established in 2015, The Amendola Family is the manufacturer behind “Bull City Cigar Co.,” “The Smoking Gunn” private label and “Sam’s Quick Shop (and Bottle Shop) Private label cigar lines. Amendola Family Cigar Company sells its brands across North Carolina, New York and Pennsylvania, and is expanding into Texas in July with several other markets in progress.

For more information, visit us at our lounge at 1214 University Drive in
Durham.

** Updated Website Coming Soon**

July 12, 2018 – Durham-based Amendola Family Cigar Company today announced it has partnered with the Tabacalera G. Kafie y Cia factory in Danli, Honduras to grow its production capabilities in support of increased U.S. demand for premium, hand-rolled cigars.
Amendola will release the first production made in partnership with Tabacalera G. Kafie y Cia in July of 2018. These 11 lines include sought after blends such as the Amendola Signature, Box Press Primeaux Habano, the La Famiglia Robusto Maduro and the Petite Box Press Corona San Andreas, among others. Amendola Family Cigars produced more than 30,000 cigars in 2017 and projects to increase that production rate by 30 percent in 2018. This increased production demand coupled with the importance of maintaining quality for their awarded brands drove their search for a new production partner.

According to Jeffery the factory does and extensive cleaning and fermentation process to remove ammonia. They currently have 5 pairs of rollers that produce cigars for the brand.

So let’s just into this review and see what we get.

Amendola Family Cigar Co. 5 x 52 Maduro

Blend:

Wrapper: HVA Maduro Wrapper

Binder: Criollo 98

Filler: Dominican

Appearance:

This cigar is medium brown with a reddish hue in the light. There are small and medium veins throughout with tight seams, open foot and a triple cap. The band is gold, orange and a reddish brick color with the Amendola Family logo. Nice clean design that works well against the wrapper color.

Pre-Light:

The cigar feels full but not firm or hard. There are no soft spots anywhere. From the barrel I get notes of hay, wood, roasted nuts and a subtle sweetness that I can’t pinpoint. From the foot I get mostly the same notes with a touch of pepper. Using a V-cut, I get an open draw with slight resistance. I pick up mostly earthy, hay, pepper, and wood notes.

1st Third:

Once I have the foot toasted the first draw catches me off-guard. There are a ton of different notes that hit me all at once. As I move into the first half inch or so things start to settle in. Notes of cedar wood, roasted nuts, there are hints of an almost pine, grass, floral combo. I cannot really call it pine or clove but it’s interesting. The draw is good. The burn is a bit wavy. Strength is medium/full.

2nd Third:

As I transition into the 2nd third I get a charred wood, sweet cedar profile. Further in it gets a bit earthy with subtle floral notes. Everything else pretty much remains the same. Flavor wise the blend settles into a nice, easy profile that is still medium/full in strength.

I would say I could sum the profile up as earthy and woodsy at the halfway mark.

Last Third:

As I enter the last third the flavor profile remains consistent. Earthy, woodsy, sweet cedar, and charred wood. No real noticeable changes. Towards the end a hint of pepper makes an appearance. Performance is the same. The burn straightened out nicely. The strength has moved into the Med plus to full range.

Final Thoughts:

Overall I enjoyed this smoke. The blend started out as a flavor bomb and settle into a nice enjoyable smoke that remained fairly consistent throughout. The burn was a bit wavy and I did decide to touch it up once. This is a nice med to full strength smoke with a earthy, woodsy, sweet cedar profile with hints of floral notes. Not a super complex smoke with a ton of crazy transitions but still very enjoyable.

Total smoke time was 1 hour 5 minutes. I look forward to trying the other cigars I picked up from them in the near future.

So there you have it. My first review of the Amendola Family line of cigars. I hope you enjoyed it.

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Traficante Cigars. Hell Mary Review

So I have been seeing Traficante Cigars lighting up social media for over a year now and they have REALLY taken over our group in popularity. I can honestly say that I didn’t really know very much about them but I did a little bit searching and found that information about the brand and the owners are pretty hard to come by but there is certainly a reason for it as you will see. Some of you may already know.

“OUR JOURNEY Traficante Cigar Company was created in 2015 as I (Mike) was involved in Narcotics operations and for that reason, no personal photos were posted publicly until May 2017. The Traficante Cigar Company represents what we have seen in the Narco-Culture. We have no intention of being a major player in the cigar industry, but prefer to keep the brand(s) exclusive and unique. We depend heavily on the connections we have made over the years to assist us in our quest to provide the highest quality cigars available at an affordable price. We are not a large company, and we prefer it that way. Our goal is to provide the best cigar experience possible. How do we do that? With the help of our Amigo’s.”

Taken from the website.

I would imagine that being involved in that kind of work and the lifestyle that comes with it explains the low profile online. Can’t blame them for that. I am hoping to connect with the owner soon and try to set something up for release here on the site.

Looking at the company website, the cigars, the aging process and the info I found, this is certainly by all accounts a true “boutique” cigar company. Producing under 100 cigars a day it stands to reason that supplies of these cigars come and go so quickly. I have seen the same thing with Ezra Zion cigars and when the announcement comes about cigars being back in stock, you better have your money ready and hit that order now button because they don’t last long. While I can appreciate what they are doing, as a consumer on the flip side it usually means we miss out on some great releases. I travel a lot for work and by the time I am able to stop and check emails and go to the site, they are gone. 1st world problems right?

So back to their aging process. This was also available on their website and I thought it was worth adding.

THE BARREL AGING PROCESS

After fermentation is complete, our tobacco undergoes a secondary aging process where it continues to release ammonia. This enhances the flavor and aroma.The wrapper tobacco is packed in bales of 120 lbs and is left to rest and age for a minimum of two years. During this time, the bales are cured in a special warehouse where the humidity and temperature are controlled at all times, in order to maintain the proper moisture and humidity. Once fermented, filler tobacco goes back to the tobacco floor where part of the mid stem is removed by hand. After the mid stem is removed, filler tobacco is packed in bales of 130 lbs and placed into tercios, which are bales made of royal palm bark. Tercios are an expensive process because each tercio must be made by hand. This method originated in Cuba and is ideal because it allows the tobacco to age in a slow, continuous manner to achieve the optimal taste, aroma and burning capability.Filler tobacco remains in tercios for up to two years. Once this is complete, the filler tobacco is then packed into Dominican rum barrels where it continues to age and mature, taking on additional flavor nuances.

So with all of that said, let’s jump into what we came here to do. Let’s look at the Hell Mary from Traficante Cigar Company.

Traficante Hell Mary 7 x 50 Maduro Toro

MSRP: $12.00

Blend:

The blend is not disclosed and this is what is on the website.

“The Hell Mary is unique to say the least. From the art work on the band to the blend itself, this is sure to be one controversial cigar. Notes of Louisiana Perique, Anise, leather, and the green fairy (Absinthe).This is one complex blend with multiple transitions.”

Interesting. Being from Louisiana this peaked my interest. If you are not familiar with Louisiana Perique tobacco here is some info. There are roughly 25 farmers that grow Perique and that number is growing as popularity is rising.

Perique /pəˈriːk/ is a type of tobacco from Saint James Parish, Louisiana, known for its strong, powerful, and fruity aroma. When the Acadians made their way into this region in 1776, the Choctaw and Chickasaw tribes were cultivating a variety of tobacco with a distinctive flavor. A farmer named Pierre Chenet is credited with first turning this local tobacco into what is now known as Perique in 1824 through the labor-intensive technique of pressure-fermentation. The tobacco plants are manually kept suckerless and pruned to exactly 12 leaves through their early growth. In late June, when the leaves are a dark, rich green and the plants are 24-30 inches (600 to 750 mm) tall, the whole plant is harvested in the late evening and hung to dry in a sideless curing barn. Once the leaves have partially dried but are still supple (usually less than 2 weeks in the barn), any remaining dirt is removed and the leaves are moistened with water and stemmed by hand. The leaves are then rolled into “torquettes” of approximately 1 pound (450 g) and packed into hickory whiskey barrels. The tobacco is kept under pressure using oak blocks and massive screw jacks, forcing nearly all the air out of the still-moist leaves. Approximately once a month the pressure is released, and each of the torquettes is worked by hand to permit a little air back into the tobacco. After a year of this treatment, the perique is ready for consumption, although it may be kept fresh under pressure for many years. Extended exposure to air degrades the particular character of perique. The finished tobacco is dark brown – nearly black – very moist with a fruity, slightly vinegary aroma.[1] The fruity aroma is the result of hundreds of volatile compounds created by anaerobic fermentation of the tobacco. Many of these are responsible for the flavors of fruits and are often found in wine.[2] Source: Wikipedia

Appearance: Looking at the cigar the very first thing you notice about it is the dog tag. Unlike traditional cigars bands, these dog tags really stand out and make a statement. These dog tags certainly reflect the vibe and feel that surrounds the brand. The Hell Mary is certainly unique featuring a woman with a ball gag, nipple clamp with roses around her. The cigar is very rustic with lots of veins ranging in sizes from small to medium. The wrapper is medium to dark brown in color.

Pre-Light: Where do I start? There is a ton going on here in the form of notes coming off the barrel. Tons of heavy floral, absinthe, anise (liquorice). Since I have never been exposed to Perique tobacco I am not sure what I should be getting from it. I have heard that it is strong and the notes coming from this stick are all very noticeable. Using a V-cut to open the cap, the draw has some resistance and I pick up mostly floral, clove, grassy notes with some anise. This cigar is one of the most intriguing cigars I have had in awhile simply because I have no idea what to expect from it.

1st Third: Whoa! What the $%*@ is going on? I did not expect this at all! Tons of sweet cedar wood, minimal floral notes but some clove and grass. This is a very unique blend for sure. I decided to use an X-cut to open the draw a bit and it helped out a lot. Floral notes begin to take shape as I move further into the first third. This is unlike any other cigar I have tried and I am really digging this flavor profile. Full bodied, medium strength so far. No burn issues and the draw is fine now that I opened it up a bit.

2nd Third: Having a little trouble with the burn. I needed to give this cigar a bit more time in the humidor I think. We also had a rain storm come through so the humidity is much higher now. The flavor profile stays about the same without a lot of heavy transitions. Mostly floral notes, grass, clove, anise and heavy cedar. I am really enjoying this blend. Although there aren’t many changes in the flavors, the blend works for me and I am really enjoying this cigar. No real performance issues.

Last 3rd: Again no real changes. The cedar and floral notes take turns at the forefront and then falling back nicely. There is a touch of spice here and there but overall the blend is very consistent. The burn straightened up nicely since the touch up. The strength is still a solid medium. Pretty much on cruise control at this point. Very enjoyable smoke.

Final Thoughts: This one really surprised me. When I first smelled it I thought “Oh hell no, this thing is super infused”. I almost didn’t want to smoke it but I can honestly say, I am glad that I did. This is not one that I would smoke everyday but I would certainly add this to my regular rotation on the days where I just want something completely different. I encourage you to find this cigar and give it a shot. If you enjoy heavy cedar, floral, grassy notes, this cigar is for you. Very edgy artwork, very unique smell, very unique smoking experience. I say “well done on this one” Michael Poe.

Mbombay Corojo Oscuro 4.5 x 50 Robusto

For those that have followed my blog for a while you have seen my reviews of other Mbombay cigars. For those of you that are new, go back in the blog and check them out. (Some of my older reviews are still up at http://www.cigarhawkblog.wordpress.com also)

If you want more information or where to find Mbombay cigars, please visit https://www.bombaytobak.com/ You can find out more about their impressive linup of great cigars there also.

Let get into this one and see what we get.

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Blend Profile:

Wrapper: Ecuadorian Corojo Oscuro

Binder: Ecuadorian

Filler: Ecuadorian , Peruvian, Dominican

Country of Origin: Costa Rica

Appearance: Very dark brown wrapper that is almost completely covered by a Indian Mosaic band. Removing the large band reveals a dark wrapper with medium veins with tight seams. The foot is closed and the cigar feels firm with no soft spots anywhere.

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Pre-Light: I pick up strong notes of hay, pepper and earth. The foot is covered with the wrapper so no real change there. I used a v-cut to open the cap and I get notes of cedar, pepper and a slight sweetness. The draw has a bit of resistance. It seems like it will be ok as I go but something to keep an eye on.

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1st Third: Right away I get a nice burst of cedar, dried fruit and cocoa. Its a mix of sweet and floral, a bit earthy, grassy/floral with a hint of spice. The draw remains a slight bit tight, the burn is good and getting nice smoke production from it. Things remain about the same as I approach the 2nd third. Strength is medium.

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2nd Third: Grassy notes up front with some wood, earth and dried fruit notes. The flavors take turn taking the forefront and supporting in the background. As I move into the halfway mark, the sweetness fades and has more of an earthy, woodsy profile. The draw, although a bit tight, has not become a problem. The burn is wavy. Strength borders on Medium to Full

Last Third: Pepper takes shape and the cedar makes a nice return. The blend is a bit more smokey wood with a touch of that sweet cedar. The pepper is more noticeable at the forefront but not overwhelming. Draw and burn are both the same as before. I paired the last inch or so of this cigar with some Buffalo Trace Bourbon. I found that this particular combo sort of cancelled each other out. I didn’t find either really enhanced or diminished the flavor of the either which I found interesting. Strength is still Medium to Full.

Final Thoughts: Overall this is another solid cigar from Mbombay Cigars. My only complaint on this particular cigar was a tighter than preferred draw. That happens and I understand that. (I did order a PerfectDraw tool that should be here Thursday so I won’t have that issues again) The blend is complex with a lot of transitions and small back and forth changes throughout. This cigar is complex enough for more advance smokers but being Medium to Full beginner smokers should be fine if they take it slow. Overall it’s a very enjoyable blend to smoke. I would highly recommend trying these.

So there you have it. The Mbombay Corojo Oscuro Robusto.

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Coyaba Cigars Green Label

I have seen Coyaba on social media for some time now so I reached out to Mr Juan Nunez. What a great industry we are a part of. Think about that. What other industry can you simply reach out and interact with a Company/Brand owner and they respond almost immediately and they will have a conversation with you like you have known each other for years? This happens all the time and they are some of the most genuine people you will meet. Juan was certainly no different.

This is my first review of the Coyaba brand. For those of you that don’t know about them here is some info from their website.

“About Coyaba Cigars Tobacco

The meaning of Coyaba in the Taino language means Paradise. To the Tainos, this signified their Heaven. A place of ease and rest where time was spent feasting and dancing. They were free of diseases and the threat of hurricanes. With the creation of Coyaba Cigars, we have accomplished our own paradise.We welcome you to Coyaba Cigars. We produce premium handcrafted cigars that are sure to please the palate of diverse cigar aficionados and enthusiasts alike. We are confident that for years to come, you and your friends will enjoy Coyaba Cigars, the industry’s finest aromatic sensation which is available for your smoking pleasure. Our factory is located in Santo Domingo, the Dominican Republic, and whose main purpose is the production of premium handcrafted cigars. The Dominican Republic is recognized internationally by the unmatched quality of its premium handcrafted cigars. We at Coyaba Cigars have the capacity to handcraft cigars in various emblematic classic and specialty vitolas with unique blends by our certified Cuban trained cigar rollers. We do so with the best specially selected materials available in the market today.This is all done under the direct supervision of our master blenders, whom are true perfectionists and pay special attention to detail as demonstrated in their consistency with blends and creation of our premium hand crafted cigars.We welcome our brothers of the leaf to Coyaba Cigars, where ‘We do not smoke the competition… The competition smokes us…’Salud and long ashes…Juan P ‘JP’ Nunez”

If you want more information on the company, brand and blends, please visit http://www.coyabacigars.club/home.html

Let’s jump in here and take a look.

Coyaba Green Label 7 x 48

Origin: Dominican Republic.
Wrapper: Negro maduro San Andres (Mexico).
Binder: Ecuador Connecticut natural, Peru (Viso).
Filler: Dominican Republic (Piloto Cubano), Dominican Republic (Doble ligero), Nicaragua (Viso).

Appearance: This cigar is rugged in appearance with medium veins and tight seams. The stick has a few bumps but feels firm with no soft spots. The green, white and gold band really stands out against the wrapper. Overall a nice presentation.

Pre-Light: From the barrel I pick up notes of straw, barnyard a slight bit of pepper. From the foot I pick up fermintation, hay and a slight cocoa note. I use a v-cut to open the double cap and I get notes of espresso and some hay. The draw is open with a little bit of resistance.

1st Third: Right off the bat I get a nice woodsy profile. I pick up some grassy notes mixed with some sweet cocoa. A touch of light pepper in the background blends in nicely. The burn and draw are both good. As I move a bit more into it the blend turns a bit more earthy with some nice woodsy notes. This is a nice medium strength, very smooth and easy smoke.

2nd Third: No real big changes in transition. The profile remains earthy with nice wood notes (reminds me of a sweet cedar with some grassy notes) and a touch of sweet cocoa. This is consistent with the first third of the cigar. The draw has remained nice and open with a slight resistance and the burn has a slight wave to it. So far its on cruise control and no touch ups have been needed. Moving towards the final third, no significant changes. Sweet cedar still very much at the forefront with more earthy notes on the back end.

Last Third: A little touch of pepper comes back into the mix. Again no real changes. Still getting a lot of nice smoke production, draw and burn are both good. Still a nice, smooth, easy medium strength cigar. As I move to the last inch or so, no bitterness, still cool to the touch with no hot spots or burn issues.

Final Thoughts: This was my first from the Coyaba brand. As someone that typically smokes full bodied cigars I had concerns on this fitting my normal profile. The construction and performance are both very solid. The cigar remains very consistent throughout the entire smoke. If you are looking for something with drastic changes from third to third, this in not your go to cigar. It is a very solid cigar with a nice earthy, woodsy profile with notes of sweetness along the way. Strength was a solid medium start to finish. If you are more of a full bodied smoker, this would be a great first smoke of the day with a cup of coffee kind of smoke.

So there you have it. The Coyaba Green Label. I look forward to reviewing more of their cigars in the near future. Thanks to Juan Nunez for allowing me the opportunity to do this review. Until next time…#LongAshesFullGlasses friends.

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Reserve Cigar Company Especial Toro

Well folks, it’s been quite some time since I have had the opportunity to sit down and do a review but finally that has changed some. The new house is finished, we are moved in and now it’s time to start enjoying life again. Today we revisit a company I reviewed back in Dec. Reserve Cigar Company from Atlanta. Check out the company spotlight and interview I did here on the blog page. This is my second review from this up and coming brand. I was impressed with the first one I tried so let’s see how this one stacks up.

The Especial 6 x 52 Toro is wrapped in a dark brown wrapper with medium veins and tight seams.

Blend is undisclosed other than Sun Grown wrapper and Dominican tobaccos.

The cigar feels firm with no soft spots. The construction looks and feels solid. The dark blue and gold band is simple and elegant but really dresses up the cigar nicely.

Pre-light: This cigar has been in my humidor since Dec. I am picking up notes of straw, barnyard and wood. I used a V-Cut to open this one up. The draw is very nice with slight resistance. I pick up notes of hay, wood and espresso.

1st Third: Very nice profile right off the first draw. Tons of thick smoke and notes of wood, sweet cocoa, and hints of spice. There is a nice, subtle sweetness of cedar wood and cocoa. The draw is perfect and the burn is nice with a slight wave to it. It is a very warm, beautiful suny day with a pretty gusty breeze here in North Carolina today. As I move further into the first third, the blend stays pretty consistent.

2nd Third: As I move into the halfway mark the profile changes slightly to more of an earthy, woodsy blend. I am picking up nice hints of sweet cedar wood, earth and cocoa. There is a very brief touch of bitterness that passes quickly. Not sure what that was but it came and went quickly. As I move further in the profile changes just a bit to more of a floral almost grassy note. The draw and burn are both still very nice. The strength and body is a smooth medium.

Last 3rd: As I move into the last third, the profile stays very consistent. This is a very easy cigar to smoke with a nice flavor profile. It is a nice woodsy, earthy, creamy smoke from start to finish. I decided to pair the final inch or so with a pour of Larceny bourbon. This cigar certainly brings out the sweetness of the bourbon and the bourbon enhances the cedar and wood in the cigar. This pairing works very well together.

Final Thoughts: I am really impressed with this cigar and the brand. Be sure to go back in the blog and check out the company spotlight and interview I did with owner Alexis Webber. This is a great cigar for any time of the day. It is easy and smooth to smoke. It is easy enough for beginner smokers but complex enough for advanced smokers. The profile does not change greatly from start to finish but it varies enough to keep it interesting.

If you are interested in ordering, I highyl recommend the 6 pack sampler so you can try the entire lineup. Visit https://www.reservecigarco.com/shopreserve/Buy-the-Box-c27902162

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The Mova from Reserve Cigar Company

The following review is on the Reserve Mova Cigar done by my friend, SOTL and co-owner of Top Leaf Cigar Lounge here in Wintson Salem, North Carolina. I wanted to get a ladies perspective on this cigar and also to offer readers something different. I hope you enjoy.

First and foremost, I think it necessary to provide a little background on myself. My name is Bethany Miller. I grew up in a small town located in the foothills of North Carolina. The Village of Tobaccoville is home to RJ Reynolds Tobacco company and was in my childhood a place where tobacco was in large abundance. The smell of tobacco is as much of my childhood memory as the smell of my granddads after shave. Being raised in Tobaccoville, I am accustomed to the smell of tobacco growing, the steamy smell after a hard rain on a hot night, being stuck behind a tractor on the way to the warehouse, and have spent many long afternoons riding through fields of sticky leaves. Keeping that in mind, here is my review…

The Reserve Mova is a beautifully constructed Cigar. The wrapper is caramel in color and has a nice uniform feel as well as a velvety smooth wrapper.

Before lighting the Mova I spent quite a long time just smelling this cigar. It smells of earth and molasses. Closing my eyes this cigar flung me back to my childhood and I can picture myself barefooted on my bike riding though my hometown enveloped in the scent of home.

I chose to use a V-Cut (Colibri) and slowly toasted the foot of this cigar. Slowly. I took my time, not allowing the flame to touch the foot, but allowing the heat from the flame to deliciously roast. Scents of nuts began to fill my nostrils. Think roasted peanuts.

The first pull was an explosion of caramel, molasses, nuts, earth, and home. The creaminess is not overbearing but rather a great compliment to the nutty and slightly spicy filler.

As I made my way through the first quarter the ash is holding and the burn is even. No touchups have been necessary. This Cigar is burning like a dream and has me dreaming of my 10-year-old self, wandering through Tobacco barns during summer break. The flavors are mingling together and I’m picking up some notes of cinnamon and toast.

At the half way point I am in heaven. The longer I sit and smoke this Cigar the more I am catapulted back to my childhood. I am in a trance. The creaminess and delicious molasses continue to mingle together and tug at my memory. Never has another Cigar caused me so much emotion. I am literally taken back in time.

Three quarters of the way through and the burn is still even, ash is still solid. I didn’t think that the Mova could get any better but it has. The molasses and nuttiness has intensified. I am back in 1985. I am barefoot on a dirt road, I am walking through row after row of tall tobacco, I am chasing lightning bugs. I don’t want this experience to end.

Finishing up the Mova has been bittersweet. The experience of smoking the Mova has been mind-blowing. The construction is wonderful, the burn was even, the flavors are fantastic. Well Done! To me, this cigar tastes just like home. Bravo!

Thanks to Bethany for contributing to the website. I am sure the Reserve Mova will certainly be a great option for your Ladies of the Leaf nights at Top Leaf Cigar Lounge in the future. Contact Bethany at (336) 893-7307 for all the details!

Until next time, long ashes and full glasses!