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Accessory Review | Herics Cigar Tape

It’s Stog o’Clock, and this time, I review the Herics Cigar Tape. This measuring tape offers an easy way to measure cigars. It retails for $23.95 on www.herics.com.

Herics Cigar Tape is advertised as a 4-in-1 measuring tape. It features both ring gauge and length measurements in metric and imperial units. This makes for a useful tool to figure out the size of any cigar.

Herics Cigar Tape

When measuring ring gauge, the tape is offset so measurements can clearly be seen without overlap unlike a traditional measuring tape. Ring gauge measures 22-100 (measured in 64th’s of an inch) with the flip side showing 9-40 mm. On the length end of the deal, measurements range 0-25” and 0-65 cm.

The tape is made of durable fibers which should provide plenty of use without wear. High-end printing techniques were used to assure clarity and accuracy. I tested this tape with numerous cigars of dimensions I’m certain, and it was accurate with every single one.

Herics Cigar Tape

As a cigar reviewer, this kind of tool is extremely useful in finding out cigar dimensions if none are provided or known. There are countless times I’ve pulled an un-banded cigar out of my humidor trying to guess size only to wonder. Even with bands, some companies simply don’t publish size information anywhere.

The Herics Cigar Tape is a very neat accessory I think any cigar enthusiast should own. It’s extremely helpful for folks like myself in reviewing cigars, but it’s also a great thing for anyone who enjoys a stogie. Even if you only use this to satisfy curiosities, it’s worth the price and seems to be made well. Unlike cigars, you’ll only ever need one.

Smoke on!

-Noah (CutLightSmoke)

Cigar Review | Espinosa Laranja Reserva Escuro Corona Gorda

It’s Stog o’Clock, and this time, I check out the new Espinosa Laranja Reserva Escuro. For this review, I smoke the Corona Gorda, a 6 x 46 box-pressed stick. It retails for $10. The blend consists of a super dark Brazilian Mata Fina wrapper and all Nicaraguan tobaccos within.

Espinosa Laranja Reserva Escuro

The cold draw on this cigar gives some dried fruit flavor. The rich, dark wrapper produces a potent manure aroma, while I smell a bit of the same out of the foot with dried fruit. The first light produces copious amounts of spice and body.  

Espinosa Laranja Reserva Escuro

Twenty-five minutes in, the first third comes to a close. On the draw, I find black pepper spice with coffee and bitter cocoa. Through the nose, a spicy black pepper blends with leather. The finish gives me more bitter cocoa and leather. Strength settles in at medium, while body is extremely full.

Espinosa Laranja Reserva Escuro

The second third gets me to fifty-five minutes. The draw hits me with rich cocoa and dark espresso. On the retro-hale, there is a massive amount of cayenne pepper dominating my sinuses. The finish is a delightful mix of black licorice and black pepper. There is no change to strength or body.

Espinosa Laranja Reserva Escuro

The final third wisps away at one hour and twenty minutes. On the draw, more cocoa blends with cinnamon and coffee. Through the nose, flavors remain consistent. The finish hits me with black pepper, cedar, and leather. Strength finishes out at medium, while body ends at the ceiling.

Espinosa Laranja Reserva Escuro

The Espinosa Laranja Reserva Escuro is an excellent cigar. It displays delicious, bold flavors without being too strong, and complexity is sufficient. Construction is perfect, and the cigar billows with smoke. It’s competitively priced and competes well with similarly priced cigars. You may not like this if you only smoke mild-bodied blends, but for everyone else I highly recommend picking up a bunch of these.

Smoke on!

-Noah (CutLightSmoke)

Press Release | Southern Draw Announces New CEDRUS Sizes

The award winning CEDRUS – THE HOGAN, Belicoso Fino 5.5 x 52 will now have shelf mates in humidors across the country as the Southern Draw Cigars family announces three NEW line extensions for IPCPR 2019.  Each release is part of the Anniversary releases the company will share throughout 2019.

“The CEDRUS blend once again showcases a powerful “late harvest” Besuki wrapper that was grown in the fertile soils of the Jember Region of Java, the finishing touches on a unique blend that we believe is in a class all by itself.  Our family was blessed to source this rarely available, top-quality wrapper, with its’ rich brown color, distinct “green chili” spice flavors and herbal aromas that are attributed from being expertly air-cured followed by a multi-stage fermentation process,” offered Robert Holt – Founder of Southern Draw Cigars.  “The new line extensions embrace the uniqueness of the entire blend, including the use of an aromatic Habano 2000 grown under cloth in Esteli and the bold Habana 92 (a hybrid originating from the Corojo of Cuban origin) grown in isolated Quilalí, a high mountain region about 160 miles north of Managua.  This “alphabet soup” of distinct tobaccos, form an artful composition known as C-E-D-R-U-S”, added Holt.  

The Southern Draw Cigars family will celebrate the NEW releases during a National Launch Event with long time valued retail partner Club Humidor of San Antonio, Texas on August 2, 2019. (Event time is TBD).  The CEDRUS boxes and bundles will be on display for the very first time in Booth #3061 during IPCPR 2019 – Las Vegas, NV from June 28 – July 2. There will be a limited number of samples made only available to select media members that have supported the brand and current valued retail partners of Southern Draw Cigars, whose accounts are also in good standing.  

Country of Origin:  Nicaragua

Factory:   AJ Fernandez Cigar Co., Esteli, Nicaragua

Wrapper:  Besuki TBN – 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

Sizes:

Robusto 5.5 x 54 (box pressed)

Toro 6.0 x 52 (box pressed)

Gordo 6.5 x 60 (box pressed)

  • 50,000 per size released for 2019, full production of 100,000+ cigars in all subsequent years
  • 20 count boxes (standard SDC boxes) and 20 count refill bundles (standard Southern Draw Cigars boxes apply)
  • Price – $11.99 – $12.99 each MSRP
  • Release Date – August 2, 2019 – National Launch Event – Club Humidor (San Pedro), San Antonio, Texas
  • Ship Date – August 15 & October 15 & December 15, 2019 – for all IPCPR 2019 orders

To make an appointment for Booth #3061 at IPCPR 2019, please email shelly@southerndrawcigars.com as CEDRUS will sold on a first come, first served for valued retail partners.  General inquiries about Southern Draw Cigars may be addressed by visiting www.southerndrawcigars.com or submitting them directly to robert@southerndrawcigars.com  

Soli Deo Gloria –

Press Release | Drew Estate Celebrates the 20th Anniversary of ACID with German Launch

Friday, June 7, 2019 — Miami, FL- Drew Estate announces today the launch of ACID in Germany, with the introduction of ACID Mega and ACID Blondie. Royal AGIO will be distributing the ACID Mega and ACID Blondie to retailers in Germany starting today, hosting a series of ACID Launch events nationwide.

ACID Blondie

For 20 years, ACID has been a staple in humidors across the United States, and it has become the #1 selling brand in the US. To celebrate this milestone, Drew Estate is excited to launch the ACID Mega and Blondie in Germany and bring the culture and experience to our European consumers.

The ACID Mega, which is the ACID Kuba Kuba with a new name specifically for certain international markets, is 5 x 54 robusto wrapped in a rich and creamy Sumatran leaf, with ultra-premium binder and filler tobaccos from Nicaragua. The ACID Blondie is a 4 x 38 with a smooth Connecticut wrapper, with lush Nicaraguan binder and filler leaves. These cigars are blessed with our rich infusion creating a smoking experience unlike any other.

ACID Kuba Mega

From the Wynwood Safehouse, Jonathan Drew President and Founder of Drew Estate notes, “We have reached a major milestone as we celebrate the 20th Anniversary of ACID with our global expansion into Germany.  We have always said, the only way to describe ACID is to experience it.   Now our European consumers will have the opportunity to experience ACID, which has been blowing minds in the United States for 20 years.  Welcome to the party!”

The ACID Mega is sold in 24 count boxes with an MSRP of 7,90€ /cigar.

The ACID Blondie is sold in 40 count boxes with an MSRP of  4,50€/cigar.

ACID Mega and Blondie will begin shipping to retailers in July.

Press Release | Southern Draw Announces Jacob’s Ladder Brimstone

Jacob's Ladder Brimstone

Southern Draw Cigars’ boldest blend will rain down its vivid interpretation of wrath with the Jacobs Ladder – hail, fire and brimstone – the names applied to each of its triple ligero filler tobaccos.  

Brimstone, a moniker referencing the Bibles’ passages about fiery torment, is the fifth size of the Jacobs Ladder and uses a patiently aged Pennsylvania Broadleaf USA wrapper, a Maduro USA binder and a potent new filler combination consisting of three different ligeros from Nicaragua and the Dominican Republic.  The Brimstone is a very full bodied, full flavored bomb that burns uniformly and yields a beautiful white ash.  The company believes this new size of Jacobs Ladder remains #boldbutapproachable and it is hand-made by AJ Fernandez Cigar Co. in Esteli, Nicaragua. 

Jacobs Ladder is the popular cigar blend named in part for Ethan Jacob, the son of Founders, Robert & Sharon Holt.  A limited number of samples of the new 6.0×56 perfecto will ideally be available from the hands of Ethan Jacob who has plans to share this line extension with media members and current valued retailer partners of Southern Draw Cigars.  The unveiling of the Jacobs Ladder – Brimstone (the name was shortened to fit on the secondary bands and boxes) is scheduled for June 30, 11 a.m. in Booth #3061. The company is keeping images of the new releases under wraps to further benefit those that attend IPCPR. 

The Jacobs Ladder – Brimstone will be available in the 6.0×56 perfecto size and will be priced at $11.99 MSRP, available in 20 count boxes and 20 count refill bundles.  Total production for 2019 is 75,000 cigars and is scheduled to be released in equal amounts in July, September and November. Shipping dates are subject to our stringent quality control process.  

The Brimstone is only available to current valued retail partners of Southern Draw Cigars (account must be in good standing) and will be sold on a first come, first served basis beginning at the official unveiling. 

Please direct all questions, comments to robert@southerndrawcigars.com.  To set IPCPR appointments for media or retail partners please email shelly@southerndrawcigars.com

For general information about Southern Draw Cigars, a list of retail partners and reviews, please visit us at www.southerndrawcigars.com

Soli Deo Gloria!   

Press Release | Gurkha Announces IPCPR 2019 Releases

TAMARAC, FL – Gurkha Cigars is excited to unveil three new cigars at this year’s annual International Premium Cigar and Pipe Retailers’ convention in Las Vegas.  These new cigars add to and elevate the company’s flavor profiles.  Gurkha’s Real, Nicaragua Series and Treinta are part of the company’s constant evolution towards perfection.

“I am proud to say that these are some of the best cigars that we have ever introduced and they will be a great add to our flavor profiles,” said Kaizad Hansotia, CEO of Gurkha Cigars.   “These cigars will be an instant favorite for any cigar lover and will quickly become a humidor staple.”

Gurkha Treinta – 30 -Year Anniversary Cigar

This cigar commemorates the 30-year anniversary since the Gurkha brand was purchased and revitalized by Kaizad Hansotia.   To mark the year Gurkha is introducing its anniversary cigar known as Treinta.  The cigars hail from Arganosa Leaf in Nicaragua and are available in three sizes.  The first 1000 boxes per size will be released in limited edition commemorative boxes. Gurkha is introducing a beautifully elegant tin that houses five Toro Treinta cigars and retails for $67.50/tin.

The cigars will be available in 21 count boxes in the following three sizes:

•  Robusto (5×52) –  $13/cigars (MSRP)

•  Toro (6×54) – $13.50/cigars (MSRP)

•  Magnum (6×60) – $13.90/cigars (MSRP)

Gurkha is also releasing a limited edition Anniversary humidor that will include 50 Treinta Limitada cigars only available with the humidor.  The humidor will retail for $800 and includes 25 Belicoso cigars (6 ¼ x 52) that retail for $14.50 per stick and 25 Figurado cigars (6 ¾ x 52) that retail for $15.00 per stick.

This cigar features a Corojo 99 Aganorsa binder, an Ecuador Habano Rosado wrapper and a Corojo 99 and Criollo 98 from Esteli and Jalapa filler.  The Treinta will be available to ship in late September.

Gurkha Real

Gurkha Real is a real Dominican beauty that provides a smooth mild to medium smoke.  The cigars will be available in four sizes in 20 count boxes for the following sizes:

·    Robusto (5×52) – $8/cigar (MSRP)

·    Toro (6×54) – $8.50/cigar (MSRP)

·    Churchill (7×52) – $8.95/cigar (MSRP)

·    Magnum (6×60) – $8.95/cigar (MSRP)

The Gurkha Real is made at Tabacalera Las Lavas in the Dominican Republic and features a Criollo 98 Ligero (DR), Criollo 98 Seco (DR) and Nicaragua Seco filler; an Olor Dominicano binder and; a Connecticut/Ecuador wrapper.  The Gurkha Real will be available to ship out in late August.

Gurkha Nicaragua Series

Gurkha’s Nicaragua Series is a special edition cigar that is going to have customers begging for more.  This cigar will be available by invitation only to Gurkha’s top retailers who will only be allowed to buy 5 boxes per size per store.  This Nicaraguan puro is a medium to ¾ full smoke.

The cigars will be available in four sizes in 20 count boxes for the following sizes:

·    Robusto (5×52) – $9.75/cigar (MSRP)

·    Toro (6×54) – $9.95/cigar (MSRP)

·    Magnum (6×60) – $10.95/cigar (MSRP)

·    Belicoso (6 1/8 x 52) – $10.95/cigar (MSRP)

The Nicaragua Series is also made by Arganosa Leaf and has an Aganorsa corojo 99 Clara wrapper leaf from Nicaragua, a Corojo 99 Aganorsa double binder and Corojo 99 and Criollo 98 Aganorsa filler.  The Nicaragua Series will be available to ship in late August.

Additional Releases:

Gurkha is also adding new sizes to several existing lines including:

Marquesa

·   Magnum (6×60) – $10.00/cigar (MSRP)

Cellar Reserve 12 year

·    Robusto (5×52) – $9.00/cigar (MSRP)

·    Toro (6×54) – $9.50/cigar (MSRP)

Cellar Reserve 15 year

·    Robusto (5×52) – $9.50/cigar (MSRP)

·    Toro (6×54) – $10.00/cigar (MSRP)

Grand Reserve – Cognac infused

·    Corona (5×42) – $11.00/cigar (MSRP)

Bourbon Collection – Bourbon infused

·    Corona (5×42) – $10.00/cigar (MSRP)

Private Select – Rum infused

·    Corona (5×42) – $10.00/cigar (MSRP)

These newly introduced cigars are made of predicate Gurkha blends.  All additional items are expected to ship by August.

Press Release | Cigar Dojo & Espinosa Cigars Announce Psychedelic Turtle

DENVER, CO (Wednesday, May 29, 2019) —— Cigar Dojo, the first and largest social cigar app, and Espinosa Premium Cigars, a leader in the craft cigar space, announce ‘Psychedelic Turtle,’ a mind-bending project that tastes as loud as it looks.

Espinosa Premium Cigars, led by one of the most engaging personalities in the world of premium cigars—Erik Espinosa—has never been one to shy away from vibrant smoking experiences—both in flavor and design. Teaming with Cigar Dojo, Espinosa’s creative team— Héctor J. Alfonso Sr. and Erik Espinosa Jr.—have headed back to the blending table of the renowned La Zona factory in Estelí.

“And now for something completely different,” commented Eric Guttormson, owner of Cigar Dojo. “Turn on the black light, crank up the Pink Floyd, and lose yourself in the awesome flavor of the Psychedelic Turtle. Thank me later.”

Psychedelic Turtle

With the end goal of producing an atypical smoking experience worthy of the project’s colorful name, Psychedelic Turtle took shape through the use of tobaccos from Nicaragua’s northernmost growing regions.  High-priming viso and ligero leaves were chosen from both Condega and Jalapa, showcasing a balanced core that is both sweet and spicy. The fillers are then bound in a classic Habano-seed binder and finalized in a unique Brazliian Ballaño wrapper. 

Psychedelic Turtle arrives in a half-shell-inspired 5″ x 56 robusto grande format that has been box-pressed—simultaneously delivering smokers a pleasing draw and giving due diligence to the cigar’s reptilian namesake.  

“It’s always a trip collaborating with Cigar Dojo,” noted Erik Espinosa, owner of Espinosa Premium Cigars. “With our fourth official project, we went all out—perhaps letting our creativity get the best of us!”

Psychedelic Turtle

Psychedelic Turtle sets itself apart from former Espinosa/Dojo collaborations, showcasing colorful 10-count packaging that is randomized from bundle to bundle (e.g. purchasers of multiple bundles will likely receive multiple variations of the psychedelic design). In addition, three random bundles (out of the 400 made available) include a secret invite to Espinosa’s 2019 La Zona Palooza festival (*event only, airfare and lodging not included).

Psychedelic Turtle has been rolled in a limited offering of 400 bundles of 10 cigars and will be sold exclusively through JR Cigar. Being released in tandem with the retailer’s annual Smokin’ In The Carolinas cigar festival, Psychedelic Turtle will be made available both online and to event attendees.

The cigars will launch on June 8th at 12pm eastern time (online sales), priced at $89.95 per 10-count bundle. As an added bonus for members of the Cigar Dojo community, there will be a special coupon code released on June 8th that will save Dojo members an extra 10% off all Psychedelic Turtle purchases.

Psychedelic Turtle

Psychedelic Turtle Breakdown
Wrapper: Brazliian Ballaño
Binder: Habano
Filler: Nicaragua (Condega | Jalapa)
Factory: La Zona (Nicaragua) 
Production: Limited Edition (4,000 cigars)
Packaging: 10-ct bundles
Vitola: 5″ x 56 (Robusto Grande)
Price: $9.00 (MSRP)
Release: June 8, 2019
Retailer: JR Cigar (https://www.jrcigars.com/)