Hand Rolled: A Film About Cigars Sat. Nov 3rd, 2018

We are extremely proud to partner with Anstead’s Tobacco Company and NC Cigar Club to bring the Award Winning documentary “Hand Rolled: A Film About Cigars” on the East Coast! Director Jesse Mariut will be on hand to meet & greet film goers and answer questions about the project. We have been told there will be some very special guest also making an appearance. This is shaping up to be one of the best events on the coast this year and we are humbled to be part of this very special day. If you have not heard about the film, check out the trailer below.

This is by far one of the most important films about the history, people and culture of the industry we love. We hope that you will come out and enjoy a fun filled day with us.

We invite you to join us on Saturday, November 3rd starting at 12pm.

VIP Ticket holders will enjoy the following:

12 pm Meet & Greet with Director Jesse Mariut at Pierro’s Italian Bistro & SkyLounge. (Complimentary hor d’oeuvres and 1 drink provided w ticket purchase) https://www.pierrositalianbistro.com

1 pm VIP Private Showing of the Hand Rolled film at the Cameo Art House.

Intro of the film by the Director Jesse Mariut, 1 hour 30 film, and 30 minute Q&A following the film. http://www.cameoarthouse.com/

After the film, the party moves over to Anstead’s Tobacco Company for the after party and cigar social where you will receive your swag bag, enjoy access to the VIP Suite (complimentary tea, coffee and water), Hand Rolled Event cigar deals, vendors, and catered food from Pierro’s Italian Bistro. The patio will be open and the fire pit will be lit!


The second showing of the film will begin shortly after the VIP event for all general admission ticket holders. A Q&A session will also follow this showing with Jesse. General admission will also enjoy access to the vendors and a cigar social at Anstead’s where you will pick up your swag bag as well. There will be vendors on hand and cigar specials for everyone.

We are super excited about this event and we hope that you will join us.

For ticket purchases and info please visit:


To find out more about the Cigar Hawk Group and NC Cigar Club, look for us on Facebook. We would love to have you join us.

A HUGE THANK YOU to our sponsor and partner in this Anstead’s Tobacco Company and Mr Wayne Anstead!

Our friend and partner is this event Angel Ballentine Founder of NC Cigar Club.

And of course all of the followers and members of CigarHawk.com and the CigarHawk Group. Without you, non of this is possible.

We can’t wait to watch this incredible film with all of you! Until next time #LongAshesFullGlasses

Cana's Feast 2014 Grenache

Taking a break from bourbon and cigar pairings, I decided to try a red wine pairing instead. Red wines are often under estimated as a good pairing for cigars, and offer a more complex pairing when paired correctly. Living in the Willamette Valley of Oregon, I’m spoiled with numerous renowned wineries producing many varieties of wine.

I decided to try a 2014 Grenache from Cana’s Feast out of Carlton, Oregon. They source their Grenache grapes from the Columbia Valley AVA, which is known for producing more fruit forward wines like California, yet keeps some of the balance and structure of European wine. Cana’s only bottled 54 cases in 2014, making this wine a little harder to come by. I paired the Grenache with a Chapo from Traficante Cigar Company. If you haven’t heard of them yet, they’re definitely worth checking out.

After opening the bottle and letting it breathe for 30 minutes or so, the first few sips have a mild fruitiness to them. The draw is good on the first third of the cigar with hints of spice, and the wine compliments the predominant tobacco flavor while the cigar brings out the fruitiness.

During the transition from the first third to the second third, I noticed a slight cocoa flavor from the cigar. The spice is more prominent throughout the second third, and the fruitiness of the wine really shines. The wine’s talc like tannins are starting to be brought out by the cigar.

At the very end of the second third, the wine helps brings out a mild musky tobacco flavor with a pleasant leathery/earthy aroma. The last third of the cigar elevates the wine’s earthiness, while having a very smooth finish.

Overall, the wine has just enough tannins to create a pleasant balance where it doesn’t overpower the taste of the cigar. For $28 a bottle, it’s a good bottle for beginners exploring their palate, or for someone with a more sophisticated palate to enjoy on its own or with a nice cigar.

2008 Tamarack Cellars Cabernet Sauvignon

2008 Tamarack Cellars Cabernet Sauvignon

7 Hills Vineyard Reserve

Walla Walla AVA

There’s nothing like a nice glass of wine after a long work week. I decided to crack a bottle I’ve had aging for a few years, and was I surprised. A little background on the region before I review this awesome wine.

Tamarack Cellars is based out of Walla Walla, Washington. The majority of the Walla Walla AVA is in Southeastern Washington with the remaining third in Eastern Oregon. The AVA is predominantly known for its sweet onions, but also produces some incredible wines. Cabernet Sauvignon is the most commonly grown grape, followed by Merlot and Syrah. It is one of the warmest wine growing regions in Washington and Oregon, helping to create bigger and bolder reds. The wine itself is 90% Cabernet Sauvignon, 5% Merlot, and 5% Carmenère.

After letting the wine breathe, the nose was peppery with some acid. On the initial swirl, the wine left strong legs on the glass, and had a dark, deep color.

My first few sips of the wine were dry, had a slight fruitiness that cabs are known for, with hints of cola, and the tannins were incredibly smooth.

The after taste had some pucker from the tannins, and a silky yet mild fruitiness that lingered.

Every additional sip had hints of minerals, and the tannins became even smoother. The legs stayed as strong as they were on my initial swirl of the glass. It turned out to be a very smooth and easily drinkable wine with a mild fruitiness that would pair well with a nice grilled steak or full bodied cigar.

Since the wine is 10 years old, I’m guessing it’s pretty hard to find a bottle unless the winery held on to a few cases for their library. It cost $50 a bottle back in 2008, so if you can find a bottle now, it wouldn’t shock me to see it going for upwards of $80.

Ezra Zion acquires Nomad Cigar Company

As many of you may have seen yesterday across various social media and cigar media sites, Ezra Zion Cigar Company has acquired Nomad Cigar Company.

“Nomad is an artisan boutique brand with an emphasis on quality and craftsmanship. Fred has been a close friend and colleague for years. We’re honored to be entrusted with such an institution.” stated Ezra Zion owner Chris Kelly.

Nomad Cigars will be distributed nationally by TX Distribution, which is owned by Ezra Zion and operates from their warehouses in Alvord, Texas.

“I feel confident that not only will Chris and Kyle take Nomad Cigar Company to the next level, but will also preserve what has brought it to this point.” noted Fred Rewey.

Nomad blends currently in the market will continue to be available from retail brick and mortar shops.

“So where are we taking Nomad? Well, we’ve got some very special blends just waiting to be released—really next level stuff! We will definitely be doing some very cool limited offerings under the Nomad brand.” noted Ezra Zion owner Kyle Hoover.

“We’d like an outlet for our more edgy and experimental stuff—both in terms of cigar making and also art concepts. There are some ideas that we feel might not exactly fit as an Ezra Zion release. Nomad gives us the chance to color outside the lines.” added Kelly.

The companies are currently transitioning business operations and logistics, etc. During this transition, Nomad retailers can continue to order from their current Nomad sales reps.

More branding updates and wholesale ordering instructions will be available soon.

“Our goal is to have the “New Nomad” unveiled to the public soon. I think people are going to be very stoked!” added Hoover.

CigarHawk.com would like to say “Congratulations” to all parties involved and we look forward to what’s next for everyone.

Providencia Cigars Announces Release of "The Hostage"

Providencia Cigars Announces

Release of “The Hostage”


September 12, 2018

Fort Worth, TX – Providencia Cigars is pleased to announce the release of The Hostage, the company’s latest limited production launch. The Hostage is the 4th production blend for the young Texas cigar company and it promises to be as bold as the story behind the name.

The Hostage tells the harrowing story of Providencia Cigars founder Jim Faber who was held at gun point in the parking lot of a youth soccer field in Honduras. As explained by Jim:

“Through my soccer work and mission in Honduras I got close to the mayor of the town and was eventually asked if I would consider helping young members of a gang get off the street through my soccer camps and school. Accepting the challenge, I developed a friendship with the young players and their parents as we helped to turn their lives by way of soccer.

One day at the field, I was abducted by some men who forced me into a car. Some of the dads stepped in to help me amidst a flurry of gun fire and I was eventually able to get free.

I was later told by the US Military investigator that a Mexican gang had moved into the country and they believed it was these gang members that tried to kidnap me.”

Faber, who lived in Honduras from 1997-2011 has a deep love for the area and the citizens of this beautiful Central American country. It is this love that drove him to create a cigar and pay tribute to those that saved his life that day.

The Hostage is a limited production, 6 x 52 box-pressed toro with a blend described as:

  • Wrapper – San Andrés

  • Binder – Indonesian

  • Filler – Nicaragua and Honduran Ligero

This cigar offers the experienced palate, a complex flavor profile down to the finish with a solid full-strength body of smoke.

The Hostage comes packaged in 10 count cedar boxes and bundles of 11 with an MSRP of $9.99 per cigar/ $99.90 per box/bundle. Current production is limited to 1,050 cigars.

The Hostage is produced at the La Pequena Vega Cigar Factory in Danli, Honduras.

Providencia Cigars will be taking orders and shipping The Hostage starting this week.

Artwork for The Hostage was done by JT Design Studio who designed the cigar bands as well as the inner box lids.

About Providencia Cigars

PROVIDENCIA CIGARS was founded by three compadres: Jim Faber, Reed Grafke and Raymond Zinar. Ray, Jim and Reed then befriended Javier Mendoza. Javier is a second-generation plantation owner and master blender. He founded La Pequena Vega Cigar Factory in Danli, Honduras.

Javier’s family plantations and drying barns are in the region of Trojes, Honduras, a mountainous valley nestled along the border of Nicaragua. With the perfect combination of sun, shade plus water from mountain aquifers and Cuban-like soil, the Trojes region of Honduras produces a uniquely flavored tobacco that is highly prized in the premium cigar industry.

For more information visit their website at www.providenciacigars.com or contact Providencia Cigars via email at info@providenciacigars.com

About JT Design Studio

JT Design Studio offers custom designed marketing pieces to meet your unique business objectives. JT Design Studio has 20+ years of experience in branding/logo design, social media marketing, custom website design and high-quality printing services.

Owner, Jennifer Rose, is an avid cigar smoker and has been an active supporter of the cigar industry for the last 5 years.

For more information visit their website at http://www.jtdstudio.com/ or send an email to jtdesignstudio@yahoo.com.


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.

Blanton's Single Barrel

It’s whiskey Wednesday Hawks, and boy I’m excited for this one. Starting today and for the next few weeks I will be reviewing the Blanton’s bourbon line. A little background on Blanton’s bourbon…It comes from the Buffalo Trace distillery and was made by Master Distiller Elmer T. Lee in honor of Colonel Albert B. Blanton, who was previously a Master Distiller at Buffalo Trace. We will start this week off with the original Blanton’s Single Barrel bourbon, and then continue with the Gold, Special Reserve, Black, and Straight From The Barrel editions. There are obviously a few of the releases that I have left out, however I still haven’t had the luxury of getting my hands on any of these. They include the, Red, Silver, and various France releases.

Each bottle of Blanton’s is noticeable from a distance, due to its grenade shaped bottle, and horse and jockey on top. Each of the toppers has become collectable in its own way, as each of them has a different letter on it that spells B-L-A-N-T-O-N-S once you’ve collected all of them. Specialty companies have even made topper displays, such as the one pictured.

The mash bill on this bourbon is Buffalo Trace’s mash bill #2, which has the higher rye content. However, BT doesn’t disclose the exact mash bill.

ABV on this variation of Blanton’s is 93 proof. More than enough to get the job done, if you know what I mean.

The color sits at a dark amber with hints of red and burgundy.

At 49 to 65 dollars a bottle, Blanton’s is not the cheapest pour on the shelf, but it’s not insane either. The biggest issue you will have with this bourbon is finding a bottle. Not even 10 years ago I remember going in the store outside of Fort Campbell and literally wiping dust off bottles of Blanton’s. You could have found it anywhere at any time. Fast forward to present day and the bourbon boom is in full swing. I have now only been able to find three bottles of regular Blanton’s in two years, and two of those were behind the counter and I had to ask. Thankfully I have built up somewhat of a relationship with my local ABC employees.

The nose on this bourbon is great and one of the best I’ve nosed. Notes of citrus, clove, nutmeg, all spice and raisin. The spicy smell from the rye is not extremely overpowering, but reminds me of the holidays.

The taste is similar to the nose. It’s well balanced with citrus, spice, and vanilla notes. There is a sweeter caramel and toffee taste on the front, and a spicy cinnamon taste on the back.

The finish on this bottle was medium to long. Oak, toasted marshmallow and nutmeg wrap this pour up in a nice package.

My final thoughts on this bourbon are that if you can find a bottle of Blanton’s, give it a try. I wouldn’t say it’s my favorite bourbon, but it’s in my top 20 for sure. It’s definitely a great bourbon for parties and conversation starters. The bottle is cool, and I’ve seen a ton of crafty ways to reuse the bottles.

I didn’t require ice or water with this bourbon and tasted it using my Glencarin glass.



• New 5,500 square foot production facility to expand capacity
• Intimate facility will allow consistent quality assurance
• Factory partner focused on ethical production of cigars

DURHAM, NC, 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.

“We chose Tabacalera G. Kafie y Cia because we are quickly selling out of our current stocks and they have the ability to meet our substantially increased production demands. They are renowned for their ethical treatment oftheir workers and their commitment to quality control,” said Jeffrey Amendola, founder and president, Amendola Family Cigars. “This is a unique opportunity for us to indirectly invest in the economy of Honduras by engaging in a long-term partnership with a debt-free business that shares our worldviews.
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 Petit 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.
“Partners like Jeffrey and the Amendola Family Cigar Company are exactly the right fit for our factory,” said Gaby Kafie, founder, Tabacalera G. Kafie y Cia. “We pride ourselves on our ability to produce custom, quality cigars, and Amendola Family Cigar Company’s commitment to quality and ethical sourcing are closely aligned with our core values.”

Tabacalera G. Kafie y Cia is a boutique cigar factory located in a 5,500 square foot building in the Danli region of Honduras. The awarded factory has been making cigars since 2013. Though an intimate facility, Tabacalera G. Kafie features modern amenities, such as air conditioning to keep workers comfortable, and a draw test machine to ensure consistency in their production. The factory employs 20 highly talented staff including 12 rollers, two master blenders, a leaf buyer and a maestro.

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, or online at http://www.amendolafamilycigars.com.

Media Contact:
Jeffrey Amendola
Phone: 919-491-1398


Great news from our friends at Mombacho Cigars. I am super happy to see this brand grow and expand in the industry. If you haven’t tried any of their stuff before, you should seek them out. Our friend Rob Rasmussen sent over some info for us to share with. Check it out!



Robert Rasmussen

Brand Manager Mombacho Cigars

E: rob@mombachocigars.com

P: 510-693-1714



Germany, Japan, Mexico and Norway have been added to the expanding list of countries where Mombacho Cigars are available for purchase. New Liga Maestro boxes debuted at IPCPR 2018.

GRANADA, NICARAGUA. – (25 July 2018). Mombacho Cigars S.A. has broadened its international reach by adding distributers in four new countries. Germany, Japan, Mexico and Norway are now among the 16 countries where Mombacho Cigars are sold.

“Awareness of our brand is not only growing in the US, but internationally as well,” said Robert Rasmussen, Brand Manager of Mombacho Cigars. “Our cigars can now be found in 16 countries worldwide and we are working diligently to continue expanding into more nations.”

Mombacho Cigars S.A. is a Canadian owned company established in 2006 that entered the US market in 2014. The international interest in Mombacho has grown rapidly and Mombacho cigars are now available in Australia, Canada, China, Denmark, Dominican Republic, Germany, Guatemala, Italy, Japan, Mexico, Nicaragua, Norway, Spain, Switzerland and Trinidad and Tobago.

“The recent IPCPR trade show was a success for Mombacho, both in terms of retailers in the US and our distribution worldwide,” said Claudio Sgroi, President and Master Blender of Mombacho Cigars. “It is beautiful to see the love for Mombacho spread across the globe.”

Mombacho also unveiled new boxes for their Liga Maestro line at the recent IPCRP trade show in Las Vegas. The new boxes feature a matte black finish with a gold embossed Mombacho logo and have already begun shipping to retailers. Tierra Volcán will be available in similar boxes later this year.


Mombacho Cigars, S. A. was founded in 2006 to provide premium handmade cigars through memorable experiences in select markets around the world, including Canada, China, Italy and, since 2014, the United States. Mombacho produces all of its products at its factory in Granada, Casa Favilli, where over 30 members of the Mombacho Family work. For more information, contact Robert Rasmussen, Brand Manager of Mombacho Cigars at rob@mombachocigars.com.

I am a fan of this brand and I hope that we can get more local retailers to pick them up soon. I look forward to building a relationship with them and wish them much continued success. Please make sure to share this and ask your local B&M to carry them.

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.

Hope you enjoyed the review. Please don’t forget to share and follow us on social media. Join the #CigarHawkGroup on FB. Until next time, #LongAshesFullGlasses friends.

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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Until next time, #LongAshesFullGlasses.