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Press Release | Cubariqueño Announces Protocol Confidential Informant

Cubariqueño Cigar Co. announces the release of the Protocol Confidential Informant as a Cigars International Exclusive. The Protocol CI stays true to the company’s law enforcement theme. C.I. also happens to be the nickname for Cigars International as well as the abbreviation for a confidential informant in police jargon.

The La Zona Factory in Estelí, Nicaragua is rolling the cigar. Confidential Informant comes in one size – a 6 1/2 X 52 box press format packed in bundles of 10.

Protocol Confidential Informant

The blend consists of an Ecuadorian Sumatra wrapper with Nicaraguan binder and Nicaraguan fillers. The initial release is limited to 500 bundles.

Release Events

Cigars International is releasing the bundles nationally to all CI retail locations starting on Black Friday, November 29, 2019. Protocol owners, Juan Cancel and Bill Ives, are attending the kickoff events.

The events will run as follows:

  • Bethlehem Super-Store 10am-1pm
  • Downtown C.I. from 1:30pm – 3:30pm
  • Hamburg Super-Store 6pm-11pm.

Each location is raffling off a custom hand carved CI / Protocol Humidor from Nicaragua at the close of business on the 29th.

“Cigars International has been a great partner with Cubariqueño Cigar Co. and we are proud to work with them on this release” stated Kevin Keithan, National sales manager of Cubariqueño Cigar Company.

Cigar Review | RoMa Craft Baka Bantu

It’s Stog o’Clock, and this time, I check out one of the newest cigars from RoMa Craft Tobac. The RoMa Craft Baka has stirred up quite a buzz in the cigar community, and the first release flew off shelves like hotcakes.

RoMa Craft Baka Bantu

The initial allotment for retailers was limited to a single vitola, a 4 x 52 parejo dubbed Bantu. It retails for $9.95. Most retailers only received a few boxes to start, but additional sizes will be added in limited quantities.

RoMa Craft Baka Bantu

First Third

Fifteen minutes in, I finish the first third. The draw offers me cinnamon and leather with notes of earth. Through the nose, I find light caramel melting with brown sugar and graham cracker. Ginger, nutmeg, and leather create a memorable finish. Both strength and body settle in at a steady medium.

RoMa Craft Baka Bantu

Second Third

The second third ends around a half hour. I pick up light leather and more cinnamon on the draw. The retro-hale hits me with a delicious blend of brown sugar and sweet pastry flavors with a slight spice. Black pepper combines with more ginger and sweet walnut notes on the finish. There is no change to strength or body.

RoMa Craft Baka Bantu

Final Third

Forty-five minutes passes, and the final third wisps away. On the draw, salty leather and coffee take the stage. Through the nose, nougat, light cocoa, and baking spice are delightful. Nutmeg, clove, and fleeting ginger round out the finish. Strength and body finish out at medium.

Final Thoughts

The RoMa Craft Baka Bantu is a delicious little dessert cigar. It tends to start out a bit rough with the first few puffs, but once this cigar opens up, it’s a real treat. There’s a significant amount of complexity with flavors that blend well together, and construction is spot on. Strength is a bit toned down from most RoMa Craft cigars, but it’s still got enough oomph.

My only beef with this cigar is how short it is – not really a beef. I’m sure the limited size release was an intentional marketing strategy from some of the best teasers in the game. RoMa Craft sure knows how to create hype, and you can count me in as someone drooling for the larger vitolas. I highly recommend the Baka, and you better act fast if you want to find some to try. This will be a contender for my Top 25 Cigars of 2019!

Smoke on!

-Noah (CutLightSmoke)

Cigar Review | La Flor Dominicana 25th Anniversary

It’s Stog o’Clock, and this time, I check out the new La Flor Dominicana 25th Anniversary. This cigar was made to commemorate the company’s 25th anniversary in business. It features an Ecuadorian Corojo wrapper atop all Dominican tobaccos. The cigar retails for $18 and comes in one size – a 7 x 52 Churchill.

La Flor Dominicana 25th Anniversary

Pre-Light

The wrapper produces a rich perfume and grass aroma while I smell dried fruit out of the foot. On the cold draw, the draw is snug with dried fruit flavor. Once lit, the draw gives me distinct leather and salt notes. Through the nose, I pick up cedar. The finish is spicier with black pepper and leather.

La Flor Dominicana 25th Anniversary

First Third

The first third comes to a close at forty minutes. On the draw, I pick up toast with molasses. Through the nose, black pepper blends with a saltiness. The finish offers rich dried fruit notes alongside leather. Strength and body settle in at medium-to-full.

La Flor Dominicana 25th Anniversary

Second Third

One hours and fifteen minutes in, the second third wraps up. My tongue find a lot of oak with black pepper and more molasses. On the retro-hale, black pepper now mixes with cinnamon. More leather and dried fruit continue to take over the finish. There is no change to strength or body.

La Flor Dominicana 25th Anniversary

Final Third

The final third ends at two hours. Molasses lightens up with rich coffee and oak coming up front. Through the nose, a smooth, sweet bread and light caramel delight my sinuses. On the finish, I pick up black pepper, leather, and mossy earth. Strength and body finish out at medium-to-full.

La Flor Dominicana 25th Anniversary

Conclusion

La Flor Dominicana 25th Anniversary is an excellent cigar. It has a solid amount of complexity, and the flavors worked exceptionally well together. There were subtle notes of the “Dominican twang” I typically dislike, but they played nice, and the experience was wonderful. Draw was a bit snug here and there, but construction was solid overall causing no problems. This is one of the best Dominican cigars I’ve had in a long time, and I highly recommend it.

Smoke on!

-Noah (CutLightSmoke)

Press Release | Gurkha Announces Holiday Packs

TAMARAC, FL – Gurkha Cigars has unveiled two versions of a unique gift set that features some of their most popular cigars.

Both gift sets include a tactical stocking, six premium cigars, and a cutter.  One version comes with cigars from the Dominican Republic and the other with cigars from Nicaragua, and they both have an MSRP of $69.95.

The stocking featuring the Dominican Republic cigars includes:

  • 2 Gurkha Real Toros
  • 2 Cellar Reserve 15 year Toros
  • 2 Cellar Reserve 21 year Hedonism
  • 1 Cutter
  • 1 Stocking
  • Retail value of $108.99

The stocking featuring the Nicaraguan cigars includes:

  • 2 Treinta Limitada Belicosos
  • 2 Treinta Toros
  • 2 Treinta Limitada Figurados
  • 1 Cutter
  • 1 Stocking
  • Retail value of $121.99

Gurkha Cigars website can be found here.

Press Release | JSK Announces Stateline Cigar Lounge Exclusive

October 31, 2019

Jas Sum Kral has announced the release of an exclusive cigar made for Stateline Cigar Lounge. The new cigar will be introduced at a release party on November 16, 2019.

Jas Sum Kral Stateline Cigar Lounge

The Jas Sum Kral Stateline exclusive will come in boxes of 10 retailing for $99.99, and each box purchase at the event will come with an exclusive item made solely for Stateline Cigar Lounge. Production is limited to 100 boxes.

The blend is somewhat of a secret with an aged Broadleaf Maduro wrapper. Tobaccos within remain undisclosed, but Riste Ristevski, owner of Jas Sum Kral, stated they are aged fillers. The cigar is offered in one vitola – 6 x 52.

Jas Sum Kral Stateline Cigar Lounge

Riste Ristevski has stated the cigar will be full bodied with a medium-to-full strength profile. It will have “cream for days” (that’s what she said?) and flavor notes will offer milk chocolate, cream, toasted nuts, maple syrup, and powerful salty caramel on the retrohale.

Riste will be on site for the release event. Stateline Cigar Lounge is located at 1168 Elkton Road in Newark, Delaware. They can be reached by phone at 215-668-7555. Their website is located here.

Cigar Review | AJ Fernandez New World Cameroon Robusto

It’s Stog o’Clock, and this time, I check out the AJ Fernandez New World Cameroon. For this review, I smoke the box-pressed Robusto vitola coming in at 5 1/2 x 54. This cigar features a toothy Cameroon wrapper concealing all Nicaraguan tobaccos. It retails for $5.50.

AJ Fernandez New World Cameroon

On the cold draw, I pick up a sugary sweetness. The wrapper produces a grassy aroma with the same out of the foot. Once lit, I get some toasty cedar. Through the nose, I taste the same with the addition of graham cracker. The finish consists of oak, almond, and black pepper

AJ Fernandez New World Cameroon

Twenty-five minutes in, the first third comes to a close. I find nutty cedar and toast on the draw. Through the nose, spicy toast notes coat my palate. The finish consists of light cinnamon and pencil lead. Strength and body settle in at medium.

AJ Fernandez New World Cameroon

The second third ends at forty-five minutes. The draw gives me light nutty cedar. On the retro-hale, there is a much sweeter toast. I see no change to the finish. Strength and body drop slightly to mild-to-medium.

AJ Fernandez New World Cameroon

The final third burns away at one hour and fifteen minutes. On the draw, nutty cedar remains consistent. Light black pepper and toast come through the nose. A nice caramel and cinnamon combo make for a tasty finish. Strength and body finish out at medium.

AJ Fernandez New World Cameroon

The AJ Fernandez New World Cameroon is a good cigar. It’s relatively simple and offers minimal complexity, but flavors are enjoyable enough. Construction is spot on as always with AJ. The selling point for this cigar is the price. You can buy two of these for the price of many single cigars on the market of equal quality. The value can’t be dismissed, and for that reason, I recommend trying it out.

Smoke on!

-Noah (CutLightSmoke)

Press Release | Crowned Heads Announces Lawless Day 2019

CROWNED HEADS ANNOUNCES “LAWLESS DAY 2019″ 

For the third consecutive year, Crowned Heads is excited to announce “Lawless Day,” which will take place on November 1, 2019. 

Originally inspired by the 2013 fictional film, “The Purge,” where all crime is allowed for a 12 hour period, Crowned Heads will allow retailers a one-day only ‘pass’ to violate its state exclusive brand distribution. On November 1, all retailers, regardless of where they are based will have the opportunity to purchase Tennessee Waltz (a Tennessee state exclusive), Yellow Rose (a Texas state exclusive), and Buckeye Land (an Ohio state exclusive). 

Crowned Heads State Exclusive Cigars

“Originally, Lawless Day was a concept we created that would not only shine a light upon our state exclusive cigars, but also, would further promote their year-round availability via the retail tobacconists in those respective states, as most also mail order these cigars to states outside their own,” commented Crowned Heads co-owner/founder, Jon Huber. “The one-day-only promotion proved so successful the past two years that we were excited to bring it back once again this year.” 

Tennessee Waltz and Yellow rose are manufactured at My Father Cigars, S.A., in Esteli, Nicaragua. Buckeye Land is manufactured at La Gran Fabrica Drew Estate in Esteli, Nicaragua.